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#WATWB: The Town that Opened Doors to People Seeking Asylum

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, a city of about 100,000, didn’t ask for asylum seekers to be sent to them. It was ordered by the US federal government.* In response, the people of Las Cruces rallied to provide hospitality.

“Rather than leave them at bus stations or other locations within the community, the City of Las Cruces and its government and non-government partners are working to provide care before processing (asylum seekers) through to their host families.”

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Volunteers organized to provide food, clothing, and shelter for the 1600 people dropped off by border patrol.  The city council designated $600,000 in funding for temporary housing and the community has added private donations. Read more about this town that chose to help in the following article from The Good News Network:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/1600-asylum-seekers-welcomed-in-las-cruces/

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We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope….”

#WATWB starts on the last Friday of each month. You can join in any time over the weekend. Our co-hosts are: Susan Scott, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese, and Damyanti Biswas,

“Let us flood social media with peace and love, and “In Darkness, Be Light.”

For more information, visit:

https://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/


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Good News Tuesday: Immunotherapy, Rainforest Helpers, and Gifts from a Retired Teacher

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Immunotherapy Treatment Eliminated All Tumors in Woman with Advanced Breast Cancer.

A new immunotherapy approach removed all the tumors in a woman with advanced metastatic breast cancer. The research done by the National Cancer Institute was published in Nature Medicine and involves the enhancement of naturally occurring tumor infiltrating lymphocytes.  Here’s the story from Forbes.

Hope for the Rainforest

The news about the fires in the Amazon rainforest is far from good, but there are helpers. The article below headlines the Group of Seven countries vowing to help Brazil fight the fires. The article also mentions investigations into how the fires got started and strong voices of the people of South America demanding more protection for the lungs of the planet. This does not mean everything is going to be okay. Our planet is screaming for help. I’m thankful that some people are starting to take this seriously, and I hold up these stories in hopes of giving them, the helpers, power.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/08/25/g7-leaders-vow-to-help-brazil-fight-fires-repair-damage/23801225/

Leonardo DiCaprio is contributing five million dollars to the Amazon Forest Fund, an emergency response created by Earth Alliance. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

This article gives suggestions about what we can all do to help including reducing our consumption of paper, wood, beef, soybeans, and palm oil.

Finally, here’s the story of chief Ajareaty Waiapi, and her mission to save Brazil’s forests.

Please join me in praying for whatever is needed to stop the fires in Brazil and for the healing of our precious planet.

He Remembered His Teacher

Chris is a 30 year old man with special needs and operates cognitively on a 6th grade level. He was wandering the streets when police stopped him. When they asked him who they could call to help him, Chris could only remember the name of his middle school teacher, Miss Gerard, who ended up taking him. Michell Gerard plans to become Chris’s guardian. She discovered he had never had a birthday party. Watch what happened!

Good news is out there!

Feel free to share your good news in the comments or write your own Good News Tuesday post and link it back here.


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Mantis

I’m sitting out SoCS today while recovering from a summer cold. Here’s a post I’ve had waiting in the wings about my close encounter with a praying mantis whose deliberate movements and intent stare gave the impression of mindfulness. This is the first time I’ve ever shared a video here on WP. It should rotate when you click on it.

Have you ever had this kind of encounter with a praying mantis or other insect?

 

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Pausing just in time to see you

Clinging to the lawn bag

Displaced by my weeding frenzy.

We studied each other for a bit

And I hoped I hadn’t stuffed

Other bugs in with the vines.

I leaned the bag slowly

Toward the mailbox post.

Your front legs reached, pedaling

Until you were close enough to grab hold.

I thought you’d climb down,

But you climbed on top of the mailbox

To view the neighborhood.

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You swiveled your head to look at me.

We studied each other, curious.

Then you turned and walked down the other side

And prepared to dive down into the foliage.

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I turned to admire the late golden sun.

You must have seen your chance

To disappear into the green.

 

 


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Thursday Tree Love: Playground Tree

I’m not sure what kind of tree this is, though it might be a cedar. My granddaughter and I found it at a park near a playground.

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It turned out to be a great place to climb, play, and enjoy the shade.

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My granddaughter took this picture of me in the tree.

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#ThursdayTreeLove is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. For more Tree Love, visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-70/

 


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Good News Tuesday: Building Bridges, Wind Power, and Support in El Paso

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Working Together

Over the next 12 weeks, Jewish, Islamic, and Christian volunteers in Greenville, South Carolina will work together to build a Habitat for Humanity house. Starting on August 8th, this “Abraham Build” is the second of Habitat for Humanity’s Bridge Builder series. Their goals are to build a house for a family and to provide a safe opportunity for dialog and understanding across different cultures and religions. Here’s more of their story.

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A wind farm in North Carolina

The Potential of Wind Power

A new study of on-shore wind farm capacity shows that Europe has the potential to supply energy for the whole world for 30 years.

“The study is not a blueprint for development, but a guide for policymakers indicating the potential of how much more can be done and where the prime opportunities exist,” said co-author Benjamin Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex.

They’re not suggesting that wind turbines cover the entire area of capacity. The study does open up the likelihood that if  all countries made it a priority to develop alternative energy sources, we could achieve what Peter Enevoldsen, of the Center for Energy Technologies at Aarhus University calls “…a 100% renewable and fully decarbonized energy system.”

You can read more about the study in this article from The Good News Network.

Becoming Family

Antonio Basco was  worried no one would come to his wife’s funeral. He lost Margie, his wife of 22 years, in the El Paso shooting. When the funeral director sent out a message inviting everyone, hundreds showed up to become family.

Got good news?

Please share in the comments or write your own Good News Tuesday post and link it back here! It can be global, local, or personal.

 

 


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SoCS: Coexist

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Welcome to Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Here’s the prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “co-” Find a word that uses “co” as a prefix and use it in your post. Have fun!

Okay. Here we go!

 

Coexist, dammit!

I’m talking to everyone. If I was yelling, I’d write, COEXIST DAMMIT! Yes. I’m feeling that. This goes out to North and South Korea. And America who needs to stay out of it. Mind your own damn business. We have enough to work on right here in the USA. Plenty to clean up in our own back yard. People with different beliefs, different religions, different races, be friends if you want. It’s possible and enriching. Listen to each other without trying to change someone’s mind. Learn something new, or at least try to understand. But if you don’t want to be friends, then mind your own business and leave each other alone.

I know it might not be that simple, but is it really that hard? I don’t think so.

A few days ago, I saw a lot of people on my neighborhood on-line thing? network? whatever, who were upset about a plan to cut down a group of very old live oak trees to put up another car wash in our county.  I jumped right in there, ready to do a tree sit, or at least bring my guitar and sing,  “They paved paradise, put up a parking lot,” which is really titled “Big Yellow Taxi.” It’s the one song I know by heart and don’t have to look at the chords to play.

 

I emailed all the county commissioners and left a phone message for the county planning department. I found a lot of comments on the county Facebook page from citizens opposed to cutting down the trees and added my 2 cents.

I’m gonna have to take a picture of them (the trees) for Thursday tree love. Live oaks are the ones whose branches get really low sometimes. They are beautifully reaching out, majestic. Here’s one I took a picture of at Brookgreen Gardens where my husband proposed.

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The trees that were on the chopping block for the car wash aren’t this big, but they’re beautiful and over 200 years old.

So a couple of hours after I left the message, I got a call back from the county planning office. One of the staff members said the director was meeting with the owner of the property and they are trying to find a way to save the trees. I thought that was pretty cool that I got a phone call back so soon. By the next day, there was an article in the paper that the property owner does not plan to cut down any trees. He sounded like he got the message loud and clear that a whole lotta people care about trees around here, and he wants to be a good steward. The lesson here is that a small group of committed people CAN make a difference as Margaret Mead said. And we are not such a small group.

Still, at least half of the county commissioners, how shall I say… lean heavily in favor of “developers,” and don’t really care much about trees. But the tree ordinance is going to be reviewed at the next meeting. Maybe I’ll go and wear green. Yeah, maybe I’m just an old hippie tree hugger, but there are plenty more of us, so watch out!

Getting back to, Is it really so hard to co-exist, the property owner is presenting a revised plan which will save the live oaks and still build the car wash. So, why didn’t he do that in the first place? It didn’t take long to figure out how to coexist with the trees.  Maybe people who want to build stuff will figure out before it’s too late that trees give us oxygen. We depend on them.

Trees keep the air on.

I paraphrased that from this interview with Matthew Sleeth, who wrote a book called, Reforesting Faith. 

I just realized I wasn’t minding my own business when I went to bat for the trees, except that protecting trees is my business.  Protecting.  Coexisting. Okay, it can get complicated. I didn’t say it was easy. But it’s not that hard. We can figure this out.

Well, I got a lot of words here so need to rap this up. Watch out for old hippie ladies with guitars and come sing along.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G. Hill. For more info, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/08/16/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-17-19/

Here are the rules:

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. I will post the prompt here on my blog every 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 will simply be a single word to get you 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 all of them! 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 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: Ebola, No Kill Shelters, Donating a Bonus, and Tiger Come Back

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Ebola May Be Curable!

Two experimental medications appear to dramatically boost survival rates for this disease which was once thought to be incurable.

“From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable,” said Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director general of the Institut National de Recherche Biomedicale.

Here’s the hopeful article.

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Delaware Becomes the First “No Kill” Animal Shelter in the US

Best Friends Animal Society announced at its annual conference last month that Delaware has become the first no kill US shelter. To be considered “no kill” a state has to save at least 90% of the dogs and cats who come to their shelters. I’m guessing this makes allowances for the animals who are terminally ill, etc. to be euthanized.  Best Friends Animal Society’s goal is to make all US animal shelters “no kill” by 2025. They’re off to a good start. We as individuals can all do our part by spaying or neutering our pets and always adopting from a shelter instead of a breeder. Here’s the story from Good Morning America.

School Superintendent Donates 10,000 Bonus to Seniors Applying for College

Grant Rivera, a school superintendent in Georgia, is eligible for a bonus every three years. In this CBS article he says, “I don’t believe that a bonus provided by the board should be earned on the backs of the teachers.” Maybe that’s one of the reasons he donated his bonus to help students pay college application fees.

 

Tigers Are Coming Back  in India

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This Guardian article indicates that, while tigers seem to be reproducing more in protected areas, they need to be able to disperse into a wider range for the numbers to be stable.  That is one of the challenges. Still, the increase in numbers is a significant achievement. I would love for the US government to take notice and follow this example to protect threatened wildlife.

Here’s more about tigers:

 

Got good news? Feel free to share in the comments!

Or write your own good news post and link it back here. Good news can be global, local, or personal.