Templates for Spreading Joy!

Print, Copy, Post. 

To be put on bulletin boards, telephone poles, bus stops, trees, walls, and public places everywhere.

The four above I typed out, but got my inspiration from elsewhere. (If you’d like me to send you the files for better printing quality, just let me know!) To see the originals, in this order of take a chance, take a smile, free compliments, and you can make a difference, check out these posts from ilovelifelifelovesyouyeahtheperceivorandtheperceived, thingsandschemes, and AwakenOurWorld.

There’s also these really cool pre-made print-outs I recommend checking out of Free Positive Thoughts from onepowerfulword, and clever-cute Tiny Stories from hitRECord.

Have fun with ‘em! There’s so much you can do.


Day 20/30


Happy 93rd Birthday, Nelson Mandela! :-)


I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

- Nelson Mandela

The U.N. recognizes today, July 18, as “Nelson Mandela International Day” in honor of the South African leader’s 93rd birthday. President Obama said yesterday that Mandela exemplifies “wisdom, strength and grace,” and called him a “beacon” for those who work for “democracy, justice and reconciliation.” From the Mandela Day website, it says:

The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

—and the website shares 67 really fantastic ways for anyone to get involved and help in making a difference. Join here. Number one on the list is this:

1. Make a new friend. Get to know someone from a different cultural background. Only through mutual understanding can we rid our communities of intolerance and xenophobia.

(via thenisweartoyou)


An informative and uplifting video (which references back to my blog post from last month) put together by the GreenPeace activists in Chicago who advocated for the Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants to “QUIT COAL”.


The Independent Project, a pilot program initiated by Sam Levin, inspired by a desire and passion for LEARNING, sustained by students.

"If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders.
Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
—Antione de Saint-Exupery


"These examples paint a picture of students that are certainly a far cry from the stereotype of the next generation as self-centered kids who spend all their time texting each other…

Too frequently adults assume that students don’t have the sophistication to contribute to discussions about whether, for example, teachers should keep their jobs based on seniority, or student test scores should be used to evaluate them—or whether the start of the school year should be moved from September to August. However, it’s clear that there’s an increased student consciousness about education issues, and they want to get involved—and when they do, they have good ideas. Maybe acknowledging the role students can play as agents of change in their own school communities is a change the education reformers should make.”



"What we see in nature is that nothing goes to waste. It’s us, humans, who are the parasitic influence, the garbage makers."

Clean-up projects in Estonia, Slovenia, & San FranciscoLet’s do it world!

"Amid so much pessimism and destructiveness, there is nothing better than seeing our neighbors work to transform the reality in which we live. The changes start small, at home, in local schools and communities. But with the connecting power of the Internet and social media, soon enough the word spreads out and large-scale environmental (not just political) action becomes possible."

I’m happy to do my part in spreading the word. So far there are nineteen world teams represented in the “Let’s do it!” campaign, and San Francisco is the only representation of North America. I’m adding my hands to the daily clean-up movement.