Good News of the Day -- Jan 24, 2020image

DailyGoodTreatable Deaths are Also Violence"In 2009, after completing my medical residency at a county hospital in Los Angeles I signed up to split my time between San Francisco and some of the most economically destitute parts of the planet. It was a simple calculation about where to best use my skills. In an academic medical center in San Francisco, there could be 50 doctors on one floor. If I disappeared hardly anyone would notice. In rural Burundi, there were often fewer than one doctor per 100,000 people. So, I went there....The gradient of power is never quite as stark as the encounter of an American physician with a poor patient from a rural community in a low-income country. The inequity gap across education, race, nationality, gender, wealth, is as great as between almost any two people on the planet. At the same time the relationship between doctor and patient can lean sacred. As I listen to someone's body or gently examine their belly, the possibility of something redemptive arising exists for both of us. What does it mean to stand in solidarity? What must be the privilege of the health worker to truly stand alongside them?" Sriram Shamasunder shares more in this arresting compilation of excerpts from his Burundi journals. [Full Story on]  

Power of Oneimage

Stories of Kindness (Jan 21, 2020)

I Was Dropping My ..., lewski711
I was dropping my mom and sister off at the train station after their holiday visit. On the way I saw a man in a ... Full Story

Unexpected friendship, tcljgr
I had participated in the 21-day kindness challenge last summer. During that period, I came across a homeless women ... Full Story

Words Can Heal, lewski711
A personal, long-time friend hurt me deeply this week. I've only shared the details with my wife and my mother. ... Full Story

Small Acts

"New mission in life... With the homeless crisis in our community leaving treasures like socks and undergarments near dumpsters is the mission. Peace and kindness always 🙏" NiceKind, Jan 17

"Going to office from home tomorrow. 45 days completed at office. Wish me all the best :)" TheHuman, Jan 17

"Able to help the chef with back pain and he will pass on the info to four other back pain sufferers! Love ripples!" smilinghearts, Jan 23

"Me and my colleague travelled in auto. He got down and paid for both. It is good small and cute kindness act by him :)" TheHuman, Jan 22

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Jan 24, 2020 -- In 1999 Liz Mitten Ryan, award-winning artist, mother of six and founder of a successful fine art publishing company in Vancouver, moved with her architect husband, and a herd of eleven horses, to Gateway 2 Ranch -- a 320-acre slice of paradise nestled in the grasslands of British Columbia. For several months their home was a simple tent in the midst of an enchanted landscape studded with lakes, wild flowers, emerald hills and whispering woods. In this vast solitude it became customary for Liz to spend her days following the herd. Communing with them she began to recognize their deep gift for connection to all of life, and how being in their presence awakened that sense of connection within her own heart. Thus began the path of her deepest calling -- to connect with animals and spirit and to share that understanding with the world as best she could. Watch the entire, award-winning film on her work: "Herd: A Spiritual Journey."  [Source: KarmaTube]

Words of Wisdomimage

image Meaning And The Song Of The Soul, by Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee
Jan 20, 2020 -- Meaning is what calls from the depths of the soul. It is the song that sings us into life. Whether we have a meaningful life depends upon whether we can hear this song, this primal music of the sacred. The “sacred” is not something primarily religious or even spiritual. It is not a... Read more on

A Conversation with Ana Valdes Lim - Theater for Wholeness, in works & conv
At Julliard’s centennial, Ana was selected to be among the 100 graduates featured. While in New York, she worked with Joe Papp at Public Theater and with Estelle Parsons in “Shakespeare in the Park.” She says, “We were like the... Read More on

Today's Quote

No person, I think, ever saw a herd of buffalo, of which a few were fat and the great majority lean. No person ever saw a flock of birds, of which two or three were swimming in grease, and the others all skin and bone. Henry George

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