Good news edition

What I’ll be doing at 10 a.m. today

Before we dive in, a quick plug: This morning at 10 a.m. Eastern (NYC time), my friend Joseph Kopser will be interviewing me LIVE about Understandably… basically telling the story of how we got here.

Joseph and I met 13 years ago in Iraq. He was an army major then. I was a Washington Post reporter who had recently experienced for the first time what Churchill called the exhilaration of “being shot at without effect.”

He’s a fascinating guy, and our paths keep crossing. I hope I’ll get to tell the story of the two of us in front of that painting, above. As for Joseph, he went on to co-found a really amazing company and sell it … I’ll let him tell that one.

This will be a live stream, and it’s the first time I’ve done something like this. You should be able to see it on Facebook here or YouTube here. Hope to see you!

‘I’m paying one month’s rent’

I’ve had enough with bad news lately. So let’s focus on good news, starting with Michael Che, best known for “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live.

This week, Che announced on Instagram that he’ll cover rent for an entire month for 160 New York families living in public housing, since so many people have lost jobs or can’t work.

April 15, 2020

The gift is in memory of his grandmother, who died from Covid-19 earlier this month.

While his grandma lived “down south” at the time of her death, Che said, she’d been an NYCHA resident decades ago, and so this particular building where he’s paying the rent is “very significant in [his] family’s history.“

It’s very generous gift. I did the math and it’s probably at least $100,000. (Che is successful but he’s not so wealthy that he could write a check that big and never miss it.)

Let’s hope it inspires some other people’s generous instincts, too.


7 other things…

Most days in this newsletter, I share “7 other things worth your time.” I’m going to do that — but slightly different format today, since I had an idea.

You guys know I love these comment thread emails. So, what if I start out by adding my seven links in the comments, and some of you join in?

My advice would be to offer a short explanation of the story or why you find it inspiring. (Or even just the headline if you like.) And then post the link afterward.

Ready? On me.

And as a reader wrote me recently: “Stay positive, and test negative.”

See you at 10 a.m., I hope!