A Little Good News…

Last week was a very difficult one for most of us on this blog . Most of us are of the ‘conservative’ bent, and are furious, to say the least, about the Health Care bill.  I’ve also been frustrated, angry, and myriad other emotions over the subsequent bad press that has followed.  I went in search of some news (and let me tell you, it was NOT easy!) to help boost my mood, and I’d like to share my findings with you:

Our first story comes from Iowa City, Iowa.  An officer pulled over a lady because her child was moving around the vehicle, not secured in a car seat.  Upon hearing that the woman still had 80 miles to go on their trip and could not afford a car seat, the officer took her to Wal-mart and purchased a car seat for her.

In Montgomery, Maryland, a young boy was walking his 8-week old puppy when a couple of local boys came up and demanded he give the dog to them.  When he refused, they punched him, taking the pup anyway.  The next day, the non-emergency line at the police station rang with the report that the puppy had been spotted on a local porch.  Yeti the pitbull was picked up by officers and returned to his rightful owner.

In an unusual display of amazing common sense, legislators in New York City have declared backyard beekeeping legal.  The beehives had been previously banned, included in a list of about 100 other species deemed “dangerous”.   Thanks to renegade beekeepers who had been maintaining rooftop hives and backyard hives in defiance of the law, and to the Green Movement (which, amazingly enough, worked this time), the law was relaxed to allow honeybee hives within city limits.  Flowers will be happier this summer, and maybe some folks will get relief from their environmental allergies.

Another story out of Iowa tells us of a man who got stuck in a grain bin while trying to fix a jam.  Another man jumped in to keep the first man from being buried in grain.  This happens more than anyone would like to think – those grain bins are dangerous, and people actually “drown” in the grain.  It’s horrible.  In this case, the second man helped the first, and firefighters spent two hours draining the grain from the bin after securing the men.  The first man, Mr. Steinhoff, was sent to the hospital with minor injuries, and the second was not injured.

And last, but certainly not least, my friend, Michelle, a sophomore in college, got her very first pair of cowboy boots ever, this week.  This amazes me, because nearly every kid I ever knew had at least one pair of cowboy boots while they were growing up!  Michelle has been blessed with a lovely voice and an even lovelier personality, and finally, FINALLY! She’s achieved her dream.  A pair of cowboy boots.  Wear them well, my friend.

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10 Responses to A Little Good News…

  1. Joy says:

    This is awesome. It’s wonderful to hear good news for a change.

    Yeah for the first pair of cowboy boots.

    I have more to say but I’ll be back tomorrow. I’m bushed tonight.

  2. SKL says:

    I never had a pair of cowboy boots. Even when I lived out in the boondocks. I like the idea of them, but only if they are comfortable to wear.

    Thanks for the good news! I’m trying to remember if I’ve heard any similar stories to add. Hmm, not that I can think of off the bat.

    You are right about last week. But here’s the sickest part of it. Right now my partners and I are looking into ways to cut our health insurance costs. It occurred to me that it’s actually stupid for me to include my kids on my policy now that the insurance companies are required to cover them regardless of pre-existing conditions. My policy with my 2 kids is like 3x what I’d pay if I was single – maybe more. Why bother? I do it because it’s the responsible choice, but how many other parents are probably thinking the same thing right now? And at what point will the “responsible” choice become the “stupid” choice?

  3. Ellen says:

    Very nice post, Laura! The officer who bought that car seat for that mom. That is a hero to me!
    The boot story is cute.

  4. starlaschat says:

    It is heart warming to realize there is a lot of good still going on in the world. It is so easy to focus on whats not going well. The nightly news and news papers sell because of the shock factor. It’s too bad, but that just how it is. It’s nice to hear stories of people making good choices and being so helpful to others. It’s so easy to get lost in the worry about the world going to hell in a hand basket. What does that mean any way? Some times a use an old saying and think What? Hand basket what?

  5. Nikki says:

    Isn’t it sad that it’s hard to find good news? And what I find even more sad is, all these things should be done every day by every one. If everyone did one thing, big or little, to make someone else’s day better or easier, the world would be a happier place. Sometimes even a smile goes a long way.

    I didn’t have a pair of cowboy boots growing up. Bailey did though, and I think we gave them to Christopher if I’m not mistaken. I’ve been thinking about getting myself a pair. I think they look adorable with certain sun dresses!

    • Joy says:

      Cowboy boots are WONDERFUL *after* you break them in. They are very stiff at first and once broken in, you feel like they are your second skin. I’ve had many pairs. Paul was a horse guy when we met and he still has quite a few pairs of his. You should get a cute pair Nikki. I think some of them do look really cute with sun-dresses.

    • Laura says:

      I bought myself a pair of butter-soft ones when I was on vacation in Texas, years ago. They were so comfy, right from the very start. They were expensive, yes, but oh, they were comfy. I wore them nearly every day for years and years. The trick is to find the right pair.

  6. Sue says:

    Never owned a pair of cowboy boots, but the rest of my siblings have. My legs are too skinny and they look ridiculous on me. Thanks for the good news, too. Helped make this day not so dreary.

  7. Lucy says:

    Yay for good news. Thanks for digging some up 🙂 and yay for cowboy boots

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