"It's Just Someone Saying...You Can Be...This."


"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

Coach Jim Valvano's touching words at the ESPY awards were the motivation for me to start Ventipop. I want people to think, laugh and be moved by the stories featured here. Today's post is a re-commitment to that initial inspiration. Enjoy all our featured laugh and cry provoking videos on our Feel Page & Thanks so much for being a loyal Ventipop reader.

"It Just Doesn't Feel Right Leaving Them." Ed Sheeran meets a young Liberian boy living on the streets in this moving video:

"You're experience is my worst nightmare, and of course it was our worst nightmare too. But I quickly understood that they didn't know how we were able to feel...We have a happily ever after. I just wanted people to not feel sorry for us."

On February 23, the furnace went out in Jesse and Maria Hulscher's home. Their son, Adler, was just born. It was winter in Minnesota.

"Feb 23rd.....that was the morning after Adler was born and I was just hopping out of the shower at my house about the get Henrick ready to go up the hospital to see Maria and baby Adler when the blower fan stopped working in our furnace," Jesse said. "I rushed to dial Magnuson Sheet Metal and I think Craig sensed the urgency in my voice that I needed someone to fix the problem and asap (need heat in the house for the new baby!).

"After explaining the new baby and the need to make sure we had heat, not only did they have some one over with 20 minutes of hanging up but....... checked the mailbox today waiting to find an invoice from them and this is what I find. Can't thank them enough for the great service, speedy response time and amazing technicians. Businesses like this earn customers for life!"

Mushy finds his voice. Whew.

Scots in an elevator

The Positive Side of Foster Care

...The Good Old Days

"It's Just Someone Saying...You Can Be...This."

Enjoy your day.


Wordless Wednesday :: "The Fifth Peg" by The Karminsky Experience Inc.


The word ‘listen’ has the same letters as the word ‘silent’.
— Alfred Brendel

The Karminsky Experience Inc.

"The Fifth Peg"

Official Site

New Album 'Beat' out now

The Karminsky Experience is a DJ and recording artist duo consisting of James Munns and Martin Dingle. Munns and Dingle began spinning together in small London nightlife locales during the early 1990s, and had a long running, successful circuit of performances, in various night clubs throughout England. Their full-length debut, The Power of Suggestion, was released by the Eighteenth Street Lounge Music label in 2003. They are best known for their LP releases of The Power of Suggestion and Snapshot, both of which were put out under the ESL Music label, which was founded by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation. Their newest album, Beat!, was released under a new label, Patterns of Behavior.

Wordless Wednesday :: "The Fifth Peg" by The Karminsky Experience Inc. ~ Fin.


Grind #114 :: Banned Books, Bat Salads, Ventriloquists & Dummies


As Eddie Murphy used to say as Buckwheat on SNL, "Been a wong tye since dem day." First time in a long time, I have a full-fledged unfocused edition of the Grind covering an array of topics including how to sound smarter, how to detect if you're married to an idiot, Saloon door security, some travel hacks, a few mind blowing videos and more. So, turn on some Ani DiFranco, slip on your Allbirds Wool Loungers and have a bat salad. (This will all make sense soon.)

  • Alejandro Benzaquen and Kevin Lustgarten (the duo is also known as 2venezolanos) are bending reality, but instead of pulling a bunny out of a hat, they use post production to surprise us. From grinding fruits into cereal with their bare hands to turning a pizza box into dominoes – these guys are true magicians.

...The Last Drop

Grind #114 :: Banned Books, Bat Salads, Ventriloquists & Dummies ~ Fin.