At Lake Eola Park, a new option for feeding the fowls.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioner Patty Sheehan install a new bird feeder box at Lake Eola Park. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

ORLANDO – As Mayor Buddy Dyer used a shovel to dump cement into a small hole in the grass at Lake Eola Park, someone jokingly asked if he was putting up a sign.
The mayor laughed and added, “Politicians have put up signs before.”
But while 2012 is clearly a major election year, with a presidential campaign at the top of the ticket and in one of the nation’s most competitive swing states, for Dyer and City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, election time is long over.
Both Dyer and Sheehan ran for re-election last April, and won landslide victories in the City Beautiful’s municipal elections. Today they had a very different mission: to inspire visitors to Lake Eola Park to take a moment to check out the lake itself, and the swans, geese and ducks that call it home – and to feed them, albeit safely.
Dyer and Sheehan, Orlando’s District 4 commissioner, joined staff from the city’s Parks Department this morning to install three new swan feeders at Lake Eola Park. The mayor inserted the feeder stands into pre-dug holes, then poured concrete around the stands to hold them securely in place. Continue reading

The truth about seniors and sex: what mom never told you.

Sex isn't just for 20somethings, Dr. Daniel Laury says. In fact, he adds, it's great for seniors. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

RENO, NEVADA – Dr. Daniel Laury struggled to come up with the right title for his new book, which looks at the sexual challenges that people face as they get older. One title after another got considered – then tossed.
“I didn’t like ‘Sex After 62 and a half,’ “ he said. He finally settled on the right title: “SeniorSex.”
“Why write the book?” asked Laury, a gynecologist with a practice in Medford, Oregon, who also hosts the television show “The Doctor Is Listening.” It’s because, he said, of the subtitle of a lecture he gave this weekend in Nevada: “What You Didn’t Learn in School.”
“There’s a need for this book,” he said. “I get people asking me questions all the time about sex. There’s a lot of information out there, and it’s not all accurate. I really felt there was a need for it.” Continue reading

The unique challenge of being gifted … and gay … and learning to fit in.

Ever feel like you're that one person in the crowd who doesn't fit in with the rest? (Photo by Michael Freeman).

RENO, NEVADA – It’s not easy, Teresa Manzella said, to be a highly intelligent and gifted person, because that can often make them feel left out, like they just don’t fit in.
Now imagine, she added, being highly gifted – and gay.
In some instances, those teens become a magnet for harassment.
“Bullying is an issue for gifted kids who are not gay, but even more so for the gifted students who are,” she said.
And this is a particularly rough burden, she said, because of the significant emphasis placed in this society on fitting in.
“This is about some of the unique challenges being faced by people who are gifted – and are Q,” Manzella said. “The ‘Q’ can either be questioning, or queer – and in some, it can be both.”
Manzella is the Gifted Children’s coordinator for Minnesota Mensa. She’s also a member of the Human Rights Commission in her hometown of Maplewood, Minnesota. Continue reading

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