“I don’t help yellow teeth”

It was only one of a few striking comments made on twitter about Homeless people. The video showcases the opposite of the kind of attitude towards humanity I want to post about but the end result is the same because the video, originally posted by Raising the Roof Canada, is trying to change the conversation about Homelessness which is something I can totally get on board with.

If you’re interested in learning how you can help the homeless1, check out JustGive.org’s tips.

Footnotes:
  1. because giving them spare change isn’t going to end homelessness[]

Feels for Deedee

Okay, so it was done by a bank who filmed and produced this video for publicity but I still cried when I watched the video. Many of us have had to go through a tough loss1, and it would be so easy to want to give up and let it all go to waste. It takes a lot of courage to pick yourself up, and to want to be an example for other people. She may not have been doing anything remarkable, in the grand scheme of things, but I totally think she deserves this kind of joy. Let’s face it, we all do.

Originally found over on Pay It Forward, watch Deedee from New Hampshire get all that she deserves2:

What have you done for someone else lately?

Footnotes:
  1. in one way or another[]
  2. and so much more![]

Missing Person: Found

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We see these postings far too often; some young thing goes missing, their loved ones are devastated and we all fear the worst. And also too often, the news reports the worst outcomes: the body of that missing person we just heard about was found1 but sometimes the authorities find the missing person safe2.

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I know the bad outcomes outnumber the good, and I’m not trying to pretend that the bad outcomes don’t exist. I just don’t want to forget about the good times. I want to maintain my faith in humanity.

Have a great day!

Footnotes:
  1. case in point: three year old Elijah Marsh[]
  2. perhaps not sound, but at least they are safe[]

Four years ago

The other day, a friend of mine who takes amazing photographs, Chris Luckhardt posted something on his Instagram account that got me thinking about the horrible earthquake that devastated Japan. His post:

Chris Luckhardt (@chrisluckhardt) • Instagram photos and videos

Since you can’t read the full description that Chris wrote in the screen cap, Chris said:

“4 years ago, a devastating 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the coast of Japan and caused catastrophic damage across a wide region. 

#JapanQuakeTO was a charity fundraiser held in Toronto to support Japan and the relief efforts. The ad hoc event raised almost $10,000 for the Canadian Red Cross. I was the event photographer and ran a photo booth. 

A recent report confirmed 15,891 deaths, 6,152 injured, and 2,584 people missing across twenty prefectures, as well as 228,863 people living away from their home in either temporary housing or due to permanent relocation. 127,290 buildings totally collapsed, with a further 272,788 buildings ‘half collapsed’, and another 747,989 buildings partially damaged. 

On a personal note, my first trip to Japan occurred 8 months later (a 5 days whirlwind trip to explore Hashima Island) and I immediately fell in love with the country. I’ve returned 6 more times, lived in Kawasaki for 2 months, and have become friends with a few people directly affected by the tragedy. 

Stay strong Japan and I’ll see you again soon.”

It reminded me of something I read about and watched around the same time the earthquake hit; a story that still helps to remind me that there are great people in this world. While it wasn’t about the same natural disaster, it still reminded me of the same kind of people like those who organized, rallied, and supported #JapanQuakeTO. I’m glad I saved it somewhere so I can share it with you now:

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Please click through to BBC News to watch the video of Mr. Yamada talk about why he wanted to replace younger men and women to clean up the sites contaminated with radiation; because the internet-produced photo above really does not do him justice and I can’t embed any of the photos I found of him speaking on my blog.

Disclaimer: I’m so done reading about all-the-horrible-things so from now on, I hope to write about the things that either restore my faith in humanity or make me smile and love life1. Not that I really need to explain myself to anyone.

What’s your favourite story that restored your faith in humanity?

Footnotes:
  1. whether it is relevant to right now or not[]