Life is meant to be shared and enjoyed

Mort sends his review of the movie Lion based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley:

The film Lion has gotten very good reviews. I gave it 5 stars. It is a moving and very well done piece with great acting.

If you have any interest in India…it is a must see.

If you love a true story about courage and complexity…it is a must see.

In short, go see it!

In late June, Mort and his granddaughter, Hannah, embarked on a DNMF philanthropy road trip around the Hudson Valley, visiting various nonprofits. On the second day, they visited The Sylvia Center’s: Katchkie Farm – an organization dedicated to educating low income youth about healthy lifestyles. The Sylvia Center focuses on exposing local inner city kids to healthy cooking by teaching them to plant, tend, and harvest plants that they can use in their own meals.

For lunch, Mort and Hannah were treated to a fresh salad and eggplant lasagna made only out of ingredients on the farm; Mort said the meal was “outer space good.”

They were blown away meeting the founders and learning about the mission of the Center. In Mort’s words, “they are simply amazing in what they do.”

To learn more about The Sylvia Center and Katchkie Farm, click here.

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We have a new addition to our 4441 BV front entry.

From the National Geographic website, here’s the background story:

Japan Sunset paints the sacred Meoto Iwa (“wedded rocks”) in pastel hues. Bound by heavy rice-straw ropes, the two stacks off the coast of Futami—Izanagi (left) and Izanami—symbolize the Shinto deities said to have created Japan. (Photo: Davide Lena)

See the original here.

unnamedVíctor Hernández received The 2015 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction from the Southwest Review for his short story, “The Many Deaths of Zaragoza Matjeel,” which was published in Vol. 100, No 4, issued in the winter of 2015.

In addition to publication of the story in the Southwest Review, The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction includes a cash award, which is supported by Morton H. Meyerson and Marlene Nathan Meyerson in memory of their late son.

Víctor Hernández, who was born and grew up in Torreón, Mexico, is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 2012, during his first year at UT, Victor received the Prize in Ethics for an essay he submitted to The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He was also the winner of the James F. Parker Prize for Fiction in 2013.

Morton invited Victor Hernandez to come to Dallas for a meeting with him in early 2016. Following their discussions of Victor’s plans for the future and the generalities of the meaning of life, Victor wrote the following essay about the experience. The essay follows in both English and Spanish. To read click here.

It is worth noting that Victor was so gracious and oblique in his request for support, that Morton was surprised by the title of the essay.  The two have since settled on friendship as the ultimate support.

We recently paired up with a great non-profit organization, VNA (Visiting Nurses Association), that helps our elderly neighbors maintain their independence by providing services that allow them to age where they are happiest and most comfortable – at home. Among the many programs offered, we had the opportunity to take part in the Meals on Wheels program in Dallas County.

Through this well-known program – Meals on Wheels – VNA delivers nutritious and freshly prepared hot meals to over 4,000 Dallas County residents. It was truly a humbling experience, to say the least, and we’re very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of something special.

To bring comfort and happiness to our aging neighbors click here to get involved.

One of my friends in Israel, Ori Yardeni, is the creator of the Free2B innovative and interactive 3D programs for students. These sessions lead them to better decision making on topics such as bullying, alcohol, drugs, etc. There are 6 modules that are used in every public school in Israel. In October of 2015, Dallas had a pilot program with several schools and it was hugely successful. Our foundation is solidly behind expanding the programs with dates in 2016.

Click here to watch what the Mavericks produced for their media sponsorship.

Our values at 2M shape who we are individually and as a company. The Science of Character video explores the neuro and social sciences that make up who we are and who we want to be.

The website LET IT RiPPLE provides films and tools that help us understand our strengths and develop practices to create the best version of ourselves. Check out the video and explore the website and see how your own character traits align with ours at 2M.

DNMF sharing with Marlene’s Foundation gave money this summer for a “pay it forward” program to be used by a “foster” children program in LA. I have been out to the classes and was so impressed. The anonymous money is given in $200 increments for the foster kids to do something good for others on the theory that to help others helps yourself and give you some dignity. Here is what happens in LA  worth the 2 minutes:

We stopped in Amarillo for our first non-profit visit [on the DMNF Bozeman grant tour]. I have someone at the office from Amarillo and I have met his parents. I asked if they could come up with the best, most worthy group in Amarillo and so they did….. it was stunning. But to set the scene of the crime. In 1954 I was a Junior at Paschal and the starting lineman. We were a strong team and we ventured to Amarillo to play the Sandies. It was a cold, misty night and we lost by a small margin. I was devastated…. Here I was in Amarillo again. We visited Snack Pak 4 Kids.
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Congratulations to our very own Steve Curtis, who was recently selected from a global pool of applicants to be a Kauffman Fellow!

The Kauffman Fellowship is a highly sought-after two-year program dedicated exclusively to the world of innovation investing. While working full-time at an investment organization (including venture, angel, accelerators, policy, corporate, and impact), Fellows receive a structured curriculum with an individual development plan, executive coaching, facilitated mentoring, and peer learning and networking – all with a focus on giving back and on one’s responsibility as an emerging leader in the industry.

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Food for thought about the way we live our lives sent by Morton Meyerson…

Written by: David Brooks | May 29, 2015

A few weeks ago, I asked readers to send in essays describing their purpose in life and how they found it. A few thousand submitted contributions, and many essays are online. I’ll write more about the lessons they shared in the weeks ahead, but one common theme surprised me.

I expected most contributors would follow the commencement-speech clichés of our high-achieving culture: dream big; set ambitious goals; try to change the world. In fact, a surprising number of people found their purpose by going the other way, by pursuing the small, happy life.

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