Jill Smokler – Scary Mommy

Scary Mommy

Scary Mommy

Jill lives in Baltimore and is the mother of three Lily, Ben and Evan.  She has 325,000 blog followers and her facebook page has over 110,000 active users.  Her honest look at parenting and the “it doesn’t have to be perfect” philosophy has drawn a lot of attention from networks, social and mainstream alike.

She took this power on the webiverse and transformed it into a non-profit organization that raised over $75,000 for families in need.  The Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project provides families in need with donors to provide a holiday meal on Thanksgiving. This time of year is often taken for granted when many families in our neighborhoods can not afford to continue this tradition.

So, go to her website and donate today.  Your $50 will provide a family in need a dinner on Thanksgiving and 100% of your money goes to your matched family. She is still seeking 238 families are waitlisted as of tonight, so please make a donation and pay it forward.

Click here to donate: http://www.scarymommy.com/thanksgiving-2013/


Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen will be announced tomorrow as the nominee by President Obama to be the next Chair of the Federal Reserve.  In a banking nightmare, amid a desperate debt ceiling debate, she will climb into the highest seat in the grey suit wearing glass ceilinged world of economics. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She was the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve System of San Francisco and is President Emeritus of the University of California Berkley School of Business. But she also is a woman who found the love of her life in 1977 while working with him.  Her husband happens to be a Nobel Prize winner in Economics, George Akerlof. Many credit her as being the more grounded and sensible of the pair. I applaud Obama for nominating her and I hope she is confirmed by the Senate swiftly. Let us proceed with confidence amid much despair.

Abbey Klaassen

Abbey Klaassen


Some of you might not be familiar with Advertising Age. It’s a magazine online and in print about Advertising.www.Adage.com  I get daily emails from them and they steward the industry in a very important ways. Abbey is the Editor.  She is on the top list of 10 Pioneering Women Changing the Field of Communications presented by the New York Women in Communications and will receive a WiCi award next week. She is from Buffalo, New York and graduated from Drake University in 2002. Her twitter handle is @amklaassen and she is gracefully guiding us to the next generation of digital media, advertising and consumerism. Keep it up Abbey and let’s meet for a beer one day!

Julie Foudy

Julie Foudy

Julie Foudy has been a soccer champion since the late eighties. She went to Stanford University and was a mid-fielder for the USA Championship team winning 2 FIFA World Cups (1991 and 1999) – oh, and two gold medals for USA. She was admitted into Stanford Medical school but didn’t attend. Her sports broadcasting career over the last several years has spanned many networks. She is now producing a movie for ESPN’s series Nine for IX about the team the 99’ers which was made famous by the unveiling of a Nike sports bra by Brandi Chastain after the win. Brandi and Mia Hamm had a lot of the fame but Julie held the team together and manages to be a proponent for women’s sports for girls.  Both were my heroes in the 1991 game when I was still playing U16 league soccer.  The documentary will air next week on August 20th on ESPNw. The series is interesting and worth a look.  Foudy is a wife and mother of two young children, Isabele and Declan. She started a foundation with her husband inspiring young girls with sports and leadership, the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy. The Academy hosts camps in California, New Jersey and Illinois. She was an activist against child labor and in 1997 was the first woman to win the FIFA Fair Play Award against child labor used for manufacturing soccer balls.

Title IX is part of the 1972 Education Amendments claiming that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance…”  It is controversial on several levels Civil Rights, Male Athletics and even the 2012 London Olympics and in the last few years has been used in sexual harassment cases in many colleges as sexual assault denies someone from receiving an education.  It’s also the name of a fierce clothing line that encourages a healthy lifestyle. TITLENINE.COM

Samantha Gailey Geimer


Samantha Geimer was raped by Roman Polanski when she was 13 in 1977. I can say rape because she was under 18 and under California law someone under 18 can not legally consent. I can also avoid words like accused or allegedly because he plead guilty for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.  She wrote a new book that will be released in September called “The Girl, A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski” ,

Roman Polanski is a famed film director who directed Rosemary’s Baby in 1968. He was nominated this year to win a lifetime achievement award in film and has a harrowing past. His second wife was pregnant when she was murdered by the Manson Family. He is a Polish Jew that survived the holocaust. But, he is also a man who escaped a jail sentence by fleeing to France over 30 years ago.

He married actresses. Young actresses. He took advantage of his protégé. He epitomizes misogyny.

Even I feel badly for the guy. An artist, a tortured artist. A widower. A rapist.

I’ve been reading a lot about this topic. What do inappropriate sexual relationships do to the adolescent mind? Well, I hope Samantha’s book can shed a little more light on transforming from a high profile victim to becoming a happily married mother of three that forgives her attacker.

Rosalind Franklin

Happy Birthday Rosalind


Rosalind Franklin

The Pioneer of DNA. Yeah that DNA. The kind with the double helix. The  kind we all attribute to our good traits and our bad. Rosalind was born today ninety-three years ago in London and received her degree from Cambridge in 1945. Franklin was in her time regarded by her peers as being incredibly secretive and even “bad tempered and arrogant” by James Watson. Something that her male colleagues probably never had to overcome. She was later given credit for establishing the basis for the double-helix although her life was cut short at the age of 37. My sister will be very upset if I admit that I don’t know all the details of the structure of the DNA molecule and all of it’s scientific importance. But, the fact that this lady was influential, and bull-headed enough to make a difference and receive no (really no) credit while her colleagues were…

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Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge

The British royal family on Buckingham Palace ...

The British royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. Kate wears a wedding gown by Sarah Burton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kate got her degree in Art History and worked as an Accessories Buyer at Jigsaw. As a young child she lived for a time with her parents in Amman, Jordan. They were both flight attendants at the time and shortly after their return to England they started a mail order party supply company called Party Pieces that is now valued at over 30 Million pounds. Her parents were not aristocrats or royals but they were wealthy and they clearly taught her manners and above all else, charity.   She volunteered in Chile before she went to college and together with Prince William and Prince Harry started a foundation The Royal Wedding Charity Fund that raised over $1.6 Million and gave to 26 charities that are important to the couple. They met in college had a fairy tale wedding and are now expecting their first baby any minute.  I am looking forward to watching this young woman become a mother with they style and grace she has shown throughout the media firestorm over the last 5 years.