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If nothing on this page brings a tear to your eye, then you are a cold blooded reptilian.

John Bellamy

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70-year-old Francis Romero was in a coma in hospital. His dog was allowed to stay with him, and did not leave him day or night. After a month Francis woke up from the coma with the words-
"Where is the white angel who constantly whispered that everything would be all right?"

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Tonight I witnessed an act of kindness which brought me to tears. We went out to eat at Cracker Barrel. As we were almost finished, we noticed an elderly woman sitting all alone, drinking a milk and waiting for her meal.

A million thoughts went through my mind. She looked so very lonely.. Is

she widowed? Where is her family? Why is she at a restaurant at almost 8pm (which is stereotypically like midnight in old people time).

Also seated next to us were 3 big, burly, middle aged, blue collar, hard working, hungry men.

I asked Tom if we should buy her dinner or if we should go sit with her... then one of our boys did/said something which momentarily distracted us but when we looked back up, these big burly guys were moving the frail elderly woman to their table.


We continued to watch them interact. The woman was smiling from ear to ear, her face all lit up and she was just a-talking like she hadn’t talked to another human in a very long time. I seriously was choked up, as was Tom.

As we left, we left them some money for their meal and Tom thanked them for restoring our faith in humanity... I snapped a picture but really, I will forever remember this moment.


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In 1965 Yale undergrad Fred Smith wrote a term paper outlining the concept of overnight commercial air delivery. His professor responded: "The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible." Smith launched Federal Express in 1971.



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Dear John Bellamy:- I am writing to say how much I look forward to your weekly blog. The one at the end of December ( 'I Can't Be Bothered Any More, ) made me realise I am not alone and after 2years of restrictions. Its going to be difficult to get back to normal as I now find it difficult to leave the house. On entitled people ;- do they realise how quickly things can change ?Probably the majority of people live in countries where gay people are not tolerated , people have to have someone to hate either race, religion, colour, gender or rival football team and a lot of people in this country are still very prejudiced.

Regards John

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Bob passed away today - January 24th 2022


“While the end of one’s life is always sad, it is the love and compassion that Bob received from Officer Pauly that gives us a smile knowing he is now in a much better place!

You may look at this picture and see a caring granddaughter comforting her beloved grandfather as he lies in a weakened state in a hospital bed.


The truth is that this woman is a police officer and she met Bob only two years ago while she was on duty. Lawrenceville Police Officer Dena Walker Pauly's life was changed forever when she was dispatched to a local pawn shop, where staff were unsure how to help him.

Bob has been on his own since he was a child and has no known family. He was homeless most of his life and a stroke eventually left him non-verbal. His life is a series of sad stories strung together by poverty and loneliness.


Officer Pauly arrived at the pawn shop and was also

unsure how to assist Bob, but she sensed he needed help and offered to take him home so he could show her what he needed. She was horrified when she saw Bob's living conditions.

She may have been dispatched that day by police radio, but we have no doubt she was really sent by God. She immediately addressed Bob's deplorable living conditions and taught him basic skills such as throwing garbage in the trash can rather than the floor. She's ensured he has food to eat and routinely cleans his small apartment.

She eventually sought and received a Power of Attorney for Bob's medical care. He's been in the hospital since May and today was an important day for Bob and Dena.

Officer Pauly made the difficult decision to begin hospice care for Bob, so she held his hand and told him many times that she loved him. It's quite possible she's the first person to ever utter those words to this poor man.

This photo depicts the true nature of law enforcement officers. We are drawn to this profession because we care. We care so deeply that it hurts sometimes. We see the worst, but sometimes we also get to see the best. And we have opportunities to truly make a difference for people.

Like Bob.

Officer Pauly, your dedication and commitment to your oath of office, and fellow man, embodies what it means to be a Police Officer. Stories like this happen every day, but because they don’t fit a certain narrative, no one hears about it.”

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**He released a swan hooked to a net:


"When I was holding him, I felt his heart beating. He just relaxed and wrapped my neck with his. It's a precious moment when you see an animal trusts you completely."**



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“This young man - ( below ) was on his way to a job interview, but he faced some problems with his tie.”




“The lady in the red coat noticed that he was trying in vain, so she told her husband to help him and then took her body as a buffer between him and the rest of the people so that the young man would not feel any embarrassment.

What a beautiful photo !


Don't let the fake differences in this world or the indifference stop you from showing love and humanity to each other.”






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“This fine young man ( BELOW ) came into my life 5 years ago. He Walked up behind me with a hair cut that was 5 months past due and a big hole in his shirt & one sock on his foot. He tugged on the back of my shirt and said, sir can you teach me how to play football. I responded- son I teach a lot more then just how to play football. His response was OK.


I then said son where is your mom and dad at football isn't cheap? He responded My mom died and I don't know where dad is, but my Auntie takes care of me.


God spoke to me that second and told me to take care of him in every way. God said to me "be a Shepard". Not knowing that day The lord gave me another son who would change me and him for ever. I have never been more proud to sit at a 8th grade promotion as I was today. I reflected on the 4 national titles and all the state championships we won together. God gave him the best Aunt you can ever ask for. I Love you Marquise! And the Lord gave us 4 more years of HS football together.


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“I can't take my dog to the beach for a walk because it bothers you on your vacation, you don't allow me to rent a house if I have a dog, nor can I take it on public transport.



However, I can take him to the rubble to look for you after an earthquake, in the forest after you got lost in the mountain and you had no map or GPS; under the snow, because you did a forbidden off-piste; in the water, because despite the red flag, you have bathed and wherever you need to, because finally, it is just a dog ... AND HE WILL FIND YOU.


Dedicated to all those who do not love”


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This is too good not to share. I asked a friend who has crossed 70 & is heading towards 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself? He sent me the following:

1. After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself. 2. I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders. 3. I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees. 4. I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am. 5. I stopped telling the elderly that they've already told that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive their past. 6. I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection. 7. I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say "Thank You.” 8. I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances. 9. I walk away from people who don't value me. They might not know my worth, but I do. 10. I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race. 11. I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human. 12. I have learned that it's better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone. 13. I have learned to live each day as if it's the last. After all, it might be the last. 14. I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!

I decided to share this for all my friends. Why do we have to wait to be 60 or 70 or 80, why can't we practice this at any stage and age?


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The beautiful, well-versed 83 year old lady, fully dressed every morning at 8 am sharp, with her hair done in fashion and perfectly applied makeup, is moving to a retirement home. Her husband recently died, which motivated her move.

After many hours of patiently waiting in the hall of the home, she smiled sweetly, when told her room was ready. As she moved her walker toward the elevator, she was given a detailed description of her small room, including the curtains hanging from her window. “I love it,” she said, with the enthusiasm of a 8-year-old girl who was just handed over a new pet. “Mrs. Jones; you haven't seen the room, just wait.” “That doesn't matter,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide over time. Whether or not I like my room doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged, it depends on how I arrange my mind. I’ve already decided that I like it. It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have the choice; I can spend the day in bed, going through the difficulty I have with my body parts that don't work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the parts that do work. Every day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I will focus on the new day and the happy memories I've stored just for this time in my life. HAPPINESS is like a bank account: you withdraw from it, what you deposit. So my advice would be to deposit a lot of happiness into your memory account. Remember these five simple things: 1.- Free your heart from hate/discord. 2.- Free your mind from worries. 3.- Live Simply. 4.- Give more. 5.- Take less.

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