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My hero: Father Gregory Boyle

My hero: Father Gregory Boyle

If I were on the committee to choose the next Catholic saint, I’d choose Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries. He may not have turned water into wine, but his selfless devotion to L.A.’s toughest gangbangers has helped produce miraculous...

The perfect MLK weekend movie

When young Tim Tyson’s friends threw rocks at some African-American boys for being in the wrong neighborhood, Tim did nothing to stop them. After all, this was the norm in 1970’s Oxford, North Carolina. His father was appalled. As the pastor of the local...
Don’t make me beg

Don’t make me beg

I admired the chutzpah of the woman asking for money at the corner of Alvarado Blvd. and Glendale Blvd. in Los Angeles this evening. Her shirt was so perfect: it featured the dog from “Family Guy” saying, “Don’t make me beg.” I was...

Teen produces fashion show for African orphans

Yesterday evening I discovered that I can be proud of a child that’s not even my own. I am proud of Shannon A., who designed and sewed nearly 20 fabulous outfits, recruited her friends to model them, and hosted a fashion show to benefit Discover the World, an...

Elderly couple playing piano

When I’m 90, I want to be able to do this. I guess I better start learning piano soon! Here’s a video of Marlow and Frances Cowan playing piano at the Mayo Clinic: According to the WishTV8 website, this is no hoax: the Cowans were at the Mayo Clinic for...