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Inspiring Teen Continues to Pursue Her Love of Dance After Leg Amputation

15-year-old Gabi Shull had cancer. She had the opportunity to receive a revolutionary form of surgery called rotationplasty. In a Youtube video, Shull explains that after the affected knee was removed, “they took my lower leg and foot, twisted it 180 degrees backwards, and attached it to my thigh.” That's right when not in the prosthesis, her foot is actually pointing backwards. This is necessary so she can still use the nerves and muscles in her foot to point.

from eHow

How to Use Healing Crystals

Bismuth is a brittle metal with a white, silver-pink hue, often occurring in its native form with an iridescent oxide tarnish showing many colors from yellow to blue. The spiral stair stepped structure of a bismuth crystal is the result of a higher growth rate around the outside edges than on the inside edges.

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A one ton Eagle model from The Hobbit trilogy that was hung on the ceiling of a…


Deforestation- This landslide in El Salvador in 2001, was caused after severe deforestation weakened the land, so that when an earthquake struck, the landslide alone killed 585 people in one town.


The world's rarest gem is believed to be painite, a gem that most have never even heard of. Rarity does not equate to beauty in gems, however. The painite is an orangish or reddish brown, with the brown tint coming from iron in the crystal. It was first discovered in Burma in the 1950s and was widely considered to be the rarest of all gems, with only two faceted crystals in existence.

from Backdoor Survival

Learn how to shelter in place

Just a little of 10 years ago, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Seattle area. I was at work and SurvivalHusband was at our house in Bellevue. Right before the earthquake hit, my little dog ran up to him and jumped in his arms. Then it hit. Following that event, I learned-up about post earthquake safety and of course, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about being prepared for an earthquake. One of the lessons I learned after the 2001 quake was that if you are safe, stay put. Your very best…


"If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world" C S Lewis [Photo by Datso on Flickr.]


I would be lying if I said there were not times that I was an earthquake contained inside this skin


On giving up on the person you needed the most. | "Oh, how your kingdom will fall ... When you find that your discarded pawn was the queen all along." — Erin Van Vuren


One of the coolest skills I learned while in Girl Scouts was lashing. With some sticks and rope, I can lash together just about anything! And that…