BreadCrumbs
Something amazing happened today

The day started while it was still dark, I woke up and found CJ was not with me.  I found him on our balcony, looking into the ocean, the pain of losing Buddy, our border collie and his best friend, still fresh and raw. We went back to bed knowing that neither of us would need to carry him out today, as we did for the last month, his old body so weak he could not stand. I decided to go for an early run, to remember the good old days with my 4-legged running partner. It is hot and humid, August in Nassau, and after the run, I took my shoes off and jumped in the ocean in front of  our condo to cool off. The sun was out, and the water was still and crystal clear, another beautiful summer day. I swam for about 10 minutes, losing myself in the cool water.  Before getting out, I thought of looking for something that would help me remember Buddy…maybe a sand dollar or a seashell. I started walking really slowly, with the water waist high, looking down at the sand. I could see the schools of silver fish, the ones with a black dot on the back, purple ones, and the yellow-black striped ones. Yes, water is so clear where we live that you can basically snorkel without a mask, just by walking slowly around. I kept looking at the sand at the bottom of the ocean trying to find sand dollars… and then the most amazing thing happened. I saw this tiny fish, silver with yellow stripe lengthwise high on his back, that just swam around me. I stopped and stayed still. This fish swam around me, between my legs, around my arms, around my feet, up high around my waist, where I could see him clearly. I walked and he kept swimming around me, between my legs. I walked for 20 minutes back and forth in front of our condo and this tiny fish would not leave me! I tried calling out to CJ but he was inside the apartment and could not hear me. I could not believe this fish, he was just swimming and swimming around me. No other fish would come and stay so close. I did not want to leave the water…finally I said “I got to go back” and he darted off. I was just choked up, I kept thinking… of course Buddy would want to tell me that he will stay close. That he is ‘swimmingly’ fine. I ran up and told CJ—he smiled, sort of amused at the signs I choose to see but happy for anything that will keep my tears at bay. 

Later that afternoon, around 2 or 3pm, I took Larisa down to the pool. CJ came later, bringing the paddle board and asked if I wanted to go out. I did, and while paddle boarding saw this amazing manta ray, who allowed me to follow her for a few minutes before darting off at amazing speed. (I’m not making this up—we are living in paradise). Then I returned to shore, and could not let it go… I dragged the paddle board on the beach and went back in the water. Slowly walking, looking down, thinking: what if the tiny fish is around? What if he comes back? i walked again slowly, with the water waist high, calling my fish friend, willing him to come back. I was not in the water for two minutes before I see the same kind of fish, the same size (about inch and half), silver with bright yellow line on top, darting all around me again. Around my back, between my legs, around my arms, coming up waist high where I could see him clearly. It was just surreal. I thought the morning ‘episode’ was a sign…now this was so amazing to be beyond belief. I called out to CJ, who was with Larisa in the pool. He brought her over…and he approached the water. I so wanted him to see this. I was not crazy. This was happening. Then CJ says “I see him”. For five minutes or so, CJ stands at the shore looking at me standing waist high in water, with a tiny fish swimming all around me. I move, and the fish moves with me. A school of similar fish comes around… and he leaves, only to come back within seconds to swim some more around me. Finally, he darts off. I told CJ “This happened now so YOU could see it”.

"This documentary said that after a dog dies his soul is released into the world around us…" — writes Garth Stein in The Art of Racing in The Rain…passages I had just re-read yesterday, looking for comfort.

God, Mother Nature, Buddy’s soul. There are signs.  I believe there is a tiny fish out there, on our beach, that put an end to the question of whether it was the right time or not. If Buddy’s spirit could be with us… where else would he be? Where would it mean the most to me?

If you have been to our beach, and all our kids have been recently here… and many of our friends and other family members… I know they will get this… I hope they can close their eyes and see it happening.

I can’t wait to go back out tomorrow. Maybe he won’t be there. I got the message. But I can only hope.image

stanfordbusiness:

At a recent talk at the Stanford GSB, Fast Company Tech Editor Chris Dannen shared tips on how to get press for your startup:

1. Never email a word document to a journalist. Journalists often check emails on their phones, so make it as easy as possible for them to read your message via mobile….

fastcompany:

2013’s Most Creative People: 
#2 Samsung’s Dong-hoon Chang
To gather ideas, Chang led his design team on a city-hopping observation tour around the globe, from hot-air-balloon rides in Africa to Singapore’s Skypark on the Marina Bay. “We were able to come up with a new design paradigm,” he says. And with it, a cool factor to rival Apple’s.

fastcompany:

2013’s Most Creative People:

#2 Samsung’s Dong-hoon Chang

To gather ideas, Chang led his design team on a city-hopping observation tour around the globe, from hot-air-balloon rides in Africa to Singapore’s Skypark on the Marina Bay. “We were able to come up with a new design paradigm,” he says. And with it, a cool factor to rival Apple’s.

futurescope:

McKinsey: The $33 Trillion Technology Payoff
From Bits Blog NYT:

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of the consulting firm, delivers a twist on the art form, and the difference is more than the timing. The 154-page report not only selects a dozen “disruptive” technologies from a candidate list of 100, but also measures their economic impact. By 2025, the 12 technologies — led by the mobile Internet, the automation of knowledge work, and the Internet of Things — have the potential to deliver economic value of up to $33 trillion a year worldwide, according to the McKinsey researchers. […]

[read more] [McKinsey Global Institute]


No CMO can ignore the trend of mobile internet.

futurescope:

McKinsey: The $33 Trillion Technology Payoff

From Bits Blog NYT:

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of the consulting firm, delivers a twist on the art form, and the difference is more than the timing. The 154-page report not only selects a dozen “disruptive” technologies from a candidate list of 100, but also measures their economic impact. By 2025, the 12 technologies — led by the mobile Internet, the automation of knowledge work, and the Internet of Things — have the potential to deliver economic value of up to $33 trillion a year worldwide, according to the McKinsey researchers. […]

[read more] [McKinsey Global Institute]

No CMO can ignore the trend of mobile internet.

alexob:

DIY bionics - making kids smile again.
See the joy in Liam’s eyes as he is grasping a ball with his right hand for the first time. By the time this cute fellow grows up, he will have a bionic hand that will be connected to his neural-system and be indistinguishable from his biological body; but for now all Liam cares about is being able to play ball. 

LOVE THIS.

alexob:

DIY bionics - making kids smile again.

See the joy in Liam’s eyes as he is grasping a ball with his right hand for the first time. By the time this cute fellow grows up, he will have a bionic hand that will be connected to his neural-system and be indistinguishable from his biological body; but for now all Liam cares about is being able to play ball. 

LOVE THIS.

fastcompany:

“The first thing I remember learning from my mother was ‘Be like a duck: Calm on the surface but paddling like hell underneath.’ She used to keep this on our fridge along with another slogan that said, ‘Don’t get mad, get even; live long enough to be a problem to your kids.’”
Happy Mother’s Day! Advice from the moms of today’s successful business leaders

fastcompany:

“The first thing I remember learning from my mother was ‘Be like a duck: Calm on the surface but paddling like hell underneath.’ She used to keep this on our fridge along with another slogan that said, ‘Don’t get mad, get even; live long enough to be a problem to your kids.’”

Happy Mother’s Day! Advice from the moms of today’s successful business leaders

Lessons from Mother and Motherhood

My mom taught me to be loyal, speak your mind, don’t settle, love deeply, be honest, cultivate friends, don’t hide your intelligence or your femininity, celebrate family but walk your own path, and go get the world that is out there, yours for the taking.

My daughter, who has Angelman Syndrome and severe disabilities, taught me things won’t necessarily go my way, period. She made me humble. Not all the money in the world, fancy degrees or technical skill would take her AS away. God’s timing was not my own. So Larisa taught me to live life in the moment, to laugh often and without discernible reason, to tolerate pain without complain, to look beyond first impressions, to find strength in adversity, to never discount what a person can in fact accomplish. She taught me that when you face the most difficult odds, others will come and help if you let them, and that you can in fact do almost anything you put your mind to. She inspired me to run marathons, and keep up with things like stem cell, gene mapping, brain neurology and Eastern medicine. She keeps my mind open and my heart soft.

These things make me who I am. And they have served me well.

You don’t need to be a #runner to love this…

You don’t need to be a #runner to love this…

vividtimes:

Just Who Uses Social Media?
A new study from the Pew Research Center and Docstoc shed some light on just who uses social and on what platforms. Some of the findings seem in line with what you would probably guess, but others were surprising.


Relevant info for marketers

vividtimes:

Just Who Uses Social Media?

A new study from the Pew Research Center and Docstoc shed some light on just who uses social and on what platforms. Some of the findings seem in line with what you would probably guess, but others were surprising.

Relevant info for marketers

untitled-mag:

The Goddess has spoken

untitled-mag:

The Goddess has spoken