Today, in stands RIGHT NOW, is a newspaper, with an article WRITTEN BY ME. It is the first of what will be a standing column of opinion pieces. I am told by the editor that my poetry “will also go over well with readers.”
I hope to use the platform to develop a few new skills, get some print experience, and of course — it’s great exposure!
So it’s sitting there at the news stand. Patiently waiting for readers. I doubt I will be able to wait until after 3 pm when mine will come in the mail.
I think I will go buy 10. I mean, it’s my first article!!
And I am too excited to sleep. So I thought I’d share my good news with YOU GUYS. My readers.
Thank you for being a reader 🙂 If you enjoy reading my blog, will you please share it? Or reblog one of your favorites? Help my little baby-blog grow?
Christina Ward Staff Writer at Observer News Enterprise (!!!)
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Indicted, With 44 Others in College Admissions Scheme
You have probably seen the news of two
well-known actresses, Felicity Huffman (best known for her role in ABC’s
dramedy Desperate Housewives) and
Lori Loughlin (best known for her role in the ABC sitcom Full House) being indicted for their part in an elaborate college
admissions scheme. Huffman and Loughlin took part in a scheme involving faked
athletic participation and achievements, and faked test scores, along with
other parents, who were willing and able to pay substantial amounts of money to
get their kids into some of the most elite colleges in the country.
A California business man, operating
under the guise of a non-profit, took money from parents to get their kids into
the college of their choice, and then funneled that money to various athletic
coaches and college exam SAT and ACT administrators. Coaches arranged fake
profiles, took fake athletic pictures of students who were not even playing the
sport, and exam administrators hired proctors to take exams for students…are
you disgusted yet?
The two actresses have been the brunt of a Twitter-expolosion of jokes and memes since the news broke. Parents are outraged. We all should be.
Let me set a scenario for you, one
probably you may find relatable. Picture a single mom, 2 young boys, waking up
in the early morning hours with ice on the roads. This mom was me. I was in my
early 30’s at the time, and school was closed for my boys that day- on the day
I had to take my college state final for Chemistry, likely the most difficult
test I would have to take in my college education.
I fed my boys, bundled us all up, and
my car door was frozen shut. Running late, driving on the icy roads, and
bringing my two children with me I showed up at the classroom door, in tears.
My professor was kind. Understanding. He set me up in the hallway at a desk we
drug out the door, in front of the other staring students, and I took that
terribly difficult test while my kids played Legos on the floor next to me.
I did not have the “PRIVILEGE” of having a proctor. Nor the money to pretend I was present. I showed up. I rested on the laurels that the few midnight hours of study I’d managed would be enough…
SHAME on these scheming people for
manipulating our college system and allowing money to take the place of their
moral compass. Students all over this country are working, studying, showing up
in tears for exams they’ve lost sleep over. It is a terrible thing to teach our
young people – that money can get you whatever you want.
I chose to teach my boys a different lesson – that hard work, dedication, and being fearless will get you a well-earned B on the hardest exam. It will get you self-respect.
In a time of terrible divisiveness in our country, it is nice to see a diverse group of people coming together for this project. It is important for people to find the things we have in common, and focus on what unites us.
Calling all “George” cheerleaders…celebrate with me a small recognition. Our giant undertaking is making waves in my small community.
I made the FRONT PAGE of the local newspaper !! Check out the coverage “George” is receiving in my small town:
We all have talents. I think it is fundamentally important, that no matter what our talents and passions are…to do something BIG with them.
Making it happen…
We recently had a one year anniversary of this project and after writing an extensive blog article on it, I sent the information to my local town, who then directed me to contact 2 local newspapers, and gave me contact email addresses. I did. One of the newspapers contacted me and collected the information to write the article.
and there’s more…
What is even more exciting for me: they love my blog articles and asked me for sample articles. They are interested in hiring me as a writer/contibuter for the newspaper. Pretty cool huh?