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Good News Tuesday: Changing Course, Homicide Declines, Styrofoam Update, and a Food Drop in Australia

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Sorry I’m so late today. I was late to begin with, then I clicked to caption something and my whole post disappeared! I fiddled with the history, then decided to start rebuilding.

The first item came to me this morning in my Good Newsletter. I want to acknowledge that it’s normal to feel frustrated, sad, angry, or scared with all that’s going on in the world. We can’t deny the bad news, but the lopsided perspective of bad news dominance does not have to be normal. Good news is happening, too.

Feel free to share examples of good news in the comments!

 

We Can Change Course

Its okay to feel sadness but opportunites to change course

Homicide Rates Are Falling Since 1990

This article from the Good News Network reports and overall drop in homicide rates in places such as Asia, Europe and even some US cities.

Styrofoam Ban Update

In an earlier post, I reported that the US state of Maine will be banning styrofoam this month.  That was incorrect. The Maine ban goes into effect one year from now. Also, Costa Rica has decided to ban Styrofoam in 2021. The product is not impossible to recycle, but it’s complicated and rarely done. It takes a very long time to decompose and when it does, it just turns into little pieces of plastic. Who needs that? We don’t. Good job, Costa Rica!

Food Drop in Australia

Thank you again all the helpers in Australia. Please join me with continuing prayers for an end to the fires, and safety and healing for Australia.

Please share your good news in the comments!


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Thursday Tree Love: Reaching for Heaven

Tall pine with long arms

You must have a good reason

To reach for heaven

 

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Linville, North Carolina

Trees have as much individuality as human beings. Not even two spruces are alike. There is always some kink or curve or bend of bough to single each one out from its fellows.

— Lucy Maud Montgomery

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

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-79/


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Good News Tuesday: Australia’s Helpers, New Zealand’s Assault Weapon Ban, State Steps for the Planet, and We are More Alike than Different

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Helpers in Australia

The fires in Australia are horrific. Today I want to hold up the helpers. Please join me in praying for their strength and safety and for a steady rain to fall over the fires.

Teams of firefighters and volunteers from all over the world are being deployed to fight bush fires in Australia like these  US and Canadian teams .

The Guardian has collected several good stories about generous helpers  in Australia. This link will take you to “Beautiful Gestures.”

The good news for this koala starts at 28 seconds into the video.

New Zealand’s Ban on Assault Weapons

Independent reports more than 50,000 guns were turned in after New Zealand banned assault weapons.  The ban of lethal semi-automatic weapons was implemented after 51worshippers at two were murdered in March.

The six month buy back program ended in December, “with gun collection events staying open late as police reported in a last-minute surge.”

Provisional figures indicate 33,000 people handed in 51,000 guns, and another 5,000 weapons as part of a parallel amnesty in which owners could hand over any type of firearm without any questions being asked but without getting compensated.

Read Independent article here.

Maine Bans Styrofoam & Oregon Gives Up Plastic bags

Maine has become the first US state to ban styrofoam (plastic foam) containers that take almost forever to break down. When this material does break down it turns into smaller plastic foam pieces that are dangerous to wildlife. The material is rarely recycled. The law goes into effect next year.  Read more here.

As of January 1st, Oregon has given up single use plastic bags! (Just one more reason for Oregon to be on my bucket list.) Here’s more on that story.

We Are More Alike than Different

The Correspondent article below explores shows how we agree more than disagree.

“Driving our feelings of polarisation are what we might call the “antisocial media”: a continuous stream of contentious reporting and trending topics, consumed and shared by the groups with the loudest – and most extreme – opinions.”

….”Nearly 80% of Americans are in favour of higher taxes for the rich, two-thirds want the government to do more to combat climate change and conserve the environment, and roughly the same number say that immigrants strengthen society – twice as many as 25 years ago.”

  Rob Wijnberg

Read more here.

Please feel free to share your good news in the comments!


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SoCS: From Ow to Star Wars

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Today’s prompt for SoCS is: “ow.” Find a word that contains “ow” or use it as a word in your post. Have fun!

Ow. Owie. Ouch. That’s what I feel when I see the photos of the koalas and kangaroos hurt by the fires burning in Australia. I can’t think about it too long, but I can pray for more rains to come and put the fires out.

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Mother earth is hurting. Maybe we can send her healing energy. And rain.

Did you realize that WOW upside down is MOM? There’s something to that. Being a mom is WOW.

Bow wow. Did you ever here a real live dog say that? Me neither. Ruff, maybe or Roof. Growl. Owls can be heard at night in my neighborhood at the edge of the city. Where the trees are.

Wow! There was a lot of the Force happening in Star Wars,The Rise of Skywalker. At the end of the movie, I sat there listening to the music and thinking back about how many times I saw A New Hope in the movie theatre in the 70s. At least ten times. It was the first movie of it’s kind.

One of the things I liked about Rise of Skywalker is the strong female characters. The main character, Rey, doesn’t appear to wear a lot of make up or glamorous clothes. Few material possessions. Those things just don’t matter. But she’s strong in the Force and strong in general.

Speaking of general, General Leia’s line, “Nothing is Impossible,” reminded me of my father telling me that very same thing. Leia’s character has come a long way since she realized she was strong in the Force. As an occasional practitioner of Reiki, I was very interested in it’s healing properties which resembled reiki with the laying of hands.

Wow. They made a movie with a dead person in a major role. No disrespect. I have a lot of respect for Carrie Fisher and Princes/General Leia. They used mostly old/extra footage from previous movies. Rise of Skywalker was a spiritual movie. Lots of action of course, but a message of hope and the rise of the people against tyranny.  The evil empire wants you to feel alone. That’s how they win. But you are not alone. There are more of us people who want peace and decency…… Wait. I don’t like to get political on my blog, but you know what I mean. There are more of us than the evil empire wants us to think.

There are more of us who are just regular folks. That’s another thing I noticed about the movie. Regular looking people. Yes, they had make up on, especially the aliens with multiple eyes, and the horses with curly fangs. Or maybe they were tusks. But I liked that people’s hair got messed up a lot in the rain and the sweat. Sometimes being in the resistance means messy hair.

 

I wish we could use the force to bring healing rains to Australia. Imagine that. Make it so.

For more streams of consciousness and instructions, visit Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/01/03/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-2020-daily-prompt-jan-4th/

Here are the rules for SoCS:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Good News Tuesday: Coffee Shop Kindness, McDonald’s Safe Place, and 50 Good News Stories from 2019

Coffee Shop Owner Helps Competitor Stay Open During Hospice Care

Since Pixie Adams of the Moonlight Coffee café learned that her competitors at The Local Coffee Company were struggling with a terminal illness, Pixie stepped in to help. She’s been walking the walk of “community over competition,” volunteering her time by working at The Local for free. Here’s the story and video: from The Good News Network

McDonald’s Employees Save Woman from Abuser

At  this California McDonald’s managers and supervisors are trained to help those seeking aid, particularly domestic violence and human-trafficking victims. The following video tells what happened there on Christmas Eve.

Top 50 Good News Stories from 2019

Bored Panda brings us 50 of the best news stories from 2019. When I read these good news headlines, it helps me realize that we are making progress. Yes, there’s a lot of bad news in the world, but good news is just as plentiful when we look for it. Good news is healing.  Click here to see good news stories from 2019. It doesn’t hurt that each headline has a cute picture to go with it.

Got Good News? Please share in the comments!

 

Wishing You Peace, Joy, and a

Happy New Year,

JoAnna

Daffodils look like stars

Do you see the whales with more good news? If so, they’re from an early draft, but not showing up for me to edit. I guess if you see them, they’re meant to be here!  🙂

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Awesome Stories 393- Holiday Edition

There’s plenty of goodness in the world. Thanks to Brad for keeping hope alive!

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Awesome Stories 393-Holiday  Edition

Awesome Stories Winter snow from my days in Colorado.

Welcome back to Awesome Stories. I’ve been feeling the pull to do at least one more collection for the holidays. I can’t promise that I will continue this series as it is very time consuming and I started my new part-time job this week. I’m back doing food demos, this time inside Wal-Mart stores. This marketing company seems more professional and I like my manager. Hopefully, this will be a good match, at least until I decide whether to work a few more years or retire in May. It’s important to keep hope alive, especially during our darkest hours. Many of you have helped keep that hope alive for me during my challenging times. I appreciate the love and support so many of you have given me. Thank you! Then we must add some goals and action into the…

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Holiday Self Care for Introverts and the Overwhelmed

Can the holidays be holy days? Re-blogging from my other site, “Loving Me, too.”

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Holiday Self Care

What holiday traditions give you peace?

What lifts your spirit?

As an introvert, I love to look at twinkling lights or fire light, listening to Christmas music, singing carols, and watching my favorite holiday movies.

The article below offers some excellent suggestions for introverts and anyone who feels stressed by the season. Maybe we can let the holidays be holy days.

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/story/introverts-guide-making-holiday-season-67353392

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