21 May 2016

Stonewall Columbus PRIDE 2016 - June 17-19

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17 May 2016

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Did you know Bob Marley died from acral lentiginous melanomaa rare form of melanoma that impacts individuals with darker skin? Anyone of any age or skin color can develop melanoma. This is why it’s critical to note any changes in your skin. If a mole is new, changing, frequently bleeds, doesn’t heal or seems different, GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED!! www.melanomaknowmore.com/screening.


Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in females age 15-29 and is increasing faster in females age 15-29 than in males of the same age group. 


1. There are nearly 22,000 tanning salons across the United States, serving about 28 million customers.
2. Out of the 28 million people who tan indoors, 2.3 million are teens.
3. 70% of people who go to tanning salons are white females between 16 to 29 years old.
4. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer panel stated that ultraviolet radiation from the sun and artificial sources from tanning beds are known to be cancer-causing.
5. Melanoma rates have increased in the last three decades.
6. About 76,000 U.S. adults will be diagnosed with the cancer-type this year. About 9,200 are expected to die from the disease.
7. The risk of melanoma is 75% higher for people who start tanning indoors before the age of 30.
8. Indoor tanning can lead to skin aging, immune suppression and eye damage.
9. Only one-third of people use sunscreen while tanning.
10. 58% of adolescent tanning bed users have burns due to constant exposure.
11. Only 36 states restrict indoor tanning by minors.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology and USA TODAY


Melanoma fact: Melanoma accounts for less than one percent of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.


DID YOU KNOW? Over 3 million people across North America are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, and it is anticipated that melanoma will kill more than 10,000 people in 2016. Checking your skin on a regular basis for moles and spots that are new or changing is critical. Visit https://www.aad.org/…/spot-s…/learn-about-skin-cancer/detect to learn how you can spot skin cancer!

DID YOU KNOW? Thirty percent of all melanoma in men arises on the back—it is important to ask your doctor to examine your skin carefully for atypical moles.

To learn more about Melanoma and the prevention of this cancer, visit http://melanomaknowmore.com/prevention/.

18 April 2016

A Simple Kind of Man

When I was young, I came across the sheet music to this song. I don't think I had ever heard it, but somehow I was able to sit down and play it perfectly on our piano. When I was older, I heard it performed and learned it was a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd. I would like to think that had my mom and I had a deeper relationship, one where I was able to be true to myself and true to the world around, she might have parted these words of wisdom onto me. Thanks, Shinedown, for the cover of the song: A Simple Kind of Man.

31 December 2015

Goodbye 2015...I'm ready to move on

Today is New Year's Eve. The family is set to welcome in a brand new year. I am more than ready for a new year. This past year was a very long year. If I sit long enough I am sure I can find some positives of this year. However, everything is currently overshadowed by mom's passing in August of this year. Therefore, I'm ready to move on and start a new year. I will never forget you, Mom. I miss you more than I can even voice some days. But I am ready to appreciate a year where you aren't in pain any more. I am hoping for a kinder and more gentle year. I think we deserve it. I think we need it. I know I need it. Welcome, 2016.

04 October 2015

Time for a Cool Change

When I was in my 20s, I was in a band. We were a garage band. We never made a nickel but we sure had fun with our music. We did mostly covers. One day I got notice our lead guitarist was in the hospital. She had attempted to end her life but fortunately someone had gotten to her in time. While she was in the hospital and once she was back with us, we took on one of her favorite songs as one of our lead songs. We always made sure to include this one. It quickly became one of my favorite songs. You know the kind...it reaches out and pulls you into its arms...snug and secure. To this day, whether I am singing the song or I merely hear the song, the words bring back those feelings of remembering to just take a step back and go back to what you know to be true. I am at a point like that in my life. I need to step back and remember what it was that was true to me. I need to make some changes. It's time for a Cool Change.