Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Good Stuff - January 13 thru January 19, 2013

Natural beauty is the most beautiful, don't you think?
Way back in 2010, when I first started toying with the idea of writing a blog, Charlie and I discussed the possibility of a successful website that dedicated itself to reporting all the good stuff people do on a regular basis, instead of constantly filling our heads with stories about the decline of humanity. He told me such a site would never make it. He has a point: Many people are drawn to the ugly and the bizarre. However, somehow I manage to find more and more blogs, news sites, and entire websites devoted to promoting the good works of regular, everyday people who are using their talents to help make the world a better place. Here are some sites and stories circulating throughout the world-wide web this week that tell about the good stuff people and companies are doing.

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 21, 2013 (tomorrow). While Dr. King’s eloquent speeches impassioned legions of followers, it was his dedication to non-violent resistance as a powerful method of seeking societal and governmental reforms that set him apart from all other Civil Rights leaders. His message still rings true today as concerned citizens seek to bring about reform on our country’s current gun laws. In a blog post this week in Huffington Post, Russell Simmons reminds us about the power of combating violence with non-violence and why he is asking lawmakers to consider enacting new laws that will, hopefully, reduce the occurrence of gun violence in our country.

Do you work outside the home, or are you considering making a career change? I found this little piece that highlights some fun and useful work perks you might not know about (or perhaps haven't previously considered “perks”).

Wow - on January 17th, Betty White turned 91! Amazingly, the woman is still going strong, and is marking this birthday by sharing some of her wisdom and her personal birthday wish. Help celebrate Betty's birthday by supporting your local Humane Society and caring for our furry friends.

For my Joplinite readers, I found a (relatively) new, interactive Facebook page that answers questions about local concerns as well as highlights ideas for family entertainment. Take a minute and head over to Facebook and like the page, “Joplin’s Local Family Fun” for updates about area happenings and tips from other community members about local services and venues for families. 


Each year many of us create a list of resolutions intended to make our lives more enjoyable, meaningful, and productive. Hopefully some of you added “getting (more) involved in community service projects” to your lists. If you are stumped for ideas – or maybe just didn’t get around to writing that New Year’s list this year – Shibley Smiles has compiled a wonderful set of suggestions for getting more involved in your community. What I particularly enjoyed about this list – apart from the fact that it offers some incredibly creative ideas – is that all the proposals are fun and many of them are appropriate for adults or kids. Check out the article, and let me know if you found anything inspiring that you plan to pursue this year!  

Adam Trent, a college student, developed a new line of high quality, fashionable sunglasses that will retail at a fraction of the price of high-end designer sunglasses. These sunglasses are constructed of acetate or an acetate/sustainable Chinese bamboo blend and feature polarized, scratch-proof lenses and are quite good-looking, I must say. In an effort to obtain start-up funding for his new product line, Adam created an indiegogo page. Help him get his new company, Crown Wood Eyewear, up and running and receive your own pair of sunglasses as a “thank you” for your support.

Finally, I want to leave you with an inspiring video about this year’s Sports Illustrated’s Kids of the Year recipients, brothers Conner and Cayden Long. In my opinion, not only are these boys winners, but their supportive parents deserve recognition, as well.



What good stuff did you find this past week? Be sure and share with us in the comments section below!

6 comments:

  1. It seems like most people just don't want to get involved. My hat's off to a stranger that stopped to help my grandaughter tonight when her car caught on fire. He was heading home in the opposit direction with his young son. He saw her pull over and smoke coming from her car and turned around. Gave her a ride to my house, which was close by. There are still some really good people out there. Thanks mister.

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    1. Oh! What a nice story! Thank goodness someone was there to help her out!

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  2. Wait ... the stars get their characters' wardrobes at the end of the movie? For reals? Or was she just checking to see if we read all the way to the end of that HuffPost piece. It's kind of fun to evaluate where my husband I are on the entry level --> star spectrum (somewhere in the middle)

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    1. I have to admit that initially I was like, "Whaaat?? she gets a personal chef? Why on earth didn't I go into magazine editing?" and then she dropped the bomb that she was just kidding (dang.) So, I don't know if the stars get to keep their wardrobes post-production or not. I guess it kind of makes sense that they might. I mean, they're custom made, right? Anyway, clearly I am doing something wrong....

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  3. There is so much we can learn from children. What a touching video.

    And I love the idea of sending out more positive stories into the world.

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    1. Hi, Tina! I'm so glad you enjoyed the video - I thought it was so moving and loved watching the whole family interact. Hope to keep sharing more positive, encouraging stories with readers!

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