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Sunday, April 17, 2011



The Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) conducts an active research program in planetary and terrestrial geology and geophysics using remote sensing data from Earth-orbiting satellites and manned and unmanned space missions. The Center possesses computer facilities that permit processing and manipulation of large remote sensing datasets. The scope of research activities includes work on Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and some satellites of the outer solar system, as well as corresponding field studies in terrestrial analog regions. CEPS staff study a variety of geological processes, such as volcanism, floods, cratering, tectonics, and sand movement. Many of the terrestrial studies also address topics of current concern for global climate change. 


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Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.  As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease.  The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support to the ALS community. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.


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The closest summertime rafting to the San Francisco Bay Area! You'll be surprised that such an entertaining river is located so close to home. This scenic float is just off the beaten path but it feels like you're in a different world. The trip starts off with a short warm-up through several easy rapids. You'll hone our paddling skills quickly since "Russian Rapid " is right around the bend. This lively class 2 rapid is biggest on the river. Plan to get splashed as you float through and smile for our camera person!


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Thursday, April 14, 2011





Are you ready to put your planning skills to good use? Are you ready to help your family get prepared for the unexpected? Your family can use this Web site to create a plan that will help you be ready for many different kinds of unexpected situations!
You're already a great planner! Every day you get your homework done, get to music or sports practice on time, and plan where and when you'll meet up with friends. But how do you get prepared for emergencies? It's simple! It just takes planning and practice, and these fun activities from Ready Kids can help!
Click on these easy steps, talk to your family, and make a plan and put it in a safe place. When you're all through, you'll be ready to graduate from Readiness U! 


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011



Our "War Stories" team is here to document what's happening on our southern border. Herewith, some observations based on interviews with dozens of local, state and federal officials -- and regular American citizens. Learn more today! Click Here

Sunday, April 3, 2011


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California Turtle and Tortoise Club (CTTC) was founded in 1964
and has over 1,500 members world-wide.

Membership in CTTC is through one of the Club's many Chapters. Chapters offer monthly meetings which usually include an educational program and a chance to socialize and share information; libraries with  borrowing privileges; hold annual shows; and sponsor field trips and symposia. All members receive the bi-monthly Club newsletter, the Tortuga Gazette.

Click on the highlights to read more about CTTC membership, organization, publications and activities such as the adoption programs and this web site, or send e-mail to CTTC programs  and Chapters.

California Turtle and Tortoise Club is a California Public Benefit Corporation recognized as non-profit by the IRS under 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax deductible.

Thursday, March 31, 2011




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Retiring Abroad



It is a human instinct to worry about the future especially when one is at the prime of his life. It is not easy to wake up one day and realize that you are old and about to retire from your job, yet without a plan as to what you should do and where you should go. In the book of Doctor Robert Weiss, he stated that retirement brings about two opposing possibilities - the promises of leisure and freedom as well as the risks of boredom and isolation. Some people look forward to retirement because it will be the time when they get to do what they wanted and enjoy life to the fullest without worrying about the expenses. However, for some, retirement is a new phase of
life that would require a lot of changes especially in lifestyle. Whatever these possibilities that we have in mind about retirement, it is important to consider the place where a retiree could settle, wise investment, and making up to the lost social life.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


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MakingFriends.com.... thousands of craft project sheets, recycled ideas & free printables.

We always need ways of keep the young ones busy and learning at the same time. This website provides some really great ideas.



Friday, March 25, 2011


Court Appointes Special Advocates

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Garland County is a non-profit organization that trains community volunteers to serve as powerful advocates for our community’s most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children.

CASA serves children who, for their own protection, have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care. Judges refer the most serious cases of child abuse and neglect to CASA so that one volunteer can consistently spend time with one child, building a relationship and ensuring that each child is receiving the support and attention he or she needs and deserves while going through the foster care process.

The unique one-on-one relationship that forms between the volunteer and dependent child is often the only stable, positive relationship the child has. In a sea of social workers, attorneys, therapists and caregivers, it's the court appointed volunteer who is a consistent and caring friend and advocate for the child.

Volunteer advocates are a powerful voice for children, advising the court about what the child needs and wants. While providing emotional support and the stability and nurturing every child deserves, they make recommendations that are in the child's best interest.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Aneurysm Outreach






Aneurysm Outreach is a result of three major events that occurred in its founder's life.

The first event was the death of her 58-year old father in September 1977. Sheila Arrington's father, Toney, left for a family reunion in Arkansas and returned to Louisiana in a body bag on a chartered flight, the victim of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The second event was reading a Wall Street Journal article in May 1994 that mentioned Dr. Charles D. Boyd, a molecular biologist then at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, who suspected that aneurysms were an inherited disorder. Sheila called Dr. Boyd, who assigned her the task of gathering a family medical history to see if the Arringtons might fit into his research plans. What she found was fascinating and frightening. In addition to her father, four of his siblings (two brothers/two sisters) plus her grandfather and several cousins had been affected by aneurysms.

The third event, a divorce, created the catalyst for Sheila to move forward in a new direction in her life and pursue this important mission.

Sheila went through an approximate 2-year period of preparation. She took a series of Education for Living seminars and joined Toastmasters International to improve her communication skills. She attended Louisiana State University classes in Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking to gain a better understanding of people, as well as to acquire organization skills and experience for future presentations.

During this time, God was instrumental in placing the necessary people in Sheila's pathway to assist in making Aneurysm Outreach Inc. a reality. With his continued leadership and support, she became a full-time patient advocate for Aneurysm Outreach Inc. in June 2001.

AOI's primary goals are threefold:

1. To raise public awareness about the threat of aneurysms, especially the fact that certain families have a predisposition toward their occurrence.
2. To stimulate and fund genetic research through advocacy and tax-deductible donations.
3. To coordinate a support network for those affected or at risk of aneurysms and their families.