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Water for My Birthday and the Truth About Legacy

I turn 34 years old on Tuesday. Normally my birthday is no big deal, but this year, in honor of Rod Arnod‘s talk at OTA Sessions, I’m giving up my birthday in an effort to give clean drinking water to 34 people. Can you give $34 to charity:water for my birthday? Come on, help me hit my goal of $680!

Just click here to give, and to see all kinds of details about where your donation will go:

http://mycharitywater.org/joebart

 

The story of charity: water

I spent the day Friday at a remarkable conference called The OTA Sessions, put on by my friend Hugh Weber. Lindsey and I had fun helping 24 OTA-goers to turn a passionate idea they showed up with into a real project to launch. Also met all kinds of new friends from across the OTA states and the country. Just so happy to have had the opportunity to plug in the way we did. Thanks Hugh!

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One of the awesome speakers was Rod Arnold, a Watertown, South Dakota native who is the COO for charity:water in NYC. (The great news is Rod announced he and his family are moving back home to South Dakota soon!) He told and showed us in vivid pictures and video about the 1 billion people who drink dirty water because that’s all they’ve got. We’re talking muddy, bacteria and feces filled stuff here.

Even more powerfully though, Rod told us the tear-jerking, inspirational story of his two brothers Ryan and Chad. Chad needed a new liver, fast. And Ryan selflessly offered to donate 60% of his healthy liver to his brother. While at their family cabin in the Black Hills, Ryan and Chad got word that Ryan was a match, and they scheduled the surgery. Here is their story, as told by a Denver news channel:

Rod emotionally shared with us Friday many of the life lessons his brother Ryan gave to him. The most powerful of those for me: a legacy is not something you leave, it’s something you live. Thanks, Rod, for the best closing talk we could have asked for. And welcome home.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Celebrations, Raves

 

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Look Who’s Walking Now

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2011 in Kids

 

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How to Explore Inner and Outer Space Forever in Peace

From the late Outlaw comedian Bill Hicks, with some sweet video editing by someone on YouTube called andiabbeid.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2010 in activism, Peace

 

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Kiera Movie

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Celebrations, Family, Pictures

 

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Big shot.

McCook Central-Montrose in the District Championship. Tie game with 1.5 seconds left. (Hat tip to Mommyville.)

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2010 in etc., video

 

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Thank You 2009

It time for all those Christmas cards and letters and family pictures to rain on my mailbox. Like last year, we’re sending ours out via bartblog. So, happy holidays bartblog family and friends.

As Jaimie and I were reflecting on the past year, an obvious theme emerged. Thank you.

That’s it, we’re just plumb full of humbled gratitude this year. So many blessings, and you’ve been such a big part of most of it. Thanks to you, to life and most of all to our munchkins. We made a little video to show you what we’re most thankful for. Roll the tape..

NOTE: One photo (of Hope being a climate activist at Falls Park) was taken by my friend Jamie Horter, not me. She has oodles more talent than me, though she did attempt to teach me some photography once.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2009 in Celebrations, Family, video

 

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12 seconds

So I started a profile on this new-to-me site called 12seconds.tv. It’s pretty simple: share video, in 12 seconds bites. Check out Mesa and Zoey at the Sport Days carnival here: http://12seconds.tv/channel/joebart.

(I can’t seem to get the code to embed from 12seconds.tv, so here’s the video on youtube. Come on WordPress!)

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2009 in Kids

 

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