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Good News Tuesday: Changing Course, Homicide Declines, Styrofoam Update, and a Food Drop in Australia

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Sorry I’m so late today. I was late to begin with, then I clicked to caption something and my whole post disappeared! I fiddled with the history, then decided to start rebuilding.

The first item came to me this morning in my Good Newsletter. I want to acknowledge that it’s normal to feel frustrated, sad, angry, or scared with all that’s going on in the world. We can’t deny the bad news, but the lopsided perspective of bad news dominance does not have to be normal. Good news is happening, too.

Feel free to share examples of good news in the comments!

 

We Can Change Course

Its okay to feel sadness but opportunites to change course

Homicide Rates Are Falling Since 1990

This article from the Good News Network reports and overall drop in homicide rates in places such as Asia, Europe and even some US cities.

Styrofoam Ban Update

In an earlier post, I reported that the US state of Maine will be banning styrofoam this month.  That was incorrect. The Maine ban goes into effect one year from now. Also, Costa Rica has decided to ban Styrofoam in 2021. The product is not impossible to recycle, but it’s complicated and rarely done. It takes a very long time to decompose and when it does, it just turns into little pieces of plastic. Who needs that? We don’t. Good job, Costa Rica!

Food Drop in Australia

Thank you again all the helpers in Australia. Please join me with continuing prayers for an end to the fires, and safety and healing for Australia.

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Good News Tuesday: Australia’s Helpers, New Zealand’s Assault Weapon Ban, State Steps for the Planet, and We are More Alike than Different

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Helpers in Australia

The fires in Australia are horrific. Today I want to hold up the helpers. Please join me in praying for their strength and safety and for a steady rain to fall over the fires.

Teams of firefighters and volunteers from all over the world are being deployed to fight bush fires in Australia like these  US and Canadian teams .

The Guardian has collected several good stories about generous helpers  in Australia. This link will take you to “Beautiful Gestures.”

The good news for this koala starts at 28 seconds into the video.

New Zealand’s Ban on Assault Weapons

Independent reports more than 50,000 guns were turned in after New Zealand banned assault weapons.  The ban of lethal semi-automatic weapons was implemented after 51worshippers at two were murdered in March.

The six month buy back program ended in December, “with gun collection events staying open late as police reported in a last-minute surge.”

Provisional figures indicate 33,000 people handed in 51,000 guns, and another 5,000 weapons as part of a parallel amnesty in which owners could hand over any type of firearm without any questions being asked but without getting compensated.

Read Independent article here.

Maine Bans Styrofoam & Oregon Gives Up Plastic bags

Maine has become the first US state to ban styrofoam (plastic foam) containers that take almost forever to break down. When this material does break down it turns into smaller plastic foam pieces that are dangerous to wildlife. The material is rarely recycled. The law goes into effect next year.  Read more here.

As of January 1st, Oregon has given up single use plastic bags! (Just one more reason for Oregon to be on my bucket list.) Here’s more on that story.

We Are More Alike than Different

The Correspondent article below explores shows how we agree more than disagree.

“Driving our feelings of polarisation are what we might call the “antisocial media”: a continuous stream of contentious reporting and trending topics, consumed and shared by the groups with the loudest – and most extreme – opinions.”

….”Nearly 80% of Americans are in favour of higher taxes for the rich, two-thirds want the government to do more to combat climate change and conserve the environment, and roughly the same number say that immigrants strengthen society – twice as many as 25 years ago.”

  Rob Wijnberg

Read more here.

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Good News Tuesday: Coffee Shop Kindness, McDonald’s Safe Place, and 50 Good News Stories from 2019

Coffee Shop Owner Helps Competitor Stay Open During Hospice Care

Since Pixie Adams of the Moonlight Coffee café learned that her competitors at The Local Coffee Company were struggling with a terminal illness, Pixie stepped in to help. She’s been walking the walk of “community over competition,” volunteering her time by working at The Local for free. Here’s the story and video: from The Good News Network

McDonald’s Employees Save Woman from Abuser

At  this California McDonald’s managers and supervisors are trained to help those seeking aid, particularly domestic violence and human-trafficking victims. The following video tells what happened there on Christmas Eve.

Top 50 Good News Stories from 2019

Bored Panda brings us 50 of the best news stories from 2019. When I read these good news headlines, it helps me realize that we are making progress. Yes, there’s a lot of bad news in the world, but good news is just as plentiful when we look for it. Good news is healing.  Click here to see good news stories from 2019. It doesn’t hurt that each headline has a cute picture to go with it.

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Wishing You Peace, Joy, and a

Happy New Year,

JoAnna

Daffodils look like stars

Do you see the whales with more good news? If so, they’re from an early draft, but not showing up for me to edit. I guess if you see them, they’re meant to be here!  🙂

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Good News Tuesday: Special Santa, Green Light for Migraines, Nurse Ingenuity, One Love, and Rain in Australia

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Sensory-Friendly Santa for Kids with Special Needs

A mall in Lexington, Kentucky open early to create a safe and comfortable environment for kids with special needs. Dimmed lights, less noise, engaging activities, and wheel chair accessibility make it easier to include more kids in the Santa experience.  Here’s the story with a video.

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Green Light Could Relieve Migraine Pain

There’s something about green. The following article explores research using green light for migraine and other kinds of pain. The main study has people sit in a dark room with a green light for an hour a day with reduction in symptoms over time. Of course quiet time in a dark room might also be a factor. I can’t help but wonder if being in a room full of green plants would also help.  Here’s the article from the Good News Network

 

Nurses Turn Surgical Wrap into Sleeping Bags for the Homeless

2000 large sterile wraps were being thrown away every day. But nurses at Tampa General Hospital had a different idea.  Imagine if every hospital did this?

One Love

This is not new,  but it came across my bow wanting to be shared again. In 2018, a thousand strangers, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, got together and sang Bob Marley’s “One Love.” Here’s how it turned out.

 

Rain Dance

It’s been raining in Australia! Some fires might still be burning, but we celebrate the joy of rain where it falls.  This video shows a group of firefighters with one breaking out in dance. If you can’t see it, go to the YouTube link.  There’s one more below.

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Wishing you comfort, peace, and joy through the holidays.

Merry Christmas!


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Good News Tuesday: Safety at the Mosque, Kindness Homework, Overcoming Cancer, and Person of the Year

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Today’s Good News Tuesday stories all happen to be about young people – children and teenagers – who are the future of humanity.

Students Find Safety at the Mosque

17 year old Duaa Ahmad led about 100 students fleeing from a school shooting in Wisconsin to safety across the street at the mosque where her family worships.  Click here for the video and  the story from CNN.

Acts of Kindness Replace Homework

An elementary school in Ireland has eliminated homework for the month of December and instead assigned acts of kindness.

“We are encouraging our pupils to think of the real spirit of Christmas, the spirit of kindness and giving. With such an emphasis on the materialistic and commercial aspect of Christmas, we often tend to overlook what it’s really all about…. Good will!

Vice Principal Íde Ní Mhuirí

Here’s the story.

14 Year Old Chloe Beats Stage 4 Cancer in Time to Go Home for Christmas

“On Tuesday, the doctors told the family the good news: The cancer was in remission. Though they’ll have to return for follow-up appointments every three months, the family can finally head home on December 21.”

Read the story here.

Person of the Year

Finally, we have Time Magazine naming 16 year old Greta Thunberg their youngest person of the year. It’s good news that Time is taking Greta’s message seriously and honoring her courage. In this recent video she talks about balance.

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Good News Tuesday: Free Groceries, Pit Bull Hero,Winter Coats, Radiation Armor, and Adoption Cheers

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Free Groceries

Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly, have opened a grocery store in Nashville, Tennessee where the food is free. “The Store allows families who are referred by nonprofit and government agencies to shop at the grocery free of charge for one year so that they can get back on their feet, Today reported.” The Paisleys got the idea while visiting Unity Shoppe in California with their sons.

Here’s more: https://thebl.com/us-news/brad-paisley-and-and-kimberly-williams-paisley-open-free-grocery-store-to-help-people-in-need.html

Pit Bull Hero Changes Attitudes about his Breed

Simba, a pitbull in Sweden, was negatively judged by his neighbors until he saved the life of and elderly woman in the apartment building where he lives.

“Mehana and Simba had recently been returning to their apartment from a walk when the pup suddenly started barking and pawing at the elderly woman’s door—and he refused to leave.”    Good News Network

To read more of the story  click here. 

Free Winter Coats in Dublin

 “If you need one, please take one. If you want to help, please hang one up.”

That’s the sign on the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin where those in need can help  themselves to coats.   Click here for the picture and the story.

Copper Amour Reduces Excess Radiation During Cancer Treatment

Teenager Macinley Butson of Australia has invented scaled armour that protects patients from excess radiation during breast cancer treatment. She discovered that copper was more effective than lead at the skin’s surface. When tested, her armour reduced unwanted radiation up to 80%. It’s interesting how she came up with the idea.

Cheers for Michael

Michael Invited his Whole Kindergarten Class to Court for his Adoption.

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Good News Tuesday: Donating Profits, Kidney Stone Treatment, Education for Girls, Compassion for Animals, and A Reunion

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Scientist Donates Her Profits for Anti-Cancer Drug to Charity

On this “Giving Tuesday,” I honor Professor Nicola Curtin of Newcastle University, part of a team who worked for 30 years to produce Rubraca, an anti-cancer drug. Professor Curtin used her £865,000 share of the profits from her work to create a community organization to help people overcome barriers in education and employment. Independent provides details in this article. Check out Professor Curtin’s blue/purple hair.

New Treatment to Help with Kidney Stones

Researchers MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have discovered that two medications could help relax the ureter walls to allow kidney stones to pass quicker and with less pain.  For details, click the link below:

https://news.mit.edu/2019/treatment-kidney-stone-passing-easier-1202

Free Education for Girls in Punjab

paraphrase this: “The Captain Amarinder Singh-led government in Punjab has announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery to PhD.” free textbooks will be provided to all students in government schools from the next academic session. He also said that Nursery and LKG classes will be reintroduced in government schools from next year. Fulfilling another election promise Singh also announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges. According to the census of India 2011, the literacy rate in Punjab is 75.84% which is better than the national average of 73.0%. The total number of literates in Punjab is 1,87,07,137. The male literacy rate is 80.44% and female literacy rate is 70.73%.

Source: India Times Lifestyle Network

Cruelty to Animals Becomes a Federal Crime in the US

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) passed both houses of the US congress and was signed into law by the US President. The law makes it a federal crime to intentionally cause serious harm to “living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians, as reported by NPR.  The law also criminalizes videos depicting serious harm to animals. While there are exceptions, it will be interesting to see how this new law could help animals on factory farms and in research. Lawmakers, human service workers, and criminal justice officials recognize the link between animal cruelty and violence toward people. More people are beginning to understand that all beings deserve compassion.

92 Year Old Meets Descendants of the Holocaust Survivors She Saved

Today’s Video shares the reunion Melpomeni Dina with members of the Mordechai  family she saved over 75 years ago when Nazis occupied Greece.

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