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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

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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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Good News Tuesday for July 26, 2022: Agreement to Resume Ukraine’s Grain Exports, Botswana’s Progress in Reducing HIV Transmission, India Bans Single Use Plastic Items, and “Rowdy” Cat Caught in Airport after Three Weeks

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Russia and Ukraine Sign Agreement to Resume Ukraine’s Grain Exports

Ukraine and Russia have signed an agreement for Ukraine to resume grain exports. Though the agreement was signed in separate rooms, it was backed by the United Nations and is the first agreement between the two countries since the Russian government started the war. CNBC has more on this story

Botswana Cuts HIV Transmissions from Mothers to Infants from 40% to Less than 1%

Botswana once had the highest HIV rates in the world, but a national program has reduced their mother to infant transmission of HIV from 40% to below 1%. The program included increased testing for all pregnant women and administering antiretroviral therapy to those who tested positive and to their infants. For details, click this article from the Good News Network.

India has Banned Several Types of Single-Use Plastics

India recently imposed a ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cutlery, ear buds, packaging films, and cigarette packets, as well as other products. CNN has more in this story from Reuters.

Cat who Escaped in Boston Airport for Three Weeks has been Caught

A cat named, “Rowdy,” escaped from her carrier in the Boston airport over three weeks ago. After a “massive search” Rowdy finally allowed herself to be safely trapped. Here’s more from HuffPost. and Here’s a video:

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Good News Tuesday for July 14, 2022: Waste Sharks, A Kitten Rescued from a Pepsi Machine, and a Teen Rescues Four People from Drowning

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Waste Sharks Clean Up Trash Before it Hits the Ocean

Dutch “waste sharks” collect plastic, algae, and other trash before it can get to the ocean. Read more from Euronews.green. Plus, here’s a video below.

Firefighters Rescue Kitten Trapped in a Pepsi Machine

This was just too cute to pass up. Lindsey Russell was working at a Walmart in Tennessee when she heard meows coming from the Pepsi machine. After spending her lunch hour trying to get the kitten out of the machine, she called on firefighters who were able get the kitten out. Lindsey adopted the kitten now named Pepsi. See a picture from the Good News Network.

Mississippi Teen Rescues Three Girls and Police Officer from River

16-year-old Corion Evans and friends rescued four people after a car drove off a boat launch and into a Mississippi river last Sunday. The car with three teenage girls inside drove into the water, floated about 20 feet away from shore and started to sink. Corion also helped a police officer who was pushed down into the water by one of the girls who panicked. Here’s the story from ABC News, and a later interview with Corion below

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SoCS and Lessons Learned from my Pitsky’s Mountain Escape

 Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “—amble.” Add letters to the beginning of “-amble” to make another word or use it as is in your post. Enjoy!

I used to have a cat named, Ramble. She was the first animal my son lived with. One of his first words was what he called her, trying to mimic her meow. It sounded like, “avoo?” He called Ramble, “Avoo.” That was thirty something years ago. Longer ago than that, when I was five years old, my dad had a yellow Rambler. It was the first car I remember. Seems like it was a station wagon. I’m guessing a 1958 Rambler.

Rambling is common in the stream of consciousness. That’s what makes it fun. You never know where you’ll end up. Rambling is something I enjoy in the woods or on a walk through the neighborhood. Rambling is not what Marley did on his ten-minute escape, unless you can ramble fast. He did not have a plan that I’m aware of but saw the opportunity to slip through the door past my daughter in law on his first trip to the mountains.

Marley took off down the road at top speed. If I wasn’t so terrified, it would be cool to watch him run. I was terrified because he was 300 miles from home and had NO COLLAR on! I’d given him a break from the e collar. From now on, I will never have a dog collarless away from home. Dogs need to have ID if there’s any chance they might get outside. Like being scared of the fireworks. Lots of dogs get lost during fireworks and thunderstorms.

I don’t recall ever praying so hard as when Marley escaped, though I probably did when my kids were teenagers. As I followed him with the car, trying to keep up with him, Marley ignored my calls. I prayed, “GOD, I NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER! PLEASE HELP ME!” It was intense to say the least. When almost to the main road, Marley turned on to a side road in the quiet neighborhood. I caught up with him at the top of a hill when he stopped to pee. Opening the driver’s door, I said, “Marley! Let’s go home!” He got right in and got stuck under the steering wheel/dash, so I had to move the seat back for him to climb to the back. (I had not wanted to take the time to open the back door.) Then we went to pick up David who was at the bottom of the hill – having set out on foot he’d walked up a previous hill to point me in the direction Marley had run.

My heart is beating fast just remembering this event. There’s always a lesson or two to learn.

  1. Always keep a collar with I.D. on a dog if there is ANY chance he or she can get out, especially away from home.
  2. Always let host families know if you have a hyper, escape prone dog.
  3. There’s no place like home.
  4. Oh, and I have been thinking if a dog escapes, it might be better to pass him in the car and stop ahead of him to offer a ride. That way, he doesn’t feel like you’re chasing him. (Just a theory.)

Good news besides being home safe is that Marley can see Mama Cat through the pet gate and stay in “PLACE” (with supervision) without going crazy.

Friday evening, on the way to the mountains, the clouds looked like castle mountains:

(Slightly edited for more color)

Saturday:

Husky tail

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SoCS: For the Love of Pets

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a picture from wherever.” When you sit down to write your post, find a picture, whether in a magazine, newspaper, or even product packaging. Write whatever thought or emotion the picture provokes. Enjoy!

My daughter who is 29 has not lived here for years but sometimes magazines, like People, get delivered here for her that she did not order and does not want. I don’t want them either, but sometimes I flip through them. This ad at the back of the magazine stood out to me:

Can you imagine being in a domestic violence situation and not feeling you can escape because you can’t take your dog or cat with you? I don’t want to think about it too much, but this is a project I can get behind. Pets are family.

You can read more about The Purple Leash Project here.

I think if you donate, you get a purple leash. I don’t really need another leash, though I do like the color purple. I have a bunch of leashes along with collars, and other tools that a highly reactive dog needs. I never thought I’d want to try an “e collar,” but after David and I having injuries from Marley’s lunges, we’ve accepted this recommendation from the trainer.

We’ve made progress. Last night I walked Marley to the park by myself. On the way back, we saw a cat on the other side of the street. Marley was intensely interested. I could feel the tension in his body. My job is to stay calm and confident and to remember to use all my tools. He responded well to a firm, “LEAVE IT!” along with a collar vibration. The collar vibe goes to 100. He responds to 10 to 15 in the backyard but needs at least 20 to 30 on neighborhood walks depending on the situation. In time, we should be able to reduce these levels. It’s like a tens machine. I’m learning to be vigilant and avoid high risk situations. Without this tool, I don’t think we’d be able to safely walk in the neighborhood. Marley has pulled me down more than once, and David’s hand is still healing after surgery and ongoing PT after one of Marley’s lunges.

Speaking of healing, David is feeling better after eight days of covid. He still tires easily but is doing a little more every day. Miraculously, I have had two negative home tests and seem to have been spared any significant symptoms. We’ve been keeping our distance and, though we’re living in the same house, have missed close contact. I especially miss hugs which are about to resume. Marley has been getting more hugs lately since I’ve tested negative. I still don’t get right in his face yet.

Last week, I had stopped Marley from bringing his ancient, tattered ball in the house three times before going to get my phone to take this video. Each time he would drop the ball then pick it back up when I opened the door. The ball did not stay in the house.


And let’s not forget Mama Cat on her side of the house…

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Good News Tuesday for May 3, 2022: Free Gym Memberships for Teens, Turning Sewage into Green Energy, a Congolese Nun with Special Skills, and the Mysterious Journey of a One-Eyed Cat

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Planet Fitness Offers Free Summer Memberships to High School Students

Teenagers 14-19 can work out for free at Planet Fitness this summer. If they register early, they’ll have a chance to win a scholarship. Younger teens can sign up with a parent. According to their website map, Planet Fitness has gyms all over world. You can read more about it here.

Oregon Town Turns Sewage into Green Energy

Treating wastewater consumes a lot of energy, but a town in Oregon is turning wastewater to green energy. The process “creates heat for five of the buildings on site and an estimated 4,324 megawatts of electricity, providing about half of the facility’s energy usage.” I learned a lot from this article from Reasons to be Cheerful.

Congolese Nun Creates and Maintains Hydro-electric Plant

A Congolese nun became an electrician and raised money so her town would have more consistent electricity.  Through her work, Sister Alphonsine Ciza helps provide reliable electricity for convent, a church, two schools, and a medical clinic. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

One-Eyed Cat Shows Up on an Offshore Oil Rig after Missing for Five Years

Here’s a mystery with a happy ending. A friendly black cat named Dexter went missing five years ago. Turns out he’d been living at a prison in Scotland where he was fed and loved by staff and inmates. Dexter had a habit of hanging out in shipping containers and was accidentally shipped to an offshore oil rig in the North Sea. The folks at the oil rig put his picture on Facebook which got him shipped back home to his original owner who plans to take him to visit the prison.

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SoCS: Whatever Happens… Sing to the Dog

Today’s Stream of Consciousness post from Linda Hill is:

“….. Use the word “whatever” any way you’d like. Bonus points if you start your post with it. Have fun!” Learn more about #SoCS HERE.

“Whatever,” was a popular response from teenagers in the 80s or 90s. It could be frustrating for parents or teachers who interpreted the word as, “I don’t care.” But now I see it as a useful word when I need to let go of something I can’t control, something I’ve been mulling over or analyzing nearly to death.

On one hand, it could be considered apathetic – a word similar to sin in my book once upon a time. But we can’t care about EVERYTHING. This comes from someone who has cared too much over the years. Oh, I still care, but I need to choose how much energy I’m going to put into caring, cause the energy isn’t what it used to be. Prioritize! That’s my word for this year. I don’t really use the word, “whatever” in that way, but it does have its place.

Some things are priorities, though.

Whatever happens, I’ll always love you, said the mother to the son.

Whatever happens, take care of the children. And the pets.

Whatever happens, life must go on.

Whatever happens, don’t let the gremlins get wet. (Just so we don’t get too serious.)

There’s an old song that goes,

“Wherever we go, whatever we do, we’re gonna get through it together…. “

I looked it up before I started writing. That’s not really planning. I was just curious. Turns out, it’s from the musical, Gypsy originally starring Ethel Merman, I think. I looked it up on YouTube. Her voice is like nails on a chalkboard. Sorry. That was my take on it. Then I thought, what if I could find someone singing that song to a dog? or a cat? Well, I couldn’t find that. But what I did find was people singing with their dogs. Let me see if I can go back and find one now as I drop anchor in the stream just for a moment to take a look in the down below the surface…..

Well, that always takes longer than I thought with diversions and what not. I couldn’t listen to any dogs howling because Mama Cat is next to me as I type this Friday night and she didn’t like hearing dogs howl. Marley, is in the back room with David, and it’s Mama Cat’s time with me.

Anyway, here’s one that came up with no howling. It’s short and sweet:

The girl with a sweet voice is singing, “You Are My Sunshine” to the dog who they are fostering while the dog’s guardian is deployed for a year in the Navy.

Dogs and kids. Gotta love ’em. If not, then…… whatever.

At least be kind.

I found this on Facebook a few days ago. The dogs looks like Marley, but Marley is bigger and has a big head.

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Good News Tuesday for Feb. 8, 2022: Spinal Cord Implant Helps Man Walk Again, New Museums Around the World, Another City Bans Declawing, and an 8-Year-Old Author’s Initiative Pays Off

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First Person to Walk after Completely Severed Spinal Cord

Michel Roccati was paralyzed five years ago in a motorbike accident. His spinal cord was completely severed, and he had no feeling in his legs. Thanks to an implant developed by Swiss researchers, he is the first person to be able to walk freely after such an injury. Read more about it from BBC News.

New Museums Opening Around the World

This year, several museums are scheduled to open around the world dedicated to a variety of interests including art, African American history, medieval finds in England, Chinese history, Broadway, and Bob Dylan. The Smithsonian Magazine has details.

Cat Declawing Banned in Madison, Wisconsin

In a unanimous vote, the city council of Madison Wisconsin recently voted to ban the de-clawing of cats which is illegal in many other cities, states and countries. Read about the importance of this victory for Madison cats, HERE.

Eight-Year-Old Author Sneaks his Book into the Library and it’s a Hit!

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Spider Plants at the Laundromat

Today’s Just Jot it January prompt is “abscission,” from Lakshmi. I had to look it up. Here’s what I found:

“the natural detachment of parts of a plant, typically dead leaves and ripe fruit.”

It’s good to learn new words, especially when there seems to be no one word alternative.

Last week we took Marley to the vet to be neutered. That was not a natural detachment, but hopefully it will help calm him down a little and not add to the problem of homeless pets. His previous guardian said he sometimes escaped and was gone for a couple of days, so he may have offspring somewhere. After leaving Marley at the vet for his procedure, I went to the nearby laundrymat, which is technically spelled laundromat, to wash and dry a big comforter that had been in the attic for years.

This laundromat has some very nice plants in a big window. The snake plants and succulents are doing well, but the spider plants are pathetic. They probably get too much sun and not enough water.

dying spider plant

Abscission was not working for these plants. They needed help, and I could not ignore them.

I went outside to the attendant who was in her car on her phone and asked her if I could work on removing some of the dead leaves from the plants and give them some water. She looked at me like I was from another planet, then said, sure, I guess so.

Some of the plants were too high to reach, but some I was able to clean up and water. Later, I sent a FB message, presumably to the management who thanked me. The manager wrote that he or she had been very busy and did not have the much time to take care of the plants. I responded that I might drop by and work on them some more if that was okay and was told that would be fine. I hope this nudges someone at the laundromat to take care of the spider plants.

Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the healthy plants, but maybe will put some in the gallery below along with Marley the evening after his surgery when he was uncharacteristically mellow due to residual medication effects.

Spider plants are one of the few plants not toxic to animals. Fortunately, Mama Cat doesn’t play with them since she tends to be a cave dweller. For enrichment, we’re going to be adding some walking shelves that lead to her cat tree upper level, and I’ll be encouraging her with treats to use them.

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Self-Care, Dog Training, and Star Trek

Your mission if you decide to accept it is to use the word, “mission,” in today’s Just Jot it January post. Thanks to Fandango for the prompt and to our host, Linda Hill for #JusJoJan. To learn more, click HERE.

I wrote a mission statement about 15 years ago. It had something to do with nature, animals, spirituality, and combining my Christian beliefs with my love for creation. I’ve done some of that over the years and hope to do more.

Having a mission is serious. I’m not sure if I want to be that serious right now. My ear is giving me twinges, like tiny shock waves every now and then, and my doctor is closed because it might sleet later. But they were kind enough to call me back and give me an appointment for Monday.

An ice storm is in the forecast here on the Carolina Coast, so many places are closed, including the rescue mission thrift store where David works. He came out of retirement to return to the director position when it became vacant. He says he likes it. As long as he likes it, that’s okay.

Today, my mission is to take care of my health. I’ve also been doing are working with our new dog Marley on leave it, drop it, get it, sit stay, down stay, and walking on a leash without pulling so much. He does well as long as he doesn’t see a squirrel. Squirrels put him into hyperdrive. Marley and Mama Cat still only know each other by sound and smell. I took him out on the catio earlier to smell around as suggested by the trainer. He was very excited, but I was able to get him to lie down stay for several seconds. The training treats help. Training Marley is sort of a mini mission. Home improvement projects, like the catio, are mini missions.

My neighbor is on a mission to save our downtown library. The county wants to shrink it, combine it with a reduced local museum, and add offices and condos to the already congested historic downtown area. The neighbor who is fighting this plan is in her 80s and has a lot of smarts and energy. I’ve helped out some but wouldn’t even try to keep up with her. Same thing with my husband David. Taking care of myself means not trying to keep up with high energy extroverts. I’ll keep working on my mini missions, reading, blogging, painting, volunteering at the farm animal sanctuary, and watching Star Trek. That’s plenty!

When the first episode of Star Trek Next Generation came out and I heard Patrick Stewart say the mission statement as “….to boldly go where no one has gone before,” instead of “no man,” I cheered out loud.