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5 favorite Facebook finds: Thom Tillis and gay marriage, a Helen Keller video and the power of serving others

One of the beauties of Facebook is that your friends become editors for you, choosing among the endless stories, videos and websites and sharing things that you often wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

Here are five favorite things from my Facebook feed so far this week:

1) Gary Pearce asks on the Talking About Politics blog: How would Republican primary voters feel about a prominent supporter of gay marriage holding a fundraiser for Thom Tillis in New York City? It happened. Read about it here.

2) This is a truly, truly remarkable video from a 1930 TV program that shows Anne Sullivan explaining how Helen Keller was able to learn to communicate. Both women are in the clip. Absolutely fascinating.

3) If you’re a grammar nerd or just enjoy seeing when newspapers make mistakes, check on the New York Times’ After Deadline blog here. Most recently, the case of the dreaded who and whom.

4) For Walter magazine, former N&O reporter Mary E. Miller has written a lovely piece about love, marriage and three generations of women that centers on her easy decision to let her middle school daughter wear her wedding dress in a school play. Read it here.

5) And this will be the best 3 minutes you spend today if you watch this advertisement from a life insurance company in Thailand. There aren’t really words to do it justice. It’s just a lovely, lovely testament to the power of living your life serving others. Watch it here.