Caught on Tape: The Elf on the Shelf Comes Alive

Keeping up with the Elf on the Shelf is hard enough before Christmas. But how many of us forget to take him down and send him back to Santa and the elves? One week after Christmas and our poor “Tiddlywinks” has been left hanging.

See what happens when our Elf on the Shelf gets fed up and takes matters into his own hands!


Rolling Stone Cover: Take 2

I don’t know one person who thinks it’s okay for Rolling Stone to have featured that sad excuse for a human being on its cover. As I said this morning On Air with Ryan Seacrest, if Rolling Stone felt it necessary to show him (yes, I refuse to even give him power by mentioning him by name) on the cover, why not show him as the coward he is, hiding out in a parked boat in someone’s backyard? Or taken down by the brave, unstoppable force who moved in and took him into custody?

But an even better idea is to show the real strength in human beings… the heroes behind the terror that paralyzed a city. It’s the victims who have died and suffered, the family and friends who stand beside them, and the community of open arms and kind hearts who are not only still healing, but will forever be changed. THESE people (and so many more) are the worthy ones.

Let’s no longer share the hate and negativity featured on Rolling Stone’s cover but instead share the courage and strength of these inspiring people.
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Reader Dilemma: What Do I Say…

file0002081091934This question came in from a reader (we’ll call her Lisa).

As I was picking up my son recently from a friend’s birthday party,  his mom stopped me and kindly invited me to her church group meeting sometime. I thanked her and kind of brushed it off and left with my son.

When I ran into her again a short time after, she quickly crossed the room to ask if my whole family wanted to join them for church services. We’re not religious people and don’t want to go to their church, but I don’t want to be rude or hurt her feelings.

My advice? I told Lisa that she should be honest and explain that her family attends the church of the NFL on Sundays from September-February (of course I’m kidding). But seriously, I think a polite “We’re not really church goers but appreciate the invitation” would be the best way to go. Of course she could always accept and give it a try but doesn’t that open up the gates to more invitations and pressure?

How would you tell Lisa to handle the situation?

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