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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Curated Good News–2014-06-25

Poland Has Some Great Street Musicians A “semi-news” article, but this fellow is fantastic!

Richmond Cop Rescues Woman from Approaching Train The incident was captured on the squad car’s video. A testament to this officer’s training.

Daily TED Talk

Capturing memories in video art (5min) Gabriel Barcia-Colombo loves collecting things. He wondered how he would like to memorialize his own and other’s lives as moments in time. So, he put them in jars And a blender. A funny and fascinating demonstration of video art.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Curated Good News–2014-06-24

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter While war isn’t good news, bravery is. This young man is a fine model.

Crossing Guard Makes Sandy Hook a Brighter Place, One Dance at a Time I’ve read of dancing crossing guards before. As always, they make me smile. I love her statement, “All I do is try to make people happy, I wasn’t expecting the gifts.”

(No TED Talk today)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-20

Just two, today, all about happiness.

10 Quickest Ways to Boost Happiness Ways based in science, not merely opinion. Love this one: “Just by reading all the way through this article, you’ll have achieved something-so you’ll feel good.”

Daily TED Talk

Flow, the secret to happiness (20min). I usually post 5 min talks in the interests of everyone’s time, but Czikszentmihalyi’s talk is worth the time. And, he has a fantastic last name.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-19

Benefit Corporations Look Beyond the Profit Motive B Corps: an affirmation of something I believe, which is that businesses aren’t “for making a profit,” they’re for providing a good or service. Profit is the means, not the end.

Homeless runner embraced by S.F. Marathon He’s not even taking the fund-raising for himself. It’s to benefit the homeless charity that helped him.

Daily TED Talk

The refugees of boom-and-bust (3 min) “At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.”

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-17

Father Devices “Bionic Pancreas” to Help Son With Diabetes Ed Damiano, a professor of biomedical engineering, has developed a system to help control blood sugar. While others are working on similar devices, his does more.

Warren Buffett Ready to Double Renewable Energy Investment to $30 Billion Altruism? Savvy Business? Both? You decide, but it’s still good news to me that alternative and more ecologically sound energy production is getting this boost.

High School Students Respond to Racist Flyer An anti-immigration group distributed a racist flyer near a high school, “The Changing Face of Brampton.” A class decided to redo it, and answer the question “Is this really what you want?”

Daily TED Talk

The Dog Song (4 min) “Animal fan Nellie McKay sings a sparkling tribute to her dear dog. She suggests we all do the same: ‘Just go right to the pound/ And find yourself a hound/ And make that doggie proud/ 'cause that's what it's all about.’”

Friday, June 13, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-13

Seahawks FB Coleman Gives Flight Seat to Marine What I like is that Coleman didn’t seek publicity. He just did something for someone else because he wanted to.

Man Paints Toenails to Cheer Up Wife With Cancer: Hundreds Join In Nothing puts a smile on your face like purple toes.

Daily TED Talk

The sore problem of prosthetic limbs An affecting five minutes. David Sengeh speaks with seriousness and fire. He is exhilarating and sincere. I believe this guy. “It does not matter how powerful your prosthetic ankle is. If your prosthetic socket is uncomfortable, you will not use your leg, and that is just simply unacceptable in our age.”

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-12

iPads Allow Challenged Kids to Play in High School’s Band A fantastic example of positive, transformative use of technology in the classroom. “Before the band, Jason rarely spoke at all. But music helped change that. ‘Some people were very surprised when they could see that he could sing because some people thought that he was non-verbal,’ Goldberg says.”

11-Year-old Invents Non-spill Cup for Grandfather With Parkinson’s Very cool-looking three-legged cup.

She Thought It Was A Trash Bag Blowing In The Wind, But Upon Further Investigation... I’m including the first picture for this one. It’s a dog. This is more a blog post than news story, but I liked it.

dog dreadlocks

Daily TED Talk

Dance, tiny robots! (3min) “There's a place in France where the robots do a dance. And that place is TEDxConcorde, where Bruno Maisonnier of Aldebaran Robotics choreographs a troupe of tiny humanoid Nao robots through a surprisingly emotive performance.”

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-10

Michigan teen finishes 40-mile walk while carrying brother Hunter Gandee, 14, carried his brother Braden, who has cerebral palsy. For comparison, soldiers in basic training have to complete a march of about 10 miles carrying a 40 pound pack. Good job, Hunter!

Non-Verbal Teen With Autism Says 'No One Can Place Limits' On You In Moving Graduation Speech Dillon Barmache, using a speaking tablet, gives an inspiring commencement address. I’ve included the complete transcript, below, after the TED Talk.

Photographer Captures Mystery Beach Proposal... Uses Facebook To Save The Day A story of Heather Swanner, a photographer who—luckily for the couple’s family—was in the right place at the right time.

Daily TED Talk

8 secrets of success (4min) This may be a repeat, but worth re-watching. Richard St. John summarizes a three hour talk he gives to high school students.

Transcript of Dillan Barmache’s commencement speech

"Hello, my name is Dillan Barmache.

"When I examine each day, it's just incredible how a student, an autistic one, could ever feel a part of a class of future academics. Education is a better institution when all students have opportunity, plus a chance to take an idea and see the lessons within.

“With your mind, no one can place limits on where an idea can take you. Living without a voice creates almost no way to be heard, but there are people who refuse to think in a box. Open your mind in high school. You will learn to think about different ideas, and examine new findings. Always look inside other people’s experience in order to gain another perspective outside of books. Only then are we able to start opening our eyes to the amazing things around us.

“I so believe that there is so much more each one of us can do for other people, causes, and fields of study. I know too that the thought of high school is daunting, and also exciting. We will be challenged to think for ourselves as we live each day out. Part of education is showing what we have learned, so then tests measure our ability to learn, and are necessary. However, another measure of learning often seems based on insight and guidance. Insight is a guide that separates our knowledge into what we are taught and what we are capable of doing.

“Take a chance to experience your education in a meaningful way, and think outside the box, into yourselves. Insight always leads to truths that an individual either chooses to accept or not. Always consider looking to your own insight and seeking another viewpoint. We are the reality of our thinking life and are capable of so much if we just open our minds."

Monday, June 9, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-09

LEGO to Launch Female Scientist Minifigure Collection Love it! “Lego, the Denmark-based toy company, has approved designs for a new collection titled “Research Institute,” an all-female line with characters such as an astronomer, paleontologist and chemist.”

$5 Billion revival leaves Milwaukee River cleaner, more valuable Nice article on the river’s reclamation (though, as a writer I’m dismayed by the dozens of one sentence paragraphs.)

School Janitor Called to Clean Up Mess, Gets Surprise Gift Instead Great little story about students collecting money for the janitor, so he could travel overseas to see his son and grandson.

Daily TED Talk

Forget multitasking, try monotasking (3min) The evidence keeps rolling in that humans “multi-task” badly. Mr Cardini presents humorous examples of why to focus on just one task.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-05

On days like this, when I don’t post articles, it’s tempting to think there was no good news today. In reality, I just didn’t find a news (not blog) article that I liked from the few sites I check. I need to expand my sites!

Daily TED Talk

Got a meeting? Take a walk (4min) Nilofer Merchant presents a simple idea: more walking meetings. Why? “Nowadays people are sitting 9.3 hours a day, which is more than we're sleeping, at 7.7 hours.”

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-04

Minor League Ball Player’s First Home Run is Caught by Dad I love little stories like this. Father and son had a lucky day that they’ll remember forever.

Daily TED Talk

A plane you can drive (10min). I emailed this to a pilot friend of mine. I can see him owning one. Moreover, I know of an opera singer—also a pilot—who would fly to gigs. This would be great for her.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-03

Starting today, if I don’t like the original story’s headline, I’ll create my own. The originals are often too verbose.

Soldotna, Alaska Houses 900 Evacuees During Fire The Red Cross built a temporary shelter, but no one needed to use it.

Minor League Mascot Gives Major League Surprise A deaf baseball fan loves the Dayton Dragons’ mascot, and everyone’s thrilled when the mascot starts speaking in American Sign Language. Watch the second video, without the news story.

Swimwear Company Re-Creates Sports Illustrated's Cover With Plus Size Models The good news, here, is that more “regular” women get told that they, too, are sexy.

Daily TED Talk

Sally Kohn: Let’s try emotional correctness (6min) A valuable talk about being “politically right, but emotionally wrong.” From Ms. Kohn, a liberal lesbian pundit on Fox news (you read that right): “Are you being friendly? Are you just being naive? Or do you really want to hurt me personally? Emotional correctness is the tone, the feeling, how we say what we say, the respect and compassion we show one another. And what I've realized is that political persuasion doesn't begin with ideas or facts or data.Political persuasion begins with being emotionally correct.”

Monday, June 2, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-02

While there are good things happening in the world, I haven’t been finding news articles that I felt I wanted to post. But I’ll keep looking!

Daily TED Talk (17min) Neil Pasricha has a blog called 1000 Awesome Things, which he started after some tough personal years. One of his three “As of awesome” is authenticity, and he does come across as authentic and sincere. My favorite quote: “There are so many things to be happy about.”