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As many of you probably already know, Heath Ledger, a very talented young actor was found dead yesterday of an apparent accidental overdose of sleeping pills. I am saddened to see someone who's acting I had admired so much have his life cut short far too early. My condolences go out to his friends, family, and loved ones.
The world definitely lost a great talent yesterday.
Heath Ledger, b. April 4, 1979, d. January 22, 2008.
I couldn't resist. This one is super cute - courtesy of the AP, both photo and article. :D
DIAMOND, Mo. - The Bowman family has its pooch back. Their dog Happy is back after seven months of adventure, an operation, two intermediate homes and a new name.
Happy, also known as Radar, is the same dog who ran away from a different Joplin household last week to live at veterinarian Steve Walstad's Joplin office, where he was neutered last month.
Misty Bowman, mother of Codey, 14, and Chase, 9, saw Happy's picture Monday in the Joplin Globe with a story about Walstad deciding to keep the dog that he called Radar.
"I was yelling at my husband, saying, `Tell me I'm crazy, tell me that's not Happy,'" Misty said of her reaction reading the newspaper.
The Bowmans say they took the dog they called Happy home from a friend's house when he was 8 weeks old. He stood out to Misty because he was so friendly and not at all aggressive.
Misty's husband, Rob, was especially attached to the dog and named him Happy "because he always looks like he's smiling."
After 2 1/2 years as their family pet, Happy went missing from the Bowmans' 160-acre farm in Diamond seven months ago. Misty said the family drove all over the area, rode four-wheelers around the property, put up lost-dog ads, and went door-to-door asking for information on their pet.
"Eventually we came to the assumption that he was gone, we thought he got run over," Misty said.
But that was not the case. He had been taken in by a family that named Radar for his ability to find his way around.
That talent showed up earlier this month when he came back to Walstad's office, where he had been boarded for several weeks — and neutered — while his adoptive family was out of town.
The family was considering trying to find another home for him anyway, so Walstad decided to keep him as an office pet.
"He was gone for seven months and usually if you don't find the dog in a couple weeks, they're just gone," Misty Bowman said Monday. "What are the chances he'd turn up in the middle of Joplin, and in the newspaper?"
Bowman called Walstad's office Monday and explained the situation, insisting her children didn't know that Happy was still alive and that Walstad could keep him if he wanted. But Walstad said he couldn't be happier with the way things turned out and cheerfully turned over the dog to its rightful owners.
Happy went home Monday afternoon, and Misty Bowman said he started to get excited in the car as they got close to the house.
Cat loves the Boston Red Sox - BECAUSE THEY ARE CHAMPS! Get ready to see my beloved BoSox win the World Series, bitches! GO SOX... Since my front veneer is intact (chipped half my front tooth off last time we won the pennant,) and I don't have a giant hickey on my neck (like last time we won the pennant,) I will get to work on cowboying up so we'll win the Series... Kay, so I need to drink lots of beers, scream at the TV and do lots of making out...hehe, wow, that's the best set of personal obligations I've had in some time, hehe. ;)
Hey all, just wanted to share this interesting story about a nursing home kitty who apparently predicts who is going to die... Thanks to the Associated Press for this story:
By RAY HENRY, Associated Press Writer
Thu Jul 26, 4:27 AM ET
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.
"He doesn't make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die," said Dr. David Dosa in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
"Many family members take some solace from it. They appreciate the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one," said Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University.
The 2-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a third-floor dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The facility treats people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and other illnesses.
After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He'd sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would wind up dying in a few hours.
Dosa said Oscar seems to take his work seriously and is generally aloof. "This is not a cat that's friendly to people," he said.
Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill
She was convinced of Oscar's talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said she noticed the woman wasn't eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.
Oscar wouldn't stay inside the room though, so Teno thought his streak was broken. Instead, it turned out the doctor's prediction was roughly 10 hours too early. Sure enough, during the patient's final two hours, nurses told Teno that Oscar joined the woman at her bedside.
Doctors say most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably don't know he's there, so patients aren't aware he's a harbinger of death. Most families are grateful for the advanced warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure.
No one's certain if Oscar's behavior is scientifically significant or points to a cause. Teno wonders if the cat notices telltale scents or reads something into the behavior of the nurses who raised him.
Nicholas Dodman, who directs an animal behavioral clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has read Dosa's article, said the only way to know is to carefully document how Oscar divides his time between the living and dying.
If Oscar really is a furry grim reaper, it's also possible his behavior could be driven by self-centered pleasures like a heated blanket placed on a dying person, Dodman said.
Nursing home staffers aren't concerned with explaining Oscar, so long as he gives families a better chance at saying goodbye to the dying.
Oscar recently received a wall plaque publicly commending his "compassionate hospice care."
Science writer Alicia Chang in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
Since my readership has been growing, I am offering a special contest for anyone interested... You need to present me with the best original spell *MEANING YOU MADE IT, AND YOU ARE NOT PLAGURIZING.*
Guidelines for the contest are the following:
*Spell can follow any religion, any tradition, and be any type of spell (love, money, curse, etc.)
*Spell is (as stated,) your original creation. This means absolutely no trying to "reword" something out of a book or off of a site and pass it off as yours...I've read a lot. Make this a WHOLLY original spell of your creation. Disregarding this rule will make me send bad disincarnate beings to your house to smack you around. ;)
*You must present me with proper contact information for you.
*Spell is in a readable format for a PC with Windows XP. I PREFER you type it in the body of an email, but I do accept PDF, Word, and doc formats.
*Spell must be rec'd no later than May 15, 2007. That's not a lot of time, so get crackin' people!
The winner will receive a cash prize of $50 or a $50 gift cert to the occult-supply store of your choosing, and will have their spell published on my blog (with due recognition to the winning author, of course.) So let me see what an accomplished occultey you are, and win yourself a little bit of money in the process. :D
Please send the entries by clicking here, and title your entry, "Spell Contest '07." Its free to enter, but submissions are limited to 3 entries per person.
And I've no idea where this contest is prohibited, but void where prohibited by law. ;)
I know I am being OT again, but one of the authors who has been greatly influental to me has passed away as of April 11, 2007. Kurt Vonnegut, author of such masterpieces as Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions has died at 84. I cannot say enough positive things about this man, so I will just thank him dearly for all of the wonderful pieces of prose he has written which are truly literary pieces of art. RIP, Mr. Vonnegut.
As many of you may already know, Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter," was killed today when a stingray pierced his heart off the great barrier reef. He was 44. He will be missed by all - especially those of us who love any person wacky enough to stick their head in a croc's mouth and to let varied animals bite and sting them for our education and entertainment.
As we all know, I am obsessed with giant animals or something, (I told the fella this past Xmas that I wanted him to give me an mid-calf-length genuine silver-fox coat, and an elephant to ride around on, and I stressed the elephant over the coat,) so I figured I would share this story with you. This ginourmous catfish that weighs as much as I do has passed on... Well, as I do not find catfish yummy eatin's, I do wonder what they will be doing with all of that jurassic fish. ;) Once again we prove that when we take a giant animal out of its habitat (shall we recall Bubba the Leviathan Lobster?) we generally end up being the cause of its demise... Perhaps this is the reason that I did not get that elephant for Xmas...and here the fella was telling me that the elephant and the dog would just not have gotten along... Anyhow, here is the full story for any of you who want to read more.