This week Awesome Stories brings you ocean reform, flashmobs, inter-species play, compassion and potato power!
President Obama recently created the largest ocean preserve in the world by increasing the protected waters south of Hawaii by 500%! Thankfully, we are realizing how important ocean health is to our overall planetary health. Marine preservation is experiencing a surge around the world. Even better, the actions are being taken proactively before the problems get out of hand. I know this decision isn’t popular with commercial fishers, but overall it’s a critical step to preserving habitat and species for marine life. I applaud the decision. What do you think?
Photo source: US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Flashmob Wedding Proposal
I’ve seen several flashmob wedding proposals circulating the web, but this one by Jammin Love takes the cake! It helps that he and his friends are dancers. This is a fun and touching marriage proposal, though truthfully, I wouldn’t want my proposal to be this public. Would you?
Compassion in Action
Jacob George left a legacy of compassion. After serving three tours in Afghanistan, he became a dedicated activist for veterans suffering PTSD and other effects of war. I admire his dedication and commitment. Besides touching hearts and making music, Jacob founded an organization called Operation Awareness. Then he dedicated 2 years to riding around the country on a bike, fundraising and sharing his music and stories in service of peace and veterans. Sadly, he recently gave up the struggle and took his own life. How much more suffering are we willing to accept in the name of the war machine? I encourage you to promote peace in your heart, community and country. War No More and Imagine Peace are two of my poems that I dedicate to peace and Jacob.
Most days the hotel labrador can be found swimming in the harbor. What’s unusual is that he swims out into the harbor to play with a dolphin that routinely visits. I believe there is much about animals and communication that we don’t understand. Maybe the heart doesn’t need to be explained. 🙂
I guess this is what happens when you don’t take science classes in high school. I’ve never heard of what apparently is common knowledge about a potato being able to conduct electricity if copper and zinc poles are inserted in the potato! Now, Israeli researchers have discovered that boiled potatoes conduct the electricity about 10 times more efficiently meaning that potatoes could be used as a power source for people in developing countries. Their research suggests that this method would be cheaper than kerosine or other methods currently used. Wow!
I love this idea! It started when Carmel High School sophomore, Sean Butler, decided to offer tech talks to seniors. Now there is a club of students who offer one on one mentoring seniors on their tech devices or anything related they want to learn. Many of us who didn’t’ grow up with computers are far less comfortable and agile with tech. And many seniors, including my Mother, are completely overwhelmed and fearful. I love how the students are trained in “sensitivity” to better understand what the seniors might be going through. They smear vaseline on their glasses and put tape on their fingers as two ways to get a perspective on typical senior challenges. Beyond the tech knowledge, friendships and understanding are growing between these pairings. Awesome!