• UCLA Is Launching The World’s First Research Institute On The Science Of Kindness

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    This is a positive development and is a great piece to send us into the weekend. Have a great weekend and be kind out there in #backyardbend.

    From The Good News Network

    Previous research has already shown that kindness can positively affect our biology, general health, and even our longevity.

    There are countless other ways that different compassionate acts and lifestyle changes can affect one person, let alone society—and that is why the University of California in Los Angeles has just announced that they will be launching the world’s first interdisciplinary research institute on kindness. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

    Thanks to a $20 million gift from The Bedari Foundation, the newly-established UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute will support world-class…

  • A Passion To Save Gorillas Makes One 11-Year-Old A ‘Hero’

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    Kids are in the news with stories of their passion and action to bring awareness to climate change, social issues and protecting animals. Greta Thunberg’s action and recent speech at the U.N. is an example.  These are inspiring stories and yet it seems odd that children are having to take on such large issues. Nevertheless, we are inspired by their truth and dedication to making the world a better place.

    From the Washington Post by Dara Elasfar

    When Meredith Bastian was 8 years old, she went to the National Zoo to get help with a school project. She interviewed the curator of primates at the time and asked her about wild gorillas. Fast-forward 34 years, and Bastian is the curator…

  • Cyclists Rescue Deer Trapped in Floodwaters

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    When a group of bicyclists noticed a deer struggling, they stopped to help. The deer had become trapped in the flooded remains of a building outside the city of Huesca, Spain. Video showed the deer fighting in the muddy waters, trying to find a way out.

    The cyclists banded together and grabbed the animal by its antlers to pull it from the building’s ruins. The deer scrambled over the edge and then ran for the woods after being freed. See the video HERE.

  • Homeless Woman Surprised With Bike After Hers Was Stolen

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    From MSN News by JOHANNA LI

    A homeless woman was moved to tears by a police officer who gifted her a bike when hers was stolen. Read the full article and see the video HERE.

    “I was really happy because I’m trying so hard because everything was falling apart,” Jessica Madras said, in a video taken by the Sarasota Police Department in Florida. “For once, something good happened.

    Several nights ago, Madras found her bike had disappeared while she was at work.

    “I noticed my bike was missing, I thought my husband had took it at first,” she recalled. “Then realized a customer walked out of the store and took my bicycle.”

  • Flight Attendant Writes Kind Note to Deaf Teen Passenger Flying Alone for 1st Time

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    From MSN News by Deborah Hastings

    Ashley Ober is 16 and deaf. She was more than a little anxious about flying alone for the first time. But, she told her mom, she wanted to be independent. Read the full article HERE.

    So she got on a plane in Baltimore, headed for Rochester, New York. As her mom waited nervously outside the terminal to receive word that all was OK, Ashley sent her a text.

    “The attendant handed her this note on the plane!” Loretta Ober wrote on Twitter. “Delta makes it amazing!”Ashley landed in Rochester without incident, but she is still carrying the note from the flight attendant named Janna.

  • Team Sends Life-Saving Insulin To A Remote Island Via Drone

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    From ABC News

    An international team of scientists and health care workers have completed the world’s first drone insulin delivery — dropping off the life-saving medicine to a remote island in Ireland. Read the full article HERE.

    Spearheaded by researchers at the National University of Ireland, Galway, the team oversaw the takeoff and landing of a drone carrying insulin and glucagon prescription medicines as well as a collection of blood samples between the Connemara Airport in Galway to Inis Mor in the Aran Islands.

    “Insulin is essential for my survival and having a diabetes drone service in an emergency situation would ensure this survival while living on an offshore island,” Marion Hernon, a patient living with diabetes on the…

  • Watch Rescuers Form a Human Chain to Save Four Dolphins Trapped in Florida Canal

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    A team of conservationists managed to save four dolphins from a Florida waterway after they joined together to form a human chain earlier this week. Watch the VIDEO HERE.

    Rescuers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Clearwater Marine Aquarium say that the two mother dolphins and their calves had become stranded in the St. Petersburg canal because they perceived the bridges to be barriers.

    Since the cetaceans couldn’t figure out how to get back to the waters of Tampa Bay, they remained trapped inside the canal—and since the canal waters were low in salinity, they may not have survived very long.

    After marine experts received reports of the dolphins’ plight, however, more than a dozen rescuers arrived…

  • Old Farmer’s Almanac Drops Winter 2020 Forecast

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    Okay #backyardbend, this means we will see endless storms of 6- 12 inches overnight followed by morning clearing and blue bird powder days in Central Oregon. We’ll take it.

    From Powder Magazine By Jake Stern

    Think it’s too early to start planning your winter? The Old Farmer’s Almanac doesn’t. Published continuously since 1792, the Almanac is a mainstay in the lives of powder hounds everywhere.

    This year’s forecast should excite any Rocky Mountains skier, where the Almanac calls for plentiful deep powder, coming in no less than a whopping seven large storm cycles. For the Cascadians among us, it should come as no surprise that the Almanac predicts copious, wet snowfall in the Pacific Northwest.

    The Northeast is shaping…

  • This Is The Biggest Effort To Clear 1 Trillion Plastic Pieces From Our Oceans Over Next 5 Years

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    From The India Times By Gwyn D’Mello

    If we can go to Mars and the Moon, then of course we can figure out how to clean up the oceans. Let’s all embrace the youthful optimism like Boyan Slat. This reminds us how grateful we are for our Central Oregon #backyardbend clean water.

    Boyan Slat is a 23-year-old Dutch inventor, and founder of the highly ambitious Ocean Cleanup project.And in a little over a week, the group will embark on a complex plan to reduce the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by half within the next five years.

    The initiative has been a long time coming, having first been started by Slat in 2013 at the tender age…

  • See How Generations of Muslims Have Taken Care of a Jewish Synagogue in India

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    Here’s an uplifting story of people who choose a peaceful way to live in community together. Seems like it should be just that easy.

    From The Good News Network

    By McKinley Corbley

    Throughout history, there has been generations of conflict between Muslims and Jews – but there is nothing but peace and respect to be found between the two faiths at this Indian synagogue.

    For years, Muslim families have been caring for the Magen David Synagogue in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).

    The ornate place of Jewish worship, which was built back in 1884, is the oldest synagogue in the entire capital city. Back in the 1940s, the city had a thriving Jewish community which maintained close, amiable ties with their…

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