The Optimist: ‘Grandkids’ for hire make seniors smile + we want to hear from you!

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We want to thank you for your interest in The Optimist, our weekly roundup of inspiring and uplifting stories. We started this newsletter almost four years ago to offer readers a break from the news and showcase people who succeed against the odds, are kind to others, find love in unexpected places and give great advice.

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Bob Dole’s final mission
At 94, the combat hero, former Senate majority leader and GOP presidential candidate salutes aging veterans at the World War II memorial he practically built.
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This autistic boy’s classmates had never heard him speak. At graduation, he took the mic.
Sef Scott surprised even his own family when he stood up to address his senior class.
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Charles Krauthammer inspired journalists with disabilities, including me
The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist became known for his wit, not his wheelchair.
By Callum Borchers • Read more »
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London Breed becomes first black woman elected as mayor of San Francisco
‘Never let your circumstances determine your outcome in life.’
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A man helped a woman stranded in a wheelchair. What he did next went viral.
Bilal Quintyne thought he’d never again see the woman he helped. But this week, her church honored him for his deed.
By Tara Bahrampour • Read more »
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These college students moonlight as ‘grandkids’ for hire. Seniors love it.
After a college student helped care for his ailing grandfather, Andrew Parker came up with a way to connect generations
By Tara Bahrampour • Read more »
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Little by little, domestic violence shelters become pet-friendly
Research shows domestic violence victims often delay leaving abusers because they cannot take their animals but fear what will happen if the pets are left behind.
By Duncan Strauss and Karin Brulliard • Read more »
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Stephen Hawking’s farewell: As his ashes were buried, his voice was beamed into space
“This is a beautiful and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father’s presence on this planet, his wish to go into space, and his explorations of the universe in his mind,” his daughter said.
By Lindsey Bever • Read more »
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For the first time since 1980, Iranian women allowed to watch World Cup in same stadium as men
The women hope that this helps propel permanent changes in the rules for watching sporting events in Iran.
By Rebecca Tan • Read more »
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These parents hoped to raise $1,500 for separated migrant families. Pledges now total $15 million.
The money will be used to bond parents out of immigration jails and to provide lawyers to parents and children as they fight in court to stay together and in the U.S.
By Darlena Cunha and Avi Selk • Read more »
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‘You can’t just gloss over this history’: The movement to honor Ida B. Wells gains momentum
The largely overlooked crusader for racial justice exposed the crime of lynching. Wells’s great-granddaughter wants to build a monument to her.
By Peter Slevin • Read more »
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