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250 people pay it forward at a Florida McDonald’s
December 13th, 2015 under Admirable People, Fast Food. [ Comments: none ]

This year, people have been paying it forward by paying for the customer behind them. While most links go to maybe 5 people at the most, a McDonald’s in Florida went all the way up to 250 people. That is right, two hundred and fifty.
According to Bay News 9, Torie Keene told Marisabel Figueroa that she wanted to pay for the meal for the person behind her on line at the drive-thru. She only had one request, that the manager say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays. The person behind Keene was so shocked and thrilled about what the person in front of them did that they did the same thing. This kept going and going until Figueroa got the 205th car. That’s when Figueroa said the speechless woman was like, “‘What do I do?’ And I said, ‘You just have a Merry Christmas,’ and she went off, and it stopped right there.”
Still this is very impressive. I hope for more stories in the news like this one because we need to hear more happy stories that restore our faith in humanity airing during our newscasters. I am sick of all the death and destruction they keep reporting about over and over again. Who’s with me?


Tis the season to give, how will people react to the kindness of a stranger?
December 1st, 2015 under Admirable People. [ Comments: none ]

Almost a year ago, Josh Paler Lin warmed every ones hearts when he handed a homeless man a hundred dollars to see what he would do with the money. That man took the cash, went into a liquor store and surprised us all when he bought $100 worth of food and started handing it out to other homeless people.
Since then, Paler has continued to do good for strangers. Recently, he filmed himself doing nice things for people on the street to see how they would react to the kindness of a stranger. Some of the things he did was pay for the meals of the people behind him at a drive-thru, gave hot coffee to strangers, handed a rose to women and filled the gas tanks of people he didn’t even know. Then when he was done for the day, he saw a tent city of homeless people. Instead of going home, he went to McDonald’s, bought a bunch of hamburgers and handed them out to them.
We know that doing a good thing for someone we don’t know feels really good, turns out you get the same reaction watching people do it too.
Christmas is a time of giving and this video reminds us to give to those who need it. This year has been filled with so much hate, let’s remind each other that there is still a lot love out there. Find a way to make someone happy with the littlest gesture, I promise you it will be worth more than any expensive gift you will give to a loved one.
Last week, when I was driving to do an errand, I saw a broken down car. I know, I shouldn’t stop, but it was the day before Thanksgiving, how could I not offer some assistance. Eventually the tow truck came and took them away, and I was left with the great feeling that I just did something nice and they were left with the feeling that someone did something nice for them. I liked that feeling and will continue to do mitvah’s this holiday season, will you join me on this quest?
BTW don’t tell anyone I said this, it will ruin my reputation.


Pauley Perrette was attacked by a homeless man
November 13th, 2015 under Admirable People. [ Comments: none ]

Pauley Perrette is one of the kindest actors in Hollywood. She truly cares what happens to everyone and tries to do good and to help everyone out. So it makes what happened to the NCIS star yesterday even more horrifying. While walking to one her guest houses in Hollywood, she was brutally attacked by a homeless man. She feared for her life, but she used her wit and quick thinking to save herself. When he let her go, she ran and called for help. One of those people was a cop from her Church, and she gave him a nearly perfect sketch of the man who attacked her. The sketch was so good, they were able to capture him immediately. Getting him off the streets and hopefully getting him the help he needs.
When it comes to Pauley, her bravery and quick thinking should be commended. It is hard to know what to do that in that situation, but she did the right things and that is why she able to tell her story for people to learn what to do in a situation like hers.
About a year ago, I too was attacked by homeless man a few miles from where was attacked. I crossed the street to get away from him, locked myself in the gas station’s store and called the police. I filed a report, hoping to get him captured and get him the help he needed. After weeks of trying to find him. We never did. I wish I tried harder because he looks like the man who attacked Perrette and I pray it wasn’t the same guy. I didn’t file the report to protect myself, but to stop him from attacking others. I feel like I failed. I am sorry Pauley.
And we as a society are failing, we need to help these people and not throw them away with the trash. With meds, they might be able to live a normal life. We need to do more to help the mentally ill, so they don’t attack others.
I can tell you there are ramifications for the victims. I am still affected by it to this day, a year and a half later. I am still nervous to walk and even drive near where it happened, and it’s a few blocks from where I live. When I saw the photo of the man who attacked Perrette on Entertainment Tonight, I went numb and cried. There is nothing he can do to me, but it doesn’t mean I still can’t get scared. I hope no else ever goes through this. We should all feel safe where we live. Is that too much to ask for?


The beautiful reason why Nashville’s Claire Bowen cut off her hair
November 12th, 2015 under Admirable People. [ Comments: none ]

Yesterday, Nashville viewers were shocked when Scarlett walked in and her long blonde locks were gone. Claire Bowen explained why she got the drastic haircut on Facebook and it was for an admirable reason.

Wanna know why I cut it all off?
When I was four years old, I asked my mother; “Are there heaters in Heaven?”
I had just been diagnosed with end stage nephroblastoma, after several visits to a GP who denied anything was wrong and dubbed my parents “paranoid.” I’d overheard the doctors telling my family that the only hope of saving me, was an experimental treatment that might kill me anyway. But without it I had maybe two weeks left. The hospital was cold. I’d never felt air conditioning before.
Life in the White Palace (Granddad’s nickname for hospital) meant I got to grow up surrounded by children just like me. We were mostly bald, all tubed, taped, bandaged up and stitched back together. We were all missing parts, some obvious like eyes or legs, others more hidden, like lungs and kidneys. Those who still could, tip-toed around like little fairies because chemotherapy had destroyed the muscles in our legs and it hurt to put our heels on the floor. But we were all together, so no one’s appearance came into question. No one got laughed at or teased. We were all we knew.
And then I got really lucky. I survived, my hair grew back and I got strong again. I look relatively normal on the outside, but on the inside, I am still the same stitched back together little creature, in a world where people are judged so harshly for the way they look. It has always been completely incomprehensible to me. How can people think there’s time for that?
I was really inspired when I heard a story about a little girl who said she couldn’t be a princess because she didn’t have long hair, and I wanted her, and others like her to know that’s not what makes a princess, or a warrior, or a superhero. It’s not what makes you beautiful either. It’s your insides that count… even if you happen to be missing half of them.
Every scar tells a story, every baldhead, every dark circle, every prosthetic limb, and every reflection in a mirror that you might not recognize anymore. Look deeper than skin, hair, nails, and lips. You are who you are in your bones. That is where you have the potential to shine the brightest from. It is where your true beautiful self lives.
Thank you ABC network and particularly our creator, Callie Khouri for letting me change Scarlett’s hair, and my team, family and friends for helping me make the decision. If it makes even one person think twice about judging another, then in some small way, the world is better.
Self-esteem takes a lot longer to grow back than hair.

Bowen was beautiful with the long hair, but she is even more gorgeous without it.
If one little girl’s life is changed because of what she did, then that is a great start. But I think lots and lots of little girls will read or hear why she did it and they will be inspired. They will know you don’t have to have long hair to be a Princess, you just have to be happy with who you are. That is your most beautiful feature and don’t let anyone tell you differently.


Santa Claus was elected to North Pole, Alaska’s City Council!
October 15th, 2015 under Admirable People. [ Comments: none ]

There is a city in Alaska called North Pole and now there is a man on the city council named Santa Claus. If that doesn’t give you hope, I don’t know what does.
Back in 2005, child advocate and monk Thomas Patrick O’Connor, changed his name to Santa Claus. Since then he ran for President of the United States twice and this year he ran for City Council. As we know he never became President, but he did get elected to the City Council.
Too bad he isn’t running for President this year because we need someone like him to run against the people who currently trying for the top office of the country. He’d have my vote, would he have yours?


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