June 2011 Entries
American children are exposed to violence and stress at early ages. Because of technology and the media, visual images of disaster, war and criminal activity can be seen daily on household televisions. That’s why it is crucial for parents to discuss the difficult possibilities.
My 90-year-old father has been visiting for the month of June and frequently watches news channels. He is updating me on the Casey Anthony trial. Like many Americans, he has been intrigued by the case. Casey Anthony, a young mom, is accused of first-degree murder of her two-year old daughter, Caylee. If she is convicted, she could face the death penalty.
For a number of single parent families operating without a dad in the picture (not usually by choice), Father's Day will be a sad day. I'll never forget my television appearance on Queen Latifah's now defunct talk show in which I shared the stage with several teenagers. They were on the show because of violent impulses to hurt others or do harm to their schools. Every one of those teens had no father in their lives.
I am glad Rep. Anthony Weiner finally confessed to lying about his lewd Twitter photo and apologized to his family and friends. Another politician in a sex scandal is, regrettably, familiar news these days, but you have to wonder why it takes media hounding these guys to finally fess up. This blog post isn’t written in a spirit of judgment, but to simply comment on a misconception featured in a recent article related to the news.
I hate being weighed at the doctor’s office. I swear her scales are set to add five pounds as an incentive for all of us to lose weight! The number that shows up is never the same as mine at home. And the number is never in my favor! I’m thinking conspiracy theory here.