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He Makes The Best Pro-Life Argument I've Heard In A Long Time

This video focuses on a particular conflict in a particular part of the world (and one that seems to have cooled off for a bit?), but the message is true of every conflict, everywhere in the world.Like my mom used to say, "I don't care who started it. You finish it."

He Makes The Best Pro-Life Argument I've Heard In A Long Time

Sometimes the simplest message is the most profound. But if sharing it with others starts a discussion instead of thoughtfully ending it, here are some other references to have handy about this particular area:

Brush up on history, but keep it recent.


Many a family argument starts by rehashing ancient grudges, and zero have been ended that way. Think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the same way. Try to keep your conversation points recent and relevant. The violence earlier this year was the worst seen in the region since 2009. There's a lot to untangle to understand what happened, but it started with the murder of three young Israeli men in the West Bank. Shortly after, a Palestinian boy was murdered by six Israelis "in an act of revenge." Violence against children was central to the latest hostilities.

Find the human angle.

Sometimes it's hard to talk about conflict in scale. It can help to ground your conversations with more personal narratives that talk about Israelis and Palestinians as people and communities, who live in real places. It's really hard to have a satisfying conversation that centers on faceless politicized or religious entities. Especially when it's about a place many people have only imagined through biblical stories. So keep your convo close to those children discussed in the video above and other folks that you and others can relate to.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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Image is a representation of the grandfather, not the anonymous subject of the story.

Eight years a go, a grandfather in Michigan wrote a powerful letter to his daughter after she kicked out her son out of the house for being gay. It's so perfectly written that it crops up on social media every so often.

The letter is beautiful because it's written by a man who may not be with the times, but his heart is in the right place.

It first appeared on the Facebook page FCKH8 and a representative told Gawker that the letter was given to them by Chad, the 16-year-old boy referenced in the letter.

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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."