Sunday, April 26, 2009

This information can be found at the leukemia and lymphoma site and in their most current newsletter. Consider making a donation in honour of your mother this mother's day. It is a great organization. Here is an exerpt from the current newsletter:

This Mother's Day Celebrate a Mother's LoveHonor Your Mother with a Tribute Gift to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

For all the acts of kindness, large and small, that mothers perform on behalf of their children and other loved ones every day, now is the perfect time to do something special to pay tribute to mothers.

Consider the heroic gesture performed by Katy Moeller of Santa Monica, Calif. There is nothing more terrifying for a mother than to watch helplessly as her child suffers. Moeller watched in agony as her three-year-old daughter, Audrey, battled leukemia several years ago. To honor her daughter's battle, Moeller took on a physical challenge of her own.

She signed on with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training and ran in the Carlsbad Marathon in January 2008 while raising funds to support live-saving blood cancer research, education and patient services. Now five, Audrey has responded well to treatment and living a fairly normal life for a child her age.

"TNT enabled me to do something positive for Audrey and all others fighting blood cancers," Moeller says.

Moeller's act is a powerful example of a mother's love. Now you can do something special to show appreciation for all the ways that mothers such as Moeller do for others. You can pay homage to your own mother by going to and making a donation, helping to ensure that every child stricken with a blood cancer can live a long and prosperous life. You can designate your gift in honor of your mother and a special card will be sent to her attention.

In order to have the acknowledgement card sent by Mother's Day your tribute donation must be made by May 4!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Giving Kids the World

In this world when it seems that nothing is going right and all news is bad news, I have found a website for you to check out.

Give Kids the World is made up of organizations and volunteers who provide safe accommodations for kids who are getting to see Disney World in Florida. This is a whole complex that provides rooms, entertainment, first aid, and anything else that makes a kid's wish come true.

Check out for a view of one side of the Make a Wish foundation and other organizations that provide wishes for terminally ill children. Kids who want to see Disney can stay here as part of that wish.

Praises for all the volunteers and organizations who contribute to helping kid's wishes come true. Your efforts do not go unnoticed and they are appreciated. Thanks from me, the kids, and the parents. This place looks like a blast. Check it out.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Book Review

Lessons from a Bald Chick

Author: Mary Beth Hall

This is an insightful book for anyone going through a cancer diagnosis or for those who know a friend going through this painful journey.

The book is truthful and it shows just what a person encounters in the journey when cancer is the diagnosis. It makes you laugh, cry, and feel. It gives you guidance for what to do and say when it is someone you love. It is eye-opening in many ways including how faith plays such an important part in dealing with what life throws your way.

Check it out at or at your local book store. Let me know what you think. I believe it is worth your time to read and it will change you in a positive way. Happy reading.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Book Review

I often write about illness and how painful that can be for children. There are other kinds of pain children go through and developing relationships can be one of those painful experiences.

Developing a relationship with a step-parent can be heart wrenching, difficult, and life changing. It can also be the best adult-child relationship some kids ever have. Author Kim Chatel has written a book describing just that... a girl and her relationship with her new step-father and what a wonderful experience that can be.
  • This story is heartwarming and shows that children can have wonderful relationships with good and kind step-parents. These relationships can help the child to develop new interests, hobbies, and self-confidence. This book has fabulous photos and will spark interest in photography for readers of all ages. There are even a few tips on starting photography as a new hobby.

A Talent for Quiet

By Kim Chatel

Reading level: Ages 8-12Perfect

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (February 5, 2009)

Paperback ISBN:ISBN-10: 1935137565

ISBN-13: 978-1935137566Ebook ISBN: ISBN-10: 1-935137-57-3

ISBN-13: 978-1-935137-57-3

Grab a copy at your local book store or visit her sites for more information. Check it out and let me know what you think. This book is the perfect gift for kids having a difficult time getting to know their new step-parent. Reading this book may be all it takes to help establish a new relationship.

Purple Songs Can Fly....

I have posted before about this great group of kids and their music, kids with cancer or kids who love someone who has cancer. They write and perform music for a pleasure, to raise money, and to share their musical gifts to ease the pain for others. Here is their latest news by email. Thought you might like to see what others do with their talents and be inspired.

Dear Friends of Purple Songs Can Fly,

We've had many beautiful songs written & recorded recently. Just last week, a 12 year old boy wrote a song for his grandmother called, "I Call Her MaMa". So Beautiful!

We are eagerly following Astronaut Scott Parazynski's Mount Everest Climb. He is scheduled to reach the summit in mid to late May and is carrying a disc with all songs written with the project, and a prayer flag with the Purple Songs Can Fly & Texas Children's Cancer Center logos.He plans to leave the flag on the summit, and bring the CD back to us.Sending lots of purple vibes to Scott for a safe adventure!

This week an AP story about Purple Songs appeared on the Grammy website,

On the home page it is listed under Latest Industry News, Titled: The Healing StudioThe direct link is:

On May 27th, Astronaut Heide will be coming up to the Cancer Center to meet with the children and return the CD of Purple Songs that flew with her on the Space Shuttle this past Fall.We are all looking forward to meeting her and hearing about her mission!

Reader's Digest did a story about Purple Songs Can Fly and it will be appearing in the June Edition. The children's songs will be flying this summer on the first undersea flying machine, DeepFlight.

I made a trip to Japan in March where we are planning a Japan outreach for Purple Songs. Thank you to everyone in Japan for your amazing hospitality and support of the project!

Many Thanks to all of you for your continued support of Purple Songs Can Fly!


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Check Out Margot Finke's site for your kids who are reluctant readers

This author knows just what kids like to read. Margot Finke is fabulous.

Please visit for so much fun and learning for your children who may be reluctant readers and your children who just love a good book.

This author offers some great picture books and readers for kids who hate to read or who have difficulty getting interested in reading.

There are also pictures and video's, Cd's, and read aloud stories by the author offered at her site. Your kids will love the rhyming and clever stories and adventures. Kids read these books over and over, so stop by her site and check it out.

For adults who would love to write for children, the site offers links to great mentors, writers, and informational sites as well. Visit now and tell her I sent you. Have fun.

Guest blog on exercise......

Welcome my guest blogger, Sarah Scrafford. She will give you tips for exercising when you have children and say you have no time. Thanks Sarah for the great advice.

Finding Time for Fitness, When You’re a Parent

I’m not going to lie and tell you that I love working out; I certainly don’t enjoy getting up early in the morning and sweating it out at the gym. What I do enjoy though is the feeling that comes over me after I’m done with my workout; what I love about exercising is the high it gives me throughout the day. And so I tried to get my sister to follow my lead and lose a few unwanted pounds. Her youngest is almost two now, and that’s a long time to be carrying the excess weight from pregnancy. Her excuse – I just don’t have the time.

It’s the standard line you hear from people who have kids; in fact, the younger the children are, the more vociferous this line is. But that’s really no excuse to ignore the most important thing in your life, and if you’re going to argue that your kids are what you value most, well, you need to focus on fitness if you want to be a good parent, because:

· You need to be able to keep up with them. Kids are boisterous and active by nature, so if you want to share in their games and activities, you need to have enough energy to do so.
· You need to be a good role model and set examples that they will want to follow when they become adults. If they see you leading an active lifestyle even though you’re really busy, they’re going to follow your lead as well.
· If you’re healthy, it naturally follows that you prevent illness and disease and that you get to be there for your kids all the time.

Ok, now that we’ve enumerated the reasons you need to exercise, let’s get on to discussing how to find, or rather make time for it.

· You need to get over the thought that rest and relaxation are important. They are, but not as important as the fact that you need to get back into shape and improve your fitness.
· If you don’t have time to go out and exercise, set up a routine at home. There are tons of Internet articles and videos that tell you how to work out even without equipment and in the short time spans that you have. You don’t have to exercise continuously for an hour to get the benefits; it’s enough to do five 10-minute workouts spaced throughout the day.
· Use the time when your baby is asleep to exercise. Or you could push the stroller around the park for a walk.
· If your children are older, play with them, preferably an active game that saps your energy and leaves you breathless with satisfaction. Take them on bike rides, hikes, skiing trips, swimming and ice skating.
· Increase your level of activeness – walk around more instead of sitting on the couch and watching TV; take the stairs instead of the elevator; walk to the store instead of driving your car. Or just put on some music and dance to your heart’s content.

I know it’s not the easiest thing in the world to focus on your fitness when you have crying babies to deal with and perpetual messes to clean up. But the sooner you get back to exercising, the better for you. If you give up without giving it your best shot, you’re never going to find the will power and determination to lose weight and get fit. It’s all up to you, so get started today.

This article is contributed by Sarah Scrafford, who regularly writes on the topic of radiography tech schools. She invites your questions, comments and freelancing job inquiries at her email address: