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Good News Tuesday

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

My personal good news is that I’m reporting from my balcony, surrounded by trees, in the  Appalachian Mountains AND my son got married on Saturday!

No Whaling in Icelandic Waters this Summer

“A shrinking demand for whale meat” has led the major whaling companies of Iceland to “abandon their summer harpooning.” Let’s hope this trend continues to spare the lives of highly intelligent and social beings.

Here’s more of the story from the Good News Network:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/no-whales-will-be-harpooned-in-iceland/

Phasing Out Plastic Bags

The states of Maine and Vermont banned plastic bags on the same day. There are some exceptions, but this is progress. Plus, Woolworths Department store is making progress in Australia.

Math Teacher Fosters Student Needing a Kidney

I always love Steve Hartman’s stories.

Amazing Grace

In 2018, professional singer, Elly Brown had life changing surgery for oral cancer. Doctors  removed half of her tongue and part of her jaw. They later used bone and muscle tissue from this her leg to repair her tongue.  Her recovery process has been a long and continuing road. She wants us to share this video to give hope to people with oral and facial cancer. You can read her story while she sings.

Got good news?

Feel free to share!

I might take a while to respond to comments. The birds are singing, and the fresh mountain air is intoxicating.  The years of heartache fade into history as my soul overflows with amazed gratitude. Oh! And there were fireflies here last night!

 


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Good News Tuesday: Helping Teens, A Donut Baker, and Whales

Siblings Develop App to Prevent Teen Suicide

NotOK is an app that sends a text message and current GPS location to up to five pre-selected contacts. The idea came to Hannah Lucas, 16, after Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and bullying led to severe depression, anxiety, and a suicide attempt. Her brother Charlie who is 13 helped create the app. You can read more in this Parade article and see the video below to hear from Hannah and Charlie.

Community Helps Donut Shop Owner Spend More Time with Wife

John and Stella Chhan have run this donut shop since 1990. Now, Stella is recovering from a brain aneurysm and everybody misses her, including John. His customers are buying out the donut inventory early every morning so John can go home and be with his wife. Here’s the heartwarming story.

 

Two Beluga Whales to be Released to an Ocean Sanctuary

A Shanghai aquarium has agreed to release two beluga whales to a sanctuary being built in Iceland. The organization Sea Life Trust hopes to transport them in March of 2019 as the whales and the sanctuary are being prepared. I have to admit, I’m a little nervous about their safety, but I’m also hopeful. This is a  step in the right direction.

 

Good news is more abundant than the mainstream media lets on. Good News Tuesdays seeks a little balance, one Tuesday at a time. Got good news? Please share it!

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Clean Underwear and the OCD Octopus (Must be Stream of Consciousness Saturday)

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Occasionally, I get a little bit OCD, but only about certain things, like checking the stove before I leave the house. Off. Off. Off. Off. Off. And some might say I’m OCD about the order of my laundry items. Underwear, my underwear anyway, can only be washed after my towels and nighties which come after my husband’s white towels, which come after pants, which come after shirts, which come after the dog towels and floor towels which I just did which means my husband can wash his clothes now. Sometimes I’ll wash his clothes, but he is patient most of the time. I don’t think I’m OCD about anything else. Okay maybe recycling. Don’t want any plastics ending up in the ocean if we can help it.

Have you seen that huge field of plastic in the ocean? It’s awful. The ocean is not for plastic crap. It’s for kelp and fish and whales and octopuses or octopi. (Spell check accepts either spelling.) Have you ever seen those those videos of octopuses/octopi escaping from a jar or a small, like I’m talking tiny, opening? I’m not going to share those because I’m not quite sure if they are humane. But I remember one video about an octopus that lived in an aquarium and escaped down a drain to return to the ocean. So what does that tell us about the octopus? They are smart, no more than smart – intelligent, and flexible.

Sometimes humans think that if someone or something looks very different from “us” like an octopus for example, it couldn’t possibly be intelligent. Same with dolphins and whales. But don’t make that mistake. Their thinking, language, and cultures may be very different from ours, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have thinking, language, and culture. There is plenty of evidence to support the intelligence of marine mammals and octopi, none of which belongs in an aquarium. They all belong in the ocean.

Do you think the octopi that escaped were able to do so because they were OCD? That could be another story: The OCD Octopus.  But I’d rather they were free, like this one, than OCD.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is to start our post with a word that starts with “oc.” We get bonus points if we end with a word that starts with “oc.” So, I’m a happy octopus. 🙂

For more information, visit the blog of Linda G. Hill at this link:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/19/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-daily-prompt-jan-20th-2018/

Here are the rules for SOCS which I try to follow without being OCD.

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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Animal Communication: Language Beyond Words

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is, “language.”

The first thing I thought of was that animals have language though some snobs say they don’t. I didn’t mean to write snobs. But I wrote it right out of my stream of consciousness. (I don’t usually call names.) But I do love and respect animals.

In college, I wrote a research paper on the intelligence of dolphins and whales. There was plenty of research, even back then in the 1970’s, that suggested that dolphins and whales communicate in complex ways. This was based on their behavior. If you pay attention, you will see, hear, and sense things that you don’t notice when you don’t pay attention.  The songs of humpback whales are complex and change over time. Who’s to say that this is not language? Just because we don’t understand, just because it sounds different from human languages, doesn’t mean it’s not language.

Many animals have a keen sense and use of body language. They are more aware of it than we are as humans. My dogs have observed my body language very carefully. That’s probably the dominant way dogs communicate, but how do I know? They are probably way more complex than we realize. Who’s to say that a wolf’s howl is just a song? And song’s are language anyway.

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In Jean Auel’s book series that started with The Clan of the Cave Bear, the human-like tribes thought the Neanderthal-like tribes were animals because they did not speak. But we learned from the main character, Ayla (who I named my daughter after because I fell in love with these books), that this was not true. They did have a very complex language based on subtle body movements. Ayla knew this because the people of the Clan adopted her (even though she was one of the others) and she learned their language. Even though some of the Clan people thought she was slow and stupid because she did not have the “memories,” she learned healing from the woman who adopted her.

So, language is relative. Language is complicated and beautiful. Like The Five Love Languages which I’m mentioning in my May newsletter. There is the language of love that we communicate with our eyes, the windows to our souls, with no words at all. Perhaps a language without words (as we know them) has the potential to be even more powerful than simple words. Considering that, it’s pretty amazing that we communicate as well as we do, here on WordPress and other blog spots. I’ve made some good and meaningful connections with this language of words. So I’m not knocking language as we are accustomed to it. I’m just saying, there’s a whole lot more to language than just human words.

This video excerpt starts with lots of surface action which I recommend watching in full screen. The singing begins just after two minutes.

(The photos are from Pinterest.)

Linda G. Hill is our host for the Saturday Stream of Consciousness. Visit her blog to follow more streams at:

https://lindaghill.com/2017/05/12/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-1317/

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Here are the SoCS 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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Animals Have No Voice, PLEASE BE A VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS

We should be beyond this cruelty by now. Whales are intelligent, social beings and should be free.

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