Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: “If you’re behind me at McDonald’s, … …”

2016-Aug-21

https://themighty.com/2016/08/ordering-just-the-bun-at-mcdonalds-for-my-son-with-autism/

When You’re the Parent Ordering ‘Just a Bun’ at McDonald’s

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I don’t want to be that customer. I would love to walk into McDonald’s and just order a Happy Meal and be done. Nope, that’s not me.

You see, my son only eats the bun. So my order goes like this: “I would like a bun, just the bun, no meat, no ketchup, mustard, pickles or onions or cheese.” The cashier looks at me confused. “Yes, that’s right, I just want the bun, a plain bun with nothing on it.” The manager usually has to come over and show the cashier how to ring it up. I am happy to pay full price for just the bun. Then the kitchen staff always asks, “They just want a bun?” The cashier, manager and I all say yes.

We have about a 75-percent success rate. 

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I got an email from one of my relatives about her similar challenge.

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{Privacy Invoked} and I laughed so hard at this story because this is our {Privacy Invoked} and when we order at McDonald’s this is exactly how we order except we have to add the French fries that have to be in a Red box  …… dry nothing on it just the french fries in a Red box.

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We all are so lucky that we don’t have these challenges.

I’ve blogged about taking my fiancée to JFK for rehab and seeing all those who make me feel “lucky”.

Yesterday, I was at the bank at the end of a long queue. I was annoyed. Annoyed at only two tellers. Annoyed at how hot and humid it was. Annoyed at the fat I had earlier in the day. Annoyed with life. 

Then, today I get an email with this story that puts it all in perspective.

I hope I can have MORE patience when it’s required.

After all, I was lucky to have such MINOR annoyances to be annoyed out.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Lost ring returned

2016-Aug-14

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3731379/Good-Samaritan-finds-returns-engagement-ring-MONTH-couple-lost-South-Carolina-beach.html

Lucky in love: Good Samaritan finds and returns engagement ring a MONTH after couple lost it on South Carolina beach

  • Kelly Gourley-Dalton and Robby Alexander lost the ring on Edisto beach
  • They had got engaged just two days earlier, on July 4
  • Steve Rickerson, who has a house on the beach offered to help find it
  • After two days with his metal detector, Rickerson had no luck
  • But he kept searching, and eventually found the ring a month later

By JAMES WILKINSON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:33 EST, 9 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:18 EST, 9 August 2016

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A recently engaged couple have even more to celebrate after a kind stranger helped them recover their engagement ring – a month after it was lost on South Carolina’s Edisto beach.’I was throwing a football,’ Kelly Gourley-Dalton told KHOU. ‘I went down to the water to put my hand in, and when I put my hand back up, it was gone.’ She had only been engaged to fiance Robby Alexander for two days when the accident happened on July 6. But despite appearances, luck was on their side.

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I’ve had girl’s lose rings, but never this lucky.

I love stories about honesty.

The fellow could have hocked the ring and no one would have been the wider.

John Wooden – “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” 

Let’s put it to the test and put him in Congress?

Is Diogenes of Sinope still looking?

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POSITRACTION: What happened between 500AD and1180AD?

2016-Aug-07

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/what-world-s-oldest-calculator-tells-us-about-ancient-greeks-view-universe-020917

25 JULY, 2016 – 03:36
ANCIENT-ORIGINS
What the world’s oldest calculator tells us about the Ancient Greeks’ view of the Universe

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The mechanism has since been established as the first known astronomical calendar, a complex system which can track and predict the cycles of the solar system. Technically, it is a sophisticated mechanical “calculator” rather than a true “computer”, since it cannot be reprogrammed, but nonetheless an impressive artefact.

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So what happened in 500AD? Why didn’t it come back until 1180AD?

How much real dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) has been lost forever?

And, will in the future there be another “Dark Age”?

I find an interesting corollary in the modern “survivalist” community. They can’t figure out folks in the 1700’s and 1800’s did certain things. If such “modern history” is lost, then what else has been “forgotten”?

I wonder how little we really know and understand even less.

Argh!

Guess we just have to “rediscover” it the hard way. 

Learning form experience is expensive when you keep making the same mistakes.

Sounds like “politics”!

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: ISIS kills a French priest

2016-Jul-31

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/693326/Normandy-attack-hostages-taken-armed-men-Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray

Normandy church terror: ISIS knifemen slit throat of priest, 84, and take nuns hostage
A PRIEST had his throat slit and several others were taken hostage after armed men stormed a church in Normandy during morning mass today, as President Francois Hollande said ISIS had declared war on France.
By TOM BATCHELORPUBLISHED: 09:53, Tue, Jul 26, 2016 | UPDATED: 13:17, Tue, Jul 26, 2016

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What’s positive about this?

Maybe it will wake the Catholic community to an awareness that the Faith is under attack both overtly by ISIS and quietly by the “Secular Progressive” American culture.

Certain “Catholics” have been lost by the actions of the Church leadership. Others have been led astray by pseudo-Catholic politicians. Still others by secular Gooferment Skrules.

Sad as it is, those lost are still “lost sheep”.

The power of government has been perverted by corrupt men to face people to act in ways they normally wouldn’t. Program after program has led us down the road to Hell.

Maybe a wakeup call is needed for each of us to say: “No more”.

One can only hop and pray that the “alarm clocks” are going off saying “Danger, Will Robertson, danger!”

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Kansas City Community Kitchen really serves the homeless

2016-Jul-24

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/1552/This-Soup-Kitchen-Is-Disguised-As-A-Restaurant-So-The-Homeless-Can-Dine-With-Dignity

This Soup Kitchen Is Disguised As A Restaurant So The Homeless Can Dine With Dignity
March 4, 2016

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The Kansas City Community Kitchen is changing the way soup kitchens serve food. The process includes greeters and servers just like a typical sit-down restaurant, which makes the homeless feel like part of the community.

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The menu was created by executive chef Michael Curry, the owner of the Kansas City restaurant, Lil’ Bubba, who once lived in poverty and ate at soup kitchens himself.

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What a great idea!

From the video, it looks like I’d like to dine there.

At least, maybe we should patronize the fellow’s public restaurant.

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POSITRACTION: Caring for a porcupine — I guess carefully

2016-Jul-08

http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/a-mother-like-no-other

MNN.com > Family > Pets
A mother like no other
She’s never had puppies of her own, but this sweet Labrador has been a mother to a variety of different animals.
LAURA MOSSO October 21, 2011, 1:31 p.m.

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Hall and his wife, Nadine, said they noticed early on that regardless of the whether Lisha encountered a kitten or a baby hippo, she treated them all the same — like a child that needed a mother. “She would just walk up and lick the creature she was caring for. Although in the case of the porcupine that was more amusing,” Rob Hall told The Daily Mail.

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Isn’t “motherhood” something that is “universal”?

Talk about instinct. Talk about compassion. Even talk about birth rate replacement rates.

Killing babies, while at times in the wild of nature is unavoidable, is “unthinkable” in a civilized society.

Or at least, it was.

Or, should be.

Think about all the contributions that could have been made by “defectives”.

My morality or insight was formed in both a stupid computer game “Colossal Cavern” and the “juvenile” SciFi works of Heinlein. 

I remembering him writing something like that the genetic advancement of human civilization was more important than the current government maintaining its position.

Today, I’m much more “simple”. Don’t kill what you can’t recreate. (Hence my position on the death penalty.)

So sad, that “we” have killed so many babies.

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POSITRACTION: True charity — he didn’t know it’d be picked up by MLB

2016-Jul-10

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/06/25/fan-scored-a-baseball-from-the-ballgirl-but-its-what-he-did-with-it-after-that-is-causing-a-stir/

Fan Scored a Baseball From the Ballgirl, but It’s What He Did With It After That Is Causing a Stir
Jun. 25, 2015 2:45am Oliver Darcy

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A Boston Red Sox fan’s gesture Wednesday night received praise after video of him giving a game ball away to a child seated in his area was posted online by Major League Baseball.

When the ballgirl handed the fan the baseball, cameras captured him walk over and hand the ball to a kid in his section.

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This had an impact on me.

Brought back a memory of my sainted wife — she had to be; she put up with me.

We were at a MLB game — I forget where or with who — and my wife caught a “hot grounder” into our seats — after I astutely got the hell out of the way of it — she was the athlete — caught it clean with one hand.

She looked at it, and proceed to give it to a kid a few rows away.

I guess I looked at her funny. And, she said: “I always wanted to catch one. Now I did. I’ll always have the memory; he’ll have the ball.”

Watching this video makes me remember.

Sadly.

But, she got her dream. Sadly. I don’t have mine.

But, on my point, what we do for others touches so many people that we can clearly see and many that we can’t.

Hope that young man doesn’t change!

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