Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: A baby whose bronchi collapse


3D Printed Split Saves Baby’s Life

April 2, 2014 By James Hobson

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Here’s another heartwarming story about how 3D printers are continuing to make a real difference in the medical world. [Garrett] is just a baby whose bronchi collapse when breathing — he’s been on a ventilator for most of his life – Until now.

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Amazing what we can accomplish.

Now just think about what we COULD accomplish!

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POSITRACTION: “biochar briquettes” Uganda


The Little Kiosks That Could
Eco-Fuel Africa has set up a system for the production and distribution of “biochar briquettes”—small blocks of carbonized agricultural waste that provide a cleaner, easier-to-access fuel for homes across Uganda.

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Time and time again, it’s the “little” ideas that change people’s lives.

Special place in Heaven for this that think of these. 


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POSITRACTION: Blues With Greens?


Mar 27, 2014 08:00 am | Michael Greger M.D.

Can We Fight the Blues With Greens?

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Why does frequent consumption of vegetables appear to cut one’s odds of depression by more than half? And “frequent” was defined as eating vegetables not 3 or more times a day, but just 3 or more times a week. A 2012 study was found that eliminating animal products improved mood within two weeks.

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[JR: How little we know about the world around us? A little humility would be a good thing when expressing what we think we “know”.]

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POSITRACTION: Operating Room of the Future


The Operating Room of the Future – InSightec – Dr. Kobi Vortman Technion Alumnus

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[JR: Six minute video that is “unbelievable”. I can imagine all of the people that could benefit. If humans would stop wasting attention, time, and resources, then we could focus on the great stuff. Notice this is an Israeli corporation. Not the Gooferment and they are under a death threat from their neighbors. Wow, humans are so stupid.  ]

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POSITRACTION: From watching the Golf Channel?



Check out this swing. She is 6 years old. Her father does not play. She learned from watching the Golf Channel.

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Who says TV is a bad influence? Or that it doesn’t have any influence on people — young or old.

(Advertisers are throwing their money away on stuff that doesn’t work! For better or worse.)

This little girl has some swing for any age golfer. I gave up in frustration.

Wonder what the back story is?

Did her parents think that the Golf Channel was wholesome programming?

Or, maybe, a college scholarship was in the back of their mind!

Either way, WOW, what a lesson to us all.

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POSITRACTION: Waste ½ of a good part of human capital


This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood – Wired Science

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None of this would work if Theranos hadn’t figured out how to make testing trans­parent and inexpensive. The company plans to charge less than 50 percent of the standard Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates. And unlike the rest of the testing industry, Theranos lists its prices on its website: blood typing, $2.05; cholesterol, $2.99; iron, $4.45. If all tests in the US were performed at those kinds of prices, the company says, it could save Medicare $98 billion and Medicaid $104 billion over the next decade.

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Amazing what humans can accomplish. 

And other cultures want women at home barefoot and pregnant.

Go ahead, waste ½ of your human capital.

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POSITRACTION: Right to not judge a book by its cover


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[JR: Spend two minutes. And commune with Rodriguez, Vincent (MC1984) and his view of the world. I hope I can “see” such opportunities. Will I change the world? Probably not. Will I change myself? For sure! I wish I could stand an applaud. And, I hope some one would do that for my Mom when she was alive.]

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POSITRACTION: Miller, Tammy Wood [MC1991] a mom of 11


Alumna Opens Heart and Home to Special Needs Children

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A conversation with Manhattan College’s dean of education set Tammy Wood Miller ’91 on a path of helping those with special needs, including her six adopted children.

Tammy Wood Miller ’91 took her education degrees and made them a way of life. As the mother of 11, six of whom are adopted special needs children, she spends her days putting her skills to the test with those she loves the most.

“It all kind of began with Manhattan,” Miller, a second-generation Jasper, says. “I met Dr. Merriman, and he mentioned adaptive physical education, which modifies the physical education program to fit the physical or educational challenges of the student. I got so interested in that.”

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Although many ask with concern about their biological children getting lost in the mix, she says “I feel our family is so close. I feel like they have just benefited so much from being a part of this.”

She explains how older siblings have helped with the younger children, and many have taken on service projects of their own. Take for instance, 10-year-old Teagan, who gives up her recess time to help out in the special needs pre-K class.

“She comes home so excited about all the accomplishments that the kids have,” Miller says.

Miller does not look at being a mom of 11 as a sacrifice but calls it a “true blessing to the people that are serving.”

“I take pride in helping the next generation get to see what service is.”

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[JR: Humbling!  ]

Miller, Tammy Wood [MC1991]

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POSITRACTION: Thank you, Denzel Washington


FROM Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

Good Evening All,

As we so often pray for the Men and Women of our Armed Forces and their families I am taking the liberty of sharing with you something that John Nason shared with me. What Denzel has done, more than once, no doubt has answered the Prayers of our recuperating Servicemen and Women. In our own fashion, we say thank you to Denzel and say a prayer of thanks for him for the good that he has done. He has gotten very little, if any, press for his Patriotism, goodwill and respect. As someone recently said, ” Real Heroes don’t wear capes, they wear Dog Tags.” Thank you Denzel Washington. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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>Please note: This is not the first time he has done something like this……

>Remember this next time you walk up to the ticket window of your local movie theater with $10 in your hand.

>The Media (accidentally?) missed this one!

> The troops overseas would like you to send it to everybody you know.

{Extraneous Deleted —Long story describing the Denzel Washington visit.}

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[JR: The story as cited was only “partially true". But still in essence the kudos are well deserved. Here’s a link to the “real story”.]

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[JR: The forwarded message continues.]

>The question is, ‘Why do: Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise and other Hollywood fluff make front page news with their ridiculous antics and Denzel Washington’s Patriotism doesn’t even make page 3 in the Metro section of any newspaper except the local newspaper in San Antonio?’

> A true American and friend to all in uniform!

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[JR: Bottom line: A Hollywood star tours a veterans’ hospital, makes every one feel good, tours a Fischer House, and makes a contribution. What have I done lately?]

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POSITRACTION: “divorce, she ducked”


He said he was leaving. She ignored him. When Laura Munson’s husband asked for a divorce, she ducked instead of fighting. He needed to learn, she says, that his unhappiness wasn’t really about her
By Laura Munson, The New York Times | August 13, 2009

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I barbecued. Made lemonade. Set the table for four. Loved him from afar.

And one day, there he was, home from work early, mowing the lawn. A man doesn’t mow his lawn if he’s going to leave it. Not this man. Then he fixed a door that had been broken for eight years. He made a comment about our front porch needing paint. Our front porch. He mentioned needing wood for next winter. The future. Little by little, he started talking about the future.

It was Thanksgiving dinner that sealed it. My husband bowed his head humbly and said, “I’m thankful for my family.”

He was back.

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Marriage is forever.

Til death do you part.

Good times and bad.

Here’s a positive strategy for a tough time.

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