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Please, please share this like wildfire.

My classmate, Susan Hess-Logeais, recently told me about the documentary she’s making called “Soar,” about two amazing young dancers, Kiera and Uriah. It’s incredible, and the young ladies featured in this are astounding, talented, dedicated and extremely important individuals.

Once I heard, I had to share it here. It’s the kind of thing that actually gets attention on tumblr when everybody else ignores it - ignores excellence in black girls, ignores disabled people, and lets them fall by the wayside. So I’m asking, please, please help these girls out, and if not, please reblog and share.

From the “Soar” press release:

"If you’ve ever seen Portland sisters Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd dance together, you know they share a bond that goes beyond sisterhood. 18 year-old Uriah grew up helping Kiera, age 20, adapt after a childhood illness resulted in the amputation of Kiera’s hands and legs just one month after Uriah was born.

“You really have to see them to believe it,” says filmmaker and dancer Susan Hess Logeais. “Kiera can move in ways that are incredibly powerful and graceful, and Uriah is an expressive and talented dancer on her own. But when you see the two of them dance together, you see everything: the struggle, the bond, the joy, the frustration, the mutual love. It’s truly overpowering to watch, and audiences respond pretty intensely.

Hess Logeais is currently fundraising to help pay for the event and finish her film, which she hopes will be eye-opening and inspiring. “We want to change people’s ideas about what is possible,” she says. “For all of us, but especially for the millions of people living with alternate abilities, Kiera shows us what happens when you challenge your limitations. That’s a message I would love to share with as many people as possible.” To find out more about “Soar,” the film, and see some powerful footage of the sisters’ dance, visit the Soar Kickstarter campaign. Kiera, Uriah and Susan are hoping that the disabled community will join the “Soar” community and support their efforts.”

"Soar" has a crowdfunding project going, but it’s having trouble reaching its goal - and this is just too important to let slip. Please help. Signal boost, share, donate if you can, but DO NOT let Kiera and Uriah be forgotten.

THE IMPORTANT LINKS:

The Website:
http://soardocumentary.com/

Crowdfunding:
http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/soar

YouTube: (watch these amazing dancers)
https://www.youtube.com/user/hotflashfilmspdx

Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/hotflashfilmspdx/videos

THANK YOU so much for reading, and THANK YOU for sharing. This is big, and important, and something good that needs to happen. Thank you.

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1 is 2 Many PSA: 60 Second

I unambiguously disagree with religious people on matters of fundamental ontology; but I recognize that we’re all just tiny little persons in a very big universe, trying our best to figure things out. And I’m firm in my conviction that we’re making progress.

Sean Carroll, “The Meaning of Life

Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll – The Meaning of Life | Video by Inspiration Journey

The world keeps happening in accordance with its rules; it’s up to us to make sense of it and give it value. 

Dialogue taken from Prof. Carroll’s debate with William Lane Craig

Music: “God Moving Over the Face of the Waters” by Moby

(Good, but overused for this kind of video, imho.)

Skepticism is an anti-virus program for the brain: it simply provides the tools to check ideas, combined with the knowledge that can take the weight out of bad ideas. Knowing that psychics have specific ways of asking questions that make it sound as though they’re offering information means you’re alive to the trick when you hear it. Awareness of regression to the mean and confirmation bias might stop you attributing your recovery to the copper band on your wrist or the sugar pill on your tongue.
Michael Marshall (project director for the Good Thinking Society and vice president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society), “Skeptics will always face an uphill struggle against pseudoscience”, The Guardian

More careful debunking of Galilean mythology!

We find ourselves, not as a central player in the life of the cosmos, but as a tiny epiphenomenon, flourishing for a brief moment as we ride a wave of increasing entropy… Purpose and meaning are not to be found in the laws of nature, or in the plans of any external agent… it is our job to create them. One of those purposes – among many – stems from our urge to explain the world around us the best we can.

If our lives are brief and undirected, at least we can take pride in our mutual courage as we struggle to understand things much greater than ourselves

Sean Carroll, From Eternity to Here (2010)

Sean Carroll

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Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
Robert Frost (1874–1963), American poet