1. Trampolining? I love to watch the Olympics for the more obscure sports. Sure, I enjoy watching swimming and gymnastics, but I can’t resist trampolining and synchronized diving and handball. I mean, these folks every day to be the best at something most of us haven’t heard of. I want to cheer them on. Plenty of little kids want to grow up to be the next Misty May-Trainer or Michael Phelps, but not many dream about being the next Karen Cockburn (Canadian bronze medalist in trampoline).
Also, the Olympics is a great opportunity for me to catch up with one of my favorite humor columnists, Dave Barry, who writes for the Miami Herald. He’s been reporting from London where he’s doing his part to spread the Olympic spirit. He is a man after my own heart.
I went over to Olympic Park, a huge sports complex featuring a spectacular array of sights and activities, such as people selling beer from backpacks. It’s wonderful. Instead of having to walk, manually, to a place that sells beer, you can just stand still, or even lie down, and eventually a person will come along wearing a backpack that says, quote, “BEER.”
Have you been watching the Olympics? Which sports have captivated you? Also, can anyone explain why the women’s beach volleyball players wear the skimpiest of outfits?
2. Underwater dogs! Oh, yes, they’re back! Seth Casteel’s underwater photos of dogs chasing tennis balls went viral a few months ago. Here he hosts a session with some Best Friends dogs at the Los Angeles adoptions center. I dare you not to smile at these adorable pooches having a blast. (P.S. All of them have been adopted!)
3. #happiness. For a while now, I’ve been keeping a journal. I haven’t been an avid journaler. I’d preferred my writing energy be put into whatever work of fiction I was currently tackling. Then my friend Carla sent me a bound notebook filled with lovely pictures and quotes. It’s not a list of what I did that day or general feelings about what I did. At the end of the day I jot a sentence or two about something that made me happy. Yesterday I wrote about a guy standing next to me on the subway who had grabbed onto the pole in such a way that I could see the tattoo on the palm of his hand (ouch!) that read “blessed”.
That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.~ Willa Cather
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort.~Elizabeth Gilbert
Do you have a #happiness moment you’d like to share?
4. Dr. Brene Brown on vulnerability. Another great talk from the folks at TED. Researcher Brene brown gets to the bottom of why people feel vulnerable. Unworthiness = shame = fear of disconnection = vulnerability. “In order for true connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be really seen.”
5. A Cautionary Tale. I’ll leave you today with a word of warning from fellow blogger Roni Loren. She’d recently been sued by a photographer for use of a photo on her blog that was copyrighted. A quick snapshot of what happened in her words:
Well on one random post, I grabbed one random picture off of google and then a few weeks later I got contacted by the photographer who owned that photo. He sent me a takedown notice, which I responded to immediately because I felt awful that I had unknowingly used a copyrighted pic. The pic was down within minutes. But that wasn’t going to cut it. He wanted compensation for the pic.
In Roni’s case, lawyers were involved. I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty situation. I was thinking back to the photos I’d used on this blog and wondered if I’d unwittingly done the same thing. Roni has some great tips (learned the hard way, unfortunately) for photo use on websites/blogs. Thanks to Roni for sharing her experience and educating me on this topic.
What do you think of the new look to the site? Have a great weekend, everyone!