Who Says There's Nothing Good on TV?

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I often write about the sad state of television these days, but recently my mom told me about a story she saw on 60 Minutes that was uplifting, inspirational, educational, and entertaining for the whole family. I went to the show's Web site to see for myself. My mom was right. At a time when even Barbara Walters says she's bored silly of celebrity interviews, this profile will not disappoint.

It's the story of Derek Paravicini, a 30-year-old who was born three months premature, physically disabled (he can't button his own shirt), blind, and severely autistic.

Yet, through sheer luck and coincidence, his family discovered when Derek was 3 that he had a remarkable musical talent.

Derek can hear any musical composition one time and play it perfectly on the piano.

That's right. He only has to hear it once.

Even more incredible, his brain, like a computer, can retain volumes of songs or composition that he can instantly recall on cue. But his talent isn't limited to rote memorization. Derek Paravicini is a true musical genius and artist who plays beautifully in a wide range of styles and can compose his own music.

With his talent, Derek Paravicini has raised millions of dollars putting on charity concerts. He also donates his time to senior centers where he acts as a human jukebox machine, taking requests from elderly residents who haven't heard their favorite songs from way back when in decades.

As it would turn out, Derek Paravicini loves people and his extraordinary talent has been the key to unlocking his personality and social development.

If you want to inspire your family, pop some popcorn and sit everyone down to watch this excellent piece of journalism. If your kids are like mine, it will spark a great family discussion about the definition of "disability," the extraordinary capacity of the human brain and spirit, and God's plan for each and every one of us. It may even give you the perfect comeback line the next time your child says he or she "can't" do something. Now that's priceless.
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.