Good News, Good People, Good Ideas
Saw this article about how they are reforesting the ocean near Australia. https://reasonstobecheerful.world/reforesting-the-ocean/
Thank you for sharing the story about the teacher from Ayer (near my neck of the woods) who adopted her student after his mother died. There are so many amazing people in this world.
Here is some FANTASTIC news we all will appreciate.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has announced she is cancer free right now. YEA!!!
Also, the cancer death rate fell 2.2%, the biggest single-year drop ever!!!
RBG is one amazing human being and seemingly invincible woman!
She has battled and beat lung cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer and a broken hip which when it occurs in post-menopausal women has a 30% possibility of death due to a high rate of infection.
This woman is stronger than a Ford Truck and a bulletproof Tesla combined.
May she live on and on! And may researchers find not only better and more effective treatments for all cancers but discover new ways of using immunotherapy, our own altered DNA or other CRSPR therapies or new findings to treat-- if not cure-- all forms of cancer in the future so our rates will continue to drop.
This is fantastic news!
"The U.S. Navy says it will name an aircraft carrier after Doris "Dorie" Miller, the African American mess attendant who heroically leapt into combat during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It marks the first time that an aircraft carrier has been named for an African American, and the first time a sailor has been so honored for actions taken as an enlisted man."
His story is beautiful. Cuba Gooding Jr. portrayed him in the movie Pearl Harbor.
But...I wish it was for the right reason.
"The world’s largest manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, an agricultural pesticidelinked to brain damage in children, has announced that it will stop producing the chemical by the end of the year.
The announcement on Thursday by Corteva, the corporation formed from a Dow Chemical and DuPont merger, comes after the Trump administration reversed regulatory plans to ban the pesticide and rejected the scientific conclusions of US government experts.
Corteva said it was ending production due to declining sales. Susanne Wasson, the president of Corteva’s crop protection business, told Reuters it was a “difficult decision”.
No! This should not be a difficult decision. It should not be based upon money.
It should be based on ethics and what is right.
Here is a great story about a taxi cab driver who saved an elderly woman from withdrawing $25,000 for a (non) IRS scam. He even drove her to the police station to have an officer tell her it was a scam.
Thanks to The Arizona Republic and their in-depth coverage last year of hospital patient "dumping" a new program was created to find homeless people recover in a safe place instead of being "dumped" back onto the streets with no help. It is a trial program but hopefully it will remain.
The media can inspire great things.
This is the BEST news and idea I have heard in ages!!!
Spencer's Place just opened.
What is Spencer's Place you ask?
Spencer's Place is a 501(c)(3) coffee cafe which just opened (officially tomorrow) in my home state of Arizona. it is the dream of a high school special ed teacher who realized that her former students with disabilities could not find employment although they had been well prepared in school and had good skill sets. Employers did not want to take a chance on them. (80% of disabled adults can not find employment nationally). Her former students were frustrated. She also had a son who was disabled (Spencer, now a young adult with Down syndrome) who was facing similar challenges.
So, she decided to open a coffee cafe to employ these beautiful adults and help give them a positive experience, employment, confidence and excellent work skills.
The coffee house sells coffee, lavender lemonade, salads, simple lunch items and desserts like cookie dough bars.
I can't wait to go! I am taking my whole family!
We need to do more of this!!
My heart is so filled right now!
They are amazing! We had our first one start up about 10 years ago here in Salem and now they just started a second one after a popular downtown bistro closed and the spot became available to rent. I've no doubt it will be just as
They are excpopular if not even more. Eptionally popular for teens and adults alike and give a lot of local bands an opportunity to perform in a popular venue besides serving lots of cool coffee, tea and healthy bottled drinks along with lunch and healthy snack options and provide start up job opportunities for young and old alike who have not always had an opportunity for work.
I know Portland has full scale restaurants that have been around a long time that provide similar work opportunities and one even has a "pay what you think it was worth" or "pay what you can afford" and that is pretty amazing.
Proceeds all go to great local causes to support similar ideals or training.
@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.
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.
"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,
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.
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💜
Watching wild animals use a log to cross a stream. Yep, there is a video of that and I love it.
The one circulating now is Year Two.. if you haven't seen it yet.. Year One is great too!
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.
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.
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!