Many of us grew up reading the “Harry Potter” novels in school, but how amazing would have been if we got to go to Hogwarts ourselves? That’s exactly what the seventh and eighth graders in Kyle Hubler’s class in Hillsboro, Oregon, were greeted with when they went back to school this year. Like most other middle school teachers, Hubler decorated...

After a wedding is over, the pictures are there to remind us of the special occasion. My parents had a wedding book of photos that they really cherished, and I loved looking at it as a kid. Not everyone can afford a professional photographer, but nowadays cameras are so advanced that almost anyone can take over in a pinch. That’s what high school sweethearts...

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of military homecomings. It’s a really special moment between family members who have all sacrificed to protect us. When Joe Egersheim came back from a year stationed in Kuwait as part of the Army Reserves, he wanted to surprise his son and daughter. He chose a football game as the perfect stage for...

They say that animals really do enjoy listening to music, especially of the classical genre, and if this adorable kitty is any indication, it’s definitely true. Sarper Duman is a pianist from Istanbul, Turkey, who rescues injured cats from the streets and nurses them back to health in his home. All of his furry roommates love listening to him play the piano,...

For many dog lovers, it’s immensely comforting to share a bed with their beloved pups at night. I do the same with my own two dogs and wouldn’t have it any other way, but, of course, not every pet parent feels the same. Some prefer that their furry buddies stay on the ground to prevent fur and any dirt they carry in from marring their furniture. But...

We all know that animals sometimes bring us “gifts” in the form of dead animals. Some say it’s their way of caring for us “helpless” humans since they perceive us as not knowing how to hunt. There are some animals that take gift-giving to a whole new level, though. I’ve known tons of dogs who must grab a toy to give each newcomer...

Growing up in the woods, my siblings and I knew that we always had to check for ticks before going back inside. Having the bloodsucker attached to your body is terrifying enough, but there’s also the huge risk of contracting the diseases that ticks carry around with them. I’ve seen quite a few of these insects in my life, but it never occurred to me that...

On September 13, 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe brought two guns to Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington, where he shot and killed one student and wounded three others. Frantic parents rushed to the school, terrified that their children were among the victims. Some even parked up to a mile away and ran there. Shockingly enough, someone decided to take advantage of...

One of the best things about having devices in our pockets all the time is the ability to capture special moments. There’s a whole genre of videos now that features service members returning home from their deployments and surprising their friends, family members, and even pets. I’ve got to tell you, I watch them every single time. These videos remind...

Hurricane Irma devastated parts of Florida. One of the things people may not think about is how the damage and displacement affected foster children. Foster kids are loved and cared for, but for many their homes are already temporary. To then face the fear of losing that safe place is a terrible thing for a child to deal with. In one part of Florida, more than 70...