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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 25, 2022: Dad Writes a Special Book for his Daughter, The Rainbow Village Revisited, Solar Shingles, and a Hero Dog Leads Police to Crash

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Dad Writes Book for Daughter with Limb Difference

Danny Jordan created the children’s book series “The Capables” so his daughter Emerson could see herself represented. The video in this story was followed by a story about a teacher who wrote a similar book about her limb difference. Here’s more from Good Morning America.

Taiwan’s Rainbow Village is Now a City Park

14 years ago, 84-year old military veteran Huang Yung Fu painted an entire village to prevent it from being torn down. Today, the village is a city park, and the artist and his wife are still there taking care of this international tourist destination. Click here to see the beautiful Rainbow Village.

Solar Shingles Become More Available

One of the largest roofing companies in the US has started selling solar shingles. Instead of asphalt, the shingles have photovoltaic cells on the outside to collect energy and then transfer it through wires on the end of each shingle. Here’s more from The Washington Post.

Dog Leads Police to Crash

A German Shepherd named Tinsley led the police to a crash site to save her friends. Here’s the video:

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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 18, 2022: Five Nations Agree to Avoid Nuclear War, Honoring Women, a Champion of Earth, and My JJJ Prompt is Up Today

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Five Powerful Countries Agree to Avoid Nuclear War and Work for Disarmament

Earlier this month, China, France, Russia, the UK and the US signed an agreement to avoid nuclear war and work toward global disarmament. These five nations released a joint statement affirming that “…a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” The ending of the five-paragraph joint statement is especially positive: “We are resolved to pursue constructive dialogue with mutual respect and acknowledgment of each other’s security interests and concerns.” You can read more at The Guardian.

Honoring Inspiring Women

Matel is honoring black journalist and activist Ida B. Wells by making a doll in her image as part of the company’s “Inspiring Women” series which includes Dr. Maya Angelou, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Rosa Parks. Good Morning America has details. Poet Maya Angelou will also become the first Black woman portrayed on a U.S. quarter. Other women to be featured on coins will include astronaut Sally Ride; actress Anna May Wong; suffragist and politician Nina Otero-Warren; and Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.” NPR has more on the coins.

A Champion of Earth

On Dec. 7th, The United Nations recognized Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a wildlife veterinarian, as one of its “champions of the Earth” for promoting the One Health approach to conservation in Africa. This wise woman connects the well-being of animals, humans, and planet Earth.

My #JusJoJan Prompt is Up Today

In personal good news, Linda accepted my prompt (cycle) for Just Jot it January, and it’s up today! Good News Tuesday cycles around every week, so make sure to drop by again for some good news! My #JusJoJan post, will hopefully be up before noon.

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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 11, 2022: Man Reunited with Family after 33 Years, Stranger Returns Wallet, Nurse Adopts Patient’s Dog, an Amazing Bee Whisperer, and a Cosmopolitan Request.

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Man Abducted as a Child is Reunited with Family Over 30 Years Later

Li Jingwei was four years old in 1988 when he was kidnapped and taken to another province China, but he never forgot his family or home village. Abductions have long been a problem in China, but recently, technology, social media, and law enforcement have helped reunite abductees with families. The detailed map Li Jingwei drew from memory of his home village also helped. After 33 years, he was reunited with his original family on New Year’s Day. Here’s the story from CNN’s Good Stuff.

Stranger Delivers Wallet He Found in the Snow

Jake, a college student from Maryland, lost his wallet full of Christmas money, college money, and ID. He and his mom looked for the wallet in the snow but couldn’t find it. Early on the morning Jake was to head back to college, a man named Juan came to their home and returned the wallet. Here’s more of the story from the Good News Network.

Nurse Takes Care of Patient’s Dog

 When John Burley was hospitalized for pneumonia and lung problems just before Thanksgiving, no one was available to take care of his 12-year-old dog, Boomer who had been picked up by animal services. Responding to John’s pleas for help, nurse Jennifer Smith searched for and adopted Boomer. Now she takes him to visit John. Here’s the story and a heartwarming photo from CNN’s Good Stuff.

The Bee Whisperer

Erika Thompson doesn’t just save bees in Texas, she’s the “bee whisperer.” You can watch her fascinating work below:

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Today’s prompt for Just Jot it January from Willow is “cosmopolitan” which means, “including or containing people from many different countries.” Though a lot of my good news sources lean toward US news, I make an effort to find good news stories from other parts of the world. The Good News Network has a world news tab, so that sometimes helps. If you know of a good news source outside the US, please let me know.

For details and jots on #JusJoJan, visit our host, Linda Hill here. Linda’s post contains a link to Willow’s blog, too. Thanks to Linda and Willow!


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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 4, 2022: Housing Rights, Food Waste Recycling, Glitter from Fruit, Elk Rescue, and a 14-Year-Old Runner Pushes Her Brother in a Wheelchair Cross-Country

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Today I have two videos! They are both about generosity through hard work. Generosity happens to be the prompt for today’s Just Jot it January. Thanks, Sadje for the prompt, and thanks to Linda Hill for hosting Just Jot it January. Learn more about #JusJoJan by clicking here.

Housing Rights Protection in Lebanon

The nonprofit Housing Monitor in Lebanon offers support to tenants facing eviction through a hotline, legal representation, and community organizing. The service brings together refugees, migrants, and vulnerable Lebanese. Here’s more from GoodGoodGood.

California Launches the Largest Food Waste Recycling Program in US

This month, California will implement the “largest mandatory residential food waste recycling program in the US.” The program will cut down on organic waste in landfills and reduce methane emissions. (This encourages me to keep on composting.) The Guardian has details

Glitter Made from Fruit

Check out the story from GoodGoodGood on glitter made from fruit. It’s biodegradable and way less harmful to the environment.

Families Save Six Elk on Christmas Eve

As a 95% vegan lover of animals, I find this story interesting. It happened Christmas Eve when a hunter alerted his friends about 12 elk that had fallen through the ice on a river. Families were able to save 6 out of the 12 elk, and the six elk who died will be food for the rescuers. The story clearly shows that the hunter families felt compassion for the elk, particularly for a special calf. I am thankful for their compassion. It makes me wonder about the possibilities.

14-Year-Old Runner Pushes Brother in Wheelchair in Cross Country Races

Susan Bergeman, a fourteen-year-old from Wisconsin, pushes her brother Jeffery who has cerebral palsey in a wheelchair in cross-country races. Her strength, love, and generosity are phenomenal. Take a look:

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Good News Tuesday for December 28, 2021: HIV Prevention, Green Infrastructure Reduces Flooding, Cancer Treatment, Good News from Long Ago, and Mystery Santa Caught on Camera

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Injectable HIV Prevention

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first-ever long-acting injectable drug for HIV prevention. The injection is given every two months which will help high-risk individuals more than the daily pill that has been available. Good Morning America has details.

Green Infrastructure to Reduce Flooding in New Orleans

Three large-scale, anti-flooding projects are underway in New Orleans, Louisiana. All are community-driven green infrastructure projects facilitated by the non-profit, Water Wise Gulf South. Green infrastructure uses a variety of nature-based methods to capture rain where it falls to mitigate flooding. Click here to learn more.

Experimental Treatment puts 18 Cancer Patients in Complete Remission

Doctors in Spain have been able to reprogram white blood cells to better identify and attack cancerous cells. As a result, 18 of 30 patients “with incurable blood cancer are in complete remission, and a few more have seen the cancer’s progression stopped…” The Good News Network has details.

Good News from Long Ago

But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’

Luke 2: 10-11

Mysterious Secret Santas Caught on Camera

Folks in Coventry, England recently found candy canes on their cars. A security camera caught a mysterious secret Santa and helpers delivering the treats overnight. I found this story on the Good News Newtwork, and the video on Youtube:

May your new year be filled with good moments and good news!

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 21, 2021: Home for the Holidays, Biodegradable Batteries, Student with Perfect Score Helps Others, and Henry the Hero Dog

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Home for the Holidays

After 100 days in the hospital fighting covid complications, Autumn Carter is home for the holidays. Autumn caught covid while pregnant with her third child who was healthy. She had no pre-existing conditions and had been advised previously not to get vaccinated. Her husband Zach spent most of the 100 days by her side at the hospital while grandparents took care of the three children. Autumn went home on December 1st. Here are details and family photos from Good Morning America.

Biodegradable Batteries

Scientists at a Singapore University have developed durable zinc batteries made of electrodes printed on cellulose paper. After use, the batteries reportedly biodegrade in soil within one month. Learn more about this remarkable invention at the Good News Network.

Student with Perfect ACT Score Works to Level the Playing Field

High School senior Dia Chawla, who goes to a private school in Mississippi, got a perfect score on her ACT test. But Dia believes the standardized test used for US college admissions is a test of preparation, not intelligence. She’s created the ACT Diversity Preparation Club where she helps minority students prepare for the test. Good Morning America has more about this extraordinary young woman and her work.

Henry the Hero Dog Saved Baby’s Life

A Boston Terrier knew his 9-month-old baby “sister” needed help, so he insisted on going into her room and waking her up to alert Mom and Dad. Here’s the story:

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May your holidays be holy, safe, and filled with many joyful moments!

(from one of my favorite Christmas cards)


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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 14, 2021: Antiviral Pill Appears Effective Against Variant, Hope in Treating ALS and Other Autoimmune Diseases, Studying Underground Networks, and An Osprey Rescue

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Pfizer Reports Antiviral Pill Appears Effective Against Omicron Variant

Pfizer reports its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. In a 2,250-person study the antiviral drug “reduced combined hospitalizations and deaths by about 89% among high-risk adults when taken shortly after initial COVID-19 symptoms.” Here’s more from ABC News.

 New Hope in Treating ALS and other Autoimmune Diseases

A hospital in Houston, Texas is designing a new treatment for ALS that involves retraining T-regulatory cells, or “Tregs,” to halt the progression of autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Vast Underground Networks to be Mapped

SPUN, or the Society for the Protection of Underground Networks is working to increase our understanding of the vast underground of fungal networks crucial to the health of planet Earth. The organization of scientists from Europe, Canada, and the US will be taking samples from “10,000 hotspots of fungal diversity” around the world. The Good News Network has more about the plan and this fascinating area of study.

Osprey Rescue and Release

When a woman saw an osprey struggling on the beach, she rescued the bird and took her to the vet. Here’s what happened:

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 7, 2021: Improving Color Vision, Shell Drops Oilfield Plan, Free Covid Test Kits, Safer Traffic Light Poles, and a Customer Helps Single Mom Get a Home

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Improving Color Vision with Red Light

Staring at a deep-red (or near infrared) light source for about three minutes can improve color vision in the elderly. I didn’t realize color vision decreased with age, but it’s good to know there’s something simple that could help. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Shell Oil Scraps Plans for Oilfield in the British North Sea

Shell Oil has decided not to pursue development of an oilfield off the Shetland Isles of the British North Sea. Read more about the significance of this environmental victory in this article from Retuers.

Free Rapid at Home Test Kits for Covid in US

To reach uninsured Americans and those on Medicare or Medicaid, the Biden administration will send 50 million at-home tests to 20,000 federal sites around the US to be handed out for free. This good news is part of a new nine-point plan as reported here by ABC News.

Safter Traffic Light Poles on the Way in Australia

University of South Australia’s Dr. Mohammad Uddin is working on an energy absorbing, flexible streetlight pole that will reduce damage and injuries. Hopefully the new design will be in use by next year and eventually become the standard. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Customer Helps Dunkin Drive Through Single Mom Get a Home

Ebony Johnson has been working the drive thru at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Ohio for three years. Daily customer Suzanne Burke got to know her well over those three years and appreciated Ebony’s “amazing customer service.” When Suzanne noticed Ebony was missing and found out she and her children had been evicted, she found organizations that helped the family find a home. Ebony said she’d been praying to be at home before Christmas. Watch the reaction:

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 30, 2021: Scout to the Rescue, Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer, Bees Survive Volcanic Ash, and the Accidental Text that Led to a Thanksgiving Tradition

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Boy Scout Rescues Couple and Dog Lost on the Trail

David King, a 12-year-old boy scout in Hawaii, was working to earn his hiking merit badge, when he and his mom discovered a couple and their dog lost on the trail. It was late in the day, the couple had run out of water, their cell phones weren’t working, and their large dog Smokey couldn’t walk, because his feet had been cut by the trail. Read about how scout David made a stretcher with T shirts for Smokey and helped the couple find their way in this article from CNN.

Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer

After battling pancreatic cancer for a year and a half, Robyn Hobson is cancer free. It’s been a rough road, and she still has an uphill climb. Robyn had surgery to remove part of her pancreas, her spleen and gallbladder, along with part of her stomach and appendix. “I just think it is a miracle that I am alive,” says Robyn. I hope you’ll watch the video in this story from Spectrum News.

Thousands of Bees Survive 50 Days Under Volcanic Ash

Five hives of bees survived being buried under volcanic ash for 50 days in the Canary Islands. Thankfully, the beekeepers had not collected the honey that kept the bees alive. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Welcoming Thanksgiving Tradition Continues into 6th Year

It all started six years ago when Wanda, thinking she was texting her grandson, accidentally sent a Thanksgiving dinner invitation to Jamal who was 17 and a stranger. See how this mistake extended family circles and became an ongoing tradition.

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 23, 2021: Protecting Marine Life in the South Pacific, Kitten Therapy at the Retirment Home, Hand Gesture Leads to Rescue, and Overcoming HIV

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15 Million Acres of Protection Added for Marine Life

At the recent climate summit, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso announced the addition of 15 million acers to protect marine life around the Galápagos Islands along with an underwater superhighway refuge from the Galapagos Islands to Coasta Rica. The additions will help protect endangered migratory animals like scalloped hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, rays, sea turtles, and tuna. Here are details from the Good News Network.

Kitten Therapy at the Retirement Home

An SPCA foster caregiver who works at a retirement home in California brought a box of tiny foster kittens to to her office one day. Take a look at what happened when the word got out, in this article from the Washington Post.

Kidnapped Teen Rescued After Showing the Hand Gesture for Help

Overcoming HIV

A 30-year-old woman in Argentia has become the second known person in the world whose immune system has overcome HIV. You can learn more from the Good News Network article which includes this video:

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