Human Family

I always really enjoy watching the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics – I think it says a lot about a country when it comes to what they choose to showcase and how they choose to showcase certain things in the performance.

Some things in particular that I appreciated about the performance:

1) When going through Brazil’s history of development as a country, they were not afraid to mention that yes, Brazil was at one point a major spot for the slave trade.

2) One of the moderators for the Opening Ceremony noted that Rio’s budget for this Opening Ceremony was limited, so to get the most for their money one of the first things they did was invest in a high end projector. If you watched the Opening Ceremony I think you would agree that the projector went a long way in making the performance what it was. Good move Rio.

3) The voice-over talking about the rain forest and how important of an issue it is was a great thing to do.

Anyway, great performances from many individuals, teams, and countries. Congratulations. I look forward to the next Olympics in 4 years.


What I really wanted to share today was a poem by Maya Angelou. This poem was used in the very first commercial that aired during the Opening Ceremony. It was a voice-over done with a collection of photos taken on Apple’s iPhone 6.

I’ve read poetry before but hearing somebody recite poetry in the absolutely beautiful way Maya Angelou is able to recite poetry, is amazing.

Below is Maya Angelou’s poem Human Family.

Human Family 

 I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

~Maya Angelou


Housekeeping Note: Fun fact of the day – the 5 Olympic Rings are supposed to represent the 5 continents on Earth.

Fruit Ninja With A Dash Of Chutzpah

In honor of Passover, this week’s post will be a cheeky little video based on a problem/solution sequence of events that happened to me beginning of last week.

Also, a past professor of mine sent me and some others an email last Friday with a humorous story for the Seder table this year.

Enjoy and Happy Passover.


Below is a video I shot in my dorm on campus. Please Note: the link below will take you to the third party site YouTube.

Fruit Ninja With A Dash Of Chutzpah

Below is part of a forwarded email sent to me by Dr. Lotsof, professor of theatre at the University of Mount Union.

A British Jew is waiting in line to be knighted by the Queen. He is to kneel in front of her and recite a sentence in Latin when she taps him on the shoulders with her sword. However, when his turn comes, he panics in the excitement of the moment and forgets the Latin. Then, thinking fast, he recites the only other sentence he knows in a foreign language, which he remembers from the Passover seder:

“Ma nishtana ha layla ha zeh mi kol ha laylot.”

Puzzled, Her Majesty turns to her advisor and whispers, “Why is this knight different from all other knights?”


Housekeeping Note: Fact of Life #4 was added to The Facts Of Life page. Check it out (linked below).

The Facts Of Life



Statistics At Its Best

Senior year of high school my statistics teacher gave us something that was actually really sweet of him to give us. He gives all his senior classes a poem when there’s about 1/3 of the school year left. Two reasons for this,

1) That’s usually the point at which we’ve all given up on high school – we’ve all been accepted to our schools, we all know our plans for after graduation, and we’re all just ready to leave. So he gives us this poem to remind us that as close as we are, we aren’t quite there yet, and

2) We’re about to start a new chapter of our lives that will challenge us beyond what we believe ourselves capable of and so having a no quitters mindset is of utmost importance.

Mr. Swinerton, this one’s for you.


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And when you want to smile but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit –

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.


Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns

And many a fellow turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

You may succeed with another blow.


Often the struggler has given up

When he might have captured the victor’s cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.


Success is failure turned inside out

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.