March 16, 2009

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Giving the Gift of Cleanliness! There are so many things that can go wrong on any given day. Most are small things - getting caught in traffic, forgetting your anniversary, burning the toast. Annoying? Yes. Life-altering? Thankfully, no. But life-changing events do occur. Most of us, fortunately, will never have to experience the ravages of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or other disasters, but for those of us who do, the aftermath can be quite traumatic. The many conveniences that we take for granted each and every day are suddenly gone. Physical destruction, power outages and a lack of water can make even the most routine tasks a challenge. Cooking a meal? Impossible. Heat or air-conditioning? Not until the power comes back on. A clean change of clothes at least? Well . . .thanks to Proctor and Gamble - YES! In an effort to help people who are struggling in the wake of a disaster, Proctor and Gamble is reaching out to help victims to regain some sense of normalcy and comfort by providing them with the possibility of clean, fresh clothing. Tide's Loads of Hope Trucks and Vans roll in and provide laundry services to families that have been devastated by natural disasters. There is no way to convey the comfort to be found in the most mundane details of everyday life. When disaster strikes, most of us feel shell-shocked. The problem is so huge that we often feel paralyzed and those of us watching from the sidelines wonder what, if anything, we can do. Well, Proctor and Gamble has an answer. By purchasing a "Tide's Loads of Hope" vintage-style tee shirt, you can help to support their laundry programs that give a simple gift to those who are in need. Next time a disaster hits, don't just sit there feeling useless. There is something that you can do. Purchase a tee shirt for yourself or a loved one and reach out to someone in need. It's a quick and easy way to do something good for yourself and the world. .
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Mid-Life Women Contracting HIV: The Hidden Epidemic You try to look at the bright side at mid-life, to find the silver lining. Okay, you say, so I occasionally sweat profusely for no apparent reason, I'm moodier than ever and I can't seem to remember s _ _ _ , but at least I don't have to worry about those damned condoms anymore! Get out the Kama Sutra and squeeze into some lingerie, it's party time! Heck, menopause hasn't given you much to smile about besides worry free sex, so make the most of it, right? Sexual freedom at last! No chance of getting pregnant, no worries? Condom Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but while unintended pregnancy may not be an issue anymore, there's a new kid in town and it's called HIV. Old news, you say? Not a problem for middle-aged, monogamists like yourself? If you really believe that, do yourself a favor and keep reading. Also, you might want to dig that box of condoms back out of the garbage, you're gonna need them. According to an article in the April 2009 issue of More Magazine, one in three women who are newly infected with HIV are women over forty. And, it's not just the divorcees having a fling with the pool-boy who are getting infected. In putting themselves back on the market, the newly single may be at risk, but married women may actually be at even greater risk. Single women, who don't have a long-standing relationship built of trust, are more likely to use condoms. But married women tend to trust their spouses and, as long as the threat of pregnancy is removed, think that they have nothing else to worry about. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

Lori Jewett

I'm an overly educated stay-at-home mom with two kids and the need for adult conversation.

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