Daily Inspiration: Ethical Rings Provide Clean Water to Developing Nations

You can now spread love in more ways that one. Do Amore is offering ethical engagement rings and bands to couples who are ready to take the next step. Couples can solidify their love with recycled metals and conflict free diamonds all while aiding in donating clean water wells to nations in need.

The founder Krish Himmatramka’s heart for giving has since benefited thousands of people in India, Ethiopia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Haiti. Proceeds from each purchase of a Do Amore ring will continue to bring hope and vitality to those who need it most.

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Daily Inspiration: Be the Difference for a Veteran

On Veteran’s Day it is time to remember those who have protected the citizens of this country. We pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to those who return from service. Many veterans need additional services when they return home.

Mental health is an issue that has finally taken precedent. It is reported that 20 veterans commit suicide each day. Veterans are now encouraged more than ever to seek out mental health services as they now being covered for all members, not just those who have been in combat.

Honor those who have kept and continued to keep our freedoms independent by offering help or referring them to someone who can. Resources are available. If you need help or know someone who does, visit or call:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affair Mental Health

Veterans Crisis Line or call 1-800-273-8255

Military One Source

 

 

 

Daily Inspiration: The Best Moments are Free

Myla and her father sing along to a popular song by Maroon 5. It’s a touching father and daughter moment that is captured by her mother.

Today’s video is a great reminder to enjoy each and every day with your loved ones.

Daily Inspiration: Be the Hero

The Holocaust was the genocide of Jewish people living throughout Europe. When the Nazis occupied Poland, all of the Jewish men, woman and children were forced to the an area designated for them, the Warsaw Ghetto.

Irena Sendler was a nurse in Poland during the Holocaust. She saw the horrors first hand and vowed to save the children from the Warsaw Ghetto. She went on to save 2500 children from famine and death. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize shortly before her death.

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Daily Inspiration: Praise to the Power Cancer Could Not Take

October is Breast Cancer awareness month. People often wear pink ribbons and shirts and ramp up their support to charitable organizations during this time.

In support of women who have lost their breasts due to the disease, designer Stella Mccartney created a double mastectomy bra. It is available for free to those in need.

Cancer is devastating to all those involved. Don’t wait for a special reminder to get checked. Keep up on your annual screenings and visit your doctor for checkups. Many cancers are treatable if detected early.

Daily Inspiration: Protect Our Girls From Sexual Assault

Sexual assault has been flooding the news outlets with murmurs about high profile figures such as Judge Kavanaugh and Bill Cosby. Sexual assault is often hard to prove and difficult to prosecute unless it is reported immediately and evidence is readily available. Often times women opt not to report due to shame, fear or the mounting possible fall out.

In this video a teenager girl delivers a powerful spoken word poem about that transition from girl to woman and the unwanted situations one can find herself in. Sexualization of girls and women has always left them vulnerable to the vices of predators. As a society, we need to do more to protect our girls.

Daily Inspiration: Labor Day

Labor Day is an American holiday created to celebrate the hard workers that keep this county moving. The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It was first proposed by The Central Labors Union and eventually became a nationwide holiday.

In today’s video, Carhartt, a retail company and Von Miller, NFL player for the Denver Broncos, gives tribute to those who do the most thankless jobs in America.

Daily Inspiration: It’s Only Crazy Until You Do It

Serena Williams is a tennis player with 23 Grand Slam titles under her belt. Since the age of three she has received many accolades and has worked tirelessly to become a household name.

In today’s video, it splices a home video of her playing tennis at s young age and her current professional career. She is being coached by her father who believed that one day she would make it to the US Open. She is playing at the US Open, again this week. If you have a dream, put in the work and make it a reality.

Daily Inspiration: Feel Your Feelings

Jenifer Lewis is an actress who started her career off in broadway. In recent years we have seen her movies and on television. She always brings her comedic wit and bright personality where ever she goes.

In today’s video she talks about feelings and how much our lives are governed by them. We all connect emotionally first and foremost. It is important to be in touch with your own feelings and the feel the feelings of others.

Unsuspecting Danger at Boarding Schools

Boarding schools have long been revered as a optimal choice for children to receive the best education. Aside from behavioral boarding schools, these schools provide quality and maintain rigorous education standards. Students stay at these schools for extended periods of time and it does come at a hefty price tag. According to College Bound Network , the average boarding school in the United States is roughly $38,350 per year. Elite boarding schools can average upwards of $60,000 per yer.

These exclusive prep schools are designed to rear students for success and sustain their legendary status through their reputation. The benefits of attending some of these institutions include a lifetime of benefits: preferred college acceptance and an invaluable network, are just a few. While these schools surpass expectations of quality education and instilling structure, some students have a different experience.

Private institutions have the benefit of being just that—private. These schools handle matters in house, with little outside regulation or authority, whereas public schools are largely governed by outside forces. In recent years, many abuse stories have come to light regarding faculty and other students.

St. George’s School in Rhode Island is a noteworthy case of sex abuse, after 40 students came forward reporting that they had been assaulted by staff in the 1970’s and ’80s. Many other boarding schools have been the center of sex abuse allegations, that highlight potential dangers of this environment.

Students that are sent away to these boarding school have limited contact with parents and are under the constant supervision of strangers. It is often perceived that they are in good hands. Many parents rely on the integrity of the school’s reputation or their legacy status when deciding whether or not to send their child to a specific institution. The problem in this, is that these children are in fact, defensless.

Traditional boarding schools in the U.S. start accepting students that are 9th-12th grades, and some even accept students entering in the 6th grade. Behavioral boarding schools for ‘troubled teens’ can accept students as young as eight. Children are very impressionable and more susceptible to manipulation or abuse, especially when discipline is strictly enforced.

A group of students from the behavioral boarding school, CEDU Educational Services in California participated in a documentary, sharing their experiences of physical abuse at the hands of staff. Many of the students recall trying to warn their parents of the abuse, only to have their calls ended and their parents reassured by staff, that they are safe. The school has now been closed, but it had significant impacts on their lives.

In today’s society, abuse victims have slightly better chance of their stories being taken seriously than in other decades. Previous generations would have preferred to keep a lid on misconduct, to protect their status. Proven predatory teachers were just shuffled around to other schools with recommendations in hand.

The age old code of silence to protect the integrity of the institution is slowly coming to a head. Although, students have a better chance at improving their situations in the present day, parents and educators must do their due diligence. The promise of success is an invalid excuse to turn a blind eye to abuse.

 

 

Daily Inspiration: Speak Up

Terry Crews is an actor who has made us laugh in many movies and tv shows. He was recently in the news after coming out against a sexual assault that he experienced. He uses his platform to talk about very important issues.

In today’s video, he discusses the earliest memories he has of the trauma he endured throughout his life. As a domestic violence survivor, he talks about the importance of speaking up and not looking the other way. The quality of your life and the lives of the people around you, depend on it.

Sears Pioneered Catalog Homes

Today Sears is known for appliances and other products that you find in department stores. With the recent closing of hundreds of stores, it seemed as if their run is coming to a close. Sears may have become a casualty of the modern shopping era but they once were the pioneers of innovation.

In the early 1900s, home buying was as simple as opening up a Sears catalog. Sears Modern Homes were sold factory to consumers and the consumer assumed the responsibility for building the actual home.

From 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 – 75,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles…Customers could choose a house to suit their individual tastes and budgets.

Sears was not an innovative home designer. Sears was instead a very able follower of popular home designs but with the added advantage of modifying houses and hardware according to buyer tastes. Modern Home customers had the freedom to build their own dream houses, and Sears helped realize these dreams through quality custom design and favorable financing.

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Sears Hamilton, from the 1923 Modern Homes Catalog- Sears Homes of Chicagoland
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1607 Techny, Northbrook- Sears Homes of Chicagoland

Without going into specifics of applicable laws on home building and land ownership in the early 1900’s, that process was most likely easier and required less hoops than home buying in today’s society.

The average home price hovered around $1,000 and the average financing term for a home loan was 5 years at 6% and could extend to 15 years. In today’s market that would roughly put a home purchase at around $25,000. That may be remarkable considering the average price of a home in the United States is $217,300, according to Zillow

The Great Depression eventually ended the boom of Sears Modern Homes and their last catalog home was sold in 1940. However, they did help familiarize many families with modern conveniences that we now enjoy in standard American homes. Indoor plumbing, central heating and electricity were new developments at the time and eventually became common in construction of homes.

The architecture of many of these homes have been replicated throughout the country. Some original catalog homes are still standing and have served as a declaration of the time and society they were built in.

 

Daily Inspiration: Lebron James Opens Elementary School

Professional athletes have recently received some backlash for being overpaid and not contributing to society in a meaningful way. However, that doesn’t apply to all, since many donate their time, skills and resources to help many communities.

Lebron James opened up a tuition free elementary school in Akron Ohio that is dedicated to providing support and resources for children and parents that need it the most. His dedication to helping children from similar backgrounds and philanthropy is truly met with gratitude by those on the receiving end.