Anything is Possible!

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 30, 2021: Scout to the Rescue, Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer, Bees Survive Volcanic Ash, and the Accidental Text that Led to a Thanksgiving Tradition

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Boy Scout Rescues Couple and Dog Lost on the Trail

David King, a 12-year-old boy scout in Hawaii, was working to earn his hiking merit badge, when he and his mom discovered a couple and their dog lost on the trail. It was late in the day, the couple had run out of water, their cell phones weren’t working, and their large dog Smokey couldn’t walk, because his feet had been cut by the trail. Read about how scout David made a stretcher with T shirts for Smokey and helped the couple find their way in this article from CNN.

Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer

After battling pancreatic cancer for a year and a half, Robyn Hobson is cancer free. It’s been a rough road, and she still has an uphill climb. Robyn had surgery to remove part of her pancreas, her spleen and gallbladder, along with part of her stomach and appendix. “I just think it is a miracle that I am alive,” says Robyn. I hope you’ll watch the video in this story from Spectrum News.

Thousands of Bees Survive 50 Days Under Volcanic Ash

Five hives of bees survived being buried under volcanic ash for 50 days in the Canary Islands. Thankfully, the beekeepers had not collected the honey that kept the bees alive. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Welcoming Thanksgiving Tradition Continues into 6th Year

It all started six years ago when Wanda, thinking she was texting her grandson, accidentally sent a Thanksgiving dinner invitation to Jamal who was 17 and a stranger. See how this mistake extended family circles and became an ongoing tradition.

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Thursday Tree Love: Balance on the Banks of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal

Maples on the banks of the Dismal Swamp Canal

Today is Thanksgiving in the US, and I’m thankful for trees among other things. Trees provide with shade in the summer and many drop their leaves in winter letting the sun in. Then there’s all that oxygen they make which we need to survive.

I’m thankful that the Dismal Swamp was not dismal at the information/rest area we stopped at going to and from Connecticut. The leaning maples on the banks of canal made me curious. A quick search clarified that the soil close to the water is softer, subject to erosion, and not as supportive, causing the trees to lean toward the water. Also, there may be more light over the water. It appears that these trees eventually curved back toward the bank as they grew seeking balance.

my trees

The “Great Dismal Swamp” is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. We stopped at the Dismal Swamp Canal visitor rest area on our way north and again on our way home. It is the oldest operating man-made canal in the United States and opened as a trade route in 1805. Digging the canal took over 12 years and was done mostly by the hard labor of enslaved people. Later, the Great Dismal Swamp provided hiding places for many who escaped slavery and headed north to freedom. Thousands of refugees, known as maroons, lived in swampland communities from around 1700 until the 1860s. 

Thursday Tree Love is hosted on the second and fourth Thursday of each month by Parul Thakur. For more tree love visit Parul’s blog. She has a wonderful quote on her tree love post.


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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 23, 2021: Protecting Marine Life in the South Pacific, Kitten Therapy at the Retirment Home, Hand Gesture Leads to Rescue, and Overcoming HIV

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15 Million Acres of Protection Added for Marine Life

At the recent climate summit, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso announced the addition of 15 million acers to protect marine life around the Galápagos Islands along with an underwater superhighway refuge from the Galapagos Islands to Coasta Rica. The additions will help protect endangered migratory animals like scalloped hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, rays, sea turtles, and tuna. Here are details from the Good News Network.

Kitten Therapy at the Retirement Home

An SPCA foster caregiver who works at a retirement home in California brought a box of tiny foster kittens to to her office one day. Take a look at what happened when the word got out, in this article from the Washington Post.

Kidnapped Teen Rescued After Showing the Hand Gesture for Help

Overcoming HIV

A 30-year-old woman in Argentia has become the second known person in the world whose immune system has overcome HIV. You can learn more from the Good News Network article which includes this video:

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One-Liner Wednesday: It Still Might Happen.

“Just because it didn’t happen then, doesn’t mean it will never happen.”

Monyay Paskalides

This goes with my “Trust the Timing” book title. Let’s apply it to good dreams coming true, answered prayers, and things working out for the best.

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One-Liner Wednesday is hosted by Linda Hill every single Wednesday. For more one liners and guidelines, click here.


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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 5, 2021: Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Climate Work, The Lost Wallet, When Slower is Better, and a Dog Rescued from A Cave

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Three Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Climate Work

While climate change is not good news, it is good news that the Nobel Prize was awarded to three scientists who have worked hard to clarify how humans have impacted climate. It’s hoped that these insights will impact our behavior with respect toward planet Earth. Learn more about the work of Sykuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi from The Guardian.

The Lost Wallet

George, a migrant worker from Jamaica, lost his wallet in New York. Laurie found the wallet but had trouble finding George until someone suggested she ask at “a little store that is known to have many Jamaican migrant workers as clients.” Laurie found George and gave him his wallet, but there’s more. Read the story from the Good News Network.

When a Slower Line is Better

The Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo is expanding its initiative to decrease loneliness, especially in the elderly. In 2022, they plan to add more “chat checkouts” in 200 stores across the country where people can go, not just for groceries, but also for conversation. Read more about this innovative program here.

Dog Rescued from Cave after Two Weeks

A dog, named Hawkeye was missing for two weeks before being rescued by cavers and reunited with his family. Here are the details.

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It Seems Like A Mighty Long Time

Halon’s back with some very interesting ideas about happiness, meaning, and psychological richness.

A Patient Voice

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. There are many reasons for that; I have felt like I was struggling and I was waiting for that feeling to diminish. Also, I don’t know about you, but with COVID, I was really having a hard time focusing. I found it hard to read, I found it challenging to complete a post, let alone a task. Mind you, I didn’t seem to struggle at all with spending a year and a half, isolated, sitting on my sofa watching NETFLIX. Go figure!

So here I am, better than worse. For my return, I thought I would share some writing that a wonderful , beautiful and dear friend shared with me. It is acting as my kickstart.

Things were especially difficult for me for a while and I struggled to find a feeling of worth. I felt that happiness relied on structure and routine…

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Good News Tuesday for August 3, 2021: Hydrogen Power at the Olympics, Sharing the Gold, Old Growth Forests, and Students Build Wheelchair Stroller Attachment

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Hydrogen is Powering the Olympic Village

At the International Olympic Village in Tokyo, hydrogen fuel cells power dormitories, cafeterias, stadiums, a hotel, and a fleet of vehicles. This power source, not to be confused with hydro-electric power, produces no emissions of any kind except water, which can be used to irrigate agriculture or gardens. After the games, the village will be “converted into hydrogen-powered flats, a school, shopping center, and more.” Learn more from the Good News Network.

Sharing the Gold

Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim tied for first place in the men’s high jump competition in Tokyo. Instead of competing in a jump-off to decide who would receive the gold medal and who would get the silver, the Qatari athlete asked an official “Can we have two golds?” Going outside the box, the athletes ended up sharing the gold medal. This article includes details and moving photos of the two athletes who are also friends.

US Stops Old Growth Timber Sales in Largest Temperate Rainforest

The US Department of Agriculture announced in July to stop large-scale old growth timber sales in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, 9.3 million acres of the world’s largest temperate old growth rainforest. For more information and phenomenal tree photo, visit the Good News Network.

Students Design and Build Wheelchair Stroller Attachment

High school students in Maryland designed and built a wheelchair stroller attachment so that people with disabilities can walk their babies. The idea came about when the students found out their theatre teacher, Chelsie King was expecting a baby, and her husband Jeremy has impaired mobility. You can read more about it here at CNN and/or enjoy this video:

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SoCS: Least Favorite and Favorite Words

Here’s today’s interesting stream of consciousness prompt: “least-favorite word.” Use your least-favorite word in your post. If you can’t decide on one, use a word that just really bugs you. Enjoy!

Just one word?

There are plenty of words I don’t like. Maybe I’ll figure out my least favorite if I start rambling them off.

“Unbelievable!” is one my ex boyfriend used a lot. It got on my nerves, because I could believe things that were really cool. Unbelievable would be something like the pigs flying when they are not in heaven, because pigs go to heaven just like dogs. So if you see a pig flying, I mean really flying, you might be in heaven.

Impossible. No surprises there since my blog title is “Anything is possible.” My dad told me “Nothing is impossible,” when I was 12 and it stuck.

Tirelessly. I might have written about this before. Back when I worked in a stressful job with way too much paperwork, the boss gave a big speech at a banquet and talked about how we staff had been working “tirelessly.” But I was damn tired. If someone works tirelessly, they either haven’t worked very long, or they are on too much caffeine and will eventually burn out. Or at least need a rest. We’re human. We get tired. There’s a backlash going around about glamorizing overwork. Maybe I can find the meme. Be right back….

On the other hand, there’s this thing lately about having trouble finding people to work. We saw that on a sign the other night when we went out to a restaurant and someone didn’t show up for work. The sign said,

Be nice to our servers, we are short staffed. People don’t want to work.

There must be some kind of balance. A need to treat people with respect. Expect responsibility and work, but not 50 hours a week with no overtime.

I guess I got off on a tangent.

There’s still no male component for the word, “bitch,” is there? I mean, it’s a female dog, and that’s okay, but, well you know the issue with a male who exhibits the same behavior being praised, except not by me.

I knew I was forgetting something, so went to ask David what word I don’t like. He thought for a minute, then said, “always.” Yes. How could I forget about “always,” and “never,” and “everybody.” They are rarely true. Can you think of an example where always, never, or everybody is true?

Okay, If you’re telling someone to always look both ways before crossing the street, that’s good. But saying, politicians always lie – there’s no proof of that. I mean, surely they one might tell the truth, sometimes. There are always possibly exceptions.

They say it never rains in California, but it does, sometimes, and I’m praying it rains more. A steady, but moderate rain to quench the dry earth and put out the fires.

Just for the sake of balance, here are some of my favorite words,

Possibilities

Rainbow

Bliss

Peace

Hope

Maybe

May it be……

Today’s SoCS prompt is brought to us by our host, Linda Hill. Find out more at:

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SoCS: Hope for the Best and Trust the Timing

Linda picked my favorite word for today’s prompt: HOPE!

If you can’t find faith, look for hope. Hope will lead you to faith.

About 15 years ago, I was afraid to hope. Romance was not working out for me at all, so I tried not to want a partner. I tried to become cynical about men. I decided to focus on myself and my daughter, friendship, and of course my most loyal companions, the dogs.

But hope snuck back in. I read about manifesting, and visualizing. Of course, this was AFTER I had worked on myself some. For five years, I hadn’t dated anyone beyond a coffee shop visit. No one interesting seemed interested in me. Now, I know that was all part of the plan created by God, the Universe, my guardian angels who were tired of my dating messes and lessons. They all knew I had work to do on me first.

At the same time I was working on me, licking my wounds, and finding my footing again, my high school sweetheart and long lost first love was doing the same – working on himself. We were becoming ready.

Have you seen my wild woman photo? It was taken around that time when I was working on me. My daughter and I had gone on a trip to the mountains. I love this photo.

It was comfortably dark in the forest, and I’m resisting the urge to edit this photo.

I see that I posted it back in 2013. Well, here it is again. I thought I was lonely, but I was finding myself. My authentic self. I’m guessing this was taken around 2006, but that’s just a guess.

Well, here we are in 2021. David and I are coming up on the ten year anniversary of our second first date which was July 15, 2011. We were so nervous and excited. He says he wasn’t looking for a relationship. I told my heart to calm down! But we both knew this was extra special. In October, the company he had worked for in Connecticut for 35 years told him it was time to retire. That spring he moved in with his 3 dogs to make our five pack. In December of 2012, we made it official. I know you’ve seen that photo before. But maybe the five pack one not as often.

David and I walking the five pack.

The five pack is gone now. They’ve all crossed over the rainbow bridge in the past ten years. I miss them and hope to see them in heaven. That’s more than a hope. Do I have faith that I’ll see my dogs in heaven? Yes. God knows how important this is to me.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst if it’s likely to happen, but don’t spend a lot of time on that. It’s like with tropical storms and hurricanes. We knew Elsa would not do as much damage as a big hurricane, so we didn’t spend much time preparing. Just a little.

We can strengthen ourselves for the difficult times as we hope for the best. Like my favorite quote goes:

I hope you are well and at peace as much as you can be. Enjoy the hopes that come your way. Nurture them and they will become exactly what they are meant to be when the time is right.

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One-Liner Wednesday: More At Stake

Unity Dove in Alcohol Ink by Joanna of the Forest

“But, you know, there’s more at stake than our party and our political fortunes in this moment. If we lose faith in the Constitution, we won’t just lose elections. We’ll lose our country.” Mike Pence msn.com

While I don’t agree with Mike Pence on many things, I admire his courage in regard to this statement and his role on January 6. I am always drawn to stories where people struggle with good and evil, light and darkness, trying to figure out the right thing to do in complicated situations, and where someone has the courage to step outside the box or beyond party lines. It reminds me of when Darth Vader turned and saved his son from the emperor because there was still good in him.

In reality, things are rarely so clear. There are a lot of colors between black and white. There are even a lot of colors between red and blue.

One Liner Wednesday is brought to you by our host, Linda G. Hill.

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