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Down Syndrome Child and Dog

I saw this moving video on Facebook and searched for it on YouTube. As well as this edited version I found an unedited version that shows how hard the dog had to work to win the child’s affection:

The video was uploaded by Ana, the child’s mother. The child’s name is Hernan and the dog is Himalaya. Hernan was three at the time. Understandably, the video went viral and, two years later, the Daily Mail ran an article on it.

Sanddornbalance

Miyoko Shida’s performance is a meditation that demonstrates that it is possible to bring balance to the different elements of our lives through cultivating patience, stillness and attention. The structure she creates is a visualisation and expression of inner quietude, balance and harmony and we are grateful that she has, even for a moment, recalled us to the understanding that creating space for these qualities within is at least as important as anything we can create externally.

Miyoko’s act is called Sanddornbalance. She did not originate it:

For more than 15 years .. Mädir Rigolo ..[was] the only performer until he took the decision to share his experience and transfer his knowledge to a small number of selected artists who .. now on carry on the tradition of Sanddornbalance in their own individual style and adaptation.
Thus, nowadays there is a celebrated Sanddornbalance at Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, performed by Mädir’s daughter Lara Rigolo (Nestruck’s Top 10 in 2012). Or the powerful and energetic interpretation by Memet Bilgin Rigolo in Australia. We meet the mysterious elegance presented by Japanese dancer and choreographer Miyoko Shida Rigolo. We listen to and watch Naima Rhyn Rigolo who enriches the performance with the sonority of her voice.
 
Mädir Eugster himself will not stop performing himself – no way – but will surprise audience with a new creation Wings in My Heart in 2014.
 
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Find the Others

I put this video together as an exercise last month using a cartoon strip at Zen Pencils. Credit to Gavin Aung Than for the pictures and Mladost Club found at freemusicarchive.org for the music. I think it works well and I’m thinking of doing more of this.

Frank Medrano and Antoinette Pacheco

I saw this video of Frank Medrano and his girlfriend Antoinette Pacheco on a Facebook post. They are obviously extraordinary people.

I like what Antoinette has to say about her training.

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