#1097 Koko the gorilla mourns for Robin Williams

Robin Williams with Koko in 2001; photo clip from video below

I still can’t wrap my mind around the despair that led Robin Williams to commit suicide. That his comedic genius is now legacy, that he will make no more films, seems impossible. We humans are not the only ones saddened…


#1093 Proud to celebrate growing diversity


Canada made same-sex marriage legal nationwide nine years ago. Not only did the country not fall apart, the family crumble, and morality fade away, that act in support of equality and social justice has had a healing effect. While we…


#1063 They focus on what’s right with youth

Mountain biking

SADI flips concerns about The Youth of Today on their head by focusing on what should be valued in everyone of us: ASSETS, not deficits. The small-town British Columbia youth organization has a mission statement focused on the positive: The…


#1060 Interviews for a job with 24/7 responsibility and no time off


Photo clip from Cardstock video below

Cardstore created an ad for the world’s toughest job. They set up video interviews and laid out the requirements:

  • no breaks
  • on your feet most of the day and night
  • lunch only when the associate finishes eating
  • great interpersonal skills
  • background in finance, medicine, culinary arts
  • willingness to give constant attention to the associateincreased work load over holidays
  • happy disposition.

Then they revealed the job. Watch the faces of the interviewees.

Thanks for the link, Linda Manning.

This post first appeared on Hope Habit.


#1020 Americans and Brazilians connect in one of the sweetest exchanges ever

CNA student and senior exchanging hugs; photo clip from below

CNA student and senior exchanging hugs; photo clip from video below

Hang on a second. I have to dry my eyes before typing this. I have just watched the YouTube video below, and I’m smiling through tears.

Two Brazilian companies, FCB Brasil (a marketing agency) and CNA (a network of language schools) have collaborated on a Speaking Exchange that connects seniors in American retirement homes with English-language students in Brazil. Thanks to video chat technology, the pairs connect in real time. The young people improve their fluency in English. Their surrogate grandparents connect with young people in a far-off country. Both broaden their perspectives, and the program offers solid educational value for students learning English.

I have no idea how many of the conversations are as touching as those recorded for the popular video, but I hope the idea goes global. Imagine what could happen if young people around the world connected with elders in other countries. They just might grow up rejecting cultural and political stereotypes. And given what we know about the impacts of isolation, we could expect seniors to enjoy better physical and emotional health in spite of mobility issues and distance from families.

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