Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: A mourning Mom gets a gift


Late Daughter Unknowingly Left Priceless Gift for Grieving Mom
by McKinley Corbley – Feb 6, 2017

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This mother had been in mourning ever since her 16-year-old daughter Macy Mathis was killed in a car accident. Her mind was eased, however, when she discovered the 25 letters left behind for her.

Each letter asks only to be opened when Cindy Mathis, the mother currently residing in Tifton, Georgia, feels a certain emotion. She found the first note a month after Macy’s death when she was cleaning out the trunk of her car. The front of the envelope was emblazoned with: “Open when you can’t sleep.”

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What a great “leave” for grieving Mom.

Can’t imagine how that makes her feel.

Wish I had “directions” from my long passed wife. She was always the “smart one”.

Maybe we should all leave a legacy like this?

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Moto — a fake flammable log for refugees


These Logs of Coffee Grounds Are a Lifeline for Encamped Refugees
by McKinley Corbley – Jan 29, 2017

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Instead of throwing out the grounds leftover from morning pots of coffee, these University of Toronto students are turning them into a valuable resource for refugees overseas.

Women and children in refugee camps reportedly perform 90% of their cooking using firewood. Family members are often put in danger when leaving the camp to gather more firewood, and it can be a strenuous hours-long endeavor.

The Canadian engineering students are hoping to eliminate that risk by with the creation of Moto: a fake flammable log made of sugar, coffee grounds, and paraffin wax that can burn for up to 90 minutes.

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Interesting idea. 

Transport of the fake logs would be the stumbling block for me.

But given the applications in the USA — camping, barbecues, survival bags, disaster preps, and fireplaces — if the “logs” are 70¢ each, then it would seem they could be sold at a profit here and the fund transferred to refugees. 

But excellent “in-jin-eering” work to get to this point.

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POSITRACTION: Miracle twins kept each other alive


Miracle twins kept each other alive by holding hands while still in the womb
Richard Hartley-Parkinson for
Monday 30 Jan 2017 12:20 pm2.

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A set of identical twins kept each other alive by CUDDLING in the womb. Hayley Lampshire, 27, from Kidlington, Oxfordshire, discovered she was carrying Monoamniotic-Monochorionic twins at her 12 week scan which meant they shared the same placenta and amniotic sac. This type of pregnancy, which occurs in less than one per cent of all twin pregnancies, is extremely rare and the boys were given just a 50 per cent chance of survival.

Hayley Lampshire, 27, from Kidlington, Oxfordshire, discovered her twins were suffering from a rare condition meaning they shared one amniotic sac, instead of having one each.

That mean that if the babies moved around in the womb doctors warned their umbilical cords could become tangled, starving them, or even strangling each other.

The only way they would survive the pregnancy was if they both stayed still.

But she was amazed when she went for a scan – and saw her two boys cuddling each other – and even appeared to be holding hands.

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What an entrancing story. Life is so precious.

Was it some instinctive response to the conditions or an Angel? I have no idea. 

But it is a modern day miracle to to beat the odds. (Slot machines have taught me a lot about odds.)

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Plunges Under Ice 3 Times to Save Wife


Man Plunges Under Ice 3 Times to Save Wife Trapped in Lake (Video)
by McKinley Corbley – Jan 22, 2017

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Kevin Wiseman often plows paths in the backwoods of Quebec for a local snowmobile club, but the good deed turned into a traumatic event on Wednesday’.

Kevin and his 40-year-old wife Audrey Berndt were riding their snowcat through the Canadian wilderness when they took a turn onto what they thought was an empty field. By the time they realized it was actually the frozen McMullin Lake, near Val-des-Monts, it was too late.

The couple tried to turn back, but the snowcat plunged through the ice. The vehicle sunk 12 feet before it hit the bottom and the cab started filling up with icy water. When Kevin was unable to punch through the windshield, he head-butted the glass until it broke.

He resurfaced only to find that his wife was still trapped underwater.

Kevin dove back into the freezing waters three different times before he finally found Audrey and hauled her onto dry land.

“Something in my head said, ‘You are going back under. You’re staying there, if you don’t have your wife,’” Kevin told CBC.

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That’s bravery in action. It’s essentially saving your partner.

I wish I could have save my wife. 

But, one has to take the opportunities one is given.

Good job by this fellow.

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POSITRACTION: “And who is my neighbor?”


Teens Shoveling Snow For Cash Save Stranger’s Life
by McKinley Corbley – Jan 10, 2017

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These four teens were just looking to shovel some driveways in exchange for pocket money – but while they were going door to door, they found something much more important.

Coby, Rebecca, Marcello, and Jerry were for shoveling snow throughout their neighborhood in LaSalle, Colorado. When they knocked on one door in particular, however, they heard shouts for help.
An old man had apparently fallen to the ground in pain a few days previously and was unable to get up.

“You could clearly see he was in pain,” Zach Hill of the LaSalle Fire Department told NBC. “This gentleman had been there for, we’re not sure how long, and we don’t know how long he would’ve been there had they not knocked on the door so they had a huge part in getting him help.”

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I’m lucky. I have two “stalkers” — a fiancé and an niece-in-law — who keep track of me.

What about all the “old folks” who aren’t so lucky?

It would seem that good Christians would at least look out for the neighbors?

“And who is my neighbor?”

The parable of the Good Samaritan.

Funny how things just seem to come back around.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Slackliner pro saves a skier


Home Heroes Tightrope Walker Scales Ski Wire to Rescue Dangling Man
by McKinley Corbley – Jan 6, 20170

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What could have been a horrifying ski accident turned into a larger than life rescue thanks to a tightrope artist jumping into action.

An unidentified skier was riding a lift chair up a mountain at Arapahoe Basin in Colorado when he attempted to disembark the unit and got his backpack stuck on the rigging. Instead of skiing away from the lift, he went around the bullwheel and was sent back down the mountain. But after the lift operator turned off the machine, disaster struck.

Due to his struggling, the backpack straps slipped up to the man’s neck, cutting off his air supply until he fell unconscious.

Luckily, 28-year-old Mickey Wilson, a part-time ski instructor and professional slackliner, was riding in the chair behind him.

Mickey and the other nearby skiers attempted to make a human tower to reach the man, whom he described as a “friend of a friend”. When they kept toppling off of each other, however, Mickey had “a eureka moment”.

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What a great thing to save another human being.

The fact that it was done in such an unusual maker is really “neat” and essential to the rescue.

I guess we should always be alert to help out fellow human beings!

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POSITRACTION: Uber Driver Saves Teen


Uber Driver Saves Teen From Sex Trafficking Ring
by McKinley Corbley – Dec 30, 20160

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What started out as a normal Uber driving shift for Keith Avila turned into an incredible rescue of a 16-year-old girl from a child sex trafficking ring.

Keith was working on Monday night in Sacramento, California when he picked up two women and a young girl. While driving them to a Holiday Inn, he started hearing the adults openly instruct the teen on how to interact with “John” at the hotel. Their instructions reportedly included telling her to “pat him down for weapons while hugging him” and “get the donation from him” before anything happened.

Keith, being the smart man that he is, dropped the women off, drove around the corner, and called the cops.

Police officers arrived at the scene in minutes, arresting the two pimps – Destiny Pettway and Maria Westley – and the man that they were meeting. The teen was apparently a runaway who was then rescued and taken into temporary housing while law enforcement located her family.

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”— attributed to Edmund Burke 

In this case, he’s a “good man” who could have turned a blind eye and deaf ear.

Now I hope these ne’er-do-wells get the proverbial book thrown at them.

If he doesn’t get a reward, I hope the Universe let’s him win the Lotto.

Uber should be proud to have such a driver. 

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