Category Archives: Inspiration

A beautiful must-read

This essay by Dahr Jamail blew me away. It starts with a near-death experience that had me there, with him, and is a passionate, well-informed and informative description of what is happening in the frozen parts of our planet. Please … Continue reading

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What money is for

He was a banker, then retrained as a social worker, caring for the troubled children of Washington State. He was frugal to the point of extending the life of his shoes with duct tape, because he was secretly saving every … Continue reading

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True Islam is service

Despite all the hate and hype, Islam is one of the Great Religions. It incorporates Jesus’ message of universal Love. Service to others is explicitly stated within the Qur’an. There is an international organisation for Muslim young men that has … Continue reading

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Radio host saves a life

This is the kind of story that makes me OK with being a human. A deeply depressed man took a drug overdose, then phoned a radio talkback show. The host, Iain Lee, kept him talking for half an hour, directing … Continue reading

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Trees to save the world

A middle-aged Australian farmer who has spent decades in Africa has been given the Right Livelihood Award, which is an alternative Nobel Prize. He is directly responsible for reforestation over a huge area, involving 240 million trees. He is “The … Continue reading

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How to grow from a terrible act

Robert Veeder was a drunk. One day, he accidentally drove into a group of people, killing six. Please read his inspiring story of how he turned bad into good. After many years in prison, he still feels the guilt, every … Continue reading

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A beautiful essay about a brutal sport

I wanted to hug British psychiatrist, Dr Benji Waterstones, after reading his wonderful words about Tyson Fury. I don’t follow boxing, but got the history from the essay. Fury became world heavyweight boxing champion, then realised, being on the top … Continue reading

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A well-deserved award to inspiring kids

In February this year, a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida shocked the world. surviving students then led a movement, March for our Lives, against the power of the gun lobby. They have now been awarded … Continue reading

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We can defeat hate

Most news items indicate that hate is winning. People target those with slight differences like skin colour, religion, ethnicity. In my country, Australia, the government tortures people because they tried to seek asylum here via a leaky boat rather than … Continue reading

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He didn’t want charity, but received love anyway

Forty years ago, a refugee couple from Cambodia set up a donut shop in Seal Beach, California. As refugees do, they grew into the community. Now, the lady is recovering from a brain aneurysm, and her husband wants to spend … Continue reading

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