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A Dog’s Unending Loyalty

Ella the Rottweiler was found at the side of a freeway. The only clues to her origins were memorabilia she had carefully collected into a small pile that she slept with, awaiting her family’s return…


CBS News Videos Online – Ella

This beautiful dog was found emaciated and hungry by the side of a stretch of highway, seemingly abandoned and lost. But she never left her location, the place she had last been with her family.

She scavenged at the side of the highway for food and water, but always returned to the small pile of belongings she had accumulated by her bed. One of the items was inscribed with the name, “Michelle.”

Eventually she was found by the Love Me Tender Animal Rescue founder who took her in and solved the mystery of the “lost items” that Ella has so lovingly collected, the last vestiges and reminders of her lost family.

This is an INCREDIBLE story of the undying love and loyalty of an extraordinarily beautiful dog.


 
 
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Greatest Love Story – 2 Chickens

Did you ever think two chickens could love each other with the purest, utter devotion and to such extraordinary depths? Their love story rivals the world’s greatest.

Quote: (Full Story Here)

“Occasionally, there were the soundbursts for their shared moments of displeasure, hurt, sadness, fear, or downright panic, such as the time when Libby got accidentally locked in a barn that was being cleaned and Louie, distressed at the sudden separation, paced frantically up and down the narrow path on the other side of the closed door, crowing his alarm, crying his pleas, clucking his commands, flapping his wings, showering us with a spray of fervid whistles, following us around, then running back to the barn door, clacking at it, knocking on it, then running back to us, whirring his wings, stomping his feet, tapping the ground with his beak, staring intently, and generally communicating Libby’s predicament in every “language” available to him: sound, movement, gaze, color, and certainly scent too…

…Except today. Today, it was Libby who “spoke” for both of them. And, this time, there was no doubt whose voice it was, or what it was saying, because it not only sounded off, it split open the sky, punctured the clouds, issued forth with such gripping force and immediacy that it stopped you dead in your tracks. It was a sound of such pure sorrow and longing, hanging there all alone, in stark and immaculate solitude, high above the din of sanctuary life, like the heart-piercing cry of an albatross. She had started to cluck barely audibly at dawn, when Louie failed to get up and lingered listlessly in their nest. She continued her plaintive murmur into the afternoon, when Louie became too weak to hold his head up and collapsed in a heap of limp feathers. And then, when we scooped him up and quarantined him into a separate room for treatment, her soft lament turned to wrenching wail…”

(Full Story with Pictures Here – peacefulprairie.blogspot.com)


 
 
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Playful Herbie the Calf

Rescued: Herbie the Rescued Factory Farm Calf
Plays with a Tree Branch – What a Silly Fellow : )

He’s just a little treasure, this funny fellow. His owner rescued him when he jumped from a slaughter house truck, bound for disposal.

He has SO MUCH personality – see him play with his ball, trying to invite his little calf friend to play.

But NO… animals have no feelings. They’re… just… vegetables!

Not! : )

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And finally, here’s precious little calf Scooter…



 
 
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“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”


 

Some things are so good you just have to repost them.
 
[The entire transcript of his speech is included below the video.]

FULL TRANSCRIPT

This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

“I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college.

Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.

Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out? It started before I was born.

My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption.

She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl.

So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.”

My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition.

After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life.

So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.

I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed.

Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this.

I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography.

If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them.

If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do.

Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees.

We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired.

How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out.

When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly.

I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did.

The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studios in the world.

In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months.

My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor.

I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch.

This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age.

On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous.

Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.”

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Amazing Basketball Story

Thanks to @Joelcomm at Twitter for link to:

Jason’s One and Only Game – Unforgettable.
A truly wonderful story about Jason McElWain, a ‘high autistic’ boy
who plays his last and only basketball game to a roaring crowd

My smile almost broke my face while I watched this. He simply caused my heart to soar and tears to form. The support and love of his fellow teammates along with that of the crowd is truly inspirational.

It’s as if THIS is the way it should always be at school. Kids supporting each other accepting one another just as they are. THANKS to Jason, his team, the crowd and the folks who posted this.

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WILD HORSES by SUSAN BOYLE

SUSAN BOYLE SINGS “WILD HORSES”
Susan Boyle’s NEW CD – “I DREAM A DREAM” available for preorder at Amazon.com for $9.95 delivered on November 24, 2009 – perfect Christmas present – for myself! Can’t Wait…

Susan Boyle on America’s Got Talent
Once again, Susan Boyle astounds with the
clarity, emotion and beauty of her voice.


Well Susan Boyle about brought tears to my eyes with her rendition of “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones. SO much feeling and resounding power. I felt those beautiful Wild Horses running on the plains as her voice SOARED.

I particularly loved the catch she used in the lyric word, “Wild…” So rolling and expressive. As an animal lover knowing that gorgeous wild horses are being shipped and slaughtered thousands of miles from their home, it’s devastating. And this song brought those poignant thoughts home.

It also made me wonder about the Rolling Stones. Having not heard this song before, I want to hear how the Stones performed it. Could they top Susan Boyle? That would be difficult, indeed…

Beautiful beautiful Wild Horses sung by beautiful Susan Boyle. I’m once again… completely TOUCHED.

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A Very Nice Quality Youtube Video Link
to Susan Boyle’s Full Performance and Interview
Excellent Sound Volume – 10:52

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x9YjO4FK_A

Susan Boyle is a lovely, modest, humble woman,
surprised by all the attenton…
Quote: “…humbled and pretty grateful…
it must have been a miracle…”

 
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SUSAN BOYLE SINGS “WILD HORSES” AT THE SEMI FINALS

Susan Boyle on America’s Got Talent
Once again, Susan Boyle astounds with the
clarity, emotion and beauty of her voice.


Well Susan Boyle about brought tears to my eyes with her rendition of “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones. SO much feeling and resounding power. I felt those beautiful Wild Horses running on the plains as her voice SOARED.

I particularly loved the catch she used in the lyric word, “Wild…” So rolling and expressive. As an animal lover knowing that gorgeous wild horses are being shipped and slaughtered thousands of miles from their home, it’s devastating. And this song brought those poignant thoughts home.

It also made me wonder about the Rolling Stones. Having not heard this song before, I want to hear how the Stones performed it. Could they top Susan Boyle? That would be difficult, indeed…

Beautiful beautiful Wild Horses sung by beautiful Susan Boyle. I’m once again… completely TOUCHED.

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Pretty Excellent Interview of Susan Boyle
and Piers Morgan by Larry King
(Susan also sings a song from the movie, “Titanic“)

Susan Boyle is a lovely, modest, humble woman,
surprised by all the attenton…
Quote: “…humbled and pretty grateful…
it must have been a miracle…”


Britain’s Got Talent – HQ
Susan Boyle’s Performance on TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z0h1NNk1Ik
 
(Another Version with More Sound Volume) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY
 
The Original First CD Single – Cry Me a River
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/…

 
Susan Boyle’s performance gives goosebumps every time I listen to it. Can’t remember ever experiencing that before. (So many times in succession)
 
She has a delightful, "real" personality – seems genuine to the core. So open, refreshing, honest and forthright. She is the quintessential "down to earth" normal citizen who has proven how extraordinary "ordinary" can really be.
 
They say everyone has been blessed with some extraordinary talent. The lucky ones find out what it is, and then use it. 
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One would imagine that Simon Cowell hears the contestants before they go on the show. Even if so, he still does a remarkable job of being "wowed" and creating a climate of anticipation and unexpected climax.
 
It’s fine showmanship and gives people such as Susan Boyle an opportunity to shine.  
 
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One can’t help noticing how attractive and pretty most newscasters are these days. The television lighting gives their skin a flawless patina, their makeup allows for a mannequin and doll-like facade.
 
It’s lovely, but surreal. At first it is nice to look at, even measure the length of their eyelashes and idly search for a stray wrinkle or two. They seem quite intelligent and personable for the most part. But, something seems missing, and it grows tiring, requiring a quick channel change.
 
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Beauty of MATH

The Beauty of Mathematics is BEAUTIFULLY illustrated in this Slideshow Presentation. It can also be a map for success… and perhaps, life. Watch this once a day for 10 days and see what happens.

Click on Lower Left Arrows Below to Proceed


Link to Large Version Full Page (Opens New Window)

Quote: “Here is an interesting way to look at Mathematics…”


 
 
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Barb Has No Arms

Amazingly inspiration – “She Never Gave Up.”


Amazing Mother

I was deeply touched by this video. My first thought was that Barb is a totally special individual with greater gifts of resolve, ability and courage. A beautiful individual.

But then I realized that she might say something like, “Not at all. If I can do it, anyone can…”

Well, we can all try, because seeing Barb do what she does can inspire us with the possibilities.

She just “never gave up.” It’s amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it.


 
 
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Beautiful Shelter Pets

 
Beautiful little shelter pets – true love for sale
The Humane Society presents a nice little video
– sad at first, happy ending. : )
 

 

 
 
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Hilarious! but sad…

Michael Moore is a CHARACTER

How does this feller get away with what he does?

Well it’s rather nice that he does – for it could mean that there’s still hope for the rest/best of us. He certainly sees the irony and twistiness of it all, and inserts humor into humorless places and humorless faces.

Whether you agree or disagree, it seems a major portion of individuals have been took by hook and crook.

The title of Michael Moore’s new movie is, “Capitalism, A Love Story.”

The story of how love and addiction of money and power has brought ruinous devastation to millions across America – the little folks who dared to believe and trust that their savings would be properly cared for by the powers that be.

Now if you happen to be one of the Smart and Sassy rich who have prospered during this “interesting” time, you probably have few or no complaints.

So, it depends what side you’re on.

Unfortunately, no matter the side you WANT to be on… only those who “fit” the fit, look the look, talk the walk and meet the “bloodlines” regulations will be able to join the rich group. And, you will most likely have to leave your conscience at the door.


 
 
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HOW TO Free Trade

Let’s Free Trade
Nice, easy video instructions on how to get the good goods

Some very nice Free Trade Lists and Links

Member Directory of Fair Trade Companies
www.fairtradefederation.org/ht/d/Memdir/pid/1722 

Downloadable PDF
www.fairtradefederation.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/3220

Great List – Official Certifier
transfairusa.org/content/WhereToBuy/

Another Great Link – World Fair Trade Org
www.wfto.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=164&Itemid=1

Over 130 artisan groups, over 38 countries
tenthousandvillages.com/ 

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Mongolian Reindeer

Simple, Loving, Nomadic, Peaceful.
Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News

I recently saw a map of places that might be preserved in case there was global turmoil. One of those places was within Mongolia. I surely hope this place above would be included…

Animals, people, living and loving each other in a perfect harmony as Nature would have intended. Extraordinary… and yet, it should be so ordinary as to be just the way life is.

What happened? Did ancient, jaded, perverse asteroid people come down to a virgin Earth and bring their perverse dark decay of soul and heart with them?

With great age, comes decay and decline. As we allow for the rape our children, as we rape the Earth… it will go mad, as do the children. And it, and they, will be gone to us.

Let these nomadic, beautiful ways teach us something. Or, if we choose to ignore it, I fear we will all be doomed.

Science says the future will be packed with innovation and invention. Life will be extended. Robots, organs in a lab, mind melding, mind control, war by proxy, more.

Will the waters and air be pure and clean? Will there be fields and meadows filled with bees, flora, fauna, new baby animal life filled with optimism. hope, joy?

Or will scientific innovation bring with it, litter, decay, unnatural perversions, desperate attempts to prolong a greedy lifestyle, and decline of the ecosystem?

We must take care. The video above has more to say than we might at first, think…


 
 
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