Baseball is the great American pastime, but let’s be honest: those games are long.
Really, really long. I’m all for the peanuts and Cracker Jack, but sometimes don’t you just wish something would happen to spice things up a little bit? One brave kitty decided she had had enough of sitting on the sidelines and decided to get herself into the game. Unfortunately, she couldn’t stay for long…
Look at this cutie, making a mad dash across the soft grass! Run, kitty, run!
If you asked most people how they’d feel about letting their dog run around with a wild bear, they’d probably give you the side-eye of the century.
But for these guys in Finland, watching one of their dogs romp around with a giant predator is a recipe for a great time. And while it appears that the animals were enjoying a jovial jaunt through the woods, things got too real when the bear set its sights on the men filming them.
The dog and bear appeared to be playing a game of tag (we hope, at least).
If you use public transit a lot, you know that pets aren’t often welcome on buses.
In order to protect other passengers who may be fearful or have allergies, it’s just one of those rules we tend to follow. But people in Sao Paulo, Brazil, were on their way home after work one day when they noticed a man holding a mysterious moving package on his lap. At first, they were concerned about what could be inside, but when they figured out what it was, their hearts absolutely melted.
Camilla Muracchini was one of the commuters on the bus, and she said the man looked “nervous.” Eventually, a ticket-taker approached him after the box started to make noise.
The bus official asked to see what was inside. The man replied softly, “I found it abandoned, and it’s a puppy. I’ll take it home.” He was afraid he’d get kicked off or have to leave the dog behind, but no one on the bus wanted him to leave after hearing his explanation.
Camilla Muracchini took some pictures and shared them on Facebook. She writes, “He sat with the box in his lap and stayed there. During the whole trip he caressed the dog, and the dog wagged his tail as if he had known him for years. It’s a love so pure that it makes me believe that there are still good people in the world.”
For those who’ve never dealt with depression, it can be hard to understand just how debilitating it is even when it comes to the simplest of tasks.
Just getting out of bed in the morning can feel like a monumentally difficult and impossible thing to do when severe depression sucks all the energy and positivity out of you. One 16-year-old girl knows this feeling all too well, as her depression had made her feel so down that she stopped brushing her hair. It got so tangled and matted that she was ready to have it shaved off, but an amazing hairstylist did something so kind for her it’ll bring tears to your eyes.
When she walked into the salon, she told Kayley Olsson to just shave it off because she couldn’t deal with the pain of combing it out.
Read the inspiring story as Olsson tells it below. She’s such a sweet lady!
Today I had one of the hardest experiences with my client who I am keeping anonymous, I had a 16 year girl come in with who has been dealing with severe depression for a few years now. She got to the point where she felt so down and so worthless she couldn’t even brush her hair, she told me she only got up to use the restroom. She starts back at school in a few weeks but she has her school pictures today.
When she walked in she told us just cut it all off I can’t deal with the pain of combing it out, she called herself worthless for it. It honestly broke my heart and we tried everything we could to keep this child’s hair for her! At the end of the day I want this to be a lesson to people. MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it affects people all around the world and of all ages! PARENTS take it serious don’t just push your kids off and tell them to get over something they legitimately can’t. A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair.
After being here 8 hours yesterday and 5 hours today we finally made this beautiful girl smile and feel like she IS worth something! Her last words to me was “I will actually smile for my school’s pictures today, you made me feel like me again.”
Just trying to imagine how that girl is feeling after being shown such care and kindness makes me tear up. Olsson deserves recognition for all the effort and hard work she put it to make one person smile.
Back in April, 37-year-old Carrie DeKlyen, a mother of five from Michigan, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a malignant and aggressive tumor that affects the brain or spine.
She was given five more years at the most to live, but Carrie was determined to fight. She wanted to be there as long as possible for her husband, 39-year-old Nick, and their children, so she enrolled in a clinical trial at the University of Michigan. What she wasn’t prepared for, however, was for doctors to tell her she was expecting her sixth child and that she would need to terminate the pregnancy to receive treatment. But when given the choice between her own life and that of her unborn baby girl’s, she chose to save the child.
“The doctor said if you don’t terminate this baby, Carrie, you will die,” Nick told People. “But it was Carrie’s decision and I said ‘What do you want to do?’ She said, ‘We’re keeping it.'”
Carrie decided to refuse treatment, which would be a death sentence. But she’s accepted this and believes it’s worth it to sacrifice her life to save her daughter, whom she and Nick have decided to name Life.
Unfortunately, Carrie’s condition has worsened and her prognosis has been significantly shortened. At 21 weeks pregnant, Carrie is now in a vegetative state and on life support at the University of Michigan after suffering a stroke a couple of weeks ago.
“Her time is drawing near, but I know I’ll see her again, not in this life, but after my time is up I’ll be with her again in Heaven,” Nick said. “She made the decision to give Life a chance at life.” If you’d like to help the family with her medical expenses, you can donate here.
In August 2012, Monica Thompson gave birth to her first and only child, a baby boy named Jacob Daniel Thompson.
Tragically, she only got to be with him for 10 short days before he passed away. Though it’s been five years since he died, she hasn’t been able to find closure after losing her newborn. That’s because she believes his death could have been prevented by the nurses who were supposed to take care of him. Now Thompson’s suing Portland Adventist Medical Center in Oregon, citing negligence in causing “foreseeable harm” to Jacob and “negligent infliction of emotional distress” to her by causing the child’s death.
On August 5, 2012, nurses took Jacob to a nursery and gave Thompson narcotic painkillers and sleep aids so she could get some sleep before being released from the hospital.
That night, a nurse brought Jacob back to the room and left him unattended with his sleeping mother for breastfeeding. An hour later, Thompson woke up feeling “drowsy and groggy” and found Jacob unresponsive in her arms.
“She called for a nurse while she tried to get him to respond,” the suit states. “Mrs. Thompson tried to stimulate her son’s suckling reflexes without success. She touched his eyes and got no response. She poked him and talked to him with no reaction. When no nurse came to help, Mrs. Thompson carried her son to the hallway and frantically yelled for help.”
Jacob was moved to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, but he was taken off of life support when doctors determined he had sustained severe and permanent brain damage from oxygen deficiency. His mother had accidentally suffocated him.
At the very least, Thompson hopes her story and the lawsuit will help prevent other parents from going through the same tragedy she’s forced to live with every day. Placing Jacob back with his mother was incredibly negligent, as parents should never sleep on the same surface as their babies when under the influence of alcohol, sedatives, or other drugs that make you less aware. For more information on safe co-sleeping, click here.
Last weekend, anti-racism demonstrators stood together to protest against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
White nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan had gathered to protest the city’s plan to tear down Confederate monuments, including a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. When they were met by counter-protesters, tensions grew high and things quickly grew violent enough that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. Police also eventually told the crowds to disperse.
During the protest, a gray Dodge Challenger, driven by 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr. from Ohio, plowed through a group of counter-protesters.
After receiving backlash about his comments, Lariviere told MassLive, “never would I want someone to get murdered. I am not a racist and don’t believe in what any of those protesters are doing. I’m a good man who made a stupid comment and would just like to be left alone.”
Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri says the department has launched an investigation into the comments. In light of such tragic events, it’s important that we strive to be kind and watch what we say, and that includes what we write on the internet. We send our condolences to Heather Heyer’s loved ones during this difficult time.
Most people who create fallout shelters are mocked as doomsday preppers.
Now, there’s probably a low chance that you’ll experience a nuclear strike anywhere near your town in your lifetime, but for some reason news organizations are letting us all know how we can stay safe. If something crazy does happen, you’ll want to be prepared for it. After all, many people have preparation kits for natural disasters like floods or wildfires, so it just makes sense to be ready, even if nothing scary is happening at all right now.
Here are all the essentials you’ll need for your nuclear fallout shelter.
1. First, stock up on canned goods and MRE (Military Ready-to-Eat) meals.
2. Each person needs one to two gallons of water per day, so five-gallon jugs are the most efficient way to be prepared for any disaster.
3. Potassium iodide tablets can help protect against radiation from a nuclear weapon.
4. Iodine solution can be rubbed on the skin for absorption in the body, similar to the tablets.
5. Light sticks like these that last up to 12 hours are essential in any emergency situation.
But at the end of the day, there’s nothing you can do except make yourself comfortable as far away from the blast as possible. Just something to think about while our world leaders are playing with our lives.