Grecia the Toucan was brought to a Costa Rican animal hospital in January 2015. He was missing the top half of his beak after being brutally attacked by a group of young boys. After news of this cruel attack on such a beautiful, innocent, animal gained widespread attention, a number of 3D printing companies were eager to create a prosthetic beak for Grecia which was paid for by donations from the generous public.
Thích Quảng Đức, was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963. Quang Duc was protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government led by Ngô Đình Diệm. Photographs of his self-immolation were circulated widely across the world and brought attention to the policies of the Diệm government. John F. Kennedy said in reference to a photograph of Duc on fire, “No news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.”
Quang Duc’s body was re-cremated during the funeral, but Duc heart remained intact and did not burn. It was considered to be holy and placed in a glass chalice at Xa Loi Pagoda. The intact heart relic is regarded as a symbol of compassion.
It does not hurt you to show heart. It is not difficult to give someone a little bit of happiness, a little bit of kindness or even the simplicity of human decency. And yet, some act like it is gold dust, gold dust that would pain them to have to share, gold dust that is not worth sharing at all. When you are unkind, when you are cruel or unnecessary, you do not look like greatness, you look like a coward.
kindness is not linked to weakness, it is greatness by Amy Kennedy
Aries: your tears are so hot and your cheeks are flushed, you hide your face in your hands and you cry to all ends. I know you miss them, they made you feel like your heart was beating in your chest. But you were alive long before you knew you were, just as you were loved long before you believe you are.
Taurus: You made a rose garden with them. You each had your own, but yours were real and theirs was plastic. They kept tending them but it missed your loving touch, how could they screw you over? Love I don’t know. The universe isn’t fair; how can it be so cruel to something so precious?
Gemini: You used to talk to me, about politics and poetry. You used to tell me stories, about magic and all things pretty. You always told the story of you and them, you said it was the most beautiful one. The pen could never describe your pain, we’re in vain. Their lack of empathy to blame, you’re killing your brain. Your thoughts are violent and I know you can’t hide it.
Cancer: They said they were scared of you leaving, little did they know about how you wrote poems about their touch. How you stayed up just to talk to them, and complimented them everyday to make them feel like the world. Now you’re just another stripe on their wall, a number. It’s ironic, really. They take all your pieces one by one and then ask you why you’re empty.
Leo: They took your hand and walked with you through nights of blanched white stars and dark blue skies, you never liked boating until they took you on a cruise but they drowned you with the anchor of the ship. Now you’re a castaway on an island, you’re so isolated. What happened to your people spirit, did it go down with the anchor?
Virgo: You trusted them, you never believed in fairytales but goddamnit they were your Prince Charming. I’m so sorry they lied to you, happy endings were a religion to you but they didn’t believe in your God. I’m sorry that tears are your only remedy and everything hurts. I’m sorry that the midnight air burns on the places they’ve touched and that you don’t want to wake up in the morning anymore.
Libra: They were your favorite song, the one you kept on repeat when you were a teen. They were your high school sweetheart, they made you feel alive. They kissed your eyelids and looked at you with adoration, their back pocket held knifes you’d never seen. The silhouette you see in the dark frightens you. And you said “I don’t think people understand brokenness until they experience it, you keep getting stabbed with the broken pieces they made and it’s like a slap of nostalgia.”
Scorpio: You flinched from my touch, hid away in the dark. Little water sign with a shattered heart and atrocious eyes; I’m sorry that your trust has been crumpled like your thousands of papers in the wind. You told me you’d never love or trust anyone again.
Sagittarius: You ran to the edge the world and drowned in seas of sadness, you went over heartbreak hills and lied in beaches with suns burning your face, when you came back you were even more empty than when you left. Your eyes look so much more dull.
Capricorn: There was something enchanting about the way their eyes made your light up and their touch made you smile so broadly, now that they’re gone you’ve gone in a zone of workaholic mode. Anything to keep you busy. Anything to keep you from thinking of them.
Aquarius: You threw away your independence for them, took care of them when they were sick and tangled your hands in their bushy hair. They were your everything, your own world map with compass saying “Go find yourself.”
Where are you? You’ve lost yourself.
Pisces: The smoke from weed lingers in your home, your bed hasn’t been made in two weeks. Vodka bottles lie on the floor. You haven’t washed your hair in all of these weeks, you didn’t leave your bad. You listen to their favorite band, I told you to get outside and you said that the only oxygen you had left, abandoned your lungs. They were oxygen, they were toxic.
Robin Hood restaurant in Madrid, Spain, isn’t your average
restaurant. Sure, it may be your average restaurant for breakfast and lunch
daily but during evenings, the restaurant closes to regular paying customers
and only caters to the homeless. Owned by 80-year-old Rev. Angel Garcia
Rodriguez, the restaurant serves restaurant-quality meals to those who are down
on their luck. “To get served by a waiter wearing a nice uniform and to eat
with proper cutlery rather than a plastic fork, is what gives you back some
dignity,” he said.
“It’s just hard to believe I get to sit and eat here without
paying any money whatsoever. You reach a point when something like this just
makes you feel incredible,” said Gian Parlafes, a guest at the restaurant. For
regular paying customers, it can be quite difficult to get a table booking
because of how popular it has become. Not only are the paying customers getting
a wonderful meal but they’re also giving back something to the community.
The Aries Ascendant interacts with the world through gut instinct and courageous acceptance of character, but, must learn to utilize its Libra Descendant to cooperate with and understand others.
The Taurus Ascendant interacts with the world through sensory indulgence and material concern, but, must utilize its Scorpio Descendant to understand the underlying motivations of others.
The Gemini Ascendant interacts with the world through quick witted conversation and everyday discovery, but must utilize its Sagittarius Descendant to broaden its perspective and connect through universal truths.
The Cancer Ascendant interacts with the world through sentiment and emotional comfort, but must utilize its Capricorn Descendant to keep from becoming crushed by the harsh world.
The Leo Ascendant interacts with the world through self expression and creativity but must utilize its Aquarius Descendant to learn the value of lending a hand to others.
The Virgo Ascendant interacts with the world through timetables and clockwork, but must utilize its Pisces Descendant to explore the subconscious realm and find the answers that lie there.
The Libra Ascendant interacts with the world through social awareness, but must utilize its Aries Descendant to learn when it’s necessary to stand up for itself despite the urge to always consider the concerns of others.
The Scorpio Ascendant interacts with the world through intensity and its personal magnetism, but must utilize its Taurus Descendant to keep from driving itself crazy when faced with real world issues.
The Sagittarius Ascendant interacts with the world through optimism and curiosity, but must learn to utilize its Gemini Descendant to keep from taking itself too seriously and spreading itself too thin.
The Capricorn Ascendant interacts with the world through a strange mix of caution and willpower, but must utilize its Cancer Descendant to avoid the isolation that comes from repressed emotion.
The Aquarius Ascendant interacts with the world through friendship and universal love, but must utilize its Leo Descendant to accept and showcase its personal creativity.
The Pisces Ascendant interacts with the world through compassion and a shape-shifting sense of self, but must utilize its Virgo Descendant to build a place to plant its feet firmly on the ground.
Air Force Veteran, Clay Luthy, was having a difficult time finding a job. The
reason he was having a hard time was because he needed to be accompanied by his
service dog, Charlotte. Luthy went for a job interview in Lowe’s and when he
arrived, he brought Charlotte along with him. Two weeks later, Lowe’s offered
him the job and Charlotte accompanies him daily.