Sunday, December 10, 2017

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3 Things to Inspire Your Weekend: #76

Quote of the day: 

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. 
-Nelson Mandela

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Author and cancer survivor Gina Mulligan who lives in California has created an anthology of handwritten letters of encouragement, humour and love written by complete strangers to other women with breast cancer. The anthology called 'Dear Friends' consists of notes written by cancer survivors, their friends and family members and the purpose of it is to show other patients that they are not alone in the fight. Gina was inspired after being diagnosed with breast cancer and realizing "a few words on paper are more than just a keepsake". She started the Girls Love Mail (GLM) movement with her husband in 2011. Some of the 80,000 letters received now feature in her book "Dear Friend".

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After losing both parents to mental health issues, Canadian teenager Noah Irvine has won a national award, the Samara Canada Everyday Political Citizen Award. After writing letters to every member of parliament in Canada and challenging them to take more action and address the country's suicide crisis, he later expressed his displeasure with the lack of response he received -only 40 out of 338 MPs responded. His displeasure did not go unnoticed as he later received a call from the Prime Minister, and met with the Federal Health Minister. For Irvine, winning the award is an opportunity for him to push for the creation of a national suicide prevention plan and to advance the discussion surrounding mental illness.

As seen on Arch Daily, The Beach House

Architects: Laura Ortín Arquitectura
Location: Torre de la Horadada, Spain
Photographs: David Frutos


A need to expand a family holiday home located in a town on the Mediterranean coast -a great tourist destination and former fishermen's village.

Theme:  The feel is aesthetic and functional. A grand design with bold architecture and simple finishing taking care to acknowledge the surroundings and become a part of it. Built with metallic and wall structures with an interesting façade and colour. The whole essence of the house is one of coziness and refreshment, a perfect getaway from everyday life.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Bessie Smith - I Want Every Bit of It


  1. Inspiring ideed. The power of the pen!

  2. Remarkable people. Both decided to care about others instead of wallowing in misery.

  3. Inspiring stories from the depths of their own pain.

  4. A well deserved award for Noah. The exterior of the house is fine, but I am not at all keen on the interior.

  5. Both people are admirable. Love the house exterior. Interior looks like they slapped up some plywood and now need to DO something. Awful.

  6. Reading these uplifting stories is such a refreshing change from the news that makes me grind my teeth. After shoveling 6 inches of snow,I could use the Mediterranean getaway. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  7. People making a difference. Thumbs up

  8. i love the beach house and even love the bed. we have a major suicide crisis here in the USA and we do have programs but they can't keep up with it.

  9. Ewww, don't like that look of plywood panels in that house. Not much I take an aversion to, but this is one.

  10. Great post :)
    Have a good day!

  11. A great post in every way.

    Please everyone, don't forget that men get breast cancer too, my husband being a survivor. Yesterday a dear male friend of ours also underwent surgery for bi-lateral breast cancer - it "went well" thankfully.

    That beach house is definitely "refreshing" and would be lovely to own on any coast.

    I'm enjoying looking through your interesting, neat looking, creative blog - great music choices too! Will become a Follower so I don't miss future stories and photos etc.

    Mary -

  12. As usual very interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing)

  13. Beautiful post of people making a difference!! I love the beach house, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. Great Nelson Mandela quote.

  15. People making a difference. I love it. I also love the collection of notes of encouragement! great post

  16. Thank you. I enjoyed each thing.

  17. Hi Blogoratti - excellent to highlight Gina - always useful .. especially as communication in hospital with serious ill friends and family is so important - or help when ill and back home ...

    Noah sounds an amazing young man - and how perseverance pays off ... great to read about ...

    Love these - thank you - cheers Hilary

  18. Some people are affected by them seeing or experiencing things not so good in their lives, and it's great that they or some of them can turn things around to make a difference.

  19. A pen is a mighty thing indeed. I'm bookmarking this page as a reminder to pick up Dear Friends. Happy MONDAY! Hugs..RO

  20. Such inspirational figures. Many thanks for highlighting what they do.

    Have a great week.

  21. Lovely quote - wonderful post, as always!!
    Thank you.

  22. Letters seem to be the theme today. They are important, aren't they?

  23. This boy has such a touching story :/

  24. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)


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