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Michigan Woman Stops Crowd Attacking Frightened Turtle

Michigan Woman Stops Crowd Attacking Frightened Turtle | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A Michigan woman hears a commotion and is shocked to find children and their parents beating an upside down turtle. Read what she did next...
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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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This City Thought It Would Take Five Years to House Homeless Vets. They Did It a Year Ahead of Schedule

This City Thought It Would Take Five Years to House Homeless Vets. They Did It a Year Ahead of Schedule | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
New Orleans took the First Lady's challenge to end veteran homelessness. The result?
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Inspiring story!

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How Old Tyres And Cobblers' Skills Have Come Together To Make Fashionable Footwear - The Better India

How Old Tyres And Cobblers' Skills Have Come Together To Make Fashionable Footwear - The Better India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Now you can be both fashionable and eco friendly at the same time!
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Conversations.org: Demetrio Braceros, by Richard Whittaker

Conversations.org: Demetrio Braceros, by Richard Whittaker | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

...And then, walking into the park and getting a better look, I was shocked to see so many pieces of art. It was hard to believe. This was a city park, after all. Sure, one might see a piece of public art or two here and there in a park, but nothing like this. And public art nearly always has a feel having passed through some bureaucratic process. But this work was different. It was alive. Unmistakably, what I was looking at was outsider art, and the expression of a singular poetic sensibility.      


What was an entire symphony of outsider art doing in a city park? I looked around for a little Asian man, but the place was deserted except for a woman with a baby stroller casually making her way around the park. 

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Ah...this story is the kind of chance meeting that makes life sing.

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If This Adorable Dog Can Take Public Transportation, So Can You

If This Adorable Dog Can Take Public Transportation, So Can You | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
From Seattle to Moscow, cats and dogs are taking incredible journeys on the world's busiest transit systems.
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Gentrification Doesn't Have to Drive Out a Neighborhood's Original Residents

Gentrification Doesn't Have to Drive Out a Neighborhood's Original Residents | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The nonprofit Artspace is keeping El Barrio's artists in residence.
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How Strangers Saved Christmas for a Dying Woman and Her Cat

How Strangers Saved Christmas for a Dying Woman and Her Cat | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Joan Price thought she'd spend her last days worrying about her cat — until a stranger made her final wish come true.
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The Right To Play

The eleven artists who made this animation are serving a total of 487 years plus nine life sentences in Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum security prison. “Doing time” means having many idle hours, but no freedom or control over how you spend those hours. That is one of the central punishments of life behind bars.

We worked with Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project and teaching artist Damon Locks to facilitate an art class at Stateville. The artists engaged with themes of identity, play, freedom, and time to create this piece. Please view video in Google Chrome or Safari.

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A 19-Year-Old's Book Of Untranslatable Words, by Maptia, Co-founder Team

A 19-Year-Old's Book Of Untranslatable Words, by Maptia, Co-founder Team | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When you start with a heartfelt offering, you never know where life may take you next. Read on for the tale of Ella Sanders, whose creative illustrations about untranslatable words grew from a blog post into a published book now out from Random House. You'll also get a sampling of some marvelous, untranslatable words from around the world. Like Mangata -- Swedish for "the road-like reflection of the moon in water."
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The 'Eat More Kale' Guy Triumphs Over Chik-fil-A's Bullying

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Christmas came a little early for a family T-shirt business in Vermont. After a difficult three-year battle and well-funded corporate opposition, Eat More Kale finally got its long awaited trademark. If you haven’t been following this story, pull up a bushel of kale and have a seat. It’s a cracking good tale of an earnest David taking on a big bully of a Goliath.

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A Good Night’s Sleep Is Hard to Find

A Good Night’s Sleep Is Hard to Find | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Interruptions throughout a night’s sleep can provide creative or inspired thinking—a norm that faded with the advent of electricity.
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Nature's own light show - Norway, home of the Northern Lights

Nature's own light show - Norway, home of the Northern Lights | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Unbelievable phenomenon of mother nature called as Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, a natural light display in the sky seen near north and south poles.
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Razia Jan, a CNN hero, who fights to educate rural Afghani girls

Razia Jan, a CNN hero, who fights to educate rural Afghani girls | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Inspiring story of Razia Jan, founder of Razia's Ray of Hope, who dared to fight with extremists to educate Afghani girls through the zabuli education trust.
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A US President Makes the First Statement on Transgender Rights in History.

A US President Makes the First Statement on Transgender Rights in History. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law---for if we are truly created equal, then surely the
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Marie's Dictionary | KarmaTube

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There are only about 200 remaining members of the Wukchumni of central California, and Marie Wilcox is the last fluent speaker of her tribal language. Like most Native Americans, the Wukchumni did not write their language. The 80-year-old Ms. Wilcox has spent the last 7 years writing a dictionary of Wukchumni and giving weekly lessons to her daughter and other tribal members, but few seem dedicated enough to learn to speak the language fluently. With the help of her grandson, Ms. Wilcox is now recording the dictionary, as well as traditional stories like the "How We Got Our Hands" parable featured in this film.
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My Lushootseed grandmother, the extraordinary Vi Hilbert, worked with a university scholar, other native speakers, and acolytes to create a lexicon of her language. This is heart work, cultural work, preservation-of-culture work.

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What do I do with it?, by Deb Koffman | DailyGood

What do I do with it?, by Deb Koffman | DailyGood | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
What to do with "It"? There are many "its" in our lives, but no matter what "it" is that we have to face, we always have a choice about how we respond. Through her whimsical art, Deb Koffman reminds us that there's never just one way to deal with the blessings and challenges that greet us along the way.
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Rosa's Fresh Pizza Has Given Away More Than 8,400 Slices to the Homeless

Rosa's Fresh Pizza Has Given Away More Than 8,400 Slices to the Homeless | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It's made a real difference to those living on the streets of one Philadelphia neighborhood.
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Bilingualism changes children's beliefs

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Most young children are essentialists: They believe that human and animal characteristics are innate. That kind of reasoning can lead them to think that traits like native language and clothing preference are intrinsic rather than acquired. But a new study suggests that certain bilingual kids are more likely to understand that it's what one learns, rather than what one is born with, that makes up a person's psychological attributes.
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Another good reason for learning a second language.

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Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study finds

Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study finds | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Using the American Heart Association's criteria, a study of 5,000 adults found that the most optimistic people had twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health as their pessimistic counterparts.
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How A B.C. Family I'd Never Met Changed My Life

How A B.C. Family I'd Never Met Changed My Life | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When someone gives you an amazing gift like I got exactly 20 years ago this Christmas, that amazing feeling of gratitude might not come until years later. But looking back, you realize that all those helping hands are what gave you the chance to figh...
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Homeless Man Offers Student All His Money To Get Her A Taxi. Now She's Thanking Him In A Big Way.

Homeless Man Offers Student All His Money To Get Her A Taxi. Now She's Thanking Him In A Big Way. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
After a homeless man offered a college student in England all the money he had so she'd be able to get home safely, the woman is paying it forward -- in a massive way.

Throughout the past few days, Dominique Harrison-Bentzen has raised almost $50...
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A Canadian City Once Eliminated Poverty And Nearly Everyone Forgot

A Canadian City Once Eliminated Poverty And Nearly Everyone Forgot | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An aerial view of the city of Dauphin, Man. Forty years ago, a groundbreaking experiment provided cheques to Dauphin’s poorest to raise their incomes to a liveable wage. (Photo: Dauphin Economic Development/Facebook)



On a December aftern...
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It could happen again and spread across the country, allowing people dignity and defying critics.

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Kindness in a uniform | KindSpring.org

Kindness in a uniform | KindSpring.org | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Officer Thomas was about to arrest Jessica Robles, for stealing food to feed her hungry children, but changed her mind at the last minute.

Instead of arresting her, she bought Robles $100 worth of groceries: “I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't going to solve
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Can you imagine someone painting on water? Check this Ebru artist's video

Can you imagine someone painting on water? Check this Ebru artist's video | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Garip Ay, one of the modern Ebru artist. Ebru is a traditional Turkish art form used to paint on water and later it is transferred onto other surfaces.
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