African American Hairstyles Still Causing Job Related Issues

Two women in Maryland were denied part time summer jobs due to their dreadlocked hair. They claim to enforce a conservative grooming policies. "The policy does not permit certain hairstyles such as variations in hair colors, dreadlocks, partially shaved heads, tails, and hairstyles that impair vision. Braided hair is allowed but must be in neat, even rows and without beads or other ornaments." The dreadlocked style on the older of the two women is especially beautiful and neat.


Madonna and Angelina Jolie Are Criticized for Care of Their Black Children's Hair

A newsweek article, blasted Angelina Jolie for what the author called uncombed hair. The article insisted that the Jolie-Pitt family knew nothing about black hair care, nor did they seem to care. However, the accompanying photograph showed a head full of healthy looking curls. A more recent Jezebel article agrees that the child's hair looks very healthy looking, and the photo on that article shows the child with well groomed hair.



Unschooling vs. Unschooling with a Purpose

After giving myself time to let the GMA story on unschooling sink in, I have come to terms with where I stand in the debate. First I am disgusted that Good Morning America picked an unschooling family that are as about off the radar as it gets when it comes to schooling kids at home. Second, after many conversations and debates with other homeschoolers, have come to the realization that most unschoolers do so with purpose, and then there are the radical unschoolers. READ MORE


Take Your Kids to Work Day Discouraged by Schools

According to this Associated Press article, "Many U.S. school districts urged parents to keep their kids in class and not take them to work Thursday for an annual event they say disrupts learning at an increasingly critical time of year." Citing issues from H1N1 to high stakes testing, it is said that schools preferred parents not take their children to work.


Graduation on the cheap

If you aren't completely broke by the time you finish your four-year degree, just wait. The cost of graduating can take any money you have left. According to a recent post ....Published at Wallet Pop... click here for entire article


CLEP, DSST and AP tests let you earn college credit -- and cash in on savings

At the tender age of 15, my son walked onto the local college campus, his mind crammed with knowledge after two months of studying literary terms and reading tons of poetry and classic books. Some 90 minutes later, he emerged from the testing center with six college credits. Published at Wallet ... Click here to read the entire article. © WWW.AHERMITT.COM

An iPad in Every Classroom

The iPad was released this weekend and educators are hoping that it will help to revolutionize education. George Fox University, and Abilene Christian University, three colleges planning to hand out free iPads to students. READ MORE


Want Your Kids to Love Reading? There's and App for It

I recently wrote about the possibility of an iPad in every classroom. Colleges are pretty excited about it as it will help to lower book costs, and make the students' loads much lighter. But iPad's aren't just for teens and 20-year-olds. READ MORE


Alternatives to a Chuck E. Cheese Birthday Party

If you are thinking about a Chuck E. Cheese party your birthday boy or girl, consider these ideas first.

Outdoor carnival:

Create a yard carnival by renting an inflatable jumper, a ball pit, and popcorn and cotton candy maker. Have the set up in your yard along with a few carnival type games. Create a miniature ... READ MORE

10 Classic Books Your Child Should Read

...The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss, is part of American pop culture and also introduces children to rhyme. This is the most well known and celebrated of all the Dr. Seuss books which your children will also want to read.

Winne the Pooh,by A. A. Milne, is a perfect first novel for any child. It will capture the imagination and keep them captivated chapter after chapter... read more


10 Easy Birthday Cake Ideas

No bake ice cream cake: This cake idea requires 24 crushed Oreo cookies, a can of Pam, a gallon of slightly thawed ice cream, 1 jar of fudge, and a 9X13 cake pan. To make the cake, spray the pan with Pam and add the crushed to the bottom of the pan. Spread on 1/2 gallon of ... READ MORE

Can you mix a cowgirl theme bedroom with Zebra print fabric?

Meshing two distinct styles like Zebras and Vintage Cowgirl can be tricky. Vintage cowgirl gives a taste of the wild west with the impression of girl power. Zebra print, is a bit more African Seringetti. Still, I think your daugter is onto something. She wants zebra print, not actual zebras. If you can make the distinction in your mind and think of the zebra print fabric simply as a fabric pattern, you will probably be much more comfortable with it. Here's how I would tie the elements together. READ MORE



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Demand Studios just announced that all articles must now be written through their site.  This means dealing with DS editors and the laborious editing guidelines which means proving everything you write .... never mind if you are an expert in the field.  Sigh.

Anyhow.  I don't see myself jumping through those hoops to write an ehow article.

Below is the email I received

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Baseball theme birthday party

For children who love basketball, having a basketball themed birthday party is hard to resist. This is a party that can easily be done outside, weather permitting, which will save your home from a bit of wear and tear. You can also throw a basketball themed party in a recreation room. These ideas will help you throw a basketball themed party for your little girl or boy. READ MORE



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