Good People Doing Good Things — Rayn Boncie

A good person doing good things.

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Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. – Les Brown

Today I would like to introduce you to a very special lady who has done, and is doing, some very special things to help abused and neglected children.  Her name is Rayn Boncie and I think you will fall in love with this lady … I know I did!

I will let Rayn tell you where her story began  …

“When I was 14 years-old I was placed in the foster care system. A few months later, another foster child arrived. She was also 14 and came in wearing clothing that would have fit a small nine-year-old. I remember seeing her change for bed and noticed reddish-purplish welts on her skin. Her clothing had literally injured her. I made a silent promise to her that day, that when I grew up, I would do something to help…

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A Jolly Pre-Thanksgiving Monday To YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving to Jill and all.

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Welcome, dear friends … quick … come in out of the cold, for it is freezing out there!  (Okay, Gronda, Hortie, Don and the rest of you down in Florida … hold your laughter, please!) Did you all have a good weekend?  I did a dumb thing.  I have had to stop driving after dark, for a couple of weeks ago, I could not see the entrance to my street, drove the car up over a sidewalk and into a ditch, so that was the end of my night-driving.  Since I don’t have a car, I have to use daughter Chris’ car after she comes home from work or on weekends.  So, that left me to do the grocery shopping this weekend.  Do you have any idea how many people go to Kroger on the Sunday before Thanksgiving?  NEVER AGAIN!  Anyway, that experience is behind me, and I…

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A Jolly Smiley Sort of Monday …

A post from Jill to start your week with a smile.

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Welcome my friends to our weekly Jolly Monday!  How have you been and how was your weekend?  Did you do anything fun and exciting?  I had a nice weekend, though I cannot claim there was anything out of the ordinary about it, but that’s fine by me, for I am not much into adventuring these days. Since you all have a busy week ahead of you, let us try to begin it with a bit of humour, shall we?  Grab a cup of coffee and sit back … no, Joe, please leave your shoes on …

not me dress Ladies … personally I am not into dresses much these days … in fact, I cannot remember the last time I wore one … probably Katie & Kyle’s wedding back in … was it 1997 or 1998?  Anyway, some do still wear dresses, and here is one you won’t believe …


Created by luxury…

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With Our Heads In The Sand …

Shame indeed!

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The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is taking place this week and next (November 6-17) in Bonn, Germany. Despite Donald Trump’s desire to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord, he is not able to do so officially until 2020, and thus the U.S. is represented in Bonn this week, albeit by a weak party with no voice, for fear of rousing Trump’s ire.

As I reported in my post of June 1st, all but two nations on the entire globe, Nicaragua and Syria, had signed the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.  Since then, both Nicaragua and Syria have signed the agreement, but Donald Trump has announced his decision to pull out at the earliest possible date, making the United States the only nation on the entire globe that will not participate, at least…

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🍂 Jolly 🍂 November 🍂 Monday 🍂

Jill’s post for a Monday.

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Good Monday Morn, my dear friends, and welcome!

Did everybody (in the U.S.) remember to change your clocks back Saturday night?  I did not, and was confused and confounded all day long yesterday, but then that is not exactly abnormal … no, folks, don’t even think about a snarky remark here!  Autumn is here … I know this because one night I had to turn the air-conditioning off and the heat on … all at once.  But, the trees are all in full autumn colour, the leaves just beginning to fall en masse, and the stores already have their Christmas decorations out.  I hope you all had a great weekend and now what better way to start a new week than with a bit of humour, a few chuckles, and many smiles to carry us forth into the unknown.  So, grab a cup of coffee and a donut (or two)…

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Saturday Surprise — More Fun Critters!

Some very different animals.

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Good Saturday morning, friends!  And you’re just in time for Saturday Surprise!  It has been a challenging week, both in terms of keeping up with the news (impossible), keeping my mood stable (almost worked, with a little help) and other challenges.  Now you all know what my favourite thing is, right?  So, I decided to treat myself to a bit of happiness today, and hope it brings you some too, with some more mostly-unheard-of animals!

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Say ‘hello’ to this adorable Blue-Footed Booby, native to subtropical and tropical regions of the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet, which is a sexually selected trait. Males display their feet in an elaborate mating ritual by lifting them up and down while strutting before the female. The female is slightly larger than the male. (of course, and she falls for a guy stomping his feet in front of her ……

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Saturday Surprise – Cool Places 2

Surprise for a Saturday.–Cool Places

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globe-trotIt was getting late last night and I was hard at work following a story a friend had tipped me to, when suddenly around 11:30 it hit me … IT’S SATURDAY!!!  I can’t fool around with this … I have less than four hours to write my Saturday Surprise post!!!  I thought about saying that since you got a Saturday Surprise on Thursday … but no, that would be a cop out, so I saved and closed the file I was working on for later today, and turned my attention to that blank page that had only “Saturday Surprise 28 October 2017” at the top.  And I remembered the fun I had back in September when I dug up some cool places  for us to visit.  And so, dear friends … let’s take a trip to some really interesting places, shall we?

Where do old school buses go to die? …

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Good People Doing Good Things – Ben & Chris

Good people doing good things.

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Hello Friends!!!  As I do every Wednesday, I went in search of good people who are doing good things, and I think your hearts will go out to these people … I know mine certainly did.

Ben-Carpenter-3Meet Ben Carpenter.  Ben, age 33, is a single gay man living in Shepley, West Yorkshire.  What makes Ben unique?  He has adopted four very special children, children with special needs, and provides them with a wonderfully loving home.

Ben began his journey some eleven years ago, in 2006, but it took him four years before he was able to convince the authorities that he was serious about adopting and could be a good dad. “I only ever wanted one child when I started on the process of adoption,” says Ben.  But fate had other ideas …

Ben-Carpenter-4Each of the children has special needs: 10-year-old Jack is autistic and has autism-related OCD. Ruby, 7…

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Good People Doing Good Things … Little Things Mean A Lot

Good people doing good things.

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I started today’s good people post about a single person, Mama Rosie, who is doing wonderful things.  But, she is doing so many wonderful things, and having such an impact, that I quickly realized I would not be able to finish it in time, so I switched gears (another symptom of my bouncy mind) and decided to write about multiple good people doing good things.  I went in search, and I found these …

I had never heard of the band Midnight Oil, but of course daughter Chris had … she knows every band that has existed since the beginning of time (and refers to my music as “bad taste”).  Anyway, the band Midnight Oil, an Australian band dating back to the 1970s,  is giving a concert in Fremantle, Australia on 29 October.  According to the band’s lead singer, Peter Garrett, every single cent will go to support marine…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Team Rubicon

A great organization

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His name is Jake Wood and his story started with a simple Facebook post: “I’m going to Haiti. Who’s in?” It was January 2010, and the island of Haiti had just suffered a devastating earthquake with a still-disputed death toll of between 100,000 and 315,000.

Jake had only been out of the U.S. Marine Corps for a few months, and was planning to enroll in business school when he began seeing the pictures of the devastation in Haiti and thinking how much it reminded him of similar scenes from Iraq and Afghanistan, where he had served two tours of duty.  He realized that the skills he had acquired in the service, including the ability to adapt to difficult conditions, work with limited resources and maintain security in a dangerous environment, were sorely needed. And that was when he put out the Facebook message.  Wood persuaded his college roommate, a firefighter…

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