The favorite official White House photographs of 2015

President Obama with baby in elephant suit
Source: White House photographer @PeteSouza’s Instagram Account
White House Photographer Pete Souza takes about 250,000 (a quarter of a million) photographs of the president and White House activities every year, about 500-2000 shots a day. His year-end gallery shows 111 of the photos he took in 2015 and Politico shares 21 of them. I found Souza’s forward-thinking career approach interesting: “My Favorite picture will hopefully be the one I make later today, or tomorrow.”

An exclusive NBC News report shows Souza’s behind the scenes insights into White House life and his three most favorited Instagram Photos of 2015. Two are of President Obama with babies. Souza says, “He loves babies.” read more

Get a copy of Bernie Sanders’ autobiography with a donation of ANY size

Get Bernie's book for donationWant to learn how Sen. Bernie Sanders became the only Independent federal Senator in the United States? Read his autobiography, which his campaign will send you in exchange for a donation of ANY size.

I had $3 to share so that’s what I sent and a few days later, there was the book sitting proudly in my mailbox. It’s a great, easy and fascinating read. I not only recommend it, I urge you to get your own copy and learn more about partisan politics, running an excellent campaign, community organizing and of course, Bernie Sanders himself – who has become the front-runner in the 2016 Democractic primary election despite being ignored by major media outlets much of the time. read more

Enchanting: deaf youth and a singing club sign and sing John Lennon’s Imagine

Imagine by Glee
Source: Facebook via Raquel Heredia Vincente and Madres Latinos de Vigo
All we who are truly blessed – with good hearing, sight and use of our limbs – can surely be inspired by this Glee video. Deaf youth and a singing club which includes a young man in a wheelchair, sign and sing John Lennon’s Imagine. Heartwarming and completely enchanting.

The best rendition I found of this awesome music video is on Facebook but the official trailer is worth seeing too:

And here are Spanish subtitles – traducción al español:
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A thoughtful Jim Carrey promotes love over fear in short video

Jim Carrey speaks
Source: Screenshot from Jim Carrey’s The Meaning Video
In this sweet little video, actor Jim Carrey urges us to choose love over fear – and to have some fun with life. There are pictures of Jim sitting quietly and talking thoughtfully … he’s a surprisingly good looking and interesting man when not portraying characters that are dangerous, demented or disgusting. I enjoyed so much seeing this different side of a social icon whom frankly, I have often found disturbing.

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Friend wisdom on morality

Thanks Ivan Wei for the share

$218 round trip airfare Newark to San Juan

If you need a vacation, check out the $218 round trip airfare from Newark to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Father, son & now grandson: 30 years of annual fotos in China

Chinese Father and Son in annual fotoThe Daily Mail shows selections from this series of yearly shots of a father and son, with commentary:

A beautiful series of photographs have shown the unbreakable bond between a father and son in China.

Father Tian Jun, 56, and son Tian Li, 29, have posed for the same photograph every year for nearly three decades, since Li was born in 1986.

The incredible pictures capture how Li, who is now a film director, has grown over the years from baby to adult.

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Woman keeps her bogged horse from being swallowed up for 3 hours

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Nicole Graham desperately tries to pull her horse Astro from the thick mud. Picture: Peter Ristevski/Geelong Advertiser Source: News Limited
For hours that must have seemed like days, Nicole Graham held onto her horse and kept him from being sucked down into a bog until rescuers found a way to get him out. In a miracle rescue, the 1200 pound fella was extracted just before the incoming sea tide could cover him up completely – and he is now OK. Nicole kept Astro calm, and kept his head from sinking into the mud, during their entire 3 hour experience.

What a great story 🙂

Reported in http://www.news.com.au/national/astrooo-fight-against-the-sadness/story read more

Viral! Foto of breastfeeding military moms in uniform

military moms breastfeeding
Photo credit: Tara Ruby Photography

Photographer Tara Ruby share a photo of military moms in uniform breastfeeding their kids on Facebook and it’s gone viral even though Facebook deleted it from her page the first time Tara posted it. When she reposted, here’s what Tara said:

I posted this on here last night at 11:59pm. It has since disappeared from my feed and my wall. So we are posting this here again. 🙂

Today I believe we made history. To my knowledge a group photo to show support of active duty military mommies nursing their little’s has never been done. It is so nice to see support for this here at Fort Bliss. read more

People from age 7 to 93 give advice to their younger selves

Wiretap, a CBC radio show that’s just ending after an eleven year run, produced this short video as a gift to its listeners. In “Aging Gracefully”, a series of progressively older folk give advice to the people they were … not long ago.

93 year old

A 93 year old advises his younger self, “Don’t listen to other people’s advice. Nobody knows what the hell they’re doing.”

Although they’re going off the air, WireTapWiretap is keeping its Facebook page open, so check it out. read more

Spectacular use of tech: drone film of LA visual treasures

Ian Wood on VimeoFilmmaker and drone flyer Ian Wood has put together a beautiful video of visual treasures in downtown LA, well worthy of the 5 minute viewing time with a rocking blues soundtrack that makes it a fun watch.

People, this is a good use of drone technology – spreading wonder, enjoyment … celebrating culture and sense of place – and showing that aerial photography is within reach of the average Joe. Wood’s video comes with a companion map of locations he filmed. read more

Beautiful President Carter has cancer. Much love.

Jimmy Carter, Habitat for Humanity builderThe New York Times reports on 90 year old President Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has liver cancer, “that is now in other parts of my body.”

President Obama offers these words of hope:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosalynn and the entire Carter family as they face this challenge with the same grace and determination that they have shown so many times before. Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you.” read more

Get what you need: ask, release and focus on gratitude

Asking for what you need is brave
Graphic by LibbyDoodle – find her at libbydoodle.com

Need keeps you stuck

As long as you need something, you will not have it. The energy of your need pushes away the reality of whatever you seek.

Instead of focusing on what you need, focus on what you have. Because somewhere in whatever you have is the pathway to whatever you desire.

That’s why gratitude is so empowering. Gratitude shines a bright light on your resources and possibilities, and enables you to make good use of them.

Focus on what you have, and on what you can do. No matter what you seek, no matter how far away it may seem, there is something you can do right now to move yourself closer. read more

Bernie Sanders’ use of tech is way ahead of the pack

Bernie Sanders' 404 error
Friend Tom Elliot says:

You should check out Bernie’s 404 page error message on his website. Just go there and tag onto the address a page you know couldn’t be there. I did berniesanders.com/hillary (clicking on that link will bring you to a web page with the 404 page not found error message). I’m beginning to see him as a real sleeper, probably the only true populist in the race.