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2011 is coming to an end, and for some, not a moment too soon. There were politicians, businessmen, and celebrities who behaved badly. Earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes that killed and destroyed. Economies of many nations hover on the brink of collapse. There were heroes who struggled to save, to take a stand, and who perished in that fight. Even on a personal level, I had many challenges that took huge chunks of time to process and overcome.

Many people, particularly the news media, look for the shocking, the tragic or the disheartening stories for the past year. They seem to revel in the ugliness of behaviors and events.

Not me. I am a glass-half-full kind of gal. It's that attitude, that expectation that helps me see the huge range of good that happens. Despite all the economic downfalls, natural disasters and humans behaving badly, things were not as bad as they seemed. There were stories of heroes across the world and in the US, stories of advances in science and health, and of course, in changes the world of publishing, too.

Heroes

In Egypt Thousands of Muslims for a Human Shield for Coptics.

In UTAH strangers ignored the danger to themselves and saved a man trapped beneath a burning car.

Wildlife rangers protect animals in the Congo at great risk to themselves.

CNN's search for heroes found some amazing people. And the hero of the year is helping women and newborns in Indonesia.

This video is long at 19 minutes, but it is an amazing story of how Alberto Cairo found humanity and dignity in the midst of war in Afghanistan. He calls his talk There Are No Scraps of Men.

It started with One Person in Michigan and spread around the country. Secret Santas pay off layaways. Thanks to Janelle Madigan for this story.

Science

There are amazing advances in science from better hip replacement devices, to plasma brushes that promise painless dental work, to solar energy systems in North Africa that will provide clean power for the region and Europe here.

Health

How about this amazing piece? New Leukemia Treatment Exceeds Expectations.

Book News

Now who says fantasy authors don't get no respect? Author of the Year.

Just think what this means for ebook sales!

As The Year Closes

I count 2011 as a huge success. You will find my list of accomplishments here. I have goals for 2012 that I'll share in another post. I hope to exceed those goals.

I don't pretend to know what 2012 will bring, not on a personal level, a professional level, a national level or a worldwide level. I know there will be bad things that happen in 2012. That's the way of the world. But I know there will be good things that happen, too. That's the way of humanity. We're a mixed bag of good, mediocre, and bad. You have to be wary of the bad, but don't be so on guard that you miss the good.

So on this eve of the New Year's Eve, my wish for friends, family, and yes, even foe, is that you make the effort to see the good despite whatever happens because attitude and expectations can lead from good to great.

What about you? Do you look for the good? Won't you share those stories with us?