Saturday, September 26, 2015

Francis Visits America: Part Pope, Part Rock Star

Andrea Hennessy left her night shift in Suffern, New York, and jumped on a train shortly after 7 a.m. Friday to be certain that she would have her moment with Pope Francis. By early afternoon, the line to get into Madison Square Garden in New York City for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate Mass with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church snaked 11 blocks south from the iconic arena, then one block west and back up again.

High School Boy Invents Solution For Paraplegic Mom To Use Baby Stroller

It ain’t easy being wheely – especially for this new mother who couldn’t easily take her baby out in a stroller because of her wheelchair.

That was her sad reality until a 16-year-old Michigan high school student had the brains – and the compassion – to invent the perfect contraption for the paraplegic mom.

Sharina Jones has been confined to a wheelchair for 30 years and had adapted to all other obstacles in her way. However, after she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Sharina lamented that she was not able to take her son out in a stroller with her friends.

Nurse Stunned to Tears by Parade of Grown Babies Whose Lives She Saved (WATCH)

A video of parents thanking a nurse for taking care of their babies will bring happy tears to your eyes, just like it did to hers.

By the time the parade of former patients filled the room, she was reunited with more than a dozen kids whose lives she saved over her 33 year career.

10 Questions You Can Ask Yourself To Become A Better Person

Ever feel insecure about the path you’re taking? Do you ever feel like you’ve lost a bit of direction in knowing who you are as a person?

I came across the first question listed below from Stephen Levine in Chicken Soup for the Soul. Stephen’s questions were fantastic and made me think about other questions I should be asking myself as well.

Daily Inspirational Quote – September 26, 2015

“If someone dumps on you….use it as compost.”

Not a very pleasant turn of phrase but it does serve a purpose. There can’t be many of us who haven’t been “dumped” on by someone in the past. Maybe totally unexpectedly, out of the blue, didn’t see that coming…..but dumped on nevertheless. It’s what we decide to do with what’s been dumped that separates the men from the boys or the women from the girls. Use the “dump” as compost in your own personal virtual garden and see how the flowers named “lessons learned” grow tall and strong. Hopefully, that will be all the compost you’ll ever need.


Nicholas Kristof's Path to More Effective Giving

When deciding how to use your time and money to address the worlds problems, you may struggle with how to use those resources for the greater good. Exploring that challenge is the subject of the book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, written by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn. This thoughtful interview with Kristof shares more.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Don’t Miss Spectacular Full Harvest Moon With Total Lunar Eclipse Sept 27

This epic cosmic event only lights up the sky once in a red moon.

On September 27th at 9:07PM EDT, Earthlings will get to witness a harvest moon mixed with a lunar eclipse. Known as a “supermoon” because of its close proximity to Earth, the distance makes it appear 14% larger as the planet orbits into Earth’s shadow.

When the sunlight that passes through Earth’s atmosphere reflects off of the enlarged moon, it produces an eerie red glow that can only be seen once every 18 years.

Daily Inspirational Quote – September 25, 2015

“Don’t compare or compete….Be unique.”

We all start out totally unique but, as time passes, it’s only natural that we absorb what’s around us and sooner or later we may realize we’re not as unique anymore, but just one of the crowd. It’s never too late to change this if you really, really want to. Simple really, all you need to do is be guided by YOUR thoughts and ideas, YOUR beliefs, YOUR view of the world and the people in it. By all means, read or view what you’re being constantly bombarded with by the media, either in print or digitally. However, remain true to the kind of person you want to be not somebody else’s idea of how you should look, what you should wear or eat, etc. That’s not for you, because you’re aware you’re unique, right?


Stretching Identity: A Conversation with Gabriel Meyer

"The first time I met a Palestinian Sufi Sheikh, I went to his house. The person who introduced me, my friend, he said, Listen, this is the third Israeli he meets, so be careful. You know, go slowly. So I sat; we were all very formal, Salaam. We sat down, it was very serious, and all of a sudden, I just took out my drum and starting singing, Allahu, Allahu, Allahu. His son came out from the kitchen with food. He got up and hugged us and said, You're staying the night. In this interview, Gabriel Meyer shares some remarkable stories of breaking through barriers of distrust and enmity.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Daily Inspirational Quote – September 24, 2015

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

Very sad but very true. Most people are so caught up in the day-to-day struggle just to earn a living that they are totally unaware of how fortunate they are just to be healthy and alive. Quick to rail against life when it deals them a blow or doesn’t deliver what they want when they want it. However, those of us who are fortunate enough to realize how blessed we truly are just to be alive and able to truly “live” life to the full because of it, should view those who aren’t as lucky, with compassion. There but for the Grace of God…………


All the World's a Stage

As the old saying goes, "laughter is the best medicine". And for Grant Snider, who practices orthodontics by day, and webcomics by night, here's proof that he believes in that very notion. Take a moment to enjoy these fanciful, thought-provoking and sometimes whimsical comics about daily life from the mind of Mr. Snider.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Playground for Shelter Kids Is Ready in One Day As Hundreds Volunteer

More than 300 volunteers worked all day so crisis-affected kids would have a new place to play.

The Tennyson Center that helps abused children in Denver, Colorado, calls the new playground “a brain expander, friend maker and muscle builder” for the kids.

Most Quotable Athlete in History: Tribute to Catcher Yogi Berra (1925-2015)

“It was like deja vu all over again” — Major League Baseball’s Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday night, exactly 69 years to the day of his MLB debut for the New York Yankees.

A record-breaking catcher and fan favorite, Berra was also remembered for his “Yogi-isms” — quotes that twisted logic and crafted paradoxes to leave fans chuckling.

Girl With Special Needs Starts A Thriving Business Based on an Inability to Read

An Australian woman who was born with Down Syndrome and a mild form of autism, has built a business based on her low level of reading comprehension. It turned out that Emma Lynam is the perfect person to trust with destroying your sensitive documents.

Daily Inspirational Quote – September 23, 2015

“Our greatest battles are those with our own minds.”

Okay, I confess, I cannot make a decision! Being asked to decide between two, or several options, puts me in total panic and I usually seek the opinion of those nearest to me. There is so much goes on in our minds every day, not only while we are awake but also while we sleep. Continual battles rage in our heads daily. Having to make decisions, both minor and major, absorbing information, understanding it, dissecting it, and perhaps filing it away for future reference. This is the “hub” where everything is processed so there are bound to be times when our mind is a battleground, at odds with itself. However, we also possess the ability to bring the battle to an end to our own satisfaction if and when we choose, so all is not lost, is it?


Food Runners

There are over 800 million undernourished people in the world today. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide. Yet there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. In San Francisco, California, 1 out of 4 people go hungry at some point during the month. There are also more than 4,000 restaurants in the city that throw away excess food. Mary Risley, founder of Tante Marie's Cooking School, decided to do something to prevent that. In 1987, together with a small group of women, she started a grassroots initiative called Food Runners to help alleviate hunger, prevent food waste, and create community. San Franciscans connecting with other San Franciscans.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dancing School Principal Starts Each Day With A Different Routine (WATCH)

Kids arriving at an Arkansas elementary school don’t know exactly what song-and-dance to expect from their assistant principal each morning, they just know it’ll make them smile.

Gary Logan greets the students each morning with music blaring, getting kids and teachers to sing and dance along with him as they arrive outside Woodrow Elementary School in Conway.

New Organic Drive-Thru Offers Vegan Fries With Your Non-GMO Burger

People can’t get enough of a new fast food joint in central California that is super-sizing healthy alternatives to greasy fare.

Amy’s Drive Thru offers typical fast food items like burgers, pizzas, and burritos, but Drive Thru land Screen Shot World of Veganeverything on the menu is vegetarian. Lines have been out the door since it opened in July in Rohnert Park, about 50 miles north of San Francisco. It’s already racked up close to 250 Yelp reviews, with an overall four-star rating.

You May Be Reducing Your Alzheimer’s Risk Already With Everyday Habits

A new study suggests that certain lifestyle choices that we don’t think twice about may reduce our risk of later developing the most common form of dementia.

Taking anti-inflamatories like aspirin and ibuprofen, and drinking beverages like coffee and alcohol, were among the 10 different medical conditions, vitamins, medications, and lifestyle habits related to reducing the risk of developing, according to findings from researchers at Qingdao University in China.

Fifth Grader Pulls 3 Kids to Safety After School Bus Crashes Into Lake

A 10-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero after helping kindergartners off of a school bus that crashed in a lake outside Tampa, Florida.

Nicholas “Nico” Sierra, a newly-appointed school safety patrol officer, was on the bus when its brakes failed Thursday. The driver tried stopping, but the bus left the road and landed on its side in the lake.

Google Matches Donations To Raise $11 Million for Refugees in 3 Days

The world’s largest search engine has located—and donated—millions of dollars for refugees pouring into the EU.

Just three days after announcing it would match donations for refugee relief, Google hit its goal of raising $11 million dollars.

Teen Athlete Says Apple Watch Saved His Life in the Nick of Time

A high school football player credits his new Apple watch with saving his life.

After he finishing football practice last week, Paul Houle began feeling serious chest and back pain. He checked his heart rate on the watch he’d gotten just three days earlier and saw that his heart was beating 145 times a minute — a rate that’s common during a workout, but not two hours later.

Daily Inspirational Quote – September 22, 2015

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

All of us have been afraid at times so fear is not a stranger. It may have prevented us from doing something that wasn’t in our best interest but, on the other hand, it may also have stopped us from experiencing something wonderful. The trick is to know which is which. We’ve all felt the fear that makes our heart beat a little faster and presses our “fight or flight” button, usually before doing something that makes us nervous, or meeting someone that we’re unsure of. However, trust that the fear is saying it’s okay to be a bit afraid as it will keep you alert and on your toes, but NEVER let it stop you from doing something that may be the greatest experience of your life, or meeting someone who could prove to be the key to your future happiness.


Leave No Child Inside

In the face-off between children's need for nature and the planet's growing need for more housing, one child, Richard Louv, fought urbanization of his cherished woods, then grew up to write a book about it -- "Last Child in the Woods." A developer who read it was "profoundly disturbed," joined a children-and-nature movement that grows in every arena, from conservation and health to urban design and education.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Little Boy Idolizes ‘Mailman Mike’ Who Takes Him On Daily Rounds

When you see only bills and junk mail delivered to your postal box, the arrival of a mailman is not very exciting.

But for one little boy who has no bills to pay, the man in blue delivers a daily dose of excitement.
Every day, four-year-old Carter Lawson dresses in his own version of a postal worker’s uniform and eagerly awaits the arrival of “Mailman Mike.”

No Drop in the Bucket: Canadian Plumber Gives $25 Mil to Hospital

That’s a lot of clogged drains — a Canadian plumber has donated $25 million dollars to a British Columbia hospital.

The 82-year-old started out as an apprentice for Vancouver-based Keith Plumbing and Heating Company in 1954. Sixteen years later, he owned the business and today has 200 people working for him.

“I’m just a plumber who worked hard and had some good luck in my life,” said Paul Myers.

Meet The Woman Who Saves Deaf Dogs, ‘They Hear With Their Hearts’

Adopting any rescue dog is a commitment, but taking in a deaf dog is a very special, and sometimes intensive, labor of love that thousands of people choose to take on each year.

One of those people is Christina Lee, who, in addition to adopting her own deaf dogs, runs a Virginia-based nonprofit called Deaf Dogs Rock dedicated to listing deaf dogs available for adoption all over the United States. Since 2011, she’s helped rescue over 1,400 of them.

How to Build a Rainforest in Just Eight Years (WATCH)

Destruction of the Brazilian Rainforest is an all too common headline in world news. That’s why stories like the Reserva Ecológico de Guapiaçu (REGUA) are such a welcome relief–for humans and hundreds of other species.

Nicholas Locke is a landowner who decided to turn his family’s pasture land into a forest. And in just 8 years, they have turned it into a Garden of Eden, full of birds, reptiles, mammals and insects–and only 2 hours from Rio de Janeiro.

The Karma Queens Guide to Relationships

by Dr. Carmen Harra, PhD and Alexandra Harra

Change Your Karma to Attract the Love of Your Dreams

Our karma is the reason we must learn certain lessons, overcome certain challenges, and meet certain people. And it spills onto our relationships with others, affecting our human bonds to the breaking point, unless we acknowledge and resolve our karma once and for all. Then, we can finally escape vicious cycles and progress towards permanently fulfilling relationships, say the Karma Queens.
Dr. Carmen Harra, author of the international bestseller Everyday Karma, and her wise-beyond-her years daughter Alexandra, team up to reveal to readers the truth of their individual relationship karma. The result is a golden manual of wisdom in relationships from both a spiritual and practical standpoint.

The Karma Queens’ Guide to Relationships explains how to achieve flawless communication, heightened intimacy, and a deeper connection. The book clarifies how to:

 •    Discover the way you first accumulated the negative energy you put on yourself
 •    Determine if your accumulated karma is preventing you from meeting your romantic soul ...

Ten Ways to Recognize Your Soul Mate

An Excerpt from The Karma Queens Guide to Relationships by Dr. Carmen Harra, PhD and Alexandra Harra

“Throughout my career, I have seen everything from couples who married their childhood loves to people in their retirement years who still struggle with commitment issues. Most of us fall somewhere between these two extremes, meaning that we experience several relationships before finding the person we believe to be our perfect pairing. Whether you’re currently married, in a relationship, or contemplating entering a relationship with a new love interest, it is crucial that you know what role this person will play in your life.

After all, there’s no avoiding the inevitable, often uncomfortable question we must ask ourselves: Is this the person I was bound by destiny to share my life with? Or did I settle too quickly into a relationship with someone who can never complete me? Answering these questions honestly can be hard without a bit of guidance. There are ten signs that indicate a soul mate bond (or a lack of) between you and your partner.

Ten Ways to Know If They’re ...

Daily Inspirational Quote – September 21, 2015

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.”

This reminds me of kids who don’t want to hear what they are being told so stick their fingers in their ears and sing loudly! I guess we can all be like these kids at times. We all have our own opinions on anything and everything and, once we have formed out opinion on certain topics or certain people then that’s it! A done deal! So, well done us eh? We have effectively prevented ourselves from ever having to rethink or change what we have set in stone. So, what does that make us? Definitely not the brightest bulbs in the box!


All We Have Is Now

Growing up and growing old sounds like a logical notion but it also appears to be a surreal process that we don't realize is happening until it has happened. This trailer for "Present Perfect," gives you a glimpse into a yet-to-be released film which explores the very real experience of aging in America. Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, Washington, is home to more than 400 elderly residents and it is also home to a pre-school. Documenting the interactions of the very young and the very old, this film asks what it is these two groups can offer each other while affirming the power of human connection.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

She Lost Miss America Contest But Won Hearts With Her Nursing Speech

People have been cheering for a contestant who lost in the Miss America beauty pageant, because during the talent competition instead of showcasing her musical or dancing skills, she showed off her compassion as a nurse.

On the event stage in Atlantic City last Sunday, instead of looking like a typical beauty queen in sequins and pearls, Kelley Johnson walked out on stage in her blue nurse’s scrubs.

A Healthy Start to Your Day: How To Pick a Good Cereal

When I was morbidly obese, I once accepted a challenge from my brother to eat 5 bowls of Cocoa Krispies cereal in one sitting. As a cereal addict who also happens to love chocolate, victory was sweet. However, I never touch Cocoa Krispies today. It’s not because I stopped eating cereal.

I now know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you shouldn’t be filling it with sugar.

If you don’t know how to figure out which cereals are “healthy” for you, use these guidelines to pick the most nutritious ones on your grocer’s shelves.

Bridal Plans Resurrected From Fire, in Downpour of Kindness by Shop Owner

The Valley Fire, one of the worst in California history, swept over their home leaving Rachel and her fiancé without a place to live in Middletown. Her mother also lost her home but was determined not to let the tragedy ruin plans for her daughter’s wedding.

Rachel wanted to cancel her appointment at Starlet Bridal in Santa Rosa, but her mother insisted that they focus on “the good stuff,” reports KOVR News.

30 Years of Farm Aid: Thousands Rally for Family Farms at Chicago Concert

The message from Farm Aid 30 and the musicians who organized the event in Chicago today is clear: Every action each one of us takes makes a difference for family farmers.

Farm Aid’s sold-out 30th anniversary festival is celebrating the progress that has been made for family farmers since 1985 and the importance of the local food movement.

Boy Meets Hero, Who Congratulates Him on His Bravery (Video)

While many young children look up to their favorite wrestlers and WWE superstars, the bravery shown by kids in tough situations may also inspire those very heroes. That is exactly the case with 11-year-old Ethan Reno.

The boy and his mother came home one day to find a burglar in their bathroom. While his mother did her best to subdue and chase the burglar away, Ethan found the courage to dial 911, allowing authorities to come and arrest the intruder.

Daily Inspirational Quote – September 20, 2015

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

No one on our beautiful planet knows everything about everything. Saying that, every new day does present each and every one of us with opportunities and the potential to learn and to grow as human beings. However, occasionally, we may tend to be impatient because we feel we’re not learning as fast as we think we could or should, perhaps comparing ourselves unfavorably with other people. However, look on the positive side, at least we are taking steps to actively learn and progress. We’re not choosing to be at a standstill! Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, brings us closer to what we dream of achieving just for us. So take heart and carry on…………


Icelanders Open Their Homes to Refugees

After the Iceland government announced that it would accept just 50 Syrian refugees, Icelandic author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir launched a Facebook campaign spurring 12,000 people -- 4% of the Icelandic population -- to pledge to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes. Bryndis shares, "Refugees are our future spouses, best friends, our next soul mate, the drummer in our children's band, our next colleague, Miss Iceland 2022, the carpenter who finally fixes our bathroom, the chef in the cafeteria, the fireman, the hacker and the television host." Read on to learn more about this display of solidarity and love.