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The Last Straw?

Straws kill.You probably read that sentence and thought, “How hard would you have to stab someone with a straw to kill them?” Well, the answer is pretty hard. But that’s not what I’m talking about.No, the problem is we’re using over 500 million plastic straws a day in America! Five. Hundred. Million. And our waste management…

4 Year-Old Superhero Has Power to Feed the Homeless.

Normally when sharing a video, I like to write a description of what you’re about to see. This week, the video’s title speaks for itself: “4 year-old superhero has the power to feed the homeless.” If you’re having trouble remaining optimistic in these times, spend three minutes watching the story of Austin Perrine below. The future…

Shaquem Griffin.

This past weekend the NFL held it’s annual draft and hundreds of young men saw their life’s dream become a reality. Many of these athletes have overcome tremendous obstacles with dedication and perseverance and none more so than now-Seattle Seahawk Shaquem Griffin. Griffin is like many of the remarkable athletes in the NFL. He runs…

A Short Post on the Importance of Soil

I never imagined soil could be exhausted. But we’ve overrun, overgrown and exhausted everything else on the planet. Why not our soil too? In a recent Financial Times piece called Why Brexit Could Boost British Farming, landscape designer Kim Wilkie brilliantly wrote: “The secret is in the soil. Think of soil as a biological community of living organisms rather…

Dogs Deserve Better. (4/13/16)

By now, you’ve heard the story. A flight attendant for United Airlines insisted on putting a 10-month old bulldog in the overhead bin on a flight from Houston to Laguardia. The dog tragically passed away. The family of the puppy mourned. The airline…apologized. I was incensed and still am. How can a human being act so…

Already Missing Stephen Hawking (4/6/18)

I was once on an 11-hour flight next to the world’s most boring human being. This was one of those guys who thought every banal detail of his job was fascinating. He thought his spreadsheets were poetry. Spoiler alert: they weren’t. When I landed I called my daughter from the airport and said, “Just one of…

The Gubbio Project (3/23/18)

Social media – like everything else – has its positives and negatives. But one of the most striking positives has been the inspirational material shared with us through our foundation’s Twitter handle, @InTheAreena.  The following story is a terrific example. From a website called sunny skyz: “The Gubbio Project was co-founded in 2004 by community activists…

Even the Trees are Exhausted (3/16/18)

I’ve always been fascinated by trees. The variations. The colors. Apples falling to the ground. Warm summer days in the shade below. If one is looking for beauty on this planet, look no further than our majestic trees. They’re everywhere. A recent Yale University study estimated there are over three trillion trees on earth. (How this…

“Mad as Hell” Doesn’t Work. Action, Encouragement Do. (3/9/18)

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore.” Peter Finch. Network. Sounds good. Sounds powerful. Sounds like a rallying cry. But Paddy Chayefsky wrote those words in 1976. Forty-two years later it’s clear we never got mad enough. And now the world has never been crazier. There’s no leadership anywhere. The people in power want to…

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