The Optimist: A bride gave bone marrow to save a stranger’s baby. The child lived — and was her flower girl.

Once a foster child himself, he’s launched a drive to show every separated border child someone cares; Two opposites bond over their ‘loud, intrusive and unconditionally loving’…
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A bride gave bone marrow to save a stranger’s baby. The child lived — and was her flower girl.
The 3-year-old, who was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, received bone marrow from Hayden Hatfield Ryals.
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Once a foster child himself, he’s launched a drive to show every separated border child someone cares
“I lived it and I know. These are kids who in their eyes are feeling discarded, feeling unwanted. These kids need to know that we believe in them.”
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Two opposites bond over their ‘loud, intrusive and unconditionally loving’ families
Minal Bopaiah and Chris Price wed this spring after five years together.
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The future of suburban homelessness? As malls empty, an old Macy’s becomes a homeless shelter.
Kanisha Williams needed a place to stay with her baby and his father. She ended up in a new homeless shelter — at the very same Macy’s where she had worked in 2014.
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You don’t need to break the bank to host a dream wedding. I did it for $780 (with karaoke!)
Instead of renting a venue, we got married in a public park and had our reception in a bar.
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Our family isn’t what we expected, but we’re making it work
Sometimes, how we define parenting is fluid. I’m learning to embrace the family we’ve built.
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Remember when I painted a huge note for the thief who stole my bike? Here’s how the story ends.
The saga of #KarmaCycle: a story of humanity.
By Amanda Needham • Read more »
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Meet the 6-year-old who can name every country — in alphabetical order
It takes Madden Landicho about four minutes, give or take a few seconds, to name every country in the world. He can also identify each country’s flag.
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A German baker has taken pie art to a mesmerizing new level
Intricate designs in pastry are the hallmark of this German home baker, who creates edible art — and then gives it away.
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