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I have this fascination in watching the History channel on the television. I have become knowledgeable about historic events here in America. It helps me to understand the story behind their yearly holiday celebrations. It makes me feel good to be able to relate.

Anyway, are you a history lover? Do you have passion in history globally? Well, if you do I have something to share with you about the Holodomor Truth. It was a Soviet Union Famine way back in the years 1932-1933. There was massive hunger caused by the genocide in politics. It was called as Golodomor, which means a great hunger. Politically, they changed the word to Holodomor sounds like Holocaust because they wanted to attract the world’s attention. Scholars estimate about 6-8 million peasants died at that time. It’s sad and frightening to see dead people lying on the ground, piled up like a mountain. Thank God that the revelation of truth in the Holodomor event was already revealed. Many hungry people died because of a political agenda. I can’t help to ask myself why this had to happen. Why innocent people became the victim of every political interest? If you want to read the real and full story of this tragic event, you can visit this link holodomor or go direct to this site http://holodomor-truth.org. I hope this historical event in the Soviet Union will not happen again in our generation. I believe that our government globally will fight and avoid famine.
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This story was posted by Alexander of Filipinos Ma-L Around the World-Your Rendezvous Here group. It was an inspiring story that will bring a good lesson to everyone. So I decided to post it here to share it to all of you.

A long time ago in China, a girl named Li-Li got married & went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn’t get along with her mother-in-law at all. Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li was angered by many of her mother-in-law’s habits. In addition, she criticized Li-Li constantly. Days passed, and weeks passed. Li-Li and her mother-in-law never stopped arguing and fighting.


But what made the situation even worse was that, according to ancient Chinese tradition, Li-Li had to bow to her mother-in-law and obey her every wish. All the anger and unhappiness in the house was causing Li-Li’s poor husband! d great distress.
Finally, Li-Li could not stand her Mother-in-Law’s bad temper and dictatorship any longer, and she decided to do something about it! Li-Li went to see her father’s good friend, Mr. Huang, who sold herbs. She told him the situation and asked if he would give her some poison so that she could solve the problem once and for all. Mr. Huang thought for awhile, and finally said, “Li-Li, I will help you solve your problem, but you must listen to me and obey what I tell you.” Li-Li said, “Yes, Mr. Huang, I will do whatever you tell me to do.”Mr. Huang went into the back room, and returned in a few minutes with a package of herbs. He told Li-Li, “You can’t use a quick-acting poison to get rid of your mother-in-law, because that would cause people to become suspicious Therefore, I have given you a number of herbs that will slowly build up poison in her body. Every other day prepare some delicious meal and put a little of these herbs in her serving. Now, in order to make sure that nobody suspects you, when she dies, you must be very careful to act very friendly towards her. “Don’t argue with her, obey her every wish, and treat her like a queen.” Li-Li was so happy. She thanked Mr. Huang and hurried home to start her plot of murdering her mother-in-law.

Weeks went by, and months went by, and every other day, Li-Li served the specially treated food to her mother-in-law. She remembered what Mr. Huang had said about avoiding suspicion, so she controlled her temper!, obeyed her mother-in-law, and treated her like her own mother.
After six months had passed, the whole household had changed. Li-Li had practiced controlling her temper so much that she found that she almost never got mad or upset. She hadn’t had an argument with her mother-in-law in six months because she now seemed much kinder and easier to get along with. The mother-in-law’s attitude toward Li-Li changed, and she began to love Li-Li like her own daughter. She kept telling friends and relatives that Li-Li was the best daughter-in-law one could ever find. Li-Li and her mother-in-law were now treating each other like a real mother and daughter. Li-Li’s husband was very happy to see what was happening.
One day, Li-Li came to see Mr. Huang and asked for his help again She said, “Dear Mr. Huang, please help me to keep the poison from killing my mother-in-law. She’s changed into such a nice woman, and I love her like my own mother. I do not want her to die because of the poison I gave her.” Mr. Huang smiled and nodded his head. “Li-Li, there’s nothing to worry about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave you were vitamins to improve her health. The only poison was in your mind and your attitude toward her, but that has been all washed away by the love which you gave to her.”

HAVE YOU REALIZED that how you treat others is exactly how they will treat you? There is a wise Chinese saying: “The person who loves others will also be loved in return.” God might be trying to work in another person’s life through you.





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Our lives will run smoothly when we are in good health. Everything stays in shape when we manage our eating habits perfectly. Proper exercise and proper diet are essential keys. We should always consult a doctor if there seems to be something wrong in our bodies to avoid a fatal disease.

However, there is a prescription that your doctor can prescribe to you that is harmful. According to the US Food and Drug Association (FDA), they are investigating a dangerous drug called Psoriasis Drug Raptiva. This drug has been linked to a deadly brain infection. This medicine is constantly prescribed to Psoriasis patients that also have Diabetes, Heart disease, Arthritis and Obesity. There are at least two people who have reportedly died from taking this drug. It’s very scary, but true. Check this link to find out more: http://socialspark.com/metrics/click/post?slot_id=32889&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.raptivapml.com

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While reading the MSN homepage news, my attention caught by this Stimulus Bill so I decided to post it here in my blog for information. Check out how this Bill affect you.
Here's an examination of how the economic stimulus plan will affect Americans.
By Associated Press
The $787 billion package might cut your taxes, make your health insurance cheaper, fix the roads you drive on and keep the best teachers in your children's schools. And that's just for starters.
Taxes
The recovery package has tax breaks for families that send a child to college, purchase a new car, buy a first home or make the one they own more energy efficient. Millions of workers can expect to see about $13 extra in their weekly paychecks, starting around June, from a new $400 tax credit to be doled out through the rest of the year. Couples would get up to $800. In 2010, the credit would be about $7.70 a week, if it is spread over the entire year. A $1,000 child tax credit would be extended to more low-income families that don't make enough money to pay income taxes, and poor families with three or more children will get an expanded earned income tax credit.
Middle-income and wealthy taxpayers will be spared from paying the alternative minimum tax, which was designed 40 years ago to make sure wealthy taxpayers paid at least some tax but was never indexed for inflation. Congress fixes it each year, usually in the fall.
First-time homebuyers who purchase their homes before Dec. 1 will be eligible for an $8,000 tax credit, and people who buy new cars before the end of the year can write off the sales taxes. Homeowners who add energy-efficient windows, furnaces and air conditioners can get a tax credit to cover 30% of the costs, up to a total of $1,500. College students -- or their parents -- are eligible for tax credits of up to $2,500 to help pay tuition and related expenses in 2009 and 2010. Those receiving unemployment benefits this year won't owe federal income taxes on the first $2,400 they receive.
Health insurance
Many workers who lose their health insurance when they lose their jobs will find it cheaper to keep that coverage while they look for work. Right now, most people who work for medium or large employers can continue their coverage for 18 months under the COBRA program (named for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) when they lose their jobs. The coverage is expensive, often more than $1,000 a month, because the newly unemployed pay the share of premiums once covered by their employer as well as their own share from the old group plan. Under the stimulus package, the government will pick up 65% of the total cost of that premium for the first nine months. Lawmakers initially proposed also helping workers from small companies who don't generally qualify for COBRA coverage. But that fell through. The idea was to have Washington pay to extend Medicaid to that group. COBRA applies to group plans at companies employing at least 20 people. The subsidies will be offered to those who lost their jobs from Sept. 1, 2008, to the end of 2009. Those who were put out of work after September but didn't elect to have COBRA coverage at the time will have 60 days to sign up. The plan also offers $87 billion to help states administer Medicaid. That could slow or reverse some of the steps states have taken to cut the program.
Infrastructure
Highways repaved for the first time in decades. Century-old waterlines dug up and replaced with new pipes. Aging bridges, stressed under the weight of today's SUVs, reinforced with fresh steel and concrete. But the $90 billion is a mere down payment on what's needed to repair and improve the country's physical backbone. And not all economists agree it's an effective way to add jobs in the long term, or to stimulate the economy.
Energy
Homeowners looking to save energy, makers of solar panels and wind turbines, and companies hoping to bring the electric grid into the computer age all stand to reap major benefits. The package contains more than $42 billion in energy-related investments, from tax credits for homeowners to loan guarantees for renewable energy projects and direct government grants for makers of wind turbines and next-generation batteries. There's a 30% tax credit of up to $1,500 for the purchase of high-efficiency residential air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces. The credit also can be used by homeowners to replace drafty windows or put more insulation into the attic. About $300 million would go for rebates to get people to buy more efficient appliances. The package includes $20 billion aimed at "green" jobs to make wind turbines and solar panels and to improve energy efficiency in schools and federal buildings. It includes $6 billion in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects, as well as tax breaks and direct grants covering 30% of wind and solar energy investments. An additional $5 billion is marked to help low-income homeowners make energy improvements. About $11 billion goes to modernizing and expanding the nation's electric power grid and $2 billion to spur research into batteries for future electric cars.
Schools
A main goal of education spending in the stimulus bill is to help keep teachers on the job. Nearly 600,000 jobs in elementary and secondary schools could be eliminated by state budget cuts over the next three years, according to a study released last week by the University of Washington. Fewer teachers mean bigger classes, something that districts are scrambling to prevent. The stimulus sets up a $54 billion fund to help prevent or restore state budget cuts, of which $39 billion must go toward kindergarten through 12th grade and higher education. In addition, about $8 billion of the fund could be used for other priorities, including modernization and renovation of schools and colleges, though how much is unclear, because Congress decided not to specify a dollar figure. The Education Department will distribute the money as quickly as it can over the next couple of years. And it adds $25 billion extra to No Child Left Behind and special education programs, which help pay teacher salaries, among other things. This money may go out much more slowly; states have five years to spend the dollars, and they have a history of spending them slowly. In fact, states don't spend all the money; they return nearly $100 million to the federal treasury every year. The stimulus bill also includes more than $4 billion for Head Start early education programs and for child care programs.
National debt
One thing about the president's $790 billion stimulus package is certain: It will jack up the federal debt. Whether or not it succeeds in producing jobs and taming the recession, tomorrow's taxpayers will end up footing the bill. Forecasters expect the 2009 deficit -- for the budget year that began Oct. 1, 2008 -- to hit $1.6 trillion, including new stimulus and bank-bailout spending. That's about three times last year's shortfall. The torrents of red ink are being fed by rising federal spending and falling tax revenues from hard-hit businesses and individuals. The national debt -- the sum of money owed by all levels of government -- stands at $10.7 trillion, or about $36,000 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. Interest payments alone on the national debt will near $500 billion this year. It's already the fourth-largest federal expenditure, after Medicare-Medicaid, Social Security and defense. This will affect us all directly for years, as well as our children and possibly grandchildren, in higher taxes and probably reduced government services. It will also force continued government borrowing, increasingly from China, Japan, Britain, Saudi Arabia and other creditors.
Environment
The package includes $9.2 billion for environmental projects at the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. The money would be used to shutter abandoned mines on public lands, help local governments protect drinking water supplies, and erect energy-efficient visitor centers at wildlife refuges and national parks. The Interior Department estimates that its portion of the work would generate about 100,000 jobs in the next two years. Yet the plan will make only a dent in the backlog of cleanup projects facing the EPA and in the long list of chores at the country's national parks, refuges and other public lands.
Talk back: How will you use your tax refund?
The plan sets aside $735 million for road repairs and maintenance at national parks. But that's just a fraction of the $9 billion worth of work waiting for funding. At the EPA, the payout is $7.2 billion. The bulk of the money will help local communities and states repair and improve drinking water systems and fund projects that protect bays, rivers and other waterways used as sources of drinking water. The rest of the EPA's cut -- $800 million -- will be used to clean up leaky gasoline storage tanks and the nation's hazardous waste sites.
Police
The stimulus bill includes plenty of green for those wearing blue. The compromise bill doles out more than $3.7 billion for police programs, much of which is set aside for hiring new officers. The law allocates $2 billion for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, a program that has funded drug task forces and such things as prisoner-rehabilitation and after-school programs. An additional $1 billion is set aside to hire local police under the Community Oriented Policing Services program. The program, known as COPS grants, paid the salaries of many local police officers and was a "modest contributor" to the decline in crime in the 1990s, according to a 2005 government oversight report. Both programs had been eliminated during the Bush administration. The bill also includes $225 million for general criminal justice grants for programs such as youth mentoring, $225 million for Indian tribe law enforcement, $125 million for police in rural areas, $100 million for victims of crimes, $50 million to fight Internet crimes against children and $40 million in grants for law enforcement along the Mexican border.
Higher education
The maximum Pell Grant, which helps the lowest-income students attend college, will increase from its current limit of $4,731 to $5,350 starting July 1 and to $5,550 in 2010-11. That ill cover three-quarters of the average cost of a four-year college. An additional 800,000 students, for a total of about 7 million, should now qualify for Pell funding. The stimulus also increases the tuition tax credit to $2,500 and makes it 40% refundable, so families that don't earn enough to pay income tax can still get up to $1,000 in extra tuition help. In addition, computer expenses will now be an allowable expense for 529 college savings plans. The final package cut $6 billion the House wanted to spend to kick-start building projects on college campuses. But parts of the $54 billion state stabilization fund -- with $39 billion set aside for education -- can be used for modernizing those facilities. There's also an estimated $15 billion for scientific research, much of which will go to universities. Funding for the National Institutes of Health includes $1.5 billion set aside for university research facilities. Altogether, the package spends an estimated $32 billion on higher education.
The poor
More than 37 million Americans live in poverty, and the vast majority of the poor are in line for extra help under the giant stimulus package. Millions more could be kept from slipping into poverty by the economic lifeline. People who get food stamps -- 30 million and growing -- will get more. People drawing unemployment checks -- nearly 5 million and growing -- would get an extra $25, and keep those checks coming longer. People who get Supplemental Security Income -- 7 million poor Americans who are elderly, blind or disabled -- would get a one-time extra payment of $250. Many low-income Americans also are likely to benefit from a trifecta of tax credits: expansions to the existing child tax credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, and a new refundable tax credit for workers. Taken together, the three credits are expected to keep more than 2 million Americans from falling into poverty, including more than 800,000 children, according to the private Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The package also includes a $3 billion emergency fund to provide temporary assistance to needy families. In addition, cash-strapped states will get an infusion of $87 billion for Medicaid, the government health program for poor people, which should help avoid cuts to benefits for the needy.
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Here are the cute rules for this cute award:



1. Show the award logo in your post.

2. Pick a picture you have with your kiddo(s).

3. Post should include your best experience as a Mom.

4. Nominate other blogger mom's out there that you consider the best mom, like yourself.





Being a mother is a wonderful experience, it's filled with happiness...an everlasting happiness.. Through my princess, I became a better person and strong enough to handle any trials in life. She's my precious, my strength and my everything. She's the greatest gift that I received from God. Right now, time goes quick,she's growing so fast. I love u babyDoll!

I just wanna say thank you sis VhingF for this inspiring award. I'm gonna pass this award to all blogger Mommy out there....dhemz, ruthie, grace draper, nanaybelen, mommyko, and YOU!
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Last year, my whole family went to ophthalmologist for our eye check up. My husband’s glasses needed replacing and needed to buy a new pair. Then, I found out that I have a vision problem with my eyes also. My left eye was far sighted and the other one was near sighted while my daughter’s eyes are in good shape. Then, my husband and I had our prescribed eyeglasses made so we can take care of our eyes. It was kind of expensive because each pair of glasses cost $85.00 plus tax. While browsing the net, my attention was caught by an article in the New York Times website titled “Seeing Straight without Breaking the Bank”. It was about how to avail vision care without spending too much money. It was a very interesting topic. In the article, there were suggested websites that gave you tips to shop for affordable frames, lenses, reading glass, contact lenses, cleaning fluids, insurance coverage and a lot more. Surprisingly, there was one site, http://zennioptical.com, who sells eyeglasses for $8.00 only. It’s cheap and affordable compared to the eyeglasses I have. So, I decided to check this website out to see the details of the eyeglasses. I like the Frame#9628 Metal Alloy/Stainless Half-Rim Frame, i
t was absolutely great. Honestly, it almost has the same quality and style to the eyeglasses I have right now. Perhaps next time if my eyeglasses need replacing, I will definitely shop at this site.
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When I arrived here in America a year an a half ago, I soon encountered homesickness and I missed my family so much. Especially , during the holiday seasons and birthdays. I really missed talking with my whole family. I had a deep desire to return home, but could not abandon my family here, being a newly wed. So, I searched for ways to cope with my homesickness. Here are the ways that helped me to overcome it.


1. Admit it. Admit and accept that you are homesick. Try not to bury the feeling. Don’t drink more, party more, or have sex just to make the feelings go away. Allow yourself to feel sad, to have a good cry.


2. Explore. Walk around. Get to know the surrounding community. When you discover some fun places and activities, you may feel more comfortable and in control of your situation.


3. Get involved. Consider the things you like to do and explore what activities and organizations are available to you. Your residence hall is often a good place to start.


4. Keep familiar things. Soften the shock of your new environment by having items from home in your residence. Familiar things such as pictures and favorite possessions can help you feel more comfortable while you adjust.

5. Have realistic expectations. Try not to expect yourself to be perfectly adjusted, organized, popular, or dressed. Recognize that you’re learning, and have a sense of humor about your challenges and mistakes.

6. Be open. The more open you are to NEW things, the less you might miss PAST things. Be open to exploring new situations, opportunities, people, and choices. Try to avoid comparing your new environment to home ~ they’re different. It might be scary to face so many new things, but they will provide opportunities to meet new friends.

7. Connect. Getting involved with others and making friends is a key way to reduce homesickness. Inviting roommates, officemates, and neighbors to explore with you can initiate new connections, as can responding to the invitations of others.

8. Keep in touch. Stay in contact with friends and family. Share your new experiences with them, as well as the fact that you miss them and your home life. Decide whether it’s best for you to have more frequent contact with home (because it helps you feel better) or less contact (because it makes you feel worse).

9. Plan a visit home. Knowing that you’ll be going home at a specific time may be comforting. While going home can be relaxing and help ease the transition, doing so too often may result in constant readjustment and feeling worse.

10. Take care of yourself. Get enough food, sleep, and exercise. These are important for both physical and emotional well-being. Do things that you enjoy. Try to establish a routine as soon as possible. Create a balance between work and leisure.

11. Talk about it. It can help to talk about feelings of homesickness with a roommate, friend, family member, or counselor. You’ll find that you’re surrounded by a lot of support. You may also discover that others have similar feelings. It’s a sign of strength to accept and talk about what is troubling you.

12. Give it time. Overcoming homesickness is a gradual process for most people. Realize that adapting to a new situation is difficult and takes time. Let yourself ease into it, and it will eventually feel like your home away from home. However, if your homesickness persists and interferes with your work performance, relationships, or general functioning and well-being, consider talking with a counselor.


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I’ve noticed that most of the homes here in my area have exterior shutters on their windows. The property owner matches it to the color of their house however, others don’t have it. Originally, the purpose of it was to protect your window glass from the storm, snow or stranger who tries to sneak inside your house. You just have to close it at night or during bad weather. Today property owners add it as an accent to their home and it looks very attractive. Then, the quality of glass window is excellent, it was thick and unbreakable. Also, it adds to the value of your property.


If you’re going to update your exterior shutter or just want to shop for a new one. The Larson Shutter Company has different varieties of shutters with fabulous designs and colors that will suit to your window needs and add more appeal to your house. They have a huge selection of exterior shutters, shutter hardware, gable vents and cupolas. You can buy online with free shipping. It’s very affordable and the quality is excellent. If you’re thinking of adding shutters visit
www.larsonshutter.com for more details. It’s on sale right now, so hurry up!
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I got this award from a good friend VhingF of http://vhing4all-il-ph.blogspot.com. Thank you so much buddy blogger.


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1.) Put the logo in your post.


2.) Write 5 things you are passionate about aside from blogging.


3.) Tag 5 people on your lists and let them know you tagged them.



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Five Things I'm passionate


1)art


2)craft


3)music


4)movies


5)kids stuff for my little one


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Right now, my hubby is busy renovating our vacant room to be an office so we can do our work in one place. We have kept the room in very good shape; it has new paint with attractive carpet. My husband has added more plugs for phone, printer, computer, and paper shredder. He has replaced our old computer to a new one so it’s more updated. He also inquired about high speed internet since we’re planning to expand our online business. Basically, we want to do our work faster at a comfortable place. To organize our files and office supplies so we no longer have scattered stuff. Also, we want the room to be more inviting. However, we still need a desk and cabinets for office supply storage. In times like this, we preferred to browse the net for shopping. It’s very convenient and fast. So I have searched for some cyber stores for an office desk and cabinets, perhaps I can find one that will fit our room. While browsing, I found one “Tullamore Executive Office Desk”. It’s awesome, the details of the cabinet look fantastic and I definitely like it, it will match our room. They have a winter clearance sale right now so all the products have free shipping, like bathroom vanities, bathroom vanity sets , bedding and dining sets. You can get a half off discount from the original price plus it’s free shipping so it’s not bad at all. If you’re looking for a clearance sale right now and want to update your house or rooms with beautiful furniture better click the links for cheapest price. They have everything you need like bathroom vanity, bedding, bedroom furniture, dinning room, entertainment centers, fireplaces, game room, office furniture, living room and sofas, mattresses, outdoor & patio.