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Labor Day Jobs Talk

Labor Day Jobs Talk

August 30, 2011  |  No Comments  |  Share

How to get Americans back to work or how to get our economy working again will be the focus of plans by both Republicans and Democrats that will be rolled out after this holiday weekend.  The Republicans are touting a "don't tread on me" approach to regulations across the board, arguing that rolling back environmental, healthcare and labor relations edicts...

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A 15 month old mowing the lawn?

A 15 month old mowing the lawn?

August 30, 2011  |  No Comments  |  Share

Is it responsible to publish a picture of a 15 month old mowing the lawn?  What if the mower isn't on?  Does that make a difference?  I thought this was a great way to talk about media responsibility with your kids.  And kudos to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for sharing the decision making process about whether it was responsible to...

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Bad Mothering? Puh-lease!

Bad Mothering? Puh-lease!

August 30, 2011  |  No Comments  |  Share

From the Salt Lake Tribune: Raised in a $1.5 million Barrington Hills home by their attorney father, two grown children have spent the last two years pursuing a unique lawsuit against their mom for "bad mothering" damages allegedly caused when she failed to buy toys for one and sent another a birthday card he didn't like. The alleged offenses include failing...

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It's a bad joke, Stephen.

It’s a bad joke, Stephen.

August 30, 2011  |  No Comments  |  Share

Everyone thought it was a joke when Stephen Colbert, a comedian playing a presidential candidate, started a Super Pac.  And that he was just going to mock the process without having any actual impact. But people are sending him money.  And when the PAC paid for an ad in Iowa telling voters there to write in the name Richard Parry,...

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Meatloaf.  Perfect for a school night.

Meatloaf. Perfect for a school night.

August 30, 2011  |  No Comments  |  Share

I like to make meatloaf in a muffin pan.  The kids seem to think it is more fun to eat that way.  It is definitely a good back to school recipe and a dish that makes great leftovers.  This link has ten different types to choose from! http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/meatloaf

The Mom Vivant / Debbie Baldwin

The Mom Vivant / Debbie Baldwin

August 24, 2011  |  No Comments  |  Share

Side Effects May Vary / I was listening to a commercial for some breakthrough new drug the other day. You know the drill. After the actor goes on and on about the life altering benefits: I can jog again/ I fall asleep fast and stay asleep/ I’m never hungry/ I’m never tired/ I’m never bloated. Then after that an announcer comes...

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The fall of Tripoli

The fall of Tripoli

August 22, 2011  |  1 Comment  |  Share

It could be easy to miss the importance of what is happening in Libya and to assume that talking to your kids about the changes could be scary.  Rebels have taken over Tripoli and Muammar el-Qaddafi has fled but is reportedly still in the country.  The message could be about bravery in the face of evil.  The story of Lybia...

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It sounds good, but ...

It sounds good, but …

August 22, 2011  |  No Comments  |  Share

The payroll tax cut may not be all it is cut out to be.  Use the calculator below from Kiplingers.com to see what the payroll tax cut would actually be worth to you.  http://www.kiplinger.com/tools/2011_Social_Security_payroll_tax_cut_calculator/ http://money.cnn.com/2011/08/16/news/economy/obama_payroll_tax_unemployment_benefits/index.htm

Last call for corn

Last call for corn

August 22, 2011  |  No Comments  |  Share

http://lastcallforcorn.blogspot.com/2010/01/getting-corn-chowder-right.html

No mincing words on Martha's Vineyard

No mincing words on Martha’s Vineyard

August 22, 2011  |  No Comments  |  Share

Islanders may be getting ready to jam the locks that allow that ferry from the mainland to dock in Oak Bluffs.  No nukes signs (yes, the original ones can still be found there) could soon be replaced by pictures of the White House with a giant X over it.  This has always been a liberal place - think Carly Simon,...

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