Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dr. DeLaCruz Offers Free Medical Services in Dominican Republic*

Dr. Francisco DeLaCruz was recently able to return to the place of his birth, the Dominican Republic, to perform free medical services for many impoverished citizens in the area. This mission to the Dominican Republic is a dream that Dr. DeLaCruz had awaited for many years to become a reality.

Fran was able to accomplish this dream, due in part, to his USANA business. By August of 2005, he dropped his medical schedule down to a part-time status working just seventeen weeks a year. Soon after this, Fran discovered an organization called Children of the Nations that organized teams of medical professionals to offer free medical services in third world countries.

After learning that the Dominican Republic was on their list of countries to visit, Fran signed up for the next trip. Fran flew down with three other physicians and a crew of technicians. Fran explains, "It was everything I imagined it would be and more. We did thirty-one surgeries—burns, facial trauma, general surgery—and all the medical care was provided for free. There were people who walked thirty miles to get their surgical procedure done."

Fran encourages other network marketers to use their time freedom to seek out non-monetary rewards. "My dad came to the United States because of the opportunities. I'm glad that I can now take some of what we gained here back to my people in the Dominican Republic"

*Quotes and information for this article summary were provided by Liz Bennett, Networking Times reporter.

For more information about USANA, click here, and then view the online video. If you would still like more information, complete the contact information while you're there.

Thursday, May 25, 2006


I belong to a Yahoo Group called "Good Clean Fun" which is my daily dose of humor. The gentleman who maintains this group, Tom, sends out "clean" jokes every day and will, on occasion, write articles relevant to the coming holiday. His patriotism is refreshing. He wrote this Memorial Day tribute, and I thought it was very appropriate. You can also subscribe to his daily dose of humor - the link is at the bottom. God bless all the men and women and their families who are serving their country, and especially those who have given the supreme sacrifice so that we may enjoy a life of freedom.

GCF: Memorial Day 2006

The joke for today has been sent. I want to be serious for a moment
and talk about the holiday which will be celebrated here in the
United States on Monday.

Memorial Day is on the last Monday in May and honors those men and
women who lost their lives serving their country. What we celebrate
as Memorial Day today, began at the end of the Civil War. Family
members of the many soldiers slain in battle would visit the grave
sites of their fallen relatives or friends and decorate the graves
with flowers.

On May 5, 1868, General John Logan proclaimed this day a holiday
through his General Order No. 11. The day was entitled Decoration Day
and was first observed on May 30, 1868. The northern states
celebrated this day every year, but the southern states celebrated a
day similar to this on a different day until sometime after World War I.

In 1882, the name Decoration day was changed to Memorial Day, and in
1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be held on the
last Monday of May every year. Over the years it has come to serve as
a day to remember all U.S. men and women killed or missing in action
in all wars.

I am truly grateful for the freedoms which we enjoy today. Too often,
we take these gifts for granted, little realizing the sacrifice which
was involved in ensuring that these freedoms continue to be a part of
all of our lives. Be honest, how many of us think of Memorial Day as
just another chance for a three-day weekend? A chance to go the lakes
or beaches or mountains? A trip to Disneyland or Six Flags or some
other amusement park?

If you are here in the United States, please remember to display the
flag, not just for the day but for the whole weekend. Let's not
forget the real reason for having this holiday. The quote below says
it all. Please take the time to read it.

Take care everyone.

(HM2, USN 65-69)


"It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of
our country in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see
these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something
like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray-haired. But most of them
were boys when they died, they gave up two lives -- the one they were
living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave
up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They
gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything
for their county, for us. All we can do is remember."

-- Ronald Wilson Reagan
Remarks at Veteran's Day ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia, November 11, 1985

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Monday, May 22, 2006


A West Michigan family that lost a loved one in the war in Iraq is starting a shoe drive in his memory. Army Specialist Eric Burri, 21, was killed in June 2005, when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle. While the Kelloggsville High School graduate was in Iraq, he mentioned the kids there have no shoes. Sunday morning Mike Burri, uncle of Specialist Eric Burri, appeared on CNN and told a nationwide audience how Eric would tell stories about Iraqi children who had no shoes. "Eric mentioned that on several occasions that these kids have no shoes, and it always bothered him. He said he would give his own shoes if he could," said Mike Burri.

To honor his memory, his family now wants to collect footwear for the children. Originally, the shoe drive was to run through May 20, but due to the overwhelming response across the nation, it has now been extended through the end of the month. The original story was broadcast last weekend by a local TV station, and at that time the family hoped to collect between 400 and 500 pairs of shoes. Since then a number of local groups have stepped forward, including retailers, individuals, schools and businesses. The family now has between 1,500 and 2,000 pairs of new and used shoes, including flip flops, tennis shoes, and sandals.

After Mike Burri's story on CNN last weekend, he said he had about 50 phone calls, all before he left the building. A North Carolina company, Blackwater USA, was so moved by the mission, it has agreed to cover the cost of shipping the shoes overseas.

"I wanted to do something positive," Joanne Burri said. Eric's uncle, Michael Burri, said Eric would have been pleased. "He would really be impressed by the outpouring of concern that the community has shown," he said. "It's very gratifying to me to be able to do something good out of this," Michael Burri said. "It's really helping our family get over this."

While she still mourns his death, Joanne Burri said, the growing pile of shoes fills her with other emotions. "It means so much. He's not here, and I miss him. This way, I'm sort of keeping his goodwill alive."

The two week shoe drive has been extended another ten days, taking it to the end of May. You can donate new or gently used shoes at: Wal-Mart in Cascade, Grandville and Alpine, Matthysse-Kuiper Degraff Funeral Directors in Grandville, Allendale, Wyoming, Kentwood, and Caledonia, and at Ziegler Harold Ford in Lowell or ask your local church. You can also contact Mike Burri at 616-299-7321 or Woody Watson at 616-698-9245.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006



-- This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers intheir arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherryKool-Aid saying, "It's okay honey, Mommy's here."
--Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't becomforted.
--This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.
--For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who don't.
--This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. Andthe mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.
--This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.
--And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars. And that when their kids asked, "Did you see me, Mom?" they could say, "Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world," and mean it.
--This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for icecream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.
--This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand)mothers who wanted to, but just couldn't find the words.
--This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.
--For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And then read it again. "Just one more time."
--This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.
--This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.
--This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home -- or even away at college -- or have their own families.
--This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomachaches, assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.
--This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to reach them.
-- For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.
--For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting. For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely.
--This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good Mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time? Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time? The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby? The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in your home? Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying? The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation...And mature mothers learning to let go. For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers. Mothers with money, mothers without. This is for all of you. For all of us... Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them every day that we love them. And pray and never stop being a mom. "Home is what catches you when you fall - and we all fall." - Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


A-void negative sources, people, things and habits.
B-elieve in yourself.
C-onsider things from every angle.
D-on't give up and don't give in.
E-njoy life today: yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.
F-amily and Friends are hidden treasures. Seek them and enjoy their riches.
G-ive more than you planned to give.
H-ang on to your dreams.
I-gnore those who try to discourage you.
J-ust do it!
K-eep on trying, no matter how hard it seems. It will get better.
L-ove yourself first and foremost.
M-ake it happen.
N-ever lie, cheat, or steal. Always strike a fair deal.
O-pen your eyes and see things as they really are.
P-ractice makes perfect.
Q-uitters never win and winners never quit.
R-ead, study and learn about everything important in your life.
S-top procrastinating.
T-ake control of your own destiny.
U-nderstand yourself in order to better understand others.
V-isualize it.
W-ant it more than anything.
X-ccelerate your efforts.
Y-ou are unique of all of Nature's creations. Nothing can replace you.
Z-ero in on your target, and go for it!!

Monday, April 24, 2006


"Throughout our whole life our job is simply to exert the best
possible influence on the part of the world we touch. The flowers
we cultivate in our own garden will drop seeds in the patch next
door. This is how in our own gentle way we transform the world."

-Meredith Lady Young

Sunday, April 23, 2006


Did you know:

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.

If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.

The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it.

The average human swollows 8 spiders in their lifetime at night while they sleep.

A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.

It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.

All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are members of the peach family.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

The youngest pope was 11 years old.

The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

China has more people who speak English than the United States.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

A polar bear's skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

And now you know . . . . .