“There is a wisdom to wrong notes”

The writer here returns to the piano at the age of 50 — and finds some valuable life lessons in the keyboard: Many a man or woman upon reaching a certain age will splurge on a Ferrari, trade in city life for a new start as a country squire or wed a trophy spouse. My [Read More...]

Come Holy Ghost: Class receives Sacrament of Confirmation in hospital with leukemia patient

A Texas reader sent this my way, describing it as “awesome” — and she’s right. Read on:  Alexis Enriquez was sitting in a hospital room at Cook Children’s Medical Center May 14 when doctors delivered some disappointing news. The 15-year-old high school freshman, undergoing treatment for a third bout of leukemia, was scheduled for a [Read More...]

“Honesty Shouldn’t Go Unrewarded”

That’s the theme behind this delightful ad campaign from a credit card company in Australia. They placed a pair of sunglasses just outside the entrance to a shopping mall.  Watch what happens when some honest souls take them to the Lost and Found. [Read more...]

From helmets to hardhats: the war veterans who are building the new World Trade Center in New York

This is inspiring, moving and just great. [Read more...]

“Fake it until you make it”: a great lesson in optimism

If anybody needs a primer in the power of positive thinking, look no further than Jane Brody’s recent column in the New York Times, which told the story of a World War II vet named William Richmond: My recent column on optimism drew hundreds of comments from readers who testified to the value of living [Read More...]

My favorite rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”

From 2007.  Place: Fenway Park, Boston.  Singer: Peter Rometti.  He has autism and was selected to sing the national anthem as part of Disability Awareness Night.  The crowd was clearly rooting for him as much as it was the Red Sox.  Watch.  Is this a great country, or what? [Read more...]

Teenage couple with Down Syndrome voted prom king and queen

How great is that? It happened on Long Island. Click the video below. View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com. [Read more...]

Where the hell is Matt? Still dancing — and with even more reason to be on his toes

Remember this great video from a few years ago?  The tireless globetrotting dancer is still at it.  Stay with it to the end for a lovely surprise. [Read more...]

“That’s awesome”

Those two words may just win the award for Most Understated Comment of the Year, as a young man and his wife learn whether the treatment to battle his lymphoma is working. As the filmmaker who put this clip on YouTube explained: My friend, Jake Bouma, meets with his oncologist on June 22, 2012, after [Read More...]

Wallenda credits his faith for his historic walk above Niagara Falls

Those who saw this last night couldn’t help but be awed — and slightly terrified — at what was unfolding.  But in interviews after, a cheerful Nik Wallenda gave full credit to God and prayer for this astounding feat.  It’s something he’s spoken about candidly in the past: Wallenda told reporters it took “a lot of [Read More...]


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