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The way of peace is the way of love. Love is the greatest power on earth. It conquers all things. -- Peace Pilgrim

Motivated to contribute in a positive way, a homeless man offers free haircuts to others. Wanting to care for the earth and offer beauty, a glassblower in Ghana creates exquisite items from recycled materials. And recognizing the basic human need for food, well-stocked refrigerators are offered by communities, at no cost, to all. We are facing many challenges in our world at this time, but we can take heart knowing that love is alive and well. Hope you enjoy this week's stories!

EVERYDAY HEROES

Seattle Street Barber Gives Out More Than Just Free Haircuts

Seattle Street Barber Gives Out More Than Just Free Haircuts

Alan Berner | The Seattle Times

Randy Miller gives out free haircuts to anyone on the streets of Seattle, Washington who needs them. He also gives his customers his respect and full attention. Miller founded BetheBlessing206, his mobile barbershop serving people experiencing homelessness, about two years ago. Miller himself is homeless, having lived outside orin a shelterfor about 20 years. He knows how hard it is to come by a good, low-cost haircut. He travels the city by public transport, carrying a red camping chair, looking for people in need of haircuts. With a presence on Instagram and Twitter, and an Amazon Wishlist, he has been receiving donations and upgrading his equipment. In addition to offering free haircuts, Miller also works as a day laborer to earn money. Read Full Story.

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ARTS

Ghana's Only Glassblower Is Turning TVs And Windows Into Artistic Wonders

Ghana's Only Glassblower Is Turning TVs And Windows Into Artistic Wonders

Francis Kokoroko | Reuters

Ghana's only glassblower produces dozens of eclectic pieces a week -- using only recycled TV screens, windowpanes and soda bottles. Michael Tetteh first discovered glassblowing in 2012 after spending two months in France and the Netherlands learning the craft. He worked alongside other Ghanaian beadmakers, and then on his own. Tetteh set up his own "hot shop" in Odumase-Krobo, one of the epicenters of Ghana's traditional glass bead culture. Undeterred from lack of money, he built furnaces from scrap-metal and clay using on-line tutorials. Tetteh's strict use of recycled materials, which he collects from scrap yards and landfills in the capital of Accra, is part of his mission to reduce the country's glass waste and what he considers wasteful imports. "I want to make Ghana beautiful," he said. Read Full Story.

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COMMUNITY

The Community Fridge Movement Could Change The Way We Think About Helping Each Other

The Community Fridge Movement Could Change The Way We Think About Helping Each Other

Free99 Fridge in Atlanta, U.S. Latisha Springer via CNN.

The community fridge movement took hold in Europe in the 2010s and has become increasingly popular in the US since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has provided a simple outlet for individuals and groups to make a difference in their communities; it's a bite-sized way to make a dent in hunger, one bag of groceries at a time. The movement has brought to light needs that existed before the pandemic and exposed ways we have been socialized to think about helping others. "While we do want these fridges to serve those in need, we want to change that idea culturally. It's important that we move away FROM the idea that every action is need-based. We offer resources without gatekeeping. Food is a human right. And people deserve good food," said Eric Von Haynes who worked with Chicago mutual aid `groups` to form The Love Fridge, which now has 30 locations across the city. Read Full Story.

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INSPIRATION

When Two Musicians And A Magician Saved Hundreds On Sinking Cruise Ship

When Two Musicians And A Magician Saved Hundreds On Sinking Cruise Ship

Moss Hills

When the luxury liner Oceanos started taking in water on rough seas near the coast of South Africa in 1991, Moss Hills and his wife Tracy, both musicians from Zimbabwe, along with Julian, a magician from England,suddenly found themselves responsible for everyone on board. The captain was in deep shock. Almost all of the crew and senior officers had escaped in a lifeboat. With no training whatsoever, Moss managed to lower a number of lifeboats filled with passengers, put out a mayday call, and assist in a helicopter rescue. Moss and Tracy were the last to be saved. When the helicopter carrying Moss touched down on the grass, cruise passengers ran towards him singing and cheering and reaching out to hug him. "I started to choke up and sob," Moss says. "And then I collapsed." Read Full Story.

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PLANET

Amsterdam Police Rescue Ducklings Near Motorway

Amsterdam Police Rescue Ducklings Near Motorway

Marcelo Plaza | Pixabay

Two police were headed for the A10 motorway in Amsterdam, Netherlands when they spotted a group family of ducklings crossing the road with no mother in sight. They stopped traffic, rounding up the ducklings with the help of onlookers. "Not exactly in our neighborhood, but we couldn't ignore these ones," wrote the police in the Facebook post. The ducklings are now staying at the bird sanctuary Toevlucht. Read Full Story.

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