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Oct 29, 2008

I was recently looking through old photographs and came upon this one from Halloween, 1973.  Yup, that’s me.  Yes, that’s really my hair.  I had raised a lot of monarch butterflies over the previous summer and thought (I’m sure with some encouragement from my Mother) being a butterfly would be a good Halloween costume. Good thing there weren’t too many bullies in my neighborhood.

 

Clearly I embraced the notion of “be the butterfly” early on in life.

 

(For the "official" story on the Care2 butterflies, see here.)

 

 

Randy in Butterfly costume

 

Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore, once said, “We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.”  Oh, wait, I thought he  meant “humiliation”….

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Mar 28, 2008
I had the pleasure of seeing Maya Angelou talk yesterday at the Aging in America conference in Washington, DC.    Maya is a wonderful author, poet, and civil rights activist whose works include the biography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. 

Maya Angelou also happens to be a favorite among Care2 members according to a fairly recent poll.
 

Maya, who will turn 80 next week, sat in a chair on stage and told what at first sounded like a series of amusing but unrelated stories of her childhood.   She then wove them all together to beautifully reveal how the kindness of her grandmother impacted her disabled uncle, who inspired her and others to learn, including a young man who became the first black mayor of Little Rock, who himself inspired others including a white man who later joined the US legislature and told Maya of his story.  It was a wonderful tale of inspiration, race, influence, caring and responsibility. 
 

Her takeaway message could not have been more perfect for the Care2 audience – that a single person can change the lives of others far beyond what we even imagine, and thus it’s important to seize our opportunity and make the most of our years here on Earth.
 

At Care2, we use the image of a butterfly to represent this power of the individual (see: “the butterfly effect” ), and  Maya Angelou’s tale was one of the most beautiful butterfly stories I’ve heard.
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