Thursday, October 22, 2009

When is Enough, Enough?

Over the past few months, we have heard more and more, and probably more than we’d like to,about Jon and Kate. Now, we know them primarily as reality TV stars, talk show hosts, party-goers and general celebrities of the time. But, don’t they have a more important role at hand?

While discussing their pending divorce, Kate has stated their marriage was in trouble and the cameras are not to blame. She would know best, but I have to wonder a bit about this one. Jon can’t seem to decide if he despises Kate or if he wants them to be friends and after years of treating Jon like the 9th child, Kate now poses as the victim in many ways. Again, don’t they have a more important role?

Regularly, each of them expresses their love for their kids and the fact “I do everything for my kids”, but do their actions say so? Obviously the show was a benefit to the kids, as TLC was paying the family for their series, but the bad-mouthing of one another in the media and taking on project after project and party after party might not be the best means for “doing it for the kids”. The couple’s twins just turned 9, and I have my doubts they haven’t heard anything about their parents from other children at school.

My question B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Readers is, how much media is too much, and when is enough coverage, enough? Not to say Jon and Kate aren’t doing their job as parents, because emotions don’t by food and clothes for 8, but where should the line be drawn? Are you glad TLC pulled the plug??

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Notice Anything Different?


Change is good, and B.A.F.F.L.E.D. loves to keep things fresh.

Enjoy the page makeover!

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law


The Progression of the Law Practice

Over the last week, one of the many law "blawgs" posed the question of how the practice of law should change over the next 5 years. Many weighed in on the inquiry. Here's my take!

It is clear the practice of law has been affected by the challenges of our economy. For so long, the culture of the profession was somehow exempt from a number of changes in our society, but I am confident this impact has been for the best.

Over the years, the legal profession was stuck in a rut of tradition. There was little force of change, and high degrees of comfort. Today, new lawyers as well as more seasoned ones are in a state of shock about the push to adapt. For the sake of clarity, I must say the traditional condition of law is to be respected and upheld. But, there is always room for change.

Over the next five years, the practice of law needs to take a few things into consideration. Tradition has brought us this far, but we must press forward. First, per-project-fees are the billable hours of the future. They are easier to track, quantifiable and provide comfort to the client. Although billable hours have their place, per-project-fees are a viable consideration. Second, taking advantage of advancing technology is of great importance to the evolving legal world. Smartphones can be a bit addictive, but careful use of these products, along with other bookkeeping and publishing tools, are helpful in the progression of the practice. Virtual offices and satellite capabilities are musts as well, to save costs for firms and attorneys personally. Constantly seeking and embracing new ways to advance this noble profession are paramount.

By accepting the changes impacting the profession, lawyers will be able to filter this progress into law schools. The change will take some time to come alive, but will be worth it.

See more responses at: http://www.abajournal.com/weekly/how_does_the_practice_of_law_need_to_change_in_the_next_five_years

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Do You Use Your Voice?

Your streets are in shambles, potholes everywhere. Your community used to be vibrant, but a number of business have gone elsewhere. You have a number of ideas and suggestions about improving the place you live, so what do you do with them?


Too many people have these thoughts and considerations, but do not make the most of them. Do you know who your legislators are? Your State Representative? Senator? Alderman, etc.? These people are important in you getting the things you think your community needs. You also serve as a check and balance for the job they are doing. They have local offices for you to visit frequently; community events, fundraisers and appearances where you can pick their brains and clear yours.


Now, this is not a call for everyone to become involved or interested in politics or civic affairs. Like everything else, it’s not for everyone and rightfully so. However, what is for everyone, is awareness of your surroundings and the right to use the voice you were given by law. Take the time to know what’s happening around you and stay knowledgeable on how the work of your chosen leaders is affecting you. Maybe the law you were waiting to change has or will. Do you know?


Picture Courtesy of: http://obamaisamerica.blogspot.com/2009/05/article-scant-stimulus-money-for-arts.html

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Cares


Do Your Part!

Hey Folks! Don't you always talk about what you can do to make the world a better place? Well, here's a chance for you to make an easy contribution.....and it's extremely easy!!


Help spread the volunteer spirit and view this video! Each time it's viewed, Kraft Foods will donate money to Feeding America to help provide five meals to those at risk of hunger -- up to 100,000 meals through the end of October 2009!

Do your part and click the link!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6rpkyWck3A


For more info on Feeding America, see: http://www.feedingamerica.org/

Sunday, October 11, 2009



Something to Say?

So many of us have questions, concerns, comments, ideas, suggestions and complaints, but don't put them to the ultimate use. We have answers to world problems, talents to sell and share, and things to talk about when no one in our immediate circle wants to hear. Often, our answers, thoughts and comments are critical to the success of others and can help them in achieving their goals. In other instances, what we think, say and feel are important in motivating those around us.

Living in a world where technology advances by the minute, blogging has become a major platform for people to share their insights. This platform is perfect for building businesses, discussing world events and just getting those random thoughts off your chest.


Check out 2 of my favorite blogs; each different in format and content, but useful in their own right. Enjoy!


OneSeventeen Designs - http://oneseventeendesigns.blogspot.com


Real Talk With Felicia - http://realtalkwithfelicia.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Pink


A Cause Touching Us All

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as the years go by, there are more and more ways to show support, gain knowledge and spread awareness. We have everything from walks and runs to fundraising parties to celebrate the progress, honor the survivors and remember those fatally impacted by the condition.


Breast Cancer Awareness is not only for those battling the condition, but for all parts of society. Awareness and prevention are important to all our health and well-being, especially the family unit. Both men and women can be impacted by breast cancer, whether physically or emotionally, and heightened awareness is the best weapon for the fight.


Like many major national causes, Breast Cancer Awareness can be supported in a number of ways. Retailers and designers are lending major support and helping us all contribute in style. Check out some of the ways to stay high in fashion, while lending your support to a great cause. Go Pink and Save the Ta-tas!!
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/beauty-labels-create-special-editions-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month-1798491.html

For Additional Information See:

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation - http://ww5.komen.org/

National Breast Cancer Foundation - http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

Sunday, October 4, 2009


What’s Your Workplace Like!?

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. is seriously baffled about unsatisfactory attire in the workplace. Do you have an office job you walk into every morning and wonder if you were the only one who put thought into your attire? So often, we find an overload of fashion violations in our office jobs and an overwhelming sense of “I just didn’t care this morning.” This is not good.

Sure, we all can’t be the epitome of fashion savviness, but we can take the time to put a little effort into our appearance. As a former employee in corporate America, I saw, all too many times, a lack of concern for the day’s outfit...everyday. True, we usually are seeing the same few people every single day; they know us, we know them, and feel like we should not have to impress. This is not good.

Ladies: Express, The Limited, JC Penney, Carson Pierre Scott, Marshalls; these are your friends!

Gents: Express loves you, too; as does JC Penney, Bacharach, Carson’s and many more. Dressing each day should not be about who else we’ll see and how many years we’ve been going to the same desk. Rather, it should be about feeling good for self and taking the time to make us look as best we can. Maybe this job is not your job, but one you’re holding for the next person until your dream destination comes. Or maybe you are counting down the days to your retirement. Either way, taking the time to consider your appearance not only makes us onlookers feel better, but it will work wonders for you as well! Take some “me time” and see what a difference a little effort makes. It’ll change your life, in the office and out!
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