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May 22 2020

10 Year Old Chelsea Phair Makes Art Kits for Foster Children

Chelsea has created more than 1500 art kits to send to children in foster care during the current pandemic. With a heart for helping others, Chelsea started a charity in 2019 by asking her birthday party guests to bring art supplies to be donated instead of birthday gifts for herself. She has donated the art supplies through homeless shelters, domestic violence charities, school violence charities and the foster system. This little girl's heart is bigger ...
sliced bread on brown wooden chopping board

May 18 2020

Quarantine Trend: Sourdough Bread?

Believe it or not, one of the biggest trends to come out of the COVID-19 quarantine (besides Zoom videos and TikTok dances) is sourdough bread. Apparently, when there is a shortage of bathroom tissue, we bake bread! (Not entirely sure of the correllation here, but we're going with it.) If you've never made sourdough bread before, we've got a link for you below. And...apparently people name these things. So, if you do start a sourdough ...
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April 27 2020

International parcel with no address finds rightful recipient

Well this is nice. A parcel which was just addressed to "somewhere in Sheffield" was correctly delivered to the correct recipient after the postman decided that he just could not allow it to go undelivered. Marten Wedebrand, from Sweden, sent the parcel to his friend David Easson and marked the parcel with the words "vital survival stuff". He did not know the address of his friend so instead he just wrote all that he knew ...
The Zoom Suit

April 21 2020

We all need a ‘Zoom suit’!

This is just such a great idea. If you're one of the 50% of the human population that is under some kind of regime of staying at home as much as possible, you might enjoy this! It's easy for routines that were once the bedrock of our lives to start to slip. You used to: get up at 7am have a nourishing breakfast have a shower clean your teeth great dressed in suitable attire for ...
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April 14 2020

Brandon’s Birthday was Better because of Twitter

12-year old Brandon Smith got a different birthday than he expected, with the help of Twitter. Because of quarantine, Brandon couldn't celebrate his birthday as most kids want to - surrounded by friends, cake, games, and fun. So his dad took to Twitter, asking people to wish him a happy birthday and saying where they were tweeting from. Brandon, a geography buff, hand drew a map of the world and then started plotting where each ...
snow covered mountains under cloudy sky

April 14 2020

People in the Indian city of Jalandhar can once again see the Himalayan ranges

Some unexpected consequences of the fact that the world is at a virtual stand-still. The people of the city of Jalandhar woke up a few days ago to a sight that most thought was apocryphal, they could see mountains that they had never seen before. It's thought that the lack of movement of people and the resultant reduction in pollution has made the air cleaner and clearer. Less cars, less planes and less factories has ...
virtual choir on YouTube

April 13 2020

Easter was Hard, but Singing Helped

This was the first Easter I didn't spend with any family. Yes, I called my daughter. I talked to my parents. But it wasn't the same. Sheltering in place as a single person alone is hard. Loneliness is real. And it's never been "realer." But my church helped. They dropped off communion kits to families, making it easier to participate in online church. And we made a virtual choir, which I was honored to be ...

April 8 2020

Man invents open-source ventilator

So this is a nice story about a retired Canadian respiratory therapist, John Strupat, who has designed a cheap alternative to the respirators which are in such short supply at present. Although he's not manufacturing the equipment the fact that it's open-source means that anyone can download the deisgn and built it themselves. Most often such equipment is costly and as the manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the current rates of demand, hard ...
Penguins on the beach

April 7 2020

Penguin Cams

Yesterday I posted about Teddy Bears. Cute right? Well, get ready for today's pile of cuteness ... live penguins! Tourist sites are getting more creative while public places are closed. Places like museums are offering virtual tours. Zoos could post photos, but instead many are installing animal cams! Now you can watch animals in the zoo romp and play. And, my favorite, is to watch the penguins. https://www.today.com/news/penguin-cams-go-viral-aquariums-zoos-turn-livestreams-t176549 Here are a few animal cams for ...
Teddy Bear

April 6 2020

Teddy Bear Walks – Helping Children through COVID

How much is that Teddy Bear in the window? It's not for sale, but it's bringing smiles to children's faces around the world. What started as a local project for school-aged children, has ballooned into a world-wide scavenger hunt. The idea is simple: put a Teddy Bear (or even a picture of one) in the window of your home. Children taking walks with their parents look for bears in windows. There's even a Facebook Group ...

April 3 2020

Join our Facebook Group

At the same time as we started this website, we started a Facebook group. It's called the Good News Show and you can join it any time you want to. It's honestly been a pleasure to watch it grow to nearly 200 members in just a few days. Here are some highlights from this week: Imogen shares a video of her chickensSally shares an image of the first newly born lamb in her villageBrenda took ...
Woman holding money with paper that says "Make a change"

April 2 2020

Giving Tuesday – in May

Giving Tuesday, an organization that has traditionally supported the idea of a day of giving on the Tuesday after American Thanksgiving, announced this week a new day to give in May. This movement is in direct response to the dearth of donations to nonprofit organizations around the world at this time in relation to COVID-19 and the uncertain economy that businesses and individuals are experiencing. The day of giving has been set for May 5, ...

April 1 2020

Clapping for the NHS (National Health Service)

So this news a little old, in that it happened last week, but it's so worth publishing. The National Health Service is the organisation which covers the health of all (most) of the people. It's paid for out of general taxation and is free at the point of use. It's often criticised for the amount of time that you have to wait to get procedures done, but during the recent Covid-19 outbreak, it's been a ...

March 29 2020

Teacher Parade

In my own home town the teachers missed their students so much that they held a parade to say hello to them...all while maintaining social distance. They used a local park. The teachers parked on the right side of the road. The parents drove students through the park. They honked their horns and waved at each other. What a great way to stay connected, spread some joy, and say hello...in a safe way, during strange ...

March 28 2020

Man runs marathon in his garden to raise money for cancer research

A man in the UK has run an entire marathon in his back garden. The unusual run was done in this was as the UK is on lockdown and people are being asked not to leave their house unless it is essential. Thirty-six year old James Page had been training to complete an ultra marathon across the Sahara desert and did not want to let it all go to waste. The marathon comprised of 873 ...

March 27 2020

More People are Acquiring Internet Skills during COVID

Socially distancing has required people to become more adept at using technologies for reaching out across the Internet. As a matter of fact, they may call it "social distancing" but in reality it's "physical distancing" as socially, people are turning to social media more and more. In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, more generations and more people are learning and embracing technologies like Facetime, Facebook Video Messenger, Zoom, Skype, and more, so that they ...

March 26 2020

Thousands sign up to volunteer for the UK Health Service

So I thought that this was worthy of mention. Pretty much all of the people in the UK are in lockdown. They are being asked to stay in their homes as much as is reasonably possible. A notable exception (along with a few other professions) are people who work for the NHS - the National Health Service. In anticipation that the NHS will be under massive pressure in the weeks to come, the UK government ...

March 26 2020

Celebrating a Birthday during COVID

Recently my friend had to cancel her mother’s 70th birthday party. Not only was it not safe to gather in large groups at this uncertain time, but her mother is also fighting breast cancer. She was so very, very disappointed. An event that would not only celebrate her, but also take her mind off of doctors and hospitals and chemo was suddenly not happening. And it was a milestone birthday, too. Many people were traveling ...
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