Mercury has gone retrograde and communication is the first thing to get jumbled up, putting a strain on some of your relationships. Be careful of pressing the issue too hard. I know you’re feeling a lot of things and you just want to solve the issues, but you may be coming off as rude and cold-hearted to the ones you care about. Consider their feelings before you come for them today. Don’t let your drive to solve a problem make you unnecessarily cruel with your words. Words can cut like knives, especially today. Choose your weapons wisely.
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Lowe’s greeter met with overwhelming response for new wheelchair

While Veseth may be confined to a wheelchair physically, he certainly isn’t mentally.

“I’m no different than anybody else. I just take one day at a time and happy to get up, whether I’m working, or got the day off. Just happy to be out doing things, taking to people, just making the best of every day,” Veseth said.

Veseth spends each day on the job helping others, so coworker Dot Caloia decided it was his turn. She set up a Go Fund Me account to get him a new set of wheels.

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Washington State to Kill Entire Wolf Pack So You Can Eat Burgers

Wildlife officials in Washington state are set to kill an entire wolf pack consisting of six adults and five pups. The reason: to protect livestock living nearby (since mid-July nearly a dozen cows have been attacked).

While officials try to justify the brutal slaughter of the wolf pack as necessary to protect livestock, the truth is that the cows themselves will next be on the chopping block.

Do ranchers care about the lives of their animals? Only insomuch as they bring them a profit once they’re slaughtered. That’s what the killing of these innocent wolves really protects.

Each year, thousands of wild animals, including bears, coyotes, foxes, and even endangered species, are killed because they are seen as a threat to the livestock industry — all so people can eat meat.

If the violence and abuse that occur inside America’s factory farms don’t move you to stop eating meat, dairy, and eggs, perhaps this story will. It’s time we stand up for all animals by leaving all animal products off our plates and transitioning to a humane plant-based diet.

Visit ChooseVeg.com for tips, recipes, and meal plans.

Whatever has happened,
Has happened for good.

Whatever is happening,
Is happening for good.

Whatever will happen,
Shall also happen for good.

What have you lost,
That you cry for?

What did you bring,
That you lost?

What did you create,
That was destroyed?

You came empty handed,
And will go empty handed.

What is yours today,
Was somebody else’s yesterday,
And will be somebody else’s tomorrow.

—  Sri Krishna
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My wife surprised her coworkers when she came out as trans. Then they surprised her.

Society, pay attention. This is important.  

My wife, Zoe, is transgender. She came out to us — the kids and me — last summer and then slowly spread her beautiful feminine wings with extended family, friends, and neighbors.

A little coming out here, a little coming out there — you know how it is.

It’s been a slow, often challenging process of telling people something so personal and scary, but pretty much everyone has been amazing.

However, she dreaded coming out at the office.

She works at a large technology company, managing a team of software developers in a predominantly male office environment. She’s known many of her co-workers and employees for 15 or so years. They have called her “he” and “him” and “Mr.” for a very long time. How would they handle the change?

While we have laws in place in Ontario, Canada, to protect the rights of transgender employees, it does not shield them from awkwardness, quiet judgment, or loss of workplace friendships. Your workplace may not become outright hostile, but it can sometimes become a difficult place to go to every day because people only tolerate you rather than fully accept you.

But this transition needed to happen, and so Zoe carefully crafted a coming out email and sent it to everyone she works with.

The support was immediately apparent; she received about 75 incredibly kind responses from coworkers, both local and international.

She then took one week off, followed by a week where she worked solely from home. It was only last Monday when she finally went back to the office.

Despite knowing how nice her colleagues are and having read so many positive responses to her email, she was understandably still nervous.

Hell, I was nervous. I made her promise to text me 80 billion times with updates and was more than prepared to go down there with my advocacy pants on if I needed to (I might be a tad overprotective).

And that’s when her office pals decided to show the rest of us how to do it right.

She got in and found that a couple of them had decorated her cubicle to surprise her:

And made sure her new name was prominently displayed in a few locations:

They got her a beautiful lily with a “Welcome, Zoe!” card:

And this tearjerker quote was waiting for her on her desk:

To top it all off, a 10 a.m. “meeting” she was scheduled to attend was actually a coming out party to welcome her back to work as her true self — complete with coffee and cupcakes and handshakes and hugs.

NO, I’M NOT CRYING. YOU’RE CRYING.

I did go to my wife’s office that day. But instead of having my advocacy pants on, I had my hugging arms ready and some mascara in my purse in case I cried it off while thanking everyone.

I wish we lived in a world where it was no big deal to come out.

Sadly, that is not the case for many LGBTQ people. We live in a world of bathroom bills and “religious freedom” laws that directly target the members of our community. We live in a world where my family gets threats for daring to speak out for trans rights. We live in a world where we can’t travel to certain locations for fear of discrimination — or worse.

So when I see good stuff happening — especially when it takes place right on our doorstep — I’m going to share it far and wide. Let’s normalize this stuff. Let’s make celebrating diversity our everyday thing rather than hating or fearing it.

Chill out, haters. Take a load off with us.

It’s a lot of energy to judge people, you know. It’s way more fun to celebrate and support them for who they are.

Besides, we have cupcakes.

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Hawaii Residents Honor Orlando With A Mile-Long 'Lei Of Aloha'
The hand-woven gift contains 49 shells, each inscribed with the name of a victim who died in this month's massacre.

The hand-woven gift contains 49 shells, each inscribed with the name of a victim who died in this month’s massacre.

Hawaii may be thousands of miles away, but the islands have touched those affected by the Orlando massacre with the spirit of aloha.

A group of volunteers from the island of Maui flew to the Florida city on Wednesday to honor the 49 victims of a gay nightclub shooting and help the city heal with a mile-long “Lei of Aloha.”

The lei was so large, they had to divide it into three sections and deliver it to three separate memorials, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The group laid one lei in front of Pulse nightclub to honor the victims who died there. They presented another section to the Orlando Regional Medical Center, in support of medical professionals and the wounded who are in their care. The last section of the lei was displayed at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Each one “represents joy, love, and healing and peace,” Lehua Kekehuna, a Hawaii representative, told WKMG Orlando. “That’s what we’re hoping it will do for everyone here.”

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Today the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds salutes police officers in Parma, Ohio who, upon discovering that a mourning dove had built her nest and laid eggs on the windshield cowl of one of their backup squad cars, went out of their way to protect the mama bird rather than displace her.

Officers attached an umbrella to the police car’s windshield, both to give the bird shade and keep her dry, set up a little cup of water for her, and taped off the vehicle so that no one would bother her. They also named her Gerty.

Photos by Julia Tullos, Lisa Lowry, and the City of Parma respectively.

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Why be Kind?

1. Everyone is struggling in one way or another, and it makes a huge difference when someone’s kind to us.

2. It improves your mood, and enhances self esteem. It is, therefore, good for your own mental health.

3. Kindness is innate – it’s at the heart of who we are. Thus, we’re being more authentic when we choose to be kind.

4. Kindness is contagious and will likely ripple out, so the others in your world will be inspired to be kind, too.

5. It builds connections with others so we feel much less alone, more cared for, more connected, more valued and more loved.