Category Archives: Wellness

Be true to you

betrueTry to respect all people,
You are not disrespectful to a stranger,
Why would you be disrespectful to people you know?
If someone doesn’t return the respect,
Don’t let go, don’t give up
on being someone you are proud of,
This doesn’t mean let someone treat you badly,
It means choosing to always be the person
who stays true to who you want to be
Don’t let someone lessen your character
just because theirs is lacking.
– Christy

Shameful, criminal scandal again plaguing Penn State

23626989dcabe3c984572bb76f5201a0I know the readers of this blog come here to read light, entertaining pieces on movies and music. Typically that is what I write about because it is what I enjoy. However, this news upset me enough to want to speak up and I am going to do so. I took a class at the University of Delaware with Dr. Julie Wilgen called the Foundations of Human Sexuality. During this class we discussed many topics but one of them was regarding “rape culture.” It opened by eyes to so much and most importantly has taught me to stand up against this type of behavior.

I recently, commented on a Chicago Tribune article which discusses the Penn State Kappa Delta Rho Chapter scandal which is currently unfolding. Although the State College police said they first fielded the complaint January 18.

I commented as “ConcernedGal” but then I decided to post the comment here on my blog because I am not afraid to state my beliefs and will not hide behind a username.

This is the article on which I commented:

Penn State seeks frat members who posted nude photos on Facebook

This is what I said, “First, I believe there are many benefits to fraternities and sororities and am in no way suggesting they shouldn’t exist. Second, I do not feel this story is a “war on fraternities.” I feel this story exemplifies the very nature of the rape culture we live in here in the US. It’s not fraternities, it’s not sororities, it’s not “Greek” it’s society as a whole. We as a society enable, excuse, and even encourage this type of behavior when we ignore it or do not do something about it. Whether your are male, female or transgender, whether you are gay or straight, no one deserves to have nude photos taken of them them without their consent and have them posted in a public forum. No one. If this is something they were comfortable posting publicly then imagine what they did behind closed doors privately to those women. These women were defamed and victimized. They should all be consulted and advised to press charges. The students in this fraternity should be expelled at best, suspended if the school is lenient.”

According to the article, “The fraternity’s national executive director, Joe Rosenberg, told the Penn State chapter in a letter that it would be banned from most activities for the near future and must reorganize.”

Mr. Rosenberg, you should ban the entire Penn State Kappa Delta Rho Chapter from everything indefinitely and it saddens me to hear you respond in such careful, politically correct way to these students.

What these students did was wrong and there is no gray area here. Every member of that Facebook group should be ashamed of themselves. Every member of that fraternity chapter deserves to be expelled. Whether they posed the girls, whether they took the photos or not, they all knew what was happening. Silence is acceptance. I do not see how any can accept this behavior. Their chapter should be disbanded. The school should expel them and every one of those girls should press criminal charges.

Look up

playgroundI’ve been doing more of this lately. Looking up. Talking to the people around me. Paying attention, observing, listening.

It’s true my blog has suffered, there are fewer and fewer posts. But I am happy.

While it’s ironic this video is watched online and in less than two weeks it has received nearly 21 million views.

I think the message it sends is powerful and so I wanted to share with any readers who still spend time on this blog.

We all need to learn to live instead of just exist.

Thank you.

Look Up’ – A spoken word film for an online generation.

‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.

Featuring Louise Ludlam & Stuart Darnley.
Original score by New Desert Blues.
Sound engineering by Daniel Cobb.
Filmed and edited by Gary Turk.

www.garyturk.com
www.twitter.com/gary_turk
www.newdesertblues.com

 

Address Your Heart, new healthy lifestyle campaign from Campbells

Being a mama I think the health of my family is super important. It’s a blessing that my oldest son is also pretty health conscious. As you may or may not know he won the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge last year and amazing things have continued to happen to him since then. He understand the importance of eating healthy and he enjoys cooking healthy, too!

Braeden, age 10, has created his own foundation called 3B Brae’s Brown Bags Foundation. He began this project after visiting the White House and attending the Kids’ State Dinner where he met both the President and the First Lady. This experience made such a HUGE impact on him and when Michelle Obama asked him how he could pay the experience forward he took it to heart and he hasn’t stopped since.

For Braeden the knowledge that there are a lot of people out there who do not know where their next meal will come from. His Brae’s Brown Bags are “to-go” bags which he gives to the homeless in his community so they have the opportunity to eat healthy snacks. To date he has given out over 800 bags to shelters, soup kitchens and even within his school district. The experience has been humbling.

He has also become quite the chef. I absolutely love when he cooks for our family. He has his own Pinterest account and we share recipes with each other that way. I know when I see him pull out his laptop in the kitchen that something delightful will be cooked shortly.

When we were at the White House one of our favorite dishes we were served was a cauliflower crust pizza. It was delicious. Campbell’s soup has a great recipe for something very similar which is included below with a bunch of other healthy recipes from them. They have a new campaign called “Address Your Heart” and they are asking people to really think about their lifestyles and whether or not they are healthy.

Health is foremost on people’s minds, keeping your family in tip top shape can be a challenge in these busy times. Campbell’s Soup wants you to “Address Your Heart” with Heart Healthy Tips, recipes and more!

Visit AddressYourHeart.com to get heart-healthy tips, including 21 Campbell’s recipes that are certified by the AHA and product coupons, as well as Facebook.com/campbellskitchen for the latest Campbell’s recipes and offers.


Click here for Campbell’s money saving coupons.

This post is sponsored by Campbells.

Hero Dog Awards on Hallmark Channel Tonight #herodogawards

hero-dog-awardHow wonderful is it to have a show devoted to the hero dogs of our lives?

What a sweet notion this is because so often all we hear about are the dogs who need to be rescued, and while it is true there are many, I don’t want people to forget all the dogs out there who actually DO the rescuing.

You should totally tune into the Hallmark Channel tonight, October 30, 2013 at 8pm to show these furry friends some love.

The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards celebrate the powerful relationship between dogs and people. These amazing dogs provide compassion and comfort to transform people’s lives with their unconditional love, devotion, and intuition. Hero Dogs are ordinary dogs doing extraordinary things.

The Hero Dog Awards is a nearly year-long education and awareness campaign to highlight the heroes on both ends of the leash.

Make yourself a diva worthy bra for Breast Cancer Awareness

So there is a lot that happens in October to support Breast Cancer Awareness but one of the most fun things I have seen so far has been for this Glamourta event at which you design a keepsake bra for the occasion. The event I found out about is one happening in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend but it’s something you could easily do at home with a group of your best girlfriends, too and I think it would really fun.

hatitutdelogoThe organization in Atlanta who is promoting the event is Hat-titude. Jerika Head came up with the idea for Hat-titude after watching her Mom struggle with cancer.

“There is so much I did not know about cancer when it tragically hit my family,” testifies Jerika, “My hope is to change the lives of those around me through education and ultimately heal, encourage and prevent the negative impact of this disease.”

For those of you in Atlanta who would be able to attend this super fun event, here is the information.

Hat-titude Support Atlanta, Inc. is an Atlanta-based non-profit dedicated to cancer awareness and education. To celebrate breast cancer awareness month, the organization is producing “Glamourta’s,” a ladies night out fundraiser, hosted by legendary R&B singer Tweet, dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness where all monetary donations to the American Cancer Society.

Women of all ages will decorate and accessorize their personal bras by visiting several themed styling stations. Participants will design with loose jewels, rhinestones, lace, bows, glitter and lace hung on a satin hanger to create their own keepsake in support all while mingling and uplifting for a cause. Glamourta will include passed hordevors, a best bra contest, cocktails raffles and giveaways. To learn more about the efforts of Hat-titude and to register in the bra-decorating contest for a $30 donation to the American Cancer Society, visit www.hat-titude.com.

Your feet need some attention from Dr. Scholl’s #activeseries

Active Series InsolesI shall not be embarrassed for writing about the Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles I received via Influenster. People don’t like to talk about things like this, but let me tell you something. If putting insoles in your shoes can help relieve that aching arch you should definitely do it and then shout from the roof tops how great your feet feel after a long day.

Don’t believe me?

DrSchollsLTry the Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles for a couple of days, then take them out of your shoe and walk around for just one day. You will notice by the end of the day that your feet are aching! You will then put the insoles back in your shoes and never leave home without them.

For those of you worried the insoles will be too bulky or that you’ll notice you are wearing them and that will drive you more bonkers than your aching feet… well I can let you know I did notice them in my shoes for about 15 minutes. After that amount of time all I noticed was a delightful cushion and feet that didn’t bother me while frantically walking on cement blocks.

I now understand why Dr. Scholl’s is a trusted brand name. They offer quality products and they put a lot of research into what they deliver so that their clientele get the products they really need. No they didn’t tell me to say that, even though I was given these insoles for free I can honestly say I’ll be buying a new pair in six months and a pair for my husband who needs them even more than me!