hemp fields

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This week Awesome Stories brings your hemp reform. Hemp Legal Under New Farm Bill This might be one of the biggest reforms to farming in the last 80 years. The 2018 Congressional Farm Bill, which included a provision that legalizes hemp in the U.S., was passed and signed by President Trump just before Christmas. As…

paper art, poetry

Paper Dreams

Paper Dreams ~ with integrity waste paper becomes sacred the beauty of art ~ This poem is a tribute to Eloa Jane’s stunning paper art. I found her art at a local gallery called Art Ventures. She creates 3D paintings, sculptures, and functional art from recycled paper that she rolls, paints, and arranges into complex,…

elephants, Awesome Stories

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 This week Awesome Stories brings you trying, systemic changes, and remarkable elephants. Trying Yoda from Star Wars is famous for saying “Do or do not, there is no try” but Mandy Harvey wrote an original song that is all about trying and not giving up in the face of adversity. She lost her hearing due…

Margaret Wheatley, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you noble leadership, Brikawood, and love. Noble Leadership Having studied leadership widely, Margaret Wheatley offers her wisdom on what it takes to provide islands of sanity in these turbulent times. Read her compelling post about the nobility of leadership. A dedicated leader offers compassion, clarity, and vision to help us find our…

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This week Awesome Stories brings you garbage, cleaning, and genuine voices. Garbage to Garden Goodness I love the story of how Garbage to Garden got started. Tyler Frank was in college and noticed how much of the trash was organic matter and wondered why you couldn’t put that at the curb like trash and recycling.…

empowerment, Awesome Stories

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This week brings you biomimicry, sacred service, and rising up. Biomimicry I love that designers and manufacturers are finally learning from nature to design products and processes that are more compatible with the natural world. The ultimate goal is life cycle production where there won’t be any waste from manufacturing at all. Janine Benyus is…

depression, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you Bhutan’s success, depression, and kindness. The Humanizing of Depression What hurts you blesses you. Darkness is your candle. ~ Rumi This article by Parker Palmer touched me deeply. Like Parker, having gone through a long bout of depression, I relate to his take on finding meaning from the experience.…

Ursula Le Guin, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you bold values, inner teachers, better nursing homes, and forest cities. Audacious Business Kudos to REI for living their values in an audacious way. In 2015, REI made the bold decision to close on Black Friday, the biggest day of the year for most retailers. They closed their stores and distribution centers,…

Iowa Aurora, Mike Hollingstead

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This week Awesome Stories brings you cultural awareness, solar biogas,  auroral magic, and ocean cleanup. Reading Around the World I love the message from Ann Morgan about opening our minds and life by reading books from around the world. She realized that her life view was rather limited by only reading books from the UK…

Capstone, Awesome Stories

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This week Awesome Stories brings you food security, celebrity baby, teaching sustainability and the science of awe! Capstone for Food Security Capstone was formed to help bring food security to residents of the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. David Young came to S. Louisiana thinking he would help rehab some homes, but he found a bigger…