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  • Greeting card companies make up holidays so last week I decided to decree #InternationalFindSomethingToSmileAboutDay, hashtag and all.

    It's not that easy to read the New York Times or other papers and find happy news and not what we are being fed by the media. Yes, there are terrible news out there, but the media is on a feeding frenzy and I, for one, am sick of it

    So here we go. I am hell bent on finding positive news. Fires in Nederland, Colorado, for example, have brought out many people in nearby Boulder to open up their homes to strangers who have been evacuated. Argentina has celebrated its first non-political independence day in many years, and its citizens are full of pride and patriotism. TWO WOMEN are running against each other as Prime Minister of the UK. Two women. A man on FB is running a Free Hugs project, and it has millions of views. On a personal note, my grandaughter Maya has just turned ten months old, when only ten months ago she was struggling for her life. There is no baby I have ever known who smiles more than that kid.

    A good friend has just become a grandmother for the second time after a daughter's long labor!

    At 68, I feel like a kid (that's a LOT to smile about).

    Only four years in Boulder, I can count with a bunch of friends that I truly love and who (I hope!) love me back.

    My oldest daughter is about to turn 44 (yikes!) and there has never been a better 44 years, joy and tears but mostly joy.

    My prayer is that this revolution of smiles takes hold and rushes over the negativity fed to us by media like lava coming down from a volcano. That it covers it and converts it into a beautiful field of flowers.

    So, do yourself a favor and find something to smile about.

    #InternationalFindSomethingToSmileAboutDay has been extended indefinetly.
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