Showing posts from October 11, 2015

Arizona University Gives Free Tuition to MBA Students in 2016

Arizona State University is just giving away MBA degrees.

OK, students still have to study and complete the program — but it won’t cost incoming MBA students a penny next year.

There are 85 students in this year’s 2015 class, but starting next fall, up to 120 new students will have their entire tuition for the MBA program paid in full.

Malaria Protein Accidentally Found to Be Cancer-Killing Weapon

Scientists for decades have been searching for similarities between a placenta and a tumor, because both grow so aggressively. Now they have stumbled upon one–and inadvertently, a possible powerful treatment for multiple kinds of cancer.

The researchers were looking for something completely different — a vaccine to protect pregnant mothers and their children from malaria – and in their quest found a malaria protein that effectively destroyed 90% of a wide range of cancer cells, from leukemia to brain tumors.

Daily Inspirational Quote – October 17, 2015

“A negative mind will never give you a positive life.”

How could it? If your mind is filled with negative thoughts that prevent you from following your dreams, applying for that brilliant job opportunity, striking up a conversation with someone you want to get to know, etc., who do you think is to blame? You, of course! Once you’ve established a negative thought pattern the only person who can take action to change it to positive is you so what are you waiting for? Flick your “switch” to positive and see how the world responds? Positive attracts positive so think positive for long enough and it will become your mind-set so there will be no stopping you then. Look out world!


Wendell Berry on How to Be a Poet

"Although poetry itself exerts a singular power over the human spirit... it is hardly a power that comes easily to the poet." In his poem, titled "How to Be a Poet (to remind myself)," the wise and wonderful poet Wendell Berry reminds us of the "vitalizing power of silence and stillness and self-refinement" which are so essential to being a poet, an artist of any kind, and really, a complete human being.

People-Powered Grocery Store Lowers Food Prices for Volunteers

A nonprofit grocery store offers healthy foods and a boost of self esteem for less fortunate customers.

Founder Kurt Vickman lets people volunteer to work in his Good Grocer store in Minneapolis, Minnesota for discounts on food. Every item in the shop is marked with two prices — one for regular customers, another, 25% lower price for people who volunteer to work in the store.

College Student’s Device Can Turn Polluted Air into Printer Ink

This device doesn’t just suck soot out of the air—it repurposes the stuff as printer toner.

Anirudh Sharma, co-leader of a student-run science lab at MIT, has invented something called Kaala, a device that adds alcohol and oil to polluted air and creates printer ink.

The idea first came to him while channeling childhood memories.

College Kid Is Running A Highly Rated NYC Restaurant in His Dorm Room

While many college students subsist on ramen noodles, this culinary genius is running one of New York’s highest-Yelp-rated new eateries out of his dorm room.

Jonah Reider is the creator of “Pith,” an exclusive dining experience that only serves four people at a time. He whips up five to eight-course meals for just $10 to $20 a person – all prepared in his Columbia University dorm’s common kitchen.

Patti Smith Moved to Tears by Return of Stolen Items From 36 Years Ago

Natalie Ilsley
Posted with permission from Newsweek

A Patti Smith fan has returned a bag of possessions to the singer, 36 years after they had allegedly been stolen.

The award-winning songwriter was conducting a reading of her memoir M Train, at Dominican University in Illinois on Sunday when a woman in the audience stood up and announced she had a bag of clothes that had belonged to Smith almost 40 years before, according to another audience member's account of the incident on a forum.

Even Oil And Coal CEOs Want Climate Action This Year, and Sign Petition

As world leaders sit down in Paris to decide how to cut greenhouse gas emissions, 14 corporations with massive carbon footprints have officially joined the call to rein in these atmospheric contributors to global climate change.

The companies, which include oil producers Shell and BP and coal mining giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, issued a joint statement calling the UN Climate Change conference a “critical opportunity” to address the threats of climate change.

Person Sends $500 to Make Amends for Park Vandalism 25 Years Ago

A desire to make things right has gotten this Parks Department one step closer to helping local kids with special needs join their friends on the playground.

Earlier this week, the Public Works Department in Orem, Utah received an anonymous letter from someone apologizing for taking part in the vandalism of a city park bathroom in 1990.

Veteran Helps Comrades “Walk off the War” With Hikes on Appalachian Trail

Sean Gobin was a hero long before CNN nominated him for the title this year.

He completed three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving the service in 2012. Still dealing with the memories and emotions of combat, he set out to “walk off the war,” hiking all of the nearly 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Daily Inspirational Quote – October 16, 2015

“Givers need to set limits because Takers rarely do.”

We all know the “takers” in our lives don’t we? The people who always want somebody else to do what they may be too lazy to do themselves. Always short of money although not when it comes to the luxuries in life. Expecting others to drop whatever they’re doing and rush to their aid. I could go on but I think you’ve all got the picture and already have images of people like this familiar to you popping into your head? I know I have. I speak from experience when I say it’s not easy to break the pattern of always saying, “Yes, of course” but, trust me, it can be broken. Ask yourself if they would do the same for you? No? Then up to you to establish boundaries. The next time the “taker” asks you for something, take a deep breath, and say “no” and mean it. They won’t like it but at least it will let them know that the “worm has turned” and is not always ready, willing and able. After the first refusal, you’ll find it gets easier to say n…

How To Pay Attention

If you are like most people, you probably find yourself easily distracted or preoccupied by needless thoughts. So in an effort for you to gain control of your ability to concentrate, Dr. Rick Hanson, a psychologist and the author of several books, details seven important steps you can take to keep your wandering mind focused and centered.

Beluga Whale Stuns Navy Team With Amazingly Human Chatter (LISTEN)

An underwater prankster that talks like a human is stirring up conversation off the Southern California coast.

The beluga whale that was tamed in the 1970s by the U.S. Navy to find and retrieve sunken torpedoes and mines has become, it seems, an enthusiastic member of a team of humans–and now, wants to communicate like his pals.

Apart from his goofy and curious nature, nothing was especially unusual about Noc’s life with the Navy Marine Mammal Program (NMMP) – until he started chatting up the divers over the intercom.

While two divers were fixing up the whale enclosures underwater, they thought they heard the radio buzz with an order to get out of the water. When they resurfaced, their supervisor insisted he had issued no such request.

5-Hour Energy Inventor to Bring Free Energy to the Poor, Donate Billions

If this billionaire’s plan to power remote Indian villages through stationary bike pedaling catches on—well, they actually won’t need a whole lot of his 5-Hour Energy Drink.

Manoj Bhargava became a billionaire almost overnight thanks to those little energy-infused shots, and now, he’s eager to give away 99 percent of his fortune to help others.

He’s starting with a plan to bring a special kind of stationary bike to impoverished regions, one that converts human energy into electricity capable of lighting an entire household.

With just one hour of pedaling, the bikes will generate enough energy to power a home all day and night.

Backpacker Uses Life Savings to Fund Home For Orphans She Met in Nepal

A woman who spent the money she saved babysitting in high school to save children half a world away is one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes of the Year.

Maggie Doyne decided to take a year off before college in 2006 to backpack around the world. She only got as far as Nepal when she called home and asked her parents to send all $5,000 of her life savings.

Torn Between Red and White? For Halloween, Try Orange Wines

Torn between white and red wines? Orange might be the perfect happy medium–especially with Halloween parties around the corner.

Orange wines are similar to white wine, but with the full-bodied, tannic taste of a red and a copper-color.

Though there are different methods, orange wines are typically made by allowing the grapes to macerate in their skins for two weeks – a technique that’s usually reserved for red wines. The process slowly breaks down skins and creates texture and color in the wine.

This is the same type of wine Julius Caesar drank, using virtually the same ancient techniques.
Skin-fermented whites were once the exclusive domain of Europeans. But recently, American vintners in California and Oregon have started experimenting with them, as well as many in Australia.

Virtually any white wine grape can be used: Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Malvasia, Trebbiano, and others, reports Hannah Wallace in Bon Appetit.…

Daily Inspirational Quote – October 15, 2015

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”

Wouldn’t we all? It must be awful to be about to pass to Spirit and your mind is filled, not with happy recollections of all the things you’ve done in your life, but regret for the things you didn’t? Too late then my friends. Let’s hope that you are among the lucky ones who realized early on in life that they wanted to follow their dreams, explore this beautiful Earth, love with all their heart, take leaps of faith, etc. Better to be among the real winners at the end of the ultimate game than the losers. I know which one I’ll be, do you?


Leisure: The Basis of Culture

"Today, in our culture of productivity-fetishism, we have succumbed to the tyrannical notion of 'work/life balance' and have come to see the very notion of 'leisure' not as essential to the human spirit but as self-indulgent luxury reserved for the privileged or deplorable idleness reserved for the lazy." Maria Popova draws from the wisdom of classic and contemporary philosophers, scientists, and spiritual leaders to challenge our current notion of leisure and suggests instead that leisure is sacred and essential for human progress.

First Super Hero Characters for Girls Take Off and Kick Butt

Seven new action heroes for little girls are officially leveling the playing field.

Well, they aren’t exactly new. These Super Hero Girls from DC Comics are the classic caped women, Super Woman, Wonder Woman, Bat Girl and others, placed back in their high school days.

After making their debut at New York City’s annual Comic Con exhibition last week, the girl-powered line of new toys, animation and graphic novels are due to start flying around the globe at the end of this month.

Mattel manufactured the group of action figures for the line focused on girls up to age 12.

Church Tips Pizza Driver $1,000 After Sermon on Kindness (WATCH)

Now that’s an inspiring Sunday Service: A pizza delivery driver was in shock after receiving a $1,000 tip from a church congregation practicing what it preaches.

Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington, Ohio had just wrapped up a month of sermons and lessons on the value of random acts of kindness. The woman, identified only as Natasha, was the lucky delivery driver who dispatched a $5.99 pizza to the building. It was all a ruse to let church members put their teachings into practice.

Malala is Inspiration for Her Mother To Go Back To School

Malala Yousafzai has inspired millions of women and girls to stand up for their right to an education.
Her mother turned one to be one of them.

Three years ago, Malala was shot by the Taliban in her own country of Pakistan for advocating girls’ education. She not only survived, she became more influential and determined in her crusade, becoming the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Now her mother, Toor Pekai, revealed publicly for the first time that she, herself, has returned to school after dropping out at a young age when she was the only girl in the room.

NFL Star Keeps Returning to Help Kids From His Hometown

Children of all ages can count on an assist from this NFL all-star.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson backed by fellow teammates and his foundation, T.E.A.M. 96, are always lending a hand to young, aspiring athletes, hungry families, and breast cancer survivors.

T.E.A.M. 96, named for his jersey number, offers scholarship-based awards to students in Wilkerson’s hometown of Linden, New Jersey, giving $1,000 towards college expenses. This year, 13 students have received the financial aid—but the most fun part for Wilkerson is getting to play in the dirt with the kids.

Pastor Turns Food Desert into Garden of Eden for the Poor

A North Carolina preacher has been nominated for a top hero prize after he created a nutritional oasis in what had been a food desert.

Pastor Richard Joyner had to preside over many funerals for members of his congregation due to diseases related to poor nutrition.

One day, he decided to do something about it: grow the healthy food himself.

He started a community garden at the Missionary Baptist Church where he preached in Conetoe. It multiplied to 20 plots of land around the community, including a 25-acre farm run by his nonprofit Conetoe Family Life Center.

Domino’s Driver Delivers More Than Pizza to Elderly Man Left in Cold

Domino’s delivery promises pizza in “30 minutes or less,” but one driver took it upon herself to deliver a bit more–a new home for a customer in need, just in time for winter.

Angela Nguyen had delivered pizza to the rundown trailer before. Lee Hasse, who lived there, occasionally splurged on such a luxury, but the 76-year-old man usually survived on a single meal each day from “Meals on Wheels.”

Dad’s Photos Elevate Boy With Down Syndrome to Superstar Status

This kid’s well on his way to making friends in high places.

When Wil Lawrence was born with Down syndrome three years ago, his father decided to put his photography skills to work promoting positive images of people with the condition.

“Wil actually choose flying as the theme,” Alan Lawrence told Good News Network. “When he learned to roll over on his stomach he would wiggle his feet and arms like he wanted to fly, so being a photographer I decided to help him make that a reality.”

Daily Inspirational Quote – October 14, 2015

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”

This is a no brainer right? We are all aware that spending our days being anxious and weighed down with worry and stress accomplishes absolutely nothing. We’ve all been there haven’t we? Easy for others to say “don’t worry” but we can’t help it. It’s as if our minds have been taken over by that evil superhero, “Anxiety!” At times like that we have to call on our own superhero, “So what?” This is because we know that giving in to “Anxiety” gives it the power to suck the joy and light from our day and replace it with darkness. This achieves absolutely nothing in the way of solving whatever is worrying us in our todays and tomorrows so, next time that nasty “Anxiety” looms, call on your own personal superhero, “So what” and see it off pronto! Ta dah!


The Nursing Home That Is Also a Dorm

What happens when a nursing home gets merged with a college dormitory? That's what they are finding out in an inter-generational model that is playing out in a long-term living facility in the Netherlands. The bold initiative is backed by research that shows that regular social interaction has been found to not only improve overall health in older adults, but it also represents a wonderful way for the students to help connect the elderly to the outside world.

City Pays Homeless to Learn Job Skills While Beautifying Riverbanks

A picturesque river is getting a makeover while the city’s homeless in Reno, Nevada are getting a new chance at jobs and housing.

The new project, “Reno Works,” will employ twenty homeless people who are eager for work, giving them temporary jobs cleaning the banks of the Truckee River — with the goal of getting them full-time jobs afterwards.

The swift-moving Truckee flows through the heart of the city, past parks and casinos, but also past homeless camps and litter. The city will spend $110,000 on the project to relocate campers into shelters and provide job training for those who want to work.

Family Braves Carolina Floodwaters to Rescue Elderly Man and His Dog

A South Carolina family waded through rushing floodwaters to rescue an 87-year-old man and his little dog.

Tom Hall and his family had been routinely checking on neighbors during the recent flooding when they noticed a car sinking in the water. Praying it was empty, Hall waded out to check and saw George Osterhues waving back at him.

Osterhues and his dog, Tila, had been in the car for two hours already, swept off the highway by flash flooding while en route to Florida. It would take at least another hour to pull them to safety.

Daily Inspirational Quote – October 13, 2015

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

Says it all doesn’t it? Nobody can hurt you without your permission. This doesn’t mean telling someone who wants to hurt you, “Yes, you have my permission to hurt me.” “Go right ahead.” “Do your worst.” What it does mean is that nobody can hurt you, either mentally or physically, if you refuse to give them that power over you, i.e. allowing yourself to feel “hurt.” Of course, they can cause you pain physically, but only you can choose to feel “hurt.” The power is yours and yours alone so use it wisely.


How I Survived the Loss of My Hands and Feet

Meet Corinne Hutton. Two years ago, she lost her hands and feet after catching a virus that turned her limbs septic. She knew she had a choice then and chose to live with zest and passion. Today, she is a busy mom who has climbed mountains, flown planes, started a charity, and enjoys getting dolled up for nights out with her friends. Read on to learn more about this woman who transforms adversity to positivity.

How A Shark Bite Ended Up Saving This Man’s Life

Eugene Finney is probably the only person you’ll ever meet who will tell you, “A shark attack saved my life.”

Finney and his daughter were swimming off Huntington Beach, California when they were hit by a rough wave. As he clutched his daughter and slipped under water, he felt something large slam into him and cut across his back.

Ex-Prisoner Learns Law, Wins Release, Now Works in Court of Appeals

An inmate who spent nine years in prison for a crime he never committed is now clerking at the federal court that overturned his conviction – after a fellow inmate told him to “stop playing basketball” and start learning law.

When he was 17 years old, Jarrett Adams was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to 28 years in prison. He always maintained his innocence but his public defender never offered a defense at his trial in Wisconsin.

After a fellow prisoner suggested he learn the system, Adams plowed through the books in the prison library, teaching himself case law. He wrote to the Wisconsin Innocence Project which took up his case and uncovered new evidence.

Guy Who Bought ‘’ For $12 Is Giving Entire Reward To Charity

In case you haven’t heard by now, a Babson College student from Massachusetts—and ex-Google employee—recently managed to buy the domain name for $12.

On September 29, Sanmay Ved simply ran a search for available domain names online when he came across as being available—he had been keeping an eye on the company’s internal domains. He clicked the ”add to cart” option, and poof, there it was. He was the proud owner of

Dogs Stand Guard, Hold Vigil for Fawn Overcome by Wildfire

While hiking up a hillside and looking at the aftermath of a 300-acre wildfire, an Idaho man came upon a stunning memorial service — three dogs guarding a fallen fawn.

“This one got me in the feels,” Louis Armstrong wrote on his Facebook page.

“Lots of destruction and sadness in the Kamiah area— I found this dead fawn this morning. An hour later this sheep dog and her 2 pups are here protecting it. They have been here for hours and won’t leave – barking at people that come near (although they are very nice).”

The Story of How This Young Man Gave A Stranger A Hand Will Melt Your Heart

A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but it’ll only take about 150 to explain what makes this one from Hamilton, Ontario so beautiful.

Godfrey Cuotto, a student, was riding the bus home last week when a man with special needs leaned over and held out his hand.

The man, whose name was Robert, continued to hold on long after the handshake was over, which was fine with Cuotto, who also let Robert continue to hug him and kiss his hands throughout the ride.

A Doctor Who Practices “Street Medicine” Named Top Hero of 2015 (WATCH)

For more than 20 years, Dr. Jim Withers has walked the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, going where the homeless go, to bring them free, quality medical care. He calls it “street medicine.”

When he first started, he’d camouflage himself to blend in with the people he sought to help. By wearing worn-out clothes and rubbing dirt in his hair, he hoped to win the trust of homeless people on the streets and under bridges of the city.

An Insomniac’s Guide to Meditation

By Diana Lang, author of Opening to Meditation

There are times in life where we just cannot sleep. We roll over and toss and turn, coming wide awake hoping to fall back to sleep again. Whether it be for short intermittent periods during stressed and challenging times, or long years of sleeplessness caused by chronic tension, insomnia can be like the quiet beast in the dead of night that slowly drains our energy making us vulnerable and weary, tired and depressed.

If insomnia becomes chronic, we may find ourselves taking natural remedies like melatonin or magnesium, but if those don’t work we could end up reaching for alcohol, or other kinds of drugs, including stronger pharmaceutical medications, in our basic biological need to fall asleep.

Most of what keeps us awake is stress. And meditation can be just the thing to relax your mind to let yourself deeply rest and sleep.

When we worry, we create stress hormones and chemistry that tell the body that something is wrong. It can trigger the …

Right Where You Are – Opening to Meditation

An Excerpt from Opening to Meditation by Diane Lang

Meditation is a state of consciousness. It is a growing thing that, when nurtured and cared for, grows strong and constant, like a big old oak tree. You can count on it.

Every time you meditate, it is as if you are building a mountain, one layer at a time. Meditation is like strata; once a layer is set down, it becomes a permanent part of your landscape. It is cumulative. When you meditate again, you add another layer to your mountain. You keep getting stronger and stronger. Even if there’s a gap of many years in your meditation practice, this stratification doesn’t go away. It’s right where you left it. You just pick up where you left off. Usually, it will have grown on its own some, too.

Meditation is a discipline of mind blended with spirit that teaches concentration and focus. It brings clarity to every area of your life. It broadens your perspective, opens your mind to new ideas, and helps you feel free.

The answers you are looking …

Daily Inspirational Quote – October 12, 2015

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it’s letting go.”

Occasionally, in life, things, situations or people are only meant to be with us for a certain length of time. However, if we’re not ready to let them go then we’ve got a problem. Holding on with all you’ve got may cause them to reconsider and stay but, if their heart isn’t in it, or it’s just not meant to be, then it’s time to take a step back and consider your options. Perhaps you’re not being strong by hanging on if it’s not meant to be, just deluding yourself. Letting go isn’t being weak it’s being realistic and therefore taking the best course of action for them or it and, ultimately, you.


Where Good Ideas Come From

Where do ideas come from? Do they come to us in a "eureka moment" like Isaac Newton's proverbial apple falling on his head? Steven Johnson's research shows that it takes a long time (the slow hunch), and a space of sharing (the liquid network) for us to come up with our best ideas. In this TED talk, Johnson focuses on spaces of creativity and shared patterns of innovation that encourage us to connect ideas rather than protect them. "Chance favors the connected mind."

Daily Inspirational Quote – October 11, 2015

“When a friend does something wrong, don’t forget all the things they did right.”

Of course you won’t! Lovely person that you are. When a friend does something we consider wrong, that’s when we remember all the things they’ve done for us in the past. The times they’ve given us a shoulder to cry on, hugged us when we’ve needed a hug, been patient when it’s obvious we’re driving them loopy, loaned us money when we’re hard up. The list goes on and on doesn’t it? Also, this is the perfect time to think about the boot being on the other foot so to speak! If, positions were reversed, wouldn’t we expect our friends to take the time to think about all the good things we’ve done for them….. Of course we would, so there’s your answer…simple!


Ten Words Technology Borrowed from Nature

What do words like ecosystem, tree, spider, virus, swarm and others have in common with technology? Sue Thomas points out how they have been hijacked from nature and applied to the digital world.