Stranger Joins Widower He Meets In Check Out Line To Celebrate Late Wife’s Birthday

Gregory R. Johnson is a stranger no more. Not to a man who caught his attention Tuesday inside a Kroger supermarket in Greenwood, Indiana. The man was an older gentleman making his way through the market in one of those motorized grocery carts. His basket was filled with red roses and a birthday cake. Johnson couldn’t help himself. He said, “It looks like you’ve got a big night planned.” Johnson tells CBS News, “He glanced up at me with the

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Rescue Dog Becomes Best Friends With Man With Dementia

You won’t find this treatment for dementia in the medical books. Yet, there is no question that a little rescue dog is making a huge difference in the life of Mandy Looney‘s father. When a matted, beat up dog came into the Michigan Humane Society, Looney decided to foster him. His name is Louis. Once the shelter rescued him from the streets and cleaned him up, it became apparent that Louis had some behavior issues.  He was going to need

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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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