Small Actions

Bob Hughes · August 11, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, shelter dogs

Although America loves pets, the U.S. – and the world – still has too many unwanted animals waiting in shelters to be adopted (or awaiting worse fates).

But little by little, shelter animals are getting attention, which may lead to some of them being given lasting, loving homes.

Even before that happy prospect, however, some groups are working with shelter animals to allow them to enjoy their lives “in captivity,” and to do doggy things such as running around in the open air […]

Bob Hughes · August 05, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, technological advances

Many people around the country need cars to get around. They’re an essential. Yet most cars are parked and idle some 95% of the time, and more than 70% of commutes are in single-occupancy vehicles. Surely there’s a better way to get from Point A to Point B?

The sharing economy, spurred by technological advances, might be changing that waste of a car’s usefulness, […]

Bob Hughes · July 29, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, physical activity

Get up and move around.

It’s that simple. But not so simple if you’re tied, figuratively speaking, to a desk. But you need to exercise, especially if you sit all day, your face before a computer screen, your head hunched over a phone. All work and no exercise make for a very short life.

The World Health Organization recommends that everyone get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week – a little over two-and-a-half hours. But if you sit all day, you need much more. The body needs […]

Bob Hughes · July 22, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, crowdfunding campaign, WE Cycle

The world’s beaches are for everyone. But some people – especially rich people who own land near the water – want to keep commoners from access to the ocean.

But a group of New Zealanders has ensured that at least one contested beach will remain free for the public to enjoy.

A crowdfunding campaign raised $1.7 million, from about 40,000 people, to buy a beach in the Abel Tasman National Park, on New Zealand’s South Island. The beach, called Awaroa, will now be run by a national […]

Bob Hughes · July 15, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, register to vote

This is an election year. A big election year. And yet, and yet – a lot of people who are eligible to vote won’t show up at polling stations to vote.

Not because of difficult voter-ID laws (which are problematic and undemocratic). But because of either apathy or protest.

But votes count. Even if your candidate doesn’t win, by voting you’ve taken a small but significant action toward making your opinion matter. A lot of young people who supported Bernie Sanders didn’t vote for him […]

Bob Hughes · July 14, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, shower to the people, WE Cycle

Being clean is a great feeling – and for a homeless person, it might mean even more: dignity, health and perhaps eventual happiness.

An inspiring program has begun in several cities to bring cleanliness to the cities’ homeless population. It might not solve the problem of people who cannot, for whatever reason, find lodging. But it might help them to feel better about themselves.

The program is called

Andrea Reindl · July 08, 2016
Pendulum in Action, taking action, always feel better, small actions

Last night I didn’t want to do yoga. But I went to my yoga class, and after it was over I felt better.

Today I didn’t want to do Orange Theory (the fitness regime). But I went and exercised anyway. Afterward, I felt better.

Both times I didn’t have a good excuse for not doing anything. I simply didn’t feel like exerting myself. In order to push myself out of the house, I asked myself, “Have I ever regretted going?”

The answer to this was a giant NO.

I always feel […]

Bob Hughes · June 24, 2016
Pendulum in Action, scare tactics, fear mongers, small actions

Here’s a thought: try not to believe the fear-mongers. It’s a self-defeating way of looking at the world.

Although we’re living at a time when more and more people are pointing accusatory fingers at the “other” to make themselves feel superior somehow to fellow human begins, reducing everything to scare tactics doesn’t really work. Does it?

Recent tragic events, as the saying goes, did not help the people who sought to use fear to make themselves look tougher on crime or terrorism or […]

Bob Hughes · June 23, 2016
Pendulum in Action, WE Cycle, food allergies

It’s hard enough for many poor families to find the food they need to feed themselves. But what about when some of these folks also deal with serious food allergies or conditions? It can be that much more of a nightmare to eat in a healthful way. About 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, and a significant number are in financial need. Allergy-friendly foods can cost two to three times as much as foods that aren’t created for those with gluten intolerance or other allergies. […]

Bob Hughes · June 17, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, help soothe a troubled soul

In this week of death and hatred, it’s heartening to see that some people have the decency to deploy the best we have: comfort dogs.

The Lutheran Church Charities (Northbrook, Ill.) sent 12 golden retrievers, part of its K-9 Comfort Dogs team, to Florida to help soothe the souls of some of the victims of the attack, the families of some of the victims and even the emergency medical workers who tended to the injured. In fact, the dogs were available to anyone who needed their […]