A Difficult Year, But it Wasn’t All Bad

2018 was a difficult year in many ways, but IT WASN’T ALL BAD . . .

           I subscribe to a cool news magazine called THE WEEK, and a column I always make a point of reading is the one called It Wasn’t All Bad.

           Here’s a sampling of some true anecdotes that they passed along to their readers to help us see that all of the news isn’t bad:

  • When Kevin Booth made an early-morning stop at a food bank in Sumner, WA, he hoped only to pick up some bread the workers leave out for homeless people like him. But he noticed a brown paper bag next to the breadbox, and looking inside, he discovered it was stuffed with $17,000 in cash. Rather than walk off with the haul, he handed it to a volunteer inside the pantry. No one claimed the money after a 90-day period, so police let the food bank—which feeds 1,000 people a month—keep it. “There are a lot of people who would have taken it,” Booth said. “I’m just not that person.” (from THE WEEK Dec. 21/Dec. 28, 2018)
  • A Magalia, CA, garbage man is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a 93-year-old woman from a fast-approaching wildfire. Driver Dane Ray Cummings had been told by his supervisor to head home to avoid the blaze, but he refused, determined to finish his route and check on older residents. At his last stop, he saw Margaret Newsum standing out on her porch, waiting for help. He seated her in his cab—breaking company protocol—and drove five hours to safety while Newsum shared her life story, including the time she sang backup to Frank Sinatra. “It was the best conversation I’ve had in a truck,” Cummings said. (from THE WEEK, Nov. 3, 2018)
  • A Minnesota woman is being likened to a superhero after she saved her husband’s life and four days later gave birth to their first child. Ashley Goette was 39 weeks pregnant when she woke to her husband, Andrew, gasping for air and suffering cardiac arrest. She performed CPR for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived and took Andrew to the hospital, where he was placed in a medically induced coma. He woke the next day, and Goette headed off to be induced. After a 22-hour labor, their son, Lennon, was born. The family is now at home together. “We’re really lucky,” said Goette.  (from THE WEEK, Nov. 9, 2018)

                                                                                                             

   ~ Sharon Sheppard

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