FTF #124: News to Make You Smile

Every week Doubting Believer brings you things to read, watch or listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news.


Breaking Barriers–and Records

Twenty-one-year-old Chris Nikik has become the first person with Down’s Syndrome to complete an Iron Man Triathalon. Go Chris!


The Healing Power of Play Dough

Play is an essential part of our lives. Play dough is not just for kids. It  can promote mindfulness and stress reduction through the physical act of feeling, squeezing, and shape shifting the material…and you can make your own at home by mixing together the ingredients below. You can even add a few drops of essential oils to boost the calming and healing factor.

Recipe for homemade play dough

8 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp table salt
60ml warm water
food coloring (optional)
1 tbsp vegetable oil


Best Way to Celebrate Veteran’s Day

These Texas high school students built tiny houses for veterans. How cool is that?


Still Celebrating

Yellowstone National Park begins a phased reopening Monday, with the park’s Wyoming entrances slated to open for day use only.

In cast you missed it: the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that U.S. military veterans and gold star families will be granted a lifetime of free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day this year and every day onward.


Get some rest.

Connect with people you love.

Talk to God.

Take care of yourself. The world needs you.


Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow us on Facebook and get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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