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With Hope, Faith, and Perseverance


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Innovative Bubble CPAP Saves Lives

Fulfilling a promise he made 20 years ago, Dr. Mohammod Jobayer Chisti developed a bubble CPAP device starting with a shampoo bottle.  The current device costs  $1.25 (£1), compared to $15,000 (£11,000) for ventilators many developing countries cannot afford. A two year study indicated the simpler innovation decreased mortality rates by 75%.

 

Here’s the whole story:

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40498395

 

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Taking Time with Family

My good news for today is personal: I’m still visiting my son, his girlfriend, and my granddaughter in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s good to be able to spend time with them.

The leaves are starting to change color, but green is always present here. The fresh air and cool nights make me feel alive in a way that goes deeper than the ocean’s tingle. Mountains have called to me over the years and miles. And now, my imagination flirts with ideas of  living here, at least part of the time. Not so sure about winter.

Here are a few of the pictures I’ve taken so far.

hollow tree with ferns

mountain and clouds

 

Lake w fall colors

 

lake with cloud reflections

Derwin and Jess w green stalactite

Studying an algae covered stalactite

cavern light

Linville Caverns, NC

 

Feel free to share your good news in the comments!

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Mostly Good Motives

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

In certain recovery programs they tell you to check your motives. That can be complicated, especially if you’re not sure of your motives. I recently went to a meeting where the speaker talked about loved ones getting better and she had nothing to do with it. Spoke right to my co-dependent gotta fix this heart. That very same night, I picked my daughter up from work and took her to the home that is no longer with me and found myself trying to figure something out for her – to fix it for her. She didn’t even ask me. It’s  a habit with me. She is 24 years old and she can fix her own problems. I hope. Sometimes she does ask me, like for a ride home from work, and I usually say yes. Is my motive for saying yes because I get to spend time with her? Lately that’s when we spend time together, when I pick her up from work, because she is 24. And yes, she should be self-sufficient with those transportation issues, but she’s moving in that direction. And I’ll be out of town next week, so maybe that will move her along. Letting it go, now. For now.

What motivates us to help others? Is it to feel good about ourselves? Is it good for the species and planet, so altruism is naturally selected because helping each other increases the survival of the species. I used to like science a lot, so I read stuff like that. What motivates the mainstream media to focus so much on bad news? Yes we need to know that a hurricane is coming and what to do to prepare, but do we have to hear all those dramatic verbs that scare people into being glued to the tube or other electronic devices?

What motivates the pushing of bad news? That was the question. They think that’s what sells. But people are starting to get tired of it. That’s why there are more good news networks and papers emerging now, for balance. I know I’ve written about this before. What motivates me to write about it again? Sanity. Wellness. And the desire for those things.  Here’s what I’d like to see: sandwich the bad news inside good news. Start with a follow up of another story maybe about the progress that’s being made. Then tell us about the murders and wars and mess going on that we must need to know about if you must, and finish up with equal good news. Because it’s out there. 50% good news, that’s all I’m asking for. But instead we gotta look for the places that specialize in good news. Like the Goodnewspaper  and the Good News Network. That’s okay. You’ll see. We are evolving slowly but surely to look for the good. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

For more Streams of Consciousness responding to the prompt, “motive,” visit Linda’s blog:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/09/08/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-917/

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!


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Awesome Stories 335

Mother Earth can heal, but we have to give her a chance with time and medicine (as in compost), and we will dance with gratitude among the trees. Those are some clues about these awesome stories from Brad at “Writing to Freedom.”

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This week Awesome Stories brings you forest regeneration, Medicine Baba, growing gratitude, and dancing.

Forest Regenerationforest regeneration, Awesome Stories

This story warms my heart and gives me hope for the future. Twenty years ago, a couple donated a forested piece of land in exchange for orange peels and pulp for some deforested land. It turned out to be one of the best things they’ve ever done and a huge boon for climate change. This simple solution might be a game changer for climate change. After the initial shock of how well the forest had regrown, studies showed that not only did the forest grow faster and healthier, but it absorbed CO2 11 times faster than old-growth forests. This simple change of redirecting food waste to deforested land could dramatically reduce both landfill waste and CO2 growth in one simple solution.

Medicine Baba

This is a great story of how one person can make a difference. Touched…

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