Anything is Possible!

With Love, Hope, and Perseverance


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Good News Tuesday: A Bag of Money, Good News Graphs, Violence Intervention, & a Surprising Friendship

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Homeless Man Gives Bag of $17,000 to Food Bank

Kevin found the bag of money at the Sumner Food Bank near Seattle. He thought about what to do. It wasn’t easy, but he feels good about his decision to give the money to the first staff person who arrived at the food bank. They turned it into the police, but since no one claimed it, the food bank got to keep it. Kevin got a certificate from the town and gift cards to his favorite store. He’s still proud of his decision and loves being famous as you’ll see in this sweet video from ABC news. 

(There might be a commercial, but it’s worth watching for the good news story.)

Some Things are Getting Better!

When you take a look at overall trends, you can see that some things are getting better. According to the graphs in this article, child mortality, extreme poverty, and the cost of renewable energy are going down. We’re also getting better at preventing diseases like malaria.

Group Violence Intervention (GVI) makes a difference.

“So far this year, shots fired in New Haven are down by almost 80% from 2011. Chicago experienced a 32% reduction in victims among the gangs represented at call-ins, New Orleans a 32% decrease in gang homicides and Stockton a 55% reduction in homicides.”

The Guardian reports on the success and spread of “Boston’s Miracle.” Read more here.

Democrats and Republicans can be Good Friends

I love seeing the positive energy and good humor between former first lady Michelle Obama and former president George Bush. They are regularly assigned seats next to each other at official events.  Former President Bush was caught on camera giving Ms. Obama a cough drop at Senator McCain’s funeral, and the video went viral. Recently when greeting her at his father’s funeral, Mr. Bush gave her a cough drop showing  his sense of humor even in his grief. The friendship between the Obamas and the Bush family gives me hope that we can learn to get along regardless of our differences. Maybe there’s something about sitting side by side that encourages friendship.

 

 

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Winds of Change

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I hope you enjoy these beautiful pictures and wise words of comfort from David at Smilecalm who encourages me to spend more time in nature and in peace.

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seeing sky streaming ~d nelson

Rising with sunshine, feeling
gratitude for a brand new day.
Vowing to bring happiness
during morning, to myself
& others; & reduce misery
in the afternoon.

15th holiday season for Fang the Terrible ~d nelson

Recently a friend said to me,
“life’s always been tough.”
Me: “yet, has it
ever been this tough for
so many at the same time?”

full fall color

Walking slowly in nearby park
taking in an array of natural expressions,
i.e. miracle of life, continuing
in all its hues & shades.

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Feeling gratitude for nature’s gift
of renewal & smiles
experienced when being with
mother earth’s plants & critters.
A few images for encouragement
to take a meditative walk in wilds.

May we offer each other,
whoever we are with,
supportive comfort,
warmth & little lights shining,
moving into this season’s
winds of change.

Impermanence makes everything possible.

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De-Cluttering for Christmas (Keeping Music, Candlelight, and Jesus)

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is…. “musical.”

The first thing that popped into my head was the musical, The Sound of Music. I learned to sing listening to that vinyl record album. Funny that I don’t have a copy of it now. But I hope to watch it on Christmas or around Christmas time. Seems it comes on one Sunday night around Christmas time.

I think know we’ll be in the house that was my parents’ for Christmas and who knows for how long since we have to get the regular house re-wired. Yesterday, my husband informed me that the electricians want everything out of the Wilmington house. Everything? I kept asking that, being overwhelmed to the point of almost tears. I keep telling myself I’m thankful to have the house that was my parents’ to stay in. Many people don’t even have a house.  I don’t want to whine. But I share this to also share my coping strategies. One step at a time. If I think about moving everything – knickknacks, art supplies, papers, books, and random objects saved for some art project some day…..  that’s too overwhelming. But David and I talked about our strategy, and I can just take it one step at a time. We’ll move some things here and rent a storage space. Can you believe the PODS people wanted $400! No way! I’m thankful David has a truck. Plus, I have been saying I want to de-clutter the Wilmington house. Be careful what you say you want. Now there’s going to be some big de-cluttering going on. It’s my life. But not really. There’s Christmas.

I don’t want that big old tree anymore. It can be recycled. I don’t think we’ll have a tree this year, but I want music. The sound of music. Christmas songs. I’ll sing them at church and to myself if I want. I was just singing “The Sound of Music” right before I started writing this. And candles. I LOVE candlelight, especially at Christmas. So I’m going to make some candle arrangements with an advent wreath and all sorts of other candles and watch a Christmas movie. It’s a Wonderful Life, maybe. That is enough.

Maybe I’ll even become a minimalist. I’m already there as far as buying presents. Everybody gets one of my mom’s angels or my dad’s ties this year. We never really have been much into buying Christmas presents. I think it was yesterday afternoon, just an hour or two after I heard we were going to have to move “everything” (well, I’m not moving the stuff in the closets. That’s ridiculous) that I heard John Lennon’s “Imagine” come on the radio. “Imagine no possessions,” rang out loud and clear. I’m still going to have plenty of possessions, but imagining no possessions kinda puts things in perspective. It goes back to the old, Christmas is not something you buy in a store. Christmas perhaps means a little bit more. Or a lot more. For me, it means singing Christmas songs and lighting candles and celebrating Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.

“Every who down in whoville, the tall and the small, was singing, without any presents at all.”

 

For more Stream of Consciousness posts and more information, visit Linda’s blog:

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Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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One-Liner Wednesday: The Tree That Didn’t Give Up

Don’t give up.

tree fell but didnt give up

Don’t give up.

Rest when you need to

Close to the earth

Seeking a new path

To sustain you.

You will survive.

You will grow.

You will enlighten.

                                                          JM

 

One-Liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda G. Hill. Visit her at:

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1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

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5. Have fun!

(I found the tree meme on Facebook and had to share it. If you created it, please let me know. I would love to give you credit.)

 

 

 


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Good News Tuesday: The Recovered Ring, 2 Companies Helping the Planet & a Decrease in HIV Positive Babies

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Police Find Engagement Ring in the Sewer

Daniella said yes! But the engagement ring slipped off her finger and fell down into the NYC sewer grate.  Daniella and John returned home to England, but officers of the NYPD found the ring! Then they found John and Daniella.

 

 

Two Big Companies Are Stepping Up to Help Planet Earth

The furniture company, Ikea wants to help stop air pollution in India. Currently, farmers  are burning rice straw increasing air pollution. Nikea plans to make this straw into products, starting with decorations and paper boxes, that may be sold in India. You can read more in this article and watch the following video. Thank you, Ikea!

 

 

 

The clothing company, Patagonia, is donating 10 million dollars from it’s tax cut to environmental groups. This comes after the fourth US National Climate Assessment, a  federal report,  tells us that climate change is serious and we need to make big changes. Way to go, Patagonia!

 

Big Decrease in the HIV Positive Babies

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This came from my Goodnewletter with the Goodnewspaper. I don’t know if this is world-wide and didn’t find a recent story, but wanted to pass on a little more hope. Here’s one article about a drop in the number of babies born with HIV. 

You can find the Good Newspaper at  https://www.goodgoodgood.co/

Got good news? Please share!

 

 


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Imagine Me #SoCS/#Poetry

I hope you enjoy this beautiful tree poem from Dreaming Reality.

Dreaming Reality

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Imagine me

not what you see-

naked, shivering, withered tree

still donning bits of finery.

My skin gone rough and graying

and the ground beneath decaying

where my roots are firmly planted

as my spine grows bent and slanted.

Close your eyes…

try to recall,

the kiss of Fall

so sweet he made us blush

and feel the golden rush

of girlish delight!

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His nimble hands did thus caress,

so wild, untamed and wreckless

we danced, to light the sky!

‘What need for garments?’,

freedom urged

and thus, unfettered,

body purged

of wrappings,

those trappings

that tame the spirit,

fool the mind,

the eye…

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the passersby shook their heads

and grinned instead of

placing blame,

”Oh what a shame,”

was all they said.

Such loveliness once on the trees

lay now in shreds around their knees.

Brazen beauties!

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Remember me,

when thus you see

the gnarled skin-

what lies…

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