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Free Seattle: Parades

13 Mar

Drums

Did you know parades were originally a chance for rulers to display their military might and authority?

Eventually they became associated with festivals and holidays. People used them for a chance to socialize, witness a spectacle, and have fun (as they still do).

They say the original Macy’s Day Parade (1924) was the first to use blatant advertising. I would argue the aforementioned rulers were using it for their own “advertising” long before that. But I degress…

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Interesting Person Fund

27 Feb
Source: Janel Piersma

Source: Janel Piersma

I recently came across an idea-packed article on creativity rituals, which included everything from naps to bar brainstorming to frequent vacations (yes yes and yes!).

They also mentioned something called an “interesting people fund,” the idea of which was taken from an interview with entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha:

By pre-committing time and money to meeting interesting people, you increase the likelihood that you’ll actually do it… Take an hour out of your day or spend $40 buying someone lunch…. Relationships—be they romantic, friendship, or professional–take time to develop.

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Old School vs. New School

3 Feb

HackSchooling_ObstacleCourseWould you be brave enough to try this “new school” idea with your kids? When you were a kid, do you think you would’ve been driven and interested enough to stick with it yourself?

When it comes to education, what would you say are the pros and cons of old school vs. new school, or as this boy calls it “hackschooling”?

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2013: An Ode to Friendship

30 Dec

Friends DinnerWhat has the year 2013 meant to you?

For me, it’s been a year of trial and error, acceptance and surprises, joy and friendship.

For my daughter, who turned three, it’s been a flagship year, too.

Who knows what the future will hold...

Who knows what the future will hold…

She began to experiment with being her own person, complete with her own goals and opinions. (Oh, the opinions!) And throughout all these confusing leaps of personhood, it’s heartwarming to see the security she gains from friendship, particularly with her buddy since birth, Noa.

In celebration of the year behind us—and the friends with us through every thrill, challenge, and accomplishment along the way—I give you…

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Make Someone Happy

26 Dec

My Favorite ThingsSure, gifts are nice and all, but how do you really make someone happy?

The GNH formula is a great place to start. That’s “gross national happiness,” as developed by Bhutan King Jigme Singye Wangchuck back in the ’70s.

It’s rather fascinating (see the video below, if you want to know more), but the gist is that:

More money does not equal more happiness. Social, environmental, and economic wellbeing do.

So, how do you do you go about this realistically in your everyday life? Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Thin explains it like this: Continue reading

Laughter

11 Nov

Pumpkin LaughterWhen was the last time you laughed like this?

Head back, smile wide open, eyes pinched with happiness, not caring who saw you—scratch that—WANTING people to see you and see your joy. Continue reading

Making Unicorns

28 Oct

P9210338Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was obsessed with unicorns. She wanted to wear unicorn clothes. She wanted to color unicorn pictures. She wanted to make up unicorn stories. She want to play unicorn games.

She wanted to BE a unicorn.

And through the magic of some leftover craft supplies and a parent’s obliging heart, she became one.

With this:

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