Archive for the 'Feel Good Stories' Category

Mississippi tradesman rings the opening bell at New York Stock Exchange

Congratulations to this handsome hunk of a man, Delwyn Thornton, of Brandon, Miss., who won a skills contest — gripping, marking, clamping, sawing and drilling — put on by Irwin Tools. As part of his honors, he got to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. Other than enjoying the visual of [...]

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The New Orleans Healing Center rises from the post-Katrina muck

My heart goes out to the victims of Hurricane Irene. I feel your pain. (And I promise not ask this inane question: Why would you live/rebuild where hurricanes can hit? I’ve been to Vermont. I know why you live there.) Six years ago, when the federal levee system failed in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, [...]

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The irresistible appeal of a tiny house

I guess I'll end up in a tiny house someday because I am irresistibly drawn to them. The one shown in this video is in Olympia, Washington, which is, I gather, a free-thinking community. What I love: The simple life. Being a citizen rather than a consumer. Cedar walls. A loft bed. Off the grid. [...]

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Famous Folks at Home: Gerry and Imaging Spence in Montecito, Calif.

When Santa Barbara Magazine asked me to write an article about the massive remodel done by Imaging Spence (yes, that’s her given name), I kind of dreaded it. You may recall that her husband Gerry Spence is a famous attorney and author, and I feared that the couple might be snotty and ostentatious and arrogant. [...]

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Yoga for builders

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?  See the whole story at Fine Homebuilding.  

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Returning soldier breaks down in tears after wife surprises him with new workshop and home theater

While Wake Forest, N.C., National Guardsman Spc. Michael Spivey was finishing up a deployment in Iraq, his wife Christie was busy finishing up a surprise for him — a 1,000-square-foot addition to the couple's home that includes a workshop stocked with tools and a media room with a leather couch and a great big TV. [...]

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Single mom, kids get surprise home remodel

When Leslie Nelson met Deb Farnsworth last year, she couldn’t have imagined their friendship would result in a community project that changed her entire house. Nelson just wanted to change her life. Farnsworth leads a Celebrate Recovery group at Valley Real Life church. The ministry focuses on those “struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups.” Farnsworth recalled [...]

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When the embers die down . . . recovery begins

It might be soon to talk about recovery as the tragedy unfolds, but Southern Californians do rebuild after fires. I’m sure Claremont residents Vern and Deb Jahnke, who lost their house in the 2003 Grand Prix Fire, are thinking about and praying for (he’s a minister, after all) the victims of the current fires. After [...]

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