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Happyzine weekly – November 30th, 09

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Editor’s Comment

This week I’ve launched a wee pilot project – a daily ‘fly-by’ of the nation’s good news (with some international good-news also thrown in). And at the beginning of these web-link-lists, are blogs, about anything I feel inspired to write about. Check them out any week day, if you want to know what’s going on out there, and you’d prefer to  remain happy.

Gosh! A wave of writers are currently finding Happyzine and easing into making their own, unique and lovely marks on our world. I’m having a great time getting to know them, and I think you will too, as they continue to reveal themselves over the next few months.

Enjoy your week,

Charlotte Squire

Good News Roundup

Check out the article ‘When disability is the motivation to thrive’ by Mary Speller – who is yet another of our growing pool of amazing new writers. It’s the short story of wheelchair bound Gail Young, who has taken up extreme sports and is thoroughly enjoying life.

And speaking of enjoying life, this is the first ever good-news round-up of Golden Bay‘s community paper – the GB Weekly – it’s written by Hannah Campbell.

Remaining with Golden Bay, read this short blog about their highly successful complementary currency system – HANDS.  It’s amazing, the emotion we attach to money.

Imagine if … blogger Marty Mars shares his vision of a New Zealand where museums are constantly re-newing their wares, and taonga (Maori word for ‘treasures’) are given back to their original owners

Sisterly love – this next blog laments the high value of family love, and the importance of taking the time to celebrate each other

The humble yawn – more than merely a sign of weariness – Charlotte Squire thinks it’s another useful tool for relieving stress and improving physical and mental health.

As we know, it’s the age of sharing, and business is no exception. Nomad’s backpackers, in Australia, has opened up its intellectual property to share with all the world.

Also being freely shared are the daily doses of motivational wisdom from Aucklander Glenn Edley, drop by sometime during the week and check them out.

Three motivated Samoan students will have their art work on thousands of Christmas Cards soon in a Wellington project to raise money for Save the Children and the affected families of the Samoan Tsunami.

Onto positive environmental news, and beginning with ‘The Power of One’: the Manawatu River needs help. All it will take is one person to step up and personally commit to helping restore that river to its former glory. Who’s it going to be? Or is it happening already?

These organisations have stepped up – a coalition of environmental groups, Maori, and Massey University researchers are calling on the public to sign a petition asking for a moratorium on the commercial harvest of the threatened longfin eel.

Finally, it’s another year of the Balance Farm Environment Awards. These awards recognise farming practices that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Also, check out the great picture of farmer Gary Joll, taken back in 1977.

Join the Happyzine Team!

Do you want to write or blog about something, or a group that you’re passionate about?  Now’s the time to do it.  Happyzine’s expanding.  We’re just about re-launch an upgraded version of our site and we want more bloggers, researchers and reporters to join us as we journey towards our dream of inspiring hundreds of thousands of people with good news each month.  Check out our job-descriptions (and tell your friends and family):

Wanted: Roving Good News Reporters – for all the towns of New Zealand.  Would you like to report on your town’s good news? Tell kind tales about your community while honing your reporting and research skills. We need people to blog about the good news that they see in their local papers, and source some original good news too.  We’ll help you every step of the way.

Contact us today for more information.

Wanted: Community Bloggers – are you part of a group (ethnic, social, sports, etc) that you’re proud of and you’d like to tell our community about?  We’re looking for people to share their first-hand experiences about a community that they’re proud to be part of, with our readers on a regular basis.  Blogging’s an easy, relaxed way of sharing your take on the world, with like minded people.  Writing style: just be yourself, and we’ll help you too. Send us in sample blog and a little information about yourself today.

Wanted: Project Bloggers – are you part of a project or mission that you feel adds something wonderful to your community and to the planet?  We’re looking for people to tell us all about the projects that they’re passionately working on.  Blogging’s an easy form of writing, and we’ll help you too.  Share your thoughts, your designs, your photos and ideas with a community of people who want to be inspired. Send us in a sample blog and a little information about yourself today.

We also have openings for an editor (with a particular strength in … ahem … spelling), sub-editors, web-developers, photographers, and promoters to join our team. You can work from anywhere in the world.  We’ll give you guidance, support and experience, and you can help our good news community thrive and in turn inspire and delight more and more people, world-wide. How exciting is that? Email us today.

Share Happyzine – where fresh good news appears daily – with your friends and family today.

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