Good News Friday: A couple’s cancelled wedding leads to a huge feast for the homeless. A great story on a Make-A-Wish chapter in Arkansas. And Dan Barry on Mets-Cubs, written in 1908 style

And a Happy Friday to you! Lots of good stuff to share with you today, as I try to remember if yesterday’s pointless and inane Benghazi hearing was the 11th or 12th time the GOP House has investigated this…

First up, this story went viral this week and deservedly so, but just in case you missed it, wanted to share it here. An engaged couple in Sacramento called off their engagement right before their wedding, when it was too late to cancel the catering and the reception and all that good stuff.

So the bride’s mother, Kari Duane, said that rather than cancel the reception, they invited Sacramento’s homeless for a once in a lifetime meal Saturday at the Citizen Hotel, one of the city’s finest venues.

From this AP story: “Duane said her 27-year-old daughter called her Monday to tell her she and her fiance had decided not go through with the wedding. Soon after, the family decided to share the nonrefundable event with the less fortunate.

“Even though my husband and I were feeling very sad for our daughter, it was heartwarming to see so many people be there and enjoy a meal,” Duane said.

A wonderful gesture. Clearly Mr. and Mrs. Duane have raised their daughter right.


**Next up, “60 Minutes” did a story this week on one of my all-time favorite organizations, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It’s such a simple premise: Send incredibly sick children somewhere they’ve always wanted to go, to meet someone famous or have an adventure.

The story focused on one chapter in Arkansas, in a rural community where families have very little money to spare, but give so much to this wonderful cause. (Warning: The end of the story is a bit of a gut punch.)

So many good people in the world, aching to do good.



**Finally today, I can’t tell you how much I enjoy it when newspapers do stuff like this, just to break up the monotony, be creative, and have some fun.

The Chicago Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908. In getting swept by the Mets Wednesday night, it was assured that streak will live on.

So Dan Barry, the immensely gifted New York Times writer, decided to pen a column about the game written entirely in 1908 sportswriter language.

We get “smote,” we get “Bunyan-esque,” and we get “twirler,” along with SO many other fantastic turns of phrase. And check out the old-school page design (above) as well.

So, so good. Read, laugh and enjoy.


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