Good Day Alabama for September 13, 2012

Good Day Alabama for September 13, 2012

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:

DR. F - Dr. Wayne Fleisig, a Psychologist at Children's Hospital, joined us with advice on how to procrastinate less. His advice:
1) Make tasks easier
2) Make tasks more enjoyable
3) Break big things into pieces
4) Just start
5) Focus on the long run consequences of procrastinating and reward yourself for not procrastinating

JEH JEH LIVE
- The 2012 United Way Campaign Kickoff is today at 11:30am at the Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom. Jeh Jeh joined us from Phillips Academy where volunteers gathered to spread the word! United Way of Central Alabama, Inc.'s basic purpose is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another and to improve their community. For more information about the United Way of Central Alabama, how you can donate, and where your money goes - visit http://www.uwca.org/.

TRUCKS BY THE TRACK - On Sunday from 11am-5pm, Railroad Park hosts its inaugural food truck festival, Trucks By The Tracks. A celebration of local food truck fare, music, and Railroad Park, Trucks By The Tracks will boast the best savory and sweet bites on wheels from Avalanche Delights, Cantina, Dreamcakes, Fresh off the Bun, Jim 'N Nicks, Nola Ice, O'Henry's Coffee, Shindigs, Spoonfed Grill, Steel City Pops, the Taqueria Guzman Taco Truck and others. While attendees savor Birmingham's best mobile cuisine, local music greats like Burning Vinyl, Gip Gipson, The Green Seed, and Todd Simpson will take the stage throughout the afternoon. Trucks By The Tracks is free and open to the public. Attendees will pay food trucks directly for food or drink items. Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in the middle of downtown Birmingham. More than 600 trees are planted onsite and the luxurious landscaping is punctuated with masses of flowers, creating a lovely escape in the center of a bustling urban environment. For more information, visit railroadpark.org.

PEOPLE'S BEST & WORST DRESSED - One of PEOPLE' MAGAZOMEs most popular specials issues is "The 10 Best Dressed Women" of 2012 hits store shelves this week. It ranks stars on "Best Risk-Taking Style", "Best Maternity Style", "Best Dressed Woman in the World" and more! This issue also puts the spotlight on best gowns, fashion bloopers and top fashion moments.
Topping the list this year is Gwyneth Paltrow followed by Diane Krugar, Princess Kate, Emma Stone, and Jessica Alba. "Best Dressed Men" honors go to seven dapper guys well suited to style: Andrew Garfield; Brad Pitt; Robert Pattinson; Jay-Z; Chris and Liam Hemsworth; and Colin Firth. Check out the new edition on store shelves tomorrow!

GLEE - TEEN DRIVERS - The Centers for Disease Control say that the first year is the most dangerous for teen drivers. To help teens gain more confidence to speak up and encourage each other to drive safely, Glee Star Amber Riley is helping launch the "Celebrate My Drive" Campaign where communities rally around and support new teen drivers everywhere as they learn to drive and get ready for the road ahead. Celebrate My Drive events will be held nationwide on September 15 to celebrate what's great about getting your driver's license and preparing teens for life on the road. Participants can also win cool prizes including a new car and a $100,000 grant for their school. For more information on events in your area, visit http://www.celebratemydrive.com/.

MICHAEL MORRIS - Truth really is stranger than fiction, Michael Morris learned when hearing the stories from his grandfather that shaped his latest novel Man in the Blue Moon (September 2012, Tyndale House Publishers). The highly praised Southern author returns with a new book that will vividly bring readers back to a time of hard-fought survival during the First World War. In Man in the Blue Moon, Ella Wallace's husband has left her and her three sons saddled with debt, desperately working to keep the mystical Florida land that has been in her family for generations from the hands of an unscrupulous banker. A mysterious man who arrives at Ella's door in an unconventional way convinces her he can help, but when the battle for her land intensifies, the man's troubled past comes to haunt Ella's future. Hypocrisy and murder shake the coastal town of Apalachicola as Morris weaves an unforgettable drama of love and loyalty, betrayal and redemption - based on an unbelievable-yet-true story from his grandfather. Morris sees his novel as a way to give back to his grandfather and to keep the Southern tradition of oral history alive. Having been compared to Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor and Mark Twain by The Washington Post, Morris has received much early praise for Man in the Blue Moon. Michael's launching the book at Alabama Booksmith (2626 19th Place South, Homewood) on Thursday, September 13 at 4 p.m. For more information on Michael and his other works, visit michaelmorrisbooks.com.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh gets pumped up for high school football with a pep rally. A local woman is half the person she used to be! She joins us with her amazing weightloss story and her words of inspiration and encouragement for others! Ever heard of marathon runners dropping by the local bar for a drink after the race? A new race encorporates it all into one... Find out how you can be part of a race from brewery to brewery! Birmingham's Bargain Mom joins us with lots of deals for your family! Mickey's friends from the Birmingham Zoo drop by to visit with us! And, as always, we check out your business and entertainment headlines ... that and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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