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We can do this together

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

In an effort to blog more, I was reading some news pieces online, and came across this story which I believe impacts everyone.  According to these stats, over 5 million children are forced into slave labor – in brothels, in mines, etc. all over the globe.  We can all make a difference for these children who have no voice.  Please follow         this link and see what you can do to help!  This story has appeared on msn Living, and I want to give credit to them for it.

Poor kids(Carolyn Cole)

Perfect women are flawed, too

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I don’t know about you, but from time to time, I hear the phrase……”Wow!  She sure has it made”!  Does anyone REALLY have it made?  The answer, of course, is no.  We see only what others allow us to see, unless,  you talk about “names” in the news – celebrities, politicans, and the like whose every move is documented by investigative individuals seeking explosive material.

I was struck by an article I recently read online, an excerpt from Mike Brzezinski’s memoir All Things At Once.  You may know Mika if you watch msnbc’s Morning Joe on weekday mornings.  You may recognize the last name – her father was Secretary of State under Bill Clinton.  What you probably don’t know is her private struggle to be the good wife, the good mother, the great newscaster, etc.  This online piece from her book is valuable for all of us who consistently try to do everything. Follow this link to see how striving for perfection took its toll on Mika, and what she learned from this experience.  It really is a good read!  I think I will have to get the book!

Did you know?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Did you know that as many as 10 million American citizens may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD, which is frequently also referenced as ADD ?  And, statistics show that many continue to experience this into adulthood.  I am right there – I also think that most artists are this way.  I find that I continually jump around in what I want to experiment with, what new medium I want to try, what different way of doing things might work for me.  Here is the link to a very interesting article which I found this morning on the health page of msn.  It could surprise you to learn about well known individuals who also have ADHD.

You have to love this!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

A wonderful friend of mine recently emailed this to me.  I think it is well worth posting here!  Enjoy!  :-)  Ginny

Recently in a large city in France a poster featuring a young, thin, and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said, “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym:

To Whom It May Concern,

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins, stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea, and the coral reefs of Polynesia .

Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures

and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don’t exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don’t have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex? Just look at them … where is IT? Therefore, they don’t have kids either. Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me: I want to be a whale.

P..S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece of chocolate with my friends. With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated, and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨

A wonderful opportunity!

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Good morning, and Happy New Year to you all!  I don’t make resolutions, but rather just hopeful thoughts for any given new year.  I say to myself that I will try to be a better person, that I will do more of the necessary but mundane things such as cleaning the house more regularly (AGH!), and that I will try new things.

My wonderful mother had a piece of advice which I wish to pass along to all of you.  When I was a little girl, she told me to do what I enjoyed on New Year’s Day, because that would be what I would be doing all year!  So, I would draw and paint and read!  Sounds exactly like my plan for today   — oh, add in there – eat some chocolate!  Yes!  I hope you all take Mom’s advice and do what you enjoy today!  Have a wonderful New Year, and I will be back blogging soon – not a resolution, but a firm commitment!

Good Morning America on Saturday morning!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The daughter of a very good friend of mine will be featured in a guest spot tomorrow morning.  Here is a portion of my friend Vivian’s note to all of us, which I share with all of you!   This is living proof that one person always has, always can, and always will make a difference!  Bravo, Lori!

Saturday, November 13, 8:00 am (EST)

My daughter, Dr. Lori Pasternak, will be on Good Morning America – Come Work With Me . She is a veterinarian and she has opened a unique veterinary practice in Richmond, Virginia - Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care. Ron Claiborne,  GMA weekend host, is coming to work with her for a day.  They will interview her family, do surgery in the morning, and interview her clients in the afternoon.  It will air on Saturday,  November 13, 8:00 am.

Briefly, her practice is limited to soft tissue surgery and dental care at affordable fees.  The unique feature is that the fees are fixed, no surprises.  Every fee ends in 5, so $5 of every fee goes into a “Good Citizen Fund” for people who can pay partially or who can’t pay at all.  For every $10 used from the fund, the client has to volunteer for 1 hour either for Helping Hands or another animal organization.  It’s a win-win for all.

You can learn more about Helping Hands at the website  From there are links to  Facebook  to see Helping Hands TV spots,  pictures,  hear radio interviews,  even get a tour of the practice by Dr. Lori.

We are very excited about this and wanted to share the good news with you.  Hope you can  watch it.

Isn’t this interesting!

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I was surfing this morning, and found a really interesting article about superfoods which can help you to concentrate on your activities and not feel physically drained!  Yay!  Take a look at this !  And munch on!

It’s good to be a woman here!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

I was reading this online article over the weekend, and thought I would post it.  Have you ever wondered how your lot might be different elsewhere in the world?  Wonder no more!  Have a look at this!

This could change your life!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I have just finished reading an interesting online article about the incidence of breast cancer .  The conclusion was that one-third of all breast cancers could be preventable.  The author pointed out that doctors in no way are blaming women for their breast cancers, but instead, are emphasizing what can be done to reduce the risk.  Please follow this link and take a look.  It could save your life and/or that of someone you know!

Happy is as happy does!

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

It’s the first day of spring!  Where I live, it is bright and sunny with temps in the low 70s by this afternoon!  Yay!  For many of us in the United States, this winter has been brutal, and the idea of warming weather is welcome!

Recently, I came across this article online, and wanted to share it with all of you.  Here are some simple tips for being happier.  For me, happiness is pretty much a matter of choice.  We determine the thoughts which come into our minds.  I know what you are thinking – geez!  This gal is a Polyanna!  No, I am not, but it doesn’t cost any more to have a positive attitude, and in fact, negative thoughts can harm you physically and mentally.  You end up with a compromised immune system, a draggy feeling, etc. etc.  We’ve all been there – so, even though I have some down times, I try to snap out of it and return to the positive.  Here’s hoping you all do as well!  Check out this article on the first day of a new season, and enjoy!