From this story on CNN, I learned about the Oxford Project.
In the spring and summer of 1984, Peter Feldstein used a red marker to make a sign announcing that he wanted to take free portraits of everyone in Oxford, Iowa (pop. 673)... Twenty-one years later, Peter set up his camera again. Some of the original residents had died and some had moved away, but a surprising number still lived in Oxford.
I'd love to check out the book, but, given my tendency to feel morose about time passing, I suspect it might not be a good idea.
Update: Thanks to photographer/author Peter Feldstein for stopping by in my comments and providing this more comprehensive link to The Oxford Project.
Either you're a Jim Carrey fan or you're not -- I'm not really sure if there is room for something in between. I fall strongly in the "not" category mostly because he is of the breed of manic comedians who often employ the serious-movie-calls-for-sincere-voice/face acting that cries out for A Golden Globe.
That being established, it pains me to see Carrey in commercials for Yes Man -- the movie based on Danny Wallace's book of the same name. I absolutely love this book -- in fact I wrote about Yes Man after reading it in 2006.
The premise of Yes Man -- and I suggest that you order it from Amazon right this moment -- is, that for about six months (the remainder of his year) Wallace decides to say "yes" to any opportunity presented to him. It's part travelogue, part memoir and part self-help. It's not heavy-handed at all in its self-help ways and I appreciated that greatly. It manages to be inspirational and funny -- so much so that I found myself, on our plane flight home, crying with laughter the moment one odd picture suddenly makes complete sense.
While Wallace uses saying "yes" as his gimmick for his book, it was far from being a gimmicky book. There are no magic spells or motivational speakers that make Wallace say "yes." Even if Jim Carrey's Yes Man sort of looks like a 2008 version of Liar, Liar, please don't let that discourage you from reading Wallace's book. It's such a quick, fun read.
 The patron saint of this group is Robin Williams -- who I find far far less tolerable than Jim Carrey.
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Last weekend, we celebrated Penelope's first birthday with the party theme of "Feliz Cumpleaños, Havana-Style." It was a chance to eat great Cuban food and wear some white clothes. And, of course an opportunity to celebrate the first year of Penelope's life. Cuba is significant to us because Penelope is 1/4 Cuban, I'm 1/2 and, given how ancestry works, my mother a full-blooded Cuban.
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If you remember the opening credits for Webster, you surely can recall the sequence where Webster takes flight courtesy of a dozen or so helium balloons. As a kid I always wondered if this was truly possible but never had the resources to do some mythbusting.
Well as luck had it we had access to a bunch of balloons and a Webster-sized (actually smaller!) person. As it turns out, no, a child can not be lifted by only a small amount of balloons. Though it does cause the child's arm to lift up in an amusing manner.
And, no it didn't work for our dog, either.
Myth: so busted.
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From the Onion:
Lowe, who spends up to 40 hours a week sending e-mails, making phone calls, and engaging complete strangers in drawn-out discussions about Obama's message of hope as he canvasses door-to-door, is expected to cost the Democratic nominee some 15,000 votes.
Despite the fact that my parents are Republicans and we avoid talking politics at all costs, I've been shameless in trying to woo them to the blue side. So much so that when I told my mom that I was making Penelope's first birthday a fundraiser for Obama, she actually believed me.