Well I just wanted to say hello to the people who continued to follow even through the long period of not posting. I want to thank my mother-in-law for writing up a couple of the more recent posts to try and get my blog going again. Well as for my family, my brother and both of my sisters have got the all clear thank god. As for me the Dr. told me that more than likely the nodules that I have are bi-nine, from what he says the more you have the less chance it can be cancer. I will still be going to surgery to have my thyroid and the nodules removed in Feb. Anyways I will be back posting up my opinions for anyone who cares real soon now. Thank you all for continuing to follow my blog.
Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words: Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her. Love, Meredith We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had. Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’ Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note: Dear Meredith, Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away. Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by. Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find. I am wherever there is love. Love, God Don’t say you’re too busy to forward this. Just go ahead and do it **SHARE**
One of the biggest cuts in government spending during the most recent fiscal cliff was to cut food stamps by over five billion dollars. Makes sense! Take from the poor, but keep those triple digit salaries coming for the top officials in the government, you know the ones who don’t do anything except argue and threaten each other! And don’t forget to send the checks over to other countries to feed their hungry and poor.
Sure, I know we had to cut somewhere, but does anyone actually sit down and think about what they are doing BEFORE they start cutting.
The food stamp program feeds an estimated 48 million people in the United States every month. According to the latest figures, a family of four will lose approximately $36.00 per month in benefits. Doesn’t sound like much, but in most cases, the family was already either doing without some meals or getting help from other sources, such as food pantries to supplement their food budget. Now if the family must take more money out of their budget to spend on food, they will surely cut down spending somewhere else. How will that help our flailing economy?
In addition to cutting the food stamp program, the government will also cut down subsidies to farmers of over $39 billion in the next decade. So now we aren’t just taking away the income farmer’s receive from selling their crops to feed the poor, but also taking away any help we might give them to produce that food. At the same time, the cost of fuel needed to run farm equipment, interest on farm loans, and the cost of seed continues to rise. Isn’t there somewhere else we could get this money from? Are we still subsidizing the billion dollar oil companies?
In the long run, these government spending cuts will reduce consumer spending and, with it, economic growth.
According to an article in the New York Times, these cuts could easily put more pressure on our already fragile economic recovery. The article states: “Measures that grant more spending power to lower-income people generally have strong effects throughout the economy because the money is spent immediately and then re-spent. Moody’s Analytics has estimated that every additional dollar spent on food stamps generates about $1.74 in economic activity.”
Even more harm will be done if unemployment benefits, which average $260 a week, are cut again or stopped outright at year-end. Nearly 37 percent of the nation’s 11.3 million jobless workers have been out of work for more than six months, still higher by far than at any time before the Great Recession.
With cuts in unemployment, farm subsidies and food stamps it seems more and more obvious that the government is less and less committed to combatting poverty. I once worked for a company whose economic development strategy was that if they didn’t help the poor population, it would just move somewhere else? Really? How? Maybe the poor could just move to another country, then they would be able to get help from the United States government to feed their families!
As parents, our number one job is to protect our children. We think we hit all the bases to teach our children what to do to avoid being violated or attacked.
We start at a young age, teaching Stranger Danger! We say, “Scream! Bite! Kick! Run! Walk in groups when you go somewhere. Don’t go out after dark alone or in a neighborhood you don’t know. Be aware of your surroundings at all times!”
But sadly the one thing often overlooked is the one thing we never should have to say. Beware of people you know and love because sometimes they aren’t who you think they are.
Some startling statistics from RAINN, the Rape, Assault Incest website at http://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims:
- Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted
- 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12
- Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7
- 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker
- 34.2% of attackers were family members.
- 58.7% were acquaintances.
- Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim
Homes are violated every day, not by a criminal or someone off the street. No, even worse—parents, siblings or family friends, attack and rape children in their own home. Now, not only are the streets unsafe, but the one safe haven children thought they had is no longer safe.
Violated and alone, a child often will not tell their parents or loved ones when the incident happens. Sometimes it will be weeks, months or even years before the child is finally able to find the courage to step up and ask for help.
Rarely is it a matter of trust. More often, it’s a matter of fear. Fear of the person who assaulted them, fear of being called a liar, or fear of making people mad. Often even of making the person who assaulted them angry. After all, it was a family friend or perhaps another family member, someone the child believes their parents trust. It is all too easy for the child and the perpetrator to turn the incident around to place all of the guilt on the child. Guilt, fear and secrecy may give the perpetrator the power to continue the abuse.
Aided by the power of the cycle of fear, guilt and violence, sixty percent of sexual assaults will go unreported to the police and ninety-seven percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail.
Is it inconceivable then that rape and/or assault victims often do not get the help they need to work through the problems caused from the crime? If you know someone who has been a victim of a violent crime, or assault or rape, the most important thing you can do for them is to listen and believe them. If they are ready for counseling, help them find a reputable counselor. If there are not ready for face to face counseling, another alternative is a rape crisis hotline. You can find one through your local phone book, domestic violence hotline or from a counseling center.
Well my sister had surgery and went through radiation and is doing great. My brother is ok for now. I just heard the other day that my other sister from California has breast cancer, they are going to remove her breast but they aren’t sure that it is going to be enough. She said that if they aren’t able to remove all of the cancer after taking her breast then she isn’t going to to continue treatment. As for myself I just found out that I have quite a few nodules on my thyroid, so I am waiting on my labs and going to see a cancer specialist. I will update as soon as I know more.
Well they said that they got 99+% out so not she has to go through radiation. As for my brother, he went through surgery again and they said that if they find anymore spots on his bladder they will have to remove his bladder completely. My brother and sister are way too young for this.
Going to the Dr. today to find out what kind of cancer my sister has. Wish her luck.
Right now I am going through some tough times. My brother was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He started chemo after the surgery then they had to stop chemo because they found 3 more spots. He had surgery again and now they say if they find anymore spots they are going to have to remove his bladder all together. My sister just had her thyroid removed because they found a tumor and the Dr. called two days ago, his exact words were “It’s killer cancer” my sister asks “what kind of cancer is it?” Dr. “well discuss that on the 18th” WTF is that? Drs suck, that is bull shit. Why would they worry you like that if they cannot even discuss it? Why couldn’t he have just made an apt. rather than tell us something like that? Now it’s just worry, worry, worry until we can go talk to these bastards to see what the hell is going on.
Anyways that was a venting session. I flew out here to Reno to stay with my sister and take care of her, in a week I will be headed to Cali to help my brother then back out to Reno before I head back home. Wish my family luck through there hard times. Thanks for reading my venting session. Sorry my writing sucks but my head is too full to care about how I write right now. I’ll post updates on my brother and sister for anyone interested.
I put the site link below. Parent’s if your children are playing on this game I would highly suggest that you log into your child’s account and read their messages, their archives, watch the movies they are watching and making in this kids game. I would bet you that most of these so called children are adult men and women who deserve to be gave to the public for disposal.
Have any of you been to the movie theatre lately? OMG me and my partner took our daughter to see Hansel and Gretel 3D at the Harkins theatre by the Superstition Mall. We went on a Saturday around 1 in the afternoon. It still costed nearly $50.00 just for us to get in, then another $50 for 2 med. soda’s 1 med. pop corn and a salted pretzel. Now I don’t know about you but I think this is a rip off. It’s no wonder the poor stay poor, it’s because everyone puts a higher price on everything so they can make even more money. Are there any people left in the world that believe in giving people a fair price just because it’s the humane thing to do? If there are I sure don’t know of any. Can you believe that they charge $5.00 for a medium fountain drink. Do you know that it only costs them cents for that fountain drink and a few more cents for the cap. So why are there prices so outrageous? And what really pisses me off is that they play commercials. If you say that the movie is going to start at 1:30 then I don’t expect to have to watch them promote all the other movies coming out. I could have rented a movie, got all movie snacks and drinks for under $10.00 and I could fast forward through all the shit I don’t want to watch.
I am a working mother who doesn’t’ receive help with child support and when I make a few extra dollars I want nothing more than to treat my children because they really don’t have much compared to other kids. Why does treating my children have to cost an arm and a leg? It doesn’t, the reason it does is because people live off of selfishness and greed now. No wonder our world is going to shit!
My 10 year old daughter came home the other day and we were playing and chatting about her day at the mall when out of the blue she say’s “Mommy I want to make a blog because bullying is getting bad, there are allot of kids killing themselves over bullying.’ Oh my god at that moment I felt so proud that my 10 year old daughter even knew how bad bullying was let alone wanting to try and do something about it. She want’s to blog and start a group at school about bullying. At that moment I felt as though I have passed on to my morals and good heart to my children and I have taught them that they can make a difference no matter who you are. Below is two videos, one is a song that my daughter showed me on youtube about how bullying has made her a stronger person and how she had to set the bar higher for herself because of bullying and eventually she was stronger than the one’s who bullied her and now she is laughing at them. It is an inspiring song that I hope may help others who are bullied to believe in themselves and to work harder so in the end you are the one who comes out on top.
This next video is about children who were bullied to death and if you have a heart at all then you will cry but it is better to feel then to ignore.