Good News: Brave Dogs, Budding Authors, and 2,539 Nativity Scenes
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Here are a few more good news stories making the rounds . . .

1.  An Iowa man’s collection of 2,539 nativity scenes is about to break two world records.  He’s been buying them since the 1950s.  The current record for largest collection is 1,802.  So he’ll crush that once Guinness weighs in, and should snag the record for largest display as well.  They’re inside a small-town bank in eastern Iowa right now, so people can see them.  It took six weeks to set them up.

2.  A pack of coyotes attacked a flock of sheep in Georgia last month.  But a sheepdog named Casper fought them all off, and took down eight coyotes all by himself.  Now people have donated over $15,000 to cover his vet bills.

3.  A woman in Ohio named Chelsea Banning just published her first book, a fantasy novel called Of Crowns and Legends.  And 37 people RSVP’d for her first book signing this weekend . . . but only TWO showed up for it.

She got on Twitter and talked about how discouraging it was.  But now a bunch of ESTABLISHED writers have been sharing their own stories to cheer her up.

One was Margaret Atwood, who wrote “The Handmaid’s Tale”.  She replied and said, quote, “Join the club.  I did a signing to which NOBODY came . . . except a guy who wanted to buy some Scotch tape and thought I was the help.”