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Love at Pre-K

I saw a story last night that simply made me giddy: A couple who had been dating for a year just found out two weeks ago that they were each other’s pre-k “sweethearts!” According to People.com, Amy and Justin actually met each other online and at a later conversation in their relationship, Justin mentioned that he always liked her name since he had a crush in preschool named “Amy” also. As it turns out, Amy went to the same preschool and after some digging, they were able to find a photo of the two of them together, from 30 years ago! Justin’s crush have always been her after all! What?! Call it coincidence, call it fate … either way, I thought this is such a sweet story and if it made me smile, I know it will make someone else smile too. :) Check out the full story.

Yukio’s Pet Penguin

Over 10 years ago in Southern Japan, Yukio Nishimoto found a badly injured penguin caught in a fishing net. He nursed him back to health, studied penguins, and built a special refrigerated room under their house just for him. Now Lala is part of the family and he even helps them do a little shopping! How cool is this?! Check out his video…

Prison Bake

Imagine you’re a prison warden and you forgot to lock up some inmates at the end of the night … what do you think they’d do? In Sweden, the Norrtälje inmates decided to bake a chocolate cake and watch tv! In translating the source website below, the article ends with: “It is still unclear whether the inmates used a recipe, or if they made the cake on their own.” (Important stuff!) Just an amusing piece of news from a while ago, that made me smile today. Source: Aftonbladet

Song of the Day: “I Feel Good”

Mondays can be a challenge. For our group in particular, we start off with an early morning meeting where everyone commits to the work planned for the next two weeks. Saying that everyone had sulky, post-holiday blues is an understatement. However, as we went around the room and confirmed that we feel good about the work we are committing to, this song popped into my head. My turn came and after confirming that I FEEL GOOD about the work I’m planning on delivering, I played this song. Why not? I even included a little dance with it! Everyone lifted their heads from their laptop screens, laughed, and joked that I should share whatever drug I’m on. Someone danced with me too! A colleague also thanked me for the surprise to their gloomy Monday, while another sent me a message hours later: Not only did I feel good, I now feel even better. Thank you for brightening our day, James Brown! P.S. This was the song that my husband and I played when we entered our reception hall during our wedding. I’ve seen firsthand that it made …

Free Hugs

I enjoy sitting in an airport because I get to observe the different folks around me. I’ve mentioned this before, but the pure joy I get to witness when a person hugs their missed loved one makes me really happy.  This is why I thought Juan Mann’s Free Hugs Campaign is simply beautiful. Almost everyone, whether it comes from deep emotional sentiment or a simple recognition of someone’s existence in this world we share, will appreciate a hug. To me, when I give or receive a hug, I feel a sense of openness, acceptance, and a subtle shared celebration of that human connection that was just made or about to happen. It’s an expression of love in varying degrees, and it’s love nonetheless. Everyone who wants an honest-to-goodness genuine hug should be able to get one. Hug someone today. :) Visit the Free Hugs Campaign site for more info.

Recycle Empty Bottles for Furry Friends

After downing that thirst-quenching summer drink, was there a time when you thought of turning your empty plastic bottle or soda can into something more useful other than throwing it in the recycling bin? In Istanbul, they can be used to provide food for dogs and cats immediately! Pugedon, a Turkish company, recently introduced an innovative vending machine that releases water and food for our stray furry friends, in exchange for recyclables. As seen in the photo below, people can deposit their bottle through the slot on top and a portion of food is dispensed to the next pup (or kitty) that comes along. As for operations, the profit made from the recycled bottles or cans are used to cover the cost of pet food. Plus, it’s all solar-powered! Kudos to Pugedon for giving their stray animals a chance, while doing their part in saving the planet, one recyclable at a time. Source: Big Think