• Cancer is Not Your Fault

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Some astounding news in cancer research.

    Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center wrapped up some intense cancer research and found that, in a majority of cases, cancer cannot be prevented.

    From the article: "Many people will develop cancer no matter how perfect their behaviors are because of random copying errors. These people should not feel guilty about getting cancer - there is nothing they could have done to avoid it." - Drs. Tomasetti and Vogelstei

    It's some incredible news, and you can read the entire article the Doctors wrote about their study > > > HERE < < <

    Treat...yes or no?

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Eric & Heather had never heard of PICKLE JUICE SNOW CONES.

    They were introduced today.

    They didn't actually get to have one, but saw a pic of one.

    Have you ever had one?

    Why do you like them?

    If you haven't had one...would you try it?

    Why? (Heather wants to know)

    Why not? (Eric wants to know)

    Eric said he'd love it! 

    Heather was a total holdout.

    Totally weird because Eric could eat the same thing every day and be perfectly happy, and Heather is an adventurous eater and will try all kinds of weird foods.

    Except some.

    And this is one.

    So...what about you?

    Meet Julia!

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    Have you met Julia yet?

    LOVE this story from the AP!! 

    Julia is a brand new friend to the gang on "Sesame Street!"

     Julia has blazing red hair, bright green eyes - and autism.

    Rather than being treated like an outsider, which too often is the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang.

    Julia is about to play a game with Oscar, Abby and Grover. In this scene being taped for airing next season, these Muppet chums have been challenged to spot objects shaped like squares or circles or triangles.

    "You're lucky," says Abby to Grover. "You have Julia on your team, and she is really good at finding shapes!"

    With that, they skedaddle, an exit that calls for the six Muppeteers squatted out of sight below them to scramble accordingly. Joining her pals, Julia (performed by Stacey Gordon) takes off hunting.

    She has been the subject of a storybook released along with videos, e-books, an app and website. The goal is to promote a better understanding of what the Autism Speaks advocacy group describes as "a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences."

    But now Julia has been brought to life in fine Muppet fettle. She makes her TV debut on "Sesame Street" in the "Meet Julia" episode airing April 10 on both PBS and HBO. Additional videos featuring Julia will be available online.

    Developing Julia and all the other components of this campaign has required years of consultation with organizations, experts and families within the autism community, according to Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop's senior vice president of U.S. Social Impact.

    "In the U.S., one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder," she says. "We wanted to promote a better understanding and reduce the stigma often found around these children. We're modeling the way both children and adults can look at autism from a strength-based perspective: finding things that all children share."

    Julia is at the heart of this effort. But while she represents the full range of children on the spectrum, she isn't meant to typify each one of them: "Just as we look at all children as being unique, we should do the same thing when we're looking at children with autism," Betancourt says.

    In the introductory segment, Julia is having fun with Abby and Elmo when Big Bird walks up. He wants to be her new friend, but she doesn't speak to him. He thinks she doesn't like him.

    "She does things just a little differently, in a Julia sort of way," Abby informs him.

    Julia, chuckling, then displays a different-but-fun way of playing tag, and everyone joins in. But when a siren wails, she covers her ears and looks stricken.

    "She needs to take a break," Big Bird's human friend Alan calmly explains. Soon, all is well and play resumes.

    The "Meet Julia" episode of Sesame Street airs April 10th on both PBS and HBO.