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Fly with the Angels

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Three very talented people have left this world to Fly with the Angels. Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson and Ed MacMahon who many of us grew up with, enjoyed the music, acting and entertainment.
I will always remember my dad watching the Jackson 5 and in amazement of Michael's talent. Farrah's Charlie's Angels. all the guys loved her and all the girls wanted her hair style. I did too. I remember taking her picture and going to the Beauty Parlor ( that is what it was called before Salon) and asking to have my hair cut like that.
Lucky me, I had curly hair so the curls were easy.
If I could have it again today I sure would.
Mr Ed McMahon.. "Here's Johnny"... will always be remembered and His Publishers clearing house give always. I waited for him to come to my house but he never did with that big check. I will let you in on a little known fact.. I won only once in the Publisher's clearing house. In the early '70's i was addicted to entering contests and one day a certified letter came for me. I was like 24 25.(can't remember all that far... but There it was.. a Check for $500. Whoo Hoooooo. I won and my Dad never complained about my contest entering after that. emoticonSo now you can say.. somebody really does win.
Thank you Mr. McMahon.
Thank You Farrah, and Thank You Michael for all you have given to all of us.
Rest in Peace and Fly with the Angels.

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KALISWALKER 6/26/2009 1:25AM

    Amazing 2 in one day! I am sorry about both of them and Ed

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RAVENCREST1 6/26/2009 12:40AM

    May they all rest in peace. They each left us with beautiful memories and unforgettable music. Prayers to all their families.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/25/2009 11:39PM

    Even as we are missing them, the Angels are taking them to be with our Heavenly Father...what more could we ask for. These three very talented people will definitely be missed by the world over. May God bless them and be with their families during these very difficult times.

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general apology

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I feel really stupid for making a few posts and not really understanding the topics or how they all work.
I am very sorry if I stepped on toes or offended anybody.
Wishing everybody a great night and many successes.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/25/2009 11:36PM

    Just want to say I haven't read where you could have offened anyone and we are on several teams together. Keep up the great work Donna. You are awesome!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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LESSOFMOORE 6/25/2009 10:16AM


As you and I are on a couple of teams together, I have to say, I haven't seen anything you've done that would warrant an apology. Keep participating and keep Sparking! emoticon


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Short and Sweet

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It has been quite a feat for me to keep on going and really enjoying losing weight.
I have not felt this good for such along time. I owe it all to the helping hands of the SP and all my team members Insight suggestions and even those I do not know and read their blogs and replies. All these little things have been a road map for me to continue on this wonderful journey.
Bravo to All of you and If I had a hat on I would tip it to you.
Even when I grieve a little more one day for my little Fur Babies who have gone to The Rainbow Bridge, A comforting hand reaches out through an email, reply or just a kind note and goodie is there to ease the pain.
To the Gang at "Rodi's and "The Palace Hotel" you Rock.
To all my Health issue groups.. you heal me more than you know.
I didn't realize how many teams I joined LOl but you all " Rock"From My Heart Thank You!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/25/2009 11:34PM

    What a heartfelt blog!!! You go girl. May God continue to bless you and your teams. Keeping you in my prayers my friend.
Blessings and hugs,

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Something I read today and thought I would share

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Those who chuckled daily had better 'good' cholesterol than those who didn't, study shows
By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Setting aside time each day for some good, hearty laughter could help diabetics improve their cholesterol levels and possibly lower their risk of heart attack, researchers report.

"Laughter may indeed be a good medicine," said study author Lee Berk, a preventive care specialist and psychoneuroimmunologist at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. "Laughter may be as valuable as the diabetes medicines you are taking."

Berk is slated to present his findings at the American Physiological Society annual meeting in New Orleans.

Berk and his colleague, Dr. Stanley Tan, an endocrinologist and diabetes specialist at Oak Crest Health Research Institute in Loma Linda, assigned 20 adults with type 2 diabetes, average age 50, to a control group or the laughter group.

All had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Both groups were taking standard diabetes medications, high blood pressure medicines and cholesterol-lowering drugs.

The laughter group was instructed to view "self-selected" humor for at least 30 minutes every day. Self-selected humor, Berk said, was "that which they found humorous or funny for themselves." That usually meant watching sitcoms or funny movies.

The laughter group members got into it, he said, and were faithful to the minimum exposure to humor time of 30 minutes daily. "Once they got into it, they really liked it," he said.

After 12 months, the researchers evaluated both groups by such tests as measuring cholesterol levels and levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation thought to be associated with heart disease.

The laughter group had an increase in "good" HDL cholesterol of 26 percent, compared to just a 3 percent increase in the good cholesterol of the control group, Berk said. Harmful C-reactive proteins declined by 66 percent in the laughter group but just 26 percent for the control group. Both differences were statistically significant, Berk noted.

What's the secret? Put very simply, Berk said, "you are decreasing the bad chemicals in the body with laughter and increasing the good chemicals, which help you stay well, may prevent disease and may well have [additional] value relative to the therapies you are taking."

The findings came as no surprise to Theresa Garnero, a nurse and diabetes educator at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, who has long employed humor in helping her patients deal with diabetes. She also has woven information about the use of humor into the books she has written on the topic.

A growing body of evidence finds value in humor when dealing with diabetes, Garnero said. She cites another study in which laughter helped to lower the increase in blood glucose that occurs after meals. Laughter, she said, "can help put things in perspective, light the fire of self-care management -- this is a self-care disease -- and help people maintain their stride."

"There is so much minutia involved in this disease," Garnero said, referring to the detailed instructions those with diabetes get from their doctor and diabetes educator to maintain a healthy diet, watch their blood sugar, and be on the alert for any symptoms of complications of the disease. "By adding a little humor, they can maintain perspective over the long haul," she said.

Sue McLaughlin, president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association, said, "It is encouraging to know that something like laughter, which is cost-free and can be shared and promoted by many, has beneficial effects on the well-being of a chronic disease that affects 24 million Americans."

Reduction in heart disease risk is especially valuable, she said. "People with diabetes are at a two- to fourfold increased risk for cardiovascular disease, compared to their non-diabetic counterparts

Ok so when I see myself in the mirror instead of crying I will Laugh and save my heart. Woooo hoooo.. A Laugh a day may keep the doctors away. How good will I do if I laugh and eat an apple. wooooooohooooo .

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DOREENKNIGHT64 6/21/2009 4:25AM

    Just be careful if you are laughing and eating an apple at the same time!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/20/2009 8:12PM

    Very interesting! I definitely need to laugh more!

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thirty years

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thirty Years ago today I was 30 and my Dad passed away. His last wish was for us to keep his restaurant open and that is what we did.
I have always been depressed on this day for 29 years except today. I woke up said my prayers and told my dad how much I loved and missed him, my mom and my sister.
A wave of peace came over me and I decided that this was the day to really say it is the first day of the rest of my life.
I have has so many false starts and stops through out my life and at 60 I think I finally realized all of the world is really a great place to be and healthy. I have been doing my Sp stuff and with what I thought was complete honesty. Well today I see that there are things and steps that I could and will do differently.
I am not alone and and there are ways to maximize the negative to positive in my life.
My DH is such a Blessing to me. I know that for the last 10 years it has been rough but He has been my Rock.
I was very Blessed when I met Him and we married. Long story short. We married when I was 50. Neither one of us were ever married before and When they say for every pot there is a cover or there is someone for everybody.. It sure is true.
We joke and call our selves arrested development. Late Bloomers.. but we are Happy and laugh at least 10 times a day.
I have learned so much from all of you wonderful SP member and I count myself very Blessed.
If I had a hat on I would tip it to you.
If I could leave one person with a smile everyday I know I am doing good.
Have a Blessed Evening all and Know we all have Very Special Angels watching over us...
I saw this thought once and put it on my other emails...

The Happiest people do not necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have...Author unknown

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DOREENKNIGHT64 6/19/2009 8:24AM

    Happiness is not getting what you want, it's wanting what you get.

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