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THE BULL AND THE BIZARRE
Good Moos for the World
Tsunami victims benefit from the kindness of others.

by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
February 20, 2005

I know, I know. It’s not my normal style of column. I know, I know. It’s past tense in some folks mind. Personally, positive stories like this happen every day but good news doesn’t sell papers. But it did reach the PO this week.

With two former US Presidents visiting the lands this week of the Tsunami, it’s time for some good moos. Sorry, good news. Sometimes, we near to hear about the good things folks are doing in the world. Maybe just so we don’t feel alone. Maybe so we are encouraged to do some more for others and leave ourselves behind.

Morrison, Colorado is the scene for part one. Amanda was a bride to be. Two months before the big day, her fiancé called off the wedding to be held earlier this year. So what did the bridal party do, trash talk the groom-to-be? No! They decided to have a party on the day of the wedding. Actually, Amanda had paid for the reception hall and entire $1,700 was on the line.

So instead of wasting the reception hall and have it go unused, the bridesmaids thought it would be a good idea to have a party. Actually it turned into a benefit concert for survivors of the devastating tsunami. Instead of floral arrangements, and a fancy wedding cake, bands of musicians were brought in. All five bands donated their time and talent for the event. Party clothes replaced the wedding attire and an invitation to the reception was replaced by a $20 donation to dance the night away. Over $3,000 was raised just off the ticket sales not counting other donations.

Now, in my opinion, that is a not to be wedding day that no one there will ever forget. Thanks, Amanda! Two hoofs up for you!

Part two of good news comes from north of the border. Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada to be exact. East of Vancouver there happened to be two Vietnamese Buddhist temples. So why have two when one will do? That was the thinking of the members in Mission, a town east of Vancouver. So they sold their temple.

The abbot of the congregation then presented a check for just shy of one half of a million dollars, representing the entire proceeds from the sale of the temple, to the Canadian Red Cross. A Tibetan Buddhist group had purchased the temple for their use. Now it is true that the temple had been for sale before the tragedy so the congregation could build a bigger temple. But sometimes there are better things to do with that sum of money.

For the abbot, it was his way of saying thank you to countries that welcomed him when he was fleeing the Communist occupied Vietnam in the 1970’s. For the victims of tsunami, it was a welcome thank you.

To the Buddhist congregation who sold and gave and their neighboring congregation who opened their arms to help, two hoofs up for you, too.

Now what were you doing with your day to make the world a better place?

About the Author:
Mr. (Good) Moo(s) thanks Annette Espinoza of the Denver Post and the AP reporting in Canada for their articles that were used in prep for this article.


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