Daily Thoughts & Issues

IN THIS ISSUE:

APRIL 5

Days left until the next millennium 01.01.3001

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April 5 - National Alcohol Screening Day to increase awareness of alcohol problems and connect people in need with treatment. Free, anonymous, nationwide www.mentalhealthscreening.org * A bomb exploded at a popular discotheque in West Berlin (1986) killing two American soldiers and a Turkish woman. Nine days later American forces launched a bombing attack on the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, reportedly killing 37 (including a daughter of Quddafi) and wounding another 93. In 1988, West German authorities arrested 27-year-old Christine Gabriele Endrigkeit, charging her with the bombing citing "clues" that it might have been ordered by Syrian agents. * The first US Chamber of Commerce in the US was founded at New York City (768). * Birthdays: Gregory Peck, Michael Moriarty, Joseph Lister, Booker Taliaferro Washington, Eric Burdon, Roger Corman, Max Gail, Arthur Hailey, Nigel Hawthorne, Gregory Peck, Mitch Pileggi, Colin Luther Powell.

Men (15-34): Do a testicular self-exam monthly!

DAILY THOUGHTS

On this day in 1937, Colin Powell, the first African American to serve as chief of staff of the armed forces, is born in New York City. African American History

Window Safety:  Each year nearly 15,000 children ages 10 and under are injured as a result of falls from open windows. Before you open your windows this spring, the National Safe Kids campaign recommends that you install window guards on all windows (except fire exits) from the ground floor up. If you don't have window guards, keep unopened windows locked, don't open a window more than five inches, and never rely on a screen for safety. Family Feelings

I love it when he holds my face in his hands while he kisses me. - Justine, 26 Best of 1001 Sex Secrets Every Man & Woman Should Know

We must believe the things we teach our children - Woodrow Wilson. Dr. Buff's 365 Day Parenting Calendar

Most women assume they have until menopause to get pregnant. They don't. The cosmic joke today is:  You spend the first half of your adult life trying not to get pregnant; then you spend the second half trying to get knocked up. But for every rare case of the forty-two-year-old first-time mother, there are many, many more women who wait until their late thirties or forties and do not conceive. New Passages

Learn About Lightning. In a lightning storm, stay away from isolated trees or buildings, stay out of boats and the water, and avoid metal fences, poles, or wires. Drop your golf clubs and get off the course. Don't ride a bike or a horse or a tractor. The Old Farmer's Almanac

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Achieve Your Dreams

 Things to Be Happy About: Steamed broccoli with cheese sauce (and cashews). Professors you looked up to. Well-groomed goatees. 14,000 Things to Be Happy About

Whether you're in or out, you usually want to be the other. Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me

For many people, their body is the target for their harshest judgments and the barometer by which they measure their self-worth. They hold themselves up to an unattainable standard and berate themselves for coming up short of perfection. Since your physical shape is the form in which you show up in the world, it is very often the way you define yourself, and often the way others define you. They way you view your body is directly related to how close you are to learning the lesson of acceptance. If Life is a Game, These are the Rules

Empathetic listening is deeply therapeutic and healing because it gives a person "psychological ear."  If all the air were suddenly sucked out of the room you're in right now, you wouldn't care about this calendar; you wouldn't care about anything except getting air. Survival would be your only motivation. But now that you have air, it doesn't motivate you. Satisfied needs do not motivate. It's only the unsatisfied need that motivates. Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival - to be understood, to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Whenever you can, split a restaurant meal with your dining partner. Most restaurants will allow you to split an entree. Even if they charge a "split fee", it's well worth paying when you consider that if you order a whole entree, and eat only half of it, the other half goes to waste; if you eat the whole entree, it goes to your waist.  Simplify Your Life

Use "down time" - however short - for a relaxation break. For example, every time you stop at a red light, each time you're put on hold or find yourself waiting for someone, breathe slowly and deeply or think about what you're going to do for yourself next.  Stress Busters

Nibble on a pizza cracker!  Put a slice of cheddar cheese on a Ritz cracker. Put a slice of pepperoni on the cheese, and ta da! A pizza you don't need to heat! Great kids snack, too. To Do Today

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt.  Win the Day!

TODAY'S ISSUE: TESTICULAR CANCER TREATMENT

Several types of treatments are commonly used for testicular cancer. Your age, overall health, and the type and stage of the cancer will help determine which treatment is best for you.

Surgery

Surgical removal of one of both testicles (orchidectomy) is the normal treatment for testicular cancer and if it has spread to the lymph nodes in the abdomen (also known as lymph glands), these will be removed as well.

Many men worry that losing a testicle will limit their ability to have sexual intercourse but there is no evidence for this. However you should discuss any concerns with your doctor.

Chemotherapy (cancer-killing drugs) will often be given in conjunction with surgery, particularly if the cancer may have spread beyond the testicles. The chemotherapy drugs may be taken by mouth or injection.

Radiotherapy (cancer-killing X-rays) may also be used to attack cancer, but unlike chemotherapy, radiation is focused to treat just the area of the cancer. Seminomas are particularly sensitive to radiotherapy.

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy may cause some short-term side effects such as nausea, vomiting and temporary hair loss, but these will disappear after treatment has finished.

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy can temporarily interfere with sperm production and, therefore, fertility. As a precaution, many men store their sperm in a sperm bank before treatment. LOTS MORE

Hey Man: Did you make a difference yesterday? Let us know at Contact Us. Relax. Learn to kick back. Spend some time in a hammock. Enjoy the day! What Every Man Needs to Know Want to make a difference but you don't know where to start?

BOOK OF THE WEEK

So Sexy So Soon: The new sexualized childhood and what parents can do to protect their kids, Levin, Diane E. Levin and Jean Kilbourne, Risqué Halloween costumes for young girls. T-shirts that boast "Chick Magnet" for toddler boys. Sexy content on almost every television channel, as well as in movies and video games. Popular culture and technology inundate our boys and girls with an onslaught of graphic sexual messages at earlier ages than ever before. Without the emotional sophistication to understand what they are doing and seeing, kids are getting into increasing trouble emotionally and socially. Parents are left shaking their heads, wondering: How did this happen? What can we do? The authors, internationally recognized experts in childhood development and the impact of the media on children and teens, offer parent essential, age-appropriate strategies to country the assault. Filled with savvy suggestions, helpful sample dialogues, and poignant stories from families dealing with these issues, this book provides parents with the information, skills, and confidence they need to discuss sensitive topics openly and effectively - so their kids can just be kids. www.sosexysosoon.com Ballantine Books, www.ballantinebooks.com, 2009, ISBN 978-0-345-50507-1

 

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AWARENESS EVENTS THIS MONTH

April is Alcohol Awareness; Animal Cruelty Prevention; California Earthquake Preparedness; *Cancer Control, Community Spirit; Couple Appreciation; *Child Abuse Prevention; Holy Humor; Home Improvement Safety; International Amateur Radio; International Customer Loyalty; International Daffynitions; International Legacy; International Twit Award; International Work Life Enrichment; Keep American Beautiful; Mathematics Education; Month of the Young Child; National Autism Awareness; National Humor; National Knuckles Down; National Lawn and Garden; National Poetry Month, National Self-Publishing; National Sexually Transmitted Diseases Education and Awareness; National Youth Sports Safety; Occupational Therapy; Prevent Injuries America; School Library Media; Spring Ahead for Life; Stress Awareness (breathe); World Habitat Awareness; Zam! Zoo and Aquarium Month. And, depending on the school system, it's also Spring Break.

Mar 13-Apr 15: Deaf History Month. Mar 25-Apr 4: Muharram. Mar 26-Apr 2: Navaratri/Gangaur. And Apr 1-7 Testicular Cancer Awareness Week - Get a Grip!, Genital Integrity Awareness Week, Washington, D.C.; Golden Rule; Dumb; International Building Safety; National Blue Ribbon; National Library; National Medical Patient Advocacy; National Occupational Therapy; National Pecan; National Pet First Aid Awareness; National Poetry; Passion; Week of the Young Child Week. Apr 2-6: Strolf-Stretch Week. Apr 2-8: National Public Health Week. Apr 4-10: Hate Week. Apr 6-8: Alcohol-Free Weekend. Apr 8-14: National Garden; National Week of the Ocean; Network Marketing Professionals; *Pan American; Holy Week. Apr 12-18: National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. Apr 15-21: Grange; National Infant Immunization; *National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness; Reading is Fun Week. Apr 16-20: Consumer Awareness; Egg Salad; Explore Your Career Options; Family Laughing Through Stories; *National Crime Victims Rights; *National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness; National Organize Your Files; Young People's Poetry Week. Apr 17-23: National Park Week. Apr 21-22: Just Pray No: Worldwide Weekend Prayer. Apr 21-23: Earth Day Weekend. Apr 21-May 2: Festival of Ridvan. Apr 22-28: Administration Professionals; National Karaoke; *National Volunteer; Sky Awareness Week. Apr 22-29: *Jewish Heritage Week. Apr 23-29: Astronomy; National Playground Safety; National TV  Turnoff; National YMCA Week. Apr 29-May 5: *National Science and Technology Week.

Apr 1: April Fools'; Check Your Batteries; Lupus Alert; National Repot Your Plant; Sorry Charlie Day; Testicular Cancer - What is it?, Apr 2: International Children's Book; Reconciliation Day, Testicular Cancer - Symptoms. Apr 3 - Testicular Cancer - What the doctors look for . Apr 4: Thank You, School Librarian; Victims of Violence Holy; Testicular Cancer - Prevention, Apr 5 - National Alcohol Screening; *National Equal Pay; National Fun at Work; National Tomb-Sweeping (Taiwan); Tartan Day; Testicular Cancer - Treatment, Apr 6 - Testicular Cancer - Prognosis, Apr 7 -National Hug Your Newsman; UN World Health Day. Testicular Cancer - Automatic monthly reminder, self-exam and other resources. Apr 8: International Feng Shui Awareness Day. Apr 9: *National Former Prisoner of War Recognition; Winston Churchill Day. Apr 10: National Siblings; Salvation Army Founder's Day. Apr 11:  Barbershop Quarter Day. Apr 12: Vote Lawyers Out of Office Day. Apr 13: Blame Someone Else; National D.A.R.E. Day, Apr 14: International Moment of Laughter; *Pan American; Remembrance Day. Apr 15: National Coin Day. Apr 17: Blah Blah Blah; National Stress Awareness; National Positive Alternatives for Living; Verrazanoo Day. Apr 18: Pet Owners Independence; Third World Day. Apr 19: John Parker Day. Apr 20: Holocaust; National Youth Service Day. Apr 21: Earth Environmental Angels; Kindergarten; San Jacinto Day. Apr 22: Earth Day Anniversary; Girl Scout Leader Day. Apr 25: Administrative Professionals, Parental Alienation and Hostile Aggressive Parenting Awareness Day. Apr 26: Day of Silence; Hug an Australian: National Playground Safety; Richter Scale; Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Apr 27: Hug a Prom Sponsor; National Arbor National Child Care Professionals; National Hairball Awareness Day, Apr 28: Astronomy; Kiss Your Mate; National Sense of Smell; Native American Heritage Day. Apr 29: Mother, Father Deaf; National Puppetry Day. Apr 30: International Dare of Live; International Walk; National Honesty; Spank Out Day USA.

In all of this, don't let Child Abuse Prevention get lost. Check out our extensive sections of issues: Abuse, Circumcision, Gangs, Hazing, Incest/Molestation, Ritual Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Suicide, TV violence, Violence, Domestic Violence, Women's Violence and Prisons. and Books - Abuse of Boys, Child Abuse, Abuse - MPD, Ritual Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Circumcision, Anger, Forgiveness, Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Women's Violence.

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