1. How a Palestinian turned airstrikes into art

    A young artist chooses to see hope amid the ongoing crisis between Gaza and Israel


  2. Ask yourself: “What’s the cost of being wrong here?”

  3. Only in America do we equate workaholism with virtue and view time spent at the shore or in the mountains or in the desert as time wasted — as evidence of laziness.

  4. Live and let live.

  5. We become the center of our own worlds, with the constant connection a validation of our own importance. The removal of that connection does not disturb anyone else, but the removal of that validation makes it clear that the world spins on without us. And when we return, we discover that not much really changes in the time we spent away from social media, away from the office, and even away from friends and family.

    What I learned from totally unplugging and shutting up for three days

    It’s better to focus on living your best life than in sharing your running commentary on it with the whole world


  6. Though deliberately thinking about losing stuff may sound morbid, the fact that it taps into emotions is powerfully motivating.

    Gratitude is how you stop taking things for granted. How you stay happy after the newness of things is gone. How you keep love alive.


  7. I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.”

    On Nov. 14, NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo spotted a homeless man wandering around Times Square barefoot, his feet covered in blisters. DePrimo went to a shoe store, purchased a pair of leather boots, and brought them back for the man to wear. Armed with a smartphone camera, Arizona tourist Jennifer Foster captured the moment when DePrimo knelt down next to the man to help him put the shoes on, and the photo has gone viral.

    (Source: theweek.com)


  8. Last week a 10-year-old autistic boy ran away from his teacher and onto an icy pond behind a Rochester, N.H., school. As the teacher and the principal, Gwen Rhodes, chased after him, the boy fell through the thin ice. Rhodes sprang into action, diving in and hauling the child to safety. It was a “shining example” of the kind of “heart” educators have, says Julie Ryan Evans at The Stir. Rhodes said it was all in a day’s work: “What we do every day is what makes people who work in schools heroes.” Here, seven other teachers who have saved the lives of students


  9. sustainable-sam:


    The Johnson Family’s zero-waste home, produces only two handfuls of trash annually.

    There is a hefty compost bin and a teeny recycling bin—one that Béa Johnson is embarrassed exists at all. “So much recycling really goes to waste, so you need to try to reduce that too.”

    A few examples of how they do it:

    • Taking their own jars to the store and buying items in bulk. Even cheese and meat go into jars.
    • Freezing loaves of breads, after carrying them in pillowcases.
    • Mixing her own multi-purpose cleaner: 11/2 tsp. castile soap, 3 tsp. white vinegar, and 4 cups water. 
    • Using compostable toothbrushes.

    You can read more on Béa’s blog, The Zero Waste Home.

    Go Kate! Thanks for shedding some light on this family and their zero waste home. So inspiring!

    (via speakerforthetrees)


  10. thedailywhat:

    Inspirational Motivational of the Day: Adam Starr returns to gym for the first time since losing his leg to cancer in 2009.


    (Source: thedailywhat)