Tag: tales from the tabloids

Tales from the Tabloids: What Was Lost Is Now Found


While skiing on Mt. Bachelor in eastern Oregon 27 years ago, Melissa de la Mare pulled off her mitten standing under the Pine Marten Quad. When she put her mitten back on and skied away, she unknowingly left behind her wedding ring in the snow. She never found it, despite asking around at the resort and even at pawn shops in Bend, the town where Mt. Bachelor is located.

Years later, in Alabama, Heather Langley had a friend who had a ring he had found while working at Mt. Bachelor. There were two sets of names and wedding dates engraved in the ring, but since they were only first names, he had no information about who those people might be. Langley is a jewelry maker herself, and the two sets of names made it clear to her that this was a special ring with a lot of meaning to someone. She asked her friend if she could try to track down the owners, and he agreed.

Tales from the Tabloids: Playing Piano for Retired Blind Elephants


A British fellow named Paul Barton lives in Thailand where his wife runs an animal sanctuary, Elephants World, for “old, sick, abused, retired or rescued elephants.” As their website says, “Most of our elephants have lived very hard lives and they come here to retire in peace.” Some years ago he began playing his piano to the elephants, some of whom were in chronic pain or blind or both.

Here’s Paul with Romsai, the nearly blind old bull elephant, playing Beethoven:

Tales from the Tabloids: Daddy’s Last Love Letter


Michael William Sellers found out he had pancreatic cancer in 2012, two weeks after Christmas. At the time, doctors told him to expect to die in two weeks. He lived six more months, and before he died, he arranged with a florist to deliver flowers to his daughter, Bailey, who was 16 at the time, on her birthday until she turned 21.

This year, her daddy sent her a beautiful bunch of purple flowers with a card that reads, “This is my last love letter until we meet again. I do not want you to shed another tear for me my Baby Girl for I am in a better place. You are and will always be the most precious jewel I have been given. It is your 21st birthday and I want you to always respect your momma and stay true to yourself. Be happy and live life to the fullest. I will still be with you through every milestone, just look around and there I will be. I love you Boo Boo and Happy Birthday!! Daddy”

Tales from the Tabloids: What If You Found Out You Weren’t Adopted?


When he was 33, Andrew Lovell, a British drummer in a ’90s band called M People, was thinking about marriage. He had been adopted as an infant in the 1960s by a white family, but his skin tone made it clear to him from his early days that his parentage was more African than the people he lived with. His adoption was rarely discussed.

Now a man, he wanted to know more about his birth family. The story he knew was that his parents adopted him five months after suffering a stillbirth. His parents finally sat him down and explained to him that his mother was his real mother. When he had been born, it was clear that his mom had had an affair and that he was not his father’s child.

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Ash Ruiz learned the words to the song “Unforgettable” from his grandmother Jean when he was 8 years old. She told him he was to sing it with her on her birthday each year, and a tradition began. Some years the song was sung over the phone, or over Skype, and after a time Grandma […]

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