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Good News Tuesday for April 19, 2022: Mobile Medics, Cancer Cell Research, Storing Solar Energy, and A Pup is Rescued from Ukraine Rubble

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Nurse from Alaska Leads Mobile Medics

Teresa Gray, a paramedic-turned-nurse from Alaska, created the nonprofit Mobile Medics International. She and several volunteers traveled to Romania last month where they provided care and comfort to hundreds of Ukrainian refugees. Read more about Teresa and the volunteers from CNN Heroes.

Cancer Cells Killed by Fungus-Cannabinoid Extracts in Cell Research

In cell model experiments at Haifa University, a combination of specific fungus and cannabinoid extracts killed 100% of pancreatic cancer cells without damaging normal cells as reported by this article from the Good News Network.

Long Term Storage of Solar Energy

Euronews reports: “In 2017, scientists at a Swedish university created an energy system that makes it possible to capture and store solar energy for up to 18 years…. Now the researchers have succeeded in getting the system to produce electricity by connecting it to a thermoelectric generator.” Here’s the story from euronews.green

Pets Matter, too

Thank you to the all rescue workers, especially in Ukraine, for their hard work, including saving this man’s pup buried under rubble.

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SoCS: Bummers, Blessings, and All I Need to Know Right Now

Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “nose/noes/knows.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!

I don’t know if I can get to the fun part. There’s a saying or two about wisdom knows what it doesn’t know. The wise person knows they don’t know a lot.

I don’t know a lot about being a police officer. But I know we can do a lot better in training, screening, and being more compassionate in general. What’s got me going is trying to understand what happened in the fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya by a police officer in Michigan earlier this month. I guess a lot of people are trying to understand. Why does this keep happening between Black men (and women) and police officers.

I know there are plenty of good police officers. I know at least one. But why did the police officer who stopped Patrick Lyoya, because his car had the wrong license plate, end up shooting him in the back of the head? The police officer was on top of Patrick who was face down. There was some kind of struggle for the police taser. But Patrick was face down with the officer on top of him. And the officer shot Patrick IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD.

I’ve been informed by one person on my FB post, that police “don’t shoot to wound,” and my officer friend commented, “we don’t shoot to kill.” They aim for the biggest body part – the torso. So why did Patrick get shot in the head?

Taking a deep breath. And another.

I’m writing this on Good Friday. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross so young? But he wasn’t really young, was he? He was trying to change the world. Trying to help people understand about love. And he did that.

Maybe we can keep on learning about love. Keep loving who we can. Support the good cops. Encourage those who are trying to do good. We can do the little bits of good where we are.

Tomorrow, I’m going to put cans of fruit cocktail, soup, and Chef Boyardee pasta in our church blessing box that David made and I painted with help from kids at church. We do what we can.

I’d like to add that the police officer I know is a blessing. I met her working on community murals. She’s been a cop for many years and does a lot of good.

When Jesus died on the cross, his friends thought things were as dark as they could be. They were filled with despair. But we can turn despair into hope that people will learn from mistakes. We can learn to love in small ways or in big ways. It’s not easy, but it is possible. That’s what I’m telling myself.

This song came to me this morning: “I Don’t Know Much, But I Know I Love You.” I like the sound and images even if the singing is slightly out of sync.

Wishing you blessings at Easter and always,

JoAnna of the Forest

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Good News Tuesday for April 12, 2022: Resort to House Ukrainian Refugees, Bi-National Park on the US – Mexico Border, Adoption Letters for Shelter Dogs, and the First Black Woman on the US Supreme Court

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Canadian Couple Converts Resort into Ukrainian Refugee Housing

Owners of a nature resort in British Columbia were planning to create an event space and gallery, but renovations are on hold to prepare housing for 100 Ukrainian refugees.  The first 19 people are expected to arrive in about two weeks. Here’s more from The Good News Network.

A Bi-national Park is Planned for the Border of US and Mexico

Instead of a huge concrete and steel wall, a bi-national river park is planned for the US – Mexico border. The sister cities of Laredo Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas will be working together to create an ecological restoration project along each side of the Rio Grande River. GoodGoodGood has the details HERE.

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Adoption Letters for Dogs, and one Cat

Second grade students wrote persuasive letters with drawings to help shelter dogs (and one cat) get adopted. I’m glad these kids are learning about adopting pets from shelters. Here’s more from Good Morning America.

First Black Woman on the US Supreme Court

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed Thursday to become the first Black woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. The following video highlights the significance of the confirmation. It’s a very inspiring video except for the negative questioning by opponents from 5:30 to 7 minutes in case you want to skip over that part and focus on the good news.

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Good News Tuesday for March 29, 2022: Humanity and Hope for Ukraine, Philanthropist Giving Away Half her Fortune, Music & Mental Health, and Finally a Gold Medal for Black Women who Served in WW2

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Stories of Humanity and Hope for Ukraine

The Good News Network has collected 8 of many good news stories coming out of Ukraine. One of my favorites is #3 “Ukraine Joins European Power Grid, Ending Its Dependence on Russia.” Other stories include helping a perinatal center in Kharkiv, World Central Kitchen, a Russian and Ukrainian chef cooking to raise money for UNICEF, animals, and the Italian Government plans to rebuild the Mariupol Theater. For details, visit The Good News Network.

Habitat for Humanity gets $436 million from Mackenzie Scott, and that’s not all.

Mackenzie Scott donated $436 million to Habitat for Humanity. The third wealthiest woman in the US was previously married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. She is now married to a high school science teacher, Dan Jewett. The Habitat donation was part of Dan and Mackenzie’s pledge to give away most of their wealth. For details, see this article from AP. The day after I read about the Habitat donation, I saw this NBC article reporting another round of donations. So far, Ms. Scott has given away more than $12 billion in four rounds of funding.

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Music is Just as Powerful as Exercise in Improving Mental Health

It might not come as a surprise, but it’s still good to find out that music is just as good for mental health as exercise. Makes me want to put on some dancing music! Here’s the evidence gathered by Science Alert.

Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to Black Women’s Unit Who Served in WW2

On March 14, US President Biden signed a law awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion who served in WW2. “The unit traveled to Great Britain in 1945, surviving encounters with Nazi U-boats and a German rocket explosion along the way, before spending months sorting through mail and packages stacked to the ceiling in unheated warehouses…” Here’s more from CNN plus a video below.

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Good News Tuesday for March 8, 2022: Helpers in Ukraine Provide Strollers at the Train Station, Shelter in the Restaurant Basement, Frequent Flier Miles, and Food from World Central Kitchen

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First up is this photo from the FB page, “KindaKind.”

Food and Shelter in the Basement of a Kyiv Restaurant

In Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv, meet the man who offers food and shelter in the basement of his restaurant. The Washington Post has more HERE.

Frequent Flier Miles Donated for Ukrainian Refugees

Husband and wife, MG and Dawnna, started a campaign on Facebook offering to donate MG’s abundance of business-earned frequent-flier miles to Ukrainians trying to escape the war. The video in this article reports that 3.6 million miles have been pledged.

Serving on the Border

Chef Jose Andres of the World Central Kitchen shares about refugees the Poland – Ukraine Border

Please join me in sending prayers, hopes, and wishes to the people of Ukraine and the helpers.

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Good News Tuesday for March 1, 2022: Ukraine Updates, Two Ukranian Doctors, Organizations that Help, and Saving 150 Beagles

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Updates on Ukraine

I’m reading the bulk of my news these days from my 1440 Daily Digest, an online news service with a goal to be impartial and comprehensive. The news of Russia attacking Ukraine is horrible. Good news headlines are still hard to find, but the following articles picked up by 1440 include balance, for example:

Yesterday, I read: Ukraine is holding their capital of Kyiv….. Reports suggest Ukrainian resistance was greater than anticipated by Russian officials. As of Monday morning, “Ukraine and Russian delegations were set to hold talks at the Belarusian border. See updates here.” President Volodymyr Zelensky declined evacuation offers… rallying troops by joining forces on the ground in Kyiv.

Today’s news from 1440 include that Ukrainian and Russian delegations met yesterday and both sides reportedly agreed to continue talks. Countries and businesses around the world are implementing sanctions, and boundaries to let Russia know the attacks are unacceptable.

Two Ukranian Doctors

Ukrainian doctors Kateryna and Oleksander decided to stay in their country and help. Oleksander has enlisted with the army and Kateryna is helping at the local hospital. She talks about treating Russian soldiers in the following video. I hesitated to share this video, because there’s a fair amount of sadness and frustration. Oleksander finds is hard to speak due to the loss of his friends. But I felt compelled to share it anyway, because I found it moving and inspiring. If you want to skip some of the sadness, you can skip to about three minutes.

Organizations Helping Ukraine

NPR has published a list of organizations asking for assistance to help the people of Ukraine. Click HERE for more information.

Kindness Ranch Rescues 150 Beagles Destined for Research Labs

Kindness Ranch in Wyoming was able to rescue 150 beagles from a breeder before the dogs were sold to research labs. You can read more about the rescue and Kindness Ranch HERE, plus, watch the video:

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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 18, 2022: Five Nations Agree to Avoid Nuclear War, Honoring Women, a Champion of Earth, and My JJJ Prompt is Up Today

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Five Powerful Countries Agree to Avoid Nuclear War and Work for Disarmament

Earlier this month, China, France, Russia, the UK and the US signed an agreement to avoid nuclear war and work toward global disarmament. These five nations released a joint statement affirming that “…a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” The ending of the five-paragraph joint statement is especially positive: “We are resolved to pursue constructive dialogue with mutual respect and acknowledgment of each other’s security interests and concerns.” You can read more at The Guardian.

Honoring Inspiring Women

Matel is honoring black journalist and activist Ida B. Wells by making a doll in her image as part of the company’s “Inspiring Women” series which includes Dr. Maya Angelou, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Rosa Parks. Good Morning America has details. Poet Maya Angelou will also become the first Black woman portrayed on a U.S. quarter. Other women to be featured on coins will include astronaut Sally Ride; actress Anna May Wong; suffragist and politician Nina Otero-Warren; and Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.” NPR has more on the coins.

A Champion of Earth

On Dec. 7th, The United Nations recognized Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a wildlife veterinarian, as one of its “champions of the Earth” for promoting the One Health approach to conservation in Africa. This wise woman connects the well-being of animals, humans, and planet Earth.

My #JusJoJan Prompt is Up Today

In personal good news, Linda accepted my prompt (cycle) for Just Jot it January, and it’s up today! Good News Tuesday cycles around every week, so make sure to drop by again for some good news! My #JusJoJan post, will hopefully be up before noon.

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One-Liner Wednesday on Children and Laptops



Children need places where they feel safe.

We can’t protect them from everything,

but we can give them our best.

Colin Powell died on Monday, October 18, 2021. He was an American statesman, four-star general, and the first African-American US secretary of state. He served as commander of the US Armed Forces and the US National security advisor. He was born in New York City in 1937 to Jamaican immigrant parents, raised in the Bronx, and went to public schools before joining the army.

A diplomatic moderate, Colin Powell was the only republican that I would have considered voting for as a US president. Anything is possible.

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One Liner Wednesday: “… all the honor students were girls.” Mama Bear Stories from the Past

This post is a little longer than the usual 1linerWeds post, but I wanted to honor my mother-in-law Carol who told me these stories during our recent visit. Turns out this sweet, mild mannered lady was quite a “Mama Bear” back in the day. In the 1960s, there was no kindergarten in the small New England town where she was raising three sons. Carol helped create a kindergarten in a model home donated by a new housing development. She took care of a two-year-old so his certified teacher mom could teach the class. A year later, the state mandated schools have kindergartens.

Not long after that, Carol helped create a library for the school so the kids wouldn’t have to use the town library. Carol and her friends researched the standards, got a room in the school, ordered books, and typed up the cards for the card catalog. The all-volunteer library lasted for almost 10 years until a new school was built with a library.

When Carol reported that the school bus was over capacity, the school told her she had to get a police officer to count the kids on the bus for confirmation, before they could get a second bus. Of course she made it happen.

Years later, after having dealt with the challenges of two intelligent sons (including my husband) being bored and restless in middle school, Carol decided she didn’t want that to happen again with her equally intelligent and bored youngest son. She told the school her son was bored and needed to be in the advanced honors class since his grades were good enough. She was told no, because he was a boy and

.…all the honor students were girls.

Carol went to the principle and then to the Board of Edcation and told them she wanted her son in the advanced honors class. She finally got permission. After that more moms with boys got their sons in the honors class.

Here are some old photos of my husband David as a child:

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Good News Tuesday for July 13, 2021: Free School Lunch & Breakfast, Phasing Out Plastic, Extraordinary Black Women, Hopes for Equality in Chile, and The Carters Celebrate 75 Years of Marriage

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California Public Schools Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch to All Students

“In the newly adopted state budget, all public school students in California will receive free breakfast and lunch, no questions asked.” From NBC Los Angeles

New Zealand Phasing Out Single Use Plastics by 2025

Between 2022 and 2025, New Zealand will be phasing in bans on single use plastics. Here’s more from The Guardian.

Three Accomplished Black Women: The Spelling Bee Winner, “The Solar Woman,” and The Black Mermaid of South Africa

A lot of Black women have been in the good news lately. Here are three who’ve made extraordinary accomplishments:

Zaila Avant-garde, age 14, is the first African American to win the Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. She has also set three world records in basketball. Read more about Zaila in this article from Good News Network.

Kristal Hansley is the first Black woman to launch a community solar program for low and moderate income households in Maryland. Read more about this remarkable woman and her company, WeSolar, in this article from Vogue Magazine.

Zandile Ndhlovu organizes ocean exploration programs for Black children across the country of South Africa– many of whom have never seen the ocean. Here’s her story from CNN with a beautiful video.

Hope for Equality in Chile

Last Sunday in Chile, 155 elected delegates assembled to begin work on “the world’s first constitution to be drafted by an equal number of women and men.” 77 Women and 78 men met with many women wearing purple and green scarves bearing the slogan: “Nunca más sin nosotras,” meaning “Never again without us.” The Constitutional assembly also hopes to give more power to indigenous groups and focus on climate change issues. This article from NBC gives details including historical perspectives and significance.

Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Celebrated 75 Years of Marriage

Happy Anniversary to Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter who celebrated 75 Years of Marriage last week. At 96, Jimmy Carter is the longest living person to have served as US President. The Carters have the longest marriage of any US President.

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