This week Awesome Stories brings you fantastic fiddling, kangaroo kindness, ambulance drones, nature time and Housing First.
I just discovered the fantastic music of Lindsey Stirling. Each video is a fantastical journey of sight and sound. She is so popular that the record companies are knocking on her doors, but I don’t think she’s interested. This talented and clever young artist has made over $6 Million by self-promoting her music. I find her music videos captivating. Enjoy!
This article is about Roger, a powerful red kangaroo who lives at the Kangaroo Sanctuary at Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory. But I find the story about Chris “Brolga” Barnes, the sanctuary manager, much more interesting. I was so captivated, I spent an hour watching the video from a BBC special on Chris and the sanctuary. He has dedicated his life to the kangaroos for the last 7 years, living in the Australian outback with nothing but kangaroos and nature for company. He plays surrogate mother to orphaned kangaroos, nurturing and feeding them until they are well enough to live independently and be released into the wild. Some remain at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives.
TU Delft Ambulance Drone
This is a very interesting idea from students at TU Delft. They want to use lightweight drones for emergency medical response in cities. They claim much faster response times and success rates.
Get Outside and Play!
Boy, do I need this reminder to get outside more. I agree with Dr. Sampson that we need to trade more screen time for nature time. Shockingly, he cites studies that show many children are only outside 7″ per day versus 7 hours on screens of various kinds! Dr. Sampson’s work is teaching parents and teachers how to foster more connections with nature for children. I feel so much better physically and emotionally when I routinely get outside in nature to walk, play, bike or simply relax. May we wake up to the beauty, wonder and connections in the natural world.
I love that this movement is growing. Maybe it will become the norm across the country and world. The Housing First has turned the approach to homelessness on its head. Instead of requiring jobs, trainings and forms, they simply give homeless people a home. They consider housing a right, not a tool of creating change. I love author’s perspective that homelessness is more a crisis of empathy than economics. Currently, as a nation we spend (begrudgingly) many more millions on shelters, agencies and other support than it costs to simply give people homes. Utah is making headlines with how dramatically they have reduced homelessness while saving millions of dollars! Dignity and homes to all!
The spread of Housing First could usher in a new kind of compassionate governance in a new era of urban growth. ~ Susie Cagle
May your week be full of music, kindness, nature and shelter. Blessings, Brad