“Knowledge is like a suitcase that I carry with me, it is a treasure.“
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96-yr-old Giuseppe Paterno recently became Italy's oldest college graduate. Paterno grew up in Sicily, served in the navy during WWII, and became a railway worker before his love of reading led him to sign up for classes at the University of Palermo in his 90s, graduating top of class (despite his age & a global pandemic).
“I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe…Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.”
Congressman Lewis wrote an essay shortly before his death for The New York Times to publish on the day of his funeral, which took place today in Atlanta: "In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way." Read More:
“Don’t be afraid to let people know what it is you want to do with your life. Don’t be hesitant. Be confident.”
A son of a Marine, Regis Philbin served in the Marines during the Korean War - he credits another Marine for giving him the push he needed to pursue show business. He started in a prop department, rising through the ranks to set the Guinness World Record for the most hours on camera. He passed away at age 88.
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic…Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
“Live your life.”
After 3 mos. battling COVID-19 Broadway performer Nick Cordero, 41, passed away. His wife, Amanda, updated & inspired many with her positive, faith-filled posts (w/their infant son Elvis) & #WakeUpNick movement of supporters singing Nick's song "Live your life." CDC: The median age for U.S. COVID-19 cases is 48.
“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.”
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."