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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Thank You Note to 8-Year-Old Girl

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Between serving as a Supreme Court Justice, moonlighting as an actor, and collecting jabots (a.k.a. the fancy collars judges wear), Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a pretty busy schedule. But as The Huffington Post reports, The Notorious RBG still managed to find the time to write a personalized letter to an 8-year-old girl in the Washington, D.C. area, who dressed up like her for her school’s “Superhero Day.”

Inspired by I Dissent, an illustrated children’s book chronicling Ginsburg’s life and career, Michele Threefoot donned a judicial-inspired getup and a pair of large-framed glasses last December to pay homage to the Supreme Court’s second female justice. Her mother, Krista Wujek Threefoot, posted a picture of Michele’s ensemble in Pantsuit Nation, the pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook group, and added text to the picture: “Yes, world. Girls who read are dangerous” (inspired by the quote “A well-read woman is a dangerous creature,” coined by author Lisa Kleypas).

The picture went viral, and Ginsburg herself caught wind of Michele’s unconventional superhero costume. RBG’s assistant contacted Threefoot, asking for her address, and shortly after, the Supreme Court justice’s mini doppelgänger received a handwritten note from her hero.

It read: “Dear Michele: You look just like me! May you continue to thrive on reading and learning. Every good wish, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

According to Threefoot, Michele was “super duper excited!” to hear from RBG herself. “When I read it, I felt really happy because she said I looked just like her. It was really special because she wrote it by hand,” Michele told her mom (as quoted by HuffPost).

To inspire Michele to keep reading, the letter also contained the following quote: “Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.”

Michele plans to write a thank-you note to Ginsburg. She also took her prized piece of correspondence to school—and now, several of her classmates reportedly want to dress up like real-life inspirational figures next year, including Bill Gates and Hillary Clinton.

[h/t The Huffington Post]

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This 90-Year-Old Has Knitted More Than 2000 Hats for Newborn Babies
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Since 2009, 90-year-old Barbara Lowe has been a fixture at Hillcrest Hospital outside Cleveland, but she's not a patient. Almost a decade ago, the Mayfield Heights, Ohio, resident took it upon herself to begin knitting tiny hats for newborn babies delivered at Hillcrest, and has now delivered 2252 hats and counting, according to ABC News.

Lowe lives in a senior living complex across the street from the hospital, so it was an easy jump to go from whipping up hats for the children of her family and friends to delivering teeny headgear to the maternity ward.

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Using fine baby yarns, Lowe makes ribbed hats with a brim and a detachable flower, spending around four hours on each one. They come in a variety of pastel colors. Lowe is known around town for her work with the hospital, and the manager at the Michaels store she buys her supplies from gives her a discount on the yarn she uses for hospital caps.

"It's my therapy," Lowe told ABC News. "When you're 90, you've got aches and pains. You don't want to think about it. Well, you're not thinking about it if you're concentrating on what you're doing."

Lowe learned to crochet and sew as a child, and later taught herself to knit. She considers it a "dream" to be able to give back to her community by gifting the hats to new parents and their bundles of warm-headed joy. According to the hospital, the hats do more than just keep babies toasty after their first bath—they provide a teaching opportunity to help new parents learn how to keep their babies feeling warm, as a hospital official told Cleveland.com.

[h/t ABC News]

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Meet the Golden Retriever Who is Cleaning Up China's Polluted Rivers, One Plastic Bottle at a Time
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Instead of simply teaching his dog to “sit,” “shake,” or “roll over,” one environmentally conscious pet owner in China has trained his Golden Retriever to fetch trash from the eastern Jiangsu province’s polluted rivers, Vocativ reports.

When the dog is commanded to “retrieve,” it goes searching for plastic water bottles. The pooch reportedly collects around 20 to 30 bottles a day, and has removed more than 2000 items from the region’s waterways in the past decade.

According to a 2016 report by Public Radio International, China—along with Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam—is one of the world’s leading producers of plastic ocean waste.  Together, the five Asian nations contribute as much as 60 percent of the plastic waste that enters the world’s seas.

This statistic is staggering—but thanks to this persistent dog, we’re reminded that every little bit helps to make a difference.

[h/t Vocativ]

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