When the AIDS epidemic broke, because I happened to be a science nerd and knew a lot about viruses and a lot about that virus at the time, I felt a moral obligation to go out and try to stem the fear and get out and explain to people what the disease was and how it worked.
– Morgan Fairchild
There is a disease that reached out into the world and changed the way we thought about everything, from how we got our blood transfusions to our sexual practices. It was met with a campaign of fear and superstition that harmed both those who had it, and the families and friends of those who surrounded them. While HIV and AIDS are out in the world today, the horror stories that were told of how it works and how it was transmitted have largely been mitigated. World AIDS Day works to ensure that those who suffer from AIDS can live in a safer, more understanding world and help further research to eliminate it.
World AIDS Day was first held in 1988, just four years after the discovery of the virus and its official classification. Since that time 35 million people have died, putting it far ahead of many of the other most devastating diseases in the history of man. Since that day the work of men and women everywhere has led to a greater understanding of HIV/AIDS (you can’t get it by sharing a can of coke, or sharing a toilet seat, for instance), but that has only served to slow the tide. 6,000 people each year are diagnosed with HIV in the UK alone, and there are still people out there who don’t know all the facts about it.
You can wear a red ribbon on World AIDS Day to help spread awareness of the disease, and hand out red ribbons to your friends, co-workers, and family to help them spread the word as well. It’s important that everyone understand the dangers of HIV/AIDS, and just as important that they understand how it’s contracted. Not just as a way to avoid contracting it, but to reduce the fear that surrounds this horrible condition.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) The quality of being discerning, sound in judgment, and farsighted; wisdom|
|Synonyms:||discernment, sagaciousness, judgment|
|Usage:||Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity.|
thanks for the vintage ads (part 1), susan b. and cher
Idiom of the DayAn oath expressing surprise, shock, frustration, anger, or annoyance.
Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls (1933)
Rawls was an American soul, jazz, and blues singer known for his smooth vocal style. He began singing in his church choir at the age of seven and later sang with local Chicago groups. Though he was pronounced dead after a severe car accident in 1958 that left him in a coma for several days, he recovered and went on to enjoy a successful career, winning multiple Grammy Awards and selling more than 40 million records.
This American Sparrow Could Be Gone in 50 Years, Say ConservationistsThe saltmarsh sparrow could soon become the first bird to go extinct in the continental United States in more than eighty years, according to a new report from the Connecticut Audubon Society.
This American sparrow could be gone in 50 years, say conservationists
1835 - Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales.
1913 - Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production.
1913 - The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, PA.
1955 - Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, AL, refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was arrested marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S.
1968 - Janis Joplin made her final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company in San Francisco, CA.
1987 - Construction began on the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France.
If You Were Born Today, December 1
Pictures of the day
Banquet Still Life, a 1644 oil-on-canvas painting by the Flemish artist Adriaen van Utrecht (1599–1652). Van Utrecht, born in Antwerp, studied under Herman de Neyt before going on a tour of France, Germany and Italy. He focused predominantly on banquet still lifes, showing banquets, game and fruit, garlands, or flowers, as well as market and kitchen scenes
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National ParkJust one of the stunning views along the 50 mile, Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park, Montana.
knit - christmas
Mermaid Tail Blanket
knit, 3 mths - 8 yrs
knit - christmas
crochet - christmas
crochet - chanukah
Easy Crochet Hook Case pattern by Yoshiko Hyodo (兵頭良之子)
crochet - christmas, vintage angel
SWEETS - christmas
CRAFTS - chanukah
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... christmas
how well did you pay attention in class???
got #s 8 and 14 wrong .. you?