Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t know about you, but it currently feels like March 64th to me. Like March is just going to bend space and time and COVID-19 will just always be “March”. BUT! Enough of that! Today is #FeelGoodFriday, and we’re going to focus on news stories today, because tomorrow is #NationalHugANewspersonDay. And I don’t know about you, but reporters these days are doing their best to keep us informed during one of the most trying periods in our history. So today’s stories will have a news angle of some sort, and while I don’t recommend you ACTUALLY accost a newsperson (#socialdistancing) (also: assault?), please feel free to Tweet, email, write a letter, call…whatever it is you do…to let them know their efforts are appreciated. ESPECIALLY since many are putting themselves in the line of fire (whatever the fire happens to be that day) to make sure we stay informed – and all this while news offices are cutting staff and closing up shop far too regularly. So without further ado – here are your #FeelGoodFriday moments!

For our first story, I’m 100% certain we can all relate to one degree or another. Who among us these days hasn’t accidentally turned on a filter or posted something to the wrong page or – HORRORS! – hit “Reply All” instead of just “Reply”? Well, sometimes, those mistakes take a more amusing turn than others, as this poor weatherman learned.

For this next one, we go to my favorite Silver Fox, Anderson Cooper. And because we could ALL use a laugh (or a few giggles) these days – just try not to laugh once he gets started. It really is contagious.

This next one is an honorable mention, because it’s not done by an actual reporter. However, it’s definitely a tribute to those who do it on the regular. And it’s a *heartwarming* tribute, with some sweet moments, and some funny ones too. If you haven’t seen it, do watch. It’s wonderful – and I hope he does more!

We’re going to finish off, however, with Mr. Andrew Cotter, a sports commentator for the BBC. If you haven’t seen this, you must. And if you *have*? It’s ABSOLUTELY worth another watch.

So there you have it – another #FeelGoodFriday post! I’d love to hear about anything you saw or heard lately that really either gave you the feels or made you laugh. And remember – we’re all in this together, so #StayHome and #StaySafe – and always remember to be kind. We can never know what one person may be dealing with under their curtain of calm.

#FeelGoodFriday

Things are crazy and scary and each day often feels like at least a week, right? I can’t be the only one forgetting what day it even is at times…Which leads me to believe that #FeelGoodFriday is more important than ever. We all need to take that time and appreciate the little stuff, whether it happens to be something funny, or sweet, or a kindness done to another – the humanity in us calls out for good things. So – let’s get started!

This first item cracked me up, frankly. Particularly as someone who had a Roomba for *years*. I love to see how people are getting creative with their ideas during all of the time spent at home.

Ok – who among you grew up watching Reading Rainbow? I don’t know about you, but I idolize Levar Burton *not* from his Trekkie days, but from his Reading Rainbow days. And this entire thread of authors and people responding to help is GOLD. The cherry on top – nay, the whipped cream AND the cherry – is Neil Gaiman’s response. #BookTwitter is the BEST Twitter! (You can see the whole thread in the link below the image.)

https://twitter.com/levarburton/status/1242584883878219777

People have had to get…creative…about stuff they’re stuck with when weddings and other big events are forced to cancel. This one was a favorite. If you click on the image, you can see the other group of pics he posted, where the many MANY chocolate Lindt bunnies are lining up – 2 x 2, natch – to set sail.

One of my absolute favorite things about this craziness is how many organizations stepped up to help kids (and parents!) keep busy, continue learning, and simply be able to find the fun. A particular favorite of mine has been to watch the daily videos the Cincinnati Zoo is doing. They’re not terribly long, they’re fun and informative, they feature different animals every day, and they always have a great activity for the kids to do at the end that revolves around that day’s animal. Honestly, *I’M* the one in the household that is finding myself glued to my computer on the daily at 12pm on the dot.

The first daily video was…Fiona!

So – now I’m curious. What things have YOU found to take joy in this week? Big, little, or somewhere in between – share your joy and pass a little of that happiness along! And remember – please Be Kind To One Another, as Ellen always says. We need it now more than at any time in a very long time. Check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly. Facetime (or whatever) your friends. Form an online reading club. And remember – we’re all in this together, and kindness is key to helping the sense of despair we may sometimes feel.