To the mother who held her crying daughter, My name is Tony Posnanski and I was the restaurant manager who went to your table last night after you were done eating. I bought your family’s meal and handed you a card. I asked that you not open the card at the table but wait until you got home. You started to cry and I had to walk away because I knew I would cry as well. Last night was a pretty smooth night. Actually, it was really smooth. We have had some rough nights this week but last night was different. The staff got along. The kitchen was running well and honestly everything was going as it should have. Not like the nights where the kitchen is struggling and the servers are making a few more errors. I noticed your table early in the night. I saw you and […]

Are there downsides to being beautiful? I have read Samantha Brick’s post “Why women hate me for being beautiful” probably fifty times. It has never made sense to me. It is the first post that I have ever read that no part makes any sense to me. Like really, no part made sense. It was incredibly insulting to me. I tried to understand it. In fact, I tried to rewrite her words in a way that would make sense to me……… “Why people hate me for being overweight” By: Tony Posnanski  On a recent flight to New York, I was delighted when a stewardess came over and gave me a seat belt extender. ‘This is from the captain — he wants to welcome you and thank you for buying two seats,’ she explained. You’re probably thinking ‘what a lovely surprise’. But while it was lovely, it wasn’t a surprise. At […]

* I wrote this two years ago after reading a post by Samantha Brick. I do think I would have written the same response today. I remember the way I felt when I read her post.   I have read Samantha Brick’s post “Why women hate me for being beautiful” probably fifty times. It has never made sense to me. It is the first post that I have ever read that no part makes any sense to me. Like really, no part made sense. It was incredibly insulting to me. I tried to understand it. In fact, I tried to rewrite her words in a way that would make sense to me……… “Why people hate me for being overweight” By: Tony Posnanski  On a recent flight to New York, I was delighted when a stewardess came over and gave me a seat belt extender. ‘This is from the captain — […]

Shafer Rupard went to her senior prom in Cherryville, NC. She went with a few of her friends and was excited about their last big event of the school year. She did not buy a dress for the prom. She wore a black hat, black shirt, black leather jacket, red skinny jeans and black shoes. Once she hit the dance floor a teacher tapped her on the shoulder. She had a problem with what Shafer was wearing. Shafer figured it was the hat and jacket that were the problem so she told the teacher she would take those off. The teacher quickly told her it was not those items… It was the pants! Shafer left her high school prom in tears. She came home to her mother who wanted some answers. Nowhere on the prom invitation was there any type of dress code for the prom. This is all that […]

  Sara Haley is a personal trainer. She works out six days a week and is devoted to fitness. So much so that she has been named one of America’s 50 Hottest Female Trainers by Shape magazine. She is 35 weeks pregnant and is still working out hard. She recently has been in the news because of the criticism she has received from some members of her gym. Some members have made comments to her about working out while pregnant. “There is a lot of rude comments made and sometimes it’s like going back to high school, where people gang up and make nasty comments. “Those stretch marks are the worst I have ever seen! To Wow, your butt is so big!” Sara said. When I read the story I started to read the comments. There was a ton of support for Sara, which made me feel good. No one should […]

One of the many joys I have in life is taking my son to school. It is a nice half hour of bonding time where we talk and listen to music. We mostly listen to music. I have a Sirius satellite in my car so we are able to listen to a variety of music. He truly likes all kinds of music but mainly pop. In fact I do not really know a song he does not like. I know is favorite at the moment is “Counting Stars” by One Republic. He also likes “Animals”. He thinks crocodiles sing the song. He also remembers every song he has heard and can tell me the name and artist. It is pretty amazing actually for a four year old. I can barely remember to pack his lunch yet he knows that Paramore sings “Ain’t It Fun“. The other day we were listening […]