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By: palmettobug53, 1:40 AM GMT on May 30, 2008
George Carlin dead at 71. RIP, man.
George Carlin - Wiki
Just whipping out a basic entry until I can come up with something fancier. No pics, no graphics... Just your run of the mill text entry.
What book are you reading right this moment? If you are not in the middle of one, what is the last one you did read? I want the title, author and some general information about what the book is about and whether or not you like it. Would you recommend it?
I pulled out one of my Mama's books that she had prior to getting married. My mom's family evidently were all big readers and gave books at Christmas, birthdays, etc. I've got a good dozen of her books, all of which have her maiden name on the flyleaf.
I'm re-reading Mama's copy of White Witch Doctor by Louise A. Stinetorf. I've read it several times before and I thoroughly enjoy picking it back up from time to time. Once you've read something once, it makes for an easy re-read. Kinda comfy, like an old shoe. There's no surprises, of course, but when you really don't feel like concentrating, well, it fits the bill. And you can pick it up and put it down, because you know where it's going. None of that "I've only got 50 pages left and even though it's midnight and I've got to go to work tomorrow, I'm going to jam my eyelids open with toothpicks and finish it off" stuff. LOL
Here's a little something about it: Review from Time Magazine This gives a pretty good description of the book, though it does pan the author's writing skill somewhat.
I had no idea it had been made into a movie. I don't recall ever seeing it. Probably nothing at all like the book.
SO.... What book are YOU reading?
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By: palmettobug53, 12:04 AM GMT on May 11, 2008
Take a few minutes (or a LOT) this weekend, to remember that Monday is a day for honoring our military, past and present.
God Bless 'em all!
Last night I vowed to do a new entry tonight that was "non-Bubba" related but the topic that piqued my interest still has him all wrapped up in it. It seems like everything I see or think about right now, does. Oh, well, at least this is a small step sideways from my last two entries. Baby steps, baby steps.....
Charles liked my story of childhood memories of butchering time at my grandparents' farm. I posted a comment on his blog about a series of books, with similiar subject matter that he might find interesting.
Immediately, I said to myself, "That would make a good blog topic."
In 1972, or thereabouts, a book was published called "The Foxfire Book". For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the title, it is a book compiled of articles from a magazine of the same name. It was originally produced by English students at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee school in Rabun Gap, Georgia. I think it is now written and published bi-annually by the students at Rabun Gap High School.
The project was a last ditch effort by their English teacher at the time, Elliot Wigginton, to capture their interest in writing and grammar. He came up with the idea that they interview people that lived in the area and who could relate stories about the early part of the 1900's and tell how things were done.
My father, mother, brother and myself found the book fascinating. It's all about log cabin building, planting by the signs, ghost stories, hunting stories, home remedies, quilting, bee-keeping, cooking, fence building, butchering, chimney building, mooshining and just about anything that reflects the way people lived in the early days of our country.
It was the way a lot of older folks were still living in the mountains of Upstate Georgia in the late 60's and early '70's. The students would go visit those folks and ask them what it was like growing up, how they did things and how they were still doing a lot of stuff. They recorded things and wrote them down and then came back to school and wrote about it all.
We met Aunt Arie, Kenny Runion, Beulah Perry, Lon Reid and a host of other folks that either remembered those almost lost arts or that still practiced them. The student learned how to make soap, make chairs, weave baskets... I could go on and on.
A lot of my Dad's interest was that he remembered a good bit of the things shown in the book. If it wasn't something that he did, growing up on the farm, it was something he remembered older family members doing. I guess the interest in the "old ways" infected my Bubba and myself, as well. We remembered things we saw in our childhood that are no longer practiced. I don't practice any of those lost arts, in particular, but apparently my Bubba put some of them to work in his volunteer work with the Sumter County Museum and their Backcountry Days re-enactments at the Backcountry Homestead on the museum grounds twice a year.
I highly recommend the Foxfire series. There are 12 of the books now, along with a host of pamphlets and other publications and the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia.
The Foxfire Books
Rabun Gap, Georgia
Updated: 1:22 AM GMT on May 30, 2008
By: palmettobug53, 12:24 AM GMT on May 05, 2008
Basal cell. Squamous cell. Melanoma.
The first two are the most common skin cancers and, if caught early, are usually treatable. A small percentage of basal cells are resistant to treatment and may wind up causing disfigurement. BCC and SCC are generally slow to metastasize and are not usually considered life threatening.
Melanoma, on the other hand, is deadly serious. Even caught early, it may not be 100% curable. Anyone who contracts melanoma is going to have to live with the possibility of recurrence for the rest of their entire life, no matter how early they catch it. One of the current presidential candidates, John McCain, has been battling melanoma since 1993. He has had one recurrence and it is highly likely he will have another, at some point.
I am putting this entry up because of what happened to my brother. If he had known the risk factors and the signs and had gone in to see a doctor months earlier, he would most likely still be alive today. Living with the threat of recurrence but still living. I am also putting this up at the behest of friend, who has an immediate family member battling melanoma. They have been spending the last few years constantly watching, checking, seeing the doctor, having biopsies, scans and trying new treatments. They will be doing this for years to come. Always with that monster lurking in the background, ready to pounce the minute they let down their guard.
My Bubba spent years in the sun. Weekends at the lake out on boats. He worked construction. He gardened. He was always outside and, in the summertime, was frequently shirt-less or wearing tank tops. I doubt that he ever used sunscreen. He seldom wore a hat, while working.
And he had used a tanning bed.
I don't care what the owners of tanning salons tell you, tanning beds are NOT safe. Bubba's doctor told him that the use of that tanning bed was probably what pushed him over the edge. He had been going religiously several times a week for over a year. (Why, I don't know - he tanned very easily on his own) If you use a tanning bed as little as once a month, your risk for melanoma increases by 55%. People who have ever visited a tanning salon are 2½ times more likely to later get squamous cell skin cancer and 1½ times more likely to develop basal cell skin than those who haven't.
Stay away from them!
This does not mean you have to hide in the house and never go outside and have fun. Know the risks. Know what to look for. Do regular self-checks or get your significant other to do it for you. And you check them. ( Bubba's was between his shoulder blades and he couldn't see it. Unfortunately, he was not seeing anyone at the time.) Wear your sunscreen. Wear a hat. Stay away from tanning beds.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Basal cell carcinoma
A pearly or waxy bump on your face, ears or neck.
A flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion on your chest or back.
Squamous cell carcinoma
A firm, red nodule on your face, lips, ears, neck, hands or arms.
A flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface on your face, ears, neck, hands or arms.
A large brownish spot with darker speckles located anywhere on your body.
A simple mole located anywhere on your body that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds.
A small lesion with an irregular border and red, white, blue or blue-black spots on your trunk or limbs.
Shiny, firm, dome-shaped bumps located anywhere on your body.
Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips and toes, or on mucous membranes lining your mouth, nose, vagina and anus.
WebMD - Tanning Salons and skin cancer
Tiffany Weirbach Melanoma Foundation Famous people lost to melanoma.
Melanoma Monday and National Skin Examination Day I wish I had known about this earlier. I would have put this entry up in time. Better late than never.
There are a lot of very informative sites out there, if you care to do further research. Since a good many of them duplicate the information, I'm keeping my list of links short.
If, by putting up this entry, I can get just one person to go in and have a suspicious spot examined and catch something before it turns cancerous, then maybe some good will come out of my Bubba's death. I hope so....
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Updated: 1:28 AM GMT on April 28, 2010