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Good News Tuesday: Forgiveness, Free Dad Hugs, and Rain Forests


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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Finding the Father Who Abandoned Her Twenty Years Earlier

“I asked the Lord for strength to help me know how to talk to her.” The only thing I wanted to ask her: Forgive me. ”  Ileana’s father,  Ernesto Quintanilla

Ileana’s mother was 16 when she gave birth to her daughter. Her father left when she was a baby, and Ileana was raised by her loving maternal grandparents.  She asked them and her mother about her father, but didn’t learn much more than his name. As an adult, she had a passion for children. Ileana volunteered for the non-profit Food for the Hungry and then became a staff member traveling to rural communities in her country of Nicaragua. One day, she met a boy with the same last name as hers. She asked him his father’s first name. It was the same name as her father’s, Ernesto.

The story below brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I hope you will read the article and watch the video included in this link:

Free Dad Hugs at the Pride Parade

This one made me cry too. Scott “Howie” Dittman shares about the responses he got to his offer of free dad hugs at the Pittsburgh Pride Parade.


Costa Rica Has Doubled its Tropical Rain Forests

Setting an example for the rest of the world, Costa Rica had doubled its tropical rain forests in just a few decades.  In the last half of the 20th century the country’s forests were cleared indiscriminately.  But Costa Rica has reversed this destruction by focusing on tourism and creating programs to protect its rich ecosystems. You can read more about how Costa Rica takes care of its forests in this article from World Economic Forum.

Got good news? Feel free to share in the comments!


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

17 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday: Forgiveness, Free Dad Hugs, and Rain Forests

  1. such good news!
    hugs for all 🙂

  2. The news about the rain forest is particularly good news. Thanks JoAnna.

  3. I love your positive stories JoAnna. The girl from Nicaragua meeting her father.
    Trees planted to protect us and the Earth.

    They beat the darkness of ordinary news.


  4. Thanks as always for the shot of positivity 😊

    Reblogged the piece on Costa Rica with credit to my readers at sister site Timeless Wisdoms 😚

  5. Ileana’s story and video is so inspirational

  6. A marvelous thing. Hugs are important. You might have guessed that I think so, since I usually sign things with some kind of “hug.” 😀 There have been quite a few studies about it over the past few decades too.

    Hugs on the wing!

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