It wasn’t all bad
At age 103, Ruth Kundsin thinks she’s cracked the secret to a long life. “You’ve got to have something to look forward to,” said the former microbiologist. One of those things is her weekly workout with a trainer at the YMCA in Quincy, Mass. Kundsin—who is currently writing her sixth book, about her life in science—warms up with a half-mile walk on a treadmill and 2 miles on an elliptical bike. She then moves on to strength training, which includes pressing 150 pounds with one leg. “She’s stronger than she looks,” said trainer Dick Raymond.
Two months after the De Angelis family’s beloved dog, Dopey, went missing, they decided they were finally ready to welcome a new pet into their lives. The family went to a Humane Society event at PetSmart in Jacksonville, Fla., to adopt a kitten. But while in line, dad Robert and his 5-year-old daughter, Athena, spotted a familiar-looking brown-and-white dog being leashed for a walk by a Humane Society worker. “That’s my Dopey!” cried De Angelis. Recognizing his voice, the dog ran over and showered them with slobbery kisses, and they took him home. “He is a part of our family,” said De Angelis. “He ain’t really just a dog, he’s one of our children.”
Four teens were surfing off the Northern California coast when they saw a pair of heads bobbing in the freezing cold ocean, arms flailing. We “looked at each other and knew these guys were about to drown,” said Narayan Weibel, 16. He and Spenser Stratton, 16, and Taj Ortiz-Beck, 15, powered over to the floundering swimmers, while Adrian York, 16, rushed to shore to get a bystander to call 911. The friends brought the struggling 15- and 20-year-old swimmers to shore on their surfboards, almost certainly saving their lives. “If it were me out there in trouble,” said Stratton, “I know that somebody else would have done the same.”
Reuters, The Jacksonville Humane Society ■