Two Neighbors Risk Lives in Fire Rescue

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”Two hero neighbors who helped rescue a man as fire raged through his home in September are to be honored by the fire service.” Read the dramatic account of their heroism in Bolton News. Thanks to Andrew in the UK! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

The Street Samaritans of New Orleans

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePost-Katrina volunteer medics on bicycles have created a new model of community health care in New Orleans. (Mother Jones) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

FTC Bans Most Robo-Calls

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Pesky pre-recorded “robo-calls” were banned by the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday. Those unwanted prerecorded commercial calls soliciting services like car warranties will be a thing of the past unless telemarketers have written permission from consumers that they want to receive these calls. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, violators will face penalties up to $16,000 per call. A few exceptions will be allowed, such as for charities, political candidates, phone companies and surveys. Consumers who receive an unauthorized call starting Tuesday can file complaints with the commission online at www.ftc.gov or by calling (877) FTC-HELP. (Read more at L.A. Times) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Inspired by Opening a Page in a Book, Man Drills for Water in Maasai Village

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Harley-riding Wisconsin senior has been given the National Franciscan Peace Award for 2009, an honor previously given to Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. Don Ryder works as the Wausau city safety director, but it is his work on a life-saving water project in drought-ridden Africa that earned him the prestigious prize.Women no longer need to trek 15 miles to collect dirty water from a stream, thanks to Mr. Ryder, the Secular Franciscan church-goer who raised money and coordinated the digging of new wells to provide clean, fresh water for their tribes in Kenya.The Maasai village of Saikeri accepted Don’s first gift of water and watched as the workers drilled down 400 feet to strike water for the first time.“The people were jubilant,” said Ryder, who the proud Maasai warriors named “Lemayian,” the Blessed One.It has made a tremendous difference in their lives. Now the tribes can plant seeds rather than rely on livestock as their main source of food. To ensure future success, two young men from the village were sent to school to learn how to maintain the diesel engines and pumps, and to learn drip-irrigation farming.Several wells have already been drilled, at a cost of between $45,000 and $65,000 each — the first one delivers water to 5,000 Maasai and their 100,000 cattle. The second well is providing running water for a school, and soon for a clinic, but more wells are needed.The long journey that women walked, 15 miles one way through dangerous wilderness, is now relegated to storytelling elders for sharing in song and dance the tales of earlier hardship. The stories will someday include the birth of a hospital, if Ryder’s mission continues. Ryder and his wife, Yvonne, have a long history of working with the poor and marginalized. Volunteering with the Catholic diocese, the couple helped build a church and repair homes in Kenya. After returning home, they heard about the worsening drought that was hitting hard the Maasai people.“The lack of rain over several years was devastating herds of cattle and the people whose livelihood depended on the livestock,” said Ken Beattie, a minister from Wisconsin’s La Verna Secular Franciscan Region who nominated Ryder for the award.The problem worried Ryder for a time until he finally decided to do something, after opening the Bible to get an answer about his discontent regarding the drought. His finger fell to a passage in the Gospel of John, where Jesus says, “I was thirsty and you gave me drink.” His church parish offered to help make his vision a reality so he and his friend Romey Wagner set about raising the money to build a well.He told more Secular Franciscans, who jumped on board, and soon they were booking speaking engagements to talk to schools, churches, and Rotary Clubs. A young couple donated $2,000 while school children collected coins. Donations started pouring in from coast to coast, he said.Anyone interested in donating to the Kenyan water project may do so through the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin.As for the future, Don says, “We’ll always be digging a new well.”The award from the U.S. Secular Franciscan Order comes with a St. Francis trophy and a $2,000 prize.Thanks to Bobbi and Mike S. for sending the story! Watch their interview with Don below… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

California Climate Law Survives Challenge at Polls

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne of the world’s most ambitious laws to combat global warming survived a challenge on Tuesday as California voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have put the state’s plans for more renewable energy and a market to curb greenhouse gases on ice.The defeat of Proposition 23: READ the full story at Reuters.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

On Their Own: Musings From an Empty Nester

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis morning a baby bird fell out of its nest just outside the window that is near my desk. I watched it tumble from the dense pillow of twigs and leaves tucked into the eaves under the deck, falling a distance of 12 feet to the cement patio below.The mother bird dashed to the baby’s side, hopping in a circle around him. After a few stunned moments, the fledgling righted himself and faced her. She screeched at him, wings extended, beak thrust forward. I knew what she was saying: “Why did you sit so close to the edge? What were you doing? Wrestling with your brother? Didn’t I tell you…?” She flew up to the nest, leaving him behind. He hopped and chirped, unharmed, I was glad to see, staring up toward the eaves. There was no way for him to get back into the nest. He was on his own.My mind wandered to images of my youngest son, a college freshman, who had spent such long hours in his room last summer wearing headphones, listening to music and watching movies on his new laptop computer. He was my most dependent child, sitting on my lap when distressed even when his height surpassed mine by almost a foot, asking advice when performing simple tasks — “How much laundry detergent do I put in again?” — when he very well knew the answer. On the Mother’s Day card he signed last year, he wrote: “Good job raising me. I’m somewhat ready.” Was this child ready to leave the nest or did I rush him out? There was no way to be sure. Did he know how to open a bank account or write a check? Freshmen don’t write checks, I reminded myself. They have clever university ID cards that function as credit cards. Will he know how to slide his extra blanket into the pocket of the duvet I bought at Ikea? I was aware that there were vacuous black holes in my son’s mental database, holes that I should have filled before he left. But he was done listening. For now.My older son had made the transition to near-adulthood with only a few stumbles. When signing the lease for his first apartment, he had called home in a panic. “There’s a problem,” he reported from the rental office. “Utilities are not included.”“So what’s the problem?” I asked.“How will I read if there isn’t any electricity?”An embarrassing black hole, that one. He improved quickly, displaying mostly reasonable errors in judgment. He neglected to press the lid of the blender securely into place before pressing “whip” and spent hours washing ice cream residue from the ceiling fixture in his tiny kitchen. He was challenged to an unending war against a veritable army of ants that blackened his desk hunting the sugar-coated Sour Babies he’d left scattered beside his computer.The mother bird dropped down to the cement, dancing around her baby, chastising him with high-pitched chirps before flying away again. “Will he survive on his own?” I wondered. “Will he cry through the night?”I closed my eyes for a moment and listened to the stillness in my house. I missed the sound of my children. I tried to conjure the sound of my son’s ever-present high-pitched, tuneless whistle that was like a beacon when he was in the house, marking his location, but there was only quiet. I looked again out that window, scanning the cement patio, but the bird was already gone.Lisa K. Friedman is an essayist with two half-grown sons and a puppy who throws up in the car. Her work appears in the Huffington Post every Tuesday, and in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. She is the author of Nothing to Lose and Cruise to Retribution. (Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Chrysler Third Quarter Net Profit is up 80%

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreChrysler Group LLC reported a net profit of $381 million for the third quarter of 2012 on Monday, up 80 percent from the $212 million profit the company reported for the same period a year ago.Monday’s results mark the third consecutive quarter of solid profitability for the company, which means the 26,000 members of the United Auto Workers employed in Chrysler’s factories will next year likely receive their signing bonus of $1,750, as part of the union’s 2011 agreement with the automaker. (READ the full story in the Detroit News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Cops Buy Them a Car Seat Instead of Slapping Family With a Ticket

first_img“The father was, I think, almost in shock,” Hodges, 26, an almost two-year veteran of the force, told ABC News.A lieutenant on the force, Bruce Morningstar, said the good deed was brought to the department’s attention by a clerk at Walmart, who wanted them to be recognized for their kindness.Both men were hailed for their action in a letter from the department that read in part, ‘This certainly goes above and beyond what is expected of you in serving our community.”(WATCH the video from WXMI)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen two Michigan policemen were notified that a woman parked at a local McDonald’s was holding a baby in her lap, they came ready to issue a citation. But after spending a few minutes with mom, they decided to donate a car seat instead.Officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges learned that the couple, who were new to Fruitport Township, did not have the financial means to buy a proper car seat—and had no family or friends in the area.To ensure the 10-month-old girl’s safety, Pavlige and Hodges not only used their own money to buy one, they installed the car seat and instructed the family on its use.Generous Cop Pays Vet Bill for Service Dog Injured in Hit and Runlast_img read more

This Fancy Old Lady Is Crushing it At the Gym

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIf you’re one of those people who needs a little extra motivation when it comes to dragging yourself to the gym, just take a look at this lady. Dressed to the nines and clearly well into her glory years, she is absolutely crushing it on that chest press.When I spotted her at this gym in Astoria, New York, I was ten minutes away from my workout goal on the elliptical, thinking about quitting early.I think it’s obvious that we all are, officially, out of excuses.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Shamed ‘Dancing Man’ Update: He Finally Gets His Party In L.A. (WATCH)

first_imgThe GoFundMe page raised so much money, that tens of thousands of leftover dollars will be donated to anti-bullying campaigns in America.The party at nightclub Avalon Saturday night gave O’Brien the chance to dance with hundreds of women, including Monica Lewinsky, who has been outspoken about cyber-bullying.A jubilant O’Brien told the Daily Mail, “I’ve never danced so much, it’s been the best night of my life, unbelievable.”(WATCH the video below from KCBS or READ the story, w/ photos, at the Daily Mail)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMoney was raised to fly him from the UK, put him up in a hotel, and give him the greatest party of his life–all because he was shamed online and a couple women in Los Angeles wanted to make things right.Sean O’Brien, of London, was dubbed the “Dancing Man” in March after images of him dancing were posted online with a body-shaming comment and thousands rallied to support him on social media.Thanks to the LA women, thousands donated money to throw a big bash in his honor (watch the video below). Even celebrities like Pharrell Williams got involved.When a Cheerleader with Down Syndrome was Bullied, 3 Players Walked Off the Court (WATCH)last_img read more