I'm joining Service Space because ... ServiceSpace projects are a major part of my day, everyday!
A good day to me is when ... I have done something for someone with no expectation of anything in return.
My hero in life is ...ServiceSpace
My favorite book is ...To Kill a Mockingbird
One thing I'm grateful for is ... I'm in the company of like-hearted people.
Aug 11, 2017, 1 comments, 16 smiles A Complaint and a Compliment to ServiceSpace. KarmaTube received this complaint a couple of days ago: "I find the music behind your interviews and narratives to be very obtrusive. I'm sure somebody thinks it adds to the experience, but for me it's too loud and is distracting from the message." We responded, asking if there was a particular video that was annoying, and explained a bit about KarmaTube and our curation process. Below is the reply, with a compliment to ServiceSpace. :) "Thanks so much for your timely response! And for not being snarky about such a complaint that was not even specific... The trigger for me was Daily Good for August 8--localization for people and the earth. And just the final straw! I've given up on too many online videos & do it yourself YouTube episodes because someone thinks a loud music track is an addition to their instructions, whereas it's a distraction ... Read Full Story
Jun 06, 2017, 1 comments, 10 smiles One of the seven (now eight) people killed in the recent London attack was Christine Archibald, originally from Castlegar, British Columbia. Christine worked at a homeless shelter in Calgary, Alberta, before moving to Europe with her fiancé. Her death has inspired acts of kindness by people all over the world after her family released a statement asking people to honor her memory by "making your community a better place." #ChrissySentMe
Jun 01, 2017, 2 comments, 11 smiles This exuberant comment was just posted on the most recent KarmaTube Video of the Week: Sacks of Hope: Classroom Acts of Kindness. "WOW! WOW! WOW! This is beyond inspiring! Now that is what GREAT teaching is all about... educating children about what truly matters. Teaching about how to make a difference. Teaching about compassion, empathy and kindness. THIS is what those students will remember. Thank you, Mr. Lewandowski, and all these wonderful young boys and girls who are helping to change the world, one sack of hope at a time. You are helping to create a huge ripple effect of kindness. I am going to share this with my 2 young girls, ages 5 and 7 and begin to truly focus on being of service as a family. Bless you all!" The teacher in the video, Leon Lewandowski, is a KindSpring member who initiates a Kindness Challenge with his third and forth grade students every April. Thank you, Mish, for bringing this video to KarmaTube's attention. It is such a joy to share these acts of kindness with KarmaTube's 69K+ Video of the Week subscribers.
Apr 09, 2017, 3 comments, 13 smiles This beautiful message of living life with purpose came in to KarmaTube, and I wanted to share it with the wider ServiceSpace community: "I wrote earlier this winter as I pondered my organic garden for the coming spring, "I don't want to plant it if it doesn't feed someone. I don't want to write it if it doesn't inspire someone. I don't want to say it if it doesn't validate someone. I don't want to think it if it doesn't think of them with compassion and; I don't want to pray if it doesn't hold someone in the Light for their highest good". All my thoughts, words, actions and prayers can be for the benefit of others. Even when I exercise for strength, flexibility or endurance, I devote my exercise the benefit I am looking for (strength, flexibility or endurance) to someone who I know or have met that may need more strength to face what they are facing, more flexibility in body or mind and more endurance for simple or complex tasks in their daily lives. This is practicing living life with devotion. Peace, Light and Love Michael "
Feb 14, 2017, 8 smiles We just received a very sweet comment from a KarmaTube viewer ... Hello and thank you so much for offering KarmaTube to the world. I am a public school teacher (certified to teach grades 6-12 in multiple subjects including history (U.S. and world), political science, ELA, environmental science, biological science and a couple of others. Having recently come across KarmaTube, I have already shared the resource and used its videos multiple times. I am finding ways to use this site in so many different areas and my students have had many new and wonderful experiences as a result. Thank you! The website states that the organization is looking for help with content writing and I am happy to offer my assistance. I am an Ivy League educated scientist and, as stated, have a great deal of experience with teaching. Writing is a passion of mine and I have written extensively on myriad ... Read Full Story
Feb 14, 2017, 1 comments, 14 smiles Received a beautiful gift (actually, six) from Jean Yao, who used to make e-cards for SSp many years ago. I was looking for an image to use for the "Why Be Kind?" video that was brought to KarmaTube by Pavi, and has recently been featured on DailyGood. Not seeing anything I liked, I contacted Jean to see if she had any images from old e-cards that she had made in the past. She made some new ones, and not knowing which one I'd like, sent me all six that she had done in a matter of hours. She has been disturbed by what is happening in the U.S. and responded: "To do something nice is a wonderful therapy to move forward. ;-)" I will share them all with you once I figure out how to add more than one image to this message ( :) ) in case any of you would like to use them in your various newsletters.
Aug 13, 2016, 1 comments, 5 smiles Awakin Call guest Gwhyneth Chen donates the proceeds of master classes every day for the month of August to preserve the Taipei Youth Chopin Piano Competition: http://international.thenewslens.com/article/45881
Jun 26, 2016, 8 smiles This week's Video of the Week, The Chicken Lady, was also featured on DailyGood the next day. We received some beautiful comments from viewers, which elicited this response from Amy Murphy, the Chicken Lady herself: Thanks all. You are so kind. The truth is that I receive a blessing many times over from this work - much more than the other way around. My friends have changed my life. If you'd like to read more about this work and how it has evolved, check out my blog, wwww.themiraclesIsee.org. I have learned so much: it does not help to simply give to folks who are in need. If we give food, if we give housing, we are only addressing symptoms - and it has zero lasting effect. If, on the other hand, we mentor families - find out why that child is coming to school hungry - and assist folks as they deal with the CAUSES of hunger and homelessness, then we can, as a community, move mountains. It really will take a huge "village." Bless you for your caring hearts. Amy
Apr 12, 2016, 1 comments, 12 smiles Just got this sweet note from a KarmaTube viewer: "I decided to make a rap music video with my 6 year old daughter to announce the expectant arrival of her little brother. The impending birth of my son is the primary message in this video, but my underlying message is to showcase the real love between a father and his daughter and to encourage other fathers to the build loving, strong relationships with their own children."
Feb 26, 2016, 4 comments, 24 smiles The KindSpring community rocks! I haven't been on the site in a while, but yesterday, I posted a story of a small RAOK. In minutes, the supportive comments and KarmaBucks started rolling in. In one day, I received 16 comments (and lots of back and forth with many community members) and 470 KarmaBucks! I assume most stories get this kind of reaction from the KS community. What an inspiring place to hang out! Thank you to all the coordinators, Weavers (is this still a term?) and invisible hearts that keep this going.