Tag Archives: joy

silly.

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A Dutch town has officially opened a ‘silly walks’ road crossing, in honor of a classic sketch from the 1970s BBC comedy, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Spijkenisse near Rotterdam has replaced the usual crossing sign by the town hall with one of a man with a bowler hat and briefcase flinging his leg high in the air, in emulation of John Cleese’s performance from the ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’ sketch.

Aloys Bijl, a local fan of the show, saw a similar sign put up by a prankster in Sweden, and asked Spijkenisse council to make an official version. “Cleese parodied a man from the ministry, and sometimes strange things do happen in town halls.”

Alderman Jan Willem Mijnans liked the idea, and agreed to preside at the not-very-formal opening of the rebranded crossing.

“It’s nice to see people crossing the street with a smile on their face, and we hope lots of people will do so,” he told the expectant crowds, before trying out his own silly walk.

The crossing is one of the busiest in town, but Mr Mijnans assured the public that, no matter how silly their progress, “traffic rules still apply, and cars have to stop as normal”.He added that the sign will revert to the original if it proves to be more of a distraction than an aid to road safety.

The people of Spijkenisse have taken to the idea with great enthusiasm, and filled social media with clips of pedestrians crossing with a variety of outlandish gaits.

‘mix a little foolishness with your serious plans.

it is lovely to be silly at the right moment. ‘

-horace

credits: abc news, news from elsewhere, martin morgan, nos public television

facts.

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joyful young scientist

teaching and demonstrating

for even younger scientists

ends his hands-on physics and chemistry lessons

with a show-stopper

a fog-shooting cannon

crafted from a garbage can

and the crowd realizes how much they love science

and simply cannot get enough. 

“facts are to the mind what food is to the body.”

-edmund burke

 

 

 

ann arbor public library, pittsfield branch

alley cats.

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 collective joy in graffiti alley 

ann arbor, mi – summer 2018

“the urge to transform one’s appearance, to dance outdoors, 

to mock the powerful and embrace perfect strangers is not easy to suppress.”

 -Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy

 

blue sunbeams.

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and michigan takes the win in the final second.

moving on to the sweet sixteen.

 the tears and the joy flow freely.

go blue.

‘tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.’

-hosea ballou

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image credits: mlive.com –  mike mulholland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

heal.

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one of the sweetest cards ever –

created by one of my kinders 

who “read” it aloud to me:

“I really, really, really  hope that your foot feels better very, very soon.”

(complete with a picture of me with one foot in the giant boot. )

“if you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.”

-carlos santana

laughter is the sun.

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as the snowfall arrives

there is a soft quiet

a world of white outside

while inside

 the cottage is filled with color 

 the center of the snow globe

 i’m clearly drawn to whimsical animal art

and yes,

that is the wing of a  peacock kite you see in the upper left corner.

“laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”

-victor hugo

invisible to the eye.

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he was a ‘well-seasoned’ magic man

who came in

to entertain the youngest children

 while he wasn’t smooth

 his jokes and tricks and props and velvet

had been around a long time

the children loved every trick

opened their eyes wide with wonder

as doves and bunnies and coins and cards and wands and scarves

appeared and disappeared

in all kinds of unexpected places

 they eagerly

 volunteered to help him

 squealed and giggled and clapped with pure delight

until they lost their breath with laughter

he was a showstopper of the highest order

who had found the perfect audience.


“it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. “

-antoine de saint-exupery

have a ball.

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i love her final gesture

and it made me give pause –

if i were to go today

i would leave behind the following things for others to enjoy:

$7.oo, a sock monkey, photographs, glitter, collage projects, letters and books.

i hope there is no fighting over the monkey.


“laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.”

-oscar wilde

credits: getty images, mental floss