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A Former Heroin Addict, This Grandfather Found His Family After 30 Years

When Pops' wife asked him, in 1980, to choose between his relationship with her and his addiction to drugs, he responded: "See you later, baby."


A generation has passed since that conversation, during which time Pops turned his life around. The former dealer walked into Union Rescue Mission in 2009, addicted to heroin, morphine, methadone, and alcohol, and walked out a few years later clean from all the drugs that had derailed his life.

During his recovery at The Mission, when he became healthy enough to feel optimistic about the future, Pops decided that he wanted to reconnect with the children he had left 30 years before. He used Facebook to spread the word of his reappearance and sobriety. And sure enough, one of his granddaughters discovered him there. She shared with the family: "I found him."

"You'll never know that feeling," Pops says, "when I got off that plane and went down them steps, and my daughter and my son just came running and fell on me, crying."

In a beautiful demonstration of forgiveness and compassion, Pops' kids forgave their father right away. They encouraged him to look at the past as yesterday, and focus on today, the now, and move forward. Thanks to their reunion, Pops feels like he can finally do just that.

"Now that I got my family, how can I lose?" Pops smiles, and says that he plans to live to 130 to make up for lost time. After hearing his story, we say that nothing is impossible!

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Art Classes Offer "Transformative" Experience To People Living With Mental Illness

** We share this story on National Special Education Day to inspire those who seek ways to heal the wounds that can't be seen. **

PeaceLove Studios is "in the peace-of-mind business," according to co-founder Jeff Sparr. A nice, simple mission statement, to be sure. But there's nothing simple about the problems that PeaceLove is trying to solve, and that's what makes the organization so important and powerful.

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Hurt Dog Inspires Hollywood Film ‘Miracle Marshall’

Marshall was abandoned, abused and starving. He was among 60 other dogs living on a property without food, water and shelter.

During the time of his rescue by Animal Planet's Confessions, he had a badly broken front leg, bite marks all over his body and a tennis ball sized hole in the side of his face. The Humane Society of Missouri came to the dogs rescue, however Marshall's injuries were so serious they required surgery before he could be put up for adoption. On the operating table, Marshall passed away...but was resuscitated and the medical team was able to repair his face and amputate his infected leg.

Today, Marshall lives in his forever home with owner Cyndi Willenbrock. "He has been my greatest teacher, and my greatest blessing," Cyndi noted.

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** On World Aids Day, we share this story about an Aids fundraising event that celebrates people being comfortable in their own skin. **

Drag Queens on Ice is celebrating their 8th Annual event, fundraising for local Sacramento, California charities, and showing how dressing in drag draws off of what beauty is and allows each individual to create their own persona, their own version of being beautiful.

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How This Mom Turns Tragedy Into A Lifesaving Mission

** On our National Day Of Giving, here's a story about a woman's loss and how she turned it into an opportunity to help others. **

November 9th, 2002 changed Heidi Johnson's life forever. After a tragic accident that killed her mother and left her father hospitalized for weeks, Heidi realized she had a greater calling. "You don't just wake up one day and start a non-profit. Something happens... there's a moment. I became intrigued by that moment and who these people were."

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Why Shopping Makes You Feel Good - You Should Know with Lucia Nazzaro

** Here's a short video on why shopping makes you happy to get you amped for Cyber Monday **

This just in! Retail therapy actually works! We love to give you tips and tricks to make sure you are the happiest & healthiest you can be. So here is one more, and it just may be our favorite.

In this brand new episode of You Should Know, Lucia explains how shopping really can improve your well being. Even if you don't buy anything, the positive effects are still there. So tell your spouse you don't necessarily have to spend money... even though it's more fun that way :)

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Caring Couture Makes Scarves By Employing Adults With Down Syndrome

** To highlight "Small Business Friday" here is a story about a small organization that opens its doors to people of all abilities. **

This is the ultimate story of a mothers love for her child. Boynton Beach, FL mom, Laurie Ruehlman wanted to spend more quality time with her daughter, Payton, who has Down Syndrome.

"I felt Payton was given to me for a reason," her Mom explained. "It was something bigger than just being her Mom."

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Cops Stop And Shop With Kids In Need

Back to school has a whole new meaning in Yarmouth, MA. One of the Yarmouth Police Department's back to school programs, Shop With A Cop, pairs up an officer with a child to prepare students for their school year.

"I think the most important part of the program is showing the kids that we're not always coming in to arrest somebody," noted Officer Brain Morrison. "We're here to help them and be friends with them."

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Turkey Carving Tips So You Won't Miss A Bite!

Yum... it's Thanksgiving. We set you up with some tips to cooking the perfect turkey, now on to the carving!

You may think it is easy... but you'd be surprised at how much meat you are actually missing. Executive Chef, Michael Luboff, for Stew Leonard's – the World's Largest Dairy Store and one of the most renowned grocery store chains in the U.S., gives some carving tips to make sure you savor every bit! Along with enjoying it, you want it to look presentable, too!

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