SIMEON was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.

ANNA never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.  (Luke 2)

Art: Jan van’t Hoff


Babies of Olympians!

Every one of them could win a medal for cuteness.

Ava, daughter of Australian diver Rachel Bugg, likes to play it cool.

Netherlands archer Ron van der Hoff likes to relax with his cute six-month-old daughter Jelke.

Team USA beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh has won gold in Athens, Beijing, and London. But, she seems most proud of kids Sundance, Scout, and Joey. Scout just turned 1 this week!

Brazilian football/soccer player Neymar Júnior won a silver medal in London. Maybe  adorable son David Lucca will follow in his footsteps.

Resi, fashionable daughter of Team USA alpine skier Sarah Schleper, likes to accessorize. She is pictured here with her aunt.

Team USA moguls skier Shannon Bahrke won silver in Salt Lake City and bronze in Vancouver. In her free time, she enjoys Snuggle Sundays with her sweet daughter Zoe.


Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi who won the 95th Nobel Peace Prize on today for their work promoting education rights for children.  The Nobel prize is named for Alfred Nobel.  An eponym is a word that comes from a name, and few words are as famous in science as Nobel, courtesy of the Nobel Prizes that bear his name. One hundred and three years ago  Swedish chemist and industrialist Alfred Nobel died at the age of sixty three. Although he was an incredibly prolific scientist and businessman, he is chiefly remembered as the inventor of dynamite. Five years after his death, the first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Frédéric Passy, co-founder of the Inter-Parliamentary Union along with Henry Dunant, who was founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The first NobelPrize in Literature was awarded to poet Sully Prudhomme, causing the first Nobel scandal as many expected the great Russian novelist Lev Tolstoy to win. The first Nobel Prize in Physics went to Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen and the first prize for Chemistry went to Jacobus van’t Hoff.

Today the Nobel Prize is known as the prize recognising and rewarding the greatest achievement in science, literature, economics and Peace.

Image of Alfred Nobel in the public domain, photo by Gösta Florman (1831–1900) / The Royal Library.


@spacecrunched & @wizardingcats : thanks guys, I love these things!!

You can tell a lot about a person by the music they listen to. Put your mp3 player, itunes, spotify, soundcloud, etc., on shuffle and list the first 10 songs, then tag 10 people. No skipping!

From my Music (All) playlist on YouTube (shuffle mode recommended);

  1. Tally Hall - The Whole World & You
  2. Spirited Away Soundtrack - It’s Hard Work (Shigoto wa Tsuraize)
  3. DensleMs Gravity Falls (Densle Remix)
  4. Yui - Again (FMA:B OP1)
  5. Scott & Brendo - One More Time (feat. Travis Van Hoff)
  6. FcKahuna - Hayling
  7. MandoPony - Survive the Night
  8. “Weird Al” Yankovic - Party In The CIA  
  9. PaSWG OST - Scanty & Kneesocks Theme (I Want You)
  10. X-BANANA Mashup - C2C Vs Daft Punk Vs Justice    

So, ten people… @neverhurtsstohelp, @allieinarden, @aoshimaonwards, @petrichorcryptidlore, @bilumi, @gummywolf, @mbles, @literal-ray-of-sunshine, @mandatoryfruit, aaaaaand @wicked-girl-with-wifi!!  Show me all the music.