The pressure of being 8 years old is pretty scary – for an 8 year old that is! Every event or happening has an impact and ultimately shapes the world of a child. For 8 year old Serynity Ricketts – it was a happy, sad, and then happy birthday again! Serynity was hoping for a bicycle for her […]
In the midst of one of the most horrific human tragedies – appears a heartwarming story about a 17-year-old boy and his puppy. Aslan Al Hakim was insistent on taking his puppy, Rose, on the 500 kilometer journey out of Damascus, Syria. The Syrian Refugees are escaping Syria while leaving everything behind in a search for safety […]
One of the most incredible images and stories to surface in a very long time is none other than the image of 8 year old Martin Richard holding a sign that said, “No more hurting people. Peace” What an astounding symbol of maturity, hope, and leadership – and from an 8 year old mind you! Ironically, it was […]
Just one week after losing 66 men and women in the terrorist attack of 9/11 – it was decided that Sandler O’Neill & Partners would set up a foundation to pay college tuition for all the children of their fallen colleagues – in total 76 children. Sandler’s surviving partner, Jimmy Dunne was recently asked why he, without hesitation, did the […]
Many people would agree with the assertion that the education system in America is falling further behind compared to other countries. According to Pearson Research, the United States has a “cognitive skills and educational attainment” score of 0.39, which makes the United States rank fourteenth out of forty countries. See where your specific state ranks […]
While their moms were invited to the ceremony, they had no way of getting their on time. Fact is two of them didn’t even have passports to travel out of the country. The story on the three young American men – Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler – who became instant heroes while on holiday […]
“We decided to get up because the WiFi wasn’t so good on that car,” said Sadler, “We were like, ‘We have a ticket to first class. We might as well go sit in first class.’ ” “He clearly had no firearms training whatsoever,” Skarlatos said. “If he had known what he was doing, or even just […]
“My daughter has not seen her biological dad since she was 4. She’s 11 now. When she was 2 he contacted me and asked if I would allow him to terminate his parental rights so he could stop paying child support and I agreed. I wanted to spare her the heartache of a revolving door father […]
“I had a great talent and lost it, ” says former NBA All-Star Vin Baker. He played in four NBA All-Star Games and spent 13 years in the NBA. Baker grew up in Old Saybrook, Conn.; he went on to the University of Hartford to become one of New England’s all-time great collegiate basketball players – he even earned an Olympic […]
When you think back over the course of your lifetime – can you point to a day or two that would fit into the ‘best day of your life’ category? What if everyday was the best day of your life? Meet the world’s oldest yoga teacher — 96 year-young Tao Porchon-Lynch. Tao marched with Gandhi in […]
“I do what I do because I love to do it, and I don’t give up,” says 32 year old Jessica Cox. Jessica earned her Light Sport Pilot Certificate in 2008 and in 2011 the Guinness World Record for the “first armless person in the world ever to have obtained a pilot’s license.” Jessica was […]
It’s nearly impossible to discern one homeless person from another. Many of them carry signs with a desperate plea written on them, some are standing in the middle of the intersection as you attempt to navigate your car around them, others offer a newspaper or bottle of water in exchange for money. All of them need […]
Donald Featherstone isn’t exactly a household name – but his creation is world famous. Featherstone is responsible for creating the pink plastic flamingo back in 1957. Fact is this plastic bird is not native to Florida or any of the tropics – it is however native to Leominster, Massachusetts, which bills itself as the Plastics […]
Boyan Slat was only 17 years old at the time – yet the invitation was real. Stand up in front of a large crowd at a TED talk, and sell the concept of a giant marine cleanup machine with a massive floating boom that would collect trash using the ocean’s own currents. The TED talk garnered over two million […]
Even sharks can’t diminish the hope of this 16 year old. Hunter Treschl was in waist-deep water on a North Carolina beach when disaster struck. “We were just playing around in the waves, and I felt a hit on my left calf,” Treschl said. “I thought it felt like a big fish, and I started moving away. And […]
There are nearly 6 million children worldwide with potentially treatable congenital heart defects that do not have access to care. Only 7% of the world’s population has access to corrective heart treatment; sub-Saharan Africa is the worst off. Meet Dr. Craig Sable, a Potomac resident, Director of Echocardiography and Telemedicine at Children’s National Health System […]
American veterans are being tested more than ever, and I’m not speaking of battlefield tested – but it’s after the battlefield where the real work begins for many of these heroes. Six out of ten veterans report their post-discharge transition to civilian life as “difficult,” according to the Veterans Employment Challenge Survey. 69 percent of veterans […]
“How are you doing Larry?” Five simple words make up the typical greeting when you meet up with an old friend. It’s one of those rhetorical questions which generally doesn’t require a detailed response nor is one expected. Let’s be honest – a factually explicit answer would be more than most people can handle. Most of […]
Lewis Gordon Pugh has swam beyond the boundaries of even the worlds most gifted swimmers. Pugh doesn’t have an Olympic medal to show for his accomplishments. So why does he do it then? Pugh does it to accelerate the conversation on the health of our planet. He talks about his record-breaking swim across the North […]
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