The Man and the Dog

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The Man and the Dog is a video created for organ donation from Argentina.  This video went viral because it so effectively conveys a message of the emotional benefits for organ donation. It also brings light to an important initiative.

From Donate Life America: Currently, nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States.

Everyone has the choice to be an organ donor. This video certainly gives raises the question in a gentle and compassionate way. man_and_dog

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Organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ for the purpose of transplantation into another person. If you live in the United States you can visit these websites to learn more.

Organ Donation

http://organdonor.gov/index.html

Facts about organ donation

The Cloud Appreciation Society

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Yes, this actually exists. This week I listened to a Ted Talk by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. titled, “Cloudy with a chance of joy”. From the Ted website: “Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.”

We are living in the information age while being bombarded by so much stimuli. This talk reminds us of the extraordinary simple joys of life.

It also is a universally shared experience of looking up at the clouds beginning in our childhoods. Lying on the warm summer grass seeing a bunny, or dinosaur, or mountain up in the sky.

Members of the Cloud Appreciation Society send in photos of interesting clouds from all over the world If you are a fan of clouds you can join and even get an official membership certificate and badge.

When you go outside the next time, take a moment and look up at the clouds.

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More from the Ted website:

Why you should listen

As co-founder of The Idler magazine, Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a longtime advocate of the joys of time ill-spent. In The Cloudspotter’s Guide and The Cloud Collector’s Handbook, he tackles the idlest pursuit of all: cloudwatching.

Pretor-Pinney’s blend of tranquil appreciation and hard science have floated his cloud books to the top of bestseller lists. For Pretor-Pinney, clouds illustrate how mundane phenomena reveal the complex vectors that connect the natural wonders around us.

Pretor-Pinney is also the author of The Wavewatcher’s Companion.

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https://www.ted.com/speakers/gavin_pretor_pinney

https://cloudappreciationsociety.org/

The Revenant

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The Revenant, had to look up the definition:

From Google:

Revenant:

noun
a person who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead.
So, we went to see the film, reluctantly. And much to our surprise it proved to be intense, gripping, bleak, wild, violent, beautiful, epic, and certainly one of the best pictures of the year.
This is coming from someone who watches Tootsie, Moonstruck, and Perks of Being a Wallflower on repeat. And yet, it is strong film making nevertheless. And that’s what always keeps my attention, regardless of genre.
Did some research on the reviews and it currently sits at 81% fresh on rottentomatoes. Below many of the other Best Picture contenders. This surprised me, so I looked further at the rotten reviews. The negative reviews say it has a flat story, it’s indulgent, a slog, self absorbed.
This disparity I find intriguing. Some reviews state it is the best picture of the year, and others despise it. Perhaps that is the way of the world. Never a complete consensus with anything. Nothing.
And in a concept, this disparity folds right back into The Revenant. Survival at all costs, dog eat dog, someone has to win…and there is no consensus.
Only natural light was used during the entire film and the shoot was apparently grueling. It will definitely bring Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar win for Best Actor.
I enjoy films that challenge, that push limits, remind us of life, and the horrendous/amazing journey it is.

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Starbucks. Heard of it? Had a chance to visit the first location at the Fish Market in Seattle. Humble beginnings to quite a global brand. Starbucks has exceeded expectations for the general publics interest in coffee consumption. It’s like nothing we could have imagined even 10 years ago today.

There is something comforting about the consistency of the quality of coffee as one travels. They have also been innovative with their app and gift cards for celebrations are one of the more popular items to give and receive.

There is also an element of community at play in their concept. The idea you can go to your local coffee shop, sit down, read a book, go on the internet, grab a sandwich or treat.

For those of us who are fans, we celebrate the new locations. But I for one also continue to seek out other coffee shops as I travel. There is a familiar vibe to all of the coffee joints around the globe…a place to stop and smell the coffee.

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Shout out to the hard working Baristas.

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http://www.starbucks.com/

 

 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

“Life can keep unfolding itself to you, just as long as you pay attention to it” – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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There’s a little sleeper film from 2015 called Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It’s in a similar vein as The Fault in Our Stars, and yet charts some of it’s own quirky and moving territory. Both films are based on Young Adult novels, both deal with life threatening diseases for teens, and both offer opportunities for reflection and looking at life’s purpose.

With Me and Earl the message boils down to the quote listed above. Each life has many layered stories, and we can all continue to learn about those living, and those who have passed. Their stories live on.

It’s a comforting, bittersweet, lovely concept.

I’ve decided if a film can leave you with one lasting impression…then it’s done its job well.

As we enter into a new year, 2016, the thought of life continuing to unfold itself is pretty exciting for those still around…and those who are no longer in our lives.

Happy New Year.

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