“So I see glory that God prevailed. You know, it was a dark, dark day. But God shined his light, and life grew.”
- Gunny Macias was shot 5 times, & survived one of America’s deadliest mass shootings at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas in Nov. 2017.
- 26 died; 20 others injured.
- The church reopened in a new location this Sunday, next to the church building where the shooting took place that now serves as a memorial.
The former church bell hangs in what's now the tallest building in Sutherland Springs; the new church's bell tower. Members say their new church shows evil did not win, but as one survivor says: "God is alive and well." Listen to the survivors on our source page.
“When our children are strong, our families are stronger. And when our families are strong, our communities are stronger.”
Chobani founder & CEO on why the company paid nearly $50,000 of a $77,000 debt owed by parents for school lunches in a Rhode Island school district. The district recently said children who owed money would get cold sandwiches instead of hot lunches.
“Have the faith and the strength and the vision to make your dreams come true.”
- On Friday, the FBI’s Knoxville Division awarded Dolly Parton’s foundation with the 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award for their work during the state’s devastating 2016 wildfires.
- Her foundation gave $10,000 to each of the 900 families impacted by the fires.
The 73-year-old icon announced last week she will launch her own fashion, accessories & home line. The history-making country singer and songwriter has sold 100M albums. She's also donated 100M books to children across America.
“We strongly believe that love is exponentially more powerful than hate.”
Rabbi Fradkin, executive director, at the San Diego synagogue where a gunman killed 1 & injured 3 others Saturday, exactly 6 months after a shooter killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the deadliest attack against the Jewish community in U.S. history.
“Look at us — everything is possible.”
Zelensky, 41, first-time politician & likely new president of Ukraine. He'll be the nation's first Jewish leader. Zelensky, a comedian, previously played a teacher who unexpectedly becomes president. He easily defeated a well-known billionaire.
“Never give up. Never Quit.”
#OTD April 10, 2012 On his third deployment to Afghanistan Staff Sargent Travis Mills was injured on patrol. He survived an IED blast but lost both arms and both legs. He is one of the few quadruple amputees of America’s recent wars. Read More.
“The lesson which life constantly repeats is to ‘look under your feet.’
You are always nearer to the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.”
Writer John Burroughs, born on April 3, 1837, followed in the path of Henry David Thoreau composing American nature essays. The former farmer & Treasury worker befriended Walt Whitman, John Muir & traveled with President Theodore Roosevelt in Yellowstone National Park.
“I made a decision when I was a little girl, when I couldn’t speak English and I was thrown into school: You can sink or you can swim. I chose to swim. It’s part of my nature. I’m a very stubborn woman.”
The Peabody Awards will recognize artist Rita Moreno this year with a lifetime achievement award, making her a PEGOT: A person awarded a Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. She's only the third person to achieve this, joining Barbra Streisand & Mike Nichols.
“I had an agreement with myself before I left. If I take off, I’m not going to come back, even if it’s crummy.”
On March 20, 1985 Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska, doing so in record time & choosing to sled directly into a storm. The Iditarod is called "The Last Great Race."
“If someone does bad to you, do good in return.”
"I lost my wife but I don't hate the killer...I have forgiven him and I am praying for him." says Farid Ahmed who serves as a senior leader at the Al Noor Mosque, where his wife lost her life in a shooting massacre during Friday prayer.
“If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play, and Z is keeping your mouth shut.”
#OTD 140 years ago Albert Einstein was born in Germany. The physicist, credited with formulating the theory of relativity and countless other contributions to science, went on to renounce his German citizenship and become both a Swiss and American citizen
“Just remember, strength and courage. If you stand on principle, you’ll never lose.”
#OTD 1993 Reno became the first female U.S. Attorney General. She's the longest-serving AG in the 20th century - overseeing cases such as the Oklahoma City bombing prosecutions. She died in 2006 due to complications from Parkinson's disease.