Watch this video. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
This is the best ad for a nonprofit group I’ve ever seen. I love the idea that 50 million 12-year-old girls are the key to a better world. I’ve always found it sadly ironic that the countries that place so little value on girls are often the ones that suffer the most developmentally. Educating girls is the key to making successful communities. Follow The Girl Effect on Facebook or on Twitter.
You should really check out all of the videos of sand artist Ilana Yahav on her YouTube channel or at her website, but here are a couple of especially neat ones:
Not the “Hallelujah” chorus, which I also love, but the one originally written by Leonard Cohen. I first heard Rufus Wainwright’s cover on the “Shrek” soundtrack, and in the years since I’ve found other great versions, from Justin Timberlake to Allison Crowe. It’s one of my top five favorite songs of all time.
The best part of my day was finding this version by the Canadian Tenors, with a guest appearance by Sarah McLachlan. I could listen to it over and over. It’s just stunning:
Flash mobs are groups of people that break into song or dance (sometimes both) in public places. You can find a bunch of them if you do a search on YouTube. These are two that are appropriate for this time of year. I love this song, and I’d be thrilled to find myself where these shoppers did.
Quite possibly the cutest “Star Wars”-related video ever. It always makes me smile. Have a fantastic Friday!
Tom Chapin is one of my all-time favorite singers. I loved his children’s songs growing up, and they still resonate as an adult. I’ve seen him in concert a few times and he always does a good show. Most of his kids’ songs aren’t overly political, although he does sing a lot about the environment (“Happy Earth Day,” “Someone’s Gonna Use It,” “Good Garbage,” “Mother Earth’s Routine,” “R-E-C-Y-C-L-E,” “Clean Machine”). If you have young kids and are looking for music you can enjoy as a family, definitely check Tom out. Read more about him at Tom Chapin’s official website or listen to song samples on Amazon.
Every day, but especially today, spare a thought or prayer for the safe return of our troops. I wish they could all have the kind of happy homecomings pictured below. You’d have to be heartless not to be moved by the incredible amount of love shown here.