You’ll remember Kira Brown-Augdal aka Kira Fierce, we hope. No longer with us, but forever in our hearts and our memories. Lost to DIPG, a devastating childhood cancer, a beautiful life cut short in November, 2017. Gone, but never forgotten; a figurehead; a thread; a light still shining. That light celebrated right here in Rhode... Continue Reading →
For kids, against DIPG; feel that connection
Luke Stewart. Julianna Sayler. Parker Monhollon. Ronil Mehta. Kaleigh Lau. Zoé Donneaud. Camron Cozzi. Hunter Jones. Alan Vasquez. Andrea Ottaviani. Annabelle Nguyen. Kira Brown-Augdal. These are all names that, we suspect, mean nothing to you. You don't know these people. You've never met them. Never crossed paths. Never seen their faces. Never heard their stories. Does this mean that no connection exists?... Continue Reading →
Connected to Kira, always
We'd like to tell you a story. It's a tale both touching and tragic. Emotional, yet inspiring. It's about a girl named Kira. It's about a connection. It's about an invisible thread that has its roots in Norway. It runs right through our backyard, here in Rhode Island and continues to Mexico, touching countless lives... Continue Reading →
We all have it in us to touch the lives of others . . .
Imagine, for a moment, you're a farmer . . . The planting, the ploughing and the picking. Your body. The machines. The days that are hot and the days that are not. The bending down. The lifting up. The carrying around. The intense physical exertion. The mornings and the afternoons spent toiling in the fields.... Continue Reading →
‘If everyone does a little more for those less fortunate, we’ll have a better society . . .’
Kindness is no more . . . You could be forgiven for thinking this and the images from Europe - the refugees, the tear gas, the barbed wire, the suffering - might seem to support such a view. You'd be mistaken, however. It isn't the case. Kindness survives. It persists. It endures . . .... Continue Reading →
‘Everything exists together in a delicate balance . . .’
Like many, we've spent recent days thinking hard about Cecil the lion, Walter the dentist and the events in Zimbabwe that led the former to lose his life for nothing more than the latter's sport. Like many, we find the episode senseless, beyond understanding and inhumane. Our trademark saying, we are all connected, refers not just to humankind... Continue Reading →
‘Walk in somebody else’s shoes, see through their eyes . . .’
Terror in Tunisia. In South Carolina, carnage. Isis' influence all around us, the threat level as high as it has ever been. Life on Earth isn't always a picnic. For all the pleasure, there is also pain. Hatred. Intolerance. Disaffection. Spite. The easiest thing, perhaps, would be to give up on people, to lose heart... Continue Reading →
The cool thing about kindness? It feels REALLY good!
You don't need to be big to make an impact on this world . . . You don't need special qualifications. You don't need to be rich. You don't need to make extravagant or grand gestures. You don't even need to be a grown up. Take Alex McKelvey, for instance. She possesses the one thing that... Continue Reading →
You can make a difference. You can move mountains.
The people said that it couldn't be done. His critics called him crazy . . . Yet Dashrath Manjhi could not be deterred. Dashrath Manjhi refused to be beaten. For more than TWO DECADES, using nothing but a hammer, chisel and, at times, his bare hands, Dashrath Manjhi chipped away at the 300-foot mountain that stood... Continue Reading →
Take a whole lot of butterflies and get them to flap their wings!
Kindness. You just need to give a little. It goes an awful long way . . . Chris Rosati has proved as much in recent times, his small deed spreading from North Carolina to Sierra Leone. It's an act he says proves the Butterfly Effect is rather more than a whimsical notion. Kind actions performed... Continue Reading →