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Sheryl Sandberg wants us to Lean In. Marissa Meyer wants us to come in (to the office, that is.). New York Magazine wants to reignite the Mommy Wars by re-branding them as being between those who lean out and those who lean in.
But the truth is, the distinction between leaning out or in, working in the home, from the home, at an office, virtually or not at all…it’s all moot. There is a whole new category of working woman: the digital housewife. (more…)
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Posted in Charity, tagged Beccarama, Emergency department, Emergency Rooms, Facebook, Infant, Julia Beck, Linda Grant, Mom Trends. SelfishMom, Pediatric Emergency Care, RBaby Foundation, Rebecca Martin, Sweden, Twitter, United States on May 5, 2012 |
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I know it’s hard to believe, but sometimes being a blogger brings things that are even better than swag: like the ability to participate in this year’s R Baby Foundation Gala. Before I say anything more, look at this:
Yes, that’s me, looking all earnest. But it’s kind of hard not to be earnest about this charity, because what they do, is work to make every emergency department in every hospital equipped to treat babies. You probably thought they already were. I did. But they aren’t. And how’s this fact? Babies born in the US are twice as likely to die than many other developed countries, including Sweden, Japan and Spain; the United States is ranked 36th among 196 nations. That is sad. And wrong.
But this is the statistic that really gets me: Children make up 27% of all emergency department (ED) visits, but only 6% of EDs in the U.S. have the necessary supplies for pediatric emergencies.
Six Percent. That means 94 percent of the time someone takes their baby to the hospital, that hospital is not fully equipped to take care of them. Not equipped to take care of a baby. Think about that. Scary.
So that’s why I’m involved with the organization, and with the Gala this coming week honoring my friendand tireless advocate Julia Beck. I’m joining other bloggers like Esti Berkowitz, Amy Oztan, Jessica Shyba, Melissa Chapman, Linda Grant, Nicole Feliciano, Rebecca Martin, Jennifer Perillo, Rebecca Levey and many more to help raise awareness about the charity…and the babies.
You can help, too. First, Sign the petition to improve pediatric care. Then,
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Join us for our 5 star gala:
We’re talking babies here, people. And as someone who comes from a family where once, long ago, a baby did die, I know the lasting effect it has on a family. No family should have to deal with the loss of a child because a hospital isn’t prepared. Don’t just read this and shake your head. Click the links. Donate. Don’t let the babies down. -
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Humiliating though it may be, I’ve only just discovered the joys of procrastinating with Facebook. Oh, I know all about procrastinating with Stumble Upon, or Snood, or obsessively checking my email. But this Facebook thing – well, it’s brough time-wasting to a whole new level. Plus, it’s made me realize that everybody I’ve ever known knows somebody I know. Really. Six degrees of eat-no-bacon! Jewish geography hits the internet!
I have found SO MANY people that I haven’t seen, thought of, or heard about in DECADES.
And now that I’ve found them…..well, I’m not quite sure what to do.
There is definitely a SERIOUSLY HUGE OMG factor. Especially the camp people. I discovered that there is a Facebook group for French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts Alums from the 1970′s. Whoa. Yes, it’s been THAT long. And yet there are quite a few of us still waxing poetic about our camp days. What does that say about us? That we’re the theatrical equivalent of HS Jocks who can’t let go of the big game? ”Remember back in ’76 when I played Mary Poppins? The crowd wasn’t expecting such a performance, but I had them from the get-go!” You can almost see the scotch in my hand and smell the cheap perfume in the air.
Or maybe it’s just plain old nostalgia. For me, it has been, all joking aside, kind of thrilling to hear from people I haven’t seen for more than 25 years. People with whom I spent every summer bonding with as we put on show after show. Camp was the only place I was in the “popular crowd,” and man, did it feel good. If we’d been allowed to pick a lunch table, I would have been with the big shots. Being able to sing was like being on the cheerleading squad: instant cred.
But I’m kind of worried — what if we can’t get past “how’ve you been for all these years I never once thought of you or you of me?” What if the OMG factor is all there is? Will it spoil those memories if I meet these people today and the magic is gone?
I don’t know — but I think I’m gonna have to find out. The “Middle Aged French Woods Reunion Party,” or the “If you’re old enough to have worn tube tops Party” or maybe just the “Damn it was Fun back Then” party.
Yeah, I’d go to that.
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