Now that I’ve graduated with my Masters in Journalism, I’ve started planning my production schedule for new and old topics in 2013. Your input is very important to me though, so please chime in with any ideas or even specific stories you’d like to see me cover. I can’t promise I’ll do them, but I can promise that I will take it into heavy consideration. Thanks! And Merry Christmas!
Now that graduation is only 2 days away, I will be able to become more active on this website. I will be contributing to this blog very soon! Please check back next Wednesday, 12-19-12.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you’d like to see me write about here, as well as for upcoming articles.
“Jim” is a 38-year old abuse survivor from Michigan who escaped a 7-year marriage to a woman who attacked him mentally, emotionally, financially, and physically. Before she gave birth to their two sons, she helped raise his two sons from a previous marriage (he has full custody).
He played football for 10 years, wrestled for 20 and was taught never to hit a woman. “But on the other end of it, I was told that they shouldn’t be hitting you,” he adds.
His second wife started showing signs of abuse 3-6 months into the marriage.
I started seeing her start being real, kind of, controlling of things. Of course, we’d had a few arguments up to that point, but nothing that I would draw red flags on. I don’t understand how it happened, because everything seemed to be fine. And her personality, it just seemed to be good. It was… peaceful.
He started to see little things where she was manipulative with money. She would buy second-hand clothes for everyone else, but get nice clothes for herself. Pretty early on in their marriage, they decided to move into a bigger house for their growing family, which he built himself.
The finances for the house was supposed to be figured at 80 percent [of my wages], based on what we had talked about, and I found out later it had been figured at 100 percent wage.
Financial abuse was one of the four kinds of abuse she inflicted. Here’s an example of how she physically abused Jim.
Next edition, Jim will reveal how his second wife abused their children.
Join the hundreds of thousands of people from October 25-29 at the 53rd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this year. It runs in five locations, such as the Bahia Mar Yachting Center and Broward County Convention Center.
Over 1,000 boats will be taking up over 3 million square feet of space, proving that Fort Lauderdale is still the “Yachting Capital of the World.”
As usual, about $3 billion worth of boats and marine products will be featured. There will be a huge variety of boats, yachts, sailing yachts, motoryachts, superyachts, center consoles, trawlers, catamarans, inflatables, jet boats, ski boats, bowriders, express cruisers, cabin cruisers, high performance boats, sportfishers, canoes, and more. There will also be exotic cars and visiting yacht builders from all over the world. (Makes sense, since FLIBS is the world’s biggest boat show.)
Take advantage of the free smartphone app MyBoatShow, which has been upgraded since last year, when it was debuted. Use it to navigate the show’s docks, tents, and transportation.
BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE
October 25-29, 2012
Prime Time Preview:
Thurs. Oct 25, 10am – 7pm
Fri. Oct 26, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Oct 27, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Oct 28, 10am – 7pm
Mon. Oct 29, 10am – 5pm
Intercoastal Waterway North (on A1A from Seabreeze Blvd. north to Las Olas Blvd.)
• Bahia Mar Yachting Center: 801 Seabreeze Boulevard, 33316
• Hall of Fame Marina: 1 Hall of Fame Drive, 33316
• Las Olas Marina: 240 E. Las Olas Circle, 33316
Intercoastal Waterway South (on 17th Street Causeway from Eisenhower Blvd.)
• Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center: 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., 33316
• Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club: 1881 SE 17th Street, 33316
- An example of what someone’s personal Pinterest site looks like. (Photo by Laura Dunn)
Pinterest, a free website, hit the Internet in March 2010 as a fun tool to save your spot online. You can do this by creating “boards” and “pinning” various webpages you want to come back to later. In order to accomplish this, go to Pinterest and join the two-and-a-half-year old social network.
In January 2012, comScore (an Internet analytics company) informed the public that Pinterest had 11.7 million unique users, making it the fastest site in history to break the 10 million unique visitor mark.
Just four months later, a May 15 article reported that Pinterest had 104.4 million monthly visits. That same article had a social media infographic that said Pinterest tied with Facebook for how long people spent on the site each month: an average of 405 minutes.
For a little over a year now, Jovanna Leiva has been among the growing number of men and women using the website. She started using it shortly after becoming engaged to her now-husband Hector, and used it as a wedding planning aid.
At the beginning I used it more to browse pins posted by others. I didn’t start creating my own boards or pinning directly to them until I wanted to organize all the items that I “liked” and I wanted to easily find certain pins. One of my favorite features is that the actual pin is a link to the original webpage where the inspiration was found. That makes it so much easier to go to my favorite recipes or articles!
Though Jovanna is on Pinterest‘s site everyday, she admits there are a couple downsides to it:
My husband would say that one of the downsides is that you can get very addicted to pinning! One of the downsides for me is that you can’t make selected boards private (so only the main user can see). I sometimes get an idea for gifts for family members or friends but feel I can’t pin them in fear that my family or friends (who may also be fellow pinners) will see it!
Pinterest was designed to organize and share the interesting things you find online.
Our goal was to connect everyone in the world through the “things” they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.
Perusing other folks’ boards, featuring everything from picturesque travel scenes to oddly beautiful bacteria, is as enjoyable as building your own.
So, if you want to utilize a completely free, useful website, sign up for Pinterest. Then, afterwards, come back and chime in with your impression. Or maybe you’re already an active user (or something in between the two options). What’s your impression of the site? Do you spend as much time on it as you do on Facebook? More time? Less time? Do you think it can keep up its reputation as a rising social media star?