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In our unfailing support of entrepreneurs, bloggers and creative souls, ALL our various Communities thrive on soulful interaction, but as the numbers become stacked against me here at The Journal, apologies if I haven’t been able to reply at first *hallo.* I’m stubborn. I usually get there!

I’m a stickler. I usually get there!

Man Survives Being Cut In Two!

I ain't beaten yet wop logo 3Hey y’all! In my career I’ve met a lot of achievers, both famous and not so famous and I loved collecting their stories. One thing they all had in common was an absolute blind refusal to give up when the load became too heavy.
The ability to pick oneself off the ground…(yet again!) and dust off the seat of our pants is in all of us. If you are experiencing tough times this little series of stories is for you. For some folk, who seem to have been handed it all on a plate, their stories will surprise you!


WHO? :  Truman Duncan

IS? :  Survivor of horrific accident.

SAID? :  ‘Life is good. Life goes on.’

On June 25th 2006 Truman Duncan was working as a railroad switchman in Cleburne Texas. He lost his footing, fell off a moving train and was left hanging onto the car. He was desperately trying to run backward and match the speed of the train when inevitably he was sucked under the carriage and pulled under. The wheels of the train ran over him, slicing him diagonally in half through his pelvis.


‘I Need 911.  I’m Cut In Two.’

For reasons unknown Duncan did not pass out from pain or blood loss and was able to listen to 20,000 pounds of dead weight slice him in two. In reply he pulled out his phone and called for Truman+Duncanassistance. The recording of his 911 call reveals a strangely calm but slightly breathless Duncan asking for help as he has been ‘cut in two.’

Life Today

Despite a great amount of blood loss Duncan was able to call his family whilst he was being extricated and swap endearments with them, not knowing if he would make it. But make it he did. He spent 3 hours in surgery having his wounds cleaned of gravel and dirt followed by 23 more surgeries over 4 months. He spent 3 weeks in a coma.

Truman today is ‘confined’ to a wheelchair but says he pretty much does what he did before albeit a little slower. He plays baseball with his son, he mows the lawn, he swims and has built a patio in his backyard. He also returned to his job at the rail yard.


 Grrr! Why YOU ain’t beat yet!

You are not beaten because….wow…..well…..where do I start??!! Duncan refused to be beat! His attitude was almost as calm as ‘yeah I’m cut in two, but I have family that needs me so therefore I’ll be going nowhere any time soon!’
The doctors are at a loss as to why he didn’t just bleed to death and have also put it down to his sheer decision to survive. The sheer audacity of his refusal to give in and fall asleep was remarkable. He had strong reasons. His family.

To me it says that crazy things are possible, so stay strong, refuse to surrender and let good things happen. This is one of those profiles that is pretty tough to beat and therefore gives us mere mortals perspective in our own lives and strength for whatever we may be going through.



Kids Bedrooms – Dream Designs!

Kids-Bedroom-24Oh my word! kids today really have everything don’t they? I would have died and gone to Heaven if my Ma presented me with (could have afforded) a kiddie boudoir like some of these! Both spectacularly imaginative and affordable these days. Would your children love these?

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Babies And Their Pals!

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Cuteness overload in fur and nappies!
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‘We can do this Brutus! If we start now, we should be in Maine by the morning!’blake gimmerBlake Gimmer

‘Hi ho silver!’brett manipoBrett Manipo

‘Hmmm, son, you’d make a very nice starter! But we cool. We cool.’cute-big-dogs-and-babies-2

‘Just me an’ my pal…shootin’ the breeze!’cute-big-dogs-and-babies-5 cute-big-dogs-and-babies-6

‘I luh ya Papi!’cute-big-dogs-and-babies-12 cute-big-dogs-and-babies-13

‘Whaddya see? Waddya see?’

‘I see cats.’cute-big-dogs-and-babies-17

‘I’m worried about you…you don’t look happy!’cute-big-dogs-and-babies-33

‘Me an’ ma pal gon’ ketch a wave dude…’erin vey 3Erin Vey

‘Git offa ma porch!’erin vey copyErin Veylindsey ockerLindsey Ockerlucu terbaru

‘Every got-damn time she gotta do this!’qGiHbU3

‘I luh ya Papi! 211

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10 Year Old Boy Carries Dead Baby Bro To Cremation

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This heart rending photo was taken by Joe O’Donnell. He was sent by the US military to document the horrors inflicted upon the Japanese by air raids and atomic bombs in 1945.

In this photo, the little boy had bought his brother to a cremation spot. He was barefooted and in perhaps trying to play the role of oldest functioning family member left remaining, he was clearly copying the stand-to-attention stance he would have seen amongst the warring uniformed adults.

Joe O’Donnell in his words:

“I saw a boy about ten years old walking by. He was carrying a baby on his back. In those days in Japan, we often saw children playing with their little brothers or sisters on their backs, but this boy was clearly different. I could see that he had come to this place for a serious reason. He was wearing no shoes. His face was hard. The little head was tipped back as if the baby were fast asleep. The boy stood there for five or ten minutes.”

“The men in white masks walked over to him and quietly began to take off the rope that was holding the baby. That is when I saw that the baby was already dead. The men held the body by the hands and feet and placed it on the fire. The boy stood there straight without moving, watching the flames. He was biting his lower lip so hard that it shone with blood. The flame burned low like the sun going down. The boy turned around and walked silently away.”


Let’s have more war at the drop of a hat yeah?