Hi everyone! Here are the biggest news stories for August 7, 2018 along with a few of my own thoughts. I hope that you will join the discussion!

What’s Going on in the World?

The United States has restarted sanctions against Iran that were lifted during the Obama presidency. While other countries have yet to reinstate their own sanctions, it is likely that they will continue to face pressure from the United States to do so.

California is now battling the largest wild fire in state history. Unfortunately, the fire is not yet under control and is expected to continue to grow in the near future.

Indonesia continues to recover from the recent 7.0 earth quake that hit the country on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Find out more about these stories by watching the AP News Minute.


Today’s Good News Story

A group of hikers was recently making their way along a trail on the Grand Tetons in Wyoming when they came across an injured dog. Rather than abandon the dog to the elements, one woman in the group took it upon herself to carry the wounded animal 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) to safety.

Amazingly, the hiker found a “missing dog” poster at the bottom of the mountain and was able to reunite her new fury friend with his family. Read more at the Mother Nature Network.

Margaret’s Message for the Day

Today, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of the people who have been impacted by the earthquakes in Indonesia and the wild fires in California.

I was in Bali a couple of years ago and I fell in love with the island’s people, culture and natural beauty. It is a wonderful place to “lose yourself to find yourself.” It breaks my heart to see the region suffering… but, there are things that we can do to help!

There are many ways to contribute to the relief effort in Indonesia. One good place to start is the Public Good page.

Quote for the Day

“I have chosen to be happy, it’s good for my health.” – Voltaire

Community Question for the Day

Do you think that your country has a responsibility to “make the world a better place?” Or do you think that your country should only focus on the problems facing its own people? Let’s have a chat!

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