Inspirational Grandparent

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Grandparent on a mission changes lives of over 950 families

Written by Brad Aronson 207 Shares

Most people’s dads wouldn’t scare me. Carl was different. He was the dad with muscles. He was the guy who skated around town on roller blades before they were popular. He got into fights during town soccer games.

Carl Blum scared the crap out of me.

When I was 19-years-old I dated his daughter, Hester. I remember going to pick Hester up at her house for the first time. Carl answered the door and smiled.

Carl put his arm around me. He didn’t put his arm around me the way a loving grandparent does, but …

These Philadelphia High School Students Shatter Expectations — Inspiring Graduation

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What was it exactly that moved me so emotionally at this ceremony?

Earlier this month I attended a high school graduation. It wasn’t my son’s graduation. Thankfully, we have 13 more years to prepare for that event. This was a commencement at Girard College. A celebration of 39 high school students who beat the odds.

If you’re unfamiliar with Girard College, it’s a tuition-free boarding school established in 1848 to serve orphans and at-risk children from 1st grade on through high school. Most of the students are from areas of Philadelphia where it’s assumed that …

It All Started with an Extra Portion of Dinner

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“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

Vince Schiavone recalls that, “Mom [Rita] used to make an extra portion of food every night. She’d put it in a tin container, and, the next day, give it to an elderly person who needed it. It was just part of our dinner routine.”

Rita Schiavone didn’t set out to fix the hunger problem. She set out to make a difference for a person at a time.

Rita’s work inspired her kids. All of her kids give back to the community….

Kindness — Hidden Camera Ad Warms Heart

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I absolutely loved this video.

It is a hidden camera ad, where a kid without a jacket is cold at a bus stop in Norway. The majority of passersby at the bus stopped took the time to help.

The point of the ad from SOS Children’s Villages Norway is to raise awareness of the children suffering in Syria. They ask, “Will you lend a hand?”

You can see the translation in English by clicking the “CC”. Personally, I liked it better without the translation.

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Give’s money to your favorite nonprofit at no cost to you!

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Attention Amazon customers. Start 2014 off right. AmazonSmile will allow you donate Amazon’s money to your favorite nonprofit organization at no cost to you.

Here’s how it works:

1) You go to AmazonSmile and choose a nonprofit from their list of over 1 million nonprofits. Their list is US 501(c)(3) organizations that register with Amazon or are in Guidestar (Guidestar gathers and disseminates information about US nonprofits registered with the IRS). By the way, if you’re a nonprofit you can register here.

2) When you buy something at Amazon, you go through the smile …

Random Acts of Kindness for Kids – 17 Ideas for Raising Grateful and Kind Kids

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My 4-year-old son Jack loves to play superheroes.

One day we were playing, and he was dressed in his Spider Man outfit—a full body suit complete with muscles and mask. I was Batman wearing a cape and kid’s costume.

The dastardly situation I told Spider Man we were facing was that bad guys were trying to take our dinner…

Jack: “Don’t worry Daddy, I know what to do.”

[Jack ran to the kitchen, got a spatula and went in the corner.]

Me: “Jack, what are you doing?”

Jack: “I’m making pancakes for them. If they’re …

Funny Picture: This Note Made Me Smile

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This made me smile. I hope it makes you smile as well.


I discovered this in arts and prints sold by Caleb Troy.

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10 Incredible entrepreneurs serving veterans, how they got started & how you can help

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“Serving those who serve us is both an expression of thanks from a grateful nation and a fitting tribute to our military heroes who inspire us to a cause greater than ourselves,” said Carolyn Blashek.

I think Blashek, the founder of Operation Gratitude, accurately summed up the feeling of the founders and volunteers with each of the amazing nonprofits below.

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It was 2004 when Mark and Tori Baird got a knock on their door from a Marine who returned from Iraq that day.

While he was serving, the Marine’s wife had been

Be Happy: 46 Proven Techniques to Increase Your Happiness and One Way to Get More Sex

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I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to be happier. Almost everyone loves being happy (and sometimes we desperately need to be happier), so why not see if we can find more of a good thing.

After a lot of research and testing, here are 46 ways I found to be happier.

By the way, most of these ideas are supported by science.

If you still need a reason to read this article, point #29 will help you get more sex.

Make Your Own Fun and Other Lesson from Ronald McDonald Camp for Kids with Cancer

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The room was filled with flashing lights that created a disco ball effect, music and happy kids. This had the vibe of a roller skating party from my youth. It was in fact the Wednesday night “dance for your meds” party at the Ronald McDonald Camp Wellness Center.

Taking medicine typically isn’t fun – especially if you’re a kid and your medicine doesn’t taste very good — but the Wednesday night “dance for your meds” party was fun.


Because the medical staff asked, “Why not?”

Ronald McDonald Camp is for kids with cancer and …