Awesome Stories 1.74

This week Awesome Stories brings you creativity, happy habits, harbor cleanup, granting wishes and community gardens.

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Designer and artist Mariëlle Coppes likes feel-good projects to brighten people’s day and inspire them to be courageous and act on their dreams. Her fun idea was to make 1000 origami cranes, with a note inside, to pass out to strangers in her town. I love the simplicity of this idea and might try it. When I was young, I used to make large, 4 foot tall, origami cranes from special rolls of paper that my dad brought home from his work. 

Happy Habits

This is a good article about the things that happy people do differently than most people. They are more inner driven by their passions, values, and empowered to create the life of their dreams, with a little moving mixed in. The most interesting difference to me is that they don’t depend on friends. They have close friends, but don’t put expectations on them. Read this post for the rest of the 10 things.

Solar Water Wheel

John Kellett and Daniel Chase designed this creative project in Baltimore to clean up the harbor. The solar-powered pumps move 20,000 gallons of water an hour onto the rotating  wheel that turns the conveyer belt, moving the trash into a bin. The water wheel is capable of collecting 50,000 pounds of trash each day that is taken to a waste to energy plant, becoming electricity for the community. Additionally, the wheel aerates the water, attracting fish and improving the water quality with a long term goal of helping to make the harbor swimmable.

Granting Wishes

Danielle Gletow has a passion for helping children in foster care. She started One Simple Wish to help fill the needs and wishes of what she calls the invisible children in foster care. For these children who’ve been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment, even a toy or simple adventure can make a world of difference. People can go to their website and grant a child’s wish, by sponsoring or buying that wish. Their latest campaign is to grant the Ultimate Wish, a permanent home for 100 children. Since 2008, One Simple Wish has granted over 8500 wishes for children in 44 states. The numbers of children in foster care are pretty shocking; 400,000 children enter foster care each year, at a typical age of 6, stay for 1-3 years, half get placed in permanent homes, and 20,000 per year place out being too old for the system.

Solar Success in Germany

Germany continues to lead the world in converting to renewable energy. They even have a name for it, Energiewende, or energy transformation. They just set a record of 74% of their energy produced from renewables on a recent day. Overall, they produce about 27% of their electricity from renewables versus 13% in the US, and they are targeting 80% by 2050 with a lot of help from wind, biomass and energy storage. If they can accomplish this with their large industrial base and cloudier weather, then the US and many other developed countries can too. Go renewables!

Community Gardens

I love the idea of community gardens. Seattle has one of the most famous in their Beacon Food Forest project. Fayetteville City and local groups like Feed Fayetteville have created a number of local community gardens. Feed Fayetteville’s mission is to create community food security by cultivating a sustainable local food network. They’ve started several community gardens, school programs, food collection and Slow Cooking. Their latest project is a community garden in a commercial zone. The goal is to expand our ideas about landscaping to show that it can be fun, practical, attractive and edible!

What is your favorite article and why? Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

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24 thoughts on “Awesome Stories 1.74

  1. Hi Brad. Love this week’s selection of stories. ..spreading cheer (love that…reminds me of Line spreading her notes in Singapore) be happy, caring for our planet, and dreams and food for children!! Phew…great post!! Love how well rounded you are…and the compassion of your heart! Beautiful Sunday! Lorrie

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  2. Hi Brad,

    Thanks for making my morning SO pleasant with these stories of love and happiness. I could smile all the way through the making and distribution of origami cranes, what a unique way of bringing smiles. Did you notice all the recipients smiled!

    Happy habits reinforces the truth that happiness lies within us, only if we know how to discover it and some people give it in the form of foster care. I find a connection between your choice and arrangement of awesome stories. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. You’re welcome Balroop. Mariëlle’s joy and creativity are infectious. Your feedback and joy have circled back to me with a big smile on my face! 🙂 I love it when my stories inspire and/ or connect us. Insightful of you that part of my process is arranging the story order. 🙂

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  4. The whole foster care system boggles my mind, Brad. It’s something that has been increasingly on my heart but I haven’t quite solidified what my part might be to help. Thanks for sharing this piece here today.

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  5. Thanks for caring Denise. There are many causes that need attention. I believe it’s wise to work on ones that touch our heart and feed us too. I volunteer at a food bank and do freelance work for a farm project that feeds the hungry in Northwest Arkansas. blessings,

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