There is so much bad stuff in the news that I feel overwhelmed, and wondering if there is any way possible that I can make any difference at all, if there is any way for any of us to reverse the awfulness. It makes me nervous, tense and cranky, to the point that I don’t like the way I feel, or how I feel about other people. You may have noticed that my sense of humor has definitely suffered lately (Sorry.)
It occurred to me that if I would concentrate on finding some good news every day, I would feel a bit better, and maybe sharing it with you will make you feel a little better too.
The stock market made a bit of a recovery today, as tensions seem to be easing with China and North Korea. Overall, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 11-12% year since January 1, and the stock market has gained about two trillion dollars in wealth since the election. 18,332.74 on November 8, and looks to close just under 22,000 today.
On Aug. 5 Gertrude Mokotoff, 98, and Alvin Mann, 94, tied the knot after meeting at the gym where they still work out twice a week.
“I kept getting teased about dating a cougar,” Alvin told The New York Times, laughing. “But the age difference never really bothered me because we just hit it off, and I wasn’t about to let her go.”
Alvin and Gertrude dated for eight years before she asked him to marry her.
“I asked him to marry me,” she said with a chuckle. “I was tired of chasing after him.”
Tiny Ariana Cruz-Gutierrez weighed as much as three sticks of butter when she was born at just 24 weeks on March 9 at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Annapolis.
At exactly 12.4 ounces, Ariana was the smallest baby AAMC has ever seen when she was welcomed by her mother, Claudia Cruz, and father, Oscar Gutierrez.
Following months of care from neonatal experts and nurses, Ariana — now 4 pounds, 15 ounces — was sent home Aug. 3 after showing positive signs of development.
“She met all of the criteria that we would sort of look for, like any sucking, swallowing, breathing on her own,” AAMC spokeswoman Arminta Plater, told InsideEdition.com.
“The tiniest baby ever born at AAMC went home today!” AAMC said in a celebratory Facebook post. “Special thanks to our amazing NICU team who took care of Ariana
“What better way to celebrate the Dominican Day Parade than by helping others and giving back to our community,” said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations of Goya Foods. “To Goya, it’s not just about donating food or money, but about making a difference in the lives of our consumers and their families.”
The food will go directly to Catholic Charities’ food pantries, where it will be distributed to hundreds of families in need. “We are grateful for the ongoing generosity of Goya and their support in our mission to providing meals to all hungry New Yorkers in need,” said Executive Director, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan. “In celebrating Dominican Week, we highlight one of the many communities our agencies are proud to serve.”
In fact, every employee of Patriot Cleaning knows all about being a patriot.
“Since 2011, we have hired more than 40 veteran employees and about 12 family members of veterans,” Smith said proudly.
Since Smith was once one of the one million unemployed veterans in the U.S., he opened doors for his fellow vets when he started his own business.
“When we do things together, we smile at each other because we know veterans helping veterans is our motto,” Griffin told us.
“We do for each other. We help each other and we help others out,” Bradley added.
Smith was recently in a battle with another enemy; lung cancer. It’s now in remission thanks in part to chemotherapy and the healing therapy of his military brothers.
“It just means a lot to be working with these guys and gals that I served with,” Smith said.
There are still good people, and good things, and miracles in the world.
Please share your good story!