It wasn’t all bad
When a New Jersey hair salon had to temporarily close because of a fire, a business competitor came to the rescue. Worried that her 15 stylists would lose money while they waited for Allendale Hair Studios to reopen, salon owner Doree Mortillo decided to ask Charles Gilbride—co-owner of the nearby Willow & Edge Salon and Spa—if he could help. He insisted that Mortillo’s team move into his store, and even created a makeshift salon for them in a storage room. “Neighbors,” Gilbride says, “always help neighbors.”
Larson works on a new creation.
Jonah Larson is only 11 years old but he’s already an international celebrity—in the world of crocheting. The Wisconsin sixth-grader often arrives home from school to find balls of yarn and fan letters sent by the thousands of people who follow the crochet prodigy on social media. Jonah began crocheting at age 5 and is now a speed knitter who can finish an ornate, beautiful blanket in a mere eight hours. Admirers from as far afield as England, Malta, and Lebanon now ask the youngster to post tutorials online and have ordered hundreds of his creations, including crocheted octopuses, dog sweaters, and shawls. “I’m an old soul,” Jonah says, “in a young person.”
Mary Ziegler, 62, has been there for Bill Henrichs in sickness and in health, even though they divorced 23 years ago. Once high school sweethearts, the Minnesota couple separated amicably in 1995. Then last year, Henrichs, also 62, discovered that his kidneys were failing. Some 40 family members and friends were tested as possible donors, and only Ziegler was a match. She instantly agreed to donate a kidney to the father of her two children, and the transplant surgery was a success. Ziegler hopes her story will show others why it’s worth trying to get along after a divorce. “Someday,” she says, “you just might need a kidney.” ■