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Good News Tuesday: Solo Sailing Record, The Ethical Pub, Elephant Retirement, and Compassionate Students

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Woman Sets Record as Oldest Person to Sail Around the World Solo

Jeanne Socrates, 77, of Great Britain, attempted the trip in 2017 but had to stop because she broke her neck and ribs as reported in this article from Good Morning America

Most Ethical Pub

The Green Vic of London is setting out to become the world’s most ethical pub. They hire people who are vulnerable: the homeless, people coming out of prison, and veterans. Their menu is 100% plant based, and they donate abundantly.  The video here is a little noisy, so you might want to check out the one on the Green Vic Website:

https://www.betterworld.love/

 

 

Elephant Retirement

Denmark bought its country’s last four circus elephants to give them a proper retirement. The country is preparing to ban the use of normally wild animals in circuses.  Here’s the story.

 

High School Students Rise to Compassion and Generosity

A high school freshman in Memphis, TN was bullied for wearing the same clothes every day. Then these two classmates gave him some clothes including new shoes. The students’ share their thoughts and feelings in this video.

Got good news?

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It can be global, local, or personal!


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SoCS: Blue Serenity

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is:

“blue.” Talk about the first blue object you see when you sit down to write your post. Have fun!

Blue happens to be my favorite color, just in front of green, yellow, amber, purple….. When I read the prompt, I was sitting in my dining area – it’s a little room with not as much blue as my bedroom, but I don’t usually write the SoCS post in the bedroom. The first thing I looked at after reading the prompt was the bulletin board, sort of a dream board, which has a lot of blue on it. I zeroed in on “The Other Serenity Prayer” posted on the lower right corner. Blue does seem to be the color of serenity, doesn’t it?

Blue Other Serenity Prayer on Bulletin Board

Here’s what it says in case you weren’t able to read it:

God, grant me the serenity to stop beating myself for not doing things perfectly,

the courage to forgive myself because I’m working on doing better,

And the wisdom to know that you already love me just the way I am.

Eleanor Brownn, with 2 Ns

It’s interesting that this thing about forgiving myself for not being perfect comes up now, since I have been beating myself up lately about a couple of mistakes. They are not huge mistakes, but I make them bigger in my mind. Why? Because I’m not supposed to make mistakes, which is BS. I think it’s more important to remember the lessons in a positive way, like investigate thoroughly would be one of those lessons. One of the mistakes was, I should have held back and considered all the options instead of losing my temper which I rarely lose. The other is that I should have stepped out and questioned someone’s behavior. I don’t want to go into the details. I think it’s enough that we remember the lessons without shaming ourselves or being overly critical. Both of these things on my mind (there are probably more, but STOP) would be helped by asking questions. Questions are often helpful. But back to serenity.  God loves us just the way we are.

I have nothing against the regular Serenity Prayer. In fact, I have found it very useful and a saver of my sanity on many occasions.

God grant me the serenity

To Accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

 

Here are some random photos with blue:

blue designs by Agnes Kasparkova

Agnes Kasparkova is 90 something.  She paints in Czechoslovakia

blue bottle

I have a thing for blue glass.

blue twilight cover photo (2)

birds on beach w blue

lake trail lake view

Oh, that reminds me of a song I’ve been singing lately: “Blue Skies”

Happy Saturday!

For more blue streams of consciousness, visit our host, Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/09/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-14-19/

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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Thursday Tree Love: The Persistent Mimosa

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When we were having our new roof put on, one of my beloved mimosas was in the way – growing right next to the corner of the house with its branches draping over the roof.  I was informed that it had to be cut down, apparently trimming it back would not be enough. I pushed my sadness deeper and felt thankful I would not be there to have to witness the cutting which my husband took care of. At least it was in the winter when I imagine deciduous trees sleeping.

This spring, the mimosa grew back with vigor. I’ve seen this happen before. After being cut all the way down, mimosas grow back thicker. Some people call this invasive. I call it prolific. I admire their strength and beauty.

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You can see why they are also called the umbrella tree.

Hurricane Dorian pushed her around a lot, and she’s looking a little ragged. But it’s late summer, so the leaves had already started to drop before the hurricane.  She is still beautiful and strong enough to support this lady bug.

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When fall gets underway and more leaves drop, I’ll be keeping this mimosa trimmed neatly so there will be no competition with future home improvement projects. If we get flowers, it will be like icing on the cake. The photo below is from another mimosa in the backyard in springtime.

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Mimosa flowers smell wonderful!

 

My husband made cross sections of the old mimosa trunk to turn into art. Here’s an angel I painted on one piece.  You can see more of my angel art at Angels, Mermaids, and Woodwork.

I use only leftover wood on my projects rather than buying new wood. I still feel bad that this mimosa had to be cut, but so glad she grew back! Her old trunk won’t go to waste.

Mimosa Circle Angel (2)

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more information visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-71/

 


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Good News Tuesday: Helpers, Fur, and Friendship

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Helpers after the Storm

This BBC article highlights some of stories of those who helped after Hurricane Dorian including six year old Jermaine Bell  who used  money he’d been saving for Disney to help feed evacuees.

Many cruise ships diverted to the Bahamas to become relief vessels after Hurricane Dorian. Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean provided supplies and free transportation to evacuees and those returning home. The Equinox, of Celebrity cruise lines, interrupted their Caribbean itinerary so that their kitchen staff could serve 10,000 meals Cruise guests volunteered to plate and pack them. Here’s their story.

And don’t forget Chef Jose Andres is one who jumped right in and went the extra mile.

California Bans Fur Trapping

California has become the first US state to ban trapping mammals and other non-game animals for fur. Not only is trapping animals for fur cruel to the “target” animals, but also to dogs, cats, and birds who accidentally get trapped. This article from The Good News Network shares how the ban will save taxpayers money.

High School Seniors Step Up in Friendship

High school freshman Cale Wrenn, 14, had a rough time on his first days. Classmates made fun of him for being short, and he ate lunch alone. After his sister, Leah, asked for help on twitter, high school seniors, including Demontez Canada, who is a member of the football and basketball teams, became his friends. Watch the video below and imagine a world where compassion and friendship flow easily.

 

Good news is out there!

Feel free to share yours in the comments

or write your own Good News post and link it back here.


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SoCS: Getting Out of the Way

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Today’s prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “weigh/way/whey.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you do that last thing. Enjoy!

When we heard Dorian was coming to the Carolina Coast, we got out of the way. It was the first time since the early 80s, or even earlier, that we bugged out instead of riding out a hurricane. I think I always took a little pride in staying through the storms. Not saying that’s healthy, but we didn’t really have a place to go besides a hotel. So when we left the coast to head for the hills, it weighed on me just a little – the feeling that I was deserting my tribe. But it weighed just a little.

Hurricane Dorian was a disaster in the Bahamas. I’m saying a prayer right now for the folks down there, asking for comfort and strength in facing the devastation with serious weight. The predictions for Dorian coming right for my city and the thought of going a week without electricity which has often been the case in storms like this, were enough for my husband to convince me to go to the mountains. We got to visit with my son and his family – his new wife and my granddaughter – so that was a plus. Reports so far from our neighbors are that there was not as much damage as expected. No trees fell on our house and they still have electricity. The electricity is a big surprise. Even when we’ve lost electricity, we still have power! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

My hopes and prayers are with all those north along the coast in the path of Dorian’s remnants. Tomorrow (Saturday) we will be heading home to warmer temperatures and a little extra yard work. Hopefully no surprises.  We brought 17 year old Marigold with us for the first time to this mountain house. She was pretty disoriented at first, but was happy as long as she had her favorite bed. Here she is sleeping on the balcony. She didn’t like the 7 hour drive, but she’ll be happy to be home.

Mary moo loves her bed in the mtns

She fits if she turns the other way.

I could go for bonus points, but I’m a little tired after dancing with my granddaughter. She did have a little almond milk with grandma. No way it has any whey in it. And unlike little Miss Muffet, who ate curds and whey which doesn’t sound all that appetizing, my granddaughter would not be frightened by a spider. We would study a spider with great interest. Here’s a spider I found on my front porch before the storm. I hope it found some cover.  That other spider was just trying to be friends with Miss Muffet. Did it eat her curds and whey? Probably not. But anything is possible.

little green spider on web

SoCS is brought to you by Linda G. Hill. You can learn more and join in by visiting:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/09/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-7-19/

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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Good News Tuesday: Helpers, Food Choices, and Peace at the Ocean

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Helpers During Hurricane Dorian

Airbnb has activated their “open home policy” listing houses that are free during the hurricane in Florida and surrounding states. From my GoodNewsletter, here’s the link.

Airlines like Delta are waiving pet-in-cabin and baggage fees for hurricane evacuees and capping fees for flights out of Florida and other states. If you and your pets are evacuating the area, consider this opportunity and keep your pets safe.

Chella Phillips rescued 97 dogs in the Bahamas. They’re all at her house. She manages The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas.

Food Choices for the Environment

A survey commissioned by Sweet Earth Foods and conducted by OnePoll found that of the 57% of millennials who follow a special diet 44% do so because it’s better for the environment and 37% because it’s more ethical. It’s the environment that I want to focus on today, though ethics plays a large part in my own diet. Consuming a more plant-based diet is better for the environment for at least two reasons. One is that it takes less land and less energy to grow crops than it does to raise and process animals for food. The other reason is that rainforest destruction is often committed to make room for beef cattle.  I don’t know why they only surveyed millennials. Anyone can move toward a more plant-based diet. Eating local is better for the environment, too and something I want to work on. You can read more about the survey in this article from The Good News Network.

Israelis and Palestinians at the Ocean

Some Palestinians who live less than an hour away from the ocean have never seen it. That’s because they need a permit to travel across the Israeli military border. So, for the last four years, Robby Berman, with help from fellow Israelis, has been organizing trips to bring Palestinian families to the beach at Tel Aviv. Think about this: We are all made up mostly of water, so it makes sense that sharing this experience with the ocean helps create friendship and peace.

Got good news?

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SoCS: Writing from the Couch with a Side of Star Wars

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The couch can be a wonderful respite, a therapeutic venue, or a trap that sucks you in and holds you captive. Well, that might be a little dramatic. It’s Friday night, and I’m sitting on the couch with my computer watching Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, as I type, except when I switch to Harry Potter. I wanted to watch Valkyrie, a true story about a nazi who tries to assassinate Hitler, which I’ve never seen, but we don’t get that channel in our package.

I sit on the couch a lot with the computer. Too much because it’s not good for my back. Better to sit at the table. The couch is really a love seat we brought from my parents’ house. Their big gold couch was just too big. We’ve had used furniture as a regular thing for years because of the dogs. It’s odd not to be sharing the couch/love seat with a dog after so many years of doing so.  When we had the five pack (my two plus three step dogs) the dogs were on the couch more than the humans. We tried to keep Beep off the couch once by putting stools and chairs up there, but it didn’t stop her. So we gave up and let the dogs have the couch which at that time was a This End Up one from the old days. Maybe the only one I’ve ever bought new.

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Beep was tenacious.

(Star Wars is easier to watch than Harry Potter. For me anyway. Maybe cause I’ve been watching star wars since I was about 20. )

Anyway, sometimes I paint small pieces of art sitting on the couch. I like to paint on discarded wood with acrylics. But I can’t paint big stuff sitting on the couch. For the big stuff or something that takes close attention to detail, like one of the mermaids I’m working on, I go to the kitchen and paint on the washing machine that is right under the window. Good light there, and I can stand up.

Speaking of mermaids, I’ve just created a new website for my art. https://angelsmermaidsandwordwork.com/  Building it has been more complicated than when I first started this WP blog. I hope it’s more complicated and not just that my mind is less sharp. They have so many plug ins and things that they’re trying to sell…. I hope the the subscribe button works now. Thank you to Sue Dreamwalker for encouraging me in my art and the website. Sue is an artist, too.

Pretty soon, at least by the next commercial, I’m going to get off this couch/loveseat and stretch. If I don’t, it will be hard to get up, and I’ll be walking funny. Maybe I’ll do a little yoga while watching Jedi, Qui Gon Ginn.

Today’s prompt was “couch.” For more information on SoCS, visit Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/08/30/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-31-19/

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!