When their choral festival was cancelled, a group of high school students recorded their parts virtually and put together a touching rendition of "Over the Rainbow". (Youtube Screencap)

Okay, folks. Let's get real. So far, 2020 has exuded a decidedly apocalyptic vibe. If it starts hailing live frogs and swarms of locusts, we'll probably just put on our masks, grab our umbrellas, and proceed with our daily quarantine stroll. At this point, not much can phase us. The list below is a reminder that good things ARE still happening, and you don't have to look far to find them. While you're stuck inside, you can even pickup a Dunkin' Donut decorating kit! Enjoy, America. And stay strong.

To start, let's catch up with some celebs. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, celebrated baby Archie's first birthday by sharing this painfully cute story with us, and Princess Charlotte turned 5! Right around Mother's Day, the gorgeous Lea Michelle officially confirmed she's going to be a mom, and Anderson Cooper is already making us cry in his first few weeks of fatherhood.


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I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing - what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.

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Meanwhile, people haven't stopped making music together. Modern choral composer Eric Whitacre has invited the world to participate in the 6th edition of his international virtual choir.

A group of high school students also proved you don't have to be a master composer to make music. When their choral festival was cancelled, they recorded their parts virtually and put together this touching rendition of "Over the Rainbow".

Fun stuff is happening in the academic world, too. You can listen to Gollum read the Hobbit, or take a look at a map of the MOON that's finally complete!

But wait, it gets better! Squirrel picnic tables became a thing, plus some more awesome animals who reminded us that, in fact, not *everything* sucks. For example...

Better yet, the good news animal news extends to even the largest of mammals, as Iceland's whaling boats have now been out of operation for 2 straight seasons.

Now, let's get to the warm-feely stuff.

  • Lowes donated $1M of flowers to moms in nursing homes
  • The Cast of Parks and Rec got back together for a reunion episode that raised $3M for for Feeding America's COVID-19 Relief Fund—and donations are still pouring in, according to NBC. The episode, which welcomed back Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Jim O'Heir, Rob Lowe, and even Paul Rudd, explored how the characters have been coping with the current pandemic since the show ended in 2015.
  • 13 different restaurants are showing their gratitude for front-line workers with free food!
  • Senior citizens may be at higher risk for complications of Covid-19, but don't be fooled! They're tough as nails, and plenty of them are out there kicking coronavirus's butt!

What good things have happened in your neighborhood lately? Share with us in the comments!