This week Awesome Stories brings you sexy dancing, love and forgiveness, a sea symphony, greedy goats, empowering children and net-zero homes.
I have a passion for dance and wish that I had pursued it when I was younger. I dance around my living room, but now it is more of a centering and spiritual routine than something to share. Enjoy this exquisite dance routine!
Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation
I was inspired by the courage and commitment of Scarlett Lewis to turn tragedy into goodness. She recently gave a presentation at our local library since she grew up in the region and still has family here. The death of her youngest son Jesse (in the Sandy Hook School shootings) dramatically changed her life. But from that shocking event, she has learned about the power of choosing love. Scarlett found compassion for her son’s killer and realized that too many children don’t have the life skills they need. Her mission is to help schools teach children emotional and social skills for living. As many others have realized, our fundamental choice is love or fear. The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation promotes love based on gratitude, forgiveness and service to others. By acting on these three principals, we create healing and joy. Way to go Scarlett!
I rarely post animal or kitten videos. However, this is a touching story, along with delightful photos about a girl and her kitten. What touched my heart is how much this kitten has helped Iris deal with her autism. Her mom, Isabella, tried many animals in hopes of soothing Iris, but none helped until Iris met Thula. With Thula’s sweet demeanor, Iris is making progress. One might wonder if Thula has a divine mission. This kitten allows many things that most cats hate like having a harness, getting wet, and riding a bike!
Greedy Goats to the Rescue
This is a fun local story. Fayetteville, AR is now home to a company that uses goats to clear overgrown land. The great part is the goats love to eat invasive species like poison ivy, kudzu, Chinese privet, English ivy and bush honeysuckle. Our city has hired them to clear a park that had a large overgrown area. Greedy Goats; coming to a field near you!
Kim Feinberg has a passion for helping African children find freedom from poverty. She empowers them with a holistic education through her organization called The Tomorrow Trust. Her organization helps the most vulnerable children in S. Africa, many of whom are poor and have lost parents. The education offers academics, life skills and self-development to help them become self-reliant. Graduates are asked to contribute time and money to The Tomorrow Trust. This helps them complete the cycle of empowerment, learning to be grateful and giving members of society.
Net Zero Building
The idea of building net zero homes and buildings is incredibly attractive to me. I’m wondering why it isn’t being done more in the US, when it is done in Canada and Germany, two much colder climates with higher heating/ cooling energy loads. It’s time for us to step and build more efficient homes and buildings. They save energy, money and are more comfortable to live and work in.
Have a wonderful week filled with love, children, kittens, dance or whatever stirs your heart!