Four "Feel Good" Stories to Brighten your Day

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 13th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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With the predominance of negative news that fills the airways and is all over the print media these days, we can sometimes get cynical and jaded, but if we look hard enough we can find any number of stories to inspire and uplift the human spirit.

Meet Glenn Ford

The longest serving death row inmate in Louisiana, 64-year-old Glenn Ford, walked out of prison a free man yesterday after serving thirty years for a murder he did not commit. Despite the fact that a witness at Ford's deeply flawed murder trial confessed that she lied to police about Ford, an all-white jury convicted him anyway, and in 1984 he was sent to death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

"My mind's going in all kinds of directions, but it feels good," Ford said.

Ford will receive $250,000 dollars from the state for being wrongfully incarcerated, which works out to $8,333.33 for every year he was behind bars.

Pharmacist Cures Six-Year-Old's Fear of the Dark

In Watford City, North Dakota, pharmacist Jeff Dodds got an earful from a six-year old girl who told him she had trouble going to sleep at night because of her fear of the dark and "monsters." Her tale of woe gave the good pharmacist an idea, so he grabbed a big blue spray bottle, filled it with a "mysterious clear liquid," pasted a Barrett Pharmacy label on it which read "Spray around room at night before bed, repeat if necessary." - MONSTER SPRAY.

Dodds photographed his "monster Spray" bottle, containing 120 spritzes and permission for one refill, and posted it on Facebook, where it immediately went viral.

The little girl now reports she sleeps just fine.

Masbia's

At Masbia's you will be greeted by a friendly host and shown to a nice table. Then a smiling server will offer you a hot and delicious kosher meal, a fresh salad and a beverage. However, this restaurant differs from others because it does not charge for its services. It is a soup kitchen.

Alexander Rapaport and his partner Mordechai Mandelbaum, opened their kosher soup kitchen in 2005 in Brooklyn. Their mission was to provide free meals in a welcoming, restaurant-style environment, and to make all who entered feel safe and comfortable. The partners have since opened three additional kitchens in Brooklyn and Queens. In January, 2014, alone, they served 5,583 meals and distributed 7,840 bags of groceries that provided tens of thousands of meals to the hungry.

Renewable power on the Isle of Eigg

For decades the Scottish Isle of Eigg ran diesel generators to create power for their community, but in 2008 all that changed. That is when the island's 85 residents decided to create their own grid. Today, the community fulfills 90 percent of its energy needs from a combination of wind, water and sun power.

Maggie Fyffe, secretary of the Eigg Heritage Trust, told Al Jazeera that "It varies from year to years depending on weather conditions, but we are getting 85 to 90 percent of our energy from renewables. There are miles and miles of underground cables connecting every house to the grid."

Now the inhabitants hope the Isle of Eigg hope becomes the first island in the world powered solely by renewable energy.

Link: A Few "Good News"Stories to Warm your Heart

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
14th Mar 2014 (#)

Those are good stories but the first one is rather sad too, I feel that Mr Ford is owed more money for his time behind bars, he lost a lifetime.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Mar 2014 (#)

I agree.

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author avatar spirited
14th Mar 2014 (#)

I agree here with Mark's comment, but they are good stories with good endings, and let us know that the good still wins out sometimes in the end.

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Mar 2014 (#)

It is good to know that wrongs can be righted, and all the other good news stories on here Steve..Excellent read first thing this morning and set me up for the rest of the day! Such a pity we don't get to hear good news stories more often..Great article Steve! \0/xx

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author avatar Connie McKinney
14th Mar 2014 (#)

So inspiring and hopeful. Thanks for brightening my day, Steve. Well done.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Steve for sharing the good vibes. We know innately what is the way forward leading to a better world but few spoil the lot - siva

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author avatar joyalariwo
14th Mar 2014 (#)

They are all good stories Steve thanks for sharing this.

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author avatar vpaulose
14th Mar 2014 (#)

Interesting post, dear brother Steve.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
14th Mar 2014 (#)

Fascinating stories that shot up my feel good factor. Thank you Steve.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
15th Mar 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
15th Mar 2014 (#)

Good stories shared.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Mar 2014 (#)

Nice to hear some good stories for a change. I agree with Mark though that the first story is sad. Mr. Ford should receive more money but no amount can compensate for thirty years of one's life.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Mar 2014 (#)

Agreed. Thanks for commenting Kingwell.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Its early morning in India, and these four good stories have given me a real good feel to start my day with inspiration.

The first one tells me that even with the odds in life, I must continue my journey with courage, determination and self-esteem.

The second one tells me that a lie that instills courage and confidence is not really a lie.

And Masbia's charity is a great example of humanity and kindness and suggests me that I can be charitable even in a small way according to my capacity.

The Isle of Eigg is a true example of a heaven on Earth, since its people contribute life giving oxygen to the gasping planet.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Mar 2014 (#)

Beautiful - just beautiful - what you took from these stories, Rathnashikamani-ji. You are a truly evolved soul sir. I salute you.

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