05/05/16 RTIR E-zine: Teacher Appreciation Week, No-Diet Day, A Day for Moms

May 5, 2016

01. Detroit & Teacher Appreciation Week
02. New Study – Working Moms Still Earn Less
03. Mothers with Incarcerated Kids
04. A Mother’s Day for Everyone
05. What Even Bad Mothers Can Teach You
06. Job Hunting 101 – What Grads Didn’t Learn in College
07. Summer Vacation May Cost More
08. National Parks Turn 100
09. Friday is International No-Diet Day
10. Did Prince Die of Opioid Overdose?
11. Actress Charlotte Stewart
12. Hamilton – Does the Musical Tell All?
13. Spring Clean Your Finances
14. The Swedish Cure for College Stress
15. Got Wedding Jitters?

1. ==> Detroit & Teacher Appreciation Week

Detroit school classes resumed yesterday after teachers
received assurances that they’ll be fully paid for the
school year. Two consecutive days of mass teacher sick-
outs closed the schools and gave nearly 45,000
schoolchildren unscheduled days off. Alyssa Hadley Dunn
says, ironically, this is Teacher Appreciation Week.
“Teachers in Detroit are fighting for basic rights for
themselves and their students. While the media often
highlight individual teachers who ‘make a difference,’
they simultaneously neglect to address and raise
awareness about the systemic issues that urban teachers
deal with every day, including, like in Detroit,
failing infrastructure, a deskilling of the profession
in the face of high-stakes testing and scripted
curriculum, and budget and salary cuts. …Short-term
recognition does little to make the types of changes
that are honestly needed in urban schools today.” Dunn
is assistant professor of teacher education at Michigan
State University and the author of several books
including “Urban Teaching in America.” Contact her at
ahdunn@msu.edu; @alyssadunn618

2. ==> New Study – Working Moms Still Earn Less

According to CareerBuilder’s annual Mother’s Day
survey. At least two in five working moms and working
dads are the sole breadwinners for their households,
yet working dads are almost three times as likely to
earn $50,000 or more and three times as likely to earn
six figures. Rosemary Haefner, CHRO of CareerBuilder
and working mom says “The pressure to succeed at work –
and at home — can be tough, especially if you’re not
earning enough money to take care of financial demands
at home. More working moms today feel that they are
able to balance the needs of their professional and
personal worlds, but household income still remains a
major concern.” Still, the juggle seems worth it to
parents. According to the survey, 40 percent of parents
say they would be unlikely to leave their job if their
spouse or significant other made enough money for their
family to live comfortably. Contact Ladan Nikravan at
(312) 698-0538, ext.70538;

3. ==> Mothers with Incarcerated Kids

According to a new report, by the Institute for Policy
Studies, 54,000 children are incarcerated in this
country — the most of any in the world. “Mothers at
the Gate: How a Family Movement Is Transforming the
Juvenile Justice System” reflects an effort to map a
movement of family members — particularly mothers of
incarcerated children – trying to fight back against a
system they say is unjust. Study author Karen Dolan
says, “Many mothers will be sharing a lovely breakfast
in bed this Sunday. But in a nation that incarcerated
more children than any other country, over 50,000
mothers will be feeling the pain of their child being
locked away, behind bars. Most for minor offenses.
…They will be spending this Sunday crying for their
absent children, but also fighting like hell to bring
them home and end the barbaric practice of imprisoning
children.”  Dolan is a fellow at the Institute for
Policy Studies and directs the Criminalization of
Poverty Project. Contact her at (202) 234-9382, ext.
5228; (240) 603-8023 (cell) or karen@ips-dc.org,

4. ==> A Mother’s Day for Everyone

This Mother’s Day, invite Stephanie Erickson to share
ways to celebrate all the mothers in your family with
simple activities that connect the generations – from
grandma to grandchild. She says, “If your mother has
cognitive losses or physical limitations you can still
create special moments to celebrate your relationship
with multi-generational activities like making a video,
creating an on-line photo album or heading into the
kitchen to share family recipes. Erickson adds,
“Caregivers are overwhelmingly women, many of whom have
full-time jobs and children. These activities are a way
for a mother, sandwiched between her kids and aging
mom, to feel connected to both. Plus, you’re creating
family memories and traditions that will live on in the
form of videos, albums, and meals!”  Stephanie Erickson
is licensed social worker, care giving expert, radio
host and speaker.  Contact her at (514) 795-7377;

5. ==> What Even Bad Mothers Can Teach You

Mother’s Day is Sunday and for some people it will
bring up memories of a mother who was far from ideal.
Mothers like the one Zoe Niklas had: often angry, pill-
popping, heavy-drinking women who brought home a parade
of unsuitable husbands. Although Niklas was lucky to
find a mother figure in someone else, with maturity she
has found peace. She can now celebrate the good that
even a bad mother can offer. Niklas thanks her mother
for teaching her empathy, laughter, and a love of
animals. Ask her to explain why she says, “I also don’t
regret having loved my birth mother, so damaged and
crazed. To have been raised by her through half my
childhood was a nightmare I feared I’d never escape.
But to have loved her was a gift I’ll treasure
forever.” She’s the author of “Driving in the Dark: A
Childhood Memoir.” Reach her at (503) 704-9626;

6. ==> Job Hunting 101 – What Grads Didn’t Learn in College

Looking for a job is hard– especially for college
graduates about to enter the job market for the first
time. “One of the most important conversations you will
ever have in your lifetime is the job interview
conversation,” says Debbie Silverman, a human behavior
specialist. From body language to using the right
verbiage, Silverman says , “The words we use in a
conversation and how we understand the silent
conversation—facial expressions, body language—is the
difference between dreaming about what you want and
actually getting it, in a job interview and in life!”
She’ll discuss how five simple steps will give you an
unfair advantage in the job market and explain the
difference between showing up to interview and showing
up to win! Debbie Silverman is a human behavior
specialist, NLP practitioner and the author of “It’s
Just a Conversation – What to Say and How to Say It in
Business.”  Contact her at (954) 610-1403;

7. ==> Summer Vacation May Cost More

According to a new Trip Advisor survey, 1-in-3
travelers expect to pay more to travel this summer.
Whether it’s higher airfare or premium hotel prices,
the added expense can put a strain on anyone’s vacation
budget. But ultra-economical travel expert Russell
Hannon says that doesn’t have to be the case. He’ll
reveal the best time to book summer travel for the
biggest savings, the most expensive mistake travelers
make, and hotel alternatives that can save money
without sacrificing convenience or comfort. Russell has
been featured on CNBC, FOX, America Tonight, CBS,
ShopSmart, CBC, CTV, the National Post and Around the
World Travel TV. He’s also the author of ‘Stop Dreaming
Start Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More &
Spending Less.’  Contact him at (403) 354 0349;

8. ==> National Parks Turn 100

The National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary
in August and Larry Powalisz says this summer is a
great time to pack up the family and explore America’s
parks. The author of the book series “Exploring Our
National Park Treasures” will share where to go, when
to visit and why. He says, “The crown jewels of the
National Park System are the 59 national parks; but
there are over 400 national seashores, monuments,
historical parks, and others located all over the
United States. They’re inexpensive, educational,
historical, and the spectacular views and vistas can be
life changing. There is no better classroom for
children to learn from or enjoy. This could be the
epitome of family bonding, togetherness and enjoyment!”
Powalisz is a career law enforcement officer. He and
his wife have written several books about the national
parks after visiting a number of them with their own
children. Contact him at (414) 801-8158;

9. ==> Friday is International No-Diet Day

Friday, May 6th is International No Diet Day, the day
to “call a truce on the war on our bodies.” So says Dan
Oliverio, who will encourage your audience to stop
using the scale as a measure of their health and
happiness. He will explain why the benefits of dieting
are often short-lived, futile, and even damaging, as
reported in the May 2 New York Times article based on
the six-year study of the winners of “The Biggest
Loser.” All initially lost weight and gained the pounds
back because their bodies lowered their metabolic rates
for years afterward. Dan can not only talk about the
medical aspects of weight loss but also the social
ones, including why some people find fat people
extremely attractive. As the author of the upcoming
book “The Round World: Life at the Intersection of
Love, Sex and Fat,” he’ll deliver an alternative look
at obesity that your listeners will talk about for days
to come. Reach him at 310-869-4818; dan@danoliverio.com

10. ==> Did Prince Die of Opioid Overdose?

Authorities are still investigating Prince’s death but
they found prescription opioid medication on his person
when he was discovered unresponsive at his Minnesota
home. The music legend reportedly lived with chronic
hip and ankle pain, and in 2010 had hip replacement
surgery and was prescribed Percocet to deal with
continuing pain, just like millions of other people.
Chronic pain treatment expert Cindy Perlin says, “The
reality is that most prescription painkillers are
prescribed by doctors whose medical school training
included less than two hours of training on pain. They
get most of their “education” about pain from
pharmaceutical company representatives!” Perlin says
better, safer pain treatments like low level laser
therapy, massage and marijuana work, but many insurance
plans won’t pay. That’s why she’s started a petition on
change.org asking President Obama and Congress to pass
a law requiring health insurance to pay for all proven
treatments for chronic pain and to require physicians
to be educated about them. Perlin is a licensed social
worker, and certified biofeedback practitioner who has
appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. She’s the
author of “The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The
Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free.”
Contact her at (518) 439-6431; cperlin@nycap.rr.com

11. ==> Actress Charlotte Stewart

Millions of fans know Charlotte Stewart as the beloved
schoolteacher Miss Beadle on the iconic TV show Little
House on the Prairie. But there’s a lot more to share
when Charlotte shares her no-holds-barred, heart-
breaking and ultimately joyful account of 50 years in
film and television. Whether it’s a back-stage pass to
Hollywood’s cocaine-fueled glory years in the 1970s –
including her celebrated work with David Lynch — or
stories of her relationships and flings with some of
TV, film, and music’s biggest names including Jon
Voight, Richard Dreyfuss, Victor French, Tim Considine,
Bill Murray, and Jim Morrison. Ultimately, Charlotte’s
story is of a survivor. Six years after her career-
making role on Little House she’d lost everything and
was living on vodka and hotdogs. Today, she is set to
reprise her role of Betty Briggs in the new Twin Peaks
series to be seen on Showtime in 2017. Contact Harlan
Boll at (626) 296-3757; h.boll@dcpublicity.com

12. ==> Hamilton – Does the Musical Tell All?

The Broadway Musical Hamilton is up for a record number
of Tony awards but who really was Alexander Hamilton?
Gerard Homes says, “The U.S. myth of the Founding
Fathers has revolved around Washington and Jefferson,
but both have been scrutinized. Alexander Hamilton is
now in effect being put forward, but he was the captain
of the one percent — he represented the interests of
big finance at the beginning of the United States.”  He
adds, “”In terms of Alexander Hamilton the man, he
migrated to the mainland from the Caribbean as the
enslaved Africans became more rebellious. The elite
whites could no longer control the situation though the
region had been considered the crown jewel of the
British empire in this hemisphere. His coming to what
became the U.S. was actually an example of what we’d
call white flight.” Gerald Horne is Chair of History
and African American Studies at the University of
Houston. His books include “The Counter-Revolution of
1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United
States of America.” Contact him at reyn.sn@gmail.com

13. ==> Spring Clean Your Finances

Certified financial planner Roel Sarmago says too many
people live day-to-day spending way too much money on
things they don’t even realize. He says spring cleaning
your finances will make you happier – and wealthier –
than cleaning out your garage or closet! Invite him to
share five simple questions that will help you put your
finances in perspective and help you focus on where to
spend your money, and how to plan for a future that
serves your individual needs and lifestyle. Roel
Sarmago is the author of ““Undiscovered Riches: How to
Find Your Hidden Wealth.” He is also a speaker and
financial life coach whose advice has appeared in
MoneySense magazine. Reach him at (647) 494-7880;

14. ==> The Swedish Cure for College Stress

College can be stressful all year long, but spring can
be tough for even the best students. Final exams and
projects are due and the clock is ticking. Invite Asa
Odback and Emile Nelson to share the one simple
tradition students can add to their day that will help
ease the stress. The mother-son team are the authors of
“The Fika Fix: Student Success by Stressing Less – The
Swedish Way.” The pair says the Swedish solution is as
simple as taking a break, and it helps students
connect, relax and succeed. Asa Odback is a speaker,
author, artist and success coach who has taught Law at
the University of Stockholm and now lives in Santa
Barbara. Émile Nelson is a recent straight-A graduate
from UCSB. Contact Asa and Emile at (805) 551-4455;

15. ==> Got Wedding Jitters?

As we approach wedding season, there are a lot of
anxious brides and grooms asking themselves: Am I doing
the right thing? Is this the right person for me? For
the rest of my life? Therapist Kathy Infeld says she
wasn’t sure when she married, and neither was her
husband, but after 43 years together she says they’re
pretty sure now! Invite her to talk about clues you may
be making a mistake, why you need to talk about
finances, sex and children long before you get married,
and why most marriages could be better if couples put
in the work. Kathy Infeld is a therapist, mediator and
coach. She’s the author of “”Creating Love for A
Lifetime-The Five C’s To A Successful Marriage.”
Contact her at (602) 739-0549; kathydinfeld@yahoo.com

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