95-year-old Bill recently called in to his local radio station in Southampton (a city on the south coast of England) and shared a heartbreaking story.

Last year, he married his wife after knowing her for 30 years and caring for her for quite some time. Unfortunately, after a recent fall, she had to go into a nursing home when she was released from the hospital.

And Bill misses her terribly.


He visits his wife daily and said that every day without her is "hell." Tears.

Moved by Bill's sadness, BBC Radio Solent host Alex Dyke didn't skip a beat: He invited Bill in for coffee one morning.

Bill didn't hesitate, either. "Oh, I'd love to," he said.

And he followed through! The station sent a cab to pick him up.

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Bill entered the studio, quite spry for a man of a certain age.

"I listen to you every day!" Bill told Alex. "This is a special occasion," Alex responded.

Then, they hugged. And it was kind of the best hug.

And they hugged again...

(Anyone else having all the feelings right now?!)

Bill talked about his wife — and how hard it is for him to be apart from her.

But he was happy to be in the studio, enjoying Alex's company. This man's smile could fill a room with good feelings!

Just look:

This sad-yet-happy encounter serves as a reminder for a lot of us.

Our communities have lots of "Bills" in them, and a small act of kindness — like sharing a cup of coffee and a conversation — can make a huge difference.

And let's be honest: We all know that those of us who are younger will benefit just as much, if not more, from spending a little time with our senior citizens.

If you don't personally know any senior citizens, you can check out this page for ideas. It includes a tool that allows you to enter your zip code, then spits out some local places that need volunteers to work with the elderly. Pretty cool, right?

Want to experience all of the magic? You can watch the clip here or head on over to the station's Facebook page.

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

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Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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