Seattle Loves Books

I have always heard amazing things about Seattle, but their public library might be the greatest thing about the city. My friend sent me this video months ago and I think I might be partially responsible for the thousands upon thousands of views it has gotten. Curiously, every time I watch it I’m at the edge of my seat wondering if it will actually work! Clearly I’m very, very simple ;)

The massive domino chain was created to celebrate the launch of the 2013 Summer Reading Program and could possibly have set a world record!

I’ve decided that next to reading them the next best use of books is this. Enjoy.

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Call Me Maybe – West Side Story Edition

This is why I love these people.

This is the 1st Broadway National Tour of West Side Story with their take on Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’. This song has taken over, and this is one of many youtube videos dedicated to the catchy tune.

After a long and hard day yesterday I was so happy to get home and find this on my facebook. It put such a smile on my face to see some dear friends and some seriously funny and talented people.

I expect another video from Japan, friends!

Barack Obama For President, Forever.

I just wanted to give a little shout out to Mr. President Barack Obama for coming out in support of gay marriage. I’d like to think that he had always been a supporter and was waiting for the right moment to make the announcement. I hope this was it, and that it helps to propel him into his next (fingers crossed) term. I’m not a political person, and I often can’t stand politics because there is nothing real or sincere about it. There is no one to trust in politics it seems. I can’t be bothered with the games. However, since Mr. Obama came along, people, young people especially, have had a reason to hope. I’m not even American, but what I wouldn’t give to be able to vote for him!

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Tea In The 1940’s

I guess I’m on a tea kick today!

I was watching this video and couldn’t help but wonder what was happening in the 1940’s in other parts of the world. Were they discovering tea for the first time? Were they burning their leaves and wishing there was some video to give them tips on how to make the perfect cup of tea? Think about places like China, Japan or India, they would have probably thought this video was hilarious, even in the 40’s. Let’s think about indigenous populations like the Kichwa people of Ecuador. They probably knew how to steep the perfect pot of tea  before anyone!

I think the one thing that has remained the same, through the years and across the continents, is that tea has been a catalyst to bring together families, friends and communities. That will never change.

 Enjoy this video. And please, Don’t put your teas near disinfectants! :)

The Many Faces Of William Shakespeare

Among other things, Shakespeare and I share a birthday and a passion for the theatre. His plays are as diverse as the images in these paintings, and as actors we always strive to perform his rich and diverse cast of characters.

English was not my first language so I am always amazed by the language and its origins. It never fails to surprise me when I hear of certain words that were coined by Mr. Shakespeare himself. Obscene, alligator, skim milk and eye ball to name a few!

These prints, from www.fab.com are a fitting tribute to the genius. Eclectic and richly detailed. The video below is a quirky history of Shakespeare and his influence on the English language.

Who else shares our day of birth? Shirley Temple, Sandra Dee, and Michael Moore! I am in good company.

Keep Calm And Carry On – True Story

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster? I had no idea it had such an interesting history. Today we know it from countless products such as journals, t-shirts, bags, candles, mouse pads and even bed sheets! We’ve modified the text countless ways to serve our own purposes. For example, ‘Keep Calm and Drink Tea’. However, the poster was created to boost morale during WWII…and since then it’s been on quite a journey.

My lovely friend Karen introduced me to this video. This is one of the things I love about the
world-wide web and having a blog. Once people start to get to know me and what I like they send me amazing things like this!

To learn more about the history of the poster make sure to check out the website here!

Keep Calm a Carry On….and send me some videos! ;)

Wise Beyond Her Years, Tavi Gevinson Is No Rookie

When I was 15 I spent most of my time studying, playing soccer, singing and hanging out with my friends at the mall. I was a studious, curious teen with big dreams and ambitions to make a difference, but I saw those dreams being fulfilled in the future. When I grew up. I’ve always lived my life in order. I thought, I’ll be a kid, I’ll be a teen, I’ll go to school, I’ll grow up, I’ll get a job, and then that job will make a difference. What my dreams were aren’t the point. The point is I don’t think I realized I could make a difference in the world until I grew up.

I did dream about acting and performing as a kid. I knew I could do that at ANY age. But, the idea of being taken seriously or making a difference always seemed like something “grown ups” did. Now that I’m a certain age I’m happy with who I am, what I’m doing and how I live in the world. However, I’m also happy and excited to see how young people are taking a lead and taking charge of their dreams and issues that need to be tackled in the world.

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This Is Your LIFE.

Recognize this incredible poster of powerful words? Do you remember seeing it all over your news feed on Facebook? Well I finally learnt where it came from and I am so excited at my discovery!

Holstee is a company with a conscience. It’s what can happen when people sit down for a second, stop moving, and really think about what they want out of life and for the world. That’s what Mike, Dave and their cousin Fabian did a few years ago and what came out of it was the Holstee Manifesto. The poster you see above, and the message that’s being heard all over the world. Thankfully.

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Beautiful Tree

I was in Lima recently for two weeks. I spent a glorious time with my family and as usual took some great shots and footage. Here is a glimpse of the good times. It’s a wonderful reminder that I’m a lucky girl and have some incredible people looking out for me and sending me good karma and love everyday.

“Bent or broken,
It’s the family tree.
Bent or broken,
It’s the family tree.
Each branch a part of a part of me.
This is my tree,
And it’s a beautiful tree.”

DAVIDsTEA In The Field: Ecuador Edition

I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a Guayusa Ambassador for DAVIDsTEA. Here is a little teaser of what our week was like in the Amazonian Jungles of Ecuador. We could not have had a better time. We learned so much and we are excited to be home and spread the message of the Kichwa people and the Guayusa plant.

I hope to share more stories and information in the coming weeks. It was a trip of a lifetime.

In the meantime, for more information and updates please check out www.davidstea.com and www.runa.org.