news items of the day that make a difference to you



kd lang, an example of a woman of accomplishment

watch her here 



Health News

.... from ScienceDaily (June 2, 2010)  - Breast cancer cells - even the most aggressive type - died after treatments with peach and plum extracts in lab tests at Texas AgriLife Research recently, and scientists say the results are deliciously promising. Not only did the cancerous cells keel over, but the normal cells were not harmed in the process.
    The ongoing tests and research are further explained in technical terms but just knowing that someone is exploring this natural ingredient is encouraging. The antioxidants and phytonutrients in plums were found to match or exceed the blueberry which had been considered superior to other fruits in those categories.
So meanwhile, isn't the idea worth increasing your daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables? Especially peaches and plums? 




Some women of achievement who would not have reached these goals in suppressive societies ...

Campbell Brown

CNN news anchor

Hilary Clinton

Secretary of State
Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Inuit leader, activist
Ann Richards

Governor of Texas

Deepa Mehta

Filmmaker, writer

Sandra Day O'Connor
Supreme Court Justice

Deborah  Grey

Member of Parliament

Mary Walsh

actor, director

... be thankful that opportunity is available and your goals are attainable in our free society ...

... many many other women are not so fortunate





Gloria Steinem news




Julie Payette

Canadian astronaut

Engineer and space scientist, triathlete and pilot, singer and pianist.

What an inspiration to Canadian women everywhere!  At this moment she is in space at the International Space Station.

"A given step, however small it may appear to one, may represent a great deal to another.

 Every hurdle one surpasses makes one grow."

Go Julie!





Good News on marriage: Couples improve with age.

Married couples in their later years often show a great deal of affection, says best-selling author Maggie Scarf, 77, who has spent more than 30 years studying relationships.

"There's intimacy. There is pleasure in each other's company. They say to each other, 'I love you more than ever.' " Scarf's new book is September Songs: The Good News About Marriage in the Later Years, out today. She has been married for 55 years to Herb Scarf, 78, a Yale professor.

from USA Today



spousal abuse or violent assault?

A photo that appears to be Rihanna's face with bruises, scratches and swelling from an attack allegedly at the hands of boyfriend Chris Brown was posted Thursday night by the celebrity Web site TMZ.

 The close-up image shows a welt above each of the woman's eyebrows, marks on her cheek and around her lips, and general swelling. TMZ did not say how it obtained the photo, when it was taken or by whom.

photo - TMZ

   Auntie Jane 's comment - It is about basic disrespect for one's partner, isn't it? This is controlled violence. Can this type of behaviour or attitude ever be corrected? 



Kelty Dennehy,  Nov. 23/83 - Mar 02/01, a handsome young man taken well before his time by depression. 


"In the United States, approximately three-fourths of all deaths among persons aged 10--24 years result from only four causes: motor-vehicle crashes, other unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide. Results from the 1999 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey demonstrate that numerous high school students engage in behaviors that increase their likelihood of death from these four causes...[including alcohol and illicit drug use]"

Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Centers for Disease Control, Risk Youth Behavior Surveillance.

Information on teen suicide -



TV Can Drive Away Feelings Of Loneliness And Rejection

New research by psychologists at the University at Buffalo and Miami University, Ohio, indicates that illusionary relationships with the characters and personalities on favorite TV shows can provide people with feelings of belonging, even in the face of low self esteem or after being rejected by friends or family members.

The research provides evidence for the 'social surrogacy hypothesis,' which holds that humans can use technologies, like television, to provide the experience of belonging when no real belongingness has been experienced.

Turning one's back on family and friends for the solace of television may be maladaptive and leave a person with fewer resources over time, but for those who have difficulty experiencing social interaction because of physical or environmental constraints, technologically induced belongingness may offer comfort.

It remains an open question, say the researchers, whether social surrogacy suppresses belongingness needs or actually fulfills them, and they acknowledge that the kind of social surrogacy provoked by TV programs can be a poor substitution for "real" human-to-human experience.

File this under the 'needs further study' catagory.



A Primer on Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships -












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