Saturday, July 25, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (18)

Quote of the day: 
The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.
-Carson McCullers

image credit: Laura Ruffino -Facebook
Elizabeth Diamond, a 40yr old mother of four girls diagnosed with cancer in 2014, and who passed away in April has had her children adopted by her best friend, Laura Ruffino of New York-who made a promise to her after her cancer diagnosis. Laura who has 2 girls of her own with husband Rico. Fortunately their community has reportedly been rallying around them and providing support to the family as well. 

image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
A new planet with similarities to Earth has been discovered by NASA. Named Kepler-452b, it is thought to be 60% bigger than our planet, and with a much longer, 385-day orbit around its sun. It is 1,400 light years away from Earth.  Above, an artist's concept compares Earth to the new planet.

image credit: Roger Federrer: Twitter
Roger Federrer has visited Malawi, to see first hand the progress his charity -The Roger Federrer Foundation has made over the last 10 years.  It was set up to make a difference in early education in the poverty stricken parts of Southern Africa. So far his foundation has built 50 pre-schools in the country. 

Peace & Love.

Current Listen: Michael Jackson - Billie Jean


  1. Now that was a great gift of love to adopt those four girls.
    Fifty schools? That's awesome.

  2. Bless Laura and her husband for adopting those precious girls. That's awesome.

    My favorite part of your post is the Roger Federrer Foundation. Now this is what all of us need to be doing.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

  3. What an encouraged post! I am so glad that there are so many people with such big souls. Wishing you a lovely weekend! Liuba

  4. @Alex J. Cavanaugh: I agree. Its nice to have you around as always, many thanks!

    @Sandee: Awesome stuff indeed. Nice of you to visit and comment, have a great weekend!

    @Liuba: Yes indeed, always a delight to read of such great things. Thank you for taking time to visit!

  5. I really like the quote once again! Its true, but it is equally important to care for oneself because otherwise one cannot care for others.
    Thanks for your last comment on my blog :)
    Have a wonderful day :)

  6. The first story is absolutely awesome. Thanks some for sharing with us.

  7. Nice of her friend to adopt term.

  8. Thank you for this post. It is very inspiring...Christine

  9. @Tessa~ Here there be musing: Not anytime soon I'm afraid lovely. Nice of you to visit, and have a great weekend!

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  10. Great post!
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  11. Nice! and the photos are so beautiful!

  12. Little Diamonds in the rough shine ON.

  13. Got to get my Friday inspiration!! Thank you so much!

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  15. Heartwarming stories. I love the Carson McCullers quote.

  16. Somehow I missed reading about Roger Federrer. What he is doing is wonderful. It has been a remarkable week. Now I should go make a difference in the world too.

  17. Great to read these 3 remarkable stories. Have a nice weekend!

  18. It's great to see good in the world and it's interesting to see that there are Earth-like planets out there. Happy weekend.

  19. Great deeds of big souls, it's very inspiring. Happy Friday!

    Love and hugs

  20. I hope Roger was pleased with the progress that is being made in Malawi.

  21. This post is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing))

  22. I love the care quote at the top. So very true. God bless them for adopting the girls. Great and inspiring post, have a good weekend.

  23. Make the most of the little you have.... And then it becomes soooo big - that is the lesson I have learnt

  24. Now that's the kind of news I like to read! Thanks for sharing.

  25. I love it when people rally around someone in need. Thanks for sharing that!

  26. Very nice post, I didn't know about those things. xoxo

  27. That first story is really touching , i'm sure she will be missed. And i like the quote. Have a fab weekend!

  28. Have to wonder what that earth holds

  29. Sharing love and a new planet really inspiring post
    Have a good weekend. I'm happy you dropped my my blog today

    Much love...

  30. Lindas imagens arrasou

  31. Great idea for a post. I find the new planet most intriguing.

  32. So touched by these loving, compassionate people with a big charitable heart! Interesting to know about the new planet. Have a fabulous weekend!

  33. This post is so inspiring.. have a wonderful weekend xo

  34. It's so sad about the 4 girls. Even adopted, they'll always be without their mother. I love the new Earth-like planet. It's proof of what science has been saying all along - that statistics say there are many more Earth-like planets out there and probably some with advanced life on them. Have a nice weekend!

  35. Great post.
    Wish you a happy weekend.

  36. I think Laura is the best example of fidelity and friendship.

  37. It's so weird that they've found a planet so similar to earth :)
    Rachel xx

  38. I especially enlarge the first picture just to have a closer look of Laura Ruffino.
    Such a great woman and friend.

  39. It does the heart good to hear of so many good people. Thanks for sharing these items.

  40. Love your inspiration posts!

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  42. Isn't it amazing that thew planet is quite similar to Earth?!

  43. Such wonderful, generous spirits in the first and third stories. Roger Federer never ceases to amaze - an extraordinary man.

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  45. Lovely inspirations! Doing for others is a balm to the soul, i love to read about how people help each other.

  46. The story about Elizabeth Diamond made me want to smile and cry at the same time.

  47. A special blog to rest your heart on... So giving of a friend to take in her 4 girls with a passing promise....brave sound minded and giving of herself should be celebrated.

    As for the preschooling in South Africa, it doesn't get any better then this, and to see the smiles on a learning face is told in this snippet of the grace of a wonderful man.

    A wide open space a big leap indeed for man-kind!

    I am going to enjoy my visits here, thank you kindly for your words left at my place, it a joy that one sees the beauty in salvaging the old giving it a chance to live all over again.



  48. Good things (unless we decide we can trash this planet and move to Kepler-452b... have you read "A Canticle for Leibowitz"?)

  49. You are a great source of inspiration for me compiling all these wonderful aspects. First one is so touching!

  50. I had heard of the first two stories, too. So touching and breath-taking!


  51. Thanks for visiting my blog. Not sure how you found me, but enjoyed your post today. Very uplifting and encouraging. Love the story of the adopted daughters. I'm a cancer survivor and thank the Lord every day.

  52. You always manage to find good news. Thanks for inspiring me every week.

  53. Great post and amazing pictures :)...thx for sharing!

  54. It's always so wonderful to hear about those who are doing something positive for others, and inspirational thoughts help light our fires to do things. Great post! Hugs...

  55. oh wow, such an inspiring post! thanks for sharing :D xoxo

  56. Inspiring indeed. In these stories, we discover compassion, generosity and curiosity. Three traits to aspire to!

  57. Laura is a big inspiration!
    and way to go, Roger!

    Love that quote. It is the truth!

    Thanks for sharing my dear!

    Have an amazing weekend!

  58. Shallow me - I was driven to leave my comment here when I saw that your "Current Listen" on this day was my all-time favourite Michael Jackson song.

    Thank you for popping over to my blog and commenting on "A God in Ruins"! I think I'll spend the next couple of hours browsing your blog, there is a LOT going on here.

  59. How devastating for the girls to lose their mom. I'm glad that they have a home with lots of love! Space and the planets are so interesting! Roger Federrer sounds like a great humanitarian :) Thanks for sharing!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  60. I'm sorry to hear about Elizabeth. It's good to know her girls were taken care of. I've lost loved ones to this illness, so I understand.



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