The tag line is not a type or misprint. A 10 year old boy in North Carolina was punished and disciplined for calling his teacher--ma'am. When I read the headline, I had to re-read it twice. I know it's time for new glasses, but I was in shock. As a Gen X baby myself, my generation and the baby boomers before us, often gripe about the LACK of manners children today have or should I say d on't have. In all honesty, most of the adults I interact with daily could use a refresher course, but a child addressing me as ma'am considered disrespectful--never!
Having grown up in the Southern part of the U.S., I found it strange, odd and completely out of character for a teacher in the South to find yes ma'am to be in any way, shape or form offensive. This poor young boy has been taught by his parents, which were interviewed for the piece- to be respectful to his elders and those in positions of authority, only to be punished for doing just that. The school district released a pathetic statement as expected, and made certain to disclose nothing regarding the instructor. My first thought--where in earth is she from?
What you see below is this teacher, forcing the young student to write yes ma'am, practice that was widely utilized when I was in grade school--write the offense until you realize your wrong. My issue with this entire situation is the long lasting impact her actions will have o this child. His parents gave him a blue print of how to behave, how to show respect to authority figures and the authority he gives respect to has a problem with that? Come on. The military, and law enforcement require a yes sir or yes ma'am, but somewhere in North Carolina a teacher, presumably a young one, has forever confused a boy that will one day become a man--into thinking there's something wrong with addressing your teacher as ma'am. I so wish this instructor had chosen to be interviewed to provide some type of explanation--not that it would matter much--but at least she may not look as ridiculous as she now does. I so hope this young man is not forever impacted by her clear lack of understanding of Southern mannerisms and ways, and i also hope they quickly enroll her in an etiquette class--soon.
The Queen of Soul laid in repose yesterday at the Wright Museum of African American Art is Detroit, MI. Everything about the tribute was nothing less than regal and befitting of a Queen. A gold plated casket, classic cars, countless roses in every shade of pink, and a red ensemble to set your soul on fire--with matching shoes of course. A forever fan of her music, I am just as big of a fan of her regal style. Dazzling accessories, fur coats, big hair--pure glam.
Aretha was always, and I mean always red carpet ready--yet she seemingly bowed to no trend in articular, but rather defined her own sense of style. The hats, big jewelry, and ever present handbag, I felt like we were sisters in fashion. With a career spanning more than six decades, pinning down my favorite looks worn by the Queen was a task. I've combed through countless photos and although I've tried to select my favorites from each decade, the early days will always remain my favorite. Check out the gallery below. #ArethaRIP
A house is just that until you add your own personal touch and make it a home. In the current market, there are more millenials renting than buying--and doing so for longer periods of time. So, how do you add your own personality when someone actually owns it? Easy--there's nothing you can't decorate today that doesn't peel right off. From temporary "stainless steel" appliances, to faux granite counter tops and back splashes, the world of home decor has heard the cry of every renter and taken heed.
Before this peel and stick boom, a renter had to either opt to not decorate too much or prepare to remove and repair before leaving--and in some cases being charged for any changes at all. Now you don;t have to settle. Whether a quaint and cozy space, an outdated space or just a space that doesn't reflect your unique sense of style, you can change that with minimal effort, cost and time.
Millenial or Baby Boomer, the kitchen is always the most popular gathering spot. Rightfully so, that's the one area of any house you want to beautify and make it feel like home. Since all the fun happens in the kitchen, you want your appliances to be entertainment ready. With most landlords barely keeping a property up to code and slightly clean, appliances are often not replaced for many years if at all. No worries, as long as they are actually functional, you can change the look of your appliances with temporary or "faux" stainless steel. yes, there is a such thing as fake stainless steel. Quickly transform any of your kitchen appliances with a stainless steel film cover from companies such as VViViD Architectural film. Easy on, easy off , no damage done.
What good are shiny and new appliances if your counters look as if they've been left behind? No problem. Gianni Countertop paint kits can mimic just about any surface you desire. Marble, granite, concrete--you name it. Minimal effort, little time, and under $100. Pretty amazing. Seriously, how amazing does this countertop look?
Sure you could grab some paint to freshen up your space, but how nice would it be to add see unique architectural details to your home, without having to use a squeegee, bottle of water, and takes all day?? With NuWallpaper peel & stick repositionable wall paper there's no fuss and no mess. NuWallpaper allows you to transform your space instantly. Whether an accent wall or an entire room, the options are endless.
With these simple fixes you can easily make any space feel like your own. ;0
Is there anything more relaxing than being on the water? A gentle breeze and calm waters, make for a perfect afternoon, at sea, on the lake..wherever. I've always thought, if only I could carry that feeling with me somehow. You know, if it were tangible. Well, in the most unique and stylish way, now it is. Wind Passion has done just that. Belts, bow ties, bracelets and more---Wind Passion creates timeless accessories, designed with the sailor and surfer in you in mind. They kindly sent me these lovely unisex pieces you see below.
Handmade of the most durable marine cording, these adjustable bracelets will be the perfect gift for the sailor, fisherman, and water lover in your life. You don't have to wait until Christmas, but with the holiday season quickly approaching, that's exactly what I plan to do. There's so many more amazing trinkets to choose from--key chains, bracelets, cuff-links and more. Head over to www.windpassion.net to select gifts for your someone special. Til next time ;0
Today has been an emotionally exhausting. I prayed constantly for Ms. Aretha Franklin's healing and recovery, but God saw fit for her to return to her heavenly home. While sobbing and wiping away tears, I've had her music...everything I could find, on repeat. Throughout the month there ill be more posts regarding the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin. Until I compose myself, from all of us at Angels Opinion, we send our love and heartfelt condolences to the Franklin family. This song "Angel" seems eerily fitting. R.I.P. Queen Aretha
(I don't own rights to this song)