Monday, August 31, 2015

Fifth Train Attack Hero Speaks Out For the First Time

The French hero just released from a hospital after he was shot trying to subdue a gunman on a train, talked to Le Figaro about the experience and the American who helped save his life.

“The Aussies Are Coming!” Overseas Firefighters Arrive in WA

Seventy Australian and New Zealand firefighters arrived in the United States last week, ready to go wherever wildfires were burning, reports the Associated Press.

Grateful Firefighters in Washington state welcomed the reinforcements from Down Under, as they battled the largest wildfire in the state’s history.

Strangers Show Up on Elderly Man’s Roof, Restore More Than Just Shingles

As he watched his frail 75-year-old neighbor painstakingly laying down shingle by individual shingle, David Perez knew he wanted to do something to help, but he didn’t know a single thing about roofing.

“On Second Thought” App Lets You Take Back What You Text

If you’ve ever wanted a “do over” when it comes to texting, an innovative app may be your new best friend.

“On Second Thought” is a chance to avoid texting pitfalls — a digital grace period to take back rash replies, less than sober thoughts and embarrassing auto-corrects.

Your Creative Process

An Excerpt from Wild Women, Wild Voices

by Judy Reeves.

Ah, we creatives are a quirky lot. We have all these habits and perform all these rituals, often without thought, but other times we swear that they are invocations to the muse and that we couldn’t possibly do our work unless we first (fill in the blank). It’s said that Colette picked fleas from her cat before she settled into her writing, that Baudelaire kept a bat in a cage on his writing desk, and that Henrik Ibsen kept a pet scorpion on his. I’ve readily admitted to my light-a-candle routine, which is only the first of the rituals I perform, and here I sit at my candle-lit table with all my polished stones.

Artist and writer SARK said, “Your creativity in action is so needed by the world and the people in it. No other person has your eccentric blend of ideas, attitudes, and perceptions.”

I love that “succulent wild woman” SARK used the word eccentric to describe us. Eccentric is generally thought of as a polite word ...

Art as Transformation

An Excerpt from Wild Women, Wild Voices

by Judy Reeves

I was in kindergarten, and our class and all the other elementary school students were sitting cross-legged on the polished hardwood floor of the cafeteria/auditorium for the performance of Aladdin and His Magic Lantern by a visiting high school troupe. Never before, in all the books that had been read to me, in all the stories I’d been told, in all the dramas played out on records or on the radio, never before had I experienced such magic. Before me, and me alone, because now all the other students had faded away, appeared mysterious tents draped with brilliant fabrics and furnished with satin pillows as large as my father’s easy chair. The play began, and actors adorned in colorful costumes and tasseled shoes with turned-up toes performed their roles. And there was the gleaming magic lantern itself — pure gold, I was certain. Then suddenly a loud drum sounded, and out of a cloud of smoke appeared the genie! ready to grant any wish Aladdin might desire. My wish: that this could go ...

Daily Inspirational Quote – August 31, 2015

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

Exactly! So what’s stopping you from deciding exactly who you want to be? Don’t allow it to be you yourself will you? This is in YOUR hands and within YOUR power so decide wisely. Choose your path and the tools you need to carve out and mold the person you ultimately see yourself as being with careful consideration. Don’t rush any part of the work you put in. What a masterpiece you are going to be. I look forward to your unveiling.


Authentic Enjoyment

Take a good, deep breath of fresh air and feel the possibilities as they surround you. Gaze lovingly and gratefully at the wonder and abundance that fills the universe.

Let it all in, and let yourself enjoy it all, really enjoy. Fill your awareness with an appreciation for all that is, and fill your heart with a desire to make new goodness from it all, and enjoy.

Enjoy the beauty, the challenges, the certainties and the mysteries. Enjoy the people, the ideas, the dilemmas, the places, the problems and the opportunities.

Authentic enjoyment gives you a reason to move forward, and the energy to do so. Enjoy life in this moment, and your enjoyment compels you to create even more ways to enjoy.

Enjoy, not to impress or persuade or to further some hidden agenda. Enjoy for the sheer richness of the experience.

Enjoy this day, this situation, this life and all it encompasses. Enjoy, and bring all of life more fully to life.

— Ralph Marston

Gabriela Mistral on Service

Gabriela Mistral calls on us to serve as nature serves, suggesting each of us could be the one to remove the rock from the field or hate from the human heart. Read her lovely poem about service here...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Connecticut Becomes 1st State to End Chronic Homelessness Among Vets

Connecticut officials announced Thursday they had become the first state in the nation to provide housing for every one of its chronically homeless veterans.

Couple’s Proposal Goes Awry, Strangers Jump in (the Water) to Help

As he was attempting to propose to his girlfriend while on vacation at the beach, Matthew Picca made one miscalculation–and it turned into a memory to last a lifetime.

Middle-Agers Are Fending Off Dementia With Healthy Living: Study

If you needed one more reason to give up the fried food, put out your cigarette, and go for a walk, look no further than a new study showing the rates of dementia in some populations may be actually decreasing.

Dentist Gives Full, New Smile to Man Who Helps the Homeless

Harvor Davis, who drives a food ambulance around town to feed the homeless, now has a reason to break out his smile, rather than hiding it.

Daily Inspirational Quote – August 30, 2015

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t said.”

I know this sounds a bit strange but, if you think about it, it does make sense. How many times have you said something to someone because it is what you know they want to hear but not really what you actually wanted to say? The same could also apply to comments or remarks to you from someone else. However, I believe we are also astute when it comes to knowing when something isn’t being said, either due to consideration of our feelings or because they don’t feel they have the right words to convey what they mean or feel. Sometimes, it’s better to say nothing at all rather than say the wrong thing at the wrong time.


Learning to Not Know

For centuries, our ancestors have gathered around the proverbial fire, so to speak--holding space for unity and peace. In many ways, these 'circles' have helped to foster dialogue, to grow community, and engage in a shared path of understanding. In this lovely interview, Kay Pranis, a national leader in restorative justice, discusses the wisdom within our collective knowledge, and the blessing our interconnection brings. Please take a moment to be inspired by her brilliant introspection.