Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A day as the webmaster.........

What is it like to look for “good news” all day? As the webmaster for http://www.goodnewsnow.com/ that is what I do for about 7 hours a day. The rest of my day is updating graphics and checking web stats answering emails. I like to hear from our readers about news story ideas. I love it when they send photos. The people I tend to hear from are non-profit organizations that want to promote what they are doing. That is something we want to do.

I really like the arts so I would really like to have more stories about people in the arts, especially if they are involved with doing something for others. I like to hear success stories. There is a young musician from Ft Worth I have started to follow. His name is Daniel Hunter. He is 17 and is touring with Warped Tour and had his first CD out. I saw an article in The Star-Telegram last month and then this week Billboard. He just amuses me. I like it that he is doing so well. He reminds me of Johnny Depp in Benny & Joon


I think one of the biggest benefits I am receiving from doing the site is that when I am not amusing myself is how much I get to read and learn about all kinds of subjects. This includes a better understanding of the web and how things work here online. I am getting a great education.
The down side is what I call bad news days. That happens when events like the shootings at Virginia Tech takes place. All attention is on the tragedy and it is hard to find upbeat stories. I try to look for the good in what is going on. Sometimes I just give up and wait for the next day and work on some other aspect of the site or look for new news sources. So looking for good news can be depressing.

Here is my favorite story today. Search led to family, diary and a cause

It is about a man in Nazi Germany who realized he could not oppose the regime in the present so he kept a diary of events and his opinion to bare witness in the future. His grandson is a college professor who has translated the diary and is trying to get it published. They both want people to learn from the lessons of history.

1 comment:

rskellner said...

This article, originally published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and reprinted in Jewish World Review, tells the story of my grandfather's life and shows what lessons are to be learned from the past. The emphasis now, though, must be to apply those lessons. If there really is to be good news, we must stand together to overcome those who create the bad news, who bring us terrorism in the name of religion, who would replace democracy with a totalitarian system that has no respect for individual liberty or for the sanctity of human life. My grandfather stood against Adolf Hitler when Hitler threatened the world. My intent is to use my grandfather's World War II diary as a weapon against those today who cunningly deny historical truth while they seek to repeat some of history's greatest horrors. If our children are to have good news, we must have the wisdom and muster the courage to confront the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I have offered the president of Iran and his ministers a copy of the diary, and I have suggested they renounce any ideology that does not value human life. I am seeking ways to bring copies of the diary to the members of the United Nations. The dated entries within the diary may shame into silence those who are speaking lies, and bring speech to those who know the truth but are fearfully silent.