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Ladies...throw out those mom jeans already!

We've all seen them...the women who raid their teenage daughters' closets. They wear the latest fashions and those looks are hot -- on a 14-year-old.

Don't get us wrong. There are some women out there who understand that they can wear the latest trends, and they do it well. They understand how to dress appropriately for their age. To those women, we say, "Rock on!" To those who don't quite reach the summit of Mt. Fashion, we say, "Really...?"

There are always two camps when it comes to dressing for your age. The first is that women should just wear what they want and not worry about what others think. Then there's the line of thinking that dictates that a woman must dress age-appropriate. The problem is that the words "age-appropriate" are so subjective. Who's to say what's appropriate for any age?

We think we have the solution. There are certain rules that apply based on certain issues women "of a certain age" have.

1. Don't wear capris, shorts or short skirts if you have visible varicose veins.  This rule applies also for mini skirts for those unfortunate women who have untoned thigh cellulite.

2. Don't wear a bikini if you are obese, have an untoned belly, have stretch marks or sagging breasts. This applies also for an inordinate amount of cellulite.

3. Perhaps the most important rule of all is that you should never wear what a woman next to you is wearing if she is younger and hotter than you. No matter how good you look in that outfit, she will always look younger and hotter.

4. Dress appropriate for your status. In other words, if you are a grandmother, durnit, dress like one. If you are a mom, dress like one. If you're a career woman, dress like one. You get the idea. Dressing for your status does not, however, imply dowdy. Keep that in mind, stay-at-home moms.

Not all women over 40 have ugly body issues, but wearing clothes that are fashionable for younger women is a major fashion faux pas. Women who violate these rules just look silly. Particularly if they have a great body and are encasing it in tight clothing, or clothing that is small enough for a 12-year-old. Ladies, no one wants to see that.

Women of all ages, pay attention. You don't have to dress like a tramp to look attractive. You don't have to dress like a nun to be conservative. And you certainly don't have to dress like a child to remain young and vibrant.

Figure out who you are, what you like, and factor in your age. Throw in a little whimsy and you've got a look that everyone will celebrate.

Posted: Sep 24 2010, 10:07 AM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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North Carolina girl's nose stud gets her expelled

A North Carolina teen has been suspended from her high school for wearing a nose stud, which she says is her First Amendment right because wearing the piercing is part of her religion. She's a member of the Church of Body Modification. 

Members of this church, which only has about 3,500 members nationwide, feel they can gain spirituality by getting tattoos, piercings and other body modifications. Their website reads:

"The Church of Body Modification represents a collection of members practicing ancient and modern body modification rites. We believe these rites are essential to our spirituality…By doing so, we ensure that we live as spiritually complete and healthy individuals."

The church has ministers, so it's considered a religion. But if you do a little digging, you find the ministers are ministers because they applied online. They don't have to take a class, attend a special school or even a two-hour seminar at the motel down by the interstate. So in effect, anyone can answer the list of questions correctly and be admitted as a COBM minister.

The church isn't a church, in our humble opinion. It's merely a club with a noble cause – it allows people who enjoy getting tattoos, piercings and other body modifications to come together and feel accepted. A noble cause, yes. But it doesn't make this organization a recognized church that is exempted from school policies and laws. 

If this became the norm, what would stop people from creating any organization, hiring a few ministers and calling themselves a religion? It's a scary proposition.

Next week, the teen's suspension will be over and she will be allowed to return to class. If, however, she's still sporting the nose stud, she can be expelled and forced into alternative schooling. 

Here's the thing: this student claims her religious rights are being violated. But nowhere in the list of beliefs or standards listed on the COBM's website does it say members have to wear their piercing all the time. Nowhere does it state that they shouldn't have to cover up tattoos or other modifications. She knew what her school's dress code stated. She knew the consequences. It's not clear when the kid joined this "religion." She may have joined just to avoid having to remove her piercing. And the school district offered to let her wear a plastic placeholder of sorts in the hole during school hours so that the hole won't close up. They tried to work with her.

We know what's going to happen here. The kids' going back to school, she's going to be expelled, and there's going to be a court date. 

Perhaps the school district, along with the teen and her family, could use this, dare we say it, as a teachable moment to bring about a dialogue about religious freedoms, while also addressing the school district's reasons for its dress code policies.

Maybe if everyone in this situation gets a little more education they won't feel the need to poke holes in each other...

Posted: Sep 17 2010, 02:52 PM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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On Sept. 11, just do it

Everybody remembers where they were on Sept. 11. It's a day no American will ever forget. That was the day America – and Americans – were forever changed.

As the ninth anniversary of this tragic day in our history approaches, we should be geared up to observe a moment to reflect on tolerance. It should be a day of peace. 

Yet here we are, a nation on edge, tense because of the rising anti-Muslim fervor, fed by headlines about a mosque to be built near Ground Zero, and a crazed preacher man threatening to burn the Quran.

Sept. 11, 2001 united this nation against terrorism in a way never seen before. Other countries joined us, standing by our side in solidarity. It's a day that will be remembered for generations to come for the notorious act of mass murder. 

Sept. 11 is a day to remember the victims of terror, not create new terrors. It is a day to work for peace. And here's how.

The Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is supported annually by MyGoodDeed Inc., in partnership with others. It is a movement that encourages all Americans to volunteer to support charitable causes, perform good deeds and engage in other service activities in observance of this dark day in our history. 

In other words, it's a day to turn darkness into light.

Right after Sept. 11, 2001, the media bombarded us with images of Ground Zero and the memorials being held. We are reminded this year of one in particular, where signs read, "Our grief is not a cry for war."

As tomorrow approaches, let us remember those words. Do a good deed, small or large. Size doesn't matter. Just Nike it up…just do it.

Posted: Sep 10 2010, 01:50 PM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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Think you're too broke to donate to charity? Think again...

You'd like to give more to charity, but your income won't allow it. Before you put your wallet away, check out these sites that let you contribute to charitable causes without spending a dime.

Even if you write out a check to every charity that sends you a handwritten letter and a photo of a pleading child each Christmas, you can’t help thinking that it’s never enough – with the money you’ve got left over after paying for all your bills and basic necessities, you’ll never be able to fund a school in Africa, or to give a family enough food to keep their bellies full for even a single week. Your paltry donation might buy a few extra pens and stamps for the nonprofit organization you sent it to, but that’s about it.

But don’t worry – even if you’re not in Donald Trump territory, you can still donate to a variety of great causes every day without spending a single penny. All you need is an Internet connection, and you’re good to go. Here are a few of our favorite free ways to give.

The Hunger Site

This site features click buttons for six different causes: hunger, child health, *** cancer, literacy, the rainforest and animal rescue. The concept is simple: just click the button for each cause once every day, and the site’s sponsors will make a charitable donation on your behalf. If you purchase an item from the site’s online store, they’ll donate even more. It takes just 30 seconds a day to make a difference in someone’s life without spending a cent – make this site a daily stop. Better yet, make it your home page, so you won’t start a single day without chipping in.


Ripple works exactly the same way as the Hunger Site, funding clean water, food, education, and a $100 loan with your daily click. Ripple also features a Google-powered search bar, which makes a donation every time you use it. To get all your friends in on the giving act, add Ripple's "give" buttons directly to your blog or Facebook page.

Free Rice

The site features a vocabulary game, where every correct answer you choose donates 20 grains of rice to an impoverished country. Play as long and as often as you like – you’re bound to pick up a few SAT words while saving the world.

Free Poverty


Have you ever played the Facebook staple, Traveler IQ, where you score points by locating cities and landmarks on an unmarked map? This game is just like that, but better – with every correct answer, the site donates 10 cups of water to a poor country on your behalf. It might make you feel like an idiot for the first few rounds when you realize you can’t even locate the Statue of Liberty, but the fact that you’re making a difference should soften the blow a bit.


Are you passionate about fighting poverty? Want to save the whales? Are you committed to curing *** cancer?

No matter what your cause is, you can find a way to support it through the philanthropic search engine tool, GoodSearch. Simply type in the name of the organization you want to support, and GoodSearch will donate 50 percent of its advertising revenue to your charity of choice. With 54,000 organizations already registered, you’re bound to find a cause that you believe in. Once a few people hop on board, the funds add up fast: If a charity has 10,000 supporters who each use the search tool twice a day, that can add up to $73,000 in donations for the year.

Best of all, GoodSearch recently added a GoodShop tool, which allows you to donate a percentage of the cost of your purchases to the charity of your choice. The store choices include all the big names like Amazon, Best Buy and Travelocity, so be sure to click through from the site whenever you’re planning a new purchase. You’ll finally have an excuse to feel good about shopping!

Posted: Sep 03 2010, 11:56 AM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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