The crowd inside New York City’s famous Carnegie Hall sits in hushed anticipation. Inside the jewel box of a performance space, two dozen musicians wait their turn to step onto the stage, sit at a gleaming black grand piano, and dazzle the audience with a piece of original music. Among the performers is someone you may not expect to see: Attila Gibson, a Union Pacific foreman general in the West Colton, California, locomotive shop.
Standing out like Easter eggs in a nest of the boarded-up buildings and abandoned homes that crowd Houston's Lombardy Street are three pastel-purple houses that provide hope for homeless families struggling to get by.
More than a dozen horses, donkeys and dogs live at the end of a winding dirt and gravel driveway in Glenwood, Iowa. They are well cared for now, but all have at some point been severely neglected or abused. Once nursed back to health some will be adopted. Others, too traumatized from years of abuse and in need of round-the-clock care, will live out the rest of their lives on a peaceful 10-acre animal sanctuary called Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland.