Kirk Douglas, 101, and Anne Buydens, 99, are still inseparable after 64 years of happy marriage

Kirk Douglas is a name we’re all familiar with. For those of us (who are a certain age) we grew up watching his movies. His career spans decades and his talents stretch to producer, director and author with ten novels and memoirs to his name.

He’s been awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement and Presidential Medal of Freedom and at the ripe old age of 101 years old he also has something else to be thankful for — the love of a good woman.

Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne Buydens have been married for 64 years and have a combined age of 200. They’ve been through a lot together and to this day are still inseparable.

The Spartacus and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea star met his second wife producerAnne Buydens in Paris while acting on location for Lust for Life.

They have two sons together but unfortunately one of their sons passed away in 2004.

The two can be seen in their wheelchairs, looking adorable side-by-side, being pushed by their carers while enjoying a sunny LA day.

The couple have been involved in numerous volunteer and philanthropic activities, traveling to more than 40 countries, at their own expense, to act as goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Information Agency, speaking to audiences about why democracy works and what freedom means.

After suffering a stroke in 1996, Kirk went on to write about his experience in his book “My Stroke of Luck” to help others. He even writes blogs from time to time and is believed to be the oldest celebrity blogger in the world.

In an interview with British TV host Lorraine Kelly, Kirk’s son Michael Douglas said his father looks after himself: “He still has a trainer. He works out with a trainer at 101.”

“I remember when Dad was 90 and he had a guy that he worked out with for more than 30 years, 40 years, Mike Abrams”.

“I went to see Dad one day, he was 90 and wasn’t feeling so good. I said, ‘Dad, what’s wrong? You don’t look good.’ He said, ‘Ah, Mike died.’ I said, ‘Ah Dad I’m so sorry, Mike died? How old was Mike, Dad?’ ‘94.’”

Kirk and Anne are rarely seen apart and are said to be already planning a celebration for Kirk’s 102nd birthday in December.

It’s so wonderful to see a celebrity couple stand the test of time and look so happy together after all these years.

Please share this wonderful story of enduring love with your friends and family.

 

 

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I Really Don’t Want Much For Christma

I really don’t want much for Christmas
Maybe just peace and while you’re listening
It couldn’t hurt and might be nice
If what the season brings could last beyond one silent night

I really don’t want much for Christmas
No, hunger’s high upon my wish list
No fancy toys, please give instead
A roof above each homeless child’s head

It’s all so grand and jolly
We deck the halls with boughs of holly
Yuletide carols and cozy fires
But somewhere there’s no rejoicing

I really don’t want much for Christmas
You could lose hate and I’d be blissful

Make all the madness disappear
That’s it for what I wish
No diamond-studded gifts
I really don’t want much this year but love

I don’t want much for Christmas
You could lose hate and I’d be blissful
Make all the madness disappear
That’s it for what I wish

No diamond-studded gifts
I really don’t want much this year but love

This song is by Chris Botti, features Eric Benét and appears on the album December

(2006).

Chris Botti Christopher Stephen “Chris” Botti (/ˈboʊti/BOH-tee; born October 12, 1962), is an American trumpeter and composer. In 2007, Botti was nominated for two Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album. On December 4, 2009, he was nominated for three more Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Long Form Music Video. Three of his albums have reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.

 

City Reeling As Fox News Meteorologist Tragically Passes Away After Suic!de

Millions of Americans tune in to morning shows around the country to get their news, see their favorite personalities, and of course, check the weather.

That means that we make connections with the people we see on the screens every morning. They are a part of our routine and our lives.

Thousands of people in Detroit were shocked this morning when they woke up and got tragic news. Their long time meteorologist, Jessica Starr, had passed away suddenly. The tragedy deepened when it was revealed the young mother had taken her own life.

“Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life,” an online statement read. “All of us here at FOX 2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us. Her family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief.”

Starr had been with Fox 2 Detroit since 2012, quickly becoming a trusted on-air personality. She earned 2 meteorology degrees from Michigan State University and Mississippi State University.

If you or someone you know is feeling depressed or having thoughts of self-harm, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text 741-741. They provide free, confidential emotional support 24 hours a day.

Starr had recently undergone Lasik eye surgery and had missed several weeks from work as she continued to heal. Her final post on Twitter and Facebook addresses her healing, but serves as a heartbreaking final message.

Hundreds of comments have come flooding in on those posts, many expressing shock and sadness.

Starr was a brilliantly talented professional and a loving mother. We will never know the full reason why she took her life, but we can offer her family our sincerest prayers in this difficult time.

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Susan Boyle joins choir to sing Christmas classic – sends chills through the crowd

Brace yourselves, Christmas songs are coming.

If you haven’t already heard one this year then your time will come soon enough. Tis’ the season to be jolly, after all, and nothing says Christmas quite like a festive tune.

One you probably haven’t heard yet (and you really should) is Susan Boyle‘s rendition of the classic “Away In A Manger”, coming from her second album “The Gift” …

You may remember Susan Boyle from her now famous first audition on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2008. Then a middle-aged woman no one had ever heard of, Boyle stunned judges and audiences alike with her powerful vocals. She hasn’t stopped since.

Nor does it seem like she has any intention of putting the brakes on an impressive career. The 57-year-old certainly has a gift when it comes to singing, and she credits religion has having given her a direction in life.

Speaking to Christian Post, she said: “My faith is incredibly important to me on every level. It gets me through those moments of self-doubt and also allows me to understand that this gift of my career, later in life, is from a higher power. Religion is very important to me and I still attend church services regularly.

“As a young child, I went with my family to church and sang in the choir. I find that my religion gives me a direction in life and brings great happiness. ”

In the video in question, Boyle can be seen standing before a large crowd at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. With help from an all-children’s choir, she delivers yet another rousing performance worthy of remembrance. Even if you’re not a massive fan of Christmas music, you’ll want to check this one out.

Watch Susan Boyle’s stunning performance in the video below:

I can’t be the only one who thinks this is worthy of spreading around?

If you’ve got the Christmas spirit, and enjoyed Susan’s performance, share this article on Facebook so others can enjoy it!

Landlord Gathers Up Mess Left Behind by Former Tenants, Dumps in Front of Their New Home

When renting out an apartment or home, you never know what type of tenants you will get. There are usually rules put in place with the number of people, pets and more. But what happens if they break these rules, stop paying the rent, and leave a big mess? For owner Thomas Ravaux, he treats others as he is treated.

The property in Rozoy-sur-Serre in Aisne, France had a family that simply didn’t take care of the place. They hadn’t paid their rent for 14 months and after moving out, they left behind furniture, clothes, trash, pet waste and more.

his upset the French landlord very much. He had to get all of the items and trash out of the apartment, clean it and make tremendous repairs to make it available to rent to the next tenant.

Once it was cleaned up, all the items still sat in the dumpster. He figured they should go to their rightful owner. With that in mind, he decided to have the truck go to the new residence of the family. He guided the truck and had the items all dumped out on their property.

This was a big pile of mess that would need plenty of clean up. The footage of the dump was posted on social media along with pictures of how the family left things.

“Shame on you. This is how this flat was returned to me. Living like that with three kids, bravo. Shame on you,” the post read.

He also added to the end of the post, “Good luck to your new landlord,” as he bid them a fond farewell.

One thing is for certain, after this went viral, you don’t want to mess with a landlord who has a dump truck and a quick mind for revenge.

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Challenge: Can you find the hidden face in the picture?

At work, you do your best the whole day, no matter what your job is. A high level of concentration means that you can get quite drained after a workday.

The best thing to do when you get home is to relax and heal your mind. There are different ways to exercise the brain, keeping it healthy and ready to start again the next day, my favorite are brainteasers.

I’ve always enjoyed crosswords and sudoku, but lately, I like doing a new type of puzzle, which is about finding a specific detail in a picture.

These kinds of challenges are called optical illusions, or picture puzzles, and have been around for a long time, but it’s only recently that I started doing them. To solve them, you must find a certain pattern, object or something else that stands out in a particular picture.

Will need full focus

To find small details, it‘s vital to focus all your senses —  you need to concentrate to the maximum.

You only have 15 seconds, for a more interesting challenge, this adds fun and lets you develop your competitive instinct.

Here is the picture, the challenge lies in finding a face among the stones in the picture. Can you do it?


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It’s clever, but it makes you struggle! Did you find it? Congratulations, otherwise the answer will be below.


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There’s the face, well hidden, I must say!

Do you see the hidden woman?

Okay, there’s one more, a small bonus, and this one is even harder than the first one so now you really need to focus. Remember, you only have 15 seconds — in the next picture, can you find the hidden woman?


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Did you find her? She is very skilled when it comes to blending with the background. If you can’t see her, check the answer below.


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There! You can see her leg and knee. This was really hard so congratulations if you found it on your own.

Did you manage to do at least one of the puzzles? Then click that share button, so you can challenge your friends!

2 boys shovel snow on driveway: then dad spots the man behind them

Christmas is that time of year that tends to be accompanied by a surplus of warmth, compassion and community offerings.

When father Daniel Medina from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, caught sight of something odd one cold, winter evening, he felt compelled to share the incident on Facebook — and his story has since gone viral.

Daniel Medina and his two sons, aged 6 and 10, were on the road in their neighborhood one day when his boys suddenly asked him to stop the car.

At first, Daniel was confused. It was very snowy out and ice-cold, what could they possibly want?

Then Daniel caught sight of the man on the sidewalk.

It was clear that the boys had spotted him, too. The man was wheelchair-bound… yet shovelling snow away.

Anyone who has ever shovelled snow knows just how difficult, tedious and exhausting it can be. Now imagine doing it from a wheelchair. The man certainly appeared to be struggling as he tried to shovel away heavy heaps of snow.

Daniel’s boys, just 6 and 10, had the immediate instinct to help — entirely of their own initiative. The dad obliged — and soon they’d all grabbed shovels and were helping the wheelchair-bound man.

Daniel couldn’t have been prouder. Despite their fatigue and freezing cold temperatures, they insisted to help the stranger that was struggling on the street.

They knew how much faster and how much easier it would be if they gave him an extra hand, and so they did… until the job was done!

It’s not everyone who has the reflex to help people in need, yet these young boys didn’t hesitate to offer a helping hand.

Daniel later described the incident on Facebook, and his post received tens of thousands of reactions and tributes to the young boys.

Many people have a picture that today’s youth are spoiled and self-centered brats, and perhaps that’s just why this image has spread like wildfire online.

This story certainly reignited my hope in humanity — share to also pay tribute to these young boys’ wonderful act of compassion!

Gary Sinise just flew 1,000 children of fallen U.S. soldiers to Disney World

Actor Gary Sinise seems like an all round nice guy. He’s a great actor, always friendly in interviews and, it turns out, extremely charitable.

Don’t believe us? Well, more than 1,700 Gold Star family members were recently treated to trip to Disney World courtesy of a program ran by the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Dubbed the “Snowball Express”, the trip saw the children and spouses of fallen soldiers loaded onto 15 airplanes and jetted off to an all-expenses paid five-day vacation in Orlando, Florida …

The families were given their own sendoff at the airport in Chicago, with supporters cheering them on dressed in festive gear.

At L.A., meanwhile, the children were greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrived by helicopter and gave the children gifts and photo opportunities.

It was at Nashville that the travelling party were afforded perhaps the biggest fanfare, though. The airport itself came to a standstill, with the crowd treated to a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Speaking about the event, Sinise told KCAL9: “Each one of these children who are going on these airplanes have lost a parent in military services—either combat related or illness or unfortunately suicide sometimes. We wanna take care of these kids and make sure they know we don’t forget.”

One Facebook user, Jen Tringale, uploaded a video to social media capturing the scene.

“Most every person standing around, myself included was bawling at the sight of these kids and spouses who have paid so great a price for our country. To see all of this at Christmas time was so humbling,” Tringale added to her post.

The Gary Sinise Foundation took over Snowball Express in 2017, but the actor has supported the program for a good many years.

Now 63-years-old, Sinise has long been a campaigner for rights pertaining to veterans. He’s volunteered for USO tours, helped to build homes for wounded veterans and continues to be vocal on his support.

“A tremendous spirit of volunteerism and giving back to our special Snowball families of the fallen. It’s been a great year. More to come in 2019. We Remember,” Sinise wrote on Twitter.

What a truly great man Gary Sinise is!

If you support the troops, and want to pay tribute to Sinise’s actions, share this article on Facebook!

DAD TRAPPED UNDER CAR, CRUSHING HIS CHEST. BUT THEN 8-YEAR-OLD SON SAYS ‘ANGELS’ GAVE HIM STRENGTH!A young boy is being praised for his quick thinking after saving his father’s life when a car fell on top of him. It all began when Stephen Parker and his two sons, Mason and J.T., began working on a car in their backyard. The car had been so heavy that both Stephen and Mason (then 17 years old) needed to work together to jack it up. After a few minutes of work, Mason cut himself and went inside the house, leaving J.T., then just 8 years old, outside. Stephen remained underneath the car, attempting to fix the car’s axle. Suddenly, the jack gave out, and the car fell. Stephen was pinned underneath, unable to breathe. “I was totally trapped,” he recalled. J.T. was on the other side of the car, unable to see his father. Stephen explained, “I didn’t know if I should yell out to him because I didn’t want him to feel the pressure if he couldn’t jack it up. I didn’t want him to think it was his fault if I died.” At the brink of consciousness, however, Stephen finally called out to his son. J.T. immediately realized the severity of the situation. The rest, Stephen said, is a blank. “I wasn’t there anymore because I had this nice calm peaceful feeling.” Despite weighing only 50 pounds at the time, he lifted the car in a matter of minutes. “It was scary, and I didn’t think that I could jack the car up, but I just kept on trying,” he later said. When asked to repeat the feat today, however, he simply cannot do it. He believes angels helped him in his moment of need. Stephen is also convinced a higher power was at work that day. Reflecting on the experience, he said, “It made me realize that we are not alone. There is a higher power taking care of us and watching over us.”

A young boy is being praised for his quick thinking after saving his father’s life when a car fell on top of him. It all began when Stephen Parker and his two sons, Mason and J.T., began working on a car in their backyard.

The car had been so heavy that both Stephen and Mason (then 17 years old) needed to work together to jack it up. After a few minutes of work, Mason cut himself and went inside the house, leaving J.T., then just 8 years old, outside.

Stephen remained underneath the car, attempting to fix the car’s axle. Suddenly, the jack gave out, and the car fell. Stephen was pinned underneath, unable to breathe. “I was totally trapped,” he recalled. J.T. was on the other side of the car, unable to see his father. Stephen explained, “I didn’t know if I should yell out to him because I didn’t want him to feel the pressure if he couldn’t jack it up. I didn’t want him to think it was his fault if I died.”

At the brink of consciousness, however, Stephen finally called out to his son. J.T. immediately realized the severity of the situation. The rest, Stephen said, is a blank. “I wasn’t there anymore because I had this nice calm peaceful feeling.”

Despite weighing only 50 pounds at the time, he lifted the car in a matter of minutes. “It was scary, and I didn’t think that I could jack the car up, but I just kept on trying,” he later said. When asked to repeat the feat today, however, he simply cannot do it. He believes angels helped him in his moment of need.

Stephen is also convinced a higher power was at work that day. Reflecting on the experience, he said, “It made me realize that we are not alone. There is a higher power taking care of us and watching over us.”

 

Mother desperately seeks transplant as her infant daughter lies dying – help us send prayers and love

Traditionally, Christmas has always been seen as a time for miracles.

So it is that one desperate mom has taken to social media in the hopes of finding one for her little girl, Aurora ‘Rori’ Shane.

The 1-year-old has spent much of her life in hospital since being born in July of last year, and suffers from a congenital heart defect that leaves her future extremely bleak.

Her only hope lies in a heart transplant, though finding one small enough to fit her tiny body has proven to be a huge obstacle …

The search for a new heart

A post on the Hope for Rori Facebook page explains: “Because of her size she has not received many offers. Blood type and weight are a key factor, a donor who weighs 20-50 pounds is needed and her blood type is A+.”

Mom Jennifer Shane knows that sharing on social media is something of a long shot, but she’s heard firsthand of stories wherein spreading awareness can result in success. Just earlier this month did we relay the story of Susie Rabaca, the cancer sick mom pregnant with twins who was able to find a bone-marrow donor after a plea for help on social media.

It’s Jennifer’s hope that, like in the case of Susie, the right person might see her request for help if the story goes viral.

Currently, the family is in Louisville, Kentucky, with Rori in the Norton Children’s Hospital

Unfortunately, time really is of the essence. As of December 1, Rori has been on the transplant waiting list for 200 days. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover medical bills and expenses, but at this point the family are praying for a miracle.

All our thoughts and prayers go out to little Rori and her family.

Please help us by sharing this article on Facebook. With enough shares, we can raise the chances of finding the match Rori needs.