As I scroll through many superficial social media posts, I try to remind myself that no one’s life is picture-perfect despite what they might portray online or even in-person. These are counterfeit ways of showing up.
Dogs trained and attuned to their owners have given numerous children and adults who are differently abled: balance, friendship, and courage in the dark.
Hamilton producer uses fame to uplift the spirit of Puerto Ricans and revive its economy.
Camille and Michael began adopting children with special needs in 1986. At that point they had no idea their kindness would grow over four decades to a family of 88 and develop into a foundation to help those with special needs and their families.
Bali, with a population of 4.2 million people, has long been a jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism. But suffering from the impact of burgeoning tourist numbers, a throw-away culture and poor waste management, that crown is slipping.
Expressive, passionate, and just a little nervous, Melati, 16, and Isabel, 14, spoke for six minutes about a massive worldwide problem which has been apparent on Balinese beaches and in its surrounding oceans for decades, plastic pollution. Students of Green School Bali, the sisters have grown up on the island, experiencing first-hand how its environment has been progressively trashed.
It is becoming terribly common to see indigenous cultures songs go unsung as its people are relocated, adapt to modern technology, and, in the case of new generations, fail to take interest in their culture’s history. It is estimated that one language dies every 14 days, dissolving as communities adopt English, Spanish or Mandarin.
When most Torontonians think of developer Sam Mizrahi, they think of the skyscraper known as The One that will be constructed at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets in downtown Toronto. But, if you want to know the story of a developer who is deeply and spiritually invested in building and supporting his community you have to look to another project, the construction of the Temmy Latner building, which will be the new home for the Forest Hill Jewish Centre in Toronto.
Most children arrive with some dance and musical training and even some experience in acting, but very few show up with comedic skills. So, it helps to have a guiding hand from experienced comics who understand qualities like timing and writing and re-writing comedy material.
One of the things that mark out a civilized society is the way those who are successful help those who are in need. The Middle East has more than its fair share of motivated people such as these, with a number of homegrown philanthropists having made and still making a very real difference to the lives of those who live in the region.