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People Helping Other People #WATWB

I have three stories this month. First is an item re-blogged by a blogger I follow. I’m linking to the original which tells the story of a gentleman whose solution to his own loneliness at Thanksgiving has grown over the years to the point where he is host to up to 100 guests for a Thanksgiving dinner every year.

The second story is on a similar theme and I found it as the result of a segment on a BBC TV magazine show. We all know about adoption and fostering of children and adolescents, but what about older people who struggle with independent living? Shared Lives is a scheme which enables families to “adopt” vulnerable adults, treating them as part of the family.

Finally, I knew, like most people, that there are deaf musicians, Evelyn Glennie probably being the most well known. But I had no idea there was such a thing as a choir made up entirely of deaf people. Follow the link to hear the Holy Family Deaf Choir & Deaf Tones performing at the residence of the Irish President.

#WATWB cohosts for this month are: Eric Lahti , Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Damyanti Biswas

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Saigon to Belfast – and Back – With Love #WATWB

The story I’m linking to today first appeared in January although I only came across it via a segment on the BBC’s One Show on Wednesday.

In 1975, as the Vietnam war was drawing to a chaotic close, a young Vietnamese woman became ill. She placed her infant son in the care of an orphanage whist she was hospitalised for treatment. Soon afterwards American soldiers removed the children from the orphanage for protection in the face of rapidly advancing Viet Cong troops.

Subsequently American planes evacuated a large number of orphan children to the USA. Not to be out done a British newspaper chartered an aircraft to bring 100 Vietnamese orphans to the UK. Among them was the sick woman’s child. After spending some time in an orphanage in the south of England the boy was adopted by a family from Northern Ireland where he grew up alongside their own son.

In adulthood, although he loved his adopted family, he could not help wondering about his biological parents. Last year he found, through the internet, a woman who believed she was his mother. The two agreed to take a DNA test which proved that she was, indeed, his mother. He traveled to Vietnam where the pair were re-united and she explained the circumstances of his apparent abandonment.

The story does not end there, however, because the man has met a young Vietnamese business woman whom he intends to marry and has set up a charity to help young Vietnamese orphans to develop their talents.

The story appeared in several British newspapers as well as the televised report on the BBC. The version I’m linking to is from the Belfast Telegraph.

watwic-bright-tuqblkHave you got a good news story to share with the world? Here’s how to join in:

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Lurking at the Cafe and Bookstore #1

A pleasant surprise to find myself included with a group of other writers at Sally’s place.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-updated-wallace-peach-frank-parker-joy-and-eric-lennick-stevie-turner-and-tony-riches/#comment-132584

 

#WATWB The retirees who gave up their home to help kids with anxiety

I came across this story via a segment on the BBC’s ‘One Show‘ on Tuesday 23rd. January. Seeking more information I was surprised by an apparent lack of coverage in other UK media. I found this article, from 2015, in an Australian newspaper. That seems to be based around the couple’s ‘Pride of Britain’ award that year. Scroll down the linked page to find them under ‘Special Recognition’ (theirs is the third such award listed).

So, what is it all about? Six years ago Vivienne Morgan read about a teenager who had committed suicide after having been bullied at school. Vivienne was 68 at the tiime, and her husband 91. She decided to open a school dedicated to the care and education of children experiencing anxiety. With no knowledge or experience of education or child care she set about recruiting specialist staff, securing the necessary approval from various authorities and opened the school in her home.

You can learn more about the school from its website or by following the links I’ve provided above.
The Core Values Northleigh House seeks to promote in its students are: positive self-esteem, confidence in one’s own judgement, self-reliance, ambition and compassion, and independence.

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Have you got a good news story to share with the world? Here’s how to join in:

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2. Link to a human news story on your blog, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.

3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

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What Would You Do Differently if You Could?

For me it was becoming a shop-keeper. I’d taken up politics in a big way and took the opportunity my employer provided to take voluntary redundancy.

What to  do with that lump sum?

Why, open a shop, of course!

Nothing wrong with the idea in principle, nor the detailed plan – if only we’d stuck to the plan! Instead we were seduced by a man who had a small shop selling his home made ready meals. He was moving into larger commercial premises and needed someone to take on the lease of his shop and continue to sell his products as well as all the usual deli items.

Great for a few months, until he lost a big contract and had to close the manufacturing unit.

The location was all wrong for that kind of shop without his USP.

Supermarkets were starting to develop their own deli counters.

We learned a valuable lesson about following the right dream and not allowing yourself to be seduced by a superficially attractive alternative.

Enough about that, now read Jaye and Anita’s reverse bucket list then go to the comments, either here or over there, and tell us about your worst mistake(s).

via The Reverse Bucket List

Poetry, Music and Painting for Christmas

Sally Cronin hosts Thom Hickey in a cornucopia of glorious art, music and poetry. Any one would be a perfect accompaniment to this holiday season; together they are breathtaking.

via Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – Christmas Cornucopia #Patrick Kavanagh #The Chieftains – Day Eight by Thom Hickey

More Seasonal Music

Just in case the music I just shared thanks to Clive at Take It Easy, was not enough, here is some more from author Stevie Turner.

via It’s Getting Christmassy…