by Lorne Holden When my son was an infant and toddler, I spent hours upon hours at home. I was full of love for him but to be honest, I was also bored out of my mind. As a single parent, no one came home in the evenings to talk to, and I would often go for days without having anything that resembled an adult conversation.
I took to turning on the radio simply to hear the sound of another voice and to feel a sense of the larger world outside my home. But I would always turn it off after just a few minutes - the news was always so awful! Why don't they just call it the “Bad News,” I wondered? And then I'd have a big laugh at the thought of hearing things like “From London, it's the BBC Bad News” or “Midday Magazine begins right after the Bad News!”
This got me thinking about an antidote.
What if there was a radio station that aired only good news? It could be called simply “The Good News” and every story would be just that - good news. Every ending would be happy. The thought of it blasted my brain around a shiny new corner. I began having fantasies of reporting the stories under the radio name “Mickey Bright,” I saw myself in red lipstick and a white blonde wig. I imagined myself looking everywhere for good news. I would dig it up, let it shine all over me and then report it - pummeling listeners with joy.
Not surprisingly, when I began to think about this, I started to see good news everywhere. Here's one example:
I found a story in the local paper of an older couple who had lost their beloved dog and even after a year, had never stopped searching for him. One day when they were out driving and calling his name out the car window, they found him running through a field. He was fine. They were ecstatic. After a year they were reunited! How often to we hear stories like that?
The radio show remains a dream but for now I am delighted to be share some more stories of truly good news.
Food From the Sky
When I lived in London in the early 90's, my home was a neighborhood called Crouch End. Even now, whenever I go back to the city, this area still feels like home. So, imagine my happiness when I learned that the Budgens grocery store in Crouch End – a national chain- was doing something amazing: growing vegetables on the roof of the store and then selling them in the store every Friday. As they say on the website, it was only “10 meters from soil to shelf.” It was an idea so brilliant that we could file it under “D” for “Duh” but let's file it under “G” for Genius.” What hadn't anyone thought of this before? Why wasn't everyone doing it everywhere?
Here is the story of this amazing adventure. Recent news states that they've had to move the garden to a new place due to the rooftop needing repair, but the news is still good: the Crouch End garden sprouted a wave of people growing food in unlikely urban areas.
Healthy Food is Now Available at the Airport
Ever embarked on an airplane journey feeling terrific at take off and like a wreck when you land? Who hasn't? Between the long periods of sitting, the dry airplane air, the noise, the rude passengers and yes, the terrible airplane food, it's hard for anyone to arrive at their destination feeling very fresh.
Savy eater and entrepreneur Michael Levine, chief executive of "Tastes on the Fly," decided to take a stab at offering people healthy food options in airport settings. His company operated food establishments in several airports around the country and several months ago he opened Berkshire Farms market in Terminal B at Boston's Logan Airport. Dubbed "farm to flight", the market sells a variety of food offerings that are made in the Berkshires, such as maple syrup and roasted nuts, gluten free baked goods and more. They also sells smoothies and sandwiches.
So now when you are departing from Logan Airport, you can pick up a healthy lunch to eat right there or take on the plane. It's good news for your mouth!
Food Waste Ban in MA
Anyone who has ever moved through a cafeteria line in a large school setting knows how much food is consumed by large organizations and inevitably, how much food is thrown away.
As of October 2014, places in Massachusetts that normally waste tons of food a year, are no longer be able to send that food to landfills. Govenor Deval Patrick finalized a bill that required any place that produces more than a ton of organic food waste per week (hotels, universities, grocery stores etc.) to either donate the usable food or send it to composting facilities, to biogas plants or to farms for livestock feed.
David Cash,commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, described the many benefits of the ban — including more food for the hungry, money saved on waste disposal, fewer landfills and less greenhouse gases, more green energy and green energy jobs and even fertilizer. NPR reports that Cash said: “This is not just a win-win situation It’s a win-win-win-win-win-win-win. Seven wins.”
May these stories bring a shine and a wonderful start to all for 2015.
Lorne Holden is an artist and the author of the Bestseller: “MAKE IT HAPPEN in Ten Minutes a Day/The Simple, Lifesaving Method for Getting Things Done.” She teaches an online course called "LifeBloom" which is three weeks of support, inspiration and accountability for people wanting to MAKE IT HAPPEN in their own lives. The next course begins January 12, 2015. Visit her site, sign up and have your Best Year Yet!