In celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo Program, we decided to feature some space-inspired fashions on Fashion Forward Friday. These futuristic designer fashions are certainly not the final frontier!
Whenever you feel discouraged, frustrated or simply down and out, you need to hear about people who have truly succeeded against all odds and absolutely refuse to quit. Last week I watched the 2019 ESPY Award Show and those who were nominated and won were clearly qualified for the title of the category they were in.
The one person who brought me to a lot of tears, however, and made me do some self-evaluating, soul-stirring, blessing counting was Coach Rob Mendez. If you didn’t get a chance to see the ESPY’s or heard of Rob Mendez, you absolutely must check out his story, so when you feel the need to whine, you’ll think twice.
Born without arms and legs, Rob Mendez, head coach of the junior varsity football team at Prospect High School in San Jose, California, decided early on that he wouldn’t let his body limit his goal of coaching. His motto is “Keep dreaming” echoed to those who feel their dreams seem unrealistic.
Mendez is an extraordinary human being, who found a way to turn what looks like a disability to some into a phenomenal opportunity. His voice, his inspiration, and his passion roars louder than a lion and is as gentle as a pussy cat. His final comments to the audience proudly reverberated in everyone’s hearts, “I’m not done yet. I’ve made it this far, and who says I can’t go further? Who says I can’t? Nobody!”
I urge you to listen to his acceptance speech and read more about Rob Mendez’s incredible story of perseverance and courage.
Sometimes we don’t stop to think before we fly off the handle and let our mouths land us into an odorous cesspool of foolishness. Once covered in a mouthful of muck we lose all the brilliance and color of what could have been beautiful, as our character and our intelligence is questioned.
I was reading this book in the Bible during our studies this week and all I could do was take it in and reflect on how very relevant and timely these passages speak.
New King James Version (NKJV)
The End of the Wicked and the Peace of the Godly
To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of David when Doeg the Edomite went and told Saul, and said to him, “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.”
1 Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The goodness of God endures continually.
2 Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
3 You love evil more than good,
Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah
4 You love all devouring words,
You deceitful tongue.
5 God shall likewise destroy you forever;
He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place,
And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
6 The righteous also shall see and fear,
And shall laugh at him, saying,
7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength,
But trusted in the abundance of his riches,
And strengthened himself in his wickedness.”
8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
9 I will praise You forever,
Because You have done it;
And in the presence of Your saints
I will wait on Your name, for it is good.
When we think about the song “Fly Me to the Moon” we are reminded of that popular hit tune recorded in 1964 by the legendary Frank Sinatra. Although this was originally titled ‘In Other Words” written by Bart Howard in 1954, the song was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the moon.
Many people never knew or heard of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. There is something very remarkable and spectacular about these men that shows their valor, and courage, that ended in tragedy. On Jan. 27, 1967, (according to NASA) as the first Apollo crew – Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee – were conducting a simulation on the launch pad in Florida, a flash fire broke out in their capsule. In the 100 percent oxygen atmosphere NASA was then using, the fire spread quickly and killed all three. The disaster caused NASA to re-examine all aspects of the program and rework many of the spacecraft’s systems. That spring, the mission for which the crew had been training was officially named Apollo 1.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is continuing the Apollo Program’s 50th-anniversary celebrations on July 16, the anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. Each Apollo mission launched from Kennedy Space Center, and the visitor complex is honoring this milestone era in NASA’s history.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong climbed out of the Apollo 11 lunar module and paused on its ladder. On Earth, a worldwide television audience of nearly a billion people heard his crackling transmission: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Horses: Magnificent, majestic and stately creatures. Charismatic and graceful is their natural swagger. Today we are giving a shout-out to these regal, charming creatures on “I Love Horses Day” which is celebrated annually on July 15.
C’mon and get your Equidae, Equus ferus muse on as we celebrate these hoofed herbivorous mammals in all their grandeur.
It is not too surprising to find out that over 300 million pairs of shoes end up in landfills each year. This fact is just another part of the continuing saga of pollution’s contributions to environmental contamination. Vancouver-based sneaker makers Native Shoes is a Canadian footwear company founded in 2009 dedicated to being 100 percent lifecycle managed by 2023.
The company has just created the world’s first and only 100% biodegradable, completely animal-free sneaker, made entirely from plant-based materials. The Plant Shoe is a non-chemical and non-animal-derived shoe that utilizes an array of plant-based materials in its construction. The entire upper part of the sneaker is made from carded pineapple husk and organic cotton which sits on a cork and sisal-backed midsole. An olive oil-soaked jute thread and a natural latex-based glue create the bonding material for the shoe. The outsole is a natural lactae hevea, and an organic linen sock liner and kenaf and corn felt insole completes the sneaker’s interior. The look of this sneaker is pulled together by organic cotton shoelaces.
Native Shoes biodegradable footwear is available in sizes for women, men, and children. Be a part of the environmental solution and sustainable revolution. On #FashionForwardFriday we salute the innovators of Native Shoes!
The sounds of the ocean crashing in freestyle musical notes
give one a sense of tranquility or excitement.
Sitting on the beach in the sands of time
absorbed in the animated movement of the ebb and flow the waves bring,
delight us with childlike wonder and saltwater fragrance.
From where does that milky white foam come,
softly caressing the shoreline?
Captivated by a tropical bliss of tantalizing foliage
accenting the outline of the sea.
The royalty of colors, a magnificent sight
in aquamarine and seafoam green.