DEAR WORLD: In Colorado A Man Full Of Hate Took 12 Lives, But Love Saves Millions More Every Day

As one of three Upworthy team members who grew up hanging around Aurora (my younger teammates went to that theater A LOT), I can say, without flinching, that I refuse to let some disturbed maniac define how I live my life.Another man who refuses is Colorado State Sen. Mike Johnston, who posted this open letter on Facebook. We thought it was so moving it needed to be seen by everyone. Don't let the James Holmes's of the world ever think they have a chance of winning. Hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight — and love back.



When we asked Mike if there was a cause we could point people to to help out, he responded with, "There's an organization called Camp Comfort that helps kids 6-12 cope with loss, an amazing org that I'm sure will be badly needed in months ahead."

So after you help Camp Comfort, please share this so others can too.
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Travelling during the holiday season can be a hectic experience. Airports are busy, people tend to be bogged down by extra extra luggage filled with gifts, and the weather is terrible so flight delays are common.

People can be stuck for hours in a terminal waiting for their flights, many of them alone as they travel to see family or make an end-of-the-year-business trip.

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For the first time since the annual holiday production began in 1954, the lead role of Marie in The New York City Ballet's production of "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker," is a black ballerina.

Eleven-year-old Charlotte Nebres, whose mother's family is from Trinidad and father's is from the Philippines, is a student at the School of American Ballet.

The leading role of the young heroine is known as Marie in the New York City Ballet's production, in others the young girl who dreams The Nutcracker to live is called Clara.

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Despite controversial-but-compelling evidence that homework takes time away from families with little to no appreciable benefit for students, kids continue to slog through hours of school work outside the time they spend in the classroom. And despite evidence that small acts of kindness can infect a community like a positive virus, far too many kids are on either the giving or receiving end of unkind bullying on a regular basis.

Perhaps that's why an elementary school in Ireland has decided to do something radical—ditch all homework for the month of December and assign kids "acts of kindness" instead.

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Brace yourselves, folks, because this is almost too friggin' adorable to handle.

A 911 call can be a scary thing, and an emergency call from a dad having chest pains and trouble breathing is no exception. But thankfully, an exchange between that dad's 5-year-old daughter and 911 dispatcher Jason Bonham turned out to be more humor than horror. If you missed hearing the recording that has repeatedly gone viral since 2010, you have to hear it now. It's perfectly timeless.

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