Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Llevas Una Estrella en tu Vientre - Ricardo Arjona

"You Carry a Star in your Womb"... I just like Ricardo Arjona more and more... English follows...

A mi, me gusta Ricardo Arjona más y más:

Era el proceso mensual mas tardio de su historia
fue a una amiga del colegio a la que le compartio su memoria
le conto que dos meses atras con aquel muchacho fugaz
comieron tremendo pastel en aquel viejo hotel.

El anciano facultativo
despues de las pruebas anuncio el positivo
y para esas alturas el futuro padre ya era un fugitivo
y mientras un rotativo
anuncia la trillada utopia de la deuda externa
a esa niña le fabrica su pecho una sabia materna

CORO
Llevas una estrella en tu vientre
llevas una vida que late
un posible ingeniero, roquero o escritor
quiza bohemio, quiza un señor
quiza compositor poeta medio loco o soñador...
quiza una idea quiza una solucion

Buscaba entre sus amigas el mejor de los consejos
que iban desde una inyeccion hasta una sopa de cangrejos
y sin la menor precaucion los medicos le dieron su cotizacion
mientras le anuncian en la tele otra devaluacion.

Llevas una estrella en tu vientre
llevas una vida que late
un posible ingeniero, roquero o escritor
quiza bohemio, quiza un señor
quiza compositor poeta medio loco o soñador...
quiza una idea quiza una solucion

A esa estrella en tu vientre no le digas detente
si lo hubiesen hecho conmigo...
hoy faltaria una canción

I'll just translate the refrain here:
You carry a star in your womb
A life that beats
A possible engineer, rocker or writer
Maybe bohemian, maybe a gentleman
A Composer, poet, half crazy or dreamer...
Maybe an idea maybe a solution

And the last little bit:
To this star in your womb don't say stop
If they had done so with me...
Today a song would be missing

Monday, February 25, 2008

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age

National Post
Mon 25 Feb 2008
Page: A12
Section: Editorial
Byline: Lorne Gunter

Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.
The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average." China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them. There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has felt the pinch as home buyers have stayed home rather than venturing out looking for new houses. In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, smashing the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in the pre-SUV, pre-Kyoto, pre-carbon footprint days of 1950. And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its "lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.
The ice is back. Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa, says the Arctic winter has been so severe the ice has not only recovered, it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time last year. OK, so one winter does not a climate make. It would be premature to claim an Ice Age is looming just because we have had one of our most brutal winters in decades. But if environmentalists and environment reporters can run around shrieking about the manmade destruction of the natural order every time a robin shows up on Georgian Bay two weeks early, then it is at least fair game to use this winter's weather stories to wonder whether the alarmist are being a tad premature. And it's not just anecdotal evidence that is piling up against the climate-change dogma. According to Robert Toggweiler of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University and Joellen Russell, assistant professor of biogeochemical dynamics at the University of Arizona -- two prominent climate modellers -- the computer models that show polar ice-melt cooling the oceans, stopping the circulation of warm equatorial water to northern latitudes and triggering another Ice Age (a la the movie The Day After Tomorrow) are all wrong.
"We missed what was right in front of our eyes," says Prof. Russell. It's not ice melt but rather wind circulation that drives ocean currents northward from the tropics. Climate models until now have not properly accounted for the wind's effects on ocean circulation, so researchers have compensated by over-emphasizing the role of manmade warming on polar ice melt. But when Profs. Toggweiler and Russell rejigged their model to include the 40-year cycle of winds away from the equator (then back towards it again), the role of ocean currents bringing warm southern waters to the north was obvious in the current Arctic warming.
Last month, Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, shrugged off manmade climate change as "a drop in the bucket." Showing that solar activity has entered an inactive phase, Prof. Sorokhtin advised people to "stock up on fur coats." He is not alone. Kenneth Tapping of our own National Research Council, who oversees a giant radio telescope focused on the sun, is convinced we are in for a long period of severely cold weather if sunspot activity does not pick up soon.
The last time the sun was this inactive, Earth suffered the Little Ice Age that lasted about five centuries and ended in 1850. Crops failed through killer frosts and drought. Famine, plague and war were widespread. Harbours froze, so did rivers, and trade ceased. It's way too early to claim the same is about to happen again, but then it's way too early for the hysteria of the global warmers, too.

Jean-Alexandre and his fertile imagination

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Desert Storm

I've always liked to invent stories. I used to go to bed early when I was a teenager so I could lie there and daydream. I had an ongoing story that I would add to every night in my head. I had more than one of these stories... as I got older, the type of story changed. None of these stories were ever written down, they were purely for my own pleasure and entertainment, but I've also always enjoyed writing stories, ever since I was a kid. I used to write stories in school, and sometimes at home too. I've written stories since I've been an adult too, and sometimes, at night, I still fall asleep imagining a story.

I've been working on a story for 3 or 4 years now, a story that I haven't gotten bored of yet, that I haven't laid aside and forgotten. I know where I'm going with it, I still have ideas for it, I'm still inspired to write it. I think I may just finish it. The nice thing about having a blog, is that I have been able to take certain things that I have written in my blog and incorporate them into my book.

My dream now? To actually publish this story.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Me too

I'm putting Gabriel's skates on him, and Nicky is being silly, he comes and sits right between Gabriel's legs and looks up at me with his silly, sweet smile...

"You're such a cutie-pie" I tell him, "It's a good thing you're cute 'cause other wise I'd throw you out."

"Me too" he replies.

Pick up lines for Catholics

Stole these from the Facebook group, these are my favourites:

Confess here often?

You've got stunning scapular-brown eyes.

May I offer you a light for that votive candle?

The Bible says "Give drink to those who are thirsty, and feed the hungry"; how about dinner?

I didn't believe in predestination till I met you.

Man does not live by bread alone. So how about dinner and a movie?

What do you think Paul meant when he said, "Greet everyone with a holy kiss" (1Pet 5:24)?

Hi, this pew taken?

My prayers are answered.

I lost my rosary, can I use your fingers?

“Me, I prefer a more traditional Mass. I’m a regular Latin lover.”

"Is that a new perfume or the odor of sanctity?"

"In the dark void of this world, could you be my luminous mystery?"

I couldn't help but notice you kneeling over there....

The moon is broken...

Wednesday night was the lunar eclipse, which my children all stayed up (rather late) to see. The younger ones went to bed as the moon was completely in the earth's shadow, and all red. The next morning, Gabriel got up and wanted to know if we would never have to go to bed again, now that the moon was broken.

I decided not to get into specifics and replied that yes, he would have to go back to bed at night, because the moon was fixed again. And that same evening, there it was huge and yellow in the night sky.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Are Blacks Human Beings?


Are Blacks Human Beings?


Gregory Koukl

The question "Are Blacks human beings?" is so bizarre it's almost comical. Who could ask such a thing today? Yet the question is still being asked, this time with a twist.

Are Blacks human beings? Believe it or not, there was a time when the Supreme Court's answer to this question was no, not if they were slaves.

It was 1856. Dred Scott, a Black slave, had been taken north of the Mason-Dixon line into Illinois and Wisconsin where slavery was prohibited by the Missouri Compromise.

Scott sued for his freedom and lost. The Supreme Court ruled that the Compromise was unconstitutional. Congress, they said, had no authority to limit slavery in that way.

In the Court's mind, the choice to own slaves was an individual decision, a private matter for each citizen to struggle with apart from interference by the state. If a person, in an act of conscience, chose not to keep slaves, that was his own decision, but he could not force that choice on others. Every person had a private right to choose.

Dred Scott, as a slave, was declared chattel--human property. He was a possession of his owner, and the owner had a right to do whatever he wanted with his assets. Three of the justices held that even a Negro who had descended from slaves had no rights as an American citizen and thus no standing in the court.

A civil war and 100 years of oppression stood between the slave as property and the slave as human being.

Today the dream of Black America has come true, by and large. Slavery is a thing of the past and Blacks are well into the mainstream of American life. In a climate of civil rights and civil liberties the question "Are Blacks human beings?" sounds so bizarre it's almost comical. Who could ask such a thing today?

The question, however, is still being asked, this time with a twist: Is an unborn baby a human being? Characteristically, our answer as a nation has been the same as Dred Scott's Supreme Court. No, the child is the property of the woman who carries it. A woman has a right to do whatever she wants with her own property. Abortion is a private, individual decision that cannot be denied by others. Every person has a right to choose.

Much of the justification for this position focuses on the confusion about when life begins. However, the scientific community is of one mind on this. Biologically the life of a new organism always begins at conception.

When a cat conceives, what kind of life is stirring in its womb? What kind of being is living there? It's not a dog being, is it? It's not a salamander being, or a mosquito being. A close look at its genetic structure shows that there's only one kind of being growing there, a feline being, a cat being.

If the biological life of any being begins at conception (as scientists agree), then any termination of pregnancy kills the life of an individual being, however rudimentary its development may be. If the cat's pregnancy is aborted, a kitten will die.

When a human conceives, what kind of being has just started a new life? There's only one answer: a human being. From the very first day a small, individual, human being is developing in his mother's womb. If her pregnancy is terminated, a life is lost, the life of a human being. There's no way around it.

In the case of humans, however, a new category has been added, distinct from biological life: personhood. When does this human being become a protected member of the human community?

Whether any baby is a "person" or not is a question for the lawmakers to decide. The legal concept of personhood is malleable. Lawmakers define who is protected by the law and who is excluded. The law says, for example, even a company can be a person in the case of a corporation. On the other hand, in 1856 Black slave babies were not persons according to the Taney Court.

In 1973, the Blackmun Supreme Court, in the spirit of Dred Scott, relegated the unborn child to the status of chattel--mere human property. Their decision, however, will not change the fact that with every aborted pregnancy a living being loses its life. A human being.

This is a transcript of a commentary from the radio show "Stand to Reason," with Gregory Koukl. It is made available to you at no charge through the faithful giving of those who support Stand to Reason. Reproduction permitted for non-commercial use only. ©2002 Gregory Koukl

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Just another reason more to never go on the pill...

ESTROGEN IN WATER
By Hilary White

ST. JOHN, New Brunswick, February 18, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A study by Dr. Karen Kidd, of the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Rivers Institute, found that estrogen from birth control pills flooding into the water system through sewage adversely affects fish populations.

The researchers added estrogen to an experimental lake at a level commonly found in the treated wastewater from cities with about 200,000 people. The researchers discovered that one consequence is that exposed male fish become feminized, producing a protein normally found in
females. Chronic exposure to estrogen led to the near extinction of the lake's fathead minnow population, as well as significant declines in larger fish, such as pearl dace and lake trout.

"We've known for some time that estrogen can adversely affect the reproductive health of fish, but ours was the first study to show the long-term impact on the sustainability of wild fish populations," explains Kidd.

"What we demonstrated is that estrogen can wipe out entire populations of small fish - a key food source for larger fish whose survival could in turn be threatened over the longer term."

Kidd also noted that once the estrogen levels in the water were lowered, fish populations rebounded after three years. "Once you take the stressor out the system, we now have ample evidence that suggests affected fish populations will recover," she said.

Kidd is preparing a report for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) titled, "From Kitchen Sinks to Ocean Basins: Emerging Chemical Contaminants and Human Health".

In the 1980's and 90's, municipalities in Canada and elsewhere began stencilling pictures of fish next to storm drains to remind citizens that toxic chemicals - such as paint and motor oil - poured into the sewers would harm the environment and wildlife. In 1998, a trendy industrial designer in San Francisco won an award for creating storm drain grates shaped like fish.

Health authorities estimate that 100 million women worldwide take some form of hormonal contraceptives; but there is still little media attention given to the growing concerns of scientists about its environmental impact. However, studies are leaking out into the mainstream press more frequently as public interest in the environment grows.

The Pill, along with numerous other commonly used chemicals, end up in the water system as estrogen. At a conference on breast cancer in Toronto in 1998, author and cancer surgeon Dr. Susan Love said, "Pollutants are metabolized in our bodies as estrogen. And it is lifetime exposure to estrogen that has increased world cancer rates by 26% since 1980....We live in a toxic soup of chemicals".

Studies are also showing significant evidence for a link between environmental estrogens and estrogen-like chemical pollutants and the earlier onset of puberty in girls.

The phenomenon of early-onset puberty in American girls is so pervasive, that the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society urged changing the definition of abnormal development. Ten years ago, breast development at age 8 was considered abnormally early, but a study in 1997 said that among 17,000 girls in North Carolina, almost half of blacks and 15 percent of whites had begun breast development by age 8. Studies from the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand have shown similar results.

The new definition for abnormally early breast development ought to be, the society says, 7 for white girls and 6 for black girls. Marcia Herman-Giddens, adjunct professor at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, said, "My fear is that medical groups
could take the data and say 'This is normal. We don't have to worry about it.' My feeling is that it is not normal. It's a response to an abnormal environment."

Conclusive studies are difficult to conduct, however, because of the all-pervasive nature of the environmental contamination. With all the estrogen-like elements in the environment, Herman-Giddens said, "it's virtually impossible to study. There's no place to find an unexposed
population."

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fire and Ice

Stole this, cause I thought it was interesting...

Directions:
1. Put your iPod, iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.

IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU WOULD SAY?
El Problema (Ricardo Arjona)

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
We Don't Need no Education (Pink Floyd)

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A GUY/GIRL?
Lion King Theme Song (Lion King Soundtrack)

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Mujeres (Ricardo Arjona)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE PURPOSE?
Te Quiero (Jose Luis Perales)

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Las de la Intuition (Shakira)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
In too Deep (Phil Collins)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
There She Goes (Sixpence None the Richer)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Rockstar (Nickleback)

WHAT IS 2 + 2?
River (Enya)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BESTIE?
Depuis le Premier Jour (Isabelle Boulay)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Piano Man (Billy Joel)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
L'Aigle Noir (Patricia Kaas & Pascal Obispo)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Te Conozco (Ricardo Arjona)

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Senora de las Cuatro Decadas (Ricardo Arjona)

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Complicated (Avril Lavigne)

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
Symphony Number Nine (Ludwig Van Beethoven - Seattle Symphony Orchestra)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Miserere (Bruno Pelletier)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Man! I Feel Like a Woman (Shania Twain)

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Fire and Ice (Enya)

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However, if you really want to know which songs tell my life story, I'll have to pick them myself. Here are some:

My childhood could be described by these two songs:
This Used to be My Playground (Madonna)
Welcome To My Life (Simple Plan)

How I Often Feel These Days can be described by this song:
Lost Highway (Bon Jovi)

When I think of Mariage and Love, these songs describe what I want:
Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
Experiencia Religiosa (Enrique Iglesias)
Le Coeur d'une Femme (Chris de Burgh)

Some of my other favourite songs (limiting myself to 5):
El Problema (Ricardo Arjona)
Piano Man (Billy Joel)
Ciao Bella, (Nicola Ciccone)
Photograph (Nickleback)
Cancion de Otono (Jose Luis Perales)

Words can't describe...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Men who hang on to everything...

I reorganized some things in the office the other day. I found out that Dear Husband still has floppy disks. Like for a commadore 64. Those of you over the age of 30 will remember those dinosaurs. When I mentioned this to him and told him he could get rid of them he tried to tell me his new computer would still read them.

I think he thought I meant the diskettes, so I went downstairs, got them, and showed them to him. There is no way ANY of our computers is going to read those things.

I think he still wants to keep them.

He also has diskettes with window 3.2 on them, as well as an odd assortment of other obsolete software. Anytime soon now, he's going to disinstall Windows XP and put that on instead. Because our fast, new computer will be eternally grateful to him for going back to the "good ole days".

One of these days I am going to throw out his stuff and just not tell him, and I bet he won't even notice. Or maybe I'll choose one or two of his floppies, the nicest looking ones, frame them, throw out the others, and hang the framed ones in the office so he'll have that souvenir. Perhaps it'll make him feel better about growing old and obsolete himself.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Brothers

I went up to my room about an hour ago, and found this in my bed. I cropped it, and fooled around with lighting and warmth and added the fuzziness and partial B&W, and this is the version I like best.

LE COEUR D’UNE FEMME (Chris De burgh)

I discovered recently that Chris de Burgh also sings in French. I really like this song of his:

Le coeur d’une femme déborde de passion
Le coeur d’une femme déborde de désir
Si tu ne crois pas que ces choses là existe
C’est l’erreur fatale qu’un homme peut faire.

La nuit d’une femme est remplie de rêves
Elle n’a pas fuit qui n’est sans doute pas toi
Si on ne voie pas de quoi elle manque
C’est l’erreur fatale qu’un homme peut faire.

Elle veut être près de toi , ne la repousse pas
Elle veut te faire comprendre, elle veut surtout te dire:
Donne-moi la nuit, pour te montrer ma passion
Donne-moi ton désir et je te prendrai,
Donne-moi tes rêves, je suis ici ton lover,
Donne-moi ton coeur , serre-le fort contre moi
Et je pourrai t’aimer jusqu’au dernier souffle, ………

Le coeur d’une femme est à garder pour toujours
Elle sera fidèle pour toute la vie.
Si on ne lui donne pas : Amour et Affection
Ce sera l’erreur fatale ,qu’un homme peut faire

Elle veut être près de toi, ne la repousse pas
Elle veut te faire comprendre,
Elle veut t’entendre dire :
Donne-moi ta nuit, pour te montrer ma passion
Donne-moi ton désir, et je te prendrai
Donne-moi tes rêves, je suis ici ton lover
Donne-moi ton coeur, serre le fort contre moi
Et je pourrai t’aimer jusqu’au dernier souffle

Le coeur d’une femme
Le coeur d’une femme déborde de passion
Le coeur d’une femme
Le coeur d’une femme déborde de désirs
Le coeur d’une femme
Le coeur d’une femme est à toi pour toujours…….

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Way to a Woman's Heart Is Through Her Nose

Researcher Presents the Chemistry of Love


By Carrie Gress

ROME, FEB. 7, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Little holds the attention of Catholic young adults more than a discussion about religion and sexuality.

Vicki Thorn, the founder of the post-abortion healing group Project Rachel, got the undivided attention of 60 young adults Wednesday as she explained to them the biology and chemistry behind Pope John Paul II's theology of the body.

Although Karol Wojtyla didn't have the advantage of the current research on the biology and chemistry of sexuality, Thorn says he looked into what was available in the 1960s and 70s, and drew from it for his own writings about love, sexuality and God.

The last month has seen a rush of articles about the science behind sexuality. Magazines including Time, Psychology Today and Scientific American all chimed in about the chemical forces at work when people select a mate, including what seems to be the not-so-insignificant role of how a person smells.

Odor attracts

Rachel Herz, a researcher and psychologist, said in Psychology Today, "Body odor is an external manifestation of the immune system, and the smells we think are attractive come from the people who are most genetically compatible with us."

Thorn, who has been doing work on this topic for years, is taking many of these secular findings and considering them through a Catholic lens. One of the many topics Thorn covered was the connection between pheromones and chemical contraception. She pointed out yet another harmful effect of the pill because of the role pheromones play in mate selection.

When a woman is on the pill, explained Thorn, her physical chemistry changes as the body is duped into thinking it is pregnant. As a result, the type of man she is attracted to is one with pheromones that are similar to her own, like her father's or her brother's. Her body, through her nose, is trying to help her to surround herself with protection, safety, familiarity.

On the other hand, Thorn continued, a woman not using chemical contraception, will be attracted to a man that has a different genetic make up than her own, or her family's, since mates that are genetically too similar can cause difficulties in conceiving, or affect the health of the children.

"It makes sense that God would order our bodies this way." Thorn said, "But we have been tinkering with things we shouldn't be tinkering with."

Changing perceptions

Problems arise when a woman goes off chemical contraception. Her body will return to the pre-pill chemistry, and she may have difficulty with what she perceives as a different scent of her husband.

This may have something to do with why, as Herz said in Psychology Today: "One of the most common things women tell marriage counselors is, 'I can't stand his smell.'"

While Thorn is working on two books on the topic of the science behind sex, one for teens and another for engaged couples, she says she is not giving up her work with helping people to heal physically and spiritually from abortion. She added that her recent research has been encouraged by those she has helped in the past.

"I gave this information to the women I was counseling, and they made me promise to tell others," said Thorn. "'We have never heard this before,' they told me. 'We wish we had known it before.'"

To order Thorn's CDs and DVDs on the topic, email her at: nopahn@juno.com.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Juana - the Queen of Metaphor

On the road of life, there are Ups and Downs and every once in awhile, a sudden intersection. I haven't hit one of those in awhile. The last time I hit one, I think I took the wrong road. I was in the Highlands for awhile, but then I hit gullies. A lot of them. My road has gone through quicksand and badlands. Found some fossils there. Which way should I have gone? Where are the mountains? I just want to soar like the eagles and be free for awhile.

From the road I am on I sometimes glimpse those peaks, but the road does not take me there. It bends and twists, and sometimes I think I am coming back to gullies I have visited before. I am so tired of the prairies. With all this open space you would think I'd be free as the antelope, but I am a prisoner of the road. I am the river obliged to flow always in the same bed.

There are days when the sun shines bright, and things seem better, except for the dust this creates on the road. Sometimes when other people go past, I can't see anything for awhile because of all the dust they've kicked up.

There are days when thunderstorms come. I am wet and miserable, but at least the dust is gone. It's turned to mud, and it cakes my shoes.

I want to know, when will there be an intersection in the road again? Will I have another chance to change direction? Which way should I go? Which way will take me to the mountains? Will the road I am on eventually get there at all?

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Twin Unborn Babies Save Mother's Life

Just got this in an e-mail and thought it highly interesting:

London, England (LifeNews.com) -- Doctors sometimes suggest to women who become pregnant while dealing with cancer that they should have an abortion to save their own life.


However, in the case of a British woman, her twin unborn children saved her life when the knocked loose a tumor that had been developing on her cervix.

Unknown to 35-year-old Michelle Stepney, a tumor had been developing insider her and she headed to the hospital thinking she may have had a miscarriage.

Doctors diagnosed her with life-threatening cervical cancer and suggested she have an abortion on her twin babies to be able to have chemotherapy, according to the London Daily Mail.

Stepney declined and physicians agreed to give her lower doses of chemotherapy with the hope of stopping the cancer during the pregnant, the newspaper said. Ironically, the babies ultimately saved their mother's life as their constant kicking dislodged the developing tumor.

"I couldn't believe it when the doctors told me that the babies had dislodged the tumor," she told the newspaper. "I'd felt them kicking, but I didn't realize just how important their kicking would turn out to be."

Concierto benéfico para la Orquesta de Concepción

Asunción, Paraguay, Miércoles 06 de Febrero de 2008

Arte y espectáculos


SUS INSTRUMENTOS SE PERDIERON EN INCENDIO

Concierto benéfico para la Orquesta de Concepción

Mañana en el Teatro Municipal de Concepción se realizará un concierto a beneficio de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción que en la madrugada del domingo perdió todos sus instrumentos al incendiarse el autobús en que viajaban los niños y jóvenes músicos.


Los integrantes de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción que en la madrugada del domingo perdieron sus instrumentos, cuando volvían de Coronel Oviedo.

La orquesta estaba regresando a Concepción tras su participación en el X Festival Nacional y X Seminario Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles de Sonidos de la Tierra que se realizó en Coronel Oviedo.

Según el informe policial, el colectivo partió a la 00:15 de la capital de Caaguazú y se dirigía con destino a Concepción, con 50 pasajeros a bordo. Se presume que el vehículo sufrió una falla eléctrica en el motor que ocasionó el incendio.

El siniestro se produjo cerca de las 03:15, a la altura del kilómetro 322 de la Ruta III General Elizardo Aquino, jurisdicción de Santa Rosa del Aguaray, departamento de San Pedro. El vehículo incendiado pertenece a la empresa Pykasu, que en ese momento estaba al mando de Gilberto López Cáceres (39), domiciliado en la ciudad de Encarnación.

La intensa humareda y mal olor del motor llamaron la atención del conductor, quien decidió interrumpir el viaje y evacuar el móvil para evitar que los pasajeros sufrieran quemaduras, mientras las llamas cobraban fuerza hasta llegar a consumir en su totalidad el vehículo, que prácticamente quedó convertido en chatarra.

Se perdieron instrumentos de la orquesta así como pertenencias personales de los pasajeros.

Afortunadamente las personas que viajaban en su interior, al igual que el chofer, pudieron salvarse y salir ilesos del percance.

Varios efectivos policiales de la comisaría 18ª acudieron al sitio del siniestro e intentaron sofocar el fuego, sin éxito, ante la falta de un carro hidrante y de equipos especiales para combatir las llamas.

Así quedó el ómnibus de la empresa Pykasu que se incendió en las cercanías de Santa Rosa del Aguaray, el domingo pasado.

Conforme a los datos, este es el segundo colectivo incendiado en pleno viaje y con pasajeros a bordo, teniendo en cuenta que el pasado martes 29 de enero, un colectivo de la empresa Choré, que transitaba por la misma carretera, también fue arrasado por las llamas.


Como muestra de solidaridad con la orquesta, niños y jóvenes músicos de localidades aledañas como Belén y Loreto ofrecerán mañana un concierto, a las 20:00, en el Teatro Municipal de Concepción.

En dicha oportunidad, el director de Sonidos de la Tierra, Luis Szarán, hará entrega de un aporte en instrumentos y dinero en efectivo otorgado por el proyecto y de instrumentos donados por otras comunidades de Sonidos.

Quienes quieran apoyar a la orquesta concepcionera pueden ponerse en contacto con el coordinador Crescencio Ruiz (0981 363626) o con la oficina de Sonidos de la Tierra en Asunción (201106 y 220332).

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Keep the Faith

This song came up in a conversation with a friend today: went to read the lyrics, just wanted to post them here... great song by Bon Jovi:

Keep The Faith Lyrics
Artist(Band):Bon Jovi & Jon Bon Jovi
J. Bon Jovi, R. Sambora, D. Child

Mother mother tell your children
That their time has just begun
I have suffered for my anger
There are wars that can't be won

Father father please believe me
I am laying down my guns
I am broken like an arrow
Forgive me
Forgive your wayward son

Everybody needs somebody to love
(mother, mother)
Everybody needs somebody to leave
(please believe me)
Everybody's bitching
'cause they can't get enough
And it's hard to hold on
When there's no one to lean on

Faith: you know you're gonna live thru the rain
Lord you got to keep the faith
Faith: don't let your love turn to hate
Right now we got to
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Lord we got to keep the faith

Tell me baby when I hurt you
Do you keep it all inside
Do you tell me all's forgiven
And just hide behind your pride

Everybody needs somebody to love
(mother, father)
Everybody needs somebody to leave
(please don't leave me)
Everybody's bleeding
'cause the times are tough
Well it's hard to be strong
When there's no one to dream on

Faith: you know you're gonna live thru the rain
Lord you got to keep the faith
No, you know it's never too late
Right now we got to keep the faith
Faith: don't let your love turn to hate
Oh-oh you got to
Keep the faith
( Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Lord we got to keep the faith ) x 2

(Solo)

I've been walking in the footsteps
Of society's lies
I don't like what I see no more
Sometimes I wish that I was blind
Sometimes I wait forever

To stand out in the rain
So no one sees me cryin'
Trying to wash away the pain
Mother father

There's things I've done I can't erase
Every night we fall from grace

It's hard with the world in yours face
Trying to hold on, trying to hold on

Faith: you know you're gonna live thru the rain
Lord you got to keep the faith
Faith: don't let your love turn to hate
Right now we got to keep the faith
Faith: now it's not too late
Try to hold on, trying to hold on
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Everbody keeps the faith
This is the part where he looks straight into my heart and reads it like an open book:
Tell me baby when I hurt you
Do you keep it all inside
Do you tell me all's forgiven
And just hide behind your pride
And check this part out:
I've been walking in the footsteps
Of society's lies
I don't like what I see no more
Sometimes I wish that I was blind
Sometimes I wait forever
There's a good reason why I like Bon Jovi.

This is my daily life times 4

Orquesta de Concepción solicita ayuda

Asunción, Paraguay, Martes 05 de Febrero de 2008

Arte y espectáculos


Orquesta de Concepción solicita ayuda

CORONEL OVIEDO (De nuestra redacción regional). El sábado se realizó el concierto de clausura del X Festival Nacional y X Seminario Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles de Sonidos de la Tierra. Más de mil jóvenes de diferentes localidades del país participaron en este concierto que se realizó en el estadio “El Cerrito” de Coronel Oviedo.


Con la cámara de un aficionado, se pudo captar la imagen del ómnibus en llamas. El jueves se realizará un concierto benéfico.

Tras el concierto, varias delegaciones emprendieron viaje a sus respectivos lugares. El ómnibus que transportaba a la delegación de Concepción se incendió en el camino. Afortunadamente, no hubo víctimas, pero sí los instrumentos y todas sus pertenencias se consumieron en el siniestro.

Por tal motivo, y como muestra de solidaridad con la orquesta, niños y jóvenes músicos de localidades aledañas como Belén y Loreto ofrecerán un concierto el día jueves 7 , a las 20:00, en el Teatro Municipal de Concepción.

David Hong (Asociación Filarmónica Ovetense), Magdalena de Barreto, de la organización del seminario, y Luis Szarán.

En dicha oportunidad, el director de Sonidos de la Tierra, Luis Szarán, hará entrega de un aporte en instrumentos y dinero en efectivo otorgado por el proyecto y de instrumentos donados por otras comunidades que lo conforman.

Quienes quieran apoyar a la orquesta concepcionera pueden ponerse en contacto con el coordinador Crescencio Ruiz (0981 363626) o con la oficina de Sonidos de la Tierra en Asunción (201106 y 220332).

La sección de metales de la megaorquesta. Participaron más de mil niños y jóvenes en el seminario.

En el concierto del sábado los jóvenes mostraron sus cualidades aprendidas en el seminario, dictado por destacados profesores.

Asistieron al concierto Szarán, el intendente de Coronel Oviedo, Jorge Morales; el ex gobernador de Caaguazú Enzo Cardozo, miembros de la Asociación Filarmónica Ovetense que preside David Hong, entre otros.

Parte de la sección de violines de la orquesta que actuó el sábado en Coronel Oviedo.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Les larmes de Marie à Civitavecchia

1er février - Bolivie. Notre Dame de Copacabana

Début février 1995, une fillette de cinq ans, Jessica Gregori remarque des larmes de sang sur le visage d'une statue, acquise dans une boutique du sanctuaire de Medjugorje en Bosnie-Herzégovine. La statue pleure 13 fois en présence de beaucoup de gens, qui donneront leurs témoignages à une Commission d'enquête.

Elle est ensuite confiée à l'évêque du lieu, Mgr Grillo, qui, à sa grande surprise, la voit pleurer encore, le 15 mars, alors qu'il la tient dans ses propres mains. L'évêque fait examiner la statue par des scientifiques qui n'y découvrent aucun trucage ni dispositif interne. Les larmes sont de sang humain mâle. Le 17 juin, Mgr Grillo récupère la statue et la place dans une vitrine en l'église de Saint-Augustin.

Et, alors que le Vatican ne s'est toujours pas officiellement prononcé sur le miracle, d'innombrables pèlerins viennent vénérer "la Madone de Civitavecchia".