☀ Land Returned After Stolen In Gold Rush

AND Mother And Son Graduate At Same Ceremony

Inhale the present, exhale the past.

Now, let your breath guide you back to the present moment, where peace and mindfulness reside.

Thank you for reading today’s edition of Grateful Gazette 😌

Here’s what to know for Friday:

  • Yurok Tribe reclaims land taken during Gold Rush

  • Breakthrough in breast cancer treatment

  • Teen mom to PhD: A double graduation celebration


Back in the mid-1800s, during the gold rush madness, the Yurok Tribe had a huge chunk of their land swiped away.

In a move that's making history, the Yurok Tribe will be the very first Native group to team up with the National Park Service to manage their land.

So, what's the big deal about this 125-acre (that's about the size of 125 football fields, FYI) slice of heaven?

Well, it's not just any old plot of land—it's like the VIP entrance to Redwood national and state parks, where over a million nature lovers flock every year to soak in the beauty of those majestic trees.

For the Yurok Tribe, those redwoods aren't just trees; they're like the OG guardians of the forest. Traditionally, they've only used fallen trees to build their homes and canoes.

Now, here's the really cool part: the Yurok Tribe isn't just getting their land back—they're planning to turn it into a total nature haven.

We're talking about traditional Yurok villages, sweat houses (no, not the sweaty gym kind), and even a visitor center with artifacts that'll make your history textbooks jealous.

They're not just throwing up a few treehouses and calling it a day.

Oh no, they're going full-on eco-warrior mode. They're restoring salmon habitats and planting native plants.

And this isn't just a win for the Yurok Tribe; it's a win for Indigenous communities everywhere.

From coast to coast, tribes are reclaiming their ancestral lands.

Let's raise a toast to healing the land and healing old wounds. After all, we're all just guests in nature's big, beautiful backyard.

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Meet Dr. Vickie McBride and her son, Dr. Maurice McBride earned doctorates at the same ceremony.

Picture this: it's 2013, and Vickie and Maurice are strutting across the graduation stage, both with shiny new PhDs. Talk about a power move.

Their journey to success wasn't easy.

Vickie became a mom at just 13 years old. Despite facing judgment and gossip, she was determined to finish her education.

Meanwhile, Maurice had his own hurdles to jump.

He dropped out of high school at 16 and even had a brief stint as a rapper with Capital Records.

But hey, he's proof that it's never too late to turn things around.

Fast forward to today, and Maurice is rocking it as an assistant professor of business at Paine College in Georgia and a Waynesboro City Councilman.

As for Vickie, she's keeping a low profile, but you can catch a glimpse of her adorable granddaughter on her Instagram.

Their story is a reminder that no matter what life throws your way, you can still come out on top.

Dive into the delicious world of mindful eating!

Instead of mindlessly munching away while scrolling through your phone (we've all been there!), try this: Take a moment to really savor each bite.

Notice the flavors, textures, and even the sounds as you chew.

Feel the gratitude for the nourishment your food provides.

So next time you're chowing down, remember to eat with intention and appreciation. 

Your stomach—and your soul—will thank you!

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