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I rose in it. – #1linerWeds

Falling in love is dangerous. Rising in love is empowering. Rise! Inspired by Riddle from the Middle.

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“Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.”

– Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison 1931-2019. Her words were a gift to us all, may she rest in peace.


Linda hosts One-Liner Wednesday. Visit her blog to see who else is participating this week.

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Good News Tuesday: Grandma Prevents Shooting, Solar Powered Airport, A Frugal Carpenter, and Seesaws at the Border

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Grandmother Prevents Mass Shooting

The recent mass killings in Texas and Ohio make me feel sick, almost overwhelmed, and asking, what can we do to prevent this?  Joanne Corey at Top of JC’s Mind hopes we can  replace hateful rhetoric with “respectful conversation where people of differing viewpoints actually listen to one another.” She asks us to renew our commitment to respectful dialog.  I renew my commitment to seek respectful dialog and will ask others to speak with respect. It is within our power to ask and to work on own own behavior.

In the midst of fighting off despair, I found the following story about William and his grandmother. William who is 19, called his grandma from a hotel room in Texas where he had an AK47 and ammunition ready for a mass shooting. His grandmother convinced him to go to the hospital instead. What caused William to call his grandmother? Did they have a good relationship? Did it help that he was receiving treatment for depression. I don’t know. There are some things we cannot control, but we can work on keeping communication lines open. We don’t have to accept hateful behavior from toxic people, but we can offer a way back. We can move away from hate and toward love. We can speak with respect and ask for respectful dialog.

You can read more in the Washington Post story about William and his grandmother below:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/05/texan-planned-mass-shooting-his-grandmother-stopped-it/?noredirect=on

America’s First Solar Powered Airport

Last month, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Tennessee became the first American airport entirely powered by solar energy. Read more in this article from Forbes.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dandao/2019/07/30/chattanooga-first-solar-powered-american-airport/?fbclid=IwAR12Yo2khFc6FTaHn8gxrL9l4msd5c8yeoOGsq1s1EKtd9iVP-Kzb86izCA#34e3723f7957

Leaving a Legacy

Thank you to Theresa for this link about the “frugal carpenter” who left millions of dollars to pay for 33 strangers to go to college. https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-now/frugal-carpenters-3-million-gift-has-sent-33-kids-to-college/968225075

Positive Energy at the Border

Two California professors designed pink seesaws so that children and adults on opposite sides of the US/Mexico border could play together. It gives me hope that they were given permission to do this and to build these opportunities for positive connections.

“The wall became a literal fulcrum for US-Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” he added.  Ronald Rael via Good News Network

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Good News Tuesday: Relief for 9/11 Victims, Help for Parkinson’s, Planting Trees, and Help on the Highway

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Long Term Relief for First Responders and Victims of 9/11

On Monday, the US president signed legislation authorizing money for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through 2092.  This was the result of a long hard climb by supporters of the bill since the fund was in danger of running out of money and benefits had been cut significantly. I’m thankful that people were able to come together to support the victims and heroes of 9/11. Be sure to watch the MSNBC  interview with John Feal in this article from NBC news.

Gentle Ear Canal Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

A recent study showed that gentle stimulation of the ear canal twice a day significantly reduced the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  Patients continued to take their regular medication during the study. The additional therapy was applied using a portable headset produced for clinical investigations. While this equipment might not be available for the general public yet, it makes me wonder about other non-invasive therapies.  Here’s the article from the Good News Network.

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Ethiopia Plants over 350 Million trees in one Day

Citizens and leaders of Ethiopia set new records by planting over 350 million trees on Monday. The planting led by Prime Minister Ably Amed is part of the Green Legacy to reforest the country and fight climate change. Public offices were shut down so that civil servants could help with the initiative. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of fighting wars, we all competed to see who could plant the most trees in one day? The Guardian tells us more.

 

Help on the Highway

Bystanders rushed to help after this truck flipped over.  The  following short video gave me good goosebumps. Better yet, hop over to Looking for the Light where Melinda shares a more in-depth report for #WATWB.

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#WATWB: Clean Up Heroes

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We Are The World Blogfest seeks to promote positive news,  stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit.  Join us on the fourth Friday of every month, or even the fourth weekend! For more information, visit: https://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

This month, I’m sharing two stories about individuals who have taken it upon themselves to clean up beaches.

Story #1: Pat Smith, a 70 year old grandmother nicknamed “Action Nan” has cleaned up 52 beaches in a year. She couldn’t sleep after learning about plastic pollution and decided to do what she could. She’s motivating me to take a reusable bag to the beach with me and pick up trash every time I go. So much trash ends up in waterways. Even if you don’t live near a beach, please consider helping out. Pick up trash and work to reduce or eliminate your use of plastics and Styrofoam.

 

You can read more about Pat here. 

Story #2: This past spring, college Freshman Joshua Caraway went to a Miami, Florida beach with his friends for spring break. But when he saw all the trash on the beach, he went to work.

“I love animals, I also love the environment,” Caraway told CTVNews.ca. “That’s why I like to help.”

Here’s an article about Joshua’s work from Global Citizen

Our WATWB cohosts for this month are:  Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk , Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz and Eric Lahti.

Stop by and see what inspiring stories of light they bring.

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Thursday Tree Love: Tall Pine

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” John Muir

I must really have a thing for trunks and bark. This tall pine is another one of my new friends who lives near the Linville River in the Appalachian Mountains.

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pine bark on the Linville River trail

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It seems to be looking down at me with curiosity, but that’s just a guess.

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more tree love, visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-68/

 


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Good News Tuesday: Front Yard Veggies, Think 4 Peace, Graduating While Homeless, and a Heroic Cat Rescue

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Florida Couple Wins Right to Plant Vegetables in Front Yard

After six years, Hermine Ricketts and her husband, Tom Carroll, finally won the right to plant vegetables in their front yard.  They’d had a vegetable garden years before in their front yard where the sun was good, but the neighborhood banned front yard gardens stating they were “unsightly.” That finally changed on July 1st when a Florida law went into effect which nullifies the banning of residential gardens. Get the details in this article from NPR.

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A Think Tank for Peace

Billionaires George Soros and Charles Koch who are generally on opposite sides of the political spectrum are teaming up to finance a think tank to promote diplomacy and restraint. You can read more about it in this article

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14 Year Old Boy Saves Cat Hanging from Overpass

Trust me. Read this heartwarming story.

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