The data’s starting to come in. And despite its being watered down from what it should have been (single payer is my preference), the Affordable Care Act is working to get more people insured in our country. Which is, you know, what it’s supposed to do.
I was 19 when I met my wife, but it took another decade before I got comfortable with words like “lesbian” and “bisexual.”
Since then, I’ve openly shared my life and relationship in essays for publications like Cosmopolitan and on Bravo television.
Then a funny thing happened this year: Women began coming out to me.
Coming Out Women’s mission statement asserts that all women deserve empowerment, authenticity, and wholeness. That doesn’t begin with having all the answers. It can begin simply with finding someone who will listen. We are all empowered when we project the compassion we seek in others.
“When women first arrive at group,” says Prezbinkowski of those who gather at Coming Out Women, “perhaps after numerous attempts, they know they are ‘coming home.'”
You may have heard that Britain recently legalized same-sex marriage. Hurray to my home country! You may also know that Stephen Fry is like a god to all English people. With that in mind, let’s celebrate the same-sex marriage law with some real talk from the man himself.
Working as a tattoo artist, you no doubt see so many different personalities, all wanting to permanently mark their bodies as a further display of their personal emotions and tastes. Jason Ward has seen it all at the Muscle and Ink tattoo parlor in New Zealand where he inks patrons up at.
But then there is always that one customer who is unlike any other who has ever walked through the parlor doors.
Her name was Suzie. She strolled through the front door one Friday, plopped a pile of temporary tattoos on the front desk and said her request: Put these on my arm.
Jason thought this was pretty darn silly. Here he is in a tattoo parlor and he has a customer asking for fake tattoos to be placed on her arm! But Jason also knew the higher good in this request. He agreed and sat the lady down.
His kind heart did indeed translate over to a very happy Suzie. So much so that Suzie has now made it a routine. Every Friday she will pop in the parlor with a batch of more temporary tattoos for Jason to put on. After they are placed on, she heads to her care facility and shows off her new temporary tattoo designs!
Its become a true highlight for Suzies week. Jason has likely become elated as well when Friday rolls along as he receives some genuine joy from making Suzie so happy.
This just shows that going out of your way and engaging in a good deed that may seem unorthodox on the surface, can truly pay off in a way that really makes this world a pleasant place to live. Share this wonderful story with all your friends and family!
His video series is called Highway Sing-A-Long and here TJ Smith is performing the highly contagious tune Build Me Up Buttercup.
You will have this tune playing all day in your head, as his performance is totally memorable, not to mention a classic! You can feel the fun this guy is having getting down to this tune, and when strangers hear him in the cars next to him they love it as well!
So the entire video is basically just him driving around, with other motorists checking him and his singing out, but this simple act of car singing will definitely brighten up your day! Sometimes its the simple things that can have the biggest impact, and this is an example of that. The other motorists are smiling and thousands watching this video no doubt cant help but smile large seeing the joy this guy is spreading!
Spread the smiles even further and share this wonderful video with friends and family!
In 2012, Matt Damon helped pay tribute to the late historian and author Howard Zinn. This rendition of a speech Zinn gave in 1970 on civil disobedience is one of his most powerful performances to date.
Daniel Price and Erlend Mster Knudsen were really, really fed up with the climate change conversation specifically, how no one seemed to care about it.
The two friends had met in Svalbard while working on their doctorates Erlend, a Norway native, was studying Arctic climate science, and Dan from London had a focus on the Antarctic.
“We both agreed that we were spending way too much time writing papers that would only be read by other academics,” Erlend explained in an interview with Cafe Babel.
“I sat down at my desk one day finishing up my PhD and I realised that even my parents didnt know about COP21, even my parents who I babble on, complaining about my PhD to … . My closest friends werent even getting it,” Dan told Desmog UK.
But what was the point of all their hard work if the rest of the world refused to pay attention?
They realized that if people didn’t care about the science, then maybe the human struggle side could open their eyes.
“The main thing thats missing in this entire problem is personal stories and making this relevant to people and getting the emotional side across,” Dan explained in a Q&A at the Earth to Paris event during COP21.
“And I think thats going to become far more apparent as we come into the next few decades. So finding a way to communicate those stories is going to be a key way to inspire action.”
That’s why Dan and Erlend created Pole to Paris, an environmental odyssey that would bring them across the world to raise awareness about climate change.
Starting from their quite polar opposite research positions in the Arctic and Antarctic, Dan and Erlend travelled by foot and bicycle (mostly) for a total combined distance of nearly 20,000 kilometers, ultimately reuniting in Paris just in time for COP21.
Along the way, they lectured at community events and spoke to the local people living on the front lines of our changing planet, bringing public awareness and personal stories to the center of the climate crisis. The original goal was to make the journey without relying on carbon emissions, but, of course, it’s hard to bike or run across the ocean, so they did have to rely on a few boats and planes, however reluctantly.
Erlend took the northern route, running 3000 kilometers from the Arctic Circle in Norway all the way to Paris.
This part of the path was dubbed the “Northern Run,” for obvious reasons. And while Erlend spent the first half of his trek mostly by himself, he was accompanied by some official Pole to Paris friends as he made his way through the United Kingdom and Belgium.
But Erlend’s most remarkable memory from the trip was a meeting with the Saami, the indigenous people of Norway. Here’s how he regaled the tale at Earth to Paris:
“Normally the winter out there will freeze the ground from maybe October to maybe April. And it will stay cold. Now things are changing. The Arctic is warming over twice as fast as the global average. So as it gets warmer, now they have this rainfall in the middle of winter, and when it rains it creates ice layers. The reindeer arent able to dig through these ice layers down to the food. The calves starve, and the people have to start buying food in the winter, which is very expensive, in order to keep this livelihood. […] Its not like me, I live in the city and I can just go to the supermarket to get food. These people see these changes first hand, because they actually live on the natural resources. They have stories to tell.”
Meanwhile, Dan rode his bicycle a whopping 10,000 kilometers on an excursion that they called the “Southern Cycle.”
His journey took him through more than 19 countries over the course of seven months, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Russia. While he didn’t have any official accompaniment, Dan made plenty of friends along the way, despite a few language barriers. (“How do you communicate climate change in hand signals?!” he quipped during Earth to Paris.)
Dan was struck hardest by the people in Bangladesh, and with the help of a translator, he was able to communicate their struggles for us:
“One woman, she was a wonderful woman, told me that she was terrified of the ocean. Shes already had to move her home before. She has two young children, and now she’s three meters from the shore, protected only by a wall. The danger there, these people have nowhere else to go. Its horrendous really. The Bangladesh people are so wonderful, resilient incredible people. So kind, generous. And theyre on the front lines of this. Its these people that we have to speak for.”
While Dan and Erlend’s cross-country travels have ended, their work is hardly done and it’s more important than ever that we all support the fight against climate change.
Here’s what Erlend and Dan had to say after the (mediocre) conclusion of COP21:
Dan and Erlend will continue their hard scientific work from their respective polar positions. But if you want to help them in the battle against climate change, you can start by signing this petition to support America’s Clean Power Plan and the EPA’s efforts to protect the planet.
There is no doubt that public support for marriage equality has improved dramatically over the last few years. But to see just how much the politics of the issue has changed, look no further than those human weather vanes, our duly elected U.S. senators.
Regardless of how the court cases get decided, the future for marriage equality looks bright, indeed.
*So, I’m glad to report that this chart is actually inaccurate. Since the creation of this chart, five more senators have announced their support, bringing the total to 54. All but three Democratic senators have publicly expressed their support.