Happy Birthday to Me!
This is my 56th turn around the galaxy and my 73rd week of Awesome Stories. I would love to have a giant blogger’s party. Thanks for sharing in my journey. I appreciate each of you for being part of my life and blog. Blessings, Brad
Granny Going Strong at 103
This particular grandmother is a whale and she is considered the world’s oldest known living orca, and therefore called “Granny”. Granny was recently sited in Cowichan Bay off the coast of Washington state. According to scientists who have pictures of her dating back to the 1930s and 1940s, they can estimate her age by extrapolating from her known offspring. She is considered very healthy judging by the “peanut head” around her blow hole and a recent 800 mile trek with her great-grandchild in their pod. Go Granny!
Photo by Capt. Simon Pidcock
Creative Language Learning
This is a wonderful idea. CNA language schools in Brazil have many students who want to learn to speak English, but can’t afford to go to the US to have an immersion experience. In turn, there are many elderly folks in the US living in retirement homes who crave more connection and conversation. FCB Brazil had the brilliant idea to put these two groups together. They speak and bond over the internet on private YouTube videos. Then the conversations are graded by their Brazilian teachers. From the video, it looks like everyone is having fun and benefiting. Now that’s creative marketing!
I love this acapella group. They keep re-inventing themselves with new and fun styles of performance. Enjoy.
This is a touching story and video about a homeless poet named Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho who was living on the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Many of us fall into a life of habits, neglect or even despair. If we’re brave and lucky, we pull ourselves out or receive a helping hand. Raimundo received several helping hands. First he was befriended by strangers, then helped by Facebook fans, reunited with his lost family, and now about to have a book published! Nice testament to the power of kindness and our connected nature.
We Care Solar
What an awesome story! Dr. Laura Stachel was taken back while volunteering in Africa by how often the lives of mothers and their children were at risk due to inadequate electricity. This contributes to Nigeria having some of the highest maternal death rates. Dr. Stachel was determined to find a solution and started brainstorming with her husband who was a solar educator. They came up with ideas for large solar systems for the hospitals and clinics, but their prototype solar kit, meant only for demonstration, turned out to be a hit. They have since perfected the design, supplied about 400 units and started a company called We Care Solar, Their “solar suitcases” come with 2 solar panels, cell phone charger, head lamp and a monitoring device. We Care Solar continues to work on larger solar projects to help improve maternal health care in developing countries too.
Seeds that Feed
This is a wonderful start up here in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Four friends were looking for something more meaningful to do with their lives and came up with the idea to feed people from food surpluses. Currently, almost 40% of food produced goes to waste. This is a huge problem in the US and world that thankfully more people and organizations are addressing. Seeds That Feed collect food surpluses and distribute it to those in need who often have poor access to healthy and fresh foods. To date, they have distributed over 26,000 pounds of fresh produce from local farmers in just two seasons.
This is another lovely food venture called Grace Hearth. Keri Keifer and Jocelyn Jackson turned their passion for food and cooking into a new way to nurture, celebrate and connect.
What are you doing to feed your body and soul? Celebrate life today for my birthday. The party’s at 6PM! XD