Andre Rieu Highlights Waltzing in Wheelcairs

While eating lunch on Saturday, I stumbled upon Andre Rieu’s latest PBS special, entitled “Waltzing Forever” (though internationally, it’s known as “Falling in Love in Maastricht“). Rieu has a gift for inspiring his audiences to dance in the aisles, but he also included professional ballroom dancers in this concert. To my surprise, several of the [Read More…]

Pint-Sized Prophets Who Teach Us We Are All Born to Be Healers

Dr. Chuck Dietzen grew up wanting to be St. Francis of Assisi. In a way, you could say that he achieved his goal because “where there is despair,” he brings “hope” – and “where there is darkness,” he brings “light.” At the same time, he shuns any self-praise because he believes this is something that [Read More…]

Educational TV, Beer Commercials, and ‘The Gospel According to Sesame Street’

Everybody’s heard of the TV series “Sesame Street,” but what you may not know is that Father James Keller, the founder of The Christophers, was an inspiration to Joan Ganz Cooney, who created the show. During her college years, she heard him give a talk about the need for people to get into the media, [Read More…]

One Mother is Changing the Media’s – and the World’s – Perception of Those with Disabilities

(Photo property of Katie Driscoll) As the mom of six children, including a daughter with Down syndrome, photographer Katie Driscoll noticed that she rarely saw advertisements featuring kids with disabilities. She then co-founded a campaign called “Changing the Face of Beauty.” Its purpose was to encourage advertisers to highlight more individuals with disabilities in their [Read More…]