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Video: Beauty in the World by Macy Gray

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You may recognize Macy Gray’s “Beauty in the World” as the song that played during the last scene of “Ugly Betty” series finale. This song is so fun, upbeat, bright, happy, and refreshing.  The lyrics encourage you to let go, be […]

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Video: Baby Dancing Samba

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The latest popular YouTube video is a baby dancing samba on a kitchen table–carefree, joyful, fulfilled, and completely in his own element.  There’s no doubt this little boy has dance (and hip) moves!  Could “Dancing with the Stars” be in his future?  Or could he be […]

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Orangutan and Hound Dog: Best Friends Forever

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We received an email with sweet photos of Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the Hound Dog, two unlikely, inseparable best friends who met at an endangered species sanctuary.  While this story is “old news” by now, we thought it was still […]

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Inspirational June Carter Cash Quotes

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June Carter Cash was born today on June 23, 1929; she would have been 81-years-old. Devoted wife and mother, talented singer and actress, June Carter Cash will always be remembered as the heart and soul of her equally famous husband, […]

From Furniture to Ice Cream Cones

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There’s a popular saying that goes, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”  In Colin Goodwin’s case, he turned a prank from his coworkers into a thriving business! As the general manager of a furniture store in Oakland Park, Kansas, […]

Today’s Youth Believe Spirituality Is Positive

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A preliminary study conducted by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri revealed that youth generally view spirituality in a positive light. Anthony James, a graduate student, asked children and adolescents the question, “What […]

Buy a Kenneth Cole T-shirt, Help the Gulf Oil Spill

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Threadless.com is not the only company creating Gulf oil spill t-shirts with the aim to donate proceeds to relief efforts. Well-known fashion designer Kenneth Cole’s has also launched a t-shirt initiative to help support those affected by the Gulf oil […]

Remembering the Legacy of NBA Star Manute Bol

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At 7 feet, 7 inches, Manute Bol was one of two tallest basketball players in NBA history.   Born in Sudan, Manute was drafted to become an NBA player in 1985 and played for ten years with four different teams: Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, […]

President Obama Launches ‘Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative’

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As a father of two young girls, President Obama understands the importance of being a good leader and role model for his daughters. To support and encourage other fathers to be good role models, the President launched a new phase […]

Marathon Runner Makes a Difference Donating Kidney

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We received this encouraging story about a woman who decided to donate a kidney in order to make a difference in someone’s life.  The following is a condensed and edited version of the story, featured with permission of the National […]

Watch It This Weekend: Paints on Ceiling

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Has a moment ever defined your passion so clearly that you just knew what to do with the rest of your life? For Isaiah Zagar, a well-known mural and mosaic artist based in Philadelphia, he discovered his passion for painting […]

Soldier Surprises Daughter with a Special Graduation Message

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Like Derrin Austin, a father serving in the navy who surprised his son, Edgar Justino was a father serving in the army who wanted to surprise his daughter. Justino, who got called for active duty in the Army National Reserve, […]

Gallup Poll Shows Americans Are More Positive Despite Economy

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Despite the ongoing recession, a Gallup poll recently reported that Americans have renewed a positive outlook in their well-being and future. Gallup’s Well-Being Index is a survey that tracks six categories across American lifestyles: Life Evaulation, Emotional Health, Healthy Behavior, Physical Health, Basic Access, and […]

Three Sisters Meet for the First Time After 61 Years

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Judy, Carol, and Deb were sisters who didn’t grow up together and had never met each other until recently.  Judy, 61, had been adopted as a baby when her birth parents couldn’t afford to raise her.  Carol and Deb were born […]

Buy a Threadless Tee, Help the Gulf Oil Spill

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Threadless, an online t-shirt company that prints designs submitted and voted on by users, just debuted a t-shirt to help those affected by the Gulf oil spill. The t-shirt, titled “peliCAN,” shows the silhouette of a pelican covered in oil rising from […]

Father Returns from Afghanistan to Surprise His Son

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About a year ago, Derrin Austin, a father and former captain of the San Diego Fire Department, decided to serve his country by enrolling in the navy. He was immediately called for active duty in Afghanistan, which meant he had to leave […]

John Tesh Radio Show Wants You to ‘Adopt A Fisherman’

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We’ve all seen the horrific photos of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Water birds, fish, and other sea animals have been affected along with fishermen whose livelihood depends on the Gulf. At least 27,000 jobs have been […]

Simon Cowell Fulfills a Little Girl’s Last Wish

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Usually, Simon Cowell is known as the king of mean, but the former “American Idol” judge reconnected with his nice side when he granted the dying wish of five-year-old Bethany Fenton. Diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor last year, Fenton’s […]

Video: Baby Boy Hears Mom’s Voice for the First Time

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When we first watched this extraordinary video, we had to share it with you. In the video, Jonathan, an 8-month-old boy, just had his cochlear implant activated by a doctor.  Jonathan is sucking on his pacificer when his implant is turned on […]

Missing 16-Year-Old Sailor Is Found Safe at Sea

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Young teens have been doing amazing things lately, from climbing Mount Everest to making prom dresses out of gum wrappers to sailing solo (non-stop) around the world. 16-year-old Abby Sunderland started her ocean journey on January 23 from Marina del Ray, […]

Google Inspires with Jeff Koons and Dale Chihuly Art on Homepage

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Google’s logos, first introduced in 1999, have brought a smile to people’s faces with their colors, artistry, and unique designs.  Logos have promoted everything from major holidays to the anniversary of inventions to famous birthdays.  Today, Google launched a series of backgrounds you […]

How to Tweet Your Way to a Job

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We’ve all heard the unbelievable horror stories of being fired from jobs for misusing Twitter, but how about finding a job because of Twitter? After Renee Libby was laid off from her job in Baltimore, she began following PR executives […]

Underdog High School Class Wins Prom Contest

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With only 35 students and just a budget of $300, the senior class of Downieville High School struggled to have a real, memorable prom. When StumpsParty.com sponsored a “Proms Across America” contest that would award $1,000 to one high school […]

A Couple Celebrates Over 70 Years of Marriage

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In 1936, Ellen and Walker Robinette got married.  She was 17 and he was 20. The couple then went on a honeymoon to San Francisco and San Jose that cost under $35.  While honeymoons now cost more, the couple’s love have also increased.  Ellen and […]

Video: Cute Toddler Sings Beatles Song

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Everyone loves the Beatles–including this future guitar-playing rock star!  With a diaper as his wardrobe choice and a mini guitar as his instrument, this toddler gives a rousing rendition of “Hey Jude.”  Could he be the next Paul McCartney?   […]

Watch It This Weekend: ‘Christopher Reeve: Hope in Motion’

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The late actor Christopher Reeve will always be our Superman, and not just because he portrayed the man from Kryptonite on the big screen. When Reeve became paralyzed after falling from a horse, he inspired many with his positive, upbeat […]

Soulmates Find Each Other on Facebook

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Is Facebook the new Match.com? Two former high school friends, Jason Bussey and Heather Willis, reconnected on Facebook in March 2009 and became engaged five months later in August, when Jason proposed on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. […]

Homeless Man Rescues a Dog from an Oil Pit

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A German shepherd mix was recently rescued from a 6-foot deep oil pit by a disabled homeless man in Memphis, Tennessee.   J. Dudley Beavers, who has an artificial leg, had been seeking shelter at an old car wash when he […]

Watch It This Weekend: ‘Young at Heart’

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This weekend, watch a different kind of romance movie, one without any last-minute car chases to the airport. “Young at Heart” is a documentary about two widows named Reva and Lou who fall in love with each other while on […]

Two Videos: 13-Year-Old Mount Everest Climber, Before and After

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After reading the story about Jordan Romero, watch two videos about him. First Video: Jordan Shares His Goals Before Climbing Mount Everest Second Video: Jordan Shares His Triumph After Climbing Mount Everest

13-Year-Old Is the Youngest to Climb Mount Everest

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In April we reported about 13-year-old Jordan Romero’s dream to be the youngest person to climb Mount Everest.  At the time, age permits and high fees were a deterrent, but a few weeks ago, Romero’s dream came true when he […]

Video: Four-Year-Old Jessica’s Daily Affirmation

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ParentDish.com posted an article about this viral YouTube video of Jessica, an adorable four-year-old girl with curlicues. Standing on top of her bathroom sink, Jessica proudly and defiantly shouts out what she loves about her life. Watch the cute video […]

Watch It This Weekend: ‘Marathon Women’

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Take a breather and watch a touching 4-minute documentary called “Marathon Women.” Mothers and other everyday women share why running is important in their lives. For some, it’s a “release,” an “ability to grow stronger,” and a way to “control […]

A 90-Year-Old Woman Attends High School Prom

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During high school, Haselteen Rumbo’s parents forbid her to attend the high school prom because of dancing. Now, at 90-years-old, Rumbo got a second chance to attend a high school prom in Independence, Missouri–with her 18-year-old great grandson. The nursing home that Rumbo […]

Video: A Song to Live Your Dreams

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Kristina Rocco, a high school teacher from Long Island, NY, and her husband, Michael, are the musical duo behind “Trail of Stones.”  They collaborate and write inspiring music together to help motivate others. Their song “When I Close My Eyes” […]

An 87-Year-Old Woman Graduates College

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Gail Brant of Anderson, Indiana proved that it’s never too late to go back to school. At 87-years-old, Brant recently graduated from Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. When Brant graduated from high school, she didn’t get a chance […]

How One Man Found a Job…By Advertising Himself

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If you lost your job, would you dress up in a suit, put on a poster board, stand on a street, and hand out your resume to strangers? If you are 60-year-old Paul Nawrocki, you would.  In fact, when Nawrocki was […]

Uplifting Quotes That Celebrate Moms

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We love our moms because they encourage, guide, and love us so we may have the courage and perseverance to reach our potential. This Mother’s Day, remember why we love moms with these inspiring quotes from famous admirers from Abraham Lincoln to […]

Video: Hero Dog Rescues Another Dog on a Highway

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An amazing video is making the rounds on YouTube.  A dog in Santiago, Chile is shown risking his life by running into the middle of a highway to rescue another dog hit by a car.  The hero dog is shown dragging the […]

Four Incredible Kids Awarded for Kindness to Pets

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Ellen DeGeneres isn’t the only one raising awareness for pets; four kids and teens are being awarded for their humanitarian efforts to help animals. As part of “Be Kind to Animals Week” (May 2-8), the American Humane Association sponsored a contest […]

Meals on Wheels Feeds Senior Moms on Mother’s Day

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When you treat your mom to dinner this weekend, think about buying an extra meal for a senior mom who may not have the family support she needs. Meals on Wheels Association of America has started a new campaign called “Meals […]

A 99-Year-Old Woman Falls in Love…with an iPad!

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A 99-year-old woman in Lake Oswego, Oregon is proving that you can learn something new no matter what age you are. The widow of a former mayor, Virginia Campbell recently received an iPad from her daughter and son-in-law.  Even though […]

Video: The Rainbow Bridge

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As our weekly Friday celebration of National Poetry Month comes to an end, I wanted to share a sweet poem, written by an unknown author, called the “Rainbow Bridge.” The poem is a tribute to beloved pets that have passed […]

Ellen DeGeneres Supports Shelter Pets and Postal Stamps

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Today at 2:00 pm, special stamps that support adoption for shelter pets officially go on sale at your local post office and on StampsToTheRescue.com.  The ten “Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet” stamps showcase 5 shelter cats and 5 shelter dogs that […]

German Shepherd Saves His Owner from Fire

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One incredible dog is an uncontested hero for his owner and the state troopers of Anchorage, Alaska. When 23-year-old Ben Heinrichs was in his workshop fixing his truck, a fire started after a spark ignited the gasoline.  His clothes caught […]

A Mayor Gives Her Own Kidney to Facebook Friend

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When April Capone Almon, the 35-year-old mayor of East Haven, Connecticut, saw Carlos Sanchez’s Facebook update about needing a kidney, she immediately knew what to do. Capone recalled reaching out to Sanchez on Facebook: “I sent him a private message […]

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare?

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William Shakespeare, everyone’s favorite poet and playwright, may have been born today on April 23, 1564.***  What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than with a William Shakespeare sonnet?  Before you continue reading, watch a video of actor Matthew Macfadyen (aka. Mr. Darcy in […]

One Man with Cancer Helps Others Choose Joy

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“Cancer Sucks…Life Is Good…Choose Joy” is the motto of a man from Springfield, Oregon.  Aaron Jamison, a comedian and musician, has terminal cancer and is expected to have 3-9 months to live.  Jamison hands out purple bracelets printed with the above words […]

Would You Write a Love Letter for a Stranger?

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In her personal story for RealSimple.com, “I Wrote a Stranger’s Love Letter,” Julianna Baggott shares how she keeps the love alive with her husband: by being open to others and learning their life stories to share with her husband.  She discovers […]

Special Needs Teens Get Their Own Prom

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High school teens in St. Charles, Missouri put together their annual special needs prom. The special needs prom first began 14 years ago when a sponsor of the high school Renaissance Club had a child with Down syndrome. The prom is still put together […]

Video: Hope Is… by Emily Dickinson

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The extraordinary thing about Emily Dickinson is that she wrote about 1,800 poems during her lifetime, but only a handful were published.  Almost all of her poems were published posthumously, when they were discovered by her sister, and Dickinson was finally […]

Remembering Abraham Lincoln on April 14

posted by shuang

The 16th president of America will always be known for altering our nation’s history forever when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 to abolish slavery.   As the Civil War ended, Lincoln helped pass the 13th Amendment which legally ended slavery in the United States. […]

Creative Teen Makes Gum Wrapper Prom Dress

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While other teens are browsing stores to buy the perfect prom dress, a teen from Garner, Iowa has already made hers–out of gum wrappers. Elizabeth Rasmuson, a high school junior, was inspired to be unique and create her own dress […]

Another Cat Saves Tennessee Woman from Breast Cancer

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Like Judy Danchura of Winnipeg, Canada, Kathy Minton of Franklin, Tennessee was diagnosed with breast cancer by her cat. While sitting in Minton’s lap last fall, one of her cats–named Honey–began pawing at an area on Minton’s left breast.  The day […]

Stray Cat Saves Canadian Woman from Breast Cancer

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Can cats diagnose you with breast cancer?When a stray cat appeared in the backyard of Judy Danchura’s home in Winnipeg, Canada last June at 3 am, Danchura and her husband heard the cat’s meows and welcomed it into their home. […]

Anniversary of the First Space Shuttle Launch

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“My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.” – Edgar Mitchell On April 12, 1981, the first space shuttle was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to orbit the earth for the first time. The Space Shuttle Columbia was […]

Teen Girl with Incurable Disease Starts Book Charity

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When 16-year-old Mackenzie Bearup from Alpharetta, Georgia was diagnosed with the disease Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) about six years ago, she escaped the terrible pain she felt in her knee by reading books. Bearup had been jumping on her bed while […]

Man Saves Suicidal Woman By Falling 30 Feet

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Would you save a suicidal person by falling 30 feet through the air with them? Robert E. Smith Jr., a 48-year-old father and grandfather from Allentown, PA, did exactly this on Monday. A 20-year-old suicidal woman climbed up a fire escape to […]

Video: Daffodils by William Wordsworth

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April is National Poetry Month, and since I posted a video on the “Don’t Quit” poem last week, I thought it would be fun to continue posting video poems every Friday of this month. I’ve always loved William Wordsworth’s poem, […]

11-Year-Old Saves Mom from Attacker

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Last month we wrote about Carlos, a brave 7-year-old boy who saved his mom and sister from robbers with guns. This month, another brave young boy in Chicago named Luis Reteguin saved his mom from a dangerous attacker and intruder. At 1 […]

The 13-Year-Old Who Wants to Climb Mount Everest

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At 13-years-old, Jordan Romero has a high and lofty goal: to be the first youngest person to climb Mount Everest in Nepal. Together with his father and stepmother, Romero is an avid climber who has already traveled from his hometown […]

How One Family Got Inspired by Books and Blogging

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Tired of family movie night? Try a family book blog night. A family of four in Milburn, New Jersey is connecting together as a family through their shared love for books and blogging. To inspire their two girls (Lauryn, 11, and Sami, […]

Video: The ‘Don’t Quit’ Poem

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If you have been struggling with something in particular for a long time or if you have been facing unimaginable obstacles this week, be encouraged by this famous “Don’t Quit” poem written by an anonymous author years ago.      […]

Five Strangers Pay It Forward…with Kidneys

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Would you be willing to give your kidney to save the life of a complete stranger? Five people (4 women, 1 man) in Chicago are doing just that–donating one of their kidneys to potentially save the lives of over a dozen […]

Mutt Lynch Winery: Must Love Dogs…and Wine

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If you love dogs and wine, Mutt Lynch Winery in Healdsburg, California would be your idea of heaven. In 1995, married couple Brenda and Chris Lynch paired their love for wine and dogs by founding a vineyard to develop wine that […]

In Memory: Math Teacher Who Inspired ‘Stand and Deliver’

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Everyone knows the 1988 movie “Stand and Deliver” with Edward James Olmos, about a high school math teacher in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood who helped his students succeed in AP Calculus.  Jaime Escalante, the real teacher whose life inspired the movie, passed away from bladder cancer today at […]

Good Samaritan Saves a Choking Woman

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One french fry brought two women together. While driving on the highway in Liberty Township, Ohio, Amanda Mountel found herself in a desperate situation–she began choking on a french fry she was eating. Immediately, Mountel “slammed on the brakes, threw […]

Video: 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

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“A person grits his teeth and shows real determination.” – Charlie Brown Watch the video below and relive 40 inspirational moments from popular and classic movies.  The best motivational movie scenes and speeches have been cleverly spliced together to encourage determination, bravery, and an […]

Make Way for Circus Elephants in NYC

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Have you ever seen an elephant walk the streets of New York City? How about six elephants in a row? To prepare for and celebrate the arrival of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus in New York City, the […]

Celebrate Puppies on National Puppy Day

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Happiness is a warm puppy. –Charles Schulz Puppies! They are warm, wondrous, and wee miracles. Puppies show us how to be insatiable for life with their endless energy to play. They also teach us how to be curious about the […]

Matthew Long: Firefighter, Crash Survivor, and World’s Fittest Man

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While riding his bicycle to work during the New York City transit strike of 2005, fireman Matthew Long collided with a bus.  He sustained life-threatening injuries and doctors gave him a 1% chance of survival. Fast forward a few years: 43-year-old Long […]

Video: Inspiring Women’s Quotes

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“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.” – Toni Morrison March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate and honor female pioneers who have made an impact in history–whether in science, literature, film, politics, civil rights, etc.–watch this brief video […]

Haiti Survivor Christa Brelsford Aims to Keep Climbing

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Would you keep rock climbing after losing a leg? Christa Brelsford was a 25-year-old volunteering in an adult and child literacy program near Port-au-Prince, Haiti when the earthquake happened. Christa and her brother, Julian, were on the second floor of a […]

7-Year-Old Boy Saves Parents from Robbers with Guns

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Courage can be found in all ages. When three robbers, two with guns, forced their way into the home of a couple with two children in Norwalk, CA, 7-year-old Carlos grabbed his 6-year-old sister and a cell phone and then locked themselves in […]

Winter Olympics: Figure Skater Joannie Rochette Wins More Than a Bronze Medal

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Figure skater Joannie Rochette may have received a bronze medal last night, but what she won transcended well beyond the podium. Yesterday, the Inspiration Report touched on Rochette’s personal triumph–her ability to keep skating despite her mother’s death, skating being a […]

Winter Olympics: Figure Skater Joannie Rochette’s Personal Triumph

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Figure skater Joannie Rochette’s story is a difficult one to write because it’s a very personal one: Just a few days before the individual female figure skating competition was to begin, Rochette’s mother, Therese, arrived in Vancouver but suffered a sudden, massive heart […]

Winter Olympics: Pregnant Olympian Curling in Vancouver

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Who says you can’t compete in the Olympics while carrying a baby? At 30, Kristie Moore is five months pregnant and competing as an alternate on the Canadian team at Vancouver.  Moore is the third woman in Olympian history to […]

Winter Olympics: Kevin Pearce, Miracle Survivor and Snowboarder

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NBC showed a moving tribute to snowboarder Kevin Pearce yesterday night, with news anchor Tom Brokaw interviewing the Pearce family.  Pearce was considered one of the best snowboarders bound for the Winter Olympics, and the only one who may have […]

‘Law & Order’ Actor Tackles a Thief in Seattle

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When actor Peter Rini heard the sound of cars colliding and a woman’s scream, he also saw a van hit a telephone pole and the driver dash out of it on foot. With quick thinking, Rini ran after the driver, a […]

Winter Olympics: Evan Lysacek Wins Gold Medal in Figure Skating

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Did you catch figure skater Evan Lysacek’s amazing performance last night? The 24-year-old American figure skater won his first Olympic medal over defending title champion 27-year-old Russan figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko. Lysacek was also the first winner to achive a gold medal without a quadruple […]

Winter Olympics: Shani Davis and Shaun White Strike Gold Again

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The U.S. Olympic team continued their lucky streak on Wednesday when two more Olympians won gold medals along with Lindsey Vonn: 27-year-old Shani Davis in the 1000 meter speed skating event and 23-year-old Shaun White in the halfpipe snowboarding event.  […]

Brooklyn Subway Hero Saves a Young Woman

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Everyone in New York City remembers Wesley Autrey, the “Subway Hero” or “Subway Superman.” who jumped onto the subway tracks in Harlem to save a 19-year-old student who had fallen off the platform.  Another “Subway Hero,” 23-year-old Lance McGraw, rescued a […]

Winter Olympics: Skier Lindsey Vonn Wins Olympic Gold

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American history was made when 25-year-old Lindsey Vonn won the first gold medal in downhill speed skiing on Wednesday.  The last time an American woman won a gold medal in any Alpine speed skiing event was in 1988 when Picabo Street […]

Little Girl Rescued in Car Crash

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A group of strangers and good samaritans banded together in Victorville, CA to help firefighters rescue a toddler (a little girl) trapped in a car during a two-car collision. The toddler’s mother began having car trouble while on the highway.  Attempting to pull off to the side, another car forcibly struck it […]

Two Snow Angels in Ohio

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The residents in two different Ohio towns are being blessed by two special snow angels. In the village of  Dolyeston, Mayor Terry Lindeman drives a tractor through the streets, sometimes after work, to clear sidewalks and driveways for those unable to do so […]

Winter Olympics: Male Olympians Who Defy Expectations

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Yahoo U.K. and Ireland showcases five unlikely male Olympians who are competing or have already competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Even though he saw snow for the first time five years ago, 33-year-old Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, aka. the Snow Leopard, is the first Winter Olympian from […]

Canadian Mayor Returns His Raise

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Would you accept a raise that was over $2,000? Doug Findlater, the mayor of West Kelowna, British Columbia, decided to write a check and give his raise of $2,762.37 back to the people of West Kelowna.  Each year, the city council meets to […]

Winter Olympics: Chinese Figure Skaters Win Gold

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The figure skating couple, Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue, set a new Olympic record when they became the first Chinese couple in history to win the gold medal.  At 36 (Zhao) and 31 (Shen), the couple are considered to be […]

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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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