Category Archives: Inspirational

Watch: ‘Returning the Favor’ Reality Show Surprises 14-Year-Old Soap Maker With His Own Store

*Donovan Steele and his mother, Casey, were once homeless. After his mom, a Navy veteran, came home, she was diagnosed with PTSD and working a minimum wage job coupled with a small amount of child support just wasn’t enough to keep a roof over their head.

Casey ended up having to sell everything she owned, her car, a small amount of jewelry, until she had nothing left. She explains on the show, Returning the Favor, that one of her worst and most hopeless moments was when there was no hot water for her son Donovan to shower. He was shivering in the cold and this brought her to tears.

She told him that if he didn’t keep himself clean, someone would know something was wrong and call Child Protective Services; and they would come and take him away from her.

But some people, no matter what age they are, are not going to be defeated.

Donovan and his mother are two of those people. Continue reading

‘It’s God’s Purpose’ Says Florida Grandma Who Spends Weekends Making 75,000 Dinners for the Homeless

*I swear, you’ve got to bow down to anyone with this much heart and compassion. And we’re not talking about some little old lady, retired and lonely with nothing else to do. No, granny Gloria Lewis, 54, still works as a waitress; but instead of spending her off time and weekends doing yoga, and hanging out with cats, she hunkers down and gets to work making 225 fresh dinners and 180 breakfasts on a two-stove, four-fridge kitchen.

Lewis lived on the brink of homelessness in her low-income job and  moved to the US from Barbados in 1987. Each weekend, she and her husband, who works as a mechanic, spend $700 on groceries to make meals that include chicken Parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, barbecue chicken and ribs, along with fresh veggies and rice to help those on the street. dozens of home-cooked meals for those in need. Continue reading

Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes Seeks To Prove Science Wrong With Home Made Rocket

Human beings have been doing brilliant and foolish things for millennia. As surely as we exist, someone will be doing something that causes us to take pause, scratch our heads, and question the cosmic truth that, somehow, we’re at the top of the evolutionary ladder. The leading species in cognitive ability, self-actualization, and universal consciousness. Heavy lies the crown, as they say. So heavy lieth the crown that, perhaps, the sheer weight has befuddled our wits and caused some to combat scientific facts laid down by human brilliance both past and present.

Enter the flat-earther. Proven false by Copernicus, Galileo, and the likes of astronomers persecuted and killed because of their scientific acumen, they led humanity out of our long-standing celestial ignorance by proving that the earth is round and that it revolves around the sun. But, you learned that in fifth grade.

Meet “Mad” Mike Hughes. Mike believes that the earth is flat and it’s been his mission to prove it to the world. How, you ask? By building his own rocket and launching himself into the atmosphere to see it for himself, triumphantly land, and tell the citizens of our flat earth “I told you so!” About 1.6 million people around the world die in car accidents every year, but the statistics on home-made rocket fatalities is decidedly inconclusive. Concerned scientists and fascinated onlookers assumed that Mad Mike would soon be part of an unfortunately newfound statistic. This didn’t deter him one bit.

You’ve probably gathered that Mad Mike isn’t a scientist, nor an engineer. Just a 61-year-old cosmically curious limousine driver (soon to be rocket pilot). “Do I believe the Earth is shaped like a Frisbee? I believe it is. Do I know for sure? No. That’s why I want to go up in space.” Scientific inquiry breeds discovery, so he went for it. Over 50% of U.S. made products require welding. Mad Mike’s rocket was no exception, having dismantled and repurposed a mobile home, he fashioned a crude metal conglomeration that looks like a rocket. We have to applaud his panache and creative engineering.

He was also angry that people doubted him, so this past Saturday he ripped into the sky at 350 MPH, traveling almost 2,000 feet above the desert before having to pull two parachutes which alighted him not-so-gently to the earth in what NPR, dripping with sarcasm, calls “the exact same gravitational forces that give planets — including Earth — their spherical shape.”

Thankfully, Mad Mike didn’t die. He was a little banged up, but he’s got plans for another launch, the goal of which is to reach 68 miles into the atmosphere, hopefully proving his point. Nevermind surviving those conditions because he claims not to believe in science, but proceeds to use words like aerodynamics, fluid dynamics, and how things move through the air (otherwise known as physics).

All in all, Mike is going to be alright, but he’s definitely taking a break before doing it again: “Am I glad I did it? Yeah. I guess. I’ll feel it in the morning. I won’t be able to get out of bed. At least I can go home and have dinner and see my cats tonight.”

Enjoy it, Mike. Don’t let the doubters dull your shine and keep reaching for the stars.

Got a Global Message to Share, Your World Stage May Be at the 2019 World Forum in Macao, China

*If you are a speaker ready to spread your message on the world stage, this may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

The World Forum Foundation is an organization with a mission that focuses on early childhood issues. Since 1998, they have worked with both professionals and volunteers to improve the life chances of children all around the world.

With the topics below in mind, they are seeking 240 presenters and moderators from around the globe for the 2019  World Forum in Macao, China.

Stateless children
Organizational culture
Connecting children to nature
Men in child care
Indigenous education
Children’s rights

Does this sound like you? 

According to The World Forum Foundation website…

You are invited to submit a proposal to present on a panel, moderate a panel, or provide a performance at a plenary. To apply for consideration, please complete the Program Participant Application by July 1, 2018.  Decisions will be announced by September 1, 2018.  Presenters selected will be organized into panels on specific topics.  Each panel will be convened in a Zoom call to plan the session.  Sessions will last 90 minutes and will include time for each presenter to share points agreed upon in the Zoom call and allow time for discussion.

Program participants must support their own attendance ? pay for their own transportation, lodging and registration fee.  Individuals from communities with limited financial resources are invited to apply for financial support through the World Forum Fellowship Fund by filling out a Fellowship Fund Application by July 1, 2018.

Interested parties should visit the website to fill out your application here.


Church Locates Fired Outback Waitress, Gives Her Hefty Tip

Tamlynn Yoder

*Well lookie here. Christ Fellowship Church said they were looking for the Outback restaurant server who was fired after posting her frustration about not being tipped by the church for a $735 order on Facebook.

Apparently, the church has found her and made good on their word.

Though Tamlynn Yoder remains tight-lipped on exactly how much money she has received, the former Outback server who we recently reported stating how she had missed out on other tips because she spent half the day preparing the $735 take-out order for 25 Christ Fellowship members,  is now happy.

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New Year’s Resolutions, We Have to Love Ourselves ‘Enough’ to Stick With ‘Em

*No preaching. Just real talk with solutions that I hope will help us all win. If you’re anything like me, your New Year vision starts off with a lot of determination. I’m going to take charge! Become healthier! Work smarter! Give more! Be better! Blah. Blah. Blah.

Thing is, after the first three months of the new year, here I go, backslidin’….AGAIN! Losing steam. Asking myself, ‘what did I say I was gonna do?’

I don’t know about you, but this is a look I’m sick of. There’s got to be a better way. I don’t want something bad to happen that will force me to do better. Why can’t I do better before something happens? Don’t I love myself? Don’t I love my family? Don’t I love life?

YES I DO!!!!

But apparently, not ENOUGH. I’ve obviously got to love these things MORE.

I decided to explore some of the reasons we lose steam so quickly. As someone who started out as a psychology major, and went on to teach communications based on behaviors; someone who comes in contact with a lot of personalities and behaviors every single day! I’d better get back to basics to better understand my own self.

Hopefully, with this understanding, and the knowledge that I’m not alone, THIS year, making those resolutions and fulfilling them, will be a game changer!

After all, when we know better we do better right?

Why we lose steam so quickly with our New Year’s Resolutions

It has been reported that nearly half of us make New Years resolutions, but on 8 percent of us actually stick with them. Here’s a few reason why. Continue reading

Want to Answer a Kids Letter to Santa?…The USPS Needs You!

*I always wondered what happens to all those letters children send to Santa around Christmas time each year? As a parent, I always answered my daughter’s letters to Kris Kringle. And ate half of the cookies and drank the milk she so diligently left on a table by the tree. I can’t be the only goofy adult out there that likes doing this kind of stuff. So if you’re goofy too, the United States Post Office needs you pronto. Santa needs help answering all those letters from children…or maybe you can just help the families and buy the kids a gift.

This year, due to the catastrophic events that took place in  Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, special focus will be on the families in these areas.

Operation Santa has been in effect for the past 105 years, isn’t that amazing? The program lets individuals “adopt” a letter written to Santa and respond.

Of course this is done on a volunteer basis.

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Viola Davis, Actor & Activist, to Be Honored By ‘Just Like My Child’ Foundation

She embodies for all women, but especially for women of color, the high-wire rewards of hard work and a dream, risk and faith.” -Meryl Streep
*The groundbreaking actor and activist Viola Davis will be honored with the Just Like My Child Foundation’s ‘2017 Global Humanitarian Award’ on November 11, 2017.
Davis is being recognized for her dedication to the education and empowerment of vulnerable youth.

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