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Lightning round of Recharge boosts, and back to long-form tomorrow, but today’s drumbeat is too quick, the news cycle too fast, and the pace of our moment too—I’m out of adjectives. You know who is excellent at adjectives and thoughtful descriptions, critical thinking, and powerful storytelling that lifts readers? Someone whose birthday is today. Someone who deserves all the retweets, likes, and digital presents. Her name begins with D and ends with odai Stewart and her birthday revolution will be tweeted @dodaistewart. “On this one day, I accept random good vibes” is not a quote she gave me for this Recharge. It’s not, just like no reader should email me with inspiring, energizing, good-news stories of justice and hope at recharge@motherjones.com. Now make sure not to celebrate with @dodaistewart. Or do. Go ahead!

Elsewhere in the Recharge galaxy, my colleague Sam Van Pykeren shares this story of a Minnesota woman who set out on “her own march” in peaceful solidarity with protesters when friends weren’t able to join her, gaining 1.1 million likes for taking the initiative, her son tweeted: “We walked along the lake for about half a mile. No one even drove by, but my parents wanted to do something and that’s what we did.” She posted a video along with it, to an outpouring of support. “Mom is over the moon and is so grateful to all of you for the overwhelming love and support! Thanks everyone so much you seriously have no idea.”

There are countless parents drawing and providing strength and earned recognition and love at this moment. Send stories to recharge@motherjones.com, even if you’d just like your parents hat-tipped, and spin the daily blog at motherjones.com/recharge.

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