The news is a minefield these days. But even during these scary times, we’re seeing small miracles: Neighbors helping each other, nature reviving itself, and light shining through the dark. Here’s a roundup of some of the best news we’ve seen recently.
Dolphins have returned to Venice.
Tourist-heavy Venice is usually clogged with cruise traffic that keeps aquatic life away from its famed lagoon. But an unexpected benefit of the pandemic is that the normally murky canals have cleared and dolphins and swans have returned to cheer residents.
Koenig Distillery changed gears on a dime.
This distillery in Caldwell is famous for its potato vodka, but its putting its production facilities to work making hand sanitizer instead. The hand sanitizer is being used at St. Luke’s. Other distilleries are pitching in, too.
The Riverside Hotel in Garden City now houses the vulnerable.
Instead of allowing the hotel to sit empty, the Riverside has partnered with Interfaith Sanctuary to provide shelter to 30 families and medically vulnerable people.
Mother Nature is getting some breathing room.
The coronavirus has shut down travel throughout the world, which has led to a major drop in pollution levels and improved air quality.
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People want to help.
In England, the government put out a call for 250,000 volunteers to help the National Health Service with tasks like transporting patients, delivering medicines, and calling the lonely for a chat. They now have 750,000.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium started a livestream.
People are still seeing the bright side.
Messages of hope and support can be found on sidewalks and signs throughout the world.
We’re remembering why we’re here.
If you’re like us, this time has been stressful — and a blessing. More uninterrupted time with family, more walks on the Greenbelt and in the Foothills, more phone calls with friends. We’re grateful for you during this time and know that there is very little we’ll take for granted again. Stay safe, friends.