Below is Mr. Grohl’s keynote speech at this year’s SXSW festival. It’s full of badassified thoughts and motivation. Watch it! Watch it, NOW!
*****CHECK OUT****** *THE PIT *BUSY BEES *BLOODY MARY *HERE WE ARE
Although I was intrigued with the movie when it came out, I never watched it. I always knew that I would take it in at just the right moment in my life when I needed to view it. Well, last night was that time. I found myself analyzing and decoding the images and words that were portrayed. In no way do I claim to know fully the intentions of the director. I do know it spoke to the nature of my being. So many personalities combined into one~Striving to mold them into all, so as none are lost and all have a voice in my existence. The last line, in particular, shot a lightning bolt of clarity into the core of my soul:
Best wishes in your search
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
Okay, so the quote is waaaay outta touch with modern science but I still like it! I’ve BEEn interested in the wee BUZZards since I found out how unbelievably skilled and efficient they were in geometry. (I dig math, okay?!)
FACTS TO GET YOUR HEAD BUZZING ‘BOUT BEES…
~Bees do not see the color red but they can see ultraviolet colors
~~A queen bee chooses the sex of her offspring
~~~Honey bees are not born to make honey: they are taught by their elders
~~~~Been around for 30 million years
~~~~~A honeycomb is made of hexagonal cells with walls that are only 2/1000 inch thick, but support 25 times their own weight
~~~~~~Bees pollinate an average of 15 billion dollars in crops every year
~~~~~~~Bees dance to communicate
~~~~~~~~Bees are super-smart at math and can calculate angles
~~~~~~~~~The hexagonal honeycomb shape is a reflection of this ability, as it is the most efficient use of space for them to store food
~~~~~~~~~~Honey is the only food made by insects that is eaten by man
~~~~~~~~~~~Honey has everything in it to sustain life, with an added antioxidant that promotes brain functioning
~~~~~~~~~~~~Human brains have trillions of glial “glue” cells that form a honeycomb pattern that nourishes and protects neurons
In honor of All Saints Day, I am showing gratitude to my Catholic heritage by sharing with you one of my favorite saints, Saint Kateri Tekawitha, who was just recently canonized (fancy word meaning the big wigs in the church feel she is worthy of being called a saint) on 10/21/2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Kateri is the first Native American Indian to reach sainthood; she showed extreme courage and bravery in what she believed and gave great dedication to the environment and the sick. Her story has fascinated me, since I was a young girl.
My mom, grandma, and I went into Saint Louis city to visit my Uncle Jim , who was in the Kenrick seminary (fancy word for a college where you learn to become a priest). While we were in the gift shop, I spotted the book, Kateri Tekawitha, Lily of the Mohawks. My grandma bought it for me and I read it all the time. I think I even brought it to school for show-and-tell!
Hearing the news of Kateri’s sainthood, this October, put a huge smile on my face. It brought back a flood of memories of my grandma , who is now gone and my uncle, who recently passed away in September. As I grew older, and more rebellious of my Catholic upbringing, I often debated with them on the teaching and dogma of the church. It drove my mother CRAZY! I’m sure they are giggling, as I write this…
I am beginning to accept that in my questioning of my beliefs I do not have to completely shun and rebel from them, either. Although I am, currently, not a devoted Catholic, I find that my faith is still heavily rooted in Catholic teachings and prayers: I love reading about saints and angels, I still pray numerous Catholic prayers, almost daily, and when I do go to church, I get overwhelmingly emotional and almost always have tears. It is a part of me. It seems as though I cannot escape it, no matter how hard I try to run away…
Be Strong. Be Courageous.
I stayed up way too late the other night watching The Code on the Science Channel. For some reason my brain gets hungry for information late at night. I started watching The Code and was blown away (ha!) by the bubble artist and his explanation of the conservation of space that bubbles inherently possess. Check out the video, even if you’re not a number or shape freak, the bubble formations are incredible to watch!
Upon completion of my last Probability and Statistics test, with my brain nearly fried, I cruised over to Facebook-land for some much-needed, non-thinking activity. A HUGE smile crept up on my face, as I read on of my friend’s posts. She is at the closing of her time in her 30′s and had written a “TO DO” list of items to accomplish before she hit the debilitating age of 40
She stated that she realized she would most likely never complete many of the items before her birthday, so she gave her list a new direction. Instead of trying to accomplish pie-in-the-sky, self-absorbed goals at this time, she is choosing to do 40 random acts of kindness before she blows out her candles on the eve of her birthday next month!!!
She started her KINDNESS COUNTDOWN today in the drive-thru at Starbucks, by buying the lady’s coffee behind her~ I just imagined how shocked and appreciative the unsuspecting recipient of the “FREE” coffee must have been. Ya, I teared-up a bit, I’ll admit…Kindness just warms the hell outta my heart ( It’s my Cancer Moon for any astrology nerds out there).
I love how my friend flipped her “ME ME ME LIST” into something that everyone can benefit from and my thoughts began to wonder~~ I wonder what other random acts she has in store? I wonder how many people her kindness is going to spread to? and how many of those people will continue to spread the kindness they received? Will they show gratitude? Will they shrug it off?
<3 and Kindness,
I was five when this song was made in 1985… My mom was a teacher and bought the record to play for her class when discussing the famine in Ethopia during the 80′s.
I used to play it over and over again and pretend I was there in the studio. Cyndi Lauper’s part was my absolute favorite!
I believe the message stands as strong, if not stronger today. It must start at the core of our own reality, though. We must overcome our difference or indifference in our small corners of the world to make change. World Hunger did not end then, nor will not end today but…
WE CAN MAKE TODAY A BRIGHTER DAY: YOU AND ME!
Love to ALL,