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“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”  --E.B. White
Hello everyone! It’s been said that wonder is a feeling of amazement caused by something unfamiliar -- beautiful yet remarkable. There are so many things in our world that can inspire wonder when we really pay attention. This week, we offer stories that invite wonder: a musician who plays his saxophone throughout his own brain surgery, toys and furniture made from plastic found in the ocean, and a school in India for Afghan refugees. May we celebrate and marvel at the wonder that is around us everyday. Wishing you a healthy and wondrous week!


Man Plays His Saxophone Through 9-hour, Complex Brain Surgery To Remove Tumor

Man Plays His Saxophone Through 9-hour, Complex Brain Surgery To Remove Tumor

Paideia International Hospital

A musician had a brain tumor removed in Rome, Italy this week in a nine-hour surgery that he spent not only awake and fully conscious, but playing his saxophone. Dr. Christian Brogna, a neurosurgeon and expert in awake surgery, told CBS News the tumor was removed successfully and that there were no negative impacts on the patient. "The tumor was located in a very, very complex area of the brain. Moreover, the patient is left-handed. This makes things more complex because the neural pathways of the brain are much more complicated," said Brogna. During the preparation for the surgery, the patient, known only as C.Z., told the medical team that preserving his musical ability was essential to him. Having the patient play the saxophone during the surgery allowed Brogna to map different functions to the brain as he operated. During the preparations for this and any other brain surgery, Brogna said the team looks at the entire person, not just the pathology – with a goal of ensuring that through surgery they preserve the patient's personality, how they feel emotions, and how they get through life. Read Full Story.

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A Farmer Was Injured Saving A Puppy. His Town Rallied To Bring In His Harvest.

A Farmer Was Injured Saving A Puppy. His Town Rallied To Bring In His Harvest.

Meric Tuna | Unsplash

Scott Legried was driving in the small farming community of Frost, Minnesota, US, in mid-August when a German shepherd puppy ran into the middle of the road. Legried swerved to miss the dog, sending his vehicle off the road and into a cornfield. "I got knocked out and when I came to, I couldn't move. I couldn't even reach up to get my cellphone from the dash of my truck," said Legried, recalling the accident. A woman driving through the area called 911. He went to the hospital with a broken shoulder blade and collarbone, seven broken ribs, two cracked vertebrae, a collapsed lung and a concussion. Upon learning he needed several months to recover before he'd be able to drive a tractor, Legried could only think of one thing: how would he harvest his 600 acres of soybeans and corn, his only source of income? On October 4, more than a dozen farmers from Frost and nearby towns showed up at Legried's farm with their combines, trucks, grain wagons and made short work of harvesting his crop. "This is a busy time of year for farmers, so it meant the world to me. But I guess I wasn't really surprised. I'm lucky to live in a community where people have always looked out for each other," he said. Read Full Story.

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The School In A New Delhi Basement That's Changing Lives

The School In A New Delhi Basement That's Changing Lives

Financial Post

An unmarked door in a bustling market in New Delhi, India, leads to Anjam Knowledge House, a community school by and for Afghan refugees who hope it will help them achieve a better life. Between 6 am and 11 pm, students learn English, math, Arabic, Persian, and computer skills for three to four hours daily, with classes being taught in Pashto. Ahmed Khan Anjam started the school in 2017, the year he arrived in India from Kabul. "I found out there were many problems here concerning Afghan children," he said. "They were not good at the English language. And because of the language barrier, they could not understand much in the government schools." There are now more than 15,000 registered Afghan refugees in India and many more who aren't registered. Math teacher Nilofar Joya Raziqi, 21, was 14 when she moved to India with her parents. "We started from scratch and now have adapted to the Indian way of life, learned Hindi, and adjusted to this society. The good thing is we don't get insulted and beaten for not wearing a veil here." Read Full Story.

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In Philly, These Retired "Aunts And Uncles" Fund Young Entrepreneurs

In Philly, These Retired

Erika Giraud | Unsplash

In 2015, out of the wish to help young entrepreneurs develop their business by offering the money, knowledge, and time gained from retirement, Judy Wicks, former owner of a restaurant called White Dog Cafe, founded the Circle of Aunts and Uncles (CAU) in Philadelphia. CAU is a place where seniors can "apply their values of economic justice and environmental sustainability" while building many wonderful relationships with young business owners. As a substitute for unwilling banks or family and friends who cannot lend money to new business owners in tight spots, the current 45 "aunts" and "uncles" of this organization have loaned $358,000 to 26 local businesses. Thane Wright, who took over Bower Cafe in 2018, was sinking fast when a friend introduced him to CAU. He received a business-saving loan of $10,000 and was assigned a wonderful Aunt who helped guide his business in the right direction and even connected him to accountants and industry leaders. "As an entrepreneur, you don't always know what your needs are," Wright says in appreciation, "You know you're failing in multiple areas, and then they can help you to figure out in which area to start on first to get you back on your feet." Started as a small party of retired friends who wanted to "co-create the economy" and build a community of trustworthy mentors and young entrepreneurs, CAU is partnering with community development financial institution (CDFI) to help manage the lending process. Today, the organization continues to move forward with the intention of building a new sustainable economy in America by helping small businesses get off the ground. Read Full Story.

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Recycling Ocean Plastic Into Unique And Useful Creations

Recycling Ocean Plastic Into Unique And Useful Creations

Kristi Eaton

From the beaches of Curacao to rural North Carolina, some of the estimated eight million tons of plastic that enters the ocean each year is being turned into new materials. In Curacao, Limpi Recycling is working with Sandals International to turn ocean plastic and fishing nets into soccer goals for kids, and Polywood, in Indiana and North Carolina, turns plastic into sleek outdoor patio equipment. Polywood, which was founded in 1990 by two high school buddies in a garage in Indiana, employs almost 1,000 people in Syracuse, Indiana, and last year invested $61.6 million to expand the manufacturing and distribution center in Roxboro, North Carolina, population 8,000, creating 300 jobs over five years. In Curacao, Limpi – 'clean' in the local language – has created more than 45,000 products and recycled more than 2.5 tons of plastic, and recently began creating soccer goals from recycled plastic waste and nets lost at sea. Sandals Resorts International wants to expand Future Goals across the Caribbean. Read Full Story.

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