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WATWB: 13 Year Old Makes Medical Masks Less Painful

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Thirteen-year-old Quinn Callander from Canada saw photos of doctors and nurses with injuries from long hours in medical masks. Then he saw a plea from hospitals asking for ear guards to help relieve some of the pressure on health-care workers ears and faces.

For his birthday, Quinn had gotten the 3-D printer he asked for and made some ear guards from an internet design.  After Quinn’s mother, “Heather Roney, posted a couple of photos of her son and his ear guard project on her Facebook page… requests came flying in.”

Quinn’s printer is now going 24/7 and he’s made more than 500 ear guards that help ease the pain of medical care professionals around the world.

I hope you’ll read more about Quinn and his project in this Washington Post article. 

We Are The World Blogfest is a monthly effort to bring positive stories of hope to the world. We share these stories on the last Friday of every month. Thank you to this month’s co-hosts:

For details on WATWB, visit:
And be sure to visit the WATWB Facebook page for more stories of light and hope.

 


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Good News Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Support for Health Care Workers, Planet Earth, Living Kindly, and Captain Tom Walks the Walk

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Support for Health Care Workers

It does our hearts good to read about all the people supporting and donating to health care workers. Here’s just one example among many: To celebrate their birthdays, two teenagers had the idea to give free gasoline to first responders, police officers, doctors, nurses, and other health care workers coming to their family’s business, Harry’s Food Mart in Massachusetts. Delivery fees were also waved by J&S Transport company delivering the gas.

For Planet Earth

Tomorrow is Earth Day, and while we need at least a whole month to celebrate and honor Mother Earth, I wanted to include some good news about how people are working to help the planet.  Here are ways to be creative with solar panels in driveways and at church.

The Budapest-based startup, Platio Solar has developed a residential solar paneled driveway made out of recycled plastic bottles. According to the website, “a 20-square-meter (215-square-foot) driveway system has the capacity to cover the yearly energy consumption of an average household.” Or it The Good News Network provides details. 

A Polish priest inspired by Pope Francis used his own money to put a 70 foot cross of solar panels on his church. By day, the cross provides the electricity for the church’s lighting, heating, and air conditioning. By night, it provides a colorful neon light show.  Here’s more on that story which I found in my Goodnewsletter.

Living Kindly for Animals

The animal welfare group, Live Kindly, has an abundance of  good news for animals in the following video, like Dr. Fauci recommending an end to live animal markets, dogs and cats no longer being listed as livestock in China, a bill to ban ivory sale in Washington DC, sea turtles nesting freely, and Paul McCartney making sure Lisa Simpson is still a vegetarian before he goes on The Simpsons. If you love animals and the earth, this is good news.

 

99 Year Old Veteran Walks the Walk

In just two weeks, Captain Tom Moore has raised over 13 million pounds for England’s National Health Service by walking 100 lengths of his back garden before his 100th birthday.  Now, there’s a campaign for Captain Tom to be knighted. Captain Tom reminds us that we’re never too old to make a difference whether by walking or with a smile.

UPDATE: Thanks to Derrick for this update in the comments: “Captain Tom didn’t stop there. Stating that he would continue walking as long as people continued giving, by 18th April the total had passed £23,000,000.”

It was hard to pick just one video about Captain Tom, so I urge you to watch others too.

Got good news?

Please feel free to share in the comments!

It can be global, local, or personal.


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#SoCS: Affirmations and Acknowledging Feelings

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Deep in the earth they waited out the winter.

Roots, seeds, and bulbs.

Now they surge up and out

Each in their own way.

 

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Deep in our bodies

Every little cell

Is doing it’s job

Staying healthy and well.

I heard this song yesterday right before I read the prompt. It goes “happy and well.” I remembered it as healthy and well. Maybe that’s because I made up a song to the tune of “I’m so Pretty” that goes, “I’m so healthy.” But anyway, this song below is fun and easy to learn. I’m a firm believer in singing and affirmations. I also like her outfit.

 

I’m wishing all of you good thoughts of being well from deep down in my heart.

I wrote the above on Friday evening which is usually my habit with SoCS. Now it’s Saturday morning and time to publish the post. I have to be honest. Though most of my posts are positive, because that’s what I think the world needs most, I’m not always positive. Sometimes I have waves of anxiety or sadness and grief, like this morning. I’ve been tired a lot lately. I tell myself it’s allergies. Maybe it is partly. So much is blooming. But it’s important to acknowledge all of our feelings.

Wild geese are going over right now as I write this. Their honking reminding me of Mary Oliver’s song. I meant to type poem. No, song…. I’ve shared this poem before here on “Anything is Possible.” The geese tell me to share it again.

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

 Mary Oliver

Experience teaches us that the waves come and go. We learn to surf or to dive deep. The waves always pass.

Today’s prompt was: “deep.”

Dive deep into the Stream of consciousness with Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/04/03/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-4-2020 

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. I will post the prompt here on my blog every 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 will simply be a single word to get you 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 all of them! 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 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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Good News Tuesday 3/32/20: Sikhs Feed the Vulnerable, Moms Raise Money to Feed Hospital Workers, and the Birth of a Network

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While much of today’s news is scary or sad, there are still plenty of good people doing good work all over the world. Here are just a few examples.

Sikh Community Feeds the Vulnerable in Australia and New York

Members of the Sikh community in Australia and New York are volunteering time and donating meals to isolated and at risk people. Many of these helpers have full time jobs and are preparing meals in their “spare time.”

In Sydney, Australia the Sikh community has spent over $4,000 Australian dollars on a food donation program for elderly and disabled in self-isolation. In Melbourne, Sikh Volunteers of Australia delivered 1,000 home-cooked meals to elderly and others unable to go grocery shopping during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Sikh volunteers in New York prepared and packaged 30,000 free meals to be distributed to isolated and at risk people.

You can read more about their generous good work in this article from The Good News Network. 

Moms raise over $10K to Feed Hospital Workers

Whitney Klomparens, Suzi Pigg and Leigh Ann Garrett started the initiative that raised  over ten thousand dollars to feed hospital workers in Charleston South Carolina where staff is working so hard, they barely have time to eat. The front line workers requested high-calorie food they could eat with their hands while on the go.  The story from Good Morning America includes a video with smiling faces in spite of the hard work 

Please join me for a moment to send prayers, good energy, and gratitude to all medical and support people around the world.

The Birth of a Network: “Some Good News”

John Krasinski who once played on the TV sitcom, The Office, has started SGN, a good news network from home. His natural light humor makes me smile, and I love his sign. Be sure to catch John’s story at the end of the video about a girl who gets a parade coming home after her chemo is done.

Please add your good news, good thoughts, or how your doing in the comments. I’d love to hear about what helps you cope with the not good news. 

 


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Welcome Wellness

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Welcome wellness!

Welcome spring!

Welcome sunshine!

Let us sing!

Sing with the birds

Sing to the trees!

Sing to your neighbors.

Just don’t sneeze.

Go ahead and sneeze.

But turn your head

Or sneeze in your elbow.

Be safe instead.

Welcome life!

Welcome buds!

Welcome blossoms!

Welcome bees!

Welcome geckos

On my tree.

Welcome wellness.

Set us free.

 

I interrupted a couple of geckos on my mimosa tree a couple of days ago. I don’t know if they were fighting or courting. But as I tried to get closer with my phone camera, the closest one turned around and faced me, opening it’s mouth. I didn’t hear a hiss, but that was the effect. I backed off.

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This is about the time I got “hissed” at.

Don’t they look like dinosaurs?

My azaleas are looking better than ever. Nature doesn’t know about the virus. Nature continues on, flourishing in spring abundance.

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Here’s a photo I took of dogwood blossoms in twilight.

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Be well. Welcome wellness! 

#SoCS is brought to us by Linda G. Hill.
Today’s prompt was “welcome.”

You’re welcome to join us. For more information, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/03/20/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-21-2020/

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. I will post the prompt here on my blog every 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 will simply be a single word to get you 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 all of them! 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 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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A Children’s Book, Loving Energy, and Body Alignment (#SoCS)

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From SoCS host, Linda Hill: “….our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cheek.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Enjoy!”

There’s a children’s book called The Kissing Hand. It’s about a little raccoon who is afraid to go to school because he doesn’t want to be away from his mom. His mom kisses the palm of his and and says that whenever he is lonely or nervous, he can put the palm of his hand, the place where she kissed him, on his cheek and remember that his mother loves him.

I must’ve gotten this book for one of my children who was nervous about starting school at least 20 years ago. Children’s picture books are special to me, so I keep my favorites. I believe it’s at the mountain house where I took most of my children’s books since that’s where I’m most likely to spend time with my grand kids.

The Kissing Hand story got me thinking about how powerful the mind can be, especially when we have a physical cue, like kissing a hand and then putting it on the cheek. Is there real energy in that kissed spot? Energy of love that can be transferred to the cheek? Reiki works a little like that, but residual energy?

Anything is possible.

What we do know is that the mind is very powerful in healing and mood. Thoughts are powerful and can influence the body.

I have a bad habit of biting on the inside of my mouth around my inner cheek area. I can go for years without this happening, but it’s surfaced lately, maybe because I’m too busy, way busier than I ever imagined being retired. Too many interests I guess. Or is there more to it? Maybe I’ll come back to that.

I’ve told myself to stop biting the inside of my mouth. I’ve prayed for help with this since it seems to be an addiction of sorts. A nervous habit? The problem happens when I put my tongue in my cheek. Funny, I don’t like the figurative meaning of that expression because I don’t like sarcasm.  It’s dishonest. Oh, I’ve used sarcasm occasionally, but not when things are important, serious, or could be misunderstood.

Anyway, when I keep my tongue away from my cheek… wait let me go back. When my tongue feels an imperfection, a bump of some kind, that’s when the biting starts. So, if  I just keep my tongue lined up forward, I’m better off. I’ve started breathing with imagery of a vertical line. This relates to something I read about chakras and energy  (qi/chi?) moving up the front of the body and down the back of the body.  I’m sure there are people who know a lot more about this than me, and I’m resisting the urge to look it up because what I really want to get to is this:

When I inhale imagining energy moving up the front of my body, cresting at the top of my head, and flowing down the back of my body, it feels really good. I don’t know why. Maybe it helps me sit or stand straighter. My head seems to go back a little, or maybe it’s just energy moving, aligning my osteoporotic whatever  posture. I’m sitting up straighter just typing this.

Well, I’ve already used up a lot of words…. Isn’t it interesting how the mind and body work together? There’s a lot we can do with this understanding.

Here’s a little video of The Kissing Hand. It’s very sweet. I just watched it again, and the part about energy flowing from Chester’s hand to his heart when his mom kisses him fits with the whole energy thing.

Enjoy the watercolors!

 

Whose love goes with you wherever you go?

The Stream of Consciousness flows every Saturday from the blog of Linda G. Hill. You can find out more here:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/02/14/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-feb-15-2020/

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. I will post the prompt here on my blog every 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 will simply be a single word to get you 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 all of them! 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 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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Good News Tuesday 2/11/20: Fighting the Coronavirus, Plastic Recycling, Chef of the Poor, and a High School Student Surprises His Teacher

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Fighting the Coronavirus

Doctors in Bangkok, Thailand have able to treat severe cases of the coronavirus with success using a combination  HIV and flu medications. A 70 year old woman who tested positive for 10 days showed vast improvement within 48 hours of treatment. Here’s more of the story from Ecowatch.

 

Recycling Plastic into Building Material

Goodwood Plastic Products Ltd of Halifax, Nova Scotia is turning 80% of the area’s collected plastic into lumber. The remaining 20% is transported to other parts of Canada for recycling.

“The plastic lumber can be drilled, nailed, glued, and handled the same way as wooden lumber—but without any of the same deterioration.” Good News Network

Chef of the Poor

Ninety-year-old Dino Impagliazzo cooks for the poor in the city of Rome. He and other volunteers of RomAmoR (RomeLove) collect donated food, cook, and serve the poor and homeless. I hope you enjoy reading about Mr. Impagliazzo and RomAmoR in this story from the NY Post.

 

Student Surprises Teacher with College Acceptance

Max Pacheco surprised his favorite teacher, Dr. Gloria Green, who teaches AP Spanish. Last month he brought her a  bouquet and the announcement that he got into the Georgia Institute of Technology. This video will make you smile.

Got good news? Please share in the comments!


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Good News Tuesday: Homeless Shelters, Pet Adoption Hero, Fighting Cancer, and A Police Officer’s Surprise

 

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Pope Francis Turns Vatican Palace into a Homeless Shelter

They could have made a lot of money turning this 19th century Vatican palace into a hotel, but instead, Pope Francis decided to make it a homeless shelter.  Be sure to watch the short video contained in this story from NBC.

In a related story, a non-profit in Denver, Colorado grabbed an old hotel to turn it into a homeless shelter.  Here’s that story from the Good News Network

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Superbowl Winner Pays Adoption Fees for 91 Homeless Dogs

After his team won the Superbowl, Derrick Nnadi paid the adoption fees for the 91 dogs in Kansas City’s shelter. But this isn’t just a one time thing.

“Nnadi sponsored a program during the regular season in which he paid the adoption fee for one hard-to-adopt dog after each Chiefs victory. All of the dogs in that program found homes.”         Source and story:  ESPN

New Discoveries for Cancer Treatment:

Re-purposing Drugs to Fight Cancer:

Researchers have discovered that several drugs have more than one purpose. Medications for diabetes, inflammation, and alcoholism have been shown to kill cancer cells in the lab. Here’s the story from the Good News Network

Newly Discovered Immune Cell Kills Most Cancers:

British scientists were analyzing blood to find bacteria fighters when they “accidentally” discovered new type of T-cell that kills most cancer cells. You can read more in this article from The Telegraph.

New Police Officer Gets a Surprise Visit

At the age of 42, Erika Benning, an immigrant from Honduras, achieved her dream to become a police officer. But there’s more! Her son who has been stationed overseas for two years showed up for his mom’s ceremony. Enjoy the video!

Got good news? Please share in the comments!

It can be global, local, or personal.

 

 


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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.

Got good news? Feel free to share about it in the comments!

Or write your own good news post and link it back here!