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Good News Tuesday

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My personal good news is that I’m reporting from my balcony, surrounded by trees, in the  Appalachian Mountains AND my son got married on Saturday!

No Whaling in Icelandic Waters this Summer

“A shrinking demand for whale meat” has led the major whaling companies of Iceland to “abandon their summer harpooning.” Let’s hope this trend continues to spare the lives of highly intelligent and social beings.

Here’s more of the story from the Good News Network:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/no-whales-will-be-harpooned-in-iceland/

Phasing Out Plastic Bags

The states of Maine and Vermont banned plastic bags on the same day. There are some exceptions, but this is progress. Plus, Woolworths Department store is making progress in Australia.

Math Teacher Fosters Student Needing a Kidney

I always love Steve Hartman’s stories.

Amazing Grace

In 2018, professional singer, Elly Brown had life changing surgery for oral cancer. Doctors  removed half of her tongue and part of her jaw. They later used bone and muscle tissue from this her leg to repair her tongue.  Her recovery process has been a long and continuing road. She wants us to share this video to give hope to people with oral and facial cancer. You can read her story while she sings.

Got good news?

Feel free to share!

I might take a while to respond to comments. The birds are singing, and the fresh mountain air is intoxicating.  The years of heartache fade into history as my soul overflows with amazed gratitude. Oh! And there were fireflies here last night!

 


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Good News Tuesday: Forgiveness, Free Dad Hugs, and Rain Forests

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Finding the Father Who Abandoned Her Twenty Years Earlier

“I asked the Lord for strength to help me know how to talk to her.” The only thing I wanted to ask her: Forgive me. ”  Ileana’s father,  Ernesto Quintanilla

Ileana’s mother was 16 when she gave birth to her daughter. Her father left when she was a baby, and Ileana was raised by her loving maternal grandparents.  She asked them and her mother about her father, but didn’t learn much more than his name. As an adult, she had a passion for children. Ileana volunteered for the non-profit Food for the Hungry and then became a staff member traveling to rural communities in her country of Nicaragua. One day, she met a boy with the same last name as hers. She asked him his father’s first name. It was the same name as her father’s, Ernesto.

The story below brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I hope you will read the article and watch the video included in this link:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/fathers-day-miracle-reunites-woman-and-dad/

Free Dad Hugs at the Pride Parade

This one made me cry too. Scott “Howie” Dittman shares about the responses he got to his offer of free dad hugs at the Pittsburgh Pride Parade.

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Costa Rica Has Doubled its Tropical Rain Forests

Setting an example for the rest of the world, Costa Rica had doubled its tropical rain forests in just a few decades.  In the last half of the 20th century the country’s forests were cleared indiscriminately.  But Costa Rica has reversed this destruction by focusing on tourism and creating programs to protect its rich ecosystems. You can read more about how Costa Rica takes care of its forests in this article from World Economic Forum.

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

 


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Leaves in the Stream of Consciousness

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Today’s SoCS prompt is, leaves. We can use it as a noun or verb. Being the crazy tree lady, I think I’ll go with the noun for now.

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Mimosa leaves close up at night. Are they conserving energy? Wrapping up the light they will use for photosynthesis? I still remember the formula from science class. 6CO2 + 6H20 (in the presence of light energy and chlorophyll) yields C6H12O6 (Glucose) + 02. I think that’s the balanced equation. (Too bad I don’t know how to make those little numbers.) Oxygen is just a by-product, but it sure is pretty darn important to us humans. This oxygen production takes place in the leaves where the chloroplasts live.  I guess there’s not as much in the winter when some leaves fall, but then there are the trees who never lose their leaves, the evergreens and the ones who live in warm climates.

My back yard is like a jungle, especially since we were not here for half a year. Lots of photosynthesis going on here. All the leaves make the yard look bigger, because you can’t see the back fence. It could be a forest that goes on forever if you don’t notice the electrical wires and don’t hear the neighbors back there beyond the fence behind the leaves, and if you don’t notice the side neighbors.

The mountain house we just bought (I still am amazed) is close to other houses. We don’t have much yard there like I imagined, but I have plenty of yard to take care of at our primary home which is a small house with a big yard. The mountain house is a modest house with very little yard to take care of. But there are lots of trees which act like curtains and give a feeling of privacy depending on the direction you look. My favorite part of the mountain house so far is the balcony with trees very close by.

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I’ve been so busy moving stuff and organizing stuff to move, not to mention my parents’ stuff that’s here now, that I haven’t taken many pictures of the mountain house. I sure am glad there are lots of trees there, which means lots of birds singing.  Thank God for trees. We gotta take care of them!

I came up with the title to this post just now, and it seems like it needs a poem.

Leaves in the stream of consciousness

Drifting, swirling, dancing

Where will the stream take you?

Let’s go for a ride!

For more rides on SoCS, visit Linda G. Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/06/21/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-22-19/

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 for June 18, 2019

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(I’m a little late today because my internet was limited in the mountains. The good news is I remembered my password so I can post this from my phone, AND we bought our mountain house! It’s still a little hard to believe, but believing is part of what got us there. More to come on that. Now for good news from around the world.)

12 Year Old Boy Doing Homework by Street Light Gets Help

Victor was caught on video doing his homework by a streetlight because his family doesn’t have electricity.  A wealthy businessman saw the video and decided to help Victor, his family, and his community.

Canada Bans Captivity and Trade of Whales and Dolphins

Canada has passed bill S-203 in parliament which makes the capture and trade of whales and dolphins a criminal offense. This decision will reduce the exploitation and misery of these highly intelligent, social beings. You can learn more from this video:

Dunkin Donuts To Eliminate Foam Cups by Year’s End

https://patch.com/massachusetts/canton/dunkin-getting-rid-foam-cups-end-year?mc_cid=d88f1f2e4a&mc_eid=16420dc8f1

6 Year Old Collects 1000 jars of PBJ for Classmates

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/story/year-collects-1000-jars-pbj-classmates-meal-63563693

Got good news? Please share in the comments!


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#SoCS Ramblings on Social Justice and Being Social

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Today’s prompt for the Stream of Consciousness is the word, “social.” We can use it any way we want and have fun.

Social studies, okay. Social Justice, Yes! I’m not the most social person, especially in person. But I do believe in social justice. I can be social for a while, but when there’s an event that is purely social without any other goal, I tend to flounder. I’d rather be social for social justice – marches, meetings, volunteer work, picking up trash, protesting – it’s easy for me to be social when there’s a cause.  Years ago, I was pretty active in environmental and animal rights groups. Social justice should include animals and the earth. Trees, too. I find it easy to be social with trees. They’re such good listeners.

Not that I can’t be social with people at times. (And I can be a good listener – too good for my own good in times past.) There are people I enjoy being with. For a time. People are interesting. People are amazing. Social. Dogs are social. So are elephants, whales, dolphins, and pigs. They like being with family. They need social justice, too. What if ants are social, and bees too, in a different way?

Social justice is for everybody.

Just don’t make me be social too long.

Coincidentally, or not, I happen to be watching Steel Magnolias while I write this Friday evening.  It sure does remind me of the value of friendship and being social. It’s worth the effort for sure, both here on WP and in person.

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

https://lindaghill.com/2019/06/14/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-15-19/

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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Saying Goodbye to my Parents’ House

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We closed on my parents’ old house on Monday and got the last of the stuff out. Besides paperclips, I will never have to buy duct tape again, or screwdrivers, T shirts, pencils, blankets, or coffee mugs just to name a few of the things my house is now full of.

At first I thought I might not cry, being so busy with loading the car. But as we approached the end of the process, I found it hard to breathe. Crying is a good thing and healthy at times, so I did.  Intellectually, I knew the house was just a structure, a building, but somehow it felt like I was saying goodbye to my parents and the end of an era. So many important things happened in that house. I lived there through my teen years and into my early twenties. My parent’s were there during the death of my sister in the mid seventies when she was 16.  After Mom died in 2008, Dad insisted on staying there by himself until he joined her in 2017.

My husband David was a big help. As we got ready leave for the last time, he said, “We have to decommission this house!” David spent much of his life on the New England coast where old ships were decommissioned to be removed from active service. I’m sure my parent’s house will go through a lot of changes before it returns to active duty. Standing in the front threshold, David said a prayer of thanksgiving for the vessel that served my family well.

It had been drizzling off and on for most of the morning, but the sky opened some clear patches as we carried the last items to the car. Looking up, I noticed four mourning doves perched on the electrical line out front. They seemed to be watching us.

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All four members of my family of origin – my father, mother, and two sisters – have passed away. I wondered if these four doves could be spiritual representatives of my family in heaven.  As we finished loading the car, the doves flew away one at a time in the direction we would be driving home.

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The last dove to leave seemed like the biggest one. It (he?) lingered for a bit, watching, then finally flew away.

It’s hard to put into words what I felt about the four doves, but I will try. I felt comforted by their presence. I think they were there to tell me that my parents and sisters are no longer confined to that house or this realm. Their spirits are alive, well and flying free! It’s time to move on.

I will carry with me the treasured memories from my parents’ old house and the lessons they taught me into new adventures!

 


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Thursday Tree Love: Trunk Shapes

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I’m fascinated by the shapes that tree trunks develop over time. It’s easy to see human-like shapes in this tree trunk. This photo was taken in Connecticut on the Pequot Woods Trail.

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Tree cavities are like little mysterious little caves. Maybe somebody lives in there. The address is somewhere in the North Carolina mountains.

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I took this as a peace sign.

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The following is not my photo, but I have to admire this tree’s message of perseverance.

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Thursday Tree love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. The next edition will be live on June 27, 2019.  For more information, visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-65/