Jan 062015
 

She knocked on Larry Wilkins’ door.

“She said, ‘My mom and dad are dead. We had a plane crash. The plane was upside down.'”

They are doing everything they can to make the 7-year-old feel safe and loved — a simple but critical act that mental health experts say can help the child begin grappling with being the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents, sister and cousin.

Family members will raise Sailor, and money from a family-sanctioned online fund will help, said Gutzler family spokesman Kent Plotner, an attorney who personally knows the family. But out of concern for the girl’s healing, Plotner said there will be no more details released about her. “Our total focus is protecting her,” he said.

7-year-old crash survivor ‘amazingly composed’

Larry Wilkins describes what happened when 7-year-old Sailor Gutzler appeared at his door, shivering and bleeding, and told him she’d been in a plane crash

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Jul 232014
 

Uniformed men are carrying the coffins to hearses as loved ones watch on the tarmac:

As the The Federal Aviation Administration has extended its ban on U.S. airlines’ flights to and from Tel Aviv, Israel, for another 24 hours, those of us watching CNN, see JUST what hateful terrorism does. The unspeakable evil of those without conscience. The moving tribute on CNN shows us how good humanity can be. THAT is what we need to hold close. ~ JP

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(CNN) — A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell “Last Post” marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The grieving nation then held a moment of silence to honor those killed in the crash of the jetliner, downed last week by a suspected surface-to-air missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine.

In a ceremony rich with martial symbolism — from saluting soldiers to the haunting tune used to send war dead to their rest — 40 bodies borne in simple wooden caskets were solemnly unloaded from two military planes. Soldiers then walked them to waiting hearses and lowered them inside before rendering a final salute.

The only sounds: the hushed orders of soldiers and a whipping wind.

A long line of hearses, accompanied by police, carried the remains slowly through Hilversum, Netherlands, on their way to a Dutch military base where forensic investigators will begin the grim work of identifying them. Dutch residents lined parts of the route to pay respects to the dead.

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See Moving Tribute Images: Tears for the MH17 crash victims

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May 022014
 

Delores Dennison never went to her high school prom.

“I respect my elders greatly,” Austin Dennison old me. “They have a great influence on my life. To be able to sit down and talk to them and learn from them and their experiences is a great thing.”

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Times were tough. Money was scarce — just enough for the necessities.

But if she had gone to the prom, Delores might have imagined wearing a lovely dress and promenading through a sea of balloons and dancing with a handsome young man on a crisp April evening. She might have imagined the band playing the Frank Sinatra song, “How I love the kisses of Delores.”

But the days of promenades have long passed for Delores, now 89-years-old. Youth and vigor have given way to heart trouble and a stroke. And the handsome young man who became the love of her life – the man who used to sing to her that Frank Sinatra song, passed away many years ago.

A few months back, Delores received a telephone call from her great-grandson. Austin is 19-years-old, a senior at Parkway High School in Rockford, Ohio. And he had a very important question for his “Granny DD.”

“I asked her if she would be my prom date,” Austin told me. “How cool would it be to take my great-grandmother to prom?”

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Mar 212014
 

I am not posting this as I have in the past for entertainment value, but to show how ‘The Voice’ in Italy, despite a few self proclaimed, ‘demone’ or diablos were enthralled with this singer.

Just click CC and choose english translation…Here is a bit of the conversation…

good evening sister – Good Evening

– How old are you?

I’m 25 years old. I’m Sister Cristina

Where are you from?

– I’m from Sicily – Sicilian!

– Are you a real nun? – Absolutely, I am a real nun!

– What brought you here, to The Voice?

I have a gift and I am giving it to you Shouldn’t things be this way?

– Do you sing in Church on Sundays? – Yes, Absolutely

THIS is why I am posting this:

What does the Vatican says about you auditioning at The Voice?

Listen, I really don’t know. I am waiting for Pope Francesco to call me on the phone

You do?

He always says we should go out and evangelize

telling God doesn’t take anything away from us but will give us more

I am here for this

In our own country we no longer have the right to proclaim God or Jesus. It gets overlapped on our own Voice in America. But not in Italy! But not only can a nun sing on Voice Italy, she can proclaim her love for our Lord and be loudly cheered. I’d say they have it all over us! ~JP

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Jan 202014
 

Son of God comes to theaters February 28, 2014. Now, the larger-than-life story of The New Testament gets a larger-than life treatment in the stand-alone feature SON OF GOD. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. It marks the first motion picture about Jesus’s life since Passion of the Christ, released ten years ago.

Movie is by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey who gave us the wonderful mini-series ‘The Bible’.

CeeLo Green “Mary Did You Know” Official Music Video – The Bible Series

Mark Burnett & Roma Downy Introduction:

Son Of God – Nativity

Jewel performs O Holy Night

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Nov 182013
 

Let this be wisdom for us all as we face trials & put our faith in Jesus and God.

Credits : Anthony Khoury As a tornado roared through the town of Washington, Ill., today, leveling houses, tossing cars and ripping up trees, one man turned to prayer.

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Nov 122013
 

If Deborah Cohan felt scared before her double mastectomy surgery, she didn’t let it show. If she was feeling angry or depressed or any number of other justifiable emotions, she didn’t let them show, either.

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Instead, she danced her way into surgery, to Beyoncé’s “Get Me Bodied (Extended Remix).”

The mother of two and OB/GYN filmed herself dancing alongside her entire medical team at San Francisco’s Mt. Zion Hospital, a six-minute video of her laughing and smiling as she gets ready to undergo the procedure.

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“I will be dancing in my little hospital gown and bouffant cap in the Mt. Zion operating room with the surgical and anesthesia teams,” she wrote on her Caring Bridge page. “My fantasy is for you to play the song and dance wherever you happen to be (in the kitchen, the carwash, subway platform, classroom, Labor and Delivery unit, wherever!).”

She continued, “I have visions of a healing video montage. Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance, move, be in their bodies. Are you with me people?”

And the people were with her. Her colleagues at San Fran’s General Hospital:

SFGH’s 5M sending healing energy to Deb Cohan-with love…

If you can dance through your ‘uglyhappycrying’, you’re probably dancing too. We are.

According to her Caring Bridge page, all that positive energy seems to have paid off: “Deb’s surgery was very successful. No visible lymph node involvement. She’s in good spirits. Already did some walking. Amazing.”

and I’m here to tell you this gal can dance!!! She had 52 million shares Beyonce’s post & the video has been seen 6,572,661 times in JUST 3 days.

~ source

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Oct 052013
 

A controversial law brought into the limelight when George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. – his work depicts a man dressed in soldier fatigues holding both an assault rifle and an American flag.

“America is about freedom. We believe in strong families, patriotism, God, and justice. We won’t bother you if you don’t bother us . . . well, that’s the way it should be,” McNaughton stated about the piece.

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- source

h/t Girls JUST Wanna Have Guns

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Jul 312013
 

Drawing on his new book, “Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives” (Columbia, 2013), W. Bradford Wilcox will detail the ways in which fatherhood is a transformative experience for men, both biologically and socially. He will also explain how fathers make a distinctive contribution to their children’s lives. Wilcox, the Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, will conclude by discussing the ways in which marriage connects men to their children.

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Jul 292013
 

Operation Cross Country—a three-day nationwide enforcement action focusing on underage victims of prostitution—concluded with the recovery of 105 sexually exploited children and the arrests of 150 pimps and other individuals.

The sweep took place in 76 cities and was carried out by the FBI in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) as part of the Bureau’s Innocence Lost National Initiative. It is the seventh and largest such enforcement action to date.

Raw footage from three-day Operation Cross Country sweep:

Alex was 16 years old and desperate. She turned to prostitution and later fell under the influence of a pimp and her family. “At first it was terrifying, and then you just kind of become numb to it,” she said. “You put on a whole different attitude—like a different person. It wasn’t me. I know that. Nothing about it was me.”

Two years later, Alex bravely contacted the FBI, and her cooperation helped us send two pimps to prison and facilitate the recovery of other underage victims. Today, with support from the Bureau’s Office for Victim Assistance, Alex is turning her life around. She earned her high school diploma, is living on her own, and has plans to attend college. She wants to become an advocate for young victims of sexual exploitation.

“They had my past but not my future,” she said.

FBI Program

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