It’s not about the fall, it’s about how you pick yourself back up: Miss USA

Like many of you, I have now seen Miss USA fall on her behind at the Miss Universe pageant. I didn’t want to watch it, I just had to (I know, that’s a cop out). After the debacle with Miss Teen USA South Carolina, I felt bad enough. (To think that has almost 27 million views!) What does this mean for America? Now, I’m not sitting on my high horse, I probably contributed to about 5 of those views. But it’s not about watching someone fall, it’s always about how they pick themselves up. From CNN about Miss USA: “I think I’m going to have to take some walking classes,” Crystle Stewart told The Associated Press during a telephone interview Monday, just hours after her mishap was broadcast live across the globe. “I would never have thought in a million years that I would fall down at the Miss Universe pageant — right after Miss USA fell last year,” Stewart said. “I always wondered: My God, if that happened to me, what would I do?” Stewart is taking the episode with equal parts humor and philosophy, determined to move on. “Things happen,” said Stewart, 26. “I’m perfectly fine. I’m going to move back to New York and get on with my life.” “My dress has beautiful beads on the bottom of it, and I stepped on my gown and they made me slip. It was like I was on Rollerblades. There was no conspiracy or anything. Nobody left marbles on the floor. It was just me.” Stewart is a motivational speaker and has developed a character education program which she teaches in a New York City school. She plans to turn her mishap into a lesson. “I’ll be talking to my students about it when I get back,” she said. “Sometimes you fall in life, not just in the pageant but financially or emotionally. It’s not about the fall but how you pick yourself up.” After she fell down, Stewart stood up, gave herself a round of applause, and kept on walking. ___ I guess this was a big deal bc it was the second fall for a Miss USA (see 2007 video). Maybe there is a curse! Maybe I am taking up too much of my time writing about this. Back to the point… In life, we’re always going to have moment where we fall on our behinds. Yes, it’s going to be embarrassing. Maybe it won’t be at the Miss Universe pageant in front of millions of people, replayed over a gajillion times over on YouTube, but it will happen and it will be mortifying. But, we get up, we brush the dust off our booties, and we keep walking. Thanks for handling it with grace, Crystle. Not only did you pick yourself back up you clapped! (OK that was a little weird too, but funny.) Who ended up winning Miss Universe? Who knows. We’ll remember you, though. 🙂

January 16, 2017

Lifelike Paper Birds Adorn Oversized Stamps of Countries Around the World

Using simple, everyday materials, artist Diana Beltran Herrera crafts creatures that are full of life. She transforms paper, wire, and wood into realistic birds whose detailing is nothing short of incredible. The meticulous paper art features individually cut and scored feathers—mimicking the real thing—that are layered into majestic plumage. Through these rigid and repetitive structures, Herrera still manages to capture the feeling that they could go into flight at any moment.

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Storybook Landscape Photos Celebrate the Enchanting Beauty of Iceland

The model-photographer duo Victoria Yore and Terrence Drysdale are always on the move. Together, they’re known for their Follow Me Away project and recently enchanted us with their fairy tale images of Oregon. In the short time since, Yore and Drysdale packed their bags for Iceland to explore what the picturesque country had to offer. Like other Follow Me Away series, every photograph is simultaneously stunning and mystifying. The grandiose settings will take your breath away.

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