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Offensive women ads will not work — Skyy and Federici

September 30, 2010 --

By Evergreen,Oregon writer

This month we have two ads that have made headlines for their controversial and utter tasteless attempts to gain attention.  One ad is the Skyy Vodka ad which shows a woman frolicking with a liquor bottle and the other is Federici ice cream which is pulling the childish pregnant nun joke.    These ads repel they do not sell.

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Domestic Violence Signs Not Always Obvious

September 29, 2010 --

By Erika Weisensee
Oregon Writer

The bruises, wounds and emotional scars of domestic violence are not always obvious.  Victims often suffer in silence, afraid to tell anyone for fear of retaliation from their abusers. When victims manage to break free from the cycle of domestic violence, often they have received emotional support and vital information—like where to go for help—from someone who knows them (a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker). October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to remember that we can all be part of the solution. We can start by knowing the warning signs of abuse:

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Balcony Girls: Cherishing girl friendships

September 28, 2010 --

By Sandy Coughlin
Oregon author, blogger, entertainer
Reluctant Entertainer

If I had waited for things to be perfect 5 years ago, I never would have started a Balcony Girls group. Even though the group is different today, we still meet in my home and discuss virtues and girl-relationships, just like we did last Wednesday. I say that things are not perfect because honestly, every time I get ready for this group to come, my mind too often wraps itself around the imperfect. Like focusing on the things that have not been cleaned, the state of my house in general, or my inability to really nail down my lesson. I can be robbed with these thoughts that bombard me.

It takes some risk to step out of our comfort zones, to do something different, and to (gasp) open our homes. It started with 3rd grade girls who now are in the 8th grade. You can read more about the Balcony Girls group and how to start one, HERE. You’ll see there is a BG E-Book available that includes 8 lessons.

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How to beat and survive cancer

September 27, 2010 --

A Cancer survivor’s story on how to beat cancer
By former Oregon cancer patient

I remember when I was young, listening to the grownups, especially the elderly go on and on about their health.  I would quietly think, “Puleeze!!”  But times change, and you know, now the urge for me to stand up here and blather on about my body parts for the next ten minutes is almost irresistible.  I might even run into overtime!

But I won’t.  This talk is mostly about you.  Or some of you.  Or most of you.  I want to offer some tips to you on how to cope with your or your significant others’ treatment, effects and psychological stress of cancer.

Demographers estimate that 40% of the American population will contract cancer at some time in their lives.  52% of those Americans are men and 48% women.  You will deal with it a some point in your life.  But it’s not the end of the world, and that is more than a trite comment.

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Texting drivers who kill up 28%

September 26, 2010 --

Texting Taking a Deadly Toll on Roads
By Health day News,

Distracted driving fatalities caused by cell phone use and texting soared in the space of three years, according to new U.S. government research released Thursday.  Texting alone caused more than 16,000 deaths in car accidents from 2001 to 2007, the researchers estimated. But auto deaths involving cell phones and texting while driving rose 28 percent in just three years, from 4,572 in 2005 to 5,870 in 2008.

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Washington health billboard offends

September 25, 2010 --

By Evergreen,
Oregon writer,

The local Public Health District has put up this billboard in Yakima Washington to promote getting tested.  Article here.   Our quest to raise public health has been lowered to new lows.

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Portland shops mixes vintage shopping & Booze?

September 24, 2010 --
By Erin Flesch, NEAT contributor
Portland style, shopping, trends.

Portland’s variety of local vintage clothing shops and second hand stores keep our shopping scene fun and interesting, and we’re happy to announce the arrival of a new addition to the mix – and this one has got a extra twist. Palace of Industry, a vintage boutique tucked away in North Portland, has just opened up and it’s more than just a cute collective of well-edited clothing and old fashioned décor — it is also part bar and café!

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Lies I have told my children

September 23, 2010 --

By Jen Rouse
The Short Years

Oregon Blog


1. We can’t afford that. (Translation: I don’t feel like buying that for you.)

2. You need to leave Mommy alone so she can work. (does reading blogs and updating Facebook count as “work”?)

3. Coffee and soda are not OK for kids, but they are fine for grown-ups. (I know they’re not good for grown-ups either, but they don’t know that. Yet.)

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Lessons Learned From Sports

September 22, 2010 --

By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer
Things I learned while warming the bench. . . .

Teamwork. Self-discipline. Sportsmanship. Ask anyone  about the benefits of participating in athletics, and you may get these answers. The highs, lows and in-betweens of organized sports offer plenty of teachable moments. Take it from me, a former average high school athlete, lessons learned on the court (the field, or the track) stay with you long after you’ve hung up the jersey for good.

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Race for the Cure breaks new ground in Oregon

September 21, 2010 --

By Kelli Warner,
KMTR-TV Morning News anchor, Springfield

Eugene is about to experience a first.

Next month, on October 10th, the Susan G. Komen Foundation will hold its first Race for the Cure in Eugene, starting and ending at Autzen Stadium.  As many of you may know, the only Race for the Cure in Oregon, until now, has been held in Portland.  So for folks south of the Rose City, this is very exciting news.

Did you know that Oregon has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the country?  The rate is even higher in Lane County.  Nearly 34,000 women in Lane County do not have insurance, and according to the Komen Foundation, most of these women are putting off annual mammograms.  Money raised through the Race for the Cure supports not only cancer research and support services for those going through treatment, but also it provides mammograms for women who can’t afford them.  It’s been proven that regular screenings, including monthly self-exams, save lives.

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