random, LOL: Bride Orders Giant Wedding Cake Shaped Like Herself.
travel, lists: I have only been to one … Beijing … but it was pre-Olympics. “Secret” List of World’s Best Airports Revealed – FoxNews.com.
Target, Wal-Mart, discounters: Good news for me … I prefer Target.
For the first time in four years, it appears that Target is beating Walmart on pricing, according to this article.
In my experience, I have frequently compared Target to other online retailers, including Amazon.com, and found it to be one of the priciest. But research has shown that Target is becoming more aggressive in its grocery pricing.
Libya Speech – CharlotteObserver.com.
apps, lists: There’s a (free) app for that – CharlotteObserver.com.
gardens, community: I would love to share mine!
Alas, in the tree-filled Piedmont, once they look up, many people realize the trees will produce dense shade once the new leaves emerge in coming weeks. Where the gardener imagined bright sun shining on tomato plants will be only narrow streaks sliding through chinks in the canopy.
However, there is an answer, and I am surprised more people don’t do it: Join with a neighbor, friend or family member with sun and create a shared garden. You can share the work, the cost and the results.
This works best among neighbors because you will be more inclined to share the work when the garden is in walking distance. Getting in the car and driving is not the same as walking down the block to see if the tomatoes are blooming. Perhaps you have sun but don’t feel up to doing a garden alone; ask around to see who might be interested in teaming up. No sun? Make your wishes known.
philanthropy: I like this one.
Charlotte businessman created a poster of homeless people holding up words to The Lord’s Prayer, which inspired a Winston-Salem surgeon to create a similar poster with words to a Bible verse, which in turn inspired a former teacher from Thomasville to create a poster.
Sales of the three posters have brought more than $14,000 to help the homeless.
And there’s no telling where Brian Hadley’s idea may turn up next.
Hadley, who is 44 and works as a sales manager for Royal Paper Products, created the first poster in fall 2009.
March Madness 2011, restaurants, Charlotte: Some new places to try …
May we present the Burger Brackets’ Final Four competitors?
— Brooks’ Sandwich Shop emerges the winner of the North, its classic old-school style and taste helping it past Dilworth stalwart The Comet Grill, which produced an uncharacteristically dryish burger for the matchup.
— Mueller’s Neighborhood Grill wins the South bracket, nipping the much-heralded granddaddy Zack’s Hamburgers with heft and flavor.
— The Liberty edged past Pinky’s Westside Grill in the closest match of the Elite Eight competition. Though quintessentially different in style, the beefy quality of the former came through in the head-to-head, with Pinky’s serving up a slightly overcooked patty.
— And Big Daddy’s Burger Bar rolls easily to the East crown with a juicy performance that outdid Lulu’s efforts.
That pits Brooks’ against Mueller’s for the Old-School Bracket bragging rights, and The Liberty faces Big Daddy’s for New-School honors. Those and the final will now be judged by a tasting panel, and the results announced in the April 1 CLT section.
education, Great Recession, Charlotte, CMS, middle school:
Almost 600 parents and students gathered in southeast Charlotte on Tuesday night to talk about ways to keep middle school sports alive in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools with fees and private money.
Superintendent Peter Gorman’s preliminary budget for 2011-12 calls for eliminating the program. Organizers of Tuesday’s meeting plan to create a nonprofit group to raise about $3.6million, enough to cover costs for three years, from big corporate gifts, smaller donations and booster-club fund-raisers.
“There’s no reason we can’t be frying fish and cooking pigs on the weekends to raise money for sports,” school board member Rhonda Lennon told the crowd. Two of her eight colleagues, Tim Morgan and Joe White, also attended.
Organizer Tripp Roakes, publisher of The South Charlotte Sports Report, said CMS should at least triple the $50 “pay to play” fee for middle-school sports, noting that many private leagues charge $200 or more.
“There is nowhere in Charlotte that you can play something for $50,” Roakes said.
He and Lennon added that they’re dedicated to making sure there’s money to offer scholarships for students who can’t afford fees and support for schools that don’t have booster clubs.
midwifery, professionalism, NC: NC is a little late to the game …
A month after the arrest of a certified professional midwife, N.C. legislators this week introduced a bill to legalize the practice of these trained experts in home-based maternity care.
The bill, sponsored by two Democrats and two Republicans in the state house of representatives, would create a licensing board for CPMs and allow them to practice legally, as they do in 27 states, including South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
“With or without licensure, we’ve got CPMs out there and they’re practicing and they’re going to keep on practicing,” said State Rep. Winkie Wilkins, D-Durham. “It becomes so simple. My whole thing is if they’re going to keep on doing what they’re doing, I want to know who they are and where they are and how they’re doing it.”
Wilkins served on a midwifery study committee two years ago The final report recommended that a working group propose a method for licensing of certified professional midwives.
Since 1983, N.C. law has required midwives to be registered nurses who have completed midwifery education and passed an exam by the American Midwifery Certification Board. They must be supervised by doctors, who can back them up in complicated deliveries.