Weekly Digest #32

Thank you for being here today!

There was a lot of joyful news to report this week! For example:

Mon...a family flew home: From Alyssa Newcomb's piece for USA Today:

Strangers on plane throw baby shower for couple flying home with adopted newborn

Tue..."radical counterprogramming" is downright delightful: From This American Life's Ira Glass: In these dark, and confusing, and combative times, where in just one month-- and it's a month that doesn't feel that atypical-- we have impeachment hearings, and Australia on fire, and a near war with Iran, and a deadly virus spreading around the world. We thought here at our show, we would try the most radical counter-programming possible. So today, we bring you our show about delight. Note: This American Life is produced for the ear and designed to be heard. If you are able, we strongly encourage you to listen to the audio, which includes emotion and emphasis that's not on the page. You can listen to the whole show (or individual segments) by clicking the image below:

Wed...a dude has a (century-long+) story to tell: From Adrianna Rodriguez's piece for USA Today:

World's oldest man shares secret to longevity at 112

Don’t get angry and “keep a smile on your face.”

That’s the secret to living a long life, according to 112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe of Niigata, Japan.

Guinness World Records has confirmed that Watanabe is the oldest living man at 112 years, 344 days as of Wednesday. He was born on March 5, 1907, and is the oldest brother to seven siblings.

Watanabe was presented with the official certificate Wednesday by Guinness World Records Japan’s Country manager Kaoru Ishikawa at his nursing home in Niigata, his hometown.

Thu... (my Brother's birthday)...brothers are awesome: From the Good News Network:

Boy Remembers Scene From Favorite Movie to Save Drowning Brother

And, less than two weeks later...

‘The Rock’ Has a Message for 10-Year-Old Who Saved Little Brother From Drowning

Fri...a couple bought some land: From Mongabay, and SunnySkyz:

It was his love for nature and wildlife that led Aditya Singh to quit his Indian civil services job, leave his well-appointed house in Delhi and settle in a remote corner of Rajasthan, abutting the famous Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, in 1998. Over the last 20 years, Singh has been buying tracts of land adjacent to Ranthambore and simply letting the forest grow back.

After shifting to Sawai Madhopur, a small city near Ranthambore tiger reserve (RTR), Singh took up photography. His wife Poonam Singh and he opened a tourist resort there to earn their living. Unlike many tourism establishments who want unrestricted access into the wild areas, they slowly started buying land parcels adjacent to each other just outside the RTR’s boundary.

“The area is called Bhadlav. I had first gone to this area soon after settling in Ranthambore along with a BBC filmmaker. This area adjacent to the boundary of the Ranthambore reserve was visited by predators like tigers who used to come for prey. As a result, farmers were selling their land,” Singh told Mongabay-India.

Poonam remembers how it was love at first sight for her when she visited Ranthambore with Aditya. “My first sighting was a tigress with three cubs on a hill. It was magical. At the end of the trip, I just asked him if we can move to Ranthambore. He wanted it too and within months we moved. As far as this land is concerned, it was a dream that we both saw an achieved together to have our own area of wilderness,” she told Mongabay-India. Poonam, an artist by profession, managed the resort with Aditya for twenty years until they closed it down in 2019.

They now own about 35 acres of land in Bhadlav, another five acres a few hundred metres away and a strip of land connecting the two.

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