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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Wikipedia’
Posted: July 14th, 2014

256px-Marchmontpenny2VW SUVHerbie — the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle was so cute, it got its own name in a Disney movie in 1968 with The Love Bug.  The Beetle dates back to 1938, according to Wikipedia, and my friend, Jean Monahan Ross, had plenty of them. Not the 1938 models — we are not that old. 

About an hour ago, Volkswagen announced the Winterkorn, a mid-sized SUV made in in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Passat will also be made in Tennessee in 2016, according to a news releases from VW.  Read the full release here

The company promises 2,000 more jobs in Tennessee and much more. VW is now associated with Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini.  The company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers.

The announcement this morning made me think of Jean — and her Beetle and that movie with Herbie, of course. Cheers to Volkswagen. I see a little Beetle in that new Winterkorn. Maybe it’s  ancestry, genetics or wishful thinking on my part.

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, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

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Posted: June 10th, 2014

Teenagers Smiling in Group HugAt a recent job fair, my daughter was among the people looking for college interns for her employer. It seems like yesterday that she was the one attending those job fairs looking for an internship and then a job. But now, her observations are enlightening.

She noted that few of the college kids had an “elevator pitch” or elevator speech. Wikipedia defines this buzzword as a 30-second to 2-minute explanation of your business, or in this case, why someone should hire you.

How do you prepare an elevator pitch? Ask two moms of course – The Talented Ladies Club – two working moms in Britain offer some of the best tips I’ve seen on how to introduce yourself or your business in 60 seconds:

Confidently explain why you are a catch for any business. In essence you want to leave a great first impression whether you’re in an elevator, a chance meeting with a bigwig at a baseball game or at a job interview. The Talented Ladies Club pulled a bunch of resources and crafted a quick outline for an elevator pitch — by answering just a few questions that an interviewer might ask:

  1. What do you do?
  2. What problem do you solve?
  3. How is your product or service unique?
  4. How can you help me?

So who are the The Talented Ladies Club?  Two moms are behind this network and online community of “working mums.” Hannah Martin, an international copywriter teamed with Kary Fisher, a graphic designer and illustrator to create a great online community and more.

Read more at www.hannahmartincopywriter.co.uk and www.karyfisher.com

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Posted: May 20th, 2014
final four

Clockwise: Derek Hough and Amy Purdy; Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd — eliminated last night; and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas.

And then there were three. I know I have a picture of four, but it’s all I could find. I thought last night was the grand finale, but it’s tonight.

Who is going to win this one on “Dancing With the Stars?” The sentimental bets would have to be Amy Purdy, 34. The Olympic snowboarder dances on two prosthetic legs. Watching her dance with professional Derek Hough is just incredible. At 19, she survived a form of bacterial meningitis that resulted in organ failure, loss of both kidneys, her spleen and her legs below the knees. Her father donated his kidney to her. She won a bronze medal in snowboard cross for the U.S. in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. She gets my vote — for sheer stamina.

The most graceful dancer in the last three standing couples is Olympic gold ice dancer Meryl Davis and her DWTS partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. This woman floats no matter what routine she is doing. She is clearly a dancer with elegant moves, and she brings out the best in Maksim.

The surprise among the final three couples is Candace Cameron Bure and her DWTS partner Mark Ballas. She has come a long way since the first dance, and she looks great. She’s not scoring as high with the judges as she is with her fans, and it’s good to see D.J. from “Full House” competing. The mom with teens of her own certainly has a loyal following. Really loyal because she beat out Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow — I had no idea who he was so I had to look him up. He’s only 24 and is on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and a member of band by the same name.

This could be a defining moment for DWTS if Purdy and Hough pull it off.

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 two. 

 

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Posted: April 30th, 2014

BuBugsgs Bunny.

It was the first Halloween costume I ever remember wearing. Plastic mask and all. 

Today we salute the carrot chomping wabbit because Bugs first appeared on April 30, 1938 in Porky’s Hare Hunt, an 8-minute movie with none other than Porky Pig, according to Wikipedia. My favorite Bugs cartoons featured Elmer Fudd – the hunter who turned rabbit into wabbit.   

Bugs was part of the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies adventures from Warner Brothers.  And here’s the last laugh — the ending to every cartoon from Youtube.

that's all

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 two step-granddaughters.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014

HoughEven if you don’t “Dancing with the Stars,” this season is inspiring for one reason: Amy Purdy. The 34-year-old is dancing better than most of us could, and she has two prosthetic legs.

At 19, she survived a form of bacterial meningitis that resulted in organ failure, loss of both kidneys, her spleen and her legs below the knees. Her father donated his kidney to her.

According to Wikipedia, Purdy later became an award-winning snowboarder. She won a bronze medal in snowboard cross for the U.S. in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

Watching her dance with professional Derek Hough is just incredible. Here’s a link to what happened last night. Funny man Drew Carey was eliminated, but Hough and Purdy are going strong. They earned 38 points from the judges and are second only to Olympic gold ice dancer Meryl Davis and her DWTS partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy — who received four 10s for their tango.

Davis’ ice dancing Olympic gold partner Charlie White and his professional DWTS partner Sharna Burgess are tied for third with “The Wonder Years” star Danica McKellar and pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy – he is Maks’ brother.

It’s halfway through the season, and competition heats up from here. With all this talent, the grand finale should be fascinating.

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: April 3rd, 2014

beerIt’s a great weekend for sap and tap lovers.

The Asbury Woods Maple festival is this weekend — read about it here. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, you can enjoy pancakes and real maple syrup at a Millcreek treasure — Asbury Woods. On Monday, it’s time to celebrate the anniversary of Prohibition’s end on April 7, 1933 — #NationalBeerDay.

The hoppy holiday makes the night before New Beer’s Eve — lots of fun on Twitter and Facebook.

Where did National Beer Day come from? Prohibition.  On April 7th, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act. It ended the 13 years of alcohol prohibition in the United States. Clever folks made beer the night before to celebrate. Even if you don’t like beer, you can celebrate with a shandy, or shandygaff – beer mixed with soda, lemonade, ginger ale or even cider. Wikipedia says a shandy with beer and cider is called a snakebite.

Cheers!

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 9th, 2013

Movie PopcornWell I am certainly late to this party, but what a party it is: wine flavored popcorn.

A New York City popcorn company — Populence (the web site is under maintenance, so if it doesn’t work, don’t pop your cork) – teamed with Kim Crawford, a winery out of  New Zealand to develop two popcorn flavors: Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle.

And what should you pair with the popcorn? Wine! Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011 and Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012.

While fruit of the vine flavors popcorn, the vegan, gluten-free popcorn has no alcohol content.

And who came up with this idea? A woman, of course! Maggie Paulus, originally from Florida, founded Populence in NYC in 2011. It’s all over Facebook and Twitter @PopulenceJimmy Kimmel weighed in @LateNightJimmy, and I learned about it from my October issue of InStyle magazine.

Paulus was educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but turned to dressing up popcorn with seasonal favorites that include caramel, raspberry, chocolate, cheddar and other flavors. The store is a hit, and so are the wine flavors. You can get a gallon of popcorn for $35 on the website and for $28 at the NYC retail store.

And just in case you prefer other packaged foods, Foodbeast suggests steak-flavored Ruffles or Pepperidge Farm’s goldfish-flavored Mac and cheese. Or you can read about 200 other articles about foods that taste like other foods. Reminds me of the old “tastes like chicken” (Wikipedia dedicated a page to the phrase) — what some folks say about frogs’ legs. Hmm.

ABC News food blogger Lauren Effron noted that this isn’t the first snack to have some adult beverage flavor. Pub-Corn, out of Kansas City,  manufactures non-alcoholic beer and cocktail-flavored popcorn. Cary Silverman, of the University of Missouri, invented Pub-Corn in 2008. Current flavors include pina colada, beer and Irish creme.  It is $3.49 per bag.

I think I need some popcorn!

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 GramPam to one.

 

 

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Posted: August 16th, 2013

blue leatherSince leather and faux leather are back big-time, I had to post this Sarah metallic dress from ivyandblumaggyboutique.com. It’s metallic vegan leather — which is 60 percent polyurethane and 40 percent polyester. It’s lined and dry clean only. I almost bought a similar-fabric, green dress with long sleeves in Peebles. So it’s kind of sparkle and shine time. The dress at left is $165.

Sock it to me

This bit of “Laugh In” dialog has nothing to do with compression socks, but there’s news in compression socks. They were, well, let’s say not stylish. Until now. Look at these babies from RejuvaHealth.

sockittomeYou get the benefits of graduated compression in socks that are far from that surgical white variety.

These are often recommended to folks who have ankle and leg swelling, varicose veins, edema, a recent operation and more conditions.

According to the web site, company founder Kelsey Minarik developed Deep Vein Thrombosis at age 21 in 2008. She launched RejuvaHealth in December of 2010. The socks retail for about $30 to $40 on the RejuvaHealth website.

For fun: Quoted from Wikipedia: “‘Sock it to me!’ experienced its greatest exposure on “Laugh In” although the phrase had been featured in songs like Aretha Franklin‘s 1967 “Respect” and Mitch Ryder’s 1966 ‘Sock It To Me, Baby!’” And yes, Richard Nixon said it on “Laugh In.”

Pam Parker is the editor of House to HomeLake Erie LifeStyle and Her Times 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: July 24th, 2013

PoinsettiaIt’s July 24, and my 2012 poinsettia is still hanging on with a few red leaves. The red ones look pretty sad, but the green ones are quite healthy.

Ordinarily, I don’t pay a lot of attention to Christmas in July — which celebrates that Christmas is six months away. This year,though, I have had numerous people and things calling it to my attention:

We are having a Christmas in July food day in the newsroom. What could be better than Christmas cookies in July?

A Texas company is sending out samples of pecan pie — a holiday item they are promoting in advance. I love pecan pie.

I’m wearing red nail polish and a lot of red to match, so I will just add some green this week.

All this Christmas stuff is even making me think about Christmas gifts. I usually don’t do that until November. My kids will be glad. My husband won’t be happy.

This mid-year celebration has a lot of history associated with it. It dates back to an 1892 opera, a 1932 summer camp presentation in North Carolina and a host of movies, starting in 1940 — all according to Wikipedia. Read about it here.

So Merry Christmas, everyone. We have no snow, but it is a cool 64 degrees this morning.  Enjoy!

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 GramPam to one.

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Posted: July 8th, 2013

self driving carsMove over, George Jetson. These cars may not fly, but they pretty much take over at the wheel, and It all started with cruise control.

Driverless cars were the topic of conversation at lunch when my daughter and her boyfriend said Google is testing quite a few vehicles. The cars have been on the road for more than a year now.

From a New York Times article: “Driverless cars could change our lives, give us more green space, mobility, fewer hours wasted,” Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, said this month. “The average American spends 50 minutes commuting. Imagine if you got that back.”

Read the full article by clicking on the photo at left.

Here’s a link to last week’s article in Vehicles World.

According to Wikipedia, 10 Google driverless vehicles are on the road, but they do have drivers in them — just in case. They include: six Toyota Prius, an Audi TT, and three Lexus RX450h.

The vehicles can only be driven in specific states that permit the technology: Nevada, Florida and California, right now. And Google won’t be alone in their pursuit of the next big thing. Techcrunch.com says Mobileye is working to bring its own version of driverless technology to vehicles. Read the article here.

I hear a song in the making, “Google, take the wheel!!”

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 and stepmom to three.

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