The Optimist: A mother wrote her children letters before she passed, leaving a gift of love for years

In planting campus gardens, university students root themselves in the larger world; A class of inspired high school students at work on cures for serious diseases
The Washington Post
The Optimist
Stories that inspire
imp?s=135733&layout=marquee&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd
imp?s=135734&sz=1x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=135735&sz=1x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd
imp?s=135736&sz=116x15&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=135737&sz=69x15&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd
fe13546d8199f3de680195259d02ba3f-600-0-70-8-dyingletters005.jpg
Perspective
A mother wrote her children letters before she passed, leaving a gift of love for years
‘I am so incredibly sorry that I had to die while you are so young.’
By Steven Petrow • Read more »
In planting campus gardens, university students root themselves in the larger world
Campus food gardens are increasing across the country, and many donate their crops to those in need
By Tara Bahrampour • Read more »
3a346c7bbf720741bcdd375b2360e8fd-320-0-70-8-gw_garden_01.jpg
Review
A class of inspired high school students at work on cures for serious diseases
Heather Won Tesoriero tracks the world of these teenagers and their unusual teacher.
By Melanie McCabe • Read more »
8126b5fa4144d2d3dc10a61f5cb5cd51-320-0-70-8-9780399181849.jpg
ADVERTISEMENT
imp?s=117391&sz=300x250&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd
imp?s=117392&sz=1x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=117393&sz=1x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd
imp?s=1909&sz=116x15&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=95919&sz=69x15&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd
The searing photos that helped end child labor in America
At a time when child labor was widely accepted, Lewis Hine showed the world what it looked like when children as young as 4 were put to work.
By Jessica Contrera • Read more »
a9960c0e0decee31ac176de06fd60fe9-320-0-70-8-01139v.jpg
How this Boston nonprofit is helping kids in the Caribbean learn to read
It’s an alternative to “donation dumping” — when people clean out their basements and send old adult mysteries and novels to the Caribbean.
By Michael Schroeder • Read more »
b816bee9967846af5fe7ca0d0df78de5-320-0-70-8-Hands1.jpg
A restaurant gave a birthday discount to a 109-year-old woman — and ended up owing her money
The owner of the Montana Club extended the birthday discount — 1 percent for every year of a person’s life. At age 109, Helen Self got a free meal, plus a dollar and change back.
By Allison Klein • Read more »
9d7c57db4787b24828f349e6805d9dc6-320-0-70-8-Helen2019.jpg
ADVERTISEMENT
imp?s=117391&sz=300x250&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd
imp?s=117392&sz=1x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=117393&sz=1x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd
imp?s=1909&sz=116x15&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=95919&sz=69x15&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd
Analysis
‘Always be yourself. Unless you can be Jeff Goldblum. Then always be Jeff Goldblum’: Why people adore the eccentric actor
Jeff Goldblum has transcended mere meme status. He is beloved beyond reason and has achieved a level of celebrity only possible in the Internet age.
By Travis M. Andrews • Read more »
237f6255460d5456744d7c964462bf63-320-0-70-8-AFP_IR3GI.jpg
She made the discovery, but a man got the Nobel. A half-century later, she’s won a $3 million prize.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s work led to the discovery of pulsars. She plans to use her prize money to fund scholarships for women and minorities.
By Antonia Noori Farzan • Read more »
cb3b12f507dd4e29583a4fd8fd6f77a7-320-0-70-8-imgonlinecomuatwotoone3uksTU7aqXC.jpg
This preemie was born at less than a pound. He just ‘graduated’ from intensive care in a cap and gown.
His mom saw the cap and gown at Build-A-Bear store and knew it would be a perfect outfit for him to wear as he left the NICU.
By Cathy Free • Read more »
e57816ed726d3fda9c1d072b71db1c32-320-0-70-8-CullenShare.jpg
This school janitor has quietly been giving homeless students clothes, soap and more from her ‘giving closet’
“Gloves, shoes, belts, pants, sweatshirts, hairbrushes, whatever they need, I’ve got it,” said school custodian Carolyn Collins, who gives away items to kids in need.
By Cathy Free • Read more »
1bedea6e530348e98a7dcba00f4d724f-320-0-70-8-CareShare.jpg
Recommended for you
de5c82a918d679866fa3f8154198dd92-280-0-70-8-mustreads.jpg
Get the Must Reads newsletter
A selection of stories to help you disconnect, hit refresh and start the week off right, delivered every Sunday.
Sign Up »
Share The Optimist: 6b1a36513838903e83a1e00c5e9d11d9-73-60-70-8-tw60he9nomatte.gif Twitter 55e98705d13f7964bc90a7fb2962e7d2-60-60-70-8-fb60we9nomatte.gif Facebook
Trouble reading? Click here to view in your browser.
You received this email because you signed up for The Optimist or because it is included in your subscription.
Manage my email newsletters and alerts | Unsubscribe from The Optimist
Privacy Policy | Help
©2018 The Washington Post | 1301 K St NW, Washington DC 20071
imp?s=123703700&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703701&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703702&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703703&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703704&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703705&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703706&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703707&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703708&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703709&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703710&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703711&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703712&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703713&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703714&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703715&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703716&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703717&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703718&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd imp?s=123703719&sz=2x1&li=optimist&m=21b0206a4e1e08a5ff34d4e136e26106&p=5b951952fe1ff65504efb4dd

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s