Down With Adventure

Spending time outdoors has created a unique bond between Melody Buck Forsyth and her daughter Ruby, who was born with Down syndrome.

Through their goal to visit all 61 national parks, the family hopes to inspire others.

Thank you to REI for producing this video.

A Brief History of Dogs

David Howe tells us how wolves became domesticated dogs.

From TED:

Since their emergence over 200,000 years ago, modern humans have established communities all over the planet. But they didn’t do it alone. Whatever corner of the globe you find humans in today, you’re likely to find another species as well: dogs. So how did one of our oldest rivals, the wolf, evolve into man’s best friend? David Ian Howe traces the history of humanity’s first domesticated animal. [Directed by Cabong Studios, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by Vadeco Schettini].

Life is Not Lost by Dying

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.

~ Stephen Vincent Benét (Jul 22, 1898 – Mar 13, 1943)

From Wikipedia:

Stephen Vincent Benét was an American poet, short story writer, and novelist. He is best known for his book-length narrative poem of the American Civil War John Brown’s Body, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929, and for the short stories “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and “By the Waters of Babylon”.

Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver

In 40 days Canada hosts the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver—the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of women and girls.

#GenderEqualityMatters #WD2019

Merriam-Webster Has Added 640 New Definitions

Merriam-Webster is  is now more swole.

The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary added 640 new words, including bug-out baggo-cup, EGOT, buzzy, garbage time, and  omnicide.

The additions include new words and phrases, and also some old words with new meanings or applications.

Unplug has traditionally meant to tug an electric plug from a wall socket, but now, it also now means to disconnect from social media.

And while snowflake is still defined as a beautiful ice crystal that floats from the sky, but it is now also defined as “someone who is overly sensitive,”

The definitions are added to the online dictionary first, before some are later added to print updates of the company’s popular Collegiate Dictionary.

Source: AP

How many holes does a straw have?

Canadians take a stand against bullying on Pink Shirt Day

It’s February 27th, and that means it’s Pink Shirt Day in Canada.

#PinkShirtDay is the Number 1 trending on Twitter in Canada as I write this.

Find out what is Pink Shirt Day is all about via CBC.

Toronto Star – Canadians ‘stand together’ against bullying on annual Pink Shirt Day

Albert Elliott gives to community he loves

Albert Elliott spends his days as a crossing guard, helping to keep young people safe as they get to and from school. And virtually every evening, he can be found at a Moncton homeless shelter, where he helps with dinner and sets up beds for the night.

On Facebook, Charlie Burrell, who runs the shelter, posted a tribute to Albert Elliott:

“He is an exceptional, loving human being with a heart of gold, and he’s always so happy and positive.”

Read more at CBC

The Omlette Guy on the Appalachian Trail

This made me smile. Good people offering kindness and support to people they have only just met. Fantastic.

The unlikely resurgence of Birkenstocks

The family-owned German brand has more than doubled production since 2012. This is the story of how stylish shoppers have embraced the sandals once regarded as the aesthetically challenged footwear of comfort-minded hippies.

If you didn’t know that Birkenstock has seen a huge resurgence in the past few years, it’s probably because you never stopped wearing them, like my friend Rob, who got his first pair 37 years ago, when he lived on a commune. This summer in Provincetown, says the stylist Miguel Enamorado, “since Birkenstock has made the rubber sandal, everyone in P-town is wearing them. It’s the new flip-flop.” He means the new polymer sandals, known as EVAs, which are molded in the shape of Birkenstock’s tried-and-true styles — the two-strap Arizona, one-strap Madrid, and thong Gizeh — and cost $40, as opposed to $100 and up for the traditional styles. The EVAs now account for as much as 15 percent of the 25 million pairs of shoes the company will make this year.

More at NY Magazine

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