https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oibyaCltOhw By the time this post goes live, it will already be 3 am my time January 1, 2017. It has been a weird year in so many ways that I'm glad for a new beginning. I just hope it doesn't turn out to be as bad as my gut say it might be. I've spent my New Year's Eve watching chick flicks, hanging with my pups, and writing. I ordered a pizza and marbled chocolate brownie from Domino's early in the evening before the rush began. I don't really feel like celebrating, but I wanted to end 2016 and begin 2017 with the same thing--laughter. So it's on to 50 First Dates, the Minions, and possibly The Secret Life of Pets if I have the energy at the end of the night. I wish you a peaceful New Year with the blessings of laughter and life. Blessings.
I first encountered Shane Koyczan's work when he presented his poem We Are More at the 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver. Like so many others, I was enraptured and sought out more of his poetry. At that time all that was available were a few YouTube videos. Since then, Shane has been on many tours and has published three books and a studio album. He is fast, furious, funny, compassionate and human. His ideals are real. Shane is noted for his poems against bullying and about cancer, illness, loss, and eating disorders. One video of Shane's anti-bullying poem To This Day (a TED video) has had nearly 1,900,000 views alone. Having said that, the version I like best is below, which has 7,000-plus views but is accompanied by dance and is delightfully artful. Shane's Amazon page is