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Atlanta Humane Society & Georgia Aquarium Team Up For “Puppy Play Day”

Nothing has soothed anxieties quite like wholesome animal content. In that spirit, the Atlanta Humane Society and Georgia Aquarium teamed up for a Puppy’s Day Out event. Yes, this means that while the aquarium is closed to the public, foster puppies Carmel and Odie (pictured on the left) were invited to explore the Ocean Voyager gallery. We can’t stop watching video footage of the pups roaming the premises, nor would we ever want to.

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This Surgeon Serenading The Internet

Music has proven to be a healing force in stressful times, something Dr. Elvis Francois is showing in his viral IG videos. The orthopedic surgery resident at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has been singing to colleagues, patients, and now the rest of the world in an effort to lift their spirits.

“Medicine, I’ve found, goes only so far, and surgery only goes so far,” Francois told CBS News. “But music goes places that medicine can’t go. When I can see people from all walks of life taking care of a person to make sure we save that person’s life, that’s hopeful to me. And so I think as long as I see that, I can’t ever lose hope.”

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Judge Judy May Be Ending, But Chrissy Teigen Has Arrived

Although Judge Judy is ending its 25-year run, Chrissy Teigen is here to fill the courtroom drama void. On April 6, Quibi will debut Chrissy’s Court—a forum for Teigen to preside over the internet’s small claims cases (with her mother, Pepper Thai, serving as bailiff.) If the judgements she ruled via Twitter this week are any indication, this binge watch shall be court-ordered.

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A Couple Got Married In the Streets of NYC

Many people have had to switch up their wedding plans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. But one New York City couple embraced the chaos of the moment for their outdoor nuptials. Reilly Jennings and Amanda Wheeler moved up their October wedding over fears that their venue and guest safety could be impacted by the virus.

But after the city’s Marriage Bureau was closed, the couple threw caution to the wind and had their friend Matt Wilson officiate the street-side ceremony from his fourth-floor Washington Heights apartment. “It was perfect, classic New York,” Jennings told Today. “Everything I love about this city was encompassed in that moment.”

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A Man Is Assembling Hand Washing Stations For The Homeless

Sanitation is a major obstacle in fighting the spread of COVID-19, but not everyone has a safe way to wash their hands. Enter Terence Lester, co-founder of the Atlanta nonprofit Love Beyond Walls. He’s doing his part to help the city’s homeless population by installing portable handwashing stations. Each is filled with soap and water and is refilled and cleaned daily by volunteers.

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Nature Is Healing

While most of society is homebound, the outside world has had a chance to do some much-needed restoration. The New York Times has tracked decreased pollution levels in major cities across the globe. Per NBC News, clearer water has been reported in Venice and nitrogen dioxide over China has dropped. A new study even found the ozone layer is healing with the potential to fully recover.

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Museums Are Sending Bouquets Of Art Flowers Back and Forth

While thousands of museums are closed indefinitely, several high-profile establishments are finding ways to keep the spirit of art alive. It started when the New York Historical Society and Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden began virtually sending bouquets of flowers to other art institutions.

Soon the #MuseumBouquet hashtag took off, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, Smithsonian, and Art Gallery of Ontario all sending floral works of art. ArtNet compiled a roundup of the posts here.

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Patti LuPone’s Singing Basement Tours

The lights of Broadway may have temporarily dimmed, but one of its reigning stars is keeping the show alive in the most delightful way. LuPone went viral on Twitter when she began giving haphazard, slightly musical, overall chaotic tours of her basement. She sings, curses, drinks, and provides the mid-quarantine peace of mind we needed.

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A Montana Boy Had A ‘Star Wars’-Themed Adoption Ceremony

The pandemic didn’t keep 12-year-old Alex Reyes from celebrating his adoption in Star Wars style this week. USA Today reported that after living in multiple foster homes, Reyes and his parents made it official with Darth Vader masks, lightsabers, and Star Wars theme music.

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Little Libraries Are Housing Quarantine Essentials

While grocery stores work to keep essential items stocked, small libraries around the country are helping supply goods to their neighbors. Free little libraries in areas including Minnesota, Arkansas, and Illinois are replacing their book selection with everything from non-perishable food items to toilet paper, CNN reports.

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A Couple Donated Their Postponed Wedding Flowers To A Nursing Home

A Texas couple was forced to postpone their wedding, so they decided to donate their flowers to nursing homes in their San Antonio community. Arrangements went to three assisted living facilities in the area, including Legacy at Forest Ridge, which posted photos of the bouquets on its Facebook page. Melissa Smith, executive director of the home, told Today, “It is an honor and a blessing to know that amidst the chaos of COVID-19, our residents are not forgotten. Our seniors deserve every ounce of joy and recognition, and we are grateful to those who see their beauty.”

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