I loved my two rats, and it was heartbreaking when they passed. I would jokingly call those 2 girls Felix and Oscar – one could be a playful slob, while the other was the disciplinarian, protector, and housekeeper. They were rather timid when I first brought them home, but with frequent handling they came to sit on my shoulder or my neck while making a gentle grinding sound to show relaxation and content. They were quite entertaining, bringing moments of joy to the entire family with their antics =).
 May 13, 2015 at 1:26pm
 May 8, 2015 at 1:06am
Just a quick story – I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Carroll Spinney at the end of the 2010 NY Comic Con. He was getting his things together as my siblings and I were passing on the way out of the show floor. My brother recognized him first, and then my sister and I confirmed. Being to nervous to ask myself, I begged my brother to go and ask for a picture, which he calmly did, and Mr. Spinney immediately obliged! When we lined up for the picture, he even happily said “Let me get in the middle” and shuffled to where he wanted to be. Upon my telling him that Big Bird was my favorite Muppet, he said “Thank you very much!” in Big Bird’s voice. Joy!
Meeting him for about a minute and hearing him do the voice brought such joy to us that evening. I can only imagine the magnitude of joy that Joey felt while talking Big Bird, the big guy himself, for about 10 minutes, and what his parents saw in Joey’s face during and after that conversation. Big Bird and Mr. Spinney do indeed have the ability to help sweep those clouds away and make the day a bit sunnier.
 March 24, 2015 at 12:08am
I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that this poor man is experiencing, and what the mother and their daughter might still have to face realizing if they recover. Let’s all pray that this family will somehow be able to live on as best they can, and that there will be happiness someday for them and more life to look forward to.
 January 17, 2015 at 10:47pm
Such a shame – I just read about the filth that murdered her baby by setting the baby on fire. It’s not right that Erica never even got to see her children even though she and her husband did what they needed to do to bring them into this world.
On the good side though, at least it looks like those children have a lot of love and support surrounding them – wishing them much happiness!
 January 17, 2015 at 10:39pm
What a piece of filth that woman is, one very deserving of the death penalty. May she burn when she meets her maker.
...and when she gits-ta HELL.... she won't hafta payfor HEAT!!
 January 14, 2015 at 5:19pm
I believe this to be one of God’s tests for this boy as well as a good swift kick in the rear to get him to choose the better path. For whatever reason, he was meant to be there. I’m glad Officer Foulks is OK and I hope that Jamal makes better choices for himself and others to redeem himself.
What was even sadder was the street preacher. Wonder who was telling him to act in that annoying manner?
 November 5, 2014 at 6:18pm
I was so happy to see this, especially since I didn’t realize she was running – congratulations to Mia Love and her constituents! It’s a good day.
 November 5, 2014 at 6:10pm
YAY!!! GLOAT FEST!!! I wish we could gloat as much here in NYC but at least the overall national turnout was a positive one – definitely not as somber as the 2012 election. May this be the second of many a gloat fest to come =).
 October 25, 2014 at 12:59am
What generous young men Diego and his brother are – I’m sure Ethan will find much happiness in those new friends he’s about to get for Christmas tomorrow! I love how each one of those toys has a story – very creative imagination there. God bless these boys and their families!
 October 12, 2014 at 9:12am
Yuck – whoever put that there is a rotten piece of filth with no class. I have ridden the F train many times to get to school, and I never saw anything like that. I’ll take the rats any day lol!
Because there’s always something to do here and it’s never boring. We have lots of different people (yes, even us conservatives =) ) and many places to go – you could live here your whole life and not see it all. I truly hope you get to actually visit here if you haven’t already done so.
 September 19, 2014 at 9:15am
As terrible it is that a pet dog was killed, it would have been a shame to see that beautiful snake killed. I’ve never seen a blindfold used to keep a snake calm but at least those kids will grow up with an appreciation for another one of God’s stunning and elegant creations.
 September 17, 2014 at 7:36pm
Sweet story! I hope Simba continues to get better – he’s definitely meant to be here =).
September 17, 2014 at 7:31pm
Well done, Malcolm! I hope others who struggle with reading comprehension or reading altogether will see your story and realize that it is possible to get better at it.
September 13, 2014 at 7:39pm
Wow – took me back to watching Good Day NY and the day starting so simply getting ready to go to class later in the morning when I heard my mom saying one of the towers was on fire. Then they said it was a plane but weren’t sure if it was terrorism. While my mom was on the phone with my grandmother or my dad I watched the silhouette of the second plane quickly flying in and slamming into the other tower, realizing I just watched hundreds of people die. Wondering what else was going to happen that day and how was horrifying. Five days later at a little park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn near the old Domino Sugar Factory people were looking across the river toward Ground Zero as little children made a game out of finding candles people had left in the park – finding light in the darkness in a way. As we left 4 firefighters stopped by and we all applauded and thanked them, with one wearing a flag bandana giving my 5’2″ grandmother a big bear hug as she just went up to say hi and shake his hand.
It’s amazing how the world changed in just a couple of hours, and yet for a while people showed patriotism at its finest, even in the simplest ways at times. How sad that too many have forgotten what that day felt like and that more will never understand. I hope it doesn’t take another 9/11-type attack or worse to appreciate the freedoms we have (or should have).
 August 29, 2014 at 1:35am
Agreed – sometimes the seemingly littlest things make the biggest differences.