Thursday, September 24, 2009

Choose To Live! Premiering on NBC

Received the following from Julie Elerick @ the American Heart Association (

Go Red For Women Presents® - Choose To Live! Premiering on NBC in national syndication

Whether you plan a small gathering or an all-out Hollywood-style screening, everyone will have fun watching the show while learning how easy it is to improve their heart health through small choices. Start by downloading your FREE discussion guide with helpful tips, talking points and ideas for hosting your Go Red Watch Party!

TUNE IN: OK43 (KAUT) Sunday, September 27th at 8:00pm

Reader’s Poll-Last month we asked:
"In addition to being a Go Red For Women® member, how else to you support the American Heart Association?" 78% of you said: “I live a heart healthy lifestyle!”

***SAVE THE DATE*** 2010 Go Red For Women Luncheon/Educational Conference- May 14

Co-Chairs: Jacque Fiegel and Darcie Henderson

Sponsors Committed: (corporate, individual gifts)

Benjamin, Ann and Paul Tobin/Jazzercise of Edmond, Bozarth, Stacy, Cardio Gold, Chambers, Dr. Susan, Coppermark Bank-Signature Sponsor, DairyMax, Dolese

Drake, Mary, Enterprise Rent-a-car, Fiegel, Jacque, First National Bank of Midwest City, Germany, Dr. Robin, Grant Thornton LLP, H-MD Medical Spa (Jennie Hunnewell, M.D. and Lori Hansen, M.D.)Henderson, Darcie, Hiebert, Shannon, Integris Heart Hospital, InvesTrust, Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University, Majors, Tina, Mass Mutual Financial Group, McAfee & Taft

Midwest Regional Medical Center-Signature Sponsor, Nancy Hyde, CPA, CVA, Platt College, Raymond James Investments, Simons Petroleum

Help us Get there- don’t delay securing your place!!!

“Wild Young Hearts”

II Thumbs Up: The Noisettes – “Never Forget You”

Caught the Noisettes on Ellen this a.m. Although I was offput by “the look” on the promo, I REALLY like “the sound”!,0,768191.story

Monday, September 21, 2009

Implementing An End-of-Life Plan

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) had published a new booklet: "A Guide to Financial Decisions - Implementing an End-of-Life Plan". This free resource was developed by certified public accountants and is the result of a vision brought to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants by Hospice of Michigan and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. The resource guide is available online:

Feed The Pig - Tools to Conquer Your Inner Under-Saver

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy

Mad Men: 2009 Emmy - Best Drama Series

If you are wondering how Mad Men (AMC, Sunday) won the Primetime Emmy for the 2nd year in a row, watch a recap of Episode 6 online at:

Word to the wise: If serving liquor for an office celebration, be sure to leave the riding lawnmower at home. To be safe; if for some obscure reason there is anything with John Deere written on the side in the office, confiscate all alcoholic beverages, prescription medications, etc. and keep the number for your WC and general liability insurance companies handy.

Congratulations to the Mad Men production team, cast, and crew!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Calling A Spade A Spade

It's been a rough few weeks; but I'm Back!

A couple of days ago, I was on my way home from the doctor's office and caught the tail end of an NPR story concerning the phrase "calling a spade a spade"--is it a racist remark or not? For the life of me, I cannot find the story online. It sounded like a backhand apology that included the origin of the phrase and acknowledgment that the phrase is considered a racial slur by some. If anyone can help me out with a web link, I would appreciate it. I really would like to listen to the entire story. Based on the recent articles I have been able to find online, no doubt the original NPR story had something to do with the now infamous "You Lie" that has rang??-rung-reverberated 'round the world.

Concerning the phrase, those that readily acknowledge the racial connotation include Webster, Merriam, Oxford, American Heritage, Google, and OMG--Wikipedia! In the past, Random House maintained a website that I really like. It's still up, but I don't think they update it anymore and some of the links take you back to their home page. Check it out, I like how RH (The Maven) answers the question.

Now, while we are on the subject. There is another question I would like for you to ponder. Why would the pot call the kettle black, if the pot did not believe that being black was something derogatory or offensive? This is one of those questions that make you go Hmmmm... After many years of contemplation and scholarly diatribes, I keep coming back to the same place--Black Is Beautiful; therefore:

  1. I do not use the phrase "That would be like the pot calling the kettle black" to add emphasis to hypocrisy. I believe in "calling it like it is". What's wrong with, "Isn't that a bit hypocritical?"
  2. When I am in the presence of someone who uses this phrase, I stare at them blankly. Like, I'm lost and not understanding the point.
  3. If anyone questions my blank stare, I ask the question, "Why would the pot call the kettle black"?
  4. This usually leads to an intellectual discussion to assure me that no negativity was intended and/or to convince me that the statement is not nor has ever been racist in intent.
  5. Which then leads to a discussion with regard to the statement being used out of context. Since Black is Beautiful and there is no negative implication or intent, it would therefore not be hypocritical for the pot to call the kettle black. Out of context!

In effect the pot would be saying to the kettle, "you are beautiful"! Even though they look differently, come from different stock, and /or have different utility; there is a sameness; a oneness. The pot is saying "I see you, do you see me?" So the proper context to use the phrase would be when you observe some interaction that is out of the ordinary or unexpectedly beautiful--like a horse fanning flies off of a cow, or a dog and a cat playing tag in a field of daisies, or three elders--one black, one white, one brown--laughing and talking, idly lounging on the grass at a beautiful lake watching parents and children of all ages, hues, and national origins running and playing with colorful kites as sailboats dot the distance. Such a beautiful sight would be breathtaking and evoke the phrase, "Wow, that's like the pot calling the kettle black!"

Thoughts? Comments? I love to agree to disagree; you won't hurt my feelings.