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Good News Tuesday: Teen Victories in Progress

Jayme Closs is Alive and Safe!

After being held captive for 88 days Jayme Closs, escaped. Jeanne Nutter was out walking her dog when she found Jayme crying, asking for help. They rushed to a neighbor’s house and called 911. The police soon arrested the man who held her captive and who is charged with murdering Jayme’s parents. Now, Jayme is surrounded by love from her extended family.

 

 

 

Teens Meet Veteran after Returning His Lost Wallet

The Vincent twins, 14 year old girls from Detroit, found a wallet on their way to school. They saw that it belonged to a veteran and thought of their grandfather. They returned the wallet and later got to meet the grateful veteran. For the story and video, click here  

 

Wolf Therapy

“Wolves are the first animal humans partnered with.”

Teo Alfero, founder of Wolf Connection

This recent NPR story tells how wolves help troubled teens in California. The wolves and wolf-dogs have been rescued from abusive or neglectful situations. The teens can relate.

In researching the Wolf Connection Program, I found this video. It’s from an older news story, but fit’s well with the NPR story above.

 

 

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Tidbits

Here are three more pieces of good news I found this week at Good Morning America.

  • In Arizona, elementary schools must give students recess two times per day
  • In New York all new public rest rooms must have changing tables. All means all.
  • In California only rescued animals can be sold in pet stores.

Click here for the source.

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Awesome Stories 387

Thanks to Brad for awesome stories on the environment. Costa Rica is showing us how it’s done. Let’s hope they inspire the world!

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This week Awesome Stories brings you environmental leadership.water retention, clouds

Costa Rica Aims For a Home Run

Costa Rica continues to be an environmental leader in the Carribean and much of the world. They passed a ban on the razing of mature forests in 1996. Then Costa Rica set aside 25% of their lands as nature preserves, parks, and refuges in 1998. Their economy is mostly supported by agriculture and tourism thanks to their natural resources and progressive policies. Costa Rica has also evolved its environmental policy from conservation to sustainable development. Recently, they met a huge energy milestone to run the country on renewables with 100 percent of their power demand supplied by renewable energy for 75 straight days in 2015 and 76 days in 2016. And they are part of The Wellbeing Economies Alliance of countries who include democracy, sustainability, and inclusive prosperity as essential to wellbeing. Their new president, Carlos Alvarado…

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SoCS: Art on the Wall

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Today’s prompt is “art.” We are to write about something handing on our wall or in a museum. First let me say a big THANK YOU! to our hostess Linda Hill for picking one of my favorite topics as a prompt and also for all you do in the SoCS world.

I’ve loved art since I was about ten and drew dogs and horses all the time. Didn’t think it had as much value as science so went that way, sort of, in college. But now that I’m retired I can do more art. Except that art is more on the back burner with the house stuff going on. I have a sketch pad sitting on the coffee table and have sketched stuff for the house. That’s going to change.

Normally I have too much art on my walls, if that’s possible which anything is. But since we had to take “everything” out of our house for re-wiring which was supposed to start a few days ago but hasn’t….. Grrrr, the walls in our Wilmington house are bare. I do not like bare walls at all. I do not like them Sam I Am.

I’ve brought a few things from the house that is in renovation to the house that was my parents and hung them on the walls. There’s the painting I did  years ago right in front of me right now as I type.

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Do you see the two figures reaching for each other? Can you tell what they are? I didn’t plan them, they just appeared, then I enhanced them. I love it when that happens.

Another piece of art on the walls here at the house that was my parents’ is a reproduction my mother loved. It’s not really my style, content wise, etc. But I know she loved it, so I hope I can find a good home for it.

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I mean, it’s beautiful and sweet, but it’s not something I would normally hang on my wall. I am really working on de-cluttering and have sooooo many family photos, etc. and art to consider hanging when we get back home. I will give this away to someone who loves it. Or I could donate it to the church for the spring yard sale. It’s not a big problem though. It’s a joy.  But it’s one of those things that meant a lot to my mom, so letting it go will be one of those griefy things. There’s another wave. But I can handle it.

ART is such a blessing. Can you imagine… no don’t. I am thankful for art, for color, paint, sculpture, drawing with a stick in the sand, photography…. it just goes on and on with all its possibilities. Infinite possibilities of color combinations, shapes. I could go on about it for hours. Thanks again, Linda.

My sketch pad waits patiently, calling softly.

Wanna  see more of my art? There’s a tab above for that.

For more information on Stream of Consciousness Saturday, visit Linda’s blog:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/11/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-12th/

Here are the rules for SoCS:

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. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on 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 simply a single word to get your 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 everyone’s! 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 right 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: Wake Up Miracle, Pool Rescue, Kidney Donor, and Cruelty-Free Cosmetics, Plus 10 Kindness Stories from 2018

There’s a lot of good news happening in the world, and I’m grateful to have found these examples. Thank you to professionals in media who cover and share these stories. Now if we could just have more balance for healthier minds and a healthier world.

Scott Came Back!

Scott Marr was in a coma, completely unresponsive, and was not expected to live. His family made the difficult decision to have his breathing tube removed. They started making funeral plans and prepared to say their goodbyes. Then, a miracle happened.

11 Year old Boy Saves Grown Man from Drowning

Advaik Nandikotkur was the only one at the apartment pool who knew how to swim. When they saw the man at the bottom of the pool with arms raised and eyes wide, his mother knew her son had taken swimming lessons and urged Adviaik to help.

Grocery Store Cashier Offers to Donate her Kidney

Cashier Leilani Aguirre asked her customer Mr. Drummond why he was looking so sad. He told her his wife Donnie needed a kidney transplant. Leilani offered her kidney which turned out to be a perfect match. This newscast does a good job  showing their heartwarming story.

California Banned the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

With alternatives readily available it’s time to phase out testing on animals, particularly with cosmetics.  I know this is a process that will take time, but kudos to California and other places where progress is happening.

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10 Stories of Good News and Kindness from 2018

These highlights are quick and easy to read, and you can click on each story for details, compliments of The Good News Network. Click the link below and enjoy!

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/most-popular-stories-of-kindness-from-2018/

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It can be personal, local, or global.


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The Cedar by the Sidewalk

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Sap runs through your veins

I would take a sip if you offered it,

But this is your blood.

I’ve seen it drip when you are cut.

Should I prune you?

Should I separate the branches

that hang low over the sidewalk

From your trunk?

I’m sure if I asked you and you told me

You would prefer not.

They say it’s good to prune trees.

It’s something we humans

are supposed to do.

I will not ask you.

I will ask my love

To cut the branches

Hanging low over the sidewalk

When I’m not looking –

When I’m far away,

And you are sleeping

While I sop applesauce

with my pancakes.

I’m sure the neighbors

will be happy.

 

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A squirrel sits in my untidy cedar by the sidewalk.

And one more thing:

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Thank a tree.

 

 For today’s SoCS prompt, Linda gave us this list of words or word parts to use as we see fit:

sap, sep, sip, sop, and sup.

She also told us that SEP stands for someone else’s problem. I suppose the cedar limbs hanging over the sidewalk are my responsibility, but to be honest, they are only a problem for people taller than me, or when it rains a lot and they hang lower, or occasionally snows which is every couple years. Anyway, I hope David does the deed during the winter when I suppose trees are sleeping.

To read more fascinating ways these S words show up in streams of consciousness and for more information of  “Someone Else’s Problem” which I could have written about since I tend to take on other peoples problems though not so much anymore, visit Linda’s blog:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/04/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-5th/

Here are the rules for SoCS:

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. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on 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 simply a single word to get your 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 everyone’s! 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 right 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 on Writing Goals

Don’t Worry, Just Write!

While reading a newsletter from my Trust the Timing editor, Andi Cumbo Floyd, I realized my writing has gone to the back burner. I’ve worked a few measly hours here and there on the novel based on my parents, but I give way more attention to household issues which are primary.  One thing that has discouraged me from working on the novel is the research it will likely take on Washington DC and Vietnam. But I need to stop worrying about that and just write a first draft. Okay, maybe there’s some anxiety related to thoughts like, I’ve never written a novel before, and this seems like it’s going to be a long one.  Then there’s grief. January 21st will be the second anniversary of my father’s death. I must be processing grief as I write about my parents. Deep sigh. However, my goal is to finish a first draft by the end of this year. There. It’s in writing. But I don’t need to worry. I just need to write the first draft, feel my feelings, and breathe deeply.

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One-liner Wednesday is brought to you by Linda G. Hill who has written a bunch of novels! Visit her and read more one-liners.

https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/02/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-2nd-and-one-liner-wednesday/

 


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Good News Tuesday: Happy New Year!

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Yes, I’m a little late this Tuesday, but it’s still New Year’s Day and it’s not too late to bring a little balance to the media.

Good News for Wild and Exotic Animals

The state of New Jersey has voted to ban the use of wild and exotic animals from circuses and other forms of “entertainment.” New Jersey’s  Governor Murphy signed was is known as “Nosey’s Law,” and Nosey is now living happily at a sanctuary in Tennessee. The following video identifies other states and countries that have banned the exploitation of wild and exotic animals for “entertainment.” It also contains a few photos of animal abuse in case you just want to listen.

Mom Gets College Diploma While in Labor

Anshonaria Greenhouse wanted to show her daughter the power of determination and education. She had taken her final exams from the hospital when she was in premature labor. Apparently her son was willing to wait a little longer. Anshonaria walked across the stage to get her diploma while in labor.  You can read more here.

Good News About Good News:

According to Google, the world is searching for “good” more than ever before. At least that’s what happened in 2018.  Here are are a few good news items that got the attention they deserved last year:

 

 

Making 2019 an Extraordinary Year:

It’s a good time to imagine all the wonderful possibilities ahead. What do you want to experience in 2019? What will that experience feel like? The experience idea comes from an article I found at the Good News Network. Author Cameron Brown’s first step in making 2019 extraordinary is similar to what brought my soul mate into my life in 2011. The other steps in the article make a lot of sense too. I especially like the one about recognizing your progress. After reading this, I feel motivated and ready! Have a look!

“Four Steps to Making 2019 an Extraordinary Year.

May the new year bring you many marvelous experiences and moments of peace and joy!

Got god news? Please share!