A Thankful Heart

A Thankful Heart

Genius Advice

Boy Genius Diagnosed with Autism Has IQ Higher Than Einstein …and Jacob Barnett has a some insightful, interesting, and VERY encouraging advice for you in this video from his session at TEDxTeen.


Behind every great man there stands a great woman and at this point in young Jacob’s life it’s his mother, Kristine Barnett. She’s written a memoir and it is apparent from the book review below (and article linked above) that the inspiring tale of Jacob’s life was very-nearly a much different story, but for his mother’s great love and heroic fortitude. Not only in Jacob’s regard, but throughout the travails of the Barnett family as a whole.

Book Review: ‘The Spark: A Mother’s Story Nurturing Genius’ by Kristine Barnett

“The Spark” is compulsive reading, and not simply because of Jake’s “savant almost obliterated by the system” story. In the tradition of those domestic-adventure memoirs where the mother (almost always the mother) of a challenged child bucks the system and triumphs, Barnett not only fights heroically on Jake’s behalf, she also beats down every other obstacle that life hurls at her and her family. Even for this hyperbolic genre, those obstacles are extraordinarily severe. The Barnetts’ second child, Wesley, is diagnosed with a reflex disorder soon after he’s born. It causes him to have seizures, up to nine a day, and to choke on simple liquids.

During her third pregnancy — with another son, Ethan — Barnett goes into full-blown organ failure; she subsequently has a stroke, at age 30, and is diagnosed with lupus. With the onset of the Great Recession, Michael Barnett loses his job at Circuit City, the family is overextended financially, and the Barnetts spend part of the frigid Indiana winter in a house without heat.

Gather the Family Around to Watch the Video

Jacob has a simple message, but one packed with much food for thought and good fodder for family discussion (and for personal introspection) on lifelong learning and what to do with it throughout your life. Jacob is not merely a genius, he is an encourager of the limitless imagination in all of us.

A Significant First

Boston Marathon 2013

A Significant First

As the bomber cowers in the shadows somewhere, let’s shine some light on some very inspiring people who were participating in Monday’s Boston Marathon. Meet Kris Biagiotti & her daughter, Kayla, the first Mother-Daughter Wheelchair team in the race’s 117-year history & their very special heros and helpers… Mother & Disabled Teen Rushed to Safety

Rampant Violence – What’s the Problem?

Food for thought…

If we weren’t ‘created in God’s image’ than we are left to believe we’re merely another animal (mammal, I suppose) on the planet. That thought process inevitably leads to the devaluing of human life.


Sanctuary Sunday is a Sunday blog series focusing on matters of faith, spirituality, wisdom, and the Journey.

PANTONE Spring Colors 2013

PANTONE: Fashion Color Report Spring 2013

PANTONE: Fashion Color Report Spring 2013

A slight case of cabin fever has sparked thoughts of freshly painted walls, brighter colors or some amount of blue for our living room, and at least one pair of pants that are not black, beige, or denim. Which one of those I’ll tackle first, I cannot say, but one of my favorite things to do this time of year is visit the Pantone website to peruse spring color trends. If you’re not having pangs of spring yet, you will soon. When it happens, here’s where you’ll want to head first…

Spring 2013 Fashion Color Trends Video from Pantone

It’s January, but Spring 2013 has sprung. Long before those of us in the northern hemisphere began enjoying our first pot of hearty, homemade soup in autumn or a long winter’s nap, the color gurus at Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color, have  been working to bring a beautiful palette of spring colors to designers and production professionals around the globe. Graciously, they share many resources and the stories behind color trend development on their website. So, if you are considering a special event, a little shopping to pique your senses out of a frosty state of being, or simply curious about the color spectrum that is fresh and on the horizon, here’s a video from the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, talking about fashion colors for Spring 2013.

PANTONE: Fashion Color Report Spring 2013

Those looking forward to home design decisions, planning creative artistic endeavors, or just wanting to buy a few pieces to perk up a wardrobe or room will want to check out Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2013. Notable designers and fashion influencers offer aspects of color nuances helpful in developing a pleasing, harmonious project and for essential pondering prior to investing your time and finances. And, it’s just plain interesting to get a behind the scenes glimpse of how trending color palettes make their way through design and production, retail product buyer’s decisions, and finally to the places where we shop and live.

Behind-the-Scenes at Pantone

Ever wonder how particular color trends and preferences can be consistent in appearance whether you’re seeing them in graphic designs, textiles, cosmetics, industrial designs, and so on? In this short video you’ll see a rare behind-the-scenes look at Pantone and the development of the new PANTONE PLUS SERIES, the next generation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM. It’s fascinating, I hope you’ll check it out.

AND THE WINNER IS…

EMERALD Pantone Color of the Year 2013

"Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony." Click image for EMERALD design ideas and see how this elegant jewel-toned color will used in design palettes coming your way.

“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” Click image for EMERALD design ideas and see how this elegant jewel-toned color will used in design palettes coming your way.

Designer Survey

See what the Fashion Influencers have to say about colors that complement all skin tones.

I know it’s early, but Happy Spring 2013!

Question: Do you have a favorite design resource or website to share? 

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