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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

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

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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Let the Gratitude Flow

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Making a gratitude list is a simple, yet powerful thing. I highly recommend it, and not just on Thanksgiving, though my daughter and I have enjoyed an annual Thanksgiving tradition of taking turns naming things we are thankful for. A gratitude list can lift dreariness or ease boredom. A gratitude list can go on forever, and you can repeat things you are most thankful for as often as you want to.  Just let it flow. Here are just a few of the many things I’m thankful for in no particular order:

I’m thankful for juicy sweet crunchy pomegranate seeds which I only just discovered a few years ago.

I’m thankful for my husband who collects pomegranate seeds every morning  for our oatmeal.

I’m thankful for my family: my children and my dogs, my Dad, and my Mom who is an angel now along with my sisters.

I’m thankful for friends, both near and far.

I’m thankful for seasons…for changing colors, the refreshing coolness of autumn, the crispness of winter, the warmth of spring and the summer sunsets.

I’m thankful for toilet paper. Can you imagine life without toilet paper?  No, lets not.  Let’s just be thankful.

I’m thankful for trees that give shade in the summer. And some even drop their leaves and let the warm sunshine through in the winter!

I’m thankful for music and the ability to hear music in the rain and the crickets and the wind in the trees and the many melodies of water.

I’m thankful for water and it’s abundance on this beautiful planet. Water quenches our thirst and cleanses our bodies. Water reflects the trees and sky and moon and sun. Water is life.

I’m thankful for life and the faith that our needs will be provided for……..

What are you thankful for?