Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Article by Jim Fay

What was your best Christmas as a kid? Was it the one where there was a lot of stress about a perfect meal elegantly served—on time—to a perfectly dressed family? Or was it the one where the dog pulled the turkey off the stove and dragged it away through the dog door? There was no perfect meal that day. Everyone rolled with the punches. They rolled up their sleeves and worked together in the kitchen to salvage a makeshift meal.

The beauty of that memory is not in perfection and organization, but in remembering the joy of being together and doing things together. It was the laughter. It was one of those days when the choices were to laugh or to cry, so you all laughed it off and enjoyed one another. It brought you all together in a different way.

Holidays are times for enjoying one another. We are not suggesting that you purposely feed the turkey to the pets, but we strongly suggest that an imperfect day with little stress will create better memories of loving relationships. We wish you a perfectly imperfect holiday season.

An article by Jim Fay, author, teacher, and parent educator

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mark Kilroy Foundation
14th Annual Dinner Fund Raiser
Benefit for S.A.F.E. Youth Activities
Saturday, February 14, 2009
6:30 PM-11:00 PM (Doors Open at 6:00 PM)
Our Lady of Lourdes Madonna Hall
10114 Highway 6 - Hitchcock, TX
Music, Prizes, Auction & Much More
Ticket Prices:
Corporate Table for 10 - $250
Reserved Table for 8 - $120
Couple - $30
Single - $20
Sponsorship (includes table for 10)
Platinum $5,000
Gold $2,500
Silver $1,000
Bronze $500
409-925-7771 or 3819
PO Box 777
Santa Fe, TX 77517
Please join us in February, but buy your tickets now
before they sell out!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

NEWS from the United Nations and CADCA (The following is an excerpt from a CADCA article published on November 13, 2008)

A drug used to tranquillize horses, called ketamine, is gaining popularity within the dance scene in a number of countries throughout the world, according to a recent report by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, which warned that long-term use of ketamine use can have serious effects on the brain, the kidneys and internal organs.

Nicknamed Special K, ketamine can be taken in powder, liquid or tablet form but is often mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Sometimes ketamine is laced with synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine and then sold as ecstasy because it commands a higher price than straight ketamine.

Sources refer to it as new candy for the youth. This drug is an anaesthetic and can induce a catatonic state. Long term use impairs memory and cognitive functions, and damage to the kidneys and internal organs will occur. Unfortunately, the use of Special K is growing both in developing countries and in the west.