Childhood Cancer Awareness

Pink ribbons. Race for the cure. Breast cancer gets so much attention. That’s great! However, other cancers are pushed to the back of the bus – like childhood cancers. Watch this video. Share this video! Make this a VIRAL VIDEO! If Kony 2012 can do it, so can we!

You may think childhood cancers get plenty of awareness through St. Jude’s, but the funds they raise directly are distributed for research for other catastrophic childhood illnesses as well as cancer. Invisible children can be found in more places than just Uganda. Cancer continues to kill so many children because of inadequate funding to support adequate and timely research.

There are so many things that deserve more awareness – deserve to go viral. Lung cancer is another! Kudos to those with the enthusiasm to take up a cause and run with it far enough to get that much attention (good or bad).

This wasn’t meant to be a thoroughly researched post. It’s simply something that came to my mind and I let spill onto a post. It’s not meant to cause a debate, and I’m not diminishing the importance of any one cause in favor of another. Equal awareness opportunity to everyone! :D

KONY 2012

Watch it. Share it.

Learn more about it here, where you can also sign the pledge (show support) and get the kit (I won’t be doing that). Because I’m trained to listen to all sides of any story for my job, I also want to bring another article to your attention:  Taking ‘Kony 2012′ Down A Notch. I don’t need to hear Kony’s side. This article does bring up some good points. Why does the documentary not focus more on words directly from the “invisible children”? What happens after they capture Joseph Kony? What about the rest of the LRA? Things to ponder.

Impending Doom | A Blizzard’s a Comin’!

OK – so maybe not this much snow is coming, but it’s supposedly a slow-moving system, which makes predictions extremely difficult. Currently, they predict 6-12 inches by us and 12-24 inches over the plains.

It seems unbelievable right now, though. I was just out braving the grocery store (not because I was in a panic with a nearly bare pantry – I just wanted sushi, soda, and some snack foods), and it’s a mild 42 degrees. Due west and northwest, the mountains are beautiful. Mountains to the southwest are a different story … obliterated by snow clouds.

What will tonight and tomorrow bring? Who knows! As usual. We could get a manageable 6 inches, or we could be buried under a foot or more. Our neighborhood is on the line between Winter Storm Warning and Blizzard Warning. :D I’m ready! I’ve got plenty of work, movies, games, and food to keep me busy.

Earthquake & Tsunami Hit the Coast of Japan

Tsunami travels across the Pacific to Hawaiian islands and the west coast of the U.S.

Years ago, I didn’t pay much attention to weather phenomena that was far away. I didn’t think it had any impact on my local area. Wrong! It impacts the entire world in one way or another. It gives new meaning to the term “small world”. I normally don’t have the TV on in the morning or throughout the day while I work, but I have The Weather Channel on this morning. The internet is the best way to get up-to-the-minute updates on the situation.

Working for a vacation rental advertising venue, I see an impact there as well. After the obvious thoughts that turned immediately to those directly impacted in Japan, my thoughts went to the impact I will see at work today. Then I wondered how many people don’t even think about travel insurance when planning their vacations. Did you know this even exists? Check out AccessAmerica.com for more info.

No major damage is expected on the Hawaiian islands or the U.S. west coast. There may be isolated incidents of damage. Six-foot waves were reported in Maui, a popular vacation destination, and three-foot waves elsewhere on the Hawaiian coasts. Two-foot waves are expected on the beaches of California, where they are mainly concerned about the currents and keeping people out of the water and off the beaches.

Economic impacts of natural disasters are felt worldwide. This will have a minor impact on our already rising food costs. The area impacted the heaviest is known for growing rice. Nearby aquaculture of shrimp and fish may also have been damaged. Japan’s largest expense, of course, will be in rebuilding. Read more in this New York Times article.

Weather and natural science fascinates me. Here are photos from when my husband and I chased a tornado. My motivation wasn’t to marvel at devastation but to get great photos. Learning the science of what causes weather changes and natural disasters is pretty cool, too.  Here’s an interesting read on the science of earthquakes.

The initial concern for damage in the U.S. from this tsunami is calming now. We may be able to breathe a sigh of relief, but my heart aches for those impacted in Japan.