The Europeans are certainly into recycling and sustainability. Good on them and thanks Brian. Regards Ian.
Hello Jules, Hope the eye infection gets better soon. Must be a tought time but stay strong and know there is support around you. Im doing good thanks and the support staff on the board have help me get connected again. I enjoy this board and certainly appreciate everyones support. Take care mate and be strong. Regards Ian. I just love the posts Brian comes up with.
All of the woodturning I do comes from the bearers from palletts from south America or other countries where they use hardwood for making palletts. True there is a lot of timber i coukdnt use but I have been able to use timber that is not commecially imported. Believe it or not, I have even had some Rosewood sub species come in on palletts. If I had not got my hands on it, it was going to be dumped and burnt. I hate wastage.Brian
here is another good story, Brian
13-Year-Old Boy Buys His Struggling Mom A Car
April 3, 2019
A 13-year-old boy in Nevada bought his single mother a car by trading in his Xbox and doing yard work.
William Rabillo, 13, surprised his mom, Krystal Preston, with a 1999 Chevy Metro during what she has called a "low point" in her life.
This is what she wrote on Facebook:
"I have no words right now that can express how I am feeling at this moment. I'm in complete shock ... The last couple weeks have literally been hell filled with so many tears, anger, confusion and heart ache. Today I got the shock of my life..
As some of you may know my son William, who is a lawn mowing, yard cleaning , money making machine. Well my son had a job today that he had to go do and so I allowed him to go assuming it was like any other time. Well this time was different. Very different.
William came home and said, 'Mom I bought you a car.'
I of course laughed and told him 'ya right!'
He said, 'No mom I'm so serious I bought you a car. Come on we have to go.'
I'm at this point confused and sceptical and I said, 'Go where?'
He said, 'With this lady.'
And much to my surprise I go in my front yard and OMG there is a women standing there and as William said she was giving us a ride. William jumps in the car so I'm like ok?? This is some kind of joke right. No one speaks really....
So..... As I'm still thinking at this point still a joke. We pull up to this house and William says, 'Mom that's your car....'
I completely lost it.
I started balling my eyes out. I am speechless my 13 year old son bought me a car. He did some work for this women and that was his payment that he worked out with her. And here I thought it was a joke... Nope I was handed the keys and paperwork to the car and I'm freaking out but so in shock like OMG this is happening right now. So we got into the car it started right up and off we went.
I am so proud of my son. He is such a good kid. He may have his days but OMG what 13 year old kid do you know that buys his mom a car... William I love you son and thank you. You have such a big heart and I love you..."
William told the local news station that he got the idea from watching YouTube videos.
"I saw on YouTube where people get their mom a car and then surprise her with it," William said. "I wanted to do that."
William then came across a woman selling a 1999 white Chevy Metro on Facebook and reached out to ask about buying it.
"It was really cheap so I asked her if I could trade it or earn it, and at first she said no," he said. "After she thought about it, then she said yes."
Good morning friends
Here is a great story Brian
Kentucky Toddler Beats Stage 4 Cancer
April 5, 2019
A 21-month-old girl in Kentucky has won the battle against stage four cancer after 15 months of grueling cancer treatment.
Molly Hughes was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma at just five months old. Now, her family, is elated after getting the news that Molly is cancer free.
"I kinda just fell to the ground after I got off the phone and I just hugged for her like five minutes," her mother, Chelsea, told WBKO.
Chelsea shared the good news in a Facebook post.
"OH HAPPY DAY!!!! Molly has some BIG news to share!!! Her scans were clear & showed no evidence of disease!! (NED!!!) There is NO active cancer left in her little body!!
Our God is SO good!!! Thank you all for the prayers!"
Molly's family is thrilled to know that their little girl can finally return to a normal life.
"She loves being outside from the time she gets up til she goes to bed, she's just wild," said Chelsea. "So full of energy and just loves doing what a baby should be doing."
Here is some more good news, Brian.
Teens Teach Boy With Autism How To Skate On His Birthday
April 9, 2019
A group of teenagers in South Brunswick, New Jersey, taught a 5-year-old boy with autism how to ride a skateboard on his birthday.
The boy's mother, Kristen Braconi, shared videos on Facebook and wrote the following:
"Today is my son's 5th birthday and he has high functioning autism and ADHD and you would never know by looking at him that anything was going on. You also wouldn't know that the woman with us was his behavioral therapist.
We went to the park behind the police station and he was in the skate park on his scooter and some older kids showed up. They were absolutely amazing with him and included him and were so beyond kind it brought me to tears.
I caught a video of them singing to my son and one of the kids gave him a mini skateboard and taught him how to use it."
"I can't even begin to thank these kids for being so kind and showing him how wonderful people can be to complete strangers. I bought them all ice cream to say thank you but it wasn't enough!
Thank you to whoever these children are and thank you to their parents because you are doing a wonderful job!"
Good morning friends.
Here is another feel good story, Brian.
High School Teen Stars In 'Wizard Of Oz' - And Her Little Dog, Too!
April 10, 2019
Erin Bischoff never expected to land the lead role in her high school's production of "The Wizard Of Oz."
Erin is a 17-year-old student at Hasbrouck Heights High School in New Jersey. She has a genetic disorder known as brittle bond disease, and uses a wheelchair. In her 17 years, Erin has had over 100 bone fractures and 10 surgeries.
Four years ago, Erin was matched with her first service dog, Gauge, a 6-year-old golden retriever.
So, the school rewrote some of the play just for Gauge - since he was a little larger than the basket-fitting version of Toto.
But Erin's mom, Michelle, always saw her daughter as a star.
"She makes me a better person," Michelle said, adding "the only limits you set are the one you set upon yourself."
Teenagers often get a bad press so here one that is good, Brian.
Teens Assist Elderly Man Who Fell And Walk Him Home To Clean His Wounds
April 12, 2019
A group of teenage boys in Caldwell, Idaho, stopped to care for an elderly man after they witnessed him fall down while he struggled with his walker.
Victor Ornelas, Isaac Hernandez, Diego Ramirez, Devan Ornelas, and Josh Sorg were riding in the car to play basketball when they spotted the man fall down.
"I saw that he fell so I stepped on my brakes," Hernandez told KTVB.
"We parked and we all ran out. We picked him up and we asked if he was okay, he said he was fine," he said. "So we just kept walking with him. We said we were going to walk him all the way to his house. We helped him inside, and his knee was bleeding. So, we grabbed napkins put alcohol on it and cleaned him up."
Jose Gomez, the elderly man they helped that day, said he is so grateful the boys were there for him.
"I was just falling down I don't know what happened. They picked me up. I was walking just right and then sadly I went down, and they come up and say hey, want us to take you home and I said okay, let's go. It made me feel good," he said.
Little did the boys know, however, that a woman in the neighborhood had been watching. She published the photos to her Facebook page.
"Shout out to these young boys for helping an elderly man off the ground after he fell and walking him home," Erika Tovar wrote. "If any of you have elderly family check on them make sure they are okay!"
The Caldwell community is proud and thrilled about these teenagers' kind actions. The boys have since been showered with everything from free lunches to haircuts by local businesses.
Here is another random act of kindness that prove there is good in this world, Brian.
Man Shares Chick-Fil-A Employee's Quiet Act Of Kindness
April 16, 2019
A man who was standing in line for breakfast at a Chic-fil-A in Jackson, MS, witnessed a small act of kindness that truly inspired him.
So, he snapped a quick photo and shared the story on his Facebook page.
This is what Robert Gooch wrote:
"I think Monday's are rough for a lot of us but allow me to share an inspiring story.
Today I was picking up lunch for a Doctors Office and as I'm standing there waiting on my order and checking emails, I hear a gentleman ask this lady, 'I would like to purchase something to eat but all I have is $5.' So nosy me looks up from my phone and notices this gentleman wearing a backpack and holding a $5 bill who looks to be homeless or maybe he was dealing with a hard time but either way as he asks about a few items on the menu he shortly discovers that he may need more than $5. The lady begins to offer some suggestions to help him and the man orders and as she's asking him what he wants to drink and as he's thinking about it the lady says don't worry about it because your breakfast is on me.
It would have been so easy to turn around and ask the manager to step in or for help but she didn't she just said hey it's on me. She could have just gave him water and took his money and went on to the next customer and again she didn't she just did it. I've been in customer service for a long time. I've been through some of the best trainings such as Dale Carnegie and yet a girl name Karina in a Chick-fil-A in Jackson, MS in a 3 minute conversation with a customer has managed to teach me the value of humility and taking care of your customers. It's not just the nuggets that make this place successful. It's people like Karina.
Here is a nice story, Brian.
Dog Is Rescued After She's Found Swimming 135 Miles Out At Sea
April 16, 2019
An offshore drilling team has rescued a dog they found paddling 135 miles away from shore in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand.
Workers on the oil rig noticed the dog's head poking out above the ripples as she paddled through the ocean last Friday.
They called out to the exhausted animal and she swam towards them, taking refuge among the rusty metal poles of the rig.
"If the waves had been strong, we wouldn't have seen her," Vitisak Payalaw, of Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production’s oil drilling team, wrote on Facebook.
She stayed on the rig for two nights while staff gave her plenty of food and water.
The workers believe she must have fallen into the sea from a fishing trawler.
"When we first took her onboard her she was depressed and tired from being in the water for a long time. She had lost her body water," Vitisak wrote.
"When he gave her water and minerals her symptoms improved. She started sitting up and walking normally."
The dog was transfered by a crane to another oil vessel that was passing through the area and returning to shore. She was taken to vets in Songkhla, southern Thailand.
Vitisak told the local press that he would like to adopt her if no owner comes forward.
"I hope to adopt her as a pet," Vitisak said. "I am looking forward to spending many happy years together with her."
Thanks for all these good stories. Just taking time out to catch up on forum threads before the Easter weekend begins. Have a very pleasant weekend with Mrs B/family. Jules
Hi folks,]Thanks Jules.
Here is another story, Brian
Canadian Man Has Heart Attack While Jogging In Florida. He's Saved By A Stranger - From His Hometown
April 19, 2019
A Canadian man vacationing in Florida suffered a heart attack was saved by a stranger passing by who happened to be from the same Canadian town.
Tom Reddon, from Fredericton, Canada, went out for a morning jog with a close friend in Indian Rocks Beach when he suddenly collapsed.
Two women soon arrived. One called 911 and the other went searching for help. She found Sandy MacNeill, who was walking nearby with a friend, and asked if either of them knew CPR.
MacNeill had taken several CPR courses over the years but had never performed the life-saving procedure in a real-life situation. Without hesitating, he rushed over to Reddon and started the emergency chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
"Tom didn't have a pulse, so I just made sure somebody had called 911 and then continued to give CPR until we heard the sirens and the fire trucks showed up," MacNeill told CBC News.
Emergency crews arrived and transported Reddon to the hospital where he is still recovering after surgery.
Reddon says the last thing he remembers is the warm-up walk. "Next thing I remember is waking up two days later in the hospital."
Reddon got a chance to meet MacNeill last weekend. It turns out MacNeill is also from Fredericton, Canada.
"We got along famously well, and I think we'll get together when we get back in Fredericton over a craft beer or two and talk about life and stuff," Reddon said.
MacNeill had a different idea. "I think maybe we should all meet at a CPR course."
Here is another act of kindness, Brian
Firefighters Help Man Get Home By Pushing His Electric Wheelchair
April 20, 2019
A group of firefighters in Missouri helped an elderly man get home after his electric wheelchair gave out on the side of the road.
"What happens when a Fire Truck comes upon a citizen who's electric wheelchair has stopped working. You get out and help them home," the Raytown Fire Protection District posted on Facebook.
The man, who is a veteran, had decided to go fishing at a nearby pond when he got stuck in a ditch.
Some people tried to help but were unable to free him. So they called the Raytown fire department.
"Our guys responded out there and basically lifted a wheelchair with him in it up out of the rut he was stuck in," Deputy Chief Mike Hunley told The Kansas City Star. "He apparently had been trying to get himself out with the wheelchair and had expended the battery so it was pretty drained."
The firefighters decided the best way to get him home was to push him in the wheelchair.
"They pushed him about 7 blocks back to his house," Hunley said.
"We encourage our guys to find the best way to make a difference when they are out in the field."