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Good News Tuesday for July 7, 2020: Free Tattoo Do Overs, Environmental Justice, Indonesian Locals Rescue Refugees, and Safe Hugs

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“Tattoo Shop Offers Free Cover Ups of Hate and Gang Symbols, ‘No Questions Asked'”

A tattoo shop in Kentucky offers to cover up hate or gang symbols for free. Artists Jeremiah and Ryun King consider ideas offered by the client, but the artists have the final say in the design. I can only imagine the imaginative creativity that goes into some cover ups. You can read more about the shop and some of their clients here. 

 

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancelled

After six years of opposition from environmental advocates and landowners, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been cancelled. The 600 mile natural gas line would have crossed under the Appalachian Trail and run through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.  Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced the project is being cancelled due to “increasing legal uncertainty.”  You can read more from msn.com.

In a related story, a US federal judge has ordered a shut down and environmental review of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline running just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Standing Rock Tribe and advocates have been protesting and taking legal action against the oil pipeline which is located near their homes and water source. Read more from CBS News. 

 

Indonesian Fishermen Rescue Stranded  Refugees

Rohingya refugees escaping atrocities in Myanmar were rescued from their sinking boat by fishermen this week before being intercepted by maritime officials. Officials in the Indonesian province of Aceh initially refused to allow the 94 refugees, including 30 children, to come ashore “citing coronavirus concerns.” But locals “took matters into their own hands”  by using their own boats to bring the group to shore. Due to local protests, authorities ended up letting the refugees receive temporary shelter in private residences and medical checks.

Here’s the story  and a video:

Hug Tunnels and Cuddle Curtains

This article from the Good News Network is about a hug tunnel created in senior care facility in Brazil. The plastic tunnel allows people in the facility to hug their loved ones while being protected. The article  includes beautiful hug photos and the following sweet video. The video that came up after the great grandma hugs showed a man who used a shower curtain to create a safe hug zone.

 

There are so many good news stories out there!

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SoCS: Letting Go and Tossing it Up

Today’s prompt is simply the word, “toss,” with the encouragement to use it any way we like and to enjoy!

It’s a toss up. Will I toss and turn tonight or sleep well and deeply? I think I will lean toward the latter. I’m in the mountains this weekend, and fresh air will help me sleep. That’s what Mom always said. The grand kids are here, and we’re not as cuddly as usual because of the thing. But we did a little hike this afternoon and will go on a longer one tomorrow which will be Saturday.

I’m writing this on Friday night as usual. The sky has a pink glow beyond the abundance of trees. I’ve been wanting to find a kayak to use on the nearby lake.  Been looking on line and nothing is jumping out at me. Plus I need  would like to have it delivered – something I’ve never done with something that big. Craig’s list doesn’t have anything in the area. When things aren’t happening in my expected time frame, I have to remember that God might have a plan, even for something as minor as a kayak. So, I’m going to toss this desire up to God. It worked with my desire for a compatible partner.

Tossing a thing up to God does not relieve me of responsibility.  I still have to look around and take care of business. I just don’t need to fret over it. Or anything. So, sometimes, the fretting goes away for a little while, until it comes back. But those moments of letting go and trusting the timing do feel good. Like taking off a heavy pack and tossing it someplace for safekeeping. Or tossing our cares to the wind so we can run free, at least for a while.  When it’s time, we pick up the responsibilities that are truly ours – our actions and words, thoughts, and prayers, hopes and dreams…. perhaps for peace starting in our own minds and our own hearts.

Here’s a recent photo I took because I thought I saw angels in the sky.  By the time I took the shot, they had already started to disperse. What do you see?

blue sky with angels and dragon clouds

Happy Freedom Day!

For more streams of consciousness, visit Linda Hill at this link:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/07/03/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-4-2020/

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 for June 30, 2020: COVID Treatment, Free Books for Kids, A Dog Rescue, and a Compassionate Carry with a Song from 1969

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COVID 19 Breakthrough: Affordable Steroid Reduces Risk of Death by One-Third in for Patients on Ventilators

Earlier this month, Oxford University researchers announced that a low-dose, affordable steroid can reduce the risk of death by one-third for COVID-19 patients on ventilators…” Here’s more from the Good News Network.

“Literacy in the Hood”

Chrishawndra Matthews, a single mom in Cleveland, Ohio, has been giving away thousands of free books to kids over the summer. You can read more about her and her non-profit in this story from Good Morning America.

 

A Park Ranger with Strong Shoulders

Kris Salapek, a park ranger in the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area in the eastern US, carried large dehydrated dog down a rugged mountain trail. Here’s the story from the Good News Network. 

 Protester Carries Injured Counter Protester to Safety

The anti racism event in London was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration for police reform, but fights broke out after counter-protestors gathered in opposition. Patrick Hutchinson told CNN he “saw the man lying on some stairs in the fetal position surrounded by protesters.” Patrick picked the man up and, with protection from friends, carried him over his shoulder to the police for safety.

 

Mr. Hutchinson’s compassionate carry reminds me of the old song, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” which had a significant impact on me in 1969 and beyond.

 

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SoCS: Flirty Lines, Old Songs & Giant Frogs

Today’s SoCS prompt is: “coffee, tea, or me.” Find a flirty phrase of your own or use “coffee, tea, or me” in your post. Have fun!

I’ve heard that phrase, “Coffee, tea, or me,” in the 70s. But oddly, I didn’t know where it came from, so I looked it up. No, this is not planning. It’s curiosity. What’s even more odd is that I didn’t remember it was a movie. The book was published in the 1960s and was about uninhibited stewardesses and their escapades. It was made into movie in which appeared in 1973. That was about the time when I started working at the local movie theatre. Working concessions, and later, the box office was my high school and early college job, so you’d think I would have remembered this was a movie. But alas, sometimes I knew something very well in the 70s and don’t remember now. There’s only so much room in this brain.

I was probably much more flirty in the 70s. Yet, I don’t clearly remember any flirty phrases I used then. My friend had one: “Hi guy, Wanna Try?” She didn’t usually say this to a guy, but would say it when talking about a guy and rolling her eyes in a flirtatious way.

Eyes can be very flirtatious. Probably more than we realize. There’s a wink, or a smile, and all sorts of things like pheromones’ beyond our conscious awareness. In the seventies, I would be more likely to sing a song, maybe something by Donna Summer. Or maybe I’m just making this up in my head. Seems like I almost remember singing to someone…. I was going to find a Donna Summer video, but feel free to look for yourself. My stream is rolling.

I did sing for David when we reconnected in 2011. I danced around him at night on the beach singing, “It’s a Marvelous Night for a Moondance.” I’ll go find that one later maybe. I asked David tonight (Friday which if your reading this was last night) if I have or had any flirty expressions. He said, “Not really, but you do say, ‘Hi Handsome,’ sometimes.”  I say that to him because he is handsome. It is kinda flirty. When we dated in the 70s he used to say, “If you feel froggy, JUMP!” That wasn’t exactly flirty, but it was funny in a goofy way.

I just took a slight detour to listen to “Moondance.” I don’t know all those words, so I probably didn’t sing much of it. But I do know all the words to “Blue Moon.” And I’m sure I’ve sung that one to my love. Here’s a very relaxing version:

 

And since that was soooo serious, let’s end with feeling froggy. These are giant frogs at the local aquarium. They look like they’re about to jump, don’t they?

 

giant frog statues at aquarium

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”

Thanks for a fun prompt, Linda! For more flirty streams of consciousness, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/06/26/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-27-2020/

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: Staying Strong

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”    A. A. Milne

 

I discovered this tree along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the gentle mountains of North Carolina in the eastern US.

Challenged tree # 2 on the BRParkway

 

It stands strong in spite of graffiti and being partially hollow.

 

Challenged tree #2 by Ayla on BRPW

An elderly couple was sitting in its shade having a snack.

 

This is the view to the left of the tree:

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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 Tree Love, visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-90/


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Good News Tuesday for June 23, 2020: Hope for Dreamers, NASCAR Solidarity, and a Bride’s Surprise

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“The human mind can bear plenty of reality, but not too much intermittent gloom.”

Margaret Drabble

The US Supreme Court Voted to Protect Dreamers

On June 18, the US Supreme Court voted (5-4) to protect nearly 650,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The Trump administration had proposed to dismantle DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), but for now, the dreamers will be able to continue to study, work, and live in the in the country where they have spent most of their lives. This article gives a clear explanation of DACA and its current status.

Here’s a response from one DACA recipient.

 

NASCAR Racing Community Rallies to Support Bubba Wallace

This is a good news, bad news, good news situation. I believe the good news outweighs the bad and shows overall progress. First, NASCAR heeded the call from Bubba Wallace, their only black full time top level NASCAR driver, to ban confederate flags from NASCAR. Then there was a backlash. A noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s NASACAR garage. The FBI is doing a full investigation. Third, the NASCAR community has shown clear and overwhelming support for Bubba, escorting his car in a mass show of solidarity at Monday’s race. ( Update: The video has become unavailable, most likely due to new developments in the case. I still feel the support was good news.)

A Bride’s Surprise

José Vitor Flach married speech therapist Cíntia Bonfante Pereira recently in Brazil.  José wanted to do something special for his bride who works with children with down syndrome. Watch the her surprise as Cintia sees her students coming with flowers and rings.

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I am white

I’m sharing this powerful message in the form of a poem by Mary Melange. May we continue to listen, learn, and grow in love.

Mary J Melange

I am white.

I don’t know what it’s like

To fear

Discrimination, bigotry, name-calling, death under a knee

I am white

Brought up in a white community

With white friends

I don’t know what it’s like

To feel how you feel

To live your existence

To have a history of constant oppression and special rules

Fighting, protesting for survival

I am white

I have been privileged

In ways I still don’t understand

My fear is different and now feels like nothing

I have nothing to fear

But you do, my friend, and for that my heart grieves

You are hurting and trying to speak

The words of your life

I am listening, humanity is listening

We hear the voices for equality, solidarity, justice

We acknowledge your pain

Pray for change, for acceptance among all brothers and sisters

I am white

and always on your side in love

I have loved…

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SoCS: Juneteenth, Jazz Hands, Smooth Jazz, and Just Mercy

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Our prompt from Linda is: “zz.” Find a word with double-z in it and use it in your post. Enjoy!

Before I forget, because sometimes I get fuzzy, I want to say THANK YOU to my followers. Sometime in the past month, I passed 3000! Just because I don’t pay a lot of attention to stats doesn’t mean I don’t care. I do appreciate all my followers and wish I had more time to visit all of you.

Funny how things happen when we’re not watching like the pot boiling. Seems to have happened in the US and around the world. The pot is boiling. I can get dizzy watching the news, so I’m on a break right now from the news. But I am watching Just Mercy, finally, as I type this on Juneteenth. June 19th is the celebration of emancipation when a union general went to Galveston, Texas to enforce and reveal that slavery had been abolished more than two years earlier. You can read more here. 

Anyway, I finally watched Black Panther. Now I’m watching Just Mercy. Powerful! I don’t stream or do netflix, so I watch what’s on TV. Have to get up early, but I had a nap, so hopefully I’ll be able to watch it all. 

I was going to write about jazz hands, but Juneteenth and Just Mercy are important, so I needed to get that in, too. Jazz hands are waving, dancing hands I learned about Thursday night watching a Braver Angels debate on zoom. Braver Angels is an organization seeking to depolarize America. I know you might be thinking, good luck with that. They do workshops on communication skills with the goal of listening and understanding people who believe differently. Thursday night’s debate was about the proposal to “defund” the police. The main thing I got from this was that “defund,” is a confusing and misleading term. A better word would be, reallocate. The other thing I got from the debate was that there was a lot of common ground in knowing that police work is hard as hell, and that most people knew we need police for some things, and that there’s a huge need for reform in policing.

I didn’t speak as this was my first debate and there were about 200 people! But I (we)  used jazz hands as the way to express agreement or appreciation. Maybe jazz hands is a regular zoom thing which works well, because multiple people talking on zoom is dizzyfying.

Smooth jazz is my favorite for dinner or cooking dinner. The smoother, the better. Like this.

Smooth jazz is merciful. Now back to Just Mercy……

PS. I did finish watching Just Mercy. Cried at least twice. The last time were tears of joy.  It’s based on a true story and memoir. If you haven’t seen it, please do.

For more zz streams and SoCS rules, visit Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/06/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-20-2020/


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Mayors Call for “Peace, Not Patience” (2020.May.31)

One of my favorite Gandhi quotes from Doggedly Yours:

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A nation braces for another night of unrest.

Demonstrations Resume as Mayors Call for ‘Peace, Not Patience’ (New York Times 20/05/31)

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Some will draft letters to the government, others will create signs for protest demonstrations, I may do so tomorrow though today on this day of pain …

….I elect to write a post to this blog.

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

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Good News Tuesday June 16, 2020: Breonna’s Law, Banning Choke Holds, Protecting LGBTQ Rights, Kindness Photos, and A Baby Deer Rescue

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Louisville Kentucky Bans No Knock Warrants with “Breonna’s Law”

In March, Breonna Taylor was sleeping when police broke into her home with a “no- knock warrant” and shot her eight times.  Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker didn’t know who was breaking in and fired his licensed handgun in defense, wounding one officer. Police returned fire, killing Breonna. On June 12, the Louisville city council unanimously passed Breonna’s Law banning no-knock warrants. Breonna was an EMT and saved lives for a living. Her family hopes her death will save more lives.   You can learn more  about Breonna and the incident in this video:

 

France Bans Choke Holds

In a related story, France is banning police choke holds:

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the use of chokeholds — which he described as applying pressure on an individual’s neck or throat while holding them on the ground — was a “dangerous method” and will no longer be taught in police training.   CNN

 

US Supreme Court Rules LGBTQ Workers Protected from Job Discrimination

On Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled (6-3) that LGBTQ workers are protected from job discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination based on sex.  You can learn more from this article in The Washington Post

Good News Photo Collection

BoredPanda has collected 46 “wholesome” photos with stories about random acts of kindness between people of different colors.  Click here for stories that will warm your heart and restore faith in humanity.

 

Good Samaritans Save a Baby Deer with CPR

 

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