Good News of the Day -- Jan 27, 2021image

DailyGoodThe Blue Hour: A Celebration of Nature's Rarest Color"Blue, Rebecca Solnit wrote in one of humanitys most beautiful reflections on our planets primary hue, is the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in, for the blue world, a world of many blues a pioneering 19th-century nomenclature of colors listed eleven kinds of blue, in hues as varied as the color of the flax-flower and the throat of the blue titmouse and the stamina of a certain species of anemone. Darwin took this guide with him on The Beagle in order to better describe what he saw. We name in order to see better and apprehend only what we know how to name, how to think about." Maria Popova shares more in this lovely exploration of 'The Blue Hour', a book by French author, illustrator Isabelle Simler. [Full Story on]  

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Stories of Kindness (Jan 21, 2021)

Wallet Filled With Cash Lost at The Grocery Store, lilgypsy
I went grocery shopping and left my wallet in the grocery cart outside. I didn't realize I had left it in ... Full Story

The Time I Stopped to Help a Stranded Motorist, ConnieO
I did a thing today that made me happy. I passed a stranded motorist on the side of the road. I made a couple of ... Full Story

Something Extra for An Expecting Server, mindyjourney
“Hello, my name is Marisa, and I’ll be your server,” our waitress introduced herself, setting down ... Full Story

Small Acts

"Earlier Dance posted a link to an origami cheetah. I downloaded the instructions and the paper and printed them off. Here is what I managed to do with it." Helenconnell2, Jan 22

"I love my Mother very much. She always thinks about me. She loves me very much. Before "TheHuman", I am "TheSon" to my mother. This is TRUTH. Thanks!" TheHuman, Jan 25

"My days are brighter My life is better. My soul is at peace. Friends surround me With love and comfort They make me smile. Joy" drjoybug, Jan 24

"Woke up happy and singing. Then was able to transfer from the bed to the shower chair with minimal help😊🚿" drjoybug, Jan 25

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Jan 21, 2021 -- Amanda Gorman has achieved many firsts, including being the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate in the United States at age 19. On January 20, 2021, the 22-year-old Gorman read at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. What follows here is a video of her reciting "The Miracle of Morning," a poem written several years ago "when hurricanes, hate crimes, and deportations were some of the many crises in our headlines." The poem now re-emerges during a pandemic, each line filled with words of hope for a golden morning. [Source: KarmaTube]

Words of Wisdomimage

image Solitude Is Where Community Begins, by Henri Nouwen
Jan 25, 2021 -- Solitude is where community begins. That’s where we listen to God. Sometimes I think of life as a big wagon wheel with many spokes.  In the middle is the hub.  Often in ministry, it looks like we are running around the rim trying to reach everybody.   But God says,... Read more on

A Conversation with Lisa Dolby Chadwick - Letting in the Light, in works & conv
Chadwick talks about her struggle to keep her San Francisco gallery afloat in the pandemic. Emailing her list, she began pairing poems with paintings from her artists. “With that first one, I paired Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem, “So... Read More on

Today's Quote

I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle. Thich Nhat Hanh

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