Max Evans lived on the streets of Boston near the New England Aquarium, making his bed between two jersey barriers each night. He was known for being gruff, feisty, and unkempt, but these traits belied an inner graciousness and sincerity that touched many of those around him.
Janne Vanessche and her boyfriend were fighting – a lovers’ quarrel. The argument was over something trivial, but, to an outsider, things may have looked serious. When Janne fled to a nearby park to let off steam, she was surprised to hear an unfamiliar voice call out to her.
Sister Sue Kintzele’s phone number is written on the wall near the pay phone at the county jail. When prisoners can’t make bail, they tell their family to call Sister Sue.
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Nearing the end of her months-long hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, Brittany Goodson began to panic. Days of unrelenting rain had soaked her gear, and hypothermia threatened. Brittany and dozens of other hikers were forced off the trail, and eventually found their way to the only nearby town – the tiny community of Trout Lake, Washington.
As Parkinson’s disease worsened for Bernard Michaels, his family took him on a final trip to Europe. Early in the trip, a slip in Venice, Italy landed him in the hospital. His daughter, Sonia, set out with a collapsible wheelchair to meet him, but seventeen staired footbridges, slick with rain, stood between them. Fortunately, others took notice.
On Christmas Day, 2010, a Japanese orphanage received an unexpected donation: 10 leather backpacks, five red and five black. Curiously, the note that accompanied the anonymous donation was signed with the name Naote Date, the alter ego of Tiger Mask, a manga and anime character.
Jen Turner had always wanted to be a mom. But when she developed macular edema, an eye disease, doctors warned her that pregnancy could result in permanent loss of sight. Seeing her sister’s distress, Jen’s identical twin, Mel, made an unconventional proposal.
Everything seemed to be going wrong in Maureen Festa’s life. Her marriage was ending, her mother was dying, and she faced having to leave the neighborhood she loved. She’d learned of a potential new apartment just down the street, but, on the day she’d planned to see it, she lost her job. To her surprise, the apartment’s landlord gave her reason to hope.
Dr. Ferenc Jolesz’s kidneys were failing fast. The estimated wait time for a cadaver transplant was five to 10 years. He didn’t have that kind of time. But an article in the local paper led a stranger to ask, “Why not me?”