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Curated Good News

Most news sites are 90% (or higher) bad news. I try to curate some links to good news each week day. To, you know, show that it's not all bad out there.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Louis Simpson: The Silent Piano

We have lived like civilized people.
O ruins, traditions!

And we have seen the barbarians,
breakers of sculpture and glass.

And now we talk of 'the inner life',
and I ask myself, where is it?

Not here, in these streets and houses,
so I think it must be found

in indolence, pure indolence,
an ocean of darkness,

in silence, an arm of the moon,
a hand that enters slowly.

         *  *  *
I am reminded of a story
Camus tells, of a man in prison camp.

He had carved a piano keyboard
with a nail on a piece of wood.

And sat there playing the piano.
This music was made entirely of silence.

 

--1969

Wallace Stevens: The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm

The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The reader became the book; and summer night

Was like the conscious being of the book.
The house was quiet and the world was calm.

The words were spoken as if there was no book,
Except that the reader leaned above the page,

Wanted to lean, wanted much most to be
The scholar to whom the book is true, to whom

The summer night is a perfection of thought.
The house was quiet because it had to be.

The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind:
The access of perfection to the page.

And the world was calm. The truth in a calm world,
In which there is no other meaning, itself

Is calm, itself is summer and night, itself
Is the reader leaning late and reading there.

 

1947

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-07-17

Reddit users retouch newborn’s photos after her death at father’s request A grief-stricken father desired an image of his daughter "without all her tubes," turning to Redditors who responded with retouched images of the newborn who spent the entirety of her short life in hospital.

Double Amputee Veteran’s Wheelchair Breaks in Lowe’s, Workers Drop Everything to Fix It I’m proud to say I can easily see this happening with buddies of mine. Though they might go overboard and redesign the wheelchair, too.

Hero Pit Bull Rescues Deaf Boy From Burning Home Today’s dog story is what the title says. What I love is the simplicity of the reaction. The family knows they were lucky.

Daily TED Talk

Two nerdy obsessions meet – and it’s magic David Kwong is a magician who makes crossword puzzles — in other words, a pretty nerdy guy. And for his next trick ...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-07-15

An all NPR edition, today. You can read the article and/or listen. I like listening because there are often items left out of the print version.

Stress-Busting Foods Which foods increase your stress? Which reduce it? It’s the latter that I’m interested in. I know I eat the wrong foods when stressed.

This is Your Stressed-Out Brain on Scarcity It’s not good news to be stressed, but it is valuable to realize how much attention it consumes. Armed with that knowledge, we can make changes in ourselves and in our perceptions of others.

The 3 Scariest Words a Boy Can Hear Joe Ehrmann, a 75 professional football player, discusses the pitfalls of the words “be a man.” Excellent stuff, and an article I’ll be bookmarking for use in my own coaching.

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic on Parody in the Age of YouTube Yankovic is releasing his final “traditional” album, meaning songs collected on a CD. He talks about himself, his work, and being weird.

35 Years After Minnie Riperton’s Death, New Fans Still Find Her Famous for her song “Loving You” and her five octave vocal range, which is almost inhuman. Musicians are joining together to celebrate her work. Riperton died from breast cancer in ‘79 at 31.

Daily TED Talk

In fact, I watched this yesterday. I found it useful. What simplistic stories are you telling yourself?

Be suspicious of stories (15 min) “Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives — and our messy, complicated irrational world — in terms of a simple narrative.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-07-14

Back at it, after a week-long lapse!

India’s “Plastic Man” Turns Litter Into Paved Roads Rajagopalan Vasudevan has a method for turning plastic trash into a partial replacement for bitumen in asphalt. In other words, reuse the unrecyclable plastic for roads!

Smelling Farts is Healthy It’s a real study, with real implications, especially for the world of stand up comedy. And for preventing or reversing mitochondrial damage. I’m not sure which is more important.

Colbie Caillat Is Tired of Being Photoshopped This is just outside of what I call news, but it’s a good story with a lovely video, and it made me feel good that my wife doesn’t wear makeup.

Daily TED Talk

Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much ‘Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-07-03

I missed a few days this week. I’ve been busy, and may miss some days next week, too. I leave it to you to find your own good news!

African teens create urine-fueled generator There are some skeptical questions, but this is a wonderfully clever and inventive approach.

Burglar Sends Apology and Money 22 Years After Theft Important evidence that people do change, learn and grow. Having been a criminal doesn’t mean always being one.

9-Year-Old Passes on Gifts for His Birthday, Saves Dogs Instead Start doing good young, I think it’s more likely to last.