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Feel-good Wednesday: Young Me/Now Me

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
June 23, 2010

Have you ever seen the Young Me/Now Me contest?  It’s a big time giggle-fest and an excellent time-waster.  Folks post pictures of themselves from the past, then recreate the pictures of themselves now for very entertaining results.

Some are funny

Some are sweet

Some are uncanny

Some are, well…a little creepy

(Some things…like, say, burping in public or donning an underwear and combat boot ensemble, are only acceptable under the age of 3.)

But what I love about this site is how much fun these people must have had recreating images from their past.  It makes me want to do the same with some of my old pictures…if only my sister Tara (and long ago best friend Sara) will play along.

Feel-Good Wednesday: An elephant and a dog walk into a bar…

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
June 9, 2010

Ok, it’s no joke. Tara the elephant and Bella the dog bridge the species gap to form a loyal friendship.  If this video doesn’t make you go warm and fuzzy inside, I don’t know what will.

I can do ANYTHING good

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
June 2, 2010


Daily Affirmations video at Today’s Big Thing.

I looove this video…we can learn a lot from little ones.

Leave it to a child to be so unabashed with self-love, not to mention love for her family and grateful for all her blessings (including her hair, which no woman ever appreciates let’s be honest.)

As I was giggling my way through this video, I also found myself hoping…’please don’t let her loose this as she grows up.’


When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.

Today is a Gift

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
May 19, 2010
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift...That's why it's called the present.

Art by me...Quote by _________

This is my favorite quote from the movie Kung Fu Panda (yes, the children’s animated movie starring Jack Black.)  Can you guess who the origional source of the quote is?  No cheating!

Simon’s Cat

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
May 12, 2010

Bwahahaha…I love this cat!

Feel-Good Wednesdays: Girls with Glasses

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
May 5, 2010

I Am A Girl – The Girls With Glasses Theme Song from The Girls With Glasses on Vimeo.

There’s something about this video that I love.  Maybe it’s because these girls have embraced their four-eyes and they are gorgeous too.  I started wearing glasses at 9 years old, and I have never wanted to make a video celebrating them.  The first day I got them I covered my face with my Archie Comic Book for the walk to the car like a celebrity evading the paparazzi.   I got contacts the minute my mother allowed them and took care of them so that she’d allow me to continue wearing them.  I got lazer eye surgery at 25 so that I’d never have to incur the cost of expensive contacts (my prescription was perplexing) or the frustration of waking up blind again.  Suffice it to say that I never embraced the glasses look, although I am convinced that they got me my second web development job because I fit the ‘nerdy’ role perfectly.

Maybe I’m overstating things.  But, I am reminded now to be thankful for the Lazer Eye Surgery procedure.  That the technology exists, and that I was able to afford it at the time.

No offense to you ladies, you look gorgeous, but oh I am so grateful for my near-ish 20/20 vision.

Oh, ps. Happy Cinco De Mayo!  Oh, and did you know that it is Arbor Week in Canada?  It started last Friday and ends this Sunday.  We haven’t planted a tree, but we did buy a very nice pot of organic basil…does that count?

Feel-Good Wednesdays: Happiness

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
April 14, 2010

True Happiness is Giving it Away by kate / for me, for you

Live Now Collaboration by kate / for me, for you

Poster for the incredibly inspirational site Live Now – A Community of Happiness.

Feel-Good Wednesday…er Thursday: An inspirational blogging story

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
April 8, 2010

Apparently I missed Feel-Good Wednesday yesterday.  Well, I didn’t miss the Feel-Good part – I actually had a lovely and busy day, which is probably why I forgot to post during the day.  Then I spent the evening sipping wine and listening to Madeleine Peyroux with my hubby, which is why I didn’t post in the evening.  So, this week it will be Feel-Good Thursday.

This story may not be exciting to anyone but me.  But, it may help my lovely readers (who are mostly family and friends at this point) understand what is possible when you start a blog and really give it your all.  And, it may help you to understand what I’m trying to achieve with this blog…or at least, what I have distant hopes for…ok, so it’s a pipe-dream.  Anyway, please read on.

I’ve mentioned Ree Drummond (aka Pioneer Woman) before in my Photography Round-up.  She is a homeschoolin’ housewife, lives on a cattle ranch, takes beautiful pictures and makes beautiful food.  And she blogs about it.  She has a writing style like no other, she simply oozes southern charm, so when you visit her blog it’s like cozying up in a quilt with a cup of coffee.  As a result, she has an extremely big web-following and has already published a cookbook.

Anyway, she used to be a city girl, until she met her ‘Marlboro Man‘, fell in love, and moved to a cattle ranch.  For quite some time now, she has been writing a self-described ‘harlequin novel meets Green Acres’ blook (that’s blog book) called Black Heels to Tractor Wheels.

Well, this book will be finished and published in book form next Valentine’s day.  Aaaaannnnddd.  Columbia pictures just bought the movie rights.  Aaaaaanndd.  Reese Witherspoon is being considered for the lead character.  (Have you ever played that ‘If there was a movie about the story of my life, what actor would play me’ game?  I have, one of the actors on my list?  You guessed right, Reese Witherspoon.)

(This is similar to blogger Julie Powell‘s story being combined with Julia Child’s ‘My Life in France’ and adapted for screen as ‘Julie and Julia‘.)

It is inspirational for me to see a blogger, a homeschoolin’ housewife at that (I say this with utmost respect), who has achieved so much success from her blog because she worked hard at it.   But I also know that I haven’t been putting all my heart into this blog yet.  I have big plans, including a redesign and format change, which will be revealed soon.  But, this story has given me a much needed boost.

Anyway, if you’ve wondered why I’m trying out this blog thing, now you know.

Feel-good Wednesdays

Categories: Book a Week Challenge,Feel-Good Wednesday
March 31, 2010

Kelly Corrigan talks here about friendship, and how it is the silver lining of life. Yep, I had a tear in my eye the first time I watched it. How about you?

I’ve just finished listening to Lift by her on AudioBook, which was a very touching despite being a very personal letter to her two children. I’ve added The Middle Place to my reading list for the book a week challenge.

Oh, speaking of the book a week challenge. I am on to Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Ooh, it’s a spooky book and it’s sucking me in to the pages. Like a train wreck, I can’t look away.

Feel-Good Wednesdays

Categories: Feel-Good Wednesday
March 24, 2010
Tori Walker open book link to Farmgirl Fare

Look Mom, I'm a chicken! Courtesy of Farmgirl Fare

Sigh, Farmgirl lives an idyllic life.  She left California and ‘ended up on a 280-acre, 140-year-old farm in the middle of nowhere’.  Nowhere being rural Missouri.  Sometimes I dream of doing the same thing, but alas, her idyllic life is not short on very, very hard work.  And, she’s a foodie too, meaning that she somehow finds the time to make the most amazing meals (mainly from food out of her own garden) and blogs about them too.

She’s in the middle of lambing season, which you can read about here.  If you love pictures of baby lambs, you’ll definitely want to click that link.

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Hi, I'm Tori, and welcome to my open book. I'm a freelance writer and web designer. This site is my scratch pad for thoughts and ideas, experiences and inspiration. Go ahead, eavesdrop on my life a little bit, you know you want to...