When private Kevin Elliott was killed in action five years ago, the victim of a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan, his best friend Barry Delaney knew what he had to do.
As he squeezed himself into a lime green tube dress and pulled up a pair of hot pink knee socks, Delaney poured himself a vodka neat and toasted his best friend with their favorite drink. They had a deal, and he was holding up his end of the bargain.
Three years before British soldier Elliott’s untimely death, the friends made a pact: if private Elliot was killed in action, Delaney would wear a dress to his funeral — the louder, the better.
When Kelly Gunderson was spending time with her aging mother recently, she turned on her camera to try to capture a moment or two of lucidity despite the dementia.
At first, it didn’t seem like mama was going to remember Kelly, but then there was a breakthrough. Of course, it was fleeting and it’s hard to know exactly what she remembered. But it is a moment Kelly will no doubt treasure for the rest of her life.
To see the lifetime of love between this mother and daughter in such a brief but extraordinary moment is beyond poignant…
When this guy’s cousin got a bit inebriated recently, he decided to record the result in order to share with her the wisdom of her ramblings the next day. But then instead of just emailing her the audio, he gave it the treatment it deserved.
He’s on a quest to become a millionaire by age 25, but Corey Wadden isn’t just looking out for himself. Raised in a coal mining family with an alcoholic father, Corey watched his mom make countless sacrifices for him growing up and is working to earn enough to let her retire by 50.
But retirement isn’t everything. Corey’s mom has always wanted a classic Saab, so the young entrepreneur tracked down the exact model she wants on eBay, and then saved up for it for a year.
85-year-old François Vermeir lost his wife of 63 years just two weeks ago. Four months earlier, his dog also passed away. To help him cope with his grief and loneliness, Vermeir’s family got him a new friend that his young granddaughter picked out just for him…
The folks at Rookie, a magazine and website for teenage girls, recently asked Stephen Colbert to answer a few questions for a segment they called “Ask a Grown Man.”
He agreed, and without any of the brazen overconfidence of his television persona, he offered some heartfelt thoughts in response to questions from several young women.
The second question (beginning at about 2:25) is from a 19-year-old asking how to convince her dad to let her stay over at her boyfriend’s house. Colbert’s response begins, “I’m going to disappoint you here.”…
Since then, Suzanne and I have kept in contact, and a couple months ago I got the skinny on her planned “chapter two” of her project, officially called “The Playing House Project,” in which she and her stoic mannequin husband renew their wedding vows.
I took the opportunity to send Suzanne a few questions to get a deeper understanding of her project. She graciously took the time to thoughtfully answer them, and to give us an exclusive scoop on the renewal ceremony photos.
You’re the first to see these, so enjoy!
Suzanne, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. I came across your work in mid-February this year and was delighted by it. Since then, on our site alone, it’s been shared 150,000 times on Facebook. And I know you’ve had a lot of press elsewhere too. But you’ve been committed to this project for a long time. How does it feel to see something into which you’ve invested so much time and energy garner the exposure it has recently?
It’s just like jumping into a hot spring. Shocking at first, and wonderful once you get used to it. I’ve said before that I’m pleased as punch to be born at the time I was. Not only because as a woman, I’ve got more choices in life than any generation before, but I’m also amazed at how much opportunity, and exposure, living in the information age provides.
With violence escalating in the Middle East, social media has become an outlet of hate for many people on both sides. In response, a social media campaign has taken off on Facebook and Twitter where people post pictures like this with the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies…
Organizers of the campaign acknowledge that political differences can’t be solved simply through social media, but they hope to at least change the tone of discourse online, noting…
While we may not agree on the political developments of the Arab-Israeli conflict, we must demonstrate that we refuse to be enemies. We stand in solidarity with the Arab and Jewish populations who went to the streets of Israel/Palestine to demonstrate that they refuse to succumb to the hatred sentiments of the minority. We don’t believe that if we will all be friends the core issues will disappear and we don’t have to agree on everything, but we do need to show that we won’t be enemies.