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.