Monthly Archives: May 2013

Notice to Readers: NO Advertising

I was contacted several times concerning the no ad policy on this blog. Previously, I indicated there will be no paid advertisement or marketing of any kind here. This still remains true. But, there seems to be some confusion when behold, advertising was found at the bottom of several articles on Brian’s Daily Exposure.

No, I didn’t put them there, nor am I being compensated for them.

I found one of the ads today and looked into it closer. It seems Word Press is entitled to make a few bucks for the upkeep and maintenance of their sites and servers. I got the following message when I inquired:

About These Ads

The site you just visited is part of WordPress.com. There are two reasons why you might see ads on a WordPress.com site:

  1. The site is part of the WordAds program and has elected to show ads to earn money from their site.
  2. The site is one of the sites hosted on WordPress.com that has not purchased the No Ads upgrade, and we are running ads to cover the costs of operating the site for the user. We run these types of ads sparingly in an attempt to interfere as little as possible with the experience of reading a site and for logged in users we don’t show ads at all. There’s more info about our approach to ad serving in this blog post.

In both of the above cases, the ad you saw could be coming from a number of ad partners including Sharethrough, Federated Media, or AdSense. The ads change depending on factors like your location and the type of site you are visiting.

The importance of no ads is immense to me. The media as we know it are nothing more than pawns of their sponsors and advertisers. This fact unto itself undermines integrity and influences special interests and messages. Brian’s Daily Exposure is plain English on this policy, and would never advertise for monetary gain. I will however, be open to advertising for non-profits if it aligns with my personal beliefs and/or morals, for free.

I apologize for any misunderstandings in this matter. I appreciate my readers, and will remain an open book to them.

 

Fun T Club Visits Saint Leo!

Saint Leo Prep School alumnus Paul Herrmann brought members of the Fun T Club to tour the University Campus. Francis Crociata, senior development officer, conducted the tour. Holy Name Academy alumna Maggie Herrmann-Beaumont joined the tour as a guest of her brother Paul. Jenny Timms, office coordinator of University Communications, assisted with the tour, as she is also charged with displaying Saint Leo’s 1928 Chevy truck.

With pride, she parked it next to the other prized relics.

The Exposure had never toured the campus, so it was time to grab the camera and enjoy the sunny Saturday at this beautiful campus in Saint Leo, Florida. It goes without saying we were impressed, and tour-goers were in for a treat; not to mention a valuable history lesson.

Enjoy the collection of photo’s. Click to enlarge.

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After the tour, members of the Fun T Club invited us to lunch at a nearby restaurant. We were honored, and enjoyed their club meeting and stories of their 37 year history. Saint Leo University was happy to have them attend this fine event, and look for their return in the years to come.

To learn more about Saint Leo University, visit their SITE!

Pure Classic Rock at Happy Dayz

Growing up with Classic Rock on the FM tuner, it was the standard listening of our time. The memories are still there, so when I heard there was going to be a band putting out good Classic Rock, I swooped in.

To my favorite place.

As is the norm, owners never charge a cover at Happy Dayz. The band, Therapy 101, was set to start playing at 9. I was just in time to grab up a beer and position where I could enjoy the music. The atmosphere was absolute, and the crowd was what I had pleasantly expected at a venue featuring Classic Rock. Needless to say, it was relaxing and drama-free.

I snapped a few pictures, then settled in to enjoy the show.

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Therapy 101

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Familiar friendly faces

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A few drinks, a few laughs

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Crisp sound from Therapy 101

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Therapy 101, fully recommended

I didn’t expect to stay as long as I did, but by the time I paid attention to what time it was, 1 AM was upon us. I walked out into the parking area, and before me were 4 horses, parked right outside. We knew the riders, and know they take late night rides in the dark. And, I believe the horses enjoy it.

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Even the horses attended

I’m uncertain about a schedule of events at Happy Dayz, but they do announce the bands and other happenings well in advance on their Facebook page. Click HERE to take a glance from time to time or to get to know the place a little better.

As always, see you at Happy Dayz!

DMDD or Bad Parenting?

Guest commentator, Jenny Timms

Writer’s note: I want to emphasize that I am not discounting the severity of mental illness. I fully recognize that there are legitimate cases of mental illness and I am an advocate for the mental health community. I know that the right treatment is critical to the care of the patient and I am a proponent of medication and therapy, provided they are administered after the patient (or care-giver) has been educated about his or her illness and treatment options. I do believe that our country over-medicates its most vulnerable citizens and I believe that too many patients are misdiagnosed.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is often referred to as the “Bible” of mental illness and is the most comprehensive means of identifying mental illness. Physicians use this guide to diagnose a patient’s condition while agencies, advocates, and lawyers utilize the information provided in the DSM to protect a patient’s rights or prove a disability based on a mental disorder. When used correctly, the DSM is vital to the correct diagnosis of an illness and in determining a suitable treatment plan. As I’ve stated before, mental illness is not easily treatable and each patient may require a different plan to ensure the condition is managed effectively. The DSM is a starting point and a guide for the physician and their patient.

After much research and debate, the recently published DSM-5 added Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) to its lists of diagnosable conditions.  This was done to prevent the number of young children from being diagnosed as Bi-Polar or Manic Depressive. DMDD is characterized by extreme temper outbursts. Basically, a child who pitches a temper tantrum on a regular basis may be diagnosed as having a mental illness. While I would never discount the severity of mental illness, this particular inclusion to the DSM is disturbing.

It seems that our country has taken the responsibility of parenting away from the parents. Children are almost expected to raise themselves, with little guidance or discipline. Television, video games, and medication have taken the place of a parent’s time and attention. Our children are expected to behave, be quiet, and not be little kids; failure to conform no longer means a whipping or grounding, instead it may mean a trip to the doctor and medication for a child as young as 6! It is appalling that any parent would allow his or her child to take psychotropic drugs designed to alter the state of mind, especially while the brain is still developing.  Many times, a child will act out as a means of garnering attention – even negative attention from a parent is better than no attention. Rather than recognize the reason behind the behaviors, it is easier on the parent to stop the behavior via medication.

Our generation knew that pitching a fit in a store or while Mom and Dad had company wouldn’t earn us more “quality time” with our parents; it usually earned us a trip to the woodshed with Dad’s belt!  While there are some legitimate reasons for a child to be diagnosed with a mental illness, those instances are few and far between. Society wants to find a reason for everything, rather than take responsibility.  A child who acts out, pitches a temper tantrum, or causes a family to walk on eggshells is not necessarily sick.  More often than not, that child is just a spoiled brat.

Saint Leo University’s First Car Show!

Dade City – Several streets around the courthouse in Dade City were closed, but don’t be alarmed. On this beautiful Saturday, it was for fun in the sun at the Dade City Cruise-In. Nearly 13 years after its inception, the car show, recurring the first Saturday of each month, draws hundreds of classic car enthusiasts and spectators. The event takes a break in July and August due to the mid-summer heat, but local businesses enjoy the extra day of customers and revenue it brings during the other 10 months out of the year.

The Exposure was lured into stopping by to cover the cruise-in by Communications Coordinator and University Senate-elect Jenny Timms, who had the privilege of debuting Saint Leo University’s new star: A 1928 Chevrolet truck, donated by Leo G. Janssens in December of last year. With camera in hand, I wanted to cover the inaugural showing of this beauty, and share with locals what they’re missing if they have never attended this event.

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Streets reserved for Dade City Cruise-in

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Timms proudly displaying the 1928 classic

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Vehicle specs and some interesting facts

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Early-American technology under the hood

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A look into a simpler time

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A look inside the cockpit

Mingling through the bustling streets come show time, I was pleased to see families and couples spending a crystal clear day out. Florida is defined by days like these, and there’s nothing finer than good food, good friends and the sound of children’s laughter. I got busy with the photographs and hearing the stories behind these restored machines. I’ve attended many car shows in the past, but each time, I learn something new.

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Merchants offering goods, services and a bite to eat

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Lunch is served

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A beautiful day to display!

Now that the mood was set, it was time to get serious. Nearly 350 pictures were snapped, so I selected the many that readers could enjoy and share among themselves. With so many stories usually written that are of negative nature, I thought it would be a pleasant retreat from the norm. A feel-good article for a change, if you will.

A big thanks to Saint Leo University for affording the opportunity to take a few pictures of their prized new classic. Jenny Timms was more than happy to accommodate, and even offered a few encouraging words.

“The students are happy, and the faculty are happy. Saint Leo University is a way of life, and I look forward to many years of service to them. Look out for us at future car shows. This was a hit everyone enjoyed,” says Timms.

I agree. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many at Saint Leo who are nothing less than class acts. I also agree that the cruise-in was a hit. I encourage all to come on down to enjoy an atmosphere of family and friends each time the event arrives. After all, there’s a little classic car in us all.

Now, a tour for my readers. As always, click to enlarge.

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