Hi everyone! Here are the biggest news stories for August 8, 2018 along with a few of my own thoughts. I hope that you will join the discussion!

What’s Going on in the World?

Patrick Stewart has agreed to return to Star Trek in a future series to be aired on CBS All Access. Read more about this story here.

Despite a claim of victory by Republican candidate, Sen. Troy Balderson, the Ohio special election in the 12th Congressional District is still too close to call. Both parties are watching this race closely to see if it gives any indications as to what may happen in the upcoming midterm elections.

Paul Manafort’s trial continues today with his previous business partner, Rick Gates, testifying about alleged criminal behavior that he witnessed and participated in.

The investigation into who was behind the recent assassination attempt on Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, continues. President Maduro has accused two legislators in taking part in the incident.

More than 14,000 brave firefighters continue to battle the largest wildfire in California state history. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people who have been impacted by this disaster.

Learn more about these stories in the AP News Minute video below.

Today’s Good News Story

Many religions ask their members to take care of the planet. After all, the Earth is the greatest gift that we could have ever received.

But, until recently, organized religions haven’t been seen as innovators in terms of protecting the environment.

This is why I was so happy to hear that 5,500 churches in the U.K. have chosen to completely embrace green energy.

While sourcing energy through green tariffs is more expensive than using energy produced from fossil fuels, 1000’s of Catholic, Quaker, Baptist and Methodist churches have embraced this trend.

Does your church have a plan to protect the environment? Maybe it’s worth brining this up with your religious community, if you belong to one.

You can read more about this story at the Big Church Switch.

Margaret’s Message for the Day

I’m afraid that I have some very sad news to share today. I was saddened to hear that Cindy Joseph, CEO of BOOM and good friend to Sixty and Me, has just passed away.

For those of you who have been with Sixty and Me from the beginning, you may remember that Cindy was the first person that I interviewed. She was warm, caring, intelligent and inspiring.

In many ways, Cindy represents everything that is good about our generation. She loved to dream big. She worked to make the world a better place. And, she was, above all, authentic and beautiful to her core.

Please join me in sending Cindy Joseph’s family and friends our condolences. Cindy impacted the lives of so many women and she deserves to be remembers warmly.

Here is the message that BOOM posted on its Facebook page.

Quote for the Day

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”

– Randy Pausch

Community Question for the Day

What message would you like to send to Cindy Joseph’s family and friends today? Let’s remember Cindy together!

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