A Bit of Good News - A Compassion of Lewises
June 28, 2023 - Vol. 2, Issue 25
"A win for all life on this planet"
The United Nations adopted its first-ever treaty to protect marine life in the high seas this month. Upon its approval, delegates from the 193 member nations celebrated by bursting into applause.
The treaty will create a new body to manage conservation of ocean life and designate marine protected areas. It will also create ground rules for conducting environmental impact assessments for commercial activities in the oceans and establish principles to share “marine genetic resources” discovered by scientists in international waters.
Secretary-General António Guterres praised the UN's efforts to protect the oceans, which are threatened by climate change, overfishing, over-exploitation and acidification. Countries will begin signing the treaty on Sept. 20; it will take effect once it is ratified by 60 countries.
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Good trouble in the mail
A new stamp featuring the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was unveiled this month. The stamp features a 2013 photograph of the congressman and civil rights leader that was taken by Marco Grob for Time Magazine.
Lewis served in the House from 1987 to 2020. After his death at the age of 80, he became the first Black lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol.
"The stamp will forever represent and commemorate one of our country's greatest sons and the conscience of our Congress," House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said. "It's appropriate that one of our forever heroes will be recognized with a Forever stamp."
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy also announced that the main post office in Atlanta will be renamed for Lewis.
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A cut above the rest
During the workweek, Vernon Jackson runs Noble Barber and Beauty in Cincinnati. But on his day off, he heads back into the shop to provide free haircuts to children with special needs.
Jackson began providing these haircuts two years ago after hearing "many horror stories" from parents about stylists who lacked the patience or training to serve such patrons. And, he does it for free.
"This is a gift from the community, myself -- please receive it," he tells his clients.
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"The dogs know he's a dog guy"
Robert Moore, of San Jose, Calif., turned 100 years old on June 14. His daughter Alison knew that he loves dogs and is simply unable to pass by one without wanting to pet it. So she turned to the Web for help in organizing a pet parade for his birthday. Needless to say, her post gained traction on NextDoor and Facebook. And when the parade started, more than 200 dogs showed up to honor him.
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You're loved, Lewis Capaldi
Scottish singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi first topped the UK charts back in 2019 with the single, "Someone You Loved." Since then, he's had five No. 1 hits in the UK, toured the globe alongside artists Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith and received nominations for three American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and a Grammy.
Last year, Capaldi announced that he'd been diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary vocal or motor tics. Such tics can be exacerbated by stress and/or anxiety. Just imagine how nervous he must have felt taking the stage to perform in front of 100,000 people at the Glastonbury Music Festival.
When the condition caused Capaldi to struggle during the set, he became noticeably frustrated. But his fans showed Capaldi just how much they love and support him:
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“AMOR LIBRORUM NOS UNIT”
This Latin phrase means: "The love of books unites us." So, let's share.
I just finished "Harmony Black" by Craig Schaefer, which, it turns out, is the first book in a series. After enjoying the opener, I immediately purchased the next five volumes as well as the entire series that preceded it. As a lifelong bibliophile, there are few things I love more than discovering a new author and then learning that there are several more books available for me to dive into.
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LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
* Seeing a rainbow fill the sky after a storm
* Seeing a double rainbow
* Dreaming about what you'd do with the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Sure, there are other things like walking, exercise and listening to calming music but laughter is readily available when you want it. You do not have to wait until you get home or go to the gym to laugh. When you need to deflate a tense moment or to reshape your thinking about an issue or task, a great big belly laugh is just what is called for." --Byron Pulsifer
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
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