Watch a Santa Rosa Cartoonist’s ‘Fire Story’ Come to Life | Up From the Ashes: North Bay Fires | KQED Arts

This is so sad but what an amazing way to tell the story…

Just one day after his house and everything in it burned to the ground, Santa Rosa cartoonist Brian Fies bought some cheap paper, Sharpies, and highlighters, and got to work reporting what he and his wife had seen the night of the fires.

The resulting cartoon came quickly, with more raw edges than Fies’ usual standards, but it was undeniably, unflinchingly honest.

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Ten Unmistakable Signs Of A Bad Place To Work | Forbes

This is a really interesting article, but it seems kind of “cute” that Forbes feels most of us have the luxury of turning down the opportunity to work.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but in our family we’ve pretty much dealt with at least one of us taking the “whatever job they could get” situation way too often.

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THINK: Fresh Opinions, Sharp Analyses and Powerful Essays | NBC News

This has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a very long time.  So beautiful.  I highly recommend clicking on the link and watching the video associated with this story.  Amazing.

Deaf Poet’s Visual Poetry: Creative Storytelling Without Words Poet Douglas Ridloff creates American Sign Language poetry and performs at ASL Slam, a creative outlet for deaf people.

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High-schooler putting more books in kids’ hands

This is one of my favorite recent stories I’ve found.  A teenager who brings her young enthusiasm and hard work ethic (that “get it done”) mentality along with fresh out-of-the-box thinking.  So nice to see this and more organizations need to encourage the youth to get involved and offer solutions.  They are smarter, more energetic and more compassionate than many assume.

What a wonderful story.

“I was shocked,” said Vaher, an avid reader since an early age, who often visited the library with her mom to catch up on summer reading as a child. “But most kids, their parents are working throughout the summer and so they don’t have the chance to go to a summer reading program.

”Vaher visited the Stowe Family YMCA in Belmont and — in coordination with its director, Susan Mosk — learned some 300 kids regularly attend the branch’s afterschool and summer activity programs. While the branch has a large playroom with TV and video games, Vaher noticed it only had a small bookshelf and lacked a comfortable reading environment for kids.

That’s when she envisioned her opportunity to bring that option directly to kids at the YMCA.

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NH Girl Collects Books For Texas Schools After Hurricane Harvey « CBS Boston

It started with the generosity of a child and it’s going to help hundreds of kids in hurricane ravaged Texas. When Hurricane Harvey tore through Houston, it didn’t spare schools or libraries. So a 6-year-old from Salem, New Hampshire decided to help, with books.

First grader Brooklyn Murray saw what happened in Texas. “It was so bad and people lost a lot of stuff,” she says. She wanted to help. “We thought that it would be a good idea to collect books because they lost, like, their houses, their money, their wallets and everything,” she says.

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Photographer ‘humbled’ after capturing happy memories at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ Treehouse in Ipswich – East Anglian Daily Times

Photographer Andrew Kahumbu visited The Treehouse in Ipswich where he met four-year-old Henry Barnard, 10-year-old Lewis and Euan Morley, also ten, and caught a glimpse of the activities enjoyed by patients at the hospice and their families.

Around 120 children with life threatening conditions are currently being cared for at the centre – and Mr Kahumbu said it was a humbling experience to witness the work of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) volunteers first-hand.

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Sexism in the Photography Industry – Open Letter from Susan Stripling | HuffPost

I have been a wedding photographer since 2002.

I was 24 years old when I started my business.

I took out a loan to start my business. A small one. I remember the man at the bank talking to me like I was a child when I was setting up the paperwork. He told me that if it didn’t work out, I could always “stay home with my kids.”

I normally don’t cover topics like this.

Not because I don’t believe they exist or that I think they don’t need coverage.

I don’t usually cover them because I try to find the “good news” or celebrations within the arts and travel that I love.

However, I find it especially important in any area that is about expressing a POV – a way someone sees the world – that these issues are critical.

How is the “normal” part of the world ever to be expected to understand how others who are “different” or a “minority” are experiencing the very same world if those “others” are not allowed to share their view.

It is through this very exposure that things will one day, hopefully, become more balanced – more fair – more “normal” for all of us. Until each voice, each view, each expression is given the same opportunity for exposure – with the same megaphone or platform – we can not expect those in the “normal” world to ever learn that there is indeed another view, another way of experiencing the same world – and often, it is not pretty nor fair.

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