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Author Topic: I want to hear about a win.  (Read 4518 times)

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Re: I want to hear about a win.
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2014, 07:13:55 pm »
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Tell me about a win, please.  Maybe we can light a little torch here to come back to on the rough days.


Hope4Paws is a youtube channel of one person documenting his dog rescues (and one donkey rescue).

On a historical note, Hay West, the 2002 project to ship massive amounts of hay from Ontario to the Prairies.

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Re: I want to hear about a win.
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2014, 08:19:20 pm »
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Hope4Paws is a youtube channel of one person documenting his dog rescues (and one donkey rescue).

On a historical note, Hay West, the 2002 project to ship massive amounts of hay from Ontario to the Prairies.

I love this thread so much. These kinds of stories always make me cry, but that good, happy crying.
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Re: I want to hear about a win.
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2014, 09:14:05 pm »
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Please, tell me about somewhere that it's going right.  I know the news is biased toward disaster, and all.  I want to hear about people struggling for justice and winning.  I want to hear about the hungry getting fed.  I want to hear about good people beating an unjust eviction, immoral laws getting overturned, a poisoned river getting cleaned, a species thought forever gone reappearing, a beloved lost thing unexpectedly found.  I want to hear about love going right and the sick getting better and people surrounded by corruption choosing to do the right thing anyway.  True stories.  Maybe your stories, if you have them.  Cute kitty pictures and motivational music and my therapist aren't cutting it because the enormity of the bad just crushes in.
I like and respect a lot of you.  I'd like to know good things are happening to you and yours, sometimes.  I'd like to make a prayer for this world build brick by brick out of our victories.

Tell me about a win, please.  Maybe we can light a little torch here to come back to on the rough days.


I work in a men's clothing store. I had a man come in today, probably in his early 80s or so. He wanted a suit. He wasn't entirely sure of color or style, and he seemed really nervous, so I started asking him about when and where he wanted to wear it, and he told me the sweetest story.

All through high school, he had dated the same girl. Right after graduation, he got drafted and sent to Korea. They tried to stay in touch, but by the time he came home they'd lost contact. A few years later he married someone else, had kids, etc.

Almost 50 years later, they found each other on Facebook, and found that they were both single again (one divorced, one widowed). The suit is for their wedding.
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Re: I want to hear about a win.
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2014, 11:27:32 pm »
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The suit is for their wedding.

 
Nice.  Any story that makes retail suck less is a good story.
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Re: I want to hear about a win.
« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2014, 12:01:34 am »
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Tell me about a win, please.  Maybe we can light a little torch here to come back to on the rough days.

 
This one starts off unpleasantly; I'd skip the unpleasant backstory except that I don't see how to make the 'win' part make sense without it.

My cousin Dave has been doing mission work in Liberia for close to 30 years, with an organization that puts heavy emphasis on helping small communities to build needed infrastructure (housing, clinics, clean water, and such). Last year, he was charged with statutory rape and imprisoned. Though the young woman has since recanted, and it's clear she was pressured into making the original accusation, nor was there ever any other concrete evidence against Dave, charges have not been dropped. Dave already had some previous health issues, and poor prison conditions have worsened them and added new ones. Meanwhile on the legal front, there have been delays, obfuscations, broken promises, etc - f'ex, it took several months to get the Liberian court system to approve the admission of DNA evidence, several more months before the prosecution collected Dave's DNA, and IIRC, the defense still has not been allowed an opportunity to do so.

The health care Dave was receiving was already inadequate during the very brief periods in which his health was poor enough that he was sent to hospital (for one of his conditions, severe psoriatric arthritis, the necessary treatment simply isn't available, for anyone, within Liberia), and even poorer in the prison - then came the Ebola outbreak, which has overwhelmed the health care system in Liberia. As far as we know, Dave has not been infected, but apparently the prison staff refuse to attend him for fear that he might have contracted it while at the hospital.

That's where things stood a week ago. But this week has seen two pieces of very good news. Last Friday, Dave was - unexpectedly - moved, to a private hospital about an hour and a half's drive from Monrovia, where he will be able to get better (though still inadequate for his conditions) care than he has in months, and his lawyer filed a motion to have him medically evacuated from Liberia. And on Tuesday, the motion was granted. There are still logistical hurdles (very high ones, because the epidemic means that few airlines are flying in or out of Liberia and most of the land borders are closed), but if those can be surmounted - and Dave, his wife Audry, and the organization they work with are very resourceful! - he will very soon be able to be somewhere where his conditions can actually be treated.

So that's my family's win this week.

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(If anyone is wondering why I haven't posted about this before, it's because I'm pretty sure neither energy/magical work nor prayers from most Cauldronites would be welcomed for religious reasons.)
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Re: I want to hear about a win.
« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2014, 01:16:32 am »
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There are still logistical hurdles (very high ones, because the epidemic means that few airlines are flying in or out of Liberia and most of the land borders are closed), but if those can be surmounted - and Dave, his wife Audry, and the organization they work with are very resourceful! - he will very soon be able to be somewhere where his conditions can actually be treated.

So that's my family's win this week.

 
Win continues: logistical hurdles were surmounted, and Dave will be not just 'where his conditions can be treated' but in Vancouver (that branch of the family's 'home base') late tomorrow night.

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Re: I want to hear about a win.
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2014, 02:10:49 am »
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Win continues: logistical hurdles were surmounted, and Dave will be not just 'where his conditions can be treated' but in Vancouver (that branch of the family's 'home base') late tomorrow night.

Sunflower

 
You mentioned that they would not welcome prayers from people here for religious reasons. Would it be OK if I asked my evangelical grandmother to add them to her prayer list?
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Re: I want to hear about a win.
« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2014, 05:06:25 am »
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You mentioned that they would not welcome prayers from people here for religious reasons. Would it be OK if I asked my evangelical grandmother to add them to her prayer list?

 
Completely fine! And by the same token, any Cauldonite who is comfortable praying to the Christian god when doing it on behalf of a Christian is welcome to do so.

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Re: I want to hear about a win.
« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2014, 10:46:21 am »
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Please, tell me about somewhere that it's going right.  I know the news is biased toward disaster, and all.  I want to hear about people struggling for justice and winning.  I want to hear about the hungry getting fed.  I want to hear about good people beating an unjust eviction, immoral laws getting overturned, a poisoned river getting cleaned, a species thought forever gone reappearing, a beloved lost thing unexpectedly found.  I want to hear about love going right and the sick getting better and people surrounded by corruption choosing to do the right thing anyway.  True stories.  Maybe your stories, if you have them.  Cute kitty pictures and motivational music and my therapist aren't cutting it because the enormity of the bad just crushes in.
I like and respect a lot of you.  I'd like to know good things are happening to you and yours, sometimes.  I'd like to make a prayer for this world build brick by brick out of our victories.

Tell me about a win, please.  Maybe we can light a little torch here to come back to on the rough days.

 
In her early thirties, my mother found out she had cancer. She had angeosarcoma in its late stages. The doctors told her she had no chance of living. Upon finding that out, she sunk into depression.

One day, she was sitting around feeling depressed. All of a sudden, she felt happy, and joyful. The next time she went in to get scanned, the cancer was completely gone.

As they were getting her off chemo, she got pregnant. If she kept the babies, she had a chance of dieing childbirth, as her body was pretty weak, and the babies had a pretty good chance of dieing or being deformed. But she decided against getting an abortion.

When she gave birth, both twins were alive.(One twin was eating the others supply of food) The slightly weaker twin ended up staying in the hospital a few more days, with just a common newborn problem lasting a little longer than normal. That twin is now very healthy, and way cooler than her brother. (That may be slightly biased, as I am that twin)

And here is a kitten:

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Re: I want to hear about a win.
« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2014, 08:00:03 pm »
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You mentioned that they would not welcome prayers from people here for religious reasons. Would it be OK if I asked my evangelical grandmother to add them to her prayer list?

 
Your grandmother and her church apparently have some very powerful prayer-fu. Dave did make it home safely, and, latest news is that - somewhere in the middle of all the evacuation stuff happening - the relevant court was given the DNA evidence, determined that it did indeed exonerate Dave, and the charges were dropped. Since the last I'd heard was that only the prosecution had taken a sample, on which the results had not yet come back, and that the defense would be required to take its own sample for analysis and submit the results before anything could happen, this is unexpected, and unexpectedly fast:eek:.

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