Saturday, October 11, 2008

What Is NaNoWriMo?

According to the Office of Letters and Light (2006), over 79,000 participants entered last year. Unfortunately only about "13,000" (office of Letters and Light, 2006), were able to actually finish their novel. All of the authors come from different walks of life and each has a sincere desire to become a published author. So, they can write their heart out and attempt to write their way into, "NaNoWriMo superstardom" (Office of Letters and Light, 2006)....(Read More)

Monday, October 6, 2008

My Journey with Cancer's Touch

My journey with cancer began, when I began experiencing symptoms in early 2002. I was forced to visit the Emergency Room as the pain became unbearable. The ER doctor decided to take some medical test and he referred me to a gynecologist. Additionally, he explained that I had a severe infection and I was given medication. Once I finished the medication, the symptoms came back in two weeks, so I scheduled an appointment immediately. (Read more)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Do Micheal Vick's Dogs Deserve Justice?

Does Michael Vick's punishment fit the crime? Ask the dogs what they
think should happen to the man, who forced them to fight till they
killed a dog or died themselves. Honestly, I bet the dogs would say
that he deserves more punishment and less fame. He should be made fight
for his life, while a crowd of people cheer and do nothing to help. I
believe that Michael Vick should have gotten a stronger sentence,
because of the many dogs that died or was maimed while in his care...(Read more)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My Journey to Become a Freelance Author

After my birth, I met my mom and grandparents for the first time on December 31, 1974. I quickly became the apple
of my grandparent's eyes and their hearts. Luckily, I had friend to
share my journey with, my twin brother Thomas. We set out on a brave
adventure together, into this new
world that we were learning so much about. My loving grandparents and
my hardworking mom, helped to raise me and my brother, since she was
working and she needed help. About five years later, my mom married my step dad and we instantly became Navy brats.(Read more)

Friday, September 12, 2008

September is GYN Cancer Awareness Month

September is GYN Cancer Awareness Month

Women of all ages….Listen to your body! Don’t forget to schedule your yearly pap-smear appointment, if you haven’t done so already! Talk to your doctor about screening you for ovarian cancer and cervical cancer. Too many women are slipping through the cracks and GYN cancers are killing our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, and friends. Let’s stop it now! Tell everyone you know, to schedule their annual checkups today. (Read more)

Saudia Arabian Women's Struggle for Against Legal Abuse

Did you know that thousands of women in Saudi Arabia are being legally
abused? These courageous, yet helpless women endure the abuse.
According to the Human Rights Group (2007), Saudi Arabian government
and courts punish the women for speaking out. Sometimes, the local
police even harass these women and get away with it. These victims have
no where to turn, these powerless women suffer in silence...(Read more)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Why Become a Nurse?

Do you want to help others, no matter what is expected of you? Will you
use your skills to help others feel better or to be comfortable during
their illness? Are you compassionate, caring, loyal, and dedicated to
the people you will be helping or working with? There are many reasons
to become a nurse, but first you must decide whether you can handle the
stress involved. Maybe, you will lend a helping hand to others or even
save someone's life. (Read more)

Friday, September 5, 2008

The History and Future of the Black Hills' Groundwater

Is the "Black Hills groundwater" an important resource for South
Dakotans? How was this "historic landmark" U.S. Department of the
Interior created, and when was it discovered? Are there any other
groundwater resources in the area that would fulfill the population's
daily needs? What kind of historical stories or well-known legends are
associated with this national masterpiece? Did you know that this source of fresh water could hazardous to the people's health? (Read more)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Cancer Killed Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp
March 19, 1848- January 13, 1929

Image provided by Legends of America

Did you know that the very famous Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp died of prostrate cancer in Jan 13, 1929? According to the Legends of America Website (2008), the famous lawman was in Los Angeles, California, when he died at 80 years old. He was cremated and buried in his wife's family plot in Colma, California. His wife Josephine Wyatt died in 1944 and was buried beside of her husband. She promised to always be with him and she remained by his side throughout his many amazing adventures. Josephine is now following him on a new adventure and their resting spot remains untouched to this day! Wyatt Earp is one of my favorite legends and I was saddened to learn that he died of prostrate cancer. We need to find a cure for all those touched by cancer now, since this disease has killed people for many centuries.

How can you make a difference?

To read the whole story....(Click here)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Communication Builds Success

As a new business owner, communication with existing and potential customers is important to the businesses bottom line. Every customer is important and should be treated that way, because they keep a business running. Staying in contact will also help the owner develop friendships, which keep the customers coming back and the business growing. Thanks to new technology, many ways exists to keep in contact with a loyal customer or attract new ones...(Read more)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Freelance Author for Hire

Articles written by me under my pen name of Imogen Rayne, are available for purchase to use on your website or blog. The proceeds earned from the purchases will benefit the community I built and keep it growing. I will also consider writing articles or web content for you, so please contact me if you are interested. Rights to all articles will be retained by me. I also ask that you list my pen name in the byline of your article. Thank you for helping me make a difference, by using the talent that God gave me.

I have over 400+ articles to choose from on diverse topics. I also have many poems to choose from on various topics.

Online Portfolio: http:/
Community Website:

Monday, August 18, 2008

Traveling with a Toddler

Image Courtesy of David Niblack

Family vacation spots can be fun for older children, but most toddlers are too young to enjoy the vacations. Even more important, some families can't afford to spend their money on an expensive vacation spot. Here are many inexpensive solutions to this problem, which you can have fun with your small child. Every toddler loves to visit the zoo, beach, and museum for interactive fun. Most toddlers truly are satisfied with...(Read more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tips on Building a Professional Portfolio

Are you a new freelance copywriter, who is looking for ways to promote your unique talent and skills to potential clients? If so, you may want to build a portfolio, which will help you showcase your talent to others. A professional portfolio online or offline can help you land freelance work, by advertising your experience and skill. However, be sure that you build a portfolio that catches...(Read more)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Jacksonville's Cancer Survivor Park

This is a wonderful picture of the Cancer Survivor's park here in Jacksonville, Florida. This picture doesn't show the parks entire features, but these bridges are small replicas of the many bridges that exist in Jacksonville, Fla. Fortunately, the local cancer survivor's, who have passed their five year anniversary. They can have their name added to the park's memorial wall. I am hoping to have my name added to the wall, since I am a six years survivor.

I will let everyone know the outcome of my request. If you are in the Jacksonville area, stop by and check it out this amazing park, which is dedicated to those who have survived the touch of this devastating disease. One day when they find a cure, we will be able to add many more names to this wall! God bless each family on this wall. May they be honored for their personal journey and courage.

Respectfully Yours,

Crystal Kauffman

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Jacksonville's Struggle with Crime

Everyone in Jacksonville, Florida is concerned about the level of violent crime that is consuming his or her community. Some state officials and respected religious leaders want to make a change. They believe that special programs can help the community combat crime and remove drug dealers. Many psychologists believe the best way to handle the city's problem, is to examine why the violence is happening.

There are many reasons that will cause someone to become violent or willing to commit murder. For instance, he or she could be greedy or angry with the person they have attacked. Currently, religious leaders are sponsoring community programs that give out cash and jobs for guns. Now, many want to give out an education voucher instead, since a diploma can change his or her life.

Frightening Facts

According to the Florida Times-Union (2006), the Federal Bureau of Investigations recently named Jacksonville, as the Murder Capitol of Florida. The Sheriff's Homicide Detectives have been overwhelmed and overworked, due to the rise in violent crime. In 2006, during the first six months of the year, the homicide rate had already risen to "81" (COJ, 2007). Recently, the state officials decided to turn to the public for help in solving these crimes.

"There won't be a Blueprint for Prosperity if we're the murder capitol of the world, because no business will come into this city."(Mayor Peyton, 2006)

State officials have been combining their resources, in a team effort to reduce the violence plaguing the city. The daily level of violence has infiltrated local schools and their neighborhoods. Last year, several young children died inside their own home, due to stray bullets. Now, the city official's are bringing attention to Jacksonville's "Save our Streets" program.

Getting Involved

Most public officials are getting involved and looking for ways to involve the local residents. These public programs will help local families change their future, while taking guns off the street permanently. Currently, state officials and religious leaders are working together to change the communities. Since, the city needs people to will stand up and fight for the city, which they call their home.

"Public Safety involves partnership. I invite you to partner with your men and women in blue uniforms. When citizens and police officers know and trust one another, they become unified in their approach to crime" (Sheriff John Rutherford, 2006).

This program will take a lot of sacrifice and hard work from every single resident and local official. Every community must stand united and fight for their right to be safe in their own home. Honestly, the police will never be able to stop the violence, which is consuming various communities. In addition, many local residents are afraid of helping the police, due to the fear of retaliation.


According to Rushing (2006), Florida's Governor Jeb Bush believes that the FBI statistics can be misleading. The city's Mayor believes the economy will suffer, due to the loss of new businesses andresidents. However, the city's officials agree that mentoring and education is the key to making Jacksonville safe again. Furthermore, some officials think that his office is not doing enough to help combat crime.

The city is urging all local citizens, to stand up and stop tolerating the violence in their neighborhood. Nevertheless, many leaders and officials are arguing that education is the key to stopping this growing epidemic. These public programs will help take guns off the street permanently, while changing the River City's future. Therefore, Jacksonville's struggle with violence can finally end.


City of Jacksonville (2006) A message from Sheriff John Rutherford. (City of Jacksonville Website)
Retrieved on September 18, 2006

City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville's Sheriff's Office Official Website(Statistical Data)
Retrieved on October 4, 2006

Rushing, J. (2006, July) Slayings down in Florida in 2005 Bush notes Jacksonville's homicide rate, but some say the statistics are misleading. Jacksonville, FL: Florida Times-Union, pg. B.1, Retrieved on September 17, 2006, ProQuest Database

Unknown Author (2006), MURDER RATE: Peyton takes charge. Florida Times- Union, Pg. B.6. Retrieved on September 17, 2006; ProQuest Database.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Let's Make a Difference Now~!

As a published freelance author, I have decided to donated all of my monthly earnings from Associated Content and Helium, in order to support our community financially.

However, my monthly earnings are based on the amount of page views I receive for each article I have written. Therefore, I need your help to keep the community alive and growing. If you would like to help, please take time to click on the links above and check out my various articles or poems.

In addition, feel free to share them with friends and family. All money earned from visiting these two websites will allow me to pay for the communities monthly expenses.

Thank you for helping me make difference right now! Donations can also be made by contacting me for information. Every special gift will be used to keep this community alive and growing.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness Buttons

Show off your own breast cancer awareness button. It is small and simple, but will help show your support for raising awareness now. This disease affect thousands of women and men every year, so let's be proactive with our own family. Each button is sold in a 5 pack, so you can pass them out to friend as a simple reminder to get their annual check ups.

They are a beautiful reminder that one day will will truly be free of cancer's touch. However, until then lets stay proactive and teach everyone how to spot changes is his or her body. A simple lump or unexplained pain is a way that your body communicates with you. Listen when it speaks for it may save your life!

Information about our cause:

The Laugh at Cancer Support Community focuses on celebrating life and living beyond cancer day at a time. Show off your support for our community and it's mission. We are stronger together fighting against this devastating disease.

About our Gift Shop:

All proceeds from the gift shop will be used to keep the community alive and partner with a program, which will allow sliding scale cancer treatments patients that are underprivileged. No one deserves to die, just because they are poor! Help me make difference now!

Thank you for visiting and your support!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The role of international markets in the currency wars: Euro vs. Dollar

Why Foreign Currency exchange so important to each country, yet the types of currency they use is so different? It is important because each country can "convert the currency", into the same currency that their country accepts as "legal tender" (Ball, McCulloch, Frantz,Geringer, & Minor, 2004). Additionally, tourist can exchange their countries currency and receive the type of money they will need on their trip. What is the Foreign exchange and how is able to serve so many countries at once?...(read more)

History of Legal Punishments

Many nations and cultures have made official laws to protect their citizens from crime. Over the years, these laws have been in force, in order to keep their society from becoming anarchy. Different forms of punishments have been used to deter would-be criminals. However, some citizens still tend to break the laws. These days, all countries have a justice system and a prison for...(read more)

Viola Luzzio: The Unknown Martyr

If you look in a history book, you will never find the name Viola Liuzzo who is a martyr for civil rights. However, in 1965, she became an unknown martyr in the hearts of many civil rights activists. She was shot by self-proclaimed KKK members in Selma, Mississippi, during a civil rights march on March 25, 1965. Now, there a memorial on the spot that she died, yet no one mentions her name in the history books. According to Mr. Simkin (1997), she was 36 year old mother of five kids, who wanted to...-(Read more)

PS (Photo's courteous of Unitarian Universalist Historical Society (UUHS) 1999-2008)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tips for New International Managers

As new international manager, you will be stepping into an entirely new
country with different customs and laws. Once you accept the new
position, you need to begin learning all you can about the country and
the people you will be serving. Additionally, it is vital to know what
to expect, once you are in your new management position. Long before
boarding the plane, you should... (read more)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Planning a Budget-Friendly Sailing Trip

Do you want to go sailing, but you are living on a tight budget? Are you dreaming of a relaxing vacation, spent on the water? Here are some ideas to help you find ways to hit the high seas, without emptying the pocketbook. Start by visiting your local marina and find out how much (read more)

Interview with Me

Check out this interview about me and the online community that I found for those touched by cancer. This interview was written by Irene Lynn and I am thankful for her hard work. (To read the interview)

P.S. Correction to website and email listing in interview. I apologize for not catching this before it was published:

Laugh at Cancer Support Community

Community Home:

Poetry: Love does not die

This poem is about a love that doesn't die, no matter what comes along. I hope you enjoy it and never let your love die. Love is too precious to lose!

Here is except of the poem...

Hands of time change my fate,
Patience and love is all it takes.
You are the sunlight in my soul,
When everything else seems so cold.(read more)

Poetry: Soul Mates

This is a poem that I wrote. It is about becoming soul mates with the one that you love. I hope that all my readers will find their one true love that makes them happy.

Here is an excerpt:

Set me free with a touch of your hand.

Kiss me, as we lie in the sand.

Together with you on the beach tonight,

Embrace my heart and hold it tight. (read more)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Can Laughter Help You?

When dealing with any chronic illness it is important to laugh everyday. It is important to remain positive and lower your stress level at all times. Did you know that laughter truly is the best medicine for all that ails you? Some researchers believe that laughter can heal your body, your spirit, and your mind. Here is a wonderful article, which explains how the simple act of laughing can be beneficial to your health.(Read more)

P.S. Thanks to Irene Lynn and Aly Adair for letting me link to their informative blog.

Have you been touched by cancer?

Dear Friends,

Come celebrate life with us! We are an online support community for those families and friends, who have been touched by cancer…directly or indirectly! This is a place for people to tell their story, talk about their daily struggles, and share tips that they have learned. Additionally, members can help each other, comfort each other, and make new friends. We focus on surviving and coping with living beyond cancer’s touch.

In the future, this network will provide resources and information on every type of cancer. Our mission is to help every family learn to live beyond cancer’s touch. We have recently moved on-line, in order to reach more families. Come by and honor someone you love, learn ways to cope, and share your favorite recipes. Furthermore, we welcome everyone, because awareness is an important key to surviving cancer’s touch.

Too many websites focus one type of cancer, but all cancers kill. Come laugh at cancer with us…

Laugh At Cancer Support Community
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Respectfully yours,

Crystal Kauffman


Monday, July 28, 2008

Dog fighting: A Dog's Point of View

This is a poem I wrote about dogfighting from the dog's point of view. I was surfing the internet and I came across a picture that tore my heart out. The picture was of a dog that was killed during a dog fight. I hope this will touch you in the way the picture touched me.

Here it is:

I am the dog you killed last night,
After a grueling one hour fight.
What did I do to make you mad?
Was I misbehaving or acting bad?...(Read more)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Teaching Stranger Danger Tips to your Children

Everyday, we hear stories of children that have been kidnapped or killed. Some have never been seen again, which leaves their parents wondering what has happened to them. These stories break our hearts and
cause us to worry about our own children's safety. It is important for
each parent to teach our young children about (read more)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Legal Abuse of Women in Saudi Arabia

Did you know that thousands of women in Saudi Arabia are being legally abused? These courageous, yet helpless women endure the abuse. According to the Human Rights Group (2007), Saudi Arabian government and courts punish the women for speaking out. Sometimes, the local police even harass (read more)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dolphins: What You May Not Know

Did you know that there are 26 living species of dolphins swimming in the ocean? Did you know that they are in the same family as a whale? They are actually called a small cetaceans or toothed whales by scientists and biologists. Through their studies, they found that dolphins have advanced or complex personalities. Scientists believe that dolphins are....(read more)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

How the Economy is Affected by the Home-building Market

Currently, many economists are arguing over what causes the
home-building market to suffer. Some speculate that the supply is not
meeting the current demands, since there are still many homeless
families. Everyone in the home-building field is feeling the crunch,
due to the market's unrest. According to Tan (2007), the recent
Subprime mortgage crisis is still a danger, even though the news has
stopped discussing it.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Swastikas Origins and Meanings: Cultural Context

Have you ever wondered what the swastika symbol stands for? Did you
know that the swastika has been found on artifacts that are over 3000
years old? According to the American-Israeli (2007), the word swastika
was used to describe the hooked cross. Would you be surprised to learn
that is a symbol of being fortunate, not Anti-Semitism (Smith, 2007)?
In some cultures, they actually turned the symbol clockwise or added
something to it. (Read more)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Jacksonville's Cultural Diversity

Jacksonville is the second largest city in the northeastern Florida, which is about eight miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Many people with diverse ethnicities have moved into the River City and became a part of its society. Many new businesses, streets, and communities began developing all over the First Coast. The city grew, so it can accommodate the expanding population. Now, over a million different ethnic backgrounds are currently living together and sharing their unique cultures with other residents....(Read more)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Murder in Iran: Atefah Sahaaleh Story

Recently, I was astonished and saddened by the murder of Atefah Rajabi Sahaaleh. By all accounts, she was beautiful and intelligent...yet she had a troubled soul. She lived in the Muslim city of Neka, Iran, with her father. When Atefah was 5, her mother was killed in a car wreck, and soon she began acting out. She had made some bad choices, so she was considered a bad influence in the community. (Read more)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Importance of Teenager's Education

As a teenager, everyone has asked this question and wondered how their career can be better. In the future, most people want a car, home, and family. Each of these items would be difficult to afford, on a minimum wage salary. Many drop outs have earned minimum wage and live just above the poverty line. A high school diploma will bring the student (Read more)

Essay: Dreams and Goals

As a young girl, I always dreamed of writing for my city's local paper. Everyday, I told my friends that someday, they would see my name in the newspaper on the front page. They would generally laugh or make comments about my head being in the clouds. After hitting a hurdle in high school, I thought I would never be a columnist or journalist. However, I returned to high school and began pursuing my dream of writing for young children or teenagers. Now, I am earning an Associate Degree in Business Arts. After graduation, I plan to....(Read more)

Poem For My Grandma

From the day we met, so long ago,

You've helped and watched me grow.

From a stubborn little girl, who knew it all,

To a dumb teen, which took a fall.

Dealt with my pain to pride each day,

Until, I grew up and went away.

I quickly came back to return to you,

Always loving what you do.

Now, my best friend is sitting here,

Cherishing all that I hold dear.

A relationship that I can't forget,

Your love became my safety net.

She has always helped me, when I call,

My Grandma has endured it all.

By, Imogen Rayne