A friend of mine has just launched a Tictail online store for her hand-made one-of-a-kind jewelry and I helping promote her efforts. Please go take a look – and pass on the link to anyone that you think might be interested in her creations!
Okay, beautiful people of facebook. It’s that time of year – I need support. If you were thinking of sprucing up your jewelry closet, now is the time. Do you have a special event to go to? Perhaps you have a date coming up. Or you have a job and want to look prettier than your co-workers. Or there is a girl you’re trying to impress. (you could always win a girl’s heart with lovely jewelry.) Or you know someone who needs your support as she tries to get her little teeny weeny business off the ground. (Me! ) Whatever the case, I would really appreciate your help. And that’s that. Happy Thursday to all!
Someone left a comment on one of my pages about a little girl in Cambridge, Ontario in Canada. She is a 4-year-old who needs a small miracle to keep her heart beating. She is only one little girl among thousands of people that need help. But there is something you can do!
You can possibly help Katie with your stem cells – or perhaps one of the thousands of other people waiting for a match by going to onematch.ca and signing up to be a donor. And by encouraging others to be donors as well.
You can read the original article here
And I have pasted the text below from the http://cambridgecitizen.ca/katie-star-needs-a-hero-is-it-you/ by Scot Ferguson-Barber
4 year old Katie Star needs a hero. This 4 year old Cambridge girl is in desperate need of a stem cell donor. Go to onematch.ca for details on how you can help.
4 year old Katie Star Herron is battling cancer for the second time in her young life; and now only the gift of life from a stranger can help her win this fight.
Katie loves to participate in dance, music, gymnastics and art classes. She is a huge fan of all the Disney Princesses and loves having tea parties.
Katie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on August 6th, 2010. After 25 months of intense treatment that included numerous lumbar punctures, bone marrow aspirations, hospital stays, chemotherapy, steroids and 2 to 3 times a week hospital visits, Katie received her last dose of chemo in September 2012.
As the family celebrated the success of her treatment and her remission, Katie began to live a normal childhood. Her hair grew back and she started Junior Kindergarten in September 2013. Katie is a smart, vibrant little girl with an enormous loving heart. When she laughs it is contagious and her smile can light up any room.
On November 6th, 2013 the family’s worst fears were realized. Katie had relapsed – her Leukemia is back. Katie was admitted into Hamilton’s McMaster Children’s Hospital and her parents have not left her side. Mom sleeps at the hospital with Katie, while Dad spends the nights close by at the Ronald McDonald House.
After the last 2 months of aggressive treatment, the family has now been informed that Katie’s only hope for survival is a stem cell transplant. A world wide search for a donor has begun, as Katie’s parents are not a match. Finding a donor is very difficult, so while Katie’s in the hospital fighting for her life, the Cambridge couple is asking the community for help. Every single person who joins the registry could be a match for someone in desperate need of a transplant and help another family out there.
We hope that in sharing Katie’s story it will be the catalyst that gets people out, for our little Katie Star and for the others who are waiting on a stranger to give them the ultimate gift.
The world is complicated and cruel. I made this post after finding ClownonFire.com had vanished. This is my opinion of that blog and the blog posts. Since then I have learned there is a back story of tremendous hurt. I stand by what I have written in the context I wrote it – a lament for creative talent shredded. At the end I have added links to sites that contain some of the tragic back story that consumed the blog and the blogger.”
Today I discovered ClownonFire.com is now a blank screen. An Internet Dead-end. The place that proudly proclaimed “BECAUSE EVERY DAY IS FUCKING MAGICAL™” had ended the magic. And I am brokenhearted.
This is what I retrieved from the Google Cache for his Final Post:
Nothing is forever, and we are driven by our own demons, and ghost, and memories, and sorrowful clowns. Those inner memories and personas make us who we are, make us do wonderful and wise things. And make use suddenly veer of the path into uncharted waters. Read the rest of this entry »
2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice
1/3 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped pecans
2-1/2 cups dried cranberries coarsely chopped
OPTIONAL: Add some orange zest to give tangy orange flavor.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
Stir in milk, orange juice and egg.
Mix in dry ingredients until well blended
Stir in nuts and cranberries.
If the cookie dough seems too dry add a couple of teaspoons of water – this may vary depending on the moisture in the “dried cranberries.”
Drop dough by tablespoons about 2″ apart on prepared baking sheet.
Bake 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet, then remove to wire cooling racks to cool completely.
Every once in awhile I peruse my “Search Terms” list to see what people are actually randomly finding me. My number one search term is: Fear of Apples.
When I wrote my post on the “A Fear of Apples” I had no idea that it was an internet fascination. If you search for “Fear of Apples” I am actually number 5 on the search results with a link to http://merlinspielen.com/2013/02/18/a-fear-of-apples/
This is a point of pride, I am a front page search term. Okay so it isn’t thousands searching for Fear of Apples. Still I am surprised that it is now over 100 search results, and visits!
For those wondering there is an actual Fear of Apples Phobia it is called Malusdomesticaphobia, and it is the fear of all apples and can also be used when describing the fear of eating apples.