Misha Crews

Stories from the heart. Books that feel like home.

Wow! Here we are at the last day of July! The wheels of time keep right on spinning, even during this kooky year of 2020.

So, my friends, are you ready to start August with a smile on your face? I certainly hope so, because here are three stories of good things that have happened in the past month.

More than one million people in the UK have quit smoking in 2020.

An English campaign designed to help and encourage people to quit smoking conducted a survey which has found that more than one million people have quit smoking since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Separately, the University College London’s survey on smoking rates found fewer smokers among the 2020 UK population than in any year since they started taking the survey in 2007.

Read the full story at the Good News Network.

Firefighters rescued six dogs from a burning building.

This story comes from my hometown of Washington, D.C.

When D.C. Fire and Emergency Services were called to a burning building, they arrived to find that the four human residents had already evacuated and were unhurt. But six beloved pet dogs were still inside and in danger. So the firefighters did what they always do: they rushed to the rescue. And thanks to their quick work, all of the dogs were saved.

“Animals are part of people’s families,” said a city official.

That is so true. ❤️

Read the full story at MSN.com.

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Customers paid for drivers behind them for two hours straight in Mississippi.

This story is probably my personal favorite of the month. You might have seen it on my Facebook page or Twitter feed. At a drive-through restaurant in Mississippi, customers paid for drivers behind them for two straight hours.

Seventy-nine customers in total participated in the pay-it-forward at Taco Sombrero in Gulfport on Monday, each driver paying for the order behind them in the drive-thru line.

The restaurant’s owner wrote on Facebook: “In a world where you can be anything be kind….we thank you …Each and every customer! We love our customers! We hope this story will lift one up and inspired to find their own way to pay it forward!”

Read the full story at SunnySkyz.com.

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These are three out of thousands of good things that happened in the past thirty-one days. Now, let’s see what kind of magic August brings us!

Hugs and happy reading,

Misha

This world is living through some troubling times. All we have to do is log onto the internet or turn on the television, and it seems there’s nothing around us but trouble, sickness, and sorrow. If we believed everything that was on the news, we’d probably all crawl under the blankets and never come out. And yet, even when things look bleak, many people maintain a cheerful outlook.

Have you ever felt guilty about being happy? You walk outside on a sunny day, feel the cool breeze on your cheeks, catch sight of flowers blooming brightly or smell fresh-cut grass, and your lips can’t help but smile. Then you pull out your phone, read about the latest catastrophe, and immediately feel guilty for letting yourself have that one sparkling moment. Has that ever happened to you?

Well, if it ever does, please remember these three important reasons why it’s okay to be happy, even during troubled times:

1. You’re more effective when you’re happy.

When we’re happy, we tend to be calmer and more clear-headed. Our judgement is sharper, and we are better able to function and make decisions. In a troubled world, these are all important qualities: maybe even life-saving ones.

2. Happiness helps you stay healthy.

Numerous articles can be found which praise the value of happiness as it relates to health. It’s been said that being happy can combat stress and promote a healthy lifestyle. It’s even theorized that happiness can boost your immune system and protect your heart.

In a society which is riddled with illness, and yet constantly spending money in an effort to maintain good health, it makes good sense to start your healthcare regimen by staying upbeat.

We can sum it up with this simple motto: “Stay healthy: be happy.”

3. Happiness is a sign of strength.

We are surrounded by voices telling us that trouble is around every corner. Given the amount of noise and discord in the environment, one thing is certain: It takes a strong spirit to maintain a positive outlook.

When, among hue and cry of everyday disasters, you find something that makes you smile, someone who warms your heart, or a moment which gives you peace, seize it, and embrace the happiness it brings.

No one is cheerful all the time; grief and anger are a part of life, and we shouldn’t be afraid of them. But if you find yourself being upbeat, even when the jackals are braying that doom is nigh, that is a good thing. The world needs people who are effective, healthy, and strong.

Thank you for being one of them. ❤️

We all love books, don’t we? (Maybe even a little too much? Or is that just me?) And freedom is a topic that has been widely at issue lately. So, taking these two essential topics and combining them seemed like a good idea! With that in mind, here are fourteen quotes about reading and freedom. I hope you enjoy them!

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass

“Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.” – Katherine Paterson

“Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.” – Judy Blume

“Reading gives you freedom. It gives you power like no other. It gives you the ability to think beyond imagination. It gives you faith and trust, vision and wisdom and strenghts of the worlds out there.” – Megha Soni

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.” – Carl Sagan

“Reading is freedom of thought.” – Nahida Jabin

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.” – Neil Gaiman

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

“Books were my first ticket to personal freedom. I learned to read when I was three and soon revealed that there’s a whole world to know beyond the borders of Mississippi.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Literature was the passport to enter a larger life; that is, the zone of freedom. Literature was freedom. Especially in a time in which the values of reading and inwardness are so strenuously challenged, literature is freedom.” – Susan Sontag

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” – Malcolm X

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” – George Washington Carver

“With freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?” – Oscar Wilde

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I’m going to be posting all of these on Facebook and Twitter, too. I hope you’ll feel free to share.

Wishing you Happy Monday, Hugs and Happy Reading!

Misha