This week on our hike around the blogosphere, we’ll visit some blogs that may or may not be familiar to you. Some I’ve followed for quite awhile, others are more recent discoveries. The highlighted posts are not necessarily the most recent entries, but ones that spoke to me when I first read them, and continue to speak to me because of the timelessness of their message. It’s my hope that during today’s hike, you’ll discover new places you’ll want to visit again and again.
Our first stop is the blog of my favorite drop zone, Skydive Carolina, who recently posted the movie trailer for Pink Skies. You don’t have to be a skydiver to be moved by this film. If you or someone you know has been touched by breast cancer, you’ll want to see this amazing movie to be released on DVD May 8, 2012.
“Pink Skies is an inspirational documentary about the empowerment of women. It’s about overcoming obstacles as athletes and as human beings. The film covers an extraordinary event, “Jump For the Cause.” JFTC brought together 181 women from 31 countries. They jumped out of nine planes to create a World Record all-women’s skydiving formation. They also raised nearly $1 million dollars for breast cancer research. Along with phenomenal skydives, the film features breast cancer survivors, cutting edge researchers, doctors, and healers. It reveals breakthroughs that have not been widely publicized, explores what’s working, what needs to be changed, and the seismic shift toward prevention.”
You can find more details and information on their website at PinkSkiesthemovie.com
Author Michael Cogdill’s blog, Throwing a Bash for the Written Word, is a personal favorite that provides a never-ending source of inspiration. There’s something positive to take away in each and every post, but Don’t Just Sleep With A Dream. Get Hitched To It! remains a personal favorite.
Regardless of your dream, there’s something here to touch the heart of every dreamer. Two lines leapt out at me: “Carry on with dreams well guarded in your heart. Knowing they are beautiful creatures some people will despise.” When your dreams feel unsupported, unattainable, and the mountain insurmountable, this post is a great compass to point you in the right direction and remind you any dream worth following is worth being faithful to.
Following Atticus was my favorite read of 2011. It’s also one of the best book trailers I’ve ever seen, which is why I’m including it here. If you love reading, I’m sure you’re familiar with books that elicit this reaction: “Oh no, only 50 pages left? What will I read after THIS?” This led me to backtracking, re-reading passages, even entire chapters, in an effort to avoid THE END. But when the inevitable could no longer be denied, I went online in search of more about Tom and Atticus.
Don’t you just want to stand up and shout when you discover an amazing book has an equally amazing blog? “Tis not to late to seek a newer world…” is more than just a great blog post, it’s a beautiful introduction to the writing of Tom Ryan and the teachings of Atticus Maxwell Finch. And for those who never wanted to see the book end, well, in a most wondrous way, it really doesn’t!
Her recent post, Squirrel Sanctuary is a beautiful example: “I sit in my newest sanctuary, bounded on one side by the lemon-colored porch light and on the other by the vanilla light of the moon. The squirrels carry strong, happy magic, and they drench me in its wonder. They fly over my head in a gentle benediction…”
Her writing, blog posts, and books are rich with metaphor and meaning, and read like fine poetry. There’s much of the magical, mystical, and memorable here.
The last stop in our hike around the blogosphere is with Dogster: For the Love of Dog. The hosts of SoulPancake take us to the park with one question in mind: We Want to Know: What Have You Learned From Your Pet? In this short uplifting video, children to seniors were eager to share the insightful lessons their pets taught them. And what better place to end our hike around the blogosphere than under a tree in the park, in the company of so much unconditional love.
I hope you found something inspirational during our hike. What blogs or blog posts have inspired you lately? Please leave a link and share in the comments section. I’d love to hear about them!