This week Awesome Stories brings you email addresses for trees, mixed marriage, beauty, Arkansas inspiration and a solar village.
Here is another peek at some inspiring places and photos from around Arkansas. See Dorothy, we aren’t in Kansas anymore! What’s your favorite photo? Mine is Soul Enlightenment with a close second for September Sunset. I like it for the title, gorgeous composition and beautiful colors. This is exactly what I try to do with my photos; capture a moment of beauty and share the feeling of connection and aliveness. With grace, sometimes we capture more than simply the shapes and colors, but also the feeling or energy of a place or person.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. ~ Khalil Gibran
A Mixed Marriage of the Unusual Kind
Prepare yourself, this is a story of radical political alliances that cross boundaries and stereotypes! When Jake Brewer met Mary Katharine, he fell in love, pursued her and eventually married her. You might be wondering what’s the big deal. Well, Jake is a very liberal and engaged Democrat and Mary is a very dedicated and passionate conservative Republican. This is rarely done in the politically charged circles of Washington DC, but they found love is stronger than politics. Unfortunately, they have their biggest challenge yet. Jake was killed in a bike race recently, and Mary will have to find a way to move forward with their two children. I found their story to be a captivating and inspiring one about love, compassion and understanding.
The Beauty Inside
This lovely video reminds us of the true beauty in life. The people in the video share their insights on beauty from the perspective of being blind. In fact, they may see things more clearly; beauty is a feeling, the energy and character of people, and not dependent on race, size, shape and other externals. “Beauty is an experience.”
Emailing Your Neighborhood Trees
I know this sounds like a joke, but Melbourne Australia assigned email addresses to their city trees so that citizens could report problems. According to city Councillor Arron Wood, assigning email addresses had unintended positive consequences. Besides reporting problems and situations, many people started emailing notes expressing their appreciation for the trees! I find it fascinating that cities around the world are using technology as a way to engage citizens with programs like pothole trackers and tsunami sirens. It also allows people to get more personal with the city and the world around them. Kudos for creative uses of technology like emailing the trees!
Freiburg, Germany is home to what is called the Solarsiedlung or Solar Village. It started with architect Rolf Disch, building the Heliotrope (the first building in the world to capture more energy than it uses). This led to Rolf designing another building on the same positive energy principals that inspired another 60 sustainable projects around town that are all net energy positive. In fact, this part of Freiburg called the Solar Village produces 4 times as much energy as it uses and is considered the ecological capital of Germany.
May your week be full of beauty, compassion and nature.