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People Are Amazing: Raymond Crowe, Master of Shadows

It’s not often you experience something you’ve never seen before. Or be touched deeply – so quickly and so simply. Quite amazing! Please take a couple of moments to watch the magical work of Raymond Crowe, using nothing but his talented hands, to the music of Louis Armstrong’s classic, “What a Wonderful World”. Enjoy!

People Are Amazing: Jean Sok, Unbroken Break Dancer

It amazes me how some human beings rise above their current circumstances to break through to a completely new way of being and doing. Meet Jean Sok, the boy called Hourth born in Vietnam. Not much more need to be said – this kid is an indomitable force, and an inspiration. In less than one minute he astounds everyone. Stepping out in front of a crowd takes courage; this young man takes this to an entirely new level. Enjoy!

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Free Hugs: The Poet Comes Home

The universe conspires in strange and interesting ways to make dreams and desires come true. Like this true story of Brazil’s poet Raimundo. Homeless and living in squalor for many years, he hands a poem to a woman who passes by. From that moment on, life begins to change, not only for him, but for family members who have lost track of him for over 50 years!

Take a few moments to watch this short video of Raimundo, learn about his story and discover his poetry. And be inspired by this seemingly simple, yet very profound man.

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Free Hugs: Awaken the Superhero In You!

How many of your have dreamed of being a Superhero? Of utilizing your awesome superpowers to heal the sick, assist those in need, snuff out evil and just be a general, cool all around person for truth, justice and the … global way. Well, I know I have. Still do, to some extent! :)

Check out this awesome video of how the superhero in these children is nurtured and encouraged – and feel your own powers grow! Who knows? Maybe Elvis the Eagleboy, the Whisperer or Walking Flame may save your day someday! Enjoy!

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People Are Amazing: Lindsey Stirling!

Woa! Talk about talent and energy! Playing and dancing like I’ve never seen! Check out this short video showing just how awesome Lindsey Stirling from Roundtable Rival is – Live From London! People are amazing!

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Free Hugs: Natalie’s Letter!

When Natalie wrote to the New York City Ballet to see if they might host a day for special needs children – so her daughter might experience the world of dance – she didn’t expect a response. What she received, however, was the gift of a lifetime for 19 children. Touching and inspiring, this short video shows what it was like for these children to become ballerinas for a day in New York’s Lincoln Center!

A big thank you to upworthy.com for this video. You are awesome!

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People Are Amazing: The Piano Player

Everyone has a story. I wonder what this man’s is?

In my imagination, somewhere his parents are proud of his accomplishments, recalling his lessons and how his beautiful piano playing filled their home in his youth. Of course, I have no idea if this is true. I hope it is. And I hope he finds comfort in it.

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Free Hugs: Boatlift

9/11. Unbelievable and unconscionable. An enemy attack on foreign soil, or an astounding deception of unprecedented proportions. Regardless of what you believe happened that day, heroes chose their path and summoned the courage to act. Please take a few moments to watch this clip from “Boatlift” – it may just restore your hope in a loving and caring humanity in the midst of crisis. Narrated by Tom Hanks.

Doing the right thing isn’t always this risky, but it IS always this necessary.

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