Russell, this definitely made my day! I’m also a person who doesn’t really comment on people’s blogs much, so keeping that in mind I’m proud to have gotten a message from you. ;-) I’m just the collector of these happy stories, but it makes me feel super great when people express their love for this blog. So thank you very much patchpatch93 for putting a smile on my face, and I hope you have a great day! Lots of love, Xxx Aster
Hello, I don't normally comment on people's blogs but yours is too good to not say anything. There are so many videos and stories on other websites about people being jerks to each other, that I finally had to google "faith in humanity restored". Your blog popped up and I was not disappointed. You have great stories and tear-jerking videos about people being civil and nice to each other. 10/10 best blog I've seen. Hopefully, this makes your day. Thank you for bringing it all together. -Russell
sometimes I realize there are people on my dash heavily burdened with horrible things
and I just desperately hope that you’ll be okay, you’ll find the strength to continue and do the right thing for yourself, you’ll make it through and be happy
all of you
All of you. Xx
If you are looking to cheer yourself up, or to make yourself cry, please go to the #hometovote hashtag on twitter and read the stories of all those Irish men and women, gay and straight, who came home today to vote in the referendum on marriage equality.
Ireland has been such a sad and heartbroken place since the banks crashed. We, its citizens, have been hammered to save the said banks. The children of the first generation of Irish men and women who didn’t have to emigrate, are now leaving Ireland to seek a better life. The present is grey and uninspiring, the future bleak.
Until the Yes campaign for marriage equality was set up. They ran a magnificent campaign, full of sincerity, honesty, passion, and colour. A little hope was injected into a dejected people. The No campaign has been full of dishonesty, debate on technicalities, and utter miserableness (it’s not a word, but it should be). But still, people told their stories of what it means to see the State acknowledge that all citizens are equal under the law, without regard to their gender, sexuality, race or creed.
And then we heard the stories of flights being booked by men and women, gay and straight, who were coming home to vote. And they did come home, from all over the world. And it is wonderful.
My heart is bursting with joy.
(There is no postal vote facility for Irish citizens in a referendum.)
MAY 21 – NICOLE TICEA
At just fifteen years old, Vancouver high school student Nicole Ticea developed an early-stage HIV test that’s as easy to use as an over-the-counter pregnancy test. Unlike current rapid response tests which rely on testing antibodies, Ticea utilized a technique known as isothermic nucleic acid amplification, making it possible to detect the virus as early as one week after infection. The disposable device does not rely on electricity, provides results in under one hour and should cost less than $5.00 to produce.
work really made me realize what a big difference a fast
easy-to-administer test for early stage HIV infection could make in
prolonging, if not saving, thousands of lives in developing countries,” said Gursev Anmole, the graduate student mentor who assisted Nicole on her research at Simon Fraser University.
Ticea was recently awarded the 2015 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award for her groundbreaking work. After starting her own company, she received a $100,000 grant to continue developing this technology in the hopes of bringing it to low-income communities in need.
This is amazing!
Tori Nelson is a teacher at Winlock Miller Elementary School. On Monday, a 9-year-old student named Matthew came to school extremely upset. Matthew had gotten a haircut over the weekend, and an older student at the school had made fun of a bald spot at Matthew’s head just as he arrived.
“The comment crushed him,” Nelson said. “He refused to come into our classroom and would not remove his hat.”
Seeing tears in Matthew’s eyes, Nelson decided to make the boy a promise. If you come in my class, Nelson said, I’ll cut my hair, too.