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(@cindy)
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02/22/2020 7:19 am  

@lovendures, we've had a coffee house here in town for four years based on that exact premise. Bitty & Beau's. They made national headlines when they were part of Southern Living's stories in 2016 CNN's Heroes back in 2017. Their mom won one of the CNN Heroes awards in 2018 after they opened their second location. This month, they expanded again, opening their fifth shop. If Spencer's place is anything like Bitty & Beau's, they'll do well. 


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02/22/2020 8:07 am  

Here's a nationwide program that curates the art of the homeless and disabled.  It has been very successful.  Fortune 500 companies, and non profits  are buying the art and the artists are lifted out of homelessness.   https://www.artlifting.com  was started by a young woman named Liz Powers.  When she was in college, Liz had been doing some volunteer work at a local homeless shelter when she noticed that some homeless people had amazing art skills.  So she began curating the art these folks were creating while staying at homeless shelters and selling it in various galleries.  Thus began a project she called Artlifting.  In the past nine years she has expanded Artlifting to major U.S. cities and dozens of Fortune 500 companies have purchased the art.  

Liz did a Ted Talk in which she offered other areas of life, like in cooking, for lifting people out of poverty and out of living on the fringes of society.  

This program is totally successful in so many ways: 

Below is an excerpt from her website: 

"ArtLifting empowers artists living with homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork. ArtLifting is about creating opportunity, empowerment, and validation.

"We offer our artists the chance to secure their own income through the sale of original paintings, prints, and products. By showcasing and selling artwork via ArtLifting.com, our artists gain self-confidence that permeates all aspects of their lives.

 

"As a social enterprise and benefit corporation, we are using “business for good.” Every artist earns 55% from the profit of each sale. 1% from each sale goes toward strengthening art services for community partners that support ArtLifting artists, which includes art programming at social service agencies, shelters, and disability centers. ArtLifting uses the remaining 44% to further our mission. We realize that in order to make sustainable change, we need to run a financially sustainable business.

Staples

"Bringing ArtLifting in was such an easy decision because you want to have a corporate office that has a homey feel, that inspires your associates. It gives you chills when you see the smiles on the artists faces and hear them say ‘Holy Mackerel, this is a Fortune 500 company and my work is in their main lobby."JOHN BURKE,
CHIEF CULTURAL OFFICER,
STAPLES


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02/22/2020 8:19 am  

A couple of years ago, the founder of Artlifting dropped by during the holidays (she is a family friend).  She said she is living a dream life, that she has the best job she could ever have imagined, which brings up another point:  When we do things for other people, it lifts us up to the heights of greatest happiness.   This is an established, evidence-based, phenomenon.  

Even if we simply send love and healing to others, our own happiness levels sky rocket.  


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02/22/2020 10:33 am  

@jeanne-mayell

Oh Jeanne These so are awesome!

Manifesting her dream job and helping others in a truly beautiful life and gifts and passion affirming way.

Love this big time💜


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03/04/2020 8:27 pm  

The Log.

Watching wild animals use a log to cross a stream.  Yep, there is a video of that and I love it. 

https://twistedsifter.com/videos/animals-crossing-log-compilation/?fbclid=IwAR2djT67doj7-rcKB0gST41dbGFg5BifY76aSp8HWzKdGf0YafHqmiZg2cU


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03/05/2020 9:25 am  

@lovendures

The one circulating now is Year Two.. if you haven't seen it yet.. Year One is great too!

 


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03/10/2020 1:13 pm  

I love this -- A beautiful place that stopped big bottled water!

A story of how Hood River County, Oregon prevented the extraction of its most precious resource, its water. It turns out that Washington State is on its way to passing the first legislation that prohibits behemoths like Nestle from extracting their natural spring water and selling it at profit and in those polluting plastic bottles. Read about this new development by clicking on the link.


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03/10/2020 1:21 pm  

Also from today's issue of Reasons to Be Cheerful -- a column they call "The Fixer" which describes fixes that make life so much better for people.  

First is a Do It Yourself Wheelchair ramp that makes every curb wheelchair accessible. 

Also mentioned is New York City  law that gives free legal counsel to poor residents facing eviction. In the past two years evictions in those areas fell by 29 percent. 

 


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03/10/2020 1:27 pm  

Reasons to be Cheerful is a publication by David Byrne, of Talking Heads. Byrne was on SNL recently with his new hit song. His biggest hit was "Burning Down the House" of 1983 which has been covered many times. You can get Reasons to be Cheerful in your inbox for free.  It will give you hope! 


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03/10/2020 1:39 pm  

@journeywithme2. I so enjoyed watching the wildlife.  Thank you for posting!

 


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03/10/2020 2:57 pm  

@jeanne-mayell, thank you for sharing Reasons to be Cheerful.  I had no idea that David Byrne, who I absolutely love, started something this.  We need all the hope and cheer we can get.

I can't figure out how to get it delivered to my inbox.  Maybe through the "Contact us" link?


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03/10/2020 5:15 pm  

@jeanne-mayell

Actually @Lovendures posted it. I merely mentioned that there are two one that first circulated last year and year two is circulating now.  It IS wonderful isn't it. 🙂

 


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03/10/2020 11:18 pm  

@journeywithme2

Loved the one you talked about too.  Thanks.  Loved watching the bear cubs.

 


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03/12/2020 10:38 pm  

Portland distillery makes hand sanitizer to give to customers | News | kptv.com

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A Portland distillery is now making hand sanitizer and giving it out to customers.

Shine Distillery and Grill already has the equipment and the alcohol for it. They say it just makes sense for them to help keep people healthy right now.

Basically, when they distill the alcohol, the first part that comes out isn’t meant to drink, so they make a cleaner out of it. 

High enough alcohol content to use at 80% and legal to make as long as they give it away not sell it!

https://www.kptv.com/news/portland-distillery-makes-hand-sanitizer-to-give-to-customers/article_c79023bc-6292-11ea-832b-e3a4b8d06435.html


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06/02/2020 10:56 pm  

Time to revive this thread.

This is a wonderful story about a young person of color who is a flight attendant for Southwest.  She ended up having a beautiful conversation with a passenger about race.  The man had been reading the book White Fragility:  Why It's so Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo.  It became a conversation starter.  Later, that passenger revealed he was the CEO of American Airlines.  I have no idea why the CEO of American was on Southwest but it was meant to be.  

The way she speaks about her experience reminds me of many of our community members.

I think I might need to buy that book.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/travel/2020/06/02/southwest-flight-attendant-american-ceo-travel-orig.cnn

 


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06/07/2020 1:54 am  

This is a fantastic story of a teenager who cleaned up by himself after a riot for 10 hours because it was the right thing to do.  When  the community found out, what he go back was amazing. 

https://www.azfamily.com/news/us_world_news/a-teen-who-spent-10-hours-cleaning-up-after-a-protest-is-rewarded-with-a/article_5ebfbae6-9275-5255-bb87-1acce8cea141.html?fbclid=IwAR1NY6VNwR4EEciKB7DGlgEqlpF19Ke9GnGodm7ZdJs3MAb0ll-YQ_X9UtI


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06/11/2020 12:49 am  

I need to post this someplace.  I am not sure if this is the right place ( seems like I say that a lot around here.. haha). 

COVID has given me license to let my gray grow out.  I am going to let myself be authentic -- no more dyeing.  If I don't like it when all is said and done, who says I can't go back to being a brunette or even blonde? 

I call my current silver skunk stripe my unicorn horn.  And I am three months in.   I hear it's the next six that will be the toughest. I've decided, for now, not to go with highlights to blend it.  I don't go back to school until August, so I've got some time to let it grow. I may decide to go short when I've got enough gray to work with. 

Anyone else a silver sister? 

 

Woo hoo! 


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06/11/2020 6:57 am  

@parizienne

Welcome to the club. I am 60 something and stopped dying my hair in my early 50's. I have several auto-immune diseases.. one of them being Hashimotos thyroid disease. My hair is waist length and natural..tho being a red head mine is more cinnamon and sugar than salt and pepper. I actually get many compliments on it. I actually enjoy it now and do not miss the hours and money I spent on hair appointments or the mess and angst of coloring at home. I think you may grow to like not coloring it and embracing it. 😊 


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06/11/2020 10:56 am  

@parizienne I am 62 but still dye my hair.  I started going grey at 19 and when I talk about letting it go my kids tell me I’m too young yet.   Nice but not true.  I do love a beautiful head of white hair.   One day.   Until then I really want to dye the underneath my beloved purple.   I have to keep it somewhat business like due to where I work.   One day.   Feel good about being who you are.   Took me a long time to get that.  👩🏼‍🎤


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06/11/2020 11:57 am  

@febbby23 my hair stylist is pushing back a bit saying that at 55 I am too young, but I’ve seen people younger than I am rock the silver, so I think it’s worth a try. It’s only hair. I hope I like it. Right now, it’s day by day. Some days I like it. Others, I’m not so sure.

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06/11/2020 2:26 pm  

Go @Parizienne! Very cliche, but be comfortable with who you are including a silver mop top;-)

 

Makes you look dignified and smart I'm sure!


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06/11/2020 2:32 pm  

@parizienne

I started graying in my 30s and at 56 now, I'm full gray. I refuse to dye my hair, other than occasionally I'll color it blue or purple at home with vegan-friendly dyes, just for fun. Over the years so many nice people have approached me to say how much they love my hair, and that if they had to do it over, they would not color their hair. Which I very much appreciated, in light of the immense pressure from my dad, of all people, to dye my hair because it made me "look so old." Don't let anyone tell you that gray looks bad. Gray is beautiful!


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06/11/2020 4:38 pm  

@parizienne Hair doesn't matter at all!   As we all know real beauty comes from within the soul.  You do you, and no matter what that is - rock it!


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06/12/2020 7:56 am  

@lovendures

Wow! What a conversation for our times! I see you have been discussing hair color/coloring. A very surface level yet ripe with potential discussion. 

I watched Perry George Floyd's funeral and it sparked my own mental discussion on why people dye their hair in the first place.

Immediately it brought to mind all of the women without coloring dying hair, eyebrows, eyelashes all colors of the rainbow and people of color bleaching, stripping or buying wigs or extensions in all light colors of the rainbow. 

Another surface level thought that led me into far deeper and yes, systemic thoughts on what it means to be a white, black or rainbow purse.

I may never get a chance to go to a bookstore, or even a library (ours closed for earthquake retrofitting for two years (probably double that now) and the small building meant to be used temporarily downtown will now need state funding big time to continue just flashed through my thoughts.

We are on a very tight budget now so if you buy that book i may have to borrow it dear @lovendures.

I am still in isolation though i finally was able to see my final two grandchildren ages 3 and 4 as they came over to pick raspberries and logan berries.

@unk-p both a logan berry is a raspberry/blackberry cross and a marion berry indigenous to Marion County Oregon (where I live) and another wild blackberry hybrid. So very delicious but ultimately short lasting seasonally in comparison to the wild original blackberrys that also grow freely--- far too freely all over here. Longer lasting by months their roots grow under impossible surfaces and come up where little bare feet and old callused ones find them amid the clover and wild English daisies.

The colors and variations and ideosynchriocies of all of God and nature's and mankind's created creatures. 

Signed, a 70 year old, waist long hair woman mostly light grey but with the last hald foot of dark brown left to create a *bun. If you have hair of any kind you do not realize how important it can be to those who have none. 

unk-p *bun:

a twisted hairdo not cinnamon not in the oven and just lately and occasionally hot and crossed. Hahaha.

Love to you all,

Michele


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06/12/2020 4:34 pm  

@michele-b   lol!   it is so good to hear from you!

I have a big gray beard.  It is long enough to make a *bun-  a *chin bun.  Is that a thing?   Been thinking of dyeing it pink, to balance the butchiness of it (even tho i am not a Millennial.  More like a Pre-Millennial.  Ok a Pre-Pre-Millennial).   But once we get closer to November, it will have to be blue.  Tsunami blue.


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06/12/2020 4:48 pm  

@unk-p

Oh, I like that idea. Tsunami blue in November. My girls and I have been playing with temp hair color this summer (I am a middle-aged lady with cropped short hair) and I can totally see some awesome blue happenin' then. I will start experimenting... 🙂 


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06/12/2020 5:44 pm  

@cc21:

@unk-p

Oh, I like that idea. Tsunami blue in November. My girls and I have been playing with temp hair color this summer (I am a middle-aged lady with cropped short hair) and I can totally see some awesome blue happenin' then. I will start experimenting... 🙂 

Historically, accidental discoveries have resulted in some of our greatest scientific advances. @unk-p and his thoughts of a "tsunami blue" in November reminded of another such discovery with a huge amount of potential in a range of applications.

Originally seeking to create new materials for solid state electronics --instead Oregon State University students created an enduring new pigment of a very, verybright blue made by combining three compounds. 

So @Unk-p, even while I cannot wait to see you in a photo here in November in your man bun-beard of bright blue --you really should consider "YInMn" blue--rom its compound of Yttrium, Indium and Manganese. 

Crayola has already named a crayon after it the "Easton". Seriously, the Easton? Tsunami would have been better or better yet "Cascadia" without the tsunami thoughts attached here for our "West-on" (not Easton) Pacific Coast concerns.

In any case here we are back finally on topic. Good People, Good Ideas " and new Discoveries!

As I always tell my husband sooner or later I'm back on track and make my point! I just like being a free spirit with lots of free-association to enjoy the ongoing conversational spiral!

Thank you both for helping tie up my free-wheeling fun and "wild hares" along with both of yours. 

The Accidental Discovery Of A Brand New Shade of Blue

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sujatakundu/2016/06/30/the-accidental-discovery-of-a-brand-new-shade-of-blue/#54ff5e122e69

 


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06/12/2020 7:33 pm  

@parizienne

My hand's in, 'silver sister'...

I have longer than waist-length & shot with silver (tho some would say gray, hmmph)... never coloured or dyed it since high school (Medieval Times) and since the CV isolation with my electric base heaters on alot, the hair has turned into an unglorious bunch of dry sagebrush.

I am now known as 'The Witch'. Oh well, been called worse things, lols, and do find that label rather flattering anyway. 

I have always wanted that lustrous pure silver waterfall, like my dear grandmother's, who never cut her hair in her life ... it lay three feet on the floor. Just a bit high maintenance though....

Maybe it's time to trim and dye with some modern blue ... wonder what I would get called then 🗽

 


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06/13/2020 7:03 am  

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Oh dear dhyanaji. My goodness the gifting of a book is the giving of something so far greater than any most realize.

I have had a bookmark for at least 20 maybe 30 years that reads "A book is a gift that you open again and again."

You just opened my heart as well.

Love to you wise and oh so dear friend. 

Love,

Michele

PS

It is just now done and blessings to you in return 💜

@michele-b........It would be my humble honor to gift you the book," Why White People Find It So Hard To Talk About Racism " by Robin DeAngelo. If you would kindly give me this opportunity and Our Beloved Jeannie is Onboard, simply supply her with your mailing address via your E-mail and hopefully she will generously pass it on to me via E-Mail. Again, it would be both an honor and a privilege to gift this to you and see it also, hopefully shared with your friends and family.............Blessings

P.S. PLEASE let me know when you've forwarded your mailing address to Jeanne so that I can quickly get the book out to you.........Blessings Friend...


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