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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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Freshsheet | The Okanagan's Local Guide to Social and Environmental Issues | Okanagan Media Alliance

Freshsheet | The Okanagan's Local Guide to Social and Environmental Issues | Okanagan Media Alliance | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Freshsheet | The Okanagan's Local Guide to Social and Environmental Issues | Okanagan Media Alliance
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Sign up for a weekly dose of delight - from political commentary to inspiration to stories that are deeply moving.

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AP Retires Controversial Term "Illegal Immigrant"

The Associated Press dropped the term “illegal immigrant” from its style guide Tuesday, handing a victory to immigration rights advocates and Latino media organizations who have pressured the news media for years to abandon a phrase that many view...
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This is a significant step. The old chant was never do. Words do hurt, not just sticks and stones.

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This New Apartment Building Trades Its Parking Spaces For Gardens

This New Apartment Building Trades Its Parking Spaces For Gardens | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Many people think of Boston as one of the better American cities to be a car-less citizen, but the city’s building codes don’t necessarily cater toward the car-free community.
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Studies show that bike commuting is one of the best ways to stay healthy

Studies show that bike commuting is one of the best ways to stay healthy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Biking for transportation appears more helpful in losing weight and promoting health than working out at the gym.
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#621 Freshen your home with cow poo

#621 Freshen your home with cow poo | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Seriously, they want me to spray cow poo around my house after I’ve cooked something particularly malodorous? According to a post on Treehugger, that is exactly what Dwi Nailul Izzah and Rintya Apr...
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New type of solar structure cools buildings in full sunlight

New type of solar structure cools buildings in full sunlight | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Scientists have designed an entirely new form of cooling panel that works even when the sun is shining.
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U.S. Congress Inches Away from the Straight and Narrow

U.S. Congress Inches Away from the Straight and Narrow | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
U.S. Congress Inches Away from the Straight and Narrow - Even as the issue of gay marriage continues to make waves in the U.S., change is inexorably arriving in the halls of power, with a record seven openly homosexual or bisexual members of the...
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The change sometimes seems glacial, but it's happening.

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For Thriving Public Spaces, Just Add Seating

For Thriving Public Spaces, Just Add Seating | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Could it be as simple as that? Author Jonathan Rowe thought so, and tried it out in his own hometown.
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I'm happy downtown Kelowna is doing this!

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9 year old discusses the meaning of life and the universe

We discuss the meaning of life, free will, alternate universes, and alien lifeforms. Follow me on Twitter @ziasami or tumblr (ziahassan.tumblr.com) or my sit...
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The Lost Tribes of New York City

The latest short film from London Squared Productions. Urban Anthropologists, Andy and Carolyn London interview some of New York City's more overlooked citizens.…
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If objects could talk...

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Spokane's Duck Man

A banker rescues a dozen ducklings from a ledge and reunites them with their mother, with all safely finding their way to a nearby river (a collective "ah" i...
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This sweet story is from 2009 - thanks to Maggie for sending me the link!

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Grandmothers who are brilliant at technology

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A wonderful site called "Grandma Got STEM" profiles grandmothers who have accomplished marvellous feats of technology, and aims to drive a stake through the heart of stupid, thoughtless phrases like "How would you explain that to your grandmother?
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Daniel's Letter To Chief Justice Roberts

So our kids know that Prop 8 is coming to the Supreme Court soon and that could be a very big deal for our family. When they found out that one of the Justic...
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Beautiful letter, Daniel, and may the U.S. Supreme Court act with empathy for all families with two dads or two moms!

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How Nature Resets Our Minds and Bodies

How Nature Resets Our Minds and Bodies | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The research behind an understanding that natural environments refocus our attention, lessening stress and hastening healing

Via Margarita Tarragona
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We owe so much to the planet on which we stand.

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, April 4, 2013 5:52 PM

Great article. To me it's just common sense - being out in nature or looking out a hospital window viewing trees has to be less stressful than looking a the side of a building.

Nature is healing and it affects how our bodies respond.

Kirk Fontaine's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:28 AM

It is interesting to learn how nature and the enviromment has an effect on how we recover from illnesses 

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:53 AM

Great scoop!  Thanks Kirk!

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Can meditation make you a more compassionate person?

Scientists have mostly focused on the benefits of meditation for the brain and the body, but a recent study takes a look at what impacts meditation has on interpersonal harmony and compassion.
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The answers the scientists found were encouraging.

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A bike for Beijing |Life |chinadaily.com.cn

Matt Hope joins the Beijing brigade of cyclists on the road each day, but his bicycle is special. It looks like a prop out of an off-mainstream sci-fi movie, and it attracts much attention and not a little alarm every time he rides out on it.
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How about that - a guy named Hope has put his mind to developing his own solution to biking safely in Beijing's polluted air.

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#623 An academic center focused on the greater good

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The more we focus on what is right with the world, the more reasons we find to be hopeful. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley is one of those reasons. GGSC is...
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Mindfulness improves reading ability, working memory, and task-focus

Mindfulness improves reading ability, working memory, and task-focus | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If you think your inability to concentrate is a hopeless condition, think again -- and breathe, and focus.
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Green Street United Methodist Church says it will not marry heterosexual couples

Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem says it won’t conduct marriages for heterosexual couples until United Methodist pastors are allowed to officiate at marriages for same-sex couples.
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Eric Whitacre: Virtual Choir Live | Video on TED.com

Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together "virtual choirs," singers from many countries spliced together on video.
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#616 Bowen Island’s friendly transportation

#616 Bowen Island’s friendly transportation | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Welcome to Bowen Island, where hitchhiking is not only legal but encouraged. In fact, they have a special program for it, Bowen LIFT (Linking Islanders through Friendly Transportation). Picking up ...
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Interview: Why Rob Bell Supports Gay Marriage

Rob Bell created a splash earlier this week when he came out in favor of gay marriage. Bell, who is on a book tour for "What We Talk About When We Talk About...
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Good to see a pastor supporting the full spectrum of humanity. I think Jesus would be pissed off by homophobia.

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