Good News of the Day -- Nov 29, 2020image

DailyGoodUncommon Gratitude"Before me lies a slope of wild grasses, saturated in the copper light of early autumn. Insects dabble in wild asters and Queen Anne's lace, and animal trails wind through the dense greenery. But just where the terrain should plunge steeply through a woodland of maple, beech, cherry, and ash trees, it flattens out like a gigantic tennis court or helicopter landing pad. What just a few weeks earlier and for many thousands of years before had been a hillside in rural northeastern Pennsylvania has been sliced in half by a five--acre concrete slab. It is, in fact, the site of a new gas pad." Trebbe Johnson shares more in this essay on giving thanks to wounded places. [Full Story on]  

Power of Oneimage

Stories of Kindness (Nov 26, 2020)

Turning a Thanksgiving Deal Into a Gift for Two Familiies, AnnC
I was blessed with an opportunity to help others enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. Our ... Full Story

Checking on the Neighbors, mindyjourney
After ringing her doorbell, I left these treats along with a few magazines in my neighbor's mailbox. I'm ... Full Story

Small Acts

"We have collected 12 donated frozen turkeys. My wife and I bought ingredients to go along with each turkey. On Monday, we will be delivering the boxes to members of our community in need." bwestgate, Nov 22

"Pizza at our house this Thanksgiving. No family dinners, so why not? It’s just the two of us. It may become our new tradition. πŸ•πŸ™‚" TheBigShelb, Nov 25

"πŸ’œ For everyone who has been going to work during Covid  " Mish, Nov 25

"Just for Laugh :" truthunltd, Nov 23

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Nov 23, 2020 -- A presentation, in the inimitable style of spoken word artist Prince Ea, of where humanity stands today and how we must all work together to make it to the fourth second. This film won first prize in the short film category of the Film4Climate initiative in 2016. Can we come together to create a tidal wave of change? [Source: KarmaTube]

Words of Wisdomimage

image Time Confetti And The Broken Promise Of Leisure, by Ashley Whillans
Nov 23, 2020 -- It’s true: we have more time for leisure than we did fifty years ago. But leisure has never been less relaxing, mostly because of the disintermediating effects of our screens. Technology saves us time, but it also takes it away. This is known as the autonomy paradox. We adopt mobile... Read more on

A Geometry of the Heart - A Conversation with Artist Pat Banincasa, in works & conv
This interview will wake you up before you've had your coffee. Right off, Benincasa shares, "I never saw being an artist as anything other than a calling. When people talk about careers what the hell are they talking about? This is a... Read More on

Today's Quote

Beauty is the antidote to grief and despair, and it is the one sure thing I can bring to bear when I confront a place that has fallen on hard times. Trebbe Johnson

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