They Took Our Jobs!

That phrase, along with “Speak English or Get Out,” always grates on my nerves. I’d rather hear Gilbert Gottfried recite Beowulf (all of it) than hear this drivel come out of people’s mouths.

A new study reports that Austin may have lost up to 5% of its jobs to another country–but it has nothing to do with immigration, and quite a lot to do with our trade policies. Perhaps we should be looking closer to home when it comes to the job market blame game? Read on.

Austin Job Market
China Took Austin’s Jobs

Boston Job Market
No More Recession for Boston?

Pagan Journey
10 Things to Do This Spring

Parenting Report
Science Kits are Literally the Bomb

Artista Blog
Make an Affirmation Altar

More Creative Copy, and Democratic Education

I’ve written a couple more Creative Copy Challenge stories and hope that many of you will join in! It’s such a fun way to jump start your creative juices, especially when you’re feeling stuck. There are only ten word prompts and all of my stories have been super short so far:
Challenge 21
Challenge 22

Come join in when you get a chance!

Also, I have a new IDEA: Institute for Democratic Education in America post on the importance of play dates. You might call it yuppie helicopter-ing; I call it smart social development! Be sure to share your thoughts on play dates and child development in the comment section.

Take Action for Horses and Against Laundry Pumps

How Far Would You Go for Your Simpsons Obsession?

Michael Jackson Talk
MJ’s Bodyguards “Defend the King”

You Clean
The Laundry Pump Conspiracy!

Horse Forum
Give Wild Mustangs a Chance

Education Job Market
Another Brick in the Wall

Jobs, Jobs… And More Jobs

Green Voters League
Tell Congress: We Want Clean Energy

Parenting Report
Daylight Saving Time Activities

Accounting Job Market
The Accounting Song

Albuquerque Job Market
Employment Numbers on the Rise in New Mexico

Atlanta Job Market
Unemployment Numbers Increase in Atlanta

Computers Job Market
How to Get Fired

South Park’s 200th Episode

Any predictions? Find out about how to get involved with the 200th Episode Project below.

Children’s Book Club
World Folk Tales and Fables Week

Wedding Book Club
The Everything Wedding Book

Honolulu Job Market
Honolulu Job News

South Park Talk
South Park’s 200th Episode to Premiere in April

Denver Job Market
Program Helps Homeless Vets in Denver

Creative Copy Challenge

I’m really excited to be taking part in this writing challenge that I learned about from Anne Wayman. Every week the site owners post ten words that you use in a short story. What a fun project!

Here is the first challenge that I participated in today. The site is currently on Challenge 21, though, so I have a lot of catching up to do! I hope that you’ll decide to join in. 🙂