This may be the greatest blog I've ever come across! A woman gives her 5 year old son titles of 80s songs and he draws whatever comes to his mind from there. There are some real gems in here and I intend to keep checking up on this blog. Brilliant! I give you...Drawn To The 80s!
This is one of my favorites...Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson. Haha!
Remember when you were a kid and the ball pit was your happy place? I feel like all we really need in this crazy world is a bunch of ball pits and the opportunity to make new friends! I love this:
My first radio interview was Adam Lambert on my birthday! IT WAS AWESOME!!! He was the SWEETEST! I will cherish this FOR-EV-ER! (My friends say I look like I'm gonna pee my pants in this pic...this may or may not be true.)
Some of my favorite memories from broadcasting school at CSB-Orlando were the days where we had to practice our “on air skills” for the television portion of our classes. (For those who don’t know, CSB teaches both radio AND television, so I also have some TV skills under my belt. Not many, but some.) When we got this opportunity I was not too excited at first because being on camera has never been a dream of mine. In fact, it’s a recurring nightmare. Haha! So, to deal with my nervousness on camera, I did what I always do in uncomfortable situations and make jokes. Luckily, not too long before I started school, a movie you may have heard of had come out and it was my new favorite. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was my bread and butter.
Now, I’d like to take a moment to let you know a little fun fact about myself. While I can’t seem to remember what I ate for breakfast this morning, I can recall thousands of lines (no lie) from all of my favorite movies. And this doesn’t come from watching them over and over, although that helps, I can recall movie lines after seeing a film just once. It’s literally the dumbest “skill” I have. Haha!
So back to broadcasting school. My friends and I would all have to take turns on camera, so when my turn came up, it was solid Ron Burgundy lines and improv from start to finish. I wish I still had those tapes. We would be so serious on camera and the other people running the cameras and in the control room would be losing it. I still laugh just thinking about it and all my friends who played along.
So imagine my surprise (and extreme jealousy) when I learned that Emerson College would be renaming their broadcasting school for just one day to The Ron Burgundy School of Broadcasting. Will Ferrell will show up at the school to talk and give an early screening of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues! I think on December 4th I will have to enroll in that school and take some classes. I promise if I meet Will Ferrell and we become best friends I won’t forget the little people. ;)
You may have seen an article with the headline “Marriage Isn’t For You” floating all over Facebook in recent days. It was written by a man who was recently married and was experiencing some jitters just before tying the knot, and the pep talk he got from his dad. Don’t let the headline fool you, this is a good read if you are married or not. Can I also just say, why is it that when something becomes more central in your life, whether it be a new car, or a new job or, I don’t know…you’re getting married, do you see information about this stuff EVERYWHERE?? I see wedding stuff ALL the time! Haha! I’d like my central thought to be winning the lottery…no? That’s not how it works. FINE! I’ll settle for spending the rest of my life with my best friend ;)
-Dana D. :)
Oh yeah! Here’s the article I was telling you about…I found it at HuffingtonPost.com :)
Having been married only a year and a half, I've recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn't for me.
Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.
I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for 10 years until... until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.
Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?
Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.
Perhaps each of us have moments in our lives when it feels like time slows down or the air becomes still and everything around us seems to draw in, marking that moment as one we will never forget.
My dad giving his response to my concerns was such a moment for me. With a knowing smile he said, "Seth, you're being totally selfish. So I'm going to make this really simple: marriage isn't for you. You don't marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn't for yourself, you're marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn't for you. It's not about you. Marriage is about the person you married."
It was in that very moment that I knew that Kim was the right person to marry. I realized that I wanted to make her happy; to see her smile every day, to make her laugh every day. I wanted to be a part of her family, and my family wanted her to be a part of ours. And thinking back on all the times I had seen her play with my nieces, I knew that she was the one with whom I wanted to build our own family.
My father's advice was both shocking and revelatory. It went against the grain of today's "Walmart philosophy", which is if it doesn't make you happy, you can take it back and get a new one.
No, a true marriage (and true love) is never about you. It's about the person you love--their wants, their needs, their hopes, and their dreams. Selfishness demands, "What's in it for me?" while Love asks, "What can I give?"
Some time ago, my wife showed me what it means to love selflessly. For many months, my heart had been hardening with a mixture of fear and resentment. Then, after the pressure had built up to where neither of us could stand it, emotions erupted. I was callous. I was selfish.
But instead of matching my selfishness, Kim did something beyond wonderful -- she showed an outpouring of love. Laying aside all of the pain and anguish I had caused her, she lovingly took me in her arms and soothed my soul.
Marriage is about family.
I realized that I had forgotten my dad's advice. While Kim's side of the marriage had been to love me, my side of the marriage had become all about me. This awful realization brought me to tears, and I promised my wife that I would try to be better.
To all who are reading this article -- married, almost married, single, or even the sworn bachelor or bachelorette -- I want you to know that marriage isn't for you. No true relationship of love is for you. Love is about the person you love.
And, paradoxically, the more you truly love that person, the more love you receive. And not just from your significant other, but from their friends and their family and thousands of others you never would have met had your love remained self-centered.
Truly, love and marriage isn't for you. It's for others.
Seth Adam Smith is an Alaskan-born blogger and the editor-in-chief of ForwardWalking.com. This post first appeared on his website, sethadamsmith.com