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Hilarious - just a bunch of guys hammering away on typewriters and making people smile.

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This Gives Me Hope
Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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The Hope-Filled Program That's Keeping One-Time Criminals from Becoming Serial Offenders

The Hope-Filled Program That's Keeping One-Time Criminals from Becoming Serial Offenders | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This New York City-based organization is an alternative to incarceration that builds up people, not prisons.
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We can never crawl inside someone else's skin and truly understand what's  behind their decisions. But we can remain open to their reality and hold out possibilities.
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‘Mr Happy’ Barnes dies at 93 | The Royal Gazette:Bermuda News

‘Mr Happy’ Barnes dies at 93 | The Royal Gazette:Bermuda News | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The local and global community has been mourning the loss of Bermuda’s own Mr Happy — Johnny Barnes who died in the early hours of Saturday morning
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Rest in peace, Mr. Happy, and thank you for making so many people smile.
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Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers

Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
One Berkeley preschool is baking empathy into its curriculum—and for good reason.
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These Philadelphia parents take the top prize for how to react when your daughter comes out as gay

These Philadelphia parents take the top prize for how to react when your daughter comes out as gay | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
According to 17-year-old Kinsey Ratzman came out to her parents as gay after they asked her. The ensuing conversation was supportive, if not awkward. But then again, talking with your parents about boys or girls when you’re 17 can be awkward n
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Cool Tiny House Village Opens With Electricity to Care for Seattle Homeless - Good News Network

Cool Tiny House Village Opens With Electricity to Care for Seattle Homeless - Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Volunteers have built a village of 14 insulated and heated tiny houses for the homeless of Seattle.
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In the Face of Extreme Hardship, This Farmer Did Something Incredibly Brave to Till His Land

In the Face of Extreme Hardship, This Farmer Did Something Incredibly Brave to Till His Land | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Vitthal Hari Mandole (Vithoba) tilled his land in Jalgaon district with a cot because he could not afford a plough and a pair of bulls.
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So what's stopping the rest of us from achieving our dreams?
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From a Stone-Cutter to a Computer-Educated Sarpanch – The Fascinating Story of Nauroti Devi

From a Stone-Cutter to a Computer-Educated Sarpanch – The Fascinating Story of Nauroti Devi | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An illiterate woman, Nauroti Devi, learnt to harness the power of computers and the Internet to fight injustice and promote development.
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Tourist's C-section saves fawn after doe struck on highway

Tourist's C-section saves fawn after doe struck on highway | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An Alberta tourist who performed an emergency C-section on a doe mortally wounded after being hit on the highway managed to save the fawn's life.
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5 Signs Of Hope In The Wake Of The Orlando Tragedy | Care2 Causes

5 Signs Of Hope In The Wake Of The Orlando Tragedy | Care2 Causes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Here are five signs of hope to help soothe your heart in the difficult days following the Orlando tragedy.
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5 Reasons To Drop Everything And Go For A Walk | Care2 Causes

5 Reasons To Drop Everything And Go For A Walk | Care2 Causes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The purposeless walk is going the way of the Dodo. Which is bad news for...just about everything.
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Meet The Remarkable Guys Who Mow Grass For Free For People In Need | Care2 Causes

Meet The Remarkable Guys Who Mow Grass For Free For People In Need | Care2 Causes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
All they do is cut grass, but these two men will restore your faith in the goodness of people.
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Give Directly To The Homeless Through A New Sharing Economy App

Give Directly To The Homeless Through A New Sharing Economy App | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
WeCount matches the needs of homeless people with Seattle residents who have something to give.
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Moina Shaiq - Encore.org

The latest encore story featured by our media partner, The Christian Science Monitor, is that of Moina Shaiq.

Moina had long been active in volunteer roles in her immigrant-rich community of Fremont, California. But after the mass shooting in San Bernardino by two young Muslim, she wanted to do more.

Through an ad in the local paper, she asked people to join her at a café to “Meet a Muslim” in the flesh. 100 of her neighbors showed up. Her interfaith, and interpersonal, work has blossomed and become her encore.
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Look With Your Heart: Lessons From My Time With My Grandmother, by Mia Tagano

Look With Your Heart: Lessons From My Time With My Grandmother, by Mia Tagano | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Mia Tagano visits her 94 year old grandmother -- who now has dementia -- and discovers a whole new, less verbal, way of communicating her love through heart, hands and hugs. To her surprise, when she brings this approach to her grandmother's roommate who has suffered a stroke, it radically transforms their communication and opens up both women profoundly. This heart-warming story share
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Oh, Mia, this is a story we all need to read, absorb, live. Thank you.
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The world is getting better all the time, in 11 maps and charts

The world is getting better all the time, in 11 maps and charts | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Think everything is terrible? These facts will make you think again.
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Please don't forget and don't despair. Yes, the horrors around us are real. But they are not The World As It Is. They are those parts of being human we must still work on.
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Guardians of Gir: This All-Female Wildlife Rescue Team Is Unlike Any in the World

Guardians of Gir: This All-Female Wildlife Rescue Team Is Unlike Any in the World | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A lot of the credit for Gir National Park's thriving lion population goes to its fearless team of foresters, all of whom are women.
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This Teen Stunned Her Entire School By Wearing This To Prom. Wait Until The Camera Pans Out ...

This Teen Stunned Her Entire School By Wearing This To Prom. Wait Until The Camera Pans Out ... | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

Prom is considered one of the most important milestones in a teenager's life. For many, it is the last year of adolescence. Some people may even b
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This Pune Family Shows the World How to Exercise and Save Water at the Same Time!

This Pune Family Shows the World How to Exercise and Save Water at the Same Time! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Sanjay Athavale, a 51-year-old resident of Pune has been recycling wastewater from his bathroom and kitchen to water the plants in his garden every day.
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Not something we could do in a condo, but if we ever have a small patch of land again, we should consider this clever scheme.
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This Doctor Speaks 7 Languages. And He's A Canadian Refugee.

This Doctor Speaks 7 Languages. And He's A Canadian Refugee. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Dr. Paulin Rukiko Polepole greets me warmly in the lobby of his downtown Toronto apartment. He's wearing a natty, navy suit jacket paired with a bright blue button-up, shiny, black leather shoes, a metal watch and stylish socks.

He works at SickKids Hospital, counselling pregnant women and new mothers. He speaks seven languages.

He is a refugee.

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pdeppisch's comment, June 22, 11:52 PM
That was the story I heard when we landed in 1953! :)
malek's comment, June 23, 5:40 AM
urban legend?
pdeppisch's comment, June 23, 10:43 PM
Hi Malek - Could be - with the Internet and Huffington Post one never knows. BUt I can't find anything and it is not published on April 1st. If I find that it is fake I will delete it.
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Meet the McDonald’s Cashier Taking on Her CEO for Climate Change

Meet the McDonald’s Cashier Taking on Her CEO for Climate Change | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If raising a family on a McDonald’s salary wasn’t hard enough, Tina Sandoval is working to transform the fast-food industry into one that is good for both people and planet.
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Owl Can’t Stop Hugging The Man Who Rescued Her After Bad Accident - Good News Network

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When the man who nursed her back to health came back from a trip, this owl was so happy to see him, she couldn't stop hugging him.
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Romanian Grandma Saves Hundreds Of Dogs & Cats From Freezing | Care2 Causes

Romanian Grandma Saves Hundreds Of Dogs & Cats From Freezing | Care2 Causes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Meet Savastita Miu, better known to her admirers as 'Grandma'. At 91-years-old, this bedridden woman is surrounded by the animals whose lives she has saved.
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Syrian Refugees Help Canadians Left Homeless By Wildfire | Care2 Causes

Syrian Refugees Help Canadians Left Homeless By Wildfire | Care2 Causes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Canadians who lost everything in the Fort McMurray wildfire have been getting help from Syrian refugees who are more than happy to pay it forward.
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A Christian Case for LGBT Rights

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Michael Coren joins The Agenda to discuss why he changed his mind on same-sex marriage.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 20, 11:08 AM
I rarely find myself on the same side of an argument with Michael Coren. I adhere to an idea that Jesus was often embedded with people who lived on the margins of his world. What does that mean in today's society? It means he would find it problematic to disenfranchise and other humans because of gender and sexuality.

When I read and hear that Catholic schools have to come up with a policy about gay support groups, I wonder why? If they open the Bible and read the New Testament, they would find Jesus's teachings provide them with insights on how to treat students and others with unconditional love.