#889 The Hallelujah Chorus that went viral

Hallelujah Chorus from Quinhagak, Alaska

Tiny Quinhagak, Alaska, put itself on the map almost exactly three years ago today, when a video from there went viral. James Barthelman, a teacher who in 2005 moved with his wife from Nebraska to the village, had a creative,…


#885 Smile! You’ve been tagged with kindness


One of my favourite sites on the Internet is all about kindness. It’s called KindSpring and  uses the tag, Small Acts That Change the World. In 2003 two people concerned about the horrors of frat-house hazing (Nipun Mehta, the founder…


#878 Singing tunes up our brains

Silver Song Club in Kelowna

Anyone who enjoys belting out a song knows how good it feels. And for those who still hear that voice from childhood saying, “Just mouth the words,” my friend Jay O’Callahan has this advice: “Sing in the key of free.”…


#865 A modest angel who saved 669 children

Sir Nicholas Winton with Czech schoolchildren

Nicholas Winton was planning a skiing trip in Switzerland shortly before Christmas 1938. He detoured to Czechoslovakia when he received a frantic call from a friend in Prague, Martin Blake, who was working with Jewish refugees. That detour saved 669…


#854 Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective changing the future

Tamil Nadu Women's Collective

When women are empowered, communities change. The Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective is proof of that. Their more than 100,000 members are among the most marginalized women of India. They are Dalit, landless widows and indigenous women. Individually they lack power.…


#853 Land sharing in the city

Garden photo by SteveR

People have many reasons for being willing to share their backyards. They may be elderly folk, wanting to stay in their homes but unable to keep up with the gardening. Or they may be a working couple with busy lives,…


#831 Best bat boy ever

Teddy Kremer

The Cincinnati Reds have been forever changed by Teddy Kremer, the best bat boy they will ever meet. It might not have worked out that way if Kremer’s parents had followed the gentle advice of the doctor who told them…