Good News of the Day -- Jan 27, 2022image

DailyGoodHis Back Pocket & Other PoemsMick Cochrane is a professor of English and a longtime teller of stories. His published works include novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. His work is compelling, candid, and cuts straight to the heart of what it means to be human, what it means to experience love, loss, limitation, and transcendence. Here is a selection of three of his poems. [Full Story on]  

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Stories of Kindness (Jan 27, 2022)

The Bridge We Were Meant To Cross, donothing
 My brother and I were driving home together and became engrossed in a conversation. Because of this ... Full Story

A Stolen Trombone and the Necessary Kindness, penny4them
A couple of months back, my son Shine had his trombone stolen from our car. Very sad. We learned a lot. We were ... Full Story

🎄 Dad’s Christmas Tree , mindyjourney
Every time I see an outside pine tree decorated with holiday lights, I remember the kindness of my ... Full Story

Small Acts

"Happy Sunday to all dear friends... Have a great day.." kmbhai, Jan 23

"so many stories of food sharing - thank you all" janfour, Jan 22

"Surprise to drjoybug, fairykats, pluto178, Mish, mindyjourney, Margazhi and others!!! Have a Great Day!!!" TheHuman, Jan 21

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Jan 20, 2022 -- In his lifetime Stan Rushworth, an elder of Cherokee descent who was raised by his grandfather, has seen a river die, animals disappear, and the proliferation of box stores. The devastation of climate change is not new to him - his elders have been telling him about it all of his life. The traditional indigenous wisdom that is needed now is looking at how indigenous populations have managed to survive a 95% population reduction through destruction and genocide. He calls on us all to come back to right relationship, to be sorrowful for what is happening, because without this we have lost our humanity. And yet we cannot stop with the sorrow and tears because "there's too much work to be done" and we must figure out together how to do that work. [Source: KarmaTube]

A film by Ian MacKenzie.

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image The Simplest Meditation, by Melvin McLeod 
Jan 24, 2022 -- How can everything be perfect if it’s so screwed up? That question goes to the heart of the situation we find ourselves in, which Buddhists call samsara. That’s the endless cycle driven by our struggle to try to fix what’s broken—in ourselves, in our lives, in our... 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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For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography. Robert Penn Warren

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