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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at www.thevertexfighter.blogspot.com.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Firefighter gets a new face transplant/ Syrian refugee hands out free food

Nov. 17 Firefighter gets a new face transplant: This is a heart-warming story on Yahoo:

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday.

The surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The patient, 41-year-old Patrick Hardison, is still undergoing physical therapy at the hospital but plans to return home to Senatobia, Mississippi, in time for Thanksgiving.
The surgery has paved the way for him to regain normal vision, and in an interview last week he said that will let him accomplish a major goal: "I'll start driving again."

                    
LIFEisaGIFT  •  43 minutes ago:                
A walking miracle. There is a reason why you are alive my friend. Tell your story and share with the world what the power of hope and faith can do for a person. You see, many people go through life, unappreciative of the things that they have around them. They let little things in life bother them, without realizing just how lucky they really are. Lucky to be alive and healthy. You sir have an amazing story and truly have the ability to get through to people.


Charlie Sheen: He recently came out and told the public he has HIV.  When I saw the headline on Yahoo, I was sad and felt sorry for him:

That took some guts. On Tuesday morning, Charlie Sheen sat down with Matt Lauer on the Today show to open up about a shocking secret. “I am, in fact, HIV positive,” he confessed right out the gate.

The resident Hollywood bad boy looked healthy and relieved as he spoke about his diagnosis four years ago and what led him to make the announcement now.

“I have to put a stop to this barrage of attacks and sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me that threaten the health of so many others,” he said. “[It] couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

Sheen, now 50, described a horrible series of headaches that led him to a series of tests and, ultimately, the diagnosis. “I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over,” he said. “It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life.”

Sheen, who was once one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, also confessed that he’s been paying people to keep his secret, and the “shakedowns” have been adding up, now “enough to bring it into the millions,” he said. “What people forget is that’s money that they’re taking from my children. I’ve got five kids and a granddaughter, you know?”
 
My opinion: I was never really a fan of his because I don't like sitcoms and didn't watch Two and a Half Men.  I did like him in Scary Movie 3.  That was a light and fun movie.  He will shine a spotlight on HIV and I hope people get tested and practice safe sex.
 
Woman wants to find Tom who helped her:
 
A 27-year-old student who was travelling from Redhill in Surrey, England to London Victoria is trying to find the man who took care of her while she fell ill on a train. 
 
He then left her a note:
 
Eleanor,
 
I hope by the time you read this you are feeling better. You had a seizure on the train and I took you off. You didn’t hit your head but I may have hurt your leg as I walked on it before realizing you were on the floor having a fit! Sorry!
I’m also sorry I can’t stay with you now - but here is a coffee to perk you up later and £10 to make sure you get a taxi home.Sorry I don’t have anymore money so I hope you don’t live far away. I’ve contacted people from your phone and medical help is on its way and you’re with train staff.Wishing you all the best and a quick recovery. 
 
Love Tom.
 
My opinion: Aww... how sweet. 

Nov. 23: I want to add that it's good that Tom was there. One time when I was in the Office Assistant program last year, a young woman collapsed in the middle of the class.  Fortunately there were 30 of us there.  One called 911 immediately and an ambulance came within 10 min. 

She did come to after a few min.
 

Toddler survives after a week alone:

15-month-old girl in Tennessee is on the mend after surviving up to a week trapped in her crib with no food or water, People reports. Brier Ineichen was staying with her grandmother Annette while her mother, Tracy, was in jail. But when Annette didn’t show up for visitation hours, Tracy asked her boyfriend, Anthony Waldo, to check on the little girl, WBIR reports. 

According to WVLT, Waldo didn’t get an answer at Annette’s house on Saturday but could see Brier inside. “Brier was in her crib, and she stood up, heard my voice, and kind of reached out to me,” Waldo says. “I told Tracy, ‘I see Brier,’ and she said, 'Break that door down.’”

My opinion: The kid is fine so that's good.


Nov. 25 Father and son interview: It was a heartwarming interview.  I read about it in the news, but it was really good to see it:

A father and son have the most precious conversation during an interview by french media at the scene of the Bataclan attacks. I saw that it hadn't been subtitl...ed in english yet, so I made a quick edit to show the rest of the world how freakin awesome some of our citizens are. They're my heros. I feel better too now! ‪#‎paris‬ ‪#‎bataclan‬ ‪#‎parisattacks 
UPDATE: Full segment has been posted with subtitles by LPJ
Images and interview are a courtesy of Le Petit Journal . Thank you so much to the LPJ team for this interview and a very touching segment yesterday! Also, thank you for letting this video be accessed by all and not putting it down. Thank you to Angel Le (father) and Brandon (son) for brightening up our day. heart emoticon

Syrian refugee hands out free food: That's sweet.

Kindness goes a long way, and the efforts of one Syrian man ‘paying it forward’ while taking asylum in Germany has the internet abuzz with his compassion and generosity.

This kind soul set up a table with rice, bread, and what appears to be a stew, ready to give to passerby, accompanying a sign which read, “Give Something Back To German People.”


Jean:                                   
Yes we are to help others, that is what is wrong with people, some are selfish, and think about themselves first., Yes that is what Jesus the Saviour said, but, this kind act should be from all, even if they are not Christian. And if some think it is propaganda, perhaps they should open their eyes,, heart, and help.others. Remember there are bad seeds in every ethnic race, religion, and gender, so do not judge, until we look upon yourselves and clean your self up. This world we live in needs people who will help, pray, and not bash, kill, or ridicule So Make a difference.in your life and others :)

Dec. 3 Image Jewelers: I was reading the Edmonton Journal and I saw this ad that this store is closing down:



"Want to hang out with Clooney or Shaq?": I cut out this article by Mesfin Fekadu in the Edmonton Journal on Dec. 1, 2015.  It's about celebrities and charity:

Or walk down the red carpet with Meryl Streep? Perhaps visiting the Game of Thrones set or taking a 'contouring masterclass' with Kim Kardashian are more your thing?
Well, all of the above are possible thanks to U2 front-man Bono.

The rock star is launching an all-star fundraising campaign featuring "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" which can be won after donating at least €11 to his RED organisation, which raises funds to fight AIDS.
The campaign kicks off today and coincides with World AIDS Day.

Bono isn't just the face for the movement: he has agreed to go on a bike ride with one donor - a year after he was seriously injured in a bike accident in New York's Central Park that forced him into surgery.
"I'm not sure that was as funny to my band as it was to me," Bono said.

"But I think we're going to have fun and yeah, we'll go visit the scene of the crime."
Talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel is dedicating his Tuesday late-night show to the campaign.
Other "experiences" include learning the art of contouring with Kim Kardashian or attending a university of Texas football game with Matthew McConaughey,

You could win a portrait painting by James Franco, or a one-day "wellness break" with Snoop Dogg in Colorado.

Meanwhile, Ryan Seacrest has said he will let someone announce the No. 1 song on his radio show.
"When you see how much work Bono does personally to fight AIDS, it's almost embarrassing, it's the least we can do or anyone can do to help," Jimmy Kimmel said.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match every dollar raised up to $20 million (€18.9m).
"It's a big day, World AID Days," Bono said. "It's crucial this year. This is the most crucial year. We can feel people going, 'Oh yeah, that AIDS thing is done now,' and we're like, 'No! It's not!'"


Woman honors man for paying her groceries: Here's an excerpt:

A Canadian woman is honouring a man she only met once because he died a day after paying for her groceries in a California grocery store.

Jamie-Lynne Knighten said she was struggling with her five-month-old son at a grocery store north of San Diego when she tried to use her credit card. But it kept getting declined — there was a hold on it.

It was her Canadian credit card — she had just returned from visiting her family in Barrie, Ont. — and the only one the 28-year-old mother had on her as she forgot her other credit and debit cards at home.
That's when 29-year-old Matthew Jackson stepped up and offered to pay.



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