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This Tennessee falafel shop was just chosen as the “nicest place in America.”

Reader’s Digest asked people what’s the nicest place in America. The winning answer was a big surprise.

All too often our news feeds are filled with stories of division, prejudice and heartache. So, it was a welcome surprise that a little falafel shop in Knoxville, Tennessee was just named as the “nicest place” in the United States.


Yassin’s Falafel house was chosen amongst a nearly limitless list of possibilities so it’s all the more inspiring to see.

A big part of what makes this story so special is that Yassin Terou and his family are Syrian refugees who came to Tennessee seeking a new and better life. They've become beloved members of their community, serving up delicious food and kindness.

When they arrived in America in 2011, Terou and his family spoke little English, had no friends and relied on fellow attendees at their local mosque for food. Eventually, Yassin began selling sandwiches at the mosque, which eventually led to him opening his falafel shop.

He's kept the kindness going, making a point to embrace people of all faiths and backgrounds, saying it's his way of paying back the love and acceptance his family received when the arrived in America.

“Breaking bread is not only food inside your stomach, it’s love you feel," he said.

Terou got a huge surprise during an appearance on “Good Morning America” in which he was told he and his family were top 10 finalists in the contest. When he emerged on camera, Terou was told in front of an audience of millions that his shop had been chosen as the winner.

And it's not his family's first big recognition. They won a state peace award earlier this year and are even the subjects of a short documentary produced by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.

“We are going to keep this country great and we are going to build it together.”

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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