Negative headlines and articles about people doing bad things to others — or those about bad things happening to good people — often crowd the Daily Pilot's news pages. As disturbing and depressing as they can be, this newspaper is obligated to report such stories. Yet we mustn't ignore either those stories about the glimmers of goodness in our world and small acts of collective generosity at the community level.
The story of Jeannie Tuxford and her neighbors in Costa Mesa's Mesa Verde community is one of those real-life tales that truly warms the cockles of one's heart. In the July 4 edition, the Pilot featured Tuxford's story on the front page. Hers is a story tinged with sadness but lined with the spirit of good neighborliness.
On May 15, Tuxford's husband, George, died of cancer at the couple's home on Europa Drive. On June 19, Tuxford, a mother of three daughters — an 11-year-old, a 14-year-old and one who's grown up and in her 20s — returned home from a trip to Canada, where George was from, and where Tuxford had gone to scatter his ashes. During her absence, and unbeknownst to Tuxford, a neighbor, Tracy Brown, circulated a flier among other neighbors soliciting their help in giving the Tuxford house, yard and car a makeover.