She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Sister

“…because, well, that’s what you do.”



The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows when
But I’m strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

So on we go
His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We’ll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

If I’m laden at all
I’m laden with sadness
That everyone’s heart
Isn’t filled with the gladness
Of love for one another

It’s a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we’re on the way to there
Why not share
And the load
Doesn’t weigh me down at all
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

He’s my brother
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother…



Song recorded by: The Hollies
Writer(s): Mike E. Love, Brian Douglas Wilson, Bob Russell
Copyright: Irving Music Inc.,


Make A Difference Day

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Make A Difference Day is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions of volunteers from around the world will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Make-A-Difference-Day_2013bThousands of projects are planned each year involving corporations, communities, nonprofit organizations, entire states and individuals. Many of the 250 HandsOn Network affiliates lead projects across the nation.

The stories told around Make A Difference Day show that anyone – regardless of age, location or resources – can accomplish amazing things when they take on the problems they see in their community. Recognizing the power of Make A Difference Day, other organizations join with USA WEEKEND and Points of Light each year to inspire and recognize the valuable work of volunteers. Newman’s Own supports the day by awarding $10,000 to the charities of each of 10 National Honorees and three City Awardees. USA WEEKEND Magazine will feature the All-Star honoree, 10 National and three City Award honorees in a special April 2014 issue coinciding with National Volunteer Week, led by Points of Light.

We invite you to join us in service on Make A Difference Day 2013.

Read our Get Started or read our FAQ to learn more.


ALSO: If you aren’t going to be a part of a programmed group project, grab some family or friends and create your own small project on the fly. Or how about a meet-up project. And of course, little ole’ you can just make your own little difference, because don’t forget, to the recipient, your little difference might just be a really big difference.

All people of the world are invited to participate. It makes no difference where you are from or where you live. Making a difference for someone else is part of the international process called LOVE.

Enjoy …and Good luck!   🙂

Let Life In

I share with you a beautiful graphic and even more beautiful message from Kristin Barton Cuthriell’s blog, Let Life In Practices.”

Enjoy!  Thank you, Kristin.


Mr. B and 22

Well, the new school year is underway. I, for one, am eager to see and hear what Gregg Breinberg, aka Mr. B, and his 5th grade musicians at PS22 on Staten Island, New York have planned for this year. If you are not familiar with the PS22 chorus, have I got a surprise for you!

The remarkable passion and commitment of a teacher in a big inner city school has culminated year after year in remarkable music and a group of marked and remarkable kids. They are marked for life with the knowledge that they can achieve anything that they envision, plan for, and work hard for. They are remarkable for their astonishing musical accomplishments as group. I’m not sure, but I’ll bet these kids can’t wait for school to start each year.

Mr. B is a wonderful example of practicing GYA on the job.

Below are three of the many performances that you will find by searching ‘PS22’ on YouTube.


Practice time:


Rehearsal with Celtic Woman:


Performing at the Academy Awards:


Also, here are two wonderful and informative articles about Mr. B and the kids.




What Goes Around Comes Around

What a wonderful lesson learned and then practiced.


story and video credit: CBS news

Harnessing Compassion

Stanford Scientists Examine Meditation and Compassion in The Brain
by Lia Steakley on July 9th, 2012

We’ve written previously about Stanford researchers’ ongoing efforts to study the science of compassion and altruism. A San Francisco Chronicle story from yesterday takes a closer look at one such project.

In the study, neuroeconomist Brian Knutson, PhD, and colleagues use magnetic resonance imaging to compare the minds of expert meditators and novices to better define what compassion looks like in the brain. Meredith May writes:

The “monk study” at Stanford is part of an emerging field of meditation science that has taken off in the last decade with advancements in brain image technology, and popular interest.

“There are many neuroscientists out there looking at mindfulness, but not a lot who are studying compassion,” Knutson said. “The Buddhist view of the world can provide some potentially interesting information about the subcortical reward circuits involved in motivation.”

By looking at expert meditators, neuroscientists hope to get a better picture of what compassion looks like in the brain. Does a monk’s brain behave differently than another person’s brain when the two are both extending compassion? Is selflessness innate, or can it be learned?

Looking to the future, neuroscientists wonder whether compassion can be neurologically isolated, if one day it could be harnessed to help people overcome depression, to settle children with hyperactivity, or even to rewire a psychopath.

“Right now we’re trying to first develop the measurement of compassion, so then one day we can develop the science around it,” Knutson said.

The larger and more in-depth San Francisco Chronicle article can be found here.

Previously from SCOPE:

  1. How being compassionate can influence your health
  2. Neurotheology: Investigating the relationship between the brain and spirituality
  3. Dalai Lama and Stanford researchers explore science of compassion and altruism



What A Guy …Really!

I’ve heard this story before.

I’ve even seen the movie.

But, that doesn’t make Dr. Russel Dohner’s story any less remarkable. What a distinguished and beautiful life this near 90-year-old small town doctor has lived …so far.

I do believe the good doctor may actually have the letters GYA stitched to the inside of his heart.

(sorry about any pop-up ads, I use the extension: Adblock Plus-Beta 1.2 )

Congratulations Dr. Russell Dohner, for an uncommon and compassionately lived life.


story and video credit: MSNBC, NBC news