This week Amazing Stories brings you grace, beauty, airships, passion, creative healing and communion with nature.
To me, Keshia Thomas was and is an everyday hero. She walks the talk of kindness and compassion. She made headlines as a teenager, during a KKK rally in Ann Arbor Michigan. Things started to get out of hand with the anti-KKK crowd chasing a white man, believed to be a KKK member, with threats to beat him. She knew that wasn’t right and stepped in to protect him, throwing herself over him to shield him from the crowd. She later explained, “violence is violence, nobody deserves to be hurt, especially for an idea.” Keshia continues to practice small acts of kindness, believing they help break down racial stereotypes and add up to a good life. I totally agree!
Britain has just unveiled what would be the biggest cargo transport aircraft. Called, the Airlander, this giant balloon-like craft can not only hold large amounts of cargo, but land almost anywhere without the need for landing infrastructure. I don’t really understand how it flies, but it’s like a giant hot air balloon using helium instead of volatile hydrogen like the flammable airships of the 1930s. It seems like an interesting vessel that British designers hope to sell for use in disaster relief, mining and surveillance.
Pattern language is a design approach that uses patterns to soothe and solve problems. Notice the use of natural light, natural building materials, windows looking out into a soothing view, etc. Check out this cool cob home. I’d love to live in a home like this. How about you?
Superheroes to the Rescue
This Brazilian hospital, Camargo Cancer Center, has a creative approach to treating the children in the cancer center. They teamed up with an ad agency to create a Superhero theme with custom comic books showing superheroes also fighting cancer with superformulas and superfriends. The idea is to help make the process more friendly, relatable and inspiring for the children using the superheroes. The superheroes have to fight the cancer with ordinary means just like the kids. Seems like a helpful and creative approach. What do you think?
Soulful music video as tribute to communing with nature.
Passion for Purpose
Adam Braun’s transformation started with traveling, finding himself and ultimately his passion for helping kids. The turning point was when he asked a young boy what he most wanted, and the boy said a pencil. Adam realized that so many of these children were limited by lack of access to education. From this simple idea and wanting to build a school, Pencils of Promise has grown to become a thriving social change organization. They’ve built over 200 schools with their inspiring approach based on passion, accountability and partnership. Read more about their inspiring story.
Watch this beautiful time lapse video from Yosemite, one of my favorite National Parks.