Who Is…

Doctor Clara Hayden?

Any takers…

Here’s a hint.

Think ‘books’.

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We Will Never Forget… Right?

a-book-heartThis week has been a tearful one.

Although the tears I have shed are nothing compared to those of the friends and love ones that lost someone 15 years ago.

My prayers are for the fallen, for those that suffer numerous illnesses because of that day, and also for those that are left here to mourn the many who’s lives were cut short that fateful day.

I pray that time has eased the pain and that cherished memories has filled it’s place.

But now to the question… and it is being posed to the United States as a whole; where is the unity that we felt as a nation? Where is compassion we felt for one another?

It’s strange, Christians and people of faith were able to pray openly without ridicule.

We rallied together as a nation, we weren’t black, white, brown, or even green?

We were Americans, and think what you may… I for one am grateful George Bush was at the helm, I felt he was going to do what was needed to keep America safe. In hindsight many are saying that there was no need to go to war. And even if we did we attacked the wrong country.

You know what they say about hindsight? It’s 20/20.

The fear and uncertainty that was felt across the nation was tense the days following the attack. I can only speak for myself, but I cried and cheered the day we struck back. It’s like the feeling that you get when you go home and tell your big brother that bullies hurt you and your friends. Your brother then sends his friends to go teach the bullies a lesson. Thank you President Bush and all those that were a part of the government 15 years ago. There were tough decisions that had to be made and I know they were not easy to make.

I hope this little analogy doesn’t trivialize the tragedy that happened, that is not my intention. I just wanted to tell you how I felt.

The point behind this is to encourage us to remember the unity we felt in the days following 9-11. Let’s strive to be compassionate to one another.

Stand strong America, no we aren’t perfect… no where near it! But I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world. Let’s focus on the good (not ignore the bad), and work to be a better place. It starts with each of us individually. I can’t make you a better person, just like you can’t make me. I can work on myself, and I ask you to do the same.

In closing would it asking too much for Christians to added to the list of those we are to be tolerant to?

WOW….

framed_8oclock It’s been said that time wait’s for no one.

How very true, where have the last couple of months gone?

So much has been going on in the news. There have been countless times I have wanted to steal away with my computer and crank out a couple of paragraphs regarding something that took place that day in the news.

One day I was moved to tears as I listened to disturbing situations that were going on around the world. But just as quick as the title and the words began to form in my mind…

There are a few topics I will be addressing in the near future (promise). Right now it’s one a.m. and I really do need to hit the sack.

I guess I just wanted to say that I’m still here and that I care. We are living in turbulent times, but if we bother to look close enough we can and will see good.

I leave you with this, tomorrow (and for you ambitious types – today) don’t just look for ‘good’….

You be the ‘good’ someone else can see!

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Be Kind

 

 

Glass Ceilings

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Congratulations to Secretary Clinton for becoming the first woman to become a major parties nominee.

There have been 28 women prior to Hillary to run as a presidential candidate she however is the first to break through the seemingly ‘glass ceiling’. Today is a big day in our nation’s history.

I differ with the Senator on many of the things she stands for; however I applaud her for her accomplishments.

I continue to long for the day that we as a nation will once again stand for truth and righteousness.

See you in November…

VOTE!

If you don’t you have no right to complain.

If you have some free time check out this site.

The Stand Against Lung Cancer

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Turquoise….

What does the wearing of the turquoise shaped ribbon signify?

That either the wearer or someone close to the wearer is battling lung cancer.

Today I learned just how devastating the effects of lung cancer can be. I did not realize it was as prevalent as it is. Below I have added a few articles that address the situation.

We must educate ourselves.

Women’s Lung Health Week 2016

WHEREAS, every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told she has lung cancer; and

WHEREAS, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, advocacy and increased awareness will increase the availability of quality treatment for women with lung cancer and other lung diseases and will save lives; and

WHEREAS, LUNG FORCE, the national movement led by the American Lung Association,  unites women to stand together with strength and determination to lead the fight against lung cancer and for lung health; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is committed to increasing research and awareness of lung cancer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 9-13, 2016, as WOMEN’S LUNG HEALTH WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

 

New research: Lung cancer can lie hidden for years

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How common is lung cancer?

Lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell) is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer). In men, prostate cancer is more common, while in women breast cancer is more common. About 14% of all new cancers are lung cancers.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2016 are:

  • About 224,390 new cases of lung cancer (117,920 in men and 106,470 in women)
  • About 158,080 deaths from lung cancer (85,920 in men and 72,160 in women)

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women; about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older, while less than 2% are younger than 45. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 70.

 

This information is daunting, but we will continue to fight. If you or a love one has been effected by cancer don’t give up, get the best care you can and take care of yourself.

Surround yourself with loving positive people, this is no time to have negative people bringing your spirits down. I’m praying for any and all that will read this post that are effected by this disease.

Cancer is a word

Cancer is a word, not a sentence
It's only the beginning, not the finish
A mountain filled with rocky terrain
A terrorist inside, desperate to claim

But you're a warrior through and through
This foreign intruder has not a clue
A strike of lightening as the sun shines bright
Knocks you down with vengeful spite

Although it may feel like the end is near
With God on your side, the fog will clear
At the end of this road is path of victory
The invasion, simply a page of history


To see other poems by Anna Hopper click on the title of this poem. Thank you Anna.

Motherless

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Mother’s Day

Gone But Never Forgotten… Always In My Heart

Mother’s Day has come and gone…

This was the first time I was not able to wish my Mother a “Happy Mother’s Day”. I couldn’t just pick up the phone and say ‘Hi Mama’.

I miss laughing and being silly with her remembering days gone by.

I miss being able to ask questions that only she would know the answer to.

But she lives on in my heart and mind. A tear or two may fall from time to time, but more times than not I find a smile on my face remembering something she had said or done when we were together.

For those of you that are blessed to still have your Mother in your life let me encourage you not to wait for a special day to tell your mother that you care. Take a moment today to tell her that you love her.

We never know when it’s the last time we will see our love one.

 

 

 

Work You’d Do Without Getting Paid!

Stop Cocooning

Spread Your Wings & Fly!

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?

I met a young woman this morning in the Club Lounge of a particular hotel, she was so bubbly and excited about the company she has aligned herself with. I was drawn in simply by her smile and enthusiasm…. I had to ask what “It Works” meant (it was on her sweat shirt), she put her breakfast plate down and left to go to her room to get me a brochure. Did I mention she was passionate about what she does. 🙂

I’m not affiliated with her in anyway, and I’ve never used her products…. but when she told me her why (She wants to help her husband give her and their children a better life. They do what they need to do to send their young children to a school that offers STEM classes). Her desire is to leave corporate America and have a job that is fun.

I wanted to help in some way. So if you are curious check out her It Works site. Just tell her ‘Women As Treasure’ sent you. It doesn’t feather my cap, I just want her to know that I remembered her and that she made an impression.

So I ask again… are you passionate about what you are currently doing? If your answer is no what are you going to do about it? It’s time to come out of your shell, time to dust off your dream, time to break out of that cocoon.

Cocooning is the name given to the trend that sees individuals socializing less and retreating into their home more. The term was coined in the 1990s by Faith Popcorn, a trend forecaster and marketing consultant.

Faith coined the term “Cocooning” which is the impulse to stay inside when people feel the ‘outside’ has gotten too tough and scary”. They then turn their homes into a “nest” or a cocoon if you will.

It’s time for women young and old to break out of their cocoon, time to emerge like a butterfly to enjoy the life they were created to enjoy.

The process of a lava becoming a butterfly is a fascinating one…. just don’t stay inside too long 🙂