25 January 2010

New E-Zine

The first edition of the My Book Therapy Voices ezine is hot off the clouds! Lisa Jordan is the editor. Check it out at I was happy to be able to contribute a little (check out the column "Journey with the Voices"!) Susan May Warren created the Mybooktherapy website as a forum for writers. Log into and go to the Writers Blog and then the Forum to join this dynamic network. Susan and Rachel Hauck offer many different services and support through the website, including Monday night chats, critique groups, editorial services, and much more. Check it out!

17 January 2010

Whipple for bile duct cancer

Whipple Procedure (Pancreaticoduodenectomy)

The Whipple procedure, also known as a pancreaticoduodenectomy, involves removing the gallbladder, head of the pancreas, part of the duodenum (part of the small intestine), part of the stomach and the common bile duct. Once those organs are removed, the pancreatic duct, bile duct and stomach are connected to the jejunum (another part of the small intestine) in order for pancreatic juices, bile and food to be drained into the small bowel. This procedure can be performed for a variety of reasons, most commonly cancer of the pancreas, common bile duct or duodenum.

This information is from the UC Irvine Healthcare website.


Please pray for my mother who is having this procedure done tomorrow morning at UC Irvine, and for Dr. Imagawa, her surgeon, and the team. Thank you!

11 January 2010

Only Colonial Fort in Ohio

It seems hard to believe that there was only one fort in the back country of Ohio during the American revolution. On the hand, since settlers were not "supposed to" be going beyond the boundaries specified at the end of the French-Indian war, any colonial presence there would be a threat both to the native Americans. Colonial Virginia militia went up through Ohio to get to northern British forts.


05 January 2010

Finding Poliana

I think I may have found a child we sponsored fifteen years ago. We agreed to do so until she was an adult, after attending a Sandi Patty concert in Buffalo for World Vision. For several years we faithfully exchanged letters and sent our sponsorship money in. Then the ministry rather abruptly (as far as my awareness of goals) stopped their sponsorship of Poliana's village. I was heartsick as there was no way to keep in touch with her. I contacted them and asked if I could sponsor her through school, but was told she was too young to be sent from the village in Brazil. Tonight I found Poliana Dos Reis De Deus of Brazil listed as a student at a school there. I am praying it is our Poliana and that she is doing find. Praying we will some day be in contact with her again. Her birthdate (June 28, 1987) was two years earlier than our daughter's. The internet has made this a smaller world, and I am thankful for that!

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