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Good News Tuesday for March 28, 2023: “Hotel Rwanda” Hero Released from Prison, The Latest World Happiness Report, A Circus Comeback without Animals, and a 100-Year-Old Speaks Out for Books and People


Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

“Hotel Rwanda” Hero Paul Rusesabagina Freed from Prison

Rwanda’s government has freed Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” for saving hundreds from genocide. AP reports, “Rusesabagina was credited with sheltering more than 1,000 ethnic Tutsis … during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide in which over 800,000 … were killed. He received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts.” His family alleged he was kidnapped and taken to Rwanda against his will, convicted of terrorism, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Here’s more of the story from AP, and additional coverage in the following video:

World Happiness Report: Benevolence is Still Up

Benevolence is about 25% higher than it was pre-pandemic according to the latest World Happiness Report. “Even during these difficult years, positive emotions have remained twice as prevalent as negative ones, and feelings of positive social support twice as strong as those of loneliness,” said John Helliwell, one of the authors of the report in an interview with CNN. The report also identifies the world’s happiest countries. CNN has more HERE.

Ringling Bros. Circus Coming Back Without Animals

After years of declining ticket sales and public concerns about the treatment of circus animals, the famous Ringling Brothers circus took down their tents. Now, they’re coming back, redesigned without the animals. Read all about it in this article from ABC News.

100-Year-Old Grace Linn Made a Quilt and Speaks Out For Reading Freedom

You’re never too old to be an activist. One-hundred-year-old, Grace Linn is a great example. She’s been speaking out against book banning and in favor of reading freedom. She’s made a quilt of banned and targeted books. She explains more on MSNBC:

“Every human being is just as important as any other.”

Grace Linn

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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.

12 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday for March 28, 2023: “Hotel Rwanda” Hero Released from Prison, The Latest World Happiness Report, A Circus Comeback without Animals, and a 100-Year-Old Speaks Out for Books and People

  1. I read about Paul Rusesabagina release and it was indeed good news.

  2. Grace is a force! What a woman!

  3. The Hotel Rwanda report and the quilt story were awesome. Wow!

  4. JoAnna, after what has been going on in Florida…books being banned in schools and libraries, curriculums censored even at the university level, professors losing their jobs because their courses are banned, all of this for political reasons. .. I want to thank Grace Linn!

    Many years ago, I attended a circus in Atlantic City. The performance was interrupted by protestors who objected to elephants performing in circuses. Though I have nostalgia for animal acts, I can see that Ringling is taking a positive approach. I am glad to see them back in business!

    JoAnna, your Good News posts are still one of my favorites. I look forward to reading them every week! ❤

    • I didn’t know about curriculums being censored at the university level and professors losing their jobs! That’s crazy! Thanks for letting me know you look forward to reading Good News Tuesday ever week! That means a lot, Cheryl. ❤ We need the balance of good news more than ever!

  5. News to warm the cockles of one’s heart. Thank you for sharing and thank god for all the goodness that we are surrounded with, only if we look.

    • Thanks for supporting and appreciating the good news, Natasha! Yes, Thank God, good news is all around us if we only look! Thank you for the link to the beautiful post!

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