A two minute video is weaving its way around the world in a digital murmuration via the collective fingertips of the web—as all magical and breathtaking journeys do.
I stumbled across this video a few weeks ago and the awesomeness of it keeps creeping back into my mind when I least expect it.
Two girls in a canoe—Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith—on the river Shannon, become a captive audience to a nail-biting, jaw-dropping performance of the reality of life around them. This murmuration of Starlings doesn’t care about their mortgage payments, piles of dirty laundry back home, homework assignments, or the time-waste of selfish gossip that floats between even the best of us. Nor have they been taught the ideals of self-deprecation. They just are what they are—beautiful life.
I wonder how I would react if I were one of the girls sitting in that canoe, witness to the basic truth of nature. I keep coming back to the same conclusion.
Cry. Fall out of the Canoe. Float away.
Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.
I owe some serious thanks to the staff at Coles Brantford for hosting my book signing yesterday—and for being so gosh-dang likeable and hospitable.
The drive in to the city found me with the usual bag of butterfly turmoil churning in my guts. Having all the exits off the highway (into the city) closed only heightened my anxiety. I had to drive past the city, circle back, and then deke around foreign neighbourhoods with my old-school GPS navigation system—you know, the one built in to my brain.
I burst forth into the store with crazed hair and panting heavily out-of-breath from a mad sprint through the parking lot—loaded down with a box of books. These charming people greeted me warmly and they even smiled politely when I barked out orders for 800mg of Advil—STAT! (Special thanks to Mark D. for filling that order.)
The gracious nature of the staff was second only to the incredible people of Brantford that filtered in and out of the store all afternoon fulfilling their Saturday afternoon shopping business. I have never met a more genuine, honest, engaging, friendly, and POLITE bunch of city folk in one store. And, as an author on a book-signing tour of various cities, let me tell you—I have seen my fair share of hoity-toity, who-do-you-think-you-are shoppers.
I did not receive one single cold stare, impolite gesture, or downright rude remark. The people of Brantford welcomed me with open arms. They were talkative, sincere, showed genuine interest—and they left smiling with my book. Even when the power in the mall went out and they had to stand in line for 20 minutes waiting for the registers to re-boot—there was no mayhem, no frowning utterances of negativity—only smiles.
My book-signing agony meter has been reset to zero. Hallelujah!
Attention Brantford, Kitchener, Cambridge and surrounding areas!
You can now pick up your very own copy of in a celandine world at the Coles bookstore in Lynden Park Mall in Brantford. Come out this Saturday (November 5th) to get your copy and say hello. I’ll be in-store from 1-4pm harassing the staff and offering to sign every book that leaves the store. I’m also excited to sign t-shirts, shoes, knapsacks, and the body parts of unsuspecting passersby. I’m like a black marker ninja.
Stop putting off picking up your copy, you know you want one, right? RIGHT?