Internet Scam Goes Horribly Wrong As It Blossoms Into Incredible Friendship Across Two Continents

It started looking like the same kind of internet scam that has come into your Inbox. A message from a stranger in Africa wanting some kind of assistance. This one came from some guy named, Joel Willie. The kind you instantly delete. Unless, you are Ben Taylor. A man in Utah who had a cynical chip on his shoulder. He was going to teach guy a lesson. Kind of scam him back. Turns out Ben was the one getting the

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Stranger Gets Instant Grandma Status When She Takes In Dad And Newborn Baby Unable To Fly

What does it take to be a grandma? A kind heart and a child to love make for a great start. That’s what Joy Ringhofer knows. She’s a volunteer at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix. That’s where she met a new dad with an unusual story. Rubin Swift had flown in from Cleveland for the birth of his daughter. He’s taking full custody of her and expected to be able to fly back home when his new daughter, Ru-Andria,

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The Treasure My Ex-Boyfriend Left Behind

She wasn’t the gift I was expecting. Not from my boyfriend. A very long ago boyfriend, I should clarify. This is a story about where we get our people. About how ugly can sometimes, Sometimes, Leave behind a treasure. There was so much wrong with this particular relationship. Red flags from the beginning. And yet, I stayed. Stayed for years. I, the columnist who writes about a healthy marriage, raising kids, normalish stuff, I’m so disappointed when I look at

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Grandma’s Accidental Thanksgiving Invitee Welcomed Back For Seconds

Thanksgiving at grandma’s house. A tradition as American as the holiday itself. Grandmas want everyone around their table. The more the merrier. Which is why this story makes so much sense. Jamal Hinton was at Wanda Dench’s house in Mesa, Arizona this year. The continuation of a tradition that started last year with an accidental text. The one Dench meant to send to her grandsons telling them what time dinner would start. One glitch. She sent that text to the

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Las Vegas Shooting Victim Reunites With Hero Who Saved His Life

Shooting victim and hero. That is never how Tom McIntosh and James Lawson thought they would ever meet. In fact, there was no reason they would meet at all. Until Sunday night, they were just two guys with different friends enjoying the Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas. I’ll let them tell the story of how their paths intersected. Both men, actually, are heroes. Both men, I suspect will be friends for life. Excellent job by Savannah Guthrie and the

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Professor’s Special Talent Helps Man With Alzheimer’s Capture Beautiful Music Before It Disappears Forever

A beautiful thing is happening with a musician with Alzheimer’s in Portland, Oregon. Three years ago, Steve Goodwin was diagnosed with the awful disease. There is so much that he is losing. None more heartbreaking than the music he has spent almost 50 years composing and playing for his beloved wife, Joni. It has been the soundtrack of their long and happy marriage. The problem is Steve never wrote any of the songs down. Always played from memory. His disease

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How Candles In A Church I Don’t Belong To Help Me Find My Way Home

Italy. The answer is Italy. If you caught last week’s column, Dear Reader, you left me stuck on a mountain top in Oman with a husband who was using frequent flyer miles prowess to get us home. “How about Milan?” he piped up as he worked his booking voodoo. He found a beautiful hotel and two first class seats through Dubai into Milan. For pennies, as he’s apt to do. “We can tour the city. We can go to Lake

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WWII Veteran Meets The Sailor Who Saved His Life, 72 Years Later

WWII Veteran Norm Lasman carried an incredible question for decades. WGN reports he never knew who saved his life on May 11, 1945,  the day Japanese suicide bombers attacked the American aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill.  The smoke and flames left him unconscious and suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning for 19 hours. Then, along comes a book called, “Danger’s Hour.” It’s written by Bobby Kennedy’s youngest son, Maxwell. Reading that book sparked memories for Norm and he set out on

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Tear-Inspiring Reason Fourth Grade Teacher Ditched Books And Traditional Lessons

This one here is about so much more than 1,000 origami cranes. It’s a master class in storytelling. In teaching. In compassion. How one teacher, Kristen Rafferty, led her fourth graders at Carondelet Catholic School to care and hold space for their friend, Owen Guertin, as he faced a massive health crisis. All I can say is get ready for your eyes to leak. A lot. Here’s the master storyteller, Boyd Huppert from KARE in Minneapolis. What a beautiful story

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What If You Have All The Tools You Need To Get Through Tough Times?

That was the easiest birthday gift ever. For the woman who has, Well, a lot. And, And, at the same time, Not the life she planned. She planned on spending the rest of her life with her college sweetheart. The one she’d been married to for 30 years. She planned on setting off on a new adventure with him. Empty nest style, as their youngest headed off to college. He planned on getting to know the company secretary. “Finding himself”

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