Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. ~Emma Lazarus The greatest nations are defined by how they treat their weakest inhabitants. ~Jorge Ramos Remember high school? It was probably … Continue reading Keep the Golden Door Open
Citizens working together are more powerful than US Attorneys. And presidents. ~Preet Bharara Note: Some of you may recall this post, which was originally published on October 31, 2017; its message felt especially relevant this week. I hope it reminds you just how much your daily contributions matter, and how powerful we are when we … Continue reading Don’t Ask Why. Ask Why Not.
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. ~Vincent Van Gogh Lulu loved lemonade stands. She loved selling fresh-squeezed lemonade from an adorable stand perched at the end of her driveway. She used the money she earned to buy the kinds of things that ten-year-old girls want. That is, until her … Continue reading We Can All Make Lemonade
Each little thing that you do can have a tremendous impact, and a huge ripple effect. ~Mason Wartman One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. ~John F. Kennedy In his mid-20s, Mason Wartman left Wall Street. He left a secure job with a pretty fantastic salary to move back to Philadelphia and … Continue reading Pay It Forward Pizza
We rise by lifting others. ~Robert Fitzgerald Please find your own unique way to speak out, act up, or just make a difference. Though it may not always seem it, the courage of immigrants is in all our DNA. Now’s the time to put it to good use. ~Penzys Spices Last week I got an … Continue reading Being Good is Good.
"If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success." -James Cameron The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. Michelangelo I'm an eternal optimist. It … Continue reading Shooting for the Stars
*Image courtesy of Plant-It-Forward If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. ~Thomas Edison A few years back, Teresa O'Donnell, a Houston resident and corporate executive who had co-founded a successful software company, was charged with finding a way for her company to invest in "community wellbeing." "Community … Continue reading Planting It Forward