Disney Bans Smoking in its Films


THURSDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) — Walt Disney Co. will ban smoking in any movie branded with the Disney name, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The first studio to announce such a move, Disney also plans to include anti-smoking public service announcements on DVDs of any of its films that include an actor smoking, the newspaper said.

The company will also “discourage” smoking in movies made by its Miramax and Touchstone subsidiaries, CEO Bob Iger told the Journal.

Disney’s move follows recent efforts by the Motion Picture Association of America to discourage smoking in movies. In May, the MPAA suggested that smoking be included as a factor in assigning ratings to movies, in addition to criteria such as violence, sex and illicit drug use, the newspaper said.

Among other Hollywood studios, NBC Universal earlier this year said it would reduce the incidence of smoking in its movies, and Weinstein Co. has included anti-smoking announcements in major releases on DVD, the Journal said.

— HealthDay News

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Flowers are Red

With School starting in just a week and a half there has been a lot of talk between moms about which teacher they would like for their child and why. “I want a teacher who…” is heard everywhere. Yes, the class rosters were posted today. Run, do not walk to your local Oxford school and see where your child was placed.

A friend and I were having a conversation about teachers the other day and this post I found on a fellow KM teacher’s blog reminded me of that conversation. Lara, this one’s for you!



Harry Chapin wrote a song that every teacher should hear and ponder its meaning ~ FLOWERS ARE RED. It deals with how teachers can stifle a child’s creativity by “dictating” what “should” be done. In the song, a small boy wants to paint a picture using “all the colors of the rainbow.” The teacher reminds him that “Flowers are red, green leaves are green. There’s no need to see flowers any other way than the way they always have been seen.” After being nagged by the teacher repeatedly and being put in the corner for “not conforming,” the little boy finally succumbs to what the teacher wants him to be. What a tragedy! Thankfully, the little boy moves to a different school where the teacher encourages “creativity,” but; alas, by now the little boy can only see things “one way.”

Thanks Sharon for finding this one!

Union County Fair 7/28-8/4

The Union County Fair in New Albany will be from July 28-August 4 at the Union County Fairgrounds. On Wednesday, August 1st, they will have Children’s Day at the Fair from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission will be free until 4:00 pm, though all carnival rides cost $1.

Activities will include a “chicken run,” a watermelon eating contest, a pedal tractor race, a petting zoo, pony rides, Farm Animal Exhibits (calf feeding demonstration), and a magic show.

You can find more about other days’ schedules and events on their website at http://www.unioncountyfair.com/

Summer Time Snacks

Do you have trouble with kids home from school wanting to eat junk all day long?  I sure do!  I love these ideas from Leanne ELy.  She has a free weekly healthy foods newsletter that you can sign up for on her website listed below.

Enjoy the summer snack ideas

Summer Time Snacks by Leanne Ely, C.N.C.

It’s summer. They’re home. They’re whining and most of all,
they’re constantly hungry. So what’s a mom to do?

Feed ’em!

Kids need snacks, but not constant grazing. You need to make
sure the snacks are healthy and are going to do them some good,
nutritionally. Just giving them the junk that they clamor for
from watching too much TV is going to keep them eating
continually. It makes sense, if you think about it. When your
children (or you for that matter) don’t get the nutrition
necessary, their bodies are still craving those nutrients and
will keep signaling that it’s time to eat-even after downing a
bag of Doritos and drinking a whole liter of Pepsi. They might
be temporarily full-but never satisfied because the body was
never fed. See why good nutrition is so important?

So let’s get a grip on this summertime food issue. Not having a
plan (as we well know!) is a recipe for disaster. You know how
to make a grocery list-how about adding some of these items on
your list this week?

Veggie Ranch. I think my son will eat anything with ranch
dressing on it. It’s not my very favorite thing in the world
nutritionally, but if you blend it up with some non-fat cottage,
you’ve got a fairly decent dip. Add baby carrots, celery sticks,
broccoli flowerettes and even some cherry tomatoes and you have
a veggie platter they’ll love. Keep your ready-to-go veggies
(separated in big plastic zip-top bags) and dip (in a container)
within easy reach and let that be your first answer when they
ask. Remind your children to pour their dip into their own bowls-
you just KNOW they’re going to double dip!

Favor Fruit. Summer is fruit season. Snip some grapes from the
bunch and they have a great snack to go. A banana is a season-
less fruit and easy to grab, too. Watermelon is perfect this
time of year with the heat and everything-why not have it sliced
up and cold in the fridge, ready to go? Ditto that idea with any
melon. You might even make up a fruit salad of honeydew and
cantaloupe. My troops love this treat and grab the plastic bowl
and help themselves when it’s in the fridge. And don’t forget
the perennial favorite: apple slices dipped in peanut butter.

Pop up. I am a huge fan of popcorn. Lots of roughage (like your
grandma used to say) and a fun snack that won’t take major bites
out of your budget, too. Use an air popper (way cheaper than the
microwave kind and none of those nasty hydrogenated fats either)
and add a teeny bit of butter. We also add a little grated
romano cheese. My kids love this!

Nuts to you. I keep raw almonds in the fridge and will mix some
almonds with dried apricots. Talk about your fiber count-yee
haw! Plus the added bonus of all those nutrients. Great snack for
kids and adults alike!

Cheese Whiz! Not that icky stuff you squirt out on a cracker.
But string cheese and cheddar cubes, for starters. Skip American
cheese-it’s not cheese but cheese “product”. That should be
enough to scare you away!

There’s five easy ones. Want more? Go to www.savingdinner.com and on the
bottom of the home page, scroll down to the google bar and type in snacks
for 100 great snack ideas!

William Faulkner on Music


I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express, but since words are my talent, I must try to express what the pure music would have done better.

–William Faulkner

In Oxford Mississippi William Faulkner holds a very special place. Not only is his home here in town but many of his settings and characters were bases on local areas and people.

The Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference is going on this week bringing even more great literary minds to our town!


Kindermusik in the Parade!



All decked out! This year’s parade was earlier, shorter and all about the kids. It was a total hit!



Showing off the new shirts was lots of fun!



All the babies were lulled to sleep. Bigger kids had a great nap later!



It is so fun when the whole family joins in on activities.

Hurray for all the dads that regularly come to Kindermusik class with their kids!



Did big brother just steal your crown?



We couldn’t have asked for better weather in July – in Mississippi!



Some were so proud of their beautiful Red White and Blue outfits that they saved the Kindermusik shirts for later!



Here we go through the Oxford Square!



Saying hello to lots of friends who couldn’t join us in the march this year.




I wish I’d gotten photos of all my special kids at the parade. This is the only one I got of any of my OWN kids! (Yes, that is Shaela in the stroller on the left.)

I hope everyone will be able to join us in the Christmas parade.