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Inspiration Report

Inspiration Report

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Laurie Sue Brockway is the Inspiration Editor of Beliefnet.

Oldest Working Physician Dr. W.G. “Curly” Watson turns 100 Years Old

posted by lbrockway

By Rev. Victor Fuhrman Many of us aspire to live to a ripe old age and look forward to the “Golden Years” of retirement.  After living for a full century and delivering more than 15,000 babies, Dr. W.G. “Curly” Watson […]

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Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of “Miracle On The Hudson” Retires

posted by lbrockway

Just short of 14 months since piloting one of the most extraordinary landings in aviation history, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenburger hung up his wings yesterday and retired from US Airways. Capt. Sullenburger, 59, joined US Airways in 1980 and became […]

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Female Knuckleballer Eri Yoshida Inspired by Tim Wakefield

posted by lbrockway

By Rev. Victor Fuhrman When I was a kid, I always looked up to sports heroes, especially baseball stars, as a source of inspiration.  In the days before the “baseball business” became the “business of baseball”, many of us daydreamed […]

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Interview with Jason Wright, Author of The Cross Gardener

posted by lbrockway

How many times have you seen a cross and flowers on a roadside, or other memorials that mark the spot where a life was lost? Don’t you sometimes wonder about the people touched by these tragedies and how life turns out for […]

On Being a Good Listener

posted by lbrockway

“Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.” – Frank Tyger

Take a Ring Side Seat for the Moscow Cat Circus Theater

posted by lbrockway

Get your popcorn ready and settle in on this snowy weekend for a sweet three minute circus experience that will bring a big smile to your face.You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more unusual circus, or father-daughter performing duo.The Moscow […]

Jenny McCarthy Says She Has “Fixed” Son’s Autism

posted by lbrockway

Jenny McCarthy is more well-known now as a mother, autism awareness advocate and bestselling author these days, although media does not like to forget she has been a Playboy model and remains Jim Carey’s girlfriend. She is speaking out letting the world […]

Meet the Red Hat Society of Forrest Hills

posted by lbrockway

We walked into our favorite restaurant in Queens the other night, The Flagship Diner, and there at a long table were a group of women in red hats, and also wearing various shades of purple clothing. They were The Red Hat […]

Couple Married in NYC Apple Store by Steve Jobs-like Officiant

posted by lbrockway

Well, it wasn’t classically “romantic” but it certainly was unique. The first “Apple Wedding” took place in Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store. I guess you can call it a MacMarriage.   “Today’s tale of geeky nuptials comes to you from that […]

Iraq War Vet is Hero in Austin Plane Crash

posted by lbrockway

The insane story about the troubled man who flew his plane into a building last Thursday also brought some heroes to the rescue as the building burned.  Robin De Haven, a 28 year old Iraq war veteran, was one of […]

A Chain Letter that Will Touch Your Heart

posted by lbrockway

This inspiring story arrived in the form of a chain letter e-mail this morning. Please pass this link along to friends. At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the […]

Anita Renfroe Sings “Momisms” set to William Tell Overture

posted by lbrockway

Anita Renfroe sums up all the things that a mother says to her children in a three-minute song called “Momisms” set to the William Tell Overture. Do we really sound like that?For more information, Visit Anita’s website.

How to Watch What You Say When Arguing With Your Mate

posted by lbrockway

Someone was telling me yesterday that her twenty-something daughter sometimes spends hours locked in screaming matches with her mismatched beau. One day they were arguing from 10 am until dinner time. Ouch. Sounds like it is time for an intervention. […]

‘Friends Are Quiet Angels’ Celebrates International Friendship Week

posted by lbrockway

Are you ready for the celebrating friendship? “Friends Are Quite Angels,” is a tribute to the friendships that mean so much to us. In honor of the upcoming International Friendship Week, enjoy this lovely tune.

Meet 14 year old Entrepreneur Jason O’Neil

posted by lbrockway

By Sandra Lee Schubert   Jason O’Neil is an entrepreneur and a social activist–and he is only in the eight grade. At 14 years old, he uses his creativity and business skills to run a business and create ways to […]

Cast Your Vote for the Most Inspiring Movies of the Year

posted by lbrockway

How wonderful it is to be able to spend time watching postive, powerful and inspiring movies that uplift us and transform us. This kind of entertainment leaves a positive impression and stirs the soul. It’s movie award season and we […]

Beliefnet’s Sherry Huang Wins Strand Poetry Contest

posted by lbrockway

Poetry is alive and well and living at the Strand Bookstore. The classic New York City venue is a treasure trove of literature and home to a massive collection of used books. They recently held their first “Share the Love of Poetry […]

Enhance Your Romance with Powerful Love Notes

posted by lbrockway

Valentine’s Week is the perfect time to acknowledge your spouse or significant other. Create a simple tribute that can truly uplift and transform the one you love–a card or even an e-mail that says what you love about your loved one. […]

Call Upon Your ‘Inner Aphrodite’ for Valentine’s Day

posted by lbrockway

In Greek mythology, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite, is responsible for opening hearts and helping people fall in love. Agapi Stassinopoulos is the Greek author, actress and motivational speaker who helps women love themselves and discover their “inner Aphrodite.” Her […]

Open Your Heart to a Furry Valentine

posted by lbrockway

I love this Valentine’s Day card we got from Bidawee this morning encouraging us to show some love to dogs and cats–our furry Valentines. It is one of the most positive animal adoption campaigns I’ve seen in a while. The list […]

Let’s Not Forget Haiti–Dr. Judy and Father Wismick Recieve Award

posted by lbrockway

Read about the American Psychologist and Catholic Priest who brought emotional first aid and comfort to Haiti in her article for Beliefnet and in her Hope for Haiti blog posts.  See more of Dr. Judy’s photos from Haiti.   As Dr. […]

Hope For Haiti: Facing a Sad Reality and Looking Toward Healing

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By Dr. Judy Kuriansky A leading American clinical psychologist  and post-disaster comfort care expert shares insights from her “emotional first aid” mission in Haiti.  See her full story on Beliefnet. We began our journey to Haiti in hopes we could […]

Hope for Haiti: Finding Peace In the Mourning Process

posted by lbrockway

By Dr. Judy Kuriansky A leading American clinical psychologist  and post-disaster comfort care expert shares insights from her “emotional first aid” mission in Haiti.  See her full story on Beliefnet. Being able to mourn loved ones is crucial for healing, […]

Hope for Haiti: Saving the Children

posted by lbrockway

  By Dr. Judy Kuriansky   A leading American clinical psychologist  and post-disaster comfort care expert shares insights from her “emotional first aid” mission in Haiti.  See her full story on Beliefnet.   The news has abounded with dramatic stories […]

What Do You Have in Your House–to Sell?

posted by lbrockway

This has been a tough time for many people touched by economic issues, but one expert is saying we can probably make it through the hard times just by using what we already have in our homes. This is good […]

I Did Not Know What to Say

posted by lbrockway

There is a terrific website devoted to helping friends and family members find the tools and support to assist a loved one in their time of grief. It is called “I Did Not Know What to Say.” It is so […]

Karl Rabeder Gives Away Millions Because Money Made Him Unhappy

posted by lbrockway

The Telegraph is reporting that Austrian millionaire Karl Rabeder is giving away every penny of his millions after realizing his riches were making him unhappy. Rabeder says it was hard to give up the trappings of his luxurious lifestyle but he […]

28 Year Old Evan Muncie Found Alive in Rubble

posted by lbrockway

A miracle was reported from Haiti yesterday when workers cleaning up the wreckage of the market found a 28 year old man — alive.  He was dehydrated and malnourished, but did not appear to have major injuries, other than open injuries […]

You Are So Cute–Must See hoops and yoyo Video

posted by lbrockway

I got this adorable hoops and yoyo video over the weekend from a friend. It is an inspiring self-esteem booster so I wanted to share. In doing a little more research I discovered that “hoops&yoyo” (spelled in lower case) are […]

Share Your Videos and Photos with The Parenthood Project

posted by lbrockway

Whether you are still raising rug rats or your kids are fully grown, with kids of their own, we all have something to say about being a parent. NBC, Ron Howard and Brian Glazer just launched “The Parenthood Project,” a […]

The Council of Dads – Six Men Agree to be Father Figures

posted by lbrockway

Facing cancer and his own mortality, author Bruce Feiler decided to ask six men to play various roles in the lives of his daughters, representing different aspects of their father. Feiler, a former blogger for Beliefnet, offers an inspiring look […]

Study Says Child Abuse is Way Down

posted by lbrockway

It is difficult to consider anything related to child abuse as “good news” but the recent report stating that it is down by 26 percent is the best news we have had on that front for a while. Jeanne Sager […]

This Cancer Survivor Discovered Her Strength

posted by lbrockway

From the publisher of the Thin Threads, this video about a woman who found her greatest strenght through illness is so moving. Also, go to the site and see the promotional trailor for the Thin Threads series. So inspiring! View […]

Mattresses Sent to Haiti for Displaced Haitians

posted by lbrockway

The mattress industry is trying to help out in Haiti and doing their part to aid displaced Haitians. With so many people injured, homeless and sleeping on the streets and random tent cities, this could be a blessing.   WorldBeds […]

Good News for Your Health and Well-Being

posted by lbrockway

Women so often feel like victims of their own health and lives. The truth is that we can take charge of our own well-being and do things to lower stress in our lives. I find that to be inspiring news! I […]

Groundhog Day–Staten Island Chuck Says Winter Begone!

posted by lbrockway

The most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow this morning, which means another ornery six weeks of winter for the folks of Pennsylvania. But the folks of New York are happy as can be because Staten Island Chuck, of […]

National Standing on the Side of Love Day

posted by lbrockway

Are you thinking of doing something to serve others on Valentine’s Day? How about showing the world some love and joining in on campaign that welcomes people of all faiths to act toward the betterment of humankind? Here’s the scoop […]

Everything is Coming Up Orange at Festival Citrusov

posted by lbrockway

Ooh la la. These images from the Orange Festival in France will lift your spirits! And they may just make you thirst for a glass of orange juice with a twist of lemon. Although they are circulating around the internet […]

Good News for Short and Full Figured Gals

posted by lbrockway

Okay, so this is not exacty a rescue story but perhaps, for some, this is a tale of hope that will lift the heart–especially if you happen to be short and stout. It may make you happy to know that human females […]

Dog Rescued from the Icy Waters in Poland

posted by lbrockway

This is a really cool story with heartwarming ending. A pup somehow wandered onto Poland’s Vistula River and ended up on an ice floe about 18 miles out to sea. He’d been spotted along the river earlier by firemen, but […]

She’s Alive! 16 Year Old Rescued After Two Weeks in Haiti Rubble

posted by lbrockway

The good news out of Haiti this week is the miracle rescue of Darlene Etienne, 16, who survived for 15 days trapped in her school after the earthquake caused it to crumble around her. One of the most touching parts of […]

Inspiring Thought to Ponder from Ayn Rand

posted by lbrockway

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the […]

‘All You Need Is Love’ Performed in 156 Countries Around the World

posted by lbrockway

One of the most amazing musical feats of the heart and soul late last year was the Starbucks initiative to raise awareness of AIDS in Africa. On December 7th, 2009, at 1:30 pm GMT, musicians and performers from all over […]

“My Wish” by Rascal Flats Tells Us Dream Big and Worry Less

posted by lbrockway

This is an awesome Rascal Flats song, “My wish.” I know this song has been around for a while, but perhaps it is a new discovery for some of you as it was for me. Just want to send a […]

7 Year Old Charlie Simpson Collects $240,000 to Help Haiti

posted by lbrockway

Everyone is talking about the 7 year old who has collected $240,000 to help the people of Haiti. Charlie Simpson of West London had hoped to raise a fraction of that by cycling five miles around a local park. His sponsored ride, for […]

Jill and Kevin’s Wedding Video Still Makes Us Smile

posted by lbrockway

Jeff and Erin’s video went off line mysteriously last night after I posted it. So here, for your viewing pleasure, the famous video from Jill and Kevin’s Wedding. This fun-loving couple and their attendants danced their way down the aisle […]

Jeff and Erin’s Epic Wedding Trailer–Congratulations!

posted by lbrockway

This is awesome. Jeff and Erin’s Epic Wedding Trailer will introduce you to a couple that truly stands out! They have gone out of their way to remind people of their big day. This is guarenteed to put a smile […]

“Good News Friday” Starts a Good News Virus Jan. 22

posted by lbrockway

Thanks to Inspiration Report reader Marie Ennis-O’Connor for tipping us off to “Good News Friday.” This was the first of what is hoped to be an annual event, initiated by pr/marketing company Mediacontact.ie in Ireland to try to make good […]

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to the Rescue of Disabled Haitians

posted by lbrockway

Although Superman could reverse an earthquake with his super powers, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation can only do their best to try to help those who have been devastated by the earthquake.   The foundation once led by Christopher and […]

Newsweek Says Good News is Good for You

posted by lbrockway

While some people can’t get enough of negative news there is a growing trend in positive news coverage, prompting Newsweek to cover the good news beat.  “Is the glut of bad news getting you down?” asks journalist Daniel Brown, in the […]

Elderly Woman Stranded at Airport Gets Help From Good Samaritan

posted by lbrockway

A man with shiny shoes and a kind heart helped an elderly traveler when she could not catch her connecting flight after the Christmas Holidays. His act of kindness reminds us how we can make a difference in the world […]

12 Year Old Zach Bonner is Still Most Inspiring Us in 2010

posted by lbrockway

Media is still talking about Zach Bonner, the 12 year old philanthropist and activist selected as Beliefnet’s Most Inspiring Person of 2009. He won the title for his compassionate, selfless service to homeless children. Not only has Zach made it his mission […]

Baby Winnie Pulled from Collapsed Haiti Home

posted by lbrockway

Another amazing Baby rescue in Haiti! Baby Winnie is pulled from the ruins of her home and placed into the arms of her uncle, now her only surviving relative.

Miracle Baby Discovered In Haiti Rubble–Alive

posted by lbrockway

A baby named Michelle gave the world a glimmer of hope and inspiration yesterday when she was discovered alive–after five days trapped beneath a fallen building. With all the terribly sad stories coming out of Haiti, many a heart lept with […]

Welcome to Beliefnet’s Inspirational News Blog

posted by lbrockway

Welcome to Beliefnet’s new blog, The Inspiration Report. This is an inspirational and good news blog that focuses on inspiring news and features,on inspiring people and on great moments in life. We will bring you some of the stories you […]

Previous Posts

Poem: In The End
Today’s guest blogger is poet Tara Sophia Mohr Learn more about Tara’s poetry

posted 4:30:02pm Oct. 24, 2012 | read full post »

A Quote to Live By
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." Henry David Thoreau Whatever you were put on this earth to do, do it today. Don't delay. Don't look back. Run like crazy towards your passion and watch God lay the adventure out before you.

posted 9:22:40am Aug. 01, 2012 | read full post »

People Who Do Good: A Cake that Makes a Difference
Our "People Who Do Good" series has been a blast and I've enjoyed highlighting the stories and lives of everyday heroes. This one comes to us from writer Rebecca Brittingham who traveled to Florida to find a cake-maker with a heart for the less fortunate. When most people hear the word art, they

posted 12:10:27am Jul. 30, 2012 | read full post »

The Problem with Pain
I’ve heard people say, “How do I get over something if it still hurts?” And yes, forgiveness is key, whether it’s aimed towards yourself or someone else. However, it’s not really the main issue. What people really want to know is, “How do I deal with the pain?” The problem with pain

posted 11:06:30am Jul. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Oprah and Marianne Williamson on Super Soul Sunday
Photo Credit: OWN / George Burns We have a number of bloggers and writers here who have been inspired  by the writings of Marianne Williamson. Her debut book, A Return to Love, reflected A Course in Miracles for a new generation. She first gained notoriety by an appearance on the Oprah show, and

posted 4:53:44pm Jul. 26, 2012 | read full post »

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