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“They’re All Gonna Laugh At You” …..Or Are They?

“They’re All Gonna Laugh At You”  …..Or Are They?

Sep 30, 2013

We are heading into October this week and Halloween is my favorite time of year. This month some of my favorite ladies of horror will be featured.  I begin this week with a character I can really identify with….Carrie White. With the new version of the movie ready to be released this month I have decided to visit the original which they will never outdo.  Sissy Spacek was flawless in the role.  Now get ready to embrace your inner bad girl and step to the aside so that bucket of blood doesn’t get dumped on you. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week! In a day and age where bullying is all over the media this seemed the perfect Movie Bad Girl to start the Halloween Season with. For those of you who have lived under a rock and are not familiar with “Carrie” here is a brief overview: Carrie White is the nerdy girl everybody loves to pick on. She lives at home with her mother who is a religious woman to a whole new degree that is both passionate and frightening (we will get into Margaret at another time). Carrie is a shy girl who although kind of plain is by no means ugly. She is out of place among her peers and rather clumsy and they take full advantage of it. Carrie wants to be normal, or at least like everyone else in her senior class. She has no friends and is a sad and lonely girl. Like all girls she does have a secret crush (we’ve all had at least one)  on Bates High School sports hero Tommy Ross.  After a humiliating event after gym class and series of event is set into motion. Carrie will get invited to the prom by Tommy Ross himself. At the prom she will finally know what it feels like to be like everyone else and not an outcast. Sadly this will be short lived. Unknown (except to a couple of people) Christine Hargensen (spoiled rich girl and mega-bitch) who hates Carrie for no other reason other than she is Carrie, has devised the ultimate humiliation for this poor girl. She has made sure...

Ask Madeleine Vol. 15: How to work faster and motivate people.

Ask Madeleine Vol. 15: How to work faster and motivate people.

Sep 30, 2013

Need a fresh perspective? Ask Madeleine.  She’s four and has no problem telling you exactly what to do.  Send in your questions–comment below, use the contact link, post them on our Facebook page, or email us at advice@wlbpa.org. Today, we are trying something different.  As Madeleine is getting on in her fourth year, she has been very vocal about when she wants to give advice and when she’s not in the mood.  I can definitely picture her saying, “Walk with me, people” as the CEO of some company.  She is really enjoying the idea of doing a “radio show” where she gets to answer questions and then hear it played back. In our first impromptu broadcast, Madeleine shares advice about working faster and motivating others.  Send in your questions for our next show! audioplease specify correct url Stinky Old Mom:  I thought I’d chime in on a couple of points.  First, working faster.  Sometimes, we are all looking deadlines in the face and we have to crank out results quickly.  How can we do this?  I read an article from Forbes about writing more quickly, but in it, the author notes “suspending critical thinking” as a major tactic for working faster.  This is true for all circumstances where you just have to get. things. done.  Too often it is our own judgmental mind that slows us down, whether it causes us to edit our writing unnecessarily or to nitpick over nonessential details.  Suspending the level of criticism we normally allow ourselves helps us have a smoother thought process, faster production, more creativity, and less conflict.  Once the work has been produced, the critical eye can look things over for tweaks. Second, I like the idea of motivating your co-workers very much.  Too often, people go unappreciated at work.  This causes big issues in the workforce (and I think it is an easy fix).  Some people will retire sooner than they will see/hear recognition from their boss!  But the truth is, you don’t work with your boss that often–you work with your co-workers.  They are the ones you see, need to work closely with, and need to rely on in order to accomplish your job....

Musing #15: Walk Quickly, and Carry a Big Purse (or CARS, Part I)

Musing #15: Walk Quickly, and Carry a Big Purse (or CARS, Part I)

Sep 27, 2013

Keepin’ it brief tonight, ’cause this crazy day’s not even close to over. And my heart is kind of racing from all my rushing and schlepping. Part of the “cray” of today was a trip to the DMV. Oh, DMV. Ever the acute ass pain are you. I had to renew my driver’s license. It expired on my recent 2×4 to the face of a 34th birthday. I always keep the license current, despite never in my life having driven in New York City. And may the Force see to it that I never have to drive in New York City. Because I suffer from severe panic attacks, and nothing is more certain to spark one than a wall of speedy pedestrians confronting behind-the-wheel Stacy. So, yeah. This week’s struggle (as well as next week’s) pertains to cars. 1948 Tucker “The Only Car I Have Ever Wanted” Without qualification, my #1 fave aspect of NYC is the subway – the only 24-hour subway on Earth. My passion for brisk walking (sometimes 100 blocks at a time for exercise/exploring on weekends) would tie for #1 fave NYC aspect if it weren’t an aspect of the former. I LOVE LIFE SANS CARS!!! Car-lessness is one of the main reasons I refuse to live anywhere else. More on that next week! Now, car-less life does pose certain logistical problems…especially for someone of my size. In Musing #12, wherein I publicly mourned the culling of my beloved library in the name of space, I mentioned this: …I’m donating two boxes full of my sadly rejected books to NYC Books Through Bars. ‘Cause if I must part with them, they must go to someone who will actually read them. And prisoners read. Well, guess what! Three musings later, those two full boxes of books are still clogging my thimble…I mean, living room. Why? Because I’m not strong enough to carry even one (let alone two) of those boxes down from the third floor and out to the street for cab-hailing. Nor am I strong enough to carry one from a cab into the building for which both boxes are bound. One of these days, my roommate Winston and I...

Family Fun Celebration

Family Fun Celebration

Sep 27, 2013

Our great friends at What’s Doing? Tampa Bay are celebrating three fabulous years!  Join the WLBPA for a fun filled afternoon on October 13th.  Bring the whole family, jump in the free activities, and get yourself some delicious frozen yogurt!  October weekends fill up fast.  Mark your calendar today.  While you’re at it, bookmark What’s Doing? Tampa Bay and check often.  They are the premier site for events in the Tampa Bay area. Come up and say “Hello” in person and get a twisty-balloon creation.  We’d love to meet you! For more information, see details here. Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

Looking for Action? Think YMCA

Looking for Action? Think YMCA

Sep 26, 2013

By Mo Breden I’ve never been an advocate for organized anything. I’ve always been a bit of a loner. This is different from lonely.  I am not a lonely person, but I enjoy being alone, having my alone time. I spent close to forty years listening to the public, hearing complaints, solving problems of employees and organizations, so in my retirement I was enjoying nothing better than just peace, quiet and alone time. Before I retired I looked into the programs at my local YMCA. They have a huge outdoor heated pool and swimming has always been one of my loves, but I did nothing about joining until about a year after I retired. I got in my car drove down there and talked to one of the YMCA representatives in the lobby. I got a tour of the entire YMCA, including the pool, a listing of all the programs available, and I joined and went swimming the next day. I have not been the same since that day, and for the better. My journey in the pool will be the topic of many more blog posts, but today I want to talk about my YMCA experiences. At my home YMCA, the lifeguards now know me by name, they know when I have a new bathing suit in a smaller size and they are always encouraging, helpful and friendly. Most of the reception desk personnel also know me by name or face and we even have jokes about the time of morning or night I’m swimming, the weather and a number of other things. There is always a good feeling for me in arriving at my local YMCA. I feel at home, as if I am a part of the place, and I am. This week, I traveled to New Jersey for the second birthday of my twin great niece and nephew, Valerie and Quinn. My goals for the trip were, to be of help to my niece with the twins, to be present for their second birthday, to give and get lots of hugs and kisses!  I also hoped to get them to say my name, Monka (family nickname), to spend a day...

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