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Breaking down barriers

"Breaking down barriers" Continued...

Issue: "Save the unions," Oct. 24, 2009

Knox said that a volunteer doesn't need artistic talent: "It's you coming in and bringing whatever skill you have. Is it talking with people? Is it holding a baby? Is it doing a craft? Is it singing? It's bringing that to the table and offering it to someone who really needs it."

She said she has gotten more from the program than she's given: "I hear that from every friend I've brought into it." People in Manhattan don't often feel they make a difference, she said, and her husband, Brandon, agreed: "People are focused on their careers and making a living. In New York you have to work 60-80 hours a week just to make it. It's easy to look up and realize you've lost five or six years."

They both said that working with Gifted Hands has helped them see how hard New York can be for other people. "You come away with an appreciation for your own life," Bess Knox said: "It helps me remember what our purpose is."

Googly eyes

Google recently announced that every issue of Life magazine is available free online

By Susan Olasky

Google recently announced that every issue of Life magazine, 1936-1972, has been digitized and is now available free online through Google books. Users can browse individual issues, reading articles and seeing photographs and advertisements in context. Users have permission to share, print, and post images for personal use. From the Google homepage, go to Google books and click Magazines. Life magazine's photo archives are also available through Google. When doing an image search, append "source:life" and the search will be limited to the Life archives, which includes millions of photographs, most of which never appeared in the magazine.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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