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Some Call Native Americans ‘Indians.’ I Believe I’ll Call These Guys Simply 'Heroes.'

There are some jobs that just look ... well, nearly impossible. For these guys? Piece of cake.

There are seven Hotshot crews in operation:

Fort Apache IHC

Their home base is Whiteriver, Arizona, on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. It was the first nationally funded all-Native American Hotshot crew in the country.


Geronimo IHC

Members of the Geronimo Hotshots pride themselves on being in prime physical and mental shape. The film clip above is all about these folks. Check it out.


Golden Eagles

The only Hotshot crew based in California, it's based on the Sycuan Reservation.

Navajo IHC

This crew is based out of Fort Defiance, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation, near the four-corners region (where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah come together).

Warm Springs IHC

Based on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon, it's the second-oldest Native American crew in existence.


Zuni IHC

This crew is based in west-central New Mexico on the Zuni Reservation. Its first assignment was to assist with the World Trade Center attack in 2001.

Chief Mountain IHC

These folks are based out of the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana, right next to Glacier National Park. On average, the crew fights 15 to 20 large fire incidents per year and travels 10,000 to 20,000 miles to do so.

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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Alberto Cartuccia Cingolani wows audiences with his amazing musical talents.

Mozart was known for his musical talent at a young age, playing the harpsichord at age 4 and writing original compositions at age 5. So perhaps it's fitting that a video of 5-year-old piano prodigy Alberto Cartuccia Cingolani playing Mozart has gone viral as people marvel at his musical abilities.

Alberto's legs can't even reach the pedals, but that doesn't stop his little hands from flying expertly over the keys as incredible music pours out of the piano at the 10th International Musical Competition "Città di Penne" in Italy. Even if you've seen young musicians play impressively, it's hard not to have your jaw drop at this one. Sometimes a kid comes along who just clearly has a gift.

Of course, that gift has been helped along by two professional musician parents. But no amount of teaching can create an ability like this.

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TikTok about '80s childhood is a total Gen X flashback.

As a Gen X parent, it's weird to try to describe my childhood to my kids. We're the generation that didn't grow up with the internet or cell phones, yet are raising kids who have never known a world without them. That difference alone is enough to make our 1980s childhoods feel like a completely different planet, but there are other differences too that often get overlooked.

How do you explain the transition from the brown and orange aesthetic of the '70s to the dusty rose and forest green carpeting of the '80s if you didn't experience it? When I tell my kids there were smoking sections in restaurants and airplanes and ashtrays everywhere, they look horrified (and rightfully so—what were we thinking?!). The fact that we went places with our friends with no quick way to get ahold of our parents? Unbelievable.

One day I described the process of listening to the radio, waiting for my favorite song to come on so I could record it on my tape recorder, and how mad I would get when the deejay talked through the intro of the song until the lyrics started. My Spotify-spoiled kids didn't even understand half of the words I said.

And '80s hair? With the feathered bangs and the terrible perms and the crunchy hair spray? What, why and how?

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