Saturday, November 15, 2008
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Monday, November 03, 2008
Sarah Evans lists 10 of the best social media tools for PR and it was posted on Mashable last week.
10 of the Best Social Media Tools for PR Professionals and Journalists
Monday, October 13, 2008
Please write to the Army Corps in support of the Georgia EPD’s request to hold more water in Lake Lanier.
The EPD letter requests this action to conserve needed storage in Lake Lanier and states that its modeling has shown that water quality at Peachtree Creek was not adversely affected when the flow was reduced between March and May 2008.
The Corps of Engineers is reviewing this request and is asking for stakeholder comments to be received by October 27 by submitting its online form.
You may also submit your comments to
or send a letter to the following address:
Colonel Byron G. Jorns, District Commander
Mobile District, USACE
P. O Box 2288
Mobile, AL 36628-0001
The Corps' press release may be read at
Friday, October 10, 2008
As a mother of two girls, I am very bothered in the marketing behind Gardasil. Big Pharma better watch it because as they try to push for mandatory vaccinations in the name of the almighty dollar, our daughters may suffer for it. The side effects for this expensive treatment (not covered by insurance) range from standard to severe.
Please do your homework when it comes to protecting your children! My girls are not getting this vaccine. My dad is a Dr. in Chemical Engineering and he says there is not enough long term research on the safety of this new vaccine. It's not been proven that it even works.
US Government Mandates Gardasil
Judicial Watch Uncovers New FDA Records Detailing Deaths in 1,824 Adverse Reaction Reports Related to HPV Vaccine
Is HPV Vaccine to Blame for a Teen's Paralysis?
CBS News: Vaccine Watch: Gardasil Side-Effects?
Gardasil Vaccine: The Damage Continues
...The vaccine reaction reports keep coming into the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) from mothers describing how they took their healthy teenage girls into a pediatrician or gynecologist's office where they were given a GARDASIL shot and, then, nothing was ever the same again. The reports of HPV vaccine reactions, injuries and deaths continue to roll in, not only to NVIC but also to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (Search HPV4 athttp://www.medalerts.org/vaersdb/index.html) newspapers, and television stations. And the only response that comes from officials at the CDC, FDA and drug companies when perfectly healthy teenage girls collapse into unconsciousness, suffer a massive seizure, get paralyzed or die suddenly after being injected with GARDASIL is the zombie mantra: "It is a coincidence."
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I was thinking about small businesses and how they are especially hit hard in a down economy. I wanted to post some tips that you can do for free that will help continue your business building efforts even in a recession.
1) Get local with search. - Make sure your company is listed in Google and Yahoo local directories. They are free and you can even link to your web site.
2) Get local in business/service directories - with directories like Angie’s List and CitySearch popping up, be sure your company is listed in the relevant local directories. Be sure to ask customers to write a recommendation for your company as well.
3) Build a local media list at smaller newspapers and start a relationship. Offer advice, take a reporter to lunch. Local media is easier to reach and if you are doing neat things with the community, be sure they know about it. Having an event for charity? Send a media advisory.
4) Remember your employees. PR isn’t all about outside relations - make sure your employees are motivated and happy. You can reward them with small things like praise (employee of the month/quarter), pizza in the office for a job well done, etc.
5) Discover social media. Start a blog on WordPress and talk about your industry, not just the company. Give tips, advice, general observations. Sign up for Twitter, a microblogging site, and follow people that interest you and join the conversation. Create an account in LinkedIn and Facebook and reconnect with old friends and colleagues. You can even ask business questions in LinkedIn and answer others’ questions and be seen as an expert in your field.
6) Okay, I said five but here’s a bonus tip. Sign up for Help A Reporter.com’s newsletter and get PR queries from journalists looking for sources. But be sure if you answer, that your pitch is on target, short and sweet and do not send attachments. Include contact info in your email and links if needed.
Need help with your marketing and public relations? Contact Jen Marketing for more information.
Monday, September 15, 2008
My daughter has a peanut and egg allergy and I am learning all I can about children and food allergies.
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I am still afraid of flying with her allergy and the snacks on the plane. We are flying Northwest Airlines and they don't serve peanuts, but the snacks they do serve might have nut in them, so who knows. They will make an announcement at the gate if you ask when you check in as well.
I am still afraid of going to restaurants on our trip. I don't like confrontation and it is my fear that I will bring up my daughter's peanut allergy and they will say everything is fine and then there will be cross contamination and she'll have a reaction. I have restaurant cards that I printed out and hopefully people will be understanding.
I am a new fan of Sunbutter. It does taste just like peanut butter and my older daughter loves it. My allergic one doesn't like it but that is okay since I don't want her to get used to it and then accidentally have pb somewhere else when she gets older. She might associate it with her initial reaction which was from pb.
I contacted Disney for our trip in September. They are great. They have an entire division for special diets. They recommend that you make reservations in advance. Then about 2-3 days before, call the restaurant and remind them about your food allergy. Then when you get to the restaurant, talk to the manager and chef and they will prepare a special safe meal for your child. I have read great things about them. Here is one families' experience with it. I will blog about it after we go.
I bought two books - the Peanut Allergy Handbook which is a small book that you can put with your epi-pen and benedryl. It has pages to put medic-alert info and details on yoru child as well as helpful advice to deal with the allergy and if there is a reaction, what to do. It is also good to give caregivers. I also bought the Peanut Allergy Answer book. I will start reading it this weekend. They are both available on Amazon.
As always, be vigilant and educate everyone! We are in this together. It really does take a village.
I also have to get a doctor's note to travel with her benedryl and epi-pens. It is my fear that they will be taken in security. I will call the allergist's office and post what I learn.
I just ordered two peanut allergy books from Amazon and will post about those too once I read them.
Information is power and learning how to manage it all and read labels is the most important thing for newly diagnosed families.
We had a birthday party for our oldest daughter who turned 5 last weekend. I ordered the Publix cupcake cake and made safe cupcakes for my youngest daughter. So that worked out okay as she broke out in hives from tasting a Publix cupcake a few weeks ago.
You watch an old Donny & Marie show and are taken back to the days of 3 networks and only a handful of channels.
You remember pong as the breakthrough video game that started it all.
You lived life without a cell phone, the internet and a computer until your 20s.
You hear 80s alternative songs on the easy listening radio station.
Some fun links:
You Might Be a Child of the 80s http://www.inthe80s.com/80schild.shtml
Are you a child of the 80s quiz http://www.blogthings.com/areyouachildofthe80squiz/
Child of the 80s http://www.olywa.net/radu/valerie/80schild.html
Cool 80s stuff http://www.childofthe1980s.com/
Great Child of the 70s/80s/90s site http://www.childhoodsite.com/
The nurse said for now, avoid all eggs. I asked her about the frozen french toast sticks and she said that for some foods like frozen, processed french toast sticks, the egg protein is weaker since it is much further away from a pure egg. It might have been cooked out or the processing weakens it. So what does that mean? Well, no bakery items obviously and no eggs. But everything seems to have egg in it! Some breads have egg brushed on the outside! Here goes my paranoia scale - up and away.
I found a good sheet for egg allergies to avoid so we'll start here. How are you all managing out there allergic moms?
And what about flu shots and other vaccinations with eggs in them? More questions for the doctor I suppose.
Egg Allergy Informationhttp://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/egg_allergy.html
Foods to avoid with egg allergy - print out for your wallet http://kidshealth.org/teen/misc/eggallergy_cutout.html
More egg allergy infohttp://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/health/1065007/
I am worried about family giving my daughter unsafe snacks as I'm still educating them of the importance to read labels. We will see how it goes.
I found some one piece swim suits on sale for my oldest daughter today on clearance for $2.80 each. Score! And they are Hannah Montana and High School Musical suits with hair bands. Woo hoo!
Also scored swimsuit coverups for both girls. Is it just me or are some of these girls swim suits too revealing like bikinis? My girls will wear one pieces for many years to come.
Just random thoughts from a pre-vacation panicked mom.
Have a great holiday weekend everyone! Be safe.
Pick up Disney toys/stuffed animals/clothes at Wal-Mart before trip and hide them/bring out during trip.
You can bring snacks into the parks - we brought cereal bars, raisins, etc. They check your bag but it's allowed.
Take the monorail around to the Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Contemporary resorts and walk around each resort to see each theme.
Ask to ride the front of the monorail and kids get a monorail operator license!
Eat at Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney - great sandwich, low cost - they even have breakfast.
Walk on Disney's boardwalk - it's just like New Jersey and there are carnival games, etc. Restaurants, a bakery, ESPN zone, a boat ride, you name it! You can see the fireworks at Epcot here too.
Make a reservation for character dining and make it the end of the brunch time around 11 - 11:30 before it ends. You have more time for characters and less people by then. (our favorite place is at the Contemporary - Chef Mickey's)
You can get a mini-fridge and stay at the Pop Century or All-Star resort and you can take the bus.
See the characters at Epcot Character Spot - they are all lined up inside the building and if you go early, there is little wait time.
Go around the world at Epcot - we like to eat at the Rose & Crown in England - make advance reservations - good kids menu, pick out an oyster in Japan and get a pearl - under $20.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Here are some good charts that I put on the fridge for cross contamination and handling a food allergy attack - it’s good for babysitters, etc.
Foods to avoid - peanut allergy: http://kidshealth.org/kid/misc/images_50969/1110295792292.nutAllergy_carrycard.gif
Food to avoid List: http://kidshealth.org/kid/nutrition/diets/nut_allergy.html
Allergic reactions instructions sheet - post in your home for babysitters, etc.http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=36693&cat_id=20221
Entire page: http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/nut_peanut_allergy.html
Food allergy Chef Restaurant cards: http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/ChefCard_Interactive.pdf
Here is the review from the AJC:
PEACH BUZZ: Great night set stage for R.E.M. show
By Mike Benzie
The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionPublished on: 06/23/08
Buzz revisited the glory years Saturday night, taking in a little R.E.M. at Lakewood Amphitheatre, where the group finished up its North American tour. Only in 1989, we didn’t have the privilege or the right to purchase $11 beers. Not that we’re complaining (that loudly).
A beautiful night for an outdoor show, highlighted visually by “Electrolite” in the middle of the set, where the mostly packed house lit up the cellphones for a portion of the song.
R.E.M. played a few songs from its latest, “Accelerate,” but opened with “These Days” and pulled out “Driver 8,” “Pretty Persuasion” and “The One I Love.” Michael Stipe was energetic, and his wispy (Buzz thinks he actually “did the robot” for a moment) moves were very reminiscent of the “Losing My Religion” video back in the day.
The show lasted about two hours, and R.E.M. played a 22-song set with a six-song encore. Modest Mouse and The National opened the show.
So, I just wanted to let it be known that you will not tie up the lines and if there is ever anything weird, especially after hours, call 911. At least a sheriff will patrol the neighborhood and make sure everything looks okay.
I have been reading more about food allergies and to my pleasure, many mainstream publications have stories about them this month. It can only help educate people about how serious food allergies are with kids. I can’t imagine worrying about my daughter’s safety in the cafeteria at school, but in a few years, I will be right there with these parents.
Newsweek My Turn: A Plea for My Daughterhttp://www.newsweek.com/id/139437
Newsweek Fear and Allergies in the Lunchroomhttp://www.newsweek.com/id/62296?tid=relatedcl
The 411 on Food Allergies - Quiz - Know your food allergy facts?http://www.newsweek.com/id/62097?tid=relatedcl
RedbookWorried About Food Allergies?http://www.redbookmag.com/home/worried-about-food-allergies
Trace Adkins has an article in June Redbook about his daughter’s allergies - here is an excerpt from People Magazine:Trace Adkins Opens Up About His Daughter’s Near-Death Allergic Reactionhttp://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20202611,00.html
BabyCenter Food Allergies Forum - I have received great support from wonderful momshttp://boards.babycenter.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=messages&webtag=bcus9266
I am a new Trace Adkins fan!
From CMT: Trace Adkins is working with the two U.S. senators from Tennessee to promote legislation to assist schools in protecting 2.2 million children nationwide who suffer from life-threatening food allergies. Adkins, whose 6-year-old daughter Brianna suffers from severe food allergies, raised public awareness of the problem while raising money for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) as a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both Republicans, announced Monday (June 9) they will co-sponsor the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act to develop voluntary guidelines for schools to prevent exposure to food allergens and ensure a prompt response when a student suffers a potentially fatal reaction. The bill also calls for grants to be provided to implement food allergy management guidelines in public schools. Noting that he and his wife have been seeking this legislation for more than three years, Adkins said, “There have been no consistent standardized guidelines to help schools safely manage students with their food allergies. This bill will help keep kids safe while at school and parents will be more at ease knowing an action plan is in place.”
From www.Kidswithfoodallergies.orgHeed ALL warning statements
“There are now two studies that indicate may contains do contain the allergens in 10% of cases and that it does NOT matter if the statement says: may contain, run on shared lines with, or processed in a facility with, or processed in a facility that also processes “
Cut and paste your press release into the window at: http://www.pressreleasegrader.com, complete the form and click on “Grade Press Release.” In a few seconds, you will see your score and a list of suggested improvements.
For all of us small business PR people, we thank you Hubspot!
I just read on BabyCenter that it is normal to go through emotional stages when your child is diagnosed. I was most surprised by my panic about protecting my daughter and thinking of all the times she could have an attack - at daycare, on vacation, at a restaurant. It definitelly changes your mindset. I will feel better after the allergist appointment too.
I need to educate my husband - he just thinks we don’t need to give her peanut butter. Peanuts are in so many things! And if she had a mild allergy attack, she still could have a serious one in the future.
Here is a great list from someone who posted at BabyCenter:
“Maybe one of these links will help him understand what your dealing with, I think he’s doing like most parents and it’s just in a denial phase. It’s been said that we go through the 5 stages of grief upon diagnosis and I believe it. “
here’s another with a ton of links.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
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Thursday, May 29, 2008
Entertainment Lawyer has a great entry about this topic. I do feel sorry for Miley and I hope that she can carve out some sort of normal childhood in this merchandising madness of a tv show, movies, music and tours. The mouse company and those around her just seem to see dollar signs.
She is also a child. Who is working. Way too much.
Let's see what happens in the next five years.
Miley Hurts on the Insidehttp://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2008/05/miley-hurts-on-inside.html
Atlantic Link Global http://www.atlanticlinkglobal.com/
Corporate trainers can create, upload, edit and share lessons on the fly without technical knowledge. Then they are shared for computer based training. With gas prices on the rise, this is the future for training!
Sometimes I think the government does not use common sense.
In Ragan's "PR smallball" feature by Shel Holtz, he talks about thinking small in public relations.
Hasn't it always been about getting the right pitch to the right person at the right time? In other words, shouldn't we always think small?
I don't need for the world to know about the product I am pitching, I just need about 20 of the most influential editors and bloggers to know.
It is a good reminder in this world of mass communications. Always pitch on topic and always target the right people.
Check out www.ragan.com for more great PR and communications articles.
I did some research for first time parents with children with food allergies - here are some great links:
New diagnosis (great web site - Parenting a Child with a Food Allergy)http://www.childfoodallergy.com/archives/new_diagnosis/
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) http://www.foodallergy.org
Kids with Food Allergies http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/
MedicAlert Food Allergy Resources http://www.medicalert.org/Main/ResourcesFoodAllergies.aspx
Good luck and I will post as I discover things.
I just learned that Trace Adkins supports FAAN as his child has a food allergy.
Recently, a gentleman from Seattle created a gesture which could be used and has started a massive movement to get the word out.
Please everybody take just a moment to watch.... The Gratitude Campaign ...and then forward it to your friends!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
That doesn’t make any sense! That is a lot longer path to go from the current pumphouse to the city. My neighbor said it’s going to be about 40 feet wide taken of his land. Plus all the digging they will have to do to come around the creek and up our way, up his hill and to the street. What is going on?
He also said that the city manager has been going to Mobile 3x a week. Why does the City of Cumming Manager need to go to the Army Corps headquarters when they will not listen to the Governor of Georgia? What are they hiding?
Anyway, I need to research what our rights are if they come between our yards and the whole eminent domain issue. That means our trees will go in the front right side of our yard. This is so upsetting.
We also wonder if the lake level is being held so they can dig. The lake dropped for the first time in awhile and they released 3x more water than usual. What is going on???? Who does the Army Corps answer to? Where are our checks and balances? The rumors are flying in Forsyth County and it’s not good.
Who can help us, Clark Howard? WSB-TV? Someone!
Friday, April 11, 2008
On weekends when there is rain in the forecast, the water is released before the rain comes and the readings appear different than what they should be. My neighbor has been measuring.
That coupled with the fact that there is a lot of dredging equipment where the water would come up makes us think that it will be a long while before our water comes back to full pool. Even a Congressman who lives across the lake from us wonders what is going on. I think they are keeping things from us. We can handle whatever truth there is, but just don’t hide things from the local citizens. It’s our money they are using to dig for more water in the first place.
This is out of control. Now congress is going to allocate funds to help teach English in schools? It is time that we make English the official language of the United States before we have to start catering to a barrage of languages and bending over backwards to please everyone. If you come to the US, you know you need to know English. Period.
House OKs English-language instruction
Senate to vote today on $40 million for language instruction; allocation system faces fight
WTF? And now the Senate votes…
The new Press form can be found at www.helpareporter.com/press
Monday, February 25, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Cancer Survivors & Caregivers…this is for YOU!
Relay For Life of Alpharetta
Friday, May 2, 2008
Alpharetta High School
Survivor Activities –
Dinner at 6:00 PM
Survivor Lap at 7:00 PM
For cancer survivors, each day, month and year is a victory. The American Cancer Society invites all cancer survivors to join our survivors' celebration and first lap at this year's Relay For Life. We applaud your courage and strength and want you to join in our community's effort to take up the fight against cancer.
If you are a cancer survivor and are interested in participating in the 2008 Alpharetta Relay for Life, please contact me. Check out http://www.alpharettarelayforlife.org or call Kate at 678-522-3823 for more information.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Thank goodness for the internet! I did a quick search, read a forum and a few minutes later ran the dryer to heat/melt the lipstick, then cleaned it away with a damp washcloth and comet.
Here is the awesome web site. Note to self, start checking her pockets!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
I'm sorry to see you go. You will be missed. Steve Craig is brilliant and I will miss my favorite 80s lunch hour show.
I have many fond memories of Resurrection Sunday at the Atlanta Beer Garden in Buckhead and many great concerts were brought to Atlanta thanks to them.
Leslie Fram, you have made an impact on radio and as a fan, thank you for all that you have done!
Monday, January 21, 2008
The line of dry docks and boats serve as an eerie reminder of what once was a thriving lake just this summer.
According to the AJC, at the current rate it will take 29 years for the lake to fill to full pool.
BOOSTED BY RAIN
The week's rain continues to minimize the flows out of Lake Lanier, which remains near a record low. Given current rain conditions, it would take 843 days for the lake to reach its summertime full mark of 1,071 feet above sea level.
Billion gallons of readily available water left in Lake Lanier for drinking, sewerage and power generation.
Million gallons being added daily, on average, to Lanier.
Number of years it would take Lanier to fill at this rate
These snapshots, taken at 12:01 a.m. Friday, are based on a two-week average of conditions at Lanier. They account for water stored in the lake's primary supply pool; water flowing in from rainfall and streams; and water lost through evaporation, withdrawal and downstream releases. The average is calculated by dividing the amount of water remaining by the average amount lost or gained each day. If it rains or less water is released, the number of days remaining will increase. That can happen even though the lake continues to set new lows nearly every day. Under Lanier's primary pool is a secondary pool; it contains an additional 282.7 billion gallons.
Lake Lanier revealed - photo gallery
Thursday, January 10, 2008
The internet is bridging gaps in the corporate sector like never before. I truly believe that workers will be able to contribute to companies worldwide without the need to provide for relocation coverage.
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Thursday, January 03, 2008
I think he misses Cal and is depressed. We are taking him to the vet tomorrow. I hope it's something treatable because we can't handle losing both of them so quickly. He was in a kennel this weekend, so maybe it's just a bug.
Hug and love your pets!