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Good News Tuesday: Relief for 9/11 Victims, Help for Parkinson’s, Planting Trees, and Help on the Highway

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Long Term Relief for First Responders and Victims of 9/11

On Monday, the US president signed legislation authorizing money for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through 2092.  This was the result of a long hard climb by supporters of the bill since the fund was in danger of running out of money and benefits had been cut significantly. I’m thankful that people were able to come together to support the victims and heroes of 9/11. Be sure to watch the MSNBC  interview with John Feal in this article from NBC news.

Gentle Ear Canal Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

A recent study showed that gentle stimulation of the ear canal twice a day significantly reduced the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  Patients continued to take their regular medication during the study. The additional therapy was applied using a portable headset produced for clinical investigations. While this equipment might not be available for the general public yet, it makes me wonder about other non-invasive therapies.  Here’s the article from the Good News Network.

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Ethiopia Plants over 350 Million trees in one Day

Citizens and leaders of Ethiopia set new records by planting over 350 million trees on Monday. The planting led by Prime Minister Ably Amed is part of the Green Legacy to reforest the country and fight climate change. Public offices were shut down so that civil servants could help with the initiative. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of fighting wars, we all competed to see who could plant the most trees in one day? The Guardian tells us more.

 

Help on the Highway

Bystanders rushed to help after this truck flipped over.  The  following short video gave me good goosebumps. Better yet, hop over to Looking for the Light where Melinda shares a more in-depth report for #WATWB.

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Focus on the Heroes. Look for the Helpers.

In her post about the van attack in Toronto, Linda Hill wrote about the horror of desensitization. Her thoughts added to my ongoing sense that each new report of mass violence seems to lead to more of the same. Does each new report make these tragedies seem closer to normal? Hopefully not, because this is NOT normal! It might help if we give the killers as less attention. Yes, we need to ask questions to understand the motives and to try to prevent the killings. But we should do it in a way that never glamorizes the killers. I’ll never forget the sick feeling I got when a  morning news program showed us two photos of the Columbine killers. Someone decided it would be a cool effect to slowly enlarge the photos while tilting them like glam shots.

What if we didn’t show the faces of the killers at all? Don’t give any hint of false glory. Don’t make them look important to the confused. What if we just showed a blank face and barely mentioned their name?

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We need to honor the victims, focus on the heroes, and hold up the helpers. 

Like this article focuses the helpers in Toronto:

https://www.thestar.com/amp/news/gta/2018/04/28/26-tales-of-courage-and-compassion-amid-the-chaos-of-the-toronto-van-rampage.html

If more bad news brings more bad news, could more good news bring more good news?

It’s like Mr. Rogers said: “If you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.”

 

Speaking of  helpers and heroes, I ended up watching the movie Hacksaw Ridge with my high school girlfriends during our reunion weekend. The movie is about Desmond Doss a medic in WW2 who was also the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor.  You’d think we would have watched a romantic comedy, but when Hacksaw came up in Sally’s movie channels, Terry said it was a good movie. I said I wouldn’t mind watching it. Hacksaw Ridge was an excellent and inspiring film but horribly graphic in its realistic depiction of what war can do to human bodies. It didn’t help my stomach which was already upset for some mysterious reason. Still, I’m glad I watched it.

After the movie we needed to watch a little comedy, including reruns of The Big Bang Theory, because sometimes you need something light.

Heroes are everywhere! You just have to be on the lookout.

 


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Sending Rain to California

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is “liqu”

The first thing that popped into my mind was how Dorothy liquidated the wicked witch by throwing water on her. I wish someone big would throw liquid, ie water, on the fires in California. God, please give them some of this rain we’re getting in North Carolina, even the snow my son is getting in the mountains. Just move it on over there to the west. God, we don’t need any more rain here. Please?

Those fires are horrible. I hate to think of the loss of life – human and animal. And plants- the trees. Sad. I know they will come back in other forms. Thank you to the first responders who are battling those fires. I know your adrenaline runs out after a while. My prayers are with you in the west. Sending angels with water buckets, no angels to push the clouds together, punch holes in the clouds, make it RAIN over the fires.

Well, like I hinted at, we have plenty of rain lately where I live. And it’s cold. Have to bring the plants in tomorrow. I’ve been drinking a lot of liquids since I have a cold. Lots of water which I may take for granted, and soup. I like soup anyway in the winter or fall, or any time I have a cold. I’ve had Manhattan clam chowder from a can for lunch the past two days, mixed in some garlic and kale. Last night, I had miso soup at the restaurant, and I plan to make lentil soup Sunday night. Some tomato basil would be good tonight. If I wasn’t a vegetarian (well, almost cause I did eat clam chowder) I’d have chicken soup. But that’s okay. Maybe I’ll have a smoothie for lunch. Apple cider with cinnamon. Oh, I just remembered, I have some green chai tea! I wish I could send all these liquids to California.

Calm those fires, God, give the people strength.

Here’s to the everyday heroes:

I do believe we can make it rain there in California, sooner than later.

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For more streams of consciousness on “liqu,” visit Linda Hill’s post at:

https://lindaghill.com/category/stream-of-consciousness-saturday/

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. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on 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 simply a single word to get your 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 everyone’s! 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 right 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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Helpers in Houston: When Disaster Brings Out the Best

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The good news is that Texas has an abundance of helpers. I’ve been watching rescue videos and reading about the volunteers who jumped in to help the pros rescue people and animals from dangerously high water brought by Hurricane Harvey. What strikes me is that disasters can bring out the best in people.

The following article,”The Heroes of Hurricane Harvey,” contains several inspiring videos showing people doing good:

https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2017/8/27/the-heroes-of-hurricane-harvey

And in this video, Abe Minor didn’t know what he was getting into when he took his jon boat out, but he persevered to help as many neighbors as he could.

Thank you to all the rescue workers and volunteers for your dedication and courage!

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