Good news! On October 11, The Ocean Cleanup project finished their final test run of System 002, designed to clear plastic garbage out of the ocean. The test run cleaned 20,000 pounds of garbage out of the water!
Their goal is to clean most of the Pacific Garbage Patch by 2040. Much of this trash consists of fishing nets and other commercial fishing debris, while the rest is consumer plastic that ends up in the water system. While there’s still a big path ahead, it’s wonderful to hear that the test run was successful, and we could be on the way to a cleaner ocean very soon!
There has been a shift in bold approaches when it comes to the art of film. Television has become the proving ground where new and unique concepts can be given the freedom to explore and play at larger budgets than before. The artistry and craft behind television especially in the age of streaming has never been higher, which is the reason why The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exists. The 1982 Jim Henson puppet film, The Dark Crystal was a failure, but over the years it has gained a large cult following for its artistry and it’s unique way of bringing audiences into a fantasy world. This cult status grew more and more after Jim Henon’s passing with more people praising it for the amount of work that went into making that fantasy world come to life. There had been talks about a sequel because of the cult status, but…
It all began with a cabbage. At the age of 8, Katie Stagliano brought home a tiny cabbage seedling, which soon grew into a 40 lb behemoth. She generously donated her massive cabbage to a local soup kitchen, where it fed an amazing 245 people!
After seeing how much good resulted from her donation, Katie made it her mission to start gardens to provide fresh vegetables to people in need. Her organization,Katie’s Krops, now has over 100 gardens, and has donated thousands of pounds of produce to charity. The mission of Katie’s Krops is to empower young people to grow local gardens and encourage others to do the same.
Katie’s Krops even offers grants to young people to provide funds to start their garden. Anyone between the ages of 9-16 can applyhere!
It’s so wonderful to see young people taking the initiative to help those in need, while getting useful experience in growing healthy food!
I’m always trying to improve the quality of my videos, to give everyone the best possible experience. I’ve recently discovered that there are stabilizers for small cameras; these stabilizers (also called gimbals), help you keep the camera steady while moving and walking. This results in much smoother and more pleasant footage.
I’d love to get one of these, but funds are tight right now…the sales in mysmall businessgo way down in summer, and I recently had a big vet bill for my dog. So I’m setting a goal onKo-fito raise funds for a stabilizer!
The model I have my eye on is a Zhiyun Smooth Q. It has lots of good reviews and seems to be high quality, and is on the more affordable end of the cost scale.
I’m currently reading “The Ascension Mysteries” by David Wilcock, and near the beginning of the book there’s a cool quote. This nugget of wisdom came from the author’s mother, Marta Waterman, who believed in the importance of being a good person and being kind to others. She said:
“Whether we realize it or not, each of us is here to build houses, one brick at a time. Every time we think a loving thought, or do a good thing for someone, we add another brick to the wall. Every time we have a hateful thought, or hurt someone, we take a brick away.”
This is a great way to think about it! We do so many things and think so many thoughts in a day that it’s hard to believe any of them have much importance. But just like each small brick is vitally important to the strength and stability of a house, each tiny thought, word, and action can add up to big shifts in our mentality and our lives.
We should make sure that we’re adding more bricks to the wall, instead of taking them away. If we can change our mindset to kindness and positivity, think of the houses we can build! 🙂
Many libraries are beginning to loan out e-books, though the selection may be a little small. Fortunately, there are hundreds of free e-books just waiting to be found online! I went on a search and found a selection of self-improvement Kindle e-books on Amazon that are currently FREE.
As they are probably promotions, these books may not stay free for long, so grab them while you can. 😉 I haven’t read these yet (I just downloaded them myself), but they sound like helpful and informative reads. Click “buy on Amazon” on the links below to get to each book’s listing.
If you read any of these books, let me know what you think! 🙂
This November will be the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of India’s Sikh religion. In celebration, Sikhs are undertaking a project to plant 1,000,000 trees all over the world!
The project, coordinated by EcoSikh, is described as “a gift to the entire planet”, and is intended to slow climate change and help reconnect people with nature. Most of the trees will be planted in India, but there are also some being planted in other parts of the world as well. They plan to use species of trees and shrubs native to the area, which provides food and shelter to local wildlife.
They are also working with Afforestt, an organization that promotes the planting and care of mini-forests, and plan to have the project completed by Guru Nanak’s birthday in November.
This is so inspiring! The whole Earth and everyone on it will benefit from this wonderful project!
When most people think of crochet, they probably picture little old ladies…but this young boy is busting stereotypes and giving to charity at the same time!
11-year old Jonah Larson has a passion for crochet, and incredible skills to go along with it. His interest began at only 5 years old, where he used a YouTube tutorial to crochet his first project – a dishcloth. Since then, he has created hundreds of items and received orders from all over the world.
Best of all, Jonah gives a lot of his earnings to charity. He was adopted from an orphanage in Ethiopia, and loves to send funds back to them to help other children. He also has a GoFundMe page for RootsEthiopia, a non-profit that helps local schools buy supplies.
One of his videos has a quote from Jonah that I love: “Very frequently on the news, there’s a lot of bad things happening in the world. But thankfully, there’s a lot of good things too. This coming 2019, I’m going to focus on the good things, not the bad things you see on the news. And I hope you do too.” What a great attitude to have!
Jonah seems wise beyond his years, and his dedication and giving spirit is an inspiration to us all!