Max Schlickenmeyer has put together a beautiful and inspiring video mashup that reminds us that we are all interconnected.

In 2008 Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by TIME magazine a series of ten reader-submitted questions. One of the questions was “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?”

So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us.

– Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

As Carl Sagan said, “We’re made of star stuff“.


Matt Morris Films brings us this wonderful short documentary about 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes who gets up at 2am each weekday so he can spend 6 hours each morning waving and spreading joy to motorists from a traffic circle. Johnny has gotten the nicknames “Mr. Happy Man” and “Mr. Good Morning” from those in the community where he’s obviously had a great and positive impact.

There was a morning when I was traveling into the city. It was not a happy morning and I could see in the distance Johnny Barnes and I had made up my mind I was not going to look because I wanted to hold on to my unhappy moment. But I ended up looking at him and sure enough he forced me to smile and remember that I had a choice for my day: to smile and be happy or carry this heavy weight of anger with me. That’s what he reminds me of everyday; that there’s a choice in how we start our day.

Thanks to Matt Morris and everyone involved in this project for sharing Johnny with the world. And thanks to Johnny for reminding us all that we too have a choice in how we want to face our day, each and every day.

via Laughing Squid


Forward, Marc de Hond

In the short documentary “Doorgaan” (keep on going) filmmaker Tom Poederbach and reporter Thomas Rijsman follow the Dutch National Wheelchair Basketball Team as they prepare and train to reach their goal of competing at the 2012 Paralympic games in London and going for gold.

It took me about 5 years to realize that I could still play sports… even though I can’t walk any more. I joined a wheelchair basketball training once and I’ve been hooked ever since. — Marc de Hond, Forward

Coach van der Linden calling the shots.

Their coach, Gertjan van der Linden, spent 24 years playing on the Dutch National team and joined in 5 Paralympics wining both gold and silver.

He was the best player in the world. I think he’s a great coach. I think he’s very capable of taking our team to great heights.

The next stop in their journey is qualifying at the European Championship taking place this month, Sept. 8th – 17th in Nazareth, Israel.

via Socially Minded Documentaries on Vimeo