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Reading the (Health) News

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Every morning I take my coffee with me and sit in front of my desktop pc and read the news.

I read the local newspaper online and visit CNN, which is becoming more of a gossip site than a news site, IMHO. Looking for more substantial fare, I found the New York Times online, accessible and free..

The NYT has a lot of really interesting (to me) items every day. They even cater to a little hidden passion of mine, correct grammar. I know that's a weird thing to be interested in for most people, but hey, that's my thing. It's called AFTER DEADLINE and addresses all the improperly structured sentences, etc. that were used in their own publication. There's quite an archive of these items and it should be required reading for every school grammar class. In fact, it should be required reading for all local newspaper editors, lol, who are notorious for bad grammar in their publications. Book reviews, travel tips. All sorts of goodies.

But I digress. The really important thing I look for while reading the news is the HEALTH news. I love to hear what new issue is being discussed; another new story about people fighting the weight battle and succeeding or not; scientific discoveries that help me hang on to a healthy bod just a little longer, etc.

The NYT doesn't disappoint. They have a RECIPES FOR HEALTH section, too, as well as all sorts of articles on every aspect of health. I can always find something that applies to me or someone I know.

What's YOUR FAVORITE daily source for news, health news, especially?

Karen


After Deadline (scroll way down for all of it)
topics.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/after-d
eadline/


Recipes for Health
topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/s
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p=1&sq=healthy%20recipes&st=cse

  
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ACIMPEGGY 7/30/2010 10:51AM

    Wow! I'll have to look into this! ( notice, I didn't say 'hafta') Suz and her bro subscribe to the on-line version. I guess they get extra stuff or something. I did not know this existed. I'm going to ask if they peruse it. Billy would, for sure.

Thanks for the information and, above all, have a wonderful day.

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SKIDEE 7/29/2010 8:05AM

    KREN: I share your opinion of CNN...well, my opinion might be even more critical, but I also share your focus on grammar, and I do NOT get paid to write! Both of my parents were trained as secretaries b/c they could not afford to go to college. But they VALUED education and knew that speaking and writing correctly would open and close doors for them, so they studied it and made sure that their children spoke correctly.

Words are extremely important. Any student of history knows that leaders who communicate well are the most effective, for good or for bad. The sad state of grammar and language arts as a whole, is to a great part, due to our culture's refusal to be held to ANY standard; dress, behavior (as in manners), language, grades, you name it.

I don't have the same general respect for the NYT, as you do b/c they seem to be blind to much of what is happening in this country, but I will check out the articles on grammar and healthy eating.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/29/2010 6:20AM

    I also read some newspaper articles on the web in the early mornings. I am going to try some of your sites.
Thanks for the information.
Kay

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DGAIL51 7/28/2010 11:00PM

    For medical news, I receive Med News Today & I skim & read further if anything is of interest. DH gets Wall Street Journal & I sometimes skim that. I listen to the network news while I am preparing dinner. I did receive several medical news letters, but stopped them because of the time involved & becoming too disinterested to put in that kind of time to read them. If I received them, I somehow felt obligated to try to read them. LOL.
As a former English major in college, I was very grammar aware for as long as I can remember. The last several years, I have gotten lazy & less careful, perhaps because of the cryptic medical notes I used in charting for so many years, in the interest of time management & because that everyone reading a chart wants just the basic & necessary facts. (still the charts would be fat). If you don't practice good grammar, then you really do lose it & I am afraid that I do fall short very often now. Donna

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FISHINGLADY66 7/28/2010 7:35PM

    Good information here Karen. I have never read news on the internet. But then I don't read the paper much either. I get so tired of the TV news. I think I will start looking for news here on the net. Thank you for this interesting blog.

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LAVENDERLILY 7/28/2010 2:56PM

    Dr.Oz has a short little column three times a week on the same newspaper page as my morning crossword puzzles. I always look forward to those morning comments.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/28/2010 12:18PM

    You have good taste in news and in newspapers. LOL. I like both of those and like the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic. JAMA and Lancet.

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VINGRAM 7/28/2010 12:05PM

    My husband and I are also critical of the local newspaper's mistakes. For me, an old secretary never dies, just continues to edit as necessary! As far as TV news, we are staunch Republicans and we like Fox - especially Bill O'Reilly!

Have a great day..........vista



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JEANNE229 7/28/2010 10:56AM

    Karen, I have the same grammar hangup (and spelling). I was an English teacher, and am now a medical editor (veterinary, not human), so words are important to me as well.

I also love to read the health news, and I check it out each day on Sparks, as well. If I find something of interest, I research further.

Thanks for the great blog.

JJ

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ZEEDRA 7/28/2010 9:25AM

    Hi Karen,
I have the NY Times as a Favourite on my computer. It has lots of good reading. I used to get the actual newspaper about once a week but it's too expensive now.
What I do get in hard copy is the NY Times Magazine (and sometimes read on the internet) from the library. That has wonderful articles. There's a humourous page, a short story (sometimes by a recently discovered great author). I also like Randy Cohen's ethics page which consists, usually, of two ethics questions. He answers in a humourous way, to start, and then gets down to brass tacks, as they say. It's fun to read the questions and think about them before reading his comments.
It's fun to read newspapers from all over the place. On my past trips through the New England states, I'd come back with a carload of newspapers from various towns. I even like to read the classifieds from these places as that's sometimes where you get the feel of what's going on there.
Okay--must get into the day.
Bye....

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 7/28/2010 9:06AM

    I tried to find the "behind the headlines" . Will you post a link ?

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--KREN 7/28/2010 9:01AM

    The grammar obsession applies only to those who get paid to write!! Post with no fear, lol. Karen

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 7/28/2010 8:58AM

    I check the spark health news , and earn a point in the doing.

I'm now going to be afraid to post......I make too many mistakes. emoticon

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The M Word

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Everyone who has a little food problem knows what the M Word is - MODERATION!

Is that the hardest thing to consistently achieve or what?

You don’t offer an after dinner smoke to someone who is trying to quit, do you? No one drags alcoholics to a bar and says, “Now just have one.” Or takes a compulsive gambler to a casino for a few hours of fun! Yet, we who can’t resist tasty food are expected to sit down at a sumptuous meal on any given day and practice portion control!

It’s hard. Really.

Of course, when you DO achieve it, Moderation is wonderful. And don’t you feel so virtuous? So thrilled! You look back on that day, that meal, and pat yourself on the back. And you should.

The very reason that every other addictive behavior is treated by going “cold turkey” and NEVER going near the temptation again, is that MODERATION is a real test of human will power!

Joe asks me if we can have pasta for dinner one night. He asks me because he knows it’s hard for me to eat just a little. He doesn’t want to tempt me, but I’m always telling him I must learn to eat anything in any situation and still practice portion control. So we agree on a pasta dinner. HE cooks it. (He’s a wonderful cook!) I prepare for it - in my food tracker, in my mind.

We sit. We eat. I have my portion. It’s wonderful. I love the look. The aroma. The texture. Gulp.
I want more.
I want MORE!
I WANT MORE!

I run through the house, wildly waving my arms, stopping now and then to beat my head against the wall, and yelling, “PASTA! PASTA! I want MORE! DON’T GIVE ME ANY!”

Poor Joe is so sweet and so worried, he actually takes the little portion of pasta that’s left and stuffs it down the garbage disposal, lol. He looks at me like, "It's gone, hon. It can't hurt you now." lol Now THAT’s a good man!

Yes, I felt pretty happy the next morning that I didn’t eat ALL the pasta.
Yes, I feel really happy to have such a good buddy in Joe. WooHoo!
Yes, I know MODERATION will always be the M Word, a “four letter” word no matter how you spell it, and something I’ll be WRESTLING with all my life.

It’s not fair.
It’s not reasonable.
But we can’t go “cold turkey” on food abstinence, can we?

Is anyone out there a model of Moderation? Or do you still fight with it now and then? Or, are you like me, and know it well as a daily sparring partner?

Still striving to be a Model of Moderation. sigh

Karen

  
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JUSTJO66 7/31/2010 11:49AM

    Karen, I love your sense of humor laced so correctly with the truth. Yes, I've often bemoaned the unfairness of IT all myself. Moderation!!!! if only....I could practice this big old four letter word. :o) Someday...........someday..... ;o)
Great blog.
Thanks,
Jo

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SKIDEE 7/29/2010 8:09AM

    I totally relate....LOVED the humor! Thanks for bringing a smile to my morning!

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ACIMPEGGY 7/26/2010 3:23PM

    Dear Kren, I van visualize you running around banging your head against a wall!

I read a great blog recently by a lady who lost close to 100 pounds in a year. She allowed herself one day a week to eat what she wanted. I am assuming she tracked and didn't 'pig out,' but still.

I have decided that on occasion, on a weigh-in day after a good loss, I will do similar. See my blog shortly. If you ever decide to try a method like that, maybe you could have 1 1/1 or 2 portions and not feel deprived.

Moderation is the key, usually. I agree. But a sense of deprivation, IMHO is a live-it killer! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/26/2010 6:01AM

    That was good pasta. That's just how I feel about certain foods. There are only a few that I have trouble saying no too or eating very little. If I eat too much, I need to work it off. Sometimes it's worth it.

Does Joe cook for others? We could use a good pasta meal. Neither one of us cook a delicious pasta meal. Just let us know his price.
Kay

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/25/2010 8:09PM

    I can do a serving of most things but pasta is a problem as a 1/2 cup is nothing. I mix mine with lots of veggies when I have it which is rarely.

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ZEEDRA 7/25/2010 1:01PM

    Kren,
I can't do the "LOL" thing--just ornery, I guess. But I can do: HA! HA! HA! Thanks for lightening a heavy problem.
I know people in 12-step programs and I almost envy them when they have years of sobriety. What a happy, successful group they can be.
My mother, who kept her figure all her life, would say after what she considered a too-big meal: I'm not eating again for a week. Well, I used to wish I could stop eating for a long period and then I got my wish: radiation! Then I lost 20 pounds during the 33 treatments. So far, that and falling madly in love, which isn't likely now (why not?), are the only two ways that I've been able to lose a big chunk 'a chunk.
MODERATION must be the third way. Keep reminding us, Kren.
And...does Joe have a brother? Ha!Ha!Ha!
Hugs, Sandra

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JEANNE229 7/25/2010 11:05AM

    I know EXACTY what you mean...it is the carbs (bread, pasta, etc.) that always set me off.

Food is the hardest! Everything else "addictive" (like you said) you can walk away from. But THREE times a day (at least) we must face and defeat the food deamons.

Great blog!

Jeanne

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--KREN 7/25/2010 10:22AM

    Don't be sorry, Linda! I laugh at myself all the time, lol. That's why my posts are full of LOLs. I'm the Laughing Out Loud Lady, lol. Karen

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BELTONWALKER67 7/25/2010 10:12AM

    Pasta, Pizza....No, moderation there! But, when it comes to salads, veggies of any kind, I can do moderation. Why is that!! Sorry, I had to laugh at the running through the house waving your hands and banging your head! Thank goodness for Joe! What a great guy to remove that temptation for you! Great Blog! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 7/25/2010 9:53AM

    WOW! Karen what a Great Blog. I can really identify with this. MY.... biggest problem is "All things (Food) in Moderation". I struggle with this one all the time. Thanks for a wonderful, gentle reminder of MODERATION. This will be on my mind all day today. Have a Happy Sunday. emoticon

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BLONDE JOKE

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

There was a blonde who found herself sitting next to a Lawyer on an airplane. The lawyer just kept bugging the blonde wanting her to play a game of intelligence. Finally, the lawyer offered her 10 to 1 odds, and said every time the blonde could not answer one of his questions, she owed him $5, but every time he could not answer hers, he'd give her $50.00. The lawyer figured he could not lose, and the blonde reluctantly accepted.

The lawyer first asked, "What is the distance between the Earth and the nearest star?"

Without saying a word the blonde handed him $5. Then the blonde asked, "What goes up a hill with 3 legs and comes back down the hill with 4 legs?"

Well, the lawyer looked puzzled. He took several hours, looking up everything he could on his laptop and even placing numerous air-to-ground phone calls trying to find the answer. Finally, angry and frustrated, he gave up and paid the blonde $50.00

The blonde put the $50 into her purse without comment, but the lawyer insisted, "What is the answer to your question?"

Without saying a word, the blonde handed him $5.
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Which reminds me of the advice I give to all the men I know.
Never argue with a woman. Even if you win, YOU'LL BE SORRY.

Have YOU laughed today?

Karen

(You could call it a lawyer joke, lol, but that's not PC either. Just say "The moral of this joke is never pick on a woman" and change the word blonde to the word woman. lol. Karen)

  
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SOPHIEMAE2007 7/23/2010 8:10PM

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MAJA0123 7/22/2010 7:29AM

    TOO FUNNY!!!! i LOVE blond jokes!!! as a natural blond i hear a LOT of them and they ALL get funnier and funnier to me.. LOL.

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ACIMPEGGY 7/21/2010 11:03PM

    Karen, that's great! Don't know if I can share at my Toastmasters meeting, though. Someone there says she is offended by blonde jokes (yes, she is a natural blonde).



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FISHINGLADY66 7/21/2010 10:00PM

    Thanks Karen. That is one I haven't heard. I love it. Now I've had my laugh today. emoticon

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--KREN 7/21/2010 7:58PM

    Actually, this could be called a LAWYER joke, lol. The joke IS on him, lol.

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KOSHIE1 7/21/2010 7:55PM

    Grew up a blonde, but then my hair darkened. Still love blonde jokes though. Thsi has got to be one of my favorites -- Dad is a lawyer!

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IWILLBE145 7/21/2010 5:07PM

    Good one, I loved it!
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Charlotte

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JENNY888 7/21/2010 4:54PM

    Great blond joke. Thanks for posting it. emoticon

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JEANNE229 7/21/2010 2:56PM

    LOVED this! Never underestimate a woman...even a blonde woman!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/21/2010 2:13PM

    LOL!!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/21/2010 1:55PM

    That was really good. You just amaze me.
What position did you hold in your former life?
Kay

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BELTONWALKER67 7/21/2010 1:47PM

    Need that laugh today! Really lightened up this "heavy" day! emoticon emoticon

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SHASTA11 7/21/2010 1:39PM

    Yes, just now. Thanks.

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SIGNS

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Reminiscing with a friend and co-worker from the past, we remembered the sign we walked under every single day on our way into lockup to interview inmates in the county jail:

IN GOD WE TRUST.
All others we search.

Any memorable signs in your life?

Karen

  
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JUSTJO66 7/23/2010 9:20AM

    I don't even remember the name of the church but while out driving one day long ago I saw this sign in front of this church. It stuck with me.

"Get Right or Get Left"

Jo



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CRAFTYDEBI 7/22/2010 5:34PM

    My husband and I own a small business in Michigan. "In God we trust, all others pay cash!"

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--KREN 7/21/2010 10:32AM

    LOL, Kay, I was locked in jail for many years! I did have an hour lunch and was able to go home at night, though, lol. When I retired I was Director of Pre-Trial Release for my county. My staff and I interviewed inmates in jail to determine, through interviews with them, families, employment, criminal history, etc., if they could be released on bond with any confidence that they would return for trial or sentencing when ordered to do so. They reported to us weekly while out, and complied with court-ordered drug testing, counseling, etc. or we put them back in jail. A little like probation.

I heard some great human interest stories during that time and some of them were true, lol. And by the way, some of the inmates were nice people, just had problems living in our structured society. If you can't hold a job, balance your checkbook, afford auto insurance, renew your DL, and many other things like that, you can find yourself locked up. Of course, some were in for much more serious felonies. I saw all kinds.

Also, I had one man tell me, "I'm not evil, Ma'am. I'm just stupid!" Karen

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/21/2010 10:27AM

    The sign is very meaningful. I can't think of one now, but I'll keep thinking.

How was prison life? Did you have a long sentence? You always seemed like such a nice person.

I'm just kidding. It was some kind of job.

Kay

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BELTONWALKER67 7/21/2010 9:11AM

    One in our office is "Be Nice or Leave"! It has gotten a few raised eyebrows!

Your sign should also be at airport security gates, Karen. When returning from D.C. had a body scan at one gate and they kept telling the guard under her right arm...turned out to be the underwire in my bra!

Thanks! Your blog help me find my motivation for the day!

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JEANNE229 7/21/2010 8:04AM

    Now, Karen, I want to know MORE of the story. Why were you interviewing inmates in lockup? My daughter is a prison psychologist, and she also has this charge....

Signs? I always remember my street sign when I walked home from school. It let me know I was almost there each day.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/20/2010 10:33PM

    The sign that hung in front of the nurses station with my name and postion - Head Nurse. Big responsibility. Everyone knew who to blame. LOL.

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DGAIL51 7/20/2010 9:00PM

    Thank you for the chuckle! emoticon

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Marianna's Sunflowers

Sunday, July 18, 2010



Last Christmas, Joe's SIL, Marianna, lost her battle with lung cancer. (Photo of her on my page)

She never smoked; never lived with a smoker. No one in her family ever had lung cancer.

At the memorial service, packets of sunflower seeds were handed out. Marianna was a Master Gardner, (just one of her many talents) and the sunflower was her favorite. She planted a lot of them at her home. Her garden club facilitated that giveaway of sunflower seeds. I'd never heard of anything like that being done, but it is such a wonderful way to remember someone!

Needless to say, Joe and I planted sunflower seeds in our yards. Mine are blooming now and it is indeed a wonderful reminder of a sweet, gentle person, every time I walk out into the yard.

Seeing it makes me smile, just the way I smile whenever I think of Marianna.

Karen

  
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DGAIL51 7/26/2010 12:25PM

    So fitting a tribute - a piece of cheerfulness to bring you happy memories. emoticon

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IWILLBE145 7/21/2010 5:12PM

    It is a beautiful tribute to plant a living thing in memory of a loved one, and the Sunflower is a great choice, it blooms with such a huge, sunny face, and the birds love the seeds, and you can replant the seeds every year. Thanks for sharing such a touching story.

Charlotte

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JENNY888 7/20/2010 12:44PM

    What a great way to remember memories of the past than with a cheery sunflower. I know Marianna is somewhere looking at all of the beautiful sunflowers planted in her honor.

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DGOJOAN 7/19/2010 5:46PM

    What a lovely tribute. Nothing brings cheer quite like a sunflower.

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BELTONWALKER67 7/19/2010 8:08AM

    A beautiful tribute to Marianna and a wonderful way for you to remember all the good times.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/18/2010 10:09PM

    I remember your blog about Marianna too. This is a sweet way to remember her. The Sunflower is beautiful.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/18/2010 7:55PM

    She sounds like someone I would have loved to know. My husband and I love sunflowers too. It's nice that you and she had such a good relationship.

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PJSTIME 7/18/2010 6:11PM

    I remember your blog and the story of the sunflowers. Now that they are blooming what a wonderful remembrance to see everyday.

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SHASTA11 7/18/2010 6:09PM

    Sorry for your loss.

Beautiful picture for a beautiful lady.

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JEANNE229 7/18/2010 4:56PM

    My sister in law is fighting the same battle. She is such a sweet woman (NEVER smoked or lived around smokers), so it is a puzzle. I guess the non-smoking lung cancer is even more deadly. She's fighting a good fight.

The sunflower is such a wonderful memorial!

Jeanne

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/18/2010 2:05PM

    Of course, the sunflower is beautiful, but what a sweet way to remember a loved one.
She must have been a special person.
I know you miss her.
Kay

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JUSTJO66 7/18/2010 11:50AM

    This is a beautiful picture and a wonderful tribute to Marianna. When my dad passed away we all planted a tree (a pear) in my Mother's front yard. Like you with the sunflowers...I love to see the changes his tree goes thru every year....the white blooms every spring, the beautiful colored leaves in the fall. Just knowing it's out there "growing and alive" is a soul inspiring reminder of my dad.
Jo

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TAYLORLIV31 7/18/2010 11:19AM

    What a beautiful thing to do.......Tis blog caught my eye because my daughter just loves sunflowers. I have a packet in the garage and will make an effort to get mine going to continue the memorial to all sunflower lovers. emoticon

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