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Good People Doing Good Things … Overflowing Love

There’s so much good in the world. Here’s more from jilldennison.com:

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Some weeks putting together the good people post is a challenge, but this week … I have so many good people they are overflowing the bucket!  So, let’s jump right in …


A young man gives back …

Ashis Dhakal immigrated to the U.S., Salt Lake City, Utah, to be exact, at the age of 18 after spending years in a refugee camp in Nepal.  His first experiences were trying, being bullied at school because of both his ethnicity and his Hinduism, but Ashis dealt with it and still wanted to ‘give back’ to the community that was now his.

“I got bullied in school … they called me a terrorist and stuff like that. I practice Hinduism, and in Hinduism, service is very, very important, because, you know, we’re taught to give, and even if you don’t have anything, we try to give as much as we can.”

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Thursday Tree Love: Early Bloomer (Bradford Pear)

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.” Sarah Ban Breathnach (Brainy Quotes)

Bradford Pear Blossoms with Bumblebee

The Bradford Pear is considered an ornamental tree. Some people say they are invasive. I say they are prolific and lovely. The bees like them, too. With cross pollination, these trees can produce small berry-like fruit that is reportedly not good to eat raw. I hadn’t noticed the fruit before, but I’ll be looking for it. Bradford Pear Trees are occasionally mistaken for dogwoods that will blossom later with broader, more individualized flowers.

I took these first photos at my church. Hopefully we’ll be back in there soon. Do you see the evergreen mistletoe among the white blossoms?

The next photos were taken in my neighborhood. The Bradford Pear Trees are relatively small compared the the pine trees and oaks.

Thursday Tree Love is hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. For more tree love, visit: #ThursdayTreeLove – 106 – happiness and food


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One-Liner Wednesday: Good News and Fine Things

“For there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen.”

G.K.Chesterton

I found this in “The Rolling English Road” shared by Derrick Knight.

What’s YOUR good news?

What are YOUR fine things?

(Feel free visit me on Tuesdays for more good news!)

For more one-liners, guidelines, and inspiration, visit our host, Linda Hill at:

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


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SoCS: A Year of Challenge and Hope for Healing

Our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “day/week/month/year.” Linda also invites us to write about the past year of pandemic, “how we have coped or not, to share our common experiences as a way to connect, to feel a little less alone.”

As a citizen of the United States, these past 12 months have been heavy, not just due to the pandemic, but also with the political divide and the racial injustice of the murders of George Floyd, Breaonna Taylor and others. It has been strange and confusing to have stay at home orders, masks and social distancing recommendations along with protests and demonstrations.

My hope is that with the pandemic calming down and someone less inflammatory at the helm, we can move into healing. It’s going to take a lot of work. A lot of compassion, listening, compromise, and seeking common ground… or higher ground.

I find myself feeling tired as I write this. There are bursts of energy when things get done, but maybe it’s a tired that comes with age. Still, my personal life has not been bad. I’m the oldest one in my family – my parents and siblings are deceased. Even Aunt Ruth in Wisconsin crossed over last year after a full life into her 90s. I am thankful not to have to worry about my parents anymore and feel for those who do. I am thankful to have the luxury of time and the freedom to study my father’s letters from Vietnam, and to write and paint.

Staying at home doesn’t bother me, except that I have not seen my granddaughter, son and daughter in law since October. I miss the mountains. It was in October that I last visited the mountains and first brought mama cat home from the church. She has kept me company when David is at his woodshop, and she has become much less feral.

Mama Cat has a plate of food.
She wants attention while I’m trying to write.

Having a cat has been a big change after being a dog person for so long. The pandemic and people not being at church much was one of two factors that led me to bringing her home. The other factor was the abduction of her daughter, Gray, in June. I still go to the church once per week to see if Gray has shone up, but I don’t think this is likely. I talk to Saint Francis and pray my hopes and thanksgivings.

St. Francis with last year’s hydrangeas

Not going to church and choir practice is probably the biggest change in my personal life. We do zoom church and I’ve sung and played a little guitar for that, because music is my favorite part of church. My voice is way out of shape when it comes to singing anything challenging. My friend Anne, who is in her 80s and teaches singing, is helping me with that. I’m thankful to have had both vaccines, in spite of the side effects, I’m glad to have a little more confidence if I do want to go out. I’ll still wear a mask and avoid crowds.

Hopefully we won’t have as much to protest or demonstrate for or against for a while. Maybe things will calm down and justice will grow. Maybe we humans will wake up, bridge the divides, and focus on healing Mother Earth as we celebrate diversity in all it’s beauty and strength.

Thank you to our host, Linda Hill for the consistency of SoCS through the year.

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Thursday Tree Love: At the Dentist

“Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” John Muir

At the dentist

As yesterday’s dental appointment approached, I became more apprehensive. I’ve always had a fear of needles and knew I’d have to be numbed for the work I needed on my tooth. Dr. Plage’s reassurance helped. He told me exactly what he was going to do and honored my request to talk about his waterfall photo as a distraction during the numbing shot. It wasn’t that bad. The view through the window also helped ease my tension.

I’ve been going to this dental office for many years and have always appreciated the natural setting of pines and young magnolia trees. Any urban office or business park that keeps lots of trees around gets extra points in my book. Medical and dental offices especially need trees nearby.

During the extensive drilling into my tooth, I constantly reminded myself to relax the tightness in my neck, jaw and shoulders. When we got to take a break, the trees were still there, ever green, life-giving, and lovely, waiting on the other side of the window. After my procedure I walked around the building (discreetly and with permission) to take more photos of the trees and landscaping.
Here’s some of what I saw around the dentist’s office building located within the city. The trees have been there for years. I hope they remain. You can click on any picture to see it enlarged.

Thursday tree love is hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and forth Thursday of each month. For more tree love, visit:

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Good News Tuesday for March 9, 2021: New CDC Guidelines, Vaccine Collaboration, Fighting Cancer, and Making a Difference

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Vaccine Collaboration, New Guidelines, and Hugs

The CDC has issued new guidelines endorsing people who have been fully vaccinated to socialize with more freedom. This means if you and your grandparent have been fully vaccinated, you can hug away! The CDC still does not endorse travel. Please read details from Good Morning America.
In related news, Merck pharmaceuticals is helping Johnson and Johnson expand production of their new single -dose vaccine.
Here’s more from US President Joe Biden:(after a brief commercial)

Individualized Cancer Treatment

Oncologist Robert Nagourneytest’s system of personalized medicine determines which drug or drug combination defeats each patient’s individual tumors or fluid in the lab before giving the medication to the patient. His work has shown success according to this article from the Good News Network.

Recognition of Paralyzed Man Collecting Plastic from Boat Makes a Difference in His Life

N. S. Rajappa lost the use of his legs due to polio at the age of five. Now, the elderly gentleman drags his small boat into the Vembanad Lake in India to pluck plastic bottles from the water. If he fills his boat, he makes about 17 cents per day. It’s enough for a meal, and he likes helping the environment. Since Nandu Ks shared his photo of N. S. Rajappan collecting plastic in his boat, donations have started to help make Rajappa’s life a little easier with a motorized boat, chair, and a plan for a new dwelling. See the photo and read the story from the Good News Network. In addition, I found a video that also helped with the donations.

Got good news?

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One-Liner Wednesday: Beware of Artists

I might have shared this before, but when I saw Linda’s One-Liner Wednesday topic of art, I couldn’t resist. Not that we have to stick to a topic. I just like the idea of being “dangerous” through art and mixing with all classes. I have seen this quote attributed to Queen Victoria.

For more one-liners and guidelines, visit Linda Hill at:

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Good News Tuesday for Feb. 9, 2021: Positive COVID Updates, Australia’s Drop in Crime, Immigration Reform, Saving Seabirds, 4 Year Old Stella is Home after 9 Month COVID Fight, Plus Snow Removal

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

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10 Positive Updates About COVID 19

Collecting GNT stories last week, I already had this one from Insider on the drop in COVID cases in US nursing homes. Then, I discovered that the Good News Network has a whole list of positive COVID updates about decreasing numbers, medical school applications, generous countries, vaccine helpers, immune cells, and more. Here’s the list from the Good News Network.

Australia’s “Astonishing” Drop in Crime

Over the past 20 years, Australia has experienced a significant drop in crime: Break-ins have fallen by 68%, motor vehicle theft by 70%, robbery by 71%, attempted murder by 70%, and murder rates by 50%, while overall homicide decreased by 59%. Improvements in the economy, lower unemployment, less alcohol consumption by young people, and improved access to better safety technology are cited as possible reasons for the decrease in crime. For details, visit this article from the Good News Network.

Biden Signs Orders for Immigration Reform

US President Joe Biden signed three executive orders last week to reform immigration, including one creating a task force to re-unite families that were separated at the border. Good Morning America has more.

A Simple Change Decreased Seabird Deaths in Namibia by 98%

A recent fisheries study in Namibia reported a 98% reduction in seabird deaths after laws were passed requiring fishermen to attach colored streamers to the back of their boats. Previously, 22,000 to 30,000 seabirds were accidentally being killed every year in Namibia including the endangered Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross. This article from the Good News Network provides details, illustration, and interesting facts about the amazing albatross.

Four-Year-Old Goes Home after Nine Months in the Hospital Fighting COVID

Four-year-old Stella Martin from New Mexico was in the hospital for nine months fighting COVID 19. Stella’s asthma contributed to her risk, and she spent five months in the ICU. She was released from the hospital on January 26th. You can read more about Stella and her family, in this article from Good Morning America.

Bonus Video:

Ten-Year-Old Christian Stone and his mom remove snow from cars in hospital parking lot:

Got Good News?

Feel Free to share your good news story in the comments

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One-Liner Wednesday Take 2: Democracy Cannot Be Defeated

Today’s prompt for 1linerWeds and JusJoJan was, “defeat.” I didn’t like it, though Linda used it in a very appropriate way. I wrote my first take on the prompt before President Joe Biden’s inauguration. After listening to Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb,” I found the perfect quote for the prompt. So here it is:

“But while democracy can be periodically delayed, It can never be permanently defeated.”

Amanda Gorman

Ms. Gorman, at 22, is the youngest poet to recite at an inauguration. As a child she overcame a speech impediment, an auditory disorder, that she believes helped her become a better writer. Here is her whole poem:

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One Liner Wednesday: Holding Us Together

Found on Facebook. Don’t know the source.

What’s holding you together?

What’s holding us together?

What if we applied this, not just to ourselves, but to our country?

PS. I found a timely quote that fits the prompt better! Please the next post for Take 2!

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