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Aaron Hern Treated to Playoff Game

Aaron Hern Treated to Playoff Game

While the news media focuses on the bombing suspects and every detail of their lives, the victims of the Boston bombings are struggling to recovery and return to their lives.  Aaron Hern, one of the youngest victims of the blast, returned home to continue his recovery. He has gone through surgery and has 100 staples in his leg.  His eardrum has been shattered and he still can’t hear very well.  The town of Martinez has rallied around the family whose…

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Solar Impulse Takes Flight

Solar Impulse Takes Flight

The Solar Impulse, a solar powered plane, took flight this week. They plan to fly across the United States with several stops in key cities.  Starting at San Francisco.  Then on to Arizona, Dallas, St. Louis, Washington, DC, and New York City. The project was launched in 2003.  It’s first serious flight was in 2011, from Belgium to France.  It’s also flown from Europe to Africa, another first! The plan is lightweight–not much heavier than an automobile, but only goes…

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In Search of the Human Spirit is Reborn

In Search of the Human Spirit is Reborn

I started this blog in 2004 after the election, our souring local economy, my increasing disability, and a host of other things left me quite depressed. One day, I was reading an article and the line “in search of the human spirit” caught my eye.  In fact, it grabbed ahold of me and wouldn’t let go.  It made me think about how we tend to focus on the bad things going on around us and give barely a notice to…

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Dog Saved from LA River Reunited with Family

Dog Saved from LA River Reunited with Family

You have probably seen the miraculous recover of a dog from the Los Angeles River. A firefighter hanging from a helicopter wrestled with the dog until they both were safely lifted out of the water and returned to land. It took a couple of days and heartbreak before Maria Medina realized this was her dog that had become so famous. On the day of the big storm both of her dogs had escaped her yard. Her Lab was found by…

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Teenager Guest of Jazz Musician at the Grammy’s

Teenager Guest of Jazz Musician at the Grammy’s

89 year old Clark Terry will be honored at the Grammy’s for his achievements in the Jazz genre.  He’s taking a special guest with him, Josh Shpak. Shpak is a 16 year old from Walnut Creek, California. Terry learned a thing or two from Louis Armstrong.  He feels strongly that he should give back to the younger musicians coming up.  He’s taken Shpak under his wing and will introduce him at the Grammy’s. Shpak has talent.  He’s been named to…

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