Good People Doing Good Things — For Ronald Dembner

People helping a veteran widower.

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I was pondering yesterday afternoon about the Good People feature.  Some weeks, I consider skipping it altogether, but then I remember the comments from past good people posts, and I realize that this feature may well be the most important post I write all week.  I try to mix it up, sometimes featuring a single person who is helping others in a big way, other times featuring a number of people just like me and you, people who have nothing much more than their time and compassion to offer. Average Joes just like us, finding ways to help people, ways to be the person we all hope to find within ourselves. These people all inspire us, give us hope that good will win over the current evil we see everywhere we turn, and they maybe make us try to do just a little bit better in our own lives.  Today…

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Roughly 3 years ago…

Kawanee is still battling depression on certain days.

I was waiting to hear from my husband. He was coming home from China, he hadn’t called before he left for the airport. Due to the time differences and dates being different I thought maybe I’d made a mistake with my mental math about when he was coming home. I went over things in my mind; I was supposed to pick him up the next day. I thought that he’d been too busy getting to the airport and that he’d call once he’d checked in, but still no call and over there it was getting to be almost noon. Surely he had time to call me by now.

I told my son, something was wrong. He tried to reassure me that everything was okay, but I had a pit in my stomach that wouldn’t go away and with each minute that went by I kept thinking. He’s going to call…

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The Long Wait


Photo Copyright: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Here we are again and this week we’re gathered in a large airport. We’ve come together to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and be inspired by the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Thanks, Rochelle. To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link below, then on the smiling frog. Next, follow the given directions. The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

21 June 2019

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

The Long Wait by P.S. Joshi

A young couple waited to change planes and continue their trip.

Bonnie clutched Phil’s hand, staring into his eyes. “Hon, it seems we’ve been waiting a long time for that flight. Go and check the arrival board.”

He nodded, got up, and walked away in that direction.

She checked her wristwatch, but it wasn’t working. How strange.

Phil returned and looked worried. “I can’t find our flight. I asked someone at the desk nearby, but they didn’t seem to hear me.

At that moment, a bright light shone above them. A voice said, “Come and follow me. You’re expected. ”
































Picture his troubles

First, an amusing tale of a talented artist who keeps trying and finally achieves success and a happy ending. Next, the offer of an amusing book about sedan chair racing in Port Naain. There’s a good review by a satisfied reader.

Tallis Steelyard


Some people are remarkably gifted. They are born with immense talent that just bubbles up out of them, and they merely have to use it to see constant improvement. There aren’t many of those people. Aside from myself I can think of perhaps two poets, a number of musicians and several painters. Obviously there are doubtless bouncers, coiners and those who follow horses with a shovel and a bucket who are also instinctively talented, it’s just that their talents are not perhaps celebrated in the circles that I move in.

When it comes to painters, perhaps the best example was Nedan. He was brought up as one of a large family on a small farm, and from his earliest youth would be found sketching or painting. As the third or fourth son, there was never going to be a living for him on the farm, so he came to Port…

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Yeah well, I speak English

First, some amusing information about struggling with English and its dialects when getting an education. Next, a book on offer by Jim Webster with amusing stories about Port Naain by Tallis Steelyard. This is followed by a good review of the book by a satisfied reader.

Jim Webster


One of the problems I have is that I am a native English speaker. I unaffectedly speak the language like a native. This isn’t an entirely good thing. Many years ago I was youth hostelling around the Outer Hebrides and came across a German lad of my own age. In his penultimate school year, he and his parents had discussed the idea of him attending a summer school in England. The idea was that he would both learn English, and ideally learn some geology, because that was one of his interests.

So they looked for summer schools and discovered that Aberystwyth University had something very suitable. Now his mother was no fool. She knew that Aberystwyth (is it wrong that I’m inordinately proud of being able to spell that correctly without having to look it up.) was in Wales. So she phoned them to discuss the matter. The staff could…

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From Bad To Worse …

Beware those who preach violence and hatred. Those things are not Christion. Christians are supposedly followers of Christ. He taught love and kindness.

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Grayson Fritts is a detective with the Knox County (Tennessee) Sheriff’s Office. Grayson FrittsMr. Fritts is also the pastor at the All Scripture Baptist Church.  On the church’s website

“A person will only burn in their lust toward the same gender if they have been given over to a reprobate or rejected mind. God said homosexuality should be punished with the death penalty, as set forth in Leviticus 20:13. No homosexual will be allowed to attend or join All Scripture Baptist Church.”

My jaw dropped, and my chest hurt … hot tears of rage … what sort of “religion” is this???

This is a clip from his June 2nd ‘sermon’ …

He goes on to say that “That’s the problem with law enforcement nowadays. They are chasing around cookie thieves, when the real animals are on floats rolling down Gay Street.” He also called for the government to send…

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Happy Father’s Day, Dave.

Kawanee’s husband is remembered by her sister.

Tiffany Crystal's Forecast for the day:

Dear David,

I don’t remember what I thought when I first met you. I honestly don’t even remember our first meeting – period. I can remember meeting so many other people in my life – ask me about the first time I walked around my kindergarten class. I can remember sitting on the stairs in a house in Maryland when I was three, watching Dad keep an eye out for some idiot running around with a machete. I can remember holding the hand of a young girl who had just been hit by a car – the red and blue ambulance lights flashing across our faces – I was only four, then.

I remember meeting your oldest brother. He was tall and quiet, and I was thrown off at first by his appearance, because I was only six, but I knew heads were generally shaped a certain way, and his…

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Seeing Is NOT Believing …

A recipe for disaster. Be very careful.

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The Associated Press (AP) has begun a weekly feature titled Not Real News: A look at what didn’t happen this week.  The purpose is to cull the fake news that has become widespread in this day of political corruption, video-doctoring, misinformation and more.  I find it a sad, frustrating statement of today’s world that we need such a column, but am glad that someone is stepping up to the plate to try to call out the liars and cheats.

The first story in this week’s roundup is about a doctored video with the intent of discrediting 2020 presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.  From the AP piece …

CLAIM: Video shows Joe Biden making a “shocking admission.” Biden’s speech also appears to be impaired in the video.

THE FACTS: Democratic presidential candidate Biden did not make any sort of admission. Rather, in the video, he was referencing comments…

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Happy Father’s Day 2019

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers and those who love and care for children.

Father’s Day is an opportunity to tell dad how much you love and appreciate him. How grateful you are for the sacrifices they have made. New dads, old dads, grandfathers, father-in-laws, stepdads and uncles. There are many reasons to honor them on Father’s Day.

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