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Good News Tuesday: Diversity, An Inspiring Teenager, A Teacher’s Support, and Animals

Diversity in the Oscars

Though I don’t watch movies much these days, I was happy to see progress in this year’s Academy Awards recognizing and celebrating diversity.

A New House

John Hudson Dilgen was born with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare skin condition that brings challenges like open wounds, pain, sensitivity to cold, and limited mobility.  In one video, his father said 50 to 70 % of John’s body has no skin on it. His family asked the Tunnels to Towers Program if they would build a bath tub in their kitchen. Instead, they got a whole new “Smart Home.” John’s gratitude in the following video is very moving. In watching other videos with John, I was impressed by his maturity, intelligence, humor, and caring personality.

Homeless Dog Becomes a Star and Moves in with Trainer

Shelby was a stray digging for food in a Tennessee Landfill near heavy traffic when an animal control officer found her. With her friendly personality, she was happy to get in the truck. Shelby’s adoption photo was spotted by Teresa Ann Miller, an experienced dog trainer looking for a dog to play “Bella” in the movie, A Dog’s Way Home.  The movie is based on a novel who’s author “insisted that the canine actor be a rescue dog in order to properly advocate for the novel’s message.”  Ms. Miller found Shelby’s temperament and intelligence to be perfect. Shelby now lives with her trainer and works as a therapy dog.

 

Kindergarten Teacher Cuts Her Own Hair to Support Student

After five year old Priscilla had to get her  hair cut, other students made fun of her. They said she looked like a boy. She felt school wasn’t fun anymore and started to wear a hat all the time. Over Christmas break, her teacher, Ms. Grimm cut her hair waist-length hair short like Priscilla’s to support her student.

Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Populations Recovering in US

Whale leaping

Image from NOAA via Global Citizen

 

“When animal habitats are protected, animals tend to thrive.”

Global Citizen reports on research published in January showing the positive effect of the US Endangered Species Act (which may be in danger.) “A team of researchers looked at 31 marine populations and found that the populations of 78% of marine mammals and 75% of sea turtles rebounded after receiving protections under the law.”

Read More: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/sea-turtle-populations-increase/?mc_cid=bdfb9d403e&mc_eid=16420dc8f1

 

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Got good news? Please feel free to share in the comments!

It can be global, local, or personal.


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Finding Common Ground

These four year old girls understand that they are more alike than different.

Aren’t we all?

What might the world be like if we learned to recognize the vastness of our common ground while cherishing our diversity?

 

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In other good news, today is my birthday! I’ve been breathing air on this beautiful planet for 62 years.  My how time flies! I hope to go for a walk this afternoon and get pad thai and basil rolls for dinner tonight tonight. 🙂

What’s your good news? Feel free to share in the comments.


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One Family

crayons-623067_640 from Pixabay

“We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.”

Pope Francis

 

I don’t want to be color blind.

Our souls were made

to see many colors.

A world of sameness

would be boring and weak.

We may disagree.

We may argue,

But we need each other.

We were created

with two eyes

to reflect beauty in each other,

two ears

to hear familiar lullabies,

one brain

to understand,

one mouth

to speak kindness,

one heart

to love one another.

We must learn to cherish diversity,

appreciate differences,

listen to each other,

to find the harmonies,

and work together

for Peace.

 

Flesh colored crayons

 

Top photo: crayons-623067_640 from Pixabay. Who knows who took the Flesh one?


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Opportunities

“I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter,

how they’re experts at letting things go.”

                                                                                          Jeffrey McDaniel.

Tree in Winter Sunset by Ayla

Connecticut Sunset Across the Thames by JoAnne Silvia

 

What if God made trees to teach us about letting go, and staying grounded?

What if water was created not just to quench our thirst,

but to teach us to go with the flow?

What if mountains are here to teach us to stand firm?

Birds and bees to teach us to sing and hum?

Do you think God made us different colors and shapes

to teach us tolerance, so we would learn to cooperate?

Or does God just like diversity?

Whether Grand Design or natural selection,

or the grand design of natural selection,

We are offered opportunities to learn.

I hope we learn soon.