Centenarian Woman Thanks God and Deputies Who Defied Court Order to Evict
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
"I knew that they know what they were doing. God don’t let them do wrong."
Here’s one of those feel-good stories that makes you smile for human decency and feel a little bit sad knowing that this act of kindness may be an exception. On Tuesday, WSB Channel 2 in Atlanta reported that Vinia Hall, a 103-year-old woman, and her 83-year-old daughter were about to be evicted from her home when deputies of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and hired movers defied a court order to evict the two from their foreclosed home in northwest Atlanta.
For the purposes of this project, take note of the strong expressions of faith in God “making it right” and citations of the Bible, by Ms. Hall and also by a neighbor and community activist too.
Building a Mandala of the Buddha of Compassion
Trent Gilliss, senior editor
CNN photographer Marc Hill created this magnificent time-lapse video of a group of monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta who built a sand mandala at Emory University in late March. Hill crunches six days of painstaking work into two
“People were in there talking and walking around them, taking pictures. There was a lot going on in the room. But those monks who were building that mandala were absolutely laser-focused on what they were doing.”
And, about an hour after it was completed, a brush whisked away the sand in a ceremony to “symbolize the impermanence of life.”
CNN’s Belief Blog provides more details about the event, the monks involved, and how the mandala was built.