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10 Tweets That'll Restore Your Faith In The Internet

The Internet can be a cesspool of hate and vain self-promotion — but sometimes it's just the opposite. I want the Internet to become a better, nicer place; so here are a few tweets I stumbled across that I found meaningful enough to share. Caution: some of these tweets may contain strong language and good ideas.

We start off with Erin Kissane, an editor from Brooklyn, who has some great career advice that I wish every new graduate would take to heart:
Next is Xeni Jardin, a brilliant blogger and thinker. She is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Lots of people share workout habits on Twitter, but she added some medical knowledge to her update:

And she also reminded everyone to not worry about internet trolls:

Now we hear from international best-selling author Paulo Coelho, who tells you about the best drug EVER.


Seriously, even his tweets about traveling read like proverbs:

Then there's Tim Trueman, who works for Twitter in San Francisco, with a reminder to #treatyoself this holiday season. Money is fleeting!

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., tells you to smile — for the sake of those around you.

And this one from his Thanksgiving day tweets was sublime:

Lastly, here are some from author and economist Umair Haque that should keep you thinking:

Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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And while parents, politicians and activists debate those remedies, one voice is all-too-often ignored: that of teachers themselves.

This is why a short video testimony from a teacher in the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County went viral recently. After all, it's hard to deny the points made by someone who was just named teacher of the year and used the occasion to announce why he will be leaving the very school district that just honored him with that distinction.

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