After spending the day on the beach today this seemed more than appropriate! :)
This may be the happiest I’ve ever been to write a post. Last year, as many of you probably remember, we held a crowdfunding campaign to help a family with adoption fees. The Watkins family had already adopted an eight year old daughter from Ethiopia. They were so happy with their new family, they decided to adopt a ten year old boy named Rabuma, who they had discovered in an orphanage. They knew that Rabuma was destined to be their new son, but were heartbroken because they didn’t have the money to bring him home yet. 4,000 of you donated to help make this family a reality. Over the past year, the Watkins have been sending me periodic updates, but I didn’t want to share them because I didn’t want to jeopardize the process. But everything just finalized. By a beautiful coincidence, the Watkins happened to pick up Rabuma while I was in Africa. So between destinations, I took a two hour detour to Ethiopia to photograph the occasion. It was such an honor for me to be present at the birth of this new family. The love that had already developed between them just filled the room.
Dakota EcoGarden is a communal project for the homeless spearheaded by retired schoolteacher Nancy Waidtlow. She wanted to create a safe space for people to live.
“And I’m sure being over 70 years old and not having that much to lose is part of it,” says Waidtlow with her characteristic dry humor.
So, she took her savings and some inheritance money and bought and refurbished a $64,000 house with a yard roomy enough for nine tents on pallets and an organic garden.
"Do you remember the happiest moment of your life?"
"One day, I was sent home from my final exams because my mother had not been able to pay the registration fees. On the way home, a man came up to me and asked what was wrong. ‘Nothing,’ I told him. He asked me again. So I told him that I’d been sent home from school. He then gave me the money I needed to take my exams. I’d never seen him before, and I’ve never seen him again."
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers successfully used a new gene editing method to correct a mutation that leads to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in a mouse model of the condition.
Researchers used a technique called CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing, which can precisely remove a mutation in DNA, allowing the body’s DNA repair mechanisms to replace it with a normal copy of the gene. The benefit of this over other gene therapy techniques is that it can permanently correct the “defect” in a gene rather than just transiently adding a “functional” one, said Dr. Eric Olson, Director of the Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine at UT Southwestern and Chairman of Molecular Biology.
Scratchy came in first as a foster. Before long, Johnson decided to make Scratchy a permanent member of her household, which is now comprised of Johnson, Scratchy and a cockatoo named Mr. Peaches, aka Scratchy’s BFF (that’s best feathered friend).
"The best feeling is watching them play together with Mr. Peaches on the floor and Scratchy jumping around and play bowing trying to get my cockatoo to play back," says Johnson.
Source: The Huffington Post
Schools in Guam say there has been a massive decline in the number of reported bullying cases in the past four years.
They say the number of cases reported has dropped by more than 80 per cent since 2010, from 930 to about 160 cases, after the introduction of student-led anti-bullying programs.
Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School principal Dr Rebecca Perez says the most effective measure has been the Class Council program, which involves weekly meetings directed by students.
"The teacher can lead it but then he or she acts just as a facilitator, it’s more the students talking about the concerns that they may have and again their input is also included when it comes to suggesting what they would like to talk about," she told Pacific Beat.