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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Troublesome dog adopted

Pete Buchman has worked in construction since graduating from high school, but when he lost his job in 2014 he was unable to pay the rent on his apartment and had to move into a tent. He enjoyed it for a while, but it was hard on his 9-year-old dog Buster. So Buchman brought Buster to Faithful Friends Animal Society in Wilmington, North Carolina, and found a homeless shelter up the road for himself. Buchman would walk five miles every day to see Buster, and began volunteering at the shelter, walking other dogs for two or three hours each day.

After national news mentioned Buchman's story, a local man give him a truck for free. Transitional Housing gave him six months free rent at a nearby apartment complex. A fire security company offered him a job, which he still has, and folks from around the world donated over $39,000. But Buchman never stopped volunteering at the shelter, even after his beloved Buster died. Soon the shelter asked a favor. Would he consider fostering a troublesome dog named Matteo who barked at everything and hated women? His answer was "yes." He had bonded with the dog during long walks and took him home for a weekend. Before long he adopted Matteo, and since then the dog has stopped hating women, and only barks when Buchman starts the vacuum cleaner.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

What? No waffle fries?

According to Noblesville, Indiana, police, a cow escaped from transport trailer and enjoyed a night on the town this month. The busy bovine roamed the streets, while the person responsible for the cow was trying to capture him. Police finally received an animal complaint near the corner of Tegler Drive and Bergen Boulevard.

After roaming near the Koto Japanese Steak House, the cow apparently saw the word "steak" and led officers across a busy street while walking toward a safe haven -- a Chick-fil-a restaurant, where ads show cows urging people to eat more chicken. Officers finally wrangled the cow after a one-hour chase, and it was returned to its owner without any waffle fries. The police department said on Facebook that "NPD was able to 'run with the bulls last night.'"

Friday, March 22, 2019

The American dream is still possible

A 17-year-old student in Jersey City, New Jersey, has already been accepted by 17 (that's seventeen!) different colleges, which is unusual because he's been homeless on and off since he was young. His name is Dylan Chidick. He came to the United States from Trinidad with his mom when he was seven, but he's a U.S. citizen now.

Even though his family has been homeless several times since he was young, he still managed to make it into the National Honor Society, and he's also president of his class at high school. He says his mom's courage is what inspires him to work so hard. He's determined to lift his family up so they don't need to struggle so much. He's still waiting to hear back from The College of New Jersey, near Trenton. It's his top choice, because it's close to his mom. He will major in political science.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

What does "empathy" mean?

Members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, feel great empathy with Muslim members of the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, where at least 50 people were shot recently while worshipping. The synagogue in Pittsburgh lost 11 of its own members in a shooting last October.

"We're unfortunately part of a club that nobody wants to be part of, and we wanted to reach out to New Zealand in the same way everyone reached out to us," said Tree of Life president Sam Schachner. The synagogue's GoFundMe page hopes to raise $100,000 to "show them that love is stronger than hate."

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Music can soothe a child's fears

A school security officer is praised for a heartwarming moment of kindness with a frightened middle school student recently. Meaghan King, a special needs teacher in Santa Rosa, California, said the special needs student had been standing in the school hallway because she was afraid to go outside. "She was having a hard time transitioning from the hallway to outside," said King. "Transitions are tough." That's when school security officer Chris Morrison noticed the child.

                                                                                                 Courtesy of Meaghan King
As seen above, she walked up to offer the youngster some comfort. She noticed that the child was anxiously clutching a Kermit the Frog toy. Inspired by the toy, Officer Morrison gently started singing "Rainbow Connection" (The lovers, the dreamers, and me) to ease the child's fear. And it worked! Said Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Jeneane Kucker, "Morrison is a very caring officer to go out of her way to assist a teacher with this child."

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

a "cream-filled" donut tweet

Billy By's dad owns a donut shop in Missouri City, Texas, where he bakes donuts fresh every morning. But one day recently his dad felt sad. His parking lot was empty, and he had no customers. Billy saw how depressed it dad was, so he snapped some photos of the empty shop and parking lot, and shared them on Twitter.

The boy's tweet generated more than 254,000 likes and 147,000 retweets. Some responded to the message, calling on others to come to the store. Soon the store was crowded with customers buying donuts, and before closing time they were all sold. The same thing happened the next day, all thanks to a son who cared enough to tweet.

Monday, March 18, 2019

A crumb from the Dalai Lama

"The destructive effects of hatred are very visible, obvious and immediate. A hateful thought overwhelms one totally and destroys one's peace and presence of mind. Generally speaking, hateful thoughts arise when we feel hurt, when we feel we have been unfairly treated by someone, against our expectations. If one reacts in a negative way instead of a tolerant way, there is no immediate benefit, and a negative attitude is created which is the seed of one's future downfall.

"Hatred makes the best part of our brain, the ability to judge between right and wrong, become totally inoperable. It is almost as if the person has become crazy. Insofar as the destructive effects of anger and hateful thoughts are concerned, one cannot get protection from wealth, nor can education guarantee one will be protected from these effects. Nor can law guarantee protection. The only factor that can give refuge or protection from the destructive effects of anger and hatred is the practice of tolerance and patience."