Saturday, July 01, 2017

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3 Things to Inspire Your Weekend: #56



Quote of the day: 

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. -Charles Dickens



Credit: Colby Sharp 

An 8 year-old girl, Heidi VanSumeren who lost all her reading materials and possessions when a fire in March 2017, destroyed her family home in Parma, Michigan, US, has had cause to be happy again as she received over 500 books from authors and illustrators. The idea was spearheaded by visiting children’s author and illustrator Bob Shea, who Heidi was chosen to work with the day she arrived back at school. Shea took to social media to plead with his colleagues to send Heidi books. The response was overwhelming and many of the books sent to Heidi's school were signed by the authors and illustrators.



Credit: TheWeek

A teenager's dream is about to come true. 15-year-old Amiruddin Shah, son of a welder from a Mumbai Slum had a dream that few in his country dared -which is to dance with the New York City Ballet. He knew from the age of 6 that he loved to move to music. Shah and another dancer, 21-year-old Manish Chauhan, won scholarships in June to New York's prestigious Joffrey Ballet School to study dance for 4 years. This came about thanks to Israeli-American instructor Yehuda Maor who was invited by the local Danceworx Academy, to teach ballet in India -where there are no special ballet academies. It was there that Maor first spotted Shah 3 years ago. Dreams do come true.



As seen on Arch Daily, House Robert-Jan & Inge
Architects: Personal Architecture

Brief: A new build, contemporary residence with a bit of mystery, warm and friendly but also practical.

Theme: High windows and sliding doors, subtle brickwork, spacious garden
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Photograph: Ossip van Duivenbode



Peace. Love. Light* 



Current Listen: Kenny G -Passages


47 comments:

  1. Hi Blogoratti - how brilliant about Heidi - wonderful she has all her paints and books back ... and then she can share with others in her school and community; wonderful story about Amiruddin - shows what can be done with determination and dedication through 'thick and thin' ... I can see a film there - well about both of them. Have you seen the film 'Ballet Boys' ... I am reminded of it - but Amiruddin's determination really shines through - so wonderful to read of the help others give for youngsters to pursue their dreams. Cheers Hilary

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  2. How heartwarming and exciting for that little girl. That's a lot of books. She can read for months! Happy weekend.

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  3. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you

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  4. What a lovely story about Heidi! That's reallyinteresting and inspirational. Thanks for letting us know about it))

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  5. Well done, Master Shah. The Rotterdam house is interesting.

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  6. So beautiful and inspiring stories!
    Have a great week end!
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it/

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  7. Beautiful way to begin my holiday weekend. Thank you!

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  8. Great stories! There is good in this world! That house though looks out of place in that field.

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  9. Yup, artists are a good bunch :) Nice to have some good news about people.

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  10. I really like that Amsterdam home

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  11. I feel inspired. Coincidentally, my wife are off in a few minutes to tour Frank Loyd Wright buildings :)

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  12. Thanks for the inspiring stories! Good way to start the weekend.

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  13. The smiles on the children just light up a dreary Friday.

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  14. Lovely smile on Heidi's face! The best to the young man, he'll go far. I really like that house, looks perfect for two!

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  15. Oh to see young Heidi's smile, is just brilliant.
    A lovely post just right for some Friday inspiration, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  16. I loved reading about little Heidi receiving such an outpouring of books after losing hers, her smile says it all.

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  17. That's so sweet to hear about Heidi and her books. Very nice! :)

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  18. That young girl will certainly have a lot of reading to do now. I especially enjoyed reading about the young ballet dancer and clicked on the provided link to read more about him. I hope he has a wonderful dancing future. The new house was very intriguing both in simplicity and functionality.

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  19. Great post. I enjoyed starting my day with it.

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  20. Both stories gave me a warm feeling. It reassures me that most people a good and caring.

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  21. Not a bad house. That is great for both of the kids indeed.

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  22. Such great testaments to the goodness of people and the human spirit.

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  23. I like the modern feel of a traditional design in that last photo!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  24. not sure how you always find these tidbits ... but you are so kind (much appreciated) that you do share them with us. they are so uplifting!! think we might get a rain storm ... looks really grey around here. we will see. happy weekend!! ( ;

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  25. I really love those stories :)

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  26. Two inspirational stories and an unusual, but attractive, house to match. Thanks for the good news, Blogoratti!
    Blessings!

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  27. Not sure which one I like the best. They all have a lot of appeal.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ☺

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  28. Amiruddin Shah is a great story.

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  29. Thanks for sharing such inspiring stories. I'm so happy for little Heidi, sometimes (not always, unfortunately) good things come from tragedies or bad moments. I'm really happy that this was her case <3 Amiruddin's story is also great and definitely motivational. Being from a small city in the North of Argentina, it reminds me that no matter where you are dreams can come true. Thank you!
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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  30. Thank you so much for these rays of sunshine.

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  31. Thanks for the good news.

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  32. These are such heartwarming stories. The house looks quite isolated though.

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  33. Inspiring stories. I like the house, but I wonder if the white balcony ever gets used as there's all that green outdoors to enjoy.

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  34. We do so need good news, happy stories like these...the more the merrier, I say! :)

    Thank you...

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  35. Super! Glad the little one got tons of new books. It's so wonderful when people respond in a positive manner.

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  36. We have always tried to ease the "burdens" of others... a great weekend to you and yours, good Sir... Hello from Marshville...

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  37. I certainly feel inspired by your post. :-) Thanks.

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  38. How wonderful these inspirations are. Thank you!

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  39. Wow! It's so lovely to see the look of joy on this little girl's face from books. More kids should be reading these days like she is. I bet we'll hear about her becoming a famous author one day. Getting into a ballet school is very very difficult, so it's thrilling to see that this young man's dream has come true. Hope your weekend is going well! Hugs...

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  40. Smiles and good fortune for the future generations is a great way to start the weekend. Of course, I was mesmerized by that house, too. Each charming in its own way.

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  41. Lovely feel good stories. :)

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  42. Great post.. and interesting stories.

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  44. I love this house! Oh, if only it wasn't for sale. :-)

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