Filed under: Education, Freedom, Fun n Games, Heartwarming, Humor | Tags: A Daily Surprise, Making Magic For the Kids, Sharpies & Sandwich Bags
In 2008, David LaFerriere decided to surprise his kids at school, drawing on the sandwich bags he packed in their lunches. The kids loved it, so he kept drawing. Every day they are greeted with a new creation their dad has made for them.Now, five years after the first drawing, he has created over one thousand lunchtime surprises, cataloging them all on Flickr.
Dave is a graphic designer, and his work has been featured on Sharpie’s website, but you don’t have to draw well to create magic for your kids. They will probably never remember the Christmas or birthday presents, but they will always remember the magic. Here’s the rest of the story.
Here’s another example of fatherly magic. The coolest tooth-pull ever! When this kid is old and grey, he will still remember the time his dad tied his tooth to a rocket, and laugh.
Filed under: Art, Cool Site of the Day, Freedom, Fun n Games, Heartwarming | Tags: Blowing Bubbles, Freezing Temperatures, Making Magic
When the temperature dropped to 16 degrees in Washington, and everyone hid indoors around the fireplace, the stove, or just wrapped up in blankets, Angela Kelly and her 7 year-old son mixed up some homemade soap and blew bubbles to see what would happen:
Angela took photos as the frost created intricate designs in the larger bubbles, while the smaller ones froze and shattered as they it the ground. Before the sun came up the bubbles behaved as if they were made of glass. After the sun came up, the tops of the bubbles would defrost. Here is the rest of the story:
What a great idea. Perhaps people all over America will be blowing bubbles in the cold.
Filed under: Entertainment, Freedom, Heartwarming, Humor | Tags: Becoming Parents, Just Like Real Life, Wonderful and Most Wonderful
Here’s a delightful ad that’s actually honest about parenthood. Yep! That’s what it’s like, and who would trade it? Ever stepped on a Lego tile in your bare feet?
Filed under: Freedom, Heartwarming, Israel, Music, Religion | Tags: It's Snowing in Jerusalem, The Great Carols, The Joy of Christmas
David Hobson – Carols by Candlelight – The Holy City
Monday, 24th December 2012
Sidney Myer Music Bowl — Melbourne, Australia
Go ahead, enlarge this one to full screen.
And once again the scene was changed,
New earth there seemed to be.
I saw the Holy City
Beside the tideless sea.
The light of God was on its streets,
The gates were open wide,
And all who would might enter,
And no one was denied.
No need of moon or stars by night,
Or sun to shine by day;
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away,
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away.
Filed under: Freedom, Heartwarming, Military, Music, The United States | Tags: Joy to the World, Mational Air and Space Museum, USAF Band Flash Mob
The United States Air Force Band performed a surprise flash mob at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on December 3. Lovely!
Filed under: Architecture, Environment, Freedom, Heartwarming, History | Tags: A Vision of a Hidden Gem., Persistence Pays Off., Ten Years of Hard Work.
A retired mathematician found a rotting cabin, dating from 1830, in sad shape, but he determined to restore it — proving once more that persistence pays. This is the original 1830 cabin, or what was left of it. Much was rotting, but he labeled and transferred as much of it as possible to the family’s land. See the amazing story below the fold.
Filed under: Entertainment, Freedom, Heartwarming, Humor | Tags: Charming and Sweet Humor, Nothing Comparable Today, The Nature of Small Boys
Filed under: Afghanistan, Domestic Policy, Freedom, Heartwarming, Politics | Tags: Strange Family Traditions, Strange Lefty Traditions, Thanksgiving Dinner
Light blogging. Yesterday was a cooking day. Well-brined turkey, sage stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes with a dollop of brandy and cream (NO marshmallows), a pureé of broccoli and green beans, Idaho potatoes, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. The president had 11 different kinds of pie, and a side of traditional macaroni and cheese. Do other people do this? I had never heard of macaroni and cheese as a Thanksgiving day specialty. It’s always interesting to hear about other people’s Thanksgiving traditions.
We are of Yankee heritage and do not do cornbread stuffing. My father handed down his Southern grandmother’s cornbread recipe which I cherish — but not in the bird. I used to do oyster stuffing in one end and sage in the other, but got too many complaints from non-oyster people. The vegetable of choice here seems to be brussles sprouts, as my grocery always starts off with a big display which is quickly decimated. I have never been able to make friends with the sprout, though I love cabbage. (Fresh cabbage in ½” dice, sauteed quickly in butter, dollop of sour cream and lots of black pepper).
The loony left was out with their usual ignorant “Genocide Day” huffings that America had committed genocide on the American Indians, and concurrently that in that picture of George W. Bush’s surprise Thanksgiving Day visit with the troops in Afghanistan — that was a plastic turkey.
Filed under: Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Heartwarming | Tags: Breathtaking Potential, The Much Maligned DMV, The Possibility of Change
Yesterday was a day of appointments and errands— the kind of day that happens to everyone —, but there was one shining moment, and you will be surprised.
I had to get my driver’s license renewed. The DMV had moved to a new office space in a different part of town, actually more convenient for me, so I decided to bite the bullet and get it over with. Plenty of parking space. As I entered the building I was greeted by a sea of chairs, probably 80-100, with one person occupying one chair. Signage directed me to the “greeter.” He inquired my specific business, gave me a number and directed me to a seat. In possibly one minute I was directed to Window 11, where a cheerful gentleman efficiently and swiftly completed the transaction and directed me to the seating for the photograph. A cheerful woman took my picture quickly and efficiently and I was out of there in less than five minutes.!
This is the Department of Motor Vehicles!
My conclusion was that someone high up in the department actually paid attention to the common use of the DMV as an illustration of government sloth, rudeness and inefficiency, and thought it was time to fix it. Breathtaking! I may even have to write a letter of commendation.
Filed under: Freedom, Fun n Games, Heartwarming, Humor | Tags: Baby Elephant's First Steps, Extreme Cuteness, Trunk Trouble
We are understandably fond of pictures of baby elephants, but this one is something special. The baby is pretty new, and just learning to take his/her first steps, which include stepping on that annoying trunk that he just hasn’t learned how to control yet.
There is no better relief from the anxiety of current events than baby animal cuteness. Who can stay depressed watching a video like this? Enjoy!
Filed under: Heartwarming, Humor, YouTube | Tags: Baby Squirrel, Mother Cat, Odd Adoption