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Good News Tuesday for August 30, 2022: Tasmanian Rainforest Victory, Erasing US Student Loan Debt, The World’s Largest Community Garden, and a Cat Wakes Up Woman Having a Heart Attack


Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Environmental Activists Halt Work on Toxic Waste Dump

A Federal court justice upheld environmentalist’s objections to a toxic waste dump in the Tasmanian rainforest “on the grounds that the endangered Tasmanian masked owl was not properly considered.” A new assessment will have to take place. Here’s more from EuroNews.Green.

Erasing US Student Loan Debt for Lower Income Households

US President Biden is eliminating $10,000 in federal student loan debt for citizens with incomes below $125,000 a year, or households that earn less than $250,000. Here are details from AP.

Rio de Janeiro is Creating the World’s Largest Community Garden

The city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is growing what is likely to become the world’s largest community garden. Created in 2006, the project currently has 56 active neighborhood gardens with about 50,000 families involved. When completed, the urban garden will connect several neighborhoods with a green strip of land and be as large as 15 soccer fields. Mayor Eduardo Paes made it a goal of his administration to have the garden fully operational by 2024. You can read all about it here in Bloomberg.

Cat Wakes Up Woman who was Having a Heart Attack

Sam says Billy is more her mom’s cat, but Billy woke her up by jumping on Sam’s chest and wouldn’t leave her alone. It turns out, Sam was having a heart attack and credits Billy for saving her life. Read more from the Good News Network. Plus, here’s a video of Sam and Billy:

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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.

14 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday for August 30, 2022: Tasmanian Rainforest Victory, Erasing US Student Loan Debt, The World’s Largest Community Garden, and a Cat Wakes Up Woman Having a Heart Attack

  1. Great stories. Ridding students of some of their student loans is a reap gift. I’d love to see the community garden.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed these stories, Lauren. That loan debt can be a big burden. My son has been chipping away at his. I bet that garden is awesome.

  2. The Hortas Cariocas Program in Rio de Janeiro is an excellent initiative. I’m in awe of the cat that knew her human caretaker was having a heart attack.

    • Rio de Janeiro is setting a good example for the rest of the world. We need more of these community gardens. Yep, that’s a pretty special cat – good to have around. Thanks for reading and appreciating the good news, Rosaliene.

  3. Great shares JoAnna… and its about time Nature was put into consideration over Toxic waste… … While I know you are a dog lover.. I love my Cat… and got to love that story you added JoAnna of the cat helping save Sam ❤
    Have a great week JoAnna.

    • Thanks, Sue. I’ve loved dogs for as long as I can remember. But I’m learning that cats are special and can be very loving, as well as less work than dogs. There’s a special cat lying next to me on the couch as I type this. I hope you’re having a great week, too!

      • The following is truly a mostly true ‘story’ about my previous pet cat who had invaded my dream from the foot of my bed.


        She laid by his bared feet
        at the foot of his bed
        though in his dream they’d meet
        which they did in his head.

        For this sleek black feline
        she’d been in there before
        such she’d never decline
        as that cat he’d adore.

        A myth it couldn’t be
        that her claws touched his toes
        as the dreaming did he
        was about that she knows.

        The dream she boldly caught
        that night she did invade
        was the dream she had sought
        the dream she’d long delayed.

        Within she placed her claws
        upon his sleep-bound feet
        all performed with no flaws
        then and there they did meet.

        Though not feeling abused
        by prickling on his toes
        he still looked down confused
        at each of five toes, two rows.

        Naught of her did he find
        in his dream created
        though back to wakened mind
        he saw her and stated

        ‘Mimi, it’s you—you rascal!’
        yet he still adored her
        while finding special
        her response a smooth ‘mrrrr’.

        From the thick mattress down
        she landed easy goes
        as he said ‘You little clown—
        you leave alone my toes.’

        Thought she, ‘Again we’ll meet
        as you dream fast asleep
        when the toes on your feet
        from my paws you cannot keep.’

  4. All great stories. The cat story and the Tasmanian story were good reads.

  5. These are all great stories, JoAnna. Next time MuMu jumps on my chest, I’m going to think twice 😉

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