The Waffle House Hero

It’s the last Friday of the month and time for the We Are the World Blogfest good news item. I didn’t get a reminder this month so I have no idea who this month’s co-hosts are. If you see a post elsewhere, you might find them. With all the assault weapon attacks across America, it’s […]

Tony Hawk Building Skateboards in Challenged Neighborhoods

It’s the last Friday of the month–time for the monthly We Are the World Blogfest. This month I’m highlighting an article about the 588 skateboard parks opened around the US by funding from the Tony Hawk Foundation. I am neither a fan nor a skateboarder (more than a little too old for that  😉 ). […]

Debt for Dolphins–Protecting the Coral and More

The Seychelles, which depend on tourism and fishing, has announced a first-of-its-kind program to exchange debt for protection of the ocean around its islands. The island nation will create two new marine parks and in return will have a substantial part of its large national debt paid off under a debt swap, according to an […]

Shelter Dogs Get Week-Long ‘Vacation’–Spend Thanksgiving in Real Homes

This month’s good news story comes from Huffington Post (yes, an unlikely source). Lifeline Animal Project, a nonprofit that runs multiple shelters in the Atlanta area, launched its first annual “Home for the Pawlidays” program this year. For the week surrounding Thanksgiving, the 20 dogs are staying “as special guests in people’s homes,” spokeswoman Karen Hirsch […]

Building Toward a Future–Turning Abandoned Homes to Good Use

From a Southern Poverty Law Center message came this interesting story. A woman incarcerated in an Indianapolis prison heard a mayoral candidate describe the problem of 10,000 abandoned homes and lots in the city. She had a “eureka” moment as the SPLC described it. People like herself, imprisoned for years not only had trouble getting […]

Five Presidents Transcend Politics for Hurricane Relief

Yes, it’s that time again–offering a positive note on today’s news. This month’s co-sponsors of the We Are the World Blogfest are: Shilpa Garg, Sylvia McGrath, Mary Giese, Belinda Witzenhausen and Guilie Castillo. Now and then, presidents rise above politics. There are five living former American Presidents. They all attended a the One America Appeal concert […]

Where Nightmares Come From

A break from Waiting for Westmoreland this week, for this tidbit from the writing group this week. It stemmed from the word “nightmare” in a “Nauseous Nocturne,” by Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson. I remarked on my first exposure to it that it reads like a combination of Edgar Allan Poe and Arlo Guthrie […]

What Friends Are For

It’s once again time for the We Are the World Blogfest–celebrating acts of kindness and other good news that goes beyond religion and politics. Cohosts for this month are:  Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese. Before we get to this month’s feature, a quick reminder, John Maberry’s new […]

Harley, the Blind Therapy Dog

  Yes, it’s time once again for the #WATWB monthly feature. You may have noticed my affection for dogs. This is another post about what they bring us humans. Warning: if you are sensitive, this might move you to tears–albeit not sad ones. It’s about a therapy dog that is blind, having had to have […]

Falling teen caught by park goers

The co-hosts of this month’s We Are the World Blogfest are:  Belinda Witzenhausen,  Lynn Hallbrooks,  Michelle Wallace, Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein. Please visit their sites too. I’m sure I won’t be the only one posting this, but it’s what I found. I thought it exemplified the #WATWB criteria of a good news story. People responding […]