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Messages from Above: Why the clouds are worth watching

A lovely tribute to clouds, from one who watches them regularly.

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Bikers, walkers make for healthier cities, report finds

Bikers, walkers make for healthier cities, report finds | Hope | Scoop.it
In their biennial report, the Alliance for Biking and Walking finds that cities and states with higher rates of biking and walking have lower rates of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
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Creative activities outside work can improve job performance

Creative activities outside work can improve job performance | Hope | Scoop.it
Employees who pursue creative activities outside of work may find that these activities boost their performance on the job, according to a new study by an organizational psychologist. Creative pursuits away from work seem to have a direct effect on factors such as creative problem solving and helping others while on the job.
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Larry LaRue: Decades later, still Miss Taylor’s kids

Larry LaRue: Decades later, still Miss Taylor’s kids | Hope | Scoop.it
When she was still traveling, and at 84 she was climbing mountains, someone asked Azella Taylor if she’d ever married and had children.
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Simple Activism for Broke Animal Lovers. ~ Chrissy Tustison

Simple Activism for Broke Animal Lovers. ~ Chrissy Tustison | Hope | Scoop.it
“We believe in shouting for those who can only whisper, in defending those who cannot defend themselves.” ~ Veronica Roth
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8 Psychological Benefits of Being Humble — PsyBlog

8 Psychological Benefits of Being Humble — PsyBlog | Hope | Scoop.it
What hope for humility as society celebrates over-confidence, entitlement and the ego?
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Michael Norton: Can Money Buy You Happiness?

Michael Norton: Can Money Buy You Happiness? | Hope | Scoop.it
Social scientist Michael Norton researches how money can buy happiness — when you don't spend it on yourself. The key is social spending that benefits not just you, but other people.
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The Daily Routines of Geniuses, by Sarah Green

The Daily Routines of Geniuses, by Sarah Green | Hope | Scoop.it
In his book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, author Mason Curry examines the schedules of 161 painters, writers, and composers, as well as philosophers, scientists, and other exceptional thinkers. Drawing from the examples Curry provides, Sarah Green of the Harvard Business Review picks out for us a set of compelling commonalities shared by some of history's most brilliant people.
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I was surprised to see how many of my own daily habits match these - and I do have a supportive partner. :-)

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Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of US Clean Air Act

Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of US Clean Air Act | Hope | Scoop.it
Detailed ice core measurements show smog-related ratios leveling off in 1970, and suggest these deposits are sensitive to the same chemicals that cause acid rain. By analyzing samples from the Greenland ice sheet, atmospheric scientists found clear evidence of the U.S. Clean Air Act. They also discovered a link between air acidity and how nitrogen is preserved in layers of snow.
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When we put our minds to it, we can change.

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Urban Farming & the Inspiration of Cuba. ~ Linda V. Lewis

Urban Farming & the Inspiration of Cuba. ~ Linda V. Lewis | Hope | Scoop.it
There is much to be learned from the policies, actions and success of Cuban farmers and the Cuban administration.
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The Garbage Eaters

The Garbage Eaters | Hope | Scoop.it

This isThose vile islands of trash in the ocean have become a breeding ground for extraordinary new life forms

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This is fascinating. Tiny microbial creatures are figuring out a way to make use of the plastic polluting the oceans.

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Separated by wildfires, Buddy the Labrador reunited with owners 7 years later

Separated by wildfires, Buddy the Labrador reunited with owners 7 years later | Hope | Scoop.it
Buddy loved the open road. So the Hartmans had him neutered and microchipped in 2005. Then in 2007 their house burned down in the fires of San Diego County. Buddy disappeared, and they notified the...
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They never stopped hoping to see Buddy again. 7 years later, they did.

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Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting | Hope | Scoop.it
Archaeologists are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous. A new and distinctive perspective suggests that Neanderthal children experienced strong emotional attachments with their immediate social group, used play to develop skills and played a significant role in their society.
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Family love is older than we thought.

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My Daughter's Noble Sacrifice | KindSpring.org

My Daughter's Noble Sacrifice | KindSpring.org | Hope | Scoop.it
My wife called,"How long will you be with that newspaper? Will you come here and make your darling daughter eat her food?"

I tossed the paper away and rushed to the scene. My only daughter Sindu looked frightened.  Tears were welling up in her eyes. In front of her was a
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Internet use may cut retirees' depression

Internet use may cut retirees' depression | Hope | Scoop.it
Spending time online has the potential to ward off depression among retirees, particularly among those who live alone, according to research. Authors report that internet use reduced the probability of a depressed state by 33 percent among their study sample. Late-life depression affects between 5 and 10 million Americans age 50 and older. This new study shows that the Internet offers older Americans a chance to overcome the social and spatial boundaries that are believed to fuel depression.
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6 Lessons From Nature: Weeding Our Personal Gardens. ~ Cami Krueger

6 Lessons From Nature: Weeding Our Personal Gardens. ~ Cami Krueger | Hope | Scoop.it
You have been gathering and using various tools in your environment for your entire life. There is an intuitive nature that is driven to pull you forward into life, listen to it and trust it.
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The Empathy Library, by Roman Krznaric | DailyGood

The Empathy Library, by Roman Krznaric | DailyGood | Hope | Scoop.it
Imagine a library filled with only the very best examples of human empathy. A treasure trove of inspiring books and films to 'spark a global empathy revolution.' This was the goal of author Roman Krznaric, who worked to capture the world's most memorable examples of empathy under one digital roof. His project, dubbed The Empathy Library, is swiftly being recognized as one of the best online community resources for activists, teachers and empathic thinkers worldwide. "Think of it as Goodreads for the empathy revolution," offers Roman.
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Pharrell Sheds Tears of Happiness [Video]

Pharrell Sheds Tears of Happiness [Video] | Hope | Scoop.it
In an interview with Oprah, what began as a discussion about Pharrell Williams' song Happy resulted in a teary-eyed display of appreciation for his fans and how much they have supported him over th...
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30 famous authors whose works were rejected (repeatedly, and sometimes rudely) by publishers

30 famous authors whose works were rejected (repeatedly, and sometimes rudely) by publishers | Hope | Scoop.it
The revered sage Frank Sinatra once said, "The best revenge is massive success."
He never spoke a truer word, particularly when it comes to aspiring authors wh
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Everyone fails. The trick is in getting back up and trying again.

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Don’t Try Too Hard: The Art of Wu-Wei

Don’t Try Too Hard: The Art of Wu-Wei | Hope | Scoop.it
Employing the ancient Chinese art of wu-wei is now being touted by modern science as a way to enrich life.
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This 3 Minute Video Made Me Cry, And I Never Cry. Must See For Everyone.

This 3 Minute Video Made Me Cry, And I Never Cry.  Must See For Everyone. | Hope | Scoop.it
This is really worthwhile to watch for everyone, and I hope that you SHARE it after watching. The message in this video is extremely powerful. If only more people acted this way, the world would be a much better place. Thanks for watching and please remember to SHARE.

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Thanks for this, Maitri Libellule. 

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I watched this and just absolutely broke down and wept, and it was beautiful, and my heart opened wide, and let the rainbows in... <3 

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Daily Cute: Story of A Rescued Cow Frolicking

Daily Cute: Story of A Rescued Cow Frolicking | Hope | Scoop.it
Rescued from living in an isolated ten by ten foot enclosure, Milkshake the cow couldn’t be happier in her new home. She’s making all kinds of new friends, and doesn’t discriminate by species!
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A Father's Love & Heroism, by Eleanor Goldberg

A Father's Love & Heroism, by Eleanor Goldberg | Hope | Scoop.it
They say a father's love knows no bounds. Yu Xukang, a single father from the Sichuan Province in China is a living example of this. He is a man who wants nothing more than for his child to have the precious gift of education. A rare disorder has twisted his son's limbs making it impossible for him to walk the 9 miles to the only school able to accommodate his disabilities. But, that's no matter to Yu Xukang, who literally carries his son back and forth to class, each day. Read more about this father's beautiful act of love.
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An incredible story of a father's love.

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When his 4-year-old is frightened by fireworks, Benjamin Ames knows just what to do

When his 4-year-old is frightened by fireworks, Benjamin Ames knows just what to do | Hope | Scoop.it
No wonder this video has been viewed more than 5 million times. Benjamin Ames takes his little girl's fears seriously and eases them with a song. This duo will sing themselves straight into your he...
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Such a sweet father-daughter video

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Fresh Express bus brings fresh food to underserved areas

Fresh Express bus brings fresh food to underserved areas | Hope | Scoop.it
A fresh food initiative in Tempe and Phoenix promises to bring high-quality market produce to individuals in underserved areas.
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This bus is a real boon to people who live far from good grocery stores.

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Teen writes climate-saving cookbook

Teen writes climate-saving cookbook | Hope | Scoop.it
Seriously, if you are 30 or over, do you remember trying to save the world when you were a teenager? High school-senior Emily Abrams understands the dangers of climate change and the link between w...
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I was a late bloomer by comparison with Emily Abrams. She isn't waiting for Big Powerful People to act. She's a high school senior out to save the world.

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