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Old December 13th, 2002, 11:53 AM   #136
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Congrats to jr!!!
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Old December 13th, 2002, 07:47 PM   #137
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Best of luck to your son, Angel_Wolf!
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Old December 23rd, 2002, 04:22 PM   #138
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Thank you Liam and susie! Today we also received the book of Who's Who's in American High Schools! He is in it looking real good!
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Old December 27th, 2002, 09:44 PM   #139
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BE THANKFUL
Be thankful that you don't already have
everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something, For it gives you the
opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
Because they give you strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary, Because it means you've made a
difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment
comes to those who Are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful
for your troubles, And they can become your blessings.
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Old December 28th, 2002, 02:20 PM   #140
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<font size=5>Friendly dollars </font>


By Ellen Goodman, 12/22/2002

AT FIRST the letters just trickled in to the United Nations Population Fund. A dollar here, five dollars there. It was enough to buy a few birthing kits or cure one 14-year-old mother of the silent plague of fistula.

Of course it didn't begin to make up for the $34 million that the Bush administration denied the international family planning group. But the trickle didn't stop either. It grew all fall until an astonished woman at the UNFPA decided to invest in an electronic letter opener.

Now, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Every day, 500 or 600 more letters arrive in the New York office from Americans bearing gifts to women overseas. Some include a dollar for every member of the family or for everyone in the office or in the church.

The UNFPA's Mari Tikkanen, who stays after work with other volunteers to take the money out of the envelopes, stopping occasionally to read the letters to each other, says, ''I've never seen anything like it.'' Maybe there hasn't been anything quite like it.

About six months ago, two women who had never met had the same thought. Jane Roberts, a retired French teacher, and Lois Abraham, a lawyer, were both outraged when Bush reneged on funds for the UNFPA. This was money for contraception and sex education, for maternal health care and AIDS education. It would have helped prevent 2 million unwanted pregnancies, 800,000 abortions, 4,700 maternal deaths.

Roberts wrote a letter to the editor of her local paper: ''More women die in childbirth in a few days than terrorism kills people in a year. Ho hum. Some little girl is having her genitals cut with a cactus needle. Ho hum.'' Abraham, meanwhile, asked herself, ''How come we aren't screaming about this from the rooftops?'' She sent out an e-mail calling family planning ''a humanitarian issue, not a political one.''

Independently, the two women came up with what Roberts called an ''exercise in outraged democracy.'' What would happen, they asked, if 34 million Americans each gave a dollar to make up for the money? So was born ''34 Million Friends.''

Does the campaign have an amateurish quality? Hey kids, we could do the show right here? So be it. Roberts says, ''We want 34 million Americans to have their own teeny-tiny foreign policy.'' Maybe we all need one.

From the moment Bush was sworn into office, his administration sacrificed international family planning to the farthest tip of the right wing of his party. First came the global gag rule, refusing funds to any group that would tell a woman where she could get an abortion, even in countries where abortion was legal. Next came the withholding of money to UNFPA on the blatantly false grounds that the organization helped the Chinese government push coercive abortions.

Despite all the hoo-ha about liberating Afghan women, the White House has never acknowledged that women's freedom includes the freedom to decide when and how to have children. The women in the poorest parts of the world were held hostage to domestic politics. Did the administration think we'd never notice? Never care?

It wasn't enough to withdraw family planning funds. At the recent, contentious UN population conference, our government went even further. It tried to overturn international agreements.

Asian countries had come to Bangkok to implement the 1994 UN Cairo agreement on population. They wanted to talk about gender equality and poverty, contraception and HIV. The United States came to unravel the agreement. They wanted to talk about natural family planning and to delete any references to ''reproductive health.''

Among the US delegates was a man who previously represented the Vatican and a woman who lectured the Asians on her own success using the rhythm method. Our country ended up an isolated minority of one.

If Trent Lott is nostalgic for the wonderful yesteryear before civil rights, this administration is nostalgic for the days before women's rights. Is it any wonder that some Americans have responded to 34 Million Friends? This is an idea that comes with an address, a place where we can offer aid as well as dissent, a dollar as well as a message of connection to the women of the world: US Committee for UNFPA, 220 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017.

It took months for the campaign to reach its first $100,000. It took just weeks to add in another $50,000. If the goal of $34 million sounds elusive, UNFPA's Tikkanen says, ''When it hit $1,000, I was thrilled. Now I don't think anything is impossible.''

One dollar per person. Abraham calls it an ''entry fee'' to have your voice heard. I call it a pretty low price for a new, improved foreign policy.
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Old December 30th, 2002, 02:43 PM   #141
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Wink From FriskyClaws

I talked to Frisky on the phone and she asked me to Post a Happy New Years to Everyone! So I did!
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Old January 2nd, 2003, 11:41 PM   #142
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Thank you Liamfan for the eye opener of Mr.George W. Bush. I don't want to curse him but think for a moment if one of his twin daughters were to get pregnant what his options would be: 1. to get a shotgun wedding or 2. have a child out of wedlock Since it seems he is against abortion. I just remember what my Mom always said " what comes around goes around" So Mr. George W. Bush keep your eyes opened! There are more women in the U.S. who know how to vote. So have a good day Mr. President! I am so ever thankful I didn't vote for you! Thank God for the Choice and Power to vote!

Also, I wanted to WELCOME New Friends Please check out the women's chats and come in sometime.....I could always use a new friend! Have a great day!
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Old January 10th, 2003, 04:10 PM   #143
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I am not really sure where to post this....

I just went into escape and noticed the topic, re: LondonLee......LL was such a special roomie I want to offer my condolences to her family. I don't even know if they go online, or if anyone might already be in contact with them.....

What a terrible tragedy, what a terrible loss.....

I will miss you LL.....

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Old January 10th, 2003, 04:20 PM   #144
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LONDONLEE

Londonlee used to call me her little "brat".I was shocked when I heard first that she was in a hospice and now I heard she died.Lee was wonderful, warm and caring and I had many laughable whispers with her.She will always be remembered.
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Old January 10th, 2003, 06:03 PM   #145
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Londonlee

I never got the chance to know Londonlee, but she has clearly touched hearts deeply. I wish you all my most sincere sympathy. If you want to tell us about her, I'll enjoy getting to know of her through your memories. The only words that have comforted me through my loses are: "to remember her at the best of times, forget the rest, and treasure the chance to have known her. She has taken a journey, and you have lost contact with her now. But she doesn't want you to suffer, and if it can be, you will meet again"
May she never forget you, and may you never forget her.
Cookieart, you will always be her little "brat" - lucky you!
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Old January 10th, 2003, 07:54 PM   #146
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Old January 10th, 2003, 10:58 PM   #147
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<font color=white size=7>SPACE SPACE SPACE SPACE</font>
There is a folder people are posting in if you all want to go there also. LL will be missed very much...

http://www.wowwomen.com/boards/showt...3?postid=34975
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Old January 12th, 2003, 06:50 PM   #148
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to whomever put that site up for london, thanks. its nice.
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Old February 21st, 2003, 11:21 AM   #149
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Sitting can kill you

I wasn't sure were to put this.
This is from a newspaper story from last

week and I thought I would share it.

Sitting at your computer hours on end can kill you,says a New Zealand doctor who has added one more way modern life can be fatal even when you"re not doing anything.

Make that especially when you're not doing anything says Dr. Richard Beasley of the Medical research Institute of New Zealand.


Human beings were designed to move around,not sit still for hours,he says.


Recently he treated a young man who spent up to 18 hours a day in front of his computer.
The techie was in serious trouble. Because he wasn't moving around,blood pooled in his legs until a massive clot formed in a vein there.


The clot then travelled to his lungs,nearly killing him.He has now recovered.

The doctor has coined a new medical term:e-thrombosis.

His advice is simple: Keep moving. Go for a walk periodically to keep the circulation moving,or at least move your legs around under the desk.


So ((((((((( Antiana))))))))) no more sitting yoga style
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Old February 24th, 2003, 01:29 PM   #150
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WOW! Thats very interesting to know. I do move my legs alot when I chat :-)
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