The world would be much nicer if we followed the rules penned by two young cousins in Citrus Heights.
Ten-year-old Isabelle Busath and 8-year-old Isabella Thordsen filled a red spiral-bound notebook with 157 rules to live by. Among them: "No talking back," "no lying," "no whining," "be respectful," "be responsible," "don't make fun of others," "clean up your messes," "never leave a friend behind," "try to make things fair" and "protect each other."
Isabelle says they were working on Rule No. 158 when her pen exploded. While she cleaned up, the notebook was mistakenly dropped in the parking lot of a Walmart.
That's where Raymond Flores, an employee who rounds up shopping carts, discovered it. He called up local TV stations to try to find the authors, and posted a video on his Facebook page. That's when the story went viral.
Proving how starved we are for uplifting news, the cousins and Flores are getting national attention, including an appearance scheduled this morning on NBC's "Today" show. There may be a publishing deal in the offing.
Coincidentally, word came Thursday of the death of advice columnist Pauline Phillips, who was "Dear Abby" for nearly half a century. Could "Dear Isabelle and Isabella" be in their future?