A very close friend toured Michael Jackson’s rented mansion with the intention to make a offer on the $38 million dollar home. I asked him to take pictures for me so I could get a better sense of the home in which Michael Jackson would breathe his last breath. I was surprised to see that vestiges of Michael Jackson and his children remain in the house, untouched. Upon seeing Michael Jackson’s handwritten affirmations on his bedroom mirror and reading his children’s’ message to him on a chalkboard in the kitchen, I was moved beyond
Archive for November 7th, 2011
The surprise snow storm that hit the Northeast of the United States at the end of October resulted in massive power outages and reminded us of our dependency on energy. Without plentiful, easily accessible energy we must do without heat, cooling, refrigeration and light. We also lose television, the internet and the ability to recharge our smart phones. While we can get a lot more efficient in our use of energy, our dependence on energy and use of electronic technology continues to
Time is quickly running out to right the wrongs of a bygone era where the most vicious form of violence and hate ran rampant with seeming impunity. It is an era that most of us would rather leave to the anonymity of history. The immersion in the now, and the drumbeat of contemporary pursuits both grand and banal, leaves little room for even the most disquieting, yet compelling issues of our past. We are so over that era–after all we even have an African-American president
In 1932, the entire population of Scottish 11-year-olds (87, 498 children) took an IQ test. Over 60 years later, psychologists Ian Deary and Lawrence Whalley tracked down about 500 of them and gave them the same test to take again.
Turns out, the correlation was strikingly high — .66, to be exact. Those who were at the top of the pack at age 11 also tended to be at the top of the pack at age 80, and those who were at the bottom also tended to stay at the bottom. Equally as interesting, the correlation was far from
Fall is a time to repair and restore. As the seasons change, so do thoughts about our skincare and fitness routines. Stay out of those old patterns of putting away your skin and fitness goals when you pull out the jeans and sweaters. Make this fall the time to bump it up, and improve on the summer skin and body goals you already
Like countless Americans, I take part in Meatless Monday. (I also eat meatless on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and every other day of the week, but that came after a while.) Though I’m vegan and advocate that others eat a plant-based diet, I know that many people aren’t quite ready to take that step in whole. For those folks, the concept of simply reducing our meat consumption — say, going meat-free every Monday — might be a bit more digestible.
According to the American Meat Institute, about one-fifth of all Americans are now partaking in this weekly holiday from
Friendliness is a down-to-earth approach to others that is welcoming and positive.
Think about a time when someone was friendly to you — maybe drawing you into a gathering, saying hello on the sidewalk, or smiling from across the room. How did that make you feel? Probably more included, comfortable, and at ease; safer; more open and warm-hearted.
When you are friendly to others, you offer them these same benefits. Plus you get rewarded yourself. Being friendly feels confident and happy, with a positive take on other people, moving toward the world instead of backing away from
Voting doesn’t work anymore. If it did, Americans would get what they want — or at least some of it — from Washington.
But they don’t.
Instead of the people’s priority, which is jobs, country club conservatives in Congress stubbornly fixate on deficits. Instead of ensuring millionaires and corporations pay their fair share, House Republicans passed a budget that would destroy Medicare and Medicaid.
Corporate and clandestine campaign contributions have undermined the power of traditional voting, the kind done at polls on election day. Rather than voters, politicians now serve donors — billionaires and banksters — who invest untold millions and demand returns in the form of self-serving policy.
This is demoralizing to those who cherish democracy and the sanctity of one person, one vote.
Hope, however, arrived with the debit card fee
When I was growing up in Puerto Rico during the 70′s and 80′s there was a show on Television called, “La Doble Tanda con Manolo Urquiza,” translated to The Double Feature with Manolo Urquiza. It was broadcast during the weekend and it was through the show I learned about Mexican cinema and saw everything from “Doa Barbara” with Mara Felix and Julin Soler to “El Barrendero” with Mario Moreno, Cantiflas. This program helped shape my notion of my place in the world because I learned about worlds beyond mine. In hindsight, these weekend interludes were also quality time spent with my grandmother who would fill-in the blanks about the great Mexican and Latin American stars of her time like Jorge Negrete, Pedro Almendriz, and Libertad Lamaruqe to name a few.
I belong to the legion that believes that arts are the best portal to develop self-expression but also learn and assimilate the world around
One week after the rising of the new moon in the lunar month of Dhu’l Hijja, the last month of the Muslim calendar, more than three million pilgrims travel to the western Arabian city of Mecca. As they have done for over 1400 years in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad, Muslim men and women embark upon a transformative ritual that draws them closer to God. This annual pilgrimage, one of the largest religious gatherings on earth, lasting up to five days, is known as the hajj. While an illustration of Muslim unity, solidarity and cohesiveness, the hajj also enables and invites a range of personal interpretations and
It is not only a Hindu issue, it is indeed an American issue. The speaking out shouldn’t be just from Hindus, but Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Pagans, Wiccans, Zoroastrians and others as well. Why should anyone stand up for you, if you are not willing to do the same for others?
As people of faith, we condemn the statement made by Kentucky State Senator David Williams, “Williams charged that the actions of Beshear were tantamount to “idolatry.” He stated that as a Christian, he would not participate in Jewish, Muslim or Hindu prayers, and hoped Hindus would open their eyes and “receive Jesus Christ as their personal saviour.” Williams made this comment about the ground breaking ceremony of a manufacturing plant in Elizabeth Town in Kentucky that Governor Steve Beshear attended.
As a moderate Republican I am embarrassed that almost all of the bigotry in our nation is flowing out of fellow
Like so many other American orchestras, the Colorado Symphony appears to be turmoil. Twenty-three board members recently resigned when musicians would not agree to a pay cut. An internal review has suggested that there is a possibility that the Symphony will go bankrupt in the next two years. Donor fatigue was cited as a reason for the financial problems the Symphony faces as well as the absence of a longer term vision for the orchestra.
While I am not privy to the inner workings of the Colorado Symphony, I have witnessed financial meltdowns of so many arts organization and can only imagine the scene in the board room: Typically different factions
By Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and Elizabeth Lucas, iWatch NewsFor all of her 62 years, Lois Dorsey has lived five blocks from a mass of petrochemical plants in Baton Rouge. She worries about the health of people in her life: A 15-year-old granddaughter, recovering from bone cancer. A 59-year-old sister, a nonsmoker, felled by lung cancer. Neighbors with asthma and
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“Hey, why am I at Table 4 when they’re at Table 3?”
Any guest who complains about which table number they ‘made’ has issues you can’t do anything about. Table numbers aren’t rankings of importance … they’re there so that the servers know which entrees to bring where, and which guest ordered the chicken vs. the surf and turf.
The great table number debate brings up a big complaint that banquet servers have brought to my
Young women with crumbling marriages should be thanking Kim Kardashian. She’s giving each of their mother’s something else to analyze 24/7.
Divorce in your 20s is horrifying enough to go through, let alone having to explain the change of your social network status to curious connections and fretting family members. For each woman on the receiving end of all those “I’m sorry,” and “what happened?” sympathies is a stressed out, scared little girl wondering how her fairy tale turned into failure.
Through interviews conducted for the book I’m currently writing, Trash the Dress: Stories of Celebrating Divorce in your 20s, I’ve noticed common themes among women who divorced before hitting the big 3-0.
While the factors behind every relationship’s demise are different, the underlying motivation behind marriage is similar for some of the women:
There was a little switcheroo played on SNL this past Saturday with Maroon 5 trying on Gym Class Heroes’ hit “Stereo Hearts,” Travie McCoy representing GCH. Both versions are included below, check them out, you decide which “Stereo Heart” beats best. “My heart’s a stereo, it beats for you, so listen close…”
A Conversation with Vince Gill
Mike Ragogna: Hiya, Vince. How are you, man?
Vince Gill: I’m doing
Weekend Box Office Puss in Boots Tops Again with Stunning Hold While Tower Heist and A Very Harold Kumar Christmas Slightly Underperform
Well, it looks like the answer to last weekend’s big question was “B.” Dreamworks did indeed trade one boffo opening weekend for two rock-solid weekends after all. Last weekend, after being moved onto Halloween weekend at the last minute, Puss in Boots (review and trailer) debuted with a mediocre (for Dreamworks Animation) $34 million. I speculated that perhaps Dreamworks simply was hoping to have an extra weekend before facing off against Happy Feet 2 (Nov. 18) and were hoping to use positive word of mouth to fuel a strong hold this weekend as
Poor, poor Leon Panetta. Our Secretary of Defense has to find a way to cut $45 billion per year out of our $700 billion military budget. That’s right, five percent.
At a moment when my students take on ever more debt because of steep tuition hikes which reflect years of education cuts, when our consumption of oil continues to grow because our public transportation is so terrible, when our assistance to poor and homeless people pales in comparison to what other modern societies provide, the Pentagon is forced to shave five percent off its pornographically bloated budget. How sad.
I don’t blame Secretary Panetta for the bloated
We have around a trillion-and-a-half-dollar annual mismatch between government revenues and expenses. Nearly 20 million Americans are out of work or underemployed. Our oldest allies and NATO partners face a financial meltdown. And Iran, the most fanatical regime on the planet, is on the verge of acquiring nuclear
By Mark Green
With Arianna debating Kellyanne Conway, the show previews Mississippi’s “Personhood Amendment” and Ohio’s pro-labor referendum, then reviews the stumbles of the two GOP frontrunners: does Romney lack a “core,” and does Cain lack credibility? Do any or all of these significantly affect 2012? (To listen to the entire show, click below.)
*On Abortion in Mississippi. With a limping economy, abortion hasn’t been a leading political topic, though not for lack of trying by conservatives. In the House and in State Houses, Republicans have been pushing for a variety of restrictions, with one of the most extreme being a “Personhood Amendment” in Mississippi, which would declare that life begins at conception.
Kellyanne predicts that it will pass and is personally in favor, but as a libertarian she is wary of constitutional amendments on such personal
Readers of this column will know that last week my wife and I, thank G-d, married off our eldest child. What they will not know are the conditions we endured for the days prior to the wedding, when a freak snow storm caused a power outage in our home town of Englewood, N.J. and much of the Northeast. We were preparing for a wedding with a house filled with relatives from around the world who, freezing with no heat, light, or phones, thought America was a third-world
I never liked the term “The Great Recession,” because this is not an ordinary recession, not even a great one. It is a period of protracted deflation, where weak demand, declining incomes, and falling asset prices keep dragging the economy downward into a self-deepening sinkhole.
With the latest unemployment numbers, the evidence keeps accumulating that this will be a prolonged economic stagnation. The unemployment rate — stuck around 9 percent — is not as bad as that of the Great Depression, but in some respects the prognosis is equally grim.
We are already entering year four of the crisis, with a strong recovery nowhere in sight. Household income has declined by 10 percent since the recession began in
Americans love a good story.
A nice, inspiring narrative makes our presidential politics slightly less vinegary. Herman Cain’s stature has more to do with his humble background and rise to corporate success than with anything he has said regarding policies. He sounds like he rolled out of bed one morning, got bored over coffee, and decided to run for president. His ignorance of issues ought to be an embarrassment to the GOP.
Rick Perry, too, brings with him a nice