For our assignment this week we had to respond to:
What good would it do?
What good could we do?
What is our power?
For me, thinking about what I could do is an overwhelming thing. The world and problems suddenly seem so big and I seem so small. But I guess that’s where it can start is with something small. Small things sometimes expand and can affect the bigger problem. But even if it was just a small thing, affecting one person, for that one person it might make the biggest impact for them. Like right now I am knitting scarves for homeless people, I was inspired by a $20 challenge from my church where our pastor gave everyone $20 and said go out and bless people. So I decided to knit scarves. I ask myself, Is it enough? And my answer always ends up to be, yes. I think any action that is rooted in love is enough. It will be enough for someone and that’s all that matters. Love rubs off and expands. Anything that changes the energy in the universe more towards positive is a powerful thing.
my teachers response:
thanks for writing the introduction for our class (if our class was writing a book). he loved it.
today is my last day of week 4. I started the best life diet weighing in at 138, today I weighed in at 134. I have been eating really well (except for those thin mints my mom sent me) I have been working out, trying to get to the gym 2-3 times a week and yoga on saturdays. I am becoming more toned and slimming down.
Tomorrow I will be going into phase 2.
Here are the principles of Phase 2:
You’ll build upon what you learned in Phase 1 – Phase 1 principles are still practiced, and are at the core of the program, but you’ll have new goals to meet before you move on the Phase 3.
You’ll primarily focus on aggressively going after losing those extra pounds.
You’ll make a few simple modifications to your diet – primarily, eliminating 6 foods that can inhibit weight loss.
You’ll learn about both the physical and emotional reasons why you get hungry and begin using a valuable tool called the “Hunger Scale” to better manage your appetite.
You’ll being weighing in once a week.
You’ll focus on eating Best Life-recommended meals and foods for all your meals beyond breakfast.
You’ll increase the number of steps you take each day, and, depending on your Activity Level, begin light aerobic activity and strength training.
For those of you who don’t know I run a fundraiser called Change
Lupus that benefits The Alliance for Lupus Research. Today I
registered for the 2008 Baltimore ALR Walk with Us to Cure Lupus
Walkathon, which will be held on Saturday, May 3rd. 100% of the
contributions to this event will go to support lupus research
programs, because ALR’s Board of Directors pays for all administrative
and fundraising costs.
I am hoping to get people to join my team and walk with me and help
raise money. I am also asking for pledges however small or large they
may be. Everything helps. Your support will help me reach my own
fundraising goal, and is essential to the success of ALR’s mission: to
prevent, treat, and cure lupus through medical research. More
information on the Alliance for Lupus Research can be found at http://www.lupusresearch.org/.
It is faster and easier than ever to give your support! Visit my
to donate with a credit card online. Immediately after making your
gift, you will receive an email with tax receipt information.
You can also send me a check contribution. Make all checks payable to
the Alliance for Lupus Research, and include my ID Number in the
check’s memo line:
Mail checks to me so I can collect them and turn them in on walk day.
You can also mail checks directly to the Alliance for Lupus Research
at: Walk with Us to Cure Lupus, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 501, New
York, NY 10036.
Whatever you can give will help; it all adds up! Also, feel free to
forward this message to anyone you think might want to support me as I
Walk to Cure Lupus. I appreciate your support and will keep you
updated on my progress.
***BREAKING NEWS - GENES RESPONSIBLE FOR LUPUS DISCOVERED
Your support has lead to exciting news for people with lupus!
The ALR is proud to announce that the first-ever International SLE
Genetics (SLEGEN) Consortium research project has identified multiple
genes linked to women with lupus. These findings set the stage for
more studies that will eventually lead to earlier diagnosis and new
treatments for this debilitating illness.
The three-year SLEGEN study was formed and supported with $2.25
million in funding from the ALR. Published in the January 20, 2008,
issue of Nature Genetics , the results underscore the role of genetic
variants in predisposing an individual to developing lupus.
Now that these genes have been identified, other scientists can seize
upon these findings to start developing new strategies for prevention
and therapy. These results represent a significant step toward
reducing the burden of suffering caused by lupus.
Facts About Lupus
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune
system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissue.
Lupus can cause life-threatening damage to major organs such as the
kidneys, lungs, heart and central nervous system.
Lupus is the leading cause of death among women with autoimmune
diseases who are in their childbearing years (ages 15-45).
Women are five times more likely to die from lupus than men, and
African Americans are three times more likely to die from lupus than
Between 1979 and 1998 there was an approximate 70% increase in lupus
deaths among middle-aged African American women.
my pastor tried to set me up with someone on sunday. He said “he’s the short, buff guy passing out bullitens.” and I said “oh, that kid” and he said “he’s not a kid, hes a nice, god-loving man”. I said “I know, “kid” is just a term I use”. I continued the conversation in my head and asked “does he have dark hair, blue eyes and commitment issues?” (in my head) he answered “no.” and then I replied “well then he’s not my type.”
“Each body becomes an index of passing time. Bones shift, muscles loosen, freckles and wrinkles form, bruises appear; skin is the forum for these transitions. It may also evidence sensitivity, embarrassment, discomfort, fear, excitement, infection, health, attraction, and energy expended—reflecting vulnerability and conditions we’ve inhabited.
My own skin frequently blushes and swells. I have dermatographia, a condition in which one’s immune system exhibits hypersensitivity, via skin, that releases excessive amounts of histamine, causing capillaries to dilate and welts to appear (lasting about thirty minutes) when the skin’s surface is lightly scratched. This allows me to painlessly draw patterns and words on my skin, which I then photograph.
I also make wallpaper with photographs of my skin cut into various designs. The patterns I use range from adaptations of Greek and Etruscan vases, Medieval wall coverings, and Renaissance pottery to contemporary clothing and wallpaper found in domestic spaces. Attached to the wall or onto board, these skin designs form shifting crimson patterns embellishing the surfaces. Recently I’ve turned some of the patterns made from photographs of skin into temporary tattoos, adorning my skin with the translucent designs. These tattoo designs cover me like clothing, an intimate fashion. They also go on the wall or window after they’ve made contact with my skin, leaving traces of cells and hair, and holding a record of skin’s map. I share these designs with my surroundings.
I am investigating where one surface ends and another begins, the bloom of adornment, and how shifting exteriors reveal as they conceal.”