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Archive for September, 2007

Are Your Children Bringing Home Germs and Viruses From School?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 30, 2007


How Many Germs Are Lurking In Your Child’s Classroom? — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)

When the kids go back to school, the germs go back to working overtime. How long does your child have to be back in school before he or she brings a boat-load of viruses home to the family? Have you already had the pleasure? I have.

Do you think there is a connection between kids being in school and your family getting sick? Do you think children are exposed to too many germs when they are at school? Do you wish you could minimize your child’s exposure to germs?

Here are a few of the facts about germs and your child’s classroom.

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Posted in blogging, BlogHer, children, family, Health, kids, life, parenting, teens, viruses, Women | 2 Comments »

The Secret To Happiness

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 26, 2007

Choosing Happiness — by Catherine Morgan

Are you making significant life decisions from a place of fear or anger? Most of us do. When we make choices and respond to people and situations in our life, in reaction to fearful and angry emotions, we are choosing unhappiness. From the little responses and decisions in our life, right up to the big ones.

You can read this full post at my new blog – CatherineBlogs.com (my first attempt at a blog with ads), I’d love to know what you think.  Thanks.   And, don’t worry…I still plan on continuing my blogging here and at all my other blogs.


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Birthdays and Aging: Do they make you happy or sad?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 25, 2007

Birthdays and Aging — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)

Every twelve months or so we all go through it, that time of year that some of us may loath and others may love…Yes, I’m talking about the “B” word. How do you feel on that one day a year? Are you happy? Depressed? Angry? Ambivalent? All of the above? Is every year different? Are some numbers easier to reach than others?

If it’s possible to be bi-polar when it comes to your birthday, then that’s my diagnosis. Sometimes I’m happy, sometimes I’m sad, sometimes I feel like I’m getting more mature, and sometimes I just feel like I’m getting more old. I imagine I’m not the only birthday girl that feels this way at times, so I thought we could take some time to examine the emotional side of birthdays and getting older.

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Posted in blogging, BlogHer, happiness, Health, life, my life, reflections, thoughts, Women | 6 Comments »

Is God Pro-Choice? Planned Parenthood Controversy

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 23, 2007

Is God Pro-Choice — by Catherine Morgan (cross posted at BlogHer)

Yesterday I wrote a post on my personal blog titled “All Women’s Rights Are Not Created Equal“, in response to the controversy over the opening of a Planned Parenthood in Aurora.

With the “anti-choice” movement claiming to have God and the Bible on their side…What do you think? Why do “pro-lifers” believe that God wouldn’t allow for “choice”? I’m a Christian and I believe in choice…does that mean I’m going to hell? I don’t know what you think, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to hell. Anyway, is hell even big enough for all the people that believe in choice?

Well, here is a sampling of what the blogosphere is saying.

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Posted in blogging, BlogHer, current events, feminism, Health, life, opinion, political, pregnancy, pro-life, teens, Women, women's health, women's issues | 2 Comments »

All Women’s Rights Are Not Created Equal

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 20, 2007

The Right To Reproductive Health: Why don’t all women have it? – by Catherine Morgan

See this video of a local woman that support the Planned Parenthood Clinic…

Depending on where you live in this country, you may or may not have the right to the services provided by Planned Parenthood, and every women deserves the right to quality reproductive health care. Women’s rights should not be denied anywhere in this country. That is why it is so important that a Chicago court allow the Aurora Planned Parenthood to open and serve it’s surrounding communities.

I touched on this issue in a previous post, and now Planned Parenthood is at a Federal Court in Chicago, in an attempt to open their Aurora location. You can read LIVE BLOGGING of this hearing at Planned Parenthood Aurora.

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Posted in blogging, BlogHer, cervical cancer, daughters, feminism, Health, life, media, motherhood, news, political, pregnancy, Women, YouTube | 2 Comments »

Three Tips For Healthy Living

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 19, 2007

Hi everyone. I was honored to be asked to write a guest post for Life Learning Today, and this is what I came up with.


Catherine’s Top Three Tips For Healthy Living

1. You are what you eat, and it is never too late to start eating healthy. Every day, try your very best to put healthy foods and plenty of water into your body. When you have a choice between something healthy and something not healthy, go with the healthy choice. But, don’t be too hard on yourself on the days you fall back into old habits. There is no rule that says, to be healthy you have to be perfect. Even if you are eating healthy 50% of the time, that is still better than none of the time.

If you are one to never go for the healthy choice, then start today with a commitment to eat one thing that is good for you (just one thing that you would normally not eat), and do that for a week. After a week, start eating two things that are good for you, and so on, and so on. Before you know it, you’ll be eating healthy half the time…And that’s a great start.

You can start today, loving yourself and your family enough to stop poisoning your body with unhealthy foods. Heart disease is the number one killer in our country. And 80% of heart disease is due to eating an unhealthy diet that leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Start today, and take a bite in the right direction…Your heart will thank you.

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Posted in blogging, chronic illness, empowerment, Health, inspirational, lifestyle, nutrition, success, Women, writing | 14 Comments »

Sally Field at Emmys Is Censored…If women ruled the world, would there still be war???

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 16, 2007

FOX CENSORS SALLY FIELD – FOX Hosts The Emmy’s and Censors Sally Field’s Comments on the War. Shocking! Not, so much.

Sally Field said on live television (unfortunately, with a five second delay) what every one of us already knows…If women (particularly mothers) ruled the world, there would be no more war.


From The Huffington Post

“If mothers ruled the world, there wouldn’t be any god -” Emmy winner Sally Field said before the Emmycast cut her off her sound and pointed the camera away from the stage so viewers would be distracted. Cut off were the words “god-damned wars in the first place.”

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Posted in blogging, current events, family, Huffington Post, media, motherhood, mothers, opinion, parenting, peace, political, teens, Women | 7 Comments »

New Study: Dieting Linked To Smoking In Teenage Girls

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 15, 2007

teensmoker.jpg image from ABC News

New Study: Dieting Linked To Smoking In Teenage Girls — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Teenage girls who start dieting are nearly two times more likely to also take up smoking regularly, compared with teenage girls who are not dieting.

Not surprising at all…According to this research study, teenage girls who are on diets are twice as likely to begin smoking than their non-smoking counterparts. The study is published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

This is just another grim example of how badly teenage girls want to be thin; so much so, that they are willing to risk dying of lung cancer or heart disease, rather than to be fat. What does that say about our society? Between eating disorders, lung cancer, heart disease, and other related illnesses…Could a poor body image become the leading cause of death among women? Could it already be???

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Posted in Alli, BlogHer, body image, Britney Spears, daughters, dieting, family, feminism, Health, kids, life, media, news, teens, Women, women's issues | 6 Comments »

Britney Spears Performance Spurs Body Image Debate: What is Fat? Who Says?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 13, 2007

Britney Spears Performance Spurs Body Image Debate: What is Fat? Who Says? — by Catherine Morgan


I had the unfortunate opportunity of watching the MTV Music Video Awards this past Sunday. Personally, I think the entire show was horribly produced, and it was almost painful to watch. The same is true with the Britney Spears “train wreck” on the same show. Her performance, was just about the worst “so-called” entertainment I have ever seen.

There was basically nothing good you could say about the Britney performance. However, I was surprised to read the next day, that so much focus was being put on her weight. Now, the outfit she wore was hideous, but there is no way you can say she is “fat”. If Britney Spears is considered “fat”, then I must be considered “morbidly obese” and in need of a stomach stapling. There were plenty of reasons to criticize Britney Spears that night, but her weight wasn’t one of them.

But, this post isn’t about Britney Spears…It’s about the continuing, and seemingly never ending, Body Image Debate. When are we going to learn to love our bodies for all of our shapes and sizes? Why does there have to be some cookie cutter image that every women needs to be upheld to?

This is a war, a war on women, and a war on young girls. It’s a war we can not afford to lose.

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Posted in blogging, BlogHer, body image, Britney Spears, daughters, Faith Hill, Health, inspirational, media, mothers, music, opinion, parenting, teens, Women | 7 Comments »

Is your family prepared for a hurricane or disaster?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 11, 2007


Is your family prepared for a hurricane or disaster? — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Angela Mickalide, Director of Education and Outreach for the Home Safety Council, about disaster preparation.

We talked about the importance of having “ready kits“, and the need for families to have supplies ready for both leaving, as well as staying in their home, during an emergency or disaster.

Recently the Home Safety Council did a survey to find out how prepared families “felt” they were for a disaster. What they found was; 64 percent of the children surveyed said they “think” their families are prepared for an emergency situation, but only 27 percent said that their family has a communications plan in place or has assembled readiness kits to use in case of an emergency. That’s a troubling statistic. How prepared is your family?

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Posted in blogging, Blogroll, Health, kids, life, teens, Women | 6 Comments »

Has the Pro-Life Movement Turned Into a Terrorist Movement?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 6, 2007


Suzanne from BlogHer did a post today about how violent the “pro-life” movement has become. Suzanne sites these facts about how hate and terror are permeating through the “pro-life” movement.

How many actual human beings – living and breathing, with family and friends who love them and value them – have been killed by so-called “pro-lifers?” Well, Dr. Bernard Slepian was killed in his kitchen upon return from synagogue by a life-saving sniper. Dr. David Gunn was shot and killed in the parking lot of the clinic he worked in. Religious Tolerance counts 24 murders and attempted murders by “pro-life” folks from 1993-2004. Almost 150 bombings, arsons, or attempted bombings or arsons took place against clinics, many with people inside. Further, 11,449 incidents with hate mail, harassing phone calls, bomb threats, and other terrorist tactics have been employed by “pro-life” advocates.

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Posted in blogging, Blogroll, current events, Health, informed voters, opinion, political, Politics, pro-life, Women | 95 Comments »

Pro-Life or Pro-Choice…You must agree that criminalizing miscarriage is wrong. (with YouTube video)

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 4, 2007

Pro-Life or Pro-Choice…You must agree that criminalizing miscarriage is wrong. — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)

I didn’t have something specific to blog about for todays post, I’ve been a bit preoccupied with my daughter this week (I’ll tell you more at the end of this post, if you’re interested), so I decided to Google women’s health for ideas.

The first thing I noticed was a post about Women’s Health Month at Cleveland State, but when I clicked on the link, it said the article couldn’t be found. Admittedly, I’m a bit impatient, so rather than try to locate this article I moved on. September is also Healthy Aging Month, National Cholesterol Education Month, Childhood Cancer Month, National Sickle Cell Month, and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, just to name a few, and I’ll probably post on some of these throughout the month. But, what I decided to post about today was a story from Rachel, at Women’s Health News.

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Posted in about me, blogging, BlogHer, Blogroll, daughters, feminism, Health, life, media, motherhood, news, opinion, pregnancy, pro-life, Women, women's issues, YouTube | 4 Comments »

Blogging: Changing the World, one blog at a time. My Blog Day Picks.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 1, 2007

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Bloggers Are Changing The World? Yes, you bet they are! Are you one of them? Would you like to be? Bloggers are raising money, raising awareness, and raising hope, for causes all around the world. The best part about blogging is; anyone can do it, it’s easy, it’s free, and it’s also a lot of fun.

Quick example of how easy it is to start a blog:

Is there an issue that you are passionate about, but you never thought you could make a difference on? Is there a charity you’ve always wanted to support, but you’ve never had the money? Now, through blogging, you can “Save the Planet”, “Feed the Hungry”, or even just start a local “toy” or “school supply” drive. The sky is the limit. Charity doesn’t even need to be the main purpose of your blog, you can blog about anything you can imagine, but still have a simple link on your blog to charities you support. This is what appears on the sidebar of my blogs…

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