After last night’s announcement that Officer Darren Brown would not be indicted for murder after in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, protests erupted all over Ferguson, Missouri, and the surrounding St. Louis area.
We saw numerous images of cars and buildings burning as looters and arsonists grabbed the headlines after what had been 108 days of largely peaceful protests.
But what you probably haven’t seen on CNN or in this morning’s edition of USA Today is that around the country, thousands stood in solidarity with Ferguson. While a few vandals seized the opportunity to smash a window here and there, these protests were largely peaceful and with the exception of a few brief moments, were largely ignored by the national media covering last night’s events.
Here are just a few of the cities you probably didn’t read about…
It’s hard enough for a 13-year-old boy to come to the realization that he’s gay and then try to figure out how to tell the world. But it’s even harder to do that in Singapore, a country that’s well known as a conservative nation where same-sex sexual activity is still against the law.
So when this young man in Singapore nervously texted his friend with his revelation, he wasn’t sure what kind of response he would get…
Everyone goes through that terrible stage called adolescence. But most of us get to forget about it if we want to. Our awkward childhood photos are safely hidden in our parents’ house, right? (You know what? It never hurts to double check.)
But not everyone is so lucky. Be thankful you’re not one of these celebs, whose awkward years are available for all the internet to see…
In 2011, Tom Meeks was diagnosed with a rare heart disease. After hearing from a number of hospitals that he was not eligible for a transplant, he finally visited Mayo Clinic where he met 5 of the 6 criteria that make a person eligible. He was placed on their list, and in November of last year, he moved to Rochester, Minnesota to await a heart, hoping it would come in time to save him.
In March, he was called and told a match was available to him.
Of course, this sort of good news always comes with terribly tragic news for someone else. Only a little earlier, 21-year-old Matthew Heisler’s parents received a call saying that their son had been dragged out of a house fire, but despite his friends’ best efforts he had not made it.
But because Matthew marked himself down as an organ donor when he renewed his license, in his death he offered life to Tom Meeks. Now, 8 months later, the Meeks and the Heislers have met. And in what must have been one of the most painful yet beautifully surreal moments of their lives, Matthew’s family got a chance to listen to their boy’s heart.
Matthew’s Father Hears His Son’s Heart Still Beating…
As if that weren’t enough motivation to be an organ donor, Matthew’s generosity saved other lives as well. A 46-year-old woman and 56-year-old woman were each saved by one of his kidneys, and a 61-year-old man by his liver. In all 60 people received the transplants they needed because of the Heislers’ tragic loss.
It is a simple phrase, but Matthew’s dad summed up his son’s legacy perfectly after hearing him live on in Tom Meeks: That’s awesome.
One of my earliest recollections, on a car trip, was my perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage. The revelation that I was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with me. This visual deception is now the basis for my creative direction.
When this idea is applied to my compositions (floating book, floating cards, floating rock) a sense of the impossible happens — for me, magic.