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    :) Peace begins with a smile :)
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    I'll certainly tell him. :)
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    I got mail! This is for all the great Aussie's on staff!

    Brave koala survives 88km ride to Gympie
    By Janel Shorthouse and Ursula WhartonA koala survived being hit by a car near Maryborough early Friday morning only to be later discovered clinging to the car's grille at a service station approximately 88 kilometres down the road at Gympie.
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    The koala, now named Timberwolf, was spotted by the Gympie taxi driver and his occupants when they stopped to refuel. They then assisted in keeping the rather dishevelled and startled marsupial from wandering onto the highway.
    Local veterinarian Geoff Collyer was called to the scene shortly after 2.30am.
    "It was very, very scared and very wide-eyed," Dr Collyer said.
    "It was making horrible noises at everybody who was trying to stop him from getting hit again.
    "I took a big sheet to pull over him. You put it over them from behind so they can't get to you and you hold them by the shoulders and arms. You wrap them up like a tight little baby and they de-stress because it's nice and dark and snug."
    Later collected and taken to the Australian Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo, Dr Collyer says Timberwolf looked to be in good condition.
    "The crew from Australia Zoo came and confirmed they thought he was a juvenile," he said.
    "Surprisingly he was looking really good later that morning.
    "He didn't appear to have any broken bones and he was trying to find little things to eat - he was really quite bright."
    Dr Collyer says it's an amazing story of survival and one he will never forget.
    "There are plenty of urban myths about things jumping onto cars as they go past, and until you see it yourself you don't' really think it could ever happen," he said.
    "It's all part of the job - the good stories make it all worth it."
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    Wonderful story, thanks Diane. We have Koala warning signs on many roads in the Adelaide Hills, as they do tend to wander across roads especially at night. This little guy was a lucky one surviving an altercation like that with a vehicle, but quite amazing really that he did that by clinging to the car's grill:eek:
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    Wow Diane! You saw this story too! It was reported in our newspapers here earlier in the week. It is such an amazing story that he survived the hit and then could hang on for as long as he did. I am so glad that he was able to be saved.....we too have many signs for Koalas and Kangaroos here in Queensland!

    Australia Zoo is the Zoo which Steve Irwin's dad opened many years ago, Steve's widow and their kids now run the zoo.
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    @squib ...thanks for posting that. I didn't see this in our news, but glad to see it here. What a great ending to something that could have ended badly. That poor Koala...he certainly is a fighter to stay alive! :)
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    Koalas are are amazing to say the least.
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    Thank you ALL for such wonderful feedback. I think the koala is my favorite Australian animal! This story amazed me. Do they like the warmth of radiators or do they like cooler areas? Thanks again, all of you!
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    Kid's say the darnedest things! That's why I love them so much!:rolleyes::)

    ENJOY!!!
    While I sat in the reception area of my doctor's office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. As she went to the receptionist's desk, the man sat there, alone and silent. Just as I was thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy slipped off his mother's lap and walked over to the wheelchair. Placing his hand on the man's, he said, “I know how you feel. My Mom makes me ride in the stroller too.”

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    As I was nursing my baby, my cousin's six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came into the room. Never having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued and full of all kinds of questions about what I was doing. After mulling over my answers, she remarked, “My mom has some of those, but I don't think she knows how to use them.”

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    Out bicycling one day with my eight-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn, I got a little wistful. “In ten years,” I said, “you'll want to be with your friends and you won't go walking, biking, and swimming with me like you do now.

    Carolyn shrugged. “In ten years you'll be too old to do all those things anyway.”

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    Working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children. One day, I entered the examining room to give four-year-old Lizzie her injection.

    “No, no, no!” she screamed.

    “Lizzie,” scolded her mother, "that's not polite behavior.”

    With that, the girl yelled even louder, “No, thank you! No, thank you!"

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    On the way back from a Cub Scout meeting, my grandson innocently said to my son, “Dad, I know babies come from mommie's tummies, but how do they get there in the first place?”

    After my son hemmed and hawed awhile, my grandson finally spoke up in disgust, “You don't have to make up something, Dad. It’s okay if you don’t know the answer.”

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    Just before I was deployed to Iraq, I sat my eight-year-old son down and broke the news to him. “I’m going to be away for a long time,” I told him. “I’m going to Iraq.”

    “Why?” he asked. “Don't you know there’s a war going on over there?”

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    Paul Newman founded theHole in the Wall Gang Campfor children stricken with cancer, AIDS, and blood diseases. One afternoon, he and his wife, Joanne Woodward, stopped by to have lunch with the kids. A counselor at a nearby table, suspecting the young patients wouldn’t know Newman was a famous movie star, explained, “That’s the man who made this camp possible. Maybe you’ve seen his picture on his salad dressing bottle?”
    Blank stares.

    “Well, you’ve probably seen his face on his lemonade carton.”

    An eight-year-old girl perked up. “How long was he missing?”

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    And my personal favorite…

    God’s Problem Now!

    His wife's graveside service was just barely finished, when there was a massive clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by even more thunder rumbling in the distance. The little, old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, "Well, she’s there."
    Keep a SMILE on your face ~And a SONG in your heart! A smile - is a sign of joy. A hug - is a sign of love. A laugh - is a sign of happiness. And a friend like me? - Well that's just a sign of good taste! We'll be friends until I am senile. Then we'll be NEW friends.
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    don't walk behind me I may not lead,
    dont walk ahead of me I may not follow.
    just walk with me and be my friend..:)
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    I've received this poem twice so far, and it always includes the comment that it was written by a girl which has or had cancer, and her greatest wish was that this poem/email gets forwarded to as many people as possible.

    This information isn't right. It was written by Dr. David L. Weatherford. I like the poem in spite of the misinformation. So I'll post it now:


    SLOW DANCE


    Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
    or listened to rain slapping the ground?

    Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight,
    or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

    You better slow down, don't dance so fast,
    time is short, the music won't last.


    Do you run through each day on the fly,
    when you ask "How are you?", do you hear the reply?

    When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
    with the next hundred chores running through your head?

    You better slow down, don't dance so fast,
    time is short, the music won't last.


    Ever told your child, we'll do it tomorrow,
    and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

    Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
    'cause you never had time to call and say hi?

    You better slow down, don't dance so fast,
    time is short, the music won't last.


    When you run so fast to get somewhere,
    you miss half the fun of getting there.

    When you worry and hurry through your day,
    it's like an unopened gift thrown away.

    Life isn't a race, so take it slower,
    hear the music before your song is over.
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    Diane sent this email to me today. It's titled "10 Lessons I've learned in this Life".
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    Thanks, Johanna for mentioning me :)
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    Since you are asleep Johanna, I guess I have to do my own work! I just hope it works!

    Subject: Painted Stairs
    Take a look at these seventeen astounding staircases from all around the world. Their bright colors, fantastic patterns, and detailed images are sure to wow you. They’re all amazing works, many of which could be displayed on a wall (miniaturized, of course).
    While some were painted by artists, the best part is that many are collaborative efforts by local communities who worked together to create something beautiful.
    So enjoy these photos of some truly miraculous stairs. They’ll leave you wishing you could walk up masterpieces like that all the time.
    1. San Francisco , California
    These tiled stairs run up a total of 163 steps at 16th and Moraga Street in San Francisco . Over 300 neighborhoods joined in to create the spectacle, leading to an Sabsolutely beautiful result.
    2. Valparaiso , Chile
    In Valparaiso , Chile , you can walk up a flight of piano-like stairs. It’s just too bad you can’t play a tune too.
    3. Philadelphia , Pennsylvania[​IMG]
    Not all art is contained in between walls at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. These steps were fantastically painted for a Salvador Dali exhibition in 2005 and are a masterpiece in themselves.
    4. Valparaiso , Chile
    This staircase is another beautiful display of art in Valparaiso , Chile . The detail of the houses and the ocean views is absolutely stunning.
    5. Seoul , South Korea[​IMG]
    In Seoul , South Korea is this amazing flight of steps. Colorful koi fish are painted in orange, red, and yellow tones that stand out against the very vibrant blue hue of the stairs.
    6. Wuppertal , Germany
    Wuppertal, Germany is home to a set of 112 steps that are known as the Holsteiner Stairs. With the wide array of bright colors, it’s almost like walking on a rainbow. The stairs also feature a collection of powerful German words painted on them, which translate to English phrases like, “to forgive”, “innocence”, “cause”, and “to laugh."
    7. Sicily , Italy[​IMG]
    This historic staircase in Italy was constructed in 1608 and is made up of many ceramic tiles. It’s been used as a backdrop for plenty of festivals and images are illustrated using thousands of flowers or candles.
    8. Rio de Janeiro , Brazil
    The detail on these Rio de Janeiro steps are insane. The face looks so life-like and the eyes practically stare straight through you.
    9. Beirut , Lebanon
    In Beirut , Lebanon you can find these steps painted in a rainbow of colors that resemble piano keys. There’s almost a kind of rugged beauty about them.
    10. Seoul , South Korea
    These beautiful painted stairs aren’t just for show; walking up them will lead you to a musical theatre in South Korea . The painting of the woman is stunning, the contrasting black, white, and bright pink colors making for an eye catching effect.
    11. Stairs of Peace in Syria[​IMG]
    Syrian students painted a fantastic pattern on the longest staircase in their town with some very vibrant colors. They hoped that the display would produce joyful feelings in the locals who were undergoing hardships.
    12. Rio de Janeiro , Brazil
    This world famous staircase, known as Escadaria Selaron, was painted by a Chilean artist.
    13. Angers , France
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    These steps in France were part of an amazing origami street art exhibit. The way the paper creations color the steps is stunning and surreal-like
    14. Istanbul , Turkey[​IMG]
    This bright rainbow staircase in Istanbul is nothing short of astounding.
    15. Morlaix , France
    In Morlaix , France , you can walk up these steps that double as an amazing piece of art work. The painting of the woman is fantastic and, even with neutral tones, it still stands out in a breath taking way.
    16. Tehran , Iran[​IMG]
    This floral stairway in Iran is simply stunning, with beautiful floral designs and a neat layered look.
    17. Beirut , Lebanon[​IMG]
    You can’t help but smile when looking at these brightly colored steps in Lebanon .

    IS that COOL OR WHAT! HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!!!!!!!
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    These staircases are beautiful, Diane! :) Too bad there are a few missing. :(
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    Well, in that case I do need your help! I wanted Sandra to see it the next time she checks in! So, if you know which one's are missing, because those are the only one's I received, please add them in your own post! Thanks,


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    So you didn't receive all the pictures with your email?

    I'll try, perhaps I can find and post them.
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    I only received 9 photo's but 17 descriptions! I will look to! Thanks! Always!


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    San Francisco:
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    Valparaiso, Chile:
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    Wuppertal, Germany:
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    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
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    Beirut, Lebanon:
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    Seoul, South Korea:
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    Once more: Rio de Janeiro
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    Morlaix, France:
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    They are in the order they're missing.
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    Also stairs, but different:
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    Thank you, Diane! :)
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