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From booked to hooked
Extremely warm hats off to this man, who is proof that a crochet needle can be just as at home in a reformed convict’s hands as it is in your grandma’s. Kurt Stapleton learned how to crochet while in prison for armed robbery. Now that he’s a free and changed man, he uses his skill to make colorful hats for chemo patients. Is it sweet? Yes, but he would prefer you save the warm, fuzzy feelings for someone who needs them. “I’m just a guy making hats,” he says. “The people who are battling cancer are the heroes.”
Check out those wheels!
Let’s admit it. Despite her extremely impressive line of careers, not everything about Barbie has always been … realistic. (For instance, most people have articulated joints and actual eyeballs and far less voluminous hair.) But a new Barbie line featuring a doll in a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic leg are winning fans over for portraying more diverse and meaningful versions of beauty. The 2019 Fashionistas line also features different hair textures and body types so more kids can say, “Hey, that doll looks like me! And I. Look. Fabulous.”
She’s a survivor
This is either a miracle or the beginning of a very interesting superhero origin story: A baby girl in South Africa is completely OK after being found more than 20 feet down inside a storm drain. A rescue team had to literally chisel her out of the drain after a passerby heard her cries. The situation is a shame, because the little girl was only a few days old and she clearly didn’t get in the storm drain by herself. But her rescuers are calling her Sibanisethu, which means “our ray of light.” Here’s hoping her future’s as bright as her name.
A bookseller in Italy has devised a nifty system for young readers: bring in stuff to recycle, get a free book. Michele Gentile, who owns the Ex Libris Cafe bookshop, spends the cash he makes from the recycling center to provide the free books, thus helping the environment and little literary minds. Patrons can also buy books from the store to donate to the cause. (Bonus fun fact: The concept of buying a book to give away echoes a World War II-era cafe practice called “suspended coffee,” where people would buy a coffee for themselves and then another as an anonymous gift to the next patron in need.)
Misty Diaz has a severe form of spina bifida and her doctors once told her she’d never walk. Surprise — she’s doing a lot more than that! The 34-year-old has competed in more than 200 endurance and obstacle races, including some of those Spartan Races all of the big guys at the gym look forward to. And she does a lot of it on crutches! Step up your game, gym guys…
“In this day and age, ‘family’ has become such a beautiful and versatile word. … Your trusted friends are family, those who share your ethnic background are family. Your local community is your family.”
There’s always a time for cute animal videos. That time is now.
Since this is the inaugural edition of The Good Stuff, I’m taking full advantage and including one of my all-time favorite animal videos: a whiny little seal who doesn’t want to go in the water. Sound on!