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Stunning Snow Art Created By 60-Year-Old During Nature Walks.

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Looking at the world from an aerial view can unveil some amazing scenery. Nowadays, thanks to the internet, it is possible to get a birds-eye view of just about everything in life. So when 60-year-old Simon Beck began performing as a snowshoe artist, the world began to take notice. Now, we know what you are probably thinking. What in the heck is a snowshoe artist? Who is Simon Beck? How can any of this actually be any cooler? Don’t worry, we’ve got the answers to all of your questions.

Simon Beck hadn’t dreamed of becoming a snowshoe artist when he was a child, it was just something that happened. Beck is actually a former cartographer, a profession dedicated to drawing and producing maps. Beck had earned his degree in the field while attending Oxford for engineering. Working as a cartographer would give Beck the training and attention to detail that he would need to shock the world as a snowshoe artist. 

For the better part of the past decade, Beck has been using his elaborate technical skills to create mind-blowing snowshoe art.  These images can be seen from the air, as well as all over the internet, and Beck’s results are simply staggering. To accomplish some of the more intricate patterns that he develops, Beck can spend up to 12 hours carefully walking through the snow. Beck will end up taking nearly 40,000 steps to create the perfect piece of snowshoe artwork.  The job is as intense as it sounds, and we have to imagine that Beck is physically exhausted by the time that he is done working on his art. While the output speaks for itself, we have to imagine that there is something bittersweet about watching the wind blow it away.

There are many challenges that Beck has to overcome while attending to his snowshoe art. For starters, the elements are always a factor for the duration of the project. As snow and sand can blow away at the slightest breeze, Beck spends much of his time re-working older segments of his art. Other obstacles include the grueling physical work, the massive time sink, and even destruction caused by visitors who don’t realize that Beck is working on something.

Even though Beck has been making a name for himself for years, his work is finally getting even more exposure. Beck as interviewed for a column on Artsy, and he was able to unveil some of his thoughts regarding the art form. Beck admitted during the interview that his work was fleeting, but he countered the idea by pointing to the longevity of a photograph. Beck made the insightful point that the vast majority of people will never see the Mona Lisa in person, but almost everyone has seen a photograph. Beck says, “Most people will only ever see (…) artwork as photographs.” For Beck, the fame is clearly not what he is after. Instead, it seems like Beck just wants to share his passion with the world.

Simon Beck has created more than 300 drawings across Europe. He has used his special shoes to craft artwork in the sand, in the snow, and in countries throughout the world. Each piece of artwork presents a unique challenge to Beck, thus always keeping his craft fresh.

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Deer tries to join school for a day

Shannon Jackson

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School is meant to be a fun place to learn, where children of all ages can enjoy a day full of new and exciting information. For one school in Wisconsin, that day was about to become a lot more fun. In a small school outside of Madison, a deer broke into a middle school and began running around the hallways of the school. In the video captured by school security camera’s around December 17th, the deer is seen running through the hallways. However, due to the type of material the floor is made out of, the deer begins to slip and slide all around the floor and can barely control itself. In the video, the deer can then be seen trying to leave the school, but it cannot find a way out. Although the deer keeps slipping and sliding, he never seems to quite lose his balance all the way. Instead, the poor deer continues to struggle and run around. The kids in the school must have been scared but also amused since a deer was running around the school’s hallways. The teachers quickly told all the students to stay inside the classrooms and locked the doors. Although the doors were closed, students could still hear the deer running through the hallways trying to escape the school. 

Teachers reported the incident to the school administration who placed the school on lockdown. After the school was placed on lockdown the deer can be seen running through the hallways and still trying to escape. Eventually, the school administration called animal control who quickly came to help the deer out. Upon entering the school, the animal control found that the deer did not calm down and was very frightened. Rather than trying to capture the deer, the animal control decided the best course of action was to corner the deer and get it to run out of an open door. So, they asked a school teacher to open a door at the end of a hallway. Then, several people including teachers, school administration, and animal control cornered the deer and got him to enter the hallway with the open door. Eventually, the deer saw the open door and ran towards it as fast as it could. The deer was still slipping and sliding all around the floor. He was so close! Finally, the deer jumped out of the door and began to run. However, animal control had someone waiting and captured the deer. The deer was then driven far away from the school and released in the wilderness. Animal control then later said animals sometimes get confused about certain buildings and accidentally enter or try to find food in schools.

This deer wasn’t the only animal who broke into a school either. Several other animals such as raccoons, squirrels, and birds also commonly get into schools on accident. 

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This Beloved Police Dog Took A Bullet In The Line Of Duty

Kelly Taylor

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While there are many people out there who love to offer negative commentary on the police, few stop to realize the amount of risk that they are taking on each day. This level of risk even extends to the four-legged officers who assist the police force with important busts. Mikey the police dog is a prime example.

He took a bullet in the line of duty back in 2017. The shooting took place during a SWAT call in Fresno, California. Mikey was shot when a bullet passed through the dog it was meant for and hit him as well. He bled out for some time and lost two toes as a result of the incident. 

Deputy Jerry Kitchens was his handler at the time. He made sure that Mikey received the medical assistance he needed but he did not think that the dog would ever return to duty. The shooting was severe. Jerry just wanted to make sure that the dog would be able to recover. The idea of him returning to active police duty was too much to fathom.

However, Mikey had other ideas. He wanted to return to his post and did not care about his own safety. The dog eventually recovered from his initial wound and made his way back. These are the police-related stories that are not always told. These officers are willing to risk life and limb to make sure that their communities remain protected.

Mikey received the surgery that he required so that he could keep his leg. This was the first step to a full comeback. If not for the work of this surgeon, who knows what might have happened to Mikey? We shudder to think. Dogs are just like the rest of us, after all. They need to have a sense of purpose in order to be happy.

He proved all of his doubters wrong in no time at all. This is one dog that was bound and determined to return to his regular duties. Many animals would have been content to live out the rest of their days as a police hero. Mikey would have had all of the biscuits he could eat and a nice, warm bed. Instead, he pushed through the pain and found his way back.

The rehab and training processes were challenging. He did not allow them to break his stride. He was back on his feet again and ready to assist his fellow officers once the rehab and training were complete. Can you believe that he was back and ready to work within just four months?

These are the stories that remind us how resilient dogs can be. When they put their minds to something, there is nothing that can stop them. The initial injury took place in July and Mikey was back on the front lines by November. Most humans would not be able to replicate the speed of his recovery. That’s what makes this story such a special one.

If you would like to see how excited Mikey was to return to the police force, please be sure to check out the video below. He is not even showing signs of the injury. Mikey came back, good as new and ready to rock and roll. The officers are also happy to have him back, as you would expect.

This is the type of video that you will want to share with your closest friends and loved ones. They are sure to appreciate all of Mikey’s hard work. Mikey lives to help keep people safe and he does not know what to do with himself otherwise. In the meantime, please take the time to share this story with your Facebook friends today! 

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Think About the Science of the Mind Can Lead to a Happier Life

Shannon Jackson

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There are people who say that the mind is a place unto itself. It can be formed into heaven, hell, or anything in between. The brain is one of the most powerful machines. Given that no other intelligent life has been found anywhere else, many people believe the brain to be the most powerful, interesting, creative, and awesome machine that has ever been created. The brain is an incredibly complex thing and is responsible for everything that man has ever created, both concrete and abstract. In a sense, the brain is also amazing because it is completely organic. No matter how hard people try, they cannot make anything that compares to the human brain.

The brain gives rise to a host of impressive cognitive abilities and feats. It allows humans to think and feel. It gives rise to the imagination. It gives rise to perception. People can respond to emotions with concrete actions, weigh the options, and make the correct decision. Along with the feats of speaking and memorizing, the brain is incredibly powerful. Perhaps the most impressive part of the brain is the ability to process emotions and translate them into visible reactions.

There are lots of viewpoints when it comes to the mind and the brain. Some people think they are the same. Other people think they are different. Today, most people think that the brain contributes to the power of the mind. There are older views who believe the mind is totally different and is not connected to the physical body in any way. Therefore, the brain has also given rise to some of the most impressive debates in human history.

Now, there are people asking whether or not the mind is the sole property of humans. Does anyone (or anything) else out there have a mind? On this planet, there are millions of species. There have been millions of species in the past. Undoubtedly, there will be millions of species in the future as well. Throughout the entire time, people are the only species that appear to show any evidence of intelligence.

Scientists and engineers are working hard to come up with a way to mimic the human mind. Right now, they have settled on the development of AI. Many people have hailed this as a breakthrough. Some are afraid that something similar to Terminator or I Robot is going to come out of the development of AI. The development of AI is far more than just a fancy video game. It is more than automation technology. In reality, AI is the first technology to even attempt to replicate the human mind. It will be interesting to see where this research goes.

On the other hand, the development of AI has spurred the human research of the central nervous system. Neuroscience is the study of the physical nervous system and how it impacts the mind and body. It is the natural foil for the study of the physical motor system. There are plenty of ancillary fields such as psychology and psychiatry that study how people respond to a variety of situations and their emotions. Some of these extend into the clinical field. Now, people are pushing for the development of mindfulness and meditation as their own field. Evidence is starting to show that the study of the mind itself can lead to a happier life. Some people feel that when people study the mind, they study themselves. This can lead to the fulfillment of individual identity, making people feel fulfilled. Regardless, mindfulness is going to be important in the future.

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If You Feel Lost, Look for Signs

Shannon Jackson

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 There is a saying that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. On the other hand, even the strongest people may feel overwhelmed from time to time. This is only natural. From time to time, there’s only so much that we feel we can handle on our own. Some of the toughest events to handle in life include getting fired from a dream job, going through a divorce or relationship ending experience, and even being evicted from the house, home, or apartment. Some people might even develop serious health problems, leafing to other issues that they feel like they cannot handle. The list seems to go on forever and ever. These are events that will make anyone feel small. This can’t leave people feeling helpless, wondering what they can do next. In the situation, how was someone supposed to respond? 

 In these situations, it is good to look to the universe for help. From time to time, the universe will give us size. Some people are patient and will wait for the universe to tell them what to do next. On the other hand, there is another answer, what comes in the form of asking the universe for a sign. That’s right, it is possible to ask the universe for help. The guidance is always there. Help is always available. All anyone has to do is stop, ask, and listen. No one is ever alone. Even though people may feel hopeless, there’s always more hope for us down the road. The universe has been designed to assist us, teach us, and show us the way. The universe actually wants us to thrive. These challenges are placed before us in order to strengthen us. By overcoming these challenges, people are going to feel both happy and fulfilled. 

For those who are ready to ask the universe for a little bit of assistance, it is helpful to slow down. Sit still. Take the time to take a look around. Observe. The universe is going to listen to our request and respond to us appropriately. There doesn’t need to be a special chant. No one has to go to yoga class or sit and meditate for hours on end. There doesn’t need to be a special ceremony. Asking for help can be either as easy or as complicated as anyone desires. There are a few ways where someone can connect to a higher power and asked for help. Nobody should ever feel ashamed of asking for help.

First, consider keeping a journal. And the journal, write a letter to the universe or higher power and explain your situation. Talk to the journal about what’s going on. Why are you struggling? What questions do you have? Talk out the situation like you were to any other person and ask the journal for help. Next, consider repeating affirmations that you feel helpful. It is a good idea to simply step back and say, “I am going to let the universe lead me.” This affirmation is simple and straightforward. Repeat this affirmation on a regular basis. You should surrender your worries to it. Be open to guidance in the most unexpected places. Finally, if you have a specific question, do not hesitate to get to the point. The universe is going to listen. If you open up your heart and your mind, you will see the answer. It is only after surrendering ourselves to the universe that we are able to see the path ahead. The answer is there. You simply need to ask the universe for a sign.

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It Is Easy to Hate Yourself. It is Harder To Love Yourself.

Renee Yates

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There are a lot of challenges in life. These come in many shapes and forms. Perhaps the hardest challenge you are ever going to face is that of loving yourself. It is so hard for someone to love themselves. It is unclear why; however, it is much easier to feel down. It is easier to be a pessimist. It is easier to be a cynic.

Yes, it is always easier to get down on yourself over the things that you’ve done wrong. It is easier to say that you should’ve done better. Do you know what’s hard? It is much harder to take a step back. It is harder to accept that you are going to make mistakes. It is harder to accept that you have your flaws. 

Why is this the case? Is this because we somehow expect ourselves to fail? Is this because we have high expectations of ourselves and we expect to meet those expectations? While this is understandable, what’s more important is to find hope in ourselves. This comes in the form of loving ourselves and accepting ourselves in light of our successes as well as our failures.

It is easier to say that you’re not good enough. It is easier to accept that you have made unforgivable mistakes. It is easier to never let these things go. But do you know what happens when you refuse to let go? You lose out. This comes in all areas of life. For example, what happens if you do not let go of that last relationship? You will never know closure. If you cannot have closure, then you can never move in. It is easier to hurt. It is harder to accept that you may never find that explanation which you feel you need and deserve. You need to love yourself to move on.

It is easier to hold grudges. It is easier not to forgive. It is easier to lose faith in yourself and others. Instead, choose to love yourself. Choose to believe that you have what it takes to succeed. You deserve fulfillment. You deserve to live in your own version of happiness, whatever that might be.

Sure, it is easier to do something else. It is easier to fall apart at the seams. It is easier to accept that you are broken. On the other hand, you deserve to be put back together. You deserve to get up off the mat. You deserve to feel whole. You deserve another opportunity to try again because you know that despite your flaws you will be strong enough to make it through to the other side.

It is easier to complain. It is easier to say that you are the way are you because of prior scars. It is easier to seek pity from others. It is easier to admit that you are a toxic person. On the other hand, if you love yourself, you know that this doesn’t have to be the case. You need to admit to yourself that you can make changes. You can pull yourself up. You deserve better. 

Instead of moping around all day listening to sad music and combing through old texts as you stuff your face, move on! You deserve this. You deserve to love yourself. You need to move forward and search for someone who loves you like you love yourself.

It is easier to hate yourself. Do not take this path. Instead, choose to love yourself. When you love yourself, others are going to love you as well.

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