Here’s the story of how it all began, back in early 2009. Today, I have a real job — at the Idaho Business Review as editor of special sections — but from time to time, I still have something to say on this blog. I hope you get a smile or a nice warm feeling in your heart — or maybe a satisfied full belly (I love to write about food). Cheers! — Jeanne
Ticked off, sad, depressed and disappointed by all the bad news? Tired of hearing about foreclosures, bailouts, layoffs and favorite restaurants closing? Me too! That’s why I am starting this blog — to paraphrase a line from the 1976 movie “Network,” “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!”
Here’s my story: My name is Jeanne Huff and I got laid off from my job of five-plus years as assistant features editor, reporter and columnist at the Idaho Statesman on October 9, 2008. I thought I’d bounce right into something else new and exciting, but the economy and all of its bad news bounced back. Hard.
A couple of weeks ago, I had coffee with my friend, Jim Meadows. Jim is the owner of Home Enhancement Company. He does home staging and orchestrates charitable makeovers, bringing other local businesses together to help make dreams come true for some who can’t afford to do that on their own.
Jim listened to me grouse for a bit, then said: Everywhere I look, there’s bad news and everybody I talk to is sick of it. Why don’t you write about the good news? It’s out there. I hear about it all the time, but the mainstream media just doesn’t talk much about it.
I said: Yeah, I like that. Good news.
Since then, Jim and I have talked to a lot of people: community leaders, economic development and city hall types, media moguls, local business owners and “just plain folks” and friends. EVERYONE thinks it’s a good idea.
Sure, there’s bad news out there. Plenty.
And it gets plenty of exposure.
I want to get out the good news.
So come to this blog for an uplifting look at our world, both big-picture and Boise-style. And if you’ve got something to add, please feel free! I’m starting a Good News Army.
I’m looking for news in the following categories (or just make one up).
Know of a new restaurant or shop? Is one extending its hours or changing its menu?
Send your good news items to:
Did you see or hear of a good deed lately? Was someone noticeably nice? Let’s celebrate our local heroes, spread the word and the good vibes.
If you’re a local business owner, what are some tips for success? How have you tailored your services? What innovations have you made?
What’s happening? Cool places to go, things to do?
Know of any good bargains, sales, cheap, tasty snacks, budget-minded recipes?
How about local hidden treasures? Let’s get the word out.