Sunday, February 22, 2009

Good News for February 22 (posted by Mary Beth)

Save the Children Announces Grant from PepsiCo Foundation to Address Malnutrition in Developing Nations

"Save the Children announced it will receive a three-year, $5 million grant from the PepsiCo Foundation to help ensure the survival and well-being of children living in rural India and Bangladesh, which together are home to 40 percent of the world's malnourished children."

More on the announcement is here.

Country music singer/songwriter has music in his heritage

"Bo Porter started playing guitar at age six. The guitar he plays today, a 64 Gibson B-25, was given to him by his dad. By age seven Bo was touring throughout the South with his father Reid Porter and his bluegrass band . In the 1950’s Bo’s dad had a band called The Dixie Playboys that toured the southern parts of the U.S. If it’s musical heritage you’re looking for, Bo definitely came by it honest."

Click here for more about this interesting entertainer.

Small businesses in England help cooking oil move from restaurants to roads

"As he has done frequently over the past 18 months, Andy Roost drove his blue diesel Peugeot 205 onto a farm here, where signs pointed one way for eggs and another for oil."

Cruise on over to the rest of the story here.

Shot and paralyzed in 2006, Chicago bluesman feels pain of music but vows to walk, perform again

"Piano C. Red spent a lifetime singing the blues, but it wasn't until he was robbed, shot and paralyzed that Red said he truly felt the music's pain.

'More so now than ever before,' a gravely-voiced Red said, sitting in his wheelchair at a North Side nursing home.'It's been hard.'"

Read Red's story and his dreams here.

The American Bungalow: Where compact equals comfort

"Living in an American bungalow home may not fulfill the American dream for homeowners today who want footprints with mega space, yet those who adore these cool, compact homes cannot imagine living in any other style residence."

Click here for more on this American icon.

Allee Willis’ bubble-gum-pink house in Valley Village

"For the unsuspecting visitor, musician and artist Allee Willis’ bubble-gum-pink house in Valley Village is a winking, delightful shock. The William Kesling-designed property was commissioned by MGM in 1937 as the studio’s party house. Willis bought it in 1980 and has carried on the revelry ever since, throwing much-publicized bashes with regularity."

Sunday, February 22, 2009 Good News Stories (Margaret)

Flower Gardening - Consider A Cutting Garden

"Everyone loves to give and receive flowers. So great is their appeal, that fresh cut flowers play a role in the celebration of holidays and the milestones of family and personal life over much of the world. It is a particular luxury to have fresh flowers on display at home on a daily basis. What a delight it is to be surrounded indoors by bouquets and arrangements of fragrant, colorful blossoms - to have a bit of the garden in the house."

Click here to read more.

The Day After Fat Tuesday

"Nobody likes to poop on a party, but it is quite obvious that we have lost sight of the true meaning of the festivities. If I thought that this next point would be contested by many, I might actually do a survey to verify it. But if we were to ask the average crowd on Bourbon Street during a Mardi Gras celebration, “What day is tomorrow?” I am willing to bet that many of them would not really have a clue what we were really asking. Midnight on Fat Tuesday is not just the end of the party, it’s the beginning of something much more significant and much more important. It’s the beginning of Lent. The day after Fat Tuesday is Ash Wednesday ."

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Park service plans for day when home for Hansen's patients will close

"The National Park Service has begun a process that will determine the future of Kalaupapa as the most important chapter in its history slowly comes to an end.As a home for Hansen's disease patients, its designation for more than 140 years, Kalaupapa will close when the last patient dies."

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Showing up, but not signing up

"Joining a church doesn't make sense for Jonathan Busarow right now.

He's a graduate student at Ohio State University who doesn't know where he'll live in a couple of years. He doesn't have extra money to donate or a lot of time.

But he still wants to worship, so he regularly attends Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in German Village."

Click here to read more.

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