Thursday, March 20, 2008

Breastmilk as a Human Right

It's always interesting to read news articles from other countries. The perspective is just... different. Take this one from India, for example:
Can fashionable young women who do not breast feed be pulled up for violation of human rights of the child? Alleging that many young women influenced by television ads on bras are not breastfeeding to maintain their breasts, CPI(M) member in Lok Sabha Varkala Radhakrishnan on Wednesday said: "It (denial of breast milk) is human rights violation."

Maintaining that "breast milk is not just the only wholesome food, but also the child's right", Radhakrishnan said that "breastfeeding must be strictly enforced".

Link: Breast milk denial is human rights violation.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Childbirth Classes as a Tax-Deductible Expense

ABC News reports a list of Tax Deductions You Should Know About, including the fact that:
You can deduct a number of medical expenses as they pertain to the expansion, or even delay, of your family. Deductions include fees paid for childbirth preparation classes, certain fertility enhancement procedures, birth control pills and/or legal operations to prevent having children.
Wonder if Doula services would be permitted, too.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

NaBloPoMo - Redux

You might recall that back in November, I signed on to National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). The idea is, you write at least one blog post each day for the entire month. In one sense, NaBloPoMo was a failure for me - I posted a total of 15 times on my 3 blogs before running out of steam. In another sense, however, I was very successful in getting out of my blogging slump and just getting stuff out there.

So, I was really interested to hear that NaBloPoMo is going monthly ("This is not the same as Blog365. Those [crazy -ed.] folks are blogging every day FOR A YEAR."). Each month they will have a theme, and this month's theme is: Lists. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am a list-kind-of gal. I am totally about lists. I can do this. So to kick off the month, here's an easy one: Movies I Want to See.
  • All the President's Men
  • American Dreamz
  • Analyze This/That
  • Anchorman
  • Anger Management
  • Around the World in 80 Days (Disney 2004)
  • Batman Begins
  • Bourne Supremacy/Identity/Ultimatum
  • Catch Me if You Can
  • Cheaper by the Dozen (modern)
  • Cinderella Man
  • Devil Wears Prada
  • Dodgeball
  • Facing the Giants
  • Groundhog Day: The Weight of Time
  • Hamlet (Brannaugh)
  • Hamlet (Gibson)
  • Jurassic Park 2
  • Legally Blond
  • Legend of Zorro
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • LOTR: Return of the King
  • Love Actually
  • Man of the Year
  • Manchurian Candidate
  • Master and Commander
  • Matrix 1, 2, & 3
  • Music & Lyrics
  • National Treasure I & II
  • Ocean's 12/13
  • Office Space
  • Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure
  • Pride & Prejudice (Kiera Knightly)
  • Prince of Egypt
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
  • Rocky
  • RV
  • Serenity
  • The Seige
  • Surf's Up
  • Three Musketeers (Mickey Mouse)
  • Topsy-Turvy (1999)
  • Two Weeks' Notice
  • War of the Worlds (Cruise)
  • What a Girl Wants
  • Yentl
There ya' go. As a mom of 3, I don't see many current movies, and some of these I've seen and just want to see again.