This evening, I’m going to try something new. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and the opportunity finally presented itself.
Frankly, I’m pretty terrified.
Here’s the thing – I’m not going to tell you what it is. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter.
I was introduced to this TED talk a few weeks ago, and I’ve found myself buying into the idea a little more each time.
I wouldn’t call myself a worrier (at least not as a parent), but I do find myself more often on the “overly cautious” side of the fence.
But I’m slowly buying into the idea that “the most effective way to keep our children safe is to give them a little taste of danger”
I can’t draw.
I have no sense of scale, I can’t make straight lines (even with a ruler), and my stick people look like they have been hit by a truck.
It’s OK. I’m cool with the fact that I can’t draw.
But there’s one problem. My kids love it when I draw them animals or cars or anything.
You probably don’t know the story of Matt Emmons, and that’s not all that surprising. It happened at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Emmons, widely considered to be one of the best competitive marksmen in the world, was leading the men’s 50m competition with one shot remaining. In fact, his lead was commanding – he only needed 7 points to win the gold, and he hadn’t scored less than 9 points on any of his previous shots. He took his position, stared through the scope, and watched as his final shot pierced the innermost ring of the paper target.
The Skelly family is on vacation this week with limited Internet access. That means no posts, but you can follow the pictures/stories/quotes on social media using the links to the right.
See you next week!
Monkey see, monkey do.
It might as well be my middle name. I am the youngest of four, and it kind of comes with the territory.
Climbing stairs, turning doorknobs, standing on stools, (trying to) scale bunk beds – if the older three do it, I’m going to try it.
And the primary source of my inspiration? Bubba (big brother).
Earlier this week, a friend and I were texting back and forth about a handful of TED talks.
One of those (and one of the first TED talks released on the Internet back in 2006) is probably in my all-time top-3 – Ken Anderson “Schools Kill Creativity”.
DISCLAIMER: If you’ve never seen this video before, don’t even worry about reading this post – just watch the video.
Last Monday – one week ago – our mailbox was full. Not “we got a lot of mail” full; it was “broke college student at an all-you-can-eat buffet” full. The door couldn’t even close all the way. I collected it, walked straight over to the trash can, and deposited most of it without a second glance.
Because Tuesday was an election day.