I love the tradition described in the link and snippets below. May the tradition expand throughout the world.
It began in 2014, when a Boston widow carefully wrapped her engagement and wedding rings in paper, along with “a very sweet note,” and dropped them in one of the Salvation Army’s ubiquitous scarlet buckets, Forster said.
“I’ve dropped my wedding ring in your red kettle knowing that the money from its sale will buy toys for needy children. In all seasons, my husband was a giver,” the widow wrote.
Days later, a former bell-ringer came forward and offered $21,000 for the set. Also a widow, the woman wanted to return the rings to their rightful owner.
Forster arranged for the women to meet, he said. “The public became very enamored of the story,” Forster said, after media stories ran about the exchange.
Sources: Leo Not All News is Bad from KSAT12
P.S. The rings in the photo are the ones my Beloved and I gave to each other when we got married. As they are still in daily use they are not being donated.
What a fun story! It put a smile on my face.
My brother Roger and his daughter Jodi are both medics. I’m not sure what their actual titles are but they work for their town or county’s fire department providing on-site emergency medical treatment and saving lives. How cool is that?
As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, he asked her the usual question, “And what would you like for Christmas?”
The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: “Didn’t you get my text?”
[forwarded by Cathy Kirkwood]
December is the month when the kids begin to discuss what to get Dad for Christmas. Some insist on a shirt; others a pair of socks, and the argument always ends in a tie.
I just read an article I found fascinating about “Landscrapers.” Some snippets:
“…a “landscraper,” a building as long and as horizontal as skyscrapers are tall and vertical, and it could represent a shift in the very shape of the places where people work.”
“Google’s London flagship will be 1,082 feet long, which is 66 feet longer than The Shard, London’s tallest building, is high. The new building is comparable to the iconic Empire State building (1,250 feet) in New York.”
“…ThyssenKrupp has recently sold the first elevator that can move up, down, sideways and diagonally—controlled by magnetic levitation—to a residential building in Berlin.”
I opened a door in our hallway half expecting to see our old water heater encased in in it’s 3′ x 3′ closet–the only view I’d seen there since we moved into our home in 1989. Instead, I experienced an almost spiritual, other-worldly view: Darkness gradually turning to light so bright that the last third or more of the depth of the project is hidden. Perhaps it’s a reminder to keep my eyes on the prize and how much better our home will be when the project is done. Perhaps it’s a reflection of life itself.