“She personalizes them all,” says Lillian’s daughter, Linda Purcell. “It’s not like good enough that she makes the dresses, she has to put something on the front to make it look special, to give it her touch.”
What started as a hobby has become a daily labor of love.
Lillian says she starts work on a dress in the morning, takes a break during the midday, and puts finishing touches in the afternoon.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” - Plato
Even the strongest souls need a helping hand from time to time. Whether you’re ill or just sick at heart, a little kindness can go a long way. Being there to help a friend, family member, or a stranger when they need it most is truly an act of kindness. After all, you never know when you’ll be the one who needs a helping hand. Kindness is contagious.
Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.
"I think I was lulled into a false sense of security because they were just paddling in the really shallow water. In hindsight, because of that I made the poor decision to go for a swim myself and my attention was not as focused as it should have been,” Chambers said.
"I was only gone a short while and as I came back I realized Jemima wasn’t with the others on the shoreline. I asked the children where she was and they all pointed at this spec on the horizon,” she said. "It honestly just looked like a buoy (that) was floating out at sea; she had gone well beyond the sea wall and out really far.”
The hero arrived just in time.
"It was amazing. This man just appeared by my side as I was starting to panic and before I knew what had happened I was on the back of his Jet Ski off towards her,” Chambers detailed. "My heart rate is still coming down from it all. I still can’t believe how lucky we were."
The photographer mom put out casting calls on social media and her photography site 5 boys + 1 girl = 6, as well as the page for Changing the Face of Beauty, a movement she co-founded that seeks to include children with disabilities in mass media advertising. To get products, she reached out to clothing companies and asked if they had ever thought about including models of different abilities in their ads. She found a few brands to be extremely receptive to the idea. “I love proving to designers that their line looks good on all children!” she said.