Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sheep & their upkeep

The Lord is my Shepherd ----- that's a Relationship!

I shall not want ----- that's Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures ----that's Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters -----that's Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul ----- that's Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness --that's Guidance !

For His name sake ----- that's Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death--that's Testing!

I will fear no evil ----- that's Protection!

For Thou art with me ----- that's Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me -----that's Discipline!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies------that's Hope!

Thou annointest my head with oil ----- that's Consecration!

My cup runneth over ----- that's Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life----that's Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord -----that's Security!

Forever ----- that's Eternity!

Face it, God is crazy about you!

Friday, January 29, 2010

AT & T Poll on President Obama

It takes less that 20 seconds.
Watch the results !!!!!!one question poll:

This is your chance to vote on President Obama's performance on this Economy-AT&T/Yahoo Poll...

NOTE: this is a totally unbiased poll. The question is stated very simply... and, to the point. No tricks. No hidden messages. No nothing. JUST A SINGLE, SIMPLE QUESTION. There is no way that anyone can say that it was not a fair poll; or, that it was "phrased" in a way that it can be interpreted later to fit someone else's desired answer. In other words; it is a spin-doctor's "nightmare".

NOTE: After you vote, you will see a second page that shows the running total and what the opinions are...

Then pass it on... so others can cast their vote

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lost Dachshund Mayer Needs your Help, Arizona

Help find this poor, little dog:

Lost 7 year old brown and black long haired Dachshund named "Mayer". Was in a car accident on the I10 West near the 107th ave exit in Avondale and dog got loose out of the car and was last seen running west down the I10 highway at around 6pm on Sunday night, January 24th. Dog does not have collar or tags on. $1,000 reward for information leading to the safe return. If you have any information please call or text Chris at 310-975-9350.

Tough Love vs Spanking

We love our kids; what parent doesn't?  Part of the manifestation of our love is in deliberately training them, day in and day out, from  the very beginning.  Our  training sometimes involves corporal punishment (beginning at around 1.5 years of age).  My authority is the Bible, which says:  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it ~ Proverbs 22: 6 ;  and  He that spareth his rod hateth his son:  but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes ~ Proverbs 13: 24. 

Show me a child who was never spanked, and I'll show you an unhappy,  self-absorbed,  disliked individual. 
Anyhoo, here's an email that was forwarded to me, showing another parent's method of training his child: 

Most people think it is improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have one of those 'moments'.  One that I found effective is for me to just take the child for a car ride and talk.

Some say it's the vibration from the car, others say it's the time away from any distractions such as TV, Video Games, Computer, IPod, etc.

Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our car ride together. Eye to eye contact helps a lot too.

I've included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In the Pink

This simple, inexpensive, and colorful framed-art was our gift  to my Parents years ago.  They hung it in a prominant place in their Living Room area.  I was pleased that they thought it worthy of being displayed. I personally love the pink building.

Now, it's gone full-circle and back in my possession.  It's hanging in my foyer area. On the Left is the Anniversary Clock bought by my Dad for Mom while we were in Switzerland in 1991.  I stood next to him at the store counter as he chose it among other clocks.  To the Right, is their picture. 

Needless to say, I treasure each of these  items. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Marni's Wedding Shower

Diane, Becky, Helen, and Bee hosted a Wedding Shower for Marni on Saturday, 01/23/2010.  Marni and Dimas will be married on Friday, February 19, 2010. 

Here's the Bride-to-be arriving at the parking lot

Food, glorious food!

Turkey Roll-ups from Costco

Cucumber topped with Dip on Bread

Fruit Salad


Lovely Annie

A beautiful hand-made bowl for the future Bride by Miss Cindy

Congratulations, indeed!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pelosi and Reid Plot Secret Plan for Obamacare

How sneaky!
Despite collapsing public approval, Democrats are STILL at it  ---- Gotcha!

Invisible Christians

... I hope I'm not one of the invisible  Christians. 
I WANT to be a visible Christian --

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Top-Ten List of Worst Acts against Christians in 2009

What were Year 2009's worst attacks on Christianity? By Drew Zahn

A nonprofit organization devoted to advancing religious liberty for Christians has scoured the news, sought the opinion of its e-mail subscribers and selected a list of "the top 10 incidents of anti-Christian defamation, bigotry and discrimination in the U.S. from last year."  

"It is arguable that anti-Christian hatred has spilled over into material forms of persecution in 2009," said Gary Cass of the  Christian Anti-Defamation Commission. "Christians were killed and bullied for their witness, ministers and churches threatened with violence and vandalized for standing for marriage and Christians were fired for not compromising their faith. If these are not bona fide examples of persecution, than I wonder what more it might take?"
CADC subscribers chose from a list of 20 stories – both those that made headlines and those that were conspicuously absent from wide media coverage – to pick their top 10.

The winners included a wide array of events deemed to insult, injure or marginalize Christianity. They included acts of violence, laws and judgments, actions by schools against students and decisions by the Obama administration to promote causes and leaders at odds with Christian teaching.

Here, then, is the list, as reported by the CADC:

1. "The Federal Hate Crimes Bill that attacks religious liberty and freedom of speech."
 As WND has reported, Canada 's experience with "hate crimes" legislation has caused many American Christians to fear the U.S. will follow a similar path of censoring or even punishing in the name of "hate speech" people who declare the Bible's teachings on homosexuality.

Gerald Chipeur is an attorney  working to defend a Canadian pastor whose letter to the editor of a local newspaper prompted a complaint, a $5,000 fine and a court order not to express his beliefs further.
Chipeur told WND he expects the same issues now to be raised in the U.S. , because of the expanded "hate crimes" law signed by Obama.

"I would be shocked if you did not have 100 times more problems with this legislation than we are. Your system is set up to encourage lawyers to do this, and you have so many more people, there is more opportunity for people to take offense," he said.

"There are certain people in society who look to the government for everything, including to help them with their hurt feelings. The government was never made for that," he said.

Regardless, "there are those who want the government to bless their approach to life, whatever it is, because they have this view," he explained. "They come to the point they want the government to say … you are right."

Chipeur concluded, "We've learned from history that's a very bad idea. You get persecution, which is exactly what's happening here."

2. "President Obama's appointment of radical anti-Christians like homosexual activist Kevin Jennings as the 'safe school czar'; pro-abortion advocate Kathleen Sebelius made secretary of Human and Health Services; and Chai Feldblum, pro-homosexual and anti-religious liberty judge nominated for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission."

In May,  WND revealed Jennings , Obama's pick to oversee "safety" in the nation's public schools, is founder of the homosexual-activist group GLSEN, which promotes homosexual clubs in public schools and launched the annual "Day of Silence" celebration of homosexuality.

In October,  WND brought to light Feldblum's leadership in an organization she said was out to "revolutionize social mores," as well has her signature to a petition pushing for the acceptance of polygamy.

Among other exposes of Obama's radical czars, WND reported on John Holdren, adviser for science and technology, who once predicted  an ice age that will kill 1 billion, said  abortion can save the planet and believes an adult dog is more rational than a human baby.

3. "The Federal Department of Homeland Security issued a report entitled 'Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate' that labeled conservative Christians extremists and potential terrorists."

As WND reported , the DHS report also labeled as "extremists" citizens concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty. It also singled out returning war veterans as particular threats.

4. "An activist judge ordered a homeschool mom in New Hampshire to stop homeschooling her daughter because the little girl 'reflected too strongly' her mother's Christian faith."

Despite being described by court documents as "well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising and intellectually at or superior to grade level," the local court determined Brenda Voydatch's daughter defended her faith too rigorously, suggesting the girl "has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view."
Ten-year-old "Amanda" was therefore ordered to go to public school. In November, the state's Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

5. "Pro-life activist Jim Pullion was murdered in front of his granddaughter's high school for showing the truth about abortion."

While the nation was commemorating the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the well-known Owosso , Mich. , man was shot multiple times in front of the local high school. The police said it was a targeted attack by a man who objected to the anti-abortion signs Pullion displayed.

6. "Police called to East Jessamine Middle School in Lexington , Ky. , to stop 8th graders from praying during their lunch break for a student whose mother was tragically killed."

The school later relented and allowed the children to pray the next day.

7. "The overt homosexual participation in Obama's presidential inaugural events by 'Bishop' Vickie Eugene Robinson, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington , D.C. , and a homosexual marching band."

8. "HBO's program 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' aired an episode where the main actor urinates on painting of Jesus. When confronted HBO would not apologize."

The episode depicted the comedian Larry David accidentally splashing on a painting of Christ and then walking away. When the owner of the painting later enters the bathroom, she concludes the image is weeping and kneels to pray.

"Why is it that people are allowed to publicly show that level of disrespect for Christian symbols?" asked Deal Hudson, publisher of "If the same thing was done to a symbol of any other religions – Jewish or Muslim – there'd be a huge outcry. It's simply not a level playing field."

In a statement to Fox News, HBO answered, "Anyone who follows 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' knows that the show is full of parody and satire. … Larry David makes fun of everyone, most especially himself. The humor is always playful and certainly never malicious."

9. "Rev. Fred Winters was murdered while preaching in his pulpit in Maryville , Ill. "

The gunman shot the pastor four times during a church service in March before pulling out a knife. Members of the congregation tackled the assailant and held him until police arrived.

A doctor declared the murderer, Terry J. Sedlacek, suffers from schizophrenia. Sedlacek is being treated at a state facility operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

10. "Pro-life Pastor Reverend Walter Hoye of Oakland , Calif. , was jailed for exercising peaceful, pro-life speech."

 As WND reported, in May 2008 Hoye filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, arguing that an Oakland city ordinance banning counselors or protesters from approaching within eight feet of people entering an abortion clinic is a violation of constitutional free speech rights.

Twelve days later, Hoye was arrested for allegedly violating the law he was seeking to overturn.

Hoye was found guilty of violating the law when he was caught holding a sign that read, "Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help you," outside an Oakland abortion clinic.

He was fined and jailed for 18 days earlier this year.
LifeSiteNews reports one of Hoye's lawyers, Michael Millen of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, has announced his intention to appeal the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

"It is now illegal to stand still on the sidewalk and extend your arm to hand out a piece of literature," Millen said, referring to the city ordinances eight-foot bubble rule. "Mark this day down. … On this day, a federal court judge ruled that it is constitutional to put someone in jail for a year for holding out a hand with a leaflet."

The CADC's other stories that weren't voted into the top 10 included the following:

 -  The ongoing saga of Rifqa Bary, the 17-year-old Ohio convert to Christianity from Islam who fled to Florida because she feared her family would kill her, only to be returned by the courts to Ohio.

-   The threat leveled by county officials against a home bible study  in San Diego County , requiring the group to stop meeting until they get a permit for religious assembly.

-  The "Antichrist" film,  reviled as "the most horrific movie ever seen" for explicit and pornographic sadomasochism, violence and occult content.

- The lawsuit filed by the Freedom from Religion Foundation seeking to stop Congress from displaying the national motto and Pledge of Allegiance at the Visitors Center in Washington, D.C.

Too much Credit Card DEBT

I stumbled across this site at another blog I frequent.
 How scary ---Americans are way-off the chart!

Click >>>    HERE  for more at  Man Vs Debt

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Clear Information on the Flu and Flu Vaccines

Good health cannot be purchased; and the flu is a serious illness. Make an informed decision! 
Don't be influenced by fear, nor by those who impose guilt on you  for saying "No!"
Our lives and the lives of our children are too important to leave them in the hands of the government and pharmaceutical industries.

Kiss me once, then kiss me twice...

  Kiss me once, then kiss me twice
Then kiss me once again.
It's been a long, long time.

Haven't felt like this, my dear

Since I can't remember when.

It's been a long, long time

You'll never know how many dreams

I've dreamed about you.

Or just how empty they all seemed without you.

So kiss me once, then kiss me twice

Then kiss me once again.
It's been a long, long time.

Ah, kiss me once, then kiss me twice

Then kiss me once again.

It's been a long time.

Haven't felt like this my dear

Since I can't remember when

It's been a long, long time 

by Jule Styne / Sammy Cahn

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

J Crew's Torrence Dress (Crewcuts Collection)

This is the silk "Torrence" party dress by J Crew (Crewcuts Collection).  I went to their Oakbrook store and saw it on display -- Retail $ 118.  I would not have considered purchasing it if it hadn't been so drastically reduced.  I purchased  the dress in  Red/Orange (Cerise); and online in Bright Pink (Fuschia).  I even got her the striped tights which matches either dress! 

This is one of the reasons I love having daughters. Girls' clothes selection, whether at retail stores, the internet, or at re-sale shops, is tremendous and varied. Daughters are also sweet and lovable (and moody).

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pat Robertson, CBN versus Jeff Zucker, NBC

I thought this article   by Eric Metaxas was well-written, & well-worth a couple of minutes of your precious time.  Hubby, not knowing that this comment by Pat Robertson was all over the news, reminded me that our country, the good 'ol US of A, is also guilty of horrible things ...what country isn't?

I’m sure you’ve heard all about it: Pat Robertson said that Haiti’s founders made a pact with Satan in 1791 and the nation’s ongoing woes are a direct result of that diabolical beginning. Whoops!

Um, what’s the Aramaic word for “retraction”?

Predictably, the condemnations have been thundering. But let’s be honest. It’s incredibly tempting to look for immediate answers to tragedies. Why them and not me? Did someone cause it? We want to know.

  Of course there is never a simple answer. If God were in the business of punishing sin in obvious ways, NBC President Jeff Zucker would have been struck by lightning weeks ago — perhaps more than once. But it rarely works out like that. Bad people seem to thrive. In the Psalms, King David even asks: “Why do the wicked prosper?” And King David didn’t even know about Jeff Zucker.

But let me say something truly shocking myself. I’m usually willing to give Pat Robertson a pass when he says things he shouldn’t. That’s because for every wacky, regrettable thing he says he does a hundred thousand non-wacky good things that you’ll never hear about on television.

Operation Blessing, which is the humanitarian arm of CBN, does so much good around the world it would make your head spin — not literally, just to be clear. They’re in Haiti this very minute, showing the love of Jesus by feeding the hungry and helping the suffering. But don’t worry: other than now, you’ll never hear about it. You’ll only hear about when Pat says something unpleasant.

Just recently, President Obama and the First Lady were willing to give Harry Reid a pass for his “light-skinned negro” comments, preferring to focus on his good deeds, which they felt outweighed the ugly gaffe. So too I would rather look at Robertson’s decades-long record of giving aid to the poor and destitute around the world.

But back to the goofy gaffe for just one more moment… In his comment, Pat was referring to the slave rebels who founded Haiti and who, during a voodoo ceremony made a pact with the devil, slaughtered a black pig, and generally did not behave like they were attending a Presbyterian church service

It’s impossible to say if this is historically accurate, but most people would agree that if it is, starting a nation this way might not be the best approach. Is it so crazy to suggest that praying for the blessings of almighty God would be a safer bet? Still, there’s something about bringing this up when tragedy strikes that doesn’t sit right with most people. And it just so happens that Jesus himself had something to say about it.

In Luke Chapter 13, Jesus is asked about a recent tragedy in which Pontius Pilate murdered a group of Galilean Jews. Jesus says: “Do you think that these Galileans were more sinful than all Galileans because they suffered these things? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”

In other words, no, they didn’t die because they were more guilty than you. Period. And by the way, instead of thinking about how sinful those people were, why don’t you think about your own sins? Thinking about the sins of others give us a nice warm feeling of moral superiority. But thinking about our own sins is a humbling experience, which is generally way less fun. 

In case his audience didn’t get the point, Jesus referenced another recent tragedy, when a tower fell and killed eighteen people in Siloam. Again he asks: “Do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?” And again he answers his own question: “By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”

What could be clearer? Jesus tells us to worry about our own sins. In another passage of the New Testament he tells us to worry about the plank of lumber in our own eye before we worry about the speck of dust in someone else’s.
So it’s tempting and natural to want to understand what causes tragedy, but we have to be careful not to point our fingers at the sins of others. By the way, we might want to think about that when we are tempted to point our fingers at Pat Robertson, I’m just saying.

Eric Metaxas is the author of the just-released Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask): THE JESUS EDITION” published by Regal Books.

Video: Winner! Philippine Supermodel Charlene "Chat" Almarvez in Brazil

The announcement of the Winners! Models  Chanel Iman and  Marcelle Bittar present the winners of the 2010 Ford Models Supermodel of the World contest in São Paulo.  Miss Almarvez came in 2nd Place -- congrats!  Mabuhay and Pilipinas!!


2B Models YouTube

model, Charlene Almarvez

Monday, January 18, 2010

Supermodel of the World Contest: Charlene "Chat" Almarvez from Philippines Wins 1st Runner Up

Click HERE  for contest Winners and pictures.

First Runner Up (and she's only 16, going on 17 y.o.)


To learn  MORE about Charlene, click HERE

Martin Luther King Day

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

Who let the (Pit Bull) Dog out

Duke's backyard/play area

I've been told that Duke is a PIT BULL (!!!!!!!!!!!) He lives on the property adjacent to the Chapel. I've seen him grow from a Puppy to an adult dog. As far as I know, he's never been vicious nor bitten anyone.  He's quick to play and doesn't mind hand-outs. Still, I'm glad for the 4-foot fence that separates him from the young children.   And me.

I didn't realize till now that he's a blue-eyed dog.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Our Bathroom Renovation: Part 1

We've finally given the okay for Jared to begin the much-needed paint job of the upstairs/main Bathroom.    First duty --- strip off the wallpaper.  No more wall paper on these walls. We'll change other parts as we see fit and as our budget allows.  We definitely won't change the toilet since that's relatively newish.

It's the first time these walls have seen any changes in 20 years. Funny how it was never a priority while I was popping-out babies.  Now the youngest "baby" is 8 years old, hehehe.

Time to beautify and enliven the place.

Friday, January 15, 2010

How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways.
   I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
   My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
   Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
   I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely as they turn from Praise.

   I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
   I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
   Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


The last time

January 6, 2010... the last FULL day that our Family of 8 resided  under one roof. 

Who ever said that God "...enlarging our coast..." was not a painful process??! 

Authentic Chanel: Another HG Bag only 6K

I love Exotic-Skin Chanel Bags! Would I buy this? Well.....
Bergdorf Goodman --- Python Classic Flap Bag  $ 6400

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Up-Do Time

Before leaving to return to college, Camille had a hair-cut-and-style session at E Beauty School. It took a couple of hours, but I think the student did a fine job.

Why we have defenseless American Soldiers @ Fort Hood and Elsewhere

The Messiah is Jewish (Jesus Christ of Nazareth); I love God's Word (the Bible); and now here's another invaluable lesson from Israel ...Yessssss!!!!

Many Israelis want to know: why didn't the soldiers, attacked by a U.S. Army Major-turned-terrorist, return fire?

When a Muslim goes, well, Muslim in Israel he is typically shot to death by someone--say, a reserve soldier--within seconds of screaming "Allah Akbar."

In contrast with the Israeli experience, it took 10 minutes before a civilian police officer at Fort Hood was able to shoot and stop Muslim fanatic Nidal Malik Hasan.

How could that happen? How could so many people trained in the strategies and tactics of modern warfare be so defenseless?

The answer--and this may astonish many Americans--is that the victims were unarmed. U.S. soldiers are not allowed to carry guns for personal protection, even on a 340-acre base quartering more than 50,000 troops.

So it goes in brain-dead, liberal America .

Fort Hood is a "gun free" zone, thanks to regulations adopted in one of the very first acts signed into law by anti-gun President Bill Clinton in March, 1993. Click here for the file.

Contrary to President Obama's crocodile tears, his administration is bent on further disarming the U.S. military, and all Americans. Obama and his people will not rest until every American is a sitting duck.

PostScript: Israeli teachers, from kindergarten on up, are also armed; so, a Virginia Tech-type slaughter is highly unlikely at an Israeli university.

Israelis, who have had to combat terrorism all their lives, are not afraid of guns. They are an armed people, ready, willing, and able to defend themselves and their country.

Unlike indoctrinated Americans, paralyzed by fear and political correctness, Israelis understand that people, not guns, kill people.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Swine Flu Vaccine for Sale

On Tuesday, Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot of France assured the electorate in a radio interview that the government would sustain minimal financial damage despite cancelling 50 of the 94 million doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine ordered from various pharmaceutical companies. Only 5 million French elected to take the swine flu vaccine.

Dr Eisenstein Comments :
Our president may have to take a lesson from the French government on how to unload the over 100,000,000 doses of the ineffective, dangerous, and rejected-by-the-American people swine flu vaccine.

Our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, also from Illinois, said "You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time."

President Obama, we do not want your swine flu vaccine, even if you give it to us for free!

Noah's Ark & Life Lessons

Noah's Ark : Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark

ONE: Don't miss the boat.

TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat!

THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

SIX: Build your future on high ground.

SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

NINE: When you're stressed, float awhile.

TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Basement Party

Me, Romy, Wency, Joe, & Jan during a party


Our childhood home's finished basement.  Smiling faces, slim figures, thick hair, clear skin.  None of us look like this now.  What has remained unchanged:  the wall panelling,  the furniture, the stuffed toys, the boyfriends who eventually became our husbands (my Sister Wency had yet to meet Christopher at this point).

My sisters and I are in the process of emptying-out our Parent's home.  It's  tedious and slow work. Mom and Dad collected stuff.  The basement's nooks and crannies are crammed full.  

I'm glad for this picture to remind me of happy, care-free times during our youth.

Solution to killer SUPERBUG in Norway

December 31, 2009 AP

OSLO, Norway - Aker University Hospital is a dingy place to heal. The floors are streaked and scratched. A light layer of dust coats the blood pressure monitors. A faint stench of urine and bleach wafts from a pile of soiled bedsheets dropped in a corner.

Look closer, however, at a microscopic level, and this place is pristine. There is no sign of a dangerous and contagious staph infection that killed tens of thousands of patients in the most sophisticated hospitals of Europe, North America and Asia this year, soaring virtually unchecked.

The reason:

Norwegians stopped taking so many drugs.
Twenty-five years ago, Norwegians were also losing their lives to this bacteria. But Norway's public health system fought back with an aggressive program that made it the most infection-free country in the world. A key part of that program was cutting back severely on the use of antibiotics.

Now a spate of new studies from around the world prove that Norway's model can be replicated with extraordinary success, and public health experts are saying these deaths - 19,000 in the U.S. each year alone, more than from AIDS - are unnecessary.

Dr. Eisenstein's comments:
We should take a lesson from the Norwegians. We have too much antibiotic useage in this country. Instead of looking at vaccines and antibiotics we must start looking at Probiotics and Vitamin D as a treatment to prevent and treat infectious diseases. The CDC reported that many of the children and who died from the swine flu actually died from pneumonia some from a MRSA pneumonia.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Relax, kiddo

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you ~ 1 Peter 5:7

I cannot relate as a teen-ager, nor as a college student; but I CAN relate as an adult in my 20s studying for the CPA exam.  I was a wife, a Mom, and a full-time employee.  Man, the preassure was on!  Camille, if you're reading this, remember to cast your cares on the Lord, sweetie  ♥

Dog pack attacks Gator in Florida

Not for the squeemish

At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.

The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the "apex predator", can still fall victim to implemented 'team work' strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and "survival of the pack mentality" bred into the canines.

See the remarkable photograph below courtesy of Nature Magazine.

Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.

Screen Cleaner -- Free for your computer

Did you know that you're supposed to clean the inside of the computer screen? Not many people know this or how to do it. So, here's a complimentary cleaning.

Click here  >     Screen Cleaner

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dear Chanel: Hell needs to freeze over ...

...or, lightning must strike me twice --- before I'd buy your small, authentic Chanel bag for  $8800 (limited edition, my foot!)