Many of you have probably heard the immensely inspiring story of Batkid, a 5-year-old leukemia patient’s wish to be Batman for a day. Boy oh boy, did the Make-a-Wish foundation make a wish come true, as THOUSANDS of San Francisco residents came out to celebrate this boy’s dream. Even President Obamaissued his first ever Vine on Twitter congratulating Miles.
Here’s some great photos, since we can’t all be in the magical city of San Francisco during that special day.
A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with an illness. The doctor suggested oxygen therapy as a way to improve her overall health, but unfortunately, for several reasons she couldn’t receive it at her local hospital. So she took it upon herself to get more oxygen in her system by two rigorous walks on the beach every day.
Since she’s near the ocean, the negative ions from the ocean water are perfect therapy…and good exercise. Here’s some other words of wisdom about fresh air.
Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Anyone’s life truly lived consists of work, sunshine, exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit.
I’m interested in raw land and trees and fresh air and rivers and lots of animals around them.
Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.
A little morphine in all the air. It would be wonderfully refreshing for everyone.
D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover
The demons don’t like fresh air. What they like best is if you stay in bed with cold feet.
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.
“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.
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