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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 29, 2022: South Korea Close to Zero Food Waste, Genetically Engineered T Cells Help Lupus Patients, Free School Lunch in Colorado, and an 11-Year-Old Saves his Sister

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South Korea has Almost Zero Food Waste

This article from The Guardian explains how South Korea recycles almost all of its food waste and gives examples of what a couple of US states are attempting to reduce food waste and methane from landfills.

Genetically Engineered T Cells take Five Lupus Patients into Remission

Five patients with “untreatable” lupus were given an infusion of genetically engineered immune cells, or CAR T-cells which were originally developed to attack cancer cells. The genetics of the T cells were directed to specifically attack the defective autoantibody-producing B-cells that cause damage in lupus. All five patients went into remission. Here’s more from The Good News Network.

Free Lunch for Students in Colorado

Voters in the US state of Colorado approved a ballot measure to provide free meals for all public school students. Here’s more from NPR

11-Year-Old Saves His Sister from Second Floor of Burning House

Laprentis Doughty, age 11, ran back into his burning house when he realized his two-year-old sister, Loyalty, was still inside. You can read the story, here, and watch the video below.

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 22, 2022: Returning Land to Native Americans, Dolphins Saved in Nova Scotia, Edible Drones, and a Playful Elephant Just for Fun

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LandBack Returns Stolen Land to Native Americans

The LANDBACK movement has returned land that was stolen from Native Americans. In many cases the land had been identified in treaties as belonging to the Native American people, but the treaties were soon broken. The following in-depth article gives examples of how land is being returned as well as how this relates to conservation and/or stewardship. Click HERE for details.

People Saved a Pod of Dolphins in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, dozens of people helped a pod of 16 dolphins stuck in the mud get back to open water. Here’s the story from CBC via my Goodnewsletter.

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Edible Drones for Remote Rescues

A team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has developed a drone with wings that can be made of rice cakes or carry medicine to remote disaster areas. The Good News Network has more.

When Elephants Want to Play….

Reporter Alvin Kaunda was speaking on behalf of orphaned elephants at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya when a baby elephant wanted to have some fun. The Dodo has details. Here’s the video:

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 8, 2022: Truce in Ethiopia, Gender Balance in New Zealand, Fruit Trees in Philly, Cancer Fighting Pomegranates, and Generous Trick-or-Treaters

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Truce with Tigray in Ethiopia

A truce has been reached in the two-year conflict between the Ethiopian government and the forces of Tigray in the country’s northern region. It is hoped that this agreement will allow much needed aid to flow to civilians who have suffered atrocities and severe shortages of food and supplies. BBC reports that the current truce goes further than past ceasefires. Click here for details.

Gender Balance in New Zealand’s Parliament

New Zealand’s Parliament now has equal numbers of women and men. The climb to this place of balance started in 1893 when the country led the way in recognizing a woman’s right to vote. Here’s more from RNZ.

Fruit Trees in Philadelphia

The city of Philadelphia is planting fruit trees to help reduce food insecurity and help the environment. Here’s more from GoodGoodGood.

Pomegranate Seeds Can Help Fight Cancer

German scientists have discovered that substances in pomegranate help rejuvenate T cells to make them more effecting in fighting cancer. Here’s more from the Good News Network. (Yay! I love pomegranate and they’re in season!)

Generous Trick-or-Treaters

In the monthly “Humankind’ section of my 1440 news update, I read about 12-year-old Kristina Kallman who put some of her Halloween candy in an empty bowl. Upon looking this up on Youtube, I found she’s not the only one. Here are two short and recent videos of trick-or-treaters being generous.

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 1, 2022: Makeup Free Beauty, Healing the Ozone Layer, From Electronic Waste to Solar Lanterns, and Two Special Births – a Bison and an Elephant

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Miss England Finalist Competes Without Make Up

Melissa Raouf defied “unrealistic beauty standards” becoming the first makeup-free participant in the Miss England competition. “After entering this contest, I learned that ability to love myself [and] accept myself for who I am in my own skin, whether that be with makeup or without makeup,” Ms. Raouf stated. Here’s the story from The Washington Post.

The Hole in the Earth’s Ozone Layer is Continuing to Shrink

The ozone layer which protects the earth from harmful ultraviolet rays has a large hole over the south pole. The good news is that the hole is continuing to shrink. Here are details from NASA.

Turning Electronic Waste into Solar Lanterns

The Nigerian Company Quadloop recycles old laptop batteries and turns them into solar lanterns. They aim to source 70% of their materials from electronic waste. Reuters has details.

Baby Bison Born in the UK

A baby bison was born wild in UK for the first time in thousands of years. The reintroduction of European bison is part of a re-wilding program. Here’s more from CNN, plus a video from BBC:

Once Orphaned Elephants Welcome New Baby

A new baby elephant was born to the orphan-elephant herd in Kenya’s Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Read about how the herd reacted in this article from The Good News Network which includes the following video. The article reports that the new mom Melia was “flummoxed” at first and not sure what to do, but that older elephants helped her become more comfortable in her new role.

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 25, 2022: Cooling the Desert, Iranian Men Supporting Women’s Freedoms, Banning Book Bans in Colorado, and Power Rangers to the Rescue!

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Adapting Ancient Technology to Cool the Desert

Yael Issacharov, of the Holon Institute of Technology has adapted an ancient method to cool air indoors without electricity. The technology uses a terra cotta Nave with cold water and works best in dry environments. The Good News Network has details.

Iranian Men Standing Up for Women, Life, and Freedom

After the death of Mahsa Amini while in police custody, it’s not just women protesting oppression in Iran. Men are standing with them. Here’s more from The New Arab.

Protecting Literary Freedom in Colorado

Almost a month after a group of residents tried to ban books from the public library, the town’s governing board passed a resolution preventing the local government from banning books. Here’s more from Colorado.

Power Rangers to the Rescue!

Servers dressed as Power Rangers at a Thai restaurant came to the rescue of a woman being attacked. I hope you enjoy this positive energy in this video recounting the story.

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SoCS: A Bowl of Cherries

 

This week’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “bowl.” Use it as a noun or a verb—use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

I’ve never liked bowling. It’s noisy, and I’ve never been any good at it. Not interested in the Superbowl. I tried many years ago, but my x boyfriend informed me, “You don’t do yoga during the Superbowl!

So, let’s go with the other bowl.

Life is a bowl of cherries. Some are sweet, some sour, some go bad. And they have seeds, which is okay. That’s how we get cherries. If you eat cherries and almonds at the same time, it tastes a little like coconut.

Life is like a bowl of cherries, or a box of chocolates, depending on who you ask. Before I started typing this, I got curious about where the bowl of cherries analogy comes from. Turns out it’s an old song. My parents probably knew that. Heck, my dad probably sang it since he liked to sing.

The song, “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” is about enjoying life and not being too serious. I’ve had a lot of practice being serious having been serious most of my life, most of the time, with some exceptions. The more we practice anything, the better we get at it, whether it’s being serious, making jokes, or dancing. Where did dancing come from? I don’t dance much. Maybe I should.

Life can be pretty serious, especially if you watch mainstream news. But there are alternatives for balance, like coming here on Tuesdays for Good News Tuesday. Yes, that’s a plug for my weekly post.

I think I’m going to practice enjoying and creating more little moments of joy in spite of the bad stuff going on. Or big moments of joy. But little moments of joy are easy, like seeing butterflies (I don’t care if it’s cliche), playing with the dog, or blowing those bubbles waiting patiently on my back deck.

This Saturday is a busy day for me, so I’m typing this on Friday which has been an easy, stay home day. Saturday, I have a thing at a church that involves coloring. Coloring brings me joy, so I’ll seek and savor those moments. Then, the farmer’s market and the annual Vegfest downtown. I hope they have some vegan food left by the time I get there. That’s more time away from home than I like. Being at home brings me joy. I think I’ll look for cherries.

Here’s the song done by Doris Day who was an animal activist later in life.

The chorus goes something like this:

Life is just a bowl of cherries.
Don’t take it serious; it’s too mysterious.
You work, you save, you worry so,
But you can’t take your dough when you go, go, go.
So keep repeating it’s the berries,
The strongest oak must fall, (no, they mustn’t! says joannaoftheforest)
The sweet things in life, to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you’ve never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries,
So live and laugh at it all.

Here are some pictures I’ve taken lately:

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 18, 2022: Border Agreement between Lebanon and Israel, Oregon University Pays Native American Tuition, Over the Counter Hearing Aids, an Animal Rights Victory, and a Pregnant Firefighter Helps a Crash Victim

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Lebanon and Israel Reach a Historic Maritime Border Agreement

Lebanon and Israel have reached a “historic” deal to end a long maritime border dispute in the gas-rich Mediterranean Sea. The agreement is likely to lower tensions between the two countries and must now be ratified by lawmakers in both countries. You can read details in this article from my 1440 daily report.

University of Oregon to Pay Tuition for Native American Students

A new program at the University of Oregon will pay the tuition and fees of Native American students thanks to state, federal and institutional grants. You can read more in this article.

Over the Counter Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids are now available without a prescription in the US at a fraction of the cost. While most insurance and Medicare pays for hearting tests, many do not pay for hearing aids. “Manufacturers will offer technical assistance through apps and by phone,” according to this CBS News article.

Animal Rights Activists Found Not Guilty of Theft and Burglary

Activists Wayne Hsiung and Paul Picklesimer who rescued two sick baby pigs from a factory farm in Utah were found not guilty of theft and burglary. US News has more.

Pregnant Firefighter Gives Care to Crash Victim, then goes into Labor

Megan Warfiled was 9 months pregnant when she and her mother were involved in a car crash. After making sure they were both okay, she went to assess the scene and ended up giving care to another crash victim. In the following video, the reporter says Megan “ignored her own needs,” but I disagree. Megan made sure she was okay and stopped herself from crawling into the overturned car. After the adrenaline wore off, Megan went into labor and had her baby 23 hours later.

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 11, 2022: Large Scale Renewable Energy, Helpful Signs in Singapore, Simple Marijuana Possession Pardoned, and Front Yard Bikes

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Renewable Energy Plant Combining Wind, Solar, and Battery Storage Opens in Oregon

The Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility which opened in September is the first facility in the North America to integrate wind, solar and battery storage on such a large scale in one location. “The facility can produce more than half of the power that was generated by Oregon’s last coal plant, which was demolished earlier this month.” AP has more here.

Dementia Resistant Visual System Helps Seniors and Impaired Navigate

A project in Singapore uses bright colors and clear signs to help seniors and those afflicted with dementia to navigate their neighborhoods safely and independently. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

US President Pardons Simple Marijuana Possession

President Joe Biden pardoned thousands of people convicted of simple possession of marijuana under federal law and encouraged states to do likewise. At the federal level, marijuana is still classified as class I along with drugs like heroin. Biden’s pardon moves toward more realistic balance and is particularly important for black and brown people who have been charged and convicted at disproportionate rates. Here’s more from NPR.

Front Yard Bikes Teaches Kids to Build Their Own Bikes and More

Dustin LaFont, a former history teacher in Louisiana, has taught hundreds of kids to build their own bikes, and much more. You can read (and watch more) about Dustin and his inspiring work in this episode of CNN Heroes. Below is an older video about Front Yard Bikes which is still going strong having added programs for gardening, welding, and academic accountability.

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 4, 2022: Honoring African American Veterans, Virtual Hugs, and Rescues from Hurricane Ian

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African American Veterans Honored with New Monument

The African American Veterans Monument was unveiled last month in New York. The monument consists of 12 concrete pillars – one for each major war that the US has fought. Read more about the monument and its importance in this article from CNN.

Virtual Hug Video

My 1440 daily news email has a monthly “Human Kind” section where I found this video of virtual hugs. It was nice with lots of people offering hugs to the camera which works if you use your imagination. I loved the song playing along with the hugs, though I had to turn down the volume as the pitch got a little high for me at times. You can check it out at “The Nicest Place on the Internet.”

Rescues During Hurricane Ian:

Reporter Tony Atkins rescued a nurse who was on her way to work by carrying her from her car:

Bonus Video: Cat Rescue

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Good News Tuesday for September 20, 2022: Hydrogen Powered Trains, Celebrating Sober Anniversaries, Restoring Biodiversity in England, Safer Streets in Portland, and Kelp Forests Growing in Australia

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World’s First Fully Hydrogen Powered Passenger Trains

The first fully hydrogen-powered passenger train service is now up and running in Germany. The only emissions are steam and condensed water, and the trains run with a low noise level. I found this story in my Good Newsletter. Here are the details.

Celebrating Soberversaries

Staying sober is a big accomplishment for a recovering alcoholic. These days, people are being more open about their recovery and celebrating each year of sobriety with activities ranging from quiet reflection to sober celebrations with friends. Axios has more about this trend.

Restoring Biodiversity Across England

farmers and landowners are working “to restore nature and reduce flooding while still producing food will be supported by the government in 22 locations across England.” The Guardian has details.

A Creative Project for Safer Streets in a Portland, Oregon

Shootings in a section of Portland, Oregon have decreased by 64% in the first three months of a pilot program which redirected traffic and created a park. For details and pictures, click HERE.

Kelp Forests Growing Strong Down Under

A recent global diving survey by the University of Western Australia discovered kelp forests growing faster than land crops and outgrowing “even the mighty Amazon Rainforest.” The most productive forests were found in South Australia and South Africa. This is particularly good news after Tasmania lost much of its kelp forests due to climate change. The Good News Network has more on this story.

Here’s a video about re-forestating in the ocean off Australia’s coast.

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