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I have to say I have a new found respect for Hillary Clinton. After watching the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night… I was struck by the courage it must have take for her set aside her dream of becoming the first female nominee for president. It was a very well planned event, timed perfectly for the evening newscasts. And I was glued to the television watching every expression on Senator Clinton’s face. I can’t imagine the strength it must have taken for Hillary to be a part of history when she called to suspend the roll-call and nominate Barack Obama by acclamation. Was she thinking “that should have been me?” Or was she resolved to the notion that for the greater good of the party… she needed to step aside for Obama. I found it so typical of the silent strength of a woman… doing what it takes to get the job done even if it means closing the door on your dreams.

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Get ready for a star studded event in Denver this weekend as the Democrats kick off thier national convention.
It’s sounding like there will be more A-listers there than celebrities. Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee have reportedly already booked their appearances at the event. And there will even be musical acts performing including Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Wyclef Jean. I know it’s been a while since I’ve watched a convention on television… but I don’t remember muscial performances until the very end…you know when all the balloons would fall and everyone dances off-beat.
The funny thing is, with all the talk about the DNC… i just realized I had no idea when the Republicans were holding thier convention, or even “where” it was being held. For the record it’s in the Twin Cities September 1st through the 4th. My guess is we shouldn’t expect to see nearly as many celebrities at this political party.

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Just Too Young

The other day on Better Mornings we talked about the latest trend… not just in Hollywood… but aparently all over the country. It’s little girls going to the salon to get Waxed! We’re not just talking about getting thier eyebrows waxed…which is bad enough. But some girls as young a 8 years old are being taken to the salon by their mothers to get a bikini wax! As a parent I just find it heartbreaking to hear that little girls are growing up so fast. In one article… one mom said she took her daughter to get waxed because she was going to summer camp and she was worried she would be teased because her legs were very hairy. In another instance a woman was getting her daughter a bikini wax because she was modeling. The sad part is I understand why. They’re bombarded with images of perfection. And of course when they see mom going to get her nails done and having her hair removed… they want to do it too! I have to admit, my daughter is no different… she wants to grow up as fast as she can and that’s a scary thought. A while back she mentioned her legs were too hairy and asked when she could shave… I told her as soon as she’s no longer afraid of a razor!

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While you’re watching the olympics the rest of this week…think about this… some countries are paying thier athletes a lot of green to go for the gold.
I didn’t realize this until my co-anchor Mike Brooks mentioned that American athletes get up to $25,000 for winning a medal in the Olympics. That’s just a cash incentive… on top of any other endorsments or earnings they may get for becoming a household name. After a little research I found out that $25,000 was at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to cash payouts for medals. Lithuania is offering it’s athletes $125,000 plus a brand new BMW if they win a medal. India is up there too with a $365,000 reward for medals. And can you believe getting $765,000 in cash on top of olympic glory? That’s what any of the 17 athletes from Cyprus will get if they can win the gold.

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For many of us the alarm clock went of awful early this morning.  It’s now time to get back to the routine of packing school lunches, catching the bus and long nights of homework.  That’s one of the things I’m looking forward to the least as my daughter heads back to the classroom.  I also have to worry about what she’s eating for lunch everyday.  I help her pack it the night before, but as many parents know… a lot can happen between home and the school cafeteria.  Later this morning I’ll interview Dr. Joanne Lichten or “Dr. Jo” as she’s been called. She says adding color to your child’s luch can help keep them on track when it comes to nutrition.  Each color category provides healthy nutrients when it comes to fruits and veggies.   And it doesn’t matter if its fresh or frozen, dried or canned.  So maybe spice things up by designating specific colors for certain days… like blue for Monday and red on Wednesday and why not green on Friday.  It’s a simple plan that I’m willing to try… anything that could get my daughter out of the idea of  seeing that rich shade of brown as in brownies that she would like to see in her lunchbox everyday.

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