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The Business of Being Born: A Must-See Documentary for Expectant Parents

My wife and I haven't agreed on every little thing over the years, but there is one thing that we have always agreed on: the best experiences of our lives so far have been the home births of our two sons.

I still remember both home births as though they occurred a few hours ago.

Margaret's labor with our firstborn was about six hours long. With the help of three midwives, we sweated and huffed and puffed our way through every hour. And I mean we.

About halfway through the labor, I distinctly remember thinking, I'll never say no to this woman again...whatever she asks for from now on, my answer will be yes. I know this is a bit of a funny thought to have had while she was crushing my hands during each wave of contractions, but the point that shouldn't be missed is this: I felt some serious respect and awe for my wife as I witnessed her giving birth to our firstborn. Read more about The Business of Being Born: A Must-See Documentary for Expectant Parents


The Empowerment Plan

Imagine a warm winter coat that unfolds at its bottom to tranform into a full sleeping bag. This survival tool is at the heart of The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization that hires homeless women from local shelters to make this coat, which is gifted to homeless people with no strings attached. Read more about The Empowerment Plan


How We Measure Success

I can't speak for other cultures, but I can confirm that most Korean parents love discussing how well their grown children are doing with their careers. Seriously, if you put longtime Korean friends in their 60's and beyond at a restaurant table for an hour, chances are good that you'll end up with a world-class brag-fest that is veiled in feigned humility. Read more about How We Measure Success


Look Up

Please take a few minutes to watch the following and then unplug and look up. Thank you Gary Turk.


Earthlings: A Devastating Documentary on Humanity's Lack of Respect for Other Living Creatures

This post was originally published in March, 2007.

It is with sadness that I write this blog entry. I just finished watching a documentary called Earthlings that contains the most abominable acts of cruelty towards animals that I have ever seen. Read more about Earthlings: A Devastating Documentary on Humanity's Lack of Respect for Other Living Creatures


Giving Is The Best Communication

I know it's just a commercial, but it gives me goosebumps every time. Giving really is the best communcation. Hope you have a look here: Read more about Giving Is The Best Communication


Aaron Collins' Final Wish

Just stumbled upon the story of Aaron Collins' final wish to have his family leave a waiter or waitress an unforgettable tip. As Aaron's family has shared via major media outlets, few life experiences bring as much fulfillment as offering a gift to a stranger without expecting something in return. Read more about Aaron Collins' Final Wish


Bullied Kid Fights Back

Mixed emotions when I see the following video of a bullied kid in Australia snapping and taking it to his bully.

I suspect just about everyone feels terrible for the kid being bullied, as well as some sense of justice for what happened to the bully.

(Please give the video a few seconds to load if it doesn't play right away.) Read more about Bullied Kid Fights Back


Music for Health: Yiruma

Not really much to say here, just a word of thanks to the universe for allowing me to stumble upon Korean pianist, Yiruma. As of this posting, the following live performance of "River Flows in You" has around 17 million views, so my guess is that a few of our readers know of this virtuoso pianist? Read more about Music for Health: Yiruma


Finding Your Unique Life Purpose

One of my favorite movies of all time is Unbreakable, a film by M. Night Shyamalan. What I love most about this film is its suggestion that if you are not doing what you are meant to be doing with your life, you will wake up each morning with a little sadness in your heart.

I realize that every person's life is made up of countless conscious and subconscious experiences, and that it can be self-limiting and even depressing to think that there's just one thing that each of us are meant to do really well. Read more about Finding Your Unique Life Purpose




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