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Good News Tuesday: Video Games for Peace, Electricity from Sound, Homes for Canadian Veterans, and an Elephant Finds Sanctuary

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Former Refugee’s Video Game for Peace

“Peace is something that is built over time,” Mayen said. “It’s not about people coming together and signing cease-fires and so on. It’s a generation of change. It’s a change of mindset. It’s a change of attitude toward each other.”

Lual Mayen was born in war torn South Sudan. Shortly after his birth, his family treked 225 miles to a refugee camp in Northern Uganda. His two older sisters died on the journey.  While still a refugee, he developed the first version of his video game, Salaam, which means “peace” in Arabic. Mayen is now launching his company, Junub Games which includes newer versions of Salaam. The game involves surviving as a refugee in a war zone and buying food, water, and medical supplies with real money which is then donated to help real life refugees.

You can read more about Lual Mayen’s story in this article from The Washington Post

High School Students Generate Electricity from Sound

A group of 11th graders from the Philippines have invented a device that uses sound waves to generate electricity. The device would cost about $4 and currently can provide enough electricity for a small light. However, the potential exists to generate greater amounts of electricity from noisy places like airport runways.  Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Homes for Heroes

A complex of 15 tiny homes for Canadian veterans is now complete. The complex includes mental health support and family space. This news report from CTV News includes a video with perspectives from veterans.

Chile’s Last Performing Circus Elephant is at Her Sanctuary!

After 50 years in the circus and being isolated from her own kind, Ramba has been rescued and has been in a temporary space while waiting to go to the Global Sanctuary for Elephants.

These are the final steps of a journey that began over 7 years ago. In 2012, Ecopolis—a Chilean animal welfare group—contacted the Global Elephant Sanctuary (GSE) to help rescue Ramba from her abusive circus owners.  GoodNewsNetwork

 Tuesday morning update: The Global Elephant Sanctuary Facebook Page says,

“Ramba is Home!”

You can learn more about Ramba and her rescue on her GES Rescue Page. 

This video is from a couple of weeks ago when they were trying to get her used to the transport crate for the final part of her journey to sanctuary.

 

Many thanks to Ecopolis, Global Sanctuary for Elephants, and those who help rescue animals from abuse and exploitation.

Got good news?

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#SoCS: The Wedding Dress Prank and Other Imaginings

 

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Today’s prompt for SoCS is “dress.” But first, isn’t that a beautiful badge? Congratulations to Shelley!  Are those drops of water just peeking down into the grass? Are they going to fall? Doesn’t matter. It’s a moment captured in time, in the stream of consciousness, but it suggests movement. Dancing even. Which brings us back to the dress. A dress a raindrop might wear while suspended on a blade of grass. Wow, that photo sure is inspiring me.

The dress. I wrote about my wedding dress in my book, Trust the Timing. I had taken it to the hotel room where my girlfriends were staying two days before the wedding, because the dress was big and my house was, and is, small, and I didn’t want David to see it of course. My girlfriends from high school were staying at the beach. They had a balcony where you could see the ocean.  One of my girlfriends called me – or I called them, I don’t remember –  but Terry, she had terrible news. She told me they had been playing with the dress on the balcony and the wind grabbed it and took it away. It was somewhere out on the ocean. She was so sorry. Of course I didn’t believe them. Not really. One of the girlfriends was snorting a laugh but said she was crying because the dress was gone. They kept it up for quite a while. But of course it was just a prank. The dress was safe and sound. Here’s what it looked like on my wedding day.

Bride & Groom framed by doors

Aw.  It’s funny that when I was a kid, I hated wearing dresses. I wore jeans all the time in my teens and twenties. Now, jeans feel stiff and uncomfortable. I’d much rather wear a long dress, a skirt with and elastic waist, or yoga pants – stretchy pants I wouldn’t be caught dead in back in high school.

Dressing up for Halloween was one of my favorite things back in the days of my youth. In my twenties and even in my thirties, I’d dress up as mother nature or something with moss on my head. It’s been years since I dressed up for Halloween, but I’m tempted to do something just for fun.  I used to want to dress up as Glinda, the good witch from the Wizard of Oz, but so far, that hasn’t happened. What if I crossed Glinda with Mother Nature? I think I’d have some kind of a crown and blow bubbles. Green shoes and lots of sparkles. The dress would be green and gold. Maybe green and amber. Very flowy. Oh, maybe my crown would be a wreath of ivy or flowers. I just stopped for a minute and looked on line for a Glinda meets Mother Nature dress. None of them matched my imagination.  That’s okay.  Sometimes imagination is enough.

What would you dress up as if you could dress up as anything you wanted?

Oh, and here’s an angel in a green dress that I painted a few years ago.

Angel in a green dress on white

Better an angel in a green dress than a devil with a blue dress. That was a song. I don’t think I liked it much. Damn. Can’t end on that note. Sometimes the stream forks off into a bog. Let’s turn around and paddle back to that question:

What or who would you like to dress up as?

For more info on Stream of Consciousness  Saturday, visit Linda G. Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/10/25/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-oct-26-19/

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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#WATWB: Homeless Dogs Find Love and Safety in this Brazilian Church

Father João Paulo Araujo Gomes of Brazil shelters stray dogs “in his rectory away from the dangers of the streets.” They come to church on Sundays to give and receive love and in hopes of finding a forever home.

Dogs have a way of mirroring the unconditional love of God. So is it any wonder that GOD spelled backwards is DOG? Dogs teach us about a very special kind of love.

Here’s an excerpt from the article in Bored Panda (link below) :

“Dogs provide us with unconditional love, laughter, and precious memories and it’s nothing less than fair to pay them back. Whether you are a faithful believer in God or not, as long as you believe in kindness and compassion, we can slowly make the world a better place.”

 

Click here for the story and sweet photos.

 

We Are The World Blogfest in white

“We are the World” Blogfest” aims to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts, Sylvia McGrath, Lizbeth Hartz, Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese, and Belinda Witzenhausen welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB comes on the last Friday of every month. Click HERE for more information. You are always welcome to join in!

You can find more stories of hope, light, and love on the WATWB Facebook Page.

Click HERE to be part of the Light.


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Good News Tuesday: Recycling for Bus Fare, Timely Rescue, Women in Space, and a Missing Dog Found After 12 Years

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

When in Rome You Can Recycle for Transit Fare

In Rome you can pay for a subway or bus ride with plastic bottles! Thanks for this story go to to Ana at Timeless Wisdoms  where you can find an abundance of positive news stories!

Rescued Just in Time

Utah State Trooper Ruben Correa rescues a man from car right before a train hits it.

You can watch the video included in this story from Good Morning America:

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/news/story/utah-state-trooper-rescues-man-tracks-seconds-train-66329895

Successful Mission for First All Female Space Walk

Christina Coch and Jessica Meir completed the first all-female space walk to replace a controller that distributes power to the international space station.  The job went off “without a hitch” and took 7 hours and 17 minutes. In addition to replacing the battery component, they completed other tasks.

“As much as it’s worth celebrating the first spacewalk with an all-female team, I think many of us are looking forward to it just being normal,” veteran astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson said on NASA’s live coverage of the spacewalk.

“I think if it signifies anything,” she added, “it is to honor the women who came before us, who were skilled and qualified — and didn’t get the same opportunities we get today because it is so normal.”

The above was excerpted from this report from NPR. 

 

Missing Dog Found After 12 Years

Next week: video games for peace.

Got good news? Share in the comments!

Or write your own good news post and link it back here!


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When Someone Says You Can’t Do Something, There Still Might Be a Way

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Today’s SoCS prompt is, “oh.”

Oh, great. I wrote my post last night, and now it’s gone. Not in the trash, not already published. Oh, well. I get to start over. Seems like whenever I get a win, I also get something for humility. Or the balancing phenomenon can be good – the good thing after the bad – like in my 20s when my car would break down right before I got my income tax refund. This week the balance is in the realm of technology.

Maybe a month ago, I discovered I’d made a typo in the domain name for my art website. This discovery happened after I developed the website, published some posts, and had cards made up copying and pasting the incorrect domain name on the business cards. It was just one letter off. Instead of angelsmermaidsandwoodwork, I had angelsmermaidsandwordwork.  Word Work. Kinda funny actually. I shared my horror on Facebook. (I felt horrible about it. Why didn’t I catch that mistake? How could I have missed it?, etc. etc.) A couple of people suggested I buy the correct domain and re-direct. Let me back up a minute. I had first shared my horror with the support chat person for the hosting entity. He (his name sounded masculine to me) was polite, but not that supportive. He said/chatted that the domain name could not be changed. My stomach fell into the bog of misery. He didn’t offer any suggestions. To be fair, I had first asked him another question, so this was the second problem of that chat. So when FB friends had a remedy, I felt a ray of hope. But I was still bummed out and didn’t want to face another chat session.

After a couple weeks I looked into it wondering if I could do this re-directing thing myself. I bought the correct domain name, but got confused when it came to redirecting or maybe transferring? So I took a break. Then yesterday, I mustered up the courage to chat again with a support person for the host (which is not exactly WP but uses WP.) Guess what! She (the name sounded feminine) chatted that we could just change the name on the website to the new domain. What? The other guy said that could not be done.

I asked for clarification a couple of times. She made it sound simple and that she could do it in a click or two. Schedule it anyway.  What a relief after all that angst and misery about my little mistake. Well, that might be an exaggeration, but not much. I have to check it again to make sure it’s really correct. I held my breath before it came up. http://www.angelsmermaidsandwoodwork.com/  Plus I keep checking for typos. Guess I need to trust the process and take a deep breath. Not to mention putting more content on there. I’m thankful it worked out and that I have an ultra fine point marker to change the r to o on the business cards. Oh, well. The biggest lesson, besides balance happens, is that just because someone says it can’t be done, doesn’t mean it’s true. I was trying to find that quote about being annoyed by people telling you something is impossible while you’re doing it, but the quotes I did find about making mistakes made me realize that the first chat support person just made a mistake. That’s all. Oh well. I  guess everything works out eventually.

For more streams of consciousness, visit our wonderful host, Linda G. Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/10/18/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-oct-19-19/

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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It’s Okay to Rest

Loving Me, Too

Loving Yourself taking a rest climbing a mountain

I found this on Facebook of all places. Just goes to show you can find something good anywhere.  I’m doing better with resting these days and seeking balance between work, rest, and play. When I drive to the mountains, a trip that my phone says takes 5 hours, I stop two or three times to stretch, which makes it a 6 hour trip. Quality of life is more important than getting there faster. Being overly tired can make the journey become a blur. It can even be dangerous.

I remember a time when I felt guilty for resting or just unable to stop climbing mountains. Today, I’m sending this out as a reminder to myself and to all those who work too hard or just need to take time for self care.

Slowing down a little gives God time to work things out for us in the best possible way. …

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