People don't always suck


Since I deal with some deeply depressing news, I decided that I need a happy place to remind me that people can be really amazing sometimes. When I feel dragged down by meanness, selfishness, corruption, and ignorance, this is where I will come. Feel free to submit acts of human kindness, selflessness, and just plain awesomeness.

And if all this awesomeness is too much for you, you can check out my other blog, http://foulmouthedliberty.tumblr.com/, for balance. :)

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Victim's daughter finds strength, mission 15 years after Columbine →

thepoliticalfreakshow:

JEFFERSON COUNTY – When Coni Sanders thinks about the worst day of her life, it certainly conjures memories of pain. But, 15 years later, she says something is changing for the better.

"Fifteen years to me is significant because it’s one of those, the five year was horrific and the ten year, we started to feel some peace," Sanders said. "This year, I really feel hope."

On April 20, 1999, two students killed 12 classmates and a teacher, Dave Sanders. Coni Sanders says her father spent a lot of time helping students who maybe struggled in school or didn’t fit in. Years later, she is continuing that mission as a forensic therapist.

"Inspired by my dad," Coni Sanders said. "I feel like I honor him every day by taking people who maybe aren’t the most talented or the most lovable and showing them how to be talented and lovable."

She works with violent criminals to help them become non-violent.

"I decided to take the people in society that we like to ignore and like to pretend aren’t there and care about them," Coni Sanders said. "They’re people. They’re wounded people."

Coni Sanders says she feels compelled to help people much like the ones who killed her father.

"He probably wouldn’t approve of me working with criminals late at night. He would probably be upset with how many hours I work," Coni Sanders said. "But, at the end of it all, he would pat me on the back."

Coni Sanders her work and the work of many others tied to Columbine have become a beacon of hope for people across the country. They have created programs to reduce bullying and violence. They have become a pillar of strength for other victims of tragedy.

"We’ve turned something so horrific into something positive," Coni Sanders said. "We’re all serving a purpose that we never wanted to serve."

Dave Sanders evacuated the crowded cafeteria before the shooters got there and is credited with saving hundreds of lives. Even though she knows her father’s death is heroic, she still misses him.

"Honestly, what I miss about him is if here were here, our life would be normal. Our life wouldn’t be TV cameras and memorials and remembrance events," Coni Sanders said. "Tomorrow would be Easter. Tomorrow would be dying Easter eggs with the family. Tomorrow would be full of smiles not tears. Tomorrow would be priceless."

Source: thepoliticalfreakshow

stand-up-comic-gifs:

Chelsea Peretti

Source: stand-up-comic-gifs

dybbuks:

this vacuum review is incredible

dybbuks:

this vacuum review is incredible

Source: enefadah

Remarkable story of forgiveness from Iran.

mentalflossr:

11 Writers Who Really Loved Cats
Writers are sometimes stern and cold at heart—introverts who escape into their own solitary world, away from outward distractions that would somehow muddle their extraordinary work. Other times, writers just need a friend. And while they say that a dog is a man’s best friend, these writers each found solace in another four-legged companion.

Cats are everything. So was Mark Twain.

mentalflossr:

11 Writers Who Really Loved Cats

Writers are sometimes stern and cold at heart—introverts who escape into their own solitary world, away from outward distractions that would somehow muddle their extraordinary work. Other times, writers just need a friend. And while they say that a dog is a man’s best friend, these writers each found solace in another four-legged companion.

Cats are everything. So was Mark Twain.

Source: mentalflossr

foulmouthedliberty:

solveitwithchocolate:

This video… Holy crap.

I’ve never seen anything remotely like this. Fucking speechless. Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.

WATCH.

Source: solveitwithchocolate

tiaraloveskandlupita:

Michaela DePrince getting ready for her role as Odette in Swan Lake for Het Nationale Ballet JC 
"The two roles that I most dream of dancing are the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.”

This makes me so happy. I’ve watched First Position a few times, and Michaela was my favorite. <3

tiaraloveskandlupita:

Michaela DePrince getting ready for her role as Odette in Swan Lake for Het Nationale Ballet JC 

"The two roles that I most dream of dancing are the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.”

This makes me so happy. I’ve watched First Position a few times, and Michaela was my favorite. <3

Source: tiaraloveskandlupita

You know, funny story: There’s this craft store called Michaels. Look, my sister knits, and she goes to Michaels. So my sister called me and she’s like, “Oh my god, I’m at Michaels, picking up yarn. You have a poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “What?” She’s like, “There’s a poster, there’s a Falcon poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “Holy s**t!” She’s like, “I’m gonna come and pick you up, and we’re gonna see your poster in this store.” So she picks me up and we go to Michaels.

We go in, and I see the poster and I’m like, “Oh, this is….” She’s like, “I know, I know.” I said, “I’m gonna sign these posters.” I was like, “That would be amazing, you buy a poster and it’s like, actually signed by the Falcon.” Like, it would blow my mind. So I go to the front, I buy a Sharpie, I run back to the back of the store. And she’s like, “I’m gonna take a picture of you signing it.”

I’m in this store and I’m signing all the posters. The manager comes out, he’s like, “Hey, whatcha doing?” I was like, “Oh man, I’m signing these posters so when people buy ‘em, they’re signed.” He’s like, “Well, people are not gonna buy ‘em if they’re signed.” And I was like, “No, no, no, it’s cool. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a problem.” And he goes, “Yeah, but it is gonna be a problem, you’re messin’ up my inventory.” And I’m like, “No, my man, trust me. I mean, I’m the Falcon, that’s me!” And he goes, “Yeah, right. You’re gonna buy those posters.” I said, “What?” He’s like, “You’re gonna buy all those posters or I’m gonna call the police.”

He rolls up all the posters and goes to the front of the store. And I had to buy like 60 Falcon posters that I signed in Michaels.

-Anthony Mackie getting in trouble for signing his posters at a Micheals  (x)

This is simultaneously sad and frustrating, but also the most adorable damn thing I’ve read in a long time.

Zoey LOVES Falcon. There’s a Michael’s in walking distance of my house. I might have to surprise her with a poster this week. :)

Source: fwips

ted:

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

Source: ted

curiousgeorgiana:

At least I have a pretty tea cup and saucer to drink from.
This cup and saucer actually has an amusing story behind it. My grandmother’s family fled Poland before she was born, around 1904 (rise in anti-Semitic feelings and policies in Poland around that time and her family was seen as sympathizers and their business was burned).
They packed up rather quickly, as you do when arson is involved, and my grandmother’s mother always bemoaned leaving behind many of the family treasures. She packed some silver and gorgeous crystal, but only had space to pack 5 teacups, one for each member of the immediate family.
This was one of the teacups. Or so my grandfather would have you believe. My grandmother inherited the china teacups from her mother when she died. They were incredibly precious to her. During a house move in the 1960s, my grandfather stepped on a box that contained the precious tea cups and shattered them. 
Rather than tell my grandmother, he tried to have them replaced with copies. Very poorly made copies. This is one of those copies. 
My grandmother of course knew the difference. But she drank out of the impostors from 1960-2005. When they downsized houses, she gave me two of the cups with saucers, told me the story, and called my grandfather “the biggest horse’s ass”.

That&#8217;s love.

curiousgeorgiana:

At least I have a pretty tea cup and saucer to drink from.

This cup and saucer actually has an amusing story behind it. My grandmother’s family fled Poland before she was born, around 1904 (rise in anti-Semitic feelings and policies in Poland around that time and her family was seen as sympathizers and their business was burned).

They packed up rather quickly, as you do when arson is involved, and my grandmother’s mother always bemoaned leaving behind many of the family treasures. She packed some silver and gorgeous crystal, but only had space to pack 5 teacups, one for each member of the immediate family.

This was one of the teacups. Or so my grandfather would have you believe. My grandmother inherited the china teacups from her mother when she died. They were incredibly precious to her. During a house move in the 1960s, my grandfather stepped on a box that contained the precious tea cups and shattered them. 

Rather than tell my grandmother, he tried to have them replaced with copies. Very poorly made copies. This is one of those copies. 

My grandmother of course knew the difference. But she drank out of the impostors from 1960-2005. When they downsized houses, she gave me two of the cups with saucers, told me the story, and called my grandfather “the biggest horse’s ass”.

That’s love.

Source: fuckyeahsterekfeels

feministphilanthropist:

lickystickypickyshe:

After hearing the same question over and over from friends and family — “Why aren’t you married yet?” — art director Suzanne Heintz got tired of it and set out to do something about it. She got herself a little family…of mannequins.

Over the course of 14 years and 10,000 miles of travel, she took her fake family everywhere and took all kinds of “family” pictures….

I loved the comment of Laura:

 She’s underlining the fact that for many people, a family seems to be little better than a trophy or badge to prove that someone has succeeded at fulfilling society’s expectations of them. How many families look great in photographs but are actually empty inside? The point is not to condemn family life, but to refuse to accept that a good life is simply one that looks good to other people.

oh my god. i love this.

Source: lickystickypickyshe

carlpowers1989:

haveigonetoofar:

Men Replace Women in Sexy Motorcycle Ads 

okay but number 6 and the 2nd last one have fabulous legs

Source: lolworld.tv

houseofhannibal:

houseofhannibal:

houseofhannibal:

houseofhannibal:

The flight attendant just announced “If you don’t like any of my jokes, there are six exits” and told us where the emergency exits are it was actually the best

"for those of you who are traveling with children… WHY"

"if you’re changing to a flight with a different airline, we don’t care."

he said “okay now get out” once we landed i’m pissing myself

Source: houseofhannibal

jummoandhafsaforever:

thisismyaesthetic:

dounia-algeria:

hijabiswag:

friendship game strong

Amazing

Now this is what I love to see!

YESSSS

jummoandhafsaforever:

thisismyaesthetic:

dounia-algeria:

hijabiswag:

friendship game strong

Amazing

Now this is what I love to see!

YESSSS

Source: hijabiswag