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A Single Father Walked 11 Miles To Work Every Day ― Until His Co-Workers Found Out

February 16, 2018 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Life |

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Trenton Lewis has never missed a shift and never been late for his 4am shift at a UPS facility in Little Rock, Ark, a dedication driven by his love for his 14-month-old daughter, Karmen. His attendance is even more impressive when you consider his wakeup time and commute: Lewis rolls out of bed at midnight and then, as ABC News notes, “in the rain or cold, through some rough areas of town—he walks.” And it’s a 5.5-mile journey one way for the 21-year-old single dad. He didn’t have a job when Karmen was born, but when she entered his life, “I knew I had to step up.” “I wanted to be with my daughter, to be able to support her. I wanted to be a father,”

His pride kept him from mentioning his daily walk to co-workers, but Patricia Bryant, known as the “queen bee” of the UPS site, discovered Lewis’ secret—and then, along with her husband, Kenneth, set out to find a way to make things easier for Lewis. They did so by pooling together nearly $2,000 from colleagues and using it to purchase a used Saturn for Lewis, which they presented to him at a gathering they told him was a “union meeting.” “Those keys cannot be mine,” he recalls thinking when they revealed the surprise. His new leave time from home each morning: 3:30am, giving him a few more hours to sleep in. “I knew things were going to get better if I kept coming to work so, that’s just what I did.”

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Before and After Photos of Adopted Dogs

February 13, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Life |

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A Few Clips Guaranteed To Make You Feel Better About Life

February 9, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Life |

98 year old finds out how old he really is

 

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A Few Photos To Remind You That Life Is Beautiful

February 9, 2018 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Life |

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I Think We Can All Use A Reminder Of How Great A Human Being Mister Rogers Was

February 9, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Hall Of Fame, Life |

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1. Once, on a fancy trip up to a PBS exec’s house, he heard the limo driver was going to wait outside for 2 hours, so he insisted the driver come in and join them (which flustered the host). On the way back, Rogers sat up front, and when he learned that they were passing the driver’s home on the way, he asked if they could stop in to meet his family. According to the driver, it was one of the best nights of his life—the house supposedly lit up when Rogers arrived, and he played jazz piano and bantered with them late into the night. Further, like with the reporters, Rogers sent him notes and kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life.

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These Therapy Dogs Comfort Witnesses While They Testify In Court

February 7, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Life |

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Having to go up on the witness stand in a courthouse can be a frightening and intimidating time for anyone. For an adult or child that has experienced a traumatic event, it can be even worse. To lessen the anxieties and tensions in the courtroom, the foundation Courthouse Dogs was created by Ellen O’Neill Stephens and Celeste Walsen.

They knew from the get-go it is the perfect solution to helping children and adults feel better and more confident when they have to testify in court. Ellen and Celeste make a strong team for the cause, Ellen is a retired prosecutor and Celeste is a veterinarian.

O’Neill explained to Upworthy, “When a person is reliving a traumatic event, they experience physiological reactions similar to what they had when the event was taking place. This adversarial system [of testifying in front of your attacker] is brutal. A lot of people come out damaged by it.”

This is especially true for children who are often too traumatized to speak of their abuse, especially in front of their attacker. Many kids shut down and don’t want to talk, especially if their parents are not allowed in the interview with them. When you introduce a dog to the situation everything changes, the child begins to pet the dog, calm down and is much more likely to open up.

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The Daily Man-Up

February 6, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Life, Man-Up |

I’m old. What that means is that I’ve survived (so far) and a lot of people I’ve known and loved did not. I’ve lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can’t imagine the pain it must be to lose a child. But here’s my two cents.

I wish I could say you get used to people dying. I never did. I don’t want to. It tears a hole through me whenever somebody I love dies, no matter the circumstances. But I don’t want it to “not matter”. I don’t want it to be something that just passes. My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are a testament that I can love deeply and live deeply and be cut, or even gorged, and that I can heal and continue to live and continue to love. And the scar tissue is stronger than the original flesh ever was. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are only ugly to people who can’t see.

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Engineer Who Lived Modestly Donates $37 Million To Pittsburgh Foundation

February 2, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Life |

Most people didn’t know that Raymond Suckling was a wealthy man. The longtime mechanical engineer from Sewickley, PA., loved fast food, drove an inexpensive car and wore Veclro sneakers. But his $37.1 million donation to the Pittsburgh Foundation before he passed away proves he chose to live a modest, simple life instead of one of glitz and glamour.

Unbeknownst to even his closest companions, before he died in 2014 at age 93, Suckling had accumulated millions including money he inherited from his parents and from his own investments.

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A Few Clips Guaranteed To Make You Feel Better About Life

February 2, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Life |

Dog comforts crying child

 

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A Few Photos To Remind You That Life Is Beautiful

February 2, 2018 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Life |

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