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Musings Archive: August 2004

:: National Myeloma Awareness Week ::
This week--or more acurately, this week and the weekends bookending it (August 20-30, 2004)—is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Week.

The International Myeloma Foundation (the other IMF, not Cockburn’s dirty Mothers) is leading the charge to raise awareness of and funds for this generally little know disease of ours, using this week to reach out to physicians, philanthropists and ordinary folk like most of us to “bring this disease out of the shadows.”

You can learn more about Multiple Myeloma Awareness Week by going to IMF’s website.

Give, learn, share.

Posted by Dwight Ozard   (8/23/2004 10:58:28 PM | link)

:: Everybody? Really? ::
Forget everything else that NJ Governor Jim McGreevy's resignation may or may not be about. That's not the point here.

About an hour after his press conference, Philly's wonderfully homespun Channel Six "Action News" was on the ground surprising NJ commuters with the news and asking for comment.

Most just shook their head in that veiled disbelief that really says "I can't wait to talk to my friends at work about this" and then said something about "his personal life being irrelevant to politics." (How very Trudeau.)

One woman, however, stopped, gave a thoughtful glance downward and then, almost tearfully, looked at the camera and said this:

Everyone needs someone to love.

I'm on steroids again, so I wept.

And now we're off to Canada, to raise a glass to my nephew CJ and Ali, and to Kim and Maria.


Posted by Dwight Ozard   (8/13/2004 11:32:25 AM | link)

:: A New Health Update ::
You can go to the Cancer Journal and check out the latest less than great news.  more

Posted by Dwight Ozard   (8/13/2004 11:27:03 AM | link)

:: A Boss who serves ::
In today's NY Times, Bruce Springsteen gives his reason for joining the Vote for Change concert tour.

Over the years, many rock artists have taken part in big concerts (like Live Aid) or concert tours (like the Amnesty International shows in the 80s) to raise awareness or money or both for good causes.

This year, however, for the first time in memory, some of THE BIGGEST NAMES in the music industry, young and old, hip and old-school (including Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., the Dixie Chicks, Jurassic 5, James Taylor and Jackson Browne) will be part of the Vote For Change tour, a series of shows designed to do one thing:

promote regime change in the United States.

This is a big deal, and a good one as well.

No doubt it will inspire some copycats, tho' Toby Keith's tour (stopping here in Philly on 9/11--gads couldn't be much more like an alternative already.

Some of us who are tired of considering the unthinkable about the president and his administration, have decided to do the unthinkable themselves. I may actually pay for tickets to a big show like this one.  more

Posted by Dwight Ozard   (8/5/2004 5:25:16 PM | link)

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