This Gives Me Hope
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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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#939 Teaching physics with a big dose of love

#939 Teaching physics with a big dose of love | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
His students gasp, laugh, shake their heads, lean forward and ask, “How?” Jeffrey Wright is not just a high school teacher in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also the consummate entertainer. Watching h...
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The Simple Life of a Writer.

The Simple Life of a Writer. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
I have been sitting and bleeding at my desk for days on end, months and years have gone before with so many words and jotted down notes and the finale is arriving. No amount of fear can distract the reasons of why pages of words need to be complete. I try to tamp down the noise related to the minutiae of what it all looks like as a finished product, the steps it took after completion. Technology advances and me were never that great of friends, so I leave that up to those who are the masters.
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#936 Waldorf Astoria honours a 66-year marriage

#936 Waldorf Astoria honours a 66-year marriage | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Tony and Jo Fioravante met at a high school dance and married in 1948. In 2014 they celebrated their 66th anniversary by staying in the same hotel where they spent their first night as a married co...
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They still had the receipt from their marriage night 66 years earlier so the Waldorf Astoria welcomed them back...at the same price.

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A life time of love and a place to remember 

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10 Amazing Facts About Animal Sentience

10 Amazing Facts About Animal Sentience | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
These top ten amazing facts about animal sentience are sure to make you love and respect animals for how incredible they truly are (even more than you already do!)
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'Envy-free' algorithm developed for settling disputes from divorce to inheritance

'Envy-free' algorithm developed for settling disputes from divorce to inheritance | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Whether it’s season tickets to Green Bay Packers’ games or silver place settings, divorce and inheritance have bred protracted disputes over the assignment of belongings. But, now, a trio of researchers has found a method for resolving such conflicts in an envy-free way.
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This is fascinating. I'd love to know of anyone who's tried it.

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The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama

The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
I may not have the most wonderful bank account, but my spiritual bank account is overflowing, says Jane Feldman of her career as a social justice photojournalist and author. Working for the Peace and Justice Ministry of New York
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That initial quote by Jane Feldman really resonates for me.

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Kayden + Rain

Kayden's first time experiencing rain ^__^
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I grinned through this whole video. I grew up in a dry climate. Mother taught us to be delighted by rain. When the skies opened, she would say, "Let's go out for a walk." Kayden is overjoyed by the miracle of water falling from the sky. I'm with you, Kayden!

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#931 And still the joy lives on

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Hilda Gorenstein was a gifted artist. Born in Montreal in 1905, she grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Chicago’s School of the Art Institute. To avoid the prejudice against women artist...
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Autistic teen and his blind dog - a story of unconditional love | KRTV.com

Autistic teen and his blind dog - a story of unconditional love | KRTV.com | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
BOZEMAN - Studies show pets can have profound effects on people. Unconditional love and the buddy system works for one boy and his dog.
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Such an inspiring story

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#929 Finding happiness in less

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Filmmaker Tom Shadyac would likely have gone on acquiring possessions on the profits of comedies such as Liar Liar, Ace Ventura Pet Detective and Bruce Almighty if a mountain biking accident had no...
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One man's journey of self-discovery led to profound transformation.

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Super Bowl commercial features two naked animals in love. (Video)

Super Bowl commercial features two naked animals in love. (Video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
My kind of Super Bowl commercial... ...aims right at the feels...goes for awwwww instead of dayummmm...and has a sense of humor. Awwwww: That
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OK, I know it's a commercial, but this one really got to me. I've seen that kind of love between animals so was quite prepared to suspend my skepticism.

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#928 A company that builds in joy

#928 A company that builds in joy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Would you be more eager to go to work in the morning if you did not have to spend time in boring meetings, had a 40-hour cap on your work week (and no work on weekends), had no flood of internal e-...
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Imagine if you could choose your job based not just on matching skills to the job but also whether or not the company believed joy was important to the work place. This company is doing just that.

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#926 Eat the park!

#926 Eat the park! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Seattle was a foodie paradise when I lived there in the 70s and again in the late 80s. That scene has kept improving over the years, helped along by supportive local government. The city has a Food...
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An official in a town I won't name once told a friend of mine her group could not plant edible fruits in public spaces "because people might eat them." That was, of course, the whole point, and this Seattle group is operating from that space of generosity.

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#938 Loyal friends find their forever home

#938 Loyal friends find their forever home | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A cat with paralyzed back legs and twisted front legs and her dachshund pal were abandoned by a gated driveway. They could not tell their story to the Seminole County Animal Services staff who foun...
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Two abandoned animals, a paralyzed cat and a lonely dog, become inseparable friends.

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#937 Seniors ham it up to Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop hit

#937 Seniors ham it up to Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop hit | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Residents of the Waverly Mansion in London, Ontario are not settling for a boring stay in an assisted-living facility. With the urging of their recreation co-ordinator, Sarah Urquhart, the oldsters...
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Here's an assisted-living facility in Ontario that understands people want to have fun right up until the last breath.

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#935 A gentle guide to mindfulness

#935 A gentle guide to mindfulness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Mindfulness does not come easily to my chattery brain. So I am fascinated by my friend Maitri Libellule’s journey of 365 Days of Mindfulness. She writes about it with depth and grace and a healthy ...
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Mindfulness is elusive for most of us, with demands and distractions bombarding us. Maitri Libellule is a gentle guide, drawing us into our deepest and best selves.

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#934 The ephemeral snow art of Simon Beck

#934 The ephemeral snow art of Simon Beck | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When he is at home in Berkshire, England, Simon Beck makes orienteering maps. But it is what he does in the French Alps, where he translates that skill into snow art, that has caught the world’s at...
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The first wind, the first snowfall wipe out all traces of his extraordinary art, except for those he is able to preserve through photography. 

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#933 The train maker’s big-hearted love

#933 The train maker’s big-hearted love | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When I learn of something that gives me a surge of hope, I head straight to Ecosia (Plant trees while you search the Internet) to find out more. That did not work when I wanted to learn more about ...
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Heart full of love, hands full of wood, a retired carpenter makes trains for all the neighbourhood children.

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#932 Living by hope

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In 1971 a bestseller landed on my book shelf. With its spiral binding, Diet for a Small Planet was easy to prop open on a kitchen counter, while this novice cook learned how to create healthy meals...
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She influenced my generation and the next, and now she and her daughter are influencing yet another generation - and all on a foundation of hope.

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22 Books to Fall in Love With This February.

22 Books to Fall in Love With This February. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
These are stories of romantic love in all of its many, complex manifestations; stories that are about men and women and families from different cultures and different orientations all experiencing desire, need, desperate wanting, agony, ardor and intimacy. Open your heart to these twenty-two,, beautiful tales, and this month, let yourself fall deeply in love with books.
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This is a delicious list. I've already read most of them but found a few I'll add to my list. Ahhhh

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#930 Music to still the beast

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Istanbul’s urban landscape is packed with roads and buildings. What it lacks are trees, flowers, bushes—the kind of green amenities we need to be fully healthy. The city’s Taksim Gezi Park is an oa...
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He travels the world with his grand piano, setting it up in trouble spots, playing music to sooth wounded souls.

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Kitty Cooking in 110 Degree Heat Wraps Paws Around Hero

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An emaciated and dehydrated stray gets a magical rescue out of the Arizona sun and into the home of a dog lover who learns to purr...
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8 Creativity Lessons from a Pixar Animator, by Leo Babauta

8 Creativity Lessons from a Pixar Animator, by Leo Babauta | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Whether it is sharing ideas, working hard and being persistent in your efforts, or having the ability let go of your own ego, amazing things can be accomplished when you allow yourself to become a true team player. Bernhard Haux, who has worked on blockbuster motion pictures such as
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Amazing: Super Bowl & TIME Magazine Both Focus on Mindfulness.

Amazing: Super Bowl & TIME Magazine Both Focus on Mindfulness. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Whether we sit in formal meditation with our eyes closed, go for a walk or throw a football, if we do it with awareness we are meditating.
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Dad Texts His Late Son's Phone, Gets the Perfect Reply

Dad Texts His Late Son's Phone, Gets the Perfect Reply | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Out of the blue, in a country town along the Murry River in Victoria, Australia, Kaylene Bell's daughter received a mournful text Saturday morning that read, Love you bud - miss you more than words can say. The 15-year-old replied asking, Who is this? A text pinged back saying 'sorry', explaining that it was his son's old phone number and that he had passed away in 2009. He didn't think the number was being used. April Bell sent the perfect reply.
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