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91st Annual Fall Festival.

28 Sep

So, Monday begins the 91st Annual Fall Festival in Evansville, Indiana.
Evansville is my hometown, and like most Evansvillians, the Fall Festival is an annual MUST.
Thousands of people attend, eating delicious, random, inventive, and potentially grotesque foods- most of them fried.

Actually it is noted as the second largest street fest in the United States, under Mardi Gras.
It is such a unique atmosphere, especially due to the predominantly German culture on the West Side.
This will be the first time in a long time that I do not attend.
In a way, it makes me feel as though Evansville is even less my “home.” And that’s bittersweet, despite the insane amount
of sugar on West Franklin Street this weekend.

Do any of you have fall traditions?

More Than Just a Pretty Face

23 Sep

https://i0.wp.com/allthingsd.com/files/2012/09/F10.08.2012.Promo3_-212x285.jpg Fortune Magazine’s October issue highlights women in the business world.
I have included the link to see who made the list. Also, I love the cover of the magazine.

link:  http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/most-powerful-women/2012/snapshots/1.html?iid=F_F500M

Oreo Deliciousness

16 Sep

I ABSOLUTELY love candy corn. I have NO idea why.
I always eat too many, and they really have no taste.
Regardless, if I could eat Oreos (I can’t eat gluten) I would want
one of these, but I’m told they’re disgusting.

 

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Here is the article about them:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/07/candy-corn-oreos_n_1865397.html

I’m In a New York State of Mind

14 Sep

Last night, I was OVERLY anticipating the Season 4 Premiere of Glee. Before plays the X-Factor. This gentlemen walked on stage after a series of awful, and he was a pleasant, goosebump stimulating surprise.

After that incredible version of that song, Glee began. Now, I am a fan of Lea Michele (as I previously mentioned in my Spring Awakening post), most hate her because they hate the character, Rachel. I happen to be a HUGE fan. And, I like the new character, Marley, who sings with her in another version of New York State of Mind.

I can’t get this song out of my head, but it’s worth it! ūüôā

Do I Want a Prenup?

14 Sep

Recently, I have encountered discussions concerning prenuptial agreements, and I am fascinated about this topic. Honestly, it is not a subject I have given a lot of thought, but I have found that is the case with most individuals— they simply don’t know how they feel. I have asked a collection of people what they think, and now, I am asking all of you:

 

How do you feel about prenups?

 

I’m including two articles. One is a 2010 article from USA Today titled: “Prenuptial agreements: Unromantic, but Important.” This article offers multiple perspectives on the topic, all of which are very interesting and insightful. http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/basics/2010-03-08-prenups08_CV_N.htm

Then Ask Men’s “How To: Convince Her To Sign A Preup,” which I included simply for entertainment purposes.¬† http://www.askmen.com/money/how_to_150/190b_how_to.html

 

Personally, I could see myself getting one. There are some prenuptial agreements that, in my opinion, cover offensive and ridiculous topics like weight limits and sexual demands. Mine would not consist of those but the important financial details logically make a lot of sense. It’s definitely not a romantic thought and I am a total sap, but what do you think?

 

 

 

Soraya Chemaly

14 Sep

After a discussion with my good friend, I sought out Soraya Chemaly because my friend suggested it in my quest for contributions on this blog. Looking at her input for “The Good Men Project,” I think I like her. I definitely like the topics she covers in a very real way.

 

This piece: “‘Ladies, If You Can’t Take a Joke, Get A New Job.’ WTF?” was one that I found very interesting. Chemaly discusses how workplaces turn up their nose when women complain about sexual harassment. Apparently, it is seen as unprofessional and weak. I’ve been thinking about this, and I don’t doubt it. Not having worked in corporate America or a more legitimate setting (most of my experience has been part time minus working on a campaign this past summer), I can still imagine how this scene plays out. I think of a man and woman who are on the same level, both strong workers who benefit their workplace. The man is harassing the woman. The woman complains. A blind eye is turned. The man is an asset to the company, despite his unprofessional tendencies. I think this would be true; the average company would protect their male employee and tell the female to “hush.”

 

“WTF?” – Soraya Chemaly ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† I am asking this same question.

 

I related this article to the dialogue thefemalevoter was having about rape. Several of us mentioned peoples’ hesitancy to tell someone about being raped and that it’s “embarrassing.” After reading this article, the sexual violation of a person came even more into perspective. Not only is confessing that reality embarrassing, it is discouraged in scenarios. NO WONDER PEOPLE DON’T MENTION IT! They don’t feel that they can.

If anyone finds time, check out this blog post of Soraya Chemaly: ¬† http://goodmenproject.com/gender-sexuality/ladies-if-you-cant-take-a-joke-get-a-new-job-wtf/. Let me know what you think. I’m still deciding.

 

 

Ladies Who Golf

12 Sep

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/12/sports/golf/12iht-srbolpga12.html?_r=1&ref=women

As a golfer, this excited me.

Basically, this article talks about the recent progress made in the Ladies Professional Golf Association. More and more, the association is becoming easily recognized on a global scale. Women are competing at a more intense level and continue to see younger females on the course and taking home trophies. In addition to this, the L.P.G.A. is seeing greater support from sponsors and receiving more opportunities for tournaments and promotional events.

Margaret’s Words of Wisdom

12 Sep

This is how Margaret Thatcher thinks about Women and Politics.

Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to hold the position of elected Prime Minister in England, in 1979. She held the position for three terms then resigned in 1991; she was feeling the repercussions of unpopular policy and tension within her party. In addition, Thatcher occupied a seat in the House of Commons in 1959,¬† parliamentary under secretary for pensions and national insurance in 1961, secretary of state for education and science in¬† 1970, and was leader of the Conservative Party in 1975 until she made history in 1979, receiving a position she believed a woman wouldn’t occupy in her lifetime.

Mama Who Bore Me… and Lied to Me

7 Sep

This October, Ball State’s theater department is bringing Spring Awakening to University¬† Theater.

This Tony Award- Winning musical emphasizes the educational gap between men and women in late 1800s Germany. The story follows Wendla, played by Lea Michele, who asks her mother the age old question: where do babies come from? Her mother lies to her, merely because she is a young woman, and that lie drives the rest of the story.

Watch from approx. :25 to 6:15, and I encourage you to continue watching. It is a beautiful show.
This scene, specifically, shows Wendla asking her mother and how her mother blatantly treats her daughter like a fool.
The show should be terrific, and tickets are now on sale!
ENJOY!

When A Man Is the Victim

6 Sep

I am currently in Family Law or Political Science 241, and this is a class that cultivates a lot of very interesting discussion. Also, wanting to be a family lawyer makes this class extremely interesting to me.

Recently, the class got on the topic of rape and the difference between men and women under this subject. Since talking about it in class, I have done quite a bit of searching, hoping to find interesting articles or stories pertaining to men who have been raped. However, normally it will be said that the male was “sexually assaulted.”

I’m bringing this up because often we focus on how women are treated differently than men and not taken as seriously, but what about the man? I do not agree with the belief that a man cannot be raped. Respectfully, in my opinion, they absolutely can. It may not happen as often, but unfortunately, it is happening.

 

What do all of you think?