A way to help single moms serve Thanksgiving Dinner to their families

Scary Mommy is an internet community for “imperfect parents.” It’s a resourceful site that was started by a mother a few years ago. Three years ago, a Thanksgiving initiative started to help feed families on Thanksgiving. It helped feed a few families at the time. More needing families came forward, and more donators stepped in. Donating some money goes to a lovely cause. While a lot of us dread Thanksgiving and having to deal with family drama, some families don’t even get to have dinner at all that day. You can help. You can also help spread the word by copying these pictures, uploading them on FB, or linking to their site through your own social media channels.

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Amazon looking to hire 80,000 temp workers for Holiday season

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/10/16/356551223/amazon-to-hire-80-000-holiday-workers

They need people to work in its fulfillment centers throughout the US for holiday order processing. That’s the most they’ve ever aspired to hire for the holidays.

The closest ones to Amarillo are in the Denton and Dallas areas, respectively.

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Selfie with comet at 16 kilometers: Space in Images – 2014 – 10 – Rosetta mission selfie

Space in Images – 2014 – 10 – Rosetta mission selfie at 16 km.

Rosetta mission with comet. Photo Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

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Amarillo Job Fair on Tuesday October 14, 2014

Over 90 Texas Panhandle employers will be at the Amarillo Job Fair at the Amarillo Civic Center in the North Exhibit Hall (401 South Buchanan) on Tuesday. It goes from 10AM until 4pm.

Such vendors include: Amarillo College, AT&T, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, Pantex, City of Amarillo, Amarillo Independent School District, Chipotle, Goodwill Industries, Texas Veterans Commission, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, MD Helicopters, Inc., Suddenlink, AIG, West Texas A&M University, Workforce Solutions, Hastings Entertainment, Job Corps, and many more.

For more information, go to www.AmarilloJobFair.org.

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4 Fabulous Places to See Art in Amarillo

Like the music scene here, the art scene has some very solid work in some very well-run art spaces. One good way to pass the time on a first Friday or a Saturday afternoon: spend it gallery-hopping at these places. A lovely time of visual enlightenment and stimulation is sure to be had.

Process Art House 700 South Van Buren, Amarillo TX 79101. Always something new and fun going on here.

Red Gallery 2751 Civic Circle, Amarillo TX 79106. This newer gallery of the past few months features an eclectic mix of Amarillo artists, both well-known and up and coming artists.

Diio Gallery Studio 59, 3701 Plains Blvd, Amarillo TX 79102. This gallery opened in the past month, and they are also dedicated to promoting local artists.

The 806 2812 SW 6th, Amarillo TX 79106. Every first Thursday of each month has an art opening/ reception of either a solo show or a group show.   They also have great coffee.

These are just a few of the many wonderful spaces in the area. Recurring posts listing galleries to come.

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Learning how to see…

Two little girls in India who were born blind are enabled to see for the first time after an operation. What if you were seeing the world you’ve lived in since birth for the first time?

This article in Time features a photo essay of the girls during and after the surgeries. Two little girls learning to see. This article will make you smile.

http://lightbox.time.com/2014/10/09/see-powerful-photos-of-blind-children-getting-their-sight-back/#1

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Good will: Man pays $1k at drive thru to feed those behind him

A man at an Abilene, TX Chik-fil-a paid $1000 at the drive-thru to feed those behind him in line.

http://m.ktxs.com/news/man-pays-1000-to-feed-those-in-drivethru-at-abilene-chickfila/28089930

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A Moment In Labor History or STOP CALLING THAT POSTER ROSIE THE RIVETER!

Originally posted on What a Witch:

I have a pet peeve.

This is a picture of a semi-fictional character called Rosie the Riveter.

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See it even says her name on the picture.

Let’s pause here and examine the picture above. It’s an example of exceptional art. The subject is lovely. She’s large, red haired, bold featured, a bit dirty, wearing overalls, and a welding mask as well as goggles, (which seems somewhat redundant to me) holding a massive pneumatic drill, holding a lunchbox and eating actual food. In other words, she epitomizes everything that made Norman Rockwell an outstanding artist; she’s a real person with flaws and the picture is telling a story through her realness and her flaws.

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This is not Rosie the Riveter. Nope, sorry. I know that a lot of people think that this is a RR picture. It isn’t. What it is is an anti-union poster from Westinghouse. If you look…

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New Texas textbooks evaluated for bias

A report from the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has declared that the information in social studies textbooks that have been adopted by the Texas State Board of Education contain inaccurate and biased information. These books, intended for Texas schools, were found by scholars to contain erroneous information based on ideology rather than historical data.

“Their findings say several textbooks include biased statements that inappropriately portray Muslims negatively, give a lack of attention to Native American peoples and culture and give undue legitimacy to neo-Confederate arguments about states’ rights and the legacy of slavery in the south, among other concerns. The scholars also said a number of government and world history textbooks “exaggerate Judeo-Christian influence” on the nation’s founding and have inaccurate accounts of other religions.

Ten university scholars reviewed the content of 43 history, government and geography textbooks that the State Board of Education is expected to adopt this fall. The State Board of Education will have a public hearing on the textbooks next week.”

–Melissa B. Taboada, Austin American-Statesman

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Oldest known 9/11 Search Dog is Still Working Today at a Texas Elementary School

Her first deployment was to look for humans and/ or remains in the rubble at Ground Zero. Bretagne is now 93 in dog years, but she still loves to work. She helps special needs children at an elementary school in Cypress, Texas learn to read. The children read aloud to the retired search dog as a confidence-building exercise. This article chronicles the long, useful life of this amazing dog.

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It was their first deployment together.
Some heroes boast muscle and brawn. Others possess steely nerves and impeccable timing. But this hero is a little different.

This one has feathery fur, a sunny smile, a calm nature and — for a dog — an uncanny ability to zero in on the people who need her most. She’s a 15-year-old golden retriever named Bretagne, and she’s believed to be the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (One other surviving search dog from 9/11, a 15-year-old English springer spaniel named Morgan, worked at Staten Island.)

For the first time since the recovery efforts after the attack, Bretagne returned this week to the site of the former World Trade Center complex with her longtime handler and owner, Denise Corliss of Cypress, Texas. They were joined by NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, who told their story on TODAY on Thursday morning, Sept. 11.

Corliss fought back tears as she gazed at the 9/11 Memorial’s enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, which are surrounded by bronze panels bearing the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks.

“Seeing this kind of took my breath away a bit, similar to how the pile was the first time I saw it,” Corliss, 49, told TODAY.com. “It’s so calm and peaceful now, unlike the chaos of before.

“After 9/11, everybody — all of us — felt such sadness. We all wanted to help. I just felt so honored that we were able to respond.”

This year, Bretagne (pronounced “Brittany”) is one of eight finalists for the American Humane Association’s annual Hero Dog Awards. Corliss is preparing to travel with Bretagne to Beverly Hills for a stroll down the red carpet on the night of the award ceremony in late September — a prospect that seems surreal to Corliss, considering how her journey with the dog began.

In the late ‘90s, Corliss, an electrical engineer, became fascinated by the work of disaster search dogs. She learned that civilians — volunteers who receive no pay at all and work and travel at their own expense — can undergo rigorous training with their dogs. If they make the cut, a dog/handler team can support federal emergency response efforts at disaster sites around the United States.

Bretagne has never really felt ready to retire. She still gets excited about putting on a service vest.
In the fall of 1999, Corliss brought home Bretagne, a wriggly 8-week-old puppy who had much to learn and wanted to learn it.

“I was so excited about doing this, but I didn’t have the appreciation of how life-changing it would be,” Corliss recalled. “It took 20 to 30 hours a week easily to stay on top of training. This is what I did when I wasn’t at work.”

In 2000, Corliss received news that thrilled her: She and Bretagne qualified as official members of Texas Task Force 1. This meant the pair had what it takes to scour a disaster site and find survivors buried in the rubble.

What they never could have anticipated was the site of their first deployment: The twisted pile of steel beams, concrete and ash where the World Trade Center once stood. It was a harrowing assignment for the most seasoned rescue workers, and it could be a frustrating one for search dogs because there were no human survivors to be found — only human remains.

“I really believed we could find somebody — anybody! — if we could just get to the right void space,” Corliss said. “But our reality was much different. We found all various kinds of remains, some recognizable, others not so much.”

Bretagne persevered through nearly two weeks of 12-hour shifts at Ground Zero. On her very first search, she had to balance precariously on a wet metal beam — and she slipped. But she recovered quickly, pulling herself back up onto the beam with her front paws and continuing to sniff intently as if nothing had happened.

Even though she had just turned 2 — an age when many canines relish romping, chewing and making mischief — Bretagne kept offering herself up to grim-faced first responders. On one occasion, Bretagne left Corliss’ side with urgency and hurried toward a sullen firefighter sitting on the ground. Concerned, Corliss implored Bretagne to come back, sit and stay — to no avail.

“I was surprised that she wasn’t listening to me, but she really wasn’t — it was like she was flipping me the paw,” Corliss said. “She went right to that firefighter and laid down next to him and put her head on his lap.”

Dr. Cindy Otto, a veterinarian who cared for 9/11 search dogs at Ground Zero, said the 300 or so dogs who worked the pile brought much more to the job than their capable noses.

“You’d see firefighters sitting there, unanimated, stone-faced, no emotion, and then they’d see a dog and break out into a smile,” Otto recalled. “Those dogs brought the power of hope. They removed the gloom for just an instant — and that was huge because it was a pretty dismal place to be.”

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