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He Made The Same Mistake Every One Of Us Would Have Made. And Now A Little Girl Is Gone.

Jamie DeWolf, storyteller, has a pretty personal one to share. It involves a child abduction and abuse case, but I urge you to listen all the way through. It's a hard listen, but an important one.

He Made The Same Mistake Every One Of Us Would Have Made. And Now A Little Girl Is Gone.

To keep informed on what is being done to protect children from abduction, please Like the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on Facebook.

UPDATE: Jamie wrote the following on his facebook wall since we published this:
"Since the release of the story, I've talked to people who were on the search teams marching through the hills and reporters who interviewed the Wolf face to face, and heard parts of his sickening confession from his mouth. He was worse than you can imagine. Old neighbors have messaged me who still remember the little girl who was always walking by herself.


But more importantly, the 8 year old girl who escaped is named Midsi. 15 years later, she's grown up and now works for a missing children center and the Polly Klaas Foundation. Which is incredible. Someone posted this performance on her FB wall, and to be honest I was terrified it would be traumatizing to hear. She said, "I want to shake this man's hand...feeling blessed." Now I'm hoping to meet her all these years later in person. It's a heavy thing, but thank you to everyone for helping make that happen. Let's share this more, show it folks who haven't seen it, it matters."

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Did you know that girls who are encouraged to discover and develop their strengths tend to be more likely to achieve their goals? It's true. The question, however, is how to encourage girls to develop self-confidence and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

The answer lies in Girls Inc., a national nonprofit serving girls ages 5-18 in more than 350 cities across North America. Since first forming in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War, they've been on a mission to inspire girls to kick butt and step into leadership roles — today and in the future.

This is why Macy's has committed to partnering with Girls Inc. and making it easy to support their mission. In a national campaign running throughout September 2021, customers can round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar or donate online to support Girls Inc. and empower girls throughout the country.


Kaylin St. Victor, a senior at Brentwood High School in New York, is one of those girls. She became involved in the Long Island affiliate of Girls Inc. when she was in 9th grade, quickly becoming a role model for her peers.

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Within her first year in the organization, she bravely took on speaking opportunities and participated in several summer programs focused on advocacy, leadership, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). "The women that I met each have a story that inspires me to become a better person than I was yesterday," said St. Victor. She credits her time at Girls Inc. with making her stronger and more comfortable in her own skin — confidence that directly translates to high achievement in education and the workforce.

In 2020, Macy's helped raise $1.3 million in support of their STEM and college and career readiness programming for more than 26,000 girls. In fact, according to a recent study, Girls Inc. girls are significantly more likely than their peers to enjoy math and science, to be interested in STEM careers, and to perform better on standardized math tests.

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Heroes don't always wear capes. Some sport a viking beard with a tank top.

A video went viral on Twitter yesterday of a man who in my mind shall be called Sheep Thor. In the video, Sheep Thor steps out of his car after seeing a helpless lamb struggling to release itself from the death grip of a barbed wire fence. We see Sheep Thor step out of the car and grab both sides of the sheep with his bare hands, gently trying to pull it out.

Alas, no buck wouldn't budge. The camera zooms in on the poor beast, still stuck in the fence, and Sheep Thor gives a narration that would fill Crocodile Hunter fans with nostalgia. "So he's got this barbed wire here, he's got his horns caught behind the wire...gotta be careful." He then takes a horn and gingerly works it back through the wire. Despite Sheep Thor's requests to "hurry up buddy," the ram doesn't seem too keen on aiding his rescuer.

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