Saturday, May 7, 2011

Really have to get back to blogging!!

Two weeks into my new job at Bite Size PR and I'm almost used to the schedule. Of course, there are only 3 weeks left of school and what happens when the children are home and we are swimming every day remains to be seen.

What I haven't gotten back to yet is the blogging (duh). Or the spinning. I have knit half a mitt. I knit more during the LA Fellows!

By the way, your (perhaps but I hope not) last chance to become an LA Fellow is approaching! They are having one more orientation for Cohort 4 on Wednesday, May 11th at 10am at Los Angeles Valley College. If you are a highly experienced professional on a job search, this could be the program for you! Very high level career coaching, interview technique, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, confidence building and--best of all--support from other professionals in the same boat. If you want to hear my take on the program, read my graduation speech HERE.

Kids are crazy busy with getting ready for their spring dance recital (next weekend), finals, field trips, swim and French lessons. I think we are all ready for a break. At least they will get one! We are also preparing for tryouts for Swim Team and Water Polo Team and starting to gear up for this year's Vacation Bible School, at which I will attempt to volunteer in the early mornings, sigh.

I must manage to spin today. For my mental health!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

A New Beginning

I've been gone a while, I know, and busy, crazy busy for a while, too. But good things are starting to happen!

On Monday, I start as a Media Relations Associate with Bite Size PR, a marketing firm in Chicago. I'm very excited about this opportunity to move into my new career.

The LA Fellows turned out to be a real watershed period for me, a time to regroup, refine my goals, strategize and plan for the future. The things I learned there will stay with me for the rest of my life, whatever roles come now and later. They tell us we have three or four more careers ahead of us, that is so exciting!

On this Easter Eve, I wish all of my friends and family a beautiful new life. Every day is a new opportunity to grow, to learn, to love. Take it and run with it and leave everything on the road!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If I Were Editor of the Burbank Patch: March 30, 2011

Some days I really wish I had time to cover all the events in my wonderful town! I spent some time covering Central LA this last week, but Burbank is my pride and joy!

This afternoon there is a MadLibs Workshop at the Buena Vista Library at 4pm. Have you ever played MadLibs? This is pretty much the funniest game EVAR! I would love to attend this Workshop and report on some of the funny stuff these 3rd and 4th graders can come up with (except for the scatological answers that they always try)!

Tomorrow night there is a Trivia Challenge at the Castaway Restaurant that sounds like fun, too! I wonder which team will win...

On Saturday (I really might go to this one) is the annual Magical Magnolia Bicycle Tour. We've been invited to this event by friends for the last couple of years, but have never gone. I bet there will be some great photos to be had! Pick up a treasure map, decorate your helmet and you bike and go off on a tour of this vibrant neighborhood!

I'm still looking for news about what sounded like gunshots last night in my neighborhood, but nothing yet. If I had a police scanner, I would know the scoop for sure.

The Burbank Temporary Aid Center shelves are still suffering, both from fewer donations and more needy families. I would go over and ask if any of the local organizations are upping their normal donations (my church is, for example) and what they especially need. This is a great place to give in your own community!

Something I am attending is a Seminar on Social Media and your business at the Community Services Building in Burbank taught by Dr. Virginia Green, an expert in entrepreneurship. Dr. Green is an amazing instructor with whom I have prior experience and I know she will encourage and educate us all toward success in our entrepreneurial endeavors.

Whew! That was enough alliteration for today!

And that's what I would be covering...

If I Were the Editor of the Burbank Patch!


Monday, March 28, 2011

LIVEBLOG: President Obama's Speech on LIbya, March 29, 2011

The President will begin in a few minutes.

I don't know how I feel about the Libya situation and am eager to get a clear statement from President Obama on what is happening and what the plans are.

I do feel that, as much as I would like him to go to Congress in these kind of situations, the circumstances, especially in the House, are not conducive to quick action, which was probably necessary here.

4:32pm PST: Begins by paying tribute to the troops. Laying out all of the places we are involved, Japan, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.

U.S. has played a unique role in the world. We are naturally reluctant to use force? Oh. Libya, Tunisia and Egypt are one region. Quadaffi has been terrible. It looked like he was going to give way to the calls of the public for him to step down. But his response was to attack his people.

We froze his assets, sanctioned him with the UN. Quadaffi had lost the confidence of his people and the President called for him to step down. Quadaffi escalated his attacks, hospitals, ambulances, civilians, journalists were attacked. Food and water were stopped.

We and our European allies appealed to the world to save civilian lives and we joined with the UNSC to stop Quadaffi's air attacks and protect the Libyan people.

When Quadaffi continued and attacked Bengazi, the world faced a choice. Quadaffi declared "no mercy" and threatened to punish everyone. We know what he is like. We knew that if we waited one more day, Bengazi would be decimated.

4:39pm PST: 9 days ago we decided to move in to stop the looming tragedy. Tonight I can report we have stopped Quadaffi's deadly advance on Bengazi.

Our coalition includes the UK, France, Canada, Demark, Norway, Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey as well as Arab partners like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

This response came together incredibly quickly. It took us only 31 days to accomplish our goals. We have used no ground troops and on Wednesday we hand over power over the arms embargo and the no-fly-zone to NATO.

The US will continue to play a supporting role in the intervention.

The US has done what we said we would do.

Tomorrow Sec. Clinton will attend a summit in London to discuss the political efforts in Libya and what to do in the future to help Libyan people control their own country.

4:45pm PST: The debate in Washington has been over whether we should intervene at all, since we cannot intervene everywhere. But this is a false argument. We were faced with the prospect of terrible violence, we had the capability to stop it without putting American troops on the ground. We have responsibilities to our fellow human beings. "I refuse to wait for images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action."

Failure to act in Libya would carry a far greater price than intervention.

Some suggest we should not only protect the Libyan people but also pursue regime change. I would like if Quadaffi were out of power, but this would be a mistake. The task of our forces is protection and carries international support. Also the Libyan opposition asked us to. Our coalition could not survive a goal of regime change and many more people would be killed, both Libyan and American.

"We went down that road in Iraq."

We cannot afford to repeat that mistake.

What we can and will do is support the aspirations of the Libyan people. We will maintain their safety. We will work with other nations to hasten the day that Quadaffi leaves office. It should be clear that history is not on his side, but now there is time and space for the Libyans to determine their own destiny.

4:51pm PST: I will never hesitate to use our military when necessary. Sometimes the course of history threatens our common humanity: natural disaster, genocide. These may not be our problems alone, but they are important and worth solving. As the world's most powerful nation, we will be called up on to help. We should not be afraid to act.

American leadership is not just "going it alone." Real leadership creates the conditions where others can step up as well. That is the kind of leadership we have shown in Libya.

The risks are high. But the Libyan people are our friends. This change will complicate the world, change will come differently in different places. Egypt has inspired us. Iran still has difficulties.

The US will not dictate the pace and scope of change, only the people can do that. But we can make a difference. We must stand with those who have the same principles as we do. Universal rights, governments that are responsive to the people.

We welcome the fact that history is on the move and that young people are leading the way. Wherever people long to be free, they will find a friend in the United States.

We know that our own future is brighter if more of mankind can live with the bright light of freedom and dignity.

A pretty good job, if I may say so.


LIVEBLOG: President Obama's Speech on Libya

Just to let you know, I will be liveblogging President Obama's speech tonight on the intervention in Libya.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 24, 2011: If I Were the Editor of the Burbank Patch

We are having a bit of a break this morning in the rain, which is welcome, but will continue to have weather here in beautiful Burbank through Sunday, they say.

Have you seen Wundermap? It shows the current weather almost down to the raindrop so you can figure out when it's a good idea to get the dog out or run your errands.

This weekend in Burbank we have a visit from The Liberty Belle B-17 Flying Fortress to Bob Hope Airport. They are offering flights Saturday and Sunday. I would love to go over and interview people before and after or maybe even take a flight myself!

We also have a production of "Murder Takes the Stage" from the John Burroughs High School Drama Club opening tonight and running through Sunday afternoon, Students $8 and Adults $10. Sounds like fun!

The Stough Canyon Nature Center often featured here turned 10 years old last weekend and will be holding Saturday Night Alive! as usual on the 26th: $5 per family for a hike, snacks and a nature activity. Sunday they will host a Wild Creatures Hike at 11:30am.

Yesterday, the choirs from Jordan Middle School received Superior Ratings in competition, congratulations to the kids and their teachers!

I am off to visit the Farmer's Market on Central Avenue in Los Angeles this afternoon for another story which I will link to when it is posted. Hope it doesn't start raining...better check the Wundermap!

But that's what I would be covering...If I Were the Editor of the Burbank Patch!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Break in the Clouds: Today's Edition of...If I Were Editor of the Burbank Patch

Isn't it nice to see the sun again? Don't get used to it, the rain will be back tomorrow, but according to the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, there is no danger of mud or debris coming down in the foothills due to the huge storms we have had the last few days.

They also anticipate that the coming 2 inches of rain expected starting tonight can be handled by debris basins. This storm won't be as bad as the previous one, thank goodness!

There will be a SELPA Family Transition Forum at the Glendale Civic Auditorium tonight at 5:45pm. Over 30 agency providers will be in attendance and students with special needs and their families are invited. Make reservations HERE. You are invited by the Burbank, Glendale and La Canada School Districts.

Burbank business Encompass Digital Media was awarded honors by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth last night. They were awarded Strategic Deal of the Year for their acquisition of Crawford Communications, Inc. Congratulations, Encompass Digital Media!

Apparently Burbank has signed off on the plan to demolish the Burbank Boulevard Bridge (which in my mind was just renovated) in order to be able to add carpool lanes to the I-5 freeway. Yes, readers, this bridge is two blocks from my house and is basically my route everywhere except school. Is this another silver lining to not driving up to the church every day? 14 months. Ho hum. Link is to the full article in the Burbank Leader.

Having a bit of a day today but that is what I would cover...

If I Were the Editor of the Burbank Patch!