On the Bright Side


The news can be very heavy right now, and it’s easy to get caught up in all the bad that’s happening. But there’s actually a lot of good happening all around us. “On the Bright Side” is our way of featuring all the good things that have come out of this pandemic — random acts of kindness you’ve witnessed or been a part of, moments of grace, the silver linings.

And we need you to help us find them! Send us your stories. Each submission should be around 250-300 characters (about the length of a Tweet); you’ll be credited with your first name, last initial, and your city; and pictures are not necessary, but if you have one please send it.

Email your bright side moments directly Audrey Atkins at [email protected]. We’ll be updating this page regularly as we receive contributions, so check back often. We can’t promise that every single one will get used, but we want to know what’s stood out to you as a positive moment in your life during COVID-19.

Together, let’s keep looking on the bright side.


They Call It Puppy Love

We finally caved in to our children’s constant begging and adopted a puppy: Roxie. The kids are learning what it’s like to be a new puppy parent, and now we’re all blissfully exhausted. Caroline S., Trussville, AL

Home Sweet Home

On the bright side, I’ve developed a new love for my home. My historic apartment rescued me from a bad marriage three years ago, and it’s where I discovered peace and started to rediscover myself. But it’s taken on a whole new meaning for me the last couple of months: it’s a refuge, a haven, […]

Poetry in Motion

Although Magic City Poetry Festival wasn’t able to host its line-up in April, we did something else: we created a virtual book fair for our speakers and added a “Shelter in Magic Reading Series” of amazing poets sharing a poem and a little about their ties/roots in Birmingham. Alina C., Birmingham, AL

Time Together

My wife is a teacher. Even though she is bummed about not seeing her kids for the remainder of the school year, she has gotten to spend her time at home with our 2 year old son. Time spent together is so valuable, and there is never enough. Chuck L., Piedmont, AL

Saturday Morning Strolling

Went out for a stroll in Clayton Park on Saturday morning. Cars went by at the rate of one every five minutes. It was a field filled with clover, violet, dandelion, and bluebell flowers. Quiet, windy, the smell of recent rain. Not a soul in sight. The sky was on fire, over oceans yet to […]

RN Comes Home to Help

My wife is a Alabama native. She’s about to finish her RN in a month. We are moving back in July because she wants her first job to be helping the people of Birmingham. We can’t wait to get back home and help however we can. Greg C., Middletown, NY

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