Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Good morning Alex

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque.
It was covered with names with small American flags mounted on either side of it.
The seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside thelittle boy, and said quietly, “Good morning Alex”. “Good morning Pastor,” he replied, still focused onthe plaque. “Pastor, what is this?” he asked. The pastor said, “Well, son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.”

Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally, little Alex’s voice, barely audible andtrembling with fear, asked, “Which service, the 8:30 or the 10:45?


Gladys Dunn recently moved into a retirement community in a small town.
One beautiful Sunday morning she walked down the street to a church not far from her apartment.
Gladys was in awe of the big beautiful church building as she stepped inside to attend the worship service. Gladys however, wasn't too impressed with the sermon.
She thought it was kind of boring and, as she looked around the church, she noticed that many of the members were nodding off.
When the preacher finished his sermon he encouraged the congregation to greet those sitting close by. Gladys turned toward the man sitting on her left.
He, too, had fallen asleep and was yawning and stretching trying to wake up.
He smiled at her, and Gladys returned the smile.
She politely offered her hand and said, "I'm Gladys Dunn."
"You and me both!" the man replied.

Wow, 'Einstein the Bird' is pretty talented!

Happy Sunset

World's longest fireworks party

A Chinese city is hoping to get into the record books by letting off a twelve-and-a-half mile string of firecrackers.
A total of 35 fireworks factories in Liuyang city, Hunan province, have worked together to create the firecrackers.
Zeng Mengxiong, the chief technician of the project, told the Changsha Evening News: "We are doing this to celebrate the upcoming Liuyang International Firecracker Festival."
Zeng estimates it will take 85 to 90 minutes for all of the firecrackers to explode: "At the beginning and end, the firing speed should be slow, in the middle, really fast," he added.
The firecrackers will be let off on the opening day of the festival, October 26, when onlookers will be kept back a safe distance.
"We have set up a 10 meter-wide quarantine zone on either side of the string, and will have more than 3,000 guards," a government spokesman said.
"We aren't worried about rain, since the firecrackers are water-proof."
The government says it is applying to have officials from the Guinness Book of Records present on the day of the event.

Toddler saves great-grandmother after fall.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Victor Goodin of Petoskey, Michigan isn't even 4 years old yet, but his great grandmother taught him how to pick up the phone and call for help in case she ever needed it.

She had no idea she would need that help sooner than she thought.

Grace Breazeale describes what happened, " I started to go around the fence and took a step backwards and I couldn't feel anything under my right foot so i thought, well it's just a big hole, I'll finish putting my weight down on it, but there was no bottom to it."

The next thing Breazeale knew, she was lying on the floor in pain, 7 feet below where she was gardening.

That's when her great grandson came running down to check on her.

When Victor asked his great grandmother if she was o.k., she told him she was hurt badly and needed his help.

Breazeale instructed the young boy about what he needed to do.

She said, " go in Granny's house and you go in Granny's bedroom and pick up Granny's telephone, and I said you know the red button on it, you pick it up and push the red button and talk to whoever answers the phone."

Here's part of that 9-1-1 call:
911- "9-1-1"
Victor- "Granny's hurt."
911- " How old are you?"
Victor- "3 1/2"
911- " You're 3 1/2? What happened to Granny?"
Victor- “She fell down."
911- " She fell down? Did she fall down the stairs?"
Victor- “No. She fell down outside."
911- " She fell down outside?"
Victor- “On a big hill."

Emergency crews were called to the scene and transported Breazeale to a local hospital.

Breazeale had surgery to fix a broken hip and is feeling pretty sore.

But, she's most grateful for her little hero who was nearby to give her a helping hand.