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Giving Is It’s Own Reward

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson


It doesn’t take something dramatic to help restore our faith in humanity.

Recently two Iowa students found and returned a wallet lost at their high school football game. It only contained a few dollars and ID but it’s their experience of returning it that’s worth noting. They said, “The feeling of giving that wallet back, the joy of his parents just made it that much better.”

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Cleaning It Up

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Cleaning-It-Up.jpg-smallHere’s a shocker: the air in New York City is the cleanest it’s been in 50 years. In fact, according to Mayor Bloomberg, New York has the cleanest air of any major American city.

The numbers are staggering. Since 2007 soot pollution has dropped by a quarter and sulfur dioxide levels are down 70%. All thanks to conscious effort and programs like Clean Heat.

Thursday, 03 October 2013

Happy Birthday to Me

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Blog-Post-9-19-2013-smallHere’s a novel way to spend your birthday – giving away money!

That’s exactly what Boston area retiree Bob Blackley did recently, standing on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read: “I HAVE A HOME, I HAVE A JOB, COULD YOU USE AN EXTRA $5.00?” He gave away $750 in three hours.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Singing Nurse

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

the-singing-nurse-smallAccording to a recent Los Angeles Times story, nurse Jared Axen has been singing Broadway hits and love songs during his rounds, and it’s helping patients.

After they heard him crooning down the hallways, they started requesting that he sing to them. Now he’s known as The Singing Nurse and patients report a range of health improvements, including the increased ability to handle pain.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

Economic Salvation for $40 Per Soul

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

40-dollars-small$40. That’s the average loan the non-profit microfinance organization Pro Mujer (which means “pro women” in Spanish) has made since 1990, totaling one billion dollars loaned out to 270,000 women throughout Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico, and Argentina.

Founder Lynne Patterson speaks with pride about helping poor women in developing countries discover their personal value. It’s amazing how little money it’s taking to make that happen.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Amazon Eats Post

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

amazon-eats-post-smallThe media world is rocking with the news that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos just bought the Washington Post. The Post was drowning in red ink; suddenly it’s heading into the digital future at potentially break neck speed.

Perhaps the most revealing comment about it all comes from Bob Woodward who commented that Jeff Bezos is not Rupert Murdoch. Amazing how reputations reveal so much.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Run For Your Life

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

run-for-your-life-smallA 41-year-old Danish woman, Annette Fredskov, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010. Her reaction? She started running.
Specifically, she ran 26.2 miles (an official marathon) every day for the last year, and twice that on the last day, July 14, which totals 366 marathons run in a single year! She did it to inspire others suffering from MS and credits running as the reason she is now symptom free.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Local Hero

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Local-Hero-smallWhile investigators search for answers to the recent plane crash in San Francisco, the aircraft’s cabin manager, 40-year-old Lee Yoon-hye, is being hailed as a hero. Lee left the plane last, after literally putting out fires and carrying out passengers.

According to AP, as reported in a USA TODAY story by Ben Mutzabaugh, Lee said, “I wasn't really thinking, but my body started carrying out the steps needed for an evacuation.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Ignoring the Sun

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

ignoring-the-sun-smallApparently, US researchers have just made giant strides towards achieving usable nuclear fusion. The aim is to create an unlimited source of energy.

Wow, amazing! Who could have ever imagined it would be possible to have an unlimited source of energy? It’s not like there’s anything remotely like that anywhere in sight. But wait, there is, and it’s called the sun!

Wednesday, 09 October 2013

Winning, A New Way

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Winning-A-New-Way-smallWho doesn’t dream about winning the lottery? A Spanish shopkeeper just found a winning lottery ticket abandoned in his store’s Lost and Found box. It’s worth over 6 million dollars!
So, what did he do? He immediately took it to local authorities so they could locate the winner. He decided that if he kept it for himself he wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Why Kids Are Happy

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Why-Kids-Are-Happy-smallIn a recent post entitled, 18 Things Children Can Teach Us About Happiness, blogger Melissa Sher ( lists an array of strategies children instinctively use to be happy. Here’s a few of them that provide inspiring lessons for adults:

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Gangster Redemption

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

gangsters-redemption-smallThat’s the title of a recent book authored by Larry Lawton, a notorious jewel thief who spent 11 years in prison but was recently sworn in as an honorary police officer. That’s a first in America.

Since gaining his freedom, Lawton has worked with kids and his Reality Check Program has a 90% success rate for keeping kids out of jail. He’s been featured on a variety of TV shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and details of his work can be found on his website:

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Making Lemonade

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

making-lemonade-smallWhat do you do when disaster wipes out your business? It happened to Haitian eco-preneur Duquesne Fednard in 2010 when his stove-making factory was destroyed in the Haitian earthquake.

The Eco Recho is efficient, burning just half the charcoal that traditional stoves do. 33,000 have now been sold, because Fednard’ employees encouraged him not to quit and helped relocate into tents, continuing to employ 35 people.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Who Says Kids Are Selfish?

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

who-says-kids-are-selfish-smallWe all know how excited kids get about presents. How about this 10-year-old girl in Texas who asked her friends to donate to a local charity instead? A week after her birthday she did it again, showing up on the doorstep of the local United Way office with 20 pounds of everyday items.

Young Jaydn Moriarty explained her generosity: “ "If you already have a lot of stuff, it is better to give."

Friday, 26 July 2013