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Have Faith...

Have you ever noticed that most of the news seems to be Bad News? But there are actually 'Good Things' that happen because people are helping each other, rather than hurting. I noticed this headline, and to be honest I clicked it becauses it said something happening at Walmart. Not sure why Walmart was my trigger. It couldn't be because I go to the one off Brodie & 290 at least once a week. Wen I clicked the story, it was a pleasant surprise. A woman and her baby are alive and doing great. Thanks to 2 people at a Walmart who stopped and helped her when she was having a seizure in the middleo of a Walmart isle. She reunited w/ them over the weekend to say thanks. She was losing Faith in Humankind before this happened to her. Story here! T

This happened a an Ohio Walmart, but it could happen anywhere. The question is... Do you still have 'Faith in Humankind?' Read this story to feel better about people, and strive to be a better person to others. Sounds good in theory, and putting it in action are two different things. Good luck!
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Remember this guy...

Last night my Honey Ted & I were watching 'So You Think You Can Dance'.  There was a tap dance number performed that had Gregory Hines pop in my head. Remember him?.. Then this popped in my head.. remember this '85 movie?  Perfect for #TBT!  
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Have you heard about 'Undercover Colors'....

'Undercover Colors' is a creation of these students from  North Carolina University- The team — Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan, and Tasso Von Windheim. They know women in their lives who could have used this creation. It's SAD this is something that is in need, but Awesome these guys are doing something to help stop this AWFUL VIOLATION! Y'all Rock!

The team is hoping to empower women by giving them an easy way to detect date-rape drugs:

"While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.
For our first product, we are developing a nail polish that changes color when it comes into contact with date-rape drugs. With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong."

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The reason why...

Hey y'all.. TGIF!  As we go into the weekend, you'll probably run  across more 'IceBucketChallenges', which by the way is a perfect time to do over the weekend w/ 100 degree plus temps.  Anyway, a reminder that actually hit me much harder w/ thought when I watched Anthony's video.  The #IceBucketChallenge is getting the awareness and raising money for ALS, but while you either watch or do a challenge, it goes much deeper than that.  Anthony's video really got me thinking about it. If you only watch 1 more challenge, his is the one.  It goes much deeper into what ALS is and what it does.

My video is in honor of him and everyone w/ and affected by ALS.  Hugs to all who are helping the cause.  You Rock!

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It's Your Turn...

#IceBucketChallenge  www.alsa.org  
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It's NOT Fair...

I know that's a statement that usually has the answer, well life isn't fair.  Which is BIGTIME the case for Anthony. With the #IceBucketChallenge HOT on social media... ALS making over $31.5 million so far. If you are tired of all the ice water videos, you need to watch this one, even if it's your last #IceBucketChallenge you watch.  Anthony does it, but also explains and shows why.  He wants those to know why they are doing it.  I suggest having some tissues available.  I wish I could hug him. ALS runs in his family. His grandmother had it, his mom has it and he was diagnosed w/ it 5 months ago at the age of 26.  

There is some adult language in the video, so you're warned before watching it.  Those words definitely fit how/when they are used during this video. Hopefully, this will never happen to you or someone you love.  But think about what would you do if you were in the same situation as Anthony.  I don't think you'll be bothered by the ice water vIdeos, once it's put into the in your face perspective of what ALS does to a a person who is dying from it.  Anthony is such a strong soul. RIght now.. IT'S NOT FAIR FOR ANTHONY AT ALL!


Please watch this and share!

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Getting ready...

I got called out/challenged, by my SIL Nici, so it's in the making and I'm getting ready! I'm already cold thinking about it...BBBBRRRR!  It's for a Great Cause! Wonder who I will challenge????  Over $31.5 million has been raised thanks to buckets of ice water and social media.  www.alsa.org 
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Who is this?

This is Meghan Trainor, who is 'Bringing Booty Back', because she's 'All About That Bass (No Treble, No Treble').... She had to fight for 'All  About That Bass' not to change it's tone/tempo:
When she first pitched the song, Trainor told Billboard that songwriters complained that "All About That Bass" didn't have a "big chorus." "We were like, "No, that's the catchiest part of the song! That's our chorus and we don't want to change it,'" she recalled. "So we kept it, and that's everyone's favorite part."     Meghan has written songs since she was 11 and by 13 she was producing them on a computer her parents bought her. Meghan has written several songs for different artists.. Rascal Flatts included.  When this song came up, other artists were being entertained to sing it, but Meghan stood up for it and herself as a songwriter/singer! 

I'm glad this now 20 year-old from Massachusetts stuck w/ it. I think the song is perfect the way it is, with a Great message, minus a bit of hating on 'Skinny Biaaatches!!  But it's not hating on the skinny part, but more on the B- tudes!!   Meghan's album will be coming out this fall.  She's snuck in later in the summer, but she's in the running for 'All About That Bass' to be Summer Song of 2014. What do you think ?

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I didn't know this...

Pop Up Video jumped in my head today for some reason. I checked out the more updated version (I LOVED the original) .  I learned a lot about Paramore's 'Misery' tune thanks to the 'Bubbles- Info Nuggets'.  Pop Up Videos are AMAZEBALLS! (AMAZEBALLS is an official word and so is SIDEBOOB, which I really couldn't use w/ this.. OXFORD Dictionary added them!  Pretend you read that Info Nugget in a Bubble :) ) .. Did you know this?....
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FREE Fun this weekend...

Free Fun In ATX is a great site with lots of cool  family things to do. FREE ROCKS TOO!  They have a Top 10 Freebie Fun for this weekend.  One includes the Austin Symphony concert on Sunday... Click here for the other 9 ! :) Happy Weekend. Stay Cool and hydrated.. HOT & HUMID w/ triple digit temps feeling like it's 105 this weekend! Good Hot Times in ATX!!
  1. Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park – Sunday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. This week, you can enjoy the Woodwinds ensemble. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE parking will be available at One Texas Center, located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st Street. Paid parking will be available at the Palmer Garage for $7. Hartman Concert Park (directions), Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.
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