I know at times many of us tend to focus on what’s right in front of us—the headlines in our own town, the tasks on our desks, the chores at home, the summer ahead. That’s why when a colleague mentioned the following, it caught my attention: In the past few days, five good news stories highlighting great work being done at UTMB have been circulating nationally and internationally, in lofty places like the New York Time and Washington Post, and in far away places like Beijing. The stories are about stem cells to make insulin, a new technique to close colonoscopy wounds, Lincoln and smallpox, exercise and muscle in the elderly, and the benefits of fatty soup. Good stuff. I’m off to find some fatty soup.