New NHNE Facebook Page on Relationships!

New NHNE Facebook Page on Relationships!

Jan 02

NHNE now has a new Facebook page on relationships. NHNE’s relationship page is dedicated to the rarest, most valuable of all earthly treasures: conscious, caring, healthy relationships — first, with our fellow human beings, and then with the rest of creation…

Movie Worth Seeing: ‘Jodhaa Akbar’

Movie Worth Seeing: ‘Jodhaa Akbar’

Dec 19

If you are looking for an interesting movie, with a beautiful message, take this one for a spin. It’s long, but worth it. One Amazon viewer writes: “It is a beautiful story about a wise leader who bucks tradition and chooses compassion over bloodshed, openness and acceptance over intolerance. It is also a wonderful love story.”

Documentary: ‘Overview’ (Watch It Here)

Documentary: ‘Overview’ (Watch It Here)

Dec 07

Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside — a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect. The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment…

Mr. Happy Man – Johnny Barnes

Mr. Happy Man – Johnny Barnes

Dec 05

Johnny Barnes is a Bermuda native found waving to passing traffic at the Foot of the Lane roundabout in Hamilton, Bermuda, from roughly 3:45 am to 10 am, every workday, rain or shine. A Bermuda institution mentioned in several guidebooks and profiled in a documentary film, he is known for waving and saying “I love you, God loves you,” to passing commuters during the morning rush hour into Hamilton…

NYPD Officer’s Kindness Sparks Online Sensation

NYPD Officer’s Kindness Sparks Online Sensation

Nov 30

A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation…

Occupy Wallstreet Launches ‘The Rolling Jubilee’

Occupy Wallstreet Launches ‘The Rolling Jubilee’

Nov 12

A group of campaigners linked to the Occupy Wall Street movement is buying-up distressed loans for pennies in the pound and cancelling them to “liberate debtors at random”. The Rolling Jubilee project is seeking donations to help it buy-up distressed debts, including student loans and outstanding medical bills, and then wipe the slate clean by writing them off…

New Hit Series: ‘Call The Midwife’ (Updated)

New Hit Series: ‘Call The Midwife’ (Updated)

Nov 09

Call the Midwife is a moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in 1950’s East London. We are introduced to the community through the eyes of young nurse Jenny Lee as she arrives at Nonnatus House to live and work as a midwife alongside an Order of Nuns…

Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Soul Kitchen’

Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Soul Kitchen’

Nov 09

The vision at Soul Kitchen is to serve healthy, delicious, and when possible, organic meals. At the Soul Kitchen you will notice there are no prices on the menu and you might have been seated with someone you don’t know. Customers pay the minimum donation or volunteer in some way to earn a voucher for a meal. The Soul Kitchen has served over 11,500 meals, most recently 31% of their diners were people in-need; and volunteers have donated over 12,200 hours of time to the program…

‘One Laptop Per Child’ Unleashes The Genius In African Children

‘One Laptop Per Child’ Unleashes The Genius In African Children

Nov 07

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) performed a bold experiment. They dropped off closed and taped boxes with Motorola Xoom tablets and without any instruction in two remote Ethiopian villages. The tablets were preloaded with alphabet-training games, e-books, movies, cartoons, paintings, and other programs. About 20 first-grade-aged children each were given a tablet in Wonchi and Wolonchete respectively — two isolated rural villages without a person that can read or write. Within four minutes after the tablets were dropped off, one of the children figured out how to turn on and use the tablet. Within five days, they were using about 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android…

The Island Where People Forget to Die

The Island Where People Forget to Die

Oct 26

Doctors said that Stamatis Moraitis had lung cancer. They gave him nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s. Moraitis considered staying in America and seeking aggressive cancer treatment at a local hospital. But he decided instead to return to Ikaria, where he could be buried with his ancestors in a cemetery shaded by oak trees that overlooked the Aegean Sea. At first, he spent his days in bed, as his mother and wife tended to him. He reconnected with his faith. On Sunday mornings, he hobbled up the hill to a tiny Greek Orthodox chapel where his grandfather once served as a priest. When his childhood friends discovered that he had moved back, they started showing up every afternoon. They’d talk for hours, an activity that invariably involved a bottle or two of locally produced wine. I might as well die happy, he thought. In the ensuing months, something strange happened. He says he started to feel stronger. One day, feeling ambitious, he planted some vegetables in the garden. He didn’t expect to live to harvest them, but he enjoyed being in the sunshine, breathing the ocean air. Elpiniki could enjoy the fresh vegetables after he was gone. Six months came and went. Moraitis didn’t die. Instead, he reaped his garden and, feeling emboldened, cleaned up the family vineyard as well. Easing himself into the island routine, he woke up when he felt like it, worked in the vineyards until midafternoon, made himself lunch and then took a long nap. In the evenings, he often walked to the local tavern, where he played dominoes past midnight. The years passed. His health continued to improve. He added a couple of rooms to his parents’ home so his children could visit. He built up the vineyard until it produced 400 gallons of wine a year. Today, three and a half decades later, he’s 97 years old — and cancer-free. He never went through chemotherapy, took drugs or sought therapy of any sort. All he did was move home to Ikaria…

Extraordinary Grassroots Movement: ‘Kony 2012’ (Updated)

Extraordinary Grassroots Movement: ‘Kony 2012’ (Updated)

Oct 08

KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice…

Rodriguez & ‘Searching for Sugarman’

Rodriguez & ‘Searching for Sugarman’

Oct 07

Like so many musicians before him, the singer songwriter named Rodriguez came from nowhere. He was born poor in Detroit, spent his life poor in Detroit. In the late 60s, he cut a couple of records. They got great reviews but went nowhere. What he didn’t know, what no one in America knew, was that half way around the world in South Africa, he was more popular than Elvis or the Beatles. He’d never been there. No one there knew anything about him. Even when word spread that he had died, his records continued to sell. Then, four years ago, a young Swedish filmmaker heard about Rodriguez — decided to shoot a documentary about him. The film, now captivating audiences across the country, is being talked about as a possible candidate for an Academy Award. It’s released by Sony Pictures Classics and called “Searching for Sugar Man.”

Town Says Goodbye To Man Who Spent Life Helping Neighbors

Town Says Goodbye To Man Who Spent Life Helping Neighbors

Oct 05

How a small town in Oregon showered a man, who’s life was full of caring for others, with love…

Living in the Kingdom: Our Visit with Mother Antonia

Living in the Kingdom: Our Visit with Mother Antonia

Sep 16

Greg Mackie writes: “On August 21, Patricia and I had the great honor of visiting Mother Antonia, the ‘prison angel of Tijuana.’ It was a beautiful experience. As we saw how totally devoted Mother Antonia and the sisters who serve with her were to their mission of serving ‘the least of these,’ we felt like we were in the presence of people who, to a much greater degree than most, were really living in the Kingdom…”

How A Fictional Tree Planter Inspired Real Ones

How A Fictional Tree Planter Inspired Real Ones

Aug 22

How a fictional story inspired real people to change the world by planting trees…

El Sistema

El Sistema

Aug 22

The remarkable accomplishment of a great humanist, José Antonio Abreu, who dedicated his life to set up the ‘Sistema’ in 1975, an extraordinary music and social project which has been running in Venezuela in an attempt to transform the lives of the nations poorest children. It has been using classical music to tackle the social problems of a country where 60% of the population live below the poverty line. By offering free instruments and tuition through a network of after-school centres all over the country, the Sistema has kept thousands of children away from the drugs, alcohol and gang-related violence of the streets and has led to the creation of 30 professional orchestras in a country that had only 2 before it started. Currently, 310,000 to 370,000 children attend the Sistemas schools and many of them play in one of the 125 youth orchestras. 70 to 90 percent of the students come from poor socio-economic backgrounds…

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Aug 21

A collection of our favorite TED videos…

TED: ‘Pam Warhurst: How We Can Eat Our Landscapes’

TED: ‘Pam Warhurst: How We Can Eat Our Landscapes’

Aug 21

What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community…

Viral Video: Dancing Matt 2012

Viral Video: Dancing Matt 2012

Aug 20

Matt Harding’s 2012 “Where the Hell is Matt?” dancing video. Currently viewed by over 4.5 million people…

Genevieve’s Mother

Genevieve’s Mother

Jul 29

Genevieve White writes: “I feel like having a little blather about my lovely little mother. As time has gone on, I have seen so many different kinds of mums, and I have realized more and more just how lucky I was to have had her as my mum…”

Documentary: ‘Living Without Money’

Documentary: ‘Living Without Money’

Jun 19

The documentary Living Without Money portraits the life of 68 year old Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made a deliberate choice to stop using money 14 years ago. She cancelled her apartment, gave away all of her belongings and kept nothing but a suitcase full of clothes. This was a decision that changed the entire outlook on her life dramatically….

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries

Jun 17

Todd Bol wanted to honor his mother, a former teacher and book lover who died a decade ago. So two years ago, Bol built a miniature model of a library, filled it with books for anyone to take, and placed it outside his home in Hudson, Wis. From that idea, hundreds of similar Little Free Libraries are popping up on lawns across the country…

Town Cares For Teenager Abandoned By Parents

Town Cares For Teenager Abandoned By Parents

Jun 16

Dawn Loggins was homeless at the start of the school year, abandoned by her drug-abusing parents. The teachers and others in town pitched in — donating clothes and providing medical and dental care. She got the janitorial job through a school workforce assistance program. She’s grateful for the work. But it’s where she’s going next, beyond the walls of Burns, that excites her most. She applied to four colleges within North Carolina and one dream university. She’ll graduate soon before heading off, leaving her dust pan behind…

Poster: ‘I Pledge Allegiance…’

Poster: ‘I Pledge Allegiance…’

Jun 10

“I pledge allegiance to the Earth and to all the beings that inhabit it, and to the planet, for which it stands, one world under love, indivisible, with peace and liberty for all.” — Author Unknown

Wild Elephants Inexplicably Gather To Mourn Death Of ‘Elephant Whisperer’

Wild Elephants Inexplicably Gather To Mourn Death Of ‘Elephant Whisperer’

May 21

For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives. For two days the herds loitered at Anthony’s rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve in the South African KwaZulu — to say good-bye to the man they loved…