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God’s Kidz Dream Team+

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{my daughters Hope and Sarah}

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In 2005 my best friend died at 41 and this is the last thing he wrote about when we were working on a site to help children find out who they were at a much younger age. We imagined we could change the world. This is how God works in our lives and even though he took my friend he left my kids with the love and compassion Jesus taught us to practice in this world. It’s not about churches and institutions. It’s about feeling the love and compasion and sharing it, knowing it and living it.

/michael

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March 25, 2008 - Posted by | Art, death, family, friends, God in our life, humor, life, love, Parents and Children, personal, photo, psychology, writing

8 Comments »

  1. Your friend’s words are very touching. He must have been a great human being.

    Comment by anangeli | March 25, 2008

  2. Wow. That was such an incredible slice of mind.

    I also like the photograph of your daughters. It’s aesthetically timeless. No electronic gadgets in the background to betray decade. All right, it couldn’t have been the 1950s, but I can see that as late 60s onward. Very Jodie Foster.

    Comment by sittingpugs | March 26, 2008

  3. Yes, beautiful photo and beautiful models, Michal!

    Comment by iondanu | March 27, 2008

  4. What happened to your The Kidz Dream Team project, Michael? And what is it more precisely?

    Comment by iondanu | March 30, 2008

  5. Hi Danu,

    The Kidz Dream Team was a web site set up and designed by my friend and I. It took a lot of work and planning and finally we got it started. We introduced it to the school board here and suggested they put it on the home page of the schools so that the kids could go to it and read about the biographies, autobiographies and memoirs that have been written about artists, writers, scientists, etc. We believed that through the reading of these people’s lives perhaps some child would relate to a detail in a famous persons life and this would inspire them to pursue piano, or dance, or whatever they were attracted to. This idea was to show that children can identify with who they are at much earlier ages thereby producing highly productive and creative individuals at an earlier stage in their lives.

    Then my friend died and the site was funded by him and it was shut down because of money and his family’s wishes.

    Hope that illuminated things.

    Comment by Michael | March 30, 2008

  6. A beautiful moment captured. There was a TV documentary that ran for 21 years (I think) on BBC TV, chronicling kids’ hopes and dreams at 7, 14, and 21 respectively. not sure exactly what it was called, but I do remember it being fascinating viewing.

    Comment by kevmoore | April 4, 2008

  7. This is indeed a beautiful photo, there is so much soul and heart in your daughters’ faces and attitudes, and in the relationship between them.
    I love the idea of the Kidz Dream Team! What a pity that it had to be shut down. It makes me sad, it really does, although it is something from the past, to which I had no connection and not even knew you! But it is the kind of project from which I would say that they are “important”… and yes, without sounding too naive, I am sure that such projects can change the world, little by little… one might not notice it , because they first change the world of only some individuals, but one day, much much later, a kind of critical mass is reached, and one can suddenly notice the change in the way of thinking and being of a whole population.

    Comment by Miki | April 4, 2008

  8. You expressed it very well Miki my sentiments and my observations. It is a pity but each of us who are parents can start at home with our own children and build the dream and then set them free to fall and get back up. I suppose that is what comes through the eyes in this picture because that is how I raised them. Now today they are much older and the results are astounding. They have learned to question everything and to think for themselves. They are or were mistakenly thought of as being disruptive in class as reported beside their A’s and B’s until I went to the school and taught them how to do what I did. The disruptive statements ceased and it was a win win win.

    Comment by Mike on the road | October 24, 2008


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