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Community Post: 10 REASONS TO BLOG FOR PEACE

Community Post: 10 REASONS TO BLOG FOR PEACE | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Monday, NOV 4 is the day to Blog4Peace. Are you with us?
Here are 10 reasons not to wimp out on the world.
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Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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More than Guns and Oil

More than Guns and Oil | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In post-Gaddafi Libya, an audacious few look to re-ignite the nation’s creative impulse.
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A Heart-Blowing List of Things to be Grateful for.

A Heart-Blowing List of Things to be Grateful for. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
After all, it’s great for our health to be grateful.
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And this doesn't include all the things YOU are grateful for.

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Health, Happiness, and the New Walking Movement

Health, Happiness, and the New Walking Movement | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
How walking could revitalize our bodies and communities.
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Ahhh...and it's something I do every day. I have the privilege of living in a very walkable neighbourhood.

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Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment, by Fania Davis

Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment, by Fania Davis | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Nelson Mandela's adage, "I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends," captures the profoundly inclusive nature of restorative justice (RJ). The hallmark of RJ is intentionally bringing together people with seemingly diametrically opposed viewpoints -- particularly people who have harmed with people who have been harmed -- in a carefully prepared face-to-face encounter where everyone listens and speaks with respect and from the heart no matter their differences. Read more about it here.
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A touching and hope-filled story about Oakland's attempt to use restorative justice in its schools.

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Police officer gives homeless man boots, photo goes viral

Police officer gives homeless man boots, photo goes viral | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
INDIANAPOLIS -- Every city across America has a
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Beautiful incident, particularly at a time when the bad eggs on police forces are giving everyone a bad name. 

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Using Dogs as Healers

Using Dogs as Healers | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Humans have been using dogs as healers for thousands of years, and continue to do so today.
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What This Girl Did To Her Molester On The Delhi Metro Is Something Every Girl Should Learn From

What This Girl Did To Her Molester On The Delhi Metro Is Something Every Girl Should Learn From | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It was another eve teasing incident in Delhi. But thanks to this girl's courage, her molester is behind bars! Read this inspiring tale and learn to speak up!
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Pi for Everyone: Empowering a Child to Reach an Infinite Goal

Pi for Everyone: Empowering a Child to Reach an Infinite Goal | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
10-year-old Quin Suhay wants to make Pi for everyone. The problem is, the number is irrational and infinite. But he's not backing down from the challenge.
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This Village in India is the First to Run Solely on Solar Power

This Village in India is the First to Run Solely on Solar Power | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
After living in the dark for 30 years, Dharani was outfitted with a micro-grid system that allows the village's 2,400 residents to run on solar power alone.
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How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"No matter what your age or your life path … it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.
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An Act of Dog: An Artist's Effort To Foster Compassion, by MICHELLE BURWELL

An Act of Dog: An Artist's Effort To Foster Compassion, by MICHELLE BURWELL | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
5,500 dogs; that's the estimated number of shelter dogs killed every day in the U.S. About one every 15-16 seconds. But one artist is hoping to change those statistics by cultivating a new generation built on compassion. Artist Mark Barone used to spend his time revitalizing cities ravished by blight. Now he has given up everything to paint 5,500 portraits of euthanized dogs in order to memorialize their life, illustrate the enormity of the loss each day, and to halt the practice by building compassion.
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Foggy the humpback whale returns to Bay of Fundy after close call

Foggy the humpback whale returns to Bay of Fundy after close call | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A whale that was feared dead after becoming tangled in fishing gear in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of Nova Scotia is back.
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Florence Storch, 101, goes for gold at Canada 55+ Games

Florence Storch, 101, goes for gold at Canada 55+ Games | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A silver medal performance at the Canada 55+ Games is enough to keep Alberta's Florence Storch striving to be the best in the javelin throw … at age 101
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A Floating Library on the Hudson | Hyperallergic

A Floating Library on the Hudson | Hyperallergic | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It isn't often you're given the luxury of unwinding in a library aboard an old vessel, unless you're Charles Darwin or Steve Zissou.

Via Lynda Dickson
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Any place is a good place for books!

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Green Architecture Reaches New Heights with Milan’s Vertical Forest

Green Architecture Reaches New Heights with Milan’s Vertical Forest | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The world’s first vertical forest paves the way for further advances in urban ecology.
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More of us are living in cities, with too little greenery. Here's Milan's answer to the impact that has on us.

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How Many 10-Year-olds Raise $250,000 for Cancer? The Youngest Car Racer in History, That's Who. - The Good News Network

How Many 10-Year-olds Raise $250,000 for Cancer? The Youngest Car Racer in History, That's Who. - The Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Timmy Tyrell celebrated his 10th birthday today, and he's not counting how many gifts he received for himself but counting the money he's raised for families dealing with pediatric cancer -- over a quarter million dollars since he was six years old.
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What is art for? Alain de Botton's animated guide – video

What is art for? Alain de Botton's animated guide – video | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In this exclusive video for the Guardian, philosopher Alain de Botton gives his top five reasons why art is such a vital force for humanity. Are we wrong to like pretty pictures? Watch and find out

Via Linda Alexander
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So glad Linda Alexander found and shared this. Keep the link for days when your appreciation of beauty or your creative efforts take a beating in the face of the world's ills.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, September 12, 4:30 PM

This is excellent!  Excellent!  Thanks, Edna for the post...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 12, 5:20 PM

I wonder why the fine arts i.e. painting, sculpting, poetry, etc. are the first areas cut in School?

 

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The Trans-Everything CEO

The Trans-Everything CEO | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.
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Newtown Victim's Dream Becomes A Reality, by SUSAN HAIGH

Newtown Victim's Dream Becomes A Reality, by SUSAN HAIGH | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"It was just in her soul," said Jenny Hubbard, describing her late daughter's love of animals. "She didn't care if it was fuzzy or slimy." Six-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard was sadly one of 20 first-graders killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Before she died, young Catherine worked tirelessly towards her dream - a dream of one day opening her own animal refuge. At first, she raised money collecting recyclable bottles - enough to buy treats for dogs at the animal shelter.
But not now, thanks to the loving-kindness of strangers and friends, that dream is soon to become a reality.
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Out of tragedy comes hope

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Humans of Humanity: Humans of New York Photographer Goes on World Tour. {Photos}

Humans of Humanity: Humans of New York Photographer Goes on World Tour. {Photos} | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Stanton, creator of the wildly popular blog/social media phenom, Humans of New York is on the road, visiting 11 countries on a tour sponsored by the UN.
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Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: 'Every Human Life Is Worth The Same'

Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: 'Every Human Life Is Worth The Same' | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at an upscale salon in New York City, but not all of his clientele have to be wealthy to get a quality trim. Sometimes, they don't need a penny.

Bustos spends every Sunday -- his only day off from work -- ve...
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EDT | Body Surfing Koalas at Flinders Beach

EDT | Body Surfing Koalas at Flinders Beach | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
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This little koala swam in the ocean, played like a puppy, let the people interact with him. This is an amazing series of photographs. My thanks to Jenni Woodroofe for sharing this.

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Happiness is being in your seventies: That's when we rediscover life's simple pleasures

Happiness is being in your seventies: That's when we rediscover life's simple pleasures | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
More than one in three over-70s told researchers they considered themselves 'very happy', compared to only one in six of those aged 50 to 60.
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Sudbury man offers random act of kindness

Sudbury man offers random act of kindness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Sudbury’s Michael Wiwczor knows what it’s like to be down and out.
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Pharrell's 'Happy' is even happier in sign language

Pharrell's 'Happy' is even happier in sign language | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This sign language interpretation of the hit song will have you clapping your hands and jumping out of your seat.
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