This week Awesome Stories bring you leadership, high-tech breakthroughs, savoring life, Amazon treasures and love for Valentine’s Day!
This story and photo recently went viral thanks to Brandon Stanton and his Humans of New York campaign. To date, the campaign has raised over $1,100,000! Vidal’s acknowledgment of his principal as the most important person in his life touched a chord with people around the world. The reasons are touching and inspiring. In an area of Brooklyn where too often the kids are expected to fail, principal Nadia Lopez goes out of her way to support, lead and encourage her students. She is determined to give them every opportunity to succeed with policies that educate and lift up, rather than punish. Thanks to the funds raised, she and the school will be able to offer dramatically different experiences for the students.
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have recently discovered a new way to unfold the proteins in a boiled egg, creating a new process and word to “unboil” eggs. Their process can pull apart the tangled proteins, allowing them to refold and return to their original structure. I don’t really understand what this is, but apparently it has huge applications for saving time and money in cancer research, biotech and food production. They have filed a patent and are looking for partners to commercialize the process. Any takers?
Cities of the Future
This might be a little too high tech and expensive to supply the world’s food, but it does create some awesome food yields. And I’m sure it can help in cities. What do you think of this high-tech farming approach? I also like similar, low-tech hydroponic growing approaches.
I routinely need to remember this lesson! This touching article shares how a busy mother learned to slow down and savor life from her daughter. Now Rachel Macy Stafford will never tell her child to hurry up again. As many of us can relate, Rachel was always busy with life, work, family, errands and electronic communication. In her own words, “My eyes were opened; I saw with clarity the damage my hurried existence was doing to both of my children.” This is the moment she dedicated herself to learning patience, to slow down and savor life with her children. To simple joys!
Treasuring the Amazon
Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin knows personally about the value of the Amazon and it’s many treasures. When he had an infection that Western medicine couldn’t cure, he happened to meet a shaman who treated him with a fern that healed his leg. Since that experience, Mark has dedicated his work to protecting not only the forest, but the greatest treasures of the Amazon – the isolated tribes and their knowledge. These people and their knowledge are disappearing faster than the forests themselves. Many of the remaining tribes choose to live isolated from modern life. Mark and I both hope that we can develop culturally sensitive ways of honoring their way of life, protecting the people, forest and vast treasures.
Here is a fun video reminder to keep loving. Nimesh Patel offers a musical celebration of love and unity. Enjoy and keep loving!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Keep loving and spreading that good stuff around. 🙂