New Glasses Help the Color-blind to See Reds, Greens for First Time; Plus the Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week!

Happy New Year, Karah! So many opportunities to look forward to… I hope you make all your dreams come true. These stories are sure to inspire your way. xxoo, Geri


Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week

  1. Garbage Man Returns Gift Card, Family Repays His Kindness
    A sanitation worker in Colorado returned a Christmas present to a family who accidentally threw it out. And they rewarded his honesty in a way that really touched his life.
  2. New Glasses Help Color-blind to See Greens, Reds for the First Time
    New high-tech eyewear made by EnChroma, a Berkeley, California startup, is changing the worldview for people who suffer from color-blindness by allowing them to see reds, greens and violets accurately for the first time.
  3. Mysterious Notes Lead to Neighbor in Need – and Kindness Delivered
    A desperate woman was surprised when neighbors she’d never met showed up at her door bringing bags of groceries. It all started with a cryptic note left in several mailboxes around the neighborhood.
  4. Woman Spends 14 Years Photographing Earth’s Oldest Trees
    San Francisco based photographer Beth Moon has spent fourteen years capturing haunting images of ancient trees around the world. The pictures include some that are more than a thousand years old–like these fantastical dragon’s-blood trees found only on an island off the Horn of Africa.
  5. Soldier’s Letter Details WWI Christmas Day Truce 100 Years Ago
    "Dearest mother, I have seen one of the most extraordinary sights…" So begins a letter from a WWI soldier in 1914 who witnessed the 2-day Christmas Truce. The letter just published confirms a Christmas Day football match 100 years ago today, between warring sides, England and Germany, as seen through the eyes of a soldier for the first time.
  6. Customers Buy a Car For Their Favorite Bagel Shop Employee
    Shirley Ratliff, who always has a smile for every customer, takes three buses to get to her job — opening a Raleigh, North Carolina bagel shop at 5 a.m. each day. Recently, twenty of her customers showered her with appreciation for that dedication, surprising her with a car. (WATCH)
  7. Jazz Greats Converge on Hospital to Play for 94-yo ‘Maestro’s’ Birthday
    Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trekked for four hours from Fayetteville, Arkansas to surprise the great trumpet player Clark Terry. An emergency had landed Terry, who is blind and ailing, in the hospital days before a planned 94th birthday celebration, but the band was determined to pay homage to their "maestro", no matter the location. (Video)
  8. Racer Turned Quadriplegic Beats Odds With Triumphant Recovery
    Fifteen years after a motocross accident, Aaron Baker lives a life that medical professionals never believed possible. The professional racer deemed a complete quadriplegic after a training accident in 1999, Baker is now fully independent, walking with just a cane, and accomplishing feats of endurance, from riding a tandem bicycle across the country, to independently walking 20 miles across Death Valley.
  9. Letter Mix-Up Leads To Boy’s Trip of A Lifetime With Kind Sheriff
    A little boy whose mom is "too sick to do stuff" desperately wanted to go hunting with anybody who might want to teach him. So when he saw an invitation from the Chester County Sheriff on Facebook, he jumped at the chance and wrote a letter. But there was one problem: The sheriff lived in Chester County, South Carolina — not Chester County, Pennsylvania. Alex was heartbroken until some big-hearted folks stepped in to provide an "awesome" 2-day trip. (Watch)
  10. 27-Year-old Donates Lottery Ticket Winnings to Animal Shelter
    Bryce Vucekovich surprised workers at the Dallas animal shelter, arriving with a pickup truck loaded down in food, litter and other necessities for the dogs and cats living there.

Top Video: Amazing Artist With Cerebral Palsy ‘Paints’ With a Typewriter

A man who lived with a severe disability for decades in an Oregon nursing home created a collection of amazing artwork using only a typewriter. Paul Smith was born in 1921 with cerebral palsy, but could still type using one finger, and the ‘paintings’ he created are extraordinary. (WATCH the inspiring video)

By Karah Pino

A versatile communicator, critical thinker and far sighted problem solver. Trained in creative thinking with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Art including Metalwork, Multimedia Sculpture and Digital Design. Earned a clinical Master’s degree in East Asian Medical Practices and Principles such as holistic creativity and nature based systems. Trained in shamanism, trauma recovery, naturopathy and indigenous wisdom through Navajo Wisdom Keeper Patricia Anne Davis, learning the Indigenous Ceremonial Change Process for wellness restoration and harmonious living.

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