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On A More Positive Note... Posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM
With all the tension most of us are experiencing with this upcoming election, I thought you all might like a little inspiring diversion.   Sometimes we all need to be shown that no matter what life throws in our path...positive things can come of it. We need to accept people as they are and enjoy what they have to share without prejudice. How many of us, who go through life without limitations, make excuses for things we can't do instead of concentrating  on things we can? This young man is an incredible human being and a reminder to all of us that when one door is closed...and something is taken away from our perception of what a 'normal' life should be ...a new door opens to amazing possibilities.   I have a very close friend from my teenage years who broke the 5th, 6th, and 7th vertebra in his back when he was 17, diving from a rock at one of our favorite swimming holes in a river. We all knew before diving every year we needed to go under water and check for rock shifts in the river, but it was a hot day and he was impatient. He was paralyzed from the neck down, and has remained so his entire life. He completed college and graduated with a teaching degree and has lived a remarkable, happy, life...after he learned to accept his limitations and concentrate on what he COULD do. During the Hippie Era, he led protests in his college town, being pushed down the street by classmates on a hospital bed. He got married a decade or so ago and is one of the most upbeat people you'd ever want to meet. This is the type of person who should be held up as examples of just how precious and sweet life can be, and as a reminder to all of us to be thankful every day for out blessings, and to quit dwelling on our limitations. We need to remember that "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger'...but only if we perceive setbacks as a lesson and refuse to allow them to control our outlook on life.   Derek Paravicini is such a person. He inspires everyone by his talent and upbeat personality, and I defy anyone to watch him and not smile.     If you missed this segment on 60 Minutes...Google this young man and be blown away by his talent and lust for life. Every time I watch him it makes me feel humbled by all the gifts I've been given during my lifetime. The clip on YouTube is a segment where he was interviewed by Lesley Stahl. He's a nephew of Camilla Parker Bowles, is a savant, and plays the piano like you've never heard it played before. If you're feeling down, this might just take you right up to the clouds!
Story time... Posted on Sep 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM

This is one of my favorites. Feel free to share yours....



A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Taser for their anniversary submitted this on a blog I stumbled upon:


"Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized taser. The effects of the taser were supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety and every woman needs something to protect herself with, right?


WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home. I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button AND pressed it against a metal surface at the same time; I’d get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs. AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.


Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right? There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target. I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?


So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and taser in another. The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.


All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5′ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference; pretty cute really and (loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries) thinking to myself,’no possible way!’


What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my best…?


I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as if to say, ‘don’t do it dummy,’ reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn’t hurt all that bad. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and . . HOLY MOTHER OF GOD . . WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION . . WHAT THE HECK!


I’m pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs?


The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.


Note: If you ever feel compelled to ‘mug’ yourself with a taser, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor.. A three second burst would be considered conservative?




A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was. My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I had no control over the drooling. Apparently I pooped on myself, but was too numb to know for sure and my sense of smell was gone. I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head which I believe came from my hair. I’m still looking for my testicles and I’m offering a significant reward for their safe return!


P. S. My wife loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me with it!"

For you men who want to understand women... Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM

There's a book out...and it's just been released in paperback.



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Health Care In America Posted on Sep 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM
A friend of mine in Canada sent me the link to a Michael Moore documentary that has made me do some very serious reassessments of how I feel about health insurance companies in this country. I'd be interested to hear your views on this film. It's on YouTube under "Michael Moore Talks About Sicko CNN". It takes awhile to view...there are 12 segments because only 10 minutes could be put on each tape. What's happening in America sickens me. We need changes to our health care system and this film really drives home the reality of just how badly our current systems operate.