Coffee House Night

Phi Lamb and Beta come together to raise money for Wings of Hope.


Birth after a marathon and a day of awareness

          Unfortunately, not every holiday is festive, happy or light-hearted. Some holidays help us to remember a world-changing event or remind us to be aware of the needs surrounding us. Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day. President Ronald Regan proclaimed the month of October to be a month to remember and support those who have lost a child. It is a sad truth that not every child is born healthy.

          Babies are born every day. The majority of births never make the news because they are just a part of life. When a birth does make the news one can bet that the circumstances surrounding the event were anything but ordinary.

          Last Sunday Amber Miller gave birth after participating in a marathon earlier in the day. Her daughter, June, was born 10:29 p.m. Miller half ran, half walked the marathon and crossed the finish line. Miller started having contractions toward the end of the marathon. A marathon is 26.2 miles. I consider it a good day if I am able to run three miles.

           As in Miller’s case, the birth of a healthy child is a reason for celebration. It is heartbreaking to know that not every birth is such a happy occasion. As sobering a day as this is, I am thankful that there are days like Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day to remind us to support and encourage families who have suffered the loss of a child.

Angles on Coffee

Coffee… Everyone takes theirs differently.

“Meat” my lawyer

          On Oct. 1 was World Vegetarian Day. This is one of the few days out of the year when animals worldwide can let-out a collective sigh of relief. For those who eat meat, this day means nothing. But for people who choose not to eat meat, this day holds some meaning. After her bold “meat dress” at the 2010 VMAs, it could be disputed which category Lady Gaga falls into on this day.

           It seems that just about everything Lady Gaga does is newsworthy. While most would agree that wearing a dress made of raw meat is newsworthy, fewer would agree that a lawsuit involving Lady Gaga suing over the use of her name deserves coverage. Regardless, Lady Gaga made the news again when she sued Excite Worldwide LLC last week for using her name without permission in one of their new product lines.

          Really? The company had to know that using the name of someone as famous as Lady Gaga without her permission was a bad idea. This isn’t the first time Lady Gaga has sued for the use of her name in a product. Lady Gaga has several trademarks trending.

           Even those who are not business savvy would stop and ask themselves, “Is it really a good idea to use Lady Gaga’s name without permission?” For someone over at Excite Worldwide, the answer was, “Yes.” That person might now be without a job and celebrating World Vegetarian Day only because they no longer can afford to buy meat.