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WATWB: The Principal who Reads Bedtime Stories to Students

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Welcome to #WATWB # 22! We are sharing stories about people doing good work and bringing hope to the world.  To learn more about this monthly blogfest, visit

https://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

and the WATWB Facebook page for more positive posts.

My story this month is about Dr. George, the elementary school principal who reads stories to her students every Tuesday night on a livestream from her home. I love her genuine, fun nature and her messages like, “It’s okay to be weird,” and “Anything that’s  loving and kind, it grows much faster….”  I bet you’ll enjoy this video!

 

It’s hard to believe that WATWB has been going strong for two years! Happy Anniversary to all! There’s still plenty of good in the world. We are the world!

Our cohosts for this month are:  Shilpa Garg Sylvia McGrath , Belinda WitzenHausen, Dan Antion, Damyanti Biswas.


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WATWB: A Fatal Birth Defect and a Gift of Love

Welcome to WATWB #21, a monthly celebration of positive news stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope.

My offering this month is a story that moved me in powerful ways I cannot explain. It starts with a young couple expecting a baby.  In her 18th week of pregnancy, Krysta Davis found out the baby she was carrying was diagnosed with anencephaly, “a fatal neurological defect that occurs when parts of the brain and skull are missing. In most cases, babies diagnosed with it live between a few minutes and a few days.”

A doctor told Krysta that if she decided to go full term with the pregnancy, they could donate baby Rylei’s organs to help other babies.

In Krysta’s words:

“Derek and I looked at each other and knew what we were going to do. I may have not been able to take my baby home, but I could maybe use her life to give other mothers the chance to.”

Baby Rylei was born on Christmas Eve and lived for one week. She was miraculously stronger than anyone would have imagined.
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Our cohosts for this month are:  Inderpreet Uppal Shilpa Garg Sylvia McGrath , Peter Nena, Belinda WitzenHausen. Please link to them in your WATWB posts and go say hi!


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WATWB: Teenage Diver Fights Golf Ball Pollution

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At age 16, free diver Alex Weber found an astounding number of golf balls in the ocean near her home in California. Five golf courses – two near the ocean and three along the Carmel River- were the source. Golf balls degrade in water releasing toxic chemicals and microplastic harmful to marine life. Alex has  brought over 50,000 golf balls up from the ocean.

“She and her father would haul hundreds of pounds of them up, and then of course more golfers would hit more into the ocean.” NPR (source below)

The following video is from Alex’s website: https://www.theplasticpick-up.org/

 

With help from Matt Savoca and Stanford University, Alex published an article about the golf ball pollution in the journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin. Now 18, Alex plans to study marine science at a university. She is still collecting golf balls.

You can read more of Alex’s story in this article from NPR

Here’s a video from Alex and Jack’s gofundme page.

 

“We Are the World Blogfest seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.” Join us on the last Friday of each month.

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You can find more posts on the #WATW Facebook Page.

This month’s #WATWB co-hosts are:

Belinda Witzenhausen, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Mary Giese, Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Simon Falk, Susan Scott, Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein, Andrea Michaels, Peter Nena, Dan Antion, Shilpa Garg


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#WATWB : A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table is a restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina where customers pay what they can. 27-year-old Maggie Kane started the restaurant after she graduated from college. Eighty percent of the customers pay the suggested price. Some pay more, some pay less, and some volunteer for their meal. A Place at the Table will soon be celebrating its one year anniversary and has given away almost 7,000 meals.

 

Another pay-what-you-can cafe is located in Boone, NC. The F.A.R.M. Cafe is a non-profit restaurant. You can learn more here: http://farmcafe.org/index.html . Since I have family in Boone, I hope to visit the F.A.R.M. Cafe sometime in 2019. Maybe some day every city and town will have a pay-what-you-can restaurant.

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We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world. For more information, visit:

http://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

You can find more #WATWB stories on the Facebook Page.

Our co-hosts this month are:  Eric Lahti , Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Damyanti Biswas Please visit them and say hi!


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#WATWB: San Francisco’s Road to ZERO Waste

Zero waste for a city the size of San Francisco might seem impossible, but I admire their determination and the innovative ideas they’ve put in place in hopes of reaching their goal by the year 2020.  Zero waste is not only good for the environment and quality of life, it’s creating clean jobs. This is clearly a team effort. Here’s how they’re doing it:

“We are the World Blogfest seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit.”

Here are the co-hosts:

Belinda Witzenhausen, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Mary Giese, Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Simon Falk, Susan Scott, Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein, Andrea Michaels, Peter Nena, Dan Antion, Shilpa Garg

Join us on the last Friday of each month. To learn more, visit: http://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

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#WATWB: Feeding the Dogs of Homelessness

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Homelessness comes in many forms, human and four-legged. The love between homeless people and their companion animals can be powerful. Paul Crowell knows this. He fed the companion dogs of homeless people for five years until new  management at the  dog boarding and day care facility cut off his supply of excess food. But Paul had seen the need up close. He didn’t quit. He started a GoFundMe campaign which helps him continue to feed homeless dogs and created Project Open Paw.

Here’s the story:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/guy-feeds-dogs-of-homeless-for-5-yrs/

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“We Are The World Blogfest seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit.”

For more information, visit:

http://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

comes on the 4th Friday of each month when we share a story “that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood.” 

Our co-hosts this month are:

To find more positive posts visit the WATWB Facebook page:

Here are the guidelines for #WATWB

1. Keep your post to Below 500 words, as much as possible.

2. Link to a human news story on your blog, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.

3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. Some of you have already done so, this is just a gentle reminder for the others.

 

5. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share using the #WATWB hastag to help us trend!


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#WATWB: Building Bridges with Respect

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Abraham Lincoln

Better Angels is a “bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify (a) divided nation.” The organization builds alliances between people with very different beliefs. The goal is to reconnect through respectful communication. With the growing polarization in the US  (and perhaps other countries) we desperately need to listen with respect, listen to understand, and look for common ground. In the following video, we see people who are very different politically, yet they build bridges by listening with courage, respect, and patience.

(Note: There are some brief, unpleasant scenes starting 1 minute and 8 seconds into the video with ABC news showing the problem of polarization, so if you want to skip over that part, go to 1:48 to get back to the solution.)

It’s interesting that in a longer video I watched, the closing media commentary included the report that both sides blame the media for polarization of “hyper-partisanship.”

I appreciate this program because it shows we can do better. We can learn to communicate and listen with respect even when we strongly disagree.

 

To learn more about Better Angels, visit: https://www.better-angels.org/

#WATWB brings positive stories on the last Friday of every month.

Thank you to our hosts,  Simon Falk, Andrea Michaels, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, Belinda Witzenhausen.

For more information on #WATWB, click here

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