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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The Gift Of Watching My Friend’s Impossible Dream Come True

I stood in the back of a bookstore this week and cried. “Something got in my eye,” I would’ve said if anyone asked. I grabbed one of the paper napkins from the table with a plate of cookies to wipe a nose drip away. Classy, I know. I don’t know why I bothered. I love those tears. What prompted them. Besides, no one was looking at me. All eyes focused on her. About 15 feet away stood a friend. A

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Kind Stranger Takes Lonely Widower On Dream Vacay After Ad For New Fishing Buddy

You don’t have to go fishing far to find a story that will melt your heart like this one. It starts with Ray Johnstone, a lonely widower in Australia who placed an ad for a new fishing buddy when his old friend passed away. Sky News reports that 22-year-old Mati Batsinilas saw that ad and his heart immediately felt for Mr. Johnstone. Fishing? He wanted a buddy to go fish with? Mati decided to up that idea to the next

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Actor Becomes Best Friend And Caretaker For 89-Year-Old Neighbor

There’s no telling where you might find your best friend. 31-year-old actor Chris Salvatore found his living across the way in his apartment complex in West Hollywood, CA. Her name is Norma Cook. She’s 89-years-old. Their friendship started slowly. Norma would wave from her kitchen window as Chris passed by. He tells the Today Show that one day she invited him in, offered up a glass of champagne and a friendship was born. It might’ve stayed that way. Except, Norma’s

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An Old Horse And His Friend Give Each Other A Reason To Live

Talk about an old horse. You could call Waco, the retired harness racer one of those and simply be reporting a fact. Waco is 40 years old. When you do the horse math, that makes him about 120 in equivalent human years. Living a long time is one thing. Having a reason to do so is a whole other. That’s something loner Donnie McAdams understands. How these two came together in a Vermont barn and how they keep each other

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Bachelor Party Turns Puppy Rescue Mission x 8

A bachelor party gone to the dogs. Literally! It started as a get away weekend for a bunch of guys in the Tennessee woods. Mitch Craddock tells ABC News that he and his buddies were cooking up some bacon when they noticed a dog, a very hungry looking dog at the front door. Not exactly the kind of girl you’re expecting to show up by surprise at a bachelor party. This dog sent them on an adventure they’ll never forget.

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