I watched Oprah give away houses today. Un-freakin’-believable.

I’ve heard her dissed on so many different fronts throughout the years. Certainly she has her flaws like the rest of us. But you cannot quarrel the woman’s altruism and what she chooses to do with money she has earned. That’s right, earned through hard work, as opposed to stole, inherited or found.

Oprah’s Angel Network, buoyed by her loyal viewers’ contributions, is building a neighborhood in Houston for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Today’s show let us in for a peek at families’ reactions to seeing their new homes, fully decorated by Nate Berkus, and stocked with groceries and flowers. My tears were flowing.

And the work continues for more families. The woman is amazing. It was a powerful lesson in giving.