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A Homeless Woman Built Herself A House And Then Got Charged? I Think I'm Gonna Swear.

She had to come up with an alternative to freezing to death. You'd think they'd be cheering her on for being resourceful and coming up with a fantastic solution. Right?

Darlene lives in a remote part of northern Ontario, Canada. She's homeless and it's the middle of winter. Did I mention it's minus 22 degrees Celsius? She struggled after her son died by suicide and has been without a home for years. She doesn't want charity — just a chance to be independent ... and warm.


She could easily freeze to death in that weather, but Darlene came up with a very resourceful solution. She got some donated materials and built herself a home.

She should be applauded right? Nope, she was charged.

Yep, the Ontario government has ordered her to stop building her "one-room cabin," which is about the size of a typical living room. Theytold her that it's Crown (government) land.

As a First Nations woman, she grew up on that land and doesn't understand why she can't still live there. Neither do I.

What's even more amazing about Darlene is that she helped build a cabin for another homeless person before she built her own. The homeless elder she helped had been living in a chicken coop when she got frostbite on her toes.

Maybe the government should put their focus on the First Nations housing crisis — or at least not prevent Darlene from finding solutions.

Before you're too hard on the government, they did offer a suggestion.

They told Darlene she could "buy" the land. You know, with all that extra money she has. (I hope politicians get sarcasm.)

The word is spreading, and many people are seeing Darlene as a hero. Her supporters have written the Ontario premier, asking her to visit Darlene.

Maybe Premier Kathleen Wynne should spend a week up there with her. I'm sure it would be eye-opening.

In Darlene's own words, "where do we fit in, in our own land?What [does the government] want us to do?" First Nations homelessness has reached epidemic proportions.

In the city closest to where Darlene lives, Thunder Bay, over half of the homeless people are aboriginal. In Yellowknife, Canada, First Nations make up 95% of the homeless.

Maybe the politicians will ponder that as they lay in their cozy beds tonight. People like Darlene could use their help. Give her options.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Memories of childhood get lodged in the brain, emerging when you least expect.

There are certain pleasurable sights, smells, sounds and tastes that fade into the rear-view mirror as we grow from being children to adults. But on a rare occasion, we’ll come across them again and it's like a portion of our brain that’s been hidden for years expresses itself, creating a huge jolt of joy.

It’s wonderful to experience this type of nostalgia but it often leaves a bittersweet feeling because we know there are countless more sensations that may never come into our consciousness again.

Nostalgia is fleeting and that's a good thing because it’s best not to live in the past. But it does remind us that the wonderful feeling of freedom, creativity and fun from our childhood can still be experienced as we age.

A Reddit user by the name of agentMICHAELscarnTLM posed a question to the online forum that dredged up countless memories and experiences that many had long forgotten. He asked a simple question, “What’s something you can bring up right now to unlock some childhood nostalgia for the rest of us?”

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