Spreading Good News (Part 423 – A Little Extra Love)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.



THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “My 15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love”

Lena Sledge of Madison, Alabama, says, “Wonderfully Inspiring and Entertaining.  This book is a wonderful insight into the relationship that grows out of loving animals, particularly dogs.  I realized from this book, that dogs love without limitations, ultimatums or ulterior motives.  They love their human companions simply because it’s truly in their nature.  This book will make you laugh and make you smile. And you will walk away from reading this book and looking at animals in a totally different light.  I’m better for reading this book and I highly recommend it.  It’s a quick read and well worth every penny.”


Read the preview and other reviews for “My 15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love” and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.


VIEW OUR CABLE TV AD HERE (showcasing our printed books):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXHTT8NGT8


E-Books!  Only $1.99 each!!  All of our books are available as e-books, too.  Go to http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.



Four of our books are now available in Apple’s iBookstore for immediate download to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod!  Here are the titles and the Apple iBookstore links:


My  15 Dogs:  A 55-Year Journey of Love



THE VISION:  Telling Kids That They Can Make the World a Better Place






MOTHER’S DOZEN:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!




WORLD PEACE” shirts/hats/mugs, etc., “LIFE QUOTE” shirts, and “MEANINGFUL MESSAGES” (cards that address serious issues—incarceration, terminal illness, bullying/peer pressure, etc.) available at http://www.zazzle.com/emrosecreations! Something for everyone–dog shirt, too!  Browse and order today!!




A Little Extra Love

~ D. L. Miller

The little girl who lives next door had been a problem for a long time. She is the type of child who says “NO” when you tell her it is time to go home, or blatantly defies you when you tell her to stop doing something.

She lives with her grandmother who has, over the course of the eight years we have been neighbors, decided on several different occasions that she wasn’t interested in being friends with us, so I had no way of knowing what was going on at home.

Last year, when this little girl was five, her grandmother kept her home from kindergarten feeling she wasn’t ready yet. This year at age six, she went off to kindergarten. Three days after school began she came to call for my daughter in the middle of the school day. I asked why she wasn’t in school and she responded, “Because my age was ready, but my act wasn’t.” I inquired further, wondering what she could possibly have done to get tossed from school after three days of kindergarten. She may have been something of a problem, but certainly the school system couldn’t have expelled her, could they? That’s when she told me that she was “bad” and had to take “bad pills.” I told her that I didn’t think she was “bad.”

Her entire face brightened and she looked at me with wonder and said, “Really?” Then she wrapped her arms around me and told me she loved me. Suddenly I realized this poor child’s problem. She had been convinced in her short life that she WAS bad. What reason does a six-year-old child have to behave well if it isn’t expected of her?

Before that moment I had frequently been impatient with her behavior, but I vowed that from that day on she would get only love and patience from me. She went back to school a few days later and has had no further problems. I know, because I ask every time I see her how school is, what she is learning, and does she have fun at recess.

My new found caring has worked out well. She seems to listen better to what I say, perhaps because of the love in my voice. She comes over now, not only to call for my daughter, but to show me her new Halloween costume, or ask if she can play with the kittens. She is not afraid of my authority, and I am free to genuinely care for her.

It is my hope that over her life she will meet many people who will realize she needs something extra, something she doesn’t seem to be getting at home, and she will blossom into a spirited, but well-behaved, child.

The next time you encounter a child whose behavior is frustrating to your patience, think about what that child’s life experience may be and give that child a little extra love and attention. You never know.

NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed and/or learned from this blog, please leave a comment and send the link to others.  Thanks!!


If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334.


~ Joyce Fields





About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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