October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms.
As it grows, however, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels.

Symptoms may include—

New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
Pain in any area of the breast.
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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More Info:

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Most domestic violence incidents are never reported. Help change the facts. Speak up, speak out, and make a difference for victims of domestic violence.

Make the Pledge – I Did

I made the pledge!

By taking the Pledge, you’ll help spread awareness of the joys of shelter adoption, you’ll take a stand against commercial pet distribution, and you’ll take the first step towards helping to prevent the millions of tragic euthanizations that occur annually due to over-crowding at shelters.

BlogBlast4Peace 2012

The following post is copied from my main blog, Moments of Introspection.  Come over for a visit!



Last  year I posted 100 reasons why I blog for peace and I have decided to repost those reasons this year…

Reason #100 – So my children have a better world to live in.
Reason #99 – To stop the hatred
Reason #98 – To be free from pain
Reason #97 – Because peace is not something you wish for, it is something you make, something you do , something you are and something you give away (Robert Fulghum)
Reason #96 – Peace helps eliminate stress, worries and anxieties
Reason #95 – To help us develop patience
Reason #94 – To help us develop tolerance
Reason #93 – To help us feel stable
Reason #92 – Because every life is precious
Reason #91 – To make life look brighter
Reason #90 – Peace is its own reward. (Gandhi)
Reason #89 – So we can sleep at night with fewer worries.
Reason #88 – To prevent things like “Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan”
Reason #87 – So we can sing loud and proud!
Reason #86 – So people can travel the world and enjoy all the wonders.
Reason #85 – So some people have a good reason to get up in the mornings.
Reason #84 – To help prevent hunger
Reason #83 – To eliminate hate crimes
Reason #82 – To help eliminate poverty
Reason #81 – To promote better health
Reason #80 – So we can leave our doors unlocked at night


Reason #79 – So the world can stand united
Reason #78 – To share the love
Reason #77 – To rid the world of demons
Reason #76 – To show the world there is nothing wrong with getting along
Reason #75 – To end the suffering of millions of people
Reason #74 – Because there is nothing wrong with getting along
Reason #73 – So my son can sleep in his own bed each night.
Reason #72 – To end child abuse
Reason #71 – To end animal abuse
Reason #70 – To promote understanding
Reason #69 – So everyone can have an education
Reason #68 – So dreams can come true
Reason #67 – To fill the world with love
Reason #66 – To fill the world with happiness
Reason #65 – To prevent abuse of the elderly
Reason #64 – To work together to find a cure for cancer
Reason #63 – So that people slow down to smell the roses
Reason #62 – So there are no more protest at military funerals
Reason #61 – To protect the world from stupidity
Reason #60 – So that everyone’s opinion is truly valued


Reason #59 – To prevent “flash mobs”
Reason #58 – So that people have a real reason to want to change
Reason #57 – “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” ~Buddha
Reason #56 – So we may enjoy moments of silence
Reason #55 – So that people are not afraid to stop and help someone that is broke down on
the side of the road.
Reason #54 – So that things like 9-11 never happen again
Reason #53 – To help prevent drive by shooting.
Reason #52 – So we can dance in the streets
Reason #51 – To celebrate life
Reason #50 – To enjoy love
Reason #49 – So we can safely reach out to our neighbors.
Reason #48 – So people of all races can share a meal together
Reason #47 – So our loved ones always feel safe.
Reason #46 – So everyone can enjoy a good game of Football.
Reason #45 – Why not blog for peace?


Reason #44 – So we can all take long walks in the woods.
Reason #43 – To be able to stroll down the beach hand in hand.
Reason #42 – To beat the devils at their own games.
Reason #41 – To work together to cure the common cold
Reason #40 – So that everyone has a friend they can lean on
Reason #39 – So people dont have to hide in their closets.
Reason #38 – So children dont have to hide under their beds.
Reason #37 – So that everyone can tell the truth and not be punished.
Reason #36 – To prevent the annihilation of the human race
Reason #35 – Because we all need a little love in our life.
Reason #34 – So we can all sit on our front porch and enjoy the fresh air.
Reason #33 – For freedom
Reason #32 – To preserve our planet
Reason #31 – To save our values
Reason #30 – To uphold our morals


Reason #29 – To raise the bar on our standards
Reason #28 – To fill the world with harmony
Reason #27 – So laughter can fill the streets
Reason #26 – So that even the weary can rest
Reason #25 – To help prevent child abuse around the world
Reason #24 – To help prevent animal abuse around the world
Reason #23 – So we can stop chasing our dreams and begin to live those dreams
Reason #22 – To prevent senseless deaths
Reason #21 – To prevent senseless destruction
Reason #20 – Because I see no reason why we should not Blog For Peace
Reason #19 – Because I WANT to blog for Peace
Reason #18 – Because we NEED peace
Reason #17 – Because sometimes we do crazy things
Reason #16 – Because Peace is something we have to work hard for
Reason #15 – Because peace is something that takes a united group
Reason #14 – So everyone can enjoy a good baseball game (or whatever sport they like) in comfort.
Reason #13 – So everyone can love their country.
Reason #12 – So we can live longer
Reason #11 – So we can live healthier
Reason #10 – To be heard as one very loud voice


Reason #09 – To stand side by side, together, rather than so many separate entities
Reason #08 – So that tears of sorrow can be tears of joy.
Reason #07 – So that the dreams of tomorrow can become realities of today.
Reason #06 – So we can stop imaging peace and begin living in peace.
Reason #05 – Because a dream you dream alone is only a dream, A dream you dream together is reality (Yoko Ono)
Reason #04 – So we can have a presence of cultural and economic understanding.
Reason #03 – So we can all have a place to learn, motivate, inspire, and love.
Reason #02 – So that problems are less complex and entwined, and we can find a way to co-exist.
Reason #01 – I blog for peace because I see no reason not to. I think peace is something every one in this world wishes and dreams for.


Check out the Peace Globe Gallery at http://peaceglobegallery.blogspot.com/

You can see last year’s official BlogBlast for Peace Video at http://mimiwrites.blogspot.com/p/2011-official-blogblast4peace-video.html

BlogBlast4Peace – My Message in a Bottle


Mimi is launching the 2012 BlogBlast4Peace season with a trip to the shore (real and virtual). If you are with us tomorrow at sunset, even in spirit, then you will be a part of the 2012 launch for BlogBlast4Peace.

Mimi says she can think of no better way to announce our November 4th campaign than a designated time for all to bring the same thoughts and vibes to the table….er…ocean. Then it won’t be just her making an announcement. It will be all of us

Facebook Event page is here.


In Memory of Sergeant Sneezy

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Today we lost a hero.

Here is part of Sergeant Sneezy’s story as seen on his Facebook page.
Hi! I’m SGT Sneezy and I am a 3 year old Afghan Kuchi Dog and I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Thanks to my daddy, SFC James Manzi and several  other wonderful people.  I wasn’t treated nicely over dare but I got a second chance at life beginning on February 25th, 2010. Dat is da day I landed in the US and A.

Sergeant Sneezy went over Rainbow Bridge today.  Please visit https://www.facebook.com/SergeantSneezy to share condolences and thoughts or just to read more about him.

Rest in Peace Sergeant Sneezy.  You will be greatly missed.  Thank you to your Dad and Mom for saving you and for showing you love, kindness and happiness.