Daily Archives: September 21, 2018

Good News Friday (it certainly doesn’t involve the Jets): J.K. Rowling learns of a child whose life was saved through her books. And reacts wonderfully. A 106-year-old goes ziplining on his birthday. And a nursing home patient dancing to Dr. Dre makes me smile


And a Happy Friday to all of you lovely people; all of us Jets fans/sufferers are certainly unhappy this morning; my goodness, it’s one thing to lose to the pathetic Cleveland Browns after injuring starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, paving the way for the Baker Mayfield Show, but the way the Jets imploded, with stupid penalties and Sam Darnold playing very much like a rookie… ugh. Not good.

OK, enough with the bad, time for a triple dose of good news. First, we start with maybe the most successful and awesome author in the world, J.K. Rowling.  Her Harry Potter book series, of course, has thrilled millions and millions of children and adults (me included), and continues to change and impact and maybe even save lives.

Check out this extraordinary story I read on Upworthy.com, about a very sick, premie baby named Juniper, who weighed only one pound when she was born at only 23 weeks.

Hooked up to tubes and machines and all kinds of awfulness, Juniper’s parents decided she needed to immediately be indoctrinated into the family’s favorite literature. Her parents and brothers had all devoured the seven Harry Potter books, and so as Juniper lay clinging to life, she learned all about Hogwarts and Gryffindor and Dumbledore and Ron Weasley and Muggles and all the rest.

Well, Juniper slowly began to get healthier, as she absorbed the lessons of the books, and J.K. Rowling heard about the healing powers of her books, and got in touch with the family.

The whole, beautiful story is here.

**Next up today, I don’t think there’s any way in the world I’m going to live to be 106, but if I do, I want to be just like this guy. Jack Reynolds, who turned 106 in April, decided he wanted to do something cool to celebrate cruising past 105.

So he went ziplining near his home in the United Kingdom. And had a hell of a time doing it, as you can see by this video.

Age is just a number, people.

And finally today, one more example of a senior citizen having a blast. So the Cincinnati Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick decided to have a pregame tailgate party at a senior citizens center near the Bengals’ stadium last week, and well, when Warren G/Dr. Dre/Nate Dogg song came on, this lady just went for it.

She’s awesome. I’m totally hiring her for my next party. Look at how into the song she gets!