Refugee Slide Show

 

The photographs below are courtesy of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.  They show just a glimpse of the lives these refugees live and the importance of sports and active recreation.

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Go Ahead, Posse, Come At Us

I have a confession – I read romance books. Ideally, it is a great way to unwind and decompress, and clear your mind in the same way that only a Madonna tune can unstick a song from the brain. In terms of the written Happily Ever After, I’m not alone as a fan of the romance genre. Combined with erotica, this is the top selling genre in bookstores, both physical and online, with over $1.4 billion in sales in 2013. Sadly, these sales aren’t all going toward books written by alums of the Iowa Writers Workshop, or by the likes of Jennifer Crusie (MFA and ABD on her PhD), Julie James (JD, who has worked in the US Court of Appeals) or Lauren Willig (ABD on PhD at Harvard, JD at Harvard.) Continue reading

Word Nerd

A wish for 2016 – free the noun ‘creatives’ from its misuse of being synonymous with ‘artists.’ Emails referencing creatives vs non-creatives, or even addressed to “To my friends & acquaintances who are non-creatives” – what huh? and I’ve received these from multiple people –  have come across my desk fairly regularly in the last year.

To quote Indigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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What we talk about when we talk about immigrants

Girls with Bubbles

One of these girls may create the next Google or Yahoo! But in the summertime, they’re just going to be children and play with bubbles in Buffalo, NY.

Migrant to some Americans conjures up a mental image of Jacob Riis’ How The Other Half Lives and that 10th grade English teacher who was passionate about Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men to a mental soundtrack of Woody Guthrie songs and a dry mouth in sympathy for the Dust Bowl. In the 1930s, economic and environmental conditions drove many farmers, tenant and independent, from the plains states to California in hopes that the arable land and mild climate there would provide work. Across the country at that time, unemployment hovered at 30 percent. Continue reading

On A Summer Evening

Four female journos played in a mini golf charity event this summer – yeah, that’s one of the differences between the publishing side of media and the edit side, one plays real golf, the other is much better at mini golf. Having to come up with a team name for a tournament happening on a steamy July day on the Great Lakes, there was really only one choice – the Lilly Pulitzers, not only a play on the profession, but also a way to make the team uniform (a mandatory task) fairly easy. As summer winds down, people across the US are lucky and safe enough to enjoy these last days of summer,  sipping their G&Ts during happy hour, getting a couple of last wears out of their favorite linen outfits or Lilly. Continue reading

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4 June 2015

Kaitlyn Caitlyn Jenner now has an agent for speaking engagements.  I wonder if she’ll make 70% of what Bruce did? #povertyissexist

Team.Riley.

The NBA finals start Thursday night. Which means King James, Stephen Curry and hopefully Riley Curry. Much has been made of two year old Riley’s post game appearances with her MVP father. At the beginning of Time.com’s video of her second post game press conference appearance, a female voice can be heard saying “Oh, we’re doing this again,” somewhat disdainfully.   Please please do this again, as a matter of fact, it would be awesome if all press conferences came with a two year old, especially sports press conferences. Continue reading