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The Secret to Making Friends in a New City

Your landlord has given you the keys. You’ve driven or flown or sailed or ski-doo’ed triumphantly into this new city that you’ll be calling home. Your moving boxes are brimming with your most essential belongings. You’ve brought along clothes, furniture, books, photos, friends… Shoot. You didn’t bring any friends. If you’ve landed yourself in a […]

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How A Message Written On The Back Of Her Car Led This Woman To Find Her Kidney Donor

Christine Royles of South Portland, Maine, was diagnosed with lupus in December 2013, the Portland Press Herald reported, and shortly after learned her kidneys were failing. After enrolling on the 100,000-patient long list in need of a transplant, Royles began writing messages on the back of her car, asking for donors with the right blood […]

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On Transgender Day of Visibility, Advocates are Celebrating Trans Lives and Experiences

Today is a designated day for the trans community to share and celebrate their lives and experiences. Related posts:Transgender Woman Elected Mayor in India Activist Monica Jones Can Now Appeal Her Conviction for “Walking While Trans” Senate ‘Vote-A-Rama’ Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples Read more at: Feminist […]

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A Open Letter to My Ex-Friend

My Dear Ex-Friend, This is likely a letter that you have never in a million years expected to see. We haven’t been friends in so many years that you probably thought I had never thought about you anymore. Clearly, based on the fact that I’m even writ… Read more at: Good News – The Huffington […]

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An Alabama mom is making headlines this week after her Facebook apology went viral. Kyesha Smith Wood <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kyeshas/posts/10153192843159907" target="_hplink">wrote this post to apologize</a> to a stranger after her teenage daughter and step-daughter were "rude," "obnoxious" and "disrespectful" at the movies.<br><br><div></div><div><div><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/kyeshas/posts/10153192843159907"><p>This is a long shot, but I'm looking for a woman that was at Tannehill Premier tonight seeing Cinderella at 7pm. I...</p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kyeshas">Kyesha Smith Wood</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kyeshas/posts/10153192843159907">Friday, March 27, 2015</a></blockquote></div></div><br><br>
After Wood posted her apology on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/610377475676562/" target="_hplink">McAdory-McCalla Community News Facebook group</a>, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyAlabamaSheriffsOffice/photos/a.10151763902793576.1073741828.89630023575/10152841360768576/?type=1" target="_hplink">shared a screenshot</a>, along with the caption, "What do you think of the way this local mom is handling this situation? Looks like these children have great parents." That post has over 250,000 likes and 50,000 shares to date.<br><br>
Within 24 hours, Wood's Facebook apology reached the mystery woman in question -- Rebecca Boyd of Adger, Alabama. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/alabama-moms-facebook-apology-kids-movie-behavior-brings/story?id=30007225" target="_hplink">According to ABC News, Boyd wrote in a comment</a>:<br><br><blockquote>"I am the mom from the movie theatre. I had taken my daughter to see Cinderella. I was very upset and disappointed in the girls behavior...the note from their mom brought me to tears and shows there is [sic] still good people in the world. I have no hard feelings towards them and I am proud of their parents. The girls are not not bad...they are children. Glad they are learning a lesson. I hope if my teenagers are out and they act up...I hope someone says something to them."</blockquote><br><br><a href="https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/after-daughters-act-up-mom-turns-to-facebook-to-115041362517.html" target="_hplink">In an interview with Yahoo Parenting</a>, Boyd said the girls' behavior at the movies consisted of giggling, talking loudly and even kicking her seat. When she turned around to ask them to stop, "they just giggled at me and continued with the same behavior.” Speaking to the girls after the movie, Boyd explained her situation and "told them they needed to realize that their behavior affects others and they never know what other people around them are going through.”<br><br>
After seeing Wood's apology, Boyd sent her a Facebook message, and the two got to talking. <a href="http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2015/03/after_her_kids_misbehave_birmi.html" target="_hplink">Wood told AL.com</a>, “I thanked her for correcting my girls in my absence and letting them know that they were wrong." She added, “A lot of times people get nervous about saying something to a stranger’s kids. But it takes a village to raise our kids. We as a community need to hear this, that there are parents out there who still believe in old-fashioned methods.”<br><br>
In an interview with ABC News, the mom praised Boyd as a "gracious, kind, and forgiving woman." "I've been getting a lot of attention for this story but the real hero is her," Wood said, adding, "She took it upon herself to correct my girls and nobody else around them did." <br><br>
ABC News reports since the post went viral, Boyd's husband has received several job offers. And as for Wood's daughters, the mom said they are "mortified," but will never behave this way again.<br><br>
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Mom’s Viral Apology On Facebook Reminds Parents ‘It Takes A Village’

An Alabama mom is making headlines this week after her Facebook apology went viral. Kyesha Smith Wood wrote this post to apologize to a stranger after her teenage daughter and step-daughter were “rude,” “obnoxious” and “disrespectful” at the movies.This is a long shot, but I’m looking for a woman that was at Tannehill Premier tonight […]

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My Q and A With Insomnia Expert Gregg Jacobs

Gregg Jacobs is an insomnia specialist at the Sleep Disorders Center at the UMass Memorial Medical Center and the author of Say Good Night to Insomnia. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on how human sleep patterns have changed over time… Read more at: Good News – The Huffington Post

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Lou Szucs: Genealogical Hero

Lou Szucs (right) and daughter, Juliana When I was growing up, we used to have heroes – people who were widely admired by all. But now it seems that we love to topple our heroes off of their pedestals and few can survive the pressure of intense scrut… Read more at: Good News – The […]

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Good Things Are Happening In The Wake Of Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called it “dangerous.” Ashton Kutcher has tweeted his outrage. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce deemed it “entirely unnecessary.” Even as gay rights supporters reel from the passage of an Indiana law that critics argue will allow businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the resulting outrage offers […]

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5 Pieces Of Career Wisdom From Women Who’ve Made It

Creating a successful career doesn’t happen overnight — take it from the women who’ve done it. Created by SheKnows Media and BlogHer, a new video features four women who are successful in their careers discussing some of the best work advice they’ve… Read more at: Good News – The Huffington Post

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Get Ready To Cry Over This Surprise Wedding Prank

The words “wedding,” “surprise,” and “prank” rarely — if ever — belong in the same sentence. Yet in this surprise wedding, orchestrated for a couple in love by Break.com’s “Prank it Forward” campaign, those three words combine for a heartfelt and mo… Read more at: Good News – The Huffington Post

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HandsOn Suburban Leads “F.A.C.T.S. Cooking Night” at Grove Junior High School

by Jaime Hermosillo On March 17, 2015, HandsOn Suburban Chicago held “F.A.C.T.S. Cooking Night” at Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village. FACTS (Families and Communities Together in Schools) is the after school program at Grove Junior High that brings volunteer tutors and mentors into the school to provide extra support to students and […]

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Travis Mills is at it again.<br><br>
The retired staff sergeant and quadruple amputee announced last week that his organization -- the <a href="http://www.travismills.org/foundation/" target="_hplink">Travis Mills Foundation</a> -- purchased the Maine Chance Lodge in Rome, Maine, and plans to <a href="http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/2015/03/24/travis-mills-to-create-housing-for-veterans/70366190/" target="_hplink">convert it into a retreat for veterans with disabilities</a> and their families, WCSH 6 News reported.<br><br><a href="http://www.gofundme.com/travismills" target="_hplink">The Travis Mills Foundation Retreat (TMF)</a>, which will be able to accommodate up to 10 families at a time, allows for veterans with disabilities to "recover, relax and enjoy a <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/travismills" target="_hplink">wide range of adaptive sports</a> and activities" -- like kayaking, fishing and swimming -- Mills told the outlet, helping them heal physically and emotionally.<br><br>
"We just really want to give back to the veterans," Mills said. "I was given such good fortune from everybody around the nation giving back. Kelsey and I, my wife, wanted to start a foundation, and what better way to give back to ours that served ... <a href="http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/2015/03/24/travis-mills-to-create-housing-for-veterans/70366190/" target="_hplink">this is how we're going to do it</a>."<br><br>
A <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/travismills" target="_hplink">GoFundMe page</a> has been set up to help fund renovations for TMF, which will be a <a href="http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/2015/03/24/travis-mills-to-create-housing-for-veterans/70366190/" target="_hplink">fully accessible "smart-home" space</a> for wounded veterans and their families in the U.S., according to WCSH 6.<br><br>
So far, more than <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/travismills" target="_hplink">$157,000</a> of the group's $1.7 million goal has been raised.<br><br>
Mills -- who is one of just five quadruple amputee veterans -- has made a name for himself helping others who've been injured while serving. A documentary, "<a href="http://travisthemovie.com/" target="_hplink">Travis: A Soldier’s Story</a>," premiered in 2013 and continues to screen across the country, telling the story of how he, Kelsey and their daughter moved on after he was critically injured from an IED in Afghanistan in 2012.<br><br>
"If I’m giving up," Mills said in the film. "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/25/travis-mills_n_5030811.html" target="_hplink">I’m giving up on my family</a>."<br><br>
Mills has been a positive force for wounded veterans for years. Dubbed the "<a href="http://www.travismills.org/foundation/" target="_hplink">mayor</a>" of Walter Reed Medical Center while recovering from his injuries there, Mills could be spotted visiting other patients, spreading encouragement to those who needed it most. <br><br>
In 2013, a physical therapist at the hospital told Fox News that Mills "walks in [to patients' rooms] with his four prosthetics on, a smile on his face and says,<a href="http://video.foxnews.com/v/2522448837001/jenna-lee-catches-up-with-staff-sgt-travis-mills/?playlist_id=921261890001#sp=show-clips" target="_hplink"> 'You’re going to be OK.'</a>"<br><br><em>Support the foundation's retreat <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/travismills" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em><br><br><br><a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostImp%3Cbr%20/%3E%0Aact"><img src="http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/FBLOGO_0.png"></a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostImpact" target="_hplink">Like Us On Facebook</a>  <br><a href="https://twitter.com/HuffPostImpact"><img src="http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/TWITTERBIRD.png"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/HuffPostImpact" target="_hplink">Follow Us On Twitter</a>

Quadruple Amputee Veteran To Build Fully Accessible Retreat Home For Wounded Vets

Travis Mills is at it again. The retired staff sergeant and quadruple amputee announced last week that his organization — the Travis Mills Foundation — purchased the Maine Chance Lodge in Rome, Maine, and plans to convert it into a retreat for veterans with disabilities and their families, WCSH 6 News reported.The Travis Mills Foundation […]

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