For all book lovers, I recommend Bookcrossing.com as: (1) a means of tracking your books, (2) a way to give books away and actually find out what happens to them, (3) a global effort to make the world a giant library, (4) a positive influence on classrooms that have participated, (5) a breath of fresh generosity in a cold world. It is said "If you love someone, set them free" - well, this applies to books too. Share them with the world. To date over 282,000 people and 1,330,000 books agree.
Calvin and Hobbes's creation by Bill Watterson was a landmark event in cartoons. He made a reckless "everyman" child whose imagination and better sense came in the form of his stuffed tiger, Hobbes. The discussions within became a synopsis of philosophic thought. The drawings became the hammer to break through the recent years' limiting of cartoons to a few small boxes. His fight to maintain the integrity of his creation led to unprecedented piracy of his images. Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite cartoon of all time.
Although I personally have difficulty with the all-chicken menu, I post here to praise the stand taken by this franchise in granting its employees Sundays off. When other fast food chains seek only profits, Chick-Fil-A stands apart by demonstrating tangible evidence of its care for employees.
I have a personal interest in this watch company, as it shares its name with my surname. I've often wondered if I could get a "family discount" but I instead keep the idea of these elegant watches as a goal, to purchase one someday. I settle in the meantime for advertising photos, displaying the craftsmanship and latest models. Simply put, Corum watches look incredible.
My spouse and I adore Sting. We had to buy two copies of his latest CD so we could both listen to it whereever we wanted. His "Mercury Falling" concert was "the best date we ever had." We had tickets to see him again the next tour, but a detached retina the day of the concert prevented it. What's a fan to do? Well, months later when I saw that the missed concert was released on video, I nearly broke down in the store. We were able to experience the beauty of Sting's music once again, changing a day of sadness into another joyous memory. We now own all of the Sting library yet still await a boxed set to buy one day. Thanks, Sting, for your music, your performances, and for sharing them intimately with us, the fans.
Bill Amend's comic strip of life in the Fox family hits so many points about relationships, sibling rivalry, parenting, and friendships that it could almost be painful if it weren't so funny. The issues within are never too heavy, yet always relevant. Read it if you have ever had a family, for a laugh, a giggle, or even just a smile. It will brighten your day.
I must speak regarding Pope John Paul II. The oddly few comments (being #1 in votes with barely a page of comments) seem to speak of the man, but little of his office as Pope. Personally, I do not recognize that office's authority. That's an entirely different discussion.
However, I do think extremely well of the man as an ambassador of goodwill for humanity. Often I wonder how much of his life is truly his these days. Anyway the lovemark is for the "Pope" aspect of his life and I just cannot vote positively for it.
Sesame Street! The show deserves a Lovemark as the skyscraper of children's education in the gamut of television programs. From heavy matters of racial diversity and death to easy memory games teaching numbers and the alphabet. I grew up with it. I learned from it. I still appreciate the impact Sesame Street has had upon me.
I'll add my comments on behalf of my wife. Oprah has developed her talk show into the most powerful entertainment venue I can recall. The mere mention of an item on Oprah can be the single largest success factor for that brand. However, I prefer to think back when Oprah was facing numerous talk shows and the moral decay they presented. Oprah Winfrey decided not to play in the dirt and has been standing on clouds ever since.
This MTV cartoon, spun from Beavis and Butthead, took on a life of its own. Through the eyes of teenage angst and despair, Daria comments on her family, friends, and the tragic events in her life at high school. Against her are thrown a bubbly sister, the clueless quarterback, the ditzy head cheerleader, teachers that inspire fear and pity, the fashion club, and a principal driven to succeed. Daria survives and resides within all of us whenever we quip, slam, or editorialize our lives. Online, Daria continues because of fans with websites, LiveJournals, and petitions for a DVD release, all of which display the love needed for a LoveMark.
This computer gaming company has consistently produced hit after hit with games like Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo. Gamers like me anticipate their releases for years and sign up for the chance to test a single game in the tens of thousands. Say a game Blizzard made in a forum and you'll get gamers remembering some of their best gameplay moments. Lovemark worthy? Of course.
A television show deserving a Lovemark? Well consider that this "hour of entertainment" consistently draws millions of viewers, has spawned two spin-off series, and made more people declare forensic science as a major than Quincy, and yes, you have a Lovemark. Bringing a mix of crime-solving and quirky personalities to the glitz of Las Vegas, add a dash of computer rendered imagery, a splash of gore, and a pun or two and you have a verified hit.
Big Red soda / soft drink / pop fueled my childhood. As I grew up, I discovered to my sadness that it was a regional beverage not available everywhere. That simply made the hunt for it all the more special. When travelling, I would stop in White Castle restaurants for it and stock up in convenience stores and even grocery stores that stocked it. I saved one can for over a year and had it, not alcohol, to celebrate the new millenium. Some might think it tastes like cough syrup or a specific berry, but I think it wonderfully tastes RED.