Effects of a Sheltered Life
At the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a thin woman with a caption that read, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale? A woman answered by saying: Mermaids do not exist. But if they did exist they would have to see a pschycologist because of a split personality, woman or fish? They could not have a sex life or bear children. And who wants a girl who smells like fish by his side? 

Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale…

At the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a thin woman with a caption that read, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale? A woman answered by saying: Mermaids do not exist. But if they did exist they would have to see a pschycologist because of a split personality, woman or fish? They could not have a sex life or bear children. And who wants a girl who smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale…

June 19th Puerto Rican parade in Downtown Chicago…

June 19th Puerto Rican parade in Downtown Chicago…

Alexander McQueen… Talented Artist or Cruel jokster?

Alexander McQueen or Ralph Lauren?

Alexander McQueen or Ralph Lauren?

What comes with a lock, shelter from the elements, a low monthly rent, and enough space for personal belongings?
A rental storage unit, of course.
With record numbers of Americans out of work and unable to afford housing, people must be resourceful to keep a roof over their head. Of course, a storage unit is not ideal. But it beats the dangers of the street, the rules of shelters, and the stigma of tent cities for people who are newly homeless.
This is not a new phenomena. The Washington Post published a story several years ago that highlighted this issue in Maryland:

"Sometimes they can fix them up really nice," said Lawrence, who works at Economy Storage in Waldorf. They might add insulation, carpet on the floor, a bed, a rack for their clothes, a television, a hot plate, maybe even a little grill out back. "It’s just like a little efficiency, but without running water."

Could we be on to something here? Might storage units-turned-SROs be the answer to tent cities and overcrowded shelters?

What comes with a lock, shelter from the elements, a low monthly rent, and enough space for personal belongings?

A rental storage unit, of course.

With record numbers of Americans out of work and unable to afford housing, people must be resourceful to keep a roof over their head. Of course, a storage unit is not ideal. But it beats the dangers of the street, the rules of shelters, and the stigma of tent cities for people who are newly homeless.

This is not a new phenomena. The Washington Post published a story several years ago that highlighted this issue in Maryland:

"Sometimes they can fix them up really nice," said Lawrence, who works at Economy Storage in Waldorf. They might add insulation, carpet on the floor, a bed, a rack for their clothes, a television, a hot plate, maybe even a little grill out back. "It’s just like a little efficiency, but without running water."

Could we be on to something here? Might storage units-turned-SROs be the answer to tent cities and overcrowded shelters?

Why is this STILL an issue?!?!

The Louisiana Justice of the Peace who refused to marry an interracial couple said he doesn’t see what the problem is with what he did now, because the couple is already married.

"I’m sorry, you know, that I offended the couple, but I did help them and tell them who to go to and to get married," he said. "And they went and got married, and they should be happily married, and I don’t see what the problem is now."

Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish in southeastern Louisiana, wouldn’t issue a license to or preside over the nuptials for Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, of Hammond, La., who is black.

The two were later married by another area justice of the peace.

Bardwell, who’s held his post more than 30 years, said he refused to perform the ceremony because of his concern for the future of the couple’s children.

Bardwell said, “I’ve had countless numbers of people that was born in that situation, and that they claim that the blacks or the whites didn’t accept the children. And I didn’t want to put the children in that position.”

Bardwell wouldn’t issue them a marriage license. Humphrey says she initially spoke to Bardwell’s wife, who said her husband would not issue the license because they are an interracial couple.

Humphrey said, “I was just completely shocked. I had no words.”

McKay added, “He’s not going to marry us because your black, and I’m white. … It’s 2009.”

"The law says that I cannot deny mixed race marriages," he said. "And that means prevent them from getting married. And I did not prevent them getting married."

Humphrey and McKay are now mulling legal action against Bardwell.

So… I’ve just been introduced to Nutella!!! Delicious!
Ingredients
1 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
2 stick(s) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cup(s) sugar
1 jar(s) (13-ounce) Nutella
Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, tapping out any excess flour. In a glass measuring cup, lightly beat the eggs with the vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk the 1 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. With the mixer at medium-low speed, gradually beat in the egg mixture until fully incorporated. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, beating at low speed between additions until just incorporated. Continue to beat for 30 seconds longer.
Spread one-third of the batter in the prepared pan, then spread half of the Nutella on top. Repeat with another third of the batter and the remaining Nutella. Top with the remaining batter. Lightly swirl the Nutella into the batter with a butter knife. Do not overmix.
Bake the cake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack, turn it right side up, and let cool completely, about 2 hours. Cut the cake into slices and serve.

So… I’ve just been introduced to Nutella!!! Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 2 stick(s) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 jar(s) (13-ounce) Nutella

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, tapping out any excess flour. In a glass measuring cup, lightly beat the eggs with the vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk the 1 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. With the mixer at medium-low speed, gradually beat in the egg mixture until fully incorporated. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, beating at low speed between additions until just incorporated. Continue to beat for 30 seconds longer.
  3. Spread one-third of the batter in the prepared pan, then spread half of the Nutella on top. Repeat with another third of the batter and the remaining Nutella. Top with the remaining batter. Lightly swirl the Nutella into the batter with a butter knife. Do not overmix.
  4. Bake the cake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack, turn it right side up, and let cool completely, about 2 hours. Cut the cake into slices and serve.
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” ~ Sonia Sotomayor

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” ~ Sonia Sotomayor

Meet the inventor of “Another use for teenagers”… Paper weights?
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A Marshall County woman is in the city jail here for having her 13-year-old daughter ride in a cardboard box atop her van.
Albertville Police spokesman Sgt. Jamie Smith said Jackie Denise Knott, 37, of Albertville was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Smith said the child was turned over to a relative.
Smith said police received a call Sunday morning of a minivan traveling on U.S. 431 with a large cardboard box on top with a child inside.
Officers stopped the van on U.S. 431 and asked Knott why the child was riding atop her vehicle.
"The box was too big to go inside the van, and she would be able to hold it down if she was inside the box," Smith said the woman told police.
When asked about the child’s safety, Smith said Knott told the officers that she had the box secured to the van with a clothes hanger.

Meet the inventor of “Another use for teenagers”… Paper weights?

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A Marshall County woman is in the city jail here for having her 13-year-old daughter ride in a cardboard box atop her van.

Albertville Police spokesman Sgt. Jamie Smith said Jackie Denise Knott, 37, of Albertville was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Smith said the child was turned over to a relative.

Smith said police received a call Sunday morning of a minivan traveling on U.S. 431 with a large cardboard box on top with a child inside.

Officers stopped the van on U.S. 431 and asked Knott why the child was riding atop her vehicle.

"The box was too big to go inside the van, and she would be able to hold it down if she was inside the box," Smith said the woman told police.

When asked about the child’s safety, Smith said Knott told the officers that she had the box secured to the van with a clothes hanger.