Let’s dance

This story is about a tap dance school in Seattle, created for primarily disadvantaged kids to have an outlet for their energy, to help them build confidence, to give them a group to belong to, and also to call attention to social justice. Here’s their website.

It reminded me of a scene in the movie “White Nights” in which the two main characters — one who comes from ballet and one who comes from tap and jazz dance — collaborate on a dance that mixes both worlds. The movie has lots of other things to talk about: interracial relationships and prejudice, defection, and the Cold War.

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First books

Do you remember the first book that had an impact on you? A few that I remember very, very vividly from my childhood, as much for the pictures as the stories.┬áNot suggesting you should buy these, but take a look at the “Look inside”:

Anyway, I thought about this after seeing this video about a non-profit called First Book in a rural part of Iowa, where a “lunch lady” is organizing a book bus to help get books to children during vacations:

Our short winter vacation is coming up soon. What do you plan to read?

Never say never

How could someone who can’t see kayak? With a lot of motivation and ingenuity, and a litle help from technology.

Read more about this native of Turkey, who lost his sight when he was a child:

“The Water Belongs to Everyone, and This Blind Kayaker Will Prove It” (from KQED)

Here’s the app he uses: Be My Eyes. If you’re feeling philanthropic, maybe you can lend your eyes to someone who needs them.