Look for Happiness

The world seems to be going to the dogs. We are slowly, or maybe not so slowly, frying our world. The political scene is getting crazy again. Corporate news is dismal. Twitter collapsed—okay, maybe this one is good news. But you get the idea. So, in my opinion, we all need something to cheer us up. So here are three items of good news to brighten your world.

Health News

A new drug for Alzheimer’s just received FDA approval, and Medicare plans to cover it. For those of us with this dreaded disease in our family tree, this is good news indeed. In clinical trials, Leqembi decreased the amount of amyloid plaque in patients, and slowed their decline by 27 percent. Another similar drug, this one from Lilly, was reported to slow declines by up to 60 percent. So, neither one is a miracle cure, but it’s still good news. Read more here.

A Feel Good Story

Tim Shaddock, who had been stranded in the Pacific with his dog for three months, was rescued by a Mexican fishing trawler last week. Both Tim and Bella, his dog, are in good spirits and happy to have been rescued. Learn more here.

A New Lincoln Lawyer Novel from Michael Connolly nears Publication

For fans of mystery and crime fiction, no name is more revered than Michael Connolly, the prolific author of the Harry Bosch novels, the Lincoln Lawyer novels, both of which are now also streaming series. Connolly announced on social media last week that he’d just put the finishing touches on the next Lincoln Lawyer novel, Resurrection Walk, which hits your favorite bookseller on November 7. I, for one, can’t wait.

Look for the Little Things

So, these are extremely varied news items. None of them made major headlines, but they all made me happy. I hope they do the same for you.

About Sharon Ward

Sea Stars Coming October 15

Sharon Ward is the author of the Fin Fleming Scuba Diving Mystery Series, which includes In Deep, Sunken Death, Dark Tide, Killer Storm, and Hidden Depths. Sea Stars, the sixth book, will be released in October 2023. Sharon was a marketing executive at prominent software companies Oracle and Microsoft before becoming a writer. She was also a PADI certified divemaster who has hundreds of dives under her weight belt. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, MWA, ITW, Grub Street, the Authors Guild, and the Cape Cod Writers Center. She lives near Cape Cod with her husband Jack and their miniature long-haired dachshund Molly, who is the actual head of the Ward household.


  1. I’m happy about the Alzheimer drug! Thank you for sharing that. And I agree, it’s easy to go down dark rabbit holes. My solution? Reading, walking (sometimes both together with audiobooks), and trying to see friends whenever possible. And, of course, chocolate.

  2. Like Emilya, For the most part, I find reading, writing and occasionally connecting with good friends all make me happy. And I surprised my introvert self by loving the hugs I received and connections I made at the reader and writers conference I attended in Denver earlier this month.

  3. Sharon, I’m reading this a bit late, but I needed it! We could use more good news. There’s plenty out there, but the media seems more interested in reporting all the bad stuff. AND how do we know that what we read isn’t just their spin on things?
    Thanks for the lift!

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