Saturday, November 14, 2015

Homestead Act for Russian Far East – Putin Supports Free Land Handout

The Russian president has approved the idea of offering large land plots for free to anyone who resettles to the Russian Far East to start a farm or other business.

Similar to the American “Homestead Act” that encouraged immigrants to settle in the western states of the US in the 19th century, Russian officials hope the land grant would motivate people to migrate to the Far East.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/homestead-act-for-russian-far-east-putin-supports-free-land-handout/

Mother-Daughter Duo Publish Children’s Kindness Book

What do a mouse and random acts of kindness have in common? This mother–daughter duo knows it’s all about the good deeds.

Natalie has been spreading kindness in the world for years, writing anonymous notes of gratitude and encouragement to people around her community. Sophie, age 7, naturally decided to follow in her mom’s footsteps.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/mother-daughter-duo-publish-childrens-kindness-book-anonymouse/

Four Free Apps to Make a Perfect Thanksgiving Feast

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, check out this video describing four useful apps to help create the perfect dinner– and to use leftovers in delicious new ways.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/four-free-apps-to-help-make-a-perfect-thanksgiving-feast-watch/

Support for Paris Floods In From Around the World (Video)

Support for Paris is flooding into France from around the world, after scores of people were killed in deadly attacks yesterday.

In a statement, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he was prepared to join France to “combat terrorism and protect the safety of all people” around the world.

In additions to condemnation from Western world leaders, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also called the attack an “inhuman crime”.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/support-for-paris-floods-in-nov-2015/

George Clooney Visits Sandwich Shop That Feeds Homeless, Says Good Job

Actor George Clooney invited a few hundred people to grab a sandwich and help the homeless in Scotland.

The movie star and social activist responded to an invitation to stop by Social Bite, a sandwich shop in Edinburgh, Scotland that hires the homeless and donates all it’s profits to charity.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/george-clooney-visits-sandwich-shop-that-feeds-homeless/

Try One of These 12 Acts Of Kindness Today–On World Kindness Day

Here at Good News Network, World Kindness Day is one of our favorite days of the year. It’s an occasion where everyone can go out of their way to show compassion to friends, family – even strangers.

That’s why we compiled a list of ideas for you to try on World Kindness Day to spread a little joy.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/try-these-12-acts-of-kindness-for-your-world-kindness-day/

Daily Inspirational Quote – November 14, 2015

“Colors are the smiles of nature.”

So many colors for our eyes to feast on. Isn’t nature wonderful? The changing of each season as it gradually unveils its own beautiful, inspirational, awesome splendid palette of color for our eyes to appreciate and marvel at. Man can never ever hope to compete with what Nature’s very own specialist art gallery has to offer. From the delicate, intricate patterns to be found on butterflies, insects, animals, birds, plants, trees, etc., to the landscapes that take our breath away. Long may nature’s art gallery always remain open for business. We are truly blessed.

by CathiBew.co.uk

Should We Train Doctors for Empathy?

The term 'bedside manner' has long been used to describe a doctor's ability to connect and empathize with a patient. According to recent studies, the importance of good bedside manners is becoming more and more critical, as patients whose doctors listen and demonstrate an understanding of their concerns not only are more satisfied with their treatment, but also enjoy better health. This article shares more.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1164/should-we-train-doctors-for-empathy-jill-suttie/

Friday, November 13, 2015

Special: 6 Ways to Be Happier

No. 1
Give Thanks
Happy people aren’t smarter or richer than their peers, but they are more grateful and often have these characteristics.

No. 2
Focus on Physical Activity
You don’t need to run marathons to reap the benefits of exercise. Even short workouts release certain brain chemicals that create feelings of joy and contentment.

No. 3
Eat Feel-Good Foods
While there’s no "happiness diet," some foods -- like Thanksgiving turkey -- can give your mood a lift and may help ward off depression.

No. 4
Snuggle Up
Touching and hugging can release your body’s natural “feel-good hormone.” Plus, sex and intimacy can boost your self-esteem and happiness, among other health perks.

No. 5
Give Back
As little as 2 hours of volunteering a week can give you that happy glow known as the “helper’s high.”

No. 6
Tune In
Listening to music can provide an emotional pick-me-up, but choose wisely. Some songs may bring you down.

Using the Force: Yoda Levitates Cake at Int’l Baking Show (Watch)

This is the cake Star Wars fans have been looking for.

The levitating confection appeared to spin in mid-air, stealing the show at last weekend’s Cake International convention in Birmingham, England.

Baker Christine Jenson of Peboryon Cakes is not giving away the secret to how she accomplishes this Star Wars-worthy special effect. She swears it’s “The Force” causing the cake to levitate–and you may seriously believe her after watching the video below.

Afterall, if Yoda can lift an X-Wing fighter out of the swamps of Dagobah, then this should be, well, a piece of cake.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/behold-the-force-yoda-makes-cake-levitate-at-international-baking-show-watch/

Trooper Who Hid Tragedy From 4 Kids on Halloween Raised $480K for Them

A Georgia State Trooper’s graceful handling of four children under tragic circumstances has ended up raising nearly a half million dollars for their futures.

Trooper Nathan Bradley had the difficult job of knocking at the door of a family home in Newborn to report the car crash that had killed both parents on October 31. Crystal and Donald Howard had gone out to get more face paint for the kids— ages six to 13 — before taking them Trick or Treating on Halloween.

The couple’s four children appeared at the door dressed in their costumes, and with no adults there, Bradley couldn’t bring himself to tell the kids about their parents. Instead, he decided to save their Halloween.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/cop-who-hid-tragedy-from-4-halloween-kids-raises-450k-for-them/

Two Kids Invite The World To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Skyler Palmquist, age 8, and Cayden Palmquist, age 10, are hopeful about what might be accomplished in Paris at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, but wondered why they needed to wait for an international agreement before they took action on carbon emissions.

So, they issued a challenge from their home in Frederick, Maryland: How Low Can We Go challenges friends, schools, businesses, and towns, to take fossil fuel use “as low as we can go” on November 30, 2015, to show support for the conference in France.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/two-kids-invite-world-reduce-carbon-emissions/

Totem Pole Carried Away by Famed Actor Returned to Alaska After 84 Yrs

A 30-foot tall totem pole is returning home to its native Alaska after an 84-year odyssey that landed it in the backyards of some of the most famous Hollywood mansions.

Famed actor John Barrymore, grandfather of actress Drew Barrymore, encountered it in an unoccupied village, according to NPR, and carted it off aboard his 120-foot yacht. He claimed that he purchased it during the cruise to Alaska in 1931, but that doesn’t fit with the traditions of the Tlingit (pronounced klink-kit) people to whom it belonged.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/totem-pole-carried-away-by-famed-actor-returned-to-alaska-after-84-years/

Car Company Shows Nonprofits How to Do Their Good Deeds Better (LOOK)

Just like the television show Extreme Home Makeover, we love to bring you stories of people coming together to surprise a deserving family or community group with a newly redesigned home, school, or community center. Who doesn’t get a little choked-up seeing the looks on those faces gazing at the new rooms for the first time?

Often, corporations are backing those good deeds, providing the materials, the furniture, and even the laborers and tools to make these dreams come true. Home Depot, Disney, and Century 21 are just a few that regularly contribute.

Some companies pay their workers to volunteer. On October 16th, Samsung offices across the U.S. and Canada officially closed their doors for the second of two annual “Days of Service” that enabled 4,200 employees to serve in their local communities for more than 50 nonprofit organizations.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/car-company-teaches-nonprofits-how-to-do-good-deeds-better/

Daily Inspirational Quote – November 13, 2015

“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”

Oooo, this made me think! I’m not sure to be honest. What about you? Write a best seller, explore a far flung mysterious island, learn to pole dance, etc? However, I don’t think this is so much about attempting something you know you won’t fail at, as nudging you towards the realization that, just by the very act of making an attempt you have already tasted success! There is success in every failed attempt don’t you think? By the very intent and purpose of aiming for success you have proved yourself successful in thinking, planning and creating something to aim for. Even if it doesn’t prove “successful” in the way you’d hoped in the end, you will have learned valuable lessons and gained insight along the way. So, next time………

by CathiBew.co.uk

Kindness Includes Everything

"What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded ... sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly. Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth? Those who were kindest to you, I bet. Its a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but Id say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder." In this excerpt from a commencement speech, George Saunders makes an eloquent case for kindness.

http://www.awakin.org/read/view.php?tid=1048

Thursday, November 12, 2015

She Was Born 200 Years Ago Today, And Should Be on the $10 Bill

Most Americans don’t know who Elizabeth Cady Stanton is, and putting her picture on the new $10 bill may be a good way to teach them about her.

The new, commemorative bill will be issued in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification giving American women the right to vote.

A nationwide poll in August, two months after the U.S. Treasury announced the plan, found six women favored: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (29%), abolitionist Harriet Tubman (20%), explorer Sacagawea (11%), aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (11%), suffragist Susan B. Anthony (11%), and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (4%).

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/she-was-born-200-years-ago-today-and-should-be-on-the-10-bill/

Bill Nye the Science Guy: ‘We Can Invent Our Way Out of Climate Change’

Celebrity scientist Bill Nye believes humanity can “invent” its way out of climate change.

Nye’s new book, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, debuted on Tuesday and describes advances that can undo the damage done to the environment by greenhouse gases.

One of his theories includes bigger, better, and more efficient batteries, which could store larger amounts of electricity and produce less waste. Another, the use of micro-bubbles — similar to the “shade balls” used in California reservoirs to prevent water loss during the drought — to make lakes and ponds reflect sunlight back into space and cool the planet.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/bill-nye-says-we-can-stop-climate-change/

Both Winners: Police Officer Helps Injured Marathoner Get to Finish Line

This marathon runner thought a police officer deserved a medal for his actions, so he gave him his own.

Robert McCoy had just made the final turn, and could see the finish line in the distance, during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Savannah, Georgia. After running 26 miles, he had to know that all the effort was about to pay off.

That’s when he took a nasty fall, scraping his face, knees, and shoulder.

Sgt. John Cain of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department saw him tumble and rushed to help him.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/both-winners-police-officer-helps-injured-marathoner-get-to-finish-line/

Veteran Swims the Entire Mississippi River to Honor Fallen Buddies (WATCH)

Navy combat veteran Chris Ring is swimming the entire length of the Mississippi River on a quest to become the first American to complete the 2,552 mile-long span from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

The veteran has been in the water nearly seven hours every day to bring honor and awareness to his fellow solders killed in battle and their “Gold Star” Families.

After starting his swim on the anniversary of D-Day in June, the veteran is hoping to complete his mission in early December–swimming past ten states on his way to the finish line of the fourth longest river in the world.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/veteran-swims-mississippi-river-to-honor-fallen-buddies-watch/

Retired Couple Helps Thousands of Veterans Get Work, And We Can Too

Ten years ago, Mark and Tori Baird got a knock on their door from a Marine who’d just returned from Iraq.

The soldier was wondering if they had any jobs around the house that could help him earn $100 which he needed for an electricity bill.

The retired couple offered to give the Marine $100, but he refused the charity.

Five hours later, after doing odd jobs for the couple in the yard and home, the Marine left with a hundred bucks. The encounter sparked the idea for the Bairds to start a job board called “Hire Marines”.

The website took off, and Mark and Tori even got a call from the Admiral of the Navy who asked if sailors could also use the service. The Bairds were thrilled and renamed their web site, Hire Patriots, with the goal of providing work for veterans.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/retired-couple-helps-thousands-of-veterans-get-work-we-can-too/

Daily Inspirational Quote – November 12, 2015

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”

So simple, so true! I believe that we all begin life with the ability to achieve. Unfortunately, some of us are born into circumstances of poverty, careless or cruel parenting, physically handicapped, etc., therefore opportunities to achieve, if any, may be few and far between. That which defines us is not where we begin but where we ultimately end. If we use whatever we have, even if it is the single ability to overcome and endure, then that’s wonderful. We are utilizing what no one can take from us, because it is within us, ours to hold and nurture. We are all, every one of us, very, very special indeed.

by CathiBew.co.uk

American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers

"American Bear" captures the adventures of Sarah Sellman and Greg Grano, who embark on a 60 day, 30 state trip around the United States, critically examining American culture, compassion and fear, by relying on the kindness of strangers for a bed in a different town each night. This 10 minute excerpt follows three days of the journey in South Dakota and Montana, featuring two of their hosts: a charismatic dinosaur bone collector and the granddaughter of the last warrior woman of her Cheyenne tribe. This sequence concludes with a critical conversation between Sarah and Greg as they debate the ethics of their project -- are they giving back in light of receiving so much?

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2876

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

High School Kids Start Food Pantry to Keep Classmates From Hunger

What started off as a student government project has become a full-scale, full-time resource for students in one North Carolina community who are living with food insecurity.

At Washington High School, this food pantry remains fully stocked with non-perishable goods for students to take if they need it.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/high-school-kids-start-food-pantry-to-keep-classmates-from-hunger/

Free College Tuition for Family Member of Any Veteran Working at Starbucks

People who’ve traded a military uniform for a barista’s smock at Starbucks will now earn more than just a paycheck. They will get free tuition for a family member toward a college degree.

If a Starbucks employee is a U.S. veteran, or still an active-duty service member, the coffee chain will offer four-years of college tuition to their spouse or one of their children through Arizona State University’s online degree program. Because many active duty service members move so much, obtaining an online degree is often a preferable option.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/free-college-tuition-for-family-member-of-any-veteran-working-at-starbucks/

University to Build Support Center With Jobs for Adults With Autism

There has been a vast amount of awareness raised and action taken for children with autism over the past decade—but people over the age of 18 are often left with few options when they age out of “the system.”

Rutgers University is launching a new initiative to help. When it opens in 2018, the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services will be offering up to 60 adults with autism the chance to work independently at specific jobs on campus, and giving 20 of those individuals the chance to live on-site alongside college students.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/university-to-build-support-center-with-jobs-for-adults-with-autism/

Gone to Jungle For Healing, Holistic Plants & Spiritual Work: WATCH What Happens

After eight very sick individuals volunteered to be flown to the Amazonian jungle to try a holistic treatment approach, five of them came back remarkably improved.

A film called The Sacred Science documents their 30 days of encampment during which each serious illness was turned over to the power of plants, herbs, indigenous wisdom, and mental and spiritual exploration.

Though it first debuted in 2012, the film is an endearing resource for the benefits of going beyond modern medicine. Now, it’s available for free to view online, and offers lessons about how ancient medicine can potentially cure modern illnesses, and how something as simple as a plant can have healing powers.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/patients-fly-to-amazon-for-healing-with-holistic-plants-spiritual-work-did-it-work/

Dog Photobombs Couple’s Engagement Pictures to Keep the Focus on Him

The pictures may have been meant to announce a couple’s wedding day, but their jealous little dachshund made sure the photo shoot was all about him.

Megan Determan and Chris Kluthe of St. Paul, Minnesota decided to include their dog, Louie, in their engagement photos. It was supposed to be a set of charming, family pictures.

But Louie stole the show, photobombing the couple and completely blocking Chris in a wacky series of shots.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dog-photobombs-couples-engagement-pictures-to-keep-focus-on-him/

Daily Inspirational Quote – November 11, 2015

“Life is 10% what you make it, and 90% how you take it.”

The 10% refers to the actual amount of control we personally have in what happens to us in life. It therefore follows that we are 90% at the mercy of influences we have no control over. This is just a tad disturbing don’t you think? I expect, like me, you thought it would be more 50/50? However, it does makes sense. Imagine the 10% is a small stone or pebble that you toss into a deep, still pool of water. See the ripples expanding outwards, and outwards, and outwards…..well that’s the other 90%. The 10% we initiate causes a reaction that may have far reaching consequences, either favorable or not so favorable for us. The way we individually respond and react shapes us into the person we become in life. How do you think you’ve done so far?

by CathiBew.co.uk

4 Ways to Build a Positive School

"Schools are a slice of humanity: Everyone brings both their wonderful innate goodness and their challenging globby muck to the classroom. Creating a safe and supportive school culture is one of the most difficult tasks principals face as fearless school leaders. When they succeed, it helps everyone -- students, teachers, and themselves -- bring out the goodness and reduce the muck."

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1163/four-activities-for-building-a-positive-school-climate-vicki-zakrzewski/

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SeaWorld to End Orca Whale Shows in California (WATCH)

After next year, SeaWorld will no longer be exhibiting its orca, or “killer whale” shows at the San Diego park in California.

Instead of the animals doing tricks, there will be a new orca attraction planned for 2017 that will convey a “conservation message inspiring people to act” to protect the environment.

Just last month, state regulators approved the park’s request to expand the size of its orca tanks, but on the condition that it shut down its captive breeding program statewide.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/seaworld-to-end-orca-whale-shows-in-california-watch/

Hundreds Help Homeless Father & Son after Chance Encounter Changes Their Fate

A positive attitude during a chance meeting has raised nearly $40,000 for a homeless man and his two-year-old son.

James Moss and his son, Zhi, left New York for a job and new residence in Colorado.
Both of those opportunities fell through as the little family arrived. They had no food, shelter, or car — and his bus tickets back to New York had been stolen.

Wandering down a street in Denver, Mr. Moss just happened to run into a UK television host shooting a show about random acts of kindness called #GoBeKind.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/hundreds-help-homeless-father-and-son-after-a-chance-encounter-changes-their-lives/

Crazy-Successful Adoption Event Empties Out Entire Animal Shelter

There’s nothing quite like the site of an empty animal shelter.

The silence from cages that last week held 100 homeless animals speaks volumes about the success of one event on November 7.

The Saturday “Adoptathon” at Summit County Animal Control resulted in every single adoptable dog and cat in the Ohio facility finding a home.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/crazy-successful-adoption-event-empties-out-entire-animal-shelter/

All These Bikes Are Destined for Prison –And The Reason is Wonderful

Good news travels even faster on two wheels.

For the past eighteen years, inmates at Mike Durfee State Prison have been restoring old bikes in a huge workshop – tearing them apart and rebuilding them, a metaphor for what they hope to do with their own lives.

Broken bikes are brought in by the hundreds each year to the South Dakota Department of Corrections for its program, called Pedal Power from the Pen.

After each bicycle is neatly repainted, repaired, and reupholstered, they are given away at the end of the year– more than 1300 bikes– to underprivileged children around the state of South Dakota.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/bikes-destined-for-prison-the-reason-is-wonderful/

Myanmar Democracy Hero Aung San Suu Kyi Poised to Win in Landslide

YANGON, Myanmar — Political pundits urged the masses not to rush to conclusions about Sunday's election in Myanmar. But at Aung San Suu Kyi's headquarters on Monday, people were ready to get the party started.

Leaders of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy said Monday they were winning precincts in convincing fashion in early counts. Most of those were in central Myanmar and especially in Yangon, the former Burmese capital known widely as Rangoon.

As those results were announced, Suu Kyi's supporters started dancing on the sidewalks and into the street, creating a scene more reminiscent of Rio de Janeiro than Yangon, where quiet, humble Buddhist monks walk the streets in their maroon robes. The celebration continued until a heavy rainstorm drove partiers to cover.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/myanmar-democracy-hero-aung-san-suu-kyi-poised-to-win/

Eye Drops May Promise a Stunning Alternative to Cataract Surgery

Eye drops that have partially reversed cataracts in lab tests could one day restore sight for millions of people around the world.

While operations to remove cataracts are common in developed countries, there are millions of people, blinded by cataracts, who have no access to the surgery.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/eye-drops-may-promise-a-stunning-alternative-to-cataract-surgery/

Team Won’t Let Him Face Cancer Alone: Watch What These Teens Do

A brain cancer diagnosis kept Brycen Newman from playing football this year, but it didn’t keep him off the team.

His teammates at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego made him the honorary team captain during the homecoming game.

But they had a much bigger surprise waiting downfield.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/team-wont-let-him-face-cancer-alone-watch-what-teens-do/

Daily Inspirational Quote – November 10, 2015

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

I can very easily relate to this and I expect you can too? Colored mental video snapshots of those moments in life that transport us to another time, another place. Occasionally triggered by an old photo, a scent, revisiting a certain place, bumping into a face from the past…… Moments that can create a smile, or perhaps a tear or two. This is what life is made up of. Every single day creates moments, both happy and sad, some of which we may reminisce about one day in the future. All part of the wonderful collage we call life. Let’s hope your memories create many more smiles than tears.

by CathiBew.co.uk

The Cave Digger

In the high desert of northern New Mexico Ra Paulette, with only his dog for company, has spent the past 25 years scraping and shaping New Mexico's sandstone into man-made caves of art. He calls them his wilderness shrines -- massive in scale, poetic in their design. If his work takes your breath away, that's just what he hoped it would do.

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=6495

Monday, November 9, 2015

3 Ways to Calm Your Fears

By Deborah Anne Quibell

I sat in front of a light-hearted Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoche and listened to him talk about fear. His own fear. He told us a story about crossing a high glass bridge between two towers in Malaysia. After five steps, he froze—completely paralyzed with fear, surely convinced that if he walked any further, he would die.

“A Tibetan Buddhist Master afraid of death,” I thought to myself.

I somehow felt relieved. There are certain things that we share as human beings, common threads of experience, and this seemed to be one of those comforting moments of recognition. Hearing that a highly evolved spiritual being was afraid of death allowed me to hold my own fear a little closer. (Phew! I am not weak or a spiritual failure if I have fear. What a relief.)

As I listened to the story unfold, I realized that he was imparting powerful teachings on coping with fear. Something we all have to face throughout our lives. And simply speaking of fear—and how it shows up in our lived experience—was greatly calming.

For a brief moment, I thought to myself, “This is the first step to calming our fears. Talking about them. With light-heartedness and in conversation.”  So. . .

http://expandedconsciousness.com/2015/11/08/3-ways-calm-fears/

Autistic Teen Saves Choking Friend With Help From SpongeBob

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and teaches kids how to save lives? SpongeBob Squarepants.

Brandon Williams, an autistic teenager, used the Heimlich maneuver on his friend Jessica Pelligrini while she was choking on an apple.

He says he learned it while watching an episode of the SpongeBob cartoon.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/autistic-teen-saves-choking-friend-with-help-from-spongebob/

Home Depot Has Remodeled 22,000 Disabled Vets’ Homes-Your Selfie Can Help

Since early September, an army of Home Depot workers have modified hundreds of homes for disabled veterans.

More than 4,800 “Team Depot” members have joined local veterans’ organizations in 140 American cities to build ramps, remodel kitchens, and make 303 homes more livable for veterans.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/home-depot-has-remodeled-22000-disabled-vets-homes/

Meet Goliath, A Baby Cow Who Thinks He’s A Big Dog

A rescued baby cow is now convinced he’s a dog after living around three Great Danes for two months.

Shaylee and her family rescued the calf and nursed him back to health with bottle feedings on their California ranch.

The family’s Great Dane, Leonida, also took to mothering the cow.

Now Goliath believes he is a dog, He sleeps in the dog beds, eats the dog food, and flops on the sofa like the pups.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/meet-goliath-a-baby-cow-who-thinks-hes-a-big-dog/

‘Why Are My Eyes Watering?’ Watch The First Time A Child Cries for Joy

Intrepid good news reporter Steve Hartman brings us a very simple story this week, but its ending was so happy that it melted a three-year-old girl into a puddle of tears for joy.

Does any one of us remember doing that for the first time?

McKenzy thought she’d lost her beloved stuffed giraffe in the family move to Pennsylvania. And when the soft comfort toy was found 11 days later in the last box yet to be opened, her reaction surprised everyone.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/watch-first-time-child-cries-for-joy/

Police Deputy Leaps To The Rescue Of Homeless Mother and Children

What would you have done if you had seen a mom and her two kids sitting in a police station without home or hope?

You could do what Deputy Brian Bussell did and pay for their hotel stay and clothes.

The family was dozing off in a row of police station chairs on a September morning when Brian, a 25-year-old veteran, walking into work at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/police-deputy-pays-for-hotel-clothes-for-homeless-family/

Red Poppies Remind Us That 400K Muslims Fought For British in WWI

Christians and Jews are making it easier for Britons to be more comfortable with Muslims as part of their national culture by joining members from local Mosques in the UK tradition of selling red poppies to benefit veterans–and by reminding everyone that nearly 400,000 Muslims fought as British soldiers in World War I.

Since 1921, British civilians have purchased the artificial red poppies and proudly pinned them to their lapels as a symbol of remembrance for veterans of war. The annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal has, for over 90 years, raised millions annually to support UK veterans and their families.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/red-poppy-reminder-that-400000-muslims-fought-with-british-in-wwi/

Planetary Meridians: 10 Gateways to Empowered Intuition

by Bernie Ashman

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

In my new book, Intuition and Your Sun Sign, I discuss an energy known as qi (pronounced “chee“) in Oriental philosophy. You commonly here this term in the practice of acupuncture. This is the life force that travels through the human body along pathways known as meridians; the meridians connect to all of our major body organs. In the meridian system, there are twelve major meridians associated with the major organs in the body. Isn’t it interesting that there are twelve astrological signs?

These twelve signs are ruled by ten planets; in my book I explain how the planetary meridians work with your Sun sign. The planets move along intuitive meridians that we can’t see with our eyes; think of them as energy highways that constantly are working with us to find the inner and outer harmony we seek. When we are not making clear use of these intuitive meridians, our life can feel like it is in discord. When we are in touch with the meridians, life ...

http://kajama.com/planetary-meridians-10-gateways-to-empowered-intuition/

The Magic of Stars

by Sandra Kynes

(Article originally published in The Llewellyn Journal.)

The idea of using the stars for magic and ritual is not new. Medieval texts included details about stars and constellations, and how to determine the optimal time to draw their influence into talismans for spells, healing, and other purposes. A small remnant of this remains today in the use of birthstone jewelry.

The stars have always had a profound influence on people. Who isn’t moved by a sense of awe when gazing at a star-filled sky? Many of the goddesses we acknowledge and worship have been known as star goddesses. Called by many names in numerous cultures, Astarte was ultimately known as the Queen of Heaven. An eight-pointed star was the symbol of Ishtar and her Sumerian counterpart Inanna. In addition, Wiccans and Pagans may want to take more of an interest in the constellations for the simple fact that our basic symbol, the pentagram, is a star. Unfortunately, beyond recognizing the Big or Little Dippers and maybe Orion’s Belt, what star patterns do most of us ...

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Daily Inspirational Quote – November 9, 2015

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

Going by what I have read or come across recently in the media, there are a great many people professing to be attempting to find themselves. I find myself wondering when we can expect to see someone putting their hand up, in order to be noticed, while announcing “Hurray, I’ve found myself, aren’t I clever?” Some unfortunate people may spend so much time trying to find themselves in life that, one day, reality sets in and they realize that there isn’t any point anymore as their life is almost over. How sad! So, please don’t let that be you will you? Spend every single day of your life creating who you want to be, what you want to achieve, follow your dreams, and occasionally dare to take a step or two into the unknown. Don’t you be that unfortunate soul looking back on life from old age and shedding tears of regret for what might have been.

by CathiBew.co.uk

20 Amazing Pictures from Outer Space

As humans have begun to explore the mysteries of outer space, both by sending unmanned probes and physically traveling beyond the Earth's atmosphere, a vast number of amazing pictures have been collected. Often photographs of outer space are recorded for the purposes of science, but are also often breathtakingly beautiful images revealing the wonders of the universe. This post brings together 20 of the most astounding pictures of space ever created.

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