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Mike - Your latest episode of Returning The Favor brought tears to my eyes. When it was over, I remarked to my husband that you and your crew were angels on earth, shining a bright light on other angels. Moments later, this appeared in my newsfeed. Coincidence?

Carla MacIntosh

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Like many, I do believe that "everything happens for a reason." I just happen to believe the reason everything happens is because of the choices we make. And last year, after a few bottles of wine with my friends over at Moog, (they make ball joints for your car,) I apparently proposed we make a commercial wherein I assume the identity of an angel, (as well as a devil,) and try to persuade a parts salesman, (played by my old friend Chuck,) to do the right thing (or the wrong thing,) at a pivotal moment in the sales cycle.

I'd like to say the decision to proceed was the result of my uncanny ability to persuade the client to do something entirely non-traditional in the auto-motive space, but I'm pretty sure it was the wine. Regardless, I have in my hard-drive a fair amount of footage that proceeded the commercial we actually made. It's very weird. I'll share it all, over time.

Anyway, thanks for watching RTF. But make no mistake - this is as close as I'll get to earning a halo...

Mike

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I don't know about the rest of your newsfeed, but this weeks episode is absolutely positively guaranteed to improve your opinion of our flawed and humble species. Do yourself a favor. Spend a few minutes with Goldin Martinez. Meet the teacher who changed his life. Watch the impact that his choices have had on the lives of others. I promise, it's the best thing you'll see today.

Mike

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S2:E10 Against All Odds
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Mike and the crew head to the Big Apple to learn more about Goldin Martinez and his program Get Focused; a movement designed to empower young people to read through exercise.

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Hey Mike - Any thoughts on the Olympics? How about President's Day? Seems a fine occasion for a story.

Frank Telez

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Hi Frank

I haven't seen much of the Olympics, but I do have some thoughts on the nature of competition. Thoughts that might be appropriate on President's Day. Or, maybe not. I'll let you decide...

Mike

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"Dear Mike. Where have you been? Your words are needed..."

Susan Collins

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Hi Susan

Sorry I’ve been so scarce. I guess I could blame a chaotic production schedule, but the truth is, I’ve been absent because I don’t know what to say in the wake of Florida.

Like most of you, I’m overwhelmed with pity for the victims and their families, but consumed with anger for the coward who chose to murder. Rage and sorrow are hard things to reconcile, and the more such things occur, the more apparent it becomes that there is nothing new to say. So forgive me Susan, if I repeat what I said after Vegas and San Bernardino.

Evil is real. As long as humans have walked the earth, people have chosen to do evil things. This is what happened in Florida. A nineteen-year old man chose to do an evil thing. He planned it. He executed it. He succeeded.

Should we endeavor to know why? Absolutely.

Should we discuss the impact of video games, accessible firearms, single-parents, no parents, powerful medications, social media, mental illness, bullying, or anything else we think might have encouraged him to choose evil over good? Without question.

But we should also stop confusing the influence of such things, with the root cause. Because nothing in this man’s past can possibly explain his decision to kill seventeen people. If you believe otherwise, ask yourself why millions of other people with a similar past, don't make similar choices.

The past does not equal the future.

This is the most comforting thing I can tell you, Susan. It's also the most disconcerting. Because the facts are undeniable. People from horrible backgrounds often become the epitome of kindness. And people with every imaginable advantage, often go on to squander everything.

The past does not equal the future.

To the families of the victims I can only offer my sincerest condolences, along with my heartfelt wish that the man who killed their loved ones is removed from the planet with all due speed.

As for words, I can only repeat what others have said, and ask you to remember those who confronted evil with courage. People like Aaron Feis, the football coach who threw himself in front of the kids the killer was trying to murder.

Beyond that, I'm afraid I can offer nothing but my weekly attempt to prove that goodness also walks among us, just as surely as evil. In numbers far greater than our newsfeeds would lead us to believe.

Mike

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S2:E9 Sleep in Heavenly Peace
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Mike and the team are back honoring amazing Americans with full episodes of “Returning the Favor!” This week the team stops into Twin Falls, Idaho to meet Luke ...Mickelson who started Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization whose mission is to ensure that no child in their town ever has to sleep on the floor.

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The Way I Heard It

I wish I could tell you I wrote this story just for Valentine's Day.
But I didn't.

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I wish I could tell you that Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to share this story. But it isn't.

Nevertheless, I don't believe it's inaccurate to say that this is a Valentine's Day story worth sharing. Why?

Because today is definitely Valentine's Day. And this is definitely a story.

Written with great affection, just for you.

xoxo
Mike

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I hate to overstate things, but the first episode of Season 2 is terrific. Get a load of Luke, and see what he and his merry band of do-gooders are doing in Twin Falls. It’s stunning, and I promise you that watching will dramatically improve your day. So will sharing it…

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Mike and the team are back honoring amazing Americans with full episodes of “Returning the Favor!” This week the team stops into Twin Falls, Idaho to meet Luke ...Mickelson who started Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization whose mission is to ensure that no child in their town ever has to sleep on the floor.

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New Episodes of Returning The Favor begin tomorrow!
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Because I couldn’t have said it better, I won’t attempt to try.

Bangor Maine Police Department

Not a great week to be a cop, more importantly, not a great week to be the wife or child of a cop.

Six cops killed in six days.

I strongly believe that these d...ead men were extraordinary human servants who did something that a high percentage of the population would never do; show up on time, regardless of the call or situation, and try to make things better.

They didn't tell the caller that they would be there sometime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. the following Thursday. They responded immediately.

While they knew it was always a possibility to be cut down by gunfire, they did not know it would be that very day.

Doing a job in which they had every intention to make things better for someone... they were unconsciously making things worse, that very day, for their own wives and children.

Colorado- Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick.

Texas- Officer David Sherrard

Georgia- Officer Chase Maddox.

Ohio- Officer Anthony Morelli
Officer Eric Joering.

And in South Dakota- an Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Officer's life was also cut short yesterday, according to reports.

Cops.

I am not requesting thoughts and prayers, just consideration for what they did when called to act.

Cops, continuing our "generous return policy" for the foreseeable future. You call, we come. You call again, we will return.

Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people's things alone, and be kind to one another.

We will be here.

TC 02-11-2018

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Last week, some nice people at NASA sent me an iPad in the mail. The iPad had a special ap on it that allows people on Earth to skype with people in space. A few days ago, from a hotel room in New Orleans, I followed the instructions that came with the package, and secured a connection with the International Space Station. At which point I began to converse with an astronaut named Scott Tingle. It was, without a doubt, the most expensive phone call I’ve ever participated in. ...

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Loved your tutorial on shoveling snow. Not that I doubt you, but do you have any photographic evidence to bolster your claim that your father forced you into hard labor at an early age? Just curious. Diane Murphy.

Hi Diane

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The evidence demands a verdict...

Mike

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My childhood home in Baltimore County came with a private driveway that was about three hundred yards long. It also came with a father who refused to buy a snow blower. Why would he, with “three sons perfectly capable of operating a shovel?”

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Is back! Thanks for your patience. I've got a dozen new episodes in the can, beginning with this one. I call it, "A Man Well Hung." Because he was....

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Last season on RTF, we featured SSG Travis Mills, and told you about the incredible retreat he built in Maine for wounded vets and their families. Many of you responded by saying that Travis was a hit show waiting to happen. We agree. Please share this teaser if this looks like a show you would watch. I don't know if Hollywood is ready for a light-hearted show about a genuine war hero without a trace of self-pity, a remarkable family, and a terrific sense of humor. But I'm pretty sure the country is...

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What we have here, is a woman after my own heart. Say hello to Kendall, a young woman with more than a square to spare…

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This week the RTF team are in Lawrencville Georgia to meet Kendall Robinson a young woman who has taken it upon herself to make sure that her community has access to toilet paper.

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Mr. Rowe –

I teach social studies at a middle-school in Illinois. After the SOTU speech, one of my students asked me why so many in the chamber refused to stand when the president made reference to our flag and the national anthem. I answered the question as honestly as I could. Then I played for the class a short story you posted last year called “Something to Stand For.”

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I want to encourage other teachers to use your story in the same way. It stimulated the exact kind of conversation every teacher hopes to encourage. I’d also like to suggest you re-post it today, given the confusion that still seems alive and well in the NFL. Thanks for all you do. Jay Madsen.

Thanks, Jay. I’m flattered. Consider it “an alternative half-time show.”

Mike

PS Interesting match-up, don’t you think? A team named for the men who founded our country, squaring off against a team named for the symbol of America. Hard to know who to root against...

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