So long 2008 and we're glad to see ya go! Let's hope by some miracle 2009 gives us a jump on all the economic, political and war-related woes so that all these messes can be straightened out -- pronto! That Schwedy dude, Alec Baldwin, tells us three things for the new year on Huffington Post. I agree with point #2 about keeping the pressure on regarding fuel-efficient cars. Yes, we''ve gotten jerked around with gas prices. He says, "do not get fooled by lower prices at the gas pump" and you know he's right.
News Years pics are already showing up on flickr from all over the world. Above is one from flickr user Stefan Hundhammershowing fireworks over the Nürnberg old town with what appears to be part of the castle in the background. Photo shared under a Creative Commons license.
And above, love those festive New Year's glasses from Shades of Fun. Hey, this is the last year we'll have those two 0s in the middle ... but I saw someone with the 2010 glasses and they work thanks to a crafty design that bumps the 1 up above the nose.
Here we are once again at the little French restaurant in Wheaton, awaiting our champagne. What a fun Saturday for the three of us -- Therese, Cathy and myself. That Winterberry can't be beat for unique and glorious holiday decorative items. Yes, we are still working on the screenplay and we are still almost done.
Around our house, we consider ourselves experts in gingerbread design and assembly. That's because we have years of experience building all kinds of wacky, edible creations. (What's wrong with us? We don't know.)
We've assembled our favorite recipes and tips into a handy set of instructions that will help you build an award-winning gingerbread house this holiday season. If you are new to this age-old tradition, you'll likely find it to be very helpful.
Now I must go help Chuck make apple pie ... the liquid variety. You know, the stuff with Everclear, a distant cousin to moonshine. Yeow!
It's really impossible to describe the pain of seeing a family member or friend suffer terribly from depression. Often, the most clever, creative, funny and kind souls have the bad luck of inheriting or acquiring this disease. And it can be a debilitating, lifelong battle.
Regardless of what the TV ads say, there is no magic pill for many people, no easy combination of drugs and/or therapies that will blessedly make it all better. To make matters worse, the medical and psychiatric communities don't exactly make it easy to find solid answers. For the people who need it most, help is often very hard to find.
I have been hoping to hear more from Jim Carrey ever since a story broke about his use of supplements to treat depression. And if I hear people compare him to Tom Cruise, they will get an earful from me! Jim Carrey, thank you for making the point that supplements can be an effective alternative. The popular drugs from Big Pharma are actually ineffective and even harmful to many people. (Notice that I did not say all people.)
Someone I care about very much is going the supplement route with theCarl Pfeiffer Treatment Center just outside Chicago. He's been taking supplements for six months now. I cannot say that they have cured his depression, or even helped it significantly yet, but we are hanging in there and trying. We've been told it may take a year to see significant results.
The antidepressants my family member took for years gradually became ineffective, or made him feel like he was jumping out of his skin, or caused other serious side effects. They just plain didn't help.
Jim Carrey, it sounds like you've got it together. I am very, very happy for you. I hope you will use your voice to help educate people and open up these new avenues of treatment to those who perhaps haven't heard of them yet.
God bless the Cincinnati SPCA. That's where we got our great little Joey so many years ago, the best wiener dog-terrier mix you could ever imagine. Boys, remember the fake fire plug where he stopped to wee on that first day on the way to the car?
Joey is gone now (lived to age 17!) but the Cincinnati SPCA and other shelters across the country are still helping dogs and cats find places to call home. The enormously popular Reindog Parade in Mt. Adams is a festive fundraiser for this deserving, lifesaving organization. Hooray for the Cincinnati reindogs!
Above photo of Santapug is from the 2007 Reindog Parade, courtesy of the Cincinnati SPCA. Follow link above for pics from this year's event.
I've seen plenty of heartwarming videos online where children are surprised by parents returning from military duty. The clip below is my favorite, though. Seems like this military man arranged for someone to be home with a video camera to film his reunion with his dogs.
Aren't dogs great? You can walk out the door, go to the grocery store and they're all excited upon your return 15 minutes later ... as though you'd been gone for a week. These little guys go absolutely crazy, though. Watch the reaction of the black and white dog.