El tenso ambiente de Bagdad no se compara con la alegría de sus habitantes

La felicidad es posible, incluso en los lugares más adversos.

Al igual que las flores de los cactus en áridos desiertos, la vida nos recuerda que, a veces, se abre paso en lugares inesperados. Tal es el caso de Bagdad, donde a pesar de las constantes amenazas terroristas y el ambiente bélico, la alegría ayuda a librar la lucha contra el miedo:

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Estas adorables niñas venden galletas al ritmo del exitoso tema de Taylor Swift: “Blank Space”

¡Ellas sí que saben cómo hacer promoción!

Las pequeñas exploradoras, Kaylee y Lexi necesitaban aumentar sus ventas de galletas. Encontraron la solución perfecta para que nadie se resista a probarlas. Su excéntrica parodia te hará reír:

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Esto es escalofriante: a este hombre le dan convulsiones mientras hace paracaidismo

Nunca había visto algo como esto…

¡Quedó todo registrado! Él primero debe haber pensado que iba a hacer la experiencia más emocionante de su vida, luego seguramente vio todo negro y supo que moriría en pocos segundos. Es que caer en picada semi-inconsciente desde varios kilómetros de altura debe ser lo más extremo que a uno puede sucederle. Ni siquiera pasa en las peores pesadillas y a este hombre le ocurrió:

¡Por un momento pensé que no sobreviviría!

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Esta pequeña tiene la reacción más graciosa e inapropiada de todas al enterarse de que tendrá un hermanito

Probablemente su padres esperaba llanto o emoción, pero no esto…

A veces los niños nos sorprenden con pensamientos y revelaciones tan profundas, que nos preguntamos quién es realmente más maduro, ellos o nosotros. Pero también, otras veces actúan como niños, y eso es simplemente adorable:

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Ella tuvo una buena idea, que podría llegar a cambiar el mundo

Como cuando tiramos una piedra al agua y se genera una onda expansiva…

Neha Gupta tiene una lección que darle a todas las personas. Y es que, a pesar de su juventud, ha logrado idear un sistema cuyo impacto es profundo. A veces cuestionamos el poder que tenemos de cambiar las cosas que nos molestan y no confiamos en nuestra capacidad de cambiar el mundo. Ella descubrió que nuestras ideas funcionan como una onda expansiva, y que si te esfuerzas, pueden llegar muy lejos:

¡No te conformes, busca el cambio!

Si quieres revisar más información sobre esta chica y su potencial de cambio, haz click aquí.

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Occidentales fueron desafiados a asociar distintas personas asiáticas con su país de origen

¿Muy difícil? Quizás si lo intentamos con comidas típicas…

Es fácil imponer etiquetas y hacer juicios generalizados. Pero lo cierto es que las cosas no son blancas o negras. Hay matices, afortunadamente. Sobretodo si estamos hablando de personas:

Al parecer, no podemos identificar etnias con solo una mirada. Y es que no todos los estereotipos funcionan.

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La curiosa reacción de este pequeño al conocer a sus héroes es realmente adorable

Para Quincy los héroes no están en las historietas ni en la televisión; manejan a diario el camión de basura.

Tiene dos años y vive en Cincinnati. Su padre cuenta que él sabe que todos los viernes los de la basura hacen su recorrido y él puede verlos hacer su trabajo. “Escucha el ruido del motor desde mucho antes que pasen, corre a trepar el sillón y los observa a través de la ventana”, agrega.

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Lo que sucedió esta vez fue que el niño tenía un camión nuevo y quería mostrárselo a sus héroes, pero al momento de acercarse a ellos para tomarse una foto, el ruido de la máquina era mayor del que esperaba y terminó por asustarlo. Lo gracioso es que ellos también son admiradores de Quincy, cada viernes por la mañana uno le dice al otro “Hagamos el show”, y pasan tocando la bocina y saludándolo. Con el tiempo han desarrollado una relación muy especial, y es por eso que él tenía tantas ganas de mostrarles su nuevo juguete.

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La foto tomada por Ollie, su padre, se ha hecho viral rápidamente.

Visto en: abcnews.go.com

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10 Things About Cesar Chavez You Have to Know

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The son of Mexican immigrants, Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona on March 31, 1927. This American hero went on to become arguably the most influential activist and advocate for immigrant rights in the U.S. In 2014, President Obama proclaimed March 31 National Cesar Chavez Day, saying: “Cesar Chavez’s legacy provides lessons from which all Americans can learn. One person can change the course of a nation and improve the lives of countless individuals.”

A man after Obama’s heart, Chavez believed legislation was the only lasting solution for making real change. In fact, most people don’t realize that the campaign slogan for Obama’s ground-breaking 2008 campaign for President, Yes We Can!, was inspired by Chavez’s United Farm Workers motto ¡Si se puede!. He and Dolores Huerta came up with the motto in 1972 during his 24-day fast for social justice in Phoenix, Arizona. In honor of National Cesar Chavez Day we’ve got 10 more incredible facts about Cesar Chavez.

1. Humble Beginnings
When he was 11, Chavez’s parents lost their farm during the Great Depression and were forced to become migrant workers. He spent the rest of his youth moving around California working on farms and orchards and stopped attending school after eighth grade.

Read Related: Cesar Chavez Legacy: The People’s Man

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2. Farm Worker’s Association
In 1952, Cesar Chavez started working for the San Jose chapter of the Community Services Organization (CSO), which strove to get more people voting and to fight discrimination. However, it had long been his dream to organize farm workers so on his 36th birthday in 1962, he quit the CSO and used his life savings to launch the Farm Worker’s Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW).

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3. Peaceful Resistance
Chavez was inspired by two other great human rights activists, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. He was dedicated to make change through non-violent actions like marches, boycotts and hunger strikes. The 2014 documentary, Cesar’s Last Fast, revolves around his 36-day fast in 1988 to raise awareness about how pesticides on grape and lettuce farms were harming workers and their children.

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4. The Delano Grape Strike
The Delano Grape Strike lasted from 1965-70. In 1965 The Farm Worker’s Association joined Filipino workers to protest Delano, California wine and grape growers’ poor pay and working conditions. As the strikes went on for over two years, some protesters began talking about resorting to violence as a way to speed things up. Dedicated to pacifism, Chavez began his first fast (25 days) in 1968 as a way to inspire and recommit the workers to keeping it non-violent.

5. Google Doodle
In 2013 Google featured a Cesar Chavez Google Doodle in honor of his 86th birthday. Unfortunately Easter also fell on the 31st that year, so instead of celebrating Chavez’s life, it sparked controversy over Google’s decision not to run an Easter Doodle.

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6. Agricultural Relations Act
In the spirit of making change through legislation, Cesar Chavez worked with California Governor Jerry Brown to enact the groundbreaking Agricultural Relations Act in 1975. It was the nation’s first law giving farm workers the right to organize and hold union elections.

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7. Lasting Legacy
Cesar Chavez’s dedication and persistence inspired generations (Including our president!) and improved farm workers’ wages and working conditions in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida.

8. Family Man
Chavez married his childhood sweetheart, Helen Fabela, in 1948. On their honeymoon they visited all of the California Missions and went on to have eight children. An activist too, she was his partner in activism and life.

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9. He Died for His Cause
Cesar Chavez died on April 23, 1993 in his birthplace Yuma, Arizona. He was reported to have died peacefully in his sleep and although fasting is not listed as the official cause of death, it is believed that his many hunger strikes contributed to his demise.

10. Medal of Freedom
In 1994, President Clinton awarded Chavez the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously. His widow, Helen Chavez accepted America’s highest civilian honor for her late husband. At the August 8 ceremony, President Clinton had this to say: “The farm workers who labored in the fields and yearned for respect and self-sufficiency pinned their hopes on this remarkable man who, with faith and discipline, soft spoken humility and amazing inner strength, led a very courageous life.”

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Mamiverse Guide To Buenos Aires, Argentina

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“What’s new, Buenos Aires?” It’s what Che Guevara playfully asked Eva Perón in the musical, Evita. And it’s a sentiment anyone who returns to the Paris of the Pampas for another tango in their t-strapped shoes will wonder. Buenos Aires is a city in constant reinvention, perhaps mirroring its residents’ passion for psychoanalysis and the art of gab, which can run as deep as any Jorge Luis Borges passage.

Like all great metropolises, Buenos Aires is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around (taxis, metro, buses) with loads of parks, museums, a renowned zoo for the kids, and historically distinct neighborhoods to explore. The recently gentrified Palermo Soho (formally Palermo Viejo), for example, was once a working-class neighborhood with one-story homes known as ‘sausage houses’ (built by Italian immigrants) which stood alongside mom-and-pop tienditas and auto-repair shops. While its tree-lined streets still maintain yesteryear’s slow-pace, today, Palermo Soho, along with nearby Palermo Hollywood, are neighborhoods peppered with elegant restaurants and trendy boutiques packed with the city’s most stunning human specimens.

Read Related: Guide to Buenos Aires With Kids

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Across town, San Telmo, one of the oldest districts of the city with well-preserved 19th century architecture, comes alive on the weekends with art shows and antique fairs. After you’ve shopped, stroll the Caminito, a colorful street museum with brightly painted houses in La Boca, a port neighborhood with plenty of history. Buenos Aires was founded by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Mendoza in 1536. The city on the banks of the Río de la Plata, has always fancied itself more European than South American: Nearly a million Italian immigrants and boatloads of Spaniards immigrated to escape wars and seek fortune during the late 19th Century and up until the 1940’s. Even Carlos Gardel, the godfather of tango, was a French immigrant. Though the older locals still nod to Europe whenever they can, today’s porteños (nickname for B.A. natives) brim with South American pride. You see, it’s canchero (cool) to order a local Malbec wine or Quilmes beer with your meal instead of some European import these days.

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RETRACING EVITA’S FOOTSTEPS
Take in the grandeur of the legendary Plaza de Mayo, the square that has been center stage to many of Argentina’s historical events. There, you can eye the balcony where Eva Perón, dripping in diamonds, waved at her people below. Glimpse the exterior of the Casa Rosada, the bright-pink mansion that’s reigned by yet another powerful woman these days, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Then hop a taxi to Cementerio de la Recoleta, a cemetery with Neo-Gothic flairs where Evita’s body rests, and where her tomb was rumored to have been raided by necrophiliacs (See the novel Santa Evita by Tomás Eloy Martínez). Continue in Evita’s footsteps by having a drink at the Alvear Palace Hotel where she liked to sip her afternoon tea.

In the late evening, after you’ve satiated yourself with a delectable slab of Argentine steak (see restaurant picks below), work it off with a tangled tango at Confitería Ideal. Let yourself be steered across the floor by a gray-haired gentleman under the equally graying Victorian chandeliers of this classy dance hall. If you prefer to watch, Bar Sur offers dinner and a tango show where newcomers can watch tragic-faced duos pressed cheek to cheek, breast to chest, and so-on, to the sounds of Ástor Piazzolla on his bandoneón.

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WHERE TO EAT
La Brigada—Estados Unidos 465. San Telmo—For the best steaks in Argentina, this tiny restaurant is frequented by international celebrities, so make sure to reserve.

Olsen—Gorrit, 5870. Palermo Hollywood—The décor is pure Scandinavia. The Argentine bondiola (pork tenderloin) is outrageous. Call ahead to get an outdoor table on the heated deck, or on the couches around the fireplace.

Farinelli—Fairly new, but full of buzz, this minimal space
offers the staples: salads, sandwiches, and entrees.

Cafe Tortoni—Since 1858, this historic Parisian-style coffeehouse has even hosted Albert Einstein. Play billiards, dominoes and dice in the back.

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WHERE TO SLEEP
Home Hotel—An eco-friendly hotel in Palermo Hollywood that will feel more like a casa.

Costa Petit Hotel—Relive Buenos Aires’ golden years in this boutique hotel with a garden and pool.

Vitrum Hotel—In the heart of Palermo Soho, a high-tech hotel with art, design, and fine cuisine.

NH Hotel Latino—Large and centrally located near the Teatro Colón and Calle Florida.

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For Earth Day and Arbor Day: Grow a Garden with Your Kids

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Spring is the time of year when we can perfect our green thumbs and try our hand at growing a garden! An activity filled with exploration, fun, lots of discussion, and tons of learning. Kids love getting down and dirty while being involved in the process of growing their own little gardens. To you as a busy parent this may seem like a daunting task but it’s completely manageable, even for the youngest of children and busiest of families. Here’s how.

START WITH SEEDS & BEANS
You can begin by discussing various seeds and beans, and which fruits and vegetables come from them. As a teacher, I find many children are surprised to know that some seeds are outside of the fruit (as in strawberries) while other foods such as beans are, in fact, a seed! Kiddos can investigate the various types of seeds and make comparisons, noticing their shapes and sizes. Then, they can take an inventory of their seeds, reinforcing their math skills. 

Read Related: Happy Earth Day! Make a Difference Every Day

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PLANTING A GARDEN

The act of planting your garden can be interactive and loads of fun. It gives kids an up close and personal connection to measuring and using their senses to plant their tiny seeds and beans. You can have your children use a plastic bag, a shoe box, or even a recycled bottle to house their pint-sized gardens. They can measure the soil with their hands, enjoying the feel and smell of the earth and then deposit it in their terrarium. They can use new words to describe and explain to you or their siblings what they see and feel as they create their garden.

If you’ve purchased seeds, you can have your kids read the planting directions to know how many seeds or beans to place in their terrarium. They can practice following directions when it comes to counting of seeds, seed placement, and how much soil to use.

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WATCH YOUR GARDEN GROW
They will now have the responsibility of maintaining their seeds and watching them grow into a plant. Kids can make this into a long-term project if they keep a log or record of the growth they observe every single day. It can be their exploration journal to look back on and learn from.

Once the plant is too big for the container they used initially, they can experience the transplant that will allow their little sprouts to grow into mature plants that may eventually render fruits or vegetables.

All the steps in planting a garden are very interactive, educational and engaging for your child. If you make it fun and exciting, it’s sure to become something they will want to do every year. And thanks to your kid’s green thumb, perhaps you’ll enjoy some fresh from the garden fruit or veggies on the dinner table from time to time! It’s also time well-spent, away from electronic devices. Everybody wins!

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