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Guest Blog: A Peak Inside My Cluttered Mind

A Peak inside my cluttered mind.jpgRelieve Short-Term Stress With Digital Rage!
Ever wanted to RAGE against the world, against those unknowable forces that cause traffic jams, against that crying baby interrupting your romantic dinner, against the neighbor's dogs that never bark until it's 3AM and you have work in the morning...
Well, with all the digital outlets available, it is possible to relieve some of those short-term stress creators (in 140 or fewer characters). Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress, and many others can be a venue for non-confrontational BLASTS of RAGE directed at no one in particular that still get that irritation off your chest (And, hopefully, your mind.).
Everyone has experienced at least one of those OMG! ARRGHHH! moments that, if left to fester, create unnecessary stress. Just 30 mere seconds of UGHH!! can lead to an entire day of :(. Why even bother? Why not just throw it up there on your timeline and move on with your life? The non-disclosure of "sub-Tweet" lets you state your piece without directly affecting the emotional balance of those around you. (If it does, the term 'guilty conscience' comes to mind - but whatever to that)
#RageRelief - After all, your anger is likely to last no longer than 140 characters anyway. So take those little irritations that life throws your way, rage against the world, and carry on to Pleasantville with the rest of us.
by Beverly Lopez, Contributor 

The Times-Picayune: End of an Era

The Times-Picayune announced today that it will undergo a massive overhaul in its operations. The organization, which has printed a daily newspaper since 1837, will begin circulating print editions on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays only. The bulk of the Picayune's talents will focus on and online operations, making New Orleans the largest city in the United States without a daily newspaper. The newspaper industry is in decline all throughout the world, fighting to keep up with changing times. Major newspapers throughout the country are reducing staff and circulation, and some older newspapers like Denver's Rocky Mountain News and Seattle's Post-Intelligencer have closed altogether.Online news has dwarfed the importance of traditional newspapers. The immediacy of the internet - which delivers up-to-the-second news to us on our computers, phones, and even our cars - has made the newspaper seem obsolete as a means of keeping up with what's going on in the world. As newspaper companies continue to lose money, talented writers and editors now see internet and TV as far safer career prospects.
And as newspapers are now almost all owned by parent companies that care not for quality journalism but merely for their bottom line, costs are cut at every corner; newspaper staffs are being reduced and resources are being drained. This is important to everybody whether we realize it or not. News is difficult and expensive to gather. Good reporters spend years nurturing sources they can trust for accurate information about politics, crime, education, and countless other important issues. Newspapers foster this kind of environment far better than web sites driven by profit can.
Life and technology continue to speed up, and the bottom line for news web sites won't have the time and patience for costly reporting. Easier to publish fluff pieces and slideshows and user opinion polls that will generate more clicks and more advertising revenue than stories that are clearly more important (The Picayune's exceptional series on Louisiana's prison system being an obvious recent example.) but which don't have the same audience. So how can newspapers work as a business model? That's a question without an answer; some papers like the New York Times are charging customers to read stories online, others like the Picayune are laying off staff and cutting their publication by more than half.
The Times-Picayune's finest hour was the days and weeks following Katrina, when a skeleton staff managed to produce and distribute the paper largely without electricity as much of New Orleans was devastated and underwater. Those brave men and women who chose to risk their lives by staying were able to keep those in and outside of the city informed as to what was going on. The paper was awarded Pulitzer Prizes that year for breaking news and for public service; this is a testament to the importance of a local newspaper.
Change is inevitable, and the strong find a way to survive, but still, this is a very sad day today for those of us in New Orleans and Louisiana who have read and loved a great newspaper for many John W. Redmann, Attorney
and Matt Stokes, Co-Author and Online Editor at Redmann Law 

Guest Blog: Healthy Cookie

The Cost of Healthy
I was recently checking out at Wal-Mart and couldn't help but notice the overflowing basket of the woman checking out in front of me. The basket was filled to the brim with unhealthy foods including donuts, Pop Tarts, fried chicken, cookies, and Kool-Aid. There were two young children hanging from the cart, begging to break into the cookies because they were 'starving.' It bothered me to see such terrible food options in the car for these children. According to the government, more than a third of American adults are obese, and it is projected that the number will reach 42% by 2030.
That does not surprise me when I look at the way our youth is eating. Now don't get me wrong, I definitely ate cookies and candies growing up, but my mom also made sure I ate my fruits and vegetables and kept my diet balanced. I just wanted to tell this woman that there are healthier options out there! She could have bought chicken breasts, frozen vegetables, whole grain pasta or rice, all for an equal or lesser price. Instead she was purchasing foods that cost less but would only temporarily fill up herself and her children.
An article was recently published by the Associated Press called "Study debunks pricey eating" that disparages the myth that it is more expensive to eat healthy. According to the article, "Cheap food that provides few nutrients may actually be expensive for the consumer from a nutritional economy perspective, whereas food with a higher retail price that provides large amounts of nutrients may actually be quite cheap." In other words, while it may be more convenient to grab a side of fries from the McDonald's drive-thru, it is actually cheaper to eat a banana and a handful of nuts. While the healthier option may cost a few more cents, it will keep you more full than the fries will.
So next time you're shopping, try to compare the cost of food by weight or portion size rather than comparing the price per calorie. Instead of reaching for the junk food, reach for more filling foods. Avoid the three C's - cookies, crackers, and croissants - which are all made up of processed and sugary ingredients that will fill up temporarily but will eventually cause more hunger. Some suggestions instead: Eggs, yogurt (especially Greek!), fruit (apples and bananas fill you up the most), oatmeal, beans, and whole graints.

Kudos to Times-Picayune's Loving Cup Award Winner

The Times-Picayune recently presented its annual Loving Cup Award to local philanthropist William "Bill" Goldring. I want to quickly extend congratulations, both to Mr. Goldring, who is a shining pillar of our community and an example for us all; and to the Times-Picayune for continuing to honor those who are helping to move this city into its bright future.You can find out the full details by reading the original Times-Picayune article HERE

My Interview With Cristina Radio, Sirius/XM Channel 146

We're happy to share this recent interview I did on a national radio program concerning a recently filed case of ours that made a splash in the local and national news. In summary, the case involved a six-year old child who was mistreated and actually put in handcuffs by the police while he was in school.

My interview with Cristina Radio, Sirius/XM channel 146

We're happy to share this recent interview I did on a national radio program concerning a recently filed case of ours that made a splash in the local and national news. In summary, the case involved a six-year old child who was mistreated and actually put in handcuffs by the police while he was in school.
As also indicated in the interview, we don't want to get into too many specifics of this particular case, but this important case is representative of a serious issue that we're seeing more and more in our schools, and which deserves serious attention.-John Redmann 

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