Posts by Deborah Grau
- Deborah Grau at Yahoo News1 mth ago
There didn't seem to be much that Robin Williams couldn't do. He spent a career entertaining us – making us laugh in "The Birdcage" … moving us in his Oscar-winning role in "Good Will Hunting." Williams used humor to bring others happiness, which made it all the more heartbreaking when the world learned of his apparent suicide at age 63. His publicist issued a statement saying Williams "has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss." Yahoo News and Finance anchor Bianna Golodryga spoke with mental health expert Dr. Jeff Gardere explains that depression and substance abuse among performers is more common than one may think, and Williams was no exception. "He was a lifelong addict. It's a lifelong illness that you take a day at a time … this is a medical problem, and we have stop seeing people who have drug addiction as evil, bad, weak people," says Gardere.
- Deborah Grau at The Upbeat1 yr ago
How 1 dad inspires teenagers to make 33,000 burritos for the homeless
Peanuts creator Charles Schulz once said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” That couldn’t be truer for a group of 15-year-olds from the San Diego area.
It all started during the 2010 holiday season when Alec Johnson, then 12, gave his parents a fairly lavish Christmas wish list. “I asked for an iPad, iPhone and MacBook.” He says his dad was surprised and said, “I would never buy that for you because all the other people on the street could never get that.”
“I didn’t want to raise a spoiled child,” says Alec’s dad, Michael. “So we decided to take some steps to give him a little bit more of an education about the realities of life.”
It was then that Michael and his wife Mehrnaz, came up with an idea to help by feeding the homeless. On a December Sunday, in their small kitchen, the Johnsons and Alec’s friend Luke made 54 egg and cheese burritos and went to downtown San Diego to feed the homeless. Initially, Alec wasn’t completely sold on the idea. “I first thought it was actually a punishment to teach me a lesson, but it turned out to be fun.”