Some local residents in Northern California thought they saw a small dog climb into a hole in the trunk of an old oak tree. Peeking into the knothole, one could see a small mixed breed dog that was so underweight the ribs could be seen. Someone called the Sonoma Animal Rescue, contacting Shirley Zindler who came see about the dog. For whatever reason, unknown, the dog was abandoned. The dog, now known as Boo, was left to fend for herself. Boo found safety inside the tree, protecting her from the rough weather and wild animals that could have made a meal out of the dog. Boo, named for a character in To Kill a Mocking Bird, was clearly underweight and very pregnant. Nobody in the neighborhood reported missing a dog.
After trying to coax the dog of the tree, with no success, Zindler and her partner had no choice left but to get a hose and run water into the knot hole, hoping Boo would leave the tree. The hose turned out to be Handy. Officer Zindler said Boo struggled to free herself from the officer’s arms and tried to bite her. Eventually, she accepted dog treats from Officer Zindler. A few days later, Boo gave birth to a stillborn puppy, and her other puppies also died. Boo was distressed. She’s gradually learned to trust people again and getting well. Soon she’ll find a new home.
A suicidal 15 year old boy stood on the ledge of a bridge ready to jump. Mark Henrick remembers every detail of that night with amazing clarity; the rain on the railing, the faces of the crowd that was forming, the voice of the man that was calling out for him to jump. Then there was the voice of the man standing just behind Mark. The man didn’t say much but he quietly let Mark know that he was there with him, and Daniel really liked that.
As Mark let go of the railing the man wrapped his arm around Mark and pulled him back. “This image had always stuck in my mind, of having this guy on the sidelines who didn’t know me, who didn’t have any apparent interest in my life or what I was going through, who was basically pushing me over the edge,”
“And then I had this other stranger who was right behind me, not really saying a whole lot. Not telling me to do anything, not trying to solve all of my problems, and he was the one keeping me there, who literally was the one that pulled me back.”
Mike Richy was the man that saved Marks life 13 years ago on that bridge.
“I didn’t even know Mike was real for most of this time. I didn’t know if he was just something I’d just made up in my mind.”
Henrick didn’t jump, today he is working as a mental health advocate, he has a wife and a child.
New research shows that life on earth may have thrived a billion years before previous estimations. Ancient rocks were analyzed, and the evidence showed that life forms were producing nitrogen over 3 billion years ago. Even in cosmic terms this is significant, as it’s 1/14 the age of the universe itself.
Early earth was unimaginably inhospitable with climate swings, and had no oxygen. Still, life somehow managed to take hold. Of course, these were single-cell organisms and nothing even close to the complexity or abundance of life we see in the modern world.
While scientists are uncertain as to how life began, the fact that any living organism took hold in such a hostile environment has far ranging implications. If existence can spring out of such an unfriendly habitat then the search for extraterrestrial life may not be in vain; in fact, some have argued that it’s likely to have arisen on planets that previously would have been deemed inhospitable.
This is an extremely exciting time for all of the physical sciences, and it’ll be interesting to see what develops in the coming years. Bruce will definitely be paying attention for sure.
Being a frequent client at an undisclosed restaurant, he learn that the waitress was on the verge of being evicted from her apartment. When receiving a bill of $43.50, he added an unimaginable amount as a tip. The waitress received a $3,000 tip as part of a pay-it-forward movement.
The pay-it-forward movement began after Mr. and Mrs. Specht lost their 22 month of son to a drowning accident. They founded the ReesSpecht Life Foundation to honor his life. The foundation initially helped the Spechts in thanking all the people who helped them get through the loss of their child but would not accept pay backs. Hence they decided to help others in return. The movement now has expanded through anyone with the drive to do act of kindness onto others.
The client at the restaurant had been Mr. Specht student in eighth grade. He recognized the opportunity to honor his teacher while helping the waitress with her rent troubles. As expressed by the ReesSpecht Life Foundation, every act of kindness counts to better our communities and the hope is to make a chain reaction. Ivan Ong (find him on linkedin) is proud that the ReesSpecht Life foundation’s objectives is to make our world a better place and this client certainly made it for the waitress by paying it forward.
For years Irene “Smokie” McGee has been homeless after the passing of her husband and losing the house. It has been rough with people being mean to her and pointing her out for being different.
But one man didn’t see Smokie the same way. Smokie would come to Elvis Summers’ house, hoping for recyclables, and after some time the two became friends. Summers didn’t like that Smokie was living off the street. He saw her as a human being, a mother, a grandmother, and a friend. So he wanted to change things for her.
Summers asked Smokie if he could build her a house.
Summers bought most of the materials and a local company donated the rest. It took five days, but Summers managed to build a small 3.5 by 8 foot house for Smokie. He didn’t have anywhere to put it, so he set it on the street outside of his apartment. The LAPD are okay with it as long as the little home is moved every 72 hours.
Smokie felt so good to have somewhere of her own. Summers had even installed a window and two locks on the door for her. She fell asleep and enjoyed a nice long rest in a place she could call home. Feeling better, Smokie is hoping to be able to find a job and get back on her feet, stated close friend Handy.
Since finishing Smokie’s house, Summers has been approached by other homeless people who were hoping for a little house of their own. Summers set up a GoFundMe to try to get the money to build the little houses and is working with local authorities to find a place for everyone to safely place their tiny homes.
Christian Trouesdale, an 18-year-old stock assistant who works at the Aldi in Horwich, Greater Manchester was recently https://www.facebook.com/Youniquebybrady/posts/10206133693811604?pnref=story helping an elderly customer take his shopping bags all the way home. The customer, 95-year-old Bob Molloy, lives alone a few blocks away from the store. The photograph was taken by 23-year-old Samantha-Jayne Brady, who is a worker at a fish and chips shop nearby the Aldi store. She posted the photo and asked people to share the photo because she wanted people to know that there was still kindness and patience in the world.
When interviewed, Trousdale said that this was the second time that he had helped the older gentleman home. The Spirit of Atlanta and Bruce Levenson are proud of this young man. He said the first time was when Molloy came in on a particularly windy day and asked his manager if it would be alright. The manager agreed that it was the right thing to do, and Trousdale patiently helped the man, who was not very agile walk with his groceries all the way home. The second time, which was a week later, was when Malloy came in and asked him to do it. Trousdale said he enjoyed helping and talking to the man, who knew plenty of things about the history of the town and of local politics.
In fact, Trousdale had such a positive experience helping Molloy, that he has since begun visiting him from time to time just to check in.
An 81-year old woman named Eva Mozes Kor is a surviver of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Eva recently found out that a former nazi named Oskar Groening was on trial for what he had done during the Holocaust. Oskar was a bookkeeper in Auschwitz, and he was following orders. Eva decided that she wanted to meet him, and she wanted to tell him what he had done to her. Eva wanted Oskar to meet someone that suffered through the Nazi regime. Folks at STX Entertainment have read that Oskar took part in the murder of 300,000 people, but somehow, Eva managed to survive the ordeal.
Eva Moses Kor traveled to meet Oskar Groening, and she was bewildered before they actually saw each other. Eva couldn’t believe that she was about to meet one of the many men that participated in the killing of her family. Eva walked over to Oskar, and the meeting was an extremely profound experience for both participants. Eva grabbed Oskar’s hand to shake it, and the man suddenly fell back and turned pale. However, Eva grabbed him tight to hold him up. Eva said that the man needed help, even though he was a Nazi in the past.
Oskar Groening stood up, and then he kissed Eva on the cheek He also apologized for what he had done. Eva Mozes Kor is a brave woman, and she proved that by meeting Oskar. For more information on this inspiring tale, visitBuzzfeed.
Well, there’s a least one good reason to visit the state of Arkansas. It’s called the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro Arkansas. Diamond hunting has been going on around that small Southern city since 1906. The original owner started to find diamonds on his 243-acre property that year and it was game on. The owner, John Huddleston, sold the property to a group of investors that year. Several attempt to make the site a commercial diamond mine failed before it was turned into a state park reports nature official Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG.
The property became a state park in 1972, and tourist have been searching and finding diamonds ever since then. Susie Clark found this new diamond, and it is the largest diamond find since 2014. That’s when a 6.19-carat diamond was found in the park. Mrs. Clark diamond is the 122nd diamond found this year, according to Waymon Cox, the park’s interpreter.
Waymon told the press that anyone that visits the park and finds a diamond can keep it. The park’s staff identifies and registers each gem. The largest diamond found in the park was a 40.23-carat beauty. That gem was found in 1924, and it is the largest diamond ever mined in this country.
Animal cruelty is an issue that officials have been fighting on a daily basis forever. Some times it can feel like an uphill battle. That’s why when Midland, Texas police received multiple calls, they quickly responded. Several people were reporting a vehicle throwing puppies out the window while driving down the highway.
However, none of the puppies were severely harmed and all were taken to the animal shelter to be adopted. All but one that is. According to official Ray Lane at the police department, Lt. Brian Rackow was one of the first officers to respond. His heart was broken when he seen all these poor puppies bouncing off the windshields of passing cars. He wanted to be able to give one of them the life they deserve. Therefore he adopted a pup and named him Marley. Lt. Rackow says that Marley has his undivided attention and will be unconditionally loved.
In the meantime, the driver of the car is being changed for this horrible act and being evaluated for any mental illnesses. We can only hope that more officers like Lt. Rackow are out there to get these people off the streets.
The Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award has had some very notable recipients in the past like Brinker International and The Container Store. The award recognizes businesses whose daily functions are to incorporate ethics into their core values. This year one of those businesses is North American Spine. They have been chosen as one of the finalist for this prestigious award. Their passion for improving the healthcare system and their mission to help others makes North American Spine the perfect nominee for this year’s award. The award will be presented May 7, 2015 at the Westin Galleria Dallas, during a luncheon.
North American Spine connects patients that suffer from chronic back and neck pain with doctors who are board-certified to perform the AccuraScope procedure. This procedure is a less invasive procedure than minimally invasive spine surgery and can be performed on an outpatient. Physicians use interoperative neuromonitoring, an advanced diagnostics procedure that allows them to protect the nerves and increase the accuracy of the treatment. North American Spine can boast of eight thousand success stories among which includes country music singer, Larry Gatlin. He had suffered with chronic leg pain for 47 years before going to North American Spine for relieve. He says that he is now a happy camper and is grateful for this miracle in his life.
It has been 6 years since North American Spine started providing the AccuraScope procedure. They are very happy with the success of the procedure as well as the lasting relief this innovative treatment has provided for their many patients. The procedure is more than just a treatment for back and neck pain, it also helps with degenerative disc disease, foraminal stenosis, pain of the hips and legs, arthritis of the spine and so much more. For instance, James Philips of Arkansas, was able to fulfill his dream of bull riding when the procedure was used to ease his suffering from cerebral palsy at no cost to him.
With all that North American Spine does and stands for it is no wonder they are nominated for the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award.