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Good News Tuesday for July 28, 2020: COVID-19 Treatment, Girls Invent, Planting Trees in India, A Rescue in France, and Turning Graffiti into a Mural

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

A Promising Treatment for COVID 19

Interferon beta, a protein inhalant, has been shown to reduce the risk of death from COVID 19 and to reduce the chance of developing serious symptoms by 79%. compared to patients given a placebo in trials. The Good News Network has details.

All-Girl High School Team in Afghanistan Invents Mobile Ventilators

An all-girl high school robotics team in Afghanistan invented an inexpensive mobile ventilator model that will help thousands of Covid-19 patients in their country where ventilators are scarce. The new, lightweight ventilator costs as little as $700—compared to the $20,000 needed to purchase a traditional model and can be powered by batteries. You can read more from the Good News Network.

Planting Trees in India

“More than two million people gathered in northern India last week while practicing social distancing, and planted 250 million trees as part of a government plan to tackle climate change.”

“India has pledged to increase its forest cover to 235 million acres by 2030, and it starts now,” Yogi Adityanath

Read more from Associated Press

Two Boys Rescued from Apartment Fire

Two brothers, aged ten and three, were safe after falling 10 meters (33 feet) into the arms of the crowd below when their apartment was on fire in Grenoble, France. Here’s the story and a video from The Guardian.

Church Turns Graffiti into a Mural

Photo by Justin Zoradi on Facebook

When a church in Portland, Oregon found Black Lives Matter graffiti on their property, they decided to turn it into a mural. I think it turned out great! Here’s their Instagram story I discovered at Good Good Good

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Thursday Tree Love: Roots

“A tree’s beauty lies in its branches, but its strength lies in its roots.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

Roots provide a glimpse into the vast support network in an underground world we are only beginning to understand. I find them fascinating.

Here are a few photos I’ve taken of tree roots:

Do you see a lemur face peeking out on the left?

Roots offer footholds like steps on twisting trails.

Roots make cool hide outs for little animals.

Some roots look like legs that could walk away at any moment.

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Thursday Tree Love: Coupled

“For most of human history, we had no clue that trees were keeping the air on. Without trees, our life on earth would be impossible.”   Matthew Sleeth, MD, Author of Reforesting Faith,

I rarely share quotes with the word “impossible.” But I’m so thankful to trees for keeping the air on. I can’t imagine life without them.

Yesterday I had a wonderful hike in the gentle mountains of North Carolina. The system of  underground tree roots provided cushioned support as my footsteps seemed to reverberate with forest energy. The abundant oxygen and tree love gave me a natural high.

One tree that caught my attention might be two trees with a common base.

I see a lot of these in nature where humans have not interfered.
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Below is a closer look at the base with a spider web attached to one side. If this started as two trees, the root system must be so intertwined, they are like one tree.

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When trees are this dense, it’s not easy to separate them at the top. I think these sister trees could be maples.
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Here are some other close tree families I discovered on a nature trail at a rest area on the drive to the mountains. I sure needed that walk.

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Some trees live in close families, some stand alone. Either way, they adapt. I suspect the lone trees have long roots and find friends through an underground network. For all we know, they could have something like an organic internet dependent only on sun and rain.

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more tree love, visit:

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One-Liner Wednesday: When It’s Time for Boundaries

“No, it’s time we set some boundaries.”

 

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I’ve always wanted to rewrite the ending to The Giving Tree, on behalf of the tree and for myself.  It’s okay to give. Sometimes, it’s okay to sacrifice. But allowing others to damage us for the sake of their comfort or convenience is unhealthy.  In a healthy relationship, no one should be expected to give to the point of long term damage. It’s okay to set boundaries and take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.

(I have forgotten where I found this cartoon, so feel free to let me know.)

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Thursday Tree Love: Perseverance

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Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains, we came upon this tree with long gaps in its trunk. From this side, the tree appeared to be almost hollow. I thought it might be dead.

But when my eyes followed the trunk all the way to the top, I saw green leaves on its branches high above.

Life goes on even with the challenges.
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I thought about what I’ve read of neighboring trees supporting the sick or injured with nourishment and support through an underground network.

The other side of the trunk looked more solid.
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I’m glad the caretakers of the trail have let this tree live and inspire us.

 

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more treelove, visit:

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Thursday Tree Love: Southern Live Oak

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This broad “Southern Live Oak” stands in the median across the street from the neighborhood park where my children used to play. Its branches reach gracefully over two two streets. Many years ago, I joined a group of neighbors to plant red and white azalea bushes around the tree. You might be able to see the last of the red azalea blooms on the left. This tree feels like a neighborhood landmark and guardian. When David and I walk to the park, we often cross under its branches to the next street before turning toward home.

Here are some close ups:

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. For more tree love, visit:

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Thursday Tree Love: Gifts on the Sidewalk

In the hardest places

The odd thing about this petal is that I thought it came from my neighbor’s tree. But when I went back to look at the suspected donor, evidence suggested otherwise.
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The delicate petals decorating the sidewalk under the tree were much smaller than the petal in my meme. I didn’t see a clear source for the heart-shaped petal, though it might have been from a camelia.

I believe the tiny petals are cherry blossoms, and that the tree is a cherry tree. 

The pink color was more vivid a couple days ago when I was apparently “too busy” to take a photo. Lesson learned. It’s still a lovely tree. I love the dappled shade it provides.

Isn’t it marvelous how different trees and flowers bloom at different times?

Walking around my neighborhood has given me fresh perspectives.

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May the sustaining beauty of creation continue to bless us all through these hard times.

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo features hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. For more tree love, visit:

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SoCS: Brains, Birds, Trees, Electricity, and Singing in the Wire

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Today’s prompt is “wire.”

It’s interesting how many wire thoughts can run through my brain between the time I read the prompt and the time I start writing. Brains are sometimes said to be “hard wired” for certain things. Maybe like, survival. But we don’t hear much about being soft wired for things, which is more often the case. I believe we can override much, ? some, a lot of the wiring in our brains.

I’m wired to be an introvert, but I can override this to a point. Then, I have to have alone time. I like alone time. I might not mind being quarantined, but I don’t want to be sick. I wasn’t going to write about the virus, but it snuck in here, like trash in the stream of consciousness. Damn news. But we need to know some things. I feel sorry for extroverts who get quarantined. I read about some people in Italy singing, but I’m saving that for Good News Tuesday.

Speaking of GNT, I just wrote about… no wait, that was Thursday Tree Love! In TTL (Thursday 🙂 ) I wrote about trees coexisting with electrical wires in the city and the grotesque, well I actually wrote unnatural, forms the electric company cuts the trees into for the electrical wires to have the right of way.  Notice I don’t write “power lines,” because when we lose electricity, we still have power. I made a meme about that. Let me see if I can find it.

This is not the one. It’s just a photo with wires. I bet I have a lot of those.

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Okay, I’m still going back for the meme in my computer files….  Here it is:

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And then there are the birds on a wire that I wrote about in the post about letting go of my parents’ house. When we were loading the last boxes on the day the house sold, there were four birds on the wire in front of the house. They represented my four family members in heaven (Mom, Dad, and my two sisters.)  Each one flew away, one at a time, and the last one (my father bird) lingered. It was a powerful experience telling me it was okay to let go, to move along in my own journey, that their spirits were alive and well. Oh, yeah, and we were staying at their house when our house was being re-wired.

Here’s that post in case you missed it.

Finally, I keep thinking about a line from a song that goes, “I hear you singing in the wire.” It was a really pretty old song by Glen Campbell. “Wichita Lineman.”  I’m not normally a country music fan, but this song seemed to cross over into 70s soft rock. It always moved me.  Maybe it’s because of the message of hope and perseverance, a love that lives on, and the soothing music.

 

Stay well, everybody! Take good care of yourself. Keep calm and wash your hands.

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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. I will post the prompt here on my blog every 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 will simply be a single word to get you 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 all of them! 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 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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Thursday Tree Love with Haiku: Parking Lot Trees Reveal Sunshine and Secrets

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Big trees provide shade

Letting winter sun shine in

Together we breathe

 

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When leaves have fallen

Open space reveals secrets

Enticing a kiss

 

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The neighbors have mistletoe!

I walked about the first two trees to discover that the neighboring tree wore mistletoe!

There are many stories and legends about mistletoe including the one from Norse Mythology about Baldr the beautiful being killed with a weapon made of mistletoe.  His mother, the goddess Frigg, cried tears which turned into mistletoe berries.

Frigg decreed that, instead of being punished, mistletoe should become a symbol of peace and friendship evermore. (Source below.)

You can read more legends about Misletoe here.

Caution: Mistletoe can be poisonous, especially to dogs and cats.

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur.

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