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Time for some good news, I think.

Posted By on November 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

I needed some good news tonight. Maybe you do, too. Here’s what I found, friends: 

The blue penguin–also adorably called the little penguin or fairy penguin–is now traveling in style and, most importantly safety, in New Zealand. The beautiful country that gave us the backdrop to The Lord of the Rings films is now one penguin-sized tunnel richer, allowing their penguin friends to travel from land to sea without harm. Now, can the US build something–anything–penguin-sized? Thanks. 

South Carolina professor insists student bring newborn baby to class. Understanding that missing weeks of classes could be overwhelming and a setback, Dr. Josie Ryan not only told her brand-new-mama-student to please just bring the baby along, she also HELD the baby the whole time she taught her students math. I don’t know about you, but I think math class would have been a whole lot better if a baby was there, too. And if I’d, like, understood it. 

Massachusetts is the first state to get rid of veal crates, gestation crates, and battery cages. Basically, this means that if an animal cannot lay down, stand up, fully extend its limbs, or turn around in it–THE PEN IS NOT HUMANE SO DO BETTER. And now it’s illegal to NOT do better. This is a direct result of MA voters, so high-five everyone who lives here, too (and especially the animals, because look: now they actually have the space to high-five!).

Janitor in New Hampshire creates fun images in carpet for elementary kids to discover daily. What’s cool about this? A couple of things. Ron Munsey cleans the shaggy old carpets that cover the classrooms and, rather than getting annoyed with their outdated appearance, he sees potential. So he starts creating images with his vacuum cleaner (um, hello, I’m just excited when I create some form of cleanliness and marked lack of dog hair with my vacuum cleaner. This guy is being a straight-up ARTISTE with it!). Fun images, like the White House (no comments, please) and the Red Sox logo (again, no comments please; I’m originally from Philly, I get it, but hush). And by the seemingly small act of creating these pictures, he actually creates something way bigger and better: anticipation in the students to come to class every day. He literally makes going to school fun! These kids rush the classroom at the start of the school day just to see what image they can find. And here’s the kicker: Ron Munsey is a nighttime janitor. He never interacts with the students, never sees their joy or is thanked firsthand. He does it anyway. I WANNA BE LIKE RON MUNSEY USING HIS SPHERE OF INFLUENCE TO EFFING CHANGE THE WORLD (ah, for better. Let’s not forget that minor detail is super important when one sets out to change the world). 

Love to you ALL.

1 Comment

  1. Peaj November 14, 2016

    I don’t know, I think that I might have trouble focusing in math class if there was a baby to look at instead of try and figure out the math stuff. But still a very cool and generous thing to do.

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