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He Got A Good Idea From The Internet, Put It On A Cardboard Sign, And Made It Real

Chris Aschmoneit, a civil engineering major at the University of Connecticut, says that after watching a few videos about cardboard signs on Upworthy, he asked himself, "why not?" and decided to join in on the trend. So, he made a sign of his own — his says: "Wanna talk? I'll listen" — sat in a tree, and waited. Sounds crazy, right? Well, read on to find out who he talks to, why he does it and, perhaps most satisfying of all, how his fellow classmates have responded.

He Got A Good Idea From The Internet, Put It On A Cardboard Sign, And Made It Real

"The basic idea behind this is for others to inspire kindness. Try to be kind to other creatures of this realm. If you see someone not having a good day, maybe go over and talk to them. You could end up making their life better by that one interaction. Try talking to people you may not normally associate with. Try to understand someone if they seem upset rather then getting upset back at them. Also understand that you are not the center of everything, look outward and see what others are going through, they might be dealing with a lot more and could use a little assistance."


"I have not gotten any spite or negative feelings from people at college, if anyone disagrees with me doing it, they don't voice it to me or anyone I know at college. I do occasionally get people to stop by and sit for a bit and I usually love our conversations. I meet so many interesting people; some are wacky, some are thoughtful, some are just outright funny. I get to have in-depth conversations with each of them; either about them, me, or random subjects. It's also nice just to have pleasant human interaction with new people."

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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a measure last month that could pave the way for the Catholic Church to deny President Joe Biden communion. The conservative bishops hope to prevent Biden from participating in the sacred ritual because of his support for abortion rights.

Biden is a devout Catholic who considered becoming a priest in his youth. He rarely misses mass, holds a rosary while making critical decisions, and often quotes scriptures. When asked about the bishops' decision Biden said it is "a private matter and I don't think that's going to happen."

The bishops hope the new guidance would push "Catholics who are cultural, political, or parochial leaders to witness the faith."

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