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... Posted by Jyoti , Oct 22 2014 President Obama Extends Warmest Wishes for Diwali - YouTube The President wishes a Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate the festival of lights. October 22, 2014.

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My House Is Your House Posted by KarmaTube.org, Oct 22 2014 Last week's featured video on KarmaTube received 3199 views and 7 comments. "The way attorney and UCLA lecturer Tony Tolbert figures it: you don’t have to have money to be generous. Tony became inspired by Kevin and Hannah Salwen, who sold their 6,500 square foot home, and donated $800,000 to charity. He decided to loan his home to Felicia Dukes, a single parent of four, for a full year. After giving birth to her fourth child, Felicia fell behind on payments, and became homeless. Thanks to Tony’s generosity, Felicia could recuperate financially and emotionally. As for Tony? He’s planning to donate his home again to another family in need." ... Watch: My House is Your House

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Love For The Elderly, By Jacob Cramer Posted by Bela Shah, Oct 22 2014 Love for the Elderly, by Jacob Cramer (Kindness Contest Winner) So many elderly people have no one to care for them, no one to look after them, no one to love them. When I say this, I am talking about pure, genuine love. Unconditional love that exemplifies the ideals of kindness and devotion no matter what the circumstances may be. The elderly have paved the pathway of success for my generation. They deserve to be shown appreciation and kindness, but are often neglected. I am sure all of you have someone in your hearts who has been at a nursing home or living facility. Think of them while I say this: they deserve the best, and nothing but the best. The elderly are such a phenomenal group of people, and their radiating wisdom can most definitely be learned from. This idea of appreciating the elderly reverberated inside my head, until finally, ... Read Full Story

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Hairstylist For The Homeless Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 22 2014 Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at an upscale salon in New York City, but not all of his clientele have to be wealthy to get a quality trim. Sometimes, they don't need a penny. Bustos spends every Sunday -- his only day off from work -- venturing through the city in search of anyone in need who'd appreciate a haircut. Approaching each person with the same, simple phrase -- "I want to do something nice for you today." Meaningful, ordinary human contact and respect is the remedy to dehumanization. [Full Story]

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A Cake For The Man Who Waves Posted by KindSpring.org, Oct 21 2014 I baked two cakes last night - one for my children and another to give away today.  When I have the opportunity to go walking or jogging outside I often see a man in a wheelchair. He sits outside his home and smiles and waves at passers-by.  So, my daughter and I packed the cake in tissue paper and colorful yarn, then placed it in a bag with a Smile Card.  She was so excited to give him this gift! Her excitement and his happiness made it all so worthwhile. ... full story: A Cake For The Man Who Waves

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7 Ways To Exercise Your Brain & Why You Should Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 21 2014 Researchers believe that your brain performance peaks in your 50's and then begins decreasing. The good news is that the brain is highly adaptable. Repetitive brain exercises practiced both early and later in life keeps the brain strong and helps it combat the reduced memory, thinking speed, problem solving, and reasoning that can set in later in life. Read on to learn about seven easy, scientifically proven, results-oriented brain exercises that will help keep your brain healthy today and tomorrow. [Full Story]

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Using The Sing Song Voice Posted by Jyoti , Oct 20 2014 Don't whine, Says the mother Picking up her Five year old daughter To comfort and Give her what she Whines for. An attentive mother To the wise princess Who knows what works To get her way! I observe as their host And loving the young mother Like a little sister, I say: "Don't respond to the whining" Even as the mother explains How she can now read the whine that says I am hungry or I am bored or I am tired or I am in pain. Mother knows best Even though not mindful Of her behavior that creates the world That tires the princess Who trains her. The princess brings out The little girl in me Who loves play And off we go to Splash in the pool. At the first contact with water She screams "Its cold" But continues to immerse Herself in the promise of fun. Soon she is singing And then dancing for joy. The music of life is aloud In her sing-song voice. We both rejoice Celebrating it together. Hours later, I hear her whine again, And remind her of her Beautiful sing song voice And gently say, "So wonderful to hear your sweet ... Read Full Story

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Words With A Nonviolence Practioner Posted by Nupur Amin, Oct 20 2014 On Tuesday, October 14th, our South San Francisco Awakin gathering presented the opportunity to be in conversation with Kazu Haga, a nonviolence activist and peace worker of the East Point Peace Academy. He shared with us some wonderful insights that have come up in his work with prison inmates and the idea that there lies a great difference between 'non-violence' and 'nonviolence'. The former signifies a state where there is an absence of violence, but that is not how nonviolence should be defined. 'Non-violence' can be compared to the bystander effect where one does not engage in acts of violence but also refrains from actively resolving conflicts of violence. Kazu explained that this is the easy non-violence, but not the true one. We were shown photos of a Vietnamese monk who lit himself on fire during the Vietnam war, a sit-in by activists during the Civil Rights movement and prisoners meditating in a ... Read Full Story

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A Recent AW Reading Was On ... Posted by Bradley Stoll, Oct 20 2014 A recent AW reading was on the idea of education vs. training. As a teacher, I found myself reflecting on my own practice; do I train or educate my students? I hope it's the latter, but sometimes I feel like I'm doing the former. As I was browsing for some feel good stories, I happened upon a young man who converted a school bus into a traveling home. That brought me to this site, http://lt.umn.edu/earthducation/index.php, which I think most in this space will find interesting. I like the Earthducation! How can humankind continue to exist and advance in this world, while still protecting our home; the home for our entire planet, not just one continent, one country, or one state. Surely it can be done

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Dr. Bob's Clinic Of Compassion Posted by DailyGood.org, Oct 20 2014 Doctor Bob Paeglow could be just another physician working in Albany, New York, but his patients will tell you otherwise. Although he could be making a comfortable living, Dr. Paeglow chooses to operate his clinic, Koinonia Primary Care, free of charge. The clinic runs mainly by the generous donations of others. Patients receive free medical care, or pay whatever they can afford. When patients cannot afford their medication, the clinic will even buy it for them! According to Dr. Paeglow, it is simply the right thing to do. His generous spirit embodies the true meaning of charity. His compassion heals not just the body, but the soul. [Full Story]

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