Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bad Weather, Good People

I bet you're wondering if there are fewer good people. The answer is NO. I've been neglecting this blog as I've been busy with work. And this week we had a horrendous storm. Snow, then sleet balls, then freezing rain, then rain, then back again.

But in the midst of bad weather are good people. The ice on the lines and in the branches brought down power lines all over the area. It also played havoc with my Internet connection, which is part of the reason that I've been out of touch. Fortunately, I've never lost power (knock wood as I can still hear branches falling). But many in my area have. Many are iced in as well.

This weather nightmare is bringing out the best in people around here. The evening news reported on people checking on each other, offering their homes to those with no power, sharing kerosene for heaters and generators. People who can drive in snow are offering rides to people who can't A colleague's neighbor plowed her driveway just to be able to play in the snow.

In this blog I want to focus on individual stories. But I think that now it's a good time to think of how we help each other out, and how we have helped in past times.

What do you think? Do times like these bring out the best or the worst in people? And have you seen examples anywhere?

Remember to share the stories of how you have seen good people.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The idea for the blog

A few years ago, my aunt took her last trip to West Virginia. Her husband had passed a few months before, and for the first time in a long time she was traveling alone. She had to change planes in Cincinnati. She got confused by the airport (who doesn't these days). A couple who lived in Cincinnati saw her confusion and offered to walk her to her gate and saw her safely on the plane. My aunt protested, saying that she knew they had better things to do than to walk an old lady to her gate. The couple shrugged, saying that they would only have to wait for their luggage and they would rather be doing something than sit and wait. She never got their names.

Every time she tells this story, she says "There are still good people in this world." Thanks to you, couple from Cincinnati, for helping my aunt on her last trip home and for giving me the idea for this blog.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Welcome to There Are Still Good People in this World! This is a blog devoted to the simple kindnesses that strangers do for each other, without any expectation of thanks. They do these acts simply to help each other.

Has anyone ever done anything good for you? This is the perfect place to thank them! Email your story to me and I'll feature it here. Expect a new post every Tuesday, of either a story that I've heard or that someone has sent me.

Keep reading! Watch for your story. Who may even find yourself featured in these pages. And please, pass this along to your friends. We can all use stories of kindness in our lives.