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October 26, 2010 - So many of our dreams at first seems
impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they
soon become inevitable.
April 16, 2010 - Sorry for the hiatus but it's been a
lovely spring, go outside and enjoy spring.
The Millennium Development Goals can be met by 2015, but only if all
involved break with business as usual and dramatically accelerate and
scale up action now. --Kofi Annan
we're not talking about soccer. Brazil, a nation known for its
cutting-edge soccer skills, is also at the forefront of massive social
reform. While many nations are struggling to keep up with the ambitious
Millennium Development Goals put forth by the United Nations in 2000,
Brazil is unperturbed. The Latin American country has already reduced
poverty by a whopping 81 percent, drastically lowered child mortality
rates, and stabilized the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the country! And
with so much accomplished, Brazil hopes to help other countries achieve
their goals. [ more ]
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your
smile can be the source of your joy. --Thich Nhat Hanh
wider you grin, and the deeper your laughter lines, the more likely you
are to live a long life. At least that's what researchers at Wayne
University in Michigan say. In a study examining pictures of 1952 major
league baseball players, researchers found that those with the widest
grins lived an average of 79.9 years- a full seven more years than their
glum colleagues! The study also found that false smiles don't count- only
those who looked genuinely happy had longer expectancies. [ more ]
April 9, 2010 - Sorry for the hiatus but even we need to
go outside and enjoy spring.
a rising awareness of religious-based conflict and violence around the
world, interfaith dialogue and education is more important than ever. As a
college student committed to issues of social justice, Eboo Patel noticed
that religion was often left out of diversity discussions. After
discovering the ways Dorothy Day used her Catholicism to inspire her
social justice work, Patel began exploring his own Muslim faith as a
foundation for social change. Now, he is the founder of the Interfaith
Youth Core (IFYC), a rapidly growing organization that serves to empower
young people through interfaith awareness and engagement. Since its
inception a decade ago, IFYC has worked with about 60 college campuses,
sponsored 50 interfaith fellows, and hosted its sixth interfaith youth
March 19, 2010 - Have you stopped to smell the roses? No
roses - stop and smell a fresh baked loaf of bread, or a lovely supper
someone has prepared for you.
March 16, 2010 - Maybe you have looked in the mirror and
said I love you today, but have you looked out your window and said the
Fact of the Day:
figure of gladiators recalls the ideas of strength, hard training,
endurance, and deadly efficiency: a perfect fighting machine.
Historically, a gladiator was a sort of sport hero; statues and paintings
of the ancient Roman period tell us of this astonishing world of fighters.
Perhaps akin to the modern-day Mohammad Ali or Mike Tyson, these
gladiators endured long sessions of physical training. And what was their
diet? While we might expect a high protein diet, the ancient historian
Plinius refers to gladiators as "hordearii" -- barley eaters!
Analysis of their bones has put forward the hypothesis that gladiators
were vegetarian athletes! [ more ]
spouse shares lessons learned
“The reality is America needs good people to do
this work.” He thanked the spouses, noting that they
married into a challenging lifestyle and they, too,
was on my lunch break in the city, enjoying a salad at an
outdoor cafe, when a disheveled homeless lady came walking
towards me. She was yelling and begging everyone who
walked past her for spare change and she looked like a
mess. My instant reaction was fear... to close off and
hope she didn't come near me, but she did. I was on the
phone and when she came over yelling, I said, 'I'm on the
phone,' in the nicest way I could, assuring myself what
she needed was a lesson in manners. After all, that is
rude to interrupt someone and I have very little money as
it is, if she only knew and on and on... She walked away,
mumbling, 'I'm annoying you. I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I'll
leave.' And she turned the corner." [ more ]
March 9, 2010
Love thy enemy, but don't forget to love your friends too.
people, good friends
I woke up this morning reflecting on how lucky I am to have so
many good friends. I don't mean to belabor the point about
friendship because I've written ...
Hardin's famous essay, "The Tragedy of the Commons,"
argued that individual self-interest would always destroy any land
or resource collectively held by a community. Elinor Ostrom, the
first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics last year,
thinks otherwise. Citing examples from Swiss peasants to African
farmers, Ostrom argues that community property often does flourish
and people do come together to solve communal problems. Read more
in an interview with Ostrom. [ more ]
March 5, 2010 Sometimes
a simple smile makes my day, have you made some ones day lately?
crowd, straining every muscle to get a brief touch of his robe, was
violently thrown back by Indian police as the Dalai Lama passed. It was
unlike anything I had experienced before or have since: such extreme
fervor of religious devotion for a single man. How, I wondered, could this
gentle, mild-mannered monk support such a high level of expectation?
"I've never seen anything like this in my life. How do you deal with
it?" I ask. He thinks for a few moments, apparently oblivious to the
small riot developing from this brief delay (and much to the aggravation
of the Indian police and a wandering cow). "I'm carrying Buddha's
message," he finally replies. "People have affinity for Buddha,
and therefore they have affinity for me." The humility was
characteristically disarming. [ more ]
positive in a fight for life
With his wife's help, he's maintaining a positive attitude.
“It's pointless to just curl up in a fetal position and say, 'Why
me?' You have to be positive, ...
great article from daily good.
do microfinance organizations usually focus their assistance on women? And
why does everyone benefit when women enter the work force and bring home
regular pay checks? While violence against women is one of the greatest
and most under-recognized global phenomena, there's a growing recognition
among everyone -- from the World Bank to the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs
of Staff to aid organizations -- that focusing on women and girls is the
most effective way to fight global poverty and extremism. Read on for
Saima, Abbas, and Tererai's tales of empowerment. [ more ]
March 2, 2010 Even when all
is lost, you always have much to gain.
People Popcorn Good People Popcorn is a family-owned gourmet
popcorn shop located in Bricktown. The popcorn, made daily with real
butter and Michigan sugar, ...
human brain is a big believer in equality -- and a team of scientists from
Caltech and Ireland's Trinity College has become the first to gather the
images to prove it. Specifically, the team found that the reward centers
in the human brain respond more strongly when a poor person receives a
financial reward than when a rich person does. The surprising thing? This
activity pattern holds true even if the brain being looked at is in the
rich person's head, rather than the poor person's. O'Doherty notes:
"The fact that these basic brain structures appear to be so readily
modulated in response to rewards obtained by others highlights the idea
that even the basic reward structures in the human brain are not purely
self-oriented." [ more ]
A positive signal
Gloucester Daily Times
When Cape Anners awoke Friday morning and began to pick up the
pieces from Thursday night's storm, motorists driving along
Eastern Avenue or the Route 128 ...
February 26, 2010 The sun is
always shining somewhere.
Good News of the Day:
makes marriages last? It's the small stuff, it turns out: telling him he
looks great in his jeans, bringing her coffee in bed in the morning,
sneaking off without the kids from time to time, taking turns doing the
laundry. Terri Orbuch, a Michigan-based research professor and a family
therapist, spent decades charting the love lives of 373 married couples in
the U.S. -- the longest-running study of marriage conducted in North
America. The results were surprisingly simple. "Really great
marriages are not the result of long hours of hard work, but of everyday
behaviours and attitudes, seemingly small gestures that show your spouse
that he or she is noticed, appreciated, respected, loved and
desired," Orbuch noted. [ more ]
with Kent Rollins
People will tell me there aren't good people
in the world anymore. I tell them you ain't looking because it's
full of them. The best people I've ever really ...
in the positive By James Carver, Vancouver Sun. February 23, 2010 1:29 AM Buy some red
mittens, Cam Cole, and quit complaining. As the 2010 Winter Olympics enter
their second ...
Good News of the Day:
spent a good chunk of 2009 sleeping on park benches. The 20-year-old
admits he made it difficult on his parents. He ran away close to a
half-dozen times. On the streets, though, he has become quite the poet.
"I just want everyone to know I have something to say," Orin
said. And every Tuesday night, Orin and other youth like him, get their
chance to share their voice through 'Art from Ashes' program. [ more ]
February 19, 2010 We need to
embrace the new, especially the "new" in what we already have.
Before all that we have becomes old and unwanted.
Ways to Start a Kindness Revolution at Work
We spend around 2,000 hours a year with our coworkers. Given how
much time we spend with them, a little bit of kindness can really go
a long way. It doesn't require any money or training, and you can
start right away either individually or as a team. ...Read
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Sees Positive Momentum to Start 2010
It's not substantial; the slightest incremental gain is positive
and I think we will continue to see it gain. We are starting to see
activity… that is a ...
February 18, 2010 There are
things we have never done, but there are also things we haven't done yet.
are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
--George Bernard Shaw
Cooperation is not unique to humans; it is part of nature, down
to the cellular level. From these biological blocks, cooperation
prevails at every level of the animal kingdom -- ants that march
to the same drummer move faster, fish rid other fish of harmful
bacteria for a free meal, ...
uplift city, nation
You know your parents taught you, you surround yourself with good
people and good things will happen. Well, by all indications New
Orleans coach Sean Payton ...
February 6, 2010 The beauty
of life is that everything is truth, even the lies.
Concerned about the future? Want to do something about greenhouse
gases and climate change? Colin Beavan (founder of the No Impact
Project who wrote a book about the year his family reduced their
environmental impact to close to zero and found they were healthier,
and happier as a result) lists ...
the System, Not the People
Hawaii Business Magazine
But what I see mostly are good people trying to do their best in a
system that is broken. The system often prevents them from doing their
positive on forgiving Haiti debt
WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced support
Tuesday for forgiving Haiti's debt, doubting the earthquake-battered
nation would be able ...
Good Side Of Peer Pressure
They indicate that this is how people learn acceptable social norms, that
is, how they are expected to act in the world in order to be good
January 21, 2010 If someone
tells a story about a bad/tragic event they heard about, from someone they
don't know from a source they can't verify, is it really worth listening
When Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in April 1968, one teacher
in a small town in Iowa decided to do something to help her students
fathom the shocking event. She understood, more than most, the power
of good teaching. Her lesson plan rocked the nation -- and what she