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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 7, 2021: Improving Color Vision, Shell Drops Oilfield Plan, Free Covid Test Kits, Safer Traffic Light Poles, and a Customer Helps Single Mom Get a Home

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Improving Color Vision with Red Light

Staring at a deep-red (or near infrared) light source for about three minutes can improve color vision in the elderly. I didn’t realize color vision decreased with age, but it’s good to know there’s something simple that could help. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Shell Oil Scraps Plans for Oilfield in the British North Sea

Shell Oil has decided not to pursue development of an oilfield off the Shetland Isles of the British North Sea. Read more about the significance of this environmental victory in this article from Retuers.

Free Rapid at Home Test Kits for Covid in US

To reach uninsured Americans and those on Medicare or Medicaid, the Biden administration will send 50 million at-home tests to 20,000 federal sites around the US to be handed out for free. This good news is part of a new nine-point plan as reported here by ABC News.

Safter Traffic Light Poles on the Way in Australia

University of South Australia’s Dr. Mohammad Uddin is working on an energy absorbing, flexible streetlight pole that will reduce damage and injuries. Hopefully the new design will be in use by next year and eventually become the standard. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Customer Helps Dunkin Drive Through Single Mom Get a Home

Ebony Johnson has been working the drive thru at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Ohio for three years. Daily customer Suzanne Burke got to know her well over those three years and appreciated Ebony’s “amazing customer service.” When Suzanne noticed Ebony was missing and found out she and her children had been evicted, she found organizations that helped the family find a home. Ebony said she’d been praying to be at home before Christmas. Watch the reaction:

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SoCS: Can We Just Go Without Screaming?

Revolution.

I’d like a quiet one, please.

Is that possible?

Anything is possible, right?

But we need to speak up

For a revolution.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Children. Animals. Planet Earth.

But the planet is speaking to us.

Are we listening?

Not enough.

So we must speak for the planet.

Sing for the birds.

Dance for the children.

Hope. Believe. Speak.

Try to speak with kindness

Not with hate.

Whenever you can,

Strive for peace,

But not peace at any cost.

Balance the cost.

We each make a choice

Every day. Every hour.

All is not lost.

There are still possibilities.

Perhaps we may not go quietly.

Can we just go without screaming?

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I keep wanting to add something, to clarify…. Maybe we do need to scream. Maybe some things are screamworthy. This just reflects my stream of consciousness. I don’t like loud. Chanting is good. Singing is good.

Sing it with me: “All we are saying, is give peace a chance.”

And…

I’m stepping out of the stream a bit now, because I found this relatively short TED talk about a quiet revolution. Susan Cain talks about quiet leadership and empowering introverts for the benefit of all. She offers this quote from Mahatma Gandhi:

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is……. “rev.” Use “rev” or find a word that contains it. Have fun! Thanks, Linda!

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 30, 2021: Scout to the Rescue, Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer, Bees Survive Volcanic Ash, and the Accidental Text that Led to a Thanksgiving Tradition

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Boy Scout Rescues Couple and Dog Lost on the Trail

David King, a 12-year-old boy scout in Hawaii, was working to earn his hiking merit badge, when he and his mom discovered a couple and their dog lost on the trail. It was late in the day, the couple had run out of water, their cell phones weren’t working, and their large dog Smokey couldn’t walk, because his feet had been cut by the trail. Read about how scout David made a stretcher with T shirts for Smokey and helped the couple find their way in this article from CNN.

Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer

After battling pancreatic cancer for a year and a half, Robyn Hobson is cancer free. It’s been a rough road, and she still has an uphill climb. Robyn had surgery to remove part of her pancreas, her spleen and gallbladder, along with part of her stomach and appendix. “I just think it is a miracle that I am alive,” says Robyn. I hope you’ll watch the video in this story from Spectrum News.

Thousands of Bees Survive 50 Days Under Volcanic Ash

Five hives of bees survived being buried under volcanic ash for 50 days in the Canary Islands. Thankfully, the beekeepers had not collected the honey that kept the bees alive. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Welcoming Thanksgiving Tradition Continues into 6th Year

It all started six years ago when Wanda, thinking she was texting her grandson, accidentally sent a Thanksgiving dinner invitation to Jamal who was 17 and a stranger. See how this mistake extended family circles and became an ongoing tradition.

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SoCS: Betcha By Golly Dr. Seuss Knew a Thing or Two

Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “golly gee.” Use “golly gee” or another interjection that displays the same sentiment in your post. Enjoy! Thanks, Linda!

Golly gee whiz! Gee willikers! Wiskers on a fish! Fish who can talk! Dr. Seuss knew all about them. So many things we have yet to see. After all, “the universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” That’s one of my favorite quotes, but I don’t know who said it, right this minute.

Expressions of amazement like, golly gee, remind me of my dad and the 1960s. Sometimes he’d say,
“Holy Mackerel!” or “Holy Mackerel Andy!” Maybe it was in response to one of his children getting an A on a test. Maybe it was when he caught a big fish. Maybe when he saw something amazing on TV, in living color no less, like a giant horse or a flying saucer. No, something bigger, something fantastic! I can’t think of what that would be right now. But the TV is on now (Friday night) and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is coming on, so we go back to Dr. Seuss.

I like the animated version of The Grinch better than the one with actors. I guess there’s a nostalgia in the sweet singing of the Whos down in Whoville. A lot happened in those 30 minutes. My favorite line is the one about,

Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.

Something like that.

Those old expressions of amazement are lots of fun, they’re the cat’s meow, a real humdinger, like that Dr. Seuss guy.

The first song I thought of when I read the prompt was “Betcha By Golly Wow, by the Stylistics. It doesn’t get much smoother than this. 1972. Golly, that was a year to remember! My high school sweetheart left me standing there for the long and winding road so we could both grow up and grow up some more, till the time was right for another Betcha by Golly Wow.

Thanks to our Stream of Consciousness Saturday host Linda Hill for this fun prompt! For rules and more streams, visit Linda’s post here.


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Thursday Tree Love: Balance on the Banks of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal

Maples on the banks of the Dismal Swamp Canal

Today is Thanksgiving in the US, and I’m thankful for trees among other things. Trees provide with shade in the summer and many drop their leaves in winter letting the sun in. Then there’s all that oxygen they make which we need to survive.

I’m thankful that the Dismal Swamp was not dismal at the information/rest area we stopped at going to and from Connecticut. The leaning maples on the banks of canal made me curious. A quick search clarified that the soil close to the water is softer, subject to erosion, and not as supportive, causing the trees to lean toward the water. Also, there may be more light over the water. It appears that these trees eventually curved back toward the bank as they grew seeking balance.

my trees

The “Great Dismal Swamp” is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. We stopped at the Dismal Swamp Canal visitor rest area on our way north and again on our way home. It is the oldest operating man-made canal in the United States and opened as a trade route in 1805. Digging the canal took over 12 years and was done mostly by the hard labor of enslaved people. Later, the Great Dismal Swamp provided hiding places for many who escaped slavery and headed north to freedom. Thousands of refugees, known as maroons, lived in swampland communities from around 1700 until the 1860s. 

Thursday Tree Love is hosted on the second and fourth Thursday of each month by Parul Thakur. For more tree love visit Parul’s blog. She has a wonderful quote on her tree love post.


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One-Liner Wednesday: Has Gratitude Ever Kept You Awake at Night?

“Has gratitude ever kept you awake at night?”

Reverend Patti Mary asked this question in her sermon on Sunday. I thought she was quoting Curtis Almquist since she had referred to his book The Twelve Days of Christmas, Unwrapping the Gifts. The question, “Has gratitude ever kept you awake at night?” was not in his chapter on gratitude, so maybe it was from Almquist, or maybe it was from Patti Mary.

My answer is, gratitude has not kept me awake for long, so I need to count my blessings when worries and questions are doing summersaults in my heat at 2AM.

What I did find in the chapter on gratitude, was Almquist quoting Rilke:

“I would like to beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to live the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms of books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live therm. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Oh, I’ve noticed it living into the answer, I just need to remember to trust the timing.

Live the questions, but don’t let them keep you awake at night.

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 23, 2021: Protecting Marine Life in the South Pacific, Kitten Therapy at the Retirment Home, Hand Gesture Leads to Rescue, and Overcoming HIV

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15 Million Acres of Protection Added for Marine Life

At the recent climate summit, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso announced the addition of 15 million acers to protect marine life around the Galápagos Islands along with an underwater superhighway refuge from the Galapagos Islands to Coasta Rica. The additions will help protect endangered migratory animals like scalloped hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, rays, sea turtles, and tuna. Here are details from the Good News Network.

Kitten Therapy at the Retirement Home

An SPCA foster caregiver who works at a retirement home in California brought a box of tiny foster kittens to to her office one day. Take a look at what happened when the word got out, in this article from the Washington Post.

Kidnapped Teen Rescued After Showing the Hand Gesture for Help

Overcoming HIV

A 30-year-old woman in Argentia has become the second known person in the world whose immune system has overcome HIV. You can learn more from the Good News Network article which includes this video:

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SoCS: Living Color!

Our Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt for today is…. ““black, gray, and white.” Use one, use ’em all. Bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!

There are a lot of colors in between black and white. Not just gray which some people spell, grey. I go back and forth. Most of the world, and most skin colors, are something other than black black and white white. Though it’s okay if your skin is black or white, but most people are not. Most people seem to be some combination of brown, pink, white, black, yellow, orange, red…… and then there are the green folks on the planet whose name I forget from the movie Avatar which is full of wonderful colors!

Some people like black and white photos. I like some other colors in photos. There’s a thing now where people are painting their rooms gray – sort of a dark gray. That might be okay for an office. Neutral can be good, but I think it would get boring in a house.

When I was a little kid, all we had was black, white, and grays on the TV. Even Lassie was in black and white, but I loved that show anyway, and cried when it was over. Now, I prefer color, unless I’m watching an OLD movie, like, It’s a Wonderful Life. I LOVE Christmas movies!

It’s a Wonderful Life does a pretty good job with black, white and gray, plus George Bailey’s imagination!

Color is one of the top ten things I am thankful for.

Living color!

This was a big deal in the 60s!

I’m thankful for Linda Hill, our SoCS host and her weekly prompts and our colorful wordpress community!

Happy Thanks Giving!

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 16, 2021: Improving Safety and Justice for Native Americans, Repairing Old Stepwells in India, Transforming Cameroon Deserts, and a Team Rescue Uses Turbans

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US Executive Order to Improve Safety and Justice for Native Americans

During the Tribal Nations Summit yesterday, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order for the departments of Justice, Interior, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to create a “comprehensive strategy to improve public safety and justice for Native Americans,” and to address the “epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous people.” The summit continues today at the White House. For source and details, visit: Good Morning America

Repairing Ancient Stepwells Helps Supply Water in India

India’s stepwells are being repaired to bring water to drought ridden lands. “Fifteen wells have been restored or targeted for restoration in the city of Delhi alone, which will cost less than $60,000, but supply another 33,000 gallons of water to the city.” Check out the interesting architecture in this article from The Good News Network.

Refugees Transform Cameroon Desert into a Thriving Forest

Survivors of Boko Haram violence are transforming a desert refugee camp in Cameroon into a thriving forest as part of the Green Great Wall. You can read more about this forest emerging in the camp of 70,000 refugees in this article from the Good News Network.

Sikh Group Rescues Hikers

Five Sikh men rescued two tourists who fell down the steep slope just above a thundering waterfall in British Columbia, Canada. With no cell phone service to call for outside assistance, the five international students turned their turbans into a 33-foot rope and encouraged the tourists to climb up to safety. NBC news has more.

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SoCS: Camera, Camping, Camels, and Camelot

Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “cam.” Find a word that contains “cam” or use it as is. Enjoy!

Camera. I use my phone. There’s a camera in my closet that is frozen as in stuck. I am so not mechanical. Maybe one day, I’ll get it fixed or looked at. But my phone takes good enough photos for me – just for fun, for now. Cameras are amazing when you stop and think about it. So much of our culture depends on them, for better or for worse. Let’s keep the most beautiful, life enhancing pictures and videos.

Camping. It’s been a long time since I went camping. I miss the camp fire and the smell it leaves on my clothes. But I don’t miss the sleeping on the ground. If I ever go camping again, I’ll be sleeping on a THICK foam pad, or in a bed in a camper, or a cabin. Maybe I’ll have a camp fire in the back yard this winter.

Camel. I’d walk a mile for one in my twenties if it was the only cigarette available. Thank God I don’t smoke anymore! The camel is a symbol of sobriety, since camels can go a long time without drinking. But they can’t go forever, and they’d want water. Water is the best thing to drink as long as it’s not contaminated. We finally got a reverse osmosis filter for drinking water at our kitchen sink, because our city water is too risky. Some people call city water Gen X water which is one of the contaminants. Camels got the wise men to baby Jesus. I hope they had enough water.

Camelot! It was a song and a movie. So romantic. At least when I first saw the movie and the play. Seems like it was in high school. Now, I’m irritated at Guinevere for cheating on Arthur. But I don’t know if that really happened. But I still like the music in musicals.

I was going to try to capture the romance of the movie I watched in my youth, or the play, but alas, there is no use. Monty Python figured that out.

I trust that no animals were hurt in this silliness.

Writing this Friday evening, who knows how I’ll feel in the morning after getting my covid booster this afternoon. There’s going to be some movie watching for sure. It’s nice not to have any other plans.

Update: The nurse said effects, if any, from my 1/2 dose of vaccine which is what the booster is, would kick in after about 12 hours. It was more like 8. My immune system cranked up at 10pm last night and has been going strong since. Maybe I shouldn’t have picked staying with moderna for consistency, but at least I know I’m building immunity, or so I tell myself – chanting in my head: Immunity! Immunity! Immunity! Even if it’s not 100%. It’s a good thing. Now, I’m going back to bed.

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