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Karin Swanson has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where she minored in Film, Television, and Digital Media Studies. A New York City transplant from the Bay Area, she believes in combining creativity and technology to connect and inspire service-oriented individuals.

Karin is an aspiring writer and photographer. Her portfolio can be found here.

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Why Being a Sports Fan Is Like Being a Couch Potato Adrenaline Junkie

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:06 PM

From the Super Bowl to March Madness, the Masters or the World Series and the World Cup, the sports world is cyclical. Seems we are always waiting eagerly on the edge of our seats (be them of the living room or arena variety) for the next big event.

In this...

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Why Being a Female Fan of Sports Really Sucks Sometimes

(3) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 9:56 PM

March Madness is upon us.

For me, March is both thrilling and frustrating. As a female who happens to love sports -- and be a college basketball fanatic at that -- March Madness is something I look forward to every year. But all the excitement of the tournament comes at...

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Why San Francisco Natives Will Love Lisbon

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:45 PM

While young adult travelers coo over the endless opportunities for irresponsibility in locales such as Prague, Amsterdam, and Berlin, little old Lisbon is cast-off as an afterthought, forgotten in Spain's shadow to the west.

After my own excursion to Portugal's capital, I discovered just how unwarranted this shadow is....

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Strangers Rally To Provide Awesome Birthday Surprise For 8-Year-Old Boy With Autism

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 1:53 PM

Andrew "A.J." Greene is about to receive a wonderful birthday surprise.

The 8-year-old, who has autism, has an unusual passion for his age: he's fascinated by clocks, WPXI reported. His mother, Ange Dellavecchio, posted on Facebook asking people to send clocks to A.J. for his upcoming birthday...

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7-Year-Old Who Lost Family In Building Collapse Gets Adopted By Nurse Who Treated Her

(6) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:13 AM

The little girl who lost her entire family in a building collapse in India last year has finally got some good news.

Sandhya Thakur, 7, was orphaned last April when a residential building collapsed in a suburb of Mumbai. On Saturday, after a series of...

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98-Year-Old Woman Proves There's No Age Limit On Helping Others

(18) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 12:58 PM

Evelyn, 98, takes "love thy neighbor" to heart.

When the retirement community where the nonagenarian lives discontinued its bus service, her neighbor Joyce was unable to go to the grocery store. Knowing that Joyce was afraid she'd have to switch facilities, Evelyn sprung into action. At age 98, she...

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15 NYC Neighborhoods That Could Be European Cities

(20) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 7:00 AM

We can't all afford the luxury of traveling or living abroad. But if you live in New York City, maybe you can experience some of Europe's offerings without leaving the country. A slice of European flavor can be found in the personality of each NYC neighborhood.

1. East Village...

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What It Would Take To Get More Young People Serving

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 6:12 PM

What does it mean to serve your country? That was the question at the heart of a HuffPost Live segment about civic responsibility that addressed President Obama's call to action in this year's State of the Union address.

On Thursday, Jason Mangone, director of the Franklin Project, Tara...

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Facebook Helps World War II Veteran Receive Hundreds Of Letters For 90th Birthday

(7) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Harold Krueger, 90, has served in three wars. But perhaps his greatest challenge has been facing the death of LaVina, his wife of 63 years, over the last month.

LaVina planned on throwing a party for Krueger's 90th birthday, according to KFYR. After LaVina's death,...

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These Vintage Photos Remind Us How Far We've Come In Breaking Down Barriers That Divide Us

(49) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 1:30 PM

The United Nations' World Day of Social Justice is an opportunity to celebrate how far we've come in advancing civil rights. But recognizing the work we've done when it comes to advocating for the dignity of all people, regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, is also...

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Florida Man Declares Love For His Wife In Very Public Way On Valentine's Day

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 6:25 PM

Valentine's Day is no stranger to big displays of affection.

For the past 25 years, a Florida man named Brad has used Feb. 14 to show his love for his wife, Melissa, in very visible ways. This year, drivers on Florida's North Fort Lauderdale Interstate 1-95 will be able...

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Remarkable Blind Man Raises Money To Rebuild Pianos, Reminds Us Anything Is Possible

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:21 PM

John Furniss is an exceptional man. The 32-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., is one of the few piano technicians who rebuild pianos, in addition to tuning them. What makes this even more remarkable is that Furniss is entirely blind.

At age 16, Furniss survived a suicide attempt, but was...

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Little Kids Read Books To Shelter Cats, Adorableness Ensues

(93) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:12 PM

It's an adorable win-win situation: Kids can practice reading while shelter cats get the affection they need.

Organized by the Animal Rescue League -- an animal shelter in Berks County, Pa. -- "Book Buddies" is a program that allows children to read to cats who are waiting...

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Young Boy Starts Nonprofit For Homeless Kids Because 'It's Not Right' For Them To Be On Street

(15) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 5:35 PM

While other kids his age are playing video games, 10-year-old Jonas Corona is helping the homeless.

When he was 4 years old, Corona's family took him to Skid Row in Los Angeles to feed homeless people, according to the "Today" show. Two years later, he was inspired...

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10 Cops Caught Red-Handed Making The World A Better Place

(60) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:42 AM

These cops showed an inspiring side of law enforcement that the public doesn't always see. From taking the time to reach out to local youth to helping a homeless man, these police officers all went beyond the call of duty -- and showed their communities how much they truly value...

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This Is What Happens When You Leave A Hotel Cleaner A $500 Tip (VIDEO)

(8) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Instead of encountering a mound of dirty towels and sheets, a cleaner was met with a stack of cash when she walked into a hotel room.

Kyle and Josh from GiveBackFilms, a YouTube channel dedicated to random acts of kindness, surprised a hotel cleaner with a $500 tip...

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8 Millennials Who Ditched The Corporate World For Social Good

(6) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 9:48 AM

These millennials hung up their name badges -- or circumvented office life altogether -- and went on to start initiatives that tackled issues such as the child literacy gap or energy poverty.

Some worked on Wall Street, feeling the spark to do more once Occupy hit. Others were primed for...

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7 Millennials Who Are Too Busy Changing The World To Take Selfies

(8) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 12:11 PM

The old narcissistic, entitled millennial stereotype has grown tired. From tech to business to medicine, these young people have proven they're changing the world for the better. These innovative entrepreneurs are the ones to watch in 2014.

1. Shiza Shahid, 24: Bringing The Fight For Girls' Education To The...

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The #UNSelfie And Other Ways Millennials Are Supporting Giving Tuesday (LIVEBLOG)

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 1:09 PM

"Selfie" may be Oxford Dictionary's word of the year, but today marks the day of the "unselfie." And young social do-gooders, in particular, are trading in duck face for this more altruistic photo opp.

The "UNselfie" movement is quickly proliferating as part of the second annual

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7 Everyday Complaints That Are Really Just Reminders To Be Grateful

(18) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 6:59 AM

Updated December 2, 2013: 12 p.m. EST.


Whether it's lamenting about loans or long lines, some of us love to complain like it's our job. (Especially if you don't have one) Enough already! This holiday season, let's ditch our gripes for gratefulness. We'd like to offer you some...

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