Episode 10: Philanthropist Paul Ott, Spreading Joy

In this episode, I talk with Paul Ott. Paul shares his values of smiling at everyone he meets and telling a good joke to break the ice. Paul doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, is quick to lighten the mood, and never met a stranger. He cares deeply about community, bringing his neighbors…

Episode 6: Philanthropist Amy Tarlow-Lewis, Feeding Her Community

In this episode, I talk with Amy Tarlow-Lewis, Founder of Littleton Community Farm (LCF). Amy had a dream, relentlessly pursued that dream with “laughter and tears” and the support of many friends, family, neighbors, businesses, public entities, and even other nonprofits. She readily admits she did not do this alone and her guiding advice is…

Episode 4: Philanthropist MaryJudith Tierney, Serving Through Education

A retired educator passionate about teaching young children the values of service. MaryJudith shares her Christian faith as a foundation for her teaching career and reason for passionately supporting social justice. As she says, “justice doesn’t mean that we all get the same thing. What it means is that we get what we need.”

Together Apart: Quarantine Generosity Stories

I’ve seen individuals pool their resources to send $1,500 to a local gym employee who hasn’t yet received her unemployment checks. I’ve seen anonymous people drop off diapers at a new mom’s house. I’ve seen children and adults painting rocks for others to find on local trails to bring a simple smile during this lonely and uncertain time.

The Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness Truth

We’ve all heard it before: money doesn’t buy happiness. But, what does? Meditation? De-cluttering? Exercise? Hobbies? Nope. Nope. Nope. Albeit, these have proven to affect your mood and do help you feel better, but do they cause joy? Do they get you motivated to get out of bed? Maybe. For me, I get in a…

Brotherly Philia Love

Celebrating today by small acts of kindness for a family member, a stranger, or a lover, will fulfill an act of agape love. As famous twentieth century Christian author C.S. Lewis writes, “there is another way of giving to God; every stranger whom we feed or clothe.” Giving unconditional love to yourself and to others is empowering and has the ability to change our world.

Giving is Selfish!

Academy Award Winning Actor Denzel Washington said, “Giving is selfish,” during a university commencement speech. He said giving is selfish! Selfish! I never heard this before. It doesn’t make a lot of sense—at first. I had to replay the clip because I thought it couldn’t be true. I thought I heard wrong. Maybe he really…

The Dynamic Duo: Gratitude and Giving

Years ago, it was Oprah who told us first to jot down every night before bed five things we were grateful for. She praised the practice as an instant mood-booster; a gift of a deeper sense of peace for the practitioner; and, as a way for one to think more objectively about their circumstances. Indeed,…