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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I Still Love Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings

My kids are avid Harry Potter fans, and so am I. I read an article the other day that said J.K. Rowling might consider writing more Harry books one of these days, but for the mean time our family still likes listening to the original series on audio in the car, on ipods or at night. There is something about Harry, Ron and Hermione that I find so endearing that it keeps me returning to read or listen repeatedly. I find The Lord of the Rings series to be the same, and was very happy to be introduced to The Tolkien Professor by my son. It is a wonderful website that includes podcasts of this professor's lectures on The Lord of the Rings and others of Tolkien's works. I'm looking forward to working my way through those as I work at my computer this month.

Here is a fun Gryffindor tee for all you Harry fans:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Shopping Ideas For Pet Lovers

I've been lucky enough to become online friends with a very talented artist named Jean Fitzgerald. I love her wonderful pet art designs! She uses old masterpiece artwork and some of her own original art backgrounds to place dogs, cats, llamas and horses in to create wonderful, unique prints and gift items. My favorites are her holiday pet ornaments along with the pet art tote bags. I have also purchased her art on lovely wood and tile keepsake boxes and those who received them treasure them as a special gift.
I can't say enough good things about Jean. She loves animals, and it shows in her work. From taking in strays to creating one of a kind jewelry pieces for clients, she always aims to please and has many repeat customers. It's nice to know the world has wonderful people like her in it.
Here are a few of her beautiful designs and products for pet owners:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fight Breast Cancer Through Showing Your Support For Families

When a family member has breast cancer, it affects everyone. Friends too are so emotionally involved as someone they love is being treated for this all too common disease. October is breast cancer awareness month. Won't you consider holding a neighborhood walk or get-together to raise funds for research and treatment or to donate to someone in your community that may be battling breast cancer? Be creative in finding ways to encourage neighbors to donate or help.
Energy can be at a low when undergoing treatment. Think you're too busy to get involved in a big way? When someone you know is diagnosed, consider helping in the following ways as a neighborhood support group:
* make meals for the family that can be frozen and cooked or reheated on treatment days.
* mow the lawn or vacuum out a car for a patient.
* volunteer to walk younger children to the bus stop or to drive carpool.
* stop by to help children with homework
* drop off reading material or music
* send an inspirational card anonymously with a restaurant gift card
* offer to walk a pet for the patient.
These are just a few little things that might be helpful, depending on the treatment or disease stage. Don't forget to say a little prayer for the patient and their family too.

fight breast cancer womens tshirt

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