Philanthropists are interesting to read about and learn what they do to help other people.  For example, I was reading about richard willich recently, and the article said that he asks these three questions in his personal and philanthropic philosophy:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair?
  3. Will it improve things?

I think these are very worthwhile questions, and I like the fact that he supports positive youth programs as well as educational and historical preservation pursuits.  That’s probably the teacher side of me that’s drawn to these pursuits.

Do you know of some interesting philanthropists?

Drinking Water Quality for Major Metropolitan Areas

university-of-cincinnati-logo-7-09Would you like to check the quality of drinking water in your area?  Just go to the University of Cincinnati’s website and click on a major city on the United States map. A graph will show you the quality of the drinking water according to several different contaminates.

I’m surprised at how much chlorine is in our water. Well, actually I guess I’m not too surprised. We can definitely taste the chlorine in our water which is one of the reasons we’ve been using bottled distilled water.  However, we just purchased a “Pur” water filter so we won’t be buying gallons of water now. There’s no chlorine taste using the filter, and we like the taste of the water so far.

Wow! Can These Young Girls Sing! Listen to the National Anthem!

These are five girls aged 8 to 13, the “Cactus Cuties,” singing the National Anthem – really good!!  They seem so young but they can really sing.  There is something that warms the heart to listen to these younsters sing a patriotic song such as this.  I wanted to know the words to the whole song so I looked it up.  We never sing most of the verses, but the last verse impressed me with this phrase:
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust’ “

Send a Christmas Card

When addressing your Christmas cards this year, please take one card and
send it to this address.  If everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these
wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get.

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical  Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Washington,D.C. 20307-5001

Girl With Down Syndrome Crowned Homecoming Queen

This has to be one of the sweetest stories I’ve heard in a long time.   Kristin was crowned homecoming queen in Aledo, Texas, while hundreds of people in the stands gave her a standing ovation, cheered, and many burst into tears.  It was a very touching moment that those at the football game will never forget.  And neither will Kristin.  Here’s the whole story in detail with a great video from ABC News.

Help Give FREE Mammograms

If you notice on my sidebar, I have a box about breast cancer.  I would appreciate if you visit that site every time you visit my site.  That will take you to the Breast Cancer Site where it’s free to help sponsor those who can not afford mammograms.

Probably most of you know one person or maybe several women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.  I lost a friend, who had three children, to breast cancer 16 years ago.  I have several friends who are breast cancer survivors, and we thank God for that!

I had a breast cancer scare 15 years ago, had surgical biopsy done, and it turned out to be a non-malignant tumor.  Again, I thank God!  I am in a higher risk category because of that, and so I have my mamograms done every year.  Several years I’ve had to have an additional sonogram.  Last year, I had another scare and thought I was going to need to have another surgical biopsy, but it turned out OK and I didn’t have to have one.  (but that was after 10 weeks, four doctor visits, a mammogram, sonogram, and new digital mammogram)

So again, please visit this site, and I want to stress the importance of every woman having regular mammograms.  They do catch cancer early while it’s treatable!

The Breast Cancer Site