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Hand-Made Darth Vader Grill Will Ensure Your Next BBQ Isn’t a Phantom or a Menace

Summer is right around the corner, and as long as the cicadas don’t get you, that means grilling season! Star Wars fans take notice, nerd culture is alive and well, and there is a grill or fire pit out there just for you. Etsy is simply the best for shopping small and finding incredible hand-made crafts, and this grill is no...

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Ode to Motherhood Reminds Us to Cherish Every Moment

We’ve all been guilty of wishing time would pass more quickly than it does. And yet somehow, at the end of every week, I’m always both surprised it’s finally the weekend, and unsure how it got here so quickly. One mother recently went viral for publishing her unsigned poem on the topic, specifically as it relates to motherhood,...

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3 Border Collies Replant a Burned Chilean Forest

Herding dogs are super smart and high energy. When we first met ours at a rescue shelter, she was so excited she raced around the yard in circles like a cartoon Tasmanian devil. That combination of energy and intelligence makes Border Collies the perfect breed for a very special and unexpected environmental task. Meet Das, Olivia, and Summer: ...

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Spain Plans to Feed the Endangered Bears by Planting Thousands of New Trees

I just love good-human stories about people doing things to help out our animal neighbors. Even better when it’s an entire government taking actions to sustain these noble creatures for future generations. Much like the wildlife crossings built over the Trans-Canada Highway, it warmed my heart to hear of the recent steps that Spain is...

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Penguin Ambassadors for the Environment Take Field Trips around Chicago

It’s hard to deny that penguins make people happy. From Madagascar to Happy Feet, watching the funny little fish birds waddle around would bring a smile to anyone’s face. That’s one of the reasons they have become a particular ambassador for Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, and their field trips are recorded for a world-wide...

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This Kid’s Poem About Online School Went Viral Because It Was Too Real

It’s been a rough year for most of us, in more ways than one. But there has been comfort in the fact that we were all going through it together–the staying in doors, the wearing masks, the endless meetings on Zoom. So when one 7-year-old wrote a poem expressing his dissatisfaction with online schooling, literally everyone on Twitter...

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Couple Takes 2.5 Years To Build Miniature Mid-Century Modern House Modeled After Their Childhood Homes

Building tiny rooms seems to be a new trend. I frequently get ads for the adorable little kits that you can buy, but I know myself, and while I love Lego, I don’t think I could handle the minute detail that goes into miniature construction. The same can’t be said for Annie Kampfe and her husband Cliff Donnelly, who took the concept of...

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Plant-Based “Stem Cells” Could Drive an Environmental Revolution

For the last year or two, my family has been making a conscious effort to buy less plastic. Certainly we try to avoid single-use plastics, but even for things that we’ll use again and again we try to find more durable, organic or metal alternatives. But of course, there’s often an environmental cost to wooden items, too. It presents a...

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High School Student Shares Extra Credit with Failing Classmate and the Internet Took Notice

It’s easy to look around at the world and feel disheartened. Too often we hear stories of bullying, of all the ways that people take advantage of the less fortunate, of cruelty, and just the unfairness of life in general. So when one student stood up for kindness in their classroom, it went viral because we all needed a shot of hope right in...

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