holidays http://blog.wlrn.org en Christians, Atheists Say 'Keep Capitol A Free-Speech Zone' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/christians-atheists-say-keep-capitol-free-speech-zone <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Christians and atheists may have found a little common patch of ground, the rotunda of the Florida Capitol as a space to express themselves.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The threat of a lawsuit is hovering over the state's rejection Tue, 07 Jan 2014 03:46:40 +0000 Jim Turner - News Service of Florida 26113 at http://blog.wlrn.org Christians, Atheists Say 'Keep Capitol A Free-Speech Zone' New Year's Resolutions We've Already Broken http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-years-resolutions-weve-already-broken <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's early January, and even a week in, reality has set in.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/wlrn-staff-offer-2014-resolutions-will-we-keep-them" target="_blank">Those New Year's resolutions we made?</a> Yup, already broken. Don't pretend yours aren't broken, now. Unless they really are not -- in which case, kudos to you.</span></p><p class="p1">Reporter <a href="http://wlrn.org/people/wilson-sayre" target="_blank">Wilson Sayre</a>&nbsp;says her resolution didn't make it past Jan. 1:</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:15:46 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 26103 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Year's Resolutions We've Already Broken WLRN Staff Offer 2014 Resolutions. But Will We Keep Them? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wlrn-staff-offer-2014-resolutions-will-we-keep-them <p>The first moments of every New Year are accompanied by a number of reliable staples: the cacophony of explosives, the smooching of lovers (or strangers), and a proliferation of New Year’s resolutions.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every year we see headlines in the news about keeping your resolutions, but these always appear early in the year then seem to simply fade away. (Resolution-keeping strategies in July, maybe?)</span></p><p>Whether resolution plans persist or materialize, conjuring up ideas for self-improvement is a holiday tradition.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:38:05 +0000 Chloe Herring 25854 at http://blog.wlrn.org WLRN Staff Offer 2014 Resolutions. But Will We Keep Them? Our Shopping Obsession Causes Teenagers' Materialism http://blog.wlrn.org/post/our-shopping-obsession-causes-teenagers-materialism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As long as I can remember, and even before I was born, the angst of the stereotypical </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">teenager -- the James Dean-like rebels without a cause</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the "Breakfast Club" members</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the mischievous, too-cool-for-rules Zack Morris from "Saved by the Bell"</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">– has been king.</span></p><p>And with good reason.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:01:25 +0000 Neyda Borges 24283 at http://blog.wlrn.org Our Shopping Obsession Causes Teenagers' Materialism This Is The Christmas Treat That Really Says "Miami" To Me http://blog.wlrn.org/post/christmas-treat-really-says-miami-me <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite Miami's widespread </span>Nochebuena<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> culture, I always felt like my Peruvian-immigrant family's Christmas celebrations were different from other "Americans."</span></p><p>During our early years here in the early 2000s, my mom was the caretaker for an elderly, wealthy couple. Se<span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">ñ</span>ora Lilian was from Cuba, and her husband, Mr. Hollenbeck, was from the U.S. They were sweet.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:01:12 +0000 Maria Murriel 25598 at http://blog.wlrn.org This Is The Christmas Treat That Really Says "Miami" To Me PHOTOS: This Is How South Florida Babies React To Snow http://blog.wlrn.org/post/photos-how-south-florida-babies-react-snow <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I got an email from my daughter’s preschool, titled "Snow Day!" I was confused. In the Northeast, where I grew up, snow days mean the school is closed. Do South Florida schools use fake snow days as an excuse to close? The message was even more confusing:</span></p><blockquote><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Eight tons of SNOW will be delivered to our preschool straight from the North Pole! The cost of bringing in the snow&nbsp;is $1,500.00 so for this special activity the cost per child is only $15.00.</em></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:57:44 +0000 Elaine Chen 25500 at http://blog.wlrn.org PHOTOS: This Is How South Florida Babies React To Snow "In A Jazz Holiday Spirit" Live Performance http://blog.wlrn.org/post/jazz-holiday-spirit-live-performance <p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Ed Bell & Paul Leary 25326 at http://blog.wlrn.org "In A Jazz Holiday Spirit" Live Performance South Florida Can Buy With Bitcoin This Christmas http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-can-buy-bitcoin-christmas <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/23/3835016/building-bitcoin-use-in-south.html" target="_blank"><em>Contribution from the Miami Herald</em></a></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 01:34:45 +0000 Lance Dixon 25404 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida Can Buy With Bitcoin This Christmas Marky's Fine Foods Holiday Feasts with CEO Chris Hlubb http://blog.wlrn.org/post/markys-fine-foods-holiday-feasts-ceo-chris-hlubb <p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman, Linda Gassenheimer & Paul Leary 25372 at http://blog.wlrn.org Marky's Fine Foods Holiday Feasts with CEO Chris Hlubb Florida Capitol's Holiday Display Now Includes A Spaghetti Monster http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-capitols-holiday-display-now-includes-spaghetti-monster <p>After <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-capitols-festivus-pole-gets-international-attention" target="_blank">making headlines with the Festivus&nbsp;pole</a> brought in by Deerfield Beach's Chaz Stevens, Florida's Capitol building continues to welcome holiday cheer from every denomination.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:30:02 +0000 Maria Murriel 25315 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Capitol's Holiday Display Now Includes A Spaghetti Monster Anti-Church And State Group Adds Seasonal Banner To Capitol http://blog.wlrn.org/post/anti-church-and-state-group-adds-seasonal-banner-capitol <p>The Madison, Wis., group Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought in a seasonal display for the first-floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol, days after the Florida Prayer Network put up a privately funded nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.</p><p>The foundation, a non-profit that advocates for non-theists and promotes the separation of church and state, proclaimed its "Bill of Rights nativity" banner as a counter to the nativity scene.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:29:13 +0000 News Service of Florida 24764 at http://blog.wlrn.org Anti-Church And State Group Adds Seasonal Banner To Capitol Linda’s Favorite Kitchen Gift Gadgets 2013 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/linda-s-favorite-kitchen-gift-gadgets-2013 <p></p><p>12/05/13 -1:30- Syndicated food columnist <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/lgassenheimer">Linda Gassenheimer</a></strong>, Special wine correspondent <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/FredTaskerMiami">Fred Tasker</a></strong> and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman talk about&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Linda’s favorite kitchen gift gadgets. Drop Zone Cookie sheet makes perfectly shaped cookies and helps place the right amount of dough and prevents cookies from spreading across the pan. Hot milk frother:&nbsp;velvety milk for latte and cappuccino in minutes... and my favorite, the pomegranate tool, this gadget takes the mess out of seeding pomegranates and takes less than a minute to do the job, and much more.&nbsp;</span></p><div> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman, Linda Gassenheimer & Paul Leary 24639 at http://blog.wlrn.org Linda’s Favorite Kitchen Gift Gadgets 2013 Hanukkah: From A Simple Occasion To Something Grand http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hanukkah-simple-occasion-something-grand <p></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper & Paul Leary 24266 at http://blog.wlrn.org Hanukkah: From A Simple Occasion To Something Grand Staff Picks: Our 'Make It Through The Workday' 4th Of July Playlist http://blog.wlrn.org/post/staff-picks-our-make-it-through-workday-4th-july-playlist <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hi America! We hope you are enjoying your day off. &nbsp;A select few of us are in the studios running a radio station today, but we have been rocking out to some of favorite Fourth of July songs to make it all a little better.</span></p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:43:32 +0000 Daniel Rivero 16879 at http://blog.wlrn.org Staff Picks: Our 'Make It Through The Workday' 4th Of July Playlist These Fireworks Might Be Illegal, But They Are Easy To Buy http://blog.wlrn.org/post/these-fireworks-might-be-illegal-they-are-easy-buy <p>For Miami-Dade residents, fireworks may be illegal, but they are easy to get. At Phantom Fireworks in Key Largo, the week leading up to the Fourth of July is the busiest time of the year.</p><p>The pyrotechnics outlet draws customers not only from the Keys, but also from Miami-Dade County, where many of the store’s explosives cannot be sold legally.</p><p>The shop has seen about 1,000 customers per day and has stayed open until one AM for the past week, according to store manager&nbsp;Kary&nbsp;Singh.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Patience Haggin 16853 at http://blog.wlrn.org These Fireworks Might Be Illegal, But They Are Easy To Buy