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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 15, 2022: Mindfulness for Anxiety, Baby Born at 1.18 lbs. Goes Home, CNN’s Top Ten Heroes, and a Senior with Alzheimer’s Has a Special Fan Club

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Study Validates Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy

A study published recently in JAMA Psychiatry found a structured course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to be as effective as Lexapro in reducing the severity of symptoms of anxiety disorder. Of course, a person should never stop taking such medications suddenly, but the study gives validation to alternative forms of therapy with the hope of insurance reimbursement. NPR has details.

Baby Born Weighing Just Over One Pound is Home

Baby Isla was born weighing just 1.18 lbs. with a 10% chance of survival. Now, she’s finally home after 4 months in the Hospital in England. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

CNN’s Top Ten Heroes

CNN has announced their top 10 CNN Heroes for 2022. Each will receive a $10,000 prize, and the public can vote for hero of the year to be announced in December. Thanks to CNN for honoring hardworking heroes. You can find a video overview and highlights of each hero in this article from CNN.

A Senior with Alzheimer’s has a Very Special Fan Club

Gene McGehee has Alzheimer’s. His short-term memory resets every 15 minutes. Every weekday afternoon, he waits outside his house without consciously knowing why. Then a bus arrives with kids who greet and spend time with Mr. McGhee. They enrich each other’s lives. This heartwarming story from Upworthy includes lots of photos and a sweet video at the end that you don’t want to miss.

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SoCS: Feed Your Hopes

 

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “your favorite word.” Decide on your favorite word and use it in your post any way you’d like. Enjoy!

It’s not easy to decide one ONE favorite word. For a moment, I thought my favorite word could be, “possible.” Then I thought of hope. The meaning behind the word, hope, is one of my favorite things. Hope does not have the certainty of faith, but it can lead to faith. If you don’t have faith, look for hope.

I have a bumper sticker that I never put on my bumper. It used to be on a mirror. Now, it’s on my kitchen counter propped by the window. Maybe I’ll stick it on something one day. It says,

Feed your hopes, not your fears.

That’s where the top meme above comes from. Fears can roll around in my head like a crazy dance I don’t want to go to, but end up going anyway. Even knowing how to stop them and rethink takes remembering to do it. Questioning your fears would be like, what evidence is there to support that thought of a cataclysmic meteor hitting the planet? Sure, there are plenty of sci fi movies about it, but what are the chances?

Fear: But I want to be prepared just in case!

Hopes: Okay, so prepare some, but don’t dwell on it, especially at 2 AM.

Let’s hope it never happens. Let’s hope for the best, prepare for the worst, but not make a hobby out of preparing for the worst.

Let’s focus on things we can control or change. Like the serenity prayer says, “Courage to change the things we can.” We can change our own thoughts and actions.

Ten years ago, I quieted my fears of falling back into a sick relationship and focused on myself. I began to hope that there was a partner out there for me that would be a good fit. Not someone who had fits, but who would be compatible. In December, David and I will have been married for 10 years. He doesn’t have fits. He is compatible as in open minded, spiritual, practical (which I need) and he loves dogs.

I hope my dog Marley doesn’t catch the snake I saw this morning. It was a black racer. David says we won’t have a rodent problem with that guy around, meaning the snake which is not poisonous. I’m glad I spotted the snake before Marley did. My daughter suggested I put some big rocks out there the snake can hide under. There is already an old rain gutter embedded in the vines as you can see in the photo. I’ve tried to remove that old rain gutter many times, but it was too hard. Now, I’m going to leave it.

Black Racer

I hope the old rain gutter will provide refuge for the non-poisonous snakes and skinks that Marley likes to hunt.

I hope there are no poisonous snakes in our yard. Changing that to be positively stated, I hope the snakes in our yard are all harmless to people, beneficial to people would be even more positive.

Stating our hopes positively is important. I wrote about this in my very short how to book: From Loneliness to Love. (See sidebar.)

Instead of saying, I want a partner who is not crazy. I would say, I hope for a partner who is reasonably sane, stable, and dependable. Nobody’s perfect, but compatibility is possible. First, we need to get compatible with ourselves. God has a plan for when we are ready.

I hope we humans learn to respect planet earth and help her heal. I hope we clean up our messes. I hope we can learn to live in peace and work things out safely. I interrupted the stream briefly, like a nanosecond, to change the negative words in my head to positives. Flipping that switch gets better with practice. Not perfect. Better.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend full of hope!

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One Liner Wednesday on Friends and Enemies

“It pays to know the enemy,

not least because at some time

you may have the opportunity

to turn him (or her) into a friend.”

Margaret Thatcher

With this quote, I’m thinking of the election ads flooding my mailbox and TV currently in the US and how polarizing people can be. We might not make friends but knowing our enemy could possibly reveal common ground which gives us a better chance of coexisting with peace and understanding. Let’s give peace a chance. Let’s at least try to be civil. (I’m reminding myself.)

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 1, 2022: Makeup Free Beauty, Healing the Ozone Layer, From Electronic Waste to Solar Lanterns, and Two Special Births – a Bison and an Elephant

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Miss England Finalist Competes Without Make Up

Melissa Raouf defied “unrealistic beauty standards” becoming the first makeup-free participant in the Miss England competition. “After entering this contest, I learned that ability to love myself [and] accept myself for who I am in my own skin, whether that be with makeup or without makeup,” Ms. Raouf stated. Here’s the story from The Washington Post.

The Hole in the Earth’s Ozone Layer is Continuing to Shrink

The ozone layer which protects the earth from harmful ultraviolet rays has a large hole over the south pole. The good news is that the hole is continuing to shrink. Here are details from NASA.

Turning Electronic Waste into Solar Lanterns

The Nigerian Company Quadloop recycles old laptop batteries and turns them into solar lanterns. They aim to source 70% of their materials from electronic waste. Reuters has details.

Baby Bison Born in the UK

A baby bison was born wild in UK for the first time in thousands of years. The reintroduction of European bison is part of a re-wilding program. Here’s more from CNN, plus a video from BBC:

Once Orphaned Elephants Welcome New Baby

A new baby elephant was born to the orphan-elephant herd in Kenya’s Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Read about how the herd reacted in this article from The Good News Network which includes the following video. The article reports that the new mom Melia was “flummoxed” at first and not sure what to do, but that older elephants helped her become more comfortable in her new role.

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Good News Tuesday for August 23, 2022: Free Student Meals in California, Sorghum is Thriving, Hope for Sea Turtles, and a Flight Crew of all Black Women Honors Bessie Coleman

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California Will be the First US State to Offer Free Meals to All Students

California’s Universal Meals Program will give all public school students access to free breakfast and lunch. The state of Maine is developing a similar program. ABC News has details.

Gluten Free, Drought Resistant Sorghum is Thriving in France

Sorghum is the gluten-free, drought resistant grain that needs little fertilizer and less pesticide. Eudes Coutte, a sorghum farmer in France, has had only a slight decrease in crop yield during the drougth but has the advantages of spending less on irrigation, pesticides, and fertilizer. The Good News Network has more.

Hope for Sea Turtles

The US state of Georgia set a new state record for the number of sea turtle nests last week with 3,966 nests being observed. You can read more about the endangered sea turtles and the work to protect them in this article from CNN.

Meanwhile, the first sea turtle nest was found on a Mississippi beach since 2018. Oil spills hurt the sea turtle populations in 2010 and 2019. ABC News has more.

Sea turtles are protected in the US. It’s important to keep their environments safe and clean and to turn off beach facing lights during hatching season so as not to confuse hatchlings trying to get to the ocean.

Celebrating Bessie Coleman with a Flight Crew of All Black Women

Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to get a pilot’s license. One-hundred years later, American Airlines celebrated her achievement with an honorary flight from Dallas, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona with a crew of all black women. Watch this video to learn more and join in the celebration:

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SoCS: Keys to my Heart, Florida Keys, and Dad’s Keys

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “key.” Use it as a noun, a verb, or use it metaphorically. Have fun!

I like this prompt, though I don’t have a plan. No, wait, one, two, three are developing. It’s hard not to plan, especially if you’re a planner.

Key to my heart, keys to the kingdom, keys to the Queendom! We went to Key Largo for our honeymoon almost 10 years ago in December.

My dad had a lot of keys. Now I have inherited them. Who knows what they go to? I don’t know. Where is the key to the lock on the trunk where I put my dad’s guns? I’m not really concerned about it. Not taking that stream. But I have no interest in getting rid of my dad’s keys. They could be an art project, like my mom’s costume jewelry, and all those buttons and bottle caps.

My Dad’s Extra Keys

Let’s go back to the key to my heart. David and I went out to dinner and talked about important things: how to protect small animals from our dog Marley who has a big prey drive. I won’t go into the hairy details, but David came to my rescue in a somewhat traumatic backyard experience. So over dinner we talked about barriers that would allow small animals an escape route, thinning out the urban forest gradually, and reducing, maybe even scrapping our composting efforts that may attract little animals. We’re thinking about giving our scraps to a compost company that will give us compost for a fee. Anyway, as odd as it might seem, I like having a man I can talk to about these things. And he loves dogs – one of the keys to my heart.

I’m recycling a few photos from the Florida Keys

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Good News Tuesday for August 9, 2022: 400 Children Reunited with their Parents, Two Lifeguard Stories, Growth in the Great Barrier Reef, and Two Paralyzed Pilots Fly Over the NC Mountains

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400 Children Reunited with Parents

A US task force has reunited 400 children with their parents after they were separated as migrants crossing the border from Mexico to the US. Most of the parents were deported during the previous administration and finding them has been a challenge. Families are offered mental health counseling before and after reunification. This article from NBC News has details.

Eighteen-Year-Old Lifeguard Helps Deliver Baby at Poolside

Read about how 18-year-old lifeguard Natalie Lucas in Colorado helped deliver a baby born at the YMCA pool in this article from Good Morning America

A Drone Lifeguard Helped Save a Teen Struggling in Strong Current

In Spain, a drone lifeguard delivered a flotation device to keep an exhausted teenager afloat until the human lifeguard could reach him. The Good News Network has the story and a video.

Growth in the Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Institute of Marine Science reports that the northern and central Great Barrier Reef have shown their highest amount of coral cover in 36 years. The Good News Network has more.

Two Paralyzed Pilots Fly Over the North Carolina Mountains

Listen to Alex, the “Wheelie Good Pilot” talk about overcoming adversity as he flies over the mountains with his friend, Johnny. Want more? Here’s the backstory.

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SoCS: Making Notes and a Strangely Beautiful Movie

Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “make a note.” Do with it what you will. Have fun!

Making notes tends to become more important with age. It’s something I was good at in school. Even if I didn’t read my notes again, just writing them down on paper reinforced what I was trying to learn. “Is this going to be on the test?” determined if I should write it in my notebook. Now, I can understand how annoying that question might be to a teacher. Thank you, teachers!

Making mental notes is another matter. I don’t know if I was ever good at that and would not want to trust something important to a mental note unless I said it to myself 100 times. There’s only so much room left in my brain.

I made a written note on scrap paper (I have a lot of those) of quotes from a movie I watched earlier this evening on TV. (It’s Friday night.) Don’t know if I’ll share them, because I might use them for a One-Liner Wednesday one of these Wednesdays. The movie is called Wendy, and I’d never heard of it. Or maybe I did and just forgot perhaps after having made a mental note that it looked interesting. Wendy is kind of the Peter Pan story with a Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome feel at times. Wendy is the hero and there’s a lot about “Mother,” who lives under the water and lights up in hints of Tinkerbell but looking nothing like Tinkerbell. It’s kind of a gritty, bizarre movie about hope and believing.

They didn’t make notes in Never Land where thinking too much is discouraged. No, wait, they DID make notes – as in singing notes, not really words, but ohs, and oos, to a tune. Singing – making notes – saved the day!

Here’s a trailer for Wendy.

Here are some recent Photos starting with Marley who keeps me young: The first photo is him with his trainer’s dog who showed him how to get into the scary metal bathtub at the pet supply store on Wednesday. Next is the new toy he got for letting me give him a bath there yesterday.

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