Well, it’s the weekend finally.  I sure need the rest.  I was sleep running this morning in the dark and slammed into the corner of the bathroom sink.  OUCH!  By looking at the bruise you would think I ran head onto a MAC truck.   Last week, the plumbing problems from Hell plagued me.  (Bubbling water from the tile under the toilet is what nightmares are made of.)  There was major wall ripping and toilet moving activity.  Add to that the washer and dryer were moved out the door as well.

Yes, I’m pooped.  I do love animals and I find them to be one of the best medicines during recovery.  So let me share some pics and a funny video.  You have a wonderful weekend!

Meet the caring ‘cat nurse’ who cuddles and comforts abandoned sick animals back to health at a shelter.

Black cat Rademenes (she’s Polish) is a nurse to any animal in need.  


This little rescue doesn’t like to eat alone.   I can’t blame Bonnie.

Chief Justice Roberts reports for jury duty in a Maryland court.

Should not SCOTUS be barred from jury duty?  I have a friend who is an oncologist. I don’t think he should be on jury duty either.  The guy has to postpone his entire calendar only to be dismissed time and time again.


Congratulations to Marie Hunt.

Spring Green woman earns high school diploma 87 years later.

She’s 103 years old.  You go girl!!!

I think that this might actually be a great app if someone can get the funding through.   Of course it needs time to be developed, but this is an added plus for that smartphone that many of us have such disdain for.

ShakeAlert, the West Coast’s scientific-grade detector, has been in development for roughly a decade—stalled by limited financial resources. However, a new study in Science Advances suggests GPS, found in thousands of smartphones, could give scientists a surprisingly accurate read on seismic activity. And crowdsourced GPS earthquake detection could work alongside existing systems, to help fill in the gap.

The idea that global positioning can detect and measure ground displacement has been studied using scientific-grade GPS, but until now, scientists were unsure whether less accurate, consumer-grade GPS was up the task.

In this study, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) set up simulations of major earthquakes—one mimicking 2011’s catastrophic magnitude 9 tsunami in Japan—and put the Google Nexus 5 to the test. They found the Nexus’ GPS could detect earthquakes magnitude 7 or greater, and provide accurate warnings for major cities, even if only 5,000 of the residents were transmitting data from their smartphones.

Paired with scientific-grade systems like ShakeAlert, smartphone GPS could prevent damage and death across a range of magnitudes. “We couldn’t do it tomorrow but, in practice, there’s no reason why that couldn’t be done,” says Benjamin Brooks, USGS geophysicist and coauthor on the study. Brooks envisions an app that volunteers could download to their smartphones that, when activated by subtle tremors, would transmit GPS data to a central server for analysis. “To that end, it’s really just a matter of implementation,” he says.

Brooks and his team are already planning another study in Chile, where they’ll place several hundred smartphone-based sensors on buildings near fault lines. But even in the short term, Brooks says, crowdsourced early detection does not necessarily have to stop at smartphones. “It’s about the Internet of Things, really. Cars, robotic vehicles, WiFi hubs—anything that has GPS associated with it could be used.

via Smartphones Could Provide Early Earthquake Warnings.

Chelsea Manning now tweeting from Leavenworth military prison.

Aren’t you happy to know that you work countless hours to have taxes collected to subsidize Bradley Manning’s escapades on Twitter?

During the days when I feel that life is difficult, I find it necessary to replenish that which is spent.   As dear Anthony says, this is The Ever Turning Wheel in life.   Whatever seeds have been planted are sown and will spring to life.  Such is the story of the physician and child that would come full circle thirty years later.

When Dr Michael Shannon saved the life of a premature baby 30 years ago, he would never have thought decades later, the favor would be returned.

KTLA reported on Sunday the incredible story of two men in California who saved each other’s lives in two very different ways.

The news station said that Dr Michael Shannon, a pediatrician, found himself pinned inside a burning vehicle after a car accident in 2011. One of the rescue workers who had helped to free the seriously injured Dr Shannon from the car was Chris Trokey, a young Orange County Fire Authority paramedic.

Thirty years ago Dr Shannon worked around the clock to stabilize a premature baby, Chris Trokey, now a paramedic with Orange County.

When Mr Trokey visited the hospital where Dr Shannon spent 45 days recovering from internal injuries, he realized that the man he had helped save was the man who had given him the gift of life 30 years earlier.

According to KTLA, Mr Trokey was born weighing just 3.2 pounds (1.5 kilograms), and was given only a 50 per cent chance of surviving. Dr Shannon worked around the clock in an effort to beat the odds and stabilize the baby boy.

After seeing Mr Trokey once again at a recent cancer fundraiser, Dr Shannon told KTLA: “It’s amazing to watch them all grow up, but to have one come back in your life, on a day you really need it, that’s really incredible.”

Mr Trokey is now father to a son, and you guessed it – Dr Shannon is the boy’s pediatrician.

via From rescuer to rescued: Doctor and paramedic save each other’s lives 30 years apart.

What a lovely woman she must have been.  I do hope that someone will take note and continue to show kindness to all of the strays she fed and gave comfort to.  The quoted piece is from a Latin news organization.  Some of the words are lost in translation, but the photos reveal the love that these animals had for this woman.

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On the day of the funeral, March 15, the dogs even formed a procession behind her hearse.

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Family members were stunned when the dogs suddenly appeared at the funeral parlor where Margarita’s body was being kept.

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Margarita Suarez of Merida, Yucatan, was well known for feeding the stray dogs and cats that would show up at her home.

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“It was about three o’clock. Then they cast as can be seen in the images. Then came the body of my mother and dog rose as if they were at a party, “he adds.

Then they went back to bed and remained so until the morning when everyone left, but one that was lying in the hallway. An hour later they returned the other.

“Twenty minutes before take her to cremate, left as they arrived, with a party. In pain, they jumped for joy, was wonderful, “emphasizes Urrutia you see in these dogs angels.

Something even more amazing.  If the presence of dogs in the wake was amazing, plus what was the ‘appearance’ of a bird at half past three in the morning.

“It was 3:30 when a little bird came and I could record it on video. It is rare that a bird from a place at that time, “says Patricia.


Patricia is her daughter and surely she must know that her mother is still watching over those that she knew in life.


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