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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: February 6th, 2014

Ferris Wheel Glowing at TwilightYes, I know — in February? Next Friday — Valentine’s Day — is Ferris Wheel Day — a tribute to George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., born on Feb. 14.

My first date with my husband was on a Ferris wheel — at the North East Cherry Festival 12 years ago. So, here’s to George Ferris!

The civil engineer made the first Ferris Wheel at the World’s Colombian Exhibition in Chicago more than 100 years ago in 1893.

According to The Man Who Invented the Wheel, and Paid the Price by Dennis Bell, Ferris was born in a Galesburg, Ill., and his family settled in Nevada where he became fascinated with  a water wheel as a kid.

He later worked in New York City and Pittsburgh, designing bridges, tunnels and trestles. He founded G.W.G. Ferris & Co., with offices in New York and Chicago. His 1893 Ferris wheel was built to rival the 1889 Eiffel Tower —  made famous by inventor Gustave Eiffel at the  1889 Paris International Exposition.

Ferris spent $25,000 of his own money on the Ferris wheel plan and constructed it in 22 weeks. It was about 26 stories tall, survived a hurricane and had nearly 1.5 million patrons in Chicago. Ferris later started smaller Ferris wheel productions but lost a lot of money and died three years later in Pittsburgh at age 37.

Another Illinois engineer, William Sullivan, took up Ferris’ inventive ideas and created portable Ferris wheels at the Eli Bridge Company in 1896 in  Jacksonville. Ill.– it is still manufacturing Ferris wheels.

And all because a kid loved water wheels — Happy B-day to Mr. Ferris.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.


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Posted: October 29th, 2013

red dress 2It’s Tuesday, Red Shoe Day and World Stroke Day. I’ll tie them together. Just give me a minute. A lot of people in my family and circle of friends have been affected by strokes. My grandfather, father, niece (and she was only 30) and many others close to me — young people — have had strokes.

Know the signs, and don’t ignore them. During a stroke, blood doesn’t flow properly in the brain, so stroke victims may not realize that something is wrong. It’s up to the rest of us. Here are signs to never ignore if they come on suddenly:

Severe headache. My niece, mom of a newborn at the time, had a headache — not just any headache. Her husband took her to the ER, and she had a stroke in the ER. She recovered within months, but a headache isn’t always just a headache.

Numbness. In my dad’s case, it was numbness of his fingers. He didn’t recognize it as a symptom. We caught it because he didn’t sound right when I called him, and a neighbor checked on him for me. The neighbor called 911, and my dad was very lucky. No permanent damage, but he spent six months relearning a lot of common tasks.  A friend of mine also passed off numbness as nothing wrong until her family insisted they all go to the ER where they learned she had a stroke.

Arm weakness. Don’t pass it off as a cramp or too much exercise if it comes on suddenly.

Difficulty speaking or thinking can be a sign of stroke. Slurring words, confusion or an inability to understand or comply with simple commands can be a sign that something is wrong.

Local hospitals are on the case

Clot-buster medications can help many stroke victims. Click here to read stroke survival stories from UPMC Hamot. Visit the Saint Vincent Stroke Center for more information on its stories and technology.

The American Heart Association has more information. And women should visit Goredforwomen.org to learn more about how heart disease affects women. It still kills more women than all cancers combined.

Get out the red shoes every Tuesday

Wearing red shoes on Tuesday is part of a movement of women supporting women for career success. Mariela Dabbah started the Red Shoe Movement to support Latino women. Red Shoe Tuesdays shouts out our support for women moving into management careers. Men often wear red ties or red socks as support. Even Richard Royce (Kevin Bishop) from Rebel Wilson‘s sitcom “Super Fun Night” wears a red tie.

Stay healthy, everyone!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: June 11th, 2013

red shoesGet out those ruby red slippers today. Or heels. Or sneakers! The Red Shoe Movement is here, and it encourages women to wear red shoes to work on Tuesdays to show their support for other women in the workplace. Men are encouraged to wear red ties. The movement officially launched in New York City at The New York Times on March 26 with more than 200 participants wearing their red heels. Check out www.redshoemovement.com

The book “FIND YOUR INNER RED SHOES: Step Into Your Own Style of Success” (CA Press, May 2013), written by bestselling author Mariela Dabbah, is designed to increase female representation at the highest levels of decision-making.

Born in Argentina, Mariela Dabbah is a frequent guest on CNN, Univision, Telemundo, Fox News, and major network. She is an award-winning author, consultant, trainer and media contributor on issues of education, career development and empowerment with a focus on Latinos.

The heels pictured are mine from Zappos.com.

Pam Parker is the editor ofLake Erie LifeStyleHer Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.


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Posted: November 27th, 2012

It’s all over the blogs right now.

NBC announced today that the network has hired “Downton Abbey” writer Julian Fellowes to create a similar drama about  late-nineteenth-century New York City.

Read the full story here from Vulture. It will be called “The Gilded Age,” and it will concentrate on money making Americans who lived lavishly.

The news broke today, but Fellowes promised that he will continue “Downton Abbey,” recently renewed for a fourth season.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: September 21st, 2012

I wasn’t sure if these were weird or awesome, so I asked parents of younger kids. Holly Waychoff says awesome — anything that gets kids to wear a bike or ski helmet is all right with her. Me too. Here’s a link to these funky colored Mohawks callled Fohawx!

They are sold at Toys “R” Us for $19.99 each. The funky styles attach easily to helmets.  Here’s a link to the instructions for how to attach.

Two clever moms founded the company. Jocelyn Fine, an art teacher in New York City, and Kelly Dineen, a manager at Toys “R” Us took the idea from paper to retail.  Meet them here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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