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Four Amazing Mini Libraries That Will Inspire You to Read

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Four Amazing Mini Libraries That Will Inspire You to Read
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Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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On the Road with Empty Hands

On the Road with Empty Hands | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

It’s 10:30pm. We back out of the driveway. The sky spotted with stars, and
oak-lined hills of the Austin, Texas horizon. We roll down the windows and
wave a hearty goodbye to Seema, Abhay, and their son Nishu, our
full-of-heart hosts for the 40-person Empty Hands living room gathering
that had transpired this evening. Three silhouettes and three raised arms
wave back from the edge of the driveway. Even in the dark, the image of
their smiles sticks in our minds like the glow of a crescent moon.


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It's worth reading the whole account of this beautiful journey - and taking a look at the photos. Thanks, Nimo Patel, for sharing your musical gifts so generously.

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This Innovator Can Make The Most Amazing Machines With Limited Resources

This Innovator Can Make The Most Amazing Machines With Limited Resources | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Gurnail Singh Dhoni wanted to make machines rather than study. He joined a repair workshop at the age of 13 and today he is the proud inventor of many amazing machines
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Agriculture in India is benefiting from this man's creativity.

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Robin Williams was Family.

Robin Williams was Family. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
(5 Scenes I'll Remember For the rest of my Life)
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She Can't Walk. And Yet She Is Helping Others With Muscular Dystrophy Become Independent - The Better India

She Can't Walk. And Yet She Is Helping Others With Muscular Dystrophy Become Independent - The Better India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Her disability made her dependent but she fought it valiantly and is now helping similar patients to live "normal" lives with muscular dystrophy
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The Indonesian housewife who took on mining companies and won

Despite an assassination attempt, Aleta Baun has never wavered from her mission to protect the local environment
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What an inspiring woman - and incredibly courageous.

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A Village Where Farmers Adopt And Nurture Rare Birds Even If They Harm The Crops!

A Village Where Farmers Adopt And Nurture Rare Birds Even If They Harm The Crops! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The unique thing about this place is that it is not a reserved bird sanctuary but a village where rare birds freely live and co-exist with the villagers in perfect harmony.
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“She was bullied as a child because of her vitiligo; now she’s a model.”

“She was bullied as a child because of her vitiligo; now she’s a model.” | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Chantelle Brown-Young, aka Winnie Harlow. "Chantelle has vitiligo and was called "zebra" and "cow" as a child. She is now competing to be the next top
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Robin Williams: Where Creativity Goes to Live

Robin Williams: Where Creativity Goes to Live | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Robin Williams' huge personality did not dissipate. His comedic ingenuity will be passed down for years to come.
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She Rode To Success On Her Family's Backs — Literally

She Rode To Success On Her Family's Backs — Literally | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Muluh Hilda Bih developed muscular dystrophy as a girl in Cameroon. Some parents there hide a disabled child. Hers did their best to bring her into the world. Today she's a journalist and activist.
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Talk Human to Me: Dogs Understand Us Better than Chimps

Talk Human to Me: Dogs Understand Us Better than Chimps | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Dogs demonstrate a better understanding of human speech than chimpanzees do, upending assumptions about our closest relatives.
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Absolutely they understand...which is why it's funny when they pretend they don't.

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Brave Rescue Dog Leaps Into Water to Defend Her Human Friend From Sharks

Brave Rescue Dog Leaps Into Water to Defend Her Human Friend From Sharks | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A devoted dog saw two sharks circling her human friend. What she did next is the definition of love in action.
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DailyGood: 10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal

DailyGood: 10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Sustained creativity doesn't just happen -- it's the result of hard work, and daily habits which help us tap into inspiration and cultivate success. But, what are those habits and, more importantly, how might they help? In this article, 99U interviews some of the most successful, creative minds to determine their wonderfully unique routines.
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An NPR War Correspondent Reflects On A Pet Turning 100 (In Dog Years) - NPR

An NPR War Correspondent Reflects On A Pet Turning 100 (In Dog Years) - NPR | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
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The idea is that the soft touch and unconditional love of a pet could help with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Songwriting With Soldiers, by David Conrads

Songwriting With Soldiers, by David Conrads | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A chance meeting with a soldier after performing in a hospital in Germany inspired songwriter Darden Smith to work with members of the military to turn their stories into music. Smith now runs Songwriting With:Soldiers, a non-profit organization which pairs veterans and troops with professional songwriters in a peaceful environment. The service members share their stories and the songwriters mold them into lyrics and set them to melody. "We all have a story," Smith says. "When we listen, and listen well enough to take the solders' words and turn them into art, and sing it back to them, something happens. What it is, I don't know. I'm a songwriter, not a therapist. But something happens, and it's powerful."
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A path to healing through songwriting.

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The 73-Year Old Librarian Who Has Been Donating Every Rupee He Earned To The Poor For 30 Years!

The 73-Year Old Librarian Who Has Been Donating Every Rupee He Earned To The Poor For 30 Years! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
He took odd part time jobs to make his ends meet as he donated every single penny he earned as a librarian.
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At the end of life, he will not be surrounded by material possessions. He will be surrounded by love, returning to him a hundredfold.

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Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof

Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
“We want to show that faith doesn't divide Jews, Christians and Muslims, but instead reconciles them.”
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The Power of Hobbies, by Carolyn Gregoire

The Power of Hobbies, by Carolyn Gregoire | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When thinking of ways to create a better and healthier lifestyle, oftentimes people tend to think in terms of cutting back on certain choices, be it eating desserts, drinking alcohol, or perhaps just sitting on the couch watching TV. But one area in life that has been almost cut out entirely is something that actually should have never been cast aside --having a hobby. Not only is it a fulfilling, sometimes creative outlet, but it is also beneficial to your overall health.
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Keeping going – novelist Rosie Garland on persistence and creative rituals

Keeping going – novelist Rosie Garland on persistence and creative rituals | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Three years ago Rosie Garland had pretty much given up all hope of getting her novels published. Her agent wasn’t taking her calls, rejections were comin
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Brandalism: the Biggest Anti-Advertising Campaign in World History.

Brandalism: the Biggest Anti-Advertising Campaign in World History. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Brandalism aims replacing posters that "force-feed us with images and messages to keep us insecure, unhappy, and shopping".
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A New Model of School Reform, by Vicki Zakrzewski

A New Model of School Reform, by Vicki Zakrzewski | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
So often we attack difficult issues from the 'outside in.' Take, for example, our failing school systems - not even Mark Zuckerburg's generous $100 million donation could help to fix the underlying issues. And yet, one unassuming schoolhouse in Oakland, California is making unprecedented strides in educational reform. Their secret? They are transforming themselves from the inside out, through social-emotional learning (SEL) one adult at a time. Read more to learn how one school has developed an innovative new model for educational reform.
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This sounds promising. I was in Oakland when No Child Left Behind was undermining teachers and students rather than encouraging them. This sounds like a better approach, and I wish them all well.

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Catching Song: On Being With Bobby McFerrin, by Krista Tippett

Catching Song: On Being With Bobby McFerrin, by Krista Tippett | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"I want everyone to experience at the end of my concert...this sense of rejoicing. I don't want them to be blown away by what I do, I want them to have this sense of real, real joy from the depths of their being. Because I think when you take them to that place then you open up a place where grace can come in." These are the words of musician Bobby McFerrin during his interview with Krista Tippett of On Being. Read on for the full interview, as Bobby and Krista explore together the interconnections of music, improvisation and spirit.
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Tiny Pit Bull Puppy Falls in Love With Baby (Video)

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You could call it puppy love, but we're just calling it heartwarming. Babies apparently bond, regardless of species. Watch this little pit bull puppy hop up
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The awwww factor is high on this one.

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Heroes Free Cat With Head Trapped in Jar for 6 Days

Heroes Free Cat With Head Trapped in Jar for 6 Days | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Read this heart pounding tale of two woman who launched a middle-of-the-night rescue for a desperate cat with his head caught in a jar.
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Reclaim Urban Farm is “intentionally political” in boosting local food (with recipe)

Reclaim Urban Farm is “intentionally political” in boosting local food (with recipe) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Think of it as heaven’s half-acre: a total of 15 small, south-side plots that form the cradle of Reclaim Urban Farm, one of the city’s newest experiments in urban agriculture.
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Delightful - I wish them much success.

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Can fiction stories make us more empathetic?

Can fiction stories make us more empathetic? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Exposure to narrative fiction may improve our ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling, a researcher reports. Many stories are about people -- their mental states, their relationships. The researcher explains that we understand stories using basic cognitive functions, and there is not a special module in the brain that allows us to do this. Understanding stories is similar to the way we understand the real world.
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