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We Asked, You Answered: What Makes You Stay Positive?

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 18:58

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“I smile when I hear a song on the radio that reminds me of my wife." * John M.
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Sometimes, we just need to live vicariously for a few minutes — because learning what makes others smile daily may just help inspire our own positivity. So we asked locals to tell us: What makes you stay positive? Here are the responses. 

Let’s face it: Some days, staying positive can be a challenge. But just when we’re feeling low, oftentimes something in our daily lives will inspire us to pause, reflect and smile. These are the things we were hoping to capture in this round-up of smile-generators. 

Lexie’s Gift, Barbie’s Legacy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:11

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How a Mother’s Grief Has Transformed into a Tireless Crusade for the Community
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"The kids just break your heart, but you can’t step away because you know you’re making a difference, and you’re the person helping them survive." * Barbie Marcoe
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Barbie Marcoe has found a way to channel her love for her daughter, who unexpectedly passed away in a car accident, into novel ways to support the community.

A typical birthday for most people involves a couple of presents, a few texts from friends, and perhaps culminates in a dessert topped by a lit candle brought into a dim room by a handful of singers. 

But Barbie Marcoe, whose birthday happens to be the same day as this interview, isn’t most people. 

“We’re expecting 60 high schoolers to be here today, starting in just a few minutes,” she calls out across the room as a volunteer walks through the door on this gray Friday morning. “And I have the perfect job for you!” 

Manogue Students Shower Inspiring Food Services Worker with Gratitude

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 16:38

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Grab the Kleenex — you’re guaranteed to smile AND cry — maybe even simultaneously. Watch what happened just a few years back when a national org called "Dude. Be Nice" came to Reno to surprise a food services worker. "I’ve always looked up to Lynn," said one Manogue student. "If someone has a really bad day, she comes out of nowhere, swooping in — a hero without a cape, basically — and just makes that day better."

Kelly Brothers Paints It Forward for Ronald McDonald House

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sat, 02/02/2019 - 16:49

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In 2018, Kelly Brothers Painting asked the community to nominate a non-profit in need of up to $10,000 worth of painting services. The resulting recipient in the Paint-it-Forward initiative: The Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home-away-from-home for families of hospitalized patients. Here's the transformation.

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