Morning, my dears. Once again I’ve picked through the national news to find you some stories moms actually care about. (Cue Moana soundtrack), “You’re welcome!” So enjoy this newsfeed synopsis with just a little bit of my editorial thrown in!
1. Amtrak train derails on its first day of new service in Washington State, killing three
If you’re like me, you sat and stared at footage of the Amtrak derailment ONTO AN INTERSTATE in Washington state yesterday. I could NOT believe what I was seeing. CNN reports that much like the Titanic, the train was on its very first trip of a new express service from Seattle to Portland when it jumped the track, sending cars to the busy highway below. It was reportedly going over 80 miles per hour on a 30 mile per hour curve at the time. All of the fatalities were on the train, and no one on the highway below was killed. Naturally, the NTSB is investigating.
2. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler opens home for abused girls
STEVEN'S IN THE MIX AND JANIE'S IN THE HOUSE!!! IVE NEVER WRITTEN A SONG AS BEAUTIFUL AS JANIE'S HOUSE…THIS WAS TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING!! SPENDING THE DAY WITH THESE GIRLS…IM JUST SO PROUD OF THEM! I'M JUST RELIEVED THEY HAVE A SAFE SPACE TO BE WHO THEY ARE…TO GROW INTO AMAZING YOUNG WOMEN WHO WILL DO GREAT THINGS IN THE WORLD… #JANIESGOTAFUND AND DONATIONS ARE EASY…START AND SHARE HERE: JANIESFUND.ORG/GIVE
This story made me do a double take! Steven Tyler isn’t the first name that comes to mind when I think of philanthropy, but I love what he’s done here and found it grossly under-reported, so here ya go. This Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer says he knew 30 years ago when he co-wrote the hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun” about an abused girl who killed her abuser that he wanted to do something to actually help those who had gone through it, and now he finally has. (Better late than never, I say.) Three years ago, Tyler started the non-profit “Janie’s Fund,” and last week he opened Janie’s House, a home for abused and neglected girls just outside Atlanta. Tyler said he was also inspired by women he met in rehab for his substance abuse years ago.
3. Serena Williams proves even famous moms have the same #momproblems
Teething- aka the devil – is so hard. Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep. I've tried amber beads… cold towels…. chew on mommies fingers…. homeopathic water (lol on that one) but…… pic.twitter.com/hCRMJ0RhUQ
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) December 17, 2017
Ummm, first of all, can we talk about HOW CUTE THAT BABY IS? Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian welcomed their baby girl Alexis Olympia in September, and Williams reached out to fellow moms on Twitter to bemoan the baby’s teething woes. ABC reports that she got a lot of advice in return, including some urging her to let the baby chew on a Milk Bone for dogs. Umm…I’m hoping she passes on that one. Good luck, Serena! Teething certainly CAN be the devil, as all moms know.
WELP, there’s your mom news for the day, my dears. Have a great one and check back soon for more so you can stay in the know!