Category Archives: life

‘Dead’ girl wakes up at her own funeral


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A 3-year-old girl who was pronounced dead after a fever woke up a day later — in a coffin, during her funeral  . . . .  the toddler was taken to a local hospital on Friday after suffering a severe fever.

“During that time, the attending clinic personnel and physician confirmed that the young patient had no more pulse and was clinically dead last Saturday morning about 9 a.m.,” Teelan said. The grave error was only discovered when a funeral attendee removed the cover of the girl’s coffin and saw her head move . . . . .

The family is seeking treatment at a better-equipped hospital.

the family is seeking treatment at a better-equipped hospital???  

. . . . well now there’s an idea worth investigating.

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“Man cannot live by incompetence alone.”
 ~ Charlotte Whitton

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miami heat vs. nets $967.80!!


last night i was on the phone with a friend when a call from an 800 number beeped in.  assuming it was a telemarketer i ignored the call.  earlier today, i realized that i had a message from the 800# call last night.  it was katelin from ticketmaster.  she wanted to verify that i had authorized a $967.80 debit card charge for tickets to the miami heat / nets game last evening.

the first thing question that came to mind was, is that baseball or basketball?  the next thought i had was, why would i authorize a charge for $967.80 when i had less than $500 in my bank account?

i now have negative $457.  

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No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
 ~ Buddha

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the same time


a day, a week, a month ~ it can seem like forever ~ almost never ending, and it can seem like just yesterday ~ both perceptions happening simultaneously.

how does that work?

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 “Time moves in one direction, memory in another.”
 ~ William Gibson

 

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why is the asparagus bleeding?


just a few weeks ago i told you the story of joe, the 96 year old man who got sick after eating his birthday cake which had a rat baked right into it.   i will try to limit the number of disturbing posts like that, but i will need a little help from the food industry . . . .

today, the ny post reported the story of robin.  robin ordered a salad for lunch from guy & gallard on west 40th street.  in her own words, here’s what she got in her salad:

“It was the craziest thing,” she said. “After a few bites, I look down at my fork, and think, ‘Oh, is that a piece of asparagus?’And then I saw that it had eyes, and an arm.”

the post reported,

Sandusky repackaged the head with the salad and sent it back to the deli, which promptly gave her a refund.

it’s good to know she got her money back.

i’ve spent the day wondering if she simply saw the lizard, or actually stabbed it with her fork.

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“Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.”
Paramahansa Yogananda

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the power of suggestion


just like every day, i checked my phone for the temperature outside before taking ivan out for his morning stroll.  it said 64 degrees. the sun was pouring in my windows.  64 & sunny . . . . it’s going to be a great day!

completely under dressed for the actual 46 degree temp outside, i arrived home a bit chilly and totally confused.  i checked my phone again.  64 degrees.  at first i wondered if my phone had picked up on the industrial strength warm weather thoughts i had been having for so long and was just trying to make me happy.

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then i noticed that the time under the weather was displayed as 7:31 pm, rather than am,  and i chalked the whole thing up to the power of my electronic disorder.

 

“The use of the will as the projector of mentative currents is the real base of all mental magic.”
~ William Walker Atkinson

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just trying to get a little information . . . .


it’s already after 3:30 in the afternoon and i’ve done nothing else but try to get some information on health insurance so far today.  i have none.  this is why:

You are now chatting with Shawn. Welcome to eHealthInsurance’s live chat service. How can I help you today?

Shawn: Hello.

laurie: Hi, It says the full brochure for plan summary is not available online – can I get one mailed to me?

laurie: this is the plan I am interested in: Empire Essential Guided Access (cbjw) $427.33/mo 

laurie: Are you there?

laurie: hello?

laurie: This is a great service you offer – this live chat thing . . . .

laurie: Did you die?

Shawn: Thank you for holding…

laurie: Im not holding. I will call a real company. It was a simple question.

Shawn: in this case, you may expedite your research by calling us at 877-731-3655 and let our licensed representatives look into that for you

Shawn: I apologize, a Chat Operator cannot discuss benefits  through Chat.

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a few of the many questions that arise for me include;  

why does shawn have a job and i do not?  

what exactly is shawn’s job?  

supposedly he’s a customer service rep for e-health, yet he is unable to discuss health benefits through chat?

he’s an e-health customer service representative who’s function is to refer me to a real representative?  

have i gone insane?

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“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”
~ Dale Carnegie

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this is joe:

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and this is his story as reported by the ny post:

Joseph Vallenti celebrated his 96th birthday with a big slice of his favorite apple strudel cake, but there was one filling he didn’t count on — a rat.

“Something isn’t right,” family members recall the Commack man saying after tucking into the store-baked “Signature Series” cake from King Kullen supermarket.

Vallenti fell ill with stomach pains and diarrhea. So Neil Gold, who is dating Vallenti’s niece and lives with the victim, investigated the remaining cake — and allegedly found a five-inch-long rat’s tail still attached to the rodent’s hindquarters.

“I saw . . . something sticking out,” Gold said Friday after bringing the allegedly infested strudel to the law offices of his friend, attorney Ed Yule.
I flipped it over and saw the whole tail bleeding into the cake.”

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i am truly at a loss for words. 

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“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”
 ~ Emory Austin

 

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nyc from the 12th floor


out the window of my apartment, it looked like this most of the day:

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it’s been snowing since early in the morning.

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it is currently thundering.  thundering really loud.  and a lot.

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i want my normal back.

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“I have never seen snow and do not know what winter means.”
 ~ Duke Kahanamoku 

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a thought for saturday


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“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
 ~ Buddha

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i used to think 7 was my lucky number


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i’m changing my lucky number to 75.

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“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
 ~ Carl Jung 

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slice of life


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“If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.”
  ~ Cavett Robert

12 in the city


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Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
 ~ Confucius 

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good words for the new year


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no matter what – one of my all time favorite songs.  

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No matter what they tell us, no matter what they do
No matter what they teach us, what we believe is true
No matter what they call us, however they attack
No matter where they take us, we’ll find our own way back

I can’t deny what I believe, I can’t be what I’m not
I know I’ll love forever
I know, no matter what

If only tears were laughter, if only night was day
If only prayers were answered then we would hear God say:
“No matter what they tell you, no matter what they do
No matter what they teach you, what you believe is true”

And I will keep you safe and strong and sheltered from the storm
No matter where it’s barren, a dream is being born
No matter who they follow, no matter where they lead
No matter how they judge us, I’ll be everyone you need.

~ Meat Loaf

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Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
 ~ Buddha

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wishing you well


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Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
~ Nelson Mandela

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Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.
~  Dr. Seuss

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home


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“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”
 ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes 

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“You may find that the cell is an ideal place to learn to know yourself, to search realistically and regularly the process of your own mind and feelings”

 ~ Nelson Mandela

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“There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other’s cooking & say it was good.”
 ~ storypeople

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nj exit 12, bear left!


after spending a good part of the summer in upstate ny, i saw a lot of wildlife, much different than the wildlife i see in the city. the one thing i was hoping to see and didn’t, was a bear.  and i really wanted to see a bear.

i’ve been spending time at my friend diane’s house in nj. she lives on 6 acres in the woods and her yard backs up to 40 more acres of wooded land. the other night around 9:00 pm, while relaxing in the living room with diane, her friend richie and her daughter, i thought i heard a car door close.  when i asked if anyone else heard it, diane and her daughter instantly jumped up and yelled, “bear!”   wasting no time, they ran to the garage and opened and closed the electronic doors to make noise which they hoped would scare the bear away.

while diane and katie were busy attempting to scare an unseen bear from the driveway, i opened the sliding glass doors in the kitchen and stepped out along the side of the house.  assuming the bear had taken off into the woods, i was looking straight ahead into the woods and calling for the bear.  i really wanted to see a bear.   so that you have a clear perspective, here is the layout:

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hoping to get a close up photo of the bear that i was still not convinced existed, i was holding my camera (which you may not be able to tell from the above rendering).  i called for the bear several times before seeing a dark shadow moving slightly up in the woods to my right just a little bit.

i wondered, if that’s the shadow, where is the actual bear creating the shadow?  i looked harder into the woods, squinting and trying to focus into the dark woods.  knowing that i was very close to this shadow and presumably, the bear, my body seemed to go into “survival” mode without the help of my brain because i became extremely nervous and began to get a bit shaky, but continued to watch the slow moving shadow 20′ away and call for the bear.  i could hear diane screaming, “close the door! close the door!”   when her words registered in my mind, i thought of the possibility that the bear had not run into the woods, but was still around the corner from me right in the driveway.  this prompted me to look to my right at which point i realized the bear was in fact not in the driveway, but standing approximately 12 feet to the right of me.

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this was by far the biggest bear in america.  rather than looking into the camera as he appears to be in this picture (that i lifted off the internet for obvious reasons), he was actually staring straight at me.  eyeball to eyeball.  his head was at least one foot higher than mine (i am 5′ 4″ tall).  he was just standing there staring at me the whole time i had been calling him!  i have seen a wild bear once before and i have never, ever, seen such a behemoth creature in all my life.  at a speed rivaling usain bolt, i flew into the house.  

it took the rest of the evening for all of us to calm down enough to switch subjects and think about anything else.  diane had seen this same bear before and was relieved to know that now someone else had witnessed this particular guy, as she always thought that the people she told about ‘big bear,’  thought she may be exaggerating about his size.  he was easily 900 lbs  and the size of a small car. 

as you can probably imagine, it was a little nerve racking for me to take ivan out after dark from then on.  for the next couple of nights we stayed close to the house.  diane had her spot lights replaced and now the side yard can be lit up like wrigley field.  

last night i turned on every light outside and let ivan out to relieve himself around 8:30.  as i waited for ivan to finish up, i thought i heard some rustling in the bushes just about 10 feet away from me.  it wasn’t loud and i thought it was probably just the cat, but  i interrupted ivan midstream,  and yelled for him to get into the house, just in case. when i came inside, i asked diane if the cat was out, to which she answered, “no.”  

i went into the kitchen and opened the blinds covering the sliding glass doors to see if anything would appear from the bushes.  in the small grass area between the kitchen and the woods was a bear sauntering by and looking directly into the kitchen.  he looked to be about 500 lbs.  when the screaming began, he walked slowly into the woods . . .

( photoshopped bear walking by diane’s kitchen window – again, i missed the photo op, but this is what it looked like)

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i never understand why people are afraid of the city.  really, it’s a much less dangerous place to be.

“Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

missing leaves


they won’t be back until spring and i’m missing the leaves already.

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“What a person believes is not as important as how a person believes.”
 ~ Timothy Virkkala

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