23 November 2016

It's that Time of Year

It's that time of year. That time where Facebook feeds have "30 Days of Thankful" or twitter posts are 140 characters full of everything one might be thankful for.

Here in central Ohio, we have seen the leaves change colors, we have had a week of temps in the 70s followed by a week of temps in the 30s with SNOW! Some of us still deny the passage of seasons by wearing shorts, sweatshirts, and winter caps. Others have gone full-out with down coats, scarves, gloves, and thermal underwear.

This holiday week many are preparing for traveling to see family and friends. Others are happily enjoying a quiet holiday with a "chosen few."

No matter your political persuasion, we have all been through the ringer lately and have probably shed more than a few tears.

Budgets are stretched tight as many plan for end of the year gift giving holidays. We look for that perfect gift, or that obnoxious gift, or that gift that will keep on giving.

Maybe this time of year marks an opportunity to look inside and around to assess what you have, where you are, and what you want to do with your upcoming days.

Maybe, this time of year is just another day in the year. Maybe......

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.