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Human Kindness: Debut of my story in Chicken Soup for the Soul

Human kindness is that certain essential something that surprises us in the darkest of moments. When the chips are down, when we’ve convinced ourselves we are alone in the world, somebody appears from nowhere and proves us wrong. Someone comes along when we least expect it and shines on us a light so bright that we are humbled by the experience. This special someone opens up our hearts and reminds us that we are all connected, that we are here to be help each other, that we are here to spread love and kindness every chance we get. Those of us who receive these kindnesses have been truly blessed.

I had exactly such an experience this past year when our car broke down on a dark highway in the middle of nowhere between California and Arizona. I wrote about that experience and am now humbled to have had the story published by the wonderful folks at Chicken Soup for the Soul. Chicken Soup has a long history of publishing beautiful true stories shared by their contributors of some of the most touching moments of our lives.

This is my second story published in a Chicken Soup book. The first story I had published was in 2016’s “Angels and Miracles” book (my story is called “The Desk”).

Today is the debut of my second Chicken Soup story. It appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s “My Kind (of) America:  101 Stories about the True Spirit of Our Country” (my story is called “Highway Breakdown”).

I hope you get a chance to buy the book and give it a read. I’m sure once you do, your heart will be lifted and you will be reminded how connected we all are and how much love and kindness there is in this country and in this world.

(If you like the book, please help promote human kindness by giving it a good review on Amazon. Thanks!)

Blessings to you all,

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You’re Invited to a Party! My Short Story Published in Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup for the Soul, Angels and Miracles

Hello, My Faithful Followers!

My short story called “The Desk” is being debuted in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels and Miracles book, AVAILABLE TOMORROW, November 1, 2016, at a book store near you! (Or online, of course! Here–> at AMAZON)

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I’m beyond excited about being part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family now. It’s truly an honor.

This particular collection of 101 stories (cherry picked out of somewhere between 5000 and 6000 submissions!) is a widely varied collection of stories relating to . . . well, it’s much easier to allow the Chicken Soup folks explain it . . .

Miracles, answered prayers, cases of divine intervention—they happen every day—strengthening our faith, giving us hope, and proving that good things do happen to good people!

Miracles are all around us—we just have to look to see them. These powerful stories will deepen your faith and give you hope that good things do happen to good people. From guardian angels to divine messengers, from miraculous healing to messages from heaven, from mysterious dreams that come true to divine coincidence, you’ll be in awe as you read these 101 stories of true wonder and inspiration. These stories are written by real people—ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences—who are just as surprised that these things happened to them as we are to read about them.

TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 1, 2016, the Chicken Soup folks are hosting a TWITTER PARTY for us contributors, with an open invitation for family and friends to join us. I’d love to have you in attendance if you can make it!

If you attend, make sure to give a shout out to me! My twitter tag is:  @SusanMaddyJ

Thanks to my family and friends who support me in my baby steps in the big, big world of writing and my big, big endeavors to find my place in it! I love you so much for encouraging me to dream that big!

Warmest love and regards,

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Maui, Hawaii [Part 4]: Bread Grows on Trees?

Bread grows on trees. So does love. Maui will inspire the naturalist in you.

There are Banana Trees that bear fruit to enjoy with bread and fresh-brewed Hawaiian coffee. There’s papaya and pineapple, and fruits that look like pineapple but are NOT! There is guava and peach palm fruit. And then there is bread that grows on trees. Really? Well, not quite, but there is an edible fruit that grows on Breadfruit Trees. Heck, even LOVE grows on the trees of Hawaii (It really does! Check out the hearts and kisses adorning the trunk of the Papaya Tree below). That’s Hawaii for you–always something interesting to discover.

There isn’t a shortage of natural fruits growing in Hawaii. Maui is a pleasure trove full of delightful delicacies everywhere you turn. The sheer variety of fruited flora is mind blowing. I’ve only had a few days to explore. What will YOU uncover when YOU go to Maui?


Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii [Part 3]: Rainbow Sightings Guaranteed

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip