Couple Splits After Death of Their Son. But What He Hears About Her Years Later Changes Everything

As Lisa Hampson and Jim Powell know, sometimes even time and distance can’t put an end to a love that is meant to be.

The pair met when Lisa was only seventeen and Jim was twenty-one.

As Mari Jones reports in the Daily Post, they settled in Llanrwst, Wales, and welcomed son Ryan James in 1993. The couple doted on their handsome young son, but tragedy soon struck the Powell home.

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On December 11, 1995, Ryan James started feeling sick. Lisa remembers that at first, she thought her son was nursing a cold.

“Ryan snuggled up to me like he always did in the mornings, but I noticed his cheeks were flushed and he didn’t want his milk,” she told the Post.

After noticing a few more issues — including some spots on Ryan’s stomach — Lisa decided to take her son to the doctor.

“I really thought they were going to tell me I was worrying about nothing. But, when I got there, the doctor pretty much diagnosed him with meningitis straight away,” she said. “I found myself going in an ambulance to Alder Hey with Ryan, and I broke down.”

Ryan James passed away a few hours later. Though they were there for each other after the death of their son, after a few years Jim and Lisa began to drift apart.

“I tried to get on with my life as best as I could. I started running half marathons for meningitis charities and raised thousands,” Lisa told the Post. “Jim moved away and got on with his life, but I always kept in touch with his mother.”

In 2014, Lisa was the victim of a major stroke.

It had been sixteen years since he had last seen his ex-wife, but as soon as Jim learned about Lisa’s stroke from his mother, he went to the hospital to visit her.

“After his first visit, Jim told me that he loved me, he has always loved me and will always love me,” Lisa remembers.

In all the years since they’d been apart, neither Jim nor Lisa had any long-term relationships or other children. Jim visited Lisa every weekend and was there for her rehabilitation. Several months later, Lisa took a pregnancy test, thinking that she was late because of the stroke. Instead she found out that she and Jim were going to have another child.

The news was a wonderful surprise. Lisa couldn’t believe that she could be pregnant again past age 40 and after a stroke. Their son, Oisin Ryan, was born on September 2, 2015.

“[W]hen the nurse first passed him to me, I thought at first it was Ryan. They looked so alike,” Lisa said. “We are so lucky.”

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Weekend in Wisconsin schedules for Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Donald Trump.

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We are coming up on the weekend before what’s going to be a pretty critical election in Wisconsin. How are the candidates spending it? Let’s take a look:

  • Ted Cruz: Ted Cruz has a couple of events tomorrow and has formally scheduled a couple more GOTV/infrastructure events for his Wisconsin campaign staff. The Senator is also hosting a showing Saturday for God’s Not Dead 2. Looks like Cruz is concentrating on the state.
  • John Kasich: John Kasich is likewise campaigning in Wisconsin Friday… then moving onward to Pennsylvania and New York before the Wisconsin primary Tuesday. This suggests that Kasich is not going to be concentrating on the state. Although, to be fair: the polling is not suggesting that Wisconsin is fertile ground for Kasich.
  • Donald Trump: Donald Trump is apparently taking the next two days off. He has a town hall on Saturday, and that’s it. Now, you might very well think that a part of this is due to the need for Trump to get the taste of shoe polish out of his mouth – but I couldn’t possibly comment.

All in all, I think that it’s fair to say that all three candidates are sticking to strategies that work for them in Wisconsin.  Which is to say: Ted Cruz is working to win the state.  John Kasich is already cutting his losses and decamped to legitimately greener pastures for him.  And Donald Trump… is minimizing his footprint.  Which, given how many rakes Trump has already stepped on in Wisconsin, is probably the smartest thing that he could do.

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15 Signs Your Daddy Was a Conservative

Sometimes it’s not until way later that people discover the political bent of their parents. In an effort to let kids to discover their own political beliefs some parents never proselytize.

That’s not usually a problem for a conservative dad. But in case you’re in the dark, here are 15 signs your Daddy is or was a conservative:

1. It’s second nature to remove your cap and put your hand over your heart when ‘The National Anthem’ is played:

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2. Kurt Busch is his spirit animal:

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3. He tears up during NRA commercials:

4. Trips to Chick-fil-A on Saturday because it’s closed after church Sunday:

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5. He hearts ‘The Nuge’:

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6. When someone mentions tea this is what flits through your mind (Bonus points if you know what it’s called):

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7. This is how you get money for the movies:

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8. You recall that your old “explicit” CDs simply … disappeared:

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9. He remembers Ronald Reagan’s Birthday:

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10. He works, and taught you the value of it:

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11. Has this within arm’s reach at all times:

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12. He knows what, “The Speech” is:

13. He taught you how to ‘fish’:

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14. You can finish this sentence, “Freedom is …”

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15. And he remembers Reagan’s admonition:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

So, that’s why you probably knew your Daddy was a conservative all along.

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POLL SHOCK. How Republicans Fare Against Clinton In Wisconsin Will Surprise You

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, speaks, as Republican presidential candidates, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, and businessman Donald Trump, left, listen, during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami,  Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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My colleague, Leon Wolf, posted earlier today on the new Marquette University poll that shows Ted Cruz rapidly pulling away from Donald Trump in Wisconsin. Perhaps the most interesting part of the poll was buried in the cross tabs. The respondents were 54% Democrats and 46% Republicans. I don’t know if that is an accurate mix, as there are no independents in the pool, I’m guessing not, but for our purposes the accuracy isn’t all that important.

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Pretty amazing. Ted Cruz is running even with Hillary Clinton is a Blue/Purple state like Wisconsin. Kasich does better than Cruz but not so much better as to support his narrative, his Unique Selling Proposition, that he, alone, can beat Hillary outside traditional GOP areas.

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And Donald Trump, America’s animated hairball, gets beaten like a rented mule. This is very much in line with the RCP national head-to-head average that has Clinton beating Trump by 50-38.

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The Cruz and Kasich polls are also very similar to the Wisconsin polls.

This shows what is becoming abundantly clear with every passing day. Donald Trump is a terrible candidate who will not be able to beat even Hillary Clinton in an election.

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After Fight on Vacation Husband & Wife Agree to Go Home. Convinced He Left She Does the Unthinkable.

Though the subject of the disagreement between Susan and Michael Brown is still unknown, what happened next may qualify it as one of the world’s all-time marital fights.

As Metro reports, the British couple was only a few days shy of the end of a 32-day tour of the West Indies when their cruise ship stopped in Madeira, off the coast of Portugal.

With four days left on their journey, retirees Susan and Michael reportedly had a scorching argument and agreed to disembark and get a flight home.

What happened next is somewhat unclear. Though it is known that the Browns spent several hours ashore, even attending a church service on Saturday evening, at some point that night, the 65-year-old Susan apparently became convinced that Michael had re-boarded the ship and angrily dove into the ocean to swim after it.

According to the Daily Mail, various eyewitness stories have made it difficult to know for certain how long Susan swam after the cruise ship, but she was finally rescued, exhausted and near drowning, about a third of a mile from land.

It was around midnight when three fishermen saw Brown and came to the rescue.

“She was barely conscious – she’s lucky to be alive – I don’t think she would have lasted another 30 minutes,” Marildo Freitas told the Daily Mail. “She just said thank God, oh thank God when we found her – she was so cold she could hardly say anything, we just wrapped her up and phoned for help.”

At that point, Brown may have been in the water as long as four hours and was suffering from hypothermia. The fishermen say that her purse may have helped save her, as it was filled with air and acting as a buoyancy aid.

Husband Michael Brown had not, in fact, been on the ship, but had boarded the plane and flown home alone. Authorities say that Susan Brown is still not sufficiently recovered to give a clear account of what happened that evening. Her husband has yet to comment on the incident.

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Anderson Cooper’s 92-Year-Old Mother Shocks Him by Revealing a Surprising Sexual Encounter

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and his mother, noted heiress and artist Gloria Vanderbilt, are close.

As a matter of fact, they recently co-authored a book, which is the subject of an upcoming documentary.

However, the 92-year-old Vanderbilt still knows how to surprise her son.

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Image Credit: Getty / Dimitrios Kambouris

The duo recently gave an interview to People and she revealed that she was once in a lesbian relationship:

“I went through a brief so-called lesbian relationship with a girl in school,” she said.

“We had this sort of lesbian relationship and it felt so great. It felt so good and yet I thought, ‘There’s something about this.’”

“I thought, ‘No, this is something that’s not really what I want.’

It was very brief.”

Cooper was shocked:

“What? Hello,” he said. “This is news to me.

You didn’t mention this in the book, mom.”

Vanderbilt further revealed that she was just 13 at the time of the brief fling.

Anderson Cooper’s and Gloria Vanderbilt’s documentary is called “Nothing Left Unsaid.”

It will air April 9th on HBO.

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Former Strategists Speak Out About Trump’s Claims

Addressing Donald Trump’s assertions that they have acted more irresponsibly and in more physically aggressive ways than his own pocket-sized campaign manager, Karl Rove, David Axelrod, and David Plouffe are pointing out the absurdities.

The responses come after a particularly tense exchange between Trump and the hosts of Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”

Trump, in defending the indefensible, made the claims about Rove, Axelrod, and Plouffe:

“OK and you don’t know that they didn’t do it, because I guarantee you they did, probably did stuff that was more physical than this,” Trump replied. “More physical, because this is not even physical. And frankly, she shouldn’t have her hands on me. Nobody says that. But she shouldn’t have her hands on me.”

As the perpetual victim and delicate flower of the GOP, Trump has shown himself to be particularly incapable of handling attacks from women, whether it be mean questions from Megyn Kelly or a brush of the hand by Michelle Fields. In his eyes, an ink pen becomes a potential bomb or at least a knife, therefore, Lewandowski was a brave little man to take the actions that he did against Fields.

Meanwhile, Karl Rove, former chief strategist for President George W. Bush and a physically intimidating figure, said of Trump’s claims:

“Of course, I never manhandled a reporter or anyone else and Mr. Trump should not imply I did. Making wild allegations is what he does to deflect attention from his own problems.”

But then wild deflections are part and parcel of the entire Trump Traveling Freak Show.

David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager offered:

“Successful Presidential campaign managers – from Bobby Kennedy to Lee Atwater – shape the press, they don’t physically shake them and they manage the chaos, not create it.”

While the sane and rational world looks on in horror, wondering how such an inept, boorish, and narcissistic man could possibly be in the running to lead our nation, David Axelrod tweeted out the sad realities of this silly season:

“As with most episodes involving @realDonaldTrump, his defense of his manager probably will thrill core backers and trouble everyone else.”

His attacks on women, particularly against Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, seem to be having a damaging effect on his poll numbers. We will all have to wait a bit longer to see if anything resembling sanity can be pulled from the wreckage, by the time he’s done.

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Trump’s Campaign Manager Whips Out a Ted Cruz Comparison That’s Gonna Light Twitter on Fire

During Tuesday’s CNN Republican town hall, GOP delegate frontrunner Donald Trump reiterated his long-held belief that rival candidate Ted Cruz was the one who first attacked his wife Melania, leading to a days-long smear campaign involving the two women.

He was so adamant, in fact, that moderator Anderson Cooper even accused him of acting like a five year old.

Yet just hours earlier, Trump’s (legally embattled) campaign manager sang quite a different story about the origin of the fight.

Corey Lewandowski was discussing the ongoing scandal when he told Virginia-based radio host John Fredericks:

“For the Cruz campaign to equate that Roger Stone is part of this campaign is akin to us saying the super PAC that put out the pictures of Melania Trump is part of their campaign.

Now, they can deny that, and they can say that they have no communication, but the two are exactly equal. …

But the bottom line is Roger Stone is as much tied to this campaign as the super PAC that leaked that is tied to the Cruz campaign.”

Understanding Lewandowski’s quote requires a basic working knowledge of the fight between the two campaigns.

It all started nearly two weeks ago, when an anti-Trump super PAC that is not affiliated with Cruz used a nude photo of Melania from a 2000 GQ modeling shoot as part of a Facebook ad.

Rather than attack the group responsible, however, Trump went after Cruz with the following tweet:

Within the next few days, several more attacks were made, including a retweet by Trump that included this less-than-flattering photo of Heidi Cruz.

It all hit a peak, however, last Thursday when the National Enquirer ran a story accusing the Texas senator of having several extramarital affairs while married to wife Heidi.

Cruz’s team believes Trump used former Trump aide Roger Stone to plant the story, as he is the only person cited by name in the article, telling supporters at a campaign event in Wisconsin on Friday:

“I would note that Mr. Stone is a man who has 50 years of dirty tricks behind him. He’s a man whom a term was coined for copulating with a rodent.

Well let me be clear, Donald Trump may be a rat but I have no desire to copulate with him. And this garbage does not belong in politics.”

Nonetheless, Trump’s campaign has denied playing any role in the story’s publication – or that Trump and Stone worked together to plant the article.

Lewandowski even added in his interview with Fredericks that the longtime GOP operative is “an independent individual who has no relationship with the campaign.”

“For them to intimate otherwise is completely inaccurate and it’s a narrative that they want to continue to perpetuate,” he said.

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