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buttoni just turned off a TED talk about a third of the way in.

for those of you who may not know what a TED talk is, they are these brilliant [normally] shortish [10 to 20 min] talks on a whole host of different areas of life. someone gets up and speaks an inspiring talk on something they’re passionate about and as i said they are usually really good. this one wasn’t, so i turned it off.

and a strange thing happened…

no-one died. well not that i am aware of.

in other news i just finished reading the biography of Archbishop Desmond Tutu which i had been looking forward to for a while, but which i didn’t overly enjoy. i just don’t think it was particularly well written and it focused too much on events and happenings and not enough on Tutu’s engagement with them or emotional response to them. so while there were glimpses, i don’t really feel i got to see Tutu’s heart concerning apartheid and a number of other incredible events and experiences he got invited into.

and i kinda knew that from half way in but i just kept on reading because i kinda wanted to see where it ended i guess.

i can’t get those hours of my life back [and it was a bit of a wadey book so it was a bunch of them]

i am someone who has walked out of a bunch of movies – not a crazy amount, but probably more than most. and i can’t remember ever walking out of a movie that i regretted or feel like my life became worse off for not having watched it. i can, however, think of a bunch of movies that i feel worse off for having watched at all or having stuck out [usually ‘to see how it ended’]. and sometimes it just a waste of time [the recent RIPD being one of the worst movies Val and i have ever watched and it really was curiosity about how it would end and i will never get that hour and a half of my life back] but other times it’s imagery and content that i really don’t want or need anywhere in my mind [like the recent Arrested Development series which Val stopped watching and i really wish i had – when paedophilia is the subject of the humour, safe bet to turn it off, Brett] and it is good to be able to get up and walk out, or turn it off, or put the book down.

because no-one will die. 

and people have different levels of what they see as okay and what is offensive and what i have learnt to some degree is that i don’t have to be input police for everyone else and so if someone else feels like something is okay, that’s fine but i don’t need to feel like i can’t make the decision to stop taking it in or on.

i have gotten a lot better at that with books in the last few years [because there are so many i really want to read] and with series there are SO MANY good ones out there that i never have to subject myself to something bad or unenjoyable. turn it off and find something you enjoy.

this thought feels so simple and yet so terribly profound.

how about you? ever walked our of a movie or stopped reading a book? what was the motivation for you? and any regrets on something you really wished you had stopped before the end?

Another week, another fresh challenge… and this time that is exactly what the photo challenge is: FRESH

And if it was up to one image to capture the heart of the whole theme and send me cascading past the rest to break the finish line in the first position [assuming this was a competition, which it’s not, it’s a challenge… an honour even to be nominated, even though we know that however good our pics are Kanye West will think Beyonce’s were better] it would be this one:


Say no more… but because we are not contained to just one picture, and because they say a picture is worth a thousand words, i took it upon myself to share four more thousand words with you [fortunately in picture form, cos in the words of Gob Bluth, “COME ON!”] and so here they are.

First up [although technically second up and because there are two of them, second and third up] here are two pictures of me and then me and the beautiful Val all fresh and ready before we started the 5km Color Run in Philadelphia last year [and before they started throwing paint on us at random intervals, and by “random” i mean evenly spaced at 1km apart, but because we’re in the US of A where they deal in miles, we should stick with “random”]

Fresh2b Fresh2

Notice the looks of “We’re so fresh, we probably think this race is about us, don’t we?” on our faces…

If you’re thinking ‘Fresh’ [and we all are by now, right? It’s the theme, people, work with me here!] then the next image that coms to mind must be paint… especially cos me using the word right there probably helped it gently into your brainmind and so what best than a bunch of freshly painted tyres that are about to be used to transform a dull and listless empty lot into the beginnings of a colourful boundaried park for the local kids in the Kensington, Philadelphia community to be able to play in…

FreshpaintAnd then finally, how would it be possible to have the word ‘Fresh’ without invoking the image of ‘getting fresh’ or making out [or whatever you call it in this country, in my country and maybe twenty years ago, it at least used to be called ‘Getting Fresh’] and although most of the images of me kissing my beautiful wife Valerie at our wedding have been used countless times for these challenges, here is a *cough ‘Fresh’ one of us getting fresh just above the fresh creation of a 3D chalk design, this time in downtown Philly centre:

FreshgetIf Mr Eastwood was naming this Fresh Collage, I like to imagine that he would go for a title something along the lines of ‘Every which way but Fresh’ which would be a nice try, Mr Clintwood, but kinda missing the point dont’chathink? Sigh. Back to the talking chair, Mr Clint, back to the chair.

Meanwhile to the rest of you, thankx for vibing a fresh vibe with me – what interpretations of the word ‘Fresh’ can you come up with – show me the links…


Another week, another ‘The Weekly Mash [and Peace!] – see what’s been happening this week on The Weekly Mash [and Peace!]:

Monday showed the Kareoke gas pump clip you probly already saw before it arrived here but if not it is complete F.U.N.

Tuesday was the breaking news of the new season of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT first trailer peek as well as news of JACK BAUER returning for a new season of 24

Wednesday saw an encouragement to not give up on your friends, even if they have walked away from you…

What happens if it’s been a while since you picked up your Bible? Thursday’s post gave some simple tips to get you back in the Word.

Friday saw an encouragement for simple acts of kindness as opposed to random ones…

[for last Saturday’s weekly round-up dealing with chess, cicadas, poison and together, click here]

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