A few times a year I’m lucky enough to see swallow-tailed kites circling above my yard, probably attracted by my next-door neighbor’s huge bird collection in outdoor aviaries. It also helps that I live a few blocks from the Mississippi River, which seems to be one of their preferred habitats. I always stop whatever I’m doing and stare at them for a while, and try to talk to them and whatnot. Info / Videos
Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.
Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.