Just out of the hospital and standing in a heavy downpour, former President Jimmy Carter was swinging a hammer Monday at a housing construction project in the nation's capital, helping to mark World Habitat Day.
It's hard to think about humanitarian travel without picturing Angelina Jolie and other high-profile volunteers. But how much do celebrities contribute to the growing appetite for volunteering away from home and is it all positive?
A man from Vermont got into the habit of leaving his wife little notes. Nothing elaborate -- just sweet sentiments like "I love you" or "I can't wait to get home to you tonight," jotted down on Post-it notes and then hidden in places where he knew she'd stumble over them throughout the course of her day.
In 1988, a relatively unknown rock and blues guitarist named Warren Haynes got some of his friends together to play music in Asheville, North Carolina. It was just an opportunity for local musicians to jam during the holidays, the one time of year they were all in town together.
Everyone knows someone privy to sharing too much information -- the TMI, if you will. TMIs have no boundaries and no shame. They will tell you any and every piece of personal information, whether it's filling you in on her latest try at the fertility doctor or the dream he had about your boss last night.
Expanding on a promise he made nearly two months ago, actor Brad Pitt said Monday he expects to have families in 150 newly created homes in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward by the end of next summer -- but he asked for help to make the dream a reality.
In his recent commercials for Lincoln, Harry Connick Jr. does more than endorse the MKX crossover vehicle – he endorses his hometown of New Orleans and its struggle to rebuild following Hurricane Katrina.
Standing outside his new mint-green house, Fredy Omar hears the rumble of construction trucks, the buzz of drills and the thud of hammers. It's all an overture for something far sweeter -- the sound of music.
Tom Pirelli's life changed on a hot, black-shingled roof in Ensenada, Mexico, where he and others were building a plywood house for a poor family as volunteers for a nonprofit. He relished the experience but fought a sense of dismay. "I was disappointed in the quality of houses being built: small and cheap as we could make them, plus it took 30 people two days to build," recalls Pirelli, 59. "As a lifelong engineer, I knew there had to be a better way."
In 1927, J. Willard Marriott and new bride, Alice, opened a nine-stool root beer stand in Washington, D.C. It grew into a restaurant chain called Hot Shoppes and much later became a hotel company. Their son Bill Marriott worked in the kitchen as a young man.
This month on Quest... the architects! In the words of the great architect Sir Christopher Wren, "architecture aims at eternity". With this in mind, host Richard Quest tracks down some of the gifted designers who shape our world and visualize the future. It's a Quest to Build!
Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships, will auction off autographed memorabilia to raise money for Katrina relief efforts, according to a published report.