He's divorced. But he's celebrating his anniversary anyway in this viral Facebook post.

When Connie and Jeff Johnson’s 25th would-be wedding anniversary rolled around this year, Jeff decided to celebrate.

He posted this photo on Facebook with a message:

Photo used with Jeff and Connie's permission.


"Happy 25th anniversary to my partner in the greatest people-making co-parenting partnership in the history of the universe. At least we got that right!"

"They hadn’t acknowledged their anniversary ever for the past 12 years since the divorce, then seeing his post on Facebook was so heart-warming," their daughter, Rachael, said.

Despite their divorce, Jeff wanted to recognize the positive aspects of their partnership, 25 years in.

"We weren’t right for each other to be married, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t cooperate. We still did a great job raising our kids and I wanted to celebrate getting that right," he said.

His post received 50+ Likes on Facebook from friends and family saying things like "very proud of you!" among others.

Because Connie and Jeff’s romantic relationship didn’t work out, they made sure that raising their children did.

"They took care of my brother and myself while being able to keep it all together. They were able to help us regardless if they weren’t helping themselves," Rachael said.

Both of them agreed that because they share the two people the love most, their children, Rachael and David, they had to cooperate.

"Once you care about somebody, you don’t stop caring once your relationship changes. I wish more divorced couples could do that, if not that then for the sake of their kids," Connie said.

Although the American Psychological Association states that 40-50% of marriages result in divorce, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that divorce rates in the United States have dropped 25% between 2014 and 2000.

Many relationships have the potential to end up like Connie and Jeff’s, which is why their story is so hopeful.

What lies beneath this Facebook post isn’t merely a celebration of a co-parenting partnership. It’s a statement about continuing to care for the people you love regardless of the circumstances.

"When my parents know that they need to come together and be a team for us, they do it. When we need to come together, we do," Rachael said.

The difference between a politician and a public servant may be a matter of semantics, but when it comes to getting legislation passed that actually helps people, the contrast is stark.

Texas Representative James Talarico is on a mission to get his constituents the life-saving medicine they need. The 31-year-old lawmaker has just introduced legislation that would cap the price of insulin—a medicine people with type 1 diabetes need to live, which has become unaffordable for many—at $50 a month.

The mission is personal for Talarico, as he nearly died three years ago when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

He shared his story on Twitter:

"In May 2018, I was a healthy 28-year-old running for the Texas House. I decided to walk the entire length of my district and hold town halls along the way. I hike Big Bend every year, so I wasn't concerned about a 25 mile walk...

But halfway through the walk, I began feeling nauseous and fatigued. Before the town hall in Hutto, I vomited in the bathroom."

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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