The Optimist: A miracle baby found in the cold Montana mountains, zero trash and a lemon that inspires

She cut her weekly trash down so much it fits in an unbelievably small jar; Serena Williams missed her baby’s first steps. Parents responded with solidarity.
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‘This is what we call a miracle’: A faint cry reveals a baby abandoned in the cold Montana mountains
The baby had been abandoned for at least nine hours, wearing “only a wet and soiled onesie” in 46-degree weather.
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She cut her weekly trash down so much it fits in an unbelievably small jar
This woman buys in bulk, takes reusable containers everywhere and avoids plastic. The results are amazing.
By Victoria Adams Fogg • Read more »
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Serena Williams missed her baby’s first steps. Parents responded with solidarity.
Serena Williams, working parent just like us. What have you missed?
By Amy Joyce • Read more »
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‘A miracle, a science, or what’: How the world came together to save 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave
A three-day race against the weather was capped by joy as an international group of divers and support teams brought out the remaining members of the youth soccer team — more than two weeks after they became trapped in the rain-flooded cavern.
By Shibani Mahtani and Panaporn Wutwanich • Read more »
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Journalists from across the country line up to help the Capital Gazette after newsroom massacre
“They are coming and saying, ‘No amount of work is too much, no shift is too heinous, use me however you need to.’ ”
By Allison Klein • Read more »
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People are rooting for a lemon: They’re inspired by it
A lemon rolled down a hill, and somehow became an online hero. Do not question the lemon. If the lemon can keep going, so can we.
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Retirement communities turn their sights on a once-invisible group: LGBT seniors
For Stonewall veterans who fear going back into the closet, staff training brings acceptance.
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They survived the Holocaust, and then he rescued her from communism. Sixty-five years later, they’ve reunited.
“When she came through the door, I still saw her as a 13-year-old girl — and I still do somehow; it just doesn’t sink in that so many years passed,” Frank Shatz said.
By Hannah Natanson • Read more »
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Cargo Harrison wanted to figure out what to do with his life — so he went on a 14,000-mile hike
One man’s quest for meaning and adventure led to an epic 18-month hike covering the entire length of the Americas.
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How animals on social media are redefining cute
An opossum’s long tail looks surprisingly beautiful when viewed in familiar surroundings and attached to a critter in a toddler onesie.
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California wildfires: From the ashes of a couple’s burned home came the sweetest idea
Ishu and Laura Rao’s home was destroyed by the Holiday Fire that swept through parts of Santa Barbara County over the weekend.
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A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer.
Bride Dulce Gonzalez was sitting in her mother’s car, looking at the storm and trying not to cry. A stranger appeared at her window and told her: Hold your wedding in my house.
By Hannah Natanson • Read more »
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Perspective
With an empty nest and a full kitchen, I’m saying goodbye to my daughter
We reversed how it usually is — mother giving daughter things to fill her first kitchen upon her marriage.
By Judy Mollen Walters • Read more »
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By day, he runs for president of South Sudan. By night, he unloads trucks at Lowe’s.
A refugee who settled in Richmond and earns $15 an hour wants to lead his war-ravaged homeland.
By Laura Vozzella • Read more »
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Federal workers cared for a mother duck before rats devoured her nest. Then this lone duckling hatched.
Federal workers found the abandoned chick Monday afternoon, hatched and apparently healthy. It was the sole survivor of its brood.
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