Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Done with Romance?

Finally I’d found the courage to end the bad relationship I was in. “I’m done with romance for a good long while if not for good, period,” I told my mom. She was taking me to a Wednesday-night service at the new church in town. 
The sermon and the hymns were a welcome distraction from any thoughts about romance. Afterward Mom introduced me around. “And this is Bob,” she said. As I shook his hand I heard a voice, like a whisper in my ear: This will be your husband.
Bob and I made plans to meet at the mall. We talked for hours and had a lot in common. It was the best date I ever had. I hadn’t been looking forward to the evening. Now I didn’t want it to end—and it didn’t. We were married a year later.
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A Good Guy

A woman's chance meeting with her true love.
I wanted to meet men. But not like this.
It was cold and wet. We checked out four video stores before we could agree on a movie. Something funny and sweet where the guy and the girl end up together. If only real life could work out that way. It’s not like I wanted some Hollywood hunk for a boyfriend. I just wanted someone who was polite and thoughtful and actually listened to me instead of talking about himself the whole time. A good guy. Was that too much to ask?
We were driving home when all of a sudden I heard the wail of a siren behind us and saw red lights flashing in my rearview mirror. “Oh, no,” I groaned. A ticket. That’s all I needed.
He asked for my license and registration and headed back to his car. It took him a while to return. “Sorry for the delay,” he said, “but I had to write up two citations. Your inspection sticker has expired.” Then he handed me the citations to sign. “You can request a hearing if you want to, or just send it in. Thank you and have a nice evening.”
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NARAL Pro-Choice America

Stop The Bloodshed


I've just heard about this emergency campaign urging for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Already 370 people have been killed in this escalating conflict. Now is the time to issue a demand to world leaders that the spiralling violence that has characterized the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must come to an end. In 2009 let's push for real peace to be achieved between Israel and Palestine. To learn more and to take action, read the email below:

Dear friends,

As we watch the Gaza bloodshed with horror, appalled at how the crisis is spiralling further out of control, one thing is clear -- this violence will only lead to further civilian suffering and an escalation of the conflict.

There must be another way. Over 370 are dead and hundreds more injured -- rockets are striking Ashdod deep inside Israel for the very first time, and the sides are mobilising for invasion. A global response has begun, but it'll take more than words -- the immediate violence won't end, nor will wider peace be secured, without firm action from the international community.

Today, we're launching an emergency campaign which will be delivered to the UN Security Council and key world powers, urging them to act to ensure an immediate ceasefire, address the growing humanitarian crisis, and take steps to build real and lasting peace.1 Follow this link now to sign the emergency petition and send it to everyone you know:

After eight or more years of ineffective US and global diplomacy -- and now Gaza's bloodiest day in recent memory -- we must issue a global outcry demanding that world leaders do more than make statements if they're to bring peace to this region. The UN, the European Union, the Arab League and the USA should now act together to ensure a ceasefire – which includes an end to rocket attacks into Israel and opening the checkpoints for fuel, food, medicine and other humanitarian aid deliveries.

With a new US President taking office in less than a month, a real opportunity exists to breathe new life into peace efforts. These latest hostilities require not only an immediate ceasefire but a commitment from Obama and other world leaders that resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the very top of their agendas. As the whole world is impacted by this ongoing conflict - we should demand nothing less.

In 2006 we mobilised for a ceasefire in Lebanon. For years we've worked to encourage a just and lasting peace, taking out billboards and ads across Israel and Palestine. Now as we head into 2009, we need to come together again to demand a peaceful and lasting resolution, instead of a further escalation of violence. Follow this link to put your name forward for peace:

All sides to the conflict will continue to act as they have in the past if they believe that the world will stand by and allow them to do so. 2009 is a year that things can be different. As we face this crisis, and the possibilities of a new year, it's time for us to demand a ceasefire and work together to finally put an end to this cycle of violence.

With hope and determination,

Brett, Ricken, Alice, Ben, Pascal, Paul, Graziela, Paula, Luis, Iain and the whole Avaaz team

Monday, December 29, 2008

Surprisingly Unhealthy Foods

These items may seem good for you; in fact, they may even be sold as health foods. But experts warn they may be hiding loads of calories, preservatives, sodium, and fat.
Granola Bars.
Energy Bars.
Sports Drinks.
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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Chocolate: Great for Your Skin

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Think chocolate is one of the worst things for your skin? Think again.

RealAge skin expert, Dr. Amy Wechsler, has a recipe for hot chocolate that can make your skin glow.
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Friday, December 19, 2008

Help Set the Agenda for the Next Secretary of Labor


Obama has named Rep. Hilda Solis as the next Secretary of Labor, which means it's finally time to undo the damage of Elaine Chao, Bush's longest running cabinet member. As Labor Secretary, Chao has made a mockery of the Department of Labor and trampled on workers' rights for eight years.

To make sure our top priorities get addressed, Rep. Solis needs to hear from everyone who cares about the future of America's working people.

There's an easy way to vote on what Rep. Solis' top priorities should be. Will you join me?

Vote now at:

Check out the choices and vote TODAY.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Target Women: Yogurt Edition // Current

Sarah Haskins of takes on media and marketing strategies directed at women with withering wit and hilarious insight. From pro-biotic yogurt to Disney princesses, Volvos to "The View," Sarah guides you through what advertisers think about how women think — and what that says about how our society thinks of women. You'll never look at yogurt the same way again.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Ban Cluster Boms Now

I've just sent a message to government leaders urging a strong ban on cluster bombs. I hope you'll join me. Here's the link:

And here's more info from

Final negotiations are underway right now in Dublin, Ireland on a treaty to ban cluster bombs -- but its outcome is in danger.

Cluster munitions don't just kill during war--they scatter small, unexploded "bomblets" on the ground. When children pick them up, they are often maimed or killed. Most governments agree that they should be banned--but many are now trying to weaken the proposed treaty with loopholes, exemptions, and delays.

Negotiations end this Thursday. If enough of us raise our voices, we can drown out the arms manufacturers and convince our governments to do the right thing. Click below to send a message, and then forward this email to friends and family:

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The leak has been fixed, but now I have a hole in the ceiling.
Win Prizes
Today is not so good. The ceiling has been leaking all night and good part of the day, yet no one has fixed it. Hope some one will come soon.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Why You May Need More Magnesium

Naturally found in foods like nuts, seeds and legumes, the recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 320 mg for women and 400 mg for men, but you may need more if you take lots of calcium, drink alcohol, or if you take diuretics because all of those can deplete the body of magnesium.
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People often wonder if they are getting enough vitamin C, but rarely do they wonder if they are getting enough magnesium. The answer could be just as vital to health and well being.
magnesium may be able to help you with:
Strong Bones:
Heart Health:
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Friday, March 7, 2008

Red and white male cat. Very beautiful, affectionate, and playful. 10 month old. CFA registration and all shots.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Rebate Processor HUGE Scam & Con

Many people are seeking paid to process rebate jobs – I’m not exactly sure why…maybe because it sounds like an easy way to make money from home? None-the-less, many companies have found ways to tally take advantage of jobseekers and is one of them.
When you first find you’ll begin to feel like your financial situation is going to be ok. Like any scam site, they’ll use manipulation techniques to play on your emotions and sucker you into paying THEM money to work. NEVER, EVER, E-V-E-R pay a penny to work. A real “job” online is like a real “job” in the “real world” – it will PAY YOU to work, not the other way around.
So after you pay your $40 to you’ll quickly discover that, as I have written before, this is not at all even a “rebate processing” job! This company, like myself, and maybe even you, is a member of ClickBank. They want YOU to get people to buy clickbank items.
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Free Sample Dove Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner

Dove Free Samples Costco has free samples of Dove shampoo and conditioner available. You do not need a membership with Costco to get these free samples at the moment.
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When a woman first looks at her reflection in the morning, it’s like a crystal ball. It’ll tell her whether her hair is going to behave or if she’s going to have a struggle on her hands. This is the key moment where she assesses her specific type of hair damage and then tries to “correct” it – in doing so, she often damages her hair even further.
Dove believes that damage is the main thing standing between women and having beautiful hair. Only hair that’s in good condition responds well to a hair routine and allows women to achieve the look they want every day. Dove will repair the damage to make hair beautiful.
In five days, your hair will have more noticeable shine and volume with Dove Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner.
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Pet Greens Free Samples

You can get free samples of Pet Greens treats for dogs or cats. These appear to be similar to the Greenies treats. The only confirmation you will get after submitting is one line below the form. The code is difficult to read, so just keep reloading the page until you get one you can decipher.

We know your pet will fall in love with our NEW Pet Greens® Treats! Our tasty treats are a great way to provide your dog or cat with the green nutrition they need to live a healthy and happy life.

Experience the Power of Green Nutrition! Simply complete the form below and we'll send you a sample of our Pet Greens® Treat for your pet to enjoy!

U.S. residents only. Limit one per household. Offer valid while supplies last.

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Gurnier Free Samples

Garnier Free SamplesA new free sample is available at Wal-Mart: Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift.

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Government Concedes Vaccin-Autism Case in Federal Court - Now What?

After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims.
The doctors conceded that the child was healthy and developing normally until her 18-month well-baby visit, when she received vaccinations against nine different diseases all at once (two contained thimerosal).
This statement is good news for the girl and her family, who will now be compensated for the lifetime of care she will require. But its implications for the larger vaccine-autism debate, and for public health policy in general, are not as certain.
In fact, the government's concession seems to raise more questions than it answers.
1) Is there a connection between vaccines, mitochondrial disorders and a diagnosis of autism, at least in some cases?
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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Neighbor Update

This week was very quite. It is so nice to be able to fall asleep without having to listen to him play. I hope he found some other place to drum.

Moringa - miracle tree

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"He who has health has hope;
and he who has hope has everything."
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Rioters Break Into Belgarde's US Embassy

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BELGRADE, Serbia (Feb. 21) - Serb rioters set fire to an office inside the U.S. Embassy Thursday and police clashed with protesters outside other embassy buildings after a large demonstration against Kosovo's declaration of independence.
Serbia's President Boris Tadic, on an official visit to Romania, appealed for calm and urged the protesters to stop the attacks and move away from the streets. Tadic said that violence was "damaging" Serbia's efforts to defend Kosovo, which declared its independence from Belgrade on Sunday.
For several days, Kosovo's Serbs have shown their anger by destroying U.N. and NATO property, setting off small bombs and staging noisy rallies.
On Thursday, the neighboring Croatian Embassy also was targeted by the same group of protesters at the U.S. Embassy, and smaller groups attacked police posts outside the Turkish and British embassies in another part of the city but were beaten back.
Groups also broke into a McDonald's restaurant and demolished the interior.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ask Congress to Stop Ships From

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Fewer than 350 North Atlantic Right Whales are alive today, making the species one of the most critically endangered on the planet. And the leading cause of death to these whales is also the most easily prevented: collisions with ships.
Ship strikes accounted for 27 reported deaths of large whales along the Atlantic coastline between 2001-2005, and an estimated 4 Right whales are killed by ships annually. It is critical that the situation improve immediately. Further delays in taking action will increase the likelihood that the population will never recover.
By supporting the Ship Strike Reduction Act of 2008, you can ask Congress to help slow down the ships and significantly reduce risk of injuries and death for the North Atlantic Right Whale.
Please contact your Senator and urge him or her to support the Ship Strike Reduction Act.
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IBS Quiz

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a collection of symptoms that cause physical pain and emotional stress. But lifestyle changes can help prevent and control these symptoms and increase one's quality of life. Test your knowledge about managing IBS.
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TMZ Photogs Busted in Britney Sweep

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The cops have cracked down bigtime on paparazzi -- no, not the ones who blow red lights. Not the ones who run cars off the road. Not the ones who threaten to kill people who get in their way. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is going after ... sidewalk violators!!!
By our count, six camerapeople were busted last night; two outside the salon where Brit was getting her hair done and four outside Villa nightclub where Lindsay was partying. Two TMZ photogs were among those busted.
One deputy is heard warning paps, "You're slowing down, you're stopping on my sidewalk." When asked what law the photogs were violating, a deputy cited West Hollywood Municipal Code, Section 3.04.030, the Traffic Safety Fund. That section funnels traffic violation money to bankroll traffic lights and other stuff.
One TMZ photog says he had just stepped off the sidewalk when he was cuffed and thrown into the back of a squad car for an hour. Another TMZ photog was hauled off to jail for six hours.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Regaining Faith

Only when we realize love from the other side,
Do we learn to give the love we try so hard to hide,
When we embrace the soul of light that's waiting for us there,
We find a love so pure, divine, that goes beyond compare,
It touches us in places and stirs the inner fires,
Healing soul and spirit, fullfilling all desires,
The part we left so long ago, the one who's love is true,
The one who weeps with sorrow while waiting there for you.
Living in the moment is the hardest thing to do,
Letting go of all the past that keeps on haunting you,
Not looking towards the future, with trembling fear and dread,
Silencing those voices that keep screaming in your head.
Faith does not come naturally to those upon the earth,
For sorrow, pain, and sadness has stalked us since our birth,
Making sure to rip away the fabric of our soul,
Leaving us to wonder if we ever can be whole.

Innocence is quickly lost within the wheels of time,
We learn when we are very young, there's no reason or rhyme,
To all the madness and deciet that slashes at our skin,
We know that there was once much more, but can't remember when.
Hearts once full of light and love close up and turn to stone,
Locked tight behind our man made walls, we feel so alone,
No longer able to reach out into the misty gray,
All feelings stay hidden inside in hopes they'll go away.
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Monday, February 18, 2008


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Found something awesome online and can’t wait to pass it on? Tired of copying and pasting endless URLs? Shareaholic allows you to share, bookmark and e-mail web pages quickly without leaving your browser.
Supported services:
* digg
* facebook
* friendfeed
* google bookmarks
* magnolia
* mixx
* reddit
* simpy
* stumbleupon
* truemors
* tumblr
* twitter
* bzzster!
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Lucky Magazine Rachel Bilson Cover Sweepstakes

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Enter here to win Rachel Bilson's cover outfit—worth more than $2,500! Plus: The first 50 to register will receive a Lancôme High Définicils Mascara in Black.
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Terrible Neighbor

This night was a second night my neighbor was playing drums. Sometimes he plays electric guitar which is just as bad when I am trying to sleep. Calling police doesn't work they just say that they have more important cases to take care of, but will send someone when this someone will be come available. No one ever comes and my neighbor continuous to play drums knowing that we will do nothing about it. If anyone has any idea of how to deal with it, you are welcome to drop me a line. Just pleas don't tell me to talk to me because I tried and it doesn't work.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Panne with Salmon and Roasted Vegetables

You'll be hooked by the sweet, mellow flavor of the caramelized vegetables and the tender texture of the salmon. From Prevention Healthy Cooking.
1.Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
2.Meanwhile, cut the leeks into 2” lengths and quarter them lengthwise. Rinse the leeks completely. Place the leeks and bell pepper in a 13” x 9” baking dish. Add the broth, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of the oil, thyme, and black pepper. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
3.Add the squash, olives, and salmon to the baking dish and drizzle with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, or until the salmon is opaque and the vegetables are tender.
4.Place the penne in a large serving bowl. Break the salmon into bite-size pieces and add to the penne with the vegetables
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Project Name: ACNE ***For this study only, it is allowed to have recently participated in another research study *** We are looking for individuals 18-35 years old who suffer from acne and are interested in participating in a product use test for a new acne treatment in which you will be asked to use a product for 8 weeks. During the course of your treatment, you will be required to attend (3) 45 minutes to 1-hour sessions in the Mission Valley area that will involve picking up the product, taking photos, & filling out a short survey. The first session will take place on Wednesday, March 5th or Thursday, March 6th. The second session will occur 4 weeks later and the 3rd session will occur when you are finished with the treatment at the end of 8 weeks. Qualified participants MUST be willing to stop all acne treatments at least 1 week prior to your participation and throughout the duration of the 8-week trial. For attending each mandatory session, you will be compensated a total of $225 ($75 for each session). If interested please EMAIL US ONLY using the subject of Acne to with the following information to see if you qualify: - Your name & age - Phone number(s) & best time to be reached - Which one of the following best describes your acne condition? Acute acne, mild/moderate acne, or occasional blemishing?

The Miracle Times

"Nothing real can be threatened.   
Nothing unreal exists.   
Herein lies the peace of God." 
February 17, 2008      Month 
Sunday   Lesson: 48
There is nothing to fear
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Tell President Bush to Protect Polar Bears

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have said that habitat loss and global warming could cause polar bears to disappear entirely from Alaska by 2050. But that hasn’t stopped the Bush/Cheney Administration from dragging its feet on protecting our polar bears under the Endangered Species Act or paving the way for harmful oil and gas drilling in sensitive polar bear habitat.

Please sign our petition and urge President Bush to get serious about protecting polar bears by halting all sales of drilling leases in polar bear habitat and listing these beautiful bears under the Endangered Species Act immediately. Remember, personalized messages are most effective, but rude or overly emotional messages may be disregarded.
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