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These books will change your life

Every author believes his or her book is worth reading. After all, to put so much of yourself into something, to produce a piece of your soul and to put it out there for others to see, it takes a lot out of an author. I don’t know if every author is like me, but I know that, for me, the actual publishing of my books was a terrifying thing. It was one thing when only my friends or family were reading drafts. It was a completely different thing when others — strangers! – were able to get their hands on this piece of my soul.

The thing is, I think you should really read my books. I say that not out of a place of huge ego, but because I think you’ll like them. The first book, Jacob’s Story, talks about the journey my wife and I went on when we found out our little boy would likely not survive much past birth. Yes, it’s a story of tragedy, but it’s also one of great hope in the midst of suffering.

The Envelope came about a decade later. It’s a work of fiction, and it deals also with suffering. Specifically, why do we suffer and how do we go on when we’re in the midst of suffering.

I’m not too proud to beg. Please visit JohnAgliata.com and buy these books. For $20, you can get both of them, signed to whoever you’d like. The Envelope talks about building a chain, how when we suffer something, we’re uniquely positioned to help the next person. That’s my mission in life, to help the next person, to start or continue as many chains as possible. So please, check out those books and spread the word to your friends and family.

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Hugging an Officer

 

Kids are often told not to talk to strangers, but little T.J. Hubbard couldn’t resist expressing his appreciation for a police officer whom he met in a restaurant.

The Fort Worth, Texas, cop first caught the 3-year-old boy’s eye when he rode up on a motorcycle outside of a McDonald’s.

When the boy asked if he could take the bike for a spin, the officer sensibly denied his request – but he did offer T.J. a police badge sticker as a peace offering.

Though the youth was incredibly excited over the gift, he is also apparently very shy; so it took him a while to work up the courage to thank the officer.

When he was finally ready, he wandered up to the officer’s table as his mother, Jamie, exclaimed: “He wants to give you a hug!”

The officer was more than happy to oblige, making for the most heart-melting video encounter in the world.

The cop later told Jamie that the hug “meant the world to him.”

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Insights into a long life

 

In this National Geographic Short Film Showcase documentary, we meet 109-year old Richard Overton, the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States. With humor and insight, Mr. Overton shares what he’s learned from his long, happy life. Church, driving, cigars, and companionship are just a few of the things that make up some of the little pleasures of his day.

Awesome!

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Playing King of the Island

If you’ve never heard of zorbing, well, you’re missing out. You’re essentially inside a giant see-through beach ball, but you can bounce, bonk, float, or roll just about anywhere with it. The drone footage in this video is out of this world: It doesn’t even look like the USA, but it was all filmed in Arizona. Here, the troupe gathered on a small red rock and played “King of the Island,” with the “losers” tumbling into sparkling blue waters. These guys know how to have fun.

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Changing the journey

Pediatric psychologist Kathy Hull founded the first pediatric palliative care facility in the United States, the George Mark Children’s House, which gives terminally ill children and their families a peaceful place to say goodbye. Emphasizing that we can’t change the outcome but we can change the journey, she discusses how life is short whether we live 8 years or 80. What matters is how we spend our days, and the way we bring meaning and joy to our lives.

AWESOME!

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A life-saving abused dog

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Peanut the dog is being hailed as a heroic hound after she rescued a 3-year-old girl from freezing temperatures – and a terrible home.

Peanut’s owner isaid that her pup started going nuts for seemingly no reason at all.

“She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping,” writes Peanut’s owner. “She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside. He said he could hear her running around upstairs but didn’t understand why.”

After letting her outside, the dog went charging into the fields surrounding the couple’s house.

When Peanut’s dad chased after her, however, he found that she had stopped in front of a small naked girl who was curled up and shivering in the cold. The husband scooped up the child, wrapped her in his sweatshirt and brought her back to the house.

“He called 911 and reported the incident,” says his wife. “By the time the ambulance and police arrived, the little girl could only say one thing – ‘doggie’.”

Police then contacted Child Protective Services who took the girl and her sister into custody after their home was deemed “unsafe and unsanitary”.

Peanut’s inspiring actions aren’t the first time she’s encountered cruelty either – the pup was admitted to the Delta Animal Shelter last April with two broken legs and a stomach full of carpeting, according to the shelter’s Facebook page. The owners responsible were arrested and convicted of charges of animal cruelty.

But now almost one year after her adoption, the pup has been living in the lap of luxury and is happily accepting praise for coming to the rescue of a young girl in need.

AWESOME!

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Getting a solider home

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U.S. Army service member Cadence Davies was stationed overseas in Iraq when she received a heartbreaking message from the Red Cross: her mother had just passed away and was being laid to rest in Rhode Island.

Cadence could only reportedly make it as far as North Carolina, but then she would have to make a 950-mile drive to Rhode Island. Since her family was already struggling with funeral costs, none of them could afford to pay for a gas or a rental car.

Cadence then wrote to Boots For Troops, a nonprofit care package program for soldiers around the world, and explained her situation.

Without hesitating, the program’s members rented a van for Cadence and sent her gas cards for the trip.

“We are so incredibly thankful for BFT for helping us so much… during such a hard time,” says Cadence. “They were also caring and compassionate the entire time we spoke to them; they often checked in on my family during our travels; they genuinely cared about me and my family, and we are so blessed to have found them and received help from them.”

Cadence Davie is the 53rd service member who has received travel assistance since the organization was founded in 2015. The organization aims to continue bringing military families together and proving to U.S. troops that they will always stand behind those who stand in front for them.

AWESOME!

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Finding a purpose after sadness

6-year-old Jaden Hayes lived through the epitome of tragedy when he lost both of this parents in a very short period of time.

First, his father died when he was only 4. Then his mother passed away in her sleep.

Jaden grieved the loss of his parents – but instead of wallowing in his sadness, the little boy decided to focus on other people’s happiness.

Jaden told his aunt and guardian Barbara DiCola that since he was so tired of seeing everyone looking sad all of the time, he wanted to make other people smile. So the two took to the streets with a bag of toys – including rubber dinosaurs and ducks – and gave them away to strangers who looked like they could use a pick-me-up.

The young orphan’s goal is to make at least 33,000 people smile, and judging by how talented he is at making people grin, that’s a pretty achievable goal.