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Westboro Baptist Church Helps Vassar Raise $75,000 For LGBT Youth. You Read That Right

Westboro Baptist Church Helps Vassar Raise $75,000 For LGBT Youth. You Read That Right | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This is the very first time the Westboro Baptist Church has 'collaborated' with one of their targets to do something admirable for the LGBT community.
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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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Publicly declare your appreciation for someone | GOOD

Publicly declare your appreciation for someone | GOOD | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
I walked by this rad Hotel Lucia sign today in downtown Portland and loved how simple and bold it was.

"Through these doors walk the most outstanding Employees anyone could ask for."

It got me thinking: how else can we publicly appreciate the awesomeness of people around us?
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What Does 'Home' Mean? One Man's Asking the Homeless

What Does 'Home' Mean? One Man's Asking the Homeless | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Willie Baronet began buying signs from the homeless in 1993. Now he's traveling cross-country to explore the meaning of 'home' and buy signs for an exhibit.
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This story gives me hope in a higher level of empathy in the world. Kudos to Willie Baronet and his exploration of the meaning of home.

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4 Reasons Why You’ll Never Regret Going for Your Dreams.

4 Reasons Why You’ll Never Regret Going for Your Dreams. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If we never give ourselves the chance to experience the complete joy that comes along with claiming our unique spot in the world, we'll likely one day look back
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Give Yourself Permission to Dream. 


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Homeless Woman In My Ethical Clothing Store Teaches Valuable Lesson. ~ Alok Appadurai

Homeless Woman In My Ethical Clothing Store Teaches Valuable Lesson. ~ Alok Appadurai | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"I don't buy Made In China," and went on to explain that she thinks "all that cheap stuff made in China is built on suffering and abuse...and I myself have been
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We never know where our next lesson is going to come from.

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Make the Public Library Your Creative Space

Make the Public Library Your Creative Space | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Turn the public library into your creative space by making use of their resources.
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10 Life Lessons Kids Can Teach Us, by Jocelyn Kelley

10 Life Lessons Kids Can Teach Us, by Jocelyn Kelley | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Do you remember how wonderful it felt to be a child? Adventure was our only calling, and courage seemed never ending. And subsequently, we seemed to enjoy our life so much more. In this beautiful article we are reminded of 10 life lessons that children teach us every day. Read more to discover new ways in which we might incorporate our younger selves into the joy of our daily being.
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A Puppy In Need Walked Up To A Man At Work. What Followed Shattered My Heart.

A Puppy In Need Walked Up To A Man At Work. What Followed Shattered My Heart. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It’s never too late to help a dog in need.
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The Starting Good Podcast: Erin Dinan, One Sandwich at a Time - Starting Good

The Starting Good Podcast: Erin Dinan, One Sandwich at a Time - Starting Good | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
For most of us, a peanut butter sandwich is just that, a sandwich. But to Erin Dinan, it’s an instrument of social change. Dinan is the founder of One Sandwich at a Time, a New York-based charity that engages volunteers in large-scale sandwich making events to feed the city’s hungry and homeless. Her inspiration came …
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10 Things to Do With Banana Peels

10 Things to Do With Banana Peels | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Perfect sliced on a bowl of cereal, blended in a smoothie, or just enjoyed by itself as an afternoon snack, the banana is the most popular fruit in the United States. The fruit even comes with its own convenient packaging, a peel that doubles as a mess-free way to hold it. And when you’re done, you just discard the peel like any old wrapper. But should you? Check out our infographic to find out.
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Good ideas for making use of those banana peels instead of just trashing them.

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#1065 Dogs show sympathy for humans, take them out for walks

#1065 Dogs show sympathy for humans, take them out for walks | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Poor Australians. They’re as overworked as North Americans. Many of them spend long hours in cubicles, staring at screens, working and commuting so many hours they rarely get enough exercise or healthy food. So the Lost Dogs’ Home took pity…Read more →
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Facing Fear, Facing Forgiveness

Facing Fear, Facing Forgiveness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Three decades ago, Tim Zaal nearly killed Matthew Boger for being gay. We talk with them and the director of Facing Fear, which tells their story of forgiveness and reconciliation.
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Do We Really Need a Purpose to be Abundant, Happy & Successful? ~ Mirror Living

Do We Really Need a Purpose to be Abundant, Happy & Successful? ~ Mirror Living | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It's a lie.
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More Homeowners Purchase Tiny Houses for 'Peace of Mind'

While suburban American homes continue to grow in square footage, more homeowners purchase tiny houses for economic freedom and a peace of mind.
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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 shares more...
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The Innovation That Will Inspire Millions More People to Bike

The Innovation That Will Inspire Millions More People to Bike | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
From Munhall, Pennsylvania to Temple City, California, people are transforming their streets into places for people, not just traffic. 21st Century bike lanes help us lose weight, save money, strengthen our communities and enjoy life more.
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The Lost Voice of A Generation, by Carolyn Gregoire

The Lost Voice of A Generation, by Carolyn Gregoire | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
None of us can know the span of our life. Some of us will live a long life and die in old age; others leave much sooner. No, the meaning of life is not how long we live, it's about the fact that we lived at all, and that we touch the lives of others by living. Poet Marina Keegan may have died young, and tragically, but she had found her voice, and expressed it through poetry that touched the lives of so many. She is not the "lost voice" of a generation; she is one voice among many who have come before and will come after, reminding us that our time here is limited and carries within it so much power and beauty.
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Yes, Keegan died young, but she while she was here she was fully alive.

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10 Kick-Ass Qualities of “Wonderful Women” We Want to Be Around.

10 Kick-Ass Qualities of “Wonderful Women” We Want to Be Around. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A wonderful woman, like my late grandmother, can make you feel like you can do almost anything, and in a real and authentic way that humbles you to realize that
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Vancouver: Where the Streets Are Paved with Recycled Plastic

Vancouver: Where the Streets Are Paved with Recycled Plastic | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, is hoping to reduce greenhouse gases by 300 tons per year by using a hybrid asphalt made with recycled plastic.
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A Warped Perspective on Failure – Why We Need to Rebrand the Word Entirely

A Warped Perspective on Failure – Why We Need to Rebrand the Word Entirely | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Fear of failure has prevented people from falling in love, becoming artists, telling friends the truth, and chasing dreams without apology. If we are going to continue to shy away from failure, it's time we redefined it.
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DailyGood: A Stranger's Life-Saving Gift

DailyGood: A Stranger's Life-Saving Gift | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
On July 2, Stephanie Headley was counting the days she had left to live. The Ottawa woman is suffering from an autoimmune disease that, without expensive treatment, will cause her heart to fail. On July 3, thanks to a mysterious stranger who showed up at her door, she had in her hands more than enough money to get the treatment that can save her life. Two weeks later, she still struggles to explain the dramatic change in her fortune. This piece shares more.
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#1067 Buy me some peanuts and...huh?...fresh fruits and veggies?

#1067 Buy me some peanuts and...huh?...fresh fruits and veggies? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks… I grew up singing that ditty, but San Francisco’s AT&T Park is going to have to come up with a…Read more →
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Edmonton's first 'food forest' planted in the river valley

Edmonton's first 'food forest' planted in the river valley | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A wide variety of berries can be found in the ravines and valleys throughout Edmonton — and now, the city is hoping to make those plants more accessible.
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These food forests are popping up all around North America - good use of public lands.

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Beach Library Installations - Herman Kompernas Promotes Reading by the Bulgarian Black Sea

Beach Library Installations - Herman Kompernas Promotes Reading by the Bulgarian Black Sea | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Books and beaches go hand-in-hand, that is why this Beach Library is so ingenious. Although not the first of its kind as Matali Crasset created a beach library popup last year in Istres, France
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Mexican Bishop Raul Vera Lopez Says Homophobes Are 'Sick'

Mexican Bishop Raul Vera Lopez Says Homophobes Are 'Sick' | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
“The people who say homosexuals are sick are sick themselves," declared Catholic bishop Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo, Mexico, in an interview with El Pais.

Lopez, who has long been involved with ministry to the gay community, continued, ...
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West Bank Story: Occupied with Love. ~ Theo Horesh

West Bank Story: Occupied with Love. ~ Theo Horesh | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The word Palestinian has been criminalized in the minds of most Americans.
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