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If you are like me, after you read or watch the news, you are downright depressed. But there are actually some very positive and wonderful things happening in the world- the media just finds they don't garner the same attention and readership. I actually read the other day that reading some bad news makes our brain release a tiny bit of dopamine, so it can even be addictive!

I've decided to post some good news as often as I can, and if it brightens someone's day, all the better. At least it will make me feel better!

Here is something Rob Olason posted- great news! Fewer young adults choosing to drive...

Here's another- in the Seattle Times today...

More riders hopping aboard Seattle light rail line


And surprise, we we can be happy without lots of stuff...whoda thunk it?

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Comment by Kate Clark on December 7, 2010 at 7:34pm
Wonderful news, for a change!

Endangered Mountain Gorilla Population on the Rise

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40551272/ns/technology_and_science-scie...
Comment by Kate Clark on July 28, 2010 at 11:07am
This one made me really happy- I hope the rest of Spain follows suit at some point.

Catalonia bans bullfighting
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/catalonia-bans-bullf...
Comment by Kate Clark on July 22, 2010 at 3:23pm
Wow! This is awesome- no wonder we LOVE gardening!

Exposure to specific bacteria in the environment (i.e. dirt!) , already believed to have antidepressant qualities, could increase learning behavior according to research presented today at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego.

http://www.physorg.com/news193928997.html
Comment by Kate Clark on July 11, 2010 at 11:17am
This is probably bad news for some, but it about made me do a little happy dance...

The era of cheap Chinese goods may be ending
Comment by Kate Clark on July 6, 2010 at 11:24pm
Ok, here's some actual Good News...

A government says NO to airport expansion
Comment by Kate Clark on July 6, 2010 at 11:19pm
I just finished some fun posters that you can post everywhere for free! Vintage Grow a Garden Posters.PDF
Comment by Kate Clark on July 1, 2010 at 5:57pm
Thanks Rob- I did see that article!

I got a promo "shoppers" Herald publication the other day, and was really happy to see Julie Shirley's article, "Urban areas of "micro-farming"". Its just a blurb, mostly about raising chickens but the HERALD! I was thrilled. I shouldn't be surprised, I think Julie is a TW member so she can see how much is going on around here.
Comment by David MacLeod on June 30, 2010 at 2:40pm
Thanks Rob. Jan told me he talked about Transition Whatcom in his latest peak moment interview, but I haven't had a chance to view it yet. Peak Moment TV is coming through our area soon for more northwest interviews.
Comment by Rob Olason on June 29, 2010 at 10:14pm
The "Yuba Gals" create a fascinating video featuring Jan Spencer, Neighborhood Associations, Olympia, Bellingham and Transition Whatcom! Here is the lead in:

"Jan Spencer didn’t stop with a permaculture makeover of his suburban home in Eugene, Oregon. Now he’s taking on the neighborhood! As a result, his neighborhood association is teaming up with city programs like Neighborhood Watch and Emergency Response to empower neighbors to work together. They’re transforming lawns and abandoned lots into edible gardens, and sharing knowledge about energy efficiency, permaculture, and preparedness. These grass roots endeavors help people feel more secure in their homes, because they’re connected with neighbors they can rely on. (suburbanpermaculture.org)."


The power of neighbors
Comment by Kate Clark on June 28, 2010 at 7:28pm
Good news hard to come by today, but I ran across a great idea today on Mother Earth News...decorate your bike on the 4th of July! Get patriotic and show your true colors...can we make it a good old American value to ride a bike instead of a car? Sounds fun anyway- I'm going to try it. So if you see a crazy lady with red, white and blue streamers on her bike- that could be me!

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