Tuesday, December 1Your Daily Dose of Uplifting News and Events

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His Entire Community and Even His Mom Thought He Was Crazy. But Then He Turned On The Lights.

His Entire Community and Even His Mom Thought He Was Crazy. But Then He Turned On The Lights.

LifeStyle, Politics, Technology
In 2002, Malawi was in the midst of one of its worst droughts. Fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba was suffering greatly from the crisis — his family was on the verge of starvation and they didn’t have enough money to send him to school. As a result, William spent most of his free time at the U.S. government funded library, drawn to books about science. Because he couldn’t read English very well, he often picked up books containing pictures and diagrams. Screen Shot via TED When he saw a picture of a windmill in one of the books, a lightbulb went off in his head. “I saw the picture of the windmill in the library book so when I saw it I said ‘ah, this picture in this book, I think I can also build this windmill,'” he told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. He believed the...
Buddy the Golden Retriever Stars in a Super-Addictive, Super-Slo Mo Romp in the Snow

Buddy the Golden Retriever Stars in a Super-Addictive, Super-Slo Mo Romp in the Snow

Entertainment
Buddy is a pup who knows what he likes: running around in the pristine winter wonderland. Like a child playing with joyous abandon when school’s been called off for the day, this golden retriever doesn’t let a big pile of snow, snow and more snow stop his fun! And thanks to this slow motion clip courtesy of BarkPost, we get to enjoy it right along with him. The inspiring, soaring soundtrack is an added bonus.
Crowd Loses It With Laughter At the Reaction of A Dog Named Xena When She Hears A Singer Named Whitney

Crowd Loses It With Laughter At the Reaction of A Dog Named Xena When She Hears A Singer Named Whitney

Entertainment, LifeStyle
The judges of Belgium’s Got Talent are impressed with Lady Xena, a sweet dog that sings when she hears Whitney Houston’s hit cover “I Will Always Love You.” Lady Xena is a sensation with the audience and judges. Owners Mick Depreytere and Daphnée Naessens who live in Ostend, said they don’t know why their dog started to sing. “We bought Xena when she was 12 weeks old. We went to a café, she was sleeping and the place was playing the song by Whitney Houston. But when Xena heard the sound of the song, she began to sing/cry . It was really weird,” they said to HLB News & sport. Based on the audience’s reaction, a star has been born.
A Couple of Buddies Devise A Plan to Go Wakeboarding Despite Lacking Everything Needed To Do It

A Couple of Buddies Devise A Plan to Go Wakeboarding Despite Lacking Everything Needed To Do It

Entertainment, LifeStyle, Sports, Technology, Travel
When you have an old car hood, a couch, and some time on your hands, sometimes you just have to go… Couch surfing. Yes. Couch surfing. Justin Brooks explained on LiveLeak how their improvised wakeboarding session came about: “This was just a normal weekend day out on the farm, we had a side by side, and chevy pickup hood, and a nice couch, the 3 of them looked like a good fun combination to put together. It took a few trial runs to get going a good speed, we finally had to tie the couch down so it wouldn’t slip off the hood. With some nice suits on we where finally ready for a good ride, and by the end of it the 3 of us where a bit dirty and ready for the shower as well as the camera too. ” Those suits are definitely going to need a good wash.
Grandma Who Thinks She’s Watching Her Granddaughter Graduate From Afar is in For A Big Surprise

Grandma Who Thinks She’s Watching Her Granddaughter Graduate From Afar is in For A Big Surprise

Entertainment, LifeStyle
Grandma Sharon was recovering from a bone marrow transplant and brain surgery so she had to watch her granddaughter, Taylor, graduate from a hospital bed — or so she thought. As she watched the live stream on TV set up in her in her room, the announcer says: “The next graduate is not here this evening because she has a surprise for someone special in her life… Dressed in her cap and gown, our graduate is going to walk into her grandmother’s hospital room as I call her name… Taylor Jean Thompson.” Grandma Sharon is right, all grandmas should have granddaughters like Taylor.
He Follows His Wife to Work Every Day Without Fail For A Reason That’s Heartbreakingly Beautiful

He Follows His Wife to Work Every Day Without Fail For A Reason That’s Heartbreakingly Beautiful

Entertainment, LifeStyle
Cecilia and Louie are happily married. Cecilia likes to show Louie that he is loved by his wife every day. Their life changed, however, when Cecilia discovered that she’s going blind. Protesting any kind of help from her husband, Cecilia tries to do everything by herself. Still, Louie remains dedicated by her side. He will always be there to take care of her, even though she doesn’t always realize it.
For 67 Years, They Did Everything Side by Side. It Only Makes Sense This is How Their Story Ends.

For 67 Years, They Did Everything Side by Side. It Only Makes Sense This is How Their Story Ends.

LifeStyle
Floyd and Violet Hartwig had a fairytale romance, complete with a fairytale ending. According to their daughter, Donna Scharton, the pair met in grammar school, but they didn’t reconnect until years later when Floyd was on leave from the Navy. After they reunited at a local dance hall, they began corresponding through letters. According to Fox 2, Floyd and Violet married and had three children, four grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. The Harwigs went on to own a ranch near the town where they grew up. And what their daughter remembers most was not only how hardworking they were on that ranch, but how they always worked side by side. She explains: “You had a sense that they had a connection. And I think that connection came more and more, and especially in the l...
He Only Wanted A Dollar for Some Food. What A Stranger Does Instead Catches Him Completely Off Guard.

He Only Wanted A Dollar for Some Food. What A Stranger Does Instead Catches Him Completely Off Guard.

Breaking News, LifeStyle
When Alex Camarillo went truck shopping earlier this month, he had no idea a simple act of kindness while getting a bite to eat would turn him into a viral star. Camarillo tells KHOU 11 News he was grabbing lunch at Pizza Hut when he met Stanley Long, a homeless man, who asked him if he had any money to spare for food. But instead of giving Long a few bucks, he decided to invite him inside so they could eat lunch together. Camarillo (left) left with Long (right). Via Facebook / Alexis Camarillo As the two talked over lunch, Camarillo learned that Long left the workforce to care for his sick mother, but when she passed away, he ended up on the streets. “I grew up broke, I grew up in poverty, if you’re able to do it, why not help somebody out?” Camarillo told USA Today...
There Isn’t A Dry Eye When Police Officers Say A Final Farewell To Their Fellow Brother in Blue

There Isn’t A Dry Eye When Police Officers Say A Final Farewell To Their Fellow Brother in Blue

Breaking News, LifeStyle
There’s a strong tradition among law enforcement officers to show respect to those who have served with distinction when that service is ended. And that’s exactly what happened for Sultan, a K9 officer suffering from poor health, by the Yarmouth Police Department. As the Dodo reports, a post on the Yarmouth PD Facebook tells Sultan’s story and salutes the career of a dog with, “a stellar reputation among Maine law enforcement.” Sultan was able to enjoy two and a half years of retirement, cared for by South Portland Officer Shane Stephenson and his family. When Sultan’s health deteriorated, the police departments of south Maine ensured that their friend received the final honors he deserved. Members of the State Police, the Yarmouth Police, and ten other local police, law enforcement,...