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To get love, you give love. Let a woman from San Francisco show you how she does it.

Shannon Weber knows a thing or two about the power of a simple love note.

Ah, love.

GIF via Disney/Pixar's "Up."


Hugs. Gifts. Snuggles. High fives. Smiles. It's often simple gestures that have the power to truly make a person feel special, important, remembered, appreciated.

For Shannon Weber, it all started with a simple love note on a fridge.

A mom of three, Shannon wanted her kids to have a little reminder of her love all the time, so she stuck a note on her fridge. Seeing it every day made her (and her kids!) feel so great that she started placing love notes all over town; she wanted others to feel the same amazing positive mojo. "I feel alive when I do it. I feel connected to myself, to my kids, to the greater world."

Images by Shannon Weber, used with permission.

It's been four years since Shannon's kitchen note, and her movement has grown.

It's in every ZIP code of San Francisco thanks to a grant from the Awesome Foundation, and love notes are now a part of events at schools, street fairs, and Maker Faires. Participants write love notes and create large "Public Displays of Affection" for all to enjoy. It's public art with a purpose, and for Shannon, it's like a giant love affair with the universe.


Though she started solo, leaving love notes is now a family (and friends) affair.

Shannon and her three kids often go out undercover at night to leave notes around town so others will wake to a happy surprise.

Image via The Talking Fly.

The love has even expanded beyond San Fransisco to the likes of New York City, Utah, and Washington D.C. Shannon leaves a little piece of her heart wherever she goes.

Shannon's love notes bring happiness and comfort to those who see them — loved ones and strangers alike.

Recently Shannon was on a work trip in Washington, D.C., and was feeling some "mom guilt." Her son texted her a photo of one of her signs that he found while out on a walk, and that "You Rock" sign created a shared experience for them, even though they were thousands of miles apart. It lifted Shannon's spirits and connected mother and son.


Image via Shannon Weber.

One of Shannon's most profound experiences with her signs came from the parents of a 22-year-old who died in a freak car accident under an overpass in San Francisco. When these grieving parents went to the scene to look for evidence, they found one of Shannon's signs hanging there. It proclaimed boldly, "There Is No One Like You." It was a powerful reminder of their son's love.


Image via Shannon Weber.

The love continues to spread — and you can help.

Love is important. Everyone wants to feel loved and be part of something greater than themselves. It's ingrained in the human condition. Shannon knows that love has healing juju and the power to make a community stronger, so she's out there, making sure people feel loved.

"This experience of taking love or getting love from somewhere ... you have the capacity or the bandwidth to give love somewhere else."

For more of Shannon's story, check out this video from The Talking Fly:

Want to start a guerrilla-style love-fest of notes in your little corner of the world? Shannon has made it easy with printable templates on her website. Go forth, share love.

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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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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