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Yes, there really is a heroin epidemic on the North Shore.
Survivor Paula Nixon and her mother share their story, with the hopes of saving others.
PJ and Paula Nixon
Read their story and more here:
Melissa Mueller of Stuart Weitzman with Kendall Schaffner (Julie’s daughter ), Emma Noyes and the Events Coordinator of De Pescara, at the Stuart Weitzman store in Northbrook Court.
My friend, Julie Schaffner, is dancing in heaven today. Her family, Make It Better and Stuart Weitzman raised over $11,000 in support of ovarian cancer research through Advocate Lutheran General Hospital last night.
Julie was an early champion for Make It Better. She believed in my dream of growing a trusted community network that did the most good for the women at its’ heart. She died, much too young, of ovarian cancer. Now we champion early detection of this insidious disease, in her memory.
Thank you Stuart Weitzman for spectacular generosity and a great party.
David Brooks is spot on with this.
You will never regret having one last child or saying yes to people who really need help, even though you don’t have the time, when you’re looking back at your life.
Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?
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April 14, 2014
Today’s TED Talk
David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?
05:01 minutes · Filmed Mar 2014 · Posted Apr 2014 · TED2014
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves “Adam I” and “Adam II.”) Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
New York Times columnist David Brooks is the author of Bobos in Paradise, On Paradise Drive, and the narrative of neuroscience, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement.
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“ Mercy instead of revenge, collaboration instead of competition, inclusion instead of exclusion — these are the ideals that a war-torn Libya needs desperately.”
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"Affect lives within a 10 mile radius of where you live."
Ike & Grace Hong, of Bannockburn
For Ike Hong, of Bannockburn, a few inspiring words by his pastor motivated him, “Affect lives within a 10 mile radius of where you live.“
Hong was “blown away" when he started looking just beyond his own back yard and saw a food desert in North Chicago. He was also mindful of the growing number of people struggling with diabetes, like his father. So as a board member of NorthShore University HealthSystem, he worked with the Be Well-Lake County diabetes program and the Auxiliary at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital, to launch the Community Garden at the North Chicago Community Health Center.
This weekend’s glorious weather is a reminder that the garden will soon be providing fresh produce to residents again. It has grown to become a valuable educational resource for more than 500 patients struggling with controlling their diabetes as well as more than 54,000 adult Lake County residents diagnosed with diabetes. That is a lot of lives made better by Hong just beyond his own backyard!
– Ben Reuler, Executive Director of LIFT at the hip fundraiser last night
“We can change the world, with our own two hands.”
- Ben Harper, in this song he performed at the LIFT event last year.
“I can make it better, with my own two hands…”
– Susan B. Noyes about the super talented women below:
“The more you put into something, the more you get out of it. Always. Every time. Guaranteed.
“If you or your children are involved with something, you have an obligation to give back in some way at some time. It’s what makes the world go around.
“By actively participating and showing up, you become connected to the causes, places and people you care about in ways that are far richer and more tangible than the feeling you get when you write a check. [But we appreciate and need those check writers too.]
“Everyone has a story. A wonderful story. By giving of your time you get a chance to learn and share in those stories. You build community.
“I have been blessed to be able to do this because of my husband, who always says ‘You should go for it. We’ll make it work.’ “
- Charlotte McGee, accepting the Woman of the Year Award at the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce’s 37th Annual Recognition Lunch.
Congratulations to Charlotte and the other honorees at yesterday’s inspiring Annual Recognition luncheon:
Woman Of The Year: Charlotte McGee
Man Of The Year: Jim McNitt
Educator Of The Year: Rose Marchuk
Public Safety Officer Of The Year: Firemedic Chris Kopecky
Park District Employee Of The Year: Costa Kutulas
With Winnetka-Northfield Chamber Director Terry Dason. And with ongoing appreciation for the support of community-centric real estate firm Caldwell Banker.
Please vote for Advocate Children’s Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center too. This could bring additional funds to help sick kids in our hometowns.
6 Easy Ways To Make A Big Difference For Others With Children
“The reality is, everyone, at one time or another, will have to deal with some sort of adversity.
And while you may not be in the same shoes as a special needs person, you can certainly learn how to appreciate their perspective and do what you can to support them and their families. Because chances are, you may need some extra support yourself someday.”
- Kristina Tober, Make It Better writer and mother to a special needs child.
Talented writer Kristina Tober offers sage advise for how to react to children with special needs and their families in her article, “Small Ways to Make A Difference for Someone With Special Needs.” Really though, it’s advise that works in situations with with all children too – not just those involving special needs kids.
1. Learn the right lingo.
2. Try not to stare.
3. Offer to help.
4. Remember that this is someone’s child who is loved.
5. It’s ok to laugh.
6. Always look for the good, regardless of ability.
There have been more times than I care to remember than my kids were misbehaving in public, and I not only appreciated, I desperately needed a response by strangers that reminded me to laugh, love and look for the good instead of scold.
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