18 August 2013

Bad News - Good News

I flipped through the freshly arrived September issue of National Geographic in my typical, oooh a new issue is here, method. I scanned the cover, flipped through the first pages, read the Editors Note then looked at the pictures reading the captions and the odd paragraph here and there. By the end of the month I will have read the whole magazine cover to cover. I do this with several magazines each month. In my home it is okay to read a the breakfast and lunch tables, that is how I get through at least five magazines each month. Because we have home schooled the kids and we always got a lot of interaction together - all day, every day. Reading at breakfast and lunch became a sort of break from all that togetherness. More often than not one of us would find something interesting in what they were reading, share it with the others thereby sparking a conversation. But, I digress from what I mean to be saying. . .

September's National Geographic has a dramatic pictures of the Statue of Liberty 1/3 submerged in water with the title "rising seas".

In flipping through the article and looking at the pictures, graphs, and maps National Geographic makes this sea level rising to be quite scary (this is NOT a post on global climate change or the various opinions on that subject, so please don't even comment along those line). This is BAD news. Then I flipped open today's local paper. On page A6 I find an article about and American artist helping Syrian children in a Jordan refugee camp paint and beautify a place that has become home about 120,000 people, half who are under 18. On page A8 is a story about a team in Indiana who is making a huge difference in the fight against child pornography. On that same page is an ad announcing the opening of a new commuter train line. A train line finished 2 years ahead of schedule and under budget. Then on page A13 there is an article about the "natural grown" label, an alternative to organic that many small direct to market farms are finding a better fit than the now federal government controlled "organic" label.

Yay for GOOD news! 

Yes, there is a lot of tragedy and negative things happening in our world. We do need to be aware of them and where we can work to make a difference. At the same time, let's not overlook the good that is out there. Within five minutes of looking over a doom and gloom article I was able to find four other items of good.

What GOOD news have you heard lately?