REMEMBER "Stone Soup," the folktale about a hungry traveler who inspires poor villagers to work together to create a marvelous feast they all can enjoy?
It's the starting point for a re markable book called "Stone Soup for the World," about individ- ual acts of kindness and courage, as well as for a new program that's coming to Baltimore.
They're the brainchildren of Marianne Larned, who is in the process of recruiting participants for the Stone Soup Leadership Institute of Baltimore. The yearlong program will kick off Nov. 17-19 at Morgan State University. Faculty will include Joseph T. Jones, president of Baltimore's Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development, who is one of the heroes featured in "Stone Soup for the World."
So far, groups including Safe and Sound, Leadership Baltimore, the United Way and the YMCA of Central Maryland have signed on as program supporters. Ms. Larned is looking for 100 participants, ages 14 and older, who want to make a difference in their communities and are willing to commit their time to learn about organizing and other skills needed to have an impact.
Remember "Stone Soup"?
One hungry traveler created the miracle.
Bright Lights spotlights people who make a difference in the quality of life of this area. It appears periodically in this column. For more information on the Stone Soup for the World Leadership Institute, call 410-837-9622.