Randomness, Q&A, And A Bit Of Politics @AshleyAnnAuthor @YaboyTwa

Mike Huckabee

“…and all Americans would be forced–forced at gunpoint no less…” and the audience laughs. I don’t think he actually wants this, but it really was a poor choice of words in a speech that got filmed. He doesn’t present himself in the best light. What do you think, imaginary readership?

Are you going to Light It Up Blue?

On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada — will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2. 
We’re aiming to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autism awareness in our communities.
How will you light it up blue? RSVP, and tell us here!

You can find blue light bulbs at various retail locations, or switch out your lamps shades and light fixture covers with blue ones, or combine this cause with the no-electricity cause and get candles with blue holders or special candles that burn blue. Lots of ideas. But the point is not that your lights are blue. The point is that you are showing you care for autistic people and their plight. So maybe “lighting it up blue” isn’t enough.

Maybe you need to volunteer for the cause. Maybe you need to donate money to the cause. Maybe you just need to find a friend, relative, or someone in your community with autism and be a friend to them. Be their advocate. It shouldn’t be difficult to find someone who has it in your community. According to autism-world.com, “Autism affects about 1 in 150 people in US.”

How to Build a Full Milk Supply With a Breast Pump

Pump often. Since newborns tend to feed every two hours, pumping on the hours baby isn’t feeding is a good idea. Also, as baby starts sleeping longer intervals, pump during his naps. The frequent use of the pump usually increases your milk supply because your body thinks the baby is feeding often, and it naturally makes more milk.

Isn’t it just lovely that when I finally find my published and paid article on eHow, I’ve had to give up breastfeeding? Oh well. For the rules and regulations governing articles submitted to the site, I think I did well. I could write lots more articles in this manner and earn some cash. I should do that. I just find it excruciating to stuff the polyhedron that is my creative mind into a little cube-shaped box.

My Résumé

Objective

Creative, enthusiastic and dedicated individual seeking a position that provides the opportunity to utilize excellent writing, editing and organizational skills

Profile

Authored and published numerous poems, articles and essays
Proficient in researching, writing and editing of public documents and communication
Proven skills in organizing, prioritizing, and managing multiple projects
Highly resourceful, with strong attention to detail
Ability to expand on creative ideas and concepts

Education

Arkansas Tech University, Russellville
Masters of Arts, In Progress
Major: English

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
Bachelor of Arts, May 2010
Double Major: English and Rhetoric-and-Writing
Minor: Creative Writing

Experience

Freelance Writer January 2011-Present
Writing for various sites, including but not limited to:
Textbroker.com, Helium.com, Constant-Content.com, oDesk.com, DemandStudios.com

Progressive Arkansas Magazine, Fort Smith July 2010-Present
Staff Writer

Applause Magazine, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith May 2007-May 2010
Staff Member, Voted on and edited submissions; sent letters of acceptance or rejection

Lions’ Chronicle, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Aug 2009-May 2010
Founding Staff Member, Wrote and edited articles

Applause Magazine, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Aug 2009-May 2010
Secretary, Meeting and event planning; documentation

Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club/Neighborhood Market, Various Locations Jul 2005-Jul 2009
Sales Associate; Cashier; Stocker; Greeter; Café Associate

Published Materials

eHow.com January 2011
As Ashley Eubanks
Article: “How to Build a Full Milk Supply With a Breast Pump

Progressive Arkansas September 2010
Fort Smith, AR

As Ashley Eubanks, co-written with Lana Loukota
Article: “The Debate over the National Popular Vote

Progressive Arkansas July 2010
Fort Smith, AR

As Ashley Eubanks
Article: “Tea Party Movement: Bull or Bear?

Applause 2010
(University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

As Ashley Ann Eubanks
Poems: “Hers Poetica” and “En El Barrio De Pascal”
Essay: “Monsters and Orphans”

Lions’ Chronicle May 2010
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

As Ashley Eubanks
Articles: “Meet UA Fort Smith’s Toughest Student: Glenda Bolinger Won’t Allow Stroke to Defeat Her Plans” and “Applause Attends Prestigious Festival

Lions’ Chronicle March 2010
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

As Ashley Eubanks
Articles: “Classroom Etiquette,” and “What Can I Do with a Degree In…?

Lions’ Chronicle December 2009
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

As Ashley Eubanks
Article: “Parenthood and Academic Life–The Childcare Dilemma

Applause 2009
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

As Ashley Eubanks
Essays: “The Hunter and the Hunted” (reprinted) and “Giving Birth to a Better Me”

Applause 2008
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

As Ashley Eubanks
Article: “Safe Public Parenting”
Essay: “The Hunter and the Hunted”
Poems: “The Branch Not Scurried” and “My Life in Twelve Stanzas”

Applause 2007
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

As Ashley Ann Allee
Poems: “Freedom” and “What’s That You Say?

Rants and Raves 2005
Western Oklahoma State College – Altus

As Ashley Ann Allee
Poems: “Psychopathic Cyanide,” “Firestorm,” “Autograph,” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider for Intellectuals”

Rants and Raves 2004
Western Oklahoma State College – Altus

As Ashley Allee
Poems: “Writing Fiction,” “Soldier,” “Remembered Future,” “Have You Bloomed A Flower,” and “One Magical Night”

Poetry.com 2001-2004
As Ashleyann Allee Poem: “Irony
As Ashley Allee Poems:     “Random Thoughts
As Ashley Ann Allee Poem: “My Little Girl (Nageam),” “Why Even Bother,” “Happy Birthday M.Lea,” “Honey,” “Untitled,” “March On,” and “To Charles Lee Macintosh Jr.:

Katherine Anne Porter Annual Literary Contest 2001
Wimberley, Texas

As Ashley Ann Allee, 2nd place in age division for category
Poem: “What if?”

My online résumé, complete with hyperlinks. 🙂

formspring.me

Ask me anything http://formspring.me/ashleyaeubanks

Who put the bomp in the bomp sha bomp?

Who put the bomp in the bomp sha bomp?

Answer here

If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose?
Live it over exactly as it happened or to fix things that went wrong? Because if it’s to live things over again I’d probably go back to Freshman year of highschool. I was between the negatives of childhood and the dangers of teenager/adulthood. But if it’s to try to fix things, I wouldn’t relive any of them because I’d probably set off a chain reaction that would somehow result in me never having my beautiful daughters or something.

What’s your biggest phobia?
I have to pick one? Okay. Darkness. I am very much afraid of the dark. I know, you can laugh. I’m almost 26 years old, after all…but there’s just something eerily other worldly about dancing shadows and unidentifiable sounds when the lights go down.

Would you rather be rich or famous?
I would rather be rich than famous. If I had all of that money, I could pay off my debts to friends, family, private corporations, and society. Then I could renovate my house or just sell it and buy a newer one, followed by the same actions towards my vehicles. After all of that spending, if I had any money left and still felt I needed to be famous, I could just buy celebrity status. 🙂

Who’s the coolest person you know?
I hope I’m not offending all of the other cool people I know, but I’d have to say my Cousin Betty. She’s the most awesome octogenarian I’ve never met. She resides in the Czech republic and is actually my grandmother’s cousin, but we’ve conversed through social networking, my blog, and emails. She has given sage advice without being pushy, and seems to genuinely listen to what I have to say (type?) during our discussions. I always enjoy intelligent discourse, so it’s been fun interacting with this person who would have been a stranger to me were it not for the internet. I just hate that I lack the funds to take her up on her offer of letting me stay at her place if I ever got around to visiting that part of the world.

Who’s the sexiest man alive?
I have to answer “my husband” right? 😛 I don’t know; there are a few celebs that I’ve found myself attracted to but it’s one of those things that I know would never happen so there’s no point dwelling and I’ve forgotten most of their names, lol.

If your house was on fire and you could only grab three things, what would they be?

That’s easy: Luna, Freya, and Midnight. I’m assuming in this scenario that my husband is either awake and running with me or not even home. 🙂

Ask me anything

When was the last time you gave flowers?
I cannot remember for sure, but I want to say it was the Rose Ceremony at Job Corps. We had to get a single red rose off of the stage and take it to an important person in our lives during our graduation ceremony. I gave mine to my Granny because she is the matriarch of our family.

What household chore do you hate to do the most?
It’s a toss up between dishes and laundry.

If you were given a brand new yacht, what would you name it?

Paycheck. And then I’d sell it and put that money in my bank so the boat’s name would be true. 🙂

What’s your favorite genre of music?

The kind that has instruments and/or vocals. 🙂

If you could be any crayon in the Crayola 64 count box, which one would you be and why?

If you could be any crayon in the Crayola 64 count box, which one would you be and why?

Answer here

Dr Dre – Kush (Twa Official Freestyle)

#thingsblackfolksscaredof is trending on Twitter, so I (@AshleyAnnAuthor) tweeted:

“#thingsblackfolksscaredof success”

One guy tweeted back:

“@AshleyAEubanks Check this video out — Dr Dre – Kush (Twa Official Freestyle) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbzm2JjJP40

So I did. As I told him:

“@YaboyTwa It was going so fast I had to Google the lyrics 🙂 nice rhythm and flow; not sure how it relates to my tweet though :)”

He may tweet back and explain things to me, but if he doesn’t, can you readers explain things to me?

The Accidental Intactivist « The Mommypotamus–a followup post

Heather, 

I became concerned as I read your blog about the misrepresentation of current research surrounding circumcision and the promotion of false information. 

I am a student nurse midwife currently in my second year of graduate school. I am in full support of the education and informed consent of parents regarding controversial topics such as circumcision, immunizations, the administration of erythromycin eye ointment, and Vitamin K injections at birth (to list a few). But, I also have an appreciation for understanding and accurately interpreting the available data on the subject. Now, while I support leaving the penis intact (and will most likely do this for my own son), I do believe that the “Intactivist” community often and regularly presents false or misinterpreted information on the subject (and trust me, I have visited and read through MANY of their sites.) 

I recently presented a review of the current research on circumcision in class in addition to developing a website on circumcision. I would encourage you and your readers to go to that website, as it presents unbiased information about circumcision as well as a summary of the current research surrounding it. http://www.wix.com/froggyrn/understandingcircumcision
There are a few things I do want to address though in this post that I feel are important to correct: 

First, DO NOT assume that male circumcision is equivalent to female mutilation. There are four types of female mutilation and ALL of them involve the removal of female genital organs including the clitorus, labia minora, labia majora, and/or the vaginal opening itself. There is NO documented benefit to female mutilation and there are MANY strongly documented long-term risks associated with it. The WHO (World Health Organization) does a good job describing and addressing this subject: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/ 

Male circumcision involves only the removal of the foreskin, which is a functioning human body part but is NOT equivalent to the genital organs removed in a female circumcision. There ARE documented medical benefits to male circumcision (medical treatment for phimosis, paraphimosis, and balanitis; prevention of penile cancer and sexually transmitted diseases, and prevention of phimosis) though some of these are small; and the RISKS associated with circumcision are extremely rare (1 in 500 is the most recent report) and most commonly associated with untrained medical providers. 

It is now well documented that babies feel pain and many STRONG studies (randomized controlled trials, considered LEVEL I evidence) support this. A recent COCHRANE review (2009) of these studies supported that oral sucrose and topical analgesics (such as EMLA cream) are NOT sufficient in preventing pain. Local nerve blocks have shown to be the most effective. 

I don’t think the argument that babies remember pain & suffer long-term psychological effects is an appropriate argument to make the case against circumcisions. I work at Childrens Medical Center in Dallas on a surgical floor and MANY babies and children undergo surgery every day. These children are AMAZING in their ability to come through this, especially with great support systems. Now, “unnecessary pain”? That’s an argument. But, not the pain itself. PAIN is a part of life and should not be avoided, instead it should be seen as something to investigate. Not all pain is bad. During labor, pain is involved in the body working to move the baby through the birth canal. Sadly, our society has taught us that pain is bad and should be avoided and now most women want to go through labor pain free and I’m afraid we have lost something natural and beautiful and we have developed a culture of WEAK women who do not trust in the strength of their own body to do this amazing act of giving birth. (Okay, I’ll get off my soap box now). 

Another thing. The evidence is VERY strong for circumcision preventing the transmission of HIV, herpes, Chlamydia, HPV, trichomonas, and even bacterial vaginosis. In the past 5 years, there were 3 LARGE randomized controlled trials conducted in Africa. These trials found that circumcision reduced the transmission of HIV in heterosexual men by 50-60%. More information on these trials can be found on my website. These trials were stopped early to offer circumcision to men in the control group because it would have been UNETHICAL to continue to withhold it from them. Now, do these trials mean I should circumcise my son? Maybe not. But should it be considered as a public health measure to help prevent the spread of HIV among men? Espcially since most HIV in the US is among African American men and the route of transmission is changing from homosexual males to heterosexual males with rates similar to Africa? 

Just some things to think about. 

And the human rights issue is something you should be careful with. If we argue the right of the baby to make this decision himself, should this also apply to vaccinations? When arguing that paretns should wait until the child is older, please consider – a child who chooses to be circumcised as an older child or adult faces a HIGHER risk for complications and FEWER protective effects (according the best current data). 

I hope I haven’t come across as too strong in my arguments or judgmental in any way.
I just want an accurate interpretation of the evidence to be presented to your readers. And I don’t think women should be made to feel guilty for choosing to circumcise their son because they were misinformed, under-informed, or just held the belief that this was the right thing to do.
And finally, as a fellow Christian, I would caution you to beware of taking scripture out of context. That verse in 1 Corinthians is not a command against circumcision. It is a command against Jews & Gentiles attempting to change their physical appearance in order to be accepted by their Christian brothers who “looked” differently. The covenant of circumcision is no longer active since Christ came and died to establish a new covenant with us; but it doesn’t mean someone is “sinning” if they have their son circumcised. 

I appreciate what you are doing with your blog and hope you will continue. I hope you will take my comments into consideration and check out my website. 

God bless, 

Sara

I am receiving comment notifications on the post now, and I really enjoyed this post written by a nurse. She is evidently choosing to not circumcise her own sons, but presents helpful information for both sides of the discussion.

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