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Awesome Stories 325

This week’s Brad brings us Awesome Stories that are both practical and beautiful. The story about auroras in Iowa gives me hope for one of my bucket list items. Maybe I won’t have to face the freezing cold to see auroras after all.

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This week Awesome Stories brings you cultural awareness, solar biogas,  auroral magic, and ocean cleanup.

Reading Around the World

I love the message from Ann Morgan about opening our minds and life by reading books from around the world. She realized that her life view was rather limited by only reading books from the UK and US. To expand her views, she decided to read a book from every country in the world and blog about it as A Year of Reading From Around the World. I love this idea so much I might join the challenge to read a book a month from another country. Ann talks about the richness she gained as she reached out to people from around the world to recommend books or help with translations. But the real gifts were the stories and realizing how diverse, interesting, and complex we are as humans.


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Powerful images and perspectives on courage.

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
– Nelson Mandela


“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin,
but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”  
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Helsinki, Finland

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones;
and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
God is awake.” 

– Victor Hugo

Kolkata (Calcutta), India

“All happiness depends on courage and work.”
– Honoré de Balzac

Peshawar, Pakistan

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Kampala, Uganda

Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India


“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
– Mark Twain


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On behalf of Mom: Thank you!

More good news! Irene is making good progress! Take care, rest well, and grow strong, Irene! You are in our prayers.


Dear readers,

This post is written by Claire, Irene’s daughter. Mom has been at the hospital since Thursday the 8th of June and is still there.

After many days of sleeping she finally woke up. She is still in the intensive care unit and will need some time to recover. We are not sure if it will take weeks before she will be home again.

Mom is a private person and to her it was a big deal even revealing that she doesn’t feel well. So for her sake I will allow her to decide which details to share and which details she wishes to keep to herself. But I would like to assure you that the issues she is having are physical and not mental.

To Mom, her blog and fellow bloggers mean the world. She tells us about her friends, about common interests and about why she likes…

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Good News Tuesday: Cool Cops

They could have just referred him to some one else, but the police officer “couldn’t shake the image of the elderly man sitting in his home in the sweltering heat….”

Click the link below for the story.  (It’s short and sweet.)

Got good news? Feel free to share in the comments or write about it on your blog and include a link to this post. It can be global, local, or personal.

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The Magician’s Curse – Now Available for Pre-Order!

Congratulations, Linda Hill! Looks like a fun read!

Linda G. Hill

When Herman Anderson leaves home to make a better life for herself, she doesn’t expect to meet a tall, dark stranger with whom she’ll fall hopelessly in love.

Charming and mysterious, Stephen Dagmar is a stage magician seeking an assistant. The moment he sets eyes on Herman, he knows she’s the one. He brings her home to his Victorian mansion where they embark upon an extravagant romance. Yet a shadow hangs over their love. Will the curse on his family end Stephen and Herman’s happily ever after, before it really begins?

Amidst lace and leather, innocence and debauchery, The Magician’s Curse begins the Gothic tale of The Great Dagmaru. Magic and romance await.

Official release date: June 27, 2017! Pre-order your Kindle copy today here:
Available soon on Kobo, and on June 27th in paperback on Amazon.

An excerpt from Chapter 2:
The moment Stephen stepped out the door…

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Awesome Stories 324

In this week’s Awesome Stories from Brad, I’m intrigued by the potential for safer? safe-ish? nuclear power, something I would not have thought likely and that makes me wary. But I have to admit that anything is possible, and we need clean energy.

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This week Awesome Stories brings you healthy community, clean energy, feeding the hungry, and passion.

Healthy Community Margaret Wheatly, Awesome Stories

Margaret Wheatley explores some interesting perspectives on the paradox of community. She believes a healthy community must embrace our opposing needs for both individual freedom and connection to others. Both needs seem hardwired into our genetics and require a gentle embrace to create communities with enough freedom to allow individual expression. Margaret believes we need to focus on the shared purpose that brings us together rather than the structure in order to keep both needs vibrantly alive. Most communities and organizations create an excess of structure that stifles creativity and discourages diversity. Whereas, a healthy community has only enough structure to create a shared purpose while embracing a broad diversity of people, ideas, and processes.

Clean Energy

China seems to be on a course to become the leader in clean energy generation. Due to China’s…

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Poetry – View From an Open Door

I’m sharing this beautiful image and poem by Linda Wolff, reminding me of my journey out of the darkness. Open doors are always waiting for us, for the time when we are ready.

Urban Poetry

In this free verse poetry, “View From an Open Door.”

Reflecting back on moments, we ponder upon choices. Where would we be if we had done this or that? Would we be in a better place, or worse. We need to fall and then rise with a better reflection of what should be.

Image of In this free verse poetry, "View From an Open Door."

View It From an Open Door

I think back.
What brought me to this place?
This place I occupy now.
It’s mine. I own it.
Of all the lessons.
Of all the blessings.
Of moments I fell and fell hard.
It was the moment it counted.
Once lost, but now found.
Clarity rose in my eyes and soul.
Eyes that once filled with tears.
Learning not to fear, fear itself.
I was scared of the darkness,
but in reality, I was just seeking the light.
And to know of loss is because
I’d seen happiness before.

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