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Three Stories of Young Men Doing Good

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As reported by the Good News Network, Boylan Slat is getting ready to launch his project to start cleaning up the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” in July! Boylan explains his prototype in this video:

 

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Homelessness, his dad’s heart attack, bullying, and migraines where some of the challenges Tre Jenkins faced. Now, he’s getting ready to go to Harvard.  (A personal side note on migraines: fluorescent lights used in most classrooms make migraines worse.)

 

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This third video shows how a high school football team worked together to lift a car off of an elderly couple.

 

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Working Together

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Today, I offer two stories about two men working together:

1. After many years at war, the leaders of North and South Korea met in person for the first time on April 27th and agreed to work together for peace! No matter what happens, this gives me hope that the hardest hearts can become open to peace and healing.

2. After the accident, Willie Burnman was told he would never never walk or even move his limbs again. But he got a little feeling in his toes. Then he met Jeff, the YMCA intern. Watch what happened:

https://www.wfmynews2.com/video/news/two-men-form-unlikely-but-inspiring-brotherhood/291-8109373

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In personal good news, I’m having the bathroom in my parents’ house redone – new tub, new sink, new toilet, new floor! The not so good news is I’ll have limited internet access there, so I won’t be on WP much this week. But the good news in that is, I’m going to work on de-cluttering and writing.   

I hope the week brings you good news and sweet surprises!

 


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Focus on the Heroes. Look for the Helpers.

In her post about the van attack in Toronto, Linda Hill wrote about the horror of desensitization. Her thoughts added to my ongoing sense that each new report of mass violence seems to lead to more of the same. Does each new report make these tragedies seem closer to normal? Hopefully not, because this is NOT normal! It might help if we give the killers as less attention. Yes, we need to ask questions to understand the motives and to try to prevent the killings. But we should do it in a way that never glamorizes the killers. I’ll never forget the sick feeling I got when a  morning news program showed us two photos of the Columbine killers. Someone decided it would be a cool effect to slowly enlarge the photos while tilting them like glam shots.

What if we didn’t show the faces of the killers at all? Don’t give any hint of false glory. Don’t make them look important to the confused. What if we just showed a blank face and barely mentioned their name?

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We need to honor the victims, focus on the heroes, and hold up the helpers. 

Like this article focuses the helpers in Toronto:

https://www.thestar.com/amp/news/gta/2018/04/28/26-tales-of-courage-and-compassion-amid-the-chaos-of-the-toronto-van-rampage.html

If more bad news brings more bad news, could more good news bring more good news?

It’s like Mr. Rogers said: “If you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.”

 

Speaking of  helpers and heroes, I ended up watching the movie Hacksaw Ridge with my high school girlfriends during our reunion weekend. The movie is about Desmond Doss a medic in WW2 who was also the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor.  You’d think we would have watched a romantic comedy, but when Hacksaw came up in Sally’s movie channels, Terry said it was a good movie. I said I wouldn’t mind watching it. Hacksaw Ridge was an excellent and inspiring film but horribly graphic in its realistic depiction of what war can do to human bodies. It didn’t help my stomach which was already upset for some mysterious reason. Still, I’m glad I watched it.

After the movie we needed to watch a little comedy, including reruns of The Big Bang Theory, because sometimes you need something light.

Heroes are everywhere! You just have to be on the lookout.

 


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Good News for Bees: The European Union Voted to Ban Neonics.

The European Union has passed a ban on pesticides considered lethal to bees. Neonicotinoids or “neonics” have been linked to the drastic decline in bee populations in recent years. Bees are important as pollinators for the majority of our fruits and vegetables. Without bees, we would have no broccoli, asparagus, blueberries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelons, almonds, apples, cranberries, and cherries, just to name a few of the treasures we owe to bees.

This National Geographic article explains more about the ban of neonics and why this is good news.

The following video provides more information about efforts to save the bees.

 

Bees are a blessing in the grand design of our ecosystem.

We need the bees and they need our protection.

 

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Got good news? Please share!


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Awesome Stories 366

Below, you will find three awesome stories from Brad at “Writing to Freedom.” The article about trees making rain in the Amazon explains that “in transpiration, plants simply suck water out of the soil and push it into the air…” Not only do the Amazon trees make rain clouds, but they contribute to air patterns that bring rain clouds from the ocean. It’s a perfectly designed system that we should do everything in our power to support and maintain, not just in the Amazon, but in forests everywhere.

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This week Awesome Stories brings you bionic drumming, compassionate care, and healing waters.

Driven by CompassionGazi, Awesome Stories

Gazi Jalaluddin grew up with extreme poverty, where he and his family often didn’t have enough to eat or money to go to school like many of his fellow villagers. Gazi started pulling rickshaws at 13, and later learned to drive a taxi. Knowing the challenges of poverty, he always wanted to help his fellow villagers so he starting teaching others how to drive for free only asking that they give back 5% when they started earning money. But his hunger to help others was never satisfied, so he started a simple two-room school to teach young children. This too wasn’t enough, so he found the will and donors to buy land and build a bigger 12 room school to serve more students. Gazi’s passion and dedication continue to inspire others in his village. Now they’ve built Sundarban Orphanage Mission…

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