I love libraries. This particular library however, is a pretty special one: the books are collected from people’s trash! When Durson Ipek, a sanitation worker in Turkey, found a pile of discarded books in the garbage, he started gathering them along with other books he found on the streets. Other garbage men joined him too and soon their collection started to grow when locals participated and donated more books. According to TRT world, there are currently 4000 books and the library is now open to the public. They also plan to help children in need through books, and turn a garbage truck into a mobile library. How cool is that?! Check out the video below!
I love this!! As someone who strongly believes in the cathartic power that a spontaneous dance party can bring, I’m so happy for them! I can feel the joy from thousands of miles away. 🥰 More of this in 2021 please. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Commonsense (@commonsenseorganics)
A cafe in Queensland created the ‘pay with a Post-it’ system last May and it’s still going! ❤️ Thank you for setting a great example on how to be humans, Bean N Loaf! We all should do this more often. You’re an inspiration. From the Bean n Loaf Instagram post: Hey Fam🙌We are not sure if you have noticed it today but we have introduced “Pay With A PostIt” at Bean N Loaf. Life has been difficult for many of us out there lately and we wanted to provide this platform for those who want to pay for a coffee or two for those having hard time. Thanks to those wonderful humans who already paid for a few today, we are sure the ones using it would most definitely appreciate it. It’s another little thing we do to keep our wonderful community together. Thank youRudra & Team @beannloaf
One of my favorite things about studying literature in college was seeing the passion emanate from my professors. Some are so fiercely flamboyant in their deep love, while some have a quiet reverence that is almost transcendent. In both situations, when they read a passage, you feel it in your soul. Sir Patrick Steward reminds me of them and he does Shakespearean sonnets justice. Watch him read his sonnets @ https://www.instagram.com/sirpatstew/
How many times have you left a restaurant with a to-go box, only to toss it in the trash a few days later? In Kochi, India, you can share your leftovers with the homeless population by leaving it in an outdoor fridge! Minu Pauline, restaurant owner of Pappadavada, came up with this solution to help the less fortunate folks in her city: She covers the cost of the fridge and electricity while she, along with the community, do their part to donate excess food that they are going to throw out anyway. I just love this. When I first arrived in the United States, one of the first things I noticed were the large portions, so there is always an abundance of wasted food. I know some companies are already donating their unsold goods to food banks, but, as Minu shows, you don’t have to be a giant corporation to make a difference in people’s lives. What an inspiration! Source: BetterIndia.com
When an elderly lady noticed a young man struggling to tie his tie in a subway, she asked her husband to help and teach him. Her husband then taught him how, step by step, and even asked the young man to demo it back to show that he can now do it himself. It’s a simple story from last year that stuck with me. Perhaps it’s the photo of these two generations interacting or it’s the simple act of taking the time to help a random stranger that resonates with me. Either way, I had to share today. :) Source: Redd Thomas, Facebook
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
My sister recently reposted this video of Christian the Lion on Facebook. It’s one of those videos I’ve seen at LEAST 20 times on YouTube, to the point where I’ve probably memorized every single frame. I knew exactly what to expect, but I clicked the thumbnail anyway because I know it will make me smile. It never fails to grab my heart and squeeze it so much — in a good way. You may have already seen this 20x too, but I’m posting it here in the off chance that someone has not, and I get to be the lucky (re-)sharer of this beautiful story.
I’ve seen a lot of videos and heartwarming articles over the holidays but for some reason, this clip from Skype is the one that brought tears to my eyes — even after viewing it a second time! As I have written about before, I LOVE the internet mainly because of its sheer power for connecting people. Whether it’s keeping in touch with a parent or a best friend who lives thousands of miles away, or with a friend who is just like you and whom you have a meaningful bond with though you’ve never met in person … through this technology, we are able to express love, show support, and share happiness. And that, is more than enough reason to celebrate. Happy New Year!
Although I’m not at retirement age yet, I sometimes wonder what I would do when I am not able to work anymore. How would the days look like to begin with? If I’m blessed with good health enough to live up to my 90s and jetpacks aren’t around yet, would I read books? Continue blogging? Spoil my grandchildren? Do old-people dances with my husband to “pop classics” such as Katy Perry (jk!)? Maybe all of the above. What didn’t cross my mind immediately is what Lillian Webber is doing now: She is making a dress each day for a child in Africa. In the past two years, Lillian has made more than 840 dresses for less fortunate kids — she even personalizes each one so that the recipient can call it her own. The frocks are sent overseas through the nonprofit organization, Little Dresses for Africa, who then delivers these pretty blessings to orphanages, schools, and churches. Lillian’s goal is to make 1000 dresses by May 6th, which will be her 100th birthday. What will she do after that thousandth dress? “When I get to that …