“Enjoy the good times, and walk away from the bumps. That’s it. Even failures can turn into something positive if you just keep going.”
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The Hollywood pioneer who said laughter was his "first priority" died at 98. The legendary writer, director, producer, & actor was known for his various comedic roles & creations, including The Dick Van Dyke Show & The Ocean's 11 series. Read more on who helped him live his "best life."
“You can no more teach what you haven’t learned than you can come back from where you haven’t been.”
- Harper was the final woman to take on the role of “Aunt Jemima” for promotional appearances.
- Born in Alabama, Harper became an orphan at the age of 9 and graduated from college at 17.
- She became a teacher before moving to NYC, appearing on Broadway.
- She later became a leader in her NJ community, volunteering and reportedly becoming the first black history teacher in the county.
Quaker Oats announced Wednesday it will remove the name & image of Aunt Jemima from its products: "We recognize Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype." The Aunt Jemima brand has existed for 130 years. Uncle Ben's & Land o' Lakes also announced changes to their branding for similar reasons.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
June 12, 1929, Anne Frank is born. 13 years later, in 1942, during the rise of Nazi Germany, she receives her famous diary. A month later, her family would go into hiding at a secret annex built on site of their business in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis. Read more on our source page.
“We lead with heart.”
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, a 28+ year law enforcement veteran, mother and one of the few black female police chiefs in America. Police arrested 300+ people during civil unrest this weekend in Phoenix, America's 5th largest city. Protests continued Mon-Tues. with no arrests. Read more of her interview:
“Everybody can look up and say, ‘Look, the future is so much brighter than the present.'”
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the all-American launch of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft - the first time in American history NASA launched American astronauts on a commercially built American spacecraft from American soil. Watch and read more on our source page.
“I think the question of faith here is what is God going to use out of this pandemic, out of this virus, out of these uncertain times, to allow us to see Him more clearly, to see ourselves more clearly, and to see our neighbors more clearly.”
Pastor Patrick Thompson recovered recently from COVID-19 and during his illness help create a relief effort in Queens, the hardest hit area of New York City, to feed the hungry. $5 provides a meal for those in need AND helps keep restaurants open and workers employed. You can join him in his efforts. Click source page for more.
“…crises can teach you a lot about your capabilities.”
Writer Ham shares lessons learned navigating an unexpected crisis: the death of her husband while pregnant with her second child. A must read article for anyone who needs actionable perspective during this pandemic: "Write your story, start small, get a tiny bit better every day, and give yourself a break."
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”
The Queen during a special address on COVID-19, only her fourth address as Queen during a time of crisis. She addressed the nation similarly after the passing of her mother in 2002, after the death of Princess Diana in 1997, and during the first Gulf War in 1991. Her broadcast came hours before the UK Prime Minister was moved to intensive care as he battles COVID-19.
“To abandon ship during the greatest public health crisis of our lifetimes is inconceivable to me. A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
Fmr. NASA astronaut Dr. Fisher went to work in a Texas emergency room today, sharing he was "more concerned" about heading into the hospital than he was launching into space because of COVID-19; Fisher is 74-yrs-old with preexisting conditions. Before COVID-19, the CDC est. 139M ER visits per year in America.
“…keep the faith, don’t be too scared, it’s gonna be alright, God loves us.”
The 74-year-old icon offered this advice amid the coronavirus outbreak. 'Goodnight With Dolly', a new video series where she'll read bedtime stories launches Thursday 7 p.m. EST for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library YouTube channel. Her literacy non-profit has has donated more than 100M+ books!
“We fall down and we get back up. That’s the sign of champions.”
West on perseverance to Wall Street Journal Magazine. West donated what's described as a "generous" amount of money to organizations in L.A. & Chicago that deliver & serve meals to communities in need amid the coronavirus pandemic. One charity said of the donation "...in an instance today, our world was changed."
“Love wins – always, and it will win again through this virus.“
The two-term governor promised to work to protect the most vulnerable in his state, the current national hot spot for a COVID-19 outbreak. As of Tuesday, NY reported 25,000+ cases (including nearly 15k in NYC) - that's about 50% of the current total U.S. cases.