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True Instances Of Decency: Shoutout This Week To Cara A

boy who saved his sisters lifeThe shoutout this week is to reader Cara A., who left a comment on ‘The Boy Who Saved His Sister’s Life’ story:

“This story was in Reader’s Digest about 50 years ago. It’s now been posted as a current happening, by some “doctor” on twitter, and is making the rounds on tumblr.

Sadly, fakery at work – which detracts from true instances of decency in life.”

Thanks for your comment Cara. That’s too bad about the Twitter “doctor” though.

I can’t say that I’m surprised someone is out there doing that however. The lure of social media attention is too much for some people and it brings out their worst nature.

The Boy Who Saved His Sister’s Life is a beautiful story, even though it is short it can change a person for the better simply by reading it.

I didn’t know that it was in Reader’s Digest though, and 50 years ago at that!

Since I posted the story here years ago (wow…was that really in 2013??) people have written in every so often asking about the history of it. Maybe it’s time soon for me to do some more digging into where it came from.

If anybody knows what Reader’s Digest issue it was in, or any other info/versions of the story let me know. Leave a comment below or write me anita@anitasnotebook.com

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It’s Been A Long Time Since You Sent Your Stories: Shoutout This Week To Nehal

Girl With Floating Balloons On StorybookThe shoutout this week is to a reader named Nehal, who wrote me an email:

“Hey Anita

It’s been a long time since you have sent any of your stories.

I love your stories and I am desperately looking forward to hearing from you.”

Hi Nehal! Sorry for being gone so long and leaving you all without any stories to read here.

To be honest I had fallen into a depression due to various personal things and stopped writing about stories for a while.

Which anyone who has been following this blog knows is totally crazy. Stories and writing about them have saved me more times than I can count …not to mention they were the whole reason I started this blog back in 2008.

Well I snapped out of that real quick when I read Nehal’s email and started thinking about things. I realized I needed to start exploring stories again and sharing them here like in the old days.

I actually felt a little better right away, like I had let light back into my life again or something.

Let this be a lesson to me and anyone reading this: if you are having troubles in your life you need *more* stories, not less.

Life is definitely better with stories!

xo,
Anita

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Anthony Bourdain And The Ghosts Of The Barog Tunnel: Shoutout This Week To James Yu

Anthony Bourdain the great storytellerA reader named James Yu wrote something that surprised me in the comments of the Ghost Of The Barog Tunnel Story:

“Anthony Bourdain rode the train thru Barog Tunnel. I would like to walk to Barog Tunnel by myself and see Antony and Colonel Barog having a tea.

I will seat and join them to discuss current affairs. Then ask for some matches and stick so that I can walk out of the tunnel.”

James I loved your comment, it was very poetic. And I want to thank you for bringing it to my attention that Anthony Bourdain rode through the Barog Tunnel.

I have been a fan of Anthony Bourdain for a long time now, being an admirer of how he so easily was able to show the deeper meaning of any particular location he was in. I even wrote a blog about it in 2010 wishing for his superpower.

Entrance To Haunted Barog TunnelAnd being a fan of the ghost stories surrounding the Barog Tunnel, I can’t believe I never knew that Anthony Bourdain had visited the area and had even gone through the Barog Tunnel itself. How cool.

I’m going to track down that episode where Anthony Bourdain went through the Barog Tunnel and watch it.

I’ll probably have a tear in my eye through half of it as I still can’t believe Anthony Bourdain is gone. But I’ll also have a beer in hand to raise a toast to Anthony Bourdain and his great stories!

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