Good News Instead of Washington D.C.

good newsSorry I haven’t posted for a few weeks—I’ve been gone for a while.  My wife and I were in the country of Panama in January.  When we returned, I had to work on re-writing one of my earlier novels since receiving back from my original publisher my “publishing rights”  It’s been a busy, busy time.  but now, I’ve free.  (Well, I’m finishing my newest novel, called “The Inca Code” which I hope will be published this spring.)

In the meantime, here’s a thought that has nothing to do with courts and crime, but it’s good news I felt was necessary in light of the “news” we’re getting.

Here’s something uplifting rather than all the negative, depressing news coming out of Washington D.C. Nicloas Kristof writes in the New York Times–

He writes of all the positive, wonderful things that are happening in the world.  We often don’t hear about these miracles because no one reports on them.  Or, they’re too big and we can’t always comprehend what a tremendous advance they are for so many people.  For instance, Mr. Kristof tells about the drop in poverty around the world—something that means more than food for most people.  It also gives them the ability to afford education, pursue women’s rights, and increased involvement in the community through their new cell phones and social media.  Never before in the history of the world have we seen this kind of advancement by so many people our of poverty and starvation.  Good news, for sure!

Here’s another idea of good news.  I’m reading Thomas Friedman’s book, Thank You for Being Late, An Optimists Guide to Thriving.  The first third of the book is the best explanation and history of the tech/computer revolution I’ve ever read.  He also is optimistic and recounts the fabulous progress humans have made—thanks to technology.

What’s nice about the good news offered by both of these writers is that their messages have nothing to do with politics or Washington D.C.

I’ll challenge each of you to simply look around.  In your neighborhood, you job, where you shop for groceries, etc.  If you look for it, you’ll find many examples of people doing wonderful things for other people and getting along.  Of course, we disagree about things—even strongly—but the amount of good things and good news happening around each of us is amazing.

Take a look and tell me what you see.

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About Colin Nelson

Colin T. Nelson worked for 40 years as a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer in Minneapolis. He tried everything from speeding tickets to first degree murder. His writing about the courtroom and the legal system give the reader a "back door" view of what goes on, what's funny, and what's a good story. He has also traveled extensively and includes those locations in his mysteries. Some are set in Southeast Asia, Ecuador,Peru, and South Africa. Readers get a suspenseful tale while learning about new places on the planet. Colin is married, has two adult children, and plays the saxophone in various bands.

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