Not A Fluff Course … #RutgersUniversity Offers Class On #Beyonce


(This excerpt from Rutgers University Offers A Class On Beyonce by David K. Li recently appeared on nypost.comTo view this in its entirety click on the link below.)

Students at the New Brunswick campus are now enrolled in “Politicizing Beyonce,” a class led by doctoral student and lecturer Kevin Allred in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Allred said the class isn’t specifically about Bey’s career. Instead, course material examines gender, sexuality and racial politics through the lens of Queen B’s standing in American pop culture.


#Alcohol And #Pregnancy: Even A Little Impairs Childhood Academics


(The following excerpt from Drinking During Pregnancy: Even A Little Impairs Childhood Academics by James Hamblin recently appeared on To view this post in its entirety click on the link below.)

Drinking during pregnancy is still the number one preventable cause of birth defects in the U.S. The problems that result from fetal alcohol exposure—at any stage of pregnancy, including before the woman knows she is pregnant—can appear any time during childhood and last forever.

That said, eight percent of pregnant women in the U.S. report drinking. Among the often complex reasons for that, some studies have shown ambiguity with regard to mild drinking. Some research has said it could even be beneficial. Recommendations are at odds from doctors and government agencies. In most countries, including the U.S., the reigning guideline is total abstinence. The official position of the National Institutes of Health:

Research shows that binge drinking, which means consuming four or more drinks per occasion, and regular heavy drinking put a fetus at the greatest risk for severe problems. But even lesser amounts can cause damage.

… time means nothing to the wind. #Winter


Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. It is no reason in which to wander the world as if one were the wind blowing aimlessly along the streets without a place to rest, without food, and without time meaning anything to one, just as time means nothing to the wind. Edith Stillwell 


Grandmother Starts A #DownSyndrome #Fashion Line


“I don’t go to work,” she said, “I go to love. Every second is pure joy.” – Karen Bowersox

(The following excerpt from This Grandmother Started A Fashion Line For People With Down Syndrome  by  Megan Griffo recently appeared on To view it in its entirety click on the link below.)

“I can’t believe I’m making a difference,” Karen Bowersox says, “all with a pair of jeans.”

The 65-year-old is the founder of Downs Designs, a company that makes clothing for people with Down syndrome.

“When [people with Down syndrome] are forced to wear clothes from everyday stores, the clothing makes them look different. All you see is the Down syndrome,” Bowersox told The Huffington Post. “When they wear our pants and they fit and they look and feel more comfortable, they can be confident in themselves. You don’t see the Down syndrome anymore.”

Bowersox’s granddaughter, Maggie, inspired the endeavor back in 2010. Maggie, now 9, has Down syndrome, and it’s been a challenge to find clothes that fit her, Bowersox told HuffPost.

Grandma had the solution.

After Maggie’s mom first lamented to Bowersox that Maggie would trip over her too-long jeans, Bowersox tried to do some online shopping. She came up short. So the already-experienced businesswoman (she used to run her husband’s medical practice in Mentor, Ohio) switched to researching designers in order to start her own company. She found Jillian Jankovsky, and Downs Designs was born.

Today, the company boasts 18 styles of jeans for men, women, teens and children. The specially made, elastic-banded pants don’t have buttons or zippers so customers won’t have difficulty pulling them up or down. They also offer long- and short-sleeve shirts.

Bowersox is hoping to continue to grow Downs Designs to include more styles and sizes. While her friends look to retire, she plans to keep working. She personally calls customers to review each order and said she stays at work as long as she has to because she doesn’t view what she does as a job — the payoff is too rewarding.