A story aired on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1994 featured an 11-year-old white, red-haired boy who claimed that he remembered dying as a child soldier aged 5-years-old. The boy gave chilling details of how he remembered being behind a rock during the civil war, and how he got shot in the wrist. He further described the field hospital where he received treatment after the incident.
In his description, the former child soldier, Chase, claimed that he was able to describe the scene of the entire battlefield, his gun, the uniform he was wearing, and even his death. Chase shared a collection of drawings that he drew when he was 8 years-old, about the day he believes he died in his past life.
Accompanied by his mom on the show, Chase gave vivid recollections of the past that took place way before his time. Chase’s story was so baffling to the audience and attracted various reactions from people who watched the show and others who heard about it. According to Chase’s mom, someone found the field hospital description and sent them photos of Civil War field hospitals. She claimed what her son had matched the description. The question that lingered in most people’s minds is whether that was evidence enough to back up Chase’s claims.
How the Audience reacted to the story
It was a bit confusing for people to try and understand how a black boy in the “past life” became white in the second, Perhaps it left many wondering what he might look like in a possible third life! However, some part of the audience that seemed to concur with the narrative resorted to make even more weird assumptions. One of them claimed on YouTube that although we are all human beings, there are certain realms of life that are difficult to comprehend. But, young children can remember such vivid details because they are still fresh.
The comment reiterated that as humans grow older, they accumulate more layers of conditioning that make it almost impossible to remember the souls’ essence or purpose of being in existence. Others rejected Chase’s claims downright, saying that people shouldn’t believe anything they see. Another comment from a viewer discouraged the fact that the mother was actually behind the story and therefore should be crazier than Chase.
The story had so many unsettling details of sadness and intense emotions to be a fantasy. No one can prove the claims, but some of the things that underage children exposed to being child soldiers undergo are excruciating.
Most child soldiers are used for fighting, killing, and committing certain inhumane acts of violence. Others are used as messengers, cooks, porters, and more importantly, as spies or any other way that their commanders may deem fit. The military organizations that recruit child soldiers prefer this approach because it is easier to entice and force children to do things that most adults can’t agree to. Whether to corroborate Chase’s story by relating it to such brutality and events is still a big question over a decade later.
A Horse Sanctuary That Becomes So Much More
Animal rescue is far more than just a current fad. People are recognizing that animals are sentient beings and they deserve better treatment than we give them. There are now rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries all around the country where kind souls try to deal with the problem of pet homelessness.
Allison and Steven Smith decided to open a sanctuary for unwanted miniature horses. Many people don’t know of the plight of miniature horses, and the cause was near and dear to their hearts. They started the Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue so they could provide a home where they could meet the needs of abandoned and unwanted miniature horses.
From Modest Beginnings To Big Dreams
Pebbles and Cocoa were the first two residents, but the miniature horse farm turned into a menagerie. At this point, the Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue has now rescued over 500 animals, including cats, dogs, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and even pigs that were rejected because of a disability.
Their original dream seemed like it was enough, but Allison and Steven realized that they just hadn’t been dreaming big enough. There is room enough in their hearts and at their sanctuary for so many more creatures that simply need a place to stay.
Moving Stories of Courage
One great success story is the couple’s rescue of a small sweet dog called G.I. Joe. He was 120 miles away but they knew they had to help. Paralyzed from the waist down, G.I. Joe had to drag himself along, but now he has a walker so he can move around with ease.
Allison and Steven have rescued several blind animals, bringing them back to what will probably be their final home, knowing they are safe. Mowgli was just a 10-week-old kitten when he moved to the horse sanctuary, and some of his blind friends are Martin the Labrador and Wanda the pot-bellied pig. One poor goat named Roy was abandoned at a mall because of a bad haircut.
Another dream Allison had was rescuing unwanted cats. Her dream led to the creation of Kitty City, a place where cats could come to be adopted or live out the rest of their days. Cats move to Kitty City when they have been moved to death row at different pounds, giving them a reprieve so they can continue to either search for a home or retire with other cats.
Kitty City originally had room for a little over 50 cats but the space has been expanded and there is also now a special area for FIV-positive cats. Volunteers make sure the work is done to make sure the cats are clean, fed, and socialized. You can either adopt a cat from Kitty City or if you need to surrender your cat, you can fill out a form and work with Kitty City to make sure your pet stays safe.
The Compassion Crew
The Smiths could easily see how the animals on the farm were thriving, and they took joy in the comfort of the animals they had saved. But then they had a great idea: why not use these down-on-their-luck pets to help teach children about compassion?
The Smiths took some of the pets to a local elementary school wearing capes and told the children the animals’ superpowers were empathy and compassion. The children learned a valuable lesson about looking different, and that it didn’t make sense to want to hurt someone because of a difference. The Compassion Crew was so successful the children wrote letters of gratitude, and the Smiths are thinking about letting groups like Girl Scouts come to them. What started out as a home for two unwanted miniature horses has turned into a great success story by any measure.
Why women make capable firefighters
It’s unfortunate that the idea persists in society that women are not capable of working as firefighters. As women have become increasingly prominent in other industries that have been traditionally dominated by males such as construction and logging, their numbers on the ranks of firefighting squads continue to remain low.
Take the Fire Department of New York as an example. In 2018, five women succeeded in graduating from New York City’s Fire Academy. While some progress has been made for women in the FDNY since the fire department lost a gender discrimination lawsuit back in 1982, there are still fewer than one percent of firefighters for the department who are female. While fire departments in cities such as Seattle, Minneapolis, and Miami have more women, the average for fire departments across the nation is only about five percent female.
Historically, women have long been successfully putting out fires in this country. Back in 1815, Molly Williams volunteered to serve at the firehouse fo New York City’s Oceanus Engine Company No. 11. Williams was a female slave working with a company that was not only all male, but all white as well. Williams was offered a job after she single-handedly handled a call when every man in the company was unable to handle the call because of being infected by the flu.
Another early female firefighter in the US was Emma Vernell. She was 50 years old when she became the first woman to work as a firefighter in the state of New Jersey.
Some people continue to wonder if women are really capable of working as firefighters. One needs only look at statistics to find an answer to this quandary. Consider statistics from the national Candidate Physical Abilities Test that firefighters need to pass. In 2008, 70 percent of all women who took the exam passed. This figure is not significantly far behind the percentage of men who passed the exam. In the same year, 75 percent of men passed. This shows that women are not statistically far behind men in taking the exam and passing or failing is more a matter of individual capabilities than a question of gender.
It’s likely that women remain underrepresented in the firefighting profession because of traditionally perceived gender roles. Fire departments all over the country have been found to have testing and qualification procedures that not only discriminate against women, but also against minorities as well. Available equipment is often designed to fit men rather than women. Also, harassment toward women is rampant in some departments.
Nevertheless, women succeed in careers as firefighters. In fact, hundreds of women have attained the rank of captain or lieutenant in their careers as firefighters. In fact, the city of San Francisco fire department was led by a woman, Chief JoAnne Hayes-White, as of 2004.
It’s important that people realize that females are perfectly capable of serving as firefighters because, as a female Wisconsin firefighter once remarked, “No one cares if you’re a woman when their house is on fire”.
My Dog Loves Taking These Vitamins Every Day
I feed my canine dog food that contains healthy ingredients like lamb and garbanzo beans. I give him lots of people food on the sly, too. Since I never thought vitamins made for dogs were something my pet needed because his diet has always been nutritious, I never considered giving my dog a vitamin supplement.
Things changed when I became aware of Dandy. This is a company that does what it takes to tailor their vitamins to your dog’s needs and your concerns about your pet’s health. Using their expert knowledge and the information you give them about your dog, this company is able to create great tasting vitamins that are designed to enhance your dog’s health in a customized manner.
Since I began giving my dog, Zephyr, these vitamins on a daily basis, he walks up to the pantry I keep them in and cries out to me because he wants them.
If you would like to order dog vitamins from Dandy, know that you will be required to answer some questions. The information you submit will help the experts at the company create the best vitamin supplement for your canine. You’ll be asked for your dog’s age, and you will have to give Dandy your dog’s weight. Your dog’s level of activity may be needed, too.
It took me approximately five minutes to answer all the questions. In a couple of days, Zephyr was able to start taking the vitamins I had received in the mail. A ball and two other delightful goodies were included in the package that arrived. One of these other goodies was a cool bandana.
The vitamins that were delivered to me were separately packaged. This has made administering the supplements to my pet every day very convenient. I can honestly say your dog will go crazy over the yummy flavors these treats come in. When I throw these vitamin supplements into Zephyr’s mouth, he really enjoys gobbling them up.
My dog is used to taking his vitamins every day now. He’ll actually give me a sign to let me know it’s time for his supplements. This typically happens when we return from our daily stroll. It’s a time when he’ll walk up to the cupboard I keep his vitamins in and wait for me to give him his treats.
I’ve noticed an improvement in the amount of energy Zephyr has now that I give him Dandy vitamins. I’ve also noticed that he doesn’t scratch anymore because his skin is no longer itchy. The scratching stopped once I began giving him the Dandy supplements. My dog’s health is good now, and he’s full of life thanks to this amazing product.
You might as well give your dog a treat that has health benefits if your pet enjoys eating dog treats. You might as well give your pet Dandy vitamins.
The Title Is WORK At Home Mom, Got That?
The prevailing vision of the work at home mom is a woman with fuzzy slippers, pajamas, no makeup, with cup of steaming coffee in hand. The reality is that she does indeed have coffee in one hand, but she has a phone to her ear talking to the home office or a client. It’s frustrating. What park of “work” don’t people understand? These are five things every working mom wants their families to know about working at home.
1. It’s Called WORK At Home
By the year 2028, Upwork tells us that 73 percent of companies will use remote workers. Okay, Mom gets a full pot of coffee and even time to drink it. What she also gets is phone calls “wondering” if she can get that proposal out a day earlier and the boss breathing down her neck for the P&L spreadsheet he needs to show the CFO. It’s the same as if she were in the office.
2. Take Your Child To Work Day
Many offices offer this day for kids to see what Mommy does at the office. They help to file, pass Mom something from the In tray, or put someone on Hold until Mom can answer the phone. They suddenly understand why “it’s 5:00 somewhere” has a special meaning to Mom.
When Mom works at home, she has to break up fights, feed the kids breakfast and lunch, throw messy clothes in the wash, and yell a lot. When she gets any work done, it’s sometimes wrong and takes twice the time to get it done right.
3. We Don’t Socialize At Work
We all have that one friend who calls and texts every five minutes to make sure we don’t miss their wonderfulness. We don’t call you at your office to yak every five minutes. Please show us the same courtesy.
We’ve all seen the clerk at the pharmacy, the dollar store, or the gas station laughing over something on Facebook. We wait until they turn their frowning attention to us. While social media can be a great way to market one’s business, it’s a totally different thing when it puts customers in second place. We have a boss to satisfy, so asking us to put him second would cost us our jobs.
4. Work At Home Doesn’t Mean Housework
Yes, while Mom is getting coffee, she can toss a couple dishes in the dishwasher. Okay, on the way to the bathroom, Mom can pick up shoes, clothes, and toys to put in someone’s room. While it usually takes Mom a couple hours to clean the house, she can’t do that at the same time she’s taking a meeting on the phone.
What Moms want their families to understand is that the housework will still be there at 5:00. Moms working in offices use their early evening hours to clean, so why should it be any different when Mom works at home? Asking her to do the housework in between projects or phone calls is too much. Give us a break, guys.
5. Fresh Air Is Important
There’s a reason people explode out of doors at noon and quitting time. We have to get away from the same four walls day in and day out. When we can, we walk somewhere close for lunch, walk to the post office or the bank for our job, and we walk to the parking area after work. Work at home Moms need to get out more than just checking the mailbox. Getting outdoors for us clears the mind, and the fresh air and sun benefits our health.
Quilty the Escape-Artist Cat Sets His Fellow Shelter Cats Free
Meet Quilty: a devious 6-year-old rescue cat with a mission to help his friends roam free.
Shortly after Quilty’s arrival to the Friends for Life animal shelter in Houston, Texas, staff members noticed the door to the senior cat room (where Quilty was residing) was mysteriously open every morning. As a result, all of the senior kitties would be meandering freely through the entire shelter.
The breakouts became so frequent that the Friends for Life staff eventually checked their security footage to solve this mystery. Lo and behold, the culprit was caught: Quilty!
Quilty would open the door to the senior cat room not only at night, but several times throughout the day by jumping up and pulling down the door handle. In a Facebook post, the shelter explained that “Quilty-proofing” the senior cat room was a necessity.
Quilty was placed in “solitary confinement” in the lobby while the staff worked to make sure his escapades would be impossible to repeat. The shelter explained that although the senior cats would likely miss their adventures in the shelter, the “staff did not miss the morning cat wrangling, so we’ll just have to agree to disagree there.”
Upon sharing this post, Quilty’s story went viral. His Instagram page, free_quilty, has gained over 50,000 followers and the shelter now sells Quilty merch branded with the #FreeQuilty hashtag. Eventually, Quilty’s story even made it to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
Not surprisingly, Quilty was unsatisfied by the shelter’s decision to confine him to the senior cat room. Upon realizing his daily escapes were no longer achievable, Quilty resorted to insessently meowing and digging at the room’s doors and windows to express his frustration. As a result, the #FreeQuilty hashtag with photos and videos of a grimacing Quilty blew up and made the vigilanty kitty even more reputable. In an Instagram video of him lying on the floor and pawing the door, Quilty illustrates his own frustration by writing, “I’m going INSANE here folx . . . and they literally just come stare at me. #WTFhumans”.
In regards to his adoption, the shelter joked, “If someone out there is looking for a clever cat that gets along with dogs but does not get along with closed doors, we have someone they really need to come and meet. Please. Come meet him. And take him home. Please…” Upon gaining so much recongition on the internet, Quilty actually began to receive a lot of inquiries from people all over the United States who wanted to adopt him.
Eventually, Quilty began a trial period, which Friends for Life calls “sleepover”, with a potential forever-family. Although the family was confident enough that their door handles could handle Quilty’s mischief, he actually has made zero attempts to escape since he arrived. In addition to humans, the family consists of two dogs, a hamster, and a hedgehog. So far, it seems like Quilty is warming up to his new siblings perfectly well.
The family submitted an application to adopt him, and Quilty has officially found his forever-home! In an instagram post that pictures him and his four new humans, Quilty states, “I’m pretty freakin’ happy here, to tell you the truth. I haven’t even thought yet about potential escape routes so… I guess these guys aren’t knobs.”
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