He always was a hero. Now, people are recognizing that we need more heroes like Fred Rogers. If anybody deserves his own stamp, it’s him.
Fred Rogers was a champion for children’s television and wrote the music for his TV show, Mr Roger’s Neighborhood. He was also an ordained minister and obtained a pilot’s license while still in high school. Some other things I learned about him from Wikipedia are that he was “red-green color blind,” swam every day, and he was a vegetarian on ethical grounds.
AND they’re making a movie about him starring Tom Hanks!
In the following video, Fred Rogers is testifying in the 1969 Senate Hearing on behalf of public funding for children’s television.
Here’s an excerpt:
“If we… can make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable we will have done a great service for mental health. I think that it’s much more dramatic that two men could be working out their feelings of anger, much more dramatic than showing something of gunfire. I’m constantly concerned about what our children are seeing.” ___ Mr. Fred Rogers
That’s my good news offering for today.
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First, a story of miraculous healing. It may be a little hard to watch at the very beginning, but it soon gets better and has a happy ending. I love how people didn’t give up on Thor and how he never gave up on himself.
This next story is about saving the abandoned dogs of Chernobyl. Some were hunted and killed by government officials. The survivors have been on their own for multiple generations, yet many are still friendly to humans. I’m so thankful that the people of the Clean Futures Fund are stepping up to take care of these dogs.
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Today, I share two stories of interfaith support.
This past Sunday, just a few days after a church received a hateful, racist letter, the pews are filled with strangers showing support.
Read more: Hate knocked on the door, and love answered.
In this article from the Christian Science Monitor, we read about Jews building bridges with Muslims as they join together in community.
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If we want to get to the underlying issues behind school shootings, we need to look deeper. What causes a young man to kill innocent students and teachers? Scarlet Lewis believes it has a lot to do with anger. I agree.
In 2012, Scarlett’s six year old son Jesse was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School along with 19 classmates and six educators.
“Scarlett realized this violent act started with an angry thought in the young man’s head that was responsible for the mass shooting. She also understood that an angry thought can be changed.” Choose Love Movement Website
In response to her son’s death, Scarlett created the Choose Love Movement. I’m sharing about Choose Love today because we so desperately need prevention programs like this one. Choose Love teaches Social and Emotional Learning helping individuals to replace angry thoughts with loving thoughts.
I commend Scarlett Lewis and Choose Love for their continuing mission.
For more information, please watch the short video and visit the website.
“We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world. For more information, visit:
This isn’t exactly a NEWS story but it’s a story full of goodness and hope. I found it as public Facebook post belonging to a high school teacher who I do not know personally. I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing it here. (It had over 13, 000 fb shares.) Her story made me cry in the best way.
“Today was really hard for me. Today was the first time I had to teach the day after a mass school shooting. I dreaded facing my students this morning, and as the first students walked in, I began to feel the anxiety pooling in my stomach. I was dreading one, specific question. Soon after class began, a freshman asked me the question I had been dreading since I had heard about the tragedy in Florida.
“Mrs. Schimmoeller,” she asked. “What will we do if a shooter comes in your room?”
My stomach sank. I launched into my pre-planned speech about our plan of action. Then, I knew I had to say the harder part: “I want you to know that I care deeply about each and every one of you and that I will do everything I can to protect you. But – being in a wheelchair, I will not be able to protect you the way an able-bodied teacher will. And if there is a chance for you to escape, I want you to go. Do not worry about me. Your safety is my number one priority.”
Slowly, quietly, as the words I had said sunk in, another student raised their hand. She said, “Mrs. Schimmoeller, we already talked about it. If anything happens, we are going to carry you.”
I lost it. With tears in my eyes as I type this, I want my friends and family to know that I understand that it is hard to find the good in the world, especially after a tragedy like the one that we have watched unfold, but there is good. True goodness. It was found in the hearts of my students today.”
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A toddler has a meltdown in an airport. His pregnant mom, otherwise alone, is totally overwhelmed. Click on the link below to read how the women present, all strangers, reached out and surrounded them with love.
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(The picture with the hands reaching out is from Pixabay.)