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Good News Tuesday: Compassion, Change, and Singing

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California Votes for Cruelty Free Cosmetics

California just passed a law that will make it illegal to sell cosmetics or ingredients that have been tested on animals. The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act will go into effect in January of 2020. Read more below from The Good News Network:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/california-has-just-approved-law-requiring-all-cosmetics-to-be-cruelty-free/#.W7JziKaNjSc.facebook

Rising Out of Hatred through Kindness

Derek Black, the son of a KKK Grand Wizard and godson of David Duke, broke free from the white nationalist movement. It was a gradual process that started when he went to college and his friend Matthew invited him to a Friday night Shabbat dinner. You can read more in this article or watch the video below. The discussion about change starts about four and a half minutes into the video.

 

Singing is Good for You!

It’s not hot off the presses, but here are some surprising ways singing can improve your mental and physical health:

http://vkool.com/benefits-of-singing/

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Good News Tuesday: Saving the Elderly, LGBTQ Youth, A Busload of Dogs and Cats, and a Gifted Dancer

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Marines Help Firefighters Rescue Seniors From Burning Building

“All 190 residents got out alive with only six sent to the hospital.”

For more details, read this Washington Post article.

Support for LGBTQ Youth in Utah

A CDC report from 2015 shows the teen suicide rate in Utah was twice the national average.  Mormon musician Dan Reynolds of the band, Imagine Dragons, hopes to change that. He remembered his mother telling him to stand up for the underprivileged, the stigmatized, and the at risk. He started the LoveLoud Foundation in 2017.

The Goodnewspaper reports that last year the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints applauded  the LoveLoud Foundation and festival and that this year, Utah named July 28, 2018 “Love Loud Day.”

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Noah’s Ark on an Old School Bus

Here’s a story about Tony Alsup, a trucker from Tennessee who drove his old school bus to South Carolina and rescued 64 shelter dogs and cats from the path of the storm. And it’s not the first time.

https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/nation-world/as-florence-loomed-a-pet-lover-escaped-south-carolina-with-64-dogs-and-cats-on-a-school-bus/507-595016392

 

A Gifted Young Dancer is Recognized by a Police Officer

Enjoy this!

 

 

 


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Time Flies and Dragonflies

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You’ve probably noticed we have a new badge. I love the colors and will enjoy using it. Congratulations to Pamela on a great job!

Have you noticed that time flies faster and faster lately. Is is just because I’m older and the toilet paper rolls faster as you get closer to the end of the roll?

Maybe that’s why I love to take pictures – to capture moments in time – proof that it happened. If not for the photos, I’d wonder, did I miss July? How did it get to be the end of August already?

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SLOW DOWN.

I have stuff to do, but I don’t like to rush. I want to make my time count to be meaningful. What does that mean? I don’t want to waste time worrying, but I do sometimes. I want to give my time to things that feed my soul. I want to notice smiles and sunsets. More than notice, I want to soak them in, breathe the air and notice the difference between morning air and ocean air in the evening. I want to notice birds singing and dragonflies zipping around my backyard and watch them land and be still.

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This one is checking out my clothespin. Probably doesn’t see many clothespins these days.

When I used to work with drug addicts they’d tell me when they got clean and sober, they started to notice things like birds singing and flowers – things they didn’t notice before. What if there are things we don’t notice because we are addicted to being busy? Sometimes the busyness is out of necessity. But is it really?

Take a moment. What do you notice? Where do you want to focus your attention?

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is the word, “notice.”

To learn more, visit our host, Linda G. Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/08/24/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-aug-25-18/

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: Prepare to Be Inspired

“If you do something wrong to my animals, I will catch you.”  ___Vimbai Kumire

A female anti-poaching unit protects elephants in Zimbabwe.  Many of these women are single mothers or survivors of abuse. My heart cheers with hope for them, for their courage and dedication. In this video, you can see how important their work is to them.

Fighting the monster of addiction also takes courage. It’s harder than most people realize. Crystal Champ gave her baby to a hero, but Crystal is a hero, too.  In this video, she’s been sober six months.

 

Good news is happening all over the world.

The world needs to see it.

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Update: Gratitude, Books, and Bees

First, I want to let you know how much I appreciate you, my followers and readers. Sometime in May, I passed 2000 followers! What a surprise! It seems these things happen when I’m not watching the numbers. I wish I could read every post of every follower, and while that might be possible, life calls me to a variety of responsibilities and adventures. I do enjoy learning about people from all over the world as we share our ideas, hopes and dreams. Thank you for your patience and your support!

♥ ♥ ♥

Next up, my story, “I Almost Gave Up on Romance,” is now available in

The Miracle of Love. 

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I’d submitted stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul twice before, but they weren’t accepted. Another reminder to persevere!  As I begin reading The Miracle of Love, I’m finding the stories rejuvenating and easy-to-read.

If you’d like the juicy (and mostly clean) details of my story, just click on my book, Trust the Timing, up on the right side bar for more information.

 

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And now to the BEES!

A little while ago I mentioned about the bees in the wall at my church and our plan to bring them to our backyard. It took a couple of weeks to get everything ready including putting up a fence around the bee area to keep Doodle out. Then we had to wait for the rain to stop. During that waiting, David noticed fewer bees coming out of holes in the brick and wondered if they’d “swarmed” to a new location.

On Monday, he opened up the wall while I handed him stuff and took pictures.

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Dave reaches into the wall

Once David opened up another section of wall, he discovered there were only a only few hundred bees and no brood. Most hives have several thousand bees. The original hive had swarmed. The bees present were likely “robber” bees from another hive attracted to the remaining honey. I prefer to think of them as scavenger bees doing a job.

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David vacuumed the bees out of the wall with a very gentle vacuum he built himself.  The inside of the hose was smooth which is extremely important for bee survival. I’d been worried about this common procedure, but it worked.

Since this collection of bees was not really a hive (there was no queen), David decided to let them go. When he opened the box outside, hundreds of bees immediately flew away – hopefully to their own hive. A small group hung around getting their bearings, but went home before dark.

Being an aspiring vegan, I’m not 100% comfortable with this whole process, though it is interesting. David, who jokes about being allergic to fun, greatly enjoys working with bees. He had fun even though he didn’t get to bring home a hive. So I’m supporting him in this interest and learning a lot about bees myself. Besides, the  bees could not stay in our church wall, especially since our music director is allergic to them. The more I learn about bees, the more I appreciate them. As pollinators, they are part of a wonderful system and responsible for most of the food we eat.

Here’s a moving video about compassion for one special bee.


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Remember ALL the Heroes

Song Lyric Sunday

Today’s Song Lyric Sunday theme is “let go.” Since I had a let go song in Thursday’s post, and since we are allowed to go our own way, I’m doing something different. Can you imagine having to let go of  a loyal companion who gave everything?  This memorial day, let’s remember ALL the heroes.

While I do not agree with animals being used to fight our wars, the fact is, they are. They deserve to be remembered for their loyalty and courage, along with all the people who gave their lives.

I discovered the song,”Run,” in the following video. The chorus and lyric video are posted below.  “Run” was written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Mark Mcclelland, and Iain Archer, Jonathan Quinn.

 

Light up, Light up

As if you have a choice

Even if you cannot hear my voice

I’ll be right beside you, dear.

Louder, louder

And we’ll run for our lives

I can hardly speak. I understand

why you can’t raise your voice to say….

 

 

This song made me cry so I had to go find happy tears. I hope you enjoy the next video of a military service dog being reunited with his soldier.

Thank you to Mission K 9 Rescue for helping dogs get back with those they love.

 


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The Bees Are Coming!

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is, “grill.”

Grill. Gerill. Gorilla. Gorillas are vegetarians mostly. Like me. They eat fruit and leaves and occasionally they eat bugs. I don’t eat bugs. I never want to eat bugs. Never. Ever. I love the taste of food cooked on the grill but haven’t done that at home in a long time. Our old grill is quite weathered. But I keep saying we should grill some veggies on it. Eggplant, corn, squash… But it’s easier to eat out. I don’t think we are going to grill this weekend. My husband is getting ready to take some bees out of the wall in our church and we’re making a place for them in our backyard. It’s quite an adventure I’m looking forward to.

A small dilemma is that I’m inching ever closer to becoming vegan. And vegans don’t eat honey. I’m gonna research humane bee keeping. I know there’s someone out there raising bees without smoking them. Sending smoke into the hive apparently calms them down so you can work with them. You are after all stealing their honey.  But I want to support my hubby in this interest and endeavor. Plus, the bees have to come out of the church wall and go somewhere. Our church music director is allergic to bee stings, so they definitely can’t stay at church.  I’d like to make friends with them. Bees are fascinating and I’m only just starting to learn about them.

I could not resist the urge to go hunting for articles on humane bee keeping. So look what I found!

Can You Be A Vegan Bee Keeper?

I’m not sure I agree with everything in this article. It’s one of those gray areas to explore. But I am not the beekeeper and my husband is not the aspiring vegan, so I can observe, and support, and learn, and continue to be imperfect.

So don’t grill me!

For more Streams of Consciousness, visit Linda at:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/05/25/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-26-18/

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. 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!