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Thinking Back

This week I’ve thought a lot about where I was this time last year.  Last year I couldn’t talk, I could not move my right arm.  I couldn’t move my legs a lot or my left arm.  I had a trach and was on a ventilator.  Now I can talk; I can move my arms and legs; I don’t have a trach or a ventilator!  It is good to know where God has brought us from.

I will share with you something I read this week:  There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -Albert Einstein

Of course I have wondered “why.”  Why do bad things happen to good people?  That is what the devil wants me to ask.  You have to be more than a good person to be a Christian; you have to be forgiven.  I have put my trust in God and the fact that He has a divine plan for me even though I don’t know it yet.  As a Christian we will encounter affliction- He said we would, but He also said with Him (God) we are more than conquers.

Monkey see, monkey do, monkey remember

There’s an experiment attributed to Harry Harlow. Five monkeys are placed in a cage, with a ladder and a banana hanging from the ceiling. Whenever a monkey climbs the ladder to grab the banana, all monkeys are sprayed with ice cold water. After a few times, monkeys know better and nobody tries climbing the ladder.

Then, one monkey is replaced. The new arrival wants to get the banana, but as soon as he climbs the ladder, the other four start beating him – they want to stay warm and dry. After a few attempts, the new monkey conforms to the group and stays down. Then, another monkey is replaced and the story repeats itself – when the monkey that was never sprayed with cold water joins the other three. And so on until there is no monkey left who was sprayed with cold water, but still the new arrival gets beaten when he tries to climb the ladder.

Now, the decision was made by team members long gone. There’s nobody on the current team who made the decision, and nobody knows why the decision was made. It just gets passed to the new team members, with no questions asked. It may have been a good decision when it was made, and it may still be a good decision now.

But if you ask “why are we doing this” and the only answer is “the decision was made before we got here”, form your own opinion and don’t be afraid to question the status quo.

All Creatures Great & Small

[Evigado, Colombia; February 16. Image via Getty]

A cat and her kitten play with a squirrel, which was rescued off the streets, in Envigado, Antioquia Department, Colombia, on February 16, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A kitten plays with a squirrel, which was rescued off the streets in Envigado, Antioquia Department, Colombia, on February 16, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A cat called ‘Tita’ breastfeeds a squirrel called ‘Firulais’, which was rescued off the streets in Envigado, Antioquia Department, Colombia, on February 16, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Dik-Dik-Dik-Dik-Dik!!!

A dik-dik, pronounced “dĭk’ dĭk”, and named for the sound it makes when alarmed, is a small antelope of the Genus Madoqua that lives in the bush of East Africa, Angola and Namibia. Dik-diks stand 30–40 cm (approx. 12–16 inches) at the shoulder and weigh 3–6 kg.

This one was born at the Chester Zoo recently:

MORE photos over at Sky News.

Man Pleads Guilty To DWI In Motorized La-Z-Boy : NPR

Man Pleads Guilty To DWI In Motorized La-Z-Boy

by The Associated Press

A motorized La-Z-Boy chair

Enlarge Proctor Police Department via Duluth News Trubune/AP

The motorized La-Z-Boy chair Dennis LeRoy Anderson was operating when he hit a parked vehicle in August of 2008. Anderson has pleaded guilty to a DWI charge.

A motorized La-Z-Boy chair

Proctor Police Department via Duluth News Trubune/AP

The motorized La-Z-Boy chair Dennis LeRoy Anderson was operating when he hit a parked vehicle in August of 2008. Anderson has pleaded guilty to a DWI charge.

October 22, 2009

A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy chair while drunk.

A criminal complaint says 62-year-old Dennis LeRoy Anderson told police he left a bar in the northern Minnesota town of Proctor on his chair after drinking eight or nine beers.

Prosecutors say Anderson’s blood alcohol content was 0.29, more than three times the legal limit, when he crashed into a parked vehicle in August 2008. He was not seriously injured.

Police said the chair was powered by a converted lawnmower and had a stereo and cup holders.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Heather Sweetland stayed 180 days of jail time Monday and ordered two years of probation for Anderson. His attorney, David Keegan, did not immediately return a call for comment.

Man Pleads Guilty To DWI In Motorized La-Z-Boy : NPR

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Aw-Inducing [Baby Roo]

 

 

from Jezebel by Intern Katy

 

The right way to start off the day is this story: Christina Cooper found a newborn baby kangaroo who had been abandoned by his mother and nursed him back to health for several months in her sweatshirt pouch. [WashingtonPost]

 

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Map of the day, McDonald’s edition

from Felix Salmon by Felix Salmon

 

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This beautiful map comes from Stephen Von Worley, who has mapped the contiguous USA by how far any given point is from the nearest McDonald’s. Turns out the McFarthest Spot, somewhere in South Dakota, is 107 miles, as the crow flies, from a Golden Arch. There’s something for South Dakota to be proud of!