Archive for August, 2013

Throwing a Dawg-gone good party for UGA vs. Clemson!

I bought this platter off of Etsy from Gameday Girl Designs. She has platters for LSU and Alabama. She even has designs for those Gators but I don't like talking about them.

I bought this platter off of Etsy from Gameday Girl Designs. She has platters for LSU and Alabama. She even has designs for those Gators but I don't like talking about them.

So I bought the wreath off of Etsy from Sweet Georgia Sweet. She has loads of cute things for your house. Then I got black tablecloths from Wal-Mart and fabric from Hobby Lobby. I'm doing the white and black fabric as a runner for my buffet and dining table and then the red dots as a runner on the kitchen table. I think I can use the red again at Christmastime.

So I bought the wreath off of Etsy from Sweet Georgia Sweet. She has loads of cute things for your house. Then I got black tablecloths from Walmart and fabric from Hobby Lobby. I'm doing the white and black fabric as a runner for my buffet and dining table and then the red dots as a runner on the kitchen table. I think I can use the red again at Christmastime.

We’re trying not to be too sad that we can’t attend Georgia games in person this year so we’re throwing a big SEC Opening Day/ UGA vs. Clemson party on Saturday.

We don’t know that many Georgia fans out here so we’ve had to expand to Pac-12 and Big 10 fans as well. We did invite Rose’s social studies teacher because he was born in Athens. We’ll see if he shows. I’ve only met him once.

Michael is focusing on the liquor, the TV and cleaning the dog …

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Some schools drop new healthier lunches, but is it too soon?

The Associated Press is reporting that after one year, some schools are dropping the new healthier federal lunch program because the cafeterias were losing money due to kids not buying the healthier meals. While exact numbers of how many schools have dropped are not known, the AP has many examples. Further down in the story, we learn that only 1 percent of the 521 nutrition directors surveyed said they planned to drop the program and only 3 percent said they were thinking about it.

From The AP:

Dr. Janey Thornton, deputy undersecretary for, which oversees the program, said she is aware of reports of districts quitting but is still optimistic about the program’s long-term prospects.

“Many of these children have never seen or tasted some of the fruits and vegetables that are being served before, and it takes a while to adapt and learn,” she said.

The agency had not determined how many districts have dropped out, Thornton said, cautioning that “the numbers that have threatened …

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Moms fight via blogs over Miley Cyrus VMA performance

I was just going to ignore the whole Miley Cyrus foam hand, gross dancing VMA debacle, but two days into the spin cycle moms have gone crazy about the performance debating it on blogs and Facebook.

I’m not sure how any mom could weigh in that it was good or appropriate. I guess the best a mom could say is that the performance provoked discussion and showed a daughter what NOT to do.

The outfit and stuffed toys are weird but the tongue and the bending over to Robin Thicke were just gross. (Even Robin Thicke’s mom thought it was nasty.) My 12-year-old was watching before the act but was out of the room when it was on. She has never been a fan of Miley Cyrus, and I think this would make her like her les. She likes when musicians write their own songs, play instruments and have some self-respect.

So if you haven’t seen the performance click this sentence to view. (I can’t use the new embed codes on my blog to embed the video.)

This mom wrote a letter to her daughter on her blog.

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Do you know what hospital care/funeral arrangements your parents want?

I have entered a new phase in life where many of my peers are caring for sick parents or planning funerals for parents who have died.

I currently have at least six friends caring for parents with cancer or other terrible diseases. I have one with a parent in the ICU dealing with cancer but also a stroke. He just found out he had cancer only a few weeks before the stroke.

Another friend just spent the week very thoughtfully planning her mother’s funeral. The care that she took creating a wonderful celebration of her mother’s life while so sad is just amazing too me. I don’t want to have to make those kinds of decisions after I’ve just lost a parent.

I don’t want to be a downer to my parents who are currently pretty darn healthy, but I don’t want to be put in a position to guess what they want.

I have called them several times over the last two weeks to request that they write down some plans. My brother and I need to know what they want done at a hospital. Do they want the …

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UGA’s Brumby made coed: Only 300 freshmen girls asked for single-sex housing

The Red and Black is reporting that the high-rise dorm Brumby, once a bastion for sorority girls, has been made coed. The article says that only 300 incoming women requested single-sex dorms this year. (I guess no boys requested single-sex housing but it doesn’t address that specifically.)

From The Red and Black:

“Less than 300 incoming women requested single-sex housing, while almost half of freshmen requested a spot in Creswell or Russell. In addition to keeping longstanding single-sex dorm Church, UGA Housing converted Hill Community dorms Mell and Lipscomb to single-sex freshman housing. With space for nearly 500 students between them, the three halls should be more than adequate to meet single-sex demands.”

“We’re always in touch with, and keep track of, the data that supports freshman requests … we’ve trended so far downward in the past few years that it didn’t make a lot of sense to hold a 900-bed residence hall for less that 300 students,” Kowalski said. “We wanted to …

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ASU trains professors to identify students in distress; how much support does your school offer?

(Editor’s Note: I wrote this post about monitoring the mental health of young adults yesterday morning before the gunman burst into the McNair Discovery Learning Academy. I am still running this item because I think it is very relevant to the discussion of this school incident. I have no idea what is happening in the mind of 20-year-old suspect Michael Brandon Hill, but I bet some warning signs were missed. I hope this young adult gets the help that he needs, and I am so glad no children or school staff were hurt in the incident. I truly admire the way the school bookkeeper  Antoinette Tuff shared her experiences with him and helped calm him. Maybe the warning signs discussed below could help prevent other possible tragedies.)

This is my third year teaching at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and every year I am amazed by how much the school wants to support the students – not just academically but emotionally.

We had …

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What does the modern-day bride want at a shower?

I’ve been invited to a bridal shower/bachelorette party for a 30-something friend getting married this fall.

I haven’t been to a bridal shower since the 1990s, and I’ve only been to showers in the South, so I’m not sure what to expect at one in 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Showers in the South in the 1990s involved your mother’s friends and neighbors sitting around a living room in pastel suits and floral dresses serving petite fours and sherbet punch. (If you grew up in the South, you know the punch I am talking about!)

You played silly games and opened presents – generally recipe books or maybe a nightgown from Victoria’s Secret – nothing super racy.

I have been advised that now it’s all about sex toys but I can’t imagine that’s true. Would I be made fun of if I show up with a Julia Child cookbook? What about a nightgown from Macy’s or a photo album for their first year of marriage photos? Is that too old school? Or should I just go with a gift card to Home Depot?

So what …

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3 books to help navigate your teen’s digital life

A dad of two teenagers, Dwight Garner, wrote a column for The New York Times about his quest to reign in and understand his teens’ electronics use. He and his wife have struggled with realistic, enforceable limits for teens of the app generation. So here are the books he checked out and his conclusions.

From The New York Times:

“This year it occurred to me we needed help. So I sat down with three new books that offer assistance, understanding and quasi-epic subtitles. They are: “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age,” by Catherine Steiner-Adair with Teresa H. Barker; “The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul,” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang; and “The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World,” by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis. (I read an advance copy …

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Should fathers lose rights if baby is created in a lab?

California state legislators are examining the rights of men when a baby is conceived in a lab. Are they fathers or are they sperm donors?

Actor Jason Patric has stepped out as poster boy of the issue as he has been fighting in the courts for his paternal rights to a son conceived with his girlfriend through in vitro fertilization.

Here are some of the facts from The Christian Science Monitor (Read the whole story here. I could only pull a few graphs.)

From The Christian Science Monitor:

“Mr. Patric – whose ex-girlfriend last year won custody of a son, now 3, conceived through in vitro fertilization – spoke at a hearing where state lawmakers are considering a bill that would give judges in child-custody cases greater latitude to take into account the interests of the men involved…

“Whether and how much to adjust the balance of maternal and paternal rights is a longtime question, made more complicated by modern advances in reproductive medicine that allow for “test tube …

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Check your passwords on wireless baby monitors: Hacker heckles toddler through monitor

Multiple news sources are reporting a story about a hacker taking over a Houston family’s wireless video baby monitor and saying lewd things to the child and the parents when they came to investigate.

From ABC News:

“When Marc Gilbert and his wife Lauren entered the room, the voice cursed them as well.

The eerie voice — which had a British or European accent — was coming from the family’s baby monitor that was also equipped with a camera. A hacker had taken over the monitor….

As he and his wife  got closer to the room, they heard the voice calling his daughter an “effing moron,” and telling her,”‘wake up you little slut.”

The hacker then began shouting expletives at her parents and calling Gilbert a stupid moron and his wife a b****.”

The parents unplugged the device. The internet company told them to check their passwords for the WiFi.

From CBS:

“Dave Chronister, who is the managing partner of Parameter Security, did not consult the Gilbert family, but works for an ethical …

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