Monthly Archives: July 2012

Make a Splash


US Olympian Cullen Jones is making a splash by teaching kids how to swim. African Americans are three times more likely to drown than any other race.

“There’s such an easy way to change these numbers- it’s swim lessons,” says Jones.

Partnered with USA Swimming Foundation, Cullen is raising dollars and awareness for drowning prevention. Jones almost drowned at the age of five.


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Olympic Parents

P&G should use this footage in its Thank You Mom campaign.

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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Family, Fun, Girls, Sports


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I Said “Shit” In An Interview!

At least I said it with passion!image

So let’s start at the beginning. It was an informal interview at Starbucks, however I was in a suit and heels with my portfolio in hand. Because, despite my outburst, I am quite conservative when it comes to my career which surprises many people who know me as a creative (and know me in my personal life).

Anyway, we hit it off and it was going quite well, more like a conversation between colleagues. We were discussing the state of education in this country and its impact on our children. Well, this is one of my key issues and I became rapt in the conversation. Then, all of a sudden it flew out of my mouth; I didn’t even realize it for a few moments! I don’t even think it hit her until I reacted. I was mortified! After apologizing profusely, redfaced, she swatted it away and made me an offer.

Yeah kids, don’t try this at home…



Someone Has to Be Responsible


The first lawsuit resulting from the Century Aurora shooting has been filed by the best friend of a victim who was shot in chest and died. The lawsuit names three plaintiffs: the theater itself for not having an alarm or guard at the emergency exit; the doctor of Holmes, the assailant; and Warner Brothers producers of Dark Knight Rises.

I do not minimize the pain of losing a friend, so violently and up close. But shouldn’t the lawsuits be left to the families of those who were injured and killed? Surely, the plaintiff could turn this experience into action: become an advocate for gun violence. In the lawsuit, he says of the producers that “someone has to be responsible” for such rampant violence. Didn’t he willingly go to see the movie?

Instead of monetary gain, I think his friend’s memory would be better honored if he were to galvanize young people in order to lobby against gun violence; and to use social media as a tool for it. Because nobody’s hunting with automatic weapons. You don’t need such a weapon to protect yourself, so NRA be damned!

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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Health, Movies, Politics, Youth



GOTV, Facebook Style

Washington State has upped the anty. Not only can you register to vote online (available since 2008), starting next week you can register to vote via Facebook. Since 2008, 475,000 WA voters have registered and/or updated their addresses online. Okay, but with the added Facebook twist, how is it verified?

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Politics, Youth


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Attention: Working Moms…

These are the best jobs for you, according to

In a previous professional life, I worked with an organization that did much research and lobbying on the topic of work-life balance and related issues, so I know a bit about it. With that being said, this listing takes work-life balance into consideration, although I don’t believe there is such a thing; I have decided that as a professional you must constantly adjust and revisit your priorities.

Unfortunately, writer or PR professional did not make the cut…oh, well. FYI – dental hygienist and acupuncturist are at the top.



God’s Plan?!?

I said that I wouldn’t post about this anymore…

In an interview last night George Zimmerman reportedly said that it must have been part of God’s plan for him to shoot 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. He laso said that he didn’t rregret anything that he did. For him to be able to say something like that and for people to continue to defend his actions is disgusting. At the end of the day, a man shot an unarmed youth that he was told by police not to pursue. All the legal maneuverings send the message that Martin’s life is not as precious – kinda reminiscent of the 3/5 rule…

As I said before, Martin’s parents are much better people than me.

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Civil Rights, Family, Race, Rant, Youth


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