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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.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

11 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday: Helpers, Food Choices, and Peace at the Ocean

  1. JoAnna, the scenes from the Tel Aviv beach brought tears to my eyes. Peace through joy. ❤

  2. It is wonderful to see the Palestinians finally seeing the ocean, thanks to people with
    good heart and will.
    Altogether I love reading your sunshine stories that show how much good there is in
    people. Not all news are dark and angry.
    Thanks JoAnna


    • It is wonderful and a pleasure to share. I like to imagine more fun and joy shared by people on different sides, dissolving the borders. I’m so glad you love reading the sunshine stories. Thank you for your support and vision, Miriam!

  3. More inspiring stories, JoAnna. I’m curious what’s your process for curating content for your Tuesday post?

    • Thanks for asking, Ray. I get a weekly newsletter from ttps://, and keep an eye on the goodnewspaper facebook page. Around Sunday or Monday, I check the Good News Network site. But occasionally I’ll come across something during the week in mainstream media or on Facebook. I love it when I have extra stories on Tuesday or find one on Wednesday so I can start my draft early. Personally, I’m drawn to stories about environment and peace, but I try to have some diversity. In college, I took courses in journalism, research, and technical writing, so I’m trying not to be so logical about my choices and go with a story that moves me emotionally. I hope that helps. I really appreciate your interest!

      • Thank you for the answer, JoAnna. What you’re doing is so important. We all know there’s a lot of negative happening in the world and it seems, at times, there’s a journalist there to tell you just how bad it is. Meanwhile, the other 95 percent of positive stories that happen all around us go unreported. I look forward to your post each week.

        • Thank you very much, Ray. This means a lot. I firmly believe that the dominance of negativity in the general media is toxic and shows an inaccurate picture of our world. Yes, bad stuff happens and we need to know some of it, but there’s just as much good, maybe more, and we desperately need to see the good, too. Thanks again for your support!

  4. Ocean… something that so many of us don’t spare a second thought, yet here we see how it brings people together. Thank you for sharing this! 🙂

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