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#860 A salute to the misfits and rebels

#860 A salute to the misfits and rebels | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Christmas 2003 my brother, a PC fan, gave me a bad time about sticking with Apple computers. “They will be out of business in two years,” he insisted. He was not the only one who had been nattering...
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It takes more than vision to walk the untrod path. It also takes a rebellious streak, a willingness to keep going when the doubters say, "but we've always done it that way" or "that's not possible". So here's to the dreamers.

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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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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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Smile Break: African Children Dancing Evoke Joy. ~ Ashleigh Hitchcock

Smile Break: African Children Dancing Evoke Joy. ~ Ashleigh Hitchcock | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A healthy dose of fun and exercise makes these kids happy.
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This a smile-all-the-way video

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This Designer Wants to Create a Real River for Los Angeles

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Kids' 'community' knowledge from internet leaves researcher hopeful

Kids' 'community' knowledge from internet leaves researcher hopeful | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Many parents assume the Internet leads to negative behavior in their children. But a team of researchers found kids found a sense of "community" by using the Internet in two after-school programs. By increasing at-risk children's exposure to various community-based websites, Facebook pages and other social media, one researcher said, they learn to use the Internet in a positive way.
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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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Planet for the Apes: Our Soft Spot for Live Animal Web Cams

Planet for the Apes: Our Soft Spot for Live Animal Web Cams | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The Internet can often feel like a trap that lulls us into inaction. But some say live animal web cams may be spurring empathy, compassion and even action.
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From awe to action - this is good news

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Puppy Love

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What a canine-emblazoned cryptocurrency can teach about philanthropy
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Another interesting alternative to standard currency exchange - and a sweet story 

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How gardens could help dementia care

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Gardens in care homes could provide promising therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia, a study has shown. The research critically reviewed the findings from 17 different pieces of research, has found that outdoor spaces can offer environments that promote relaxation, encourage activity and reduce residents' agitation.
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