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“A little bit of all right”

All Saints’ Day today: we often think of saints as the officially named people who died as great martyrs centuries ago. But sometimes saints live among us – in the heroic actions of humble people we encounter.

Last month Darnell Barton started his day as usual: picking up high school students on his bus route. When he noticed a woman in distress – preparing to jump to her death – he stopped. And saved her from jumping.

Perspective means everything. No matter the despair human beings suffer, when another person offers hope, our world view – and view of ourselves in the world – can shift dramatically. Darnell Barton saved a woman from plummeting to her death – and offered her a glimpse of the goodness we are capable of giving to each other. Seems he has more than “a little bit of all right” going on.

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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