January 22, 2008

January 22, 2008
Hey Folks! Thanks for joining me again for another entry on my blog. It's been a very busy week already. We've had Mitt Romney, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani all came into town for rallies. The pic on the page today is from one of the rallies.

Something that I've noticed as more Americans are talking about pending recession here in the United States... the less the politicians are talking about health care which used to be one of the top issues. With the Dow Jones financial market having another sharp downturn today, I unfortunately see that trend continuing even though the Feds lowered the interest rate today.

My brother, Rob, also had a birthday yesterday. Unfortunately, I was unable to reach him on the phone. But I hope he had a great birthday! He's a special guy.

I spoke today with a minority women's group that I will be speaking to Thursday evening at their monthly meeting about HIV and activism. They are a great group of women that raised a ton of teddy bears for my Teddy Bear Touchdown this past holiday season so I'm looking forward to seeing them again and helping them in their quest for knowledge and activism.

I also saw that Oprah is doing a segment on smoking cessation. I personally know how hard it is to quit smoking AND how important it is for all people not to smoke but especially those with terminal and chronic illnesses. Our bodies have enough to endure without throwing smoking into the mix of troubles. But that is much easier said than done. Smoking is considered as addictive as heroin. Over 45 million Americans smoke daily and over 1/2 will die from smoking. So the best way to quit they are saying is to empower yourself with support group, nicotine replacement, hypnotherapy, etc. whatever it takes to help. Check out Oprah for more details.

I hope that all of you are having a great week. I know from speaking with my friends in the northern states that the nights are very cold. I must admit I dread my visits to DC and up north during the winter... there's a reason I live in the South... LOL

Wishing each of you health, hope and happiness. Make a difference in someone's life today and do something nice. Like the old coke commercial says...

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab