Shame On Fox News

Loretta Lynn rolling stonephoto credit: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/loretta-lynn/biography

It’s a Saturday morning, and I’m browsing the news while trying to unclog my sinuses. One of the news stories is about classic country singer Loretta Lynn having a stroke. It brings back the memory from about ten years ago. We had satellite tv at that point, and I was flipping through channels, trying to find something to watch. That was how I happened upon a very young Loretta Lynn, singing her heart out on the black-and-white Wilburn Brothers Show. So I set the DVR to record other episodes of the show, and sure enough, she sang a song on each show (usually a favorite southern hymn, believe it or not). Now I am not a country music fan by any means, but wow, that lady sings from the heart and I was captivated by her voice.

So I checked a few new media sites this morning to find out how she’s doing after the stroke. Mostly they seemed to say the same thing – ABC, CNN, USA Today, etc. But one news outlet disrespected her tremendously – FoxNews. Here’s a screen shot of what they published:

Loretta Lynn FoxNews

Loretta Lynn, surrounded by lewd pictures of women that have nothing to do with news. For goodness sake, Loretta Lynn is 85 years years. Have a little respect. Would anyone post a picture of their great-grandmother and put a bunch of raunchy pictures around it? I think not. Fox New puts itself forward as a conservative news outlet, but the tales of sexual harassment that keep oozing out are not hard to believe, seeing what they choose to put on their website.

I have nothing but admiration for this hard-working woman who has sung for over six decades. Fox News should be ashamed of themselves for disrespecting her.

 

 

CraftSanity Magazine – by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood (2016)

Craftsanity Magazine

Although I’m having a reading desert when it comes to books right now, I’m really loving the newest issue of “CraftSanity” magazine. Jennifer is a local college professor, staff adviser for the student newspaper, multi-talented crafter, and wife and mother. While my passion is reading, Jennifer’s passion is clearly anything handmade.

The magazine spotlights all kinds of artistic work. There’s the story about Yulia Brodskaya, the young woman who designed a postage stamp picture using paper quilling (curling strips of paper and creating pictures with them). There’s the story – and beautiful photos – of a condemned house in Detroit which was turned into an urban flower jungle inside. The displays throughout the house were made from cut flowers and plants, so it only lasted for one weekend. Other articles feature a widow who is constantly knitting hats and mittens for the homeless and hospitalized, a favorite vegetarian meal plan, crochet recipes, and a pattern for the unusual quilt featured on the front cover as part of a homemade tent.

I was also very moved by her letter at the beginning of the magazine, which tells about the long road this magazine has taken over the past few years.

To see more of Jennifer’s fantastic ideas, check out her website:
craftsanity.com