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A Haunting But Hopeful Quote From A 2006 Interview With Robin Williams

In 2006, Diane Sawyer had a conversation with Robin Williams about addiction and depression. The quote below, taken from that interview, was telling of his long-term emotional struggle. We can only assume he put up the best fight he could. And while he ultimately lost his battle, he did his best to encourage strength in others along the way.

A Haunting But Hopeful Quote From A 2006 Interview With Robin Williams

If you struggle with addiction, depression, or other mental illness, please don't give up! There are people who will stand by you in that fight — family, friends, and even people you don't know. Like all of us at Upworthy, many of whom have faced and learned to manage depression and who live to spread compassion and empathy.


And if you're ever in emotional distress — anytime, day or night — a voice of support is only a dial away at (800) 273-8255. For other helpful resources, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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