Inspiration Point: Stop Thinking You’re Too Old

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHow often have you heard people under the age of 60 complain they can’t do something or change their habits because they’re too old? I know people in their 30’s who act older than some people who are senior citizens. Take Takao Arayama, a 70 year old Japanese man who didn’t start climbing seriously until he was in his 40s, and who climbed to the top of Mount Everest…Mr. Arayama apparently beat the previous record holder, another 70 year old Japanese man, Yuichiro Miura, by doing it when he was 3 days older. 175 climbers have died climbing Mount Everest. The person who previously held the record, Mr. Miura, attended Hokkaido University in Sapporo where I used to live in Japan. And he’s done quite a few brilliant things.After graduating from Hokkaido University many years ago, Miura became a professional skier. He took part in the Italian Kilometer Lanciad in 1964, where he set what was then the world speed record at 172.084 kilometers per hour (106.9 miles per hour). He later skied down Mt. Fuji and in 1970 skied down Mt. Everest from an altitude of 8,000 meters (26,245 feet), the first time anyone had done so successfully. By 1985, he had skied down the slopes of the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents.Here’s a good quote from Yuichiro:“No matter how old people are, they can still hold on to their dreams. You have to continue to make an effort to turn your dreams into reality. I learned that if you keep heart and take one small step after another, you can stand on top of the world. I think far too many people give up on their dreams long before they hit their 50’s let alone 70.”“One of the admirable Japanese traits is persistence. Ask someone who’s from or lived in Japan to tell you what the word gambare means and how important it is to being Japanese. Too often people focus on the negative aspects of other cultures. Every country has it’s fair share of these. Why not focus on emulating the positive aspects of other cultures?”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

City Grant to Pay for Bully Prevention

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”The Charlottesville City Council has approved a $30,515 grant to continue a Bullying Prevention Program.” (DailyProgress.com) Thanks to Andrew for the link. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Good News on Security in Haiti

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The United Nations is citing dramatic improvements in security in Haiti, saying that a larger, more potent police force has pushed the crime rate down and broken the hold of armed gangs over large sections of the country. (Continue reading in Robert’s Caribbean Travel Blog)  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Last Signed Document by Abe Lincoln Found at Flea Market?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBruce Steiner may have stumbled upon the last signature of Abraham Lincoln in the bottom of a box of assorted papers he purchased at an Ohio Flea Market. Steiner, 56, a self-proclaimed Civil War buff, recalled when he first laid eyes on the signature, dated the fateful day a bullet from John Wilkes Booth’s Derringer ended Lincoln’s life. He thought it couldn’t be real… (Continue reading in the Morning Journal) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Natural Cosmetics: Ingredients That Deliver Pure Beauty From Nature

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDo pure, topical ingredients from nature have any science behind them? As it turns out, yes, many of them do. Authors of No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics have compiled a list of eleven natural ingredients that, when added to your cosmetics regimen, may actually deliver… They include:Argan oilAloe veraBaking sodaCoconut oilGreen TeaHoneyOlive oilPropolisShea butterVitamin Cand, Tea tree oil(READ their scientific basis at Good.is) Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Gorgeous Snapshots Win National Park Amateur Photo Contest

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe National Park Foundation announced last week the winners of the 2012 Share the Experience photo contest, an annual competition to encourage exploration in Americas federal lands.The grand prize winner was captured from her family’s tent in Bridger Teton National Forest by Katherine Hawkins of Hyde Park, New York. Her prize is $15,000 and a one-year free pass to every national park and property. The gorgeous family snapshot will also be laminated on all the Federal Recreational Lands Passes in 2014.Second place went to Sue Cullumber of Chandler, Ariz., for her fly fishing photo on Salt River at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Site in the Tonto National Forest.Third place went to Adam Jewell of Conshohocken, Pa., for his photo of a pair of kayaks at Isle Royale National Park. See their entries, along with seven other great photos on the website.In total, 26,160 photos were submitted over the course of the contest, which ran from June 28, 2012 to December 31, 2012. See last year’s winners from 2011 and their photos here.Start collecting your contest-worthy photos taken on any of the more than 500 million acres of federal lands across the United States. The 2013 Share the Experience photo contest is now accepting entries through December 31. This year’s prizes include cash, Air Wick Limited Edition National Park Collection scents, Columbia Sportswear backpacks and hotel packages courtesy of Historic Hotels of America.  For a full listing of prizing and rules, or to submit a photo, please visit www.sharetheexperience.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

She Created an Ethical Fashion Co. Right Out of College – After Move to Cambodia!

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUpon graduating from Baltimore’s Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in Fibers, 21-year-old Rachel Faller took the road less traveled. By “less” I mean by virtually no one, and by “road,” I mean that she hopped on a plane, said goodbye to the comforts of American living, and launched a socially responsible fashion label in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.There were clearly some twists and turns along the way, but that is essentially what Rachel, now 26 years of age, accomplished on her own; it’s the path she continues to walk today. Guided by her passion for social justice and a desire to make a difference in her community, Rachel parlayed her knowledge of textiles and art to create KeoK’jay, an innovative fashion label, integrating social and environmental responsibility with contemporary design.These days, being called a “socially responsible” enterprise is a badge of honor. But let’s face it, there are socially responsible enterprises, and then there are socially responsible enterprises! KeoK’jay, which means “bright green”, carefully considers every aspect of the business with the customer, the producer, and the environment in mind, from design, to materials, to production and packaging. According to Rachel: “In order for responsible production to take root, it needs to be shown to be profitable without aid subsidies.” KeoK’jay is (in some ways) a traditional, sales-supported business that can compete in the international fashion scene, but without all the labor violations and environment trashing. ”By creating high quality products that resonate with the ever-changing fashion market without sacrificing our principals, we aim to combat the traditional victim mentality that leads to dependency by building a business model that does not rely on charity to sell products. In other words, no one gives our staff wages; they earn them by making great stuff that people want to buy. And we think that’s pretty cool.”In just a few years, Rachel has built KeoK’jay into a developed brand with two retail shops in Cambodia and international distribution. She wears many hats at KeoK’jay, from management and design, to merchandizing and business development. Most impressively, in my opinion, is how Rachel managed to accomplish all of this while staying true to her values and the communities she serves. Thanks for inspiring us Rachel and for answering the Talking GOOD questions.1. IN JUST ONE SENTENCE, WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE? Be kind.2. HOW HAS THIS WORK CHANGED YOU? One of the biggest things I have learned is that receiving is actually as important, if not more important, than giving. Being the receiver is sometimes much more difficult. It can be humbling; it reminds us we are human, that we have weaknesses and needs. We have to see ourselves as vulnerable; we have to be open to be open-minded. When we enter a situation seeing what we have to learn or gain, rather than what we have to teach or give, often times we have a much bigger impact on the community we wish to help. Humility touches people’s hearts, which motivates them to change things for themselves, in the long run making the much bigger and sustainable change that we seek. I’ve found time and time again that what I thought was needed by some community turned out to be not as I initially thought and something else entirely was needed. The only way we can sort through this, especially in the “giving” sector, is to first research, learn, listen, and get, and then to talk, teach, and give, or open up doors for people to do so.3. WHAT DO YOU GET FROM GIVING? Everything.4. WHO IS A LIVING HERO AND WHAT WOULD YOU ASK THEM IF GIVEN THE CHANCE? I have to say that some of my biggest heroes are my staff, and other people around the world who are making changes in their communities without any recognition. The ones who are standing up and doing something about the problems facing themselves and their families. The impact of these grass roots activists will change the problems faced by the communities in which we work more than we can imagine. Thus I feel really lucky that every day I get to work with and speak with my heroes!5. WHAT EVERYDAY RESOURCES COULD HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR PHILANTHROPIC GOALS? I know you want me to tell you the one THING that we really need, but our biggest needs are always in human capacity. All of the “stuff” that we need is easily sorted out when we have the right people in place to manage, find, purchase, or organize the stuff. So finding, training and building a solid management team is our most important priority. As much as possible we want that team to be Cambodian, but there’s also room for dedicated professionals from other countries who have relevant skills to our work.6. WHAT IS A BURNING QUESTION THAT YOU HAVE FOR THIS COMMUNITY? I’d love to ask your readers what they love to do most. How can you take this and use it to benefit yourself and your community?7. WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR BOOK BE? I’ve always wanted to write a satirical graphic novel called “Adventures in NGO Land” (Cambodia’s got the highest number of non-profit organizations per capita in the world, yet sadly sometimes they do more harm then good…)8. TELL US SOMETHING YOU RARELY SHARE IN PUBLIC? Living in Cambodia has caused me to start enjoying really bad television. When dealing with intense experiences in my daily work, the last thing I want to do when I come home is watch a documentary that I have to think about, which I used to really enjoy.9. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS WHO ASPIRE TO BE CITIZEN PHILANTHROPISTS? Figure out what you love to do most, and what inspires you most, and then go out and do that, while keeping an open minded and respectful perspective with the people around you. I believe this is the best way to do good and make an impact; as well as to avoid becoming either burned out or jaded. You have to love what you do and know that you are doing what’s best for yourself while doing good for others. Otherwise it is not sustainable, and it doesn’t really help anyone in the long run either.10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL SAYING? “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman)Talking GOOD is an ever-growing collection of interviews with purpose-driven individuals who champion causes and lead by example. These people are “citizen-philanthropists” because they prove that one does not need money – just passion, energy, and dedication to make a difference. Talking GOOD was launched in 2012 by Rich Polt, principal of the Baltimore-based PR consultancy, Communicate Good, LLC. See the entire archive of interviews here. To nominate someone for a Talking GOOD spotlight, please fill out this form, or email [email protected] AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

What If There Is Proof Of Abundance Everywhere?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWe are so blessed. For real. Need proof?Let’s do an exercise right now…Look around at the abundance that surrounds you. See this incredible scene that you are blessed to look into and the furniture that you might be sitting on.Notice the photos, art, decorations, environment, and beautiful things that might be surrounding you.Look outside and see how plentiful the world is. See the cars, trees, birds, food, and resources around you.Open your address book and look at how many people are in your life. If there is one way to be happy today, it’s by focusing on how much you have and expressing gratitude for it.Imagine the possible shifts in your perspective as you are actively and consciously looking for proof of abundance.Please join me in this journey by posting your best #ProofofAbundance pictures on social media.Be sure to use #ProofofAbundance and tag me in the photo so that I can enjoy it too!Together we can have a ripple effect of gratitude and abundance on each other and beyond!Much Love and BIG smiles,Michelle Ploog www.michelleploog.com  Follow me at @michelleploog(Photo Credit: Simaje, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Say thank you.We are surrounded by abundance. We have supermarkets that offer produce flown in from around the world so that we can experience a massive variety of foreign fruits and veggies. We have roads bustling with thousands of cars, buses and taxis. We have millions of people ready to help anyone in need. We have a supply of fresh air. We are truly blessed.Often we focus on lack rather than abundance. We get caught up in everything we don’t have rather than focusing on everything that we do.There is a fear that has been reinforced through our industrialized society that insists that we never have enough; and even if we do have enough, everything might be only moments away from disappearing.3 Myths That Keep You From Living Fully and Fearlesslylast_img read more

Train Commuters Sing Along to Somewhere Over the Rainbow (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRemember in October when we showed you a viral video of a dance party launched on a commuter train in Perth, Australia?The same group who danced their way into the hearts of 40 million YouTube viewers has just followed up with shenanigans on another commuter train–this time a singalong.On a wintery run of the 7:51 express train, they led passengers in a rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow in a bold attempt to chase away the Monday morning blues with a ukulele player keeping time.Peter Sharp, the founder of the participatory arts group called it, “Easily one of the most uplifting experiences we’ve ever helped create.”Hilarious Couple Sing Karaoke at the Gas Pump on Hidden Tonight Show Camera (WATCH)The Liberators, as they call themselves–named for the sense of freedom they want people to feel when expressing themselves in public–have coordinated five different experiences on trains from story telling, to dancing, and singing.“This is my full time job,” Sharp told the Good News Network. “I am able to get paid doing DJ gigs that combine these acts of freedom at music festivals & family festivals and working with businesses to create interesting and ethically driven video content.”They recruited some of their own people to ride the train and help get the singalong started, but reported that around 60 percent of those on board were actual commuters.Read more about their mission, and a crowd-funding campaign to bring their antics to trains in Europe on their blog.(WATCH the heart-warming moments below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

After Grandmother Loses Ability to Speak, Man Uses Tech to Get Her Voice Back

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGNN.org is the exclusive media partner for the 2018 ‘Global Good Fund’ Fellows—12 extraordinary young social entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place. Chosen annually, the 12 Fellows are each matched with an executive mentor, leadership coach, and $10,000. Hand-selected from 2,400 applicants in 100 countries, these visionaries are being celebrated—one each day on GNN—leading up to the 6th Annual Global Good Fund Gala, on April 26.Danny Weissberg is a perfect example of how anyone can turn tragedy into inspiration.After witnessing his grandmother suffer a stroke that left her with intelligible speech, Danny realized the hardships one faces after losing their basic ability of voiced communication – a privilege that we so often take for granted. RELATED: If You Have Urgent Need of an EpiPen, This App Finds a Stranger to Rescue YouThat’s why he created Voiceitt, a speech recognition technology that enables people with speech disabilities to communicate with anyone, anywhere.“I was frustrated by the lack of options, and created Voiceitt to foster independence, empowerment and social inclusion for the speech impaired”, Danny explains.There is no other voice assistive solution like Voiceitt in existence. The app records and learns a user’s personal speech patterns and pronunciation. After a brief training period, the app can turn statements into clear speech in real time for immediate use in audio, text messaging, and face-to-face communication. Not only that, but it can identify unclear words that cannot be understood by other people or generic speech recognition software like Siri or Google Voice.MORE: Because His AirBnb Guest Had a Heart Attack, Man’s Ingenuity is Now Saving Thousands of LivesThe service is catered towards children and adults with conditions such as autism, Down syndrome and ALS, so that it can offer them the chance to be heard.A civil engineer turned serial entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in Israel’s high-tech scene, Danny started his career at the leading cyber firm, Checkpoint. He worked at several other cutting-edge technology companies, and ultimately co-founded a mobile device brand called YubiTech, where he served as CEO until launching Voiceitt in May 2012.The Tel-Aviv-based startup has received a total of $3.7M in grants and competition prizes alone, and Danny spends time sharing his knowledge and wisdom through lectures on non-traditional fundraising and social entrepreneurship.CHECK OUT: 12-Year-old Creates First App to Help Alzheimer’s Patients Keep Track of ThingsDanny set out to become an entrepreneur who could create something positive in this world – and that is exactly what he has accomplished. He says, “I’m completely fulfilled. My work and my life goals are intertwined. I’m part of a venture that is not only for money, but also one that’s meaningful and can improve the lives of millions.”Through its Fellowship program launched in 2012, The Global Good Fund invests in high potential leaders committed to social impact worldwide. It also created the 360 MIRROR – the first evidence-based leadership assessment for social entrepreneurs and CEOs.Click To Share The Good News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more