Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rory Flack Burghart's "Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders

I heard this song "Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders at the gym tonight and was immediately transported back to watching Rory Flack Burghart skate to the song during the 1995 Rider's Championship. What a charismatic, explosive athlete! My family also had the pleasure of seeing Rory skate in The Nutcracker, also starring Oksana Baiul and Victor Petrenko, in 1995. I vividly remember Oksana having a rough night (she had a knee injury), but Rory stole the show with her enchanting performance as the Sugarplum Fairy.

Enjoy "Brass in Pocket"!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Do Yourself a Favor and Watch This: St├ęphane Lambiel's "Paint it Black" from Art on Ice

This is must-see skating! One of the best exhibitions I've ever seen!

Sensational Skating: Paul Wylie's "The Untouchables" by Ennio Morricone


Stop and Smell the Roses: Michelle Kwan's "Beautiful World" by Sumi Jo

Some of you may or may not have noticed a lack of posting on this blog lately. Life has turned up a notch for me as I'm working in a new job. While I'm enjoying that I'm doing, the leisure time that I require to adequately keep up with my blog, has been few and far between. There's a lesson that can be found in all this. There were times of late when I bemoaned being so busy. But I know deep down, whether or not I'm willing to realize it and embrace it, that being busy isn't a bad thing if I can view it in a positive way. If I were not so busy, my life would not be as rife with opportunity and experiences. If I were not so busy, I wouldn't be pushing myself to new heights to be a better person, who capitalizes on the day's full schedule and pushes myself to be more efficient. If I weren't so busy, my life wouldn't be as varied and interesting, allowing me to interact with many wonderful personalities throughout the day. If I weren't so busy, I wouldn't be challenged. Business can be viewed as excitement rather than stress. And above all, no matter how busy I am, it's important to always take some time to stop. To breathe. To be still. To be in the present. To appreciate the beautiful world.

In the spirit of this message of appreciating all that is pure, lovely, wondrous, and great, I hope you can take a few moments to revel in yet another seamless work of joy by Ms. Kwan.