A 60-year-old homeless woman named Smokie, has been sleeping outside in the dirt, a few doors down from a man named Elvis Summers. Most mornings, she stops by Elvis’s Los Angeles apartment and asks if he has any recyclables for her. Through these conversations, they struck up a friendship. One morning, Elvis saw a news article about a man in Oakland who has been making tiny houses out of discarded material. He was inspired to put off paying a few bills so he could buy the lumber and hardware to make Smokie a brand new shelter. It took him five days to build, and now, for the first time in ten years, Smokie has a place to hang the sign, ‘Home Sweet Home.’ Beautiful.

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“There is a vast spiritual awakening in progress in our world. Quietly and soulfully, many are returning to the truth of who they are, seeing the futility of the world’s ego ways. If you surrender to this call from within, it may lead to a deep questioning of “the way we do things”. There will surely be moments of loneliness, where you feel that you no longer belong, as the world tries to pull you back into its worn out paradigms; but if you stay in peace and follow the call, your soul will begin to see truth in a deeper way: the remembrance of perfection, your own, and that of others. This truth is the only freedom there really is, and its power is beyond anything the world can offer. It is your power. It can move mountains. It can heal you; it can heal the world.” ~Sherri Lane

Art by Autumn Skye

Art by Autumn Skye

Tired of having the beautiful river view along his route to work spoiled by mounting trash on the bank, a Dutch man decided to start picking up litter during his daily commute. “It took me about 30 minutes to fill one garbage bag with trash, but one bag doesn’t make a dent in a place as polluted as this,” Tommy Kleyn said of the stretch of river in Rotterdam, Netherlands. “I vowed to fill one bag of trash each day as I passed this spot.” Klein photographed his progress, mapped it on a Facebook Page. He was able to clear a short stretch of the river bank by himself in six days and, soon, people on the nearby bike path were joining him and his friends to collect a total of 22 bags of litter. “The idea is to motivate people to fill one garbage bag with litter each year,” he posted to Imgur. “It only takes 30 minutes, it really makes a difference and you will be amazed about how good you feel afterwards.” After reading his posts about cleaning up the river bank, people in Skagen, Denmark, picked up more than a ton of plastic waste from their beach. And back along the riverbank, Kleyn got an unexpected reward — a Eurasian Coot started nesting in the stretch of the river he cleaned.

Trash man

Every day is Earth Day.

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“Laughter may be the most profound state of alignment that exists… Laughter is your first impulse when you reemerge into non physical. And you realize how idiotically seriously you’ve been taking all this stuff. In that final recognition of the well-being of you and the worthiness of you and the value of you. There will be a laughing fest the likes of which you have not yet experienced in this physical form.” ~ Abraham Hicks

Monk laughing