*Some might file this one under “Sign of the times.” I’m going with “Sign of the apocalypse” or “Signs that we have lost control of our kids or our damn minds.”
An elementary school in Northern California has banned the game of tag on their playground. The principal sent out messages last week telling parents about the new policy.
Tag, just in case you’re unaware or too old to remember, is a game that’s been played for generations. It requires no equipment, so kids of any socio economic status can play. It’s fun. And it requires, perhaps, a bit of adult supervision — which is what we’ve failed to do if we’ve cancelled tag because some of the children tag too hard, which is what’s being reported.
I’m not the only parent who said “WTF.” Continue reading
*Last week, I got to share details on the Officiser, designed to give users the complete benefits of a full cardiovascular workout while said users sit on their asses.
This week, my TNT editor asked me to up the ante and write up “…a delicious story…” that would be “…good reading with the morning coffee…”. And so, dear readers, I present to you the i.Con Smart Condom.
In this age of rampant STD’s, I argue that ALL condoms are smart. But baby, this one’s GENIUS. Continue reading
*Wow, few women may be aware that their newborn could actually starve to death?accidentally, because you couldn’t produce enough milk to breastfeed…exclusively. Jillian Johnson suffered a mother’s nightmare when she lost her son, Landon, 19 days after he was born because she felt pressured to breast feed but hadn’t produced enough milk to do so.
?If I had given him just one bottle, he would still be alive,? Johnson writes in a blog post for the non-profit organization Fed Is Best. ?If only I could go back in time.?
PEOPLE?magazine reports,?Fed is Best advocates for safe breastfeeding ? including supplementing with formula when medically necessary or strictly formula feeding for those who want or need to ? in response to the tragic stories of mothers accidentally starving their babies, according to co-founders Jody Segrave-Daily RN, and Dr. Christine Del Castillo-Hegyi.
In the case of Johnson and her son Landon, inadequate milk supply in the first days of the baby?s life ultimately resulted in his death just weeks later. Johnson never imagined that pressure to exclusively breastfeed (inspired by the old adage that breast milk is the best milk) could result in the fatality. Continue reading
*I?m all for innovation and enterprise, and marvel at those individuals who manage to cook up a contraption that we can?t imagine living without. The automobile. The light bulb. The television. New Coke (kidding — Google it). The microwave (my grandmother?s favorite — “How in God’s good name does it heat up the cup of coffee without heating the walls of the oven???,” she’d always ask ). The personal computer. And that ubiquitous smartphone.
And now, straight out of Korea, the home of Samsung, the Officiser is poised to blow up! ?
For those of us who spend a large portion of our day sitting, some geniuses have cooked up an ?invention? that allows us to move our lower bodies while typing away at the keyboard, watching television, or reading, thereby improving our circulation and overall health. Continue reading
*I?d been in Santa Rosa the night before for Johnny Mathis? show, and couldn?t resist checking out the Charles M Schulz Museum & Research Center before heading home. Fans of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, or any of the Peanuts gang will love the center, while learning something they didn?t know about the revered comic strip.
?It Was A Dark And Stormy Night? is the name of the Center?s newest exhibit, outlining the history behind Snoopy?s hysterical writing career. ?Other attractions included Snoopy?s presentation of famous United States presidential pets ? did you know that long before we met the Obama?s dogs, a pet alligator lived in the White House?? ? and an exhibit that details the Peanuts gang?s devotion to health and fitness (Peppermint Patty was ahead of her time in trying to eat a healthy lunch). Continue reading
*As hungry as I was, am, I just threw out a few slices of bacon that had a use by date of a week ago. So glad I paid attention?this time.?I generally stick with my Lowfat Berry Cereal in the red box — which I get from Trader Joe’s; but I was out and was about to opt for my second standby: turkey bacon. As good as those remaining two pieces looked (well, how good could they look raw, but still, I was hungry so I imagined them cooked…something told me, throw it away!).
- Harvard University scientists have found mice fed older meat had a 13% shorter lifespan than those fed younger meat
- They claim it is because the set-in damage of the meat damaged the mice’s cells
- Cellular damage is the reason we age, become weary and eventually die?
You might want to pay attention to this new study done by researchers at Harvard University. It sounds overly dramatic, but that doesn’t make their findings any less true. According to a Daily Mail article, their study shows there is no question that old ingredients could shorten our lifespan, and that old food is one of the factors contributing to this. Continue reading
Students from On A Mission Inc. Los Angeles (Facebook)
*Here is an amazing, yet final opportunity to send your child on a tour to visit some of the nation’s best historical landmarks and ?Universities!
But hurry…There are only a few spaces left!
The tour is facilitated by?On A Mission, Inc. ?and is designed to show local children historical places outside of California, and introduce them to a few colleges. The lucky tourists will get to visit some amazing places (scroll down) they may have only heard about.
A meeting to discuss the particulars will be held THIS SATURDAY, February 25th at, now don’t let this deter you PLEASE: Southwest Police Station,?1546 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.,?Los Angeles, CA. 90062 at?9:00am? Continue reading
*I still remember the “horse of a different color” scene in the 1939 Hollywood remake of The Wizard of Oz.?
Remember it? ?That horse changed into several bright colors during that segment, and has prompted smiles for generations of movie lovers.
Well, THAT was a horse…in a movie. ? I wouldn’t have been smiling at the sight of this: ?a 4- to 5-foot orange alligator. ?He or she — you can’t blame anyone for not wanting to get close enough to discern the beast’s gender! — turned heads earlier this week near a pond just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. ?Residents have begun joking that it should be called a “Trumpagator.” Continue reading