Monday, July 20, 2009

Hope floats...

I've never been a big fan of that movie, mainly because I am not a big fan of Harry Connick, Jr. as an actor. Jazz music - okay. Love interest for Sandra Bullock - not so much. Plus, I never really got the title in relation to the movie plot. 

But it seemed a particularly apt one for today's post. Hope does prop you up when you need it the most, even though in those times, optimism can be the hardest thing to call up. has a nice, long story on how optimism is helping area residents get by in the current recession and even includes some comforting facts about small ways the recession seems to be easing. highlighted the story of an unidentified donor who went to an ad agency in Port St. Lucie, Fla. with a concept to put up inspirational billboards around the country and the money to back it. The Outdoor Advertising Association of America donated materials and manpower. Twelve messages are broadcast on over 1,000 billboards across the US that share fun and hopeful reminders about recessions, like "Self worth beats net worth" and "Bill Gates started Microsoft during a recession." 

The Appeal-Democrat out of Marysville, Calif. (apparently the one Conservative paper in that state) has a brief commentary that mentions the latest recession angel. Marilyn Mock learned her neighbor's house was foreclosed upon and going up for auction. She attended the auction, bought the house and sold it back to the woman for the price she bought it. The original owner will make payments to Mock now, as she can afford and with no interest. Mock then started the Foreclosure Angel Foundation that raises money, so other foreclosed-on homeowners have the same chance as Mock's neighbor. 

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