Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stephanie Decker...HERO! Truly, i'm lovin' it!

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indiana woman who saved her two children by binding them together with a blanket and shielding them with her body as a tornado ripped apart their house lost parts of both her legs, which were crushed by the falling debris, her husband says.
Stephanie Decker, a 36-year-old sleep specialist, lost one leg above the knee and the other above the ankle, her husband said Monday. She was in serious but stable condition at a Kentucky hospital. The couple's 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter survived Friday's storm unscathed.
"I told her, `They're here because of you,'" Joe Decker said by telephone from the University of Louisville Hospital. "I let her know that nothing else matters. I said, `You're going to be here for your kids, and you get to see them grow up.'"
Decker, 42, was at Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, where he teaches algebra, when the tornado hit. With storms expected, the school had been locked down, and he was debating whether to try to race home. Decker exchanged a series of texts with his wife, urging her to get herself and their children into the basement of their sprawling, three-story brick and stone home in Marysville, Ind.
"Then she sent me a text saying the whole house was shaking, and I texted her back and asked her if everything was OK," he said. "I asked her about six or seven times and got no response. That kind of freaked me out."
He said his wife told him later that she was in their walk-out basement, which had French doors leading outside and a wall of windows, when she saw the tornado approaching, moving across the family's 15-acre plot. Stephanie Decker had already tied a blanket around both children and to herself, and she threw herself on top of the children.
"She said she felt the whole house start to go, and then she felt like it moved them about before it kind of wedged her in there, but she was able to keep the kids from moving away," Decker said.
When the tornado passed, Stephanie Decker called to the children. Reese, 5, answered immediately, but Dominic, 8, hesitated before saying he was OK. Decker said his son told him he couldn't hear his mother because of the roar of the storm.
Dominic, however, soon ran across the street to seek help from neighbors, who had taken refuge in a storm cellar, Decker said. One neighbor, realizing the severity of Stephanie's injuries, ran for help and found a deputy sheriff traveling on a four-wheeler about a quarter of a mile away. The deputy applied tourniquets to Stephanie Decker's legs to halt her blood loss.
She has been scheduled to undergo surgery on her legs again Thursday, hospital spokeswoman Holly Hinson said.
"The house is gone. It's pretty amazing that she's alive," Hinson said.
With trees blocking the road after the storm, Decker said he ran part of the way home before two men gave him a ride. He found his house gone and his children with a family friend. His wife had been taken to a hospital 10 miles away, and the men drove him there, allowing him to see Stephanie briefly before she was airlifted to the Louisville hospital.
"I was afraid I might never see her again," Decker said.

Who?

Tell me who your friend is, and I'll tell you who you are.

Lake Meade and Hoover Dam

 
 
 
 
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Viva Las Vegas!


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Friday, July 28, 2017

Wisdom of the Cree

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
the last of the water poisoned,
the last animal destroyed...
Only then will you realize
You can not eat money.

Cree Indian Prophecy

Nevada...i'm lovin' it!


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Masks

There is an energy available  that assists us in revealing the totality of who we are, the parts of ourselves that we try to cover up with a mask. 

Every day, we put on pretenses so we can avoid feeling pain or emptiness, and it’s the job of our ego to tell us our mask works for us. Maybe we are someone who makes a lot of jokes to avoid serious conversation or maybe our guise is one of being “unaffected,” pretending we don’t care about other people’s opinions when in reality every slight criticism comes as a crushing blow. 

No matter what our cover, it’s always hiding the same thing: The truth. 

If we cover up our fears, our insecurities, our not so pretty thoughts and intentions, we can’t face and overcome them. When we are honest about the qualities in ourselves that we don’t like, we are no longer bound or blocked by them.

Take the time to ask yourself two questions of vital importance: “What am I trying to hide? …And what mask do I use?”

Our mask is what separates us from the Light. 

The more we break open the facade, the more room we make for Light! 

Imagine a day without a need for our masks. No fears or false personas. No holding back and no wanting approval from anyone! 

The truth can set you free. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

People Nowadays

 
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Coming thru...


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I Love Mountains


Dear Joe,  

This week, the American people gave Barack Obama four more years to demonstrate his leadership of our nation. We congratulate the President on his victory, but also must hold him accountable to his promise to lead based on science and fact.

With that in mind, we're reminding President Obama that there are no excuses to legitimize the destruction of the Appalachian Mountains and there never have been.
After he was elected in 2008, President Obama said:
"Science holds the key to our survival as a planet and our security and prosperity as a nation ... It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient especially when it’s inconvenient."
But four years later, after more than 20 new scientific studies have been published linking mountaintop removal mining to health problems including significantly higher rates of cancer, heart disease and birth defects in Appalachia, the administration continues to approve permits for mountaintop removal mines.

To date, more than 100,000 people, including you, have pledged to end mountaintop removal coal mining. Now it’s time to make our voices even louder.

Join us today in sending a strong message to President Obama: No More Excuses, End Mountaintop Removal!


Over the next few months, as the President begins his second term and a new Congress comes to session, we will be ramping up our efforts to put a definitive end to mountaintop removal coal mining. But we can’t do it without you.

We know it won’t happen overnight, and that’s why we need you to recommit your efforts, recruit your friends and get involved like you never have before.

Stand up for the mountains and communities of Appalachia today.


For the Mountains,

Matt Wasson

Sunday, July 23, 2017

13 Things Mentally Strong People DON'T Do...

1. THEY DON’T WASTE TIME FEELING SORRY FOR THEMSELVES



Mentally strong people don’t sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their role in life and understand that life isn’t always easy or fair.

2. THEY DON’T GIVE AWAY THEIR POWER

They don’t allow others to control them, and they don’t give someone else power over them. They don’t say things like, “My boss makes me feel bad,” because they understand that they are in control over their own emotions and they have a choice in how they respond.

3. THEY DON’T SHY AWAY FROM CHANGE

Mentally strong people don’t try to avoid change. Instead, they welcome positive change and are willing to be flexible. They understand that change is inevitable and believe in their abilities to adapt.

4. THEY DON’T WASTE ENERGY ON THINGS THEY CAN’T CONTROL

You won’t hear a mentally strong person complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives. They recognize that sometimes, the only thing they can control is their attitude.

5. THEY DON’T WORRY ABOUT PLEASING EVERYONE

Mentally strong people recognize that they don’t need to please everyone all the time. They’re not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary. They strive to be kind and fair, but can handle other people being upset if they didn’t make them happy.

6. THEY DON’T FEAR TAKING CALCULATED RISKS

They don’t take reckless or foolish risks, but don’t mind taking calculated risks. Mentally strong people spend time weighing the risks and benefits before making a big decision, and they’re fully informed of the potential downsides before they take action.

7. THEY DON’T DWELL ON THE PAST

Mentally strong people don’t waste time dwelling on the past and wishing things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can say what they’ve learned from it. However, they don’t constantly relive bad experiences or fantasize about the glory days. Instead, they live for the present and plan for the future.

8. THEY DON’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES OVER AND OVER

Mentally strong people accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes. As a result, they don’t keep repeating those mistakes over and over. Instead, they move on and make better decisions in the future.

9. THEY DON’T RESENT OTHER PEOPLE’S SUCCESS

Mentally strong people can appreciate and celebrate other people’s success in life. They don’t grow jealous or feel cheated when others surpass them. Instead, they recognize that success comes with hard work, and they are willing to work hard for their own chance at success.

10. THEY DON’T GIVE UP AFTER THE FIRST FAILURE

Mentally strong people don’t view failure as a reason to give up. Instead, they use failure as an opportunity to grow and improve. They are willing to keep trying until they get it right.

11. THEY DON’T FEAR ALONE TIME

Mentally strong people can tolerate being alone and they don’t fear silence. They aren’t afraid to be alone with their thoughts and they can use downtime to be productive. They enjoy their own company and aren’t dependent on others for companionship and entertainment all the time but instead can be happy alone.

12. THEY DON’T FEEL THE WORLD OWES THEM ANYTHING

Mentally strong people don’t feel entitled to things in life. They weren’t born with a mentality that others would take care of them or that the world must give them something. Instead, they look for opportunities based on their own merits.

13. THEY DON’T EXPECT IMMEDIATE RESULTS

Whether they are working on improving their health or getting a new business off the ground, mentally strong people don’t expect immediate results. Instead, they apply their skills and time to the best of their ability and understand that real change takes time.