These are the type of bed time stories i’ll read to my children
Homeless man’s honesty over lost engagement ring earns him £100K in donations.
Billy Ray Harris discovered the platinum and diamond band about an hour after Sarah Darling dropped some spare change into his cup.
She had taken off her ring earlier due to a small rash and put it in her purse, before pulling it out with the coins.
Realising her mistake the next day, Sarah frantically dashed back to Billy’s spot and told him that she might have given him something valuable.
“Was it a ring?” Billy recalled asking her. “And she says, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, ‘Well, I have it.’ “
Sarah thanked him and handed the beggar, who had been living under a bridge, all the cash she had in her wallet.
But soon afterwards, Sarah’s grateful fiancé set up a website to raise donations for Billy after his selfless deed earlier this month.
By this morning, more than 6,400 people had donated more than $152,000 (over £100,000) to the pot.
Sarah, from Kansas City, said: “It seemed like a miracle. I thought for sure there was no way I would get it back.
“I think in our world we often jump to like the worst conclusion, and it just makes you realise that there are good people out there.”
When asked why he gave back the ring, Billy – who now has enough money for a three-bedroom house in Kansas City – put it down to his religious upbringing.
He said: “My grandfather was a reverend. He raised me from the time I was six months old and thank the good Lord, it’s a blessing, but I do still have some character.”
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
Cluster-Balloonist Launched A House Into The Sky, Like The Disney Movie UP
A cluster-balloonist who became the first person to fly the English Channel has launched a house into the sky just like in the Disney movie ‘Up’. Intrepid Jonathan Trappe, 38, took off just like the 78-year-old character Carl Frederickson in the hit movie. Trappe, from Raleigh, North Carolina, stepped into the cartoon themed home before soaring above the Leon International Balloon festival in Mexico yesterday. He will fly at between 18,000ft and 25,000ft, beating his previous world altitude record of 21,600ft, and must fly uninterrupted a distance ten times longer than his previous world record of 230 miles in order to succeed.
‘It’s about living an interesting life - for me as the pilot and those watching,’ said Trappe. ’So, one day we can look back and say: ‘Humankind were able to pull this off. They did it.’
I’m asking you all to take a minute out of your time to sign an important petition to allow the Benhmuda family a safe return to Canada. When a child’s future is on hold or in jeopardy because of things out of his/her control, my heart aches & i’m sure yours does to, so please sign the petition below.
The Benhmuda family came to Canada in 2000 as refugees escaping Libya. Adel’s brother was involved with anti-Gaddafi rebels and Adel had been beaten and interrogated by police repeatedly about his brother’s whereabouts. They fled with their two small children to the safety of Canada to start a new life. In 2008, their refugee claim was denied when the Canadian immigration officer decided that Adel himself was not in danger, despite the fact that there was a warrant for his arrest in Libya. The family was deported back into the hands of the Libyan Security Service, who promptly detained and tortured Adel. The family were finally able to escape after many struggles and ended up in Malta where they claimed asylum. Since then, with the support of Canadian friends and associates like myself, we have been trying to rectify this injustice and have them come back to Canada. Canada is all the four Benhmuda children know. Adam and Omar, the two youngest sons, were born in Canada in the 8 years the family had started to rebuild their life here.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has formally asked Canada to accept the family back, and the Immigration Minister himself stood up in the House of Commons and promised that they would be given every humanitarian consideration. Yet, again their story took another harrowing turn when a Canadian Visa officer denied them again.
A Federal Court Judge has now thrown out that decision, ruling that their case was handled in a prejudicial and biased manner.
Please sign my petition to bring Adam and Omar, their two brothers and their parents back home to Canada without delay, on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and in light of the best interests of the children.
It’s never ending…just like reading
New York Public Library
Aside from the library’s beautiful interior design and architecture, the staff is even more amazing.
I think my heart just stopped
Paulo Coelho’s Blog on SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
The Older Sister’s Question
When her brother was born, Sa-chi Gabriel begged her parents to leave her alone with the baby.
They refused, fearing that, as with many four-year-olds, she was jealous and wanted to mistreat him.
But Sa-chi showed no signs of jealousy.
And since she was always extremely affectionate towards her little brother, her parents decided to carry out an experiment.
They left Sa-chi alone with their new-born baby, but kept the bedroom door ajar so that they could watch what she did.
Delighted to have her wish granted, little Sa-chi tiptoed over to the cradle, leaned over the baby and said:
“Little brother, tell me what God is like. I’m beginning to forget.”