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midweek at the oasis: books, giraffes, jimmy fallon and “the voice”

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By Wednesday, many bloggers go wordless. Because that is apparently impossible for me to do, I’ve decided to celebrate Hump Day another way. Instead of giving you some long post to read while you’re counting the days to the weekend, I’m going to share some of my favorite random stuff from Facebook in case you missed it.

I will call this feature Midweek at the Oasis – ha ha ha! – and hope you will join me for it every Wednesday. If you come across anything you want to share, just send me an email at lois@midlifeattheoasis.com, and I’ll give you a shout-out.

Enjoy, and let me know which are your own favorites.

* I created a whole new list of books to read after reading all the replies to the question raised by G.D. Falksen, above. My answer? New York City during the Jazz Age, thanks to The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell. Would love to hear your answers in the comments.

* This photo makes me sob every time I look at it — which is often, because it’s so beautiful. You can read the story here.


* I love Jimmy Fallon, and it’s so much fun to watch him having such a good time with Billy Joel.

* While I’m celebrating Jimmy Fallon, let’s revisit one of my all-time favorite moments of his.

The Voice is the best singing competition, and here’s one reason why! This is from the Italian version of the show  but you don’t need to understand what they’re saying to understand what they’re hearing …

Enjoy the rest of the week and follow me on Twitter, where I’ll be Tweeting some more finds!


  1. Jimmy Fallon cracks me up. I can’t stay up that late anymore to watch him, but I DVR his show a lot and he’s always good for a laugh!!

  2. I am LOVING the Jimmy Fallon clips! I had to watch Billy Joel over and over…

  3. Jimmy Fallon Rocks. Also, I saw that giraffe video with the zookeeper. I wept. So sweet

  4. Thanks for sharing all the stuff I somehow missed!

  5. Oh fun! I love this! I’ve never done wordless Wednesday.. not because I have a lot to say.. but because for SEO purposes (LOL) I can’t imagine not posting something with less than 300 words. Love this post, what a great idea and packed with goodies! Following on Twitter too!

  6. I missed the Mom dance, so thanks for sharing. Jimmy is too funny and the First Lady is such a good sport!

  7. First of all, I love your idea. Secondly, you picked some of the best stuff from the internet these days! Love it!

  8. I remember reading about the Giraffe. It is such a heartwarming story.

  9. Love The Voice! Those nuns are AMAZING. I hope they bring them stateside.

  10. Jimmy Fallon has gotten better since he moved to the Tonight Show. Thanks for the laughs with these clips.

  11. I haven’t seen him in shows in ages. Thanks for a reminder of how great he is!

  12. The giraffe picture and story is so touching. Thanks for sharing all this!

  13. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    OK, I love this new feature: Midweek at the Oasis. Brilliant! The giraffe photo is priceless. Jimmy Fallon is hilarious. Billy Joel is classic. Awesome selections for this week’s edition.

  14. Great selections as always, Lois. You are so funny that instead of being silent you are being oh, so Lois! 🙂

    The giraffe? Hand me some more Kleenex.

  15. Jimmy Fallon is my secret crush 🙂 Sshhh don’t tell

  16. I am obsessed with the Voice go Christina Grimme

  17. If I were transported to the location of the last book I read, I’d be in Seattle, which is funny since I actually live driving distance from there. How boring! LOL!

  18. I LOVED the Jimmy Fallon doo-wop with Billy Joel! Jimmy is always incredibly entertaining. I think he was a great choice for the Tonight Show!

  19. Just love the Voice and heard about the nun.

  20. I have always been a fan of Jimmy Fallon! I also can never go wordless on Wednesday because I have too much to talk about.

  21. I love, love, love the voice. It is something that Hubby and I can watch, discuss, and enjoy

  22. Thanks for sharing these! I can’t stay up late enough to watch Jimmy Fallon so I really appreciate your sending these so I could enjoy them!

  23. I love his clips! Too funny for the day!

  24. I just starting reading the book “A Little History of the World” and so I guess that would put me in the Bronze Era. Please no! I like indoor plumbing! LOL

  25. I have yet to see Jimmy Fallon doing his talk show thing but I have no doubt he’s rocking it!

  26. The photo with the giraffe and the man saddened me incredibly this week, but also partly because of another giraffe story that was floating around as well… I won’t get into that here but maybe you know what I mean. At least the Evolution of Mom Dance cheered me right up! 😉

  27. We love Jimmy Fallon too!

  28. Lois- this is a great idea, I loved the clips and the idea that we all need some short sweet wonderful-ness on hump day! Thanks so much- Virginia

  29. I like the idea of a mid-week Oasis. I will be tuning in each week so I can see what you have to share next~

  30. I enjoyed this. The title alone had my mind spinning. I liked the Jimmy Fallon clips because I don’t ever get to watch, but I DID get to see the Italian Voice when the nun sang and I was right there in the moment – it was amaze-balls. By the way, if I was transported to the middle of the book I last read, I would be in the middle of a war in the land of the Forest Dwellers and a search for the 7 lost books of History. Hmmm….

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