Archive for March 8th, 2011

An Angel Named Mandana

March 8, 2011

This story in the March 2010 issue of Guideposts by Aline Alexander Newman of Turin, New York, brought tears to my eyes. What Mandana did for Aline is something that any of us can do. But how many of us would go out of our way and devote that kind of effort to helping someone we just met? Aline’s story inspired me to be aware of opportunities to step in and help others when they are in need of assistance. I hope it inspires you to do the same.

A chance encounter at a New York City store blossoms into a beautiful friendship


I pulled a red knit top from the rack and held it in front of me.

“What do you think?” I asked my husband, Neil, who was sitting in a chair waiting patiently. We were at the Chico’s boutique on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a world away from our tiny village in upstate New York.

“Can I help you?”

I turned to see a beautiful olive-skinned woman. She was wearing an elegant blue dress, set off by a gold necklace and earrings. Her dark hair was short and spiky. She had a sort of glow about her and looked like no one I had ever seen back in Turin. But what held my attention was her accent. It sounded like music.

If only there was some way you could help, I thought.

Neil had bladder (more…)