Things have been moving so quickly here at Passions in America. Immediately after our joyous and inspiring “Photo. Forward. Feed.” campaign, we were approached by the wonderful Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Negro Leagues, and many special events were planned to celebrate those players who came before Jackie Robinson and before baseball was truly the national pastime. The events were all postponed or canceled because of the global pandemic.

Bob has long had this idea about having people tip their caps to those Negro Leagues’ players. It’s a simple but powerful gesture. He asked us if we might help him create something memorable.

What we ended up with turned out to be magical instead.

The campaign kicked off with a tip of the cap from the four living former Presidents of the United States. That’s not a bad way to start. And over a three-week span, “Tip Your Cap” has reached tens of millions of people across America. Cap tips have come from an extraordinary collection of celebrities ranging from Michael Jordan to Paul Rudd, Billie Jean King to The Temptations, Henry Aaron to Conan O’Brien, songwriting legend Mike Stoller to Hollywood Walk of Fame star Joe Mantegna, Stephen Colbert to Magic Johnson. At last check, twenty Baseball Hall of Famers have tipped their caps as has General Colin Powell, music legend Tony Bennett and then there was this very special cap tip from Chris Cassidy in space.

You can see it all at the Tip Your Cap website.

Bob Kendrick has called it the most extraordinary recognition ever for those Negro Leagues’ players, and we at Passions in America are so proud to have been a part of it.

And we cannot wait to share what comes next.

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We are approaching the end of our “One photo that brings you joy” campaign. We have received almost 1,000 joyful photos from you, which means a donation of $10,000 to the wonderful Washington, D.C. food bank SOME (So Others Might Eat).

These photos have lifted our spirits, touched our hearts, made us laugh … and we will continue to post them here at Passions in America, even as we are about to start an exciting new project for another wonderful cause in the coming days.

The gorgeous photo above comes from Claire, who writes:

“Blue is the color for peace. A herd of blue sheep’s triggered a movement for social justice. We brought some blue sheep closer to home.”

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Joshua Jay is one of the great close-up magicians in the world. He’s performed everywhere — on The Today Show, on The Tonight Show, he’s fooled Penn and Teller, he’s coming off a two-year sold-out run in New York of his incredible show “Six Impossible Things.”

But you only begin to understand Josh’s love of magic when you see him sitting alone and just working with a single deck of cards. He practices shuffling, practices cutting the cards, works through any number of routines …

“Just the sight of a deck of cards brings me intense pleasure,” he writes. “It’s how I relax, and it’s also what excites me. It’s the lens that I see the world through.”

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Here’s a trend we are finding as these beautiful photos come in: So many people find comfort in sunrises and sunsets. You might see a couple of those in today’s batch of photos bringing us joy.

Our lead photo above comes from Scot: “Kayak fishing in the Outer Banks at Sunset with my daughter tagging along on a stand-up paddleboard. Combination of so many things that provide the energy to keep me moving forward!”

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Every now and again, Nick Offerman — actor, writer, comedian, woodworker, host and all-around wonderful soul — will call people out of the blue just to thank them. For instance, when he was performing in Australia not too long ago, he suddenly and instinctively dialed Michael Schur — the executive producer of the show “Parks and Recreation”– who hired Nick for his seminal role as Ron Swanson.

“Mike,” he said, “I just wanted to tell you that I’m in Australia performing and it’s all because of you. Thank you.”

Lots of people have stories like that about Nick.

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A couple of weeks ago while cleaning out my office, I came across this small and unmarked white box that looked entirely unfamiliar. As a sportswriter for more than 30 years, I do often come across weird things in this office.

As you can see above, I might find plastic baseball helmets.

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The photo above comes from comedian, actor, writer and all-around great guy Jeff Garlin. It is his .
Chicago Bears jersey. When asked to “Enter name,” on the back, he did exactly that. And even without sports, it makes him laugh. It makes him happy.

As the photos continue to pour in — and we continue to raise money for the D.C. area foodbank SOME (So Others Might Eat) — we are beginning to get a feel for those little things that help us through these times. They are the small things that make us smile, make us laugh, help us remember happier times, give us feelings of comfort.

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Eliza asks: “Who doesn’t need a little unconditional love in their life — especially at times like this?” Here are just a few of the dozens and dozens of photographs of dogs and cats who are spreading happiness.

Please keep sending in those wonderful photos of things bringing you delight, comfort, peace. For every person who sends a photograph, we are donating $10 to the D.C. area food pantry: So Others Might Eat (SOME).

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A grandfather named Steve sent in this photograph that has brought him joy during these times. It is an arrangement of Matchbox cars set up by his 11-year-old grandson Eli.

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