Where Has The Human Connection Gone
Life can feel like a whirlwind of activity moving at a rapid and sometimes overwhelming pace. A simple social experiment, conducted in a public space, challenges this characteristic of our modern world by asking that people stop to share one minute of eye contact with a stranger. It had a profound effect on the people who participated and also on those who observed. In capturing those reactions, this film will continue to resonate throughout the global community. "We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep." ~ William James.
The Last Ice Merchant
Once a week for over 50 years, Baltazar Uscher Tenesaca has made the perilous 2 day journey to Mount Chimborazo, to harvest ice. Baltazar was 15 years old when he first learned this trade alongside teams of ice merchants who earned their living by harvesting and selling the mineral rich glacial ice from the highest altitudes of Ecuador's tallest mountain. Now he works alone. The low wage combined with technological progress has made the ice merchant obsolete. This beautifully made film tells the story of a man who was raised on the ice and although his work is hard, dangerous and poorly paid, he alone continues the traditions of his ancestors. Featuring the rich and stunning landscape of Ecuador, this film displays the innovation and skill of a time-honored craft while teaching us that the fruit of ones labor is in the work.
Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces
Join third generation craftsman Shimode Muneaki on a brief introduction to kintsugi, the ancient Japanese art of mending broken objects. Traditionally, lacquer is used to reconnect shattered pieces of pottery and gold leaf is applied along the repaired fault-lines to accentuate and celebrate the fissure, rather than to hide it. Watch as Shimode and his colleague, Sato Takahiko, transform everyday ceramics that had little aesthetic value when they were new into meaningful works of art after they had been broken. The moment in time when something has been shattered is permanently captured by the painstaking labours of a craftsman in building up the layers of lacquer to repair a piece. It is this reference to the now that recalls a lack of attachment to anything, but rather, being present in the moment, something constantly available to all, but particularly so when we drop a piece of china.
Moving Beyond The Blame Game
Why do we waste so much energy looking for someone to blame when something doesn't go our way? Dr. Brené Brown provides us with valuable insight into how the constant search for blame limits the meaningfulness of our relationships. Brené Brown is a highly respected researcher on the subject of vulnerability. She has mastered using the art of storytelling and self-disclosure to bring life and practical meaning to the data she's collected and analysed for over 10 years. Equally important is that Brené also shows us it's okay to laugh at ourselves as we acknowledge our imperfections.
100 Thank Yous
For a year and a half, artist Lori Portka painted her gratitude through individual pieces of art for 100 people who have made a difference in her life. In her effort to truly live a life of gratitude, Lori learned that gratitude grows, and grows, and grows. "The more that I focused on gratitude, the more I was grateful for." This beautiful film captures Lori's motivation and some of the reactions from the recipients of her gratitude at an emotional exhibition of the 100 paintings. "One person can make such a difference."
There are those among us who have the passion and the dedication to face-up to awesome challenges that, when overcome, make the world a better, more beautiful place. This film is a portrait of one such man, one such passion, and one such beauty. Follow flamenco guitarist Juan Ramírez and the spark that burns within him to ignite the fiery rhythms and smouldering melodies of Spanish flamenco. "Flamenco is a hard music, because it comes from the gut," says Ramírez. "I have a responsibility to share what I have lived."
The Man Who Moved a Mountain Alone!
Dashrath Manjhi, also referred to as the “Mountain Man,” spent 22 long years breaking a mountain. It all started when his wife, who was trekking the mountain to bring him food, fell down and got hurt. He said to himself – everyone is born to eat, work and sleep, so why not do one thing in life which is beneficial for his wife and for others and that will serve for a long time to come? He sold his 3 goats so he could buy the hammer and chisel needed to break the 300 foot mountain. After 22 years of daily toil, working from 4 to 8am and again, after 1pm, he carved a road 30 feet in breadth and 360 feet in length.
Just Breathe
"Your blood keeps pumping because, like, you're really mad. And you start to get sweaty because you're getting really, really mad. And then when you start getting really mad, you turn red." Entirely un-scripted, this video was filmed on a Saturday afternoon with students of Citizens of the World Charter School in Mar Vista, California, and their families. These 6-year old kids began learning mindfulness techniques in Kindergarten and can teach us all a thing or two about coping with difficult emotions.
Plastic Paradise
The invention of synthetic plastic created an era of disposable products. Watertight and endlessly malleable, plastic is the perfect invention yet, its miraculous durability is also its curse because it never goes away. In the early 21st Century, rumours about an island of garbage somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, started to rise. TV host and filmmaker Angela Sun, decided to investigate. Her journey takes her thousands of miles from human civilization. There, in what should be a remote tropical paradise, she discovers an ecosystem inundated by plastic waste. Exposed to seawater and sunlight, tons of discarded plastics are breaking down into smaller fragments resembling food to fish and birds.
Last Days of Zach Sobiech
"Every teenager believes they are invincible," said Zach Sobiech. "It's not the kind of invincible like Superman; it's the kind of invincible like, 'I'll see you in five months.'" Zach didn't have five months. He died of cancer on 20 May 2013, shortly after his 18th birthday. This film gives us a glimpse of Zack's indomitable spirit, enormous capacity for love, and quiet courage as he approached the end of his life -- and the profound impact of his empathy and grace on those he was about to leave behind.
Everyday - Dave Matthews Band
In this music video for the Dave Matthews Band's song, Everyday, a man wakes up in his messy room, sluggishly gets dressed, then goes out ... to give out free hugs. At first, people avoid him; it seems that no one has the time. However, after a first hug, more and more people begin to open up to him. By the end, he succeeds in spreading love, where everyone hugs each other without reserve.
Girls Across The World And Their Stories
"Research is clear that when girls reach their full potential, through improved status, better health care, and education, it is the most effective development tool for society as a whole." ~Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General. This trailer for the film, "Girl Rising," gives a glimpse of nine girls from nine different countries that have overcome tremendous obstacles to pursue their dreams. Each girl's story was written by a renowned author from her country, and narrated by an all-star line-up of celebrity activists. Watch and bear witness to the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.
Opening Doors and Hearts
Opening a door is more than a physical act. It's about putting yourself out there, getting to know people, making them feel comfortable, and making them feel welcome. After being bullied, Josh Yandt decided to make a change that ultimately had a dramatic impact on his life and on the lives of his fellow students. Watch this sweet story of how the London, Ontario, high school paid forward Josh's acts of kindness and connection.
My Father’s Gift
'Gift' is a must watch short film that has a profound, heart-touching message about the importance of giving, and the true value of wealth. It’s a beautiful depiction of how we deeply touch others when we selflessly give our time, love and kindness. “Gift” is about a boy who grew up not liking his father because he believed he was poor, unintelligent and unsuccessful, but his father had a secret. It was only until after his father’s death he discovers the true reach of his father’s generosity towards others and the joy and laughter he brought to others. He finally understands his father’s message to him as a boy, that “being rich is not about how much you have, but how much you can give.”
It Is Now That My Life Is Mine
In 2008, going through a dark patch, Hailey Bartholomew found comfort in a simple practice. Every day she took a photo of something she was grateful for. The practice yielded transformative results and led to the creation of Thousands would be inspired by it -- among them a young mother named Amy Gill. Thanks to Hailey's story, Amy would turn to gratefulness at a time of heartbreak in her own life. This film captures her beautiful spirit and story.
The Healing Power of JOY!
Laughter is a natural medicine - it lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is contagious. It brings people together and helps us feel more alive and empowered. Laughter therapy aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort. There are over 70 organisations committed to the healing power of laughter around the world. Watch as Care Clowns, Clown Doctors, and Joy activists in countries across the globe delight sick children and their care givers with giggles, bubbles, love, and joy.
Awakening the Wisdom of the Heart
Our heart knows what our mind has forgotten - it knows the sacred that is within all that exists, and through a depth of feeling we can once again experience this connection, this belonging." ~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. What does it mean to live from the heart? According to Dena Merriam, founding member of the Contempla tive Alliance, it means living with a fuller appreciation of what it means to be a human being on this earth. The wisdom of the heart shows us our connection to the whole. If we move from a consciousness of just thinking about ourselves first, to one of the well-being of the whole, things will evolve naturally into a much more caring, loving, and sustainable society. Listen to Dena and other leaders from different spiritual practices share their thoughts on how we can live from the heart.
Food Runners
There are over 800 million undernourished people in the world today. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide. Yet there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. In San Francisco, California, 1 out of 4 people go hungry at some point during the month. There are also more than 4,000 restaurants in the city that throw away excess food. Mary Risley, founder of Tante Marie's Cooking School, decided to do something to prevent that. In 1987, together with a small group of women, she started a grassroots initiative called Food Runners to help alleviate hunger, prevent food waste, and create community. San Franciscans connecting with other San Franciscans.
Origins (Trailer)
Wonder why people are getting sicker and the burden of chronic diseases is rapidly increasing worldwide? The documentary film, "Origins," takes us on a journey through the biological roots of where humans came from and where we’ve gone – looking at the advances of our civilization and how the sometimes reckless use of technology has choked our environment and is poisoning our bodies. Watch this trailer of a film that helps us understand the intrinsic connection between our lifestyles, our health, and the vitality of our planet.
A Lesson In Empathy
Our lives intersect with others all day, everyday. Sometimes we know these other lives well; frequently, though, the points of connection are brief and transient. Who are these people? How might they tell their own stories? What thoughts preoccupy their minds? What joys and troubles are coursing through their feelings? This short film, produced by the Cleveland Clinic, reminds us that empathy is our tool for beginning to know these things. It asks the question: If we could catch a glimpse of others' stories, would we treat them differently?
Living Service: Jayesh Patel
"This work is just a drop in the ocean," Jayesh Patel observes." But a teardrop of compassion changes everything." So says the founder of an organization catering expressly to the ~180,000 residents of a slum community in Ahmedabad, India. In a remarkable walking interview with a man who had never before agreed to appear on-camera, Patel shares a simple philosophy: give everything to whatever comes up in a moment. "No ambition--mission!" he advises with a smile. "Don't stretch, never stretch. Wherever you are is the best time for you, whoever you're around are the best people for you. That's living in the present."
Birds of Paradise
Deep in the isolated wilderness of New Guinea lives extraordinary beauty as you have never seen it before. It pours from within the existence of 39 species of birds found nowhere else on earth. For over a decade, Ed Scholes, a Cornell Lab scientist, and Tim Laman, a National Geographic photojournalist, took on the Birds-of-Paradise project – an incredible journey to capture the majestic splendour of these birds. Mother Nature is full of abundance and boundless wonders. When we are in tune with nature, it connects us back with those universal creative powers and healing energy. Let the birds of paradise dance, parade, and serenade you with their extraordinary ornaments and plumes.
Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth
Native American leader, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, says, "Humanity must shift from living on the Earth to living with her." If we accept that the Earth is a living being, can we also accept that it is in our capacity to destroy it? In "Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth", scientists and spiritual leaders of diverse faiths come together to show us how we can transform our relationship with this sacred Earth so that we are living in harmony. The collection of essays in this book offer a response to the values and socio-political structures of recent centuries with their trajectory away from intimacy with the Earth and its sacred essence. This trailer gives an eye opening glimpse into the reflections and wisdom offered by these inspiring leaders.
The Girl Who Silenced the World at the UN
Born and raised in Vancouver, Severn Suzuki has been working on environmental and social justice issues since kindergarten. At age 9, she and some friends started the Environmental Children's Organization (ECO), a small group of children committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. They travelled to 1992's UN Earth Summit, where 12 year-old Severn gave this powerful speech that deeply affected (and silenced) some of the most prominent world leaders. The speech had such an impact that she has become a frequent invitee to many UN conferences.
Stand With Sanju: Unraveling the Truth About Child Rug Labour
When Sanju was eleven years old, a broker took her from her home and forced Sanju into child labour. She had to weave knots daily from four in the morning until eight at night. Hungry and tired, Sanju watched as her cut hands become knobby from continuous knot-weaving, and wondered: was this what her life would always be? Two years ago, GoodWeave rescued Sanju. GoodWeave, a non-profit organisation that aims to end child labour in the rug industry, works tirelessly to free and educate hundreds of thousands of enslaved children. To stop child trafficking, GoodWeave encourages buyers to only purchase rugs with the GoodWeave label. Reunited with her parents, Sanju now goes to school, thanks to GoodWeave and people like you.
The League of Afghanistan
Jess Markt was going into his second year of college and was a high jumper on the University of Oregon track team when a spinal chord injury left him a paraplegic. He understood that he could dive deep into despair over his new future or he could simply embrace the challenge. He chose the latter. As it happened, Jess decided to take-on not simply his own disability, but also the traumatic disabilities of a very special group of people: Afghans crippled in the violence of the U.S. war against the Taliban. Watch as Jess helps to build confidence and purpose in a group of men who, quite literally, have had the ground taken from beneath their feet.
Locks for Love
How would you support a friend recently diagnosed with cancer? Watch as a group of family and friends gather together to surprise Gerdi McKenna in an unexpected show of love and support after her recent diagnosis of breast cancer.
Love Your Life: An Illustrated Interview with Maurice Sendak
As our spirit grows, we become more in touch with the beauty of the world. Artist Christoph Niemann illustrates his personal take on an interview with Maurice Sendak on NPR's Fresh Air. He invites us into a world of wild things, inspiration and the love that Sendak has for the world. "Live your life, live your life, live your life."
The Shirt Off My Back
A short, award winning film titled, The Wings of Joy, follows a young boy on his quest to save money for a coveted sports jersey. Allow yourself to be surprised by the kindness, joy and connection the film portrays.
"Still I Rise" - Remembering Maya Angelou
From the moment it was published in 1978, “Still I Rise” has been one of Maya Angelou’s best-loved and most influential poems. It has inspired figures as diverse as Bill Clinton and Tupac Shakur and has become a staple in the canon of American poetry. Dr. Angelou’s directness and candor affirms the power of individual strength over collective history, as well as to the power of individual lives to shape our shared future. Watch and listen as the great poet, who died at age 86 on 28 May 2014, introduces and recites her paean to resilience and dignity.
Dr. John Kitchin was a successful neurologist. However, he felt as if his life was a rat race – trapped in a routine that didn’t make him happy. There was emptiness inside. Dr. Kitchin abandoned his career and all of his trappings of material success, including a Ferrari, an exotic animal farm and a huge mansion high in the hills. Now, he skates all day, every day, in slow motion, at Pacific Beach. People know him as SLOMO. The child inside him is very happy: “The people that love SLOMO are cheering for one person that got away, that escaped, and got to real freedom where he skates all day, doesn’t apologize – he’s simply doing what he wants to…”
Power to the People
What happens when a city goes local with its power supply? Ask the residents of Boulder, Colorado. They’d grown tired of debates about climate change and public health. What they wanted was some hands-on, people-driven change. So, in 2011, they made Boulder the first municipality in the country to take back its energy decisions. The upshot? If Boulder can do this, other cities can. The slingshot? If they do, the corporate energy giants could fall.
Owen and Haatchi: A Boy and His Dog
"The day that Haachi met Owen was utterly incredible. It was electric. It was spiritual... they immediately understood they were going to work together as a team." ~ Colleen Drummond, Owen's stepmother. Owen is a 7-year old boy with a rare syndrome that leaves his muscles in a constant state of tension. Haatchi is an Anatolian Shepherd that was left to die on the railroad tracks, but managed to escape with a severed leg and tail. The shy little boy and the giant three-legged dog have been best friends since the day they met. "Everything changed in my life with him," says Owen of Haatchi. Drummond adds: "Owen and Haatchi simplify everything with pure love."
Washed Ashore Project
What do 3 tons of garbage look like? If you are Angela Haseltine Pozzi, you turn this trash into sculptures that draw attention to the problem of plastic pollution. Unlike other artists that work with plastic beach debris, she doesn't cut everything up into tiny, beautiful pieces so you don't know where this plastic came from - you can see each piece of plastic for what it is - and you know that it was purchased by someone. A jelly fish made of discarded water bottles, a fish made of flip flops, coral made from styrofoam... you get the idea... Each one of us has a hand in creating the plastic pollution that affects every beach in the world.
Hope in Pakistan
Amidst the violence and chaos of Karachi, there is a ray of hope: Pakistani philanthropist, humanitarian and a man of grit and strength, Abdul Sattar Edhi. Born in 1928 in Bantawa, Gujarat, India, he later migrated to Pakistan in 1947. From a very young age his mother taught him to be kind towards others. Each day, she would give him two paisa - one to spend on himself, and one on someone less fortunate. Started with a mere Rs.5000 (approximately $55.56) the Edhi Foundation runs the world's largest ambulance service and operates free nursing homes, orphanages, clinics, women shelters, rehab centers for drug addicts and mentally ill individuals, to name a few of the many services. One of the most trusted men in Pakistan, Edhi's Foundation has modified the phrase "Live and Let Live" to "Live and Help Live."
Every Kid Needs A Champion
Rita Pierson, a teacher with more than 40 years of experience, talks about the value and importance of human connection (relationships) in a kid's education. She believes that if most kids grew up not being afraid to take risks and not being afraid to think, our world would be a better place. Every child deserves a champion, she says - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of good relationships, and insists that they become the best they can possibly be. Educators are born to make a difference.
Make A Difference
We all know it feels nice to give. But how many of us would give away a sudden windfall, particularly if it meant foregoing some luxuries that you'd never dreamed possible? This lovely little film, set in rural India, illustrates just how fun generosity can be when done with sensitivity, spontaneity, and stealth.
A 23 Year Old Mother of 30
It is not unusual for high school graduates to take a year off to "find" themselves before starting college. And that's exactly what Maggie Doyne intended to do. At age 18, she strapped on a backpack and headed for the South Pacific Islands to start her trip around the world. Several months later, she traveled to a remote village in Nepal, where she felt a deep sense of belonging - a sense of home. Distressed by seeing so many working children, many of them orphans, she decided to sponsor the education of one child. Soon, one became five, then ten, and Maggie very quickly realized that she wanted to build a home where these children could live. In five short years, this 23 year old has built a home for 30 children, as well as a primary school for 230 children. Listen to Maggie's story and find out the dream she wants to realize in her lifetime.
Koko the Therapy Dog
Animals have incredible healing capabilities and 'Koko the Therapy Dog' is a powerful example of a healing relationship between human beings and animals. Koko is a cute Labradoodle who is also the first mixed breed dog in America to be certified as a therapy dog (ThD) by the American Kennel Club. Koko and his handler, Steven Herz, have travelled through 5 counties in the USA, visiting over 35 facilities like nursing homes, special needs schools and libraries, where the elderly and children both have benefited from Koko's love and giving nature. Koko has been a therapy dog for 7 1/2 years and still continues to love and heal unconditionally.
I Am Malala
“Malala Yousafzai was already well-known, if anonymously, in the West as the author of the compelling BBC blog describing life as a school girl in northwest Pakistan's Swat Valley. She was catapulted to international fame by a failed assassination attempt by the Taliban and has since become the global face of the right of girls to enjoy the same educational and life opportunities as boys receive. At only 16 years of age, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in 2013. In this interview with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, Malala displays both her passion for the struggle for gender equality and her compassion for those who would do her harm.
The Global Waste Scandal
Western countries throw away nearly half of the food they produce for human consumption, not because it is inedible, but because it does not look appealing. Surely there is something more sensible to do with food than waste it. In this TED talk, Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food and calls for a more responsible use of our global resources. We are reaching the ecological limits that our planet can bear - eat food - don't throw it away.
Kitchen of Cheer
“Food is just a means of getting closer to people.” Watching a child rummage in the garbage to drink melted ice from a discarded plastic sack spurred Mavis Ching to do something. Touch A Life prepares lunches for local kids and on Saturday delivers to their families in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mother Teresa said: “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” Touch A Life agrees, and uses a meal as a happy and practical way to reach out to give hugs and attention to over 150 hungry kids and their families..
Giving is the Best Communication
This commercial, by Thai telecommunications provider TrueMove H, went viral within a few days of its release, and in less than a week, had close to 7 million views. Grab a box of tissues and be prepared to be moved by this 3 minute video on giving with no expectations of return.
The Overview Effect
Forty years ago, the astronauts of Apollo 8 orbited the moon for the first time and snapped the iconic "Blue Marble" photographs of the earth from space. It was not only an image of stunning beauty; it represented a powerful new perspective of earthly life and its place within the cosmos. It produced a radical shift in self-awareness. The earth has a unity and cohesion we understand intellectually, but which we have only been able to see and feel viscerally through this astonishing view from the outside. This short film, "Overview," brings together astronauts, who convey their first-hand experience of the "overview effect," and philosophers, who place this cosmic perspective in theoretical context.
Chris Abani’s Stories of Humanity
Chris Abani tells stories of people: people standing up to soldiers, people showing compassion, people being human or reclaiming their humanity. And according to this critically-acclaimed Nigerian poet and novelist, these stories are a way of imparting something called "ubuntu." Meaning, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me. "...the world is never saved in grand, messianic gestures but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion; everyday acts of compassion..."
A Poem to The Bullied and Beautiful
Bullied children survive, says poet Shane Koyczan; but not because, unlike sticks and stones, "names will never hurt me." The torment wounds profoundly and the damage can be lifelong. "We stem from a root planted in the belief that we are not what we are called... Our lives are a balancing act that has less to do with pain and more to do with beauty." With this recital of his celebrated poem, "To This Day", Shane gives the backstory of his own harrowing childhood experience and speaks against a spectacular backdrop of crowdsourced animation depicting the all-too-frequent cruelty of the schoolyard.
Violence and Silence
Jackson Katz asks us to make a paradigm shift in our thinking about gender violence. Calling gender violence a "women's issue" is part of the problem. These are not (or not "just") women's issues - these are men's issues. And women and girls are not the only victims of male violence - men and boys are also victims of male violence. Watch this TED talk to the end, as Katz explains his work in teaching leadership skills to men using the "bystander" approach to empower them to break their complicit silence and challenge each other to stand with women, not against them. "We owe it to women, but we also owe it to our sons."
A Poem to The Bullied and Beautiful
Bullied children survive, says poet Shane Koyczan; but not because, unlike sticks and stones, "names will never hurt me." The torment wounds profoundly and the damage can be lifelong. "We stem from a root planted in the belief that we are not what we are called... Our lives are a balancing act that has less to do with pain and more to do with beauty." With this recital of his celebrated poem, "To This Day", Shane gives the backstory of his own harrowing childhood experience and speaks against a spectacular backdrop of crowdsourced animation depicting the all-too-frequent cruelty of the schoolyard.
Violence and Silence
Jackson Katz asks us to make a paradigm shift in our thinking about gender violence. Calling gender violence a "women's issue" is part of the problem. These are not (or not "just") women's issues - these are men's issues. And women and girls are not the only victims of male violence - men and boys are also victims of male violence. Watch this TED talk to the end, as Katz explains his work in teaching leadership skills to men using the "bystander" approach to empower them to break their complicit silence and challenge each other to stand with women, not against them. "We owe it to women, but we also owe it to our sons."
Love-Filled Last Days of Zach Sobiech
Money and Life
Can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity? Centered around this provocative inquiry, Money and Life is a feature length film that offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected. This cinematic odyssey takes us on a journey, from the origins of money to connecting the systemic dots on the current global financial crisis and how we got here. It is a tapestry of beautifully shot expert interviews woven with compelling vignettes of individuals and businesses consciously transforming their relationship with money. Together with dynamic animation, an original music score and an elegant voice of narration, the film tells a new story of money, but more broadly it tells a new story of humanity with a touch of humour and a lot of heart.
This Is Water: Re-imagining Everyday Life
O, the maddening tedium of the everyday responsibilities of adult life! It plagues us because, when traversing a landscape all-too-familiar and all-too-disappointing, the "default setting" of our mentality is to feel victimized by circumstance. We place ourselves in the center of the universal narrative, making the plot-line all about our own misery.
Love Language – A Short Film On How We Connect
Love is a funny thing. As the saying goes, we often find love when we least expect, but it might be equally true that when we do find love it's different than we expected. This beautiful short film was created to raise awareness and money for a good cause, which it did. But it has gone so much further in showing us what love looks like, and how we can connect with each other when we have the courage to break down our own walls and become vulnerable.
Education for the Total Human Being
Every child should have at least one teacher in their lifetime like Ms. Reifler. Meet an extraordinary educator that is giving children the most powerful lesson of all, self- worth. Her model of teaching is making a tremendous impact on the lives of her low-income, East Los Angeles students.
Sit Happens
Timber Hawkeye has a very simple guide to happiness - 2 words: be grateful. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. In this TEDx talk, Hawkeye observes that all of our suffering is self-inflicted, and that we have a misguided notion that happiness is something we have to "pursue." He shares some simple prescriptions for inner peace and tranquility: slow down, sit. There is nothing you need to buy; nowhere you need to go. Just spend a few minutes each day taking inventory of everything in your life that is worth appreciating.
A Safe Haven in Nepal
2010 CNN Hero of the Year, Anuradha Koirala, started Maiti Nepal (roughly translated to "mother's home") to protect Nepali women and girls from crimes such as domestic violence, trafficking, prostitution, child labor, and other forms of exploitation and torture. Since 1993, Maiti Nepal has helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 12,000 women and girls, providing a safe place for them to recover and grow. The children call Koirala "elder sister," a moniker she accepts with pride. "You have to take each child as your daughter," Koirala urges, and asks you to join hands to create a society free of human trafficking.
There is Beauty in Not Knowing
The simple beauty of a flower captivates artist and scientist alike. Where our world exists without answers, without definitions, we seek answers and definitions. Sometimes we find them but when we don't, what does that mean? What does it say about us? What does it say about our existence? This short video explores the world through the eyes of Richard Feynman: emotional, visually beautiful, intellectually evocative.
Students Stand Up for Mental Health
Adolescence is hard enough without the extra challenges of depression and anxiety. Often a simple act of reaching out to show you understand can give someone hope. This amazing short film shows the powerful effects that can occur when students, parents and administration step up and stand up for those who need an extra boost.
Everything is Incredible
How often do we burden imagination - and the artistic product of imagination - with prosaic expectations appropriate only to the physical realities of the mundane world? What is the cost of these blinders? And what is the power of an unfettered creative process? These themes, and many others, are explored in this beautiful film, which tells the story of a poor, bent, Honduran villager who has been building a helicopter from pieces of refuse for the past fifty years. Will Agustin's helicopter take to the skies? Those who can see into the soul of the artist have no doubts - or perhaps they simply have a keener understanding of what it means to fly.
Gratitude, Gifting and Grandpa
A picture of John Styn's grandfather, Rev. Caleb Elroy Shikles, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had a huge impact on John Styn's life growing up. It made him realize that great people are not "them" - they are "us." In this funny, emotional TEDx talk, Styn shares his grandpa's lessons of living life in intense gratitude and the joy that comes from gifting. We all have a choice every moment of our lives. Are we going to focus on the (ice cream) cone or the (dog) crap?
Landfill Harmonic
A cello made from an oil can and pieces of wood thrown in the garbage; a saxophone made of spoons and buttons. These are the instruments crafted by Nicolas, a recycler with no previous experience making musical instruments, living hand-to-mouth by the garbage dump in Catuera, Paraguay. Inspired by this initiative and creativity, Maestro Luis Szaran, director of "Sounds of the Earth," formed a "recycled orchestra" with children living at the dump. "Our main goal isn't to form good musicians, but to form good citizens." Now 30 members strong, listen to the sweet sounds of these recycled instruments and the hopes and dreams of the children who play them.
A Story For Tomorrow
A visually beautiful and inspiring video of a "journey" ending with two poignant questions: “Is it possible to be happy with this life?” and “Did you enjoy your story?” (Did you?)

What If Money Didn’t Matter?
Hanging In The Balance:
The Future Of A Forest
Scientists believe that we are at a tipping point of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest, the largest contiguous tropical forest in the world. If we lose much more, the damage may be irreversible. The Amazon is a vast storehouse of biodiversity and plays a critical role in regulating global climate. Today, nearly one fifth of the Amazon has been cleared. This video describes some of the extraordinary efforts being undertaken by social entrepreneurs and stewards of the rainforest that have made a considerable difference to reducing deforestation. Over the last 5 years, Brazil has managed to reduce the rate of deforestation by 80%. However, new regulations threaten to reverse this trend.
Full Circle
Take a few minutes to enjoy this visual journey of beauty and serenity through cycles of light, water, wind and earth. Consider your relationship to these elements; consider the oneness of all life.


22 Random Acts of Kindness
How I spent my 22nd birthday:

1. Wrote personalised letters to policemen appreciating all they do for us;
2. Bought ice cream for all the guards sitting in the heat;
3. Got water bottles for CDA gardeners and traffic policemen...

Watch the rest of this video to find out how else Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi spent his big day.


What Tomorrow Brings
There has never been a school for girls in the village of Deh Subz, Afghanistan. Afghan-American Razia Jan set out to change that. In 2009, despite pressure to educate boys and threats to ruin the school, the Zabuli Education Center opened a school to educate 200 girls. October 11, 2012 marked the inaugural commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child - a new global observance to highlight the importance of empowering girls and ensuring their human rights. Educating girls provides them a foundation for a better life.


Small Pleasures

Once upon a time in a country far, far away lived a boy who was different from all the others. His name was Eftichis. Everything in his life was running quite smoothly, until one day an incident made him see life from a different perspective. And suddenly, a big secret was revealed.

They Call Me Birdman

As he rounds the corner of West 208th Street and Ninth Avenue with two green fishing nets over his shoulder, James Cataldi says: "You go first. They'll flock toward me if they see me." Just a year and a half ago, this wedge of waterfront was a dumping ground and a "heroin shantytown." But today, James has single handedly removed hundreds of pounds of garbage and made it a remarkable refuge for hundreds of birds. "I was a Wall Street guy. I was heavily into math," Mr. Cataldi says. "But this is my calling."

Foundation for the Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)

FACT was established in 1971 by Ruth Sackman and is a non-profit educational organization that supports non-toxic, biologically sound approaches to cancer prevention and treatment. The goal of FACT is to educate practitioners and patients about a different concept of cancer and other chronic degenerative disease in the hope that the public will gain an understanding of all viable medical options

Codex Alimentarius (CODEX)

Dr Robert Verkerk is Executive and Scientific Director of the Alliance for Health, an organisation that is based in the UK to protect and promote natural health worldwide. In this video Dr Verkerk talks about CODEX and explains what this organisation has been set up to do, and what it has actually done.


An Interview with Dr Andrew Wakefield by Dr Mercola

In this interview Dr. Andrew Wakefield shares his personal and professional insights into a number of topics with Dr Mercola (, from the gut-brain connection so often seen in autistic children, to the safety of a number of childhood vaccines.

The explosion in brain tumours and the truth about the wireless society!

World-renowned neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo speaks about the major increase he is seeing in brain tumours which he says is directly attributable to the increase in use of mobile phones and other appliances.
(An interview with Dr Charlie Teo also appears in the Jun/Aug 2010 issue (Vol 2, Issue 31) of The Art of Healing magazine).

From left brain to right brain - an amazing transition from a stroke survivor

At the age of 37, Dr Jill Bolte-Taylor, a Harvard trained and published neuroanatomist and spokeswoman for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Centre, had a serious stroke that traumatised the left hemisphere of her brain and eliminated her Maths and language skills.

Homeless Kid Wows Korea
At three years old, he was handed off to an orphanage. At five years old, he was living on the streets. At twenty-two years old, he’s persevered and pursued his love for the arts, amazing the world with his heartfelt performance on Korea’s Got Talent. Meet Choi Sung-Bong, a person who embodies the idea to never give up.
GMO Ticking Time Bomb
The first in an upcoming series of mini-documentary videos about GMOs, this Gary Null production delves into the reality of GMO health risks. Gary Null calls it a "GMO ticking time bomb."
Quiet Time
In the 2002-2003 school year, there were 41 murders in the neighbourhood of Visitacion Valley Middle School. Young students were playing "cops and robbers" with real guns, and many suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2007, the principal instituted a program called "Quiet Time" to teach meditation to every student in the school, with dramatic results. Truancy rate fell by more than 7 percent (while the average for the State rose to 30 percent) and suspensions fell by more than 50 percent. Twelve minutes at the beginning and twelve minutes at the end of school day have given these children a coping mechanism to deal with the many stresses of poverty and violence in their lives.
Interfaith Amigos
"No one owns the universal." On this International Day of Peace and Global Day of Non-violence, the Interfaith Amigos - Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman - teach us, using humour and compassion, to bridge the gaps between understanding and the common points of all faiths. Though no laughing matter, these religious healers embrace inter-faith collaboration, and show it to be one of our great moral hopes.
75-Year Old Bodybuilding Grandma
"If there ever was an anti-aging pill, I would call it exercise," says Ernestine Shepherd. Behold the breathtakingly magnanimous story of Ernestine, who at the tender age of 71, started competitive bodybuilding. Her true motivational message is to inspire others to exercise and eat correctly. As Ernestine says, "Age is nothing but a number." So watch this BBC video report and join the revolution -- it is never too late to exercise and feel healthy.
The Story of Change
It's not easy to change a dysfunctional system that puts corporate profits above the health and happiness of people. It takes more than just "voting with our pocketbooks"; it takes political involvement. In her latest film, Annie Leonard gives us a simple formula for social transformation: CHANGE = a big idea + collective identity + action.
An Inside Look: The Natural Standard Research Collaboration
The Natural Standard is a US organisation that was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition.

Danny and Annie
This StoryCorps video tells the greatest love story ever. Funny, touching, and incisive, Danny and Annie are unusually thoughtful and candid in expressing their affection -- from their very first date to the time of Danny's death.

In a celebration of the diversity of dance, the Ontario Arts Council and filmmaker Gloria Ui Young Kim lets the dancers explain the freedom and discipline, the joy and catharsis, the self-affirmation and interconnection they experience when they set their bodies to the music. "As long as you have a beat inside you, dance is for you."

"For many years, people living in West Oakland had accepted eating unhealthy food as a way of life. That is, until a small group of people decided to change their community through Mandela MarketPlace, a non-profit that partners with local residents and rural, minority farmers to bring fresh agricultural produce to their local corner stores. Mandela Market Place now represents the difference that youth can make by challenging prevailing paradigms.

"The ordinary... is the part of our world where beauty is interlaced in each detail... It’s the part of our world that can knock our socks off... but so many of us walk by every day, never knowing, never caring... “ This lovely meditation on the blessing of vision -- both metaphorically and explicitly -- was shot on a budget of $25 (for the prop sunglasses), using a digital SLR and an iPhone.

Peaches Neet Feet
Shoes + Art + Love = Happiness. Watch this emotional, inspiring and beautiful story of Madison "Peach" Steiner's service through shoe art for children with critical health issues. Madison's slogan, painted on her own shoes: "From my heART to your sole" says it all. She is changing one child's world with every pair of shoes she sends out.

The Most Astounding Fact
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us what astonishes him most about our universe: that the atoms comprising our bodies are literally made of star-dust. "So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us," he says.
Charlie Chaplin: Let us free the World
Some call it the greatest speech ever made. This remix puts Charlie Chaplin's climactic address from "The Great Dictator" (1940) into present-day context, showing how the spirit of liberty, brotherhood, and equality that defeated fascism seven decades ago must be urgently reclaimed.

The Empathic Civilisation
"We humans are soft-wired for sociability, affection, to belong, and to empathize. The question is "Can we extend our empathy to the entire human race, fellow creatures and biosphere?" If we can imagine that possibility, we can save our species and our planet! Jeremy Rifkin's talk on the empathic civilization is mapped out in a stunningly visual and cohesive way.

Barefoot College
In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men -- many of them illiterate -- to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It's called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains the values behind its success. Trust the people, he says, and they'll create the solutions themselves.

The Seven Habits of Mindful Eating
"The rhythm of life is becoming faster and faster, so we really don't have the same awareness and the same ability to check into ourselves." These words are from an unexpected source: a Harvard nutritionist. Dr. Lilian Cheung, with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh, co-wrote 'Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life.' "That's why mindful eating is becoming more important. We need to be coming back to ourselves and saying: 'Does my body need this? Why am I eating this? Is it just because I'm so sad and stressed out?'" In this 3-minute video, Dr. Cheung explains how honouring and being mindful of the food we eat makes us healthier. She offers seven practices for mindful eating -- simple steps that we can take to maintain a healthier weight and live a happier life. We are what we eat -- and how we eat it.

Everybody Can Be Great, Martin Luther King Jnr
"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve... You only need a heart full of grace." On 4 February 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. preached "The Drum Major Instinct" (adapted from the 1952 homily of the same name by well-known, liberal, white Methodist preacher J. Wallace Hamilton) from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. This short video excerpts the portion of the speech where King urges his congregation to greatness through service and love.

Life is Easy
"Life is easy" says Jon Jandai. "Why do we have to make it so difficult?" After pursuing "success" in Bangkok for several years, Jo dropped out of university to return to village life. There, he went back to the life he knew as a child, working 2 months of the year to grow rice (with an additional 15 minutes a day to grow vegetables), dug a couple of fish ponds, built his own homes using earthen bricks, and gave up buying clothes (he has so many clothes from friends and visitors that he has to give them away). Jo contends that to be happy, we cannot just rely on money; we have to reconnect with each other.

Plastic – a resource that is grossly Undervalued
In this video you will watch a man from Japan who has invented a machine that can convert plastic into oil. “The other day I saw an empty drink bottle standing on the beach. At high tide it would be embarking on a long sea journey, and probably end up breaking up and being mistaken for food by some sea creature. The person who left it standing there is actually supporting species extinction! Plastic waste can either be deadly or useful. We need to value it with an attractive price per kilo and reuse it. As with bottles and aluminium cans, as soon as we choose to see it as valuable, the environment will be free of much of it.” Text contributed by Veda Turner

Not Far from the Tree
Sour cherries, sweet cherries, serviceberries, mulberries, apricots, plums, crabapples, apples, pears, quince, grapes, peaches, sumac, black walnuts, pawpaw, elderberries, and ginkgo nut are some of the 1.5 million pounds of fruit grown in an unlikely place - the city of Toronto. A volunteer group, Not Far From The Tree, picks fruit from trees registered with the organization. The fruit is shared in thirds with the tree owners, the volunteers and local food banks and shelters, benefiting all three communities.

I will be a hummingbird
When confronted with adversity, when the odds are stacked up against you, you can either stand aside - helpless, frozen with fear - or do the best you can. Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai stood up to seemingly insurmountable challenges all her life, and won. Like the hummingbird in this story; to give up was never an option for her. Her spirit lives on in the millions of trees she helped plant.


The Calm Within
Dewey Bozella was locked up for 26 years - a lifetime - for a crime he did not commit. This story is about the triumph of human spirit and living proof of the maxim: "never give up". One man's journey to reclaim his life, against all odds; a man fighting his biggest fight - inside and outside the boxing ring, without any hatred or bitterness towards the system. Dewey Bozella - courageous, persistent, human and


Steve Jobs Stanford University Address
At the 2005 Stanford commencement address, the late Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple Inc., shares three inspirational stories from his own life with the graduates of Stanford. Watch this amazing speech where Steve urges young graduates to pursue their dreams. "Stay hungry! Stay foolish! And have the courage to follow your heart and intuition; they somehow know what you already want to become."

What does 'peace' mean to you?
If you were to spread peace, how would you do it? These questions and others are raised in this playful film that calls us to service and compassion. This short trailer ought to whet your appetite for more information and, hopefully, for action.

The surprising truth about what motivates us
Watch this fascinating talk visually unfold before you through witty and beautiful illustration. Dan Pink makes the case that there are hidden truths behind what really motivates us. Namely that it's not the age-old motivators of money and power that drives us, but our desire for autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

The Power of Vulnerability
Brene Brown studies human connection - our ability to empathise, belong, love. In a poignant, witty, and highly relevant talk, she shares a deep insight from her research; one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

What Does It Mean To Be Kind
In honour of World Kindness Day on November 13th, this video by the Humanity Healing Network takes you on an enchanted journey through the teachings of kindness. With a soundtrack by Enya, mesmerizing photos and wide ranging quotes from an Arabian proverb to Mother Teresa to Marianne Williamson, this photo essay aims to give you a multi-media experience of its lead question: What does it really mean to be kind?
How Can We Create
More Heroes?
Can modern science help us to create heroes? That's the lofty question behind Philip Zimbardo's Heroic Imagination Project, started by a Stanford professor who has spent 50 years teaching and studying psychology. The goal of the project is simple: to put decades of experimental research to use in training the next generation of exemplary Americans, churning out good guys with the same efficiency that gangs and terrorist groups produce bad guys. In this video, he inaugurates the project.

ADHD—Labeling normal kids "mentally ill"
A diagnosis of ADHD is not based on any medical tests. It is based solely off a checklist of behaviors - yet millions of kids have been diagnosed and put on drugs such as Ritalin, Dexamphetamine and Concerta, which the Australian Government places in the same category of drugs as cocaine, morphine & opium.
Chewing gum art from the heart
Artist Ben Wilson produces amazing pieces of art that are free and accessible to the public...using old chewing gum litter on the sidewalk as his canvas. The work is laborious, painstaking, and intricate. It is a true labor of love and a selfless gift to his community. Ben hopes that neighbors noticing his work will develop a sense of belonging and responsibility to the community, which hopefully will reduce tendencies to litter. "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it." -- Confucius.

Milky Way Time-Lapse Video
Some things are worth losing sleep over. Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd trekked to the highest mountain in Spain (El Teide), camped outside without a tent or sleeping bag, and slept only 10 hours over the seven days it took to capture this breathtaking time-lapse footage of the Milky Way galaxy. Sprawled out over the lush landscape, the stars seemed close enough to reach out and touch. A tribute to the majesty and beauty of both heaven and Earth.
Story of Electronics
Thinking about tossing out your new year-old phone for the newer, sexier smart phone? Electronics manufacturers make it hard for us to stick with products by churning out new, incompatible versions every year or two. But this type of disposable designing is creating 25 million tons of e-waste, poisoned workers, and an increasingly toxic environment. Learn more about how our electronic products are made, what happens once we are done with them, and how we can support smarter, greener practices.

Stop Labelling Our Kids
20 Million Kids and Adolescents are labeled with "mental disorders" that are based solely on a checklist of behaviours. There are no brain scans, x-rays, genetic or blood tests that can prove they are "mentally ill", yet these children are stigmatized for life with psychiatric disorders, and prescribed dangerous,life-threatening psychiatric drugs. Child drugging is a $4.8 billion-a-year industry. Get the facts about this multi-billion dollar industry that is labeling and drugging kids for profit.
Natural Therapy Expo
Watch this video of an interview of Catherine Mercer, Editor/Publisher of The Art of Healing magazine at The Natural Health Conference and Expo held in Australia in 2011. This event is Australasia's foremost trade event for complementary healthcare professionals, naturopaths, beauty therapists, pharmacists and health food retailers and brings together key suppliers of natural health: natural medicines, supplements, energy medicine, functional foods, massage and yoga supplies, homoeopathic remedies, business and clinic services, magazines and publishers, industry associations and training providers.
How to be Alone
This charming video pays tribute to the happy wholesomeness of being alone. Tanya Davis recites her poem about the ways of solitude, gently cataloging all the places where aloneness can bring freedom and healing. Whether at a lunch counter, park bench, mountain trail, or on the edge of a dance floor - all you have to do is love yourself enough, to love being alone.
Unemployed Man is Hunger
Lifeline for Many
For elderly and disabled residents of the Bernal Heights neighborhood in San Francisco, Herman Travis is a lifeline. It is nearly impossible for them to bring the food that they need to their homes, so every Tuesday Herman partners with the San Francisco Food Bank to bring 1,300 pounds of food directly to them.

Evolving with Empathy

Over the last 10 years there has been some very interesting developments in the field of evolutionary biology, neuro-cognitive science, child development, research and other fields which is beginning to challenge the shibboleths and long held beliefs about human nature and the meaning of the human journey.

Poverty tells many stories

This short, but powerful film begins with a simple question: What was your most exciting day last week? In answer, we hear a fairytale threaded through scenes of a stark reality - as seen through the sweet, innocent eyes of a little boy named Max. What the actual story being told by this film, is left for you to decide.

Karma Clinic: Giving the Gift of Health

Dr. Aumatma Shah believes that health is SO valuable that it should be given as a gift. Moving beyond words and debate, she just started an experiment: Karma Clinic. At Karma Clinic, conventional and alternative medicine doctors see patients in need of healing the body, mind, and spirit.

Give Love - MC Yogi

Just like The Beatles, MC Yogi wants to remind you that "The love you take is equal to the love you make". So what's stopping you? If you want love, give love away. Or even better -- give love away because it's just plain awesome.

The Story of Cosmetics

Our relationship with our personal care products can be one of the most intimate relationships we have. We use them daily, all over our bodies, and sometimes in our bodies. What's in our products? Is everything safe and regulated? There is a lot of debate and confusion over the answers. Watch Annie Leonard's film for one viewpoint on our cosmetics industry.

The Tao of Tarot

The tarot is a deck of cards that uses symbolic imagery to express universal truths. With each movement of the wheel, a deeper understanding into the cycles of life and the seasons of the soul becomes accessible. In this video, Christina Bjergo talks about how Taoism and dreaming are interconnected, she gives tips on how to increase your dream recall, and talks about the benefits of working with dreams.

The Gerson Therapy

The Gerson Therapy is a powerful, natural treatment that boosts the body's immune system to heal cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and many other degenerative diseases through the consumption of nutrients from thirteen fresh, organic juices which are consumed every day, providing the body with a superdose of enzymes, minerals and nutrients.

Learn about Naturopathy with
Stephen Eddy

Find out what a naturopath actually does and how they practice preventative healthcare and treating the cause of illness and dis-ease so you can live a healthier and happier life.

Foundation for the Advancement in Cancer Therapy (F.A.C.T.)

FACT was established in 1971 by Ruth Sackman and is a non-profit educational organization that supports non-toxic, biologically sound approaches to cancer prevention and treatment. The goal of FACT is to educate practitioners and patients about a different concept of cancer and other chronic degenerative disease in the hope that the public will gain an understanding of all viable medical options

Deepak Chopra Interview with Richard Dawkins

Quantum Theory accounts for the anomalous behaviour of light and atoms, and whilst it is astonishingly accurate, it is also notoriously difficult to grasp. In this interview with Deepak Chopra, Richard Dawkins asks how quantum theory can be applied to healing.



Codex Alimentarius (CODEX)

Dr Robert Verkerk is Executive and Scientific Director of the Alliance for Health, an organisation that is based in the UK to protect and promote natural health worldwide. In this video Dr Verkerk talks about CODEX and explains what this organisation has been set up to do, and what it has actually done.


The explosion in brain tumours and the truth about the wireless society!

World-renowned neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo speaks about the major increase he is seeing in brain tumours which he says is directly attributable to the increase in use of mobile phones and other appliances.
An interview with Dr Charlie Teo also appears in the Jun/Aug 2010 issue (Vol 2, Issue 31) of The Art of Healing magazine.

From left brain to right brain - an amazing transition from a stroke survivor

At the age of 37, Dr Jill Bolte-Taylor, a Harvard trained and published neuroanatomist and spokeswoman for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Centre, had a serious stroke that traumatised the left hemisphere of her brain and eliminated her Maths and language skills.

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