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A Sip of Hope and Courage Remembered

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Today’s good news stories are about people making a difference in their communities.

Sip of Hope is a coffee shop where mental illness is talked about openly and hope is encouraged. Baristas and volunteer staff receive mental health first aid training. They have classes on how to talk about mental illness and how to get help.

 

This next story is about a 10 year old who made a difference in how a civil rights activist, Edwin, T. Pratt, is remembered. I was impressed by her resourcefulness and perseverance.

 I found Sarah’s story at the Good News Network.

If you’ve got good news – personal, local, or global –

 Go ahead and share it in the comments!


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#WATWB: Women Send Breast Milk to Help this Cancer Survivor Feed Her Baby

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Jennifer Campisano had a double mastectomy when her son was ten months old.

“After several years of various chemo drugs, my husband and I didn’t think another child was in the cards for us,” she writes. Then she found out she was pregnant.

In her moving essay, Jennifer shares how how friends, acquaintances, and people she barely knew sent sent breast milk to help her feed her baby.

 

 

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A Superhero, Kids on a Plane, and a Cursive Writing Champ

I hope you enjoy these three good news stories involving children.

Four year old Austin is a superhero who helps the homeless with food and with lots of love. I think he’s going to run for president some day. He’s got my vote!

This next story is about a man who helps out with children on a plane. Some people would ask to move to a different seat. But this guy jumps in to help with persistent patience.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mans-act-of-kindness-on-airplane-goes-viral-after-grateful-mom-posts-about-him/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=51561250

And finally, nine year old Anaya Ellick who was born without hands, recently won another award for cursive handwriting.

 

Feel free to share your good news in the comments, be it personal, local, or global!

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Focus on the Heroes. Look for the Helpers.

In her post about the van attack in Toronto, Linda Hill wrote about the horror of desensitization. Her thoughts added to my ongoing sense that each new report of mass violence seems to lead to more of the same. Does each new report make these tragedies seem closer to normal? Hopefully not, because this is NOT normal! It might help if we give the killers as less attention. Yes, we need to ask questions to understand the motives and to try to prevent the killings. But we should do it in a way that never glamorizes the killers. I’ll never forget the sick feeling I got when a  morning news program showed us two photos of the Columbine killers. Someone decided it would be a cool effect to slowly enlarge the photos while tilting them like glam shots.

What if we didn’t show the faces of the killers at all? Don’t give any hint of false glory. Don’t make them look important to the confused. What if we just showed a blank face and barely mentioned their name?

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We need to honor the victims, focus on the heroes, and hold up the helpers. 

Like this article focuses the helpers in Toronto:

https://www.thestar.com/amp/news/gta/2018/04/28/26-tales-of-courage-and-compassion-amid-the-chaos-of-the-toronto-van-rampage.html

If more bad news brings more bad news, could more good news bring more good news?

It’s like Mr. Rogers said: “If you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.”

 

Speaking of  helpers and heroes, I ended up watching the movie Hacksaw Ridge with my high school girlfriends during our reunion weekend. The movie is about Desmond Doss a medic in WW2 who was also the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor.  You’d think we would have watched a romantic comedy, but when Hacksaw came up in Sally’s movie channels, Terry said it was a good movie. I said I wouldn’t mind watching it. Hacksaw Ridge was an excellent and inspiring film but horribly graphic in its realistic depiction of what war can do to human bodies. It didn’t help my stomach which was already upset for some mysterious reason. Still, I’m glad I watched it.

After the movie we needed to watch a little comedy, including reruns of The Big Bang Theory, because sometimes you need something light.

Heroes are everywhere! You just have to be on the lookout.

 


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Mr. Rogers: Recognizing A Different Kind of Hero

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.[8]  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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For the Dogs: Two Stories of Compassion

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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