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"Life expands or shrinks in proportion to one's courage."    ~Anain Nin

{ Monday, 06 February, 2006 }

Stories about good people - Pt. 2

Call it a simple twist of fate — times two: A teenager in western New York state has saved the life of the same woman who years ago saved his life.

Seven years ago, Kevin Stephan of Lancaster, N.Y., was a bat boy for his younger brother’s Little League baseball team. A player who was warming up accidentally hit him in the chest with a bat. Kevin’s heart stopped beating. “All I remember is that I dropped the bat off, and all of a sudden just got hit in the chest with something, and I turned around and passed out,” Stephan said.

Fortunately, a nurse whose son played on that team was able to revive him and save his life. “I started CPR on him and he came back,” Penny Brown said. Stephan’s mother said he was extremely fortunate. Brown was supposed to be at work that night, but was given the day off at the last minute.

Now comes the really interesting part.

Last week that same nurse was eating at the Hillview Restaurant in Depew, N.Y., when she began to choke on her food. Witnesses say patrons were screaming for someone to help her. “The food wasn’t going anywhere and I totally couldn’t breathe,” Penny said. “It was very frightening.” Restaurant employees yelled for Stephan to come out and help. “They knew I was a volunteer firefighter and they called me over and I did the Heimlich, and I guess you could say I saved Mrs. Brown,” Stephan said. At the restaurant, they realized the amazing twist of fate they had just witnessed. Seven years ago, Brown had saved Stephan's life. Now at age 17, he had returned the favor.

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{ Monday, 30 January, 2006 }

Monday Link Disco!!!

I've been saving up all sorts of goddies for you. Let's dance!

  • The 9/11 Commission Report: A 571 Page Lie
  • As Elections Near, Officials Challenge Balloting Security
  • Democrats Denounce Bush's Human Pesticide Testing Plan
  • Behold, the Micronomicon!
  • New technique finds Earth-like planet
  • Here Is The Big Gay Agenda Revealed! The horrifying secret plot to homo-amplify America. Also: Dig this hetero agenda!
  • Peak America – Is Our Time Up?
  • A Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey Into Manhood and Back Again
  • Sea level rise 'is accelerating'
  • Documents Show US Army Seized Iraqi Wives As Tactic
  • Kurzweil on the Singularity
  • Life beyond biology and organic chemistry - Mechanical waves in the earth’s crust shows ‘Earth is alive’ and communicates like all other living beings
  • Spirituality Without Faith
  • Overview: Self-Organizing Systems
  • Gore Vidal: President Jonah
  • "Saint Death" Cult Draws On Pre-Christian Roots
  • Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him
  • Top 10 Project Censored News Stories for 2005
  • Stark warning over climate change
  • Well now, that was fun, wasn't it? I just had to get these out of my system (and bookmarks folder).

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    { Thursday, 12 May, 2005 }

    nope

    Things that don't exist
    A zeplin armada, piloted by mongoslings 1 string guitars Spaghetti Farms My work ethic a word for when you keep seeing the same pop culture reference over and over again, having only just learnt of existance recently An insideout hedgehog A spell that turns beautiful people into mannequins

    Of course, by mentioning these things, don't we bring them out of the void and at least into possibility? Hmmm.... (*head a'splodes*)

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    { Friday, 29 April, 2005 }

    swmming free


    The Tao of Skinny-Dipping

    The roots of male nude bathing are planted at least partly in homoeroticism. Older Athenian men regarded watching the swimming of ephebes, young men undergoing physical and military training, as a great pastime. But the more modern roots of the practice seem to draw on the urban decay of the late 19th century, the historian George L. Mosse wrote in the Journal of Contemporary History (April 1982), a subject he later developed in "Nationalism and Sexuality" (1985).

    At the turn of the last century, Mosse explained, naked swimming and nudism in general gained wide acceptance in Europe following centuries in which Christian modesty made the naked body shameful, and leading medical authorities advised a thick dirt patina as the best protection against sickness. "Cities were condemned as breeding grounds of immorality and moral sickness," he wrote. "The enthusiasm for nude swimming, athletics and sunbathing, even while condemning false shame, harnessed the rediscovery of the body to respectability."

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    { Friday, 11 February, 2005 }

    mycology flash

    Addictive game

    [via MeFi]

    How many generations of mushrooms can you create with varying the planting of your spores? Additionally, here's a page of a man who replaces everyday objects with mushrooms.

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    0. If you find yourself wonderstruck, don’t forget to return the favor.

    1. Always be of service to the whole and the Holy. You’ll find that the Holy will reciprocate by being of service to your becoming Whole.

    2. You will be called upon to use your mind and your vision in ways I cannot possibly glimpse. Never turn down an offer to shine that light so uniquely yours to help others in their darkness, and you’ll find that when it’s your turn to be in the night that there’ll be someone along the way who happens to have a little glow to share .

    3. The rewards of being true to yourself  are infinite, even when outwardly your efforts are met with nothing.

    4. You’ll also see that  knowledge and wisdom will come from within yourself through your own struggle and curiosity... your loved ones may guide you to insight, but yours is the power to choose it.

    5. You’ll find that some of your choices could’ve been better, or at times were downright stupid. That’s okay... I have a closet full of reckless decisions, but without making them I wouldn’t have the slightest idea of what a good one might feel like if I tried it on.

    6. Your growth will be a mysterious, comic, ecstatic and sometimes scary ride, and I pray that you strive to savor each minute of it, even the most difficult or embarrassing minutes. Don’t count on second chances.

    7. In those times when everything collapses around you, and what’s left won’t go right, don’t forget your chances of being alive in this solar system, in this galaxy, are a little on the slim side. So slim in fact that it could be called a miracle to breathe this air, drink this water, and have whet ever predicament you’re having no matter how you shake, rattle and roll it. So go with the cosmic flow and always choose something over nothing, while remembering that there’s a little of each one hidden in both.

    8. Respond as best as you can with love to adversity rather than reacting with fear... Love, in any situation and  being the primordial source and essence of ALL THIS STUFF, leaves / enters us with the most possible ways out / in.

    9. Whatever you’re doing, celebrate the process of doing as much, if not more, than what you’ve got when you’re done. Magic lives in the action.

    9 ½ . All matter is energy. All energy is infinite. We are but raindrops falling to the ocean, a short time in this shape until we’re reunited with the expanse from which we came. Your delicate yet sturdy, resilient body is a temporary shelter of energy that has swam the universe eternally and will continue eternally. You are a sudden crystallization of the infinite. One must ask themself, therefore, why be bored?

    9 3/4 . Choosing to live in the moment is courageous but becomes effortless once you begin...feeling obligated to survive in the past or future is dangerous and is difficult to continue. It’s one of the few risks I’d recommend not taking, right up there with trusting icons and shrugging off coincidences.

    10. The Universe itself it not confusing, we humans just like it that way. Do frogs seem bewildered , butterflies befuddled and amoebas addled? Nope, just us, my child. So, whenever things just don’t make sense, just take a deep breath and laugh as best you can, because that’s what you get for choosing this goofy, unpredictable place called Earth to embody yourself upon.