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+Candice D  - for when Declan starts asking a billion questions just like this...

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This story is heartbreaking. It's not about politics, not about religion.

It's about three girls who were repeatedly failed by various adults in during their young lives. And it happens too often.

It's an amazing thing though that there are people out there who champion kids in these circumstances every day. Those stories are not shared or celebrated nearly enough.

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"I don't have time."

"But I do have priorities."

I believe that's called wisdom!

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This is a great little article on introducing yourself. Something I've always hated (honestly, I'd rather sit in the corner), but something I've never though about the way this writer does.

"How do you introduce yourself? When you feel particularly insecure, do you prop up your courage with your introduction? Do you make sure to include titles or accomplishments or “facts,” even when you don’t need to?"

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At first, a study to learn how to unboil eggs would seem like a huge waste of money.

But then you find out it will help scientists speed up some of their research, including into cancer.

Just because it sounds like a stupid study doesn't make it so.

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"Whenever you tell me ... she had the audacity to pay with food stamps that "we" provide, I will wonder out loud if she may have been a foster mother."

"Although personally, I will be happy whether she is or not, because if there is one thing I do not mind my tax dollars doing, it is feeding hungry children."

As the author says, you don't know what you don't know.

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As we deal with our own local issues (like flooded basements), let me share a story of determination from Tanzania. It is a story about the sacrifice required just to go to elementary school.

An 8-year-old girl determinedly walks an hour and a half each way to get to school. Not only an incredible distance to go to simply get an education, but there are also a lot of dangers along her path.

"I am willing to do whatever it takes for me to get a good education."

This. From an 8-year-old. What is your excuse? I know it makes mine seem pretty weak.

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You've got a a box...

This is a pretty interesting story about how Finland provides each newborn with a box, bedding, clothes, and other odds and ends. It's become tradition that many of the babies use the box as their first bed.

The country also saw a dramatic improvement in infant mortality after starting the practice.

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+Candice D should get a kick out of this.
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