Friday JohnKu – AKA -TGIF – FRI-Yay/Good News

No, today is not Wednesday, not yet time for a ‘good people’ post, but I think we could all use a little break from the crises and disasters – both at home and around the globe – as we head into the weekend. My friend John Howell tells the story of an entire community of good people that warmed my heart as I think it will yours. Thank you, John!

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100 Farmers, Neighbors Help Harvest Iowa Farmer’s Crops After He Died Suddenly From Cancer


Paul Baker, courtesy of Melissa Baker

Today’s good news story was brought to my attention by blogger and author Noelle Granger. It comes from the Epoch Times Newsletter, and here it is in its entirety. Thanks so much, Noelle, for submitting this one.

When an Iowa farmer died suddenly and unexpectedly from lung cancer, his neighbors rallied together within days to reap the corn crops he left behind. His family, deeply humbled, are grateful for the tight-knit community that showed their love and saved their harvest.

Born and raised in Creston, Iowa, Paul Baker farmed around 500 acres of land, raising beef cattle, soybeans, and corn. Nobody, including Paul and his wife of 46 years, Lynn Baker, had any idea Paul was battling cancer.

After he became seriously ill…

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15 thoughts on “Friday JohnKu – AKA -TGIF – FRI-Yay/Good News

  1. I should imagine these people in remote areas do not form radical political views like Trumpism and try and shove them down everyone else’s neck. I would expect they would rarely be politically motivated.

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    • To an extent perhaps, but having lived in a small rural area during part of my marriage, I discovered that those people can be just as avidly political as any. But, when a neighbor needs help, they can put their political differences aside … that may be the biggest difference.


  2. a wonderful story; thank you and John for sharing it. I can attest to: “there’s something really special about a small-town rural community.” My sister married a farmer, and while it is somewhat of a lonely life, they also seemed to be part of a very supportive community…

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