“The best time to give advice to your children is while they’re still young enough to believe you know what you’re talking about.” – Evan Esar

Graduates of the University of Texas at Austin likely won’t forget a speech given at their commencement ceremony by a Navy SEAL. During his recent address to his alma mater, Navy Admiral William H. McRaven told them about the lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training.

  1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
  2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
  3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
  4. If you want to change the world, get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

The rest of this Navy SEAL’s ten lessons on life are food for thought. A video of his address is well worth watching and sharing with your young ones.

A moment in time

It’s a crazy world out there, getting crazier with each headline. But it’s always been so, and well… here we are!

“Photography is the art of frozen time … the ability to store emotion and feelings within a frame.” – Meshack Otieno

Open battle between striking teamsters armed with pipes and the police in the streets of Minneapolis, June 1934

A treasure trove of war photos, famous history photos, world war images and history images are compiled at Photos of War. You’ll find images that include the skeleton of a Japanese atomic bomb victim from Nagasaki, Japan, by Bernard Hoffman, September 1945; a Samurai commiting seppuku; Dueling scars healing, Germany 1903; Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia playing with false teeth, her sister, the Grand Duchess Maria, asleep behind her, ca. 1914; and a German soldier giving a cigarette to an English soldier, Christmas Eve 1914, and so much more.

And while you’re paging through old photos, here are some contemporary images.

Dozens of colorful flowers grow from an artifact of war in this woman’s garden in Ramallah. Using spent tear gas grenades from clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians, a Palestinian woman plants a garden of tiny flowers, a testament to the expression that “hope springs eternal.”

“While the conflict and violence between the Israeli and Palestinians seems far from ending, it’s beautiful to see strong, spirited and creative people in the middle of this conflict create peaceful demonstrations like this. This goes, of course, for people on both sides of the long-standing and painful conflict, like the Israeli artist who creates metal rose sculptures made from the remains of rockets launched by Palestinian extremists,” reads the copy accompanying the images on a website named Demilked.

Described as “a design milking magazine. We milk the world’s most creative minds and make you tasty inspiration cocktails by mixing industrial design, technology, concepts, advertising and a little bit of web design. Don’t be afraid to take a sip – the drinks are on us,” the site features art; graphic design; industrial design; advertisement; photography; architecture; interior and web design (Photo credits Demilked.com).

With a different perspective on everyday objects, a collection by the folks at Demilked depicts the merriment:

More fun! In this collection of 17 Of The Most Dreamlike Houses On Earth, a three-story treehouse in British Columbia is just one of the more remarkable abodes around the world.

The operating room of the future

A reader sent this along with a note that read, “I hope this becomes available in all medical centers in my lifetime! If you haven’t seen this before it is well worth your time to see what is happening in remarkable new and innovative methods of surgery in Israel. ​A good one to share.”

I agree! Take a look at the operating room of the future, how the medical team will treat treat the human body without cutting, instead using ultrasound waves and a complicated electronic system with mechanics and software that support it.

Be a life vest!

A camera records an act of kindness as it is paid forward from one person to the next. Watch for the surprise ending!

Flip Newscycle or Dewey Lyandhowe?

With the announced departure last week of White House spokesman Jay Carney, some enterprising wags had a list of suggestions for his replacement. Topping that list was David “Iowahawk” Burge’s tweeted suggestions: Razz Straightface, Spoof Heartfelt, Good Smarttake, Clown Voxsplain, Snark Flopsweat, Hugh Betcha, Yahoo Serious, Sport Blamestorm, Jape Credulous, Feign Eagerzeal and Squirrel Changetopic.

Others adding to the fun: Sam Valley offered “Hack Shovelmore.” Chris K suggested “Lying Upright.” Jim Treacher slid in with “Shecky Truthenstein.”

From the peanut gallery came these offerings: N.Sidious, Dodge Forthright, Truthy McTruth, Scan Dahl, Ward Awftruth, O.B. Fuscator, Dodge Blame, Spin Agitprop, Wedge Ishoo, Bum Retterick, Rett Handid, Kerry Water, Blurtz Falsehoods, Baldur Faistlyre, Lyon Bastert, Doofy Dumpenpantz, Izzy Lyon, Phony Baloney, Bair Lee Believable, Urie Spectedtoblevemee, Ima Lyre, Gage Polls, Yuri Nsaign, Ima Kiddan, Noah Rilly, Dewey Lye and Necst Kweschan.

But the best one all? “Josh Earnest.” Oh wait …


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