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A Boston girl goes Hollywood then chucks it away for a life in OZ… these are my adventures and general musings.

Join Me and Fight for Preemies November 15, 2010

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Did you know that the rate of premature birth in America is higher than that of most other developed nations. Or, how about premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns? No? Well, read on…

One in eight babies born in our country is premature. That’s 543,000 babies born too soon each year, and my Little Miss T was one of them.

And, did you know that our nation scores a “D” when it comes to premature birth. Yes, you read that right, a “D”. You can see the nation map by clicking here. Click on each state to read that state’s report card.

The rate of premature birth has risen more than 30 percent since 1981. In half the cases, we simply don’t understand what went wrong. The March of Dimes is leading the fight for answers. And, ultimately, prevention.

When I was pregnant with Little Miss T, I never thought I would be a March of Dimes statistic or know the life of a NICU parent. I never thought my baby would have to fight to breathe or rely on machines to live. What happened to me was sudden, severe and god awful. I never want that to happen to any mother, family and especially to any other baby. All babies deserve to be born healthy.

On Wednesday, November 17, in recognition of the March of Dimes 8th Annual Prematurity Awareness Day, I will be joining other bloggers in the blogosphere to raise awareness and help fight prematurity. Won’t you join me?

During November, Prematurity Awareness Month, March of Dimes focuses the nation’s attention on the serious crisis of premature birth (birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy). A special Web site includes the 2010 state-by-state and national Premature Birth Report Cards, information on the importance of the last weeks of pregnancy, and ways you can help premature babies.

November 17 is dedicated to raising awareness of the crisis. Take 3 steps to help fight premature birth:

1. Visit
2. Put a badge on your blog to help spread the word.
3. On November 17, blog for a baby you love and to help others.

We need to fight ― because babies shouldn’t have to.


World Alzheimer’s Day September 21, 2009

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day- a day when the Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations around the globe unite efforts to raise awareness about the disease and its impact on families, communities and nations.

Dementia is an insidious disease that personally affects my family as my sweet and loving Dad has been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). You can read about it on my LBD blog found here.

Here are some facts to consider:

  • According to the 2009 World Alzheimer’s Report, newly released today from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), there are 35 million people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • There are 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s.
  • There are 10 million Alzheimer caregivers.
  • Every 70 seconds, someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s.
  • There are 78 million US baby boomers who will be impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The annual societal cost to our nation is $148 billion.
  • Worldwide, the economic cost of dementia has been estimated as $315 billion annually.
  • The US government only invests a meager $428 million dollars in Alzheimer research as compared to $6 billion for cancer, $4 billion for heart disease and $3 billion HIV/AIDS that has resulted in great advances.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association today. You can donate by clicking here. Your gift will help the Alzheimer’s Association fulfill its mission against Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, the promotion of brain health and providing care and support services to the estimated 5 million people in America living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • You can also write Congress now and urge them to support the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act of 2009. It takes just a minute to help. Click here to take action.
  • September and October is also prime time for the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk. The Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research – and it calls on people of all ages to take action in the fight. Year-round, participants are involved in efforts to help defeat this devastating disease. To find a walk near you, click here and find out more information, sign up, donate or volunteer. Get out there and walk!
  • To read more about the report released today, click here.

*Content for this entry taken from the Alzheimer’s Association website.


Happy Independence Day July 4, 2009

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A very happy 4th of July to all.

May your day be filled with family, friends, BBQ’s and fireworks.

Happy Birthday, America.


Times Are Changing… For The Better January 21, 2009

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Jan 20th, 2009, a day in which something very profound has changed; a day when the unthinkable happened. Americans, and the world for that matter, watched in fascination as an extraordinary historical moment unfolded when Barack Hussein Obama claimed his place as America’s first African-American president.

Much has been made of Obama’s personal background but still the symbolism cannot be overstated of a once slave-owning nation electing a black man to the nation’s highest office. His very presence on the stage was the embodiment of change and hope. With Obama’s inauguration, the political landscape has undeniably shifted and the world is watching. As I read somewhere, “We see one another and the world sees America with new eyes as a result.” I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

Many discussions have been had about Obama’s inaugural speech. Personally, I thought it was intelligent and sophisticated. And yes, maybe there were no standout one-liners that will resound for generations to come and maybe it wasn’t as striking as his address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention, however, that was the beauty of his speech. It isn’t a time for electrification. It’s time for business, and a more quiet inspiration, and I think he accomplished just that. It gave deference to the moment, acknowledged the difficulties ahead, but inspired the heck out of me. His speech – wide ranging and rousing – captured the primary challenge facing America at this time: To reconnect with itself and the world. Obama seeks to beat back decline and fulfill the promise of America.

In the face of much uncertainty and troubling times, Americans have opted for change. I realize Obama cannot fulfill all that is promised and disappointment is inevitable, after all, Obama is only human. He might not always do right, but I believe he will at least try with all his might. That is the faith I have in our president and in our country.

What is evident is that positive change, as opposed to the change that is just a drift to disaster, will only happen when people who love freedom demand it, work for it, and sacrifice for it. With this inauguration, America has reclaimed itself.

Photo: AP/Ron Edmonds


November 4, 2008 November 4, 2008

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A defining moment in American history… and world history. Congratulations, America.

Our new first family…

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)