Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dad and me

Rare picture of me and my dad--taken Easter Sunday, 2010, in Mountain City, Tenn.

(Photo by Shannon Robinson)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Congrats to student journalists at Winthrop University

Students on staff at The Johnsonian, Winthrop's campus newspaper, fared well in the 2010 S.C. Press Association Collegiate Awards Competition.

Congratulations to all the award winners. Recognized from The Johnsonian at the SCPA Annual Collegiate Division Meeting and Awards Presentation last Friday in Columbia were:

Monica Kreber, Honorable Mention, News Story

Connor De Bruler, Second Place, Feature Story

Arthur Takahashi, First Place, Front Page Layout and Design

Nicole Smith, Second Place, Front Page Layout and Design

Brandon Oxendine, Second Place, Humorous Illustration or Cartoon

Brandon Oxendine, Second Place, Illustration or Informational Graphic

The Johnsonian, Second Place, Web site (For all universities or colleges in South Carolina--regardless of their enrollment)

The Johnsonian, Third Place, Best Overall (For universities or colleges in South Carolina with more than 5,000 student enrollment)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

J-Lo still in her prime

Been awhile since I've blogged about Jennifer Lopez. So this is a brief update about her. To read more, see today's profile story about her in USA TODAY.

She's now 40, mother of twin boys and married.

And she still has the magical "it" (whatever "it" is.)

Here's what a movie expert recently said about her (from that same article in USA TODAY):

"She's a good actress and she's a huge movie star," says film expert Anne Thompson, who writes the Thompson on Hollywood column. "She's still in her prime. She still looks fabulous. Her talent isn't the issue. Part of the problem is that Hollywood tends to be very tough on women. You're not allowed to have a failure."

Look at her picture with this blog post.

As a "steamy bonus," click here for a J-Lo music video titled "Baby I Love U."

Yes, J-Lo is still fabulous. Even with her hair mussed.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Gift of an ordinary day

My daughter Dorothy continues to send me great material for my blog. This video is called "The Gift of an Ordinary Day." It's Katrina Kenison, a mother, telling the story of her life with her family.

Get your tissue out. Might trigger some emotions even in the most hard-hearted among us.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Press on their chest to cheat death

You learn something new every day.

Breathing breath into someone who has stopped breathing (to buy them a few precious minutes till doctors or paramedics arrive) used to be what we were supposed to do.

No longer.

It's all about chest compressions to get the air circulating (inside a person's body) until help arrives.

Turn your sound up and click here for a stunning (and important) video on how to do it.

Might be a matter of life and death.

Thanks very much, Dorothy, for bringing this to dear old dad's attention.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Sunday in the mountains of Tennessee

Had a great time Easter Sunday in Tennessee. Delicious food and nice to reconnect with family and friends.

Turn your sound up and enjoy the slide show.

One Shining Moment

One of my all-time favorite songs is "One Shining Moment"--played or sung every year after the NCAA men's basketball national championship game.

What a game we all witnessed tonight, with the Butler University Bulldogs giving the mighty Duke University Blue Devils all they could handle.

In the end, Duke prevailed--by two points.

But again, what a game!

And what a job Jennifer Hudson did with her rendition of "One Shining Moment." (That's Jennifer's picture with this blog post.)

Turn up your sound and click here to enjoy the song. (Or, if you want to see Jennifer sing against the backdrop of the action, click here.)