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Thought to End The Day

“We learn as much as we can each day in hopes that tomorrow we will be better than we were yesterday.”

Statement of World Health Organization (WHO)

Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan
29 April 2009

Swine influenza

Ladies and gentlemen,

Based on assessment of all available information, and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5.

Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world.

On the positive side, the world is better prepared for an influenza pandemic than at any time in history.

Preparedness measures undertaken because of the threat from H5N1 avian influenza were an investment, and we are now benefitting from this investment.

For the first time in history, we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real-time.

I thank countries who are making the results of their investigations publicly available. This helps us understand the disease.

I am impressed by the work being done by affected countries as they deal with the current outbreaks.

I also want to thank the governments of the USA and Canada for their support to WHO, and to Mexico.

Let me remind you. New diseases are, by definition, poorly understood. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour.

WHO and health authorities in affected countries will not have all the answers immediately, but we will get them.

WHO will be tracking the pandemic at the epidemiological, clinical, and virological levels.

The results of these ongoing assessments will be issued as public health advice, and made publicly available.

All countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans. Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.

At this stage, effective and essential measures include heightened surveillance, early detection and treatment of cases, and infection control in all health facilities.

This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other ministries, to the pharmaceutical industry and the business community that certain actions should now be undertaken with increased urgency, and at an accelerated pace.

I have reached out to donor countries, to UNITAID, to the GAVI Alliance, the World Bank and others to mobilize resources.

I have reached out to companies manufacturing antiviral drugs to assess capacity and all options for ramping up production.

I have also reached out to influenza vaccine manufacturers that can contribute to the production of a pandemic vaccine.

The biggest question, right now, is this: how severe will the pandemic be, especially now at the start?

It is possible that the full clinical spectrum of this disease goes from mild illness to severe disease. We need to continue to monitor the evolution of the situation to get the specific information and data we need to answer this question.

From past experience, we also know that influenza may cause mild disease in affluent countries, but more severe disease, with higher mortality, in developing countries.

No matter what the situation is, the international community should treat this as a window of opportunity to ramp up preparedness and response.

Above all, this is an opportunity for global solidarity as we look for responses and solutions that benefit all countries, all of humanity. After all, it really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic.

As I have said, we do not have all the answers right now, but we will get them.

Thank you.

(To keep up with the latest information from the WHO, just click on the title of this post to be taken directly to the WHO link for the influenza outbreak known as "Swine Flu.")

Swine Flu: What We Should Do for One Another

What follows is a guest post by Ruth A. Karron and Ruth R. Faden. Ruth A. Karron is the director of the Center for Immunization Research and Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ruth R. Faden is the executive director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.


At this point, it is impossible to predict whether we are on the brink of an influenza pandemic. The threat is real, however, and governments across the globe are working hard to mitigate the potential impact of swine flu.

This is right and proper. Our government has an obligation to protect the public's health, which it exercised responsibly by declaring a national public health emergency on Sunday. This declaration is the public face of countless actions that federal, state, and local health authorities are now undertaking on our behalf. But these are not the only actions that will be needed. There are also actions that we as citizens must undertake to minimize the swine flu threat that will help us protect ourselves and our families. These actions are not only prudent; they are a matter of moral and civic responsibility. Just as our government has an obligation to protect the public's health, we too have an obligation to our country and to our fellow human beings to do our share to minimize the burdens of this influenza outbreak.

What can each of us do?

Stay informed: New information about swine flu will be generated rapidly in the near term, and possibly longer. DHS Secretary Napolitano has committed to providing daily briefings for the foreseeable future. It is important that we commit to accessing that information, as well as information that may pertain to our local settings, so that we understand what is happening and can take action as needed.

Abide by public health recommendations: As public health officials learn more about the extent and spread of swine flu, new recommendations may be made to limit public gatherings, close schools or workplaces, or restrict or modify travel. These "social distancing" measures should reduce the public health burden of influenza by slowing down the pace by which flu will spread, but they will only work if each of us does our part.

Follow basic hygiene practices: Good hand hygiene is always important, but particularly so in this context. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based cleanser. Use a tissue to cover your nose or mouth if you cough or sneeze, and dispose of the tissue properly or, if you don't have a tissue, sneeze into your upper sleeve. Avoid touching your nose or mouth frequently.

Be vigilant and responsible if you or a loved one becomes ill: Contact a healthcare provider if you or a member of your household develops a fever and follow his or her instructions. Keep the person who is ill out of work or school. Unless someone is seriously ill, avoid using emergency rooms to evaluate possible flu symptoms. Even as we monitor this latest threat to public health, people will continue to have medical emergencies like heart attacks and car accidents, and it is important that emergency rooms be able to take care of those who need immediate medical attention.

Prepare for the possibility of staying in your home: One possible social distancing measure that public health authorities could ask us to undertake is to stay at home for a period of time. A basic principle of emergency preparedness is that each of us should have sufficient food and water in our homes to last our families in such an eventuality. Now is the time to make sure that your family is well provisioned, not only to protect yourselves but also out of recognition that some families do not have the money or stable housing required to stockpile food. If those of us who have the means take care of our own needs, it will be easier for the government and community organizations to take care of those who do not.

Check on your neighbors: If you haven't done so already, now is a good time to get to know your neighbors. Find out if any of them may need a little extra help dealing with this public health threat. People who live alone, for example, may appreciate your checking in with them from time to time, and elderly neighbors may need your help stocking up on food. Parents of school age children may want to talk through how they can help each other if schools in your area close but some workplaces stay open.

In his inaugural address, President Obama declared: "What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world." Our individual and collective response to this swine flu outbreak will be one important measure of whether we as Americans and as citizens of the global community are living up to what the President has asked of us.

What is a Pandemic?

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the outbreak of swine flu in North America has "pandemic potential" because it can spread from human to human.

What flu pandemics are and how they might be stopped or slowed down:

— New forms of flu virus often appear first in livestock, particularly poultry and pigs. The vast majority of these animal viruses do not cross over to humans.

— Flu pandemics occur when a strain of the flu virus mutates into a new form that can spread from human to human and to which people have no natural immunity.

— The new strain will most likely spread through the air, by coughing and sneezing in the same way as seasonal flu.

— Because there is no widespread immunity to the new strain, its effects are worse than normal flu. It is also difficult to predict which age groups will be worst hit by a pandemic strain.

— Until now, scientists have been most concerned the H5N1 bird flu would mutate into a pandemic strain. Since 2003, over 100 people have contracted a deadly strain of H5N1 and more than half of them have died. So far this strain does not appear to spread easily from human to human.

— Flu pandemics usually occur a couple of times each century, but the timing is unpredictable. Serious pandemics occurred in 1918 (Spanish influenza); 1957 (Asian influenza); and 1968 (Hong Kong influenza). According to WHO, the 1918 pandemic killed between 40 million and 50 million people worldwide, making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history.

— Once a full-scale pandemic breaks out, WHO will raise its alert level to phase six.

— Countries may take measures such as border closures and travel restrictions to delay arrival of the pandemic, but would probably not be able to stop it.

— Widespread air travel means a pandemic would likely circle the globe in the space of three months, according to WHO.

— Most countries would not have enough supplies of anti-viral drugs to treat the entire population. A vaccine would also not be available immediately, and production of sufficient quantities would take some time. Rich countries would likely fare better than poor because they are able to buy large quantities of precious medicines at asking price.

— One of the biggest problems during a pandemic would be treating the large numbers of people who fall ill. Hospital staff would also be affected, reducing the number of health workers able to treat patients. For this reason many countries have declared that health workers would be the first to receive anti-virals.

— Death rates during a pandemic depend on the number of people infected, the vulnerability of the population, how lethal the virus is, and measures taken to stop the outbreak. WHO estimates that a pandemic would kill between 2 million to 7.4 million people, but these figures are based on modeling studies and are not considered precise.

— Aside from the health effects, economic damage would likely be one of the worst effects of a pandemic as workers stay at home and consumption and trade plummet.

Wonderful Wednesday: Focus on Friendship

Friendship: Seven Tips for Making New Friends.

Ancient philosophers and scientists agree: strong social ties are the KEY to happiness. You need close, long-term relationships; you need to be able to confide in others; you need to belong; you need to get and give support. Studies show that if you have five or more friends with whom to discuss an important matter you’re far more likely to describe yourself as “very happy.”

Not only does having strong relationships make it far more likely that you take joy in life, but studies show that it also lengthens life (incredibly, even more than stopping smoking), boosts immunity, and cuts the risk of depression.

“Okay, okay,” you’re thinking, “I get it -- but it’s not that easy to make new friends.” Here are some strategies to try, if you’re eager to make friends but are finding it tough:

  1. Show up. Just as Woody Allen said that “Eighty percent of success is showing up,” a big part of friendship is showing up. Whenever you have the chance to see other people, take it. Go to the party. Stop by someone’s desk. Make the effort.  Also, the mere exposure effect describes the fact that repeated exposure makes you like someone better – and makes that person like you better, too. You’re much more likely to become friends with someone if you see him or her often.
  2. Join a group. Being part of a natural group, where you have common interests and are brought together automatically, is the easiest way to make friends: starting a new job, taking a class, having a baby, joining a congregation, or moving to a new neighborhood are great opportunities to join a group. If those situations aren’t an option, try to find a different group to join. Get a dog, for example. Or pursue a hobby more seriously. An added advantage to making friends through a group is that you can strengthen your friendships to several people at once -- very helpful if you don't have a lot of free time.
  3. Form a group. If you can’t find an existing group to join, start a group based around something that interests you. My “Dinner with the Girls” group meetings are among the top joys of my life. Studies show that each common interest between people boosts the chances of a lasting relationship, and also brings about a 2% increase in life satisfaction. Movies, wine, cheese, pets, marathon-training, a language, a worthy cause…I know people in all these sorts of groups.
  4. Say nice things about other people. It’s a kind way to behave; also, studies show that because of the psychological phenomenon of spontaneous trait transference, people unintentionally transfer to you the traits you ascribe to other people. So if you tell Janet that Jackie is arrogant, unconsciously Janet associates that quality with you. On the other hand, if you say that Jackie is hilarious, you’ll be linked to that quality.
  5. Set a target. This strategy sounds very calculating, but it has really worked for me. When I enter a situation where I meet a new set of people, I set myself the goal of making one new friend. This seems artificial, but somehow, this shift makes me behave differently, it makes me more open to people, it prompts me to make the effort to say more than a perfunctory hello.
  6. Make an effort to smile. Big surprise, studies show that the amount of time you smile during a conversation has a direct effect on how friendly you’re perceived to be.
  7. Make friends with friends-of-friends. Good people know good people.  As my mother always says:  “Water seeks its own level,” so friends-of-friends is an excellent place to start if you’re trying to expand your circle.

Thought For The Day...New Day

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. 
An old day passes, a new day arrives. 
Make both meaningful: 
your new friends & your new days.”
-Dalai Lama


What a Day!

With Swine Flu running rampant..."Pigs are flying", and
Arlen Spector has changed parties after 30 years to become a democrat...

What's next:  Clarence Thomas growing a moral and legal spine... then Hell will certainly freeze over!

Ode to Alpha Kappa Alpha


In college at The American University, I joined an amazing group of girls.  The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  I fell in love with what these women stood for.  Service above all!  Intelligence as our calling card.  Yes, we were the popular girls; but our popularity came from achievement.  Alpha Kappa Alpha gave me confidence when they took a shy 17 year old girl and gave her a group of sisters for life.  Skee Wee Sorors!

And God said... 
"I'll make me a woman, 
A woman of substance. 
A woman of pride. 
A woman who is able to put petty things aside. 
A woman of integrity, 
A woman of love.
 A woman who is worthy 
of the treasures from above. 
A woman of dignity 
A leader in every way." 
God said... 
I'll make a woman,

I'll call her.... AKA!

Thought For The Day...Triumph

 “A person with a grain of faith in God never loses hope, because he ever believes in the ultimate triumph of Truth.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

Thought For The Day...

The world's a theater, the earth a stage, Which God and nature do with actors fill.

TUESDAY TRIUMPHS...Rosie's Broadway Kids

Oh My God!

I have looked into the face of the future and it is bright, beautiful and it sounds like magic in a bottle!

Last night I had the privilege of spending the evening with Rosie's Broadway Kids at their spring performance here in New York.  Rosie and her life partner Kelli started this foundation to bring musical theatre into New York City Schools.  This is an arts education organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts. Using professional teaching artists, Rosie's Broadway Kids provides instruction in dance and music and a professional theater experience for children who might otherwise not have the opportunity.

These kids have triumphed over adversity to achieve their goal of one day being on the stage as a professional. The amazing professionals that Rosie and her team bring in to mentor the kids are Broadway superstars themselves and their dedication is admirable.  The greatest achievement is that 100% of these students go on to high school...almost all having been accepted into the upper echelon of New York public schools!

Bravo Rosie!  Bravo Kids!  You have a fan for life!

(For more information on Rosie's Broadway Kids just click on the title of this post or the imbedded link.)


Thought for the Day...Self-Assessment

No one can win all the time. But you've got to learn from all you do - both successes and failures. Always do a self-assessment.

MENTOR MONDAY: Who are you Really?

I love self-assessment.  

Every time I get ready to make a new "move," in my career; I usually look back at what I've done and assess if it is a path I'd like to continue down.  Recently, I discovered something called "Type Theory and Career Choices." Read the concept and then take the test,  I found my results to be very illuminating.

Type theory and career choices


Type theory suggests that human behavior is not random but predictable and classifiable. What type you are says quite a bit about you -- your likes and dislikes, your likely career choices, your compatibility with others, and so on.

You have surely realized that not everyone thinks, works, or acts like you. It is easy to label co-workers or friends as lazy, crazy, or disorganized when their behavior does not match your expectations, but such name calling rarely helps us understand personality differences. 

First discussed back in the 1920s by the psychologist Carl Jung, type theory suggests that human behavior is not random but predictable and classifiable. According to this theory, everyone is born predisposed to certain personality preferences.

Typologists have devised four pairs of preference alternatives, as stated below:

Extraverted or Introverted
Sensing or iNtuitive
Thinking or Feeling
Judging or Perceiving

Type descriptions

On the basis of your answers to the test you are placed in one of sixteen types. What type you are says quite a bit about you -- your likes and dislikes, your likely career choices, your compatibility with others, and so on.

Click here to read about your personality type.


Type watching in team situations

Having information about personality types and preferences can be quite useful. Once you understand the basic personality preferences under which people operate, as well as your own preferences, you can begin to find ways to more effectively work with opposite types or even your own type. Through type watching, you can find ways to build upon people's strengths and improve many group activities, such as time management, conflict resolution, problem solving, and team building.

Click here to read about how you can function best in team situations.


The Test

While everyone has some introversion and some extroversion, or some thinking and some feeling characteristics, the test will help you identify which alternatives you prefer to use.

  • The test has 68 questions and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  • You must answer at least 50 questions in order to receive your type.
  • Your responses should reflect "the real you", not the way you want to be, think you should be, or are asked to be by someone else.
  • Remember there are no right or wrong answers or personality types. 

Take the test!

Just click on the imbedded links to find out who you REALLY are compared to who you think you are!

Thought for the Day...

Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.


Thought for the Day...

Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.
-William Penn



Dear Heavenly Father,

Praise be given to Your Holy name for Your forbearance and mercy. You have dealt gently with Your children in love. You have been patient with me in my humanness and stubbornness.

Lord, through the work of Your Spirit, prompt me to be more jubilant in hope, more patient in times of trouble, and more consistent in my prayer life. Teach me, Lord, to wait with faith and expectancy, and may my trials be seen as times for growth in grace. 

Through Christ our Lord, I pray. Amen.

"Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." (Romans 12:12)


Thought for the Day...

One who finds no satisfaction in himself seeks for it in vain elsewhere."
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld

SATISFIED SATURDAY: The Five Love Languages...

  • Words of Affirmation
    This is when you say how nice your spouse looks, or how great the dinner tasted. These words will also build your mate's self image and confidence.
  • Quality Time
    Some spouses believe that being together, doing things together and focusing in on one another is the best way to show love. If this is your partner's love language, turn off the TV now and then and give one another some undivided attention.
  • Gifts
    It is universal in human cultures to give gifts. They don't have to be expensive to send a powerful message of love. Spouses who forget a birthday or anniversary or who never give gifts to someone who truly enjoys gift giving will find themselves with a spouse who feels neglected and unloved.
  • Acts of Service
    Discovering how you can best do something for your spouse will require time and creativity. These acts of service like vacuuming, hanging a bird feeder, planting a garden, etc., need to be done with joy in order to be perceived as a gift of love.
  • Physical Touch
    Sometimes just stroking your spouse's back, holding hands, or a peck on the cheek will fulfill this need.
Dr. Gary Chapman really makes you think with the "Five Love Languages." Check out this test to see what language you speak.


Thought to End The Work Week...

Don't just envy another's good fortune; emulate the work that helped earn it!

Thought For The Day...

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
-Robert Frost


Thought For The Day

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
-Winston Churchill

Thought For The Day...Tolerance

"Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's beliefs, practices and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them."
-Joshua Liebman


Thought For The Day...Toxicity

It becomes toxic when it strips a person of hope, damages your self-esteem or detrimentally affects your self-confidence.
-Peter Frost

Wonderful Wednesday

This is the day to find the good in your life.  I truly believe that we can add toxicity to our own lives so in honor of "Wonderful Wednesday", Let's vow on this day we WILL NOT:
  • Express negativity towards anyone else.    
  • Gossip about anyone
  • Engage in mean-spirited comments about others
  • Complain about anything
  • Use gratuitous  foul language
To test my theory, let's vow that on this day we WILL:
  • Call someone you have lost touch with who used to make you laugh
  • Perform a random act of kindness
  • Talk to a child
  • Volunteer to help out a work colleague
  • Thank God for what you do have...and mean it
I can't wait to hear from you on whether it worked!

Thought For The Day

-Lewis Carroll


Thought For The Day..."Skeeting" from 35,000 feet

Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd.

MENTOR MONDAY: No Limit to Dreams

As many of you know, this year I was proud to be one of the Co-Chairs of the annual "Figure Skating with the Stars" Gala in Central Park to benefit an organization close to my heart, "Figure Skating in Harlem." This is an organization that provides girls with vital educational and skating opportunities that build self-confidence, promote physical well being and emphasizes academic achievement.  Every day these young girls from the Harlem community get the opportunity to "shine on the ice", so they can take that "can do it spirit" into their futures.

As usual, I "put the arm" on my friends to help us out this year with donations and participation in the Gala; and as usual...they did.  I don't really hang with folk that don't give back because I know that "giving is the price for living."  So, I knew my folk would come through; but in this climate I needed to bring out a big gun...and I did.

I called on my friend Rosie O'Donnell, whose work for children and dedication to giving back is absolutely legendary. Rosie's own  "For All Kids" foundation has helped to change the lives of more children than we'll ever know and is for all practical purposes...doing God's work.  

So when I called...she answered.  With no hesitation mind you... 'cause that's what friends do. As a result, this year, one of the auction items for our "Figure Skating with the Star's" Gala is a "Lunch with Star and Rosie"  and according to, the bidding has gone through the roof!  

As of Monday afternoon, we are at $13,500 for this item.  The bidding ends tomorrow afternoon, so you still have time to put your bid in.

Thank you Rosie for helping out this great organization and believing as I do that "a child's dreams are never limited by their circumstances...only by their opportunities to achieve."  

For more information on "Figure Skating in Harlem""Rosie's For All Kid's Foundation" or how to bid on "Lunch with Star and Rosie"...just click on the words and it will take you to the link.

Thank you to everyone who is bidding and trying to give these young girls the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

Mentor Monday

Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight


Thought For The Day...

“Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.” 
- Mark Twain...

The Thought for The Day...Faith

-Mary Manin Morrissey


Good Morning Father! 

Glory to God on this beautiful and blessed day.  

I thank you God for another week in your service.  Thank you for the privilege of calling myself your child.  Thank you for the hope that you have put into my heart for better days and a bright future.  Father, you gave me the greatest gift in the sacrifice of your son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

Please continue to work with me and on me so that I might be worthy of your gift and his sacrifice.  Strengthen my spirit Father, crank up my courage, reinforce my resolve, toughen my trust, intensify my intellect, bolster my boldness and fortify my faith, so that I may build upon my blessings.  

Father, please continue to shine your light on a world that at time is so dark.  Please bring peace to those who are searching for answers.  Father, I ask that you bring your loving touch into the lives of those who need you. Illuminate their minds Father so that they too can know the joy of faith.  

I bless your holy name for the confidence to walk boldly into this next week in obedience knowing that you love me and walk with me because as  your word told me, "I am the head...and not the tail." You promised to give me "the desires of my heart" if I would only trust and delight myself in you.  Hallelujah!

Father, I offer up these humble word of praise to you because you are worthy of praise. Your goodness and mercy has saved my soul and I thank you for comfort of the Holy Spirit and the gift of Jesus Christ who has brought joy into my heart and into my life. 

It is because of you that I walk by FAITH...not by sight.  Amen


The Thought for The Day...

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth is more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love is stronger than death.
-Robert Fulghum


Some stuff about the differences between men and women is just funny...let's pass it on today and laugh at how we keep ourselves "satisfied" in our relationships.

Smart man + smart woman = new romance
Smart man + dumb woman =  new affair
Dumb man + smart woman = new purse
Dumb man + dumb woman = new baby

A man will pay $20 for a $10 item he needs.
A woman will pay $10 for a $20 item that she doesn't need. 

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man. 

To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot 
and love him a little.

To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot 
and not try to understand her at all. 


Thought For The end the work week

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
-Storm Jameson

Friendship Friday: It's YOUR turn to be "Barbie"

I love when my friends shine!  

And last night my friend LaTanya Richardson Jackson was bright as the sun!  She is one of the stars in the new Broadway production of August Wilson's brilliant play "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" which just opened at the Belasco theatre. 

She was excellent (as is the entire cast) and the reviews are coming in singing the praises of the performances:
"LaTanya Richardson Jackson infuses Bertha Holly, who runs the boarding house with her husband, Seth (Ernie Hudson), with a vibrant combination of sternness, humor and good sense. " (Hollywood Reporter)

Her theatre, television and film credits prove that she has always had impressive acting chops; but in the recent past she has been known primarily as Mrs. LaTanya Jackson, the wife of "movie star Samuel L. Jackson." So it was so good to see her take the Broadway stage and show the world what all her girls have known for a very long time:  Samuel Jackson is the husband of Broadway star LaTanya Richardson Jackson!

All her girls came from near and far to support her and this wonderful production.  We were there to support her, cheer for her, clap for her and shout bravo for her!  No question about it, she was "Barbie" last night; and we were all happy to be "Skipper" for her.  

That's what real friends do, when it is your girl's turn to be "Barbie"...the star, the focus, the center of attention, the one with the pool, the car, and all the matching outfits; if you are a real "road dog" you relish in being "Skipper"...the good friend, the cousin, the fun partner-in-crime or the sidekick. 

I actually have a pillow in my room that says it all:  "I want to be Barbie, 'cause that girl has everything!"  

All girls want to be Barbie at some point in our lives and when it is your turn to be her, it is sooooo much fun when your really good girlfriends can be there to enjoy the moment.  We love you LaTanya...and we are so very proud.

Your friend,