Friday Johnku – AKA – TGIF – Fri-Yay/Good News

Today’s Good News story comes from the good news network. Here it is in its entirety.

Woman About to be Evicted Was Saved By Neighbors Who Bought the Home For Her

ABC 5/KSTP

After being threatened with eviction, a retiree was able to buy the house she had rented for two decades after a quarter-million dollars was raised by the community on her behalf.

Known for having a heart of gold and a pair of green thumbs, Linda Taylor was a beloved neighbor in her Minneapolis community.

After arriving in the area 19 years ago as a volunteer to help the homeless and needy, she began renting a small house on 10th avenue and East 36th street in the Powderhorn Park district. There, the 70-year-old retiree became a “bright star” of the neighborhood.

It seemed though that bright star would be severely darkened, perhaps permanently, when her landlord decided to sell the property, and gave her until the end of January to evict.

Word gets around tight communities, and after she told one neighbor, the greater part of Powderhorn rallied around her, striking a deal with the landlord that if he would give “Miss Linda” until the end of June, they would raise the money to buy the house.

There was no one-size-fits-all approach to the fundraising efforts. Inflation is at a 40 year high driven by previous monetary inflation reaching broader sectors of the economy, while gas just crossed a national average of $5.00 a gallon, yet even in such difficult times, folks were able to open heart, mind, and wallet, to make the project a reality.

It involved an art show, bake sale, pro-bono work by a real estate agent, countless small donations, and other community-fund drives to come up with the dough—which they did, a full month ahead of the June 30th deadline.

“Yesterday I went and did the closing for the house,” Taylor said. “It makes me feel so good, everything that I have given, it’s coming back to me and I want to continue to give. I love this neighborhood.”

The good news here is the Golden Rules is very much in play. (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.) I hope you have a great weekend. Today’s JohnKu is about helping others.

Good works by John W. Howell © 2022

A simple concept,

Treat all those you meet daily . . .

Just like you are they.

83 comments

  1. Jane Sturgeon · · Reply

    Oh John, what a wonderful story. God bless Linda and her loving community. ❤

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    1. I agree, Jane. ❤️

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Michael.

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  2. Thanks for this wonderful heart touching and with happiness ending story, John! Just on Friday’s like this very appreciated. Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Yes Fridays are made for stories like this. 😊

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  3. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Despite what you hear on the News every day, there are still good people out there 😃

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    1. Thank you for sharing the post, Chris.

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      1. My pleasure, John 👍😃

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  4. That’s a wonderful story, John! Not just good news. Great news!

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    1. I thought so too, Joan. Thank you. 😊

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  5. What a wonderful story, John. Proof that when we stop scrolling through our social media feeds we have time to see the good in the world. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes. Hopefully Fridays are for that purpose. Thanks, Jill. 😊

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  6. A fantastic and heart warming story, John. And a lovely poem. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful news story. Have a wonderful weekend 💕🙂

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    1. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well, Harmony. 😁

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  7. What an amazing story. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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    1. Always good to have some good things happening. Thanks, Darlene.

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  8. Cheers to the good news. Not only did I not hear about this one, but this is also the first time I’ve heard about an achievement like this

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    1. I’m sure with the housing situation there are more stories like this one out there. Or at east more need like this. Thanks, Frank.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story and your sweet poem! This post is a smile maker.

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    1. I’m glad Annette. We all need more smiles. 😁

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  10. What a beautiful share, John. In this day and age where so many don’t even know their neighbours, this is particularly potent.
    Happy Friday to you!

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    1. Thank you Dale. You make a good point. Happy Friday to you.

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      1. I have my moments 😉
        Thank you!

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      2. 😁 You have a lot of moments.

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      3. You are so very generous! 😘

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  11. A great story to choose, John. It’s not what you have, it’s what you do.

    Great poem.

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    1. I think you summed it up beautifully. 😊

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  12. Another wonderful story I would have known nothing about. Thanks for this.

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    1. Always good to find something to smile about. Thanks, Craig.

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  13. That’s fantastic! I love a happy ending.

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    1. Me too, Deborah. That’s why I love Fridays. 😁

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  14. I remember reading about this. Awesome news.

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks, Charles.

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  15. Thank you for this good news, John. After watching the Senate hearings last night, I needed something to restore my faith in human nature.

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    1. You have to stay away from Congressional anything, Liz. There is no salvation there.

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      1. You’re right. It had the effect of making me want to renounce my American citizenship.

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      2. Currently the Congress has a 21% approval rating in the latest pole. The means 79% of us hate what they are doing. Why do we allow them to stay there.

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      3. Exactly. Why do we vote for them? I’m beginning to think that the Congressional system has been hopelessy corrupted.

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      4. There is always recall but then you get somebody even worse.

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      5. You have that right.

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  16. I’ve come to rely on these posts to end my week with a smile. What a lovely account of someone getting what they deserve in the positive sense. Thanks, John. Happy weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Staci. It is a story built for smiles. 😁

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  17. This is a real feel-good story – many of those you post can’t be found easily. The media likes to tell us all the worst, so thanks for this!

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    1. Yes, Sometimes they have to be hunted down. Thanks, Noelle.

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  18. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Oh my, what a heart-filling story of goodwill! Beautiful, John, thank you for sharing. “Just like you are they” — perfect! 💗

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. There was a little Yoda in that line.😁

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      1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

        Absolutely 😁

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  19. It’s a happy story, John, but a sad one too. The money hungry in America are destroying regular working people.

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    1. The landlord did give the folks time to raise the money. The info didn’t say why he had to sell. I do get your point though.

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  20. Great story of human kindness, John. Thanks for sharing this. It makes me smile. 🙂

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    1. Always glad to bring a smile, Tim. Thanks. 😁

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  21. Great story, John — thank you for bringing it to our attention. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t need forced giving like taxes for people to help each other?

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    1. Yes it would be wonderful. Thanks, Debbie.

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  22. Oh wow! What a wonderful story and a great example of the power of coming together! Thanks for sharing, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan.

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  23. Fabulous – community in action. Thank you for giving light and joy to my day, John!

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed it Rebecca. 😊

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  24. Another fabulous story, John! Love ending my week this way…keep ’em comin’…. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Lori. 😁

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  25. Wow. That’s so awesome, John. What a generous community, especially with inflation making everyone’s lives harder. Miss Linda Gets a Home would make a great children’s book. And your “golden rule” haiku was perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Diana.

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  26. What a wonderful story. Proof of what you put out into the world comes back to you.

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    1. So true, Teri.

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  27. She sounds like the heart of that neighborhood. Good for all of them.

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    1. Yes. I think she is.

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      1. Great story, Boss

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  28. What a wonderful story, John. And gas inches closer and closer to $7 a gallon in our area. It’s crazy! Thanks for your wonderful words, too!

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    1. Yes, prices are going to go higher.

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  29. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    This post is one of the best stories I’ve seen all year. We hear so many stories of people being selfish and thoughtless, and it’s nice to remember that most folks are good and decent—sharing!

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    1. These folks took action which is what more kind and decent folks need to do. Thanks, Pete.

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  30. Wonderful story, John. It put a lump in my throat 🙂

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    1. It does that kind of thing, Marie. Thanks.

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  31. A great story, as great as they get!
    Thank you John! Your JohnKu is perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Resa. 😊

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  32. I heard about this story. Wonderful! When everyday people get together to do the right thing, they can change the world for another person. Wow!

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    1. I know. It is terrific. Thanks, Jeannie.

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