For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news
How was your weekend? Mine was busy in a lazy way. That may not make much sense to you but I felt lazy both Saturday and Sunday I just needed a couple of days to recuperate from a busy week. So while I didn’t do much my son stopped over each day to work in the field. He was able to remove the last of the vines choking many of the trees and gifted me with 10 cuttings from his lilac tree which he then planted for us. I’ll take a picture soon to share. We now have 5 lilac plantings on each side of the walkway leading to the garden area. When these fill out and are in bloom the scent will be inviting as we walk up the path.
We also have a new business on the outskirts of town which sells outdoor plants, shrubs and trees where the highest price asked on any plant is $10. I’ll be checking that out soon. ;-)
This week good news was hard to find but I’ve made it my mission to start my week with positive news so here’s the best of what I found.
- Black Women’s Blueprint shows a society based on bartering can solve many of our problems. When Farah Tanis began meeting with a group of low income women she learned most were victims of physical or sexual abuse. To help them get on their feet. By setting up a bartering system to provide food for a week or rides to work these women have shown that by working together we can make life better.
- Researchers in Finland have shown that soil contaminated by industrial wastes can be cleaned up almost completely in just three months using fungi. This goes to prove that nature has the means to heal itself if we get out of the way.
- I’ve mentioned a few times in the past how badly I feel for the graduating students from the local university. They are starting their adult lives with massive debt and have little to no job opportunities. I believe learning should be an ongoing process throughout our lives so I was thrilled to stumble upon Coursera which has teamed with universities to bring us free online classes. You can study from home and further your education without paying a dime.
- Finally, a heartwarming story of compassion. In Sweden a bus driver suddenly stopped his bus and left without saying a word. The reason? He saw a young girl crying by the side of the road and wanted to comfort her. He then returned to the bus and continued his route. What’s even more surprising about this story is that not one of the passengers complained about the delay.