INdiana Systemic Thinking

January 24, 2008

Black Marriage Amendment?

Not really, but I betcha that got your attention.  Now before you start sending the blogmeister hate mail, read this story over at the Indy Star.  Which makes more sense, the nonsense about the real marriage amendment currently going on over at the statehouse, or doing something to help a portion of our population that really, really needs it.  From the story:

About eight in 10 black children in Indiana are born to unwed parents — a start to life that sets them up for problems during adolescence and beyond, according to an Indiana Black Expo report.
Indiana’s black youths fare significantly worse than Hoosier youths in general across 18 indicators of well-being, such as graduation rates and poverty levels, and do worse than black youths in the U.S, according to the report being released Friday.
The explosion of births to unwed parents is driving many of the state’s social problems, such as increases in poverty and child abuse and the growing cost of public aid, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.
He added that the problem is not exclusive to any one race.
Indiana’s out-of-wedlock birthrate is at an all-time high, with unwed mothers accounting for nearly 40 percent of all births, he said. Nationally, about 36 percent of all births are to unwed mothers.

January 9, 2008

A Lil Bit Country… Osmond to Speak in FW

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette announces this morning that Marie Osmond will be speaking in the Fort in April.

[She will] be the keynote speaker at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s seventh annual Tapestry: A Day for Women, scheduled for April 25 at Memorial Coliseum. Tapestry is a daylong event that promotes renewal and self-growth for women.

Osmond was chosen for a variety of reasons, but the ones germane to this blog include…

…Osmond has also struggled in her life, most recently with the divorce from her husband of more than 20 years, the death of her father and her teenage son entering rehab – which all occurred last year.

Osmond, the mother of eight children, has also suffered from postpartum depression.

Here is the info on how to see her;

$60 for open seating. A reserved table for 10 close to the stage costs $650. Businesses can sponsor tables for $1,000. Registration begins Feb. 25, and women can either sign up on the Web site,, or through a mailed brochure.

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