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Check out this blog by Daniel Lyons, a senior editor and columnist for Newsweek. Leave your thoughts on what he has to say.

Is Facebook a Paradise for Scammers?

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This is the title of the following article I’d like you to read –http://ow.ly/ySh9

You’ve heard your professors talk about the role social media can play in public relations, but there are many things it simply cannot do. Read the article and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Yes, you read that headline correct. According to the following story “If soda is the new tobacco, is the Coke mini can the new light cigarette?”

Read the story and give your thoughts on this much loved beverage.

http://www.slate.com/id/2232857/?GT1=38001

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No, probably not the one you’re thinking of. Though there are many words considered to be “bad.” The one I’m thinking of has far reaching implications and has touched every one of us. The bad word I’m thinking of is six letters and it is cancer.

Like I said, every one of us has been touched by cancer – whether it was your parent, spouse, grandparent, friend or other family member. I am reminded of this ugly word as it has been almost a year since one of my best friends lost her battle with cancer.

I’m going to take this opportunity to tell you a little about my friend Cindy. She and I met at church camp when we were in middle school and became pen pals. We kept in touch through high school and our first two years in college and visiting at Christmas. I was so excited when she decided to transfer to Milligan. Like any roommates we had our disagreements from time to time, but our friendship stayed true and strong. We helped each other through classes and boy problems. She also took it upon herself to get me hooked on the “it” show of the time – “Beverly Hills 90210” and later “Melrose Place.” I’m also reminded of the morning I awoke to a cloud of smoke in our room because Cindy torched a pop tart in the microwave. It smelled like burned strawberry pop tart all day!

Even after graduation when she moved back to Illinois and I stayed in Tennessee, we stayed in touch. She was the maid of honor at my wedding and I was a bridesmaid in hers. Every Christmas my family would travel back to southern Illinois and we always got together for dinner. We looked forward to these visits to see how much the kids had changed, gossip and talk about our jobs. Cindy was a social worker and had many entertaining stories. For example, she and Joe (her husband) were channeling surfing one night and came across “Cops” and guess what they saw…one of Cindy’s clients being chased by the police. Joe’s stories were also humorous as he is a probation officer.

ovarian-cancer-ribbon-magnetIn 2007 Cindy & Joe welcomed their second child, Luke. It was just a few months later that they received the news that would change their lives forever. Stomach pains were later diagnosed as ovarian cancer. After surgery to remove as much as they could, chemo began. It was a long and grueling process and our talks became more frequent.

The last time we were able to visit was June 2008 when our family had traveled to southern Illinois for my cousin’s wedding. Since we don’t visit the area but once a year, we made plans to meet up for lunch.  It ended up being the last time I was able to see her. It was so good to see her. Chemo was over and her hair was starting to grown back, but she still had many side effects of treatment – hand tremors, reddened skin, puffiness from steroids. She may not have looked the same, but she was still my dear friend. We had a great time talking about the kids, catching up and talking about summer plans.

We still talked a few times a month. The last time I was able to speak to her was around her birthday in August. She sounded good and said she was feeling pretty good. What none of us knew was that the end was drawing near for this person so dear to so many people.

A few weeks after our last talk Cindy had a seizure that sent her back to the hospital. Once it was determined that the cancer was going full force on her and that there was nothing the doctors could do, she was made comfortable. When she was discharged from the hospital she was admitted into hospice care. Oct. 29, 2008, Cindy bravely lost her battle with that bad, ugly word. Now Joe is a widower and Amanda & Luke are without their mother. One day, when they’re older I’ll tell Amanda & Luke stories about their mom – like the time we bought kites and went to the ETSU campus to fly them and were asked to leave.

I know in my heart that Cindy is in heaven right now and one day we will all be reunited.

For now I watch the new “Melrose Place” and wish that I could call my good friend up and talk about the crazy storylines and find out what her crazy clients are up to, while I fill her in on the crazy students in my classes.

Cindy may be gone, but she is not forgotten.

meandCindy

 

Ovarian cancer ribbon from causekeepers.biz

In class this week we discussed feature stories. One type of feature story was an application story. These stories are much like a case study- how to use a new or familiar product in a new way. They can also give consumers tips & advice that relate to an organization’s products & services. This week on msn.com they posted a story titled 50 New Uses for Old Things. Which, if any of, would you try? Take a look and leave your thoughts.

http://lifestyle.msn.com/your-home/cleaning-organizing/staticslideshowrs.aspx?cp-documentid=21889122&gt1=32001

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