When Good People Do Good Things

When I see them, I often save articles that describe good people doing good things. Here are two of my favorites from 2016.

At rest with honor. Andrew Moore died last year the way he had lived most of his life . . . alone.

When Moore was young, he was placed in an orphanage, a home for children without parents. When he was a teenager, he ran away.

He had no family. He never married. And when he died, he was living alone in a small apartment in an apartment building in Washington, D.C., for people with little money.

Moore might have been alone, but he was not lonely. He made friends easily and knew most of the people who lived and worked in the apartment building. They say he made their lives brighter.

Because Moore had no money, no family, and no will (instructions for after you die), he would have been buried by the city of Washington and forgotten. But two of his friends from the apartment building had a different idea: they wanted him buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery is a place to honor men and women who have served (worked for) the U.S., especially those who had served in the military. Many veterans (people who have fought in a war) are buried there. So are important leaders, like John F. Kennedy, scientists, astronauts, and important American musicians.

Moore’s friends knew he had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was qualified (met the requirements) to be buried at Arlington. They completed all the paperwork that was required and collected money from others who lived in the apartment building to help with the expenses. It was difficult and took a lot of time.

Finally, on a cold, windy Friday morning last spring, Moore was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in a full military ceremony, along with more than 14,000 others who, like him, had served their country.

Her father’s heart. Ten years ago, Jeni Stepien’s father was shot and killed during a robbery. While he lay in the hospital, dying, his family decided to donate (give) his organs (heart and other body parts) to an organization that finds people who need them and makes it possible for the families to stay in touch with each other after the transplant (moving an organ from one person to another).

Stepien’s father’s heart went to another father, Arthur Thomas, who had congestive heart failure (when the heart stops working properly). He would have died in just a few days without the new heart. After the transplant, Stepien’s and Thomas’s families became friends through phone calls, letters, and emails.

When Stepien planned her wedding last year, she wanted to remember her father in a special way. After talking to her family, she invited Thomas to walk her from the back of the church to the front, like her father would have done. Thomas agreed to do it.

At the wedding, Stepien and Thomas walked to the front of the church, then stopped and looked at each other. Thomas took her hand and briefly held it over his – her father’s – heart so she could feel the heartbeat. Her father was there.

Happy New Year!

~ Warren Ediger – ESL tutor/coach and creator of the Successful English website.

This post was adapted from articles in the New York Times and Washington Post.
Photo of Arlington National Cemetery courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

 

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17 Responses to When Good People Do Good Things

  1. emiliano says:

    Yes, sometime stories like these are really necessary.
    Thank you Warren and have a Happy New Year.

    emiliano

  2. Shuo says:

    I left VA last summer after my Master’s study, and moved in CA. I have never visited Arlington Cemetery, even if I have been living there for two years. Now I wish I should have.

  3. Tania says:

    Hi,

    I was moved by this true story, especially by the last
    phrase, “Her father was there.”.
    As my father passed away many years ago, I still pray
    for him asking him the help when I am in need.
    Yes, he is still with me, watching me.
    Sometimes nobody can help me, but he is there.

  4. Tania says:

    Hi,

    As I told you I have read the book Tarantula by Bob Dylan.
    Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature.
    Difficult to read and understand it if you are not a native American.
    I am proud that I could read Tarantula, a collection of strange
    phrases and poems.
    I noted many from his funny or interesting phrases,
    but I did not found the English text of Tarantula so
    I can’t share them with you.

  5. Tania says:

    Hi,

    The Bob Dylan’s tone, rhythm remember me of the poem
    from the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.
    It is one of my first novels read thanks to Jeff.
    The title of the book is a line from a nursery rhyme:

    “Vintery, mintery, cutery, corn,
    Apple seed and apple thorn,
    Wire, briar, limber lock
    Three geese in a flock
    One flew East,
    One flew West
    And one flew over the cuckoo’s nest.”

  6. Tania says:

    Hi,

    May I share with you all some of the most famous lyrics by Bob Dylan?

    Knocking On Heaven’s Door

    “Mama, put my guns in the ground
    I can’t shoot them anymore.
    The long black cloud is comin’ down
    I feel like I’m knocking on heaven’s door.

    Knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door.”

  7. Tania says:

    Hi,

    Things Have Changed by Bob Dylan

    I hurt easy, I don’t show it
    You can hurt someone and not even know it
    The next sixty seconds could be like an eternity
    Gonna get low down, gonna fly high
    All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie.

  8. Tania says:

    Hi,

    The Times They Are a – Changin’ by Bob Dylan

    If your time to you
    Is worth savin’
    Then you better start swimmin’
    Or you’ll sink like a stone
    For the times they are a- changin’
    ………………………………………………
    Come mothers and fathers
    Throughtout the land
    And don’t criticize
    What you can’t understand
    Your sons and your daughters
    Are beyond your command
    Your old road is
    Rapidily agin’
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can’t lend your hand
    For the times they are a- changin’.

  9. Tania says:

    Hi,

    I have read that
    “the angry young people poem has the name Bob Dylan”.
    I know nothing about the angry young people poem.
    Is it a movement in the literature?

  10. emiliano says:

    Yes, Tania, I know you like lyrics of Dylan.
    Here there is some different lyric songs from the time he was a young like I was
    too.

    “San Francisco” Scott Mackencie was the singer, and it was about Hippies movement.

    1. If you’re going to San Francisco
    Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
    If you’re going to San Francisco
    You’re gonna meet some gentle people there
    2. For those who come to San Francisco
    Summertime will be a love-in there
    In the streets of San Francisco
    Gentle people with flowers in their hair
    Intro.: All across the nation, such a strange vibration
    People in motion
    There’s a whole generation with a new explanation
    People in motion, people in motion
    3. For those who come to San Francisco
    Be sure to wear some flowers in their hair
    If you come to San Francisco
    Summertime will be a love-in there
    Extro.: If you come to San Francisco
    Summertime will be a loving day

    Songwriters
    Kahn, Gus / Kaper, Bronislaw / Jurmann, Walter

    Another one:

    “Monday, Monday” that was singed by
    Mamas and the Papas for those years.

    Monday, Monday, so good to me
    Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be
    Oh, Monday morning, Monday morning couldn’t guarantee
    That Monday evening, you would still be here with me
    Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day
    Monday, Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way
    Oh, Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be
    Oh, Monday, Monday, how could you leave and not take me?
    Every other day, every other day
    Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
    But whenever Monday comes
    But whenever Monday comes
    You can find me crying all of the time
    Monday, Monday, so good to me
    Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be
    But Monday morning, Monday morning couldn’t guarantee
    That Monday evening, you would still be here with me
    Every other day, every other day
    Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
    But whenever Monday comes
    But whenever Monday comes
    You can find me crying all of the time
    Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day
    Monday, Monday, it just turns out that way
    Oh, Monday, Monday, won’t go away
    Monday, Monday, it’s here to stay
    Oh Monday, Monday
    Oh Monday, Monday
    Songwriters
    Phillips, John Edmund Andrew
    ++++++++
    If you have seen the movie “Forrest Gump” all these songs are like
    sound movie track and I think there is also some of the one you
    Tania like so much “Bob Dylan”
    Yes there are two “Rany Day Women” with Dylan
    and Blowing in the Wind” singed by Joan Baez who was I think his girlfriend, yes she was, and also was her who introduced him in the festival concerts.
    I liked Joan Baez too much more than him, sorry Tania.
    Forrest Gump has one of the best movie tracks for people like me that have
    lived all those incredible years when everything changed so much.

    Happy New Year.

    emiliano

  11. Mari Carmen says:

    Hello,

    Hi Emiliano.
    I love Aquarius (let the sunshine in). I think it is in the film Hair, where a character featuring a hippie man sings that song in a park. But I prefer much more the original version by The Fifth Dimension, in vinyl if possible, on 45 rpm.

    Best wishes

  12. Tania says:

    Hi,

    Thank you , dear Emiliano, for helping me to understand
    better Bob Dylan’s work.
    You have guessed. I almost know nothing about all those
    famous songs.
    Although I have seen the movie Forrest Gump, I was not able
    to note and the sound movie track.
    Thank you.

    Happy New Year, dear friend Emiliano!

    Tania

  13. Tania says:

    Hi,

    Dear Mari Carmen, please tell us more about Aquarius.
    I know nothing about it.

    Happy New Year, dear blog friend Mari Carmen!

    Best wishes,

    Tania

  14. emiliano says:

    Mari Carmen, yes I love Aquarius song
    Wonderful by all means.

    Lyrics:

    Whwn the moon is in the Seventh House
    And Jupiter aligns with Mars
    Then peace will guide the planets
    And love will steer the stars
    This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
    Age of Aquarius
    Aquarius!
    Aquarius!

    Harmony and understanding
    Sympathy and trust abounding
    No more falsehoods or derisions
    Golden living dreams of visions
    Mystic crystal revelation
    And the mind’s true liberation
    Aquarius!
    Aquarius!

    When the moon is in the Seventh House
    And Jupiter aligns with Mars
    Then peace will guide the planets
    And love will steer the stars
    This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
    Age of Aquarius
    Aquarius!
    Aquarius!
    Aquarius!
    Aquarius!

    Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in, the sunshine in
    Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in, the sunshine in
    Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in, the sunshine in

    Songwriters
    MAC DERMOT, GALT/RADO, JAMES/RAGNI, GEROME /
    5th Dimension – Aquarius Lyrics

    ++++
    Of course you are right, it is sing in the musical and film “Hair”
    but the original is 5th Dimension.
    Good, very good taste and memory dear colleague.

    emiliano

  15. emiliano says:

    And what do you think about this song?

    “And you hiding”
    Joan Baptista Humet

    I love you with my love of amateur,
    I love you With the urgency of the soldier.
    I Love You Because I’m your gardener,
    I Love You Because there is time and flower, and hope.
    I Love You Because you hide your love,
    I love you because i play explorers.

    It’s all I know, and you hiding, I consuming me, and time is passing.

    I love you without using Stratagems,
    I Love You Because you break my schemes.
    I want your figure dancer I never know if you fly or walk.
    I love what I Knowing not play,
    what that í feel for you and what you owe.

    It’s all I know, and you hiding, I consuming me, and time is passing.

    I love you for the laughter you shed, feels good to the gray of the morning.
    I Love You Because You have decided so your poppy flower and my senses.
    I Love You Because it is good to open the hands, the world is always so far away

    It’s all I know, and you hiding, I consuming me, and time is passing.

    +++++

    It is a translation from the Spanish, but him J.B. Humet is to me one of the
    best singers and poets, born in Cataluña, together with J.M. Serrat that I have listened.
    But J.B. Humet was forgotten, Why?
    Who knows……..
    From time to time I will put some of his poems and songs.

    Nice good year for all of you friends of the ESL blog.

    emiliano

  16. emiliano says:

    Talking about Joan Batista Humet, the catalan singer and poet, he lost his sister by the heroine that she injected as so many thousand of young on the eighties.
    Heroine was so popular that dozens of thousand young and not so young died on those years.
    Once his sister Clara was died he wrote this song in her memory.

    “Clara” it was his sister name:

    Clara, Clara different, Stranger Among His People, look away.
    Clara, drifting, no luck in choosing the exit door.
    Clara, abandoned in the arms of another solitude.

    Hoping to make friends through the snow to coat other lucidity,
    Discovering worlds where it never rains, escaping again and again.
    Bailing penalties to navigate … black stars saw through His veins and no one wanted to ask.

    Clara was caught, left work, came down.
    Clara languished lost on a path of anxieties and ragweed.
    Clara Said nothing and one day I Disappeared.

    They say walking sidewalks saw adjusting the passage to the
    other, trying to do anything for money for biting fire again.
    That morning Clara sank, the sea had fear in her eyes, clothes
    soaked and the ground for a pillow, and slowly dawned.

    ++++

    This was the story of lot of young in the eighteen years when it
    seems all was allowed and heroine was a way to escape.

    ++++++

    Another one more famous song was this one touching the same theme:

    Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
    The Beatles

    Picture yourself in a boat on a river
    With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.
    Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
    A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
    Cellophane flowers of yellow and green
    Towering over your head.
    Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes
    And she’s gone.
    Lucy in the sky with diamonds
    Lucy in the sky with diamonds
    Lucy in the sky with diamonds, ah, ah
    Follow her down to a bridge by the fountain
    Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies.
    Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers
    That grow so incredibly high.

    The heronina, and AIDS, left tens of Thousands of young girls and men killed in the street, in the toilets of some bars, at home, in hospitals and then a consumed by AIDS and Hepatitis C.

    Years of freedom but with lot of health problems in the moment and in future.
    All this is touched also in Forest Gump.

    emiliano

  17. Mary Carmen says:

    Hello everyone.

    Emiliano wrote the lyrics of the song Aquarius – thank you so much, dear colleague – so we see it talks about astrology, love and good vibrations.

    I really don’t know much about the song Aquarius. I recall it as one of my memories from my childhood. Dear Tania, Happy New Year to you and to all blog friends here.

    Thanks, bye
    Mari

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