This story reminds us that even the youngest of us can make a change. Or at the very least, experience the process of trying to make a change!
A 6-year-old boy who dreams of being an astronaut for NASA has taken matters into his own hands by starting an online petition to try and save NASA.
Connor Johnson has wanted to be an astronaut since he was three. When he learned that congress was threatening his future prospects to be a scientist or astronaut with NASA by cutting NASA’s funding, he decided to do something about it.
“My whole idea was writing off to the President and then I decided to give my whole piggy bank to NASA. I have about $10.41,” Conner explained.
However, after talking to his family members about the issue, Conner decided he needed to find a more effective way to reach NASA.
His family helped him start a petition. Although he did have some guidance, Conner constructed the petition ideas on his own.
“To get a response from the White House, I need 100,000 signatures,” Conner said.
As of Saturday evening, he has more than 300 signatures. While it may be a big challenge to get to 100,000, Connor said he thinks it’s possible because NASA has shown him that any mission can be accomplished with small steps.
If you would like to help out our little astronaut friend by signing his petition please visit: http://1.usa.gov/1hFmpNA
This is not an AA moment! If you drink sensibly, then good for you! But the term “sobriety” can mean more than simply not drinking; it can be about facing your life with your eyes open, aware, clear-minded. Read on:
There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
There are women succeeding beyond their wildest dreams because of their sobriety.
Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.
Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
Henry Ward Beecher
Perfect reason flees all extremity, and leads one to be wise with sobriety.
“Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.”
- Tom Robbins
While little Alex has passed on, her power and determination live on. Alex had a deadly childhood cancer yet through her physical and mental trials, she created a lemonade stand that would spawn thousands of lemonade stands in the future, raising funds for childhood cancer research.
Watch Alex’s Story here.
Learn more about how you can help here!
“I’m Alex, I’m 8 years old. I have Neuroblastoma and I raise money for pediatric cancer research with the help of other kids and grown ups through my lemonade stand. I give the money I raise to research to find cures for pediatric cancers.”
“I’ll take anyone,” Davion said. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”
Those are the words that Davion Only spoke at his church. At 15, he’s been an orphan his whole life but still desperately wants a family to love him and a home where he feels safe.
Watch this touching video and remember, we ALL have a right to feel wanted, loved, and deeply cared for.
Score one for team NYC!
Most of us think of New York City as the epicenter of dirty air (next to Los Angeles of course). But did you realize that many people don’t own cars in NYC? (It’s MUCH easier to get around via public transportation–trust me!) The buildings have become more cleaner as well, leading to better health for its citizens:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Thursday that his administration’s efforts at reducing air pollution had resulted in New York City’s having the best air quality in more than 50 years.
Sulfur dioxide levels have dropped by 69 percent since 2008, and the level of soot pollution has dropped by more than 23 percent since 2007, according to a new city survey.
The mayor said the reduction was largely the result of the city’s effort to get buildings that used the most polluting kinds of heating oil to convert to cleaner fuels.
Since pollution exacerbates lung and cardiovascular disease, the mayor said, the city estimates that the reduction in pollution is preventing 800 deaths and 2,000 emergency room visits and hospitalizations each year.
“The continued health benefits of this conversion to cleaner heating fuels will make it the single biggest step to save lives since we began our comprehensive smoking control program,” Mr. Bloomberg said, at a news conference at Chelsea Piers.
Source: New York Times
I listened to a podcast this morning where the “guru” advised that we can retrain our thinking patterns by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Sure, yeah…okay. Sounds pretty simplistic, but what the heck?
So when I started getting mad about something so trivial that I don’t even remember it only an hour later, I dug in my mind for something positive to replace it with…and I drew a blank!
So after some thought, here are some positive thoughts, if you run dry like I did!
1. Puppies or kittens at rest or at play
2. A tranquil, warm beach scene
3. A movie that makes you laugh
4. The smell of something delicious baking
5. A long-lasting kiss
6. The sky (remember, simply looking up at the sky can lift your spirits!)
7. The feeling of being under soft blankets
8. A waterfall that washes all your cares away
9. Meeting one of your idols and getting along famously
10. Stardust sprinkled over you by angels and loved ones.
I don’t know about you, but I find a great deal of comfort watching movies. I’m transported, transformed, informed, triggered, uplifted…a myriad of emotions can pulse through me. Movies are magical, plain and simple.
Let’s read what others have to say:
Film spectators are quiet vampires.
If my films don’t show a profit, I know I’m doing something right.
Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.
A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.
Everyone deserves a second chance, even a robber. This touching story reminds us all of a wonderful word called “absolution.” (Click on letter to read.)
A family who run a grocery store in Nashville were astounded and moved by the actions of a former drug addict and thief who robbed them about 12 years ago.
Somboon Wu, son of store owner Keosavanh Xayarath, explained that an unidentified man came into the InterAsian Market and Deli at the start of September and insisted they take an envelope.
Though they were initially concerned about opening what he handed over, when they did they found a handwritten note of apology, a plea for forgiveness and $400 in cash.
Read more: Daily Mail
Living at the Jersey shore, I’ve seen firsthand how our dunes protect the island from the damages of flooding and storms. In India, they too see the importance of supporting the growth of mangrove trees who serve to protect them.
This week, give back to your world by planting something that has protective purposes. (This could include simply buying a house plant which keeps the air cleaner in your environment.)
As Cyclone Phailin rose from the Bay of Bengal over the weekend, bringing gales and floods to India that killed 27, residents of Praharajpur did the sensible thing and got the hell out of dodge. As the villagers returned home, they discovered that a restored mangrove plantation helped shelter their vulnerable village from the storm’s wrath.
About 40 of the village’s 200 homes were damaged, but residents told Down to Earth that it would have been worse without the mangrove. “In the nearby Sundrikhal and Pentha village, most of the houses have been washed away,” villager Ravindra Behera told the Indian environmental magazine. “We are better off because the forest has taken the initial brunt of the storm.” From the article:
“Our elders had made an embankment along the coast to prevent soil erosion in 1975. They randomly planted mangrove trees on the embankment. Gradually, this plantation converted into a mangrove forest. However, it was during the 1982 cyclone that we realized that mangrove can also prevent the storm from reaching us,” said Balram Biswal, another resident.
Thereafter, the villagers aggressively started planting mangroves on the island and also made provisions in the village to protect the forests. “We constituted a 15-member forest protection committee from among the villagers. The body penalised anyone who damaged the forests in any possible way and a night guard was appointed and paid Rs 100 per night to protect the mangrove,” said Behera.
Today, a dense forest of tall mangrove trees stands between the sea and Praharajpur. Apart from a shield from cyclone, the residents also get wood, honey and fruits from the mangrove. “The story of Praharajpur has also inspired nearby villages to plant and protect mangroves coasts. We hope that the forest comes to their rescue as well,” said Suresh Bisoyi of non-profit Regional Centre for Development Cooperation (RCDC).
As we near closer to Halloween, ghosts and monsters come creeping out of their hiding spot and we, as mere mortals, allow a pleasurable fear into our lives, where a good scare makes us feel alive and in touch with something dark and secret.
Everyone carries around his own monsters.
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
Scary monsters are like Hula Hoops. They come in and out of fashion.
Vampires have always been hot. They are one of our most durable monsters. It’s one of those stories that galvanizes us early and it’s always going on. – Justin Cronin
Villains used to always die in the end. Even the monsters. Frankenstein, Dracula – you’d kill them with a stake. Now the nightmare guy comes back.
Benicio Del Toro
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
I can see every monster as they come in.