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Guy Reads: 80s Haircut Edition

It's time for another installment of Guy Reads , the exciting feature where I share news items that Guy, my nickname for my husband, should glance at after he gets done with the sports pages. Technically, this is a Holly Reads column since Guy knew all about this story. Husband is a tad shy and modest, so he was reluctant to share this article with me (maybe because I was planning to blog it and mock his haircut). But as you can see, back in 1988 he was named an excellent young hog farmer, following in "A Tradition of Excellence." Click on the image to read the full text. We came upon this ancient text while working with another excellent young hog farmer, our son Ryan, who was working on a poster for a hog show in Louisville about the history of the Hampshire breed. Husband was a sophomore in college when this was written (I was in the 8th grade, HA), but I believe our son will be ready for his write-up by the time he's a sophomore in high school. I can only hop

'Round the Block: Straight talk from two women just like you who have been there and done that.

Bloggers Megan of Soy Boy Mama and Holly of Bringing Home the Bacon have survived growing up in the '80s, college, graduate school, married life, motherhood and the corporate jungle. They want to warn you that calls from the corporate lactation room may show up on caller ID as "Lactation Room." Holly : Ok. So this is our new column and it's going to straddle our two blogs. How should we start? Introduce ourselves? Take a question from the audience? Megan : cricket ... ::blink:blink:: ... cricket ... cricket ... Um, Holly, can I talk to you in private? Holly : Listen, Megan, you agreed to do this. Don't go chickening out on me now. It's going to work. We can take a topic and discuss or take a question from our readership. Ok, so I may have to make up the first question myself but just think of it as a conversation starter. I'm going to kick things off by introducing Megan. A fabulous writer who shares slices of her life on her blog, Soy Boy Mama ,

A Friendly Letter on Fathers Day

Ryan had a school assignment to write a letter to a friend or relative about what they want to be when they grow up. The teacher shared this letter with my mother-in-law (also a teacher) who kindly intercepted it to be presented today as a Father's Day tribute. A sweet tribute to the man who has taught him everthing he needs to know in life--from his friend, Ryan M.

Sign of the Farmpocalypse

Every issue of Sports Illustrated has a brief quote titled Sign of the Apocolypse, a humorous but true sports news item that makes you wonder--have we gone too far? In that spirit, I present another installment of Sign of the Farmpocalypse, because I just can't make this stuff up.   The souvenir stand at the 2010 World Pork Expo in Iowa sells commemorative thongs .

PR Idea of the Week

OK. It's been more than a week since I've published any PR Idea of the Week columns but inspiration just struck and I've had fun tracking down some links I want to share here. I recently cleaned out 15 years worth of corporate files and in a folder of career-related gems I found this old column from Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post from back in October of 2000. Read the full article here , I'll wait. The key quote: I phoned 15 PR people, nine of whom leaped at the chance to mortify themselves in print in return for a few meager lines of positive ink for their clients. (I chose only the most embarrassing). For the past 10 years, PR people have been debating whether this article should have happened, whether they themselves would have taken Weingarten up on the offer, and how everyone else's jargon-laden press releases contribute to the overall reputation of flacks . Re-reading this article brought back memories of a simpler time--the Internet was the new