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I did the most stupid thing exactly one week ago. I forgot to lift with my legs and lifted instead with no brains. The minute I picked up the 500 pounds (well it felt like it was that heavy) basin of a soaking blanket, my brain engaged and warned me that I made a terrible mistake.


Nothing left to do but drop the basin all over the floor and lament that my back was probably broken.

It's not broken, and it still hurts after one week although not as bad, but I'm still lamenting.

I totally empathize with all of you who have back pain - it's really a pain in the butt, too, because it radiates ~ not in the nice way a bride looks ~ but spreads like poison ivy that affects other parts of your body. Why do the butt, legs and sides hurt, too?

The only thing that has kept me from grouching 24/7 - it's down now to about 6/3 - all because of my BFF -- my Metal Reacher.





We have two in storage because a family member had hip surgery and it was supplied to him at the hospital. This is the best gadget I have ever used. I walk around with it constantly  like I'm Edward Scissorshand's sister.

In fact, even more so since I haven't kept up with my grooming either.




But, the important thing is that these things WORK. You don't have to bend down to pick up all the things you drop when you're not walking right. And complaining. And dropping every single thing you touch.

Without straining yourself, they reach things, like cookies on the top shelf to comfort you, or the remote that keeps slipping off the couch while you are resting.

They are also known as 'Reachers and Grabbers' And they are NOT expensive.

More things my BFF reachers and grabbers can do:

  • Put down a toilet seat if you live with a male(s)
  • Pick up strings and fuzz on the carpet
  • Pet your cat (they get used to it)
  • Reach items on the table without asking someone to pass it for you
  • Take things out of a top loading dryer
  • Take things out of the hamper
  • Get your husband's attention by clamping onto his shirt
  • Could be used as a weapon if self-defense is needed
  • Great to put socks on and off

I LOVE these things. So much so that I plan to wear them to church this Sunday.


Marie Coppola © Revised January 2017

 A short while ago, our area had several dogs that were found dead floating in a water area. Their legs were bound with duct tape. A short time later, another one was discovered in the same way, but was fished out while still alive and brought to the shelter.

The dog is expected to make a full recovery, although she is being monitored for brain swelling as well as more damage from abuse. When the dog was initially brought in, the body swelling led shelter officials to believe she was pregnant. Her spleen was removed during surgery and significant bruising indicated severe kicking or beating.

Eventually, leads led to an arrest ~ they were family dogs and not wanted anymore. The community was shocked and outraged; the shelter experienced a high increase in adoptions soon afterwards.

Although this is a hideous and unacceptable account of ending life this way for these animals, IF it happened every day, eventually, we would become desensitized to it. We may even get to the point where we might remark that there were thousands and millions of these animals experiencing this kind of end of life every week all over the world. We may even get to the point where we may consider ridding of our own pets in this way if we did not want our pets any more.

You are surprised at that?   Hasn't it happened with abortions?

Aren't we getting desensitized about how many people have abortions and why they do? Don't we all know people who had abortions? Some have them because they 'didn't want a girl' or 'I can only handle twins, but not triplets'. Some have multiple abortions and use it as a form of birth control.

Where is our shock and outrage over that way to end life? Although they have not pinpointed at what month the fetus feels pain from an abortion, it was uncertain whether a fetus experiences pain during the first trimester of development, when most abortions occur, Recent studies have shown that the fetus most certainly does feel pain by the end the second trimester, when late-term and partial birth abortions are performed. Since general anesthesia is not used in most of these procedures, the fetus most likely feels pain during the procedure .....and I won't go into the procedure; it is horrendous.

The fact that fetuses can feel pain is really quite obvious. Since newborn babies can feel pain, fetuses can feel pain. There is no pain switch which suddenly switches to "on" during the journey through the birth canal. The only question is when do fetuses feel pain? The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act places a fetus' ability to feel pain at 20 weeks from fertilization, about half way through pregnancy. Twenty weeks is a conservative enough estimate that even some prominent abortion supporters have conceded its reliability. By the way, at 20 weeks, the unborn recognizes its mother's voice.

Many pro-life doctors maintain that fetuses can feel pain by 8 weeks after fertilization (about the time most surgical abortions take place). Pro-abortion doctors tend to argue that fetuses don't experience pain until the very end of pregnancy. Whose testimony is more reliable ~~~ those who have a financial in the availability of abortion or those who don't? Ethically speaking, who is going to be less likely to lie, those who believe dismembering living human beings is a legitimate medical practice or those who don't?

A national statistic: 1,600,000 babies are aborted in these United States every year. Per day, that's 4,383; per hour, that's 183; per minute, there are 3.

Are we becoming desensitized to ending life in the womb?  Where is our shock and outrage?

© Marie Coppola August 2012 - some rights reserved

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