“I either want
nothing at all.
I want to fly
or fall on my face.
I do not enjoy
the brief relief of just floating.
I am not
graceful in simplicity.
I am a natural disaster,
I am a world war.
I am on the brink
of the almighty almost
that kisses the lips
and I have always
stepped off short.”—Michelle K., Greatness. (via thatkindofwoman)
So You Want to Hug Third World Children? Picture or it Didn't Happen!
A colleague and friend of mine just sent me a very funny article about how to photograph yourself hugging third world children. Does it count if someone else is taking the pictures?
So, you’re going abroad to an underdeveloped country. Good for you! Everyone is already impressed with your bravery and selflessness, but it’s important to make sure your help and goodwill have the most lasting effects – on social media! If Oprah and Angelina have taught us anything, it’s that giving solely for the sake of giving is a missed photo op and a waste of everyone’s time. The following photo tips may not give your host family easier access to clean drinking water, or provide them protection against parasitic worms and merciless warlords, but they will ensure that everyone you know sees that you are basically a living saint.
1. Cradling the child to your bosom.
The classic shot. Instantly invokes images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and that sad dust bowl mom. For added poignancy, stare off into the distance. Suggested caption: Any lyric from “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston.
2. While playing sports with all of the village children.
Women playing sports is already adorable, so this one is a no-brainer. Add a dusty, remote shanty town as a backdrop, and you’re golden. Suggested caption: “Who needs a personal trainer when you have these little cuties to kick your butt? Just kidding, Todd, I’ll be back in a few weeks, get those kettlebells ready!”
3. While wearing traditional native garb.
Really emphasize your newfound reverence for this developing country’s unique culture by incorporating it into your look. Be careful about camera angles though; dashikis do NOT cinch at the waist! Suggested caption: “I let my little host sister give me a makeover, and this is the most naturally beautiful I’ve ever felt in my life!”
4. The Family Portrait.
This quintessential shot of you and your host family (with you crouched down with their children, obviously) will show everyone how fully accepted, appreciated, and adored you are by the very people you came to help. Suggested caption: “They ended up teaching me more than I could ever teach them.” Or any lyric from Wicked’s “For Good.”
The most important thing to remember about your trip is that one person can’t really make a difference in the world, but she CAN look beautiful and benevolent while trying. You will forever cherish the posts you made on your timeline, so invest in a nice camera and get posting for all your family, friends, and vague acquaintances to see! After all, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does its Klout score go up? And if NPR never sends you your tote bag, was it even worth it to donate?
I saw Frozen yesterday with boyfriend, just in time for Chicago’s thaw. I keep hearing things about how awesome the soundtrack is, and I am definitely a fan, but this one is by far my favorite from the film. It sets a great tone for the start and end of the story! Eatnemen Vuelie apparently means ‘Earth song’ in Norwegian. Here’s what Disney Wiki has to say about it:
The song is inspired by Saami and Norwegian culture and was written and composed by Norwegian composer Frode Fjellheim. The song is a combination of Saami yoiking and a Danish Christmas hymn.
Disney and Annie Liebowitz have been teaming up for several years to create what they call “Disney Dream Portraits,” where Annie poses celebrities as famous Disney characters. Russell Brand as Captain Hook, Taylor Swift as Rapunzel, Olivia Wilde as Malificent, David Beckham as Prince Charming, and so on. I can’t believe I was unaware of this until today!
Disney has some cool behind-the-scenes videos on their site, but they only have 4 of the pictures posted…anyway here are a couple of my favorites! I actually think the behind-the-scenes pictures are the best.
Woah this is crazy….crazy cool! Rachel sent me this article. Imagine stepping into a Paris apartment that hasn’t been touched in 70 years. Ignoring all the dust you’d be choking on, scouring this apartment would be a pretty sweet way to spend a weekend.
Before the start of World War II, the owner of this apartment in Paris fled to the south of France. For reasons not entirely known, she never returned and the apartment remained untouched fo…