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• Family Farm Growing Happiness
• Beer Drinking for a Good Cause
• Affectionate Therapy Dog Loves Firefighters
• Pilot Earns a Naval Aviation First
• Batman on the Prowl in Santiago, Chile
• Two Orphans and One Epic Road Trip
Farmer Plants 2 Million Sunflowers
A family owned pick-your-own strawberries farm in Kenosha County Wisconsin has chosen to plant more than two million sunflowers in their fields this season to spread some happiness in what has turned out to be a crazy year.
Planting in 15 fields on 22 acres of farmland, Scott Thompson and his family just thought people might need a getaway for a day and “might be looking for something to do, and what a great way to social distance and … smile, basically.” Pack a picnic, meander socially distanced through the vast fields, enjoy the beauty of the sunflowers and take a few home to keep that smile going!
A Worldwide Brewing Movement
Black is Beautiful Beer
More than 1100 brewies, all 50 states and 21 countries are participating in the Black is Beautiful Beer initiative started by the Weathered Souls Brewing Company in San Antonio, Texas. The initiative is a collaborative effort among breweries far and wide to bring awareness “to the injustices that many people of color face daily.”
Brewers support the cause by brewing the Weathered Souls Brewing recipe or by adding their own special twist to the base recipe, selling it and donating the proceeds to an appropriately related cause. Beer drinker support the cause by, well, buying it and drinking it!
What’s that? You say your favorite local brewery is not brewing a Black is Beautiful Beer? You can give them a shout out and not so subtle hint by tagging them, tagging @weatheredsoulsbrewing and hashtaging #BlackisBeautifulBeer in an Instagram post.
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Follow certified crisis response therapy dog, Kerith, on Instagram
Affectionate Therapy Dog Loves Firefighters
Can you be too friendly? If you’re training to be a guide dog, the answer is yes. But fortunately, being too friendly makes you an excellent certified crisis response therapy dog.
Visiting hospitals, patients and staff is super fun for this two year old Golden Retriever, Kerith, but she always gets extra excited when she visits fire stations and fire fighters. Kerith has been spreading joy, boosting morale and reducing stress to those on the front lines of the Woodward Fire in Marin County, CA.
“She makes people feel loved, special and important. One firefighter told me ‘Kerith has the uncanny ability to make me feel like I am the most important person in the world.’”—Heidi Carmen, Kerith’s human, told CNN
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Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle earns her Wings of Gold. Photo courtesy of the US Navy.
Flying High in US Navy
First Black Female Tactical Air Pilot Earns Her Wings of Gold
It takes hard work and a commitment to excellence to become a US Navy Tactical Air (TACAIR) pilot. Virginia native, Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle, has become the first black female to achieve this high level in naval aviation and earn her Wings of Gold.
“I don’t think a goal in my life is necessarily to be the first in anything. That was nothing I ever set out to do. It was just something I was interested in….I love the fast planes.” —Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle
A huge congrats to Maddy and her 25 classmates for being dedicated and achieving this elite position!
We Need a Hero
Batman Delivering Meals in Chile
Armed with a mask and hand sanitizer, “Batman prowls the streets of Santiago delivering food to the homeless.” Preferring not to be identified, this caped crusader regularly hands out dozens hot meals and good cheer to those who are less fortunate in Chile’s capital city.
The Chilean economy has been hit hard by coronavirus. Pandemic restrictions and high unemployment have had a serious economic impact and a large number of it’s citizens have been struggling.
“Look around you, see if you can dedicate a little time, a little food, a little shelter, a word sometimes of encouragement to those who need it.” —’Batman’ via Reuters
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Two Orphans & One Epic Road Trip
Baby Piglet. Baby Cow. Happily Ever After.
Traumatized, dehydrated, depressed. This little piglet’s world changed when some weird people took her home, cared for her and then sent her on an epic road trip where she would meet her new best friend and live happily ever after playing in fields of happiness.
“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”
– Guillaume Apollinaire
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