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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 22, 2022: Returning Land to Native Americans, Dolphins Saved in Nova Scotia, Edible Drones, and a Playful Elephant Just for Fun

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LandBack Returns Stolen Land to Native Americans

The LANDBACK movement has returned land that was stolen from Native Americans. In many cases the land had been identified in treaties as belonging to the Native American people, but the treaties were soon broken. The following in-depth article gives examples of how land is being returned as well as how this relates to conservation and/or stewardship. Click HERE for details.

People Saved a Pod of Dolphins in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, dozens of people helped a pod of 16 dolphins stuck in the mud get back to open water. Here’s the story from CBC via my Goodnewsletter.

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Edible Drones for Remote Rescues

A team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has developed a drone with wings that can be made of rice cakes or carry medicine to remote disaster areas. The Good News Network has more.

When Elephants Want to Play….

Reporter Alvin Kaunda was speaking on behalf of orphaned elephants at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya when a baby elephant wanted to have some fun. The Dodo has details. Here’s the video:

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SoCS: Feed Your Hopes

 

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “your favorite word.” Decide on your favorite word and use it in your post any way you’d like. Enjoy!

It’s not easy to decide one ONE favorite word. For a moment, I thought my favorite word could be, “possible.” Then I thought of hope. The meaning behind the word, hope, is one of my favorite things. Hope does not have the certainty of faith, but it can lead to faith. If you don’t have faith, look for hope.

I have a bumper sticker that I never put on my bumper. It used to be on a mirror. Now, it’s on my kitchen counter propped by the window. Maybe I’ll stick it on something one day. It says,

Feed your hopes, not your fears.

That’s where the top meme above comes from. Fears can roll around in my head like a crazy dance I don’t want to go to, but end up going anyway. Even knowing how to stop them and rethink takes remembering to do it. Questioning your fears would be like, what evidence is there to support that thought of a cataclysmic meteor hitting the planet? Sure, there are plenty of sci fi movies about it, but what are the chances?

Fear: But I want to be prepared just in case!

Hopes: Okay, so prepare some, but don’t dwell on it, especially at 2 AM.

Let’s hope it never happens. Let’s hope for the best, prepare for the worst, but not make a hobby out of preparing for the worst.

Let’s focus on things we can control or change. Like the serenity prayer says, “Courage to change the things we can.” We can change our own thoughts and actions.

Ten years ago, I quieted my fears of falling back into a sick relationship and focused on myself. I began to hope that there was a partner out there for me that would be a good fit. Not someone who had fits, but who would be compatible. In December, David and I will have been married for 10 years. He doesn’t have fits. He is compatible as in open minded, spiritual, practical (which I need) and he loves dogs.

I hope my dog Marley doesn’t catch the snake I saw this morning. It was a black racer. David says we won’t have a rodent problem with that guy around, meaning the snake which is not poisonous. I’m glad I spotted the snake before Marley did. My daughter suggested I put some big rocks out there the snake can hide under. There is already an old rain gutter embedded in the vines as you can see in the photo. I’ve tried to remove that old rain gutter many times, but it was too hard. Now, I’m going to leave it.

Black Racer

I hope the old rain gutter will provide refuge for the non-poisonous snakes and skinks that Marley likes to hunt.

I hope there are no poisonous snakes in our yard. Changing that to be positively stated, I hope the snakes in our yard are all harmless to people, beneficial to people would be even more positive.

Stating our hopes positively is important. I wrote about this in my very short how to book: From Loneliness to Love. (See sidebar.)

Instead of saying, I want a partner who is not crazy. I would say, I hope for a partner who is reasonably sane, stable, and dependable. Nobody’s perfect, but compatibility is possible. First, we need to get compatible with ourselves. God has a plan for when we are ready.

I hope we humans learn to respect planet earth and help her heal. I hope we clean up our messes. I hope we can learn to live in peace and work things out safely. I interrupted the stream briefly, like a nanosecond, to change the negative words in my head to positives. Flipping that switch gets better with practice. Not perfect. Better.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend full of hope!

For more hope, drop by on Tuesday for some good news!

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SoCS: In the Elements, Mary Poppins, Wildlife Photos, and Getting Cozy

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “element.” We can use it any way we want. Who knows what will happen?

It’s not so bad being out in the elements if you are dressed for it, and it’s like for 20 minutes. Last evening, I walked Marley in a chilly rain, well it was more like a drizzle. We just went to the park and back. Having run errands earlier, I was tired, but made myself go to an art show since I had entered some of my and my daughter’s photos with encouragement from my friend, Linda who is a photographer. Now, Friday evening, I’m drinking some hot tea called “Calming.” It contains elements of chamomile and licorice root and others I don’t remember.

The element of surprise is not something I care to be subjected to. Elements of peace and joy, those are nice. There is an element of joy in every day. What’s that song? “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find the fun and SNAP the job’s a game.” How did I end up memorizing those Mary Poppins songs? We must’ve had the album when I was a kid.

Pausing to pet the cat on my lap, I don’t know where to go from here. Feeling thankful to be home and cozy, except I need a blanket on my feet. Next time the cat gets up, I will get the blanket. But my tummy is very warm, with warm tea on the inside and a warm cat on the outside. It’s not even that cold out, just in the upper 50s and rainy. Just enough to make the inside cozy.

Well, must be time for a gallery or something before I start repeating myself more. Maybe I’ll sleep in tomorrow, but I have a dog and a cat to feed by the crack of 9am, or the cat will chastise me for being late with long, loud meows.

“Yes, I will.”

Oh, what a life where sleeping in means 8:30am. I’m glad our host, Linda slept in on prompt day. My older sister’s name was Linda, too. It’s a lovely name.

The gallery shows the photos we put in the show which was about wildlife. The first two are mine, and the second two (Dancing Osprey and Turtle Undercover) were taken by my daughter, Ayla.

Isn’t it amazing how wild animals adapt to the elements? Especially birds. I certainly hope they don’t get as cold as I would.

Speaking of cozy, here’s my go to dinner music of cozy jazz:

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SoCS: Back to…. (oops! Back of the Frig)

 Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “back of the fridge.” Write the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the phrase “back of the fridge.” Enjoy!

Back to the future! Maybe one day, in the future, I’ll hire and exterminator for the waterbugs, aka American cockroaches, like I threaten to do often. I have no problem taking spiders, moths, or beetles outside in a cup. Who knows why the waterbugs creep me out so much. Maybe they freaked my mom out and she passed it on to me like her red hair and soft green eyes.

I haven’t hired an exterminator in spite of frequent threats (like the bugs can hear me), because I think the exterminator chemicals will be toxic to more than bugs. I do have termite contract, but that’s different. They don’t spray.

How does this relate to the prompt? I have to keep all food in the refrigerator, unless it’s canned or tightly wrapped. That includes bananas and the butternut squash they’ve been gnawing on. Gross, I know. If I lived in the mountains, it would not be an issue since I don’t leave food out or open for the smaller German cockroaches. But here in the sub-tropical south, the bigger cousins are prolific. Climate change may be a factor in their abundance, too. I found some old diatomaceous earth and spread it around their pathways. Last night, I put some peppermint out on cotton balls (where Marley can’t reach) along with the citrus spray. The cedar oil spray works, but the smell is awfully strong.

We are now approaching the time of year when a few bugs will come in from the cold, but mostly they die back until late spring. What a relief. I’m determined to leave no food available so maybe they will go back outside and stay there.

“Back to the howling old owl in the woods,” as Elton John sang in “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Do owls eat bugs? The song says something about them hunting the toads.

As for the toads and frogs, I hope they make it “Back to the River. Back to the Forest!” as Elliot encouraged them in E.T. I love it when the other kids in the classroom start chanting:

Back to the River. Back to the Forest!

And then there’s Galadriel telling Sauron to go “back to the void from whence you came!” I think that’s what she’s saying. Perhaps I shall tell that to the nameless ones if they come in through the tiny cracks.

Yeah. Galadriel. The ultimate exterminator. No, that was Frodo. And Sam. They all played a part.

(I just realized that I blatantly misread this prompt as back to the frig, but it was supposed to be “back of the fridge,” which makes more sense as a prompt. Oh well. I must have needed a laugh and Galadriel’s power.)

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Good News Tuesday for September 13, 2022: Ukraine Reclaims Territory, Blind Football in Uganda, Logging Equipment is Removed in Malaysia, Aspiring Doctor Gets White Coat, and Three Rescued Dolphins are Released in Bali

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Ukraine Reclaims More Territory

Ukrainian troops have retaken a significant portion of land near their northeastern border as reported in this article from AP.

Playing Blind Football in Uganda

Blind Football Uganda has developed technology for visually impaired people to play football, aka soccer. After just one year, they have four men’s teams and two women’s teams, containing mixed abilities and classifications. Read about how it works from CNN.

Logging Equipment Removed from Sensitive Deep Forest in Malaysia

A Malaysian timber giant has removed logging equipment from a long-disputed area of culturally sensitive deep forest after the Penan Indigenous organization Keruan filed a police report and planned to start a blockade to protect the forest. The area is slated to be part of a new government led conservation effort. Here’s more from goodgoodgood.com.

Medical Student Gets White Coat in a Moving Ceremony

Aspiring doctor Maria “Robles told “GMA” she and her brother grew up in impoverished conditions in the Philippines….” Last month her brother Carlito, a P.A. “coated” her in a ceremony signifying the beginning of her medical training. GMA has this remarkable story with photos of the sister and brother as children and now living their dreams.

Three Dolphins Rescued from Resort Hotel were Set Free after Years of Captivity

After regaining their health and strength, three bottlenose dolphins were released from a sanctuary in Bali. Johnny, Rocky and Rambo were rescued three years ago from their tiny pool in a resort hotel. Before that, they’d spent years performing in a traveling circus. You can read more about their release in this article from AP which contains the video below.

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Cure for Boredom: Be Excited about Small Things (or Just Take a Nap)

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “board/bored.” Use one, or use them both for bonus points. Enjoy!

Board: We still have plenty of lose boards in our fence we need to replace. Thankfully, Marley is not aware of our temporary reinforcements.

Bored: Boredom is rare these days. There’s always something to do or watch on TV or read, and naps! It’s wonderful to be able to nap at will now that I’m retired.

Marley our pitsky keeps me from being bored, though sometimes I think Marley is bored. Fortunately, he likes naps, too. He gets two long walks every day in addition to short potty breaks. I usually walk him in the evening and David walks him in the morning. But David walked him twice yesterday because I’ve been feeling run down by a UTI. It’s getting better, but my energy is low. Also, I didn’t realize that feeling dizzy or sleepy could be a side effect of the antibiotic till I looked it up.

Last week, I mentioned in SoCS that I was looking into alternatives for our compost so we don’t attract little animals that could become prey for Marley. The compost bin is fenced off, but animals can apparently get over or through the fence. So, the cool thing is that I just found out the nearby Food Co-op I’m a member of is offering members the opportunity to bring compost there on Saturdays! There might be a discount at the farmer’s market if I bring a pound or more of compost. Today will be my first compost deposit.

Being excited about having a place to take my compost explains why I’m rarely bored anymore. The most exciting thing is the timing. Sometimes we have to wait a while to get what we want, but this happened within two weeks!

Is there something that excites you that doesn’t excite most people?

Here are some other things that have excited me lately:

We have an abundance of these spiders. I hope they’re eating mosquitoes.

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Good News Tuesday for August 23, 2022: Free Student Meals in California, Sorghum is Thriving, Hope for Sea Turtles, and a Flight Crew of all Black Women Honors Bessie Coleman

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California Will be the First US State to Offer Free Meals to All Students

California’s Universal Meals Program will give all public school students access to free breakfast and lunch. The state of Maine is developing a similar program. ABC News has details.

Gluten Free, Drought Resistant Sorghum is Thriving in France

Sorghum is the gluten-free, drought resistant grain that needs little fertilizer and less pesticide. Eudes Coutte, a sorghum farmer in France, has had only a slight decrease in crop yield during the drougth but has the advantages of spending less on irrigation, pesticides, and fertilizer. The Good News Network has more.

Hope for Sea Turtles

The US state of Georgia set a new state record for the number of sea turtle nests last week with 3,966 nests being observed. You can read more about the endangered sea turtles and the work to protect them in this article from CNN.

Meanwhile, the first sea turtle nest was found on a Mississippi beach since 2018. Oil spills hurt the sea turtle populations in 2010 and 2019. ABC News has more.

Sea turtles are protected in the US. It’s important to keep their environments safe and clean and to turn off beach facing lights during hatching season so as not to confuse hatchlings trying to get to the ocean.

Celebrating Bessie Coleman with a Flight Crew of All Black Women

Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to get a pilot’s license. One-hundred years later, American Airlines celebrated her achievement with an honorary flight from Dallas, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona with a crew of all black women. Watch this video to learn more and join in the celebration:

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CFFC: The Presence of Animals

This week our topic for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge is celebrating what Connects you to the present moment.

Yesterday’s history

Tomorrow’s a mystery

Today is a gift

That’s why they call it the present.

All of nature connects me to the gift of the present moment, but animals are especially good at drawing me in. Maybe it’s because they are experts at being in the here and now. Walking and training my dog, Marley requires that I be present and vigilant as he is constantly wanting to chase or smell something. We’ve made progress. Stroking the formerly feral Mama Cat is soothing as I listen to her purr which gets louder over time.

The residents at the Farm Animal Sanctuary where I volunteer are always doing something interesting to help me focus on the now. At least once a week, I go there to cut produce and feed the two pigs and 11 roosters, then I hang out with the goats. There are also three sheep at the sanctuary who graze at will.

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Good News Tuesday for July 19, 2022: 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Oil Companies Cancel Leases in Artic Wildlife Refuge, 4000 Beagles Rescued, and A Young Man Saves Five Minors from a Burning House

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988 Suicide Prevention Hotline Launched Saturday in the US

The 988 “Lifeline” simplifies access and provides free 24/7 confidential emotional support to those in the US experiencing mental health distress. People can call, text, or chat. Here’s the 988 Website and here’s a report from NBC News.

Three Oil Companies Decide Not to Drill in the Artic Wildlife Refuge

Three oil companies have canceled leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area considered sacred by the Indigenous Gwich’in people and home to 45 species of mammals including polar bears, bowhead whales and caribou. EcoWatch has details.

4000 Beagles to be Rescued from Research Facility

A federal judge has approved a plan for 4000 beagles to be rescued from Envigo, a research facility in Virginia. The conditions at the facility were horrible, but the good news is that the Humane Society of the US will be transferring the dogs to Humane Societies across the US, and the parent company plans to close that research facility. Thank you to the Virginia senators who advocated for these dogs and to the federal investigators. For more of the story, click here.

Young Man Saves Two Children and Three Teens from Burning House

Nicholas Bostic, a 25-year-old pizza delivery driver, saved two children and three teens from a burning house at around 12:30 a.m. on Monday. This is one of the most dramatic and moving rescue stories I’ve ever seen. Huffpost has the details and the bodycam video. The video below includes commentary and Nicolas being interviewed later.

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SoCS: Produce and Productivity

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “product/produce.” Use one, use them both, use them any way you’d like. Bonus points if you use both. Have fun!

The first thing that came to mind was produce. As in strawberries, squash, and little orange tomatoes from the farmer’s market that taste soooo good! Produce = fruit and vegetables – gifts from earth, from Creator. And from bees. Gotta have bees.

Every Thursday, I chop up produce for the animals at the sanctuary. Lately, I’ve been practicing cutting produce with my left hand, because my right arm is giving me some trouble. It’s gotta be a good brain exercise but takes longer. I would not want to be a waitress, but don’t mind doing this for the animals.

I hope I get a few more grapes out back since I have tried to cut back and drape the grapevine around a fence and keep the other vines from taking over. Of course, the birds and squirrels will have some, too. We’ll see.

Nurturing the grape vine and going to the farmer’s market are much happier forms of what some might call productivity. When I used to work in an office, the measurement of productivity changed in the last 5 years of my 30-year counseling career. The measurement changed to expect more direct services in spite of mountains of paperwork/computer work being added… Oh stop it! That’s history, and I’m soooo thankful it’s history. I don’t even like the word productivity anymore. How about creativity!

Now, I can feel productive if I make cookies from bananas, peanut butter, and oatmeal, or if I give Marley a bath – which is a lot of work! Taking down the old shower curtain was productive. I’ve washed it and scrubbed it enough times. Now, I have a new one. David can put that up. It’s supposedly “biodegradable and eco-friendly.” I have not thrown the old one away. It’s hanging on the clothesline because I might wash it. Might not. I don’t have to decide until I want to decide. More important things to do. Like getting ready to go to the mountains! More on that later!

Semi-random photos that may or may not be related to the topic:

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