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· The book is based in Britain.
· The book was written in the 1930s.
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When I was 12 I discovered a great book in the library that I have never forgotten.
Mr. God, This Is Anna written by a British guy named Fynn and set in his country, is about a little girl who touches the life of a single boarder with her insight into spiritual matters.

I never bought the book but tried to find it last year and was told it was out of print. After some more digging I found it online and someone bought it for me for Christmas last year much to my delight.

I loaned it to a friend of mine a year ago almost and she recently told me she didn't understand it.

I think it's a cultural thing.

Written in the 1930s it now sells for $6.50 on Amazon.

At the time it was published the Los Angeles Times called it "haunting" and that "It swells in the mind."

The first sentence of the book states that the difference from a person and an angel is easy.

The author of the book, only known by his first name, knew the character of Anna for three and a half years.

There are phrases in the book such as "nighttime people," "railway wall," "mirror book," and "raisin pudding."

I always had a problem with God but in this book I was able to actually imagine a Higher Power who maybe cared about me.

It was this gentle introduction by way of a five-year-old in the book that helped bridge that gap.

And yet, I would not call it a religious book but a spiritual one, free of dogma and rhetoric.

It's perfect for someone like me.

"The minute I encountered this wonderful little book it became a favorite, "said Frank Silfies.
"To the little girl (in the book) an important answer that is the answer to a lot of questions, the more questions the more important the answer," said Andrius Kulikauskas.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

American Lung Association Fights Asthma

American Lung Association fights asthma


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Hundreds of local chapters hold Asthma walks each year to raise money for research and education.

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The American Lung Association is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, with associations around the country. In their efforts to fight lung disease, the American Lung Association regularly conducts asthma walks, hosts Christmas seals programs, takes names online for their interactive Wall of Remembrance, and features a vehicle donation program among other fundraising activities


GlaxoSmithKline and the American Lung Association are currently working together to promote asthma awareness with their Breathe Easier campaign. Glaxo has provided the Association with wristbands at no cost and will match the first $250,000 raised through the campaign. The American Lung Association also has an online club for kids with asthma called Asthma Busters and every July a Bike For Breath in San Francisco, CA is held as well as a Respiratory Rally in California, and Camp for Super Kids in Iowa. Asthma camps are also held in KY, CA, and TX among other areas.


Newest on a long list of American Lung Association chapters who conduct asthma walks, the McAllen/Rio Grande Valley, Texas office will hold their first "Blow The Whistle on Asthma" Walk Oct. 22nd.


The event, beginning at 2nd Street and Hackberry on the Hike and Bike Trail in McAllen at 9:30 a.m., will award three grand prizes. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial High School with opening ceremonies beginning at 9:15 a.m. for the three-mile walk.


Hundreds are expected to walk in this year's event, according to Kylie Hood, Rio Grande Valley manager for the American Lung Association. More than 50,000 adults and children in the Rio Grande Valley suffer from asthma, according to a press release written by Hood on Aug. 12th.


"The mission of the American Lung Association is to fight lung disease and promote lung health for all Texans," said Hood. "Funds raised by the Rio Grande Valley 'Blow The Whistle On Asthma' Walk will be used to carry out this mission through educational programs, support groups, and camps for children with asthma here in the Rio Grande Valley area.


Corporate, school, club, and organization teams as well as individual walkers will participate, collecting donations for the Association. Ages three and under walk free, ages 4-12 must collect at least $25, and ages 13 and up, $50.00.


All walkers will receive a walk whistle and a light breakfast before the walk and each walker who collects $100 or more will receive an official "Blow The Whistle On Asthma" T-shirt.


For every $100 raised, individuals will receive one entry into a drawing to win one of three grand prizes. Prizes including a TV/VCR and South Padre Island beach trips will be awarded to teams raising the most money for the American Lung Association.


The American Lung Association also assists those interested in quitting smoking, free counseling with registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and quit-smoking specialists, among other services. The Call Center may be reached at 1-800-548-8252.


For more information on the walk, contact Kylie Hood at 956-631-0514 or 1-800-LUNG-USA. You may also access the Association's website at texaslung.org.





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American Lung Association Releases Tobacco Report

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The American Lung Association has released its 2005 annual report regarding tobacco use in the U.S.
Data was collected from national surveys and studies on the morbidity and mortality due to tobacco intake.

"When I started smoking cigarettes at 19 I knew it was a stupid decision," said Terry Martin. "My closest friend and I bought a pack and smoked that first one together."

Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide.

Excluding adult deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke, adult males and females lost an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively, due to smoking.

"I have smoked 46 of my 64 years and know that I must quit smoking," said Angel. "In 1958 I started smoking and never quit except for a couple of times when going fishing and once when I had the flu."

Smoking costs the economy over $167 billion in annual health care costs and lost productivity, including $92 billion in mortality-related productivity losses and $75.5 billion in excess medical expenditures.

In the category of consumption in 2004 cigar consumption was 4.935 million pieces, nine percent greater than 2003.

"Things might be very different today had I not started smoking as a teen," said Christine. "Smoking for nearly 35 years got me where I am today: living in a body with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), having oxygen hosed in 24/7, and a fervent wish that I had never started in the first place."

Smoking prevalence was highest among people aged 25-44 years and lowest for those greater than 65 years of age.

The percentage of current smokers was significantly greater in males than in females.

Overall adults aged 18 and older who earned less than a high school diploma had the highest smoking prevalence while people with bachelor, masters, professional, and doctoral degrees had the lowest prevalence in 2004.

As far as smoking intensity heavy smoking is more prevalent among men, whites, non-Hispanics, those 45-64 years of age and with less than or equal to 12 years of education.

Current smoking prevalence declined more rapidly among young adults with greater than 12 years of education than those who did not graduate from high school.

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

American Lung Association Named One of Best

American Lung Association Named One of the Best for Benefits
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· The Association has the best benefits.
· The agency received a research honor
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A judge has named the American Lung Association’s national headquarters in New York one of the 2005 winners of The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security.
The program sponsored by the Principal Financial Group names the best companies with regard to employee benefits.

“The American Lung Association stood out among the competition and is a role model for providing the very best in employee benefits,” said Renee Schaaf, vice president at Principal in a press release.

Susan Reece stated also in the release that the Association should be proud of the benefits package that they have. Reece, vice president of Strategic Development, Leupold & Stevens, Inc., was a 2004 winner.

The national headquarters offers 93-97 percent employer-paid medical insurance, a pension plan, a 403(b) plan, and 100 percent employer-paid disability insurance. The Association also provides the benefits to its local chapters all across the country.

Principal is a leader in its industry.

On Sept. 21st the Association honored long-time advisor Michael P. Walsh who won a MacArthur Foundation Grant. He is a volunteer on clean air issues and was among 24 other grantees. Known as “genius grants” the Foundation awards each winner a grant of $500,000.

In a statement by the Association, John L. Kirkwood said that “Mr. Walsh has dedicated his career to pursuing clean air for people here in the U.S. and around the world.”

Kirkwood added in a released statement that because of Walsh’s efforts, people were breathing cleaner air.

The Association is requesting that parents and caregivers of those with lung disease share their story of how they survived Hurricane Katrina by emailing to webmaster@lungusa.org.

The agency is also providing a flu clinic locator online at its website which is something they do annually. It also lists flu tips, pointers, and preparation for the flu season facts. You can sign up online for the flu prevention newsletter at the Association’s website, lungusa.org.

The Association recently received a research honor called the Lung Cancer Discovery Award. They partnered with the LUNGevity Foundation to help researchers in the fight against lung cancer. The honor was started last year and shows a funding effort by both organizations. The goal of the project is to find resources for researchers investigating new treatments and a cure for lung cancer.

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Amber Alert International Creates the Child Safe Zone

Amber Alert International Creates the Child Safe Zone Program


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Amber Alert International (AIA) is being adapted to include an addition called a Child Safe Zone program.
Michael Thrasher, founder of AIA, established a new site Sept. 24th to provide home-based franchise employment options for at home parents so they can work nights or weekends with a support system.

With SafeChildZone.com Thrasher will offer a franchise at $1,500 each to at home moms to promote a safe child area. A third party vendor splits it with the rep and puts $1,000 into AmberAlertFund.com. The $1,500 covers the listing fee of $125, laptop computer cost of $750, sales fee or $150, administration materials and binders for $80, $170 for taxes, Paypal fees, phone, power, domains, fuel, and internet access, uniforms for $200.00, plus miscellaneous expenses.

When a franchise owner hires new staff they contact the rep to come take a photo and the application. I.D. cards will cost $5 for two, issued two at a time. Uniform shirts will have logos.

“I am willing to stand up and do something to make our world a safer place to live,” said Thrasher. “I will give business owners the right tools and a chance to do their best work in their own neighborhood.”

AIA is a global private sector partner with Safe Child Zone. Franchise owners will be independent contractors working their own schedules, auto, and route selection. They keep 25 percent of the income as and independent contractor, pick the days to work or take off, pick routes with input from advisors, and can take a break in the day if something comes up.

There are no age, race, income, sex, or language restrictions. History of legal action on the part of the franchise owner is only limited by any act one time in the past 15 years of DUI, violence, sexual predator, domestic abuse, or theft. Even one incident in 15 years will disqualify the applicant.

Thrasher said the job is ideal for grand parents, veterans or their spouses, at home parents, and anyone else who qualifies.

Franchises are not limited to the U.S. Text is in English and open world wide.

The 1000 Franchise will go up for sale on Oct. 20th on OwnYourOwnFranchise.com.

911access.com, which Thrasher launched this month, is used as an Amber Alert records database. It is 80 times faster than anything else and always free, he said. According to Thrasher 911access.com can now handle 1,000 people online at one time.

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Airport Gyms Guide

Fitness Comeback Craze Shows Up in Travel Plans

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· The rate to pay is cheap for some to work out.
· Some airport gyms are free.
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Traveling is entirely unpredictable.
Stuck in layover limbo?

Many travelers spend hours sitting in airports due to missed or bumped flights, mechanical problems, weather conditions prohibiting the plan from taking off, or other problems beyond the traveler's control like the time my plane ticket blew out of my hand in a blustery wind and wound up in a grate.

I just learned that some airports have gyms which I never had any idea of.

Many airports across America are starting to open gyms right in the terminals for the use of airport staff and travelers stuck in the airport.

"It's an ideal location," says Bob Schaffner, 24-Hour Fitness Sales Manager.

Kevin Gillotti hates wasting time between flights when he travels.

A few years ago he started airportgyms.com which now lists more than 50 health clubs in the U.S. and Canada.

Some of these airport gyms aren't just for buff gay flight attendants:

The Hilton O'Hare Athletic Club between Terminals 2 and 3 is $11 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport includes a steam room. The phone number is 773-601-1723.

The Absolute Spa at the Fairmount (Terminal M, 604-207-5200, $15) in Canada's Vancouver International Airport features a resistance pool where you can swim against the current.

At the Phoenix Sun Athletic Club, for $10 you can work out during any 24-hour period.

There are numerous airport gyms in California, of course, such as the Met-Rx one or in the airport terminal at Los Angeles Airport (LAX), you can work out for free.

More airport gym listings are out OutTraveler.com and on airportgyms.com. Some listings will be near the airport rather than in the building.

At the Miami International Airport you pay $8 for an all-day pass which features an outdoor running track, rooftop pool, treadmills, Steppers, and Nautilus weight machine.

Airportgyms.com is the most comprehensive free listing of airport gyms, fitness clubs, and exercise centers.

The site was started in 2002, written by health conscious travelers for the same kinds of people.

Jim Gulliford, a fleet service employee of McCarren Airport and long-time member of 24-Hour Fitness says, "I tell people all the time that if you've ever thought of putting a gym in your home, there's no need."

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Airline Teams Up With Other Company

Airline Teams Up with Other Company to Help Hurricane Victims
Members Can Donate Miles

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· United Way is joining American for relief efforts.
· American has various programs.
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American Airlines AAdvantage members, and the United Way have teamed up to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
In the wake of the hurricane relocation efforts are ongoing and recovery is moving forward.

American has formed the Miles to Move Forward Program to help provide transportation to those affected by the tragedy in the Gulf Coast region.

Visit aa.com for more information or to donate to the program.

Miles can help someone who has suddenly found themselves displaced due to this disaster.

Through Sept. 30th AAdvantage members will receive a one-time reward of 500 miles when donating $50 or more to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Effort.

Members should fax or mail a copy of their donation receipt to AAdvantage Service.

Red Cross donations must be in U.S. dollars.

The AAdvantage program has over 50 million members. To get things started American will donate one million miles.

The fax number to donate is 817-963-7882 or you can mail a donation to Hurricane Relief, American Airlines, AADvantage Department, Box 619688, DFW Airport, TX 75261-9688.

All donation requests must be faxed or postmarked by Dec. 31st.

American also has a giftAAmiles program where you can give up to 40,000 AAdvantage miles per member each calendar year.

There is also a shareAAmiles program to transfer up to 60,000 miles and receive up to 15,000 miles each calendar year.

American also has an AAdvantage Short-Hop Award with only 15,000 miles for a limited time. You fly non-stop on any short-hop markets on the airline within the Continental U.S. and Canada for few miles. The award is reduced mileage for short-hop, non-stop routes and must travel through Feb. 28th. For a limited time you can claim a round-trip, short-hop MileSAAver award for 15,000 AAdvantage miles in coach classes (a 10,000 mile savings) and 30,000 AAdvantage miles in first or business class (a 15,000 mile savings).

Examples of eligible itineraries are Chicago and Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Boston and Raleigh/Durham, and Dallas/Fort Worth and New Orleans.

The short-hop award is valid for round-trip travel only on non-stop flights of up to 750 air miles each way.

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The use of herbal medicine is an ancient practice that has been in cultures for years—centuries even. While an organic approach to medicine has been around for some time now, using herbs for your household pets hasn't. Next time your German Shepherd needs medicine for any reason, Marty Grosjean offers owners a different option—Only Natural Pet Store.


Only Natural Pet Store, which operates from Boulder, CO, was created to offer healthy, natural pet care products that are consistent with a holistic approach to pet health. All of their products are made of natural ingredients.


The organic pet store has a warehouse and features products for dogs and cats with a variety of conditions. Additionally, the site offers its clients an advice column from a veterinarian, articles, a newsletter, vet phone consultants area and discounts on food delivery.


According to Dr. Siegler, the online veterinarian for the store, homeopathic medicine is a natural healer for pets that works by eliminating the underlying problem that is causing the symptom of illness. The doctor reports in his article "Homeopathy for Pet Health," published on the Web site, that homeopathy is an over 200-year-old system of medical science based on the principle of "like cures like."


And at Only Natural Pet Store, combination remedies combine different methods of treatment to treat symptoms. Siegler stated that classic homeopath works in combination of the whole patient, the total of all symptoms including physical, mental and emotional states.


"The length of time a disease takes to resolve with homeopathic treatments is generally related to the length of time the disease has been present in the individual's system and the severity of the symptoms," writes Siegler in an article.


According to the doctor, this kind of medicine is best given 20 minutes before or after a meal. For acute injuries the treatment can be moderated. Siegler said in his article that homeopathic medicine for animals is increasing rapidly because it is so effective.


To find a holistic vet who practices near you, check the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association or the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy referral directories on the site.


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Thursday, February 23, 2006

AIDSMeds creator fulfills dream, helps others

Peter Staley offers an interactive and informative website for those with AIDS.
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Updated: 08/27/05
Staley created a forum for those with HIV and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) to come together in support, education, and information.

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Peter Staley has a beautiful view of the lake.


His line of sight where he lives in Pennsylvania goes beyond the physical since he started his own organization to help others like himself. In the process he also helped himself by being able to get off of disability.


With aidsmeds.com Staley created a forum for those with HIV and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) to come together in support, education, and information.


"I had been a long-term AIDS activist and in the late 90s I left a treatment action group which I founded and was director of," said Staley. "I spent a couple of years trying to figure out what to do with my life and hired a career counselor."


This was around the time when Protease Inhibitors came out and it looked like Staley was going to live a lot longer than he thought.


"I didn't know what I wanted to do. I didn't know what that idea would be. I eventually came up with the idea of aidsmeds.com," he said. "I was beginning to use the internet to follow HIV treatment information related to it. I was finding that major sites out there were not easy to navigate so I thought there was an opening there that could be explored. I thought I could create a business with my connections to drum up funding for a site."


Staley launched aidsmeds.com in March 2000 and said he has been able to fulfill a dream doing something entrepreneurial that at the same time helps people and they can feel good about.


"The response has been overwhelming," he said. "They love the site. We now have the most popular HIV-related community forums on the net and so it's something I've become very proud of and it's something that everyone who works with me is very proud of. At the same time I've been able to get off of disability and make a nice living."


Aidsmeds.com has been profiled in the gay press, mentioned frequently in Poz Magazine, and occasionally in mainstream press when reference is made to his site.


"I'd just like to keep it growing, keep traffic growing and make it even better," said Staley. "The most recent thing we did was have HIV blogs. Right now it's six individuals recruited from community forums all living with HIV talking about their dreams, hopes, and day to day activities. So that's made it more communal because we have a specific community forum so people can comment about what bloggers are talking about. This has been a dream come true and it's very fulfilling."


Staley, who used to work out of his Brooklyn, N.Y. home, said he continues to find his business interesting work year in and year out and that he would never set up an office. There are no full-time employees but Staley has four freelance writers and some freelance programmers.


"But I get to do editing one day, programming the next, fundraising another day," said Staley. "I'm dreaming about new content ideas all along the way and feeling good about it as people continually come to the site to help improve their lives."


One of Staley's writers attends HIV-related conventions. Staley said you can get all the information given at conventions online now.


For more information, go to wwww.aidsmeds.com or email Staley at editors@aidsmeds.com.


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· Nearly four out of five employees believe unemployment will rise.
· The survey is taken globally also.
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Since 2003 American Rights at Work has informed the public about the struggles to win workplace democracy for nurses, cooks, computer programmers, retail cashiers, and a variety of workers who we all depend on every day.
Through coalition-building, research, public relations, policy analysis, and advocacy they investigate and expose workers' rights abuses and the inadequacy of U.S. labor law, stimulate debate about the state of workers' rights among journalists, policymakers, advocacy groups, and the public, promote public policy that protects workers from hostile employers and weak laws that impede their rights form unions and collectively bargain, and publicize success stories of profitable companies and public agencies that respect workers' rights and build innovative partnerships with unions.

In September the organization released their annual Labor Day List of successful employers that work well with their employees' labor unions.

Among them are Cingular Wireless, Costco, Harley-Davidson, and Kaiser-Permanente.

Myra Bronstein and 17 other software Quality Assurance engineers at Watchmark, Inc., now Watchmark-Comnitel in Bellevue, Wash., were called into a meeting by their bosses one day.

"We were told that our replacements would be flying in over the weekend and we would be expected to start training them on Monday," said Bronstein, who holds a degree in electronic engineering technology and had worked in the IT industry for 14 years.

American workers are looking at the future and what they see isn't pretty, according to a survey on worker confidence by a global career transition and organizational consulting firm based in Philadelphia.

Overall confidence is down significantly from six months ago when it was at a three-year high, according to the survey conducted twice a year by Right Management Consultants.

Nearly four out of five believe unemployment will rise in the coming year, the survey found.

Even those who keep their jobs are not particularly optimistic about their prospects.

That statistic should worry employers, Brian Clapp, senior vice president for Right Management Consultants of Philadelphia, said in a statement released in November with the report.

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· Author has a semi-open adotpion arrangement.
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In August 2000 I placed my daughter for adoption shortly after she was born because I couldn't take care of her.
Luckily it is a semi-open adoption which means I get letters, pictures, cards, gifts, emails, videos; etc. and I send the same.

I have even gotten to see my daughter twice a year starting a few years ago.

I remembered when I moved in to the maternity home how I'd never seen so much food in my life. It was like the Garden of Eden, I joked to myself. For the first time ever I didn't have to worry about where my next meal was coming from. It was an awesome feeling, one that I got to have for nine months.

I remembered the house parents took me and my fellow birth moms who lived there out for ice cream on the 4th of July and to Trinity Park to watch the fireworks and how everyone stared at us as always.

At the ice cream parlor one of the residents who'd had her baby in June made a face in the window as we were leaving and tried to scare the people who were staring. All the residents laughed. As obnoxious as the resident was, I had to laugh.

For once we had the last laugh when gawked at.

When we got to the park to watch the fireworks, there were no nearby bathrooms so a group of us had to walk across huge boulders from one end of the river to the other than hike up a steep hill to a restaurant to use their restroom.

We weren't too happy about it but took it all in stride as we headed across the slick rocks behind the crowds of people doing the same thing. The difference was we didn't have much balance because we were pregnant and had to hang on to each other while kids played and splashed around beside us and adults just merely stared.

I, however, was completely furious about the whole thing and silently cursed the male house parent who didn't take into account when parking the van about the location of the rest rooms and the fact that we residents were hugely pregnant and didn't have much strength to walk far.

When we made it back to our seats and settled on our blankets on the steep hill overlooking the river, a group of people gawked at us and whispered for what seemed like an eternity.

I started doing what I saw a resident do once and some other residents now joined me. Every time the crowd would stare I'd stare them down. Once I did this, they quickly averted their eyes.

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· The company was founded in 1995.
· The company is based in MN.
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There were many vendors at the First Annual Gift Bazaar at Paschal High School Dec. 10th but one stood out among many.
Tastefully Simple Gourmet Food, which had samples among some other sellers.

I don't know what I tasted but I know it melted in my mouth and I wanted more.

So I got more.

The company's motto is "The food you love, the time you deserve" and they are based in Minnesota but their independent contractors live all over the country.

The company sells their items through food-tasting parties and in a fun, social setting guests have the chance to try appetizers, sample main courses, and desserts.

An 83-year-old grandma who got in to the business through her daughter and who had doubts about whether she could make the simple dishes was easily able to whip up dips, bread, soup, and desserts with little effort.

One of the more popular items is Bountiful Banana Bread. That kind of bread is one of my mom's specialties.

Another favorite is Watermelon Bread.

People from all walks of life and age groups have been very successful, according to the company's website.

When the company was founded in 1995 a catalog of privately labeled spices, soups, mixes, and sauces was established.

Simple recipes such as Honey Teriyaki Mandarin Orange Chicken can be found among the company's offerings.

Founder Jill Blashack says, "We started out in a shed with no running water."

The company also does community giving by preserving the environment and fostering the arts. Even the kids get involved.

In 2004 Tastefully Simple donated over $675,000 in cash donations to non-profits.

Some of the charities they have helped include Habitat for Humanity, Listening Ear Crisis Center, Douglas County Hospice, Heart of Lakes United Way, Alexandria Jaycees/Jingle Bells, and others.

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· Spoons Across America provide a network for sharing information.
· Studies show that interactions that family meals foster benefit children.
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A not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers, and families about the benefits of nutritious, healthy eating and the important traditions of supporting local farmers helps partners, teams, and sponsors bring something to the table.
Spoons Across America ™ provides a network for sharing information and resources among culinary professionals, educators, and parents/guardians.

"My favorite activity was cooking because we actually cooked and chopped things," said Gene, a fifth grader who attends P.S. #111.

The program is run in schools, through health care organizations, community-based organizations, and the workplace.

It supports activities through curriculum development, technical assistance, and capacity building.

Spoons is a 501 © (3) agency founded on the premise that it is essential to the health of our children and society to bring the joys of the table to the children of America.

Most families don't eat at the table as a family any more, according to statistics and it's been this way for about 20 years.

All of the program recipes use a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains which are beneficial to long-term health and well-being.

A 1995 Cornell University study showed that children who have had hands-on experience to explore and prepare new and nutritious foods will be more likely to eat in a healthy way.

Whenever possible Spoons Across America ™ curricula involve in-class and homework assignments that initiate family meals, encourage participation, and enrich the family eating experience.

Studies show that the interactions that family meals foster benefit children developmentally and psychologically and increasing learning readiness.

Spoons creates quality, hands-on education programs that fulfill New York state educational standards and incorporate valuable life lessons.

Experiential education engages all the senses to reach the whole child.

Over the past eight years Spoons Across America ™ educational programs have served well over 10,000 public school children in more than 20 cities.

In 2001 the founders of the Days of Taste created Spoons Across America ™.

The late culinary legend Julia Child was an enthusiastic supporter of Spoons from the beginning.

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North Texas dad Eric Ligon could never share his greatest passion of reading with his blind son until now.
Ligon's child, age eight, now gets to enjoy classic children's books such as Guess How Much I Love You and The Dot.

"I hope these books make Braille less scary for all individuals," said Ligon.

Ligon is an associate professor of communication design at the University of North Texas and he co-founded the page format used by Brailleink to solve problems he and his wife came across as they tried to share books with their son, Ethan.

Bruce Curtis, who also co-founded the process, has extensive experience with nonprofit management and blindness/visual impairment.

The non-profit organization, Brailleink provides Braille products to enhance learning materials for kids. The agency also distributes reading products to the sighted.

The original print and illustration is not compromised when transferred to Braille.

Up until now children's books have been printed on blank white paper which made it problematic for blind individuals. Even Braille on clear sheets would often cover up the text and illustrations. There was also no alignment between the text and the Braille in these books so it made it hard to teach.

Most blind children cannot attend regular public schools according to Brailleink.

The company published Braille books with a page layout that is designed for shared learning. Basic Braille instructions are printed in the back of each of their books. Board book construction is bound to protect the Braille.

Braille readers hands don't block what the sighted reader is trying to see and it's easy to see what the Braille says.

You can make a tax-deductible donation, make referrals to the company, or help spread the word through libraries, teachers, and other means.

Ligon presented Braille research in Vancouver, B.C., Beijing, China, Canada, and Cambridge, U.K.

Almost no one in public schools knows Braille except for Braille teachers who have limited contact with blind students.

There is a well-established connection between reading and home with family and literacy, according to Brailleink's website.

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The use of herbal medicine is an ancient practice that has been in cultures for years—centuries even. While an organic approach to medicine has been around for some time now, using herbs for your household pets hasn't. Next time your German Shepherd needs medicine for any reason, Marty Grosjean offers owners a different option—Only Natural Pet Store.


Only Natural Pet Store, which operates from Boulder, CO, was created to offer healthy, natural pet care products that are consistent with a holistic approach to pet health. All of their products are made of natural ingredients.


The organic pet store has a warehouse and features products for dogs and cats with a variety of conditions. Additionally, the site offers its clients an advice column from a veterinarian, articles, a newsletter, vet phone consultants area and discounts on food delivery.


According to Dr. Siegler, the online veterinarian for the store, homeopathic medicine is a natural healer for pets that works by eliminating the underlying problem that is causing the symptom of illness. The doctor reports in his article "Homeopathy for Pet Health," published on the Web site, that homeopathy is an over 200-year-old system of medical science based on the principle of "like cures like."


And at Only Natural Pet Store, combination remedies combine different methods of treatment to treat symptoms. Siegler stated that classic homeopath works in combination of the whole patient, the total of all symptoms including physical, mental and emotional states.


"The length of time a disease takes to resolve with homeopathic treatments is generally related to the length of time the disease has been present in the individual's system and the severity of the symptoms," writes Siegler in an article.


According to the doctor, this kind of medicine is best given 20 minutes before or after a meal. For acute injuries the treatment can be moderated. Siegler said in his article that homeopathic medicine for animals is increasing rapidly because it is so effective.


To find a holistic vet who practices near you, check the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association or the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy referral directories on the site.


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A group of women who pulled together to arrange for a donation trip in hopes of saving a camp that was torn up by Hurricane Katrina say the journey was productive.
A U-Haul jointly sponsored by the Southern Womyn’s Festival, Jacksonville, Melrose, St. Augustine, and Gainesville, FL women arrived at Camp Sister Spirit about 2 p.m. at Sept. 18th. The Festival, Dorothy Campbell, and some of the women of Pagoda in St. Augustine, FL rented a U-Haul to carry donations to the camp in Mississippi.

“Our drivers, Peggy and Regina expected to arrive at Camp Sister Spirit late Saturday but were unable to keep this time schedule due to the size of the load they were carrying,” reported Pat Cobb of the Festival. “They decided they could not find there way without daylight and opted to spend the night at a motel and get a fresh start in the morning. They had been up and working since 6 a.m. Saturday. Many road signs were down as they entered Mississippi, which would have made it impossible to find their way in the dark.”

According to the drivers there was extreme devastation throughout that part of Mississippi. They reported many trees down and roofs off buildings.

“We were talking to them via cell phone as they were driving through southern Mississippi and you could tell they were shocked by what they were seeing,” said Cobb. “We spoke to them again just after they arrived at Camp Sister Spirit and they reported a large truck was unloaded from Minnesota with a video crew who were making a documentary film of their grassroots Katrina relief and recovery efforts. They told us there were many folks at Camp Sister Spirit but we do not know if these were people displaced by the storm or helpers. I said ‘Sounds like they have a lot of help’ and they said, ‘This is not enough.’ The local residents are mostly rural and low-income families who had no means to prepare for such a disaster. Our drivers were really taken aback by what they had experienced driving through the area.”

Cobb is requesting donations continue to be sent to the camp (campsisterspirit.com)

“These donations not only go to the camp but to the surrounding community,” she said. “Nothing will go to waste as Camp Sister Spirit is also helping their neighbors in Mississippi.”

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The Blue Skies Alliance in Dallas, TX has been fighting for clean air for years, battling the likes of electric companies and politicians.

On Feb. 8th the organization held a press conference at TXU headquarters, the local electric company’s office.

“Why is TXU sacrificing the health of citizens in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?” said Wendi Hammond of Blue Skies. “The huge proposed TXU plant would worsen air quality in DFW and would be the worst in the nation for toxic mercury.”

According to Hammond Dallas and Forth Worth would be unable to meet air quality goals if the proposed coal plants are built.

At a recent Toxic Texas Power Plant Tour health risks of building seven dirty coal plants was highlighted.

Other parties involved in the fight include the Public Citizen, SEED Coalition, Dr. Shelly M. Harvey, Dallas League of Women Voters, TPOWER, Our Land Our Lives, and the Sierra Club.

According to federal regulations the Metroplex needs to reduce the smog-forming gas (NOx) by at least 183 tons per day for the air to be safe to breathe.

TXU’s huge proposed Oak Grove lignite plant would sacrifice the health of citizens in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by adding significantly to the region’s air pollution, according to Blue Skies.

“The sad truth is that Texas has run out of excuses,” said one Blue Skies member.

Six new coal-fired power plants have applied for permits and one is in development in Texas.

Each of the new plants represents a commitment to a 50 percent massive increased output of carbon dioxide according to The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Coal plants are the single largest industrial sources of sulfur dioxide, nitro oxides, particulate matter, and mercury air pollution in Texas according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Existing coal plants reported 1,002,227 tons of air emission recently which is 47.7 percent of Texas’ total industrial air emissions for the most recent year.

Texas ranks number one among all plants for mercury air pollution from industry due to coal plants lacking smokestack controls on mercury, based on the U.S. EPA Toxic Inventory date for the years 2002-2003.

Texas is the #1 coal-consuming state in the nation, according to a report from the Clean Coal Technology’s Foundation of Texas’ 2005 report.

TXU ranked number one in 2003 among all Texas companies for pollution.

If you are concerned about coal-fired power plants and their effects on your health and the health of your family and friends you can write Governor Rick Perry, Office of the Governor, Box 12428, Austin, TX 78711-2428.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

World’s Greatest Pranks

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Alan Abel’s pranks go back to the late 1950s with a widely reported bogus campaign to clothe horses.

The slogan?

“A nude horse is a rude horse.”

Then there was the regular prank caller guy who starred on Howard Stern’s radio show when his format was free. This man used to call into telethons and talk shows pretending to be a source until he got his contact on the phone – then he released his prank with both barrels.

The Jerky Boys came out with comedy tapes in the 90s called “Prank Calls” and followed them with sequels featuring numerous digits dialed to doctor’s offices, construction companies, and other service organizations pretending to be anyone from a patient to a job applicant among others.

In 1996 Taco Bell allegedly announced they had bought the Liberty Bell much to the chagrin of politicians and the public and that they would be renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell.

All a hoax.

Last year a reporter squirted actor Tom Cruise in the face after pretending that he was getting ready to ask him a question.

Joey Skaggs, a professional prank writer, had people convinced there was a such thing invented as fish condos. And the idea took off.

Then there was the 1938 Orson Wells’ radio broadcast – “The War of the Worlds” which had everyone scared to death, contemplating their mortality.

Author Kevin Trudeau who wrote books on how the medical and pharmaceutical industry was keeping secrets from consumers, making them sicker was recently exposed as a fraud and said to have served time in prison.

Remember the 1995 t.v. documentary “Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?” It involved whether an autopsy was actually performed on a supposed Martian aboard a 1947 UFO when it crashed in Roswell, NM.

On April 1, 1957 the British media reported that the Swiss were enjoying a bumper crop of spaghetti.
In 1976 several policemen in the U.S. posed as crooks and bought back all the stolen items criminals had taken.

You can go to a bait store, buy 100 crickets, release them under your target’s door, and it’ll be weeks before they stop chirping at night.

Cheerleaders have been said to bake Ex-Lax chocolate chewables into brownies and give it to the football team or their opponent team before a big game.

And one year a Philadelphia radio station, WIOQ announced that a pet tax would be implemented to make up for the deficit.

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Help Support Self-Esteem Programs

By Terri Rimmer

The Girl Scouts of the USA has a program to help young women build self-confidence.

The uniquely ME! Program also offers educational resources and hands on activities and is sponsored by the Dove Self Esteem Fund.

With a True You Workbook the program addresses such issues as not feeling attractive.

“A mom is one of the most important influences in the life of a daughter,” according to program literature.

The program encourages moms to give their daughters strength and courage to feel beautiful in a world that may challenge her values by taking inventory of their own feelings of beauty.

The program is for girls ages 8-14 and is available in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Three activity booklets available in English and bilingual English/Spanish guide girls through simple exercises that help them understand and build self-confidence.

Created in 2002 to address the critical nationwide problem of low self-esteem among adolescent and pre-adolescent girls, the program recognizes strengths and attributes and addresses handling peer pressure, healthy eating habits, hygiene, general wellness, exercise, and identifying core values and personal interests.

A recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, The New Normal? What Girls Say about Healthy Living found that girls define their health in holistic terms and place equal value on emotional and physical well-being.

An adult guide is also available for Girl Scout troop leaders and adult volunteers to serve as a resource for the program.

Some tips for building self-esteem include celebrating who you are, surrounding yourself with positive people, challenging yourself to try new things, being good to your body, finding and expressing the real you, learning from your experience, and finding the humor in every day life.

“I was involved with the Girl Scout and Brownies,” said volunteer Karla, age 28. “We had the volunteer badges so we would go to a lot of nursing homes.”

“I started when I was in high school volunteering with Family Support Services in a summer day camp with teenagers with developmental delays,” said Katie, a 25-year-old volunteer. “Some of the kids that I started working with ten years ago I’m still working with. We’ve kind of grown together.”

One component of the uniquely ME! Program has been the participation of gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes who has served as the national spokesperson.

For more information go to girlscouts.org/program on the web.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

It’s Not Easy Being Green

By Terri Rimmer

Despite costs, many hotels are becoming environmentally conscious.

Some hotels take fairly modest steps to reduce stress on the environment such as recycling bottles and plastics and using energy-saving light bulbs.

Some have taken an especially active approach to environmental responsibility.

Perhaps the best known are the Atlantic Shores Resort, Pearl’s Rainbow in Key West, Austin’s funky and retro-hip San Jose Hotel, and Park Lane Guest House. Atlantic Shores also allows pets with advanced notice. Pearl’s Rainbow was originally a cigar factory built in the 1800s. At the San Jose Hotel animals can swim in the pool. At the Park Lane Guest House, an organic breakfast can be served poolside or in your room.

Among larger properties also consider Los Abrigados Resort in Sedona, the Best Western Capitol Skyline in Washington, Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, and the Hyatt Regency in Boston. At the Canyon Ranch tobacco products are not available for purchase. The Hyatt has a desk in the rooms with an ergonomic chair.

“Because hotels use a lot of water and energy, anything that’s going to allow them to save in those areas is good for the environment, but it’s going to be good for their business, too,” said Ken Brown of the Environmental Technology Challenge.

Some hotel chains have developed extremely ambitious plans to reduce the stress their properties cause on the environment.

Kimpton uses green cleaning agents and energy-efficient lighting throughout hotels, soy-based inks and recycled paper for print and ad materials, low-flow plumbing systems in bathrooms and organic coffee in minibars. According to Kimpton’s website, kimptonhotels.com, their mission is to lead the hospitality industry in supporting a sustainable world by continuing to deliver a premium guest experience through non-intrusive, high quality, eco-friendly products and services. All complimentary lobby coffee is organic. The hotel chain recycles coat hangers, uses no Styrofoam cups, issues paperless check ins/outs, and has organic flowers in the buildings.

If you’re especially ardent about helping the environment, book one of Kimpton’s eco-rooms or eco-suites, which hare available at several properties.

Some of the eco-suites have been co-designed by celebrities noted for their pro-environmental stances, such as author and TV host Danny Seo, actor Woody Harrelson, and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Hotel owners and innkeepers face one major obstacle in attempting to institute more environmentally friendly policies: consumer preferences.

But travelers paying big bucks enjoy feeling pampered, and they sometimes balk at some eco-minded initiatives.

Other tips seem obvious when we’re at home – where we tend to think carefully about energy-saving measures me rarely follow on the road.

Helping the environment doesn’t require an all-out, no-exceptions commitment.

In 2002 only two hotels participated in the American Hotel and Motel Association’s “Good Earthkeeping” Program.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Women Using Book To Help People and Animals

By Terri Rimmer

Donations from the profits of a new book are going to help people with AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and their pets.

Following the 2004 election, Cathy Conheim and her partner Dr. Donna Brooks were driving to their home, feeling discouraged about current events. There were “dog people” but when they arrived home they discovered a three-month-old kitten living on their property that had been injured badly. Off to the vet they sped with their young charge. An amputation was necessary to save the kitten’s life and they were told that he could no longer be an outdoor cat.

They ended up adopting “Henry” and there ensued an incredible journey.

Conheim started writing about the cat’s adventures as much for her own healing regarding some bad news politically as for anything else. She sent them to 20 people who sent them on, and today, Henry The Cat has 2,300 emails in ”his” letterbox in the sky.

“My cat, Rhett Butler became one of Henry’s teachers and correspondents,” said Conheim and Brooks’ friend Robin Tyler. “Animals have a unique way of getting animals to talk on a heart level. With their loving eyes, their forgiving play, and their constant loyalty they make it possible for people to open up on a deeper level of trust and intimacy.”

Two weeks ago Henry’s adventures of his first two months of life and letters to him became a book: Henry’s World: A Three-Legged Cat’s View of Human Absurdity, an email Odyssey.”

“Conheim and Brooks are donating all of the profits from the book to help animals who do so much healing for us,” said Tyler. “Henry’s World is not a book about a cat as much as it is a treasury of stories about how we survive our wounds, as told through a wounded kitty. It is a book about transforming tragedy into possibility. Henry reminds us that we are defined not by our misfortunes but by our responses to them. Henry’s stories are the visions and innocence of an outdoor kitty put into a totally foreign place after the loss of his front leg. His story touches friends and strangers around the world, many of whom confide in him their own setbacks and tales of survival.”

All proceeds will go to P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Wonderful Support), a volunteer-based group which helps people with AIDS and others with disabilities to keep their pets.

Tyler said Henry’s book was designed as a healing tool as well as a means to fundraise for animals in need. The intent is to get the books in the hands of wounded humans, paralyzed, amputees, and people who have suffered great loss, she said.

“If everyone would order a book and perhaps think about using it as a holiday gift I promise you that it will bring you many smiles,” said Tyler.

For more information, go to henrysworld.org.

When you go to the website and order the book at the shop, put P.A.W.S. in the comments section.

“Cathy has a goal of raising a million dollars for the animals who love and heal us,” said Tyler.