An Unusual Singer

Yesterday I found heart-warming inspiration from an unexpected source.

I happened to glance at the activities of some of my Facebook friends and stopped at one where I read that one of my friends had liked a particular video post…..about a deaf singer performing at a talent show.

One other time I had come across a Ted Talk in which a woman was talking about her experience about being deaf and being involved in music, and she had been deaf at a young age.  She had overcome various challenges in her life and had fulfilled her dream of being a professional musician, or more precisely, a percussionist.

So, with that in mind, I was especially intrigued with this new post.

What increased the intrigue was that this other young woman – singer/songwriter – was appearing on the show, “America’s Got Talent,” which I generally don’t watch.  But now being somewhat savvy  that deafness doesn’t mean that a person can’t achieve their musicianship dreams,  I had a hunch this would be a ground-breaking experience.  Ever since Susan Doyle wowed the judges on the British equivalent show – where she overcame her hurdle of no formal training and wavering self-confidence – I keep a keen eye and ear open to those more “unique” aspiring singers.

Well.

What an incredibly momentous experience for this young lady!

Mandy Harvey – inspiring and amazing – how she handled overcoming her biggest obstacle….herself.

No spoilers from me, but I encourage you to watch this clip.

 

 

Tourist Moments #4

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When in Copenhagen….you’ve got to check out the LEGO!

Everyone in our family is an enthusiastic LEGO builder and player!

So, on my brief layover in Copenhagen last May, naturally, I was always on the alert to see where LEGOs would pop up.  Particularly since it’s a long-lasting classic toy originating from Denmark.

On an evening walkabout, when most stores were already closed, I spied this brightly lit up store and spent some time looking at all the LARGE and well-constructed LEGO creatures, such as the dragon above.  It boggles the mind, thinking of the planning and then constructing that went into these amazing structures.

 

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My friend, Josh, stood beside this LEGO guard in order to provide a comparison perspective to show the size of these LEGO people.

 

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On one wall were the various LEGO logos designed over the years.  LEGO logos – say that a whole bunch of times real fast!  Haha!

 

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And imagine my surprise when at the airport the next day, there was even a LEGO store there….in among the usual clothing and electronics stores.

 

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Certainly not a small store – given it’s at the airport – and filled with a large and varied selection of different types and sizes of LEGO toy boxes.

Here’s a closer look at the LEGO playing table….laid out so invitingly for sitting down and playing.

 

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Near the entrance stood an almost life-sized LEGO traveller, complete with pith helmet, tropical shirt, and an assortment of cameras.

Imagine how long it took to put that fellow together!

 

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The Wonder of Street Magic!

My boys recently introduced me to the street magic of David Blaine.  They kept telling me, “Gotta watch him, Mom!  He’s amazing!”  They told me tidbits without giving too much away.  And so I went searching for him….found him…..and have enjoyed all that I’ve seen so far!

His magic is mind boggling!  THAT good!

Have a look for yourself…

 

 

I just watched the top one; the bottom one I watched two days ago (it’s shorter in length)….my introduction to him – David is charismatic, cool, fun, and incredibly good at what he does!

 

 

 

Olympic Gold for Fiji!

Fiji men's Rugby Sevens Team

(this photo was taken when the Fiji Men’s Rugby Sevens Team won the HSBC Sevens World Series; accompanying article is here)

 

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Right now I was watching the Olympic Rugby Sevens game for the gold between Great Britain and Fiji. And in the first half the Fijians were a force to be reckoned with – WOW! The score was 29-0 for Fiji just in that first half! These Rugby Sevens games move along quite fast. Britain managed to get a try in and field goal, and the Fijians kept right on with their momentum and won the event with a 43-7 score over Britain. The game was exciting to watch! With some surprise twists, too.

But then I find Rugby far more fun to watch than football. I’ve watched football but can’t get into it much. The first time I saw a regular Rugby game – which included the New Zealand All Blacks team – I was hooked! No offense, ye football fans, but rugby players look far more strong and fast to me. They aren’t wearing padding everywhere…there’s none of the seemingly endless tackling and blocking…..the game just keeps moving along. And a Rugby Sevens game seems to move even faster! It sure was fun to watch Fiji supporters in the audience, going all crazy for their team. Haha! Good for them!  After the medal award ceremony, I heard the news announcer say that the Rugby Sevens competition made its debut in these Rio 2016 Games.  

One surprise team, Japan, made it as far as the bronze medal game versus South Africa…..yes, even usurping the New Zealand team! But I can see from the final score of 54-14 that South Africa won the bronze. I didn’t watch that game. That’s quite an accomplishment for the Japan team.

When I posted about the Fiji Men’s Team on Facebook, it was a pleasant surprise to see that someone shared it.  When I clicked on who, it’s a person from Fiji!!  On their wall was posted this photo, which looks to be even more recent – all the happy Gold Medalists!

Congratulations, Fiji!!  🙂

 

Fiji Men's Rugby Sevens Team Wins Gold in Rio, rom Naikela