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1,000 posts – June 3rd, 2019

Great news, Sandcastle makers!

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MakeSandcastlesNotWar just reached its 1,000th post today.  1,000 posts later and even more sandcastles have been made since.  1,000 posts full of reviews, PR nightmares, philosophy, PR miracles, marketing tactics, and all other sorts of craziness.

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Stayed tuned for even more on the horizon (1,000 MORE posts, perhaps?)


~ Jon Carey, Chief Writer




5/24 TGIF Quote + Announcement

Hello Folks!

MakeSandcastlesNotWar will be on a short hiatus for the Memorial Day Weekend.  We will be back up and running on Tuesday.

Until then, enjoy these fantastic, philosophical quotes.

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A shipowner was about to send to sea an emigrant-ship. He knew that she was old, and not well built at the first; that she had seen many seas and climes, and often had needed repairs. Doubts had been suggested to him that possibly she was not seaworthy. These doubts preyed upon his mind, and made him unhappy; he thought that perhaps he ought to have her thoroughly overhauled and refitted, even though this should put him at great expense. Before the ship sailed, however, he succeeded in overcoming these melancholy reflections. He said to himself that she had gone safely through so many voyages and weathered so many storms that it was idle to suppose she would not come safely home from this trip also. He would put his trust in Providence, which could hardly fail to protect all these unhappy families that were leaving their fatherland to seek for better times elsewhere. He would dismiss from his mind all ungenerous suspicions about the honesty of builders and contractors. In such ways he acquired a sincere and comfortable conviction that his vessel was thoroughly safe and seaworthy; he watched her departure with a light heart, and benevolent wishes for the success of the exiles in their strange new home that was to be; and he got his insurance-money when she went down in mid-ocean and told no tales. What shall we say of him? Surely this, that he was verily guilty of the death of those families. It is admitted that he did sincerely believe in the soundness of his ship; but the sincerity of his conviction can in no wise help him, because he had no right to believe on such evidence as was before him. He had acquired his belief not by honestly earning it in patient investigation, but by stifling his doubts. And although in the end he may have felt so sure about it that he could not think otherwise, yet inasmuch as he had knowingly and willingly worked himself into that frame of mind, he must be held responsible for it.

~ William K. Clifford, 1874

Gender Reveal Extravaganza

Yesterday I got to attend my first gender reveal party.  Some family members of mine invited me over to New Hampshire for the festive event.  It was then that I headed over there to see the biggest question revealed – whether the baby’s gender will be boy or girl.

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The party itself was like no other.  Colors of blue and pink scattered around the room.  Arcade machines buzzing, kids actively running around the area, hot comfort food served on the small tables.  It all made me feel like a kid again, being a world full of imagination and mystery (then again, arcades have always had that effect on me throughout the year).

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Truth be told, I never heard of a ‘gender reveal party’ back when I was a kid.  Expecting couples went to find out about the baby’s gender through the doctor and that was that.  Baby showers were the only popular parties for the expecting mother.

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These gender reveal parties really say a lot about my generation.  In this 21st century social media world, it’s not enough to just find out the baby’s gender with your significant other.  Many modern couples throw this event to surprise their friends and family about whether they are having a boy or girl.  Blue means they are having a boy and pink means a girl.  They showcase the reveal through balloons, cakes, boxes, and other creative ideas.

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The millennial generation is known for celebrating much more special events these days.  Gender reveals, pride month, and even political protests are a few of many events millennials take part of every year.  There’s this huge sense of pride flourishing around the world, celebrating some of life’s joyous occasions.  These unique holidays or events help us appreciate the better things in life.

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Life can be crazy and hectic at times; but knowing that your friend or family member is having a gender reveal event happening will make life much more exciting.

With that, my gender reveal party was absolutely incredible.  It was a great event to celebrate one of life’s blessings.