Being a teen is stressful. There’s all that homework. All that uncertainty about your social status. At least teens are sure of one thing: their parents know NOTHING, nothing at all.
Well, CNN came to my apartment to talk to my family about stress. I guess because, well, we’re stressed. Between running a company and running a household, I’m pretty much a lunatic, and my kids have basketball, and dance, and NYC High School test prep and homework, and my husband – the job, aging parents, riding the subway every day, a dog who seems to throw up at least once a month…and always on the white carpet. We’re like the poster family for stress.
But when reporter Kelly Wallace started talking to my kids, and the cameras started to roll, they didn’t seem stressed at all. My son and daughter were poised, and articulate, and lovely. Maybe the cameras should be rolling around here more often. Check them out, on CNN Parents. Teens: Generation Stressed
Posted in Family | Tagged CNN, Kelly Wallace, kidzvuz, Stress | 6 Comments »
1973 – I think.
My Grandparents celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary and the Pecoho country club – long long gone. My parents had moved that same day, while I stayed with my aunt. But they don’t look exhausted at all.
Posted in Family | 2 Comments »
Last week, I got an email from a company that I’m sure was well intentioned. But boy, was it ill-conceived. For every pair of pink headphones sold during the month of October, it said, they would donate a portion of the proceeds to Breast Cancer research. Here was the pitch: “We here at (company) love boobies and we know you do too! Show your underlying support for all the joy “the ladies” bring the world” by buying our product. In the even more offensive video on their website, they try to be funny as they say they “really really love boobies” while staring exaggeratedly at a female employee’s breasts, but then only make things worse in the “serious” part of the video when they say they “If breasts go extinct, the world would be a very sad place.” So are they saving breasts? Are they worried about “the joy the ladies brings the world” or are they worried about the nearly 40,000 women who DIE each year from breast cancer?
Yup. 40,000 women die each year from breast cancer. It’s easy to forget that, amidst the pinkwashed cocktails, lipstick, sneakers, you name it, that come out in force during October – breast cancer awareness month. Can you think of another kind of cancer that has a slogan? Another cancer that could inspire a post called “71 Catchy Breast Cancer Slogans“? that lauds these slogans, including ones like “For Guys, every month is Breast Awareness Month,” and “Save Second Base”?
So I was happy when my friend Shari, from the food blog My Judy the Foodie, asked me to be a part of her Bake it Happen campaign against breast cancer. Shari’s mother, Judy, died of breast cancer. And Shari’s blog was started in her honor. What did I have to do? Bake Judy’s Banana Bread and share it with someone to spread awareness – and to raise money. And for every picture of Judy’s Banana bread tagged #BakeitHappen, a donation is made to breast cancer research. Continue Reading »
Posted in cooking | Tagged #bakeithappen, Banana, Breast cancer, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Cancer, Facebook, Judy, Shari | 2 Comments »