Oh my gosh! Peace Wallpaper!

Oh my gosh! Peace Wallpaper!

I am SO excited to finally start profiling some of the fun ‘Three Lines and a Circle’ things I’ve been working on these past 6 months celebrating expressions of PEACE.  (BTW – If you aren’t a subscriber yet don’t wait to sign up and start receiving weekly Peace Posts to give you encouragement and inspiration.)

I’ve been super busy at work developing new lines of PEACE inspired products –  One of which is this new line of Print On Demand Wallpaper!  I absolutely LOVE this stuff!  Who doesn’t want to paper their walls in PEACE?!

This wallpaper comes in 2′ wide rolls in smooth and woven finish.  Click below to learn more!

“Have a Blessed Day” Never meant more

“Have a Blessed Day” Never meant more

Darin Barton was at his usual spot near a freeway exit in Lakewood, Colorado when a semi-truck suddenly barreled over and smashed into rush hour traffic in a burst of flames.  The homeless man asked a nearby friend to call 911 and then took off running toward the blazing multicar pileup.  Barton, 45, said he was able to pull three or four people from their vehicles, joining several other good Samaritans who helped with the rescue effort. 

“I just did what I hoped anybody would’ve done if [(they were)] sitting down there,”  Barton said.

Fighting Illiteracy – A Voice 4 the Unheard.

Fighting Illiteracy – A Voice 4 the Unheard.

Fourteen-years old and illiterate, John Bunn was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. By the time he was 17, John had completed his GED and was reading anything he could get his hands on. Now 41, he is finally free—after nearly two decades in prison and ten years on parole – he is committed to sharing the power of literacy with those who need it most.

Through his organization, A Voice 4 the Unheard, John has collected over 80,000 books to build out libraries at Rikers Island, youth detention centers and beyond.

Source:  Great Big Story

Shining her Light through Birthday Boxes

Shining her Light through Birthday Boxes

A 9-year-old girl is working hard to ensure that none of her classmates miss a birthday celebration.

Two years ago, Bella Smith, a third-grade student at Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School in Kentucky, launched “Bella’s Boxes.”

Bella started the project after a fellow student told her that his family couldn’t afford to have a party for him, Smith’s mom, Marlana Evans, told “Good Morning America.”

“The school she attends is a Title 1 school, which means 80% of the population here is impoverished — so we have students that struggle with a lot of things,” said Evans, who teaches at Bella’s school.

Bella accepts donations of balloons, cake mix and other party supplies and packs them up for her fellow students at Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School in Ky.

Evans said that Wyan-Pine has a backpack club which sends home to students that need it. Bella fills her “birthday boxes” with cake mix, balloons, icing, sprinkles and distributes them through the school’s Family Resource Center.

Bella receives all supplies through donations from community members. For her own birthday, March 26, she requests birthday box donations instead of gifts.

“I’m extremely proud of her,” Evans said. “She’s a very good girl with a big heart.”

Bella has packed 65 birthday boxes this year and is still going.

“I thank God for the opportunity for letting me be able to shine my light and show that I love my neighbor,” says Bella. 

An Unexpected Journey to Motherhood

An Unexpected Journey to Motherhood

What I love so much about this story is the unexpected journey that took place for Liz Smith and her daughter Gisele.  It reminds me of the importance of being open to all that life has to offer … gifts are just around the corner.

During the first five months of her stay at Franciscan Children’s hospital in Boston, baby Gisele didn’t have a single visitor.  She’d become a ward of the state at 3 months old and had complex medical needs caused by exposure to opioids in the womb.  Nursing director Liz Smith spotted the tiny 8-month old Gisele while walking the wards one day and was instantly smitten.

“I went to see her every day,” said Smith, who’d always hoped to be a mom but found out shortly before meeting Gisele that she would not be able to have her own.  She signed up to foster Gisele and late last year formally adopted her.  The now 2-year-old Gisele is thriving.  As for Smith – “I couldn’t be happier,” she says.

The Week / April 19, 2019

Bigger than Basketball

Bigger than Basketball

I need to credit my husband for bringing this video to my attention.  One of my standards for a story making it to post here at ThreeLinesAndA Circle.com is that it needs to move me (which usually means I cry).  Grab the tissues – this amazing tribute to a beautiful human will warm your heart.

When kids and kindness make a difference

When kids and kindness make a difference

By:  Laura Ratliff & Rima Abdelkader / TODAY

High school can be a tough time, but a little kindness goes a long way.

That’s clear from this heartwarming video of one ninth-grader in Tennessee whose day was instantly changed thanks to a simple act of kindness by his classmates.

Azrael Robinson, 15, goes to LaVergne High School in La Vergne, Tenn. After his classmates noticed that Robinson, a former bullying victim, hadn’t been his usual cheerful self, they banded together to cheer him up.

His biology teacher, Sonji Newman, told TODAY he goes out of his way regularly to help others.

“If they don’t understand something, he’s the first one to help,” Sonji Newman, a biology teacher at the school said. “If anything is dropped in the classroom, he’s the first one to pick it up.”

“If a student is down, he’s the first one to say everything is going to be okay,” Newman added.

According to Newman, two students approached her last week about doing something nice for Robinson. With her help, students collected a brand-new pair of sneakers, new clothes, and a little bit of money to give to their friend. They hid their surprise in the classroom’s supply closet before giving it to Robinson.

“They just wanted to give to him to make him feel better about himself,” said Newman, who said that, in her 20 years of teaching, she’s never seen such a pure act of kindness in the classroom. “[Robinson] was so grateful and so full of love. He just appreciated it so much.”

In a video shared on social media, two classmates, Kerolos Girgis and Dylan Norton, present a visibly touched Robinson with the shoes and new clothes. “We got you some stuff because of how generous you are and everything you do,” Girgis told Robinson.

The gift even surprised the boy’s mother, Traci Robinson. She told TODAY how her son had been bullied at a former school, so she was understandably worried when her son got in the car after school and started to cry. Instead, he explained how his classmates had come together to brighten his day.

“Even just knowing that this had happened, I bawled all the way home,” Robinson said.

Teaching how to grow – fighting malnutrition

Teaching how to grow – fighting malnutrition

For O’Brien School for the Maasai teacher Saphi Yohana, growing a garden isn’t just a nice thing to do—it’s a way keep kids in the classroom.

Most of the school’s students come from the Maasai tribe, once an exclusively nomadic people who traditionally eat milk, meat, blood and fat. As increased droughts have made this diet less and less attainable, malnourishment has spread. By providing two veggie-based meals a day, the O’Brien School is now greeting energized, happy students each morning and sending them home each afternoon to spread a passion for produce. 

So much better than a trade-in

So much better than a trade-in

When you need to hear stories of people just doing good things for other people …  here is one for you.  My favorite part is said by Dan Laguardia, “if everybody did that (kindness) for everybody else, we’d be in a much better place.”

I couldn’t agree more …  

Helping another  – a tale of kindness

Kayla Cooper and Dan Laguardia were strangers before they crossed paths in an auto dealership. Laguardia was there to trade in his old vehicle, and Cooper was there in hopes she could somehow buy a car.

Kayla works two jobs on top of attending nursing school, and while the car salesman tried to be helpful, she did not have enough money for a down payment. “I would have to literally pull a needle out of a haystack to try to get myself a car so I could get to work,” Kayla explained. She had been borrowing cars from friends and family, and she was starting to feel like it would never happen for her.

Dan Laguardia, who had overheard the exchange between Kayla and the carsalesman, felt he could to do something to help. He asked the car salesman to call her back to the dealership so he could give the car he had intended to trade in. He realized it would be more valuable to her than it was for him.

“That gives her a bit of a jumpstart in life. Which, if everybody did that for everybody else, we’d be in a much better place.”

“I told her”, said Laguardia, “I overheard what happened, I’ve got a car that you might like,” adding, “this has no strings attached.”

“I am still in shock. I was crying,” Cooper said. “A car is helping me so much right now.”

Kayla is keeping in touch with Dan since the unexpected act of kindness. She doesn’t know how she will ever repay him, she said. Luckily, she doesn’t have to.

“If I was her, I would’ve wanted somebody like me to do it,” Laguardia said. “I have been in situations where a little hand up would have been nice. I just figured it was me being what I wanted in my life.”

Story Reference:
Feel Good Story:  Man Gifts Car to Stranger
By:  Erin O’Malley / Mix1041.radio

Stranger Gifts car to struggling nursing student who works 2 jobs
By:  Nicole Pelletiere / GMA

Rebuilding from a New Perspective

Rebuilding from a New Perspective

By Boyd Huppert / KARE 11 Minneapolis, MN

RANDOLPH, Minnesota — The Firebirds, Chevelles and Camaros are gone from Bill Waldschmidt’s automotive shop.

“Just memories,” Bill says of the cars he once spent hours repairing and restoring.

When the last of the classic cars rolled out of Bill’s shop, different wheels moved in. These days, he toils for hours restoring power wheelchairs.

“Life has been really good to me,” Bill says. “So, I’ve got to pass it on.” 

In that proclamation, Bill’s optimism shines through.

Consider this: At age 4, Bill contracted polio and spent most of his childhood on crutches.

As an adult, he regained enough strength to walk up the aisle unassisted on his wedding day.

But 10 years ago, the retiree’s symptoms returned. Post-polio syndrome put Bill in a wheelchair, chasing the classic cars from his garage and giving Bill perspective he needed to help others.

During the past few years, Bill has refurbished dozens of power wheelchairs he’s then given away to people who can’t afford to buy one.

Don Johnson, a disabled Vietnam veteran, is now the owner of one of Bill’s chairs.   

“I’ve never had a gift like this, never,” says Don, who is missing his right leg. “He’s the kindest man on the planet that I’ve ever met. He does all this out of his heart, just out of the kindness of his heart.”

Given a tip, Bill will drive miles in his handicapped-accessible van to pick up a used power wheelchair.

“He sees no obstacles,” says Gerry Falkowski, program manager for the Donor Connect program of the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. “There’s a passion he has that’s hard to describe.”

Bill says he’s found far more satisfaction refurbishing wheelchairs, than restoring cars.

“I delivered a wheelchair to a guy who came out crawling, he had no legs,” Bill says. “He got right up into that wheel chair, biggest smile on his face.”

Bill spent his career working as an engineer for Twin Cities-based Thermo King. Though retired now, the engineer is still at it.

“I think his mind is always being creative and thinking,” says Bill’s wife Mary. “He’s touching so many people’s lives and I’m so proud of him.”

To learn more about how you can learn about how to donate a wheelchair to Bill and/or donate toward his battery replacement fund, follow the link HERE and scroll to the bottom of the article for Bill’s contact information.