Years ago I had the privilege of seeing David Bowie live in concert at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. It was standing room only by the stage where I was and I couldn’t get over the fact that I was standing so close to a legend. I remember thinking “I want to be just like him” (I was playing in a band at that time, so I was soaking in all the inspiration).
He was certainly not of this world – he was certainly the man who fell to earth. And now he’s on to the next plane. RIP David Bowie, it was nice to be in the same room with you experiencing your presence and music, and I’m so sad to see you go.
My heart goes out to those families who have lost their loved ones in the Paris attacks. I have seen the French flag color profiles and solidarity on the news and on Facebook. I have also seen the backlash of people speaking out against other unspeakable acts of terror in other parts of the world and why such a sudden focus on France when this happens regularly in the Middle East and Africa? Well I’d have to say that in this case I truly believe we are a global community and we either think of ourselves as one unified human race or separated by our beliefs, religion, etc. There is no middle ground and it is too crucial a time to be wishy washy. You cannot fight darkness with darkness. If we continue to be a beacon of Light for the world and stand up for the injustice I truly believe (I have to believe) that is worth fighting for and we can turn this world around. You can only eliminate darkness by turning on the Light.
Today is the 2nd annual No Complaints Day Challenge event. I have worked on the design of the website with Joe Kirin, the creator of this event. He created the No Complaints Day Challenge in honor of his mother, Marion Kirin, who’s birthday is August 12.
I am happy to announce the launch of a website I designed with Sophia Wong Boccio for her new project, Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a new film festival scheduled for the fall of 2015. Here are some snapshots of the website.
I was really moved by this video. It goes to show that you never really know what people are dealing with and what they will do. This video helped me put things into perspective and see what real generosity is. Sometimes when I see homeless people on the street I wonder about how they got there and what their story is. And often times I judge them about being in the situation that they are in. Watching this video was a humbling experience for me and I hope it has that kind of an impact on you too.