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She calls herself a butterfly princess.


And she's the best butterfly princess in all of the land. Images via CARE.

But to the media, she's only one thing: a refugee.





It's a scene that's far too common.

Since 2011, around 4 million Syrian people have been forced to flee to neighboring countries because of a dangerous conflict. As they seek safety elsewhere and try to start over, they often get labeled as "refugees" and referred to as one big number in the media: "4 million Syrians." But they are far more than just a number — they are their own individuals.

In this new video from CARE, a group of Syrians challenge the way they are perceived by showing you how they see themselves. Turns out we have a lot in common.

They are mothers, brothers, hair stylists, photographers, students, storytellers, and butterfly princesses. Heck yes. And those are just a few.

We are all individuals with our own personalities, careers, struggles, hopes, and dreams. But even then, we're not actually that different. We are here in this world together, waking up, going to sleep, and trying to figure out life in between the two.

Take a minute to challenge the way you think about labels and what "different" means.

It's easy to assume what someone else's life is like. Maybe try this approach instead? (I know I will!)

Better humans. Together. =)

Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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Teacher of the year explains why he's leaving district in unforgettable 3-minute speech

"I'm leaving in hopes that I can regain the ability to do the job that I love."

Lee Allen

For all of our disagreements in modern American life, there are at least a few things most of us can agree on. One of those is the need for reform in public education. We don't all agree on the solutions but many of the challenges are undeniable: retaining great teachers, reducing classroom size and updating the focus of student curriculums to reflect the ever-changing needs of a globalized workforce.

And while parents, politicians and activists debate those remedies, one voice is all-too-often ignored: that of teachers themselves.

This is why a short video testimony from a teacher in the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County went viral recently. After all, it's hard to deny the points made by someone who was just named teacher of the year and used the occasion to announce why he will be leaving the very school district that just honored him with that distinction.

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