Thursday, February 26, 2009

You can be anything you want

You can be anything you want
Anything at all
Except you cannot choose
To be extremely tall

You can be anything you want
You can learn how to sing
And play the guitar
So much fun it will bring

You can be anything you want
The choice is yours to make
Whatever you decide to do
You may make a mistake

You can be anything you want
Whatever comes to mind
No need to be famous
Do something that is kind

If you can’t be what you want
Be happy with who you are
Everyone is important
Everyone is a star

By, Randee Saber 6/6/06

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


You weren’t infertile
Six children you had
Destroying your eggs
Was making you sad

Your doctor injected
The eggs that remained
They wouldn’t be frozen
And self-contained

A seventh child
You strongly desired
Without a husband
It wasn’t required

Your seventh child
Was never alone
Seven siblings
With him had grown

To care for these babies
Will cost quite a lot
You're not concerned
No income you’ve got

You said your children
Have filled a void
But most outsiders
Are quite annoyed

A litter of babies
Women shouldn’t carry
The health of each baby
Is very scary

You went to a doctor
Who should be blamed
For getting you pregnant
He should be ashamed

By, Randee Saber 2/25/09

Octuplet mom and doctor benefited from alliance
By GILLIAN FLACCUS – 4 days ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Long before she gave birth to her octuplets, Nadya Suleman delivered for her fertility specialist.
Like clockwork, she had babies every year but one between 2001 and 2006. The six children she had during that period accounted for a big share of the success stories at Dr. Michael Kamrava's clinic. And Kamrava touted his feats with Suleman on the local news.
But that track record — together with the birth of the octuplets on Jan. 26 — has raised eyebrows among doctors and ethicists who wonder whether Kamrava disregarded professional standards and used Suleman to boost his stats and improve his standing in the highly competitive and lucrative field.
"from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Suleman, a 33-year-old unemployed single mother, has said Kamrava implanted her with six embryos for each of her six pregnancies — an apparent violation of national guidelines that specify no more than two embryos for a healthy woman under 35. In her last pregnancy, two of the six embryos split to create eight babies.
Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that between 2000 and 2006, Suleman's children accounted for five out of 24 live births to women under 35 who underwent the same procedure at Kamrava's clinic. (She had six children in all during that period, including a set of twins, which are counted as one live birth in CDC data.) The figures do not include 2005, when Kamrava did not file with the CDC.
During that same period, no more than one in five fertility cycles at Kamrava's clinic in any given year resulted in a live birth for women under 35 using fresh embryos and their own eggs. The national average for U.S. fertility clinics in 2006, the most recent year reported, was about 30 percent.
In 2006, when Suleman was pregnant with the twins, she was featured with Kamrava in a KTLA-TV news story about an embryo implantation procedure he pioneered that he claimed could boost pregnancy rates by 70 percent. The controversial technique buries the embryos in the uterine lining.
A high success rate could turn heads in the highly competitive field, where doctors keep close tabs on their standings in clinic-by-clinic statistics. That pressure is magnified in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, where there are many high-volume clinics, said Dr. Hal Danzer, of the Southern California Reproductive Center.
"You look at what everybody else is doing across the country and if everybody is doing better than you do, you start looking at your lab," Danzer said.
The field is also lucrative: In vitro fertilizations can cost up to $15,000 per cycle, and many patients undergo multiple cycles.
He also noted that fertility specialists come under pressure from their patients.
"By Suleman's own account, that may have happened in her case.
Suleman was in her early 20s and had had several failed pregnancies when she first underwent in vitro fertilization with Kamrava in 2000. On the first try with Kamrava, Suleman became pregnant and gave birth to a son in 2001. Thirteen months later, she delivered a daughter and went back for a third try a few months later, she said.
"At that point, the doctor's like 'You're the only person who's come back more than twice,'" she said on NBC's "Today." Suleman said she was able to persuade her doctor to implant more embryos because "he knew I wanted a big family and this is my only option."
Associated Press Writer Alicia Chang in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

The mail must go through

It’s an old saying
“The mail must go through”
So you’ll get your bills
And magazines too

No matter the weather
A landscape of snow
The mail must go through
I'm sure you all know

Neither rain nor snow
Nor sleet nor hail
Will ever keep you
From getting your mail

If you get only junk mail
On a cold rainy day
Your mailman still comes
When it's not a holiday

By, Randee Saber 2/15/09

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Some will get healthy, some will stay sick

Hospitals rising
Up to the sky
Some people will leave
Some people will die

It doesn’t matter
How old you are
If you took a cab
Or came by car

Cancer knows
No limitations
It will invade
Millions of patients

Fighting cancer
With chemo pills
It's best to have
Living wills

Some will get healthy
Some will stay sick
If not caught soon
It ends a life quick

By, Randee Saber 2/11/09

Monday, February 9, 2009

Reborn Dolls

You play with reborn dolls
I think you’re way too old
To own a life like doll
They cost a lot when sold

The dolls are always girls
They're dressed in baby clothes
They'll never makes a mess
You’ll never wipe their nose

Their diapers won't get soiled
You’ll never see them weep
They do not drink a bottle
You’ll never lack for sleep

You 'll walk them in a stroller
Though many stop and stare
Most think that their alive
Let's hope they're not aware

You're children are all grown
But dolls will not get old
Your pretty reborn baby
You love to sit and hold

By, Randee Saber 2/9/09

By Mike Celizic contributor
updated 8:00 a.m. CT, Wed., Oct. 1, 2008

They’re called “reborns”: incredibly lifelike baby dolls that sell for up to $4,000 to adult women who collect them, change their clothes, and in some ways treat them like real babies. “It fills a spot in your heart,” Lynn Katsaris told TODAY’s Matt Lauer Wednesday in New York as she cuddled “Benjamin” and “Michael” in her arms. A realtor from suburban Phoenix, Katsaris is also an artist who has created 1,052 reborn dolls and sold them to women around the world. She was one of three grown women visiting the show with five of the the bogus — but eerily realistic — babies cradled tenderly in their arms.Dolls have been around for thousands of years, but the so-called reborn dolls, which are hand-painted and provided with hair whose strands are individually rooted in their vinyl heads, date back to the early 1990s. Since they first were created in the United States, they have become increasingly popular around the world, selling on dedicated Web sites and on eBay for $500 to $4,000, and even higher.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Another scandal

For heavens sake
Another scandal
It seems every week
There’s more to handle

Investors’ money
Was given away
An Evangelist preacher
Said he was once gay

The Chicago governor
Attempted to sell
A senate seat
Though it didn’t go well

An airline pilot
Sure knew how to fly
Into the river
But no one would die

One man was a hero
I must convey
The other scoundrels
Should just go away

By, Randee Saber 2/2/09

*Bernard Madoff: Securities & Financial Fraud known as a Ponzi Scheme defrauded people and charities out of millions of dollars. (story broke 12/11/2008)
* Pastor Ted Haggard who founded the New Life Church In Colorado Springs, Colorado was removed from leadership when he admitted to soliciting a male prostitute for homosexual sex and drugs. (On-going since 11/2006)
* Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, charged in scheme to sell Obama's former Senate seat. He was later removed from office (story broke 12/9/08)
* Hero pilot and Air Force vet landed a US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River with 155 people aboard and all survived. His name is Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger 111. (Happened 1/15/09 in the afternoon)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Rescue Me

A Poodle, a Beagle
A Basset Hound
They’ll be rescued
When they are found

Chihuahuas, Dachsunds
And Chow Chows
When they are loose
They like to browse

A Great Dane, a Schnauzer
A Border Collie
Each of these dogs
Are very jolly

German Shepherds
Golden Retrievers
Even the Shelties
Are high achievers

St. Bernards, Bull Dogs
And Boxers too
With funny faces
They're more than a few

Cocker Spaniels
Expensive to buy
Rescuing pure breeds
While mongrels die

By, Randee Saber 2/1/09