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Entertaining Articles and Tidbits from the World Wide Web

I am so happy for Viola Davis, Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer for their Oscar nominations. Three performances that brought me laughter, tears and laughter until tears! Click here for a complete list of the Oscar nominations.

Aretha Franklin calls off her engagement. Better this than creating a public spectacle by divorcing or having the marriage annulled after 72 days.

Still can’t believe Seal and Heidi Klum are separated. They seemed really content, but sometimes a happy façade is presented to hide brewing tensions. Seal addresses the separation on Ellen today. As a side note: Shemar Moore was on Ellen yesterday. To heck with the rumors, that is one attractive man. A lucky audience member thinks so, too!

The Kennedy Library is releasing 45 hours of private recordings taped during the final months of his life. Although I was born after the Kennedy administration, I have always been intrigued by his presidency. The tapes offer novice and professional historians a glimpse of the tenor of the times.

These bruises are from a “friendly” game of hockey? Maybe it’s time for Sen. John Kerry to consider new friends!

I watched the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers battle it out Sunday night and was also dumbfounded by the fumbles San Fran 49er Kyle Williams made. This, however, is taking it too far. It’s just a game, people! Relax!

Until next time!

Dear Paula Deen,

Today, you announced you have Type 2 diabetes. You were asked why you waited so long to disclose your condition, especially since you love to prepare fried, rich and buttery foods on your popular cooking program. You graciously answered those questions, even though it is no one’s business. One’s medical history is a private, personal matter and shouldn’t be public fodder. Your medical condition will not affect any aspect of my life as I am sure it will not affect anyone else’s life outside of your family.

I’ve watched you on Food Network for many years and don’t recall you ever forcing anyone to try your recipes or suggesting people eat rich or fried foods on a daily basis. You expressed your love of these foods and I’m sure you still have cravings for them. You know the lifestyle changes you had to make and I’m sure you are still following your doctor’s orders.

I, for one, will continue to watch your cooking shows, read your magazine and try the occasional recipe. Your personal life is just that – YOUR PERSONAL LIFE. I appreciate your public persona and implore you to not change a thing. To me, the people criticizing you are akin to those who blame and even sue fast food chains for causing their children and them to be overweight. Like failing to exercise and eat balanced meals weren’t contributing factors. There is way too much information on the importance of diet for anyone to feign ignorance. No one forced them to eat fast food everyday rather than prepare a healthy meal at home, just like you can’t force people to load their plates with butter. Those are personal decisions.

Keep your head up, lady. I’ll be tuning in to Paula’s Home Cooking this weekend.

Fun Games to Play on Your iPad 2 – Supermarket Mania 2

The HBO GO app is cool, too!

I’ve come a little late into owning an iPad. I own so many Apple products, that I didn’t find it necessary to purchase yet another Apple device.

As usual, my resolve fizzled.

So, I’ve had my iPad 2 for approximately 2 weeks now and love it. I won’t post a review because there have already been enough reviews. Believe the hype, it’s pretty awesome.

Instead, I am going to write a review of a simple little game that I’ve quickly become obsessed with – Supermarket Mania 2. I know this game has been around for a while, but I’m not a gamer by any means. I’m a little slow on the uptake when it comes the latest and greatest (although I am quite interested in L.A. Noire).

I digress. I downloaded the free Supermarket Mania 2 app from Apple iTunes last Friday night. The premise is quite simple – you become Nikki, a sweet-natured supermarket manager. Your main goal is to keep the shelves stocked and your customers happy. There is a villain who tries to destroy your business by wreaking havoc inside and outside the supermarket. You also have to be mindful of thieves and mischievous children.

The free app allows you a few sample levels to complete with the opportunity to purchase the full version for $6.99. I downloaded the free app fully expecting to NOT purchase the download, however, after completing the sample levels, I found myself clicking the upgrade option.

I guess it is thrill of satisfying wave after wave of customers – from visiting celebrities to busy moms. It may be the challenge of achieving the monetary goal of each round. It may even be that I have little more to do with my time. Whatever it is, I am hooked.

Satan’s Sisters by Star Jones – A Book Review

I can admit to being skeptical. Star Jones may be a gifted legal analyst but fiction writer? I had even gone on record to family and friends insisting that I had no intention of reading, let alone purchasing, Ms. Jones’s foray into storytelling. But the more I heard about the book (mostly via Twitter), I decided to go against my better judgment and download the tome to my Kindle. Besides, the title – Satan’s Sisters – intrigued me.

Good thing I am a person who can also admit to being wrong.

I actually enjoyed this debut novel. Satan’s Sisters follows the lives and misadventures of the ladies of The Lunch Club, a television talk show hosted by five women from varying racial and age groups who offer opinions and insight into current events and social mores. Maxine Robinson, a no-nonsense, arch-competitive, trailblazing journalist who rules the show with intimidation, founded The Lunch Club. Seated beside her are respected journalist Whitney Harrington, young, hip supermodel Shelly Carter, lawyer Dara Cruz and comedian Molly Stein. Behind the public faces of these dynamic women are private secrets (drug addiction, and extramarital affairs) and heartaches (loneliness and grief over a child’s suicide) that threaten to crumble their carefully crafted images. And the one instigating the crumbling is former co-host Missy Adams, who has written a blistering tell-all that sends Maxine and others into a maddening dash to discover just what – and whose – secrets are being spilled.

While Satan’s Sisters may not be a literary masterpiece, Ms. Jones is a good storyteller. She obviously took heed to the oft-offered advise to write what you know as it is evident this novel is culled from her experience as a co-host of The View. While reading, I found myself trying to figure which real-life person each character was based upon (Maxine – Barbara Walters?? Whitney – Meredith Viera??). I was surprised, however, to find the novel is quite a sexy read. Not overly explicit but definitely spicy. If you are sensitive to such writing, you may find yourself skipping over a few passages. The only criticism I have is the plot is a little over the top and the ending is too tidy for some characters and non-existent for others. There is also a subplot involving an illicit affair between producers that, although enjoyable to read, doesn’t add to the novel.

In closing, Satan’s Sisters is a delightfully dishy novel that would be perfect take-along for the upcoming beach and vacation season. On a five star rating system, I give it 3 ½ stars.

Songs Currently in Heavy Rotation on my iPod

 

I appreciate all genres of music. You’ll find Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock ‘n Roll, Gospel and Heavy Metal in the Songs list on my iPod. Lately, I have been in a R & B state of mind and have been loving the following songs:

“Gone Already” by Faith Evans
“Good Man” by Raphael Saadiq
“Lions & Tigers & Bears” and “10 Seconds” by Jazmine Sullivan

These artists’ talent is showcased by thoughtful lyrics and powerful vocals. Great, slow songs that can played in mixed company without anyone feeling uncomfortable. Maybe there will be a return to pure R & B (fingers crossed)!

 

Have You Ever Just…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog.   Life came at me like a 100 mph fastball and, to paraphrase the late Ronald Reagan, honey, I forgot to duck. Only those over the age of thirty will understand that reference, but what the hay.  No one under thirty or over thirty reads my stuff anyway.  Oh, but I’m not throwing a pity party.  This depressing fact has a silver lining –  I am free to write about subjects in any manner I want without the fear of alienating my “readers”.

A while back I posted about The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  It was so freaking excellent, I read the rest of the trilogy – The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.  Only Hornest’s Nest disappointed and that was because I knew it was the end of the series.  I really, really hate it that Steig Larsson passed away.  He was a truly talented writer who had me Googling all things Sweden so I could understand the references in his novels.  I never before cared about Sweden. I had nothing against the country and its citizens, but, admittedly, its history and culture were not prominent in my thoughts. That is,  until I read the The Girl trilogy.  Now, I dream of visiting the country.  That’s the power of a good book.

Unfortunately, this trilogy will be getting the Hollywood treatment.  Praying Hollyweird will not screw it up and turn it into a lighthearted romantic comedy because “test audiences” responded negatively to the dark undercurrents of the original.  You know they’ll do it.  Hollyweird is a business.  Business is money.  Studios care about money.  They sometimes care about money so much they’ll replace quality with crap if they feel it will make a profit.  Note to Big Name Studio:  Please stay true to the trilogy.

Speaking of Hollyweird, LiLo (that’s Lindsay Lohan to you) did a brief stint in jail and rehab.  For her inconvenience, she has been rewarded with magazine cover shoots and six figures for interviews.  Never one to miss an opportunity no matter how pathetically attention-grabbing, Paris Hilton has been arrested for cocaine possession.  Wonder how much she’ll be offered when all is said is done.

Combat missions in Iraq have been suspended.  OK, that’s good, but 100K troops are still there assisting the government with taking the reigns.  This mission will be done when ALL American troops are home.  Period.  As long as there are troops there, there is the possibility of combat.  I don’t think the extremists care if the troops are just there in a supervisory role.  Keep praying for them and for those stationed in Afghanistan.

I’ve come to the end of the post.  I’ll try to post more if for no other reason than to blow off steam.  Have you ever just felt rhymes with witchy?  Well, that’s me tonight.  Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.  Have responsible fun.

Long Time, No Post

Carmelo and LaLa - LOVE the wedding dress.

It’s been a long time since I’ve last posted. I’m sure I am the only one who noticed because I am the only one who reads my blog. So humiliating yet liberating at the same time. Anyway…..
There must be something in the water in the land of Celebritydom. There have been a slew of weddings as of late: Carmelo and Lala; Paul Pierce, Carrie Underwood, Martin Lawrence, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, even that dude from The Office (I kid, I kid, I know his name is…um…..). Lindsay Lohan is going to jail tomorrow. Hope she hasn’t suddenly remembered that she has a prior  commitment in Europe, jets off then gets her passport stolen. Again. The

Get it together, girl!

President took his family on a three day vacation and PO’d some folks. I mean, how dare he take THREE WHOLE DAYS to spend quality time with his wife and children. Who does he think he is? George W.? (To the three other people who read this post: yes, I’m being sarcastic) BP finally placed a cap on the gushing well in the Gulf. Yeah! Hallelujah! Wait, premature ejubilation – the well is now “leaking”. Really, no one finds it odd that this big oil conglomerate is having so much trouble successfully capping this well? Where are the conspiracy theorists when you need them? And last but not least, it is hot as h-e-double hockey sticks all over the country. No, that’s not last. Congrats to John Krasinski and Emily Blunt on their wedding last weekend. He’s that dude from The Office.

I know who he is....

Until next time….

One Year Ago Today

Still hard to believe

One year ago today, at around four in the afternoon, I was riding on a shuttle bus at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. I called home to inform my loved ones that I was on my way home after a daylong business trip.  Right before the call ended, I was asked, “Did you hear that Michael Jackson died?”

“Michael Jackson who?”  I asked.  Certainly not the King of Pop, I was thinking.  Michael Jackson had existed my entire life, either as a member of the Jackson Five, the Jacksons or a phenomenal solo artist.  He was embarking on a series of 50 concert dates at London’s The O2 arena. It had to be a cruel hoax or he was mistaken for another individual with the same name.

But, of course, it was the Michael Jackson.  It was the man whose legendary performance on Motown’s 25th anniversary special mesmerized me as a child. The man whose videos I had watched repeatedly and whose dance moves I clumsily attempted to master.  It just didn’t seem real.  Yet, when I made it to the terminal, the television monitors were tuned to CNN and groups of people had gathered beneath and were staring intently at the images of his body being wheeled into an ambulance.  It was real.  Michael Jackson was dead.

There are those today who will remember Michael Jackson for many reasons – his eccentricities ad his legal troubles to name a few. I, however, plan to focus on his dazzling career, historic accomplishments and volumes of songs that have stood the test of time.

RIP, Michael.  Thank you for the years you dedicated to bringing joy to your millions of fans worldwide.

May 28 – 31, 2010

Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice.

Happy Memorial Day.  While many celebrated today with picnics and cookouts, pool parties and beach holidays, I hope a moment was taken observe the true intent of this day – honoring our brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can have picnics & cookouts and pool parties & beach holidays.  Let a veteran know his or her hard work was and is appreciated.

May you now find peace.

We lost a television icon on May 28.  Gary Coleman, who portrayed the character Arnold Jackson on the hit sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, passed away from head injuries sustained in fall at his home in Utah.  Although he grew to dislike the character and catchphrase that him famous – “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout Willis?” – I hope he understood the hours of joy he and the cast of Diff’rent Strokes provided me and countless other children of the ’80s who sang along to the theme song, swooned over  Arnold’s older brother Willis and thought of Arnold as the little brother they either had or wished they had.  Farewell, dear fellow.

Rest, Easy Rider

We also lost Dennis Hopper on May 29, 2010 after a valiant fight with cancer.  I am too young to remember his hit Easy Rider, and only saw a few of his films, Blue Velvet being the standout for me.  Goodnight to a great writer and actor.

A member of the Temptations lost his battle with cancer on May 30, 2010.  Ali-Ollie Woodson was not a founding member of the Hall of Fame quintet, but was lead singer in the ’80s and ’90s.  I remember humming along to “Treat Her Like a Lady”  while it played on the radio and loving the conviction in his voice and velvety delivery.  Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.

A beautiful, soulful voice.

As the extended weekend draws to a close, I am reminded more than ever how fleeting life is.  Remember to tell those closest to you how much you love them and don’t assume they already know.  Take time from your busy days to smell the roses, appreciate a clear blue sky and have one good belly laugh.

May you continue to be showered with God’s blessings and mercies.

American Idol Finale

Tonight is the end of American Idol.  No, I’m not referring to the season finale.  I’m speaking of the end of Idol as we know it. The show lost a lot of its appeal when Paula Abdul left.  I can only imagine how far it will sink with Simon Cowell no longer there to be the voice of reason. He could be cruel sometimes, but he did have the chutzpah to refrain from sugar-coating his criticisms and telling awful singers the cold, hard truth.

Gonna miss ya, Dude

Now, on to my critique of the season finale: A solid C. The tributes to Simon were OK.    Paula Abdul was as  delightfully goofy as ever while the group sing-a-longs were just as cheesy as ever. The Idol contestants paired with artists were hit or miss (Bowersox & Morrisette  and Lynche & McDonald were hits, but DeWyze & Chicago was a miss).  The performances were OK – would have been nice if Janet Jackson had actually danced instead of moving across the stage.  I wanted to like Christina Aguilera’s performance, but I didn’t.  It just seemed off. And, surprise, Lee DeWyze won.  I don’t think Crystal Bowersox has anything to worry about, though.  I’m sure some big-time record producer has been communicating with her. Losing Idol may be the best thing that happened to her.

Well, that’s it.  American Idol is in for some big changes.  Unfortunately,  I don’t think it will be a change for the better.