She swears she can find the positive aspect of situations such as the Clinton impeachment, the current presidential campaign, even the war in Kosovo.
And her mission in life is to share those positive stories with the readers of www.goodnewsnetwork.org and her newsletter, Some Good News.
Call it new media.
Geraldine Weis-Corbley thought 16 years ago that she somehow wanted to disseminate news with a slant--a positive one. While working as a producer in TV news, she told a co-worker about the idea to start an all-good-news show. His reaction was less than enthusiastic.
"He said it will never work, no one wants good news. And I didn't tell anyone about it again," she said.
But then "the Web came along. I really saw this was my opportunity."
So Weis-Corbley's idea found a happy--and cheaper--home on the Internet. Weis-Corbley bought software, taught herself how to make a Web page and launched the Good News Network on Labor Day weekend two years ago from her home in Manassas.
She still works out of her home. Most of her time is spent reading the news wires, listening to National Public Radio and occasionally reading newspapers for "good news."
Sometimes she gets permission to reprint a story, but usually she reports and writes them herself. She also occasionally has guest writers, who don't get paid for their work.
Her Web site is updated every few months--or when she gets free time from running her 4-year-old daughter to preschool and taking care of her sons, ages 6 and 8. Every other month, she creates the newsletter on her computer and then makes 200 copies at Kinko's for distribution.
"I had just learned how to use a computer the year before," Weis-Corbley said.
The Internet has been a great stage for many who have wanted to start a new venture but might not have the funds--or the outside interest--to launch it elsewhere.
Measuring success on the Internet is more difficult than with conventional media. Weis-Corbley's site receives more than 35,000 hits--the number of people who click onto it--per month. That success, she said, is mostly because of winning a spot on Yahoo's Web directory. Half of her Web following comes through Yahoo, she said.
To earn her spot on the directory, Weis-Corbley submitted her Web site and philosophy to Yahoo. She also suggested that the company create a positive news section on its directory.
"You know there's a huge market for self-help and inspirational books. That's where my audience is," she said. "People who are fed up with the barrage of negativity in the media."
Soon after starting her Web site two years ago, Weis-Corbley realized that many of her friends and relatives didn't have access to the Internet.
So she began printing the newsletters. Her subscription base is fewer than 100. She takes many of those copies to prisons and homeless shelters, including the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and the Manassas Serve shelter, at no cost.
Regular subscriptions cost $25 annually--nowhere near enough to cover business expenses.
It's not a profitable business, but that doesn't seem to bother Weis-Corbley just yet.
"Others commit their time to shelters, build homes for Habitat for Humanity. I build and maintain the Good News Network--that's my community service," she said.
Weis-Corbley's business is registered as a sole-proprietor small business, though she said "it could be considered a nonprofit, but not in the technical sense."
She she has no employees. Her husband, Jim Corbley, does much of the editing--pro bono.
Costs to run the business, which are supported by her husband, are rather low, she said. It costs $50 a month to maintain her Web site and $160 every two months to print the newsletters. Then there is the cost for the business telephone and different software packages that helped her set up a Web page--totaling about $1,000. She uses PageMaker for her newsletter and Web design software to edit the site.
The Good News Network site and newsletter do not have any advertising, which Weis-Corbley hopes to have some soon "to make money. To help make my costs back." She is starting to approach local businesses to find a sponsor.
Besides her "prominence" on the Yahoo site, she has been profiled in Women's World magazine and several newspapers, and will be featured in the American Journalism Review in the fall.
"I think the more people know about me, maybe I can get a sponsor for my site," she said. "When I can be employed and paid and do it full time, I'll be able to put more effort in the site and update more."
She doesn't look to be compared with newspapers, which she doesn't have time to read. In fact, she prides herself on a slanted product.
"We only provide one side," Weis-Corbley said with a laugh.
CAPTION: Geraldine Weis-Corbley, who runs a good news Web site, drops off her newsletter with Gail G. Cline, of the Manassas Serve shelter. "Others commit their time to shelters, build homes for Habitat for Humanity. I build and maintain the Good News Network--that's my community service," she said.