Monday, October 22, 2007

Rescued Pet of the Month - November

" This is Spike. He is around 5 years old, and my mom and I found him in the middle of the road in a rainstorm, in hernando square. He looked as if he had been thrown from a vehicle, his mouth was torn and he was barely moving. We took him to the emergency vet and had him patched up.

His name was Patch for a minute, until we noticed the spiked hair on his little back. Then I decided that such a hard knock kitty needed a tough name to carry him through his life, so Spike it was. His best friend is my Pit Bull, he loves to give her kisses and rub against her. They sleep together and he gives her back massages.

Spike is a bully to girl cats but loves the other boys. He is wonderful! And he has a great healing energy, I always call him my reiki cat! He also has the cutest mew. Its like mow-o mow! And high pitched and sweet sounding too."


Rescued Pet of the Month - October

"My baby is a previously rescued kitten named Keesh. He is a beautiful boy about 2 years old, with a raccoon face (possibly Balanese mix?). He is so silly, good natured and loving. He is also really "floppy," meaning, we can pick him up and drape him over our shoulders, arms, hold him like a baby and he tolerates it so well. All of my cats have always been rescue cats. "


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Rescued Pet of the Month - September

"This beautifully striped kitten is Mollie. She is just now under three months old.
She was living with a Black Lab who constantly tried to snack on her. About a month ago, I took her in and have given her a name and lots of love.
This cat is wonderful with children, and has been a bright spot in everybody's life. "


Monday, October 15, 2007

Rescued Pet of the Month - August

" This tiny little three week old, screaming, kitten is Amalthea. This is his first photo.

He and his siblings were abandoned by their (stray) mother. I took them in and bottle fed them. All of his siblings are dead, but it looks like he is going to make it (he certainly does not have any lung problems). His last sibling to go was his twin sister, Pinkie, and he sat in their box with her dead body for only god knows how long. He is hanging in there, though. He is named after the (female) Unicorn on "The Last Unicorn."

~~Faith Autumn Reign

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Poverty In Memphis, TN - Slideshow

This is a slideshow that I created as a visual aide for a speech on the way impovershed people in Memphis, TN are treated.

Health Insurance Crisis Takes More Lives

"This is Corie Duckett. Three years ago, she lost her TennCare, and she had a fatal case of epilepsy. Her medication cost about six hundred a month, and she couldn't hold down a realy job because of her illness. Her only option was to become a stipper, because there is no schedule. If she was sick, then she could just not go to work that day. She was too naive to be in that underworld, and she ended up getting murdered by one of the dancers. I was her protector, and I wasn't there to save her when she needed me the most. All I wanted to do was save her and give her a chance at a normal life.

Now, I'm sick. I have infection embedded in my tonsils, and they need to come out. I have strep every other week. Working makes me sicker. I have to come up with that money on my own, but if I work, I'm going to end up killing myself. The infection is spreading throughout my entire body.

So, now, I'm going to have to work at the strip club, b/c there is no schedule and its the only job I will be able to hold down right now. I have no health insurance, even though I've had a great web design job for the last nine months. I feel like this process is happening all over again, and I hope that I don't end up like Corie.

In America, if you are poor like me and Corie, you have to try to survive, and then the world turns its back on you because you are a stripper. How is not my basic human right to get the surgery that could save my life? How is it not Cories basic human right to get the medication she needed to stay alive? If we were rich, she would still be alive, and I would have had my surgery by now.

Private insurance comanies won't take me because I'm a health risk. I'm medically uninsurable. How is it that the person who deserves it the most doesn't get the insurance that could save their life? What kind of country is this, that it turns its back on the poor. The constitution says we all have the basic human rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. How do I have the right to life, if no one cares enough to save it? What is wrong with this picture?"

~~ A "Someone Who Cares" reader

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Website dedicated to environmental issues in Memphis, TN. The company that I work for, LunaWeb, just launched a website dedicated to helping the citizens of Memphis, TN deal with environmental issues in their city. Click on the logo to visit the site.