Thursday – Story of the Day

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‘Our Apple Tree”

A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it everyday. He climbed to the tree top, ate the apples, and took a nap under the shadow.

Thursday - Story of the Day

He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him. Time went by, the little boy had grown up and he no longer played around the tree every day.

One day, the boy came back to the tree and he looked sad.

“Come and play with me”, the tree asked the boy.

“I am no longer a kid, I do not play around trees any more” the boy replied.

“I want toys. I need money to buy them.”

“Sorry, but I do not have money, but you can pick all my apples and sell them. So, you will have money.”

The boy was so excited. He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left happily. The boy never came back after he picked the apples. The tree was sad.

One day, the boy who now turned into a man returned and the tree was excited.

“Come and play with me” the tree said.

“I do not have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?”

“Sorry, but I do not have any house. But you can chop off my branches to build your house.” So the man cut all the branches of the tree and left happily. The tree was glad to see him happy but the man never came back since then. The tree was again lonely and sad.

One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was delighted.

“Come and play with me!” the tree said.

“I am getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?” said the man.

“Use my trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy.”

So the man cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and never showed up for a long time.

Finally, the man returned after many years. “Sorry, my boy. But I do not have anything for you anymore. No more apples for you”, the tree said. “No problem, I do not have any teeth to bite” the
man replied.

“No more trunk for you to climb on.” “I am too old for that now” the man said. “I really cannot give you anything, the only thing left is my dying roots,” the tree said with tears.

“I do not need much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after all these years,” the man replied.

“Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean on and rest, come sit down with me and rest.” The man sat down and the tree was glad and smiled with tєαяs.

This is a story of everyone. The tree is like our parents. When we were young, we loved to play with our Mum and Dad. When we grow up, we leave them; only come to them when we need something or when we are in trouble. No matter what, parents will always be there and give everything they could just to make you happy.

You may think the boy is cruel to the tree, but that is how all of us treat our parents. We take them for granted; we don’t appreciate all they do for us, until it’s too late.

~ Moral: Treat your parents with loving care…. For you will know their value, when you see their empty chair…We never know the love of our parents for us; till we have become parents .

Source: Shel Silverstein’s book(The Giving Tree)

Wednesday – Inspiring Story of the Day

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Dolphins Help Save Dog from Drowning!

On Marco Island, Florida a group of dolphins came to the aid of a lost Dog that had fallen into a canal and couldn’t get out. The dolphins made so much noise, it attracted the attention of people living nearby, who then rescued the dog. The Dog was believed to have spent 15 hours in the canal water before he was pulled out by fire personnel and reunited with his owner.

Dolphins Help Save Dog from Drowning!

One of the people whose attention was captured by the noisy, demonstrative dolphins said, “They were really putting up a ruckus, almost beaching themselves on the sandbar over there. If it wasn’t for the dolphin, I would have never seen the dog.” (Source: ABC7news) He said also if the dolphins hadn’t persisted enough to get their attention, they dog would have died in the canal. The dog had fallen over the edge of a concrete wall down into the water far enough that it had no chance of getting back up by itself. The dog was exhausted from being in the cold water for hours, and most likely suffering from hypothermia.
Dolphins have been known to sometimes help stranded or injured people as well. In 2007, a pod of dolphins formed a ring around a surfer who was injured and bleeding after being bitten by a Great White shark. The surfer survived because they prevented further bites. No one knows exactly why dolphins have intervened in such emergency situations, and helped save the lives of other species. Suffice to say they are capable of empathy and heroic actions.

Inspiring Story of the Day

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The tigress gave birth to three cubs in a zoo of Thailand. Due to complications during pregnancy, babies are born prematurely and due to their small size, they died shortly after birth. Tigress after that, suddenly started to lose health, although physically she was fine. Veterinarians believe that the loss of her cubs has caused the tigress depression. Veterinary decided put a cubs from another tigress, perhaps, her condition improved.
Unfortunately it turned out that it is impossible to obtain tiger cubs of the right age.
But the genius of the solution was found, it is in the photo!

Inspiring Story of the Day

85th Annual Academy Award (Oscar) Winners List

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85th Annual Academy Award (Oscar) Winners List

1. Best Picture: ‘Argo.’
2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, ‘Lincoln.’
3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’
4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, ‘Django Unchained.’
5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, ‘Les Miserables.’
6. Directing: Ang Lee, ‘Life of Pi.’
7. Foreign Language Film: ‘Amour.’
8. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, ‘Argo.’
9. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, ‘Django Unchained.’
10. Animated Feature Film: ‘Brave.’
11. Production Design: ‘Lincoln.’
12. Cinematography: ‘Life of Pi.’
13. Sound Mixing: ‘Les Miserables.’
14. Sound Editing (tie): ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’
15. Original Score: ‘Life of Pi,’ Mychael Danna.
16. Original Song: ‘Skyfall’ from ‘Skyfall,’ Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.
17. Costume: ‘Anna Karenina.’
18. Documentary Feature: ‘Searching for Sugar Man.’
19. Documentary (short subject): ‘Inocente.’
20. Film Editing: ‘Argo.’
21. Makeup and Hairstyling: ‘Les Miserables.’
22. Animated Short Film: ‘Paperman.’
23. Live Action Short Film: ‘Curfew.’
24. Visual Effects: ‘Life of Pi.’

Oscar winners previously presented this season:
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Jeffrey Katzenberg
Honorary Award: Hal Needham
Honorary Award: DA Pennebaker
Honorary Award: George Stevens Jr
Award of Merit: Cooke Optics