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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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Posts tagged ‘USA Today’
Posted: January 23rd, 2014

ColemanIf you watch any video with Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, you’ll be inspired.

He is the first deaf offensive player to ever play in the NFL. USA Today reported that Duracell released a commercial about his story. It made me cry. Deaf since age 3, Coleman beat some tough odds to wear hearing aids in a rough game. Here’s a link to the USA story that also includes a letter Coleman responded to from a young deaf student.

Another Super Bowl story centers on Denver Broncos‘ quarterback Peyton Manning’s use of the word “Omaha” in play calling. The folks in Omaha are ecstatic, and everyone is playing the gig for all it’s worth. This NPR interview has NPR’ Melissa Block and David Brown, president and CEO of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, sharing some fun news about how Omaha has benefited from the play calling.

The report shares that Omaha donates $800 to Peyton Manning’s charity every time he said “Omaha” this season — to the tune of $25,000. It’s safe to say there are a lot of Bronco fans in Omaha. And the city returned the favor. When chicks were born at the zoo, one was named Peyton. The city also made a video — click here to see it.

The back stories to Super Bowl – which takes place in New Jersey on Feb. 2 — are great fun. One forecast that will highlight the event is cold temperatures and snow — something all of us in Erie, Pa., can understand.

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: September 6th, 2013

USOpenTennis0430dAfter watching many hours of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, it’s clear that gray and pink and red and blue combos are in — for men and women in sports outfits. First the good stuff: Sloane Stephens in UnderArmour looked great. There she is at left. I liked her outfit

The USA Today article on the best and worst dressed men and women, by Chris Case — click here — is very funny. Li Na — looked great in purple.

But SerAzarenkaena Williams and Victoria Azarenka wore Nike outfits that I just can’t say looked good. I can’t think of anyone they would look good on, quite frankly.  The USA Today article agreed on that one, and you must visit that site to see Venus’ Williams fingernails. How she played tennis with a giant ring and those nails is beyond me. Jie Zheng

I’ve got to go get something red and blue. Or purple. Or pink. Or gray. Happy Fashion Friday!

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 of three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: April 18th, 2013

Young businessman standing over a young businesswoman sleeping on a couchIn a word: Kids? USA Today, National Public Radio and other venues have brought up a Center for Disease Control Study that 10 percent of men  and 15 percent of women aged 18-44 are exhausted. Here’s the USA Today article.

Most of the articles about the study attribute the fatigue to child-rearing. I think it’s interesting that the CDC put out the graph below that NPR used,Tired women

I don’t see anything in that graph except that women are permanently more tired than men.

The comments on Scott Hensley’s article on the NPR page “Annals Of The Obvious: Women Way More Tired Than Men” are worth reading.

Draw your own conclusions. I think it’s time for a nap.

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 and stepmom to three. 

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Posted: February 6th, 2013

photo-1For laughs today, here’s the sandwich I know my kids would love. It’s a grilled mac and cheese. I’m not a fan, but NPR‘s Ian Chillag of The Salt says the only thing that could make it worse for you is if they deep fried it. Read the full story here.

In USA Today, columnist Craig Wilson calls attention to a study that says women find Wednesdays to be stressful and really not pretty especially around 3:30 p.m. It’s an interesting read about how weekends and stress catch up with us today. Read it here.

So have a grilled mac and cheese, and don’t let stress catch up with you today.

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 step-grandmom to one.  

 

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Posted: November 30th, 2012

Move over Victoria’s Secret. Spanx has been in the news big time this year. Sara Blakely, 41, the youngest woman to hit the Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires is squeezing big money out of the girdle that does it all. Sold on QVC, endorsed by Oprah, and hitting $250 million in sales in 2011, Spanx opened its first retail stores in November. Blakeley is married, and she is a mom to a 3-year-old son. Catch the ABC-News story here.

The first Spanx store opened at Tysons Corner Center shopping mall in McLean, Va. Read the USA Today article here. Blakely said the mall was also the the site of the first Apple store. Another store is in Philadelphia, and one will be opening soon in New Jersey.

The Spanx idea got legs 13 years ago when Blakely cut the feet out of her control-top pantyhose to smooth out her lower body. She ran the business out of her apartment. Now, the Spanx empire includes back-fat-eliminating wear, clasp-free bras called “Bra-lellujahs,” shapers and tummy tamers — more than 200 products sold in 13 countries. She even has a line of Manx T-shirts for men and more. This is a success story we love — no butts about it. Quick info on Blakely:

  1. The Clearwater, Fla., native has an interesting and inspiring story. Read it here.
  2. She is the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire.
  3. She credits motivational tapes for success.
  4. Failed the LSAT entrance exam for law school. (Credits this for success too!)
  5. Founded the “Leg Up” program that supports female entrepreneurs.

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

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Posted: October 4th, 2012

Social media went nuts when Mitt Romney commented that he would cut funding to PBS. Romney mentioned that he loved Big Bird and moderator Jim Lehrer, but government shouldn’t be funding PBS. USA Today reported immediately on the topic — read it here. The report included that there is a @FiredBigBird account, and another humorous tweet – “I worked with Big Bird. I served with Big Bird. You, sir, are no Big Bird,” The Lance Arthur, @thelancearthur, of San Francisco tweeted.

A very humorous Big Bird for President 2012 page on Facebook launched. Cookie Monster has been suggested as VP. The group had 500 members an hour after the debate ended.

Twitter handle @BigBirdRomney beat that. It had more than 7,000 followers after the debate.

The posts are funny on both FB and Twitter. Sesame Street character photos have humorous captions all related to saving Big Bird. Looks like some mad muppets out there.

Here’s the Sesame Street song. My kids and I learned plenty from Big Bird and the gang.  Long live Big Bird and all the muppets.

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 28th, 2012

Straight from Instyle.com — I am loving this look that really has it all. Hat, shoes, gloves, purse and belt that just says “polished.”  Those shoes are outta my league in height, but I could pull off a lower heel.

One thing I noticed this season is that gloves are stealing the fashion scene. Whether they are cute and colorful or elegant, gloves get a hand from fashionistas everywhere.

Here’s a link to Only Fashions, a site that has gloves that go with just about everything for winter.

Here’s a fun link to a USA Today story on how gloves on the gridiron in the NFL are making their own fashion statement.

Happy Friday!

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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