“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
I’ve been getting a lot of asks from people who want to know how to keep from losing it in the current chaos and darkness of American politics. I can’t tell you that. It’s hard. No one’s on the best footing these days, emotionally or mentally. These are strange days and they may get stranger yet.
But Mister Rogers was right. Look for the helpers - there are a LOT of them, everywhere. I know as well as anyone that dire news overwhelms the heart and mind, but don’t lose hope. Everywhere people are coming together and standing up in ways we haven’t really seen for a generation or more. That’s a good thing. That’s a *wonderful* thing. That’s the light in the darkness. There are helpers everywhere. Just make sure you are one of them.
They’re called the Mothers of the Movement. We often hear about those killed by senseless violence — but we rarely hear about the families the victims leave behind. Frankly, the Mothers of the Movement would rather just be moms.
Before Dylann Roof carried out the massacre that left nine black churchgoers dead at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, he did some research.
He wanted to know which cities in South Carolina had the highest black-to-white ratios
And whether any of those locations had churches with large African-American congregations
This is according to witness testimony in Roof’s capital hate crimes trial on Monday.
A written list was found in Roof’s car.
Roof had written the names of predominantly black churches in Charleston: Morris Brown AME Church, Calvary AME Church, Central Baptist Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ebenezer AME Church and “Mother Emanuel.” Read more for the latest from Roof’s trial
On Wednesday, just before opening statements began in Roof’s capital hate crimes trial, federal prosecutors and the defense team chose three black jurors and nine white jurors to sit on the panel of 12.
A group of six alternates is composed of two black and four white jurors, according to an official courtroom pool report provided to members of the pressby the Charleston Post and Courier.
That’s nearly proportional to the make up of Charleston, which is 70% white and 25% black, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Roof, 22, has pleaded not guilty to a 33-count federal indictment Read more
This collection of images demonstrates how amazing Mother Nature really is. The images, taken by photographers around the globe, show off the best the planet had to offer. From a stunning supermoon rising over the Statue of Liberty to a phoenix shape among the dancing northern lights, a breathtaking ice cave or a colorful volcanic eruption, these pictures prove our planet is truly beautiful. (Caters News)
Photo credits: Martin Heck/Caters News, Julia Sundukova/Caters News, Chad Weisser/Caters News
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.
The cutest roar ever! Three-month-old lion escapes
from his mother to test out his new voice in South Africa
He may only be three-months-old but this lion cub has proved it is never
too early to start practising his roar. The young cat was caught on camera opening his mouth wide and testing out
his voice in an South African game reserve.
And tourists who were lucky enough to catch the rare sight said the
youngster looked exactly like Simba, star of the 1994 Disney classic, The Lion
King. Heinrich Neumayer, from South Africa, snapped the pictures, and said this
particular cub seemed to have a big personality.
He said: ‘There were eight cubs in total, but this little one stole the
show, no one seemed to notice the others.
'The whole group were stunned by this little guy’s performance, the
mischievous cub wasn’t listening to its mother.
'He definitely reminded us of Simba, he didn’t want there to be any rules.
He moaned the whole time he was being carried by his mother and ran away as
soon as he was let go.
'His mum called him back a couple of times but he was not finished and he
didn’t even look in her direction.
'She was not having any of it and started walking to the cub, and continued
calling him and he still ignored her.
'When she reached him he quickly tried to run away but she managed to trip
him and he tumbled a couple of times.
The professional wildlife photographer and safari guide, snapped the
pictures of the captivating cub in the early hours of the morning at the Sabi
Sands game reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. He said: 'We could hear the roars of the lion pride throughout the night,
but in the early morning we were woke by raucous roars which suddenly pierced
through the early hours.
'Our guide quickly walked to each room with his flashlight and gathered all
of us for an earlier than usual game drive.
'We hastily made our way to the game drive vehicles and the excitement was
'Not even five minutes into the drive we found the entire Nkuhuma Pride;
the kings responsible for waking us all.’
The pictures show the young lion cub breaking free from his mother before
practicing his mighty roar to his adoring crowd. Mr Neumayer explained: 'He paused for a couple of seconds contemplating
what to do next, he looked at our vehicle, then the most adorable little cub
made an attempted roar.
'Our hearts melted and our cameras fired away!
'There were a lot of oohs and aahs from the group as the cub tried to state
'This little brave heart surely made it worth waking up so early and he
stole our hearts.
'With a will of his own and not following any rules, this little fluff ball
is all set to be a one of a kind ruler.'
‘THE COMPLETE LION’: RESEARCHER TELLS HOW JERICHO CARED FOR HIS BROTHER
CECIL’S PRIDE AFTER HIS DEATH
Brent Stapelkamp, a researcher with the Oxford
University project that monitored Cecil, paid tribute to Jericho on his
Facebook page, describing him as the ‘Complete Lion’, whose life had been
marked by great life-threatening challenges and survival against the odds.
Brent saved Jericho’s life some years ago when the
lion left Hwange in a battle for territory and began to hunt cattle on farming
land. A farmer laid a ferocious trap for the cats who were taking his cows and
Jericho was snared, but managed to escape the snare, taking some of it with
'The snare tore deep into his neck and so when I found
him a few weeks later he was in a bad way. I darted him one morning and removed
his collar and snare. The collar would have prevented the wound from healing
but by removing it we lost contact with Jericho for over a year.
'One day we heard a rumour that he and another lion
were seen near Somalisa camp and shortly afterwards a photograph taken
confirmed it was his arch rival Cecil 'They fought a bit initially and
occasionally whenever they were with females but they established a bond and
again dominated an area they each knew well.
'In July 2015, Cecil was killed - in front of Jericho
- and Jericho has protected Cecil’s pride. That is why Jericho is the complete
lion. The story of modern lions is embodied in Jericho.
'He has lived a comfortable life deep in a protected
area, he has been familiar with tourists and brought in money for our country,
he has gone to baits and watched as three of his coalition partners were shot,
he has killed cattle and been snared.
'Let’s reflect on his story and that of all of
Africa’s remaining lions today as we march and prepare to fight for their