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In Good News: The Kindness of Strangers


Sometimes it’s hard to read or listen to the news without thinking that the world is all doom and gloom. It’s far less usual that good news make the media pages. But when it does, it goes a long way to warming the heart and restoring our faith.

With this in mind, I am introducing a new, what I hope to be monthly, feature here called “In Good News…” where I will discuss just that. This came to mind when reading an article in Saturday’s Toronto Star (print edition) that drew me in immediately called “The kindness of strangers” by Catherine Porter.

It’s the story of Twyla Gordon who lost her husband of 40 years and her job on the heels of a breast cancer diagnosis. In the face of these challenges, any one of which on their own would be overwhelming, Twyla’s friends and family rallied to her aid. But not only that. Strangers did too.

Because of them, today Twyla has hope, walking on a path paved by kindness, caring and generosity.  And for that we can all be grateful. What a wonderful reminder that when things may seem at their worst, something better is around the corner. "Things are always darkest before the dawn."

To read the full story, visit The Toronto Star here.

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Feel free to send me good news stories from where you live so that they can be included here. The more the better!

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