Saturday, August 28, 2010

Travel as Entertainment - step away from the TV!

Looking for a new form of entertainment besides the garbage on most TV stations? Want to get the kids away from video games? Consider some Travel. It doesn't have to be as expensive as you think.

Having been blessed to do some traveling, I've put together an article of "Eight Great Historic U.S. Homes You Can Visit," complete with photos. Since they are in various parts of the U.S., you may live close enough to one of them to make a day trip.

There's fun for romantic couples, American history buffs, or students who need ideas for class papers. There are mansions and humble abodes. Some familiar spots and some you've never heard of are included.

So step away from the television set and video games, start saving your pennies for a Holiday vacation tank of gas or next Spring Break, and come see one of these remarkable spots. Plus, each city offers a lot more to do. 

Check this article out, and other great travel ideas, at the BootsnAll Travel Network. Have fun!

Pictured here: The House of Seven Gables in Salem, MA. Taken! © 2009, Sheryl Young

NOTE: The article linked herein is now copyrighted by the BootsnAll Travel Network. Permission to use is required.

(Disclosure of Material Connecton: the author received one-time remuneration for the article mentioned herein, but this is not a paid advertisement, nor has the author been compensated by any of the locations mentioned in the article at the travel site).
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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Author's Corner: "Cancer Journey: A Caregiver’s View from the Passenger Seat" by Cynthia Siegfried

When your spouse is diagnosed with cancer, you quickly realize that—even though it's not your body—it's your disease. With honesty, strength, and humor, Cynthia Siegfried presents a first-hand account of the struggles and triumphs in a cancer battle—from the viewpoint of the caregiver.

Cancer Journey: A Caregiver’s View from the Passenger Seat offers hope and help for the overburdened caregiver. The author shows that it is possible not only to cope but to find joy in the overwhelming circumstances of life. Follow Cynthia as she travels through unfamiliar terrain and learns that God doesn't waste our suffering. He is our faithful Driver along life's roughest roads. 

Cancer Journey offers hope, support, and spiritual guidance for those who provide care for the millions of Americans who are living with catastrophic illnesses. Cynthia recalls:

“On the day my husband, Jim, was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, we began a journey that changed us forever. I was just a passenger, along for the ride, but I was profoundly affected by the illness. Being caregiver to a seriously ill person has problems different from, but equally as serious as, those of the patient. 

Unfortunately, support for the caregiver is often lacking. Taking care of my husband while caring for my aging mother and preschool grandchildren, I sometimes felt as if I would crumble under the stress. Hopefully, my book will provide a shortcut for those of you on similar journeys, taking you from the terror of diagnosis, through the fear of recurrence, and finally to a place of peace and acceptance.

Jim frequently says cancer is harder on the caregiver than on the patient. I don’t believe that for a minute. One thing, though, is certain. The view from the passenger seat is different, and bound to be more difficult—if you don’t know the Driver!”

Cynthia has published articles in Nostalgia Magazine, In Touch, Significant Living, Today’s Christian, and Chicken Soup for the Soul's "Cancer Book" volume. She and her husband are co-founders of a support group, f.a.i.t.H.—facing an illness through Him. They are available to share their story for groups, classes, and events.

You can get Cancer Journey: A Caregiver’s View from the Passenger Seat here at Cynthia’s site where she also has store locations listed; or through Wine Press Publishing or at

For some extra fun, visit Cynthia’s Blog, Caregiver Banter.
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Friday, August 13, 2010

New Abortion Pill "Ella" being approved faster than you can say "FDA"

The latest “Morning After” pill, “Ella” from France, is being considered for approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the fast-track with a minimal period of testing. Touted as a contraceptive drug, good for up to five days after intercourse, Ella can actually perform as an abortive drug and follows the earlier and dangerous RU486 onto an aggressive marketing path.

“Ella” (medical term ulipristal acetate) has the potential to become available on doctor’s prescription to girls as young as 16, but done at home with little to no medical supervision.

What happened to the idea that “safe, legal abortions will prevent back-alley abortions?”
Another Morning After pill, “Plan B” is also on the American market as an “emergency contraceptive” for after sex. It administers high doses of a progesterone-like hormone. This inhibits ovaries from producing eggs. Some experts state it can also prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb, a near-equivalent to abortion. According to one online birth control store (yes, you can buy this online), it is not to be taken if pregnant.

“Ella” is closely related to RU486 (mifepristone), an abortifacient that actually kills the fetus. RU486 roared onto the pharmaceutical market in around 2000 after being approved by the FDA without the usual battery of pre-approval tests – probably due to strong lobbying from abortion advocates and Big Pharma money-laden sources. It has caused the death of at least 7 American women, others abroad and over 1,000 reported incidents of injuries, infections and suffering.

Life-threatening infection comes when the woman expels portions of the dead, unborn baby at home after one to two weeks of symptoms, bleeding and pain. RU486 is administered by a doctor, but the miscarriage process is medically unsupervised at home, just as some women gave themselves illegal abortions at home prior to the passage of Roe v Wade in 1972.

If parts of the baby remain in the woman unexpelled, this can cause toxic blood (sepsis) from bacteria and possible death.

Trials have already indicated that “Ella” may cause miscarriage if a pregnancy has already started, or birth defects on babies that survive the process. In Europe, adverse effects were also found on the liver.

There is also talk of touch-screen computer ordering of “morning after” pills…as easy as pie at any pharmacy. And if kept in medicine cabinets at home, who knows what child may get hold of them. 

“…shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” Micah 6:7, KJV

Photo: Foetus in the Womb by Leonardo Da Vinci, in public domain at Wikimedia Commons.
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