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Wal Mart-Scrooge of 2007

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 12:51:00 -0100

Everyday Low Vices should be their new advertising slogan.

That's how I feel after reading a blog about how Wal-Mart sued a former employee who suffered brain damage after an accident.  The exact amount won in the suit was the amount the insurance company paid the woman's family after legal fees and expenses.
It is my understanding they also own the insurance company involved in this case.

What is wrong with health care in America?  This incident is probably just the tip of the iceberg.

I am also wondering how in the world the judge in this case sleeps at night.

Now, let's take a look at what the ghost of Christmas future has to predict about this corporate giant:

Bah, humbug!

Virtual Christmas Party-I'm Bringing Lemonade

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 22:14:00 -0100

Perhaps lemonade seems a bit unconventional for a Christmas party. However, if you take a moment to read one child's story below, you will understand why I chose this particular beverage for a virtual Christmas party I'll be attending tomorrow night.

In 2000, a 4 year old cancer patient named Alexandra "Alex" Scott announced a seemingly simple idea -she was holding a lemonade stand to raise money to help "her doctors" find a cure for kids with cancer. The idea was put into action by Alex and her older brother, Patrick, when they set up the first "Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer" on their front lawn in July of 2000.

For the next four years, despite her deteriorating health, Alex held an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Following her inspirational example, thousands of lemonade stands and other fundraising events have been held across the country by children, schools, businesses, and organizations, all to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer. On August 1st, 2004, Alex died peacefully at the age of 8 -- she had raised over $1 million for childhood cancer research in her short lifetime.

Alex's spirited determination to raise awareness and money for all childhood cancer while she bravely fought her own deadly battle with cancer has inspired thousands of people, from all walks of life to raise money and give to her cause. Alex's family and supporters are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501c3 charity. As of June 2007, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised over $16 million for childhood cancer research. The result -- Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has given millions of dollars for childhood cancer research across the country!

Once I heard about this incredibly brave little girl, I had to get involved. I set up a page on my website to receive donations for pediatric cancer research. 100% of the proceeds go to Alex's Lemonade Stand. If you would like to visit, here's the link:

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Gift-Giving Woes

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 18:13:00 -0100

We all have them.  In school  you had to take extra gifts "just in case" someone you never spoke to thought you were best friends.

As an adult, my husband and I have friends we used to see quiet a bit, but lately it is more like just at Christmas.  Yet they always spoil our girls with gifts and bring things for us as well.  It is really sweet, they don't  have children of their own, so it is nice they remember ours. I'm starting to feel awkward receiving gifts from them, though.  And knowing that, trying to figure out what to buy for them is equally painful.  My husband has tried to tell the man, he is closer friends with him, but to no avail.  How do you handle this kind of situation?

I read a blog today where someone was talking about the un-mother-in-law.  They described her as the woman their father was dating and  has not  yet married.

We have an un-daughter-in- law.  The girl my step-son loves and confided in me he plans to marry.  So I was out looking for something for her today.  They don't have a lot of money, so I am sure she will appreciate anything we give.  Then there are the two older women she currently lives with-gotta get something for them, too.  I found myself browsing baskets of pre-packaged soaps at Dollar General today.

Just in case.


Wed, 19 Dec 2007 18:13:00 -0100

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 17:03:00 -0100

This past weekend was a very warm one here in northern Florida.  Perfect for going out to get our Christmas tree.I remember being so excited as a little girl, going out to this very same Christmas tree farm in my hometown.  It is a bit more of a drive for us now, but worth the trip.We arrive  in my hubby's pickup truck and pull up to the shed where the workers hand you a measuring stick and ask if you are a rookie at this.  We tell them we are seasoned pros and get on with our important task.  Randy drives all the way around to the back of the lot where he figures no one else is shopping.  We get out and look around a bit, finally settling on the first one we noticed.  Randy saws it down with the hacksaw they gave him while the girls look on and I snap as many photos as possible.  This is so much more authentic than the trees under the tent in the K-Mart parking lot.We drive back to the shed where they are putting other people's trees on a little stand to shake out the loose needles and bag them in netting for the ride home.  While Randy pays for ours, we notice one of the owners of the farm serving food at a table off to the side.  I hear the words, "free deer meat" and I'm on it!  I took a picture of the guy serving it and told him he may wind up in my blog.  He remarked he has wound up in worse places.Forever in a hurry, my husband was giving me that, "Are you about done yet?" look, so we all piled in the truck and headed home.  I was simply savoring the experience, that's all.We have the tree up in our living room, but  have yet to get the decorations down.  We had a Christmas party to go to  when we got home with it, and a middle school chorus concert to attend tonight.  With any luck our tree will be decorated by Christmas! thank you congrats great idea you rock so sweet just a note i can relate great photos LOL I will use my grown-up manners to say thank you! Nevermind [...]

Cre8buzz December Writing Assignment

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 11:15:00 -0100

The first thing that came to mind when I read this assignment was something I touched on in an earlier post, my Dad.

He turned 86 years old on November 9, 2006. I was unable to visit him in the nursing home on his birthday, but went a couple of days later on Veteran's Day. I gave him a robe I had not even had a chance to gift wrap for his birthday. We talked a bit but I didn't stay long because I had my two girls with me.

Thanksgiving was a little less than two weeks after that. The night before I thought to myself, "I should give Dad a call and wish him a Happy Thanksgiving", then I decided I would do it the next day. The next day didn't come for him, he passed away in his sleep that night.

The second thing that comes to mind could be filed under, "Things you just don't say".

"Mom, your son called me today to see how his little sis' was doing. He says you have been asking the Chaplain to pray for you to die again. He told me you called him the other day begging him to come to the nursing home because, in your words, you were going to die that day. He and I both come twice a week. I know you suffer with bipolar disorder, but can you not see the suffering you are putting others through with your dramatics? At what point is it OK, or allowable to play these games? How messed up do other people's lives have to become before the madness stops? Does having this condition give you a license to do as you please? I wonder how many people who died young would like to have lived to be your age?

I can remember a time not so long ago when you would not come out of your bedroom for days. You got mad at Dad and he never knew why. You wouldn't even come out to see your Grand-daughter. I remember you eating nothing but ice-cream sandwiches, not exercising or caring at all about your own health. I remember the Christmas tree being thrown out in the back yard.

A few years back I was staying with you and Dad. It was my birthday, and I had come home late from work. You were sitting at the dining table,so high on Tylenol 3 and sleeping pills you literally fell out of your chair. Yet you warned me as a teenager about dope. Where's the accountability, what am I supposed to have looked up to?

You are my Mom and I love you. I have felt so guilty for having these feelings, but would never dare say them to a poor little old lady wasting away in a nursing home. So, I am saying it here to total strangers. I am sorry to admit I can look at you and for the most part know what I never want to become.

I do want to be the mother I saw in you and loved as a child. The person my girls see in me now. Maybe that person is a child's fantasy, but I will strive to live up to it."