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The Ents Helped Save Middle Earth, and We Can Cut Back on Palm Oil

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Thanks to Dan for filling in for Linda today with this interesting prompt:

“…“ent” “ten” “net.” Use one, use two or use all three (bonus points for using two, double-bonus points for using all three). As Linda would say, use ’em any way you’d like. Enjoy!”

At first, I wondered what I’d do with this or if I would even participate, because I’ll be spending most of Saturday with my lively granddaughter. But then, I remembered that Ents are the tree-like characters in The Lord of the Rings, and I’d love to write about them.

But first let’s see if I can do anything with the other two and get double bonus points! Ten minutes. You can handle just about anything for ten minutes or in ten minute increments. Even stuff you don’t like which I don’t want to think about, but maybe some kind of fancy social event with a lot of small talk, or ten minutes of watching Sponge Bob Square Pants with my granddaughter.  But surely we will find something we both like instead. Yeah, okay, Sponge Bob can be funny for about ten seconds, but it’s just too much for me. I do enjoy coloring with her and we’re going to experiment with alcohol inks on tile. Like this:

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I made the fairy for my daughter.  Today we’ll go for abstract.

Net. Someone should catch Sponge Bob with a net. No nets for dolphins though. Sponge Bob is just a cartoon. Why do I keep thinking about him?! I hate to think about what happens to dolphins in tuna nets, and I don’t know if I believe any tuna is really “dolphin safe.” Maybe they try. Now my mind is going places I don’t want it to go, so directing the stream of consciousness to the ENTS!

Ents in The Lord of the Rings are tree-like beings, very tall, and slow speaking when the choose to speak. They don’t really like people or hobbits, and don’t want to get involved in the war to save Middle Earth from doom and darkness, but for some reason they change their minds and save the hobbits and play a pretty big role in the battle against the darkness. Now, I’m going to go look for a video to clarify my slightly fuzzy memory of these events.

Okay, so Tree Beard sees the clear cut destruction the evil traitor Saruman and orcs have done to his friends. And the Ents go to war. They attack Isengard. You have to know that the orcs are horribly evil and deserve everything the ents dish out. I love the part where the ent with his/her/its hair on fire runs to the water and bows in to put the fire out. If only it was that easy in the Amazon. But it wasn’t easy at Isengard.

It isn’t easy to stop the evil and destruction threatening our planet, burning the forests, but somehow, it must be possible.

I heard that while major governments like the US, China, and Brazil are not doing much to stop or slow damage to our planet, corporations are starting to take steps. Maybe the power of public opinion, public demand, can influence corporations.

We can only do out part. I wanted to buy some Jiffy Pop Popcorn for my granddaughter and I to make, but it had palm oil. Every microwave popcorn I looked at had palm oil, which mainly comes from the Amazon where habitats are being destroyed for this product and also for beef cattle. So I bought a bag of plain popping corn (sorry about the plastic bag), and I’m going to cook it in olive oil in a pot on the stove top like we did in the olden days.

For more information on Stream of Consciousness Saturday, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/09/27/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-28-19/


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Good News Tuesday: A Rescue, Dog Sense, Good Teens, and Palm Oil Progress

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Sanitation Worker Helps Elderly Woman to Safety

Dane Cummings was told to get out as the fire approached, but he decided to check on the elderly citizens he knew lived along his route.

 

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Dogs Help Identify Malaria from Frozen Socks

In a proof of concept study, dogs were able to detect which socks had been worn by children with malaria about 70% of the time. “Moreover the researchers pointed out that the success rate potentially could have been higher if the dogs were actually with the children or were working with socks that had been worn recently, instead of samples that had been frozen for several months while the dogs were being trained.”

We are only beginning to understand the power of a dog’s sense of smell. Dogs have been known to detect other diseases. Like some other animals, dog intelligence is different from ours but in some ways greater.  I hope we will be intelligent enough to treat our animal companions and colleagues with the respect they deserve.

Here’s the story from Good News Network.

Good Teenagers

The student council of this South Carolina high school asked Andrew to sit with them during lunch. This is what good leaders do. They reach out to people who may be different, alone, or needing help. It’s okay to be alone sometimes, but it’s also good to be invited and feel welcome.

Major Company Cuts Ties with Palm Oil Suppliers

The Good News Network reports that Mondelēz International, parent company of Nabisco and other snack foods, has cut ties with 12 palm oil suppliers that contribute heavily to deforestation and habitat destruction. They are putting in place measures to become 100 % sustainable and transparent regarding palm oil.  You can read more about this move here.

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What’s Your Good News?