At the University of Vermont, there is a new discussion-based class made up entirely of military veterans. Its focus? "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey," the ancient historian Homer's epic stories of war.
A phone call between two military men, one active and one retired, planted the seed which grew into a surprise ceremony to honor a Vietnam veteran.
In the 1760s—before the United States existed—three dams were installed along the Pawcatuck River in Rhode Island. The dams were meant to support growing nearby industries, like the textile plant that eventually used the river as a dumping ground for its dyes. But even after the Industrial Revolution wound down and the plants disappeared, the dams in the Pawcatuck River remained, preventing migratory fish from traveling along the river, and between it and the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
Ben Blessing and his fellow teachers from Nampa, Idaho were trying to come up with fundraising ideas. The group wanted to enhance support for students in their school district by installing two "Buddy Benches." Buddy Benches are designated playground seats for kids in need of a friend; when other students spot someone sitting on the bench, the concept goes, they will wander over and make friends with whoever is waiting there. The challenge for Ben and his crew was that these benches come at a cost.
Rescue dogs have lots of fervent supporters among animal lovers, who encourage people looking for pets to "adopt, don't shop." And now, rescue pups have their own awards show!
With every beat of his heart, John Dickhout was reminded of the gift of life. His heart was working harder than usual, because John was running in his first-ever 10K race—and he was doing it for a very special reason.
The story of Ghost the deaf puppy is also the story of Barb Davenport, a long-time dog lover and trainer. These two were destined to find one another, and when they did, it both saved and transformed Ghost's life!
To be human is to face challenges both internal and external. And sometimes, admitting that we're going through hard times feels even scarier than facing them alone. But it is almost always the case that sharing stories of hardship and struggle with others helps, not hurts.