“Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” ~ Steve Jobs, Survivor

John Hennessy was the President of Stanford University when he introduced Steve Jobs as the invited commencement speaker for their 2005 graduates. Hennessy remarked in his introduction, “More than 100 years ago, in describing his vision for a new [Stanford] Universty, Leland Stanford wrote, ‘The imagination needs to be cultivated and developed to assure success in life.’ Stanford clearly understood that …

How I Became A Professional Beatbusker

How I Became A Professional Beatbusker Have you ever been walking leisurely down the sidewalk in a large metropolitan city, turned a corner, and suddenly found yourself assaulted by the wrong end if a slide trombone spewing out wretched low brass versions of Harder To Breathe (Maroon Five), Can’t Stop The Feeling (Justin Timberlake), or Eat It (not the Michael …

U Be U – new Book Release! Perfect gift for the graduate of anything!

U Be U is whimsical wisdom set to simple rhyme and stunning images from around the world. It’s a cool, sometimes cute and sometimes witty gift for the grad – the grad of diploma collectors, university seekers, and achievement gatherers! Graduates come in all forms. In fact, we graduate from something nearly every day. Graduating from high school? Graduating from …

The Legend Of Valentine’s Day (Alternative Facts Version)

The Legend Of Valentine’s Day (Alternative Facts Version)   The mystery has shrouded the history of Valentine’s Day since the beginning of time. Many will tell you of stories about a patron saint, “St. Valentine” that was born of ancient traditions that evolved from the Catholic Church. We have recently discovered some surprising “alternative facts,” however, that are about to blow …

Video Samples

Billy’s video service offers customized video’s for everything from commercial and social media ads to personal gifts. If you’d like more information, please contact me and I will be more than happy to discuss what you have in mind. All videos are completely customized to fit your needs.   Special Occasions Imagine Graduation Open House Videos Online Business Promo’s Social Media Ads …

The Best Christmas Gift Anyone Can Afford

The Best Christmas Gift Anyone Can Afford Thirteen years ago, I wanted to start a gift-giving tradition with my two sons. I wanted it to be meaningful, personal, and financially attainable no matter what my financial circumstances were in any season of life (like this year!  ). So, I decided to write a letter to each of them. Every year …

Healthy Morning Workout Habits

Healthy Morning Workout Habits   Tracy Anderson is famous for sculpting the bodies of A-list stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and J.Lo, so her insight comes packed with a celebrity punch. It’s one thing to work out for your personal health, but when it’s tied to your career the stakes are a little higher. In an interview supporting the “Morning Spark” positivity …

The Pale Blue Dot Is Our Home – BillySoden.com

The Pale Blue Dot Is Our Home “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, …

How To Squeeze A Football Team Into A Sardine Can – BillySoden.com

How To Squeeze A Football Team Into A Sardine Can; Growing Up In Small Spaces I’m not sure why I was thinking this today, but I was remembering growing up back in the 70’s and 80’s. Of course , no one grows up in exactly the same environment, but after I became an adult I realized just how unusual my home …

Where Are The Leaders? Where Are Our Heroes?

Where Are The Leaders? Where Are Our Heroes? In 1968, the nationally and internationally renowned American writer and leader in higher education, Dr. Kent M. Keith, authored a piece titled “Paradoxical Commandments,” which he published in a booklet for student leaders entitled, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council . The “paradox” in which he chose were statements of …

8-Year-Old Spent 2 Years Growing His Hair To Make Wigs For Kids With Cancer

Boy Spent 2 Years Growing His Hair To Make Wigs For Kids With Cancer When 8-year-old Thomas Moore saw his mother watching a video of a young cancer patient losing her hair, he went out and did something truly special. Thomas, who had long braids when he was younger, came up with the idea to grow his hair out and give …

Bedtime Routines… Or Whatever! – BillySoden.com

One of the best things about being a parent is that when your children are young, we all invariably end up attempting to create our own bedtime routine. I know from talking to many parents over the years both as a dad and as a teacher, there is no single blueprint for how we make that happen. Sometimes it’s a …

No Man Is An Island

No Man Is An Island Why does it take 100 million sperm to fertilize one egg? Because not one will stop and ask for directions. This old joke giving an innocent jab at men is funny because there is probably at least some partial truth to it. All of us, not just men, sometimes have a difficult time asking for …

Hey, Before You Start School This Year…Thanks – BillySoden.com

I can remember growing up and feeling so alone, even when I was surrounded by a huge family. No, it wasn’t early onset depression or anything like that. It was more like being around people who didn’t get excited about the same things that I did. I was interested in many things, from fishing to football to music and especially …

Determination

In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been …

The Real Way To Be Cool When You Go Back To School – BillySoden.com

Time passing is one of the few certainties I know. Starting the day you are born your “life clock” starts ticking not just for yourself, but for all who know you as well. Your birth starts a ripple of existence in an ocean of many, many others. It doesn’t take long before we are wrapped up in the throngs of …

What’s Good for the Dog…Wait!

What’s Good for the Dog…Wait! My mother – kind, loving and hilariously scatterbrained. Whenever I have what I call a “dingy moment” I tell mom I inherited that gene from her. Years ago when my parents had their beloved dog Bridget, she truly was part of the family. Mom and Bridget w ere so close they even took their medications …

Blueberry Cream Floats – BillySoden.com

Blueberry Cream Floats by Lindsey Andrews Do you remember root beer floats? What about adding blueberry for a few blueberry cream floats? Today’s recipe is sure to cool you down while the outside temps heat up. This week is one of the hottest so far here in Oklahoma. The weather report on my drive to work today said it was 97 …

Hiding From Godzilla, God, And Grace; A Late Introduction

This is my 3rd blog post and I have to apologize! I haven’t really introduced myself! So here we go!   “Hi! My name is Billy Soden and here is just a little bit about who I am:   First, I am a Christian. Now before half of you run away and the other half start breaking out in a gospel …

What Do You Do With An Extra Beat?

  It was ten o’clock in the morning on a beautiful summer day in Minnesota. Not a cloud in the sky as my wife and I hopped in the car and made the two-mile drive to the hospital. The anticipation and excitement had consumed us both over the past nine months – to the point that I’m sure all of our …

Beauty & Ugly

“Upon a day Beauty and Ugliness met on the shore of a sea. And they said to one another, “Let us bathe in the sea.” Then they disrobed and swam in the waters. And after a while Ugliness came back to shore and garmented himself with the garments of Beauty and walked his way. And Beauty, too, came out of the sea, and found not her raiment, and she was too …

Patience, Paradigms, & Parachutes; Thoughts On How To Fail Successfully

Patience, Paradigms, & Parachutes; Thoughts On How To Fail Successfully If you have lived life long enough to have failed at something, you have almost always been given the opportunity to ask the question, “What did I learn from that?” I qualify that statement with “almost always” because sometimes a mistake is, unfortunately, our last one. For instance,  a few …

Through The Eyes Of My Mom

It seems fitting that one of my first blogs should be about the person who gave me life , my mom.  I was young and had just enrolled as a music education major at St. Olaf College. I had not seen nor spoken to my mom since I ran away from home at the age of 16.   My mom …