Good News, Good People, Good Ideas
Former rebels become eco warriors protecting the Amazon from deforestation.
Did Trump just do something ummm ...good?
Excuse me a moment while I pick myself off the floor and adjust my reading glasses because moments like this just don't happen very much ...well... ever with this White House.
The Yeti just signed an executive action Wednesday that will forgive the student loan debt of thousands of veterans who are completely and permanently disabled.
He actually signed the action. I am not going to say how much this will save those vets because that figure came from the person currently "squatting" in the White House and in my opinion it has no merit until it is proven valid by someone not affiliated with the White House.
But the Executive action appears to be real.
Anyone see any pigs flying ?
There was already a loan forgiveness programs this just make it easier for the veterans and for trump to look good with his base. He always has agenda.
The executive order is designed to fix that by streamlining the process, and shifting the responsibility from eligible veterans, to the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Education.
Thanks for that information. I guess the pigs are flying, but just above the ground.
I have personal news to share, not sure if this is the right thread, but it's wonderful and I need to share it. As you all know, I'm visiting family to help out with the birth of my new niece. Well, she got her name today! I don't usually share such things online, but it's so special:
Bina Nerit - it means "Illuminator of Wisdom" in Hebrew
May she bring wisdom to her family and the world.
Welcome Bina Nerit. The salvation of our planet is in the hands of the little ones. May she have a life full of love and meaning. I'm sure Aunt Laura will get her off to a good start!
David Byrne, the leader of the band Talking Heads has started a campaign to collect positive news stories. It looks good, according to this article and video clip showing him talking about it. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/blog/need-a-day-brightener-david-byrne-offers-reasons-to-be-cheerful-1.5260608
His site is https://reasonstobecheerful.world. You can subscribe for free and get a good news story every day.
I love that he says that the good news stories are just as real as the bad and so we need to bring balance back into our perspective by collecting and reading these stories.
I'm going to try to read as many good news stories each day as bad, provided I can find them!
The first story is about communities on Lake Erie are convincing people who own waterfront to make it available to the public. What a great story! https://reasonstobecheerful.world/this-lake-is-for-everyone/
I have several young adults in my extended family who have bern diagnosed with autism.
I have marveled at their and their family's journey through the complexities and challenges of these uncertain times after already spending decades raising, teaching, and supporting their chiidren.
Faced with challenges from their birth on, families have to battle lack of education and awareness in not only themselves but others.
It can often result in a steep learning curve and a life of explanations and requests for help and understanding.
It's challenging enough in daily life but often extremely so in public situations where outbursts are not uncommon not only from the child or young adult, but from the uneducated judgments of others..
Recently, a family traveling on United Air learned that situations and judgments can be transformed by the simplest of adjustments in protocols, acceptance of differences, and allowances for others and innate differences in all of us.
A young boy terrified and confused while being seatbelted on takeoff on a aur flight and his desperate parents forcibly trying to hold him down inborder to meet regulations of " all passengers must remain seated" had a their situation dramatically transformed when a flight attendant suggested that the boy sit in his seatbelted father's lap and then sitting on the floor in the aisle until feeling more calmed
A simple story, similar things happen all the time everywhere we go or see young children. But for many families in more complex situations, it can often feel overwhelming.
But it was the note handed to the mother by an attendant as the passengers were leaving that touched that family's hearts and mine.
I had to enlarge the image to even read it but it read:
"I commend you for your strength. Do not EVER let anyone make you feel as though you are an inconvenience or a burden. He is a blessing. God bless your patience, your love, your support, and your strength. Continue to be superwoman. And know you and your family are loved and supported. --United Family
Love, light, and healing prayers,
I read this on a facebook page of a woman in Nigeria who creates beautiful fabric/fiber art. I thought of all of you.
"You are the daughters and sons of the most high God who founded the universe . The universe is set to celebrate you. Don't disappoint it. Start today and never stop."
Chef Jose Andres is once again leading a team from World Central Kitchen to feed those who are in need after a natural disaster. or man-made He pre -stationed himself in the Bahamas and has already distributed thousands of healthy and freshly prepared meals to remote locations devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
They delivered nearly 4 million meals after Maria in PR, have delivered meals after many California wildfires, midwest flooding and Texas hurricanes. This organization has only be responding to disasters for 2 years and has made such a difference in the lives of people who are most in need.
They often, as in the case of Maria in Puerto Rico, have remained and have tried to address the future agricultural needs of areas they have helped. They have also trained future chefs in places like Haiti.
Please look at their website. These light workers deserve our attention. They can inspire us in ways we have never imagined.
This is such a fantastic story.
A young 4th grader was bullied after making a homemade University of Tennessee shirt for College Color Days at his elementary school. When the University found out they send him a box of SWAG and turned his shirt design into an actual shirt which people can buy. Part of the proceeds will go to an anti bullying foundation.
This is the best story.