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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Vietnam History


Remember the photo of a 7 year old girl running naked down the road during a South Vietnamese attack? This Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph titled, “The Terror of War” has an update. The girl, Phan Thị Kim Phuc, suffered sever burns from the attack. The very same photographer Nick Ut saved Phúc’s life by rushing her to the nearest hospital and demanding treatment holding his American press credentials. Phan Thị Kim Phuc is now 51 years old and now a doctor and mother of two. She has finally overcome the events of the photo. She told the Huffington Post, “I have a husband and a new life and want to be normal like everyone else.” Another interesting fact is that as a teenager, Kim Phuc was accepted into medical school but was forced to quit because of the new communist regime. Ultimately, in 1982, Vietnam’s prime minister sent her to Cuba to study medicine.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Good News!

A few weeks ago, the CBS Evening News featured a man from Awendaw, South Carolina who is transforming lives by repairing broken cars and giving them away for free.

Awendaw has no public transportation, Ubers or taxis.   

Eddie Middleton is that man.  Eddi who owns a barbecue restaurant,( as well as a trained mechanic who rehabs donated cars in his spare time. Before the CBS report, he had gifted 32 cars to rural families since September 2020.  after the report ( aired on nationwide TV, Eliot received an explosion of donations including more than 800 cars.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Quitters are winners in some cases

I quit my 20 year habit of smoking cigarettes on July 20, 1998. 

 24 years ago today. 

 I was 42 years old and smoked at least 2 packs a day. More when I drank. 

 I will never NOT be proud of this extremely long and arduous habit. 

 During my quit I subscribed to "news groups" on the infant internet. I miss those groups. 

 I am still in touch with a group of "sister quitters", women from all over the country who quit around the same time. 

 We're all "facebook friends" and still communicate with each other. 

They were scared for me after Katrina. 
One of them passed on way too young. 
Two of them lost their very young, very beautiful daughters. 
One of them lost her husband, the love of her life, to cancer. 
One of them lost her husband to suicide. 
One of them still lives with her husband and grandkids in Canada. 
One of them actually visited New Orleans and we met face-to-face! 

 I collected hundreds of posts about quitting that I found inspiring, thoughtful, funny and helpful in my quit.

 If anyone out there is quitting/has quit, email me and I'll send you one of those posts a day to get you through dealing with the "nicodemon" 

 Here's my quitmeter, for my 22nd Anniversary