Lipstick & Pearls
Written by Malinda Just Tuesday, 19 May 2009 14:45A couple years ago, before beginning my journey into motherhood, I sat on a folding chair, waiting to donate blood at a local Red Cross blood drive.
I had made my appointment for a busy time of day, so I had ample time to observe my surroundings. It was then I engaged in reading each of the survivor stories mounted on the makeshift lab cubicles.
There were stories of car accident survivors, needing 12 units of blood to pull through. There were stories of children born with sickle cell...
Written by Malinda Just Tuesday, 14 April 2009 13:56If you’re walking by the Just house Thursday evening, you might catch the strains of the ever-popular song “Happy Birthday” being addressed to my daughter. My baby girl is turning 1.
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It’s hard to believe 365 days have passed since Brad and I made the pre-dawn trek to Newton Medical Center to begin my daughter’s birth day. She’s been a precious joy in our lives ever since.
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I’m counting on my daughter to provide all the entertainment for her party. Family members never tire of asking her, “What does a kitty say?” Her response is a high-pitched “eeeowww” every time. She also knows what a fish “says,” and can imitate a puppy.
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Family members also enjoy...
Written by Malinda Just Tuesday, 17 March 2009 13:58In addition to vibrant colors, delicate patterns and fresh silhouettes, a new trend this spring is quickly becoming a wardrobe staple—and not just for fashion gurus. And all this little-black-dress trend costs is the practice of frugality.
The media call it many names—thrift, penny pinching, economizing—but the goal is the same: saving money. I have enjoyed all the money-saving tips presented on local and national news broadcasts, particularly those geared toward practicality.
Enter the Coupon Mom (aka Stephanie Nelson). For Nelson, the nickname Coupon Mom isn’t just a promotional gimmick. She is a wealth of money-saving knowledge and was recently featured on “Oprah” and NBC’s “Today Show” (and probably others, but...
Written by Malinda Just Tuesday, 17 February 2009 13:51Reading books is not a love my husband and I share. However, a couple years ago he agreed to read a set of books that had piqued my curiosity. I came across the books while cataloguing for the Tabor College library, and decided they would be an interesting, if not enlightening, read.
In this particular case, I judged the books by their inviting covers and intriguing titles: “For Men Only” and “For Women Only,” written by a husband/wife duo of Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn.
The Feldhahns conducted national surveys and focus groups, coming up with impressive amounts of data to back-up statements about men and women.
As a chronic overachiever, I felt compelled to read both books. (Of course, part of what drove me was the desire to...
Written by Malinda Just Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:08I’ve always been a sucker for the TV sitcom.
As a kid, I would take a bath early on Friday night, get in my jammies and settle in for ABC’s TGIF—a full lineup of kid-friendly sitcoms including “Step-By-Step,” “Full House” and “Family Matters.” My sister and I would sit in our bean bags and laugh at yet another escapade resulting in Steve Urkel’s nasally “Did I do that?”
In college, I remember studying the rhetoric of popular shows and realizing the humor of a sitcom often comes from exaggerated, negative stereotypes stemming from gender, race or relationships.
Because I was engaged and married while still in school, I took a personal interest in dissecting sitcom relationships—particularly that of Debra and...
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