Margaret Thome Bekema, 97, was supposed to graduate from Grand Rapids Catholic Central High in 1936. Instead, she had to leave school at age 17 because she had to take care of her ill with cancer mother and her siblings while their father went to work.
These unhappy circumstances prevented her from graduating with her Class of 1936. However, 79 years later, Bekema received an honorary diploma thanks to a distant relative.
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Bekema told Mlive. “I had to quit school to take over the family. It was hard, you have no idea how hard that was. I loved high school and I had lots of friends.” Central Principal Greg Deja added, “her life has been one of sacrifice and service. It has been so encouraging and inspiring for our community because her choices represent all the core values that we teach our students.”+
Thanks to two kind-hearted women, rescued battery chickens are experiencing how good – and cozy – life can be.
Nicola Congdon and her mother, Ann, from Falmouth in Cornwall, England, own around 60 hens and half of them are former battery chickens. This means that they have, unfortunately, spent most of their lives in cages, and are not able to acclimatize to normal weather conditions.
To keep them warm during the frigid winter months, Ann and Nicola came up with an ingenious solution: knit them wooly chicken jumpers.
“It’s important to make people aware of the poor conditions the hens live in and the fact that they have no feathers when they are retired.”
Nicola and Ann are now receiving special requests for jumpers from hen-keepers near and far. Instead of selling the tank tops for profit, she said the money goes to an AIDS orphanage in South Africa.
By Pamela Haag
Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego): The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start.
Oh yes, this is an exquisite word, compressing a thrilling and scary relationship moment. It’s that delicious, cusp-y moment of imminent seduction. Neither of you has mustered the courage to make a move, yet. Hands haven’t been placed on knees; you’ve not kissed. But you’ve both conveyed enough to know that it willhappen soon—¦ very soon.
Yuanfen(Chinese): A relationship by fate or destiny. This is a complex concept. It draws on principles of predetermination in Chinese culture, which dictate relationships, encounters and affinities, mostly among lovers and friends.
From what I glean, in common usage yuanfen means the “binding force” that links two people together in any relationship.
But interestingly, “fate” isn’t the same thing as “destiny.” Even if lovers are fated to find each other they may not end up together. The proverb, “have fate without destiny,” describes couples who meet, but who don’t stay together, for whatever reason. It’s interesting, to distinguish in love between the fated and the destined. Romantic comedies, of course, confound the two.
Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese): The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone’s hair.
When Hope For Paws got a video text message of two precious pups sitting atop a trash heap, they hopped in their car and went straight to the scene. For two months, these adorable little dogs were getting fed by nearby workers, but their living conditions were nowhere near perfect. No one wants to live in trash…
These pictures were shared by Reddit user sympson2612 showing the love between the child and the their cat, Tommy!
Without a second thought, the family decided to bring him in and keep him. “We got him his shots, got him neutered, and now he owns every piece of furniture and every person in this house,” he said.
Meet Mary Cotter, who recently turned 103 years old. But instead of sitting down and putting her feet up, Cotter decided to dress up as a real-life Wonder Woman and volunteer at the Montclair Senior Center, California, serving tea and cakes to the residents
She’s been volunteering there for the past 25 years, and her friends affectionately call her their “barmaid” because she serves them tea, coffee, and water
32-year-old biker and sheet metal worker Pat Doody recently rescued a kitten while riding cross country from Nevada to New Jersey. He found the kitten at a gas station and gave it the best name he could think of at the time: "Party Cat."
"I was at this truck stop getting gas, and this little guy just needed help," he told Revzilla. "He was pretty badly burned, so I picked him up and tucked him inside my vest. We’re feeding him regularly now, so he’s doing better, even though he’s sort of living on the road until we get home."