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Good news helps us to balance out all the bad we are hearing these days. With many of us staring at the same walls tenfold more than usual with the ongoing pandemic, why not put some pizzazz into our brains to throw off the negativity tailing our scent. I scoured the internet to find some of the most uplifting stories I could find, and to my surprise, it wasn’t too hard to find many of them. Here are just a few of many! Kick back, relax, and enjoy some goodness.

A Rescue On His First Day

In early August, Max reported for duty on his first day of being a K-9 rescue. His job was to find a missing mother and her 1 year-old child who had not been seen for two days in Powys, Wales. Once the mother’s car had been spotted near a mountain road, Max went to work and located her and the child near a steep ravine. Mom and baby were checked out at the hospital and other than being cold on the mountainside, they both recovered with no injuries. Max became a K-9 hero his very first day on the job! Just one more reason to love dogs…


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Each person has a unique perspective and experience having gone through a pandemic these last 9 months. We’ve expressed gratitude as a nation for the medical staff faced with an unprecedented amount of incoming patients, while not having the proper protective equipment back in the early months of the chaos. We’ve hailed the many essential grocery store, sanitation, janitorial, and dedicated blue collar workers who do not have the option of working from home. We’ve seen outpourings of love for teachers, of which many are entangled with mixed or delayed messaging from their districts on how to execute an array of different learning models: hybrid, remote, or in-person. So let us, at long last, shine a light on the parents. This group has been bearing the burden of this pandemic from every possible direction. …


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It would be easy to list off things going on in the world or my personal life that are complex and difficult right now. I am sure you likely feel the same. It is that thought that prompted me to write quite the opposite, and to find small experiences that have injected me with warmth most recently. We could all use some internal rays of light during the days of negative news and politically charged arguments on our social media feeds. Here are a few positive short stories from my world, I hope they bring a smile to you.

The Gift Of…


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Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t found the group of friends after parenthood that you thought you’d have.This is something that takes time for those of us who didn’t stay in the same town or state we grew up in. If you relocated for your spouse, a job, a simple change of scenery, or whatever reason, no doubt it opened your life up to big change, and with that change, came the task of making and investing in new friends.

Let’s walk down Friendship Lane for a quick lesson, shall we? A friendship you’ve had since you were 5 is an anomaly in the world of friendship. It’s like that security blanket from your younger years that stayed with you forever, even if it was far away tucked in a box in the attic; it’s not going anywhere due to the sheer preciousness of longevity that you share. With these lifelong friendships, it can get tricky to remain extremely close since we’re all constantly growing and changing. You could end up in different directions, with polar opposite political views, and/or severely tipped socio economic statuses that maybe make for an awkward encounter or lack in having things in common to chat about. …


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In the last six months I’ve written two stories about interesting and persevering women who deserve to have their stories told. These stories were submitted to an informative and thought provoking site called GirlTalkHQ for their Wonder Women series. The Wonder Women series was a call to writers to share stories about women who inspire us, have overcome adversity, and can teach us a thing or two based on their personal experiences. When I first saw the writing prompt Calling All Wonder Women, I couldn’t wait to get to work on these stories.

Realizing that I had more than a few inspirational people to write about opened up a feeling of richness within. The reality that I have come to know a plural amount of people in this lifetime that have shared their utter losses, their wins, and their trek through the thick brambles that have blocked their way is not lost on me. This is a gift from life when you realize you’ve been graced with knowing interesting, complex, and loving humans . You can read my story about Shira, a founding member of the ENOUGH gun safety campaign here as well as my second submission about a family member, Cara*, who is a former SVU detective and domestic abuse survivor here. …


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No one likes waiting in line. Most people also don’t like talking to strangers. So it probably sounds a little off to say that talking to strangers while waiting in line is actually enjoyable. In the last year, especially these last few months, I’ve come to notice that strangers are randomly chatting with me, while I’m in line, and surprisingly, I’m loving it.

Respect to these chatty bold strangers who are bucking the face-in-the-phone norm we’ve all grown accustomed to. Quite possibly the disruption to our anti-social bubble is just what we need. With our eyes glued to the pocket sized technology in our hands, it’s easy to zone out and almost vegetate- even while standing in line. This is our normal now. Think about how many people you see with their face in their phones at any given time of day. It’s almost surreal when you pay attention to the sea of heads looking down. But as I mention above, this is the norm now. In fact, the first smart phone came out on June 29th, 2007, so we’ve had 11 years to become more than comfortable with filling up any kind of down time with our handheld computers. I remember on our wedding day, which was July 1st, 2007, our photographer pulled out his new iphone and snapped a picture of us with it while he gleefully explained he had waited in line for hours to get this new amazing device called a smart phone! …


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Don't ever depend on anyone for money. Specifically, a love interest aka a husband. Mom taught me that at a young age. I was raised to work hard and always fend for myself financially. The song Miss Independent was my jam. Ne-Yo should have collaborated with me for the video. I could see it vividly — a dance number in a chic suit, taking calls on a sleek retro phone, while swinging around a briefcase, and kicking up my heels on a fancy desk. But in the version I’d star in, the desk I’d be dancing around on would be covered in credit card bills if we were really being authentic! Making it rain white envelopes in a sassy outfit sounds attractive doesn’t it? But hey, I was the one paying those bills-wasn’t I? At least THAT part actually is attractive. …


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I used to think it was a little much. My husband was firm with the kids when urging them not to hurt or kill the ants, spiders, ladybugs, or any other random bug they were toying with outside. Over time, I grew to love how gently they would handle the ants that were building their little sandy huts on our patio in the backyard. They would pick them up with great care, and talk about how cute each one was, while it scurried in between each finger across their little hands. This little teaching about being respectful to bugs, seems to have stretched across all living creatures for the kids and it seems to have stuck. Our sons treat our cat with great care, express concern when someone gets injured or sick, and have randomly shown empathy for birds’ “feelings” as of late. …


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So many full-time working parents daydream about what it would be like to have more time with their kids. It weighs heavy on the parent conscience, and with that comes the ever familiar feeling of guilt. We envision all of the activities, memories, and bonding experiences we could be having with our children were it not for the hours we have to put in at the office or on our lengthy commutes. I know these feelings and daydreams intimately, because I was full-time and working outside of the home 8 short months ago. …

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Amber French

Learning & unlearning on this parenthood journey. Do-er, mom, kitchen dancer. Always listen to the storytellers. https://ambercoloredglasses.com/

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