Discover the Google Doodles Archive

August 28, 2014
 Take a break and enjoy the creativity of Google Doodles.

Venn Google doodle

I have been having an absolute ball with the archive of Google Doodles. These are the colorful and imaginative logos that make use of the word “Google” and periodically appear on Google’s search page. They are used to celebrate holidays and anniversaries of famous artists, pioneers and scientists who have helped shape history.

So today I’d like to encourage you to visit doodles that have appeared around the world since 1998. The idea for this suggestion began on August 4, when the two “o’s“ in the word Google were made from two circles that were partially overlapped. In the overlapping area there was an arrow. When you clicked on the arrow, two large circles appeared.

On the outside of the orange circle on the left there are five small circles with graphics representing the categories of Mammals, Musical, Transport, Vegetation, and Sea Life. When you clicked on one of those, other circles popped up on the right side of a large yellow circle. These represented Tiny, Has wings, Thrives in Cold, Has a Shell, and Mythical.

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A Chinese Pagoda Offers a New Perspective on Relationships

August 25, 2014

Number 13

Use this peaceful picture as a tool to help resolve conflicts and appreciate your special friends


Ladder leading to pictureThis post is part of the “Step Into Pictures” series that offers you a new way to explore both difficult relationships and those you treasure. Visit the Step Into Pictures Archive to learn more about it.


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Quiet oasis in the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Quiet oasis in the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Television, the Internet, and re-creations of art and the culture of other countries can give us an idea of what it might be like if we were to actually visit a place we’ve never been.
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Laughter and Disorder in the Courts

August 21, 2014
 Take a break and enjoy these courtroom jokes.

Sometimes I can’t resist telling lawyer jokes. The ones I bring you today were sent to me a couple years ago and I’ve kept them for a day when I figure you might need a lighter touch.

If that day is today, you’re in luck.

I will only share five of them, but they are true stories actually said in courts, word for word. I wonder how court recorders could keep a straight face when they typed these.
Giant Gavel


ATTORNEY:  Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS:  Did you actually pass the bar exam?

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Words of Wisdom from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

August 18, 2014

Discover the qualities of friendship and share them with the people you know.

Since Fred Rogers was host of a TV show that ran from 1968 to 2001, young children today may not know him — unless their parents help them tune into the PBS Kids show on the Internet.

However, those who graduated on May 20, 2001 from Marquette University were a prime audience for an address he delivered at the university. Here are a few excerpts from the talk:

For a long time I wondered why I felt like bowing when people showed their appreciation for the work that I’ve been privileged to do. What I’ve come to understand is that we who bow are probably — whether we know it or not – acknowledging the presence of the eternal: we’re bowing to the eternal in our neighbor. You see, I believe that appreciation is a holy thing, that when we look for what’s best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does. So, in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something truly sacred.

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Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

August 14, 2014
 This video is a sweet reminder to
appreciate the small pleasures in life.

The introduction to the short video I bring you today begins with these words:

You would think that chocolate is universal. Something that is everywhere, that everyone can enjoy. It’s not. There are people who have never tried it, even the farmers who break their backs to harvest cocoa beans for a few cents in the Ivory Coast. Watch their faces light up when they eat it for the first time.

The video is a stark reminder of how amazingly lucky we are. It is much easier to assume that food is ours to enjoy than it is to consider whether people work very hard, for very little, to bring us that food.

Incidentally, in a survey after the video was uploaded, many people in the developed world didn’t even know where chocolate came from.

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