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  • Woman Fights Back Against Bully

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    Jennifer Livingston, the morning news anchor for WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin, got an email last week that changed her life. 

    It was from a local man who thought the anchor was overweight and tried to make her feel ashamed at her appearance. 

    News anchor Jennifer Livingston addresses her bully on air. 

    "Hi, Jennifer," she read. "It's unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical conniption hasn't improved for many years. Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle." 

    "Yes, the truth is, I am overweight," Livingston responded. "You could call me fat and, yes, even obese on a doctor's chart. But to the person who wrote me that letter, do you think I don't know that?" 

    "You don't know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family, and you have admitted that you don't watch this show," she continued. "So you know nothing about me, but what you see on the outside. And I am much more than a number on a scale." 

    The community came to the defense of Livingston. 

    "What an AMAZING woman you are Jennifer!" viewer Felicia Nelson Koth said. "I think you are excellent role model for everyone especially your girls."

    October is National Anti-Bullying month, she pointed out to her viewers. "It is a major issue in the lives of young people today, and as the mother of three young girls, it scares me to death," she said. While the cruel words "mean nothing to me," what angers her is the fact that kids are bullied, in person and via email and social media, every day. 

    "This behavior is learned. It is passed down from people like the man who wrote me that email," she pointed out. "If you are at home and you are talking about the 'Fat News Lady,' guess what? Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat." 


  • No More Dirty Dancing!

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    Dirty dancing is a no-no at Michigan’s Grand Blanc High School. About half the 1,500 students at the recent homecoming dance left over new rules.

    The dancers must be face-to-face. Principal Jennifer Hammond says the dance moves were “getting pretty bad” and they had do to something. She said students knew about the new rules concerning inappropriate dancing.


    Sophomore Kelsey Rodriguez says the rules are too strict and don’t take into account how kids dance today. 

  • THIS Book Was Just BANNED!

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    What do “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Grapes of Wrath,” and “Clockwork Orange” have in common? They have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. They’re also celebrated during Banned Books Week – which is this week. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the holiday, which is co-sponsored by a dozen national organizations – the American Library Association, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and National Council of Teachers of English, to name a few – and endorsed by the U.S. Library of Congress. One part of the celebration this year is the “50 State Salute,” a movement in which organizations from each state record a video representing the importance of having the liberty to choose books freely. Organizations such as schools, colleges, libraries, and bookstores can participate with videos of up to five minutes long. Sponsors of Banned Books Week are also holding the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out campaign for the second year in a row, in which users can upload to YouTube a video in which they read a banned or challenged book out loud. Users can upload their videos to the Read-Out YouTube channel. Find out more at bannedbooksweek.org. According to the American Library Association, the top 10 challenged/banned books in 2011 were


    1. “ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r” (series) – by Lauren Myracle 
    2. “The Color of Earth” (series) – by Kim Dong Hwa 
    3. “The Hunger Games” trilogy – by Suzanne Collins 
    4. “My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy” – by Dori Hillestad Butler 
    5. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” – by Sherman Alexie 
    6. “Alice” (series) – by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 
    7. “Brave New World” – by Aldous Huxley 
    8. “What My Mother Doesn’t Know” – by Sonya Sones 
    9. “Gossip Girl” (series) – by Cecily Von Ziegesar 
    10. “To Kill a Mockingbird” – by Harper Lee


    More Banned and/or Challenged Books from the 20th century:
    “The Great Gatsby” – by F. Scott Fitzgerald “The Catcher in the Rye” – by JD Salinger
    “The Grapes of Wrath” – by John Steinbeck “The Color Purple” – by Alice Walker
    “Ulysses” – by James Joyce “The Lord of the Flies” – by William Golding
    “1984” – by George Orwell “Lolita” – by Vladimir Nabokov
    “Of Mice and Men” – by John Steinbeck “Catch-22” – by Joseph Heller
    “Animal Farm” – by George Orwell “The Sun Also Rises” – by Ernest Hemingway
    “As I Lay Dying” – by William Faulkner “A Farewell to Arms” – by Ernest Hemingway
    “Invisible Man” – by Ralph Ellison “Song of Solomon” – by Toni Morrison
    “Gone with the Wind” – by Margaret Mitchell “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” – by Ken Kesey
    “Slaughterhouse Five” – by Kurt Vonnegut “For Whom the Bell Tolls” – by Ernest Hemingway
    “Go Tell It on the Mountain” – by James Baldwin “All the King's Men” – by Robert Penn Warren
    “The Lord of the Rings” – by J.R.R. Tolkien “The Jungle” – by Upton Sinclair
    “Lady Chatterley's Lover” – by D.H. Lawrence “A Clockwork Orange” – by Anthony Burgess
    “The Awakening” – by Kate Chopin “In Cold Blood” – by Truman Capote
    “Satanic Verses” – by Salman Rushdie “Sophie's Choice” – by William Styron
    “Sons and Lovers” – by D.H. Lawrence “Cat's Cradle” – by Kurt Vonnegut
    “A Separate Peace” – by John Knowles “Naked Lunch” – by William S. Burroughs
    “Brideshead Revisited” – by Evelyn Waugh “Women in Love” – by DH Lawrence
  • Kristen's Quickies

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    Drew Barrymore gave birth to a baby girl last Wednesday. This is the first child for Drew and her husband Will Kopelman, an art consultant she married in June. They named her Olive Barrymore Kopelman.


    Sources say Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will be out on the promotional trail together with their cast mates to hype the final "Twilight" movie . . . which comes out on November 16th. The international press tour kicks off Saturday in Spain.


    Earlier this year, John Mater put Taylor Swift on blast for supposedly writing the song "Dear John" about him. But now, Taylor's saying the song might not even be about him. She says, quote, "How presumptuous! I never disclose who my songs are about. She also says she never read his comments because she knew they weren't good . . . quote, "I put a high priority on staying happy, and I know what I can't handle.


    October 23rd would have been Katy Perry and Russell Brand's second wedding anniversary. So she's having a PARTY in order to turn it into something positive.  A source says, quote, "She has decided to call it her divorce party and it will be a day of doing what she loves with her favorite people."


    Oprah Winfrey tops the list of the Highest-Paid Women in Entertainment, making $165 million in the year between May of 2011 and May of 2012. She's followed by Britney Spears and Taylor Swift.


    When Arnold Schwarzenegger was making "The Terminator", he asked James Cameron to change the line "I'll be back" to "I WILL be back" . . . because he had trouble pronouncing the word "I'll". Cameron refused, Arnold said the line as written . . . and the rest is movie history.


    Everyone wants "Family Guy" creator Seth Macfarlane to host EVERYTHING. The Academy has announced that Seth will host the Oscars on February 24th. Last month, he hosted"Saturday Night Live", and presented at the Emmys.


  • Are Overprotect Parents a Danger?

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    I can't believe I'm about to use this phrase . . . but apparently you need to stop TEXTING WHILE PARENTING.  Yes, texting while parenting is now a 'thing.'


    According to the CDC, between 2007 and 2010, there was a sudden and significant spike in child injuries in the U.S.  Injuries went up 12% after dropping for a decade before . . . and steadily dropping since the 1970s.


    And they think it's TOO coincidental that kids started getting injured all over the place right after the iPhone debuted, and ushered in the smartphone era.


    Of course, there aren't any actual STATISTICS to back up the idea that texting parents are responsible for the spike in injuries.  But when's the last time THAT stopped someone from coining a stupid phrase like "texting while parenting"?


    And it DOES seem plausible, even without hard evidence. 


    But child injury experts say there's one other possible reason for the increase in injuries:  Today's parents have gotten more overprotective than EVER and are taking their kids to emergency rooms more often than parents used to.


  • Who Art Thou Shakespeare?

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    This horrified me at first but then the more I thought of it I was okay with this study. Honestly, what has Shakespeare done for me lately? I went to a preforming arts high school, so reading various plays was part of my school career but I haven't used anything I ever uncovered in "A Midsummer's Night Dream" in my daily life. Is it okay that people are forgetting about this famous playwrite? 

    According to a British survey, nearly one in three kids between ages six and 12 . . . 30% . . . had never heard of William Shakespeare, and didn't recognize the names of plays like "Hamlet" or "Romeo and Juliet"

    They also surveyed ADULTS . . . and it looks like a lot of us aren't going to be much help in teaching kids about literature.  

    More than one in four adults . . . 27% . . . admit that they've never read a Shakespeare play . . . and one in eight didn't know that he was a British playwright.   

    One in 20 people recognized Shakespeare's name . . . but thought that his most famous play was "Cinderella".  And 2% of people didn't know that he was an actual human being . . . they thought he was a fictional character.

  • THIS is Your Biggest Fear?

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    1. Snakes

    It is probably a good rule of thumb to follow: if it scares Indiana Jones, it scares me. And so, like Dr. Jones, we find ourselves terrified of the reptiles we perceive to be slimy and sinister. In reality, most snakes are neither, but since one talked Eve into taking a bite of that damn apple, snakes have gotten a bad rep. It’s difficult to overcome Biblical prejudice and Harrison Ford.

    2. Public Speaking

    Most of us are self conscious enough when we leave the house, often perceiving that people are watching us, judging us for a fashion faux pas or some extra holiday weight around the middle. So imagine the tension if all eyes really are on you? This popular fear leads to an equally popular bit of advice: just imagine your whole audience is naked.

    3. Heights

    Everyone has experienced a case of vertigo now and then, but only those who suffer from a legitimate fear of heights can truly understand exactly how unsettling it can be. Interestingly, there is no set limit for how high is too high – a person with a fear of heights could have an equally intense reaction from the top of a mountain, the top of an escalator, or the top of a ladder. Worst vacation ideas for those that suffer a fear of heights would include tours of the Grand Canyon, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, and the London Eye.

    4. Enclosed spaces

    Fear of enclosed spaces, or claustrophobia, plagues most people, even those that would not readily list it as their greatest fear. Simple, every day experiences like riding the elevator to your office can leave many feeling both shaken and stirred. The extreme end of the claustrophobic spectrum leads to vivid nightmares of being buried alive, which is disturbing enough to scare anyone.

    5. Spiders and insects

    Arachnophobia is the irrational fear of spiders. Millions of people suffer from it. There’s a very good reason why big Hollywood horror movies often feature gross-out scenes stuffed to the gills with creepy crawlies. Most people are freaked out by things that have twice as many limbs as they do. Even harmless insects can give you a full body shiver. It isn’t the fear of being bitten by something poisonous, after all, that causes our bug-ban.

    6. Needles

    Anyone who was traumatized by their immunization shots at as a child can easily understand the aversion many feel to making that yearly check up to the doctor. As soon as the words “blood” and “draw” are uttered, those with intense fear of needles start flipping through their mental Rolodex of excuses why today isn’t a good day. Sufferers do not find acupuncture a relaxing, de-stressing healing technique.

    7. Mice

    Ironic, isn’t it, that one of the most beloved characters of all time is Mickey Mouse, but shrink him down to life size and he represents a rodent that invokes irrational, mind numbing terror in many. Interestingly, when you separate the data culled by men and women instead of people as a whole, mice terrify women significantly more than they terrify men, indicating that the cliché of a housewife standing on a stool shrieking may not be as outdated as some feminists would like to claim.

    8. Flying

    Millions of dollars in prescription drugs. Self-help books and behavior modification audio CDs. Enough tiny bottles of alcohol to intoxicate a herd of elephants. These are just a few of the coping mechanisms employed by those who are terrified of taking flight on an airplane. This particular fear can stand alone, or be incorporated with a few of the other greatest fear hits, such as heights, or claustrophobia. Travelers aware of their fear are encouraged to never fly un-medicated as a courtesy to their fellow passengers.

    9. Dogs

    They may be man’s best friend, but dogs also embody a certain amount of fear. Usually linked to traumas surrounding an attack in childhood, fear of dogs can plague people well into adulthood. Unfortunately, a dog that is prone to attack will only be encouraged to do so by your panicked countenance, making this particular fear one of the most legitimate. People in this classification may find the classic Disney film “Old Yeller” surprisingly uplifting.

    10. Thunder and Lightning

    Many small children are afraid of storms; surprisingly, this is not something everyone grows out of. While the explanation or thunder and lightning is perfectly rational, the fear remains ingrained in many adults. The idea that “God must be bowling” is of little comfort to those who are currently cowering beneath their blankets, praying for daylight.


  • Top Ten HOTTEST Guys!

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson has maintained his place as the world's sexiest man – despite being publicly humiliated over Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal. Pattinson, 26, has won the accolade for the fourth year running. 

    “Avengers Assemble” star Tom Hiddleston is second in Glamour's list of 50 sexiest men, followed by heartthrob Johnny Depp. The top 10 of Glamour's 50 Sexiest Men for 2012:


    1. Robert Pattinson 6. Robert Downey Jr.
    2. Tom Hiddleston 7. Taylor Lautner
    3. Johnny Depp 8. Paul Wesley
    4. Michael Fassbender 9. James McAvoy
    5. Benedict Cumberbatch 10. Henry Cavill

  • Dad Confronts Son About Porn Use

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    I found this story on the DailyMail.co.uk and I had to share it! 


    It's a question any parent would dread having to answer: What do you do if you discover your child's been looking at porn?

    For one dad, penning his 13-year-old son a letter about how proud he was of him - as well as giving him a few tips for virus-free porn sites - and then posting it on the internet seemed the best solution.


    The unidentified father uploaded a letter to Reddit he claimed he had written to his son and asked web users if he had approached the situation in the best way - to mixed reviews.

    He explained that he had been inspecting his teenage son's computer to find the source of a virus when he unearthed 'tons of porn' - and decided to write the boy a letter to warn him of its dangers.

    'I've been on this earth three times as long as you and there's nothing you have done or will do that I haven't done before,' he wrote. 'You have nothing to be embarrassed about.'

    The dad, who has since removed all user details from the page, assured the youngster that he would not tell his mother, and said it was his choice if he wanted to talk about it.


    Check out the full letter!

    'I want to start out by saying that I love ya and I'm not trying to embarrass you. Before you do anything else click the star in the upper right hand corner of internet explorer which is already pulled up and then click back on the icon to the right of the Skype symbol in your toolbar to pull this page back up. That history is the reason that you got that scam ware and all the other crap on your computer.

    'I want to tell you that it's OK. Listen, I was 13 once too and it wasn't so long ago that I don't remember. I'm not mad or anything. It's life and I did it too. I just want you to know that most of those sites are places that can and will ruin your computer. You were actually lucky that it only did what it did. There are viruses and other scam ware that can completely ruin a computer and I can't afford to buy you another 1800 dollar machine because you went to a site that fried it.

    'There are sites that are completely safe and you can go on them and not have your computer turned into a piece of junk. You can go to these sites and not screw up your computer. Don't click on any links taking you to other sites and please only go to these. Ninty percent of porn sites have crap that can brick a computer. [Lists four porn sites]

    'Listen, I won't tell your mom and I'm not gonna make a big deal out of this. In fact I'm not gonna make any size deal out of it. If you don't wanna talk about it that's fine and I completely understand. I've been on this earth three times as long as you and there's nothing you have done or will do that I haven't done before. If you want to completely ignore this ever happened then I can and will do that too.

    'Please don't act awkward around me because of this. You have nothing to be embarrassed about. I just can't have an 1800 dollar machine turned into a brick because you haven't learned where to go on the internet. I'm not going to put a child lock on your computer or punish you in any way because as I said you did nothing wrong. I would like you to not be back here so much though. You literally spend all of your time back here. I'd like to see you more often. I like doing stuff with you and miss it.

    'I love you and I couldn't be more proud of you.'

    What do you think of this approach? Mature or humiliating? 

    Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2208982/Father-writes-open-letter-13-year-old-son-finds-porn-computer.html#ixzz27l2m6rPY 


  • Something is About to Disappear From Your Office!

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    LinkedIn just released the results of a survey on what people think will disappear from offices within the next five years.


    --And if people are right, offices in 2017 are going to have really modern technology, and a lot of people wearing jeans in giant rooms with absolutely no privacy.  Here are the top 13 answers.  


    #1.)  Tape recorders.  79% of people say they'll be gone within five years.  Since, ya know, in most places they were gone 10 years ago.


    #2.)  Fax machines, 71%.


    #3.)  The Rolodex, 58%.


    #4.)  Standard '9-to-5' hours, 57%.


    #5.)  Desk phones, 35%.


    #6.)  Desktop computers, 34%.


    #7.)  Formal business attire like suits, ties, and pantyhose, 27%.


    #8.)  Corner offices for managers and executives, 21%.


    #9.)  Cubicles, 19%.


    #10.)  USB thumb drives, 17%.


    #11.)  Offices with doors, 16%.


    #12.)  Business cards, 15%.


    #13.)  Copy machines, 13%


  • Do THIS if to Help a Stale Relationship!

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    Taking a road trip with your significant other? Chances are good the time together will improve your relationship. In fact, 91% of couples have taken road trips together, and 84% agree the experience strengthened their relationship, according to a new survey by YourTango.com and Ford Motor Company. The survey found other interesting relationship tidbits in its survey, as well. For instance, plenty of couples have a “back-seat driver” on board who “helps” the real driver negotiate the road:

    • 32% tell the driver they’re driving too fast.

    • 27% tell them they’re going the wrong way.

    • 22% tell them they’re not paying enough attention to their surroundings/traffic.

    • 15% chide them for driving too slowly.

    • After guiding the driver, the second most popular back-seat driving technique involves physical actions like holding the dashboard or pressing an invisible brake. In third place comes gasping and making other sounds of fright.

  • Kristen's Quickies

    Posted by Kristen Flowers

    28-year-old actor Johnny Lewis. . . who played Half-Sack on the first two seasons of "Sons of Anarchy". . . was found dead on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. He allegedly jumped to his death from a roof, after going on a CRAZY drug-fueled rampage, in which he murded an elderly woman, and assaulted two other people with a two-by-four.


    Reese Witherspoon gave birth to a baby boy yesterday. His name is Tennessee James Toth. He's the first child for Reese and her husband Jim Toth. But Reese also has two kids with her first husband, Ryan Phillippe.


    One of the replacement refs who've been accused of screwing the Packers out of a win against the Seahawks on Monday night, says he made the CORRECT CALL. And he claims any other ref would have done the same. He's also not cool with all the flak the replacement refs have taken . . . quote, "I don't appreciate the negative stuff. We did a damn good job . . . for the most part."


    On Wednesday morning, Russell Brand took a small group of homeless people to the Newsroom Cafe in West Hollywood for breakfast.


    Kelly Osbourne got a $250,000 manicure before the Emmys. Some people gave her flak for it on Twitter, but she told them she's NOT SORRY. She said, quote, "It was a once in a lifetime experience. And please forgive me for not regretting it. It made me feel like a queen!"


    The Bruce Willis time travel flick "Looper", Adam Sandler's "Hotel Transylvania", and Maggie Gyllenhaal's "Won't Back Down" open today.


    Lil Wayne just had his 109th song chart on the Billboard Hot 100, which gives him more than Elvis Presley, who had 108. But Wayne is kind of cheating, because he's just a GUEST on over half the songs. For better or worse, that still counts.


    Simon Cowell’s latest conquest looks to be Carmen Electra. In Touch Weekly reports that Simon and Carmen had an “intimate date” at a restaurant in West Hollywood last week