Monthly archives for February, 2021

Buddhists Coexist with Tigers at Sanctuary

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA remarkable monastery in Thailand cares for wild animals which are being squeezed off their land by too much development. A video shows tigers walking next to monks and allowing visitors to pet them, even wrestle with their cubs. A beautiful story of compassion.The animal senses that the only thing in the minds of the monks is peace. Now, the monastery is raising money for a tiger island sanctuary. Tourism is a natural outgrowth of the peaceful coexistance the monks have established here. Reincarnation is part of the reason behind the compassion.(Read the text or view the video from PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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REMINDER: Free Tele-Seminar March 4, Finding Gratitude in the Toughest Situations

first_imgParticipant Access Code:070707 Scheduled Conference Date:Sunday, MARCH 4, 2007 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Number of Participants:up to 100 Scheduled Start Time:8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRESENTMENT CAN BLOCK OUR HAPPINESS! Next Sunday “gratitude author” Harry Tucker and I will be on the phone with our GNN readers discussing how to find gratitude in the toughest situations. Find out how to be thankful for the trouble spots in your life in order to make room for your greater good. All the details you need to join the call are found below (click read more). Ask us your questions in advance, or join in the discussion yourself, as we open the phones to all callers. Names of those who ask a question, or join the call, will be entered to win a book, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, by Jonathan Haidt… ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ If you find it difficult to be grateful in the tough situations, then this call is for you. Find out how you can find the silver lining in any situation, the good news in any tragedy, the gratitude in any grumpy mood… The drawing for the free book, The Happiness Hypothesis, will be made at the end of the phone call and announced on the Web site. The call will be recorded to offer Web site visitors, who couldn’t make the conference call in person, a chance to hear the transformative inspiration. The dial-in number will be a long distance call for most of you, unless you live in Iowa, USA, but many of us have free minutes to use or calling plans with free weekends. Here is the call information: Mark your calendar now! NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY — JUST CALL THE NUMBER Dial-in Number:1-712-432-2222 Iowalast_img read more

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Summer Camp Where Military Kids Can Relax (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAt Camp Purple, children of military parents make instant friendships with other kids whose parents are deployed overseas, who have experienced the same worries and problems they have. (Video) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

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Spiral Filtration Makes Water Recycling Faster and Easier

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Scientist Meng Lean has invented a spiral water filtration system which funnels water through lightweight disks, separating dirt and particles from clean water. The invention makes water recycling cheaper and faster and can be used for agricultural purposes. (read the full story at Environmental News Network.com) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

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Lifesaving Hero Gets Helping Hand from Truckers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The 18-wheel truck was a gift of uncommon generosity, given to a man of uncommon bravery. Jorge Orozco-Sanchez went into a burning SUV, not once but twice, to pull two little girls from a fiery wreckage. The fire also destroyed his tractor trailer rig – the source of his only income.  After months of struggling to make ends meet after the accident, the Independant Truckers Association and Goodyear stepped in to help Jorge replace his truck.  “We haven’t done this for any highway hero in the past, and we don’t want future ones to expect it,” said Tim Miller. Goodyear’s marketing and communication manager.  So why do it now? “Well, have you met Jorge?” Miller asked. (Continue reading in the Denver Post) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Medical Miracle as Adopted Son Gets to Repay Mom With a Kidney

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFacing 7 or 8 years on the organ donor waiting list, an ailing Massachusetts mom, having exhausted all possibilities for kidney matches with blood relatives, found her miracle organ match in her grown adopted son from El Salvador.“Our family learned that my mom and I were a perfect match — for both blood and tissue,” donor Jonathan S. Swartz told the Good News Network. “I want people out in the world to know that miracles do happen!”It has been more than a year since the surgeries and the transplant has turned out beautifully for mom and son. But, Jonathan wasn’t always so healthy.When his parents filed for adoption, El Salvador was in the midst of civil war. Money sent by the future parents to care for the infant in the months before his departure, was not spent on his food and health care, but instead, confiscated and used for weapons within the insurgency.Finally in May of 1980, the malnourished and sickly five month-old baby was transferred to the loving arms of his American parents.“My Mom was constantly taking me to doctors’ appointments for things varying from ear infections to strep throat — I even needed to be hospitalized for asthma,” said Swartz. “My mom would spend the day at the hospital with me and my dad would come to the hospital at every night, sitting in my hospital room while I slept.”Later, Lauren Swartz contracted diabetes and her health steadily deteriorated over 25 years until her kidneys were ravaged. Although Jonathan immediately volunteered to be a donor, his parents didn’t want their son to go through the invasive procedure. But when all else failed, the two were tested for a possible match. Against all odds, these two, from differing backgrounds and bloodlines, aligned perfectly.The ever-grateful adopted son said he likes to tell this story to everyone, “To give them hope, if nothing else.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Six Amazing Ways People Helped After Boston Marathon Tragedy

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMr. Rogers famously answered the question of what to tell children when scary things happen on the news. It holds true for all of us if we want to learn about what happened in Boston yesterday: “Look for the helpers.”We can always focus on the actions of the helpers, if we want to feel better.1) College fraternities on Commonwealth Avenue offered food and beverages to runners and passersby walking from the scene of the explosions. (right)2) Cell phone service was shut down in the city so locals were unlocking their WiFi service so people could easily connect and reach out via email and social media.3) NBC Sports reported that runners in the Boston Marathon who crossed the finish line continued to run to the nearby hospital to volunteer to give blood. Later, the Boston area Red Cross tweeted, “Due to the generosity of our donors, we don’t need blood at this time.”4) New England Patriots athlete Joe Andruzzi was photographed helping an injured woman after the blast. Deadspin reported that Joe’s Twitter feed fell silent while he continued helping.5) An inspiring spreadsheet was created using Google Docs on Gmail for people to donate rooms, rides and couches to people who were stranded or in need. Google itself also set up a webpage as a “People finder” for helping loved ones to connect and share information.6) A Boston area restaurant, El Pelon Taqueria opened its doors to runners and locals, tweeting, “We have cold drinks, bathrooms, place to charge a phone and a calm place to sit”. They never shut their doors, apparently giving away refreshments, with the manager tweeting, “my coworkers+staff deserve alot of credit, not one blinked when ask(ed), not one when home when they could, those not working came in”.(With thanks to the Business Insider for some of the tips)Top Photo: Mark Zastrow, FlickrAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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From Australians to Muslims: One Beautiful Hashtag

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThere have been over 350,000 tweets using #illridewithyou as Australians unite http://t.co/IjdlhTk3SU pic.twitter.com/y4YwK4l4o7— BBC Trending (@BBCtrending) December 15, 2014 In the wake of a tragic armed hostage siege in Sydney, Australia over the weekend a beautiful hashtag campaign was launched on social media to soothe fears of anti-Muslim violence.Thousands of commuter heroes have united under the banner, #IllRideWithYou, pledging to accompany those, especially Muslim women in headscarves, who fear racially motivated and bigoted reprisals on public transport.The spark was a post on Facebook by Rachael Jacobs, who said she’d seen a woman she presumed was Muslim silently removing her hijab while sitting next to her on the train: “I ran after her at the train station. I said ‘put it back on. I’ll walk with u’. She started to cry and hugged me for about a minute – then walked off alone’.(READ the story in the BBC)Story tip from Julie Bennett and Andrew N.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Ecuador Breaks World Record for Planting Most Tree Species in 8 Hours

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThousands of people teamed up this weekend to break a world record while doing something good for the earth. They planted the most species (237) of seedlings over an eight hour-period Saturday.57,512 people in Ecuador planted 765,073 plants at 150 sites, reforesting 5600 acres (2,269 hectares) and snatching the Guinness World Record from a group in the Philippines, who broke the world record last year. This was the most diverse single-day planting program anywhere in the world, which will soak up carbon dioxide and pump out oxygen.Ecuador holds another environmentally friendly record — the most plastic bottles recycled in a single week—87,363 pounds.The nation also aims in 2017 to reach a target of zero deforestation, according to the Guinness World Records organization, which monitored the plantings.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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NASA Discovers Most Earth-Like Planet Yet In the “Goldilocks Zone”

first_imgNamed after the Kepler spacecraft that spotted it, Kepler 452b is the 4,696th planet the space probe has discovered.Don’t expect to head to Kepler 452b anytime soon: this new world is 1,400 light years away. The fastest spacecraft ever launched from Earth would take 266 million years to get there.(WATCH the IGN video and READ more at the New York Times) – Illustration: NASA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePlanet hunters at NASA have found what they’re calling Earth’s “older, bigger cousin,” and believe it’s our strongest lead yet to finding advanced life somewhere else in the universe.The new planet, Kepler 452b, is about 60% bigger than Earth, and orbits a sun similar to our own every 385 days.That orbit puts it in what scientists call the “Goldilocks zone” — neither too hot, nor too cold, but just right for life.And since the planet’s star has been around a billion years longer than ours, there’s been more time for life to take root and evolve.“It’s awe-inspiring to consider that this planet has spent six billion years in the habitable zone of its star, longer than Earth,” Jon Jenkins of NASA’s Ames Research Center said at the announcement Thursday. “That’s substantial opportunity for life to arise, should all the necessary ingredients and conditions for life exist on this planet.”Why Does This Astronaut Have Two Dogs On His Official NASA Portrait? Help Your Friends And Followers Discover This Story, Share It…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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