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Let’s dance!

I love this!! As someone who strongly believes in the cathartic power that a spontaneous dance party can bring, I‚Äôm so happy for them! I can feel the joy from thousands of miles away. ūü•į More of this in 2021 please. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Commonsense (@commonsenseorganics)

Paying with Post-its

A cafe in Queensland created the ‚Äėpay with a Post-it‚Äô system last May and it‚Äôs still going! ‚̧ԳŹ Thank you for setting a great example on how to be humans, Bean N Loaf! We all should do this more often. You‚Äôre an inspiration. From the Bean n Loaf Instagram post: Hey FamūüôĆWe are not sure if you have noticed it today but we have introduced ‚ÄúPay With A PostIt‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs another little thing we do to keep our wonderful community together. Thank youRudra & Team @beannloaf

A sonnet a day

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/

A public fridge for the homeless

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

A little help with a tie

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

Prison bake

Imagine you‚Äôre a prison warden and you forgot to lock up some inmates at the end of the night ‚Ķ what do you think they‚Äôd do? In Sweden, the Norrt√§lje 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

Christian the Lion

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.

Just like you

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!

A 99 year-old woman’s mission

  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 …

Cup of Good - Richie Parker, Armless Engineer

Richie Parker, extraordinary engineer

  Let me be the first to say that I am not immune to complaining. While I try to remember all the good things in this world and everything that I should be grateful for on a daily basis, I still have days where I am just a brat. I am not alone on that one, I think. Waking up in the morning to exercise is “hard,” commuting to a work place where there is a ton of traffic can get¬†“hard,” washing a car¬†is “hard.” As Richie Parker demonstrates, however — it’s all relative. Richie Parker was born without arms. Yet he did not let this stop him from doing what he wanted to do — from riding bikes, driving cars, to becoming a respected NASCAR engineer in Hendrick Motor Sports. He uses the computer on a daily basis by placing the keyboard and mouse on the floor for his foot to operate. He uses his chin and his shoulder to wash his car, and he uses his toes to weld — among other things! …