“We teach our kids not to talk to strangers. But some of our best conversations have been with strangers.” So says The Stranger, in this charming pictorial-adventure-diary from Franke James, Toronto-based founder and editor of the blog Office-Politics®.
Franke just shared a remarkable story with us that seemed so go-giverish, we had to share it with you.
In December a fellow I’ve never met sent me an email asking if I would agree to host a dinner for him and his partner, on the condition that he would make a $200 donation to the charity of my choice. A bit of an odd request, to be sure. I’ve written and illustrated the whole event here.
It’s worth checking out — gloriously illustrated in Franke’s amazingly creative trademark style, and with a storyline about charities and the kindness of “strangers” that would make Pindar smile. (Teasers: the stranger’s request ends up feeding 77 homeless men, women and children — and you end up learning the stranger’s name and even seeing his face.) This would make a great film short.
Soon after writing her post, Franke was interviewed by BlogTo, and the interview generated so much traffic that it crashed Franke’s server and necessitated her moving to a larger one.
Hmm, needing a bigger server … sounds a lot like the second law of stratospheric success.
There is a Greek myth about the time Zeus and Hermes visited a town cloaked in human disguise as simple peasants. Everyone bolted their doors and turned the strangers away except Baucis and Philemon, an old couple with hardly a penny to their name, who took the strangers in and offered what little food they had. The entire town was later destroyed — except for two people (guess which two), who were first removed to a mountaintop for safety.
If Toronto is ever in trouble with Zeus and Hermes, I think Franke will come out of it just fine.