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Field of Light Installation is Like the Super Bloom on Steroids

The Field of Light Installation by artist Bruce Munro is an immersive art piece comprising 50,000 shimmering lights. The sight of these lights is set against the backdrop of Uluru in the Australian Outback and spread over a vast desert landscape.

This pilgrimage-worthy sight is neither easy nor affordable to get to, so the news that the artist opened an exhibit in Paso Robles, California is exciting for all those passionate about his art designed to illuminate and accent natural beauty.

This newest installation is Munro’s largest one yet, covering a 15-acre hillside in California’s wine country, around four hours north of Los Angeles. The art project, entitled Field of Light at Sensorio, has taken several years to finish, but it is meant only to complement the landscape’s natural beauty, not to add to or take away from it.

“We want visitors to be completely immersed in the environment, inclusive of the stars above,” Munro said to Travel + Leisure. “Everything we’ve created here at Sensorio dips below an elevation of 830 feet, so visitors will feel like they’re being cradled in the valley.”

Field of fiber-optics

Munro designed the 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber-optics and LED’s to glow in varying rainbow-colored hues, giving the effect of the super blooms that covered areas of California this past spring by day. At night, however, is when the sight is most stunning. The ground transforms into a galaxy of stars, unlike anything you’ve seen or imagined.

“The amount of light emitted is surprisingly minimal — about the same as what a couple of houses would give off if they were spread over a 12-acre valley,” Munro explained, “so there’s a balance between the stars on the ground and those in the sky.”

Munro’s hope is that his work creates perspective as well as community. He designed it so that visitors could walk meditatively through the valley, considering the play of the nights on the natural wonders surrounding it.

“I work in light, but it’s not about the light, it’s about emotions,” he said. “I feel that we’re in a moment of history when we have to start questioning our values and getting back to basics. I hope that, in a small way, my installation helps guide you toward the clear sky, literally and otherwise.”

The Field of Light Installation by artist Bruce Munro is an immersive art piece comprising 50,000 shimmering lights. The sight of these lights is set...

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‘World’s Smallest McDonald’s’ Restaurant for Bees Is Now Open

It’s always a joy to travel the world, see different sights, and explore foreign cultures. One of the reasons we travel is to see things that are different from what’s familiar to us. However, some things are all over the world, and one of those is the famous fast-food chain McDonald’s.

Now the restaurant has just done something most marvelous – it’s opened up a new restaurant!

“Now, wait a minute,” you may be thinking. “What’s so novel about that?” Well, this isn’t just any McDonald’s. This one is ‘the world’s smallest’ McDonald’s, and was created just for bees.

Though it’s obviously not serving food since it was created to be a beehive, the detail is amazing. McDonald’s cut no corners with their smallest of restaurants, providing it with signage, seating, drive-thru bays, and the famous golden arches.

This tiny restaurant in Sweden is the first of what the company hopes to be many, many – thousands, even – beehive McDonald’s. This first is a tribute to all of the Swedish McDonald’s, many of which have beehives on their roofs as an effort to assuage the effects of global warming.

Earth can’t live without bees

Bees play an absolutely crucial role in our planet’s ecosystem. They pollinate three quarters of our planet, but the bee population has experienced a serious decline as a result of pesticides and climate change. And no bees means no food.

McDonald’s currently has over 37,000 restaurants open all over the world, and if every one of those hosts a beehive, the positive impact could potentially be astronomical. The company hopes, therefore, that the initiative is taken up not just by Sweden but by every McDonald’s restaurant.

Christoffer Rönnblad, marketing director of McDonald’s Sweden, described it as a ‘great idea’.

According to Adweek, he said: “We have a lot of really devoted franchisees who contribute to our sustainability work, and it feels good that we can use our size to amplify such a great idea as beehives on the rooftops.”

The danger of pesticides to bees

Just last year, a ban on pesticides was put into effect by the EU just after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reported that neonicotinoids were a serious threat to bees, no matter where or how they were used.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “The Commission had proposed these measures months ago, on the basis of the scientific advice from the European Food Safety Authority.

“Bee health remains of paramount importance for me since it concerns biodiversity, food production and the environment.”

It’s always a joy to travel the world, see different sights, and explore foreign cultures. One of the reasons we travel is to see things that are...

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3 Ways to Avoid Burnout When You’re Trying To ‘Do It All’

There are certain times in life that call for us to be constantly busy, struggling to balance all the things on our plate all at once. While it cannot be avoided, burnout can! It’s the times that you feel you haven’t a minute to spare to take care of yourself that it’s more important than ever that you do.

Maybe you’re running your kids around while simultaneously juggling everything at home in addition to working a part-time job. The only rest is when your head hits the pillow for those few sweet hours late at night before you’re back at it early the next morning. Your kids and loved ones need you, so what can you do?

Phases like these are what I like to call “soldiering.” Let me be clear, however, that soldiering is not a negative thing. It shows strength and momentum, self-discipline to get done what needs to be done and love for those you do it for. Sometimes, it’s sacrificing what you want for the sake of others, putting yourself second. All this is okay.

Soldiering isn’t a phase that’s meant to last forever. You can only press on with such energy for so long, so know that an end is in sight and that you can carry on until then. And at the end, you can pause to look back at all your hard work has accomplished.

If this is a stage you’ve found yourself in before or are in right now, here are three things to keep in mind to keep from burning out.

  1. Acknowledge that you are soldiering.

Soldiering becomes much more manageable when you acknowledge that’s the state you are in. When you have life on autopilot, you miss out on what goes on day-to-day; you’re not fully present to those around you. But when you’re able to acknowledge to yourself and those around you that you are doing what needs to be done, clarity comes, and you’re able to think through the outcome – the reason you’re in this phase of soldiering to begin with.

  1. Practice self-awareness.

We often avoid self-awareness more than we practice it; sometimes, taking a close look at yourself is just plain scary – we’d rather go on, blissful and ignorant to what is really going on within us. So, self-awareness rarely comes naturally.

But when you habitually make yourself do it, you notice more your behaviours, your reactions, why you feel the way you do. You have insight to see why your environment or your hectic schedule affects you the way it does, both physically and emotionally.

As you look within and understand yourself better, you can make more informed and conscious decisions and impact the quality of your life and relationships positively – both during your soldiering phase as well as when your pace slows.

  1. Take time for self-care.

Yes, it’s appropriate to put others first, to be selfless, but if we don’t take time to care for ourselves, we end up having little to give others. We often feel guilty doing things for ourselves or feel that it shouldn’t be a priority during busy times, but self-care is crucial.

During times like these, you become so energy-depleted and so emotionally drained. There’s no way to continue on if you don’t intentionally replenish and restore these! Take time to grab your favorite meal, read a novel, take a nature walk, or whatever it is that allows your mind and body to rest and recuperate. Just a few moments doing something restorative gives you the energy to tackle each new day afresh!

This season of soldiering won’t last forever, but while it does, utilize these tips to give you strength and help you cope!

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High School Junior Makes Dream Prom Dress for Date

When it comes to our High School prom, we all know how big and important it makes us feel. For a lot of kids, it’s one of those nights that they look back on with lifelong affection. Sadly, like most events we go to as teens and kids, our proms are often places where a lot of judgments about people are made.

How expensive your suit/dress is becoming a major part of the argument for a lot of people. Sadly, we live in a society where we rate how ‘cool’ someone is based on how much their parents can afford to spend on a dress.

However, Parker Smith wasn’t one for putting up with such nonsense. This kid, who must go down as one of the most awesome kids in his generation, decided that he wanted to do something special.

Despite having no sewing skills whatsoever, he learned the art and created the dream prom dress for his prom date. She and her family couldn’t afford to buy her the dream gown she wanted, and so Mr. Smith stepped up to the plate – and then some.

His partner for the evening, Addi Rust, couldn’t afford the dream gown that she wanted. So when she asked Parker to make the dress for her – mostly as a joke – he decided to set about doing so. Judging by the photos, he has done an absolutely amazing job on the sewing job.

He would make parts of the dress more than once in a bid to perfect the style and shape of the design. Of course, Mr. Smith didn’t do this all on his own: like any smart boy, he got help from his beloved grandmother to help him make sure it was just right!

A prom dream come true

A beautiful blue ball gown came into being, then, and Addi was able to head off to prom looking absolutely fantastic – while being at prom date with one of the best up-and-coming young sewers in the community, from the looks of things!

He kept adding more and more to it, eventually creating an endearing and creative dress that perfectly achieved the aim: making Addi very happy on her big evening. Addi knew what it was going to look like throughout the process, as Parker kept her up-to-date on the entire process.

She even praised him on social media for his amazing attention to detail, and for creating a wonderful prom dress that, clearly, made her very happy indeed. Remember girls, if you’re going to get a prom date, make sure it’s a guy who has the skills and the self-belief to create an outfit for you!

Playing right up to his role as Prince Charing, he even played the role of slipping on a white heel onto her fool – a proper Cinderella story that we can all enjoy!

When it comes to our High School prom, we all know how big and important it makes us feel. For a lot of kids, it’s one of those nights that they look back on with lifelong affection. Sadly, like most events we go to as teens and kids, our proms are often...

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Billionaire Pays Off Student Loans in Act of Kindness

In a world that is as rampantly unequal as the world we live in, it’s easy to feel disdain for the haves and the have-nots. It’s a world that can feel really unfair at times, as we watch people earning millions of pounds per year take control of every industry.

We sit back and watch the become increasingly unequal, and it creates a natural and understandable bitterness towards the ‘billionaire class’ – but, from time to time, we get some solid proof that not all billionaires are the loveless, empathy-free caricatures they are often made out to be.

Take the story of Robert F. Smith, a popular billionaire. He went down to Morehouse College to see the graduating class of 2019 and congratulate them for their success. More importantly, he gave them a wonderful parting gift: he paid of all of their student loans.

During his commencement speech, the billionaire started and said: “Men of Morehouse, you are surrounded by a community of people who have helped you arrive at this sacred place on this sacred day,

“On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus. This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”

Lifting the Burden

Now, for those who think that might be a small gesture, estimates reckon this covers as many as 400 graduates – and could be as much as $40m in total to cover the costs. That’s a truly incredible sum of money to donate to people who he has never met before in his life.

We’re often told we should be thankful because some super-rich individual has donated a relatively small portion of money to a good cause. To spend $40m of your own money lifting one of the biggest burdens on the next generation of successful students, though, is nothing short of incredible.

Robert F. Smith is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Business School. He made his money as a smart investor when he was CEO at Vista Equity Partners. He managed to become the wealthiest African American, with a net worth of over $4bn. While that’s an eye-watering sum of money, it’s nice to see such an act of kindness carried out with that money, helping those who really need the support.

When asked to comment on the act of generosity, President of Morehouse College David Thomas remarked: “Robert Smith has set an example that others will follow, not just for Morehouse but for other historically black colleges and universities.”

In a world that is as rampantly unequal as the world we live in, it’s easy to feel disdain for the haves and the have-nots. It’s a world that can feel really unfair at times, as we watch people earning millions of pounds per year take control of every...

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NASA Finds Beresheet Impact Location on Moon

When NASA carried out a large chunk of its unmanned missions away from our planet, we are often waiting a long time to find out the results of the study.

One particular conclusion that we often hear is that there has been some form of crash, or that the particular probe or unit has been left to its own devices. A fine example of this was on the 11th April mission when SpaceIL sent up the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft.

This first-ever private spacecraft made it to the moon but had problems in the final phase of landing and crashed. Therefore, it was left on the moon with no real way of being able to save it.

NASA used its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to look out for the Beresheet and has now found it on the Moon. They took a snap of the point of impact, with the LROC taking a shot around 56 miles from the surface. They found a 10-meter wide smudge on the ground which, according to the experts, is the point of crash for the Beresheet.

It’s uncertain if it left a crater, or if it just dented the surface. More investigation and close-up imagery would be needed to help confirm that particular information. According to NASA, though, it’s possible that the crater the little spacecraft left behind could be ‘too small’ to have left a full crater, saying: “It’s possible the crater is just too small to show up in photos,

“Another possibility is that Beresheet formed a small indent instead of a crater, given its low angle of approach, light mass (compared to a dense meteoroid of the same size), and low velocity (again, relative to a meteoroid of the same size; Beresheet’s speed was still faster than most speeding bullets).”

Good Shot

The LRO camera which managed to get the shot has been circling the moon for around a decade. It passes a part of the Earth satellite on a twice-per-month basis, once during the lunar day and once during the lunar evening. By using a series of wide-angle and narrow-angle cameras, this manages to capture some pretty spectacular shots.

This latest find, though, could be a quite important one for making sure that in the future we know exactly where important tools sent up to the Moon have vanished.

According to NASA, though, it’s important to note that the landing site is not yet conclusive. As they mentioned, the fine soil particles which came up during descent could have created a highly reflective surface.

Others suggest that it would be gas that has come from the crash. Either way, NASA noted: “There are many clues that we’re actually looking at a man-made crater instead of a meteoroid-caused one,

“This is an important consideration, since the Moon, having no atmosphere, is constantly bombarded by space rocks that leave craters.”

So, while we might not get a definitive answer until it passes again in late May, at the moment it looks like we know where the Beresheet has landed.

When NASA carried out a large chunk of its unmanned missions away from our planet, we are often waiting a long time to find out the results of the study.

One particular conclusion that we often hear is that there has been some form of crash, or that the...

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Instruction Manual For Sale

This is going to head up for auction in the near future. The instruction manual that was used by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong to get to the moon in 1969 is going up for auction. It’s expected to fetch around $9m and will go on sale at an auction at Christie’s.

In life, the modern demand for money means that we often see items we would class as priceless being sold for cheap sums of money. People selling off prized sporting medals, celebrities selling off old guitars, that kind of thing. Poverty, and rising from poverty to fame, can see people make decisions that are based on their immediate needs.

It’s easy to see how it happens, too; what use is memorabilia if you cannot eat tonight? Sometimes, though, you see something go up for auction that simply shocks you. Like the instruction manual for the Apollo 11 moon landing.

This space-themed auction is going to have some amazing things up for sale, with some of it going for millions, all in the name of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

The book, named The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book, was part of the reason why those two men got to the moon and back. We have to admit, though, it’s funny, the concept of two men reading an instruction manual to work it out the same way you would with a new washing machine or chainsaw.

It’s got all of the sales pitch that you need, too, such as the fact that it seemingly sat between the two fellas when Armstrong said those famous words: ‘The Eagle has landed.’

A huge piece of human history

Going to the Moon, then, was one of the major moments of the previous century. In a century dominated by war and bloodlust, it was a rare moment of human achievement that would make you cheer rather than cry. This book, then, seemingly played a key role in helping such an amazing achievement take place to begin with.

Indeed, there is even a section within the book that speaks about whether or not the astronauts should just stay on the Moon. According to the Head of Books and Manuscripts at Christie’ America, Christina Geiger, it’s ‘almost like a choose your own adventure,’

With around 150 annotations included within the book, too, many people find it quite exciting to be able to see the mind of these men at work.

Traces of what is seemingly ‘lunar dust’ has been found on the pages, too, as well as all manner of other interesting pieces of information and minor factoids that we are sure will be of huge interest to those who grew up watching this momentous moment in history take place.

Without doubt, this is going to be one of the most in-demand items to have ever been put up for auction from this most incredible feat of human achievement: a reminder of what we can do when we aren’t all bickering.

This is going to head up for auction in the near future. The instruction manual that was used by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong to get to the moon in 1969 is going up for auction. It’s expected to fetch around $9m and will go on sale at an auction at...

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Emotional Reunion as Irish Woman, 81, Finally Meets Her Mother, 103

81-year-old Eileen Macken from Dublin has finally found her birth mother.  Eileen was raised in an orphanage in Dublin and started her search for her mother over 60 years ago, when she was just 19.

Sadly Eileen had not been successful until one day she was contacted by a genealogist after appearing on RTÉ Radio 1′s Liveline.  The genealogist had tracked Eileen’s mother and found her living in Scotland.

Last month Eileen traveled to Scotland accompanied by her husband, daughter, and son-in-law and finally met up with her mother, now 103.

Macken revisited the radio show and spoke to the host, Joe Duffy, in a follow-up show after meeting her mother, Elizabeth.  She said she had been given a warm welcome both from Elizabeth herself and her family.

Despite having never met the two women had a bond and spent some time chatting.  Elizabeth is due to celebrate her 104th birthday this weekend.  Eileen did not stay too long because of Elizabeth’s advanced age but said that she was really kind and a fantastic woman.

She went on to thank the Liveline team and the genealogist for making their reunion happen, saying that she still felt like she was floating on a cloud and wondered if she would ever come down.

81-year-old Eileen Macken from Dublin has finally found her birth mother.  Eileen was raised in an orphanage in Dublin and started her search for her mother over 60 years ago, when she was just 19.

Sadly Eileen had not been successful until one day she was...

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Celebrated SF Sculptor Ruth Asawa Honored with Google Doodle

On Tuesday, April 30, Ruth Asawa was memorialized with the online tribute of a Google Doodle. Asawa is a celebrated San Francisco sculptor who already has a public high school named after her and a day each year in her honor.

The Google Doodle appeared on 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 and ended the following night at 9 p.m, also the first day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For those 24 hours, anyone doing a Google search would see Asawa threading one of her trademark wire baskets. The search box was also illustrated in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Israel.

The logo shows Asawa kneeling on a carpet applying overhead stitching to a crochet wire basket with four more completed ones hanging alongside it, a bit like Chinese lanterns or Christmas ornaments. The unsigned color drawing was designed by Google staff artist Alyssa Winans.

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page began the Google Doodle in 1998 when they first played around with their corporate logo to suggest they attended Burning Man. Since they began this fun and meaningful tradition, 2,000 or so doodles have been chosen and created by the Google Doodle Team.

Graduated in an Internment cap

When she was a teenager, Asawa was included in the internment of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast during World War II and began her artistic training from other internees. She graduated high school in 1943 while in an internment camp in Arkansas, which then allowed her to leave and go to college. Asawa studied at Black Mountain College in North Carolina but eventually moved to San Francisco, where she and her husband, architect Albert Lanier, raised six children.

It was Asawa’s doing that produced a public arts high school in San Francisco, founded in 1982. She was a faithful advocate of the study of the arts. Since its founding, the San Francisco School of the Arts was renamed the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts in 2010. Feb. 12 has been Ruth Asawa Day in San Francisco since 1982.

However, Asawa died at 87 in 2013. Her work continues to be represented through permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, plus several works of public art throughout San Francisco. The Doodle itself provides a biography of her life.

The Japanese American Internment Memorial Sculpture in San Jose and the Garden of Remembrance, which includes boulders representative of 10 internment camps, at San Francisco State University are just a couple of the permanent installations that memorialize her and her work.

“She was most proud of what she did in the public schools,” said her son, Paul Lanier, “and having so many people see the Google banner will draw their attention to learn more about her.”

On Tuesday, April 30, Ruth Asawa was memorialized with the online tribute of a Google Doodle. Asawa is a celebrated San Francisco sculptor who already has a public high school named after her and a day each year in her honor.

The Google Doodle appeared on 9...

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Utah Non-profit DNA Testing Lab to ‘Revolutionize Cold Cases’

The Utah Cold Case Coalition, a non-profit in Utah, just signed a lease for lab space in an office building in the city of Murray where they plan to build a DNA testing lab that will completely transform how cold cases are handled. The non-profit was first formed to bring attention to the cold case murder of six-year-old Rose Tapia in 1995, and it wholly relies on volunteer staff.

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, its co-founder Karra Porter, a defense attorney, said, “This is going to revolutionize cold cases across the United States. We saw this need and it was too big to ignore.”

An estimated 103,780 of the murders that have occurred in America between 1996 and 2016 remain unsolved, said a report by the U.S. Department of Justice. In the state of Utah, The Utah Department of Public Safety website has recorded about 400 cold cases that run the gamut from missing persons to murders to unidentified bodies.

Crowd Funding

Porter hopes to begin by helping solve Utah’s cold case and moving from there to help police all over the country. The coalition launched a GoFundMe page with a beginning goal of $81,000 and hopes to raise a total of $200,000 for DNA lab equipment.

The GoFundMe page says: “Despite being staffed by volunteers, we’re one of the most creative and aggressive cold case organizations in the U.S. We began in Utah, but are now contacted by families and law enforcement throughout the country.  Early on, we learned how much evidence has not undergone DNA testing due to its high cost.  We’re doing something about it.”

Francine Bardole pointed out to the Tribune that the department has an enormous backlog of untested DNA, rape kids, and more and that DNA testing could take anywhere from 8 to 18 months. According to a police investigator in the Utah city of West Jordan, a DNA lab would help immensely to lessen the time and cost it takes to deal with cold cases.

“The price can be overwhelming,” Bardole said, adding that going to a private lab can cost about $6,000.

She asked, “How many departments can afford to pay, on one case, $6,000?”

The Utah legislature passed a law last year that required law enforcement agencies to enter cold cases or any cases that go unsolved for at least three years into the database.

The Utah Cold Case Coalition, a non-profit in Utah, just signed a lease for lab space in an office building in the city of Murray where they plan to build a DNA testing lab that will completely transform how cold cases are handled. The non-profit was first...

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How Tinder Had A Hand in The New Diverse Couple Emoji Selection

Emojis have become crucial in the way we communicate. More and more, these pictographs are used to depict what we’re feeling, what we’re saying, and even who we are. This being the case, it’s of utmost importance that emojis are relevant and inclusive.

Tinder has been a force behind the creation of new interracial couples emojis. They formed a petition with over 50,000 supporters which pushed Unicode to make these emojis a reality this year.

In the Name of Love

Emojis representing people of color and people with disabilities were first released to the public in 2015. In later years, Unicode responded to the call for emojis representing non-heterosexual couples.

It was interesting that this hadn’t been done before, considering how excellent a form of communication and what a statement emojis had come to be.

Making the First Move

Tinder conducted a study that connected online dating with the increase of interracial couples and saw the necessity for improved visibility for its users. They first attempted to make a change in February 2018 when they kicked off the #represent campaign, which successfully petitioned the Unicode Consortium to be more inclusive.

 Tinder’s CMO, Jenny Campbell made a statement, “Tinder advocates for the freedom of people to live how they want to live and love who they want to love.” People from all over the world joined Tinder in their petition, resulting in over 50,000 signatures in order to have all loves represented.

Coupling Celebrated

We’ve had a small taste of what to expect once all 230 emojis are released for public use. They display a wide range of skin tone and gender. The release showed all sorts of couples smiling and holding hands, of all sorts of gender and color combinations. The new emojis are full of happy diversity.

Emojis have become crucial in the way we communicate. More and more, these pictographs are used to depict what we’re feeling, what we’re saying, and even who we are. This being the case, it’s of utmost importance that emojis are relevant and...

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The Unpredictable Story of Ted Williams, Homeless Man with ‘Golden Voice’

With social media’s current popularity, it’s easy to become accidentally famous with a video or post gone viral. Internet fame has become more and more common in the last decade, and Ted “Golden Voice” Williams is one of those who has benefitted in such a way from social media.

Years ago, a video of this homeless man’s voice went viral, and he was no longer a nobody. But what has come of him since then?

Ted Williams: “The Man with the Golden Voice”

With such a deep, rich voice, Ted Williams quickly received the reputation as “The Man with the Golden Voice” after a video of him spread. At the time, however, he didn’t have the best luck. He was homeless and struggling with addictions in Columbus, Ohio, and because of his addictions, he couldn’t get a job.

So, rags to riches, right? Well, for Williams, it wasn’t quite so simple.

Williams’ Burst of Success: Rushed for Work

After he went virally famous, Williams was bombarded with all sorts of job offers. William jumped at the opportunity for employment and accepted several advertisement gigs with companies like Kraft Mac & Cheese, Pepsi, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, even signing a book deal for over $100,000! But William’s problems went deeper than just surface level.

Roadblocks: Battling Brutal Addiction

The reason William had found himself homeless in the first place was because of his drug and alcohol addictions, and those didn’t just go away overnight. It wasn’t long before he found himself in the same struggles as before and found himself in rehab.

Following two stints of rehab, Williams has been on an upward climb, but that hasn’t been the end of his struggles. He also had to deal with manipulative individuals who tried to take advantage of his naivete in the business.

Fighting for His Finances: Escaping Manipulative Colleagues

People were eager to sign him on and hire him to do this or that for them, but they cared little for his actual welfare. He even found himself almost as broke as he was before, at one point. What’s more, his former manager, Alfred Battle, allegedly tried to involve him in a heroin smuggling ring, but Williams was fortunately smart enough to stay out of it.

Refocusing on The Future: Reclaiming His Radio Voice

At this point in time, Williams is settling into his own radio show entitled, “The Golden Voice Show,” and he’s making use of his success to do more than just support himself; he is faithful to support the homeless shelter where he once received meals.

There was even some mention of Williams running for president! His story is a shining encouragement to all of us that anything is possible if you persist.

With social media’s current popularity, it’s easy to become accidentally famous with a video or post gone viral. Internet fame has become more and more common in the last decade, and Ted “Golden Voice” Williams is one of those who has benefitted in...

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Children Have Water Fight With Vancouver Police for Charity

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – Vancouver British Columbia, Canada has one very special day each year. Variety-The Children’s Charity puts on an amazing fundraiser. This day includes some pirate-themed fun for everyone involved.

Being right on the Pacific Coast there are many boating enthusiasts around the Vancouver area and this special day brings out huge numbers of volunteers. Boat owners volunteer their time and boats to give these children that would normally not be able to enjoy boating due to financial, mobility or other challenges a day of pirate-themed fun in Vancouver.

On June 9, 2018, over 500 kids with special needs participated in the annual Boat for Hope fundraiser hosted by Variety – The Children’s Charity and outboard motor company Evinrude.

Brent who did most of the video recording this day had the opportunity to be involved as a “good“ pirate aboard his buddy GOLDTOOTH’s family yacht. Everyone boarded at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club near downtown Vancouver.

Goldtooth’s parents Harvey and Maggy have been involved with and donating the use of their boat for this incredible event for more than 20 years. Goldtooth aka Andy is also on the board of directors of the Boat for Hope. Goldtooth also makes appearances on television during the TV telethon which shows his great commitment to these kids year after year.

After getting all the kids and family on board, Goldtooth gave his boating safety speech and highlighted this was going to be FUN! “Protect my treasure“ he stated and the crew of pirates was given their ammunition of water guns and water buckets.

Brent and his wife Elsa made sure the pirate’s water guns were always full so they could fend off the bad pirates with their best efforts. Fending off the Vancouver Police Force, Coast Guard and Search & Rescue made for a great effort by the good pirates.

Boat for Hope had already raised over $40,000 this year at the time of the event, by holding fundraising events across the province. Boat for Hope not only creates an incredible and interactive experience for children with special needs but also raises funds to provide health care support directly to children throughout British Columbia.

Brent and Elsa mentioned, “ this day was so much fun, we surely hope to be back next year”. What an amazing and fun event for everyone, not just the kids!

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – Vancouver British Columbia, Canada has one very special day each year. Variety-The Children’s Charity puts on an amazing fundraiser. This day includes some pirate-themed fun for everyone involved.

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Animals Inspiring Stories

Stranded for 28 Days, EMT Keeps Hope Alive for Missing Dog

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

It’s something that we would not wish on our worst enemy. The total lack of knowledge of where you are can be utterly mind-numbing. However, for some of us, being stranded is so challenging due to the isolation from those that we love.

Take the story of one man who adopted a ‘therapy dog’ which pulled him out of a deep, lasting depression. On a camping trip, though, an incident took place that separated man from his best friend – 28 days later, the dog was still missing.

Justin Scott had a pretty impressive job, working as an EMT. Through that job, he became used to stepping up to the plate and save others. Such a job, though, takes an obvious toll on our well-being and our happiness. Sadly, Justin lost a very close friend when he was called in to try to save him.

Unable to snap out of the depression, he was introduced to a new friend: Shelby. He was brought in to help Justin try and find a bit of emotional peace.

Camping Trip Fright

On a camping trip together, everything was going good: lots of fun to be had. However, just as can happen when going on a camping trip, something went wrong that separated the inseparable duo.

Alongside his wife and his two children on a trip to the Sierra Mountains, a noise from the forest spooked poor Shelby. Freaked out, she made for the forest and vanished. As the hours turned into days, things looked bleak: but not for Justin.

Justin, after all, is an expert in surviving and getting through tough and challenging moments in life. He wasn’t about to give up on someone so important to him. Reaching out to A Way Home For Animals, a non-profit that helps with finding lost dogs, they began to work together to try and find poor Shelby.

Posters, interviews with locals and looking around the woods led to little information. However, they did find something interesting: camera footage that showed Shelby at camp!

By setting up a series of humane traps to capture Shelby safely, Shelby soon walked into one of the cages set up by AWHFA expert Babs Fry. 28 days later, the dog was finally home, reunited with her family and her beloved Justin. The shots of Justin emotionally hugging away with his dog, with his family visibly emotional alongside him, is one that will live us for a long time.

An expert in saving others, now our brave EMT can enjoy being saved by someone else for a change. Welcome back home, Shelby!

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

It’s something that we would not wish on our worst enemy. The total lack of knowledge of where you are can...

Inspiring Stories

Are Women Actually Higher Risk Takers Than Men?

Research has shown that men, in general, are higher risk-takers than women.  It’s believed that women’s behavior is taught, not inherited.

To decide if women are more reluctant to risk than men, researchers studied over 500 children from 2 different ethnic groups in Yunnan Province in China.

Children from the Han community are brought up in a traditional patriarchal community while the Mosuo are the only matrilineal ethnic minority group that is raised with opposing normalities from the Han.

In Mosuo, the grandmothers are the head of the household with women making all decisions.  They are on a much higher level or equal to men.  Children are raised in their homes with their mothers, her brothers,  sisters, and their maternal granduncles, while fathers are excluded.

Studies have shown that when children mingle in school, they are exposed to someone else’s culture. At first, each group showed opposing gender norms.  Girls from Mosuo were greater risk-takers than the boys.  The longer Mosuo children mingled with Han students, the more Mosuo girls became reluctant in taking chances.  Over time, they fell behind boys in the same group by the age of 11.

Brave Girls!

Another study was conducted in Yongning Township involving four elementary schools consisting of grade one to grade five with 10 to 30 students in each class and each grade.  Mosuo students made up 40% of the group.  185 students were studied in 2015 and 167 in 2016.

Participants took part in a lottery to test their level of risk-taking.  In general, Han girls were more risk reluctant than the boys but Mosuo girls were less risk reluctant than the boys.  The study further showed that in the first grade, Mosuo girls were quite brave at taking risks over boys, but this changed as they started getting older.  However, this same pattern did not exist in the Han girls because the girls, through all levels of school, were more risk reluctant than Han boys.

The study suggests that becoming more risk reluctant at one given age is not due to their genetics.

The associate professor at the University of Houston’s Department of Economics, Elaine M. Liu, said that many studies will find women are more risk reluctant than men but this study shows that the gender gap in attitudes toward risks among children is influenced by culture and social environments and may not be an inherited trait.

While, in the beginning, children’s risk behaviors usually follow those of their parents, when they enter school, their behaviors seem to reflect that of their fellow classmates.  Therefore, their social environment seems to be an important factor for affecting children’s risk levels.

Exploring risk reluctance could provide valuable information about why men and women opt for different careers, and why women end up with a gender pay gap.

Professor Liu said the study was limited because researchers did not know if behavioral changes were permanent or if children would revert back to their parents’ normal state once they finished school and moved back to their villages.  That said, other studies did not address other behaviors that are associated with gender norms including competitiveness.

Professor Cordelia Fine at the University of Melbourn was not involved in these studies but believed the given studies should be regarded as provisional until replicated including age, grade, and peers.  She further said, the common assumption is the tasks tap into some kind of stable property of risk reluctance in some,  but research finds different tasks are supposed to be eliciting risk preferences which yield different results.

Research has shown that men, in general, are higher risk-takers than women.  It’s believed that women’s behavior is taught, not inherited.

To decide if women are more reluctant to risk than men, researchers studied over 500 children from 2...