Embrace The Things That Make You Happy

A magnet that reads 'I like big mutts and I cannot lie.'

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What speaks to you? For me, sometimes it is quirky little things like the bumper magnet above. My wife and I recently traveled to Portland, Maine on vacation and I encountered this slogan in Cool As A Moose, a fun little store on Fore Street. Being a big dog lover, it was one of those impulse buys that I just had to snag because it made me laugh. My wife just looked at me as though I had lost my mind because I normally don’t go in for bumper stickers and the like, but this one just made me happy. Read more of this post

Goodbye Maya Angelou, A Truly ‘Phenomenal Woman’ [VIDEO]

Dear Maya Angelou,

I was completely shocked when I read the news announcement that you, revered poet, author, actress and social advocate, died today at age 86. Although we never personally met, I feel compelled to say goodbye. Read more of this post

Kathrine Switzer Ran the Boston Marathon and Changed Women’s Sports Forever [VIDEO]

Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Switzer broke barriers in women’s sports. (Courtesy PBS/AOL)

I’ve always been inspired by great women who do ordinary things that make a big impact. Think Anne Frank, a girl whose diary opened our eyes to the horrors of the holocaust; Rosa Parks, a woman who sat on a bus to protest unfair treatment of blacks; or Kathrine Switzer, a woman who just wanted to run. Read more of this post

What Made Middle School Principal Roger Boddie Cry? [VIDEO]

Roger Boddie

What makes a longtime educator like Principal Roger Boddie cry? (Photo courtesy YouTube)

Teaching is tough. Not only is there a lot of bureaucratic red tape to navigate through so schools get funding, but educators have to deal with apathetic students, parents who don’t want to support their children’s education, and a shortage of teaching materials for overpopulated classrooms. And that is just the tip of the iceberg! So with all of those stressors affecting educators every day, what made middle school principal Roger Boddie cry?  Read more of this post

Zach Sobiech Gives Us All Perspective [VIDEO]

Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech will make you look at life differently. (Photo courtesy YouTube)

Although you may not know who Zach Sobiech is now, you will never forget him after you watch this video. But brace yourself before you hit play. I can almost guarantee you’re going to need a handkerchief ready. Read more of this post