May 17, 2015

Dealing with Breast Cancer

As mentioned on RED FM93.1 The Filipino Edition

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Very lucid breast cancer brochure

Read more: Breast Cancer: Understanding Your Diagnosis

Great Resource re Cancer Research

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center located in Seattle, Washington is one of the world’s leading cancer research institutes. 
Center researchers pioneered bone-marrow transplantation for leukemia and other blood diseases which has boosted survival rates for certain forms of leukemia from zero to as high as 85 percent.

Great Online Source that talks about Breast Cancer in a personal caring way

In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen® organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, Komen has invested more than $2.5 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 30 countries.
Susan G. Komen organization claims they are the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease.


Video on 5 women’s story with breast cancer

I Don't Have Time For This: Diagnosed With Breast Cancer When You Least Expect It

2010 Big Coat Productions

Finding out the risk of developing invasive breast cancer
The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool is an interactive tool designed by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) to estimate a woman's risk of developing invasive breast cancer

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May 16, 2015

Trying Out the Full Canadian Army Gear

At the Cloverdale(BC Canada)  Rodeo and Fair 2015, the friendly soldiers of the Canadian Armed Forces were kind enough for me to try on their combat gear.

First a Flak Jacket

As Wikipedia explains "A flak jacket or a flak vest is a form of body armor designed to provide protection from case fragments ("frag") from high explosive weaponry, such as anti-aircraft artillery, grenades, some round shot used in shotguns and land mines and other lower-velocity projectiles. It is not designed to protect against bullets fired from small-arms such as rifles or handguns. However, certain flak jackets are able to sustain certain gunshots, dependent on the armor, the gun, and the distance that the bullet has travelled.

The first usage of the term “flak jacket” refers to the armor originally developed by the Wilkinson Sword company during World War II to help protect British Royal Air Force aircrew from the flying debris and shrapnel thrown by German anti-aircraft guns' high-explosive shells (flak itself is an abbreviation for the German word Fliegerabwehrkanone  meaning anti-aircraft gun)).  The idea for the flak jacket came from Col. Malcolm C. Grow, Surgeon of the US Eighth Air Force in Britain. He thought that many wounds he was treating could have been prevented by some kind of light armor.  In 1943 he was awarded the Legion of Merit for developing the flak vest."

Then a Tac Vest

Short for Tactical Vest.  Over the Flak Jackedt, the Tac Vest  is a one-size fits all with highly adjustable straps , plenty of many pockets with secure closures to hold an incredible amount of ammunition and gear with secure closures.

Then your Helmet

Netted or not - The net is for you to trap leaves and heighten your camouflage.  Actually you can put on your helmet any time.

Then a Rucksack

One word, and more commonly known as a backpack.  I  was carrying 50 lbs heavy, but according to the  Army Rucksack can carry up to a max of 120 lbs ( 30 lbs less my bodyweight) of food, clothes, etc.

The word rucksack is a German loanword mainly used in the UK and in western military forces: in German 'der Rücken' means 'the back' (the part of the body), and Sack for bag

Last, a Rifle

A plastic toy.

May 14, 2015

hash brown potato casserole

Hi Joseph,

I enjoyed your wife, Maria, and your company at the luncheon yesterday. Here is the recipe I promised you. If you google hash brown potato casserole, you will be able to see what the finished product looks like. They are a bit different in content but the looks are similar.


Mary kerr

(great for buffets ! freezes well. Serves 8-10 people.


2 lbs. (1 kg) frozen hash brown potatoes.

2 cups (500mL) sour cream

2-10 oz. (284 mL) cans mushroom soup

Half cup melted better

Grated onion to taste

Salt to taste

2 cups grated cheddar cheese


thaw potatoes slightly. Save about half cup or less of grated cheese to sprinkle on top. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and put in a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle the half cup or less cheese over the top.

Bake at 350F for 1 to 1 and a half hours.
Thank you Mary.

I really love the casserole. Maria is my boss, not my wife - although a wife in many ways is the boss at home.

Joseph Lopez