Thursday, March 28, 2013

Stand Up Against Rappers Who Sing About Raping Women....Sign the Petiton!


WOMEN AND MEN....If you believe that date rape is wrong please read this article and sign the petition against this rapper RICK ROSS and others. He admits in the lyrics of his song "he drugged a woman with ecstasy and date raped a woman, who doesn't even know it".
Please share as well, because 200 more signatures are needed (I believe). In fairness, it could be just lyrics, but you do not want some man to do this to you, your daughter, sister, wife, or mother.
 
If a parent listens to this song, young children will be exposed to this type of lyrics on the radio or other media. Then young teens or young adults may try to copy what the lyrics say....Please Stand UP against this!

Reference:
Change.org (2013) Rick Ross, MMG, Rocko, Future: Pull song from media; issue a public apology to rape victims and women.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My New Author's Blog


Come check out my new blog for other interesting articles and more information about me as an freelance author. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of my newest blog. Thank you to all my readers and my fans for allowing me to live my dream as a freelance author.

Respectfully yours,

Crystal S. Kauffman
laughatcancer@gmail.com

My Family's Homemade Christmas


Papa and I were heading home from the auto parts store, as I stared out the window of the car. The radio spoke of a blizzard up north, which had crippled an entire community. This seemed unusual to me, since I lived in Florida where it never snowed. The houses we passed seemed to have something that we didn't. However, my grandfather didn't seem to notice. Instead, he thought of it as another day, where one must work to earn a dollar or two just to survive.

I felt confused by the lack of Christmas spirit in my home. Nevertheless, I knew that my family didn't make a big fuss over the holidays, since I was a young girl. Yet, it began bothering me that no one spent time setting up a Christmas tree or adding decorations to it. So, as we pulled in the driveway, the house seemed cold and dreary. However, I noticed a nativity in the neighbor's yard, which seemed comforting in a strange sort of way.

I smiled at grandma, as we passed through the kitchen and headed towards the backdoor. In the backyard, I found my two brothers playing on grandpa's rusty old yellow lawn mower. It had been broken down for years, yet they were pretending to race. I always knew that my grandfather was a man of a few words, except when he was mad. However, he gave his heart to anyone that needed help and I liked that about him.

After, making it to the garage, we began working on the old red race car. I noticed that our neighbors were greeting their family members as they arrived. Suddenly, I began hoping my own family would start celebrating the holidays, since I was 13. Additionally, I wondered why my grandma didn't invite the rest of the family to visit over Christmas. Finally, I decided to ask my granddad, but I was a little nervous to ask at first.

"Why don't we Celebrate Christmas?" I asked nervously.
He answered, "It's just another day Christy! You'll figure that out when you get older. I couldn't afford the decorations and presents."
"Would you celebrate...if you could?"
"I am not sure, because I never have celebrated the holidays. My parents weren't unable to afford decorations and presents. "

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Helium Writer Biography



I met my mom and grandparents for the first time on December 31, 1974 and became the apple of my grandparents' eyes. My mom met my stepdad, and when she married him, we became Navy brats. We moved around a lot. I struggled with moving so much and losing touch with friends. After I turned eleven, my parents divorced and we moved to Jacksonville, Florida.

I lost touch with my father, and I became a stupid teenager who knew everything. I dropped out of school and began working at sixteen for anyone who would hire me. After meeting and later marrying my husband in November 1994, we moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, in order for him to pursue his career in the Army. Once he finished his two years, he decided to leave the Army and move home again.

We came back home with a surprise, and she was born in July 1995. We struggled to pay bills and keep our relationship healthy for our daughter's sake. But we ended up growing apart. Just before the birth of our son in November of 1998, we split up and I began writing poems in order to ease the pain of my divorce and loneliness. I realized how much I enjoyed writing, and I began working on becoming a freelance writer.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Diet and Behavior of Koalas



Have you ever seen a koala bear in the zoo or in the wild? If you live in Australia, chances are you have seen one in the "bush" (Columbia Encyclopedia, 2007) or forest. They are called the "Australian bear" Columbia Encyclopedia, 2007), because they are primarily found in the forest of Australia. Basically, you will find them hanging out in a tree and eating the branches from it. Most Koalas love the "eucalyptus tree" (Columbia Encyclopedia, 2007), since it has special nutrients that are essential to a koala's diet.

The "koala's habitat" (TheKoalas, 2007) varies; however they prefer to live in some type of forest. They can even be found in sub-tropical forest of Australia. This nocturnal marsupial prefers moving at night and sleeping during the day. They enjoy eating many types of leaves, which gives them the nourishment that they need daily. Koalas are very social with other koalas, but they become aggressive when provoked or threatened by a predator.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

How to Start Your Own Personal Prayer Journal



Four years ago, I founded an online support group for cancer patients and their families, which is named the Laugh at Cancer Support Community. Many times, I just listen to the members talk about their individual situation and we read the Bible together over the phone. However, I have had a few members asked me if I can teach them to pray, because most didn’t feel comfortable talking out loud to God. So, I admitted that I don’t pray out loud all the time either, instead I have kept a prayer journal for about ten years.

Use the talent that God gave you

Thankfully, a special woman named Ms. Annie gave me some helpful advice years ago about using the talent that God gave me. She encouraged me to write down my prayers to God, especially when I was a new Christian and in need of guidance. Whenever you pray, feel free play a musical instrument while praying or sing the prayer. This way, you are using your own talent to keep a close relationship with Jesus and God. Remember, that God knows your heart and you mind, so find a way to include him into your life every day in your own way.  

Write what is in your heart

Never second guess yourself, instead always go with your own gut instinct and write what you feel led to discuss with God. Sometimes, it is easier to write down your feelings and thoughts, than it is to speak them out loud. You can open up your heart and let God know exactly what you feel and ask him to help you become a better person. Keeping a prayer journal will also help you obtain a closer relationship with your heavenly father and his son Jesus. No matter what you choose to write about in your prayer journal, be sure to remember to include Jesus Christ and repentance of your sins so God will hear you.

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Learning to Manage Type 2 Diabetes



Type 2 diabetes can be life altering, I know because I have managed this disease for over ten years now. I had to research information about diabetes, so I can change my own eating habits. I am proud to say that I have learned how to control my diabetes and my A1C levels are "beautiful" according to my doctor. Here are some simple steps I learned from various sources, which can help you take control.

Step 1: What is the danger?

Proper management can actually save your life, since high glucose levels can immediately begin damaging your body. High glucose levels can damage your nerves throughout your body and small blood vessels found within the eyes. Additionally, it can cause problems with your kidneys and cause heart disease. Some patients have also lost their legs and feet, due to mismanagement of their diabetes.

Step 2: Why do I have it?

Type 2 Diabetes is the only disease that you can prevent or control by managing your food consumption and doing daily exercises. Basically, the pancreas will produce insulin, but it does not produce enough and the body cannot use the insulin correctly. Some the symptoms are: always hungry, drinking a lot, frequent urination, changes in vision, and slow wound healing.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

My Journey to a Healthier Me

 
As a small child, I was a tall and skinny little girl with dreams of becoming a professional dancer or a famous children's author. However, as I became a teenager, I began to slowly putting weight due to the big portions served at each meal. My entire family was considered to be obese and overweight, but my family did not alter the way the food was prepared. My grandmother always made several types of southern style comfort foods, as well as fatty foods.

Wearing plus size clothing


I began to wear plus size clothing at age fourteen, which was embarrassing for me since my classmates made fun of how fat I was every day. I became extremely insecure about my weight and was being bullied, which caused me to eventually drop out of high school. My first job was at a local McDonald's in the Orange Park Mall, but the manager could not find a 2X uniform to fit me. Two months later, I had to have my manager order me a new uniform in the size 3X.

Having three children

My weight continued to go up and down, which frustrated me because I could lose weight but I could not keep it off. After giving birth to my son who weighed 11 lbs and 10 ounces, I was able to lose the weight and keep it off for a few years. Then, I got married and learned that I was pregnant with my beautiful daughter, who weighed 10 lbs and 10 ½ ounces at birth. Additionally, I learned that I had Gestational diabetes, which played a role in having my second son a month early, who was my smallest baby at 6 lbs and 10 ounces.

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