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98-year-old Evelyn — well, she was 97 when the video was made but proudly said she was turning 98 soon — immediately won me over with her vibrant smile and laughter.

Evelyn shared a wonderful story about perseverance in an uplifting, touching video by I Like Giving. It starts out a little sad sad, but trust me — the ending is the best.


Like many senior citizens, she lives in a retirement community, which is a housing complex for older folks who can live independently.

They usually provide social events, community facilities, and often transportation to local businesses.

Unfortunately, Evelyn's retirement community discontinued its twice weekly bus service.

That's a big deal for residents who are completely reliant on it to go anywhere, and Evelyn's friend Joyce was especially disappointed. Joyce told Evelyn that without transportation to the grocery store, she was going to have to move to a different retirement home. But she didn't want to move simply because she couldn't get to the store.

Evelyn wasn't about to see her friend move away.

But there was just one problem...

Yep, that's right. Evelyn's license had been taken away, despite her not having any driving infractions.

Maybe even worse than actually losing the license was the way it made her feel.

Evelyn didn't let it get her down, though. Nope. She went to get her license back.

And that's exactly what she did.

Even better than Evelyn getting her license back was the reason she did it: her desire to help people, like her friend Joyce.

"I don't have money to give," she said, "but I can give myself and my time."

And that's exactly what she did. Evelyn took Joyce to the grocery store once she had that license.

Her daughter has told her she shouldn't do certain things, and to that, Evelyn had this to say:

Evelyn's got the right attitude! And so do lots of senior citizens, who are very capable of all sorts of things despite their age.

If you watch the video, stick around until the very end when she offers the filmmakers a cup of tea and a muffin. <3

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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50-years ago they trade a grilled cheese for a painting. Now it's worth a small fortune.

Irene and Tony Demas regularly traded food at their restaurant in exchange for crafts. It paid off big time.

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Painting traded for grilled cheese worth thousands.

The grilled cheese at Irene and Tony Demas’ restaurant was truly something special. The combination of freshly baked artisan bread and 5-year-old cheddar was enough to make anyone’s mouth water, but no one was nearly as devoted to the item as the restaurant’s regular, John Kinnear.

Kinnear loved the London, Ontario restaurant's grilled cheese so much that he ordered it every single day, though he wouldn’t always pay for it in cash. The Demases were well known for bartering their food in exchange for odds and ends from local craftspeople and merchants.

“Everyone supported everyone back then,” Irene told the Guardian, saying that the couple would often trade free soup and a sandwich for fresh flowers. Two different kinds of nourishment, you might say.

And so, in the 1970s the Demases made a deal with Kinnear that he could pay them for his grilled cheese sandwiches with artwork. Being a painter himself and part of an art community, Kinnear would never run out of that currency.

Little did Kinnear—or anyone—know, eventually he would give the Demases a painting worth an entire lifetime's supply of grilled cheeses. And then some.

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