Sunny Sunday’s: 8 stories that are worth your time

A compilation of some of my favorite links that have been floating around the internet recently.

1. A Father Photographs the World of his Autistic Son


A father and son create their own visual language when Timothy Archibald began photographing his autistic son Elijah, who “has a need for repetition, loves mechanical objects and is socially withdrawn.”

Here’s another beautiful story that shows the power of photography: Must See: Husband Documents Wife’s Battle with Cancer With Moving Photographs

2. 12-year-old Madison Kimrey Stands Up to North Carolina’s Governor

A sign that one of my professors held up during the Moral Monday protests right in Burlington read, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Madison for President.

 3. Love always wins

The countdown is on for the Winter Olympics in Russia, who is “in the midst of a violent crackdown against lesbian, gay, bi and trans people- fueled by laws that make it a crime to be open about who you are and who you love.” This beautiful video will give you chills in less than two minutes. Learn more.

4. There’s a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary

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“Words have the power to remind us – and therefore we should choose our words carefully so we are reminded of the things that nourish our souls.” The article suggests picking five words that resonate the most and “to learn them by heart, teach them to your inner voice and share them with others to guide our collective attention to what truly matters.” I’m a believer in meliorism.

 5. Emotional Baby is Moved to Tears by Mom’s Singing

6. A 4-Year-Old Girl Asked A Lesbian If She’s A Boy. She Responded The Awesomest Way Possible

This is one of the most authentic videos I’ve heard in a while. Ash Beckham: “We need all hands in on this one. Societal change begins with small steps. When you hear someone describe something pejoratively as ‘so gay,’ it’s an opportunity for connection, and conversation not to be missed… and silence is consent. And you know what, we’re better than that.”

Sometimes, kids are better at putting it in perspective for us:

7. Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick Ass Life


Some of my favorites include:

  • #5: Release yourself from entitlement: “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
  • #8: Don’t focus so much on making yourself feel good: “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

8. Golden Loves Guitar

Guaranteed to make you smile.

– Gloria


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