Friday, October 28, 2011

Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

For all of my coffee loving friends (and everyone else too) . . .

P.S. I know I've been completely absent from LMS and I have appreciated the kind notes from my loyal readers concerned about the absence, but I promise LMS really coming back in the next couple of weeks. I haven't had a home computer or internet for two months, but as of next weekend, I will and then I'll start blogging again regularly. Trust me, I've missed Little Merry Sunshine and you!

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Who's Your Hero?

Evidently, it's me. I'm not bragging. Just stating the facts as I see them. Watch the video below for proof.

Jessica Gardner Honored as Hero

Special thanks to Brad Meltzer for creating this super cool video.

Supposedly, you can customize it for yourself or someone you love and/or admire. So go ahead, make someone's day and let them know they're your hero.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs' 2005 Commencement Speech at Stanford

You may have seen this video of Steve Jobs giving the commencement address at Stanford University in 2005. Even if you've seen it, watch it again.

In 2005, he clearly knew he was facing down his own death, yet he couldn't have been more inspirational.

RIP Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Brad Meltzer Talks at TED

Brad Meltzer tweeted a couple (maybe a few) months ago that he was giving a TED Talk. Since then, I've been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see his talk.

Today's the day. Brad's Ted Talk is finally available on You Tube. And I love his topic.

How to Write Your Own Obituary.


Watch it. It's not really about writing your obituary. Well it is. But more than that, it's about the legacy each of us leaves. And it's powerful. Trust me.

Given the death of Steve Jobs yesterday, this couldn't be more apropos. Talk about legacy.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October 5: International Dave Gardner Day!

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of Dave. I'm guessing he's in high school here, but I don't know for sure. It was taken by his friend Maura Ardam and used with permission.

Thirty-seven years ago today, my parents gave me the greatest gift in the world. They gave me a little brother named Dave.

Now, although I wanted a puppy or a Barbie doll and, at first, I wasn't exactly fond of him (there's the whole alleged Thanksgiving Incident of 1974, but we don't talk about that), I came to discover that his value far exceeds that of a puppy and Barbie doll combined.

Dave is my biggest cheerleader and I am his. He's usually my first phone call when I have good news and he's my rock when things aren't so good. He's adventurous and fun and challenges me to be better. And even though there are times he continues to push when I'm happy with the status quo, I've come to realize that he only does it because he can often see bigger and better for me than I can in the moment.

Simply put, Dave is the greatest brother in the world and for his birthday, I declare it International Dave Gardner Day! Everyone should be so blessed to have a brother like him. Not him (he's mine), but like him.

Please join me in celebrating my brother Dave. You can wish him Happy Birthday in the comments.

Happy Happy Birthday Dave! Happy International Dave Gardner Day! I love you!