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"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted"

Aldous Huxley

Submitted by: Salimacatwoman / 2006-01-13   Category: Miscellany


Discrimination for Disabled People's Rights in Mexico.

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Life from the Wheelchair

I was 1 year and 3 months old when I suffered an automobile accident,since then I am a wheelchair user and learned most of the physical and architectonical barriers that limitate to disabled people,making their lives a challenge.


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Discriminacion a las personas discapacitadas en el Auditorio Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez,Queretaro,Mexico.

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Life from the Wheelchair

Desde que era muy pequeña sufrí un accidente automovilistico, estoy en una silla de ruedas y debido a mi situación, aprendí y conocí todas las barreras fisicas y arquitectónicas que limitan al discapacitado, haciendo de nuestra vida un reto.


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The three wise men- 3 Kings' day= Dia de los 3 Reyes Magos.

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General News & holidays.

The three wise men- 3 Kings' day= Dia de los 3 Reyes Magos.

On January 6th, many cultures,countries and religions (especially Catholics) celebrate The three wise men day (in Spanish: Dia de los 3 Reyes Magos-3 Kings' day),that is the popular celebration,though in the religious sense it's The Epiphany.
Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season,the 12 days after Christmas.




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The Story of Halloween

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General News & holidays.Happy Halloween!

The Story of Halloween

Halloween is one of the oldest holidays with origins going back thousands of years. The holiday we know as Halloween has had many influences from many cultures over the centuries.

From the Roman's Pomona Day, to the Celtic festival of Samhain, to the Christian holidays of All Saints and All Souls Days.


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Mexico's Independence Day 2010- Happy Bicentenario Mexico!

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General News & holidays.Updated 2010

Dolores, Hidalgo, Guanajuato-In the first hours of September 16th,1810.

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla,"The Father of the Country" (in Spanish: El Padre de la Patria),who was a brave priest in the small town of Dolores, rang the church's bell for gathering the people in order to raise them up against the Spanish Crown during the third century of Spaniard Domination that was crushing Mexico, this initiated the war of Independence, a cruel, raw and wild war that ended on 1821, when Mexico finally was free of the Spaniard oppresion and achieved its Independence.




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Happy New Year 2010!

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General News & holidays.

2009 will end in just a few hours,this is a perfect time for analyzing the way we have lived and especially for thanking all what we have gotten,achieved,learned and especially thanking to God (any God we believe,depending our religion and beliefs) for being lucky of seeing the new year.


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World AIDS Day 2009: "Universal Access and Human Rights"

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Life from the Wheelchair

2009's World AIDS Day theme/slogan is: "Universal Access and Human Rights"

Since the first time we started listening,knowing,reading and thinking about AIDS a few advances have been made,though there is still a fierce battle to be fought against the poor response to HIV/AIDS pandemic crisis around the world in some key areas: ignorance, lack of information, myths, tabooes, prevention, care and treatment and research.

Maybe the research and finding a possible cure for it, is what is more urgent,because that would stop deaths of people who live with AIDS,no matter the way they contracted the terrible disease,all of them are victims who are suffering....

We must never forget that none of us is exempt of AIDS, maybe a friend of ours,a lover (or a former one),a son, a brother, sister,etc has already gotten this disease, no matter if we are straight, heterosexual, gay, adult, married, single or even a baby,and also disabled people... there is always a risk if we get sick or have an accident and we get infected blood,if we don't use protection when we have sex, etc....risks are unlimited.

"Leadership"=Trying to inspire all citizens around the world to take the lead in fighting and breaking down ignorance and fear about HIV, if we talk to those who still don't know about AIDS,or if we talk to those who can be an important key for finding a cure and developing a vaccine against HIV,we will be an active member of our world and we will be doing our best for at least saving a life...one life is enough!

All people is invited to join the effort and participate for fighting AIDS in our world...if you don't join, if apathy gets you...one day you might regret had avoided to at least speak your mind on the issue...

How can people participate?:

  • For those who are talented for writing: you can write something about AIDS,reflexing your thoughts,post it in your site,blog,forum,etc...
  • If you are good for speech,try joining a live campaign and speak your mind live and direct...
  • You can also visit someone who is sick,already infected and at least give him/her a word of hope,be sure you'll give a good reason for smiling to someone who is already sick with HIV virus.
  • Design posters,images if you are good at it.
  • Or simply Wear a Red Ribbon,it can even just be posted in your site,blog,forum,etc...

A prayer for those suffering AIDS and a thought of hope for the finding of a cure...

Thank you for the time spent on reading this info...

Sandra Villanueva.

 


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Things to Be Grateful For on this Thanksgiving Day.

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General News & holidays.

Things to Be Grateful For

Writer and self-described optimist William Arthur Ward once said, "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."


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Breast Cancer Awareness Month-October 2008

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 1-31 October 2008.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organised by all the major breast cancer and cancer charities.

The purpose of this campaign is about raising and creating awareness among public and health professionals.

Many women and also men suffer this disease and there is the need to create  more awareness by sharing experiences and ideas, plus more information about what breast cancer is all about.

There has been so much said about breast cancer and prevention of it, but there is also a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about the same.

Our culture has always put a big remark on the femininity about breasts,having big breasts or at least a very good pair of them means: beauty...the images of topless girls or just women wearing bikinis with their breasts almost exposed have been part of that cliche and it is why breast cancer receives much more attention than other forms of cancer.

In the same way, there is also the need of increasing funds for research into the cause, for preventing and cure of the disease once it is detected in order to offer more support to those affected by Breast Cancer.


Sandra Villanueva


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July 4th-United States Independence day.

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"Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness), it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government."

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), from the Declaration of Independence

July 4th is more than a celebration that happens in summer,it's the most important Holiday/celebration for Americans living around the world and of course for United States of America.

It's the day USA celebrates its independence from England,it was America's official split from Britain's rule and the beginning of the American Revolution.

United States only had 13 colonies at the time of the signing,in that time England was ruled by King George III,and the major problem between US and England was "Taxation without Representation",the colonists didn't have any opportunity for complaining,they didn't have voice in the decisions of English Parliament,those 13 colonies couldn't negotiate with King George III and he sent extra troops to the colonies to help control any rebellion that could arise due to people's anger,but it took more than a single day and a few hours as it can be just thought,it was a hardworking process fighting for the freedom and independence because the original resolution was introduced by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia on June 7, 1776, and called for the Continental Congress to declare the United States free from British rule.

On June 11, 1776, the colonies' Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia formed a committee for preparing an appropiate document that would formally separate USA from Great Britain,it was the document that we know as the Declaration of Independence,and it was adopted by Congress on July 4th although the resolution that had led to the writing of the Declaration was actually approved two days earlier.The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. The document was written by Jefferson, who was considered an eloquent writer.

But before the Declaration was approved,on April 1775 when King George's troops advanced on Concord, Massachusetts,prompting Paul Revere's midnight ride that sounded the alarm "The British are coming, the British are coming." The battle of Concord,was famous for being the "shot heard round the world",it would mark the unofficial beginning of the American Revolution.

After several changes to the document written by Jefferson,a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 - Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No, Delaware undecided and New York abstained.The next day
copies of the Declaration of Independence were distributed.On July 6, The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to print the extraordinary document.

The Declaration of Independence has become United States' most important symbol of liberty.

Although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, July 4th has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence. The first Independence Day celebration took place the following year - July 4 1777.

Sandra Villanueva





Fireworks on Independence Day. Foster City, California


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