Awesome Stories 1.48

This week in Awesome Stories we find courage, dedication, connection and mushrooms.

Winter Arrives Early!

We don’t get much snow in Northwest Arkansas, so the 6″-8″ dusting we received was a pleasant surprise. Yesterday I was out walking, playing and photographing. Here’s my humble abode covered in a blanket of snow. Happy Winter!

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I’m amazed at the courage of people like Cynthia. Her story blew me away.

Serious GreenAwesome Stories 1.48

I admire how serious the citizens of Freiburg are about living green. The residents and mayor, Dr Dieter Salomon, have been called crazy for how dedicated they are to green living. Dating back to the 70’s, the citizens of Freiburg have stood up for sustainable living, by rejecting not only carbon, but nuclear in favor of other renewables like solar and wind energy. These days, they have green politics, car free neighborhoods, passive homes, innovative industry and ambitious plans to be 100% renewable.

Are You Wise?

Here are some great tips on how to act with wisdom. The biggest takeaway for me was having an integrated approach, balancing the needs of others with self and trying to understand others. Read this article for more ideas on how to think like a wise person. 

Stand Alone Solar

This is the first stand alone, mobile and sustainable solar charging station. Built by Envision Solar and installed at San Diego International Airport, it is autonomous,  renewable, mobile,  easy-to-install, stand alone solar charging station that requires no foundation, no trenching, no building permit and no electric grid connection. Nice!

Connecting Hearts

Photographer Richard seems to have a gift for showing us the potential heart connections we could have with almost anyone. I believe he’s creating heart entrainment, at least for the folks who surrender to his process. Interestingly, most participants express a good feeling and increased caring for the other person after simply posing in Richard’s photo shoot. Watch the magic.

Mushroom Magic

The Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge 2013 has highlighted some amazing new products and processes. These leading edge innovators are finding creative ways to use mushrooms, bacteria, natural materials and waste for safe, sustainable building products and packaging. BioMason is GROWING bricks made from sand and bacteria, while Ecovative is GROWING packaging, made from feedstock and mushrooms, that can be safely recycled in your compost pile! These innovations sound like game changers to me. I hope they get to market soon.

Comic Kids

I’ve never been a parent, so I’m one of the clueless ones. I had a blast watching Michael McIntyre performs a great comedy routine about the challenges and humor in parenting. Many of us really don’t know!

New Goals

Changing the world story from “more” as the basis for all the rules and processes to “better”. This helpful article explores why and how we can starting changing the story and creating better solutions that benefit people and the planet. Ideas like sharing, cooperatives, new rules, game and goals,  and transformational processes like the Cradle to Cradle innovations. Their GOAL is Good for all, Opens to truth, Accounts for all costs, and Lessens wealth gap. Let’s put our time, energy and creativity into creating better solutions for all.

Appreciating Autism

The story of Jodi DiPiazza strikes a cord in me and had me in tears. I wonder how many of us, not even with special needs, don’t get the resources we need to fully grow and blossom? Maybe one day, we will learn to look for the good in all people, watering them with love, feeding them with appreciation and growing them with proper tools. See if this video about Jodi and autism touches you.

What stirs your soul? Do more of it!

6 thoughts on “Awesome Stories 1.48

  1. Ooh, ooh! New header and new theme. Nice! Is this what you do on snowy days because I don’t see you creating snow men in the front yard. 🙂

    So here’s the deal. You always share wondeful content. The problem is, I get sucked in by it (because of my talented procrastinating ways) and all of a sudden, 30 minutes have gone by. In as much as I would love to immerse myself into each of you inviting posts, I’m going to have to discipline myself, lest I neglect other chores, obligations, appointments, etc. 😦

    However, to today’s post, this reader gives 1st prize to Richard’s photo shoot (as well as the concept behind it) and honorable mention to the DiPiazza story. All good stuff though. Thanks for luring me into your warm, snow themed post. (Is that an oxymoron?)


    • Yes, I’ve had lot’s of time to experiment being snow bound the last few days. How do you like the new look? I haven’t decided yet.

      Personally, I’m glad that my stories suck you in. Maybe I’m doing something right! 🙂 Richard seems to have a way with people and I like the premise too. You’re welcome to come visit and stay a while.

      Thanks for your continued support, comments and connection Eric. Blessings,


  2. Thanks Denise, I love the look and feel of the snow, but 4 days housebound is starting to get old, even for a hermit like me! Cynthia’s courage and persistence is wonderful. I’m inspired by all the great people and stories that I find, as well as my friends and readers! Thanks Denise!


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