Monday, January 01, 2007

A New Begining

Pirate of the Month
January
Thank you Benita for the image and the quote!
By ???
No Prey No Pay

"By presenting a pirate's lifestyle though portraiture, one see's close up the mildew, salt, pitch, tar and slopped food that is inevitable onboard a sailing vessel. With spyglass and weapons at the ready, hands that will never come clean, he waits to ply his trade. He has sailed rough and been hard-used."

The month of January is also;


Cervical Health Awareness Month


Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
6520 Platt Avenue, #693
West Hills, CA 91307
(818) 909-3849


Cervical cancer is an important women’s health problem in developing countries, killing some 200,000 women each year. It is the third most common cancer overall and the leading cause of death from cancer among women in developing countries.

At least 370,000 new cases are identified each year; 80 percent are in developing countries. Rates are highest in Central America and sub-Saharan Africa. An important reason for the sharply higher cervical cancer incidence in developing countries is the lack of effective screening programs aimed at detecting pre-cancerous conditions (dysplasia) and treating them before they progress to invasive cancer.

Talk about it! Save your daughter, your nieces, cousins, girlfriends and your own life!


National Blood Donor Month


AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks)
8101 Glenbrook Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 215-6526


Why Donate Blood?


A blood donation truly is a “gift of life” that a healthy individual can give to others in their community who are sick or injured. In one hour’s time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components that could help save multiple lives.


From one unit of blood, red blood cells can be extracted for use in trauma or surgical patients. Plasma, the liquid part of blood, is administered to patients with clotting problems. The third component of blood, platelets, clot the blood when cuts or other open wounds occur, and are often used in cancer and transplant patients. Cryoprecipitated anti-hemophilic factor (AHF) is also used for clotting factors.


National Birth Defects Prevention Month


March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10605
(888) MO DIMES (663-4637)


Every day 1 in 8 babies born in the U.S. arrives too soon. Premature birth can happen to any pregnant woman, and no one knows why. It is a serious, common and costly problem. The March of Dimes is leading the campaign to reduce premature birth by supporting research and by educating the public and health care providers.

The March of Dimes is very close to my own heart. My oldest son, Rusty was born a month and a half premature. Also, I have three other friends who have given birth to children prematurely and without the help of the March of Dimes and other agencies, their children would not have survived.


National Glaucoma Awareness Month


Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 331-2020

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year.

Being a diabetic, I get screened for Glaucoma every year. I was asked some time ago if it hurt, it doesn't. Besides they dilate your eyes and they give you some funky glasses to wear. =0) Don't take a chance, get tested!

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Well folks, I just got home from driving some very drunk and happy friends (I was the designated driver) home from a party at my friend Candy's house! I had a wonderful time, heard a lot of great jokes and I did get a kiss from a very special person at midnight! Yep, I believe 2007 will be a good year! Goodnight everyone!


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N Posted by Rain at 1/01/2007 12:36:00 AM

3 Comments

  • Anonymous Rav`N posted at 4:12 PM  
    Happy new year!

    Thatpirate painting is awesome btw.
  • Blogger jedimerc posted at 5:13 PM  
    Yes, very cool painting...

    Sounds like you had a great time this NYE... I'm waiting on some photos from mine (I shudder to think :)
  • Anonymous Lily posted at 5:15 PM  
    Happy New Year!!!!

    And great that you mentioned the awareness issues. Some people think glaucoma only happens to older people, but in fact people in their thirties get it. My husband has it, and we also knew a woman who had cataracts in her thirties. Point is, we cant just sit back and think the shit hits the fan at old age.

    Rain, sounds like you had a good holiday. A smooch, huh??? Happy New Year.
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