Celebrating 50 weeks of Awesome Stories!
This was a milestone week. I passed 200 posts, 50 weeks of Awesome Stories and 1000 likes! Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing my stories. I appreciate you all.
I’d like to grow this series for 2014, depending on your feedback. It would help me to know if you enjoy these compilation style posts, what kinds of stories you most enjoy, and whether you have stories for me to share. I’d love to get your comments and feedback, or contact me. Thanks!
Let’s start the week with an art tour to feed your muse. If you’re anything like me, beauty and art feed both my creativity and my soul. This includes both creating and viewing art. I enjoy almost any art, especially nature scenes, paintings, photography, sculpture, music and dance. Photography was my first artistic pursuit. Having the blog has been a great motivator to break out my camera, go looking for beauty, and then share photos with you. Here are 27 works of art that might amaze or surprise you. Their detail and creativity are amazing, especially with the surprise you’ll find. Feed your soul with creativity. Ray Hare image via Buzz Feed.
Solar energy continues to shine as the planning, building and deployment of renewable energy continues to grow and expand in importance. Solar panel capacity grew by a whopping 83% from 2011 to 2012. Renewables were also 56% of the new added energy capacity in the United States for 2012. It was only 2% in 2004. Now that’s good news for the environment, economy and living in harmony with the planet.
Speaking of love, a local architecture firm won AIA design awards for their creative approach to building a library as a modern learning center rooted in nature and what kids want. The architects responded to the children’s desire for learning about nature and food in comfortable, well lit spaces. Our library in Fayetteville has won awards and attention for its bold design and LEED standards, but I actually prefer this library, CALS Children’s Library, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Which do you prefer?
Global Soap Project
Meet Derrick Kayonga, a former Kenyan refugee, with his mission to bring soap and good hygiene to the poorest people of Africa. He had a clear and inspiring idea on how to repurpose the tons of wasted soap from the US hotel industry. Watch his inspiring story and video about Derrick and The Global Soap Project.
‘Give a Little Bit’ is the theme song for this fun video. The video caught surprising positive acts on security cameras. Let’s share the love with random acts of kindness and silliness!
Winds of Change
This new approach to wind energy could dramatically change the wind industry. SheerWind’s INVELOX technology provides greater power output with reduced costs. Their systems can produce energy from wind speeds as low as 2 mph, at about .02/kwt, with less cost to both build and maintain, while eliminating many of the downsides like harm to birds. Blow baby blow!
Pictures to Make Your Day
This photo collection on Buzzfeed highlights people offering random kindness to others. They remind me of the joy I find in helping others. Viewing the pictures and stories brought a wonderful mix of smiles, tears and warm fuzzy feelings. I hope they put a smile on your face too!
Here is a beautiful tribute to Nelson Mandela sung by the Soweto Gospel Choir at Woolworths South Africa store. I love acapella singing. Nelson Mandela, may your example continue to shine and inspire.
OK, it’s your turn. I’m in the process of evaluating the direction to take for my blog in 2014, including a possible name change since the ‘Writing to Freedom’ domain isn’t available. I think it’s time to have a domain without the ‘wordpress.com.’ My purpose will continue to be to connect, inspire and help you thrive.