This week Awesome Stories bring you beautiful voices, touching tributes, lucid energy, airless tires and a unique kindness challenge.
Singing with Soul
Hanky alert! Challenged with stuttering his whole life and the consequent teasing, Harrison Craig turned to singing. He seems to find his flow in singing. Watch this powerful performance that moves many of us to tears. He went on to win The Voice Australia 2013. Enjoy.
60 Days of Kindness
This is a fun twist on celebrating our birthday. Glinda decided to do 60 days of kindness as a challenge for her 60th birthday. She feels very blessed from the experience, on which she blogged the progress. One interesting insight is that she feels we can’t separate kindness from the act, that in fact we are kindness. She believes that when we give kindness, we return to our essential nature of love and there is nothing we can do to create more happiness than by being generous. Most people who practice giving end up feeling so much joy that they want to keep giving. Care to join in Glinda’s celebration of kindness?
Lucid Energy has a clever way to generate clean, low-cost electricity from the water flow in large pipes. Their systems have turbines inside steel pipe along with a generator on the outside of the pipe. Their LucidPipe simply replaces a section of current pipe and becomes an electricity generator. They estimate a 60″ pipe with a flow of 7 ftps can generate 100kw of electricity. Lucid Energy systems are generating electricity in Riverside CA and Portland OR. This sounds like a great way to be more efficient with our water systems.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is an organization that connects families to photographers during the incredibly difficult situation of having babies born with terminal conditions. The parents may only have a few short hours or days to spend with their newborns. The portraits serve as a loving legacy and step in their healing. I can’t imagine the pain for the parents, but I’m glad for this compassionate group that offers these free services. They have over 1600 volunteers in 40 countries, helping bereaved parents remember and celebrate their children.
Apparently, there is a surge in younger people becoming farmers by choice. These young folks care about the planet and want to live in a way that makes a direct impact. They are part of a wave of small-scale farming based on organic and other more sustainable approaches like crop rotation and composting to agriculture. They see themselves as environmentalists and believe in taking care of the earth, soil, animals and pollinators. The challenges are great, but they seem determined to make a difference. I know after several failed vegetable gardens, I have a lot more respect for the hard work that goes into market farming. Thank you to all who grow our food!
This is a pretty cool technology on the horizon. Bridgestone, Michelin and other groups are working on airless tires which are generally honeycombed materials around a wheel hub with a thin layer of rubber at the edges. They would be stronger and more durable with better handling and less environmental waste. Sounds pretty good. Where do I order?
What moves you? I’d love hear your story below.