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Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 9:09 PM
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Hugs, handshakes and smiles



“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

— John Bunyan

“In January, I spoke with one of the people who was shooting the GoDaddy commercial downtown. While he was ‘just’ an assistant lighting technician, he wanted to work up to be a location manager. While the conversation did not last very long, when I asked for what he thought made a good location for a commercial or film, I thought he would say things like infrastructure, transportation, etc. But he, and the man next to him, as if it were a well-worn refrain, said in unison, ‘Hugs, handshakes and smiles.’

Sadly, they were called back to work and I didn’t get to explore the whole ‘hugs, handshakes and smiles,’ but I think it’s part of why they chose Taylor, and so many others have too. Kindness matters. Friendliness matters. Community matters.

What exemplifies this is when I was at the coffee shop, describing one of my dear friends. I said, ‘She listens. She becomes friends with most everyone she meets. She pays attention to people. She loves to love and serve others. She blesses others with her presence. She starts out people’s days with kindness and a smile.’

One of my friends asked who I was talking about, and two of my friends both called out different names. They were right. The woman I was talking about, and the two others my friends were thinking about matched the description perfectly, as do so many in Taylor.

How many people come to mind when you hear the same?

They listen. They becomes friends with most everyone she meets.

They pay attention to people.

They love to love and serve others.

They bless others with their presence.

They start out people’s days with kindness and a smile.”

— Steven D. Lee

“I have a shout-out for Andrea Bostick and Amanda Lutz. These ladies worked tirelessly to help find housing for a young mom. This sweet young mom was left homeless due to circumstances beyond her control. Andrea secured a roof over her head while Amanda called tons of shelters and housing authorities. These ladies helped watch her children and transported her all over doing what they could to get this accomplished.

They didn’t do this for any recognition or award, it is just their Christlike nature.

The children would often fall asleep (nap time) when they made it to their homes. Even though they had a place to sleep at night, I’m sure they knew they were in a safe place when they got to their homes.

This past Monday, after two weeks of searching, they secured her a place to stay and rebuild her life. This mom is now on the right track due to the love of these two women.”

— Michelle Premeaux-Johnson

Please help us to fill this page with good news. Let us know who should receive a shoutout for walking the extra mile. Let us know who put a smile on your face. You can either send them to Taylor Press attn: Good News, 211 W. Third St., Taylor, TX 76574, or post to the Good News Taylor Made Facebook page.

Always remember there is goodness everywhere and kindness matters.


Taylor Press

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