I met a man recently in Berkeley who leads recovery groups and he gave me a 24 hour coin-the kind you get after your first 24 hours sober. He said that most people give a 24 hour coin made of aluminum or some other lightweight metal but he always gives a heavy coin made of something dense and substantial because, after all, those first 24 hours are a really, really big deal…
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
Illuminating Brooklyn’s Sky in Solidarity With Boston
- Lucky Tran wrote in Community, Creativity and Boston
After the bombings in Boston yesterday, the security response was huge in New York. Manhattan was in lockdown, with police swarming everywhere, and people were told by the authorities to run and hide inside their homes. So we decided to stay in Brooklyn and project on one of it’s most iconic and most loved buildings: the Brooklyn Academy of Music. BAM didn’t know about it, and at first security was suspicious, but as soon as they saw the message, they embraced us with approval. Even police officers who drove by gave us a warm nod and beep. It was a sweet moment when we saw a plea for peace trump the rules…
Window-washers from left, Mark Errico (Captain America), Jim Zaremba (Batman), Ed Hetrick (Superman) and Rick Boloinger (Spiderman) repel down the side of Children’s Hospital Monday morning, Oct. 22, 2012 as the crew of super-clad washers from Allegheny Window Cleaning, Inc. rid the windows of the Lawrenceville hospital of grime.
James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or Oprah,” to help someone in need says Los Angeles attorney Tony Tolbert. The 51-year-old is certainly walking the talk in a seriously inspiring way. He gave his home—rent free and fully furnished for an entire year—to a homeless family. And he’s moving back in with his parents so he can do it.
Tolbert’s mother, Marie, says when she first heard about her son’s plans, she asked him, “Have you lost it?” But the family has a long tradition of service and extending a helping hand to those in need. Tolbert’s father, Jimmy, who was a prominent entertainment lawyer before getting Alzheimer’s, set an example for his family by always opening a spare bedroom to people who needed a place to stay.
Tolbert reached out to a Los Angeles shelter for help finding a family which led him to Felicia Dukes, a mother of four, who recently moved into his home. As you can see in the video above, the tears flow when Dukes talks about Tolbert’s generosity. “My heart just fills up,” she says. “I’m just really happy.”
“Kindness creates kindness. Generosity creates generosity. Love creates love,” says Tolbert. “And if we can share some of that and have more stories about people doing nice things for other people and fewer stories about people doing horrible things to other people, that’s a better world.”