Good News of the Day -- Sep 19, 2021image

DailyGoodDeath Doulas Provide End of Life Aid"The word 'doula' comes from the Greek word meaning "woman who serves," though most people associate it with someone who helps during birth to usher in life. In recent years, however, more people have come to recognize the need for as much assistance at the end of life as the start, part of the so-called death positivity movement that is gaining momentum in the United States and other countries. The movement, popularized by the mortician and writer Caitlin Doughty, encourages open discussion on death and dying and people's feelings on mortality." This piece from the New York Times shares more. [Full Story on]  

Power of Oneimage

Stories of Kindness (Sep 12, 2021)

A Morning When Everything Fell Into Place, Richard Whittaker
I’d driven down to Los Angeles to interview a well-known artist, and afterwards met friends in ... Full Story

Virus Free Hug, cyctw
Today was a big day at our school. 337 of us were tested for the Covid-19 antibodies! 336 tests came back negative ... Full Story

Community Bonds, whisperlove
I am incredibly blessed because I live in a major city and have been living on a block that has had an active yahoo ... Full Story

Small Acts

"It's official. I am honoring the bond and not breaking the trust I have been given. I am so happy. " SissyLee, Sep 12

"Bought flowers for the young girls from my favourite sweet shop and handed down small cash to the security at the spectacles shop. All were happy. " Margazhi, Sep 17

"I walked a kindergartener down to her classroom. She was nervous to go because she was a little late..." smckenna, Sep 16

"Wrote this poem about ten years ago. Wanted to share it today. " DotMatrix, Sep 15

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Sep 11, 2021 -- The ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest are home to giant old-growth trees, and many secrets, which science is just beginning to understand. These forests are our best climate change allies, storing huge amounts of carbon and retaining water, protecting communities from droughts, floods, and wildfires. But these forests are at risk of disappearing. In British Columbia on First Nations territory, a small band of forest defenders are risking life and liberty to protect some of the last remaining ancient forests. [Source: KarmaTube]

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image We Are All Beggars, by Chaz Howard
Sep 13, 2021 -- A lived theology of the bottom does not see the world through good and evil lenses.  This is not a denial of the existence of evil, rather it is believing that evil is something that is done by people. People are not bad, they just sometimes do bad things.  And all bad things have... Read more on

From Pipefitting to Cosmic Particles - A Conversation with Doug Heine, in works & conv
I’d come to the Lab from Mare Island as a pipe fitter, and suddenly I was having lunch every day with Louis Alvarez and all the physicists. Sometimes a physicist would come and show us something he wanted and we’d ask him, “Do you... Read More on

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Grief and joy and love -- it's all part of the same spectrum. I'm grieving because I loved someone so much. Maryanne O'Hara

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