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Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Moo-oo-ving experience!

CNN reporter Deborah Feyerick was on location covering a story assignment about farming in St. Albans, Vermont.

Little did she know that she was going to be part of the big scoop.

When Feyerick and production crew initially arrived on the scene, the owner of the farm proceeded to take the crew on a tour of the grounds, when all of a sudden they came upon one of his cows that was attempting to give birth.

The farmer immediately recognized that the cow was having a difficult time pushing the calf out, so he did what he always does when one of his cows has this problem; he assisted and allowed Feverick to lend a helping “pull” using a set of chains attached to the stubborn little calf.

It was lucky for cow, calf and farmer that the news crew had been present otherwise the farmer may not have been able to extract the calf, and most likely both cow and calf would have died.

All I can say is “OUCH,” but well done indeed (IMHO.)

Oh, and by the way, cow, calf, farmer and reporter are all doing well!

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Sands of Time

One of the most remarkable examples of video footage has surfaced on YouTube, in the form of what might best be described as a cross pollination between performance art and avant-garde, but that doesn’t even describe it accurately.

In fact, there really isn’t a pure term to nail it down, other than an artist performing the act of creation.

Kseniya Simonova is the artist, and she recently claimed the winning spot on Ukraine’s own version of our popular, “America’s Got Talent” television show.

Simonova, who utilizes sand as her artistic medium, wowed and reduced her audience (as well as the show’s judges) to tears as she drew pictures with sand, telling the dramatic story of the invasion and occupation of Ukraine by the Nazis during World War II.

Her drawings, illuminated in a PowerPoint format and accompanied by dramatic music, reveal through morphing images, the horrors and losses suffered by the Ukrainian people.

It is estimated that between five to eight million Ukrainians perished during that dark period in history, and it is obvious that very few if any family histories were not touched by the devastation over 65 years ago.

See for yourself this remarkable and touching performance, which was signed at the end, not with her name, but with the simple phrase, “You are always near.”

In my humble opinion, this truly redefines the term “talent.”

Monday, August 10, 2009

The top 11 things I will never eat (or have eaten and will never do it again!) Part 3

My apologies all, for leaving you hanging on the previous post, before the one about Walter Cronkite.

Anyway, here are the remainder items that I will never eat (or have eaten and will never do it again.)

7. Pickled pigs feet –No-o-o-o-o thanks!

8. Chocolate covered crickets… No way bleepin’ way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t imagine crunching away on something that I would rather sit and listen to from my front porch on a late summer evening. I think I’ll take my chocolate the old-fashioned way in a Hershey Bar.

9.Deep fried mars bars…Now don’t get me wrong, I do like chocolate, but never tried this, because basically I can’t imagine deep-frying anything but chicken or fries, and besides I don’t think my arteries could handle this.

10. Larvets …….If you haven’t guessed by the name, I’ll link you to what this is, but before that, I’ll tell you - for me it’s a resounding “PASS!” I like my critters in the garden not in the package!

11. ant candy…In red or green apple flavor… I don’t think so! (Please let me know if you prefer the red or the green.)

Come on now, start submitting more of your favorites.

Tomorrow… a couple of entrees that I bravely tried and found them to be AWESOME!!!!!