A FACT TO KNOW AND TELL: Adult diapers outsell baby diapers in Japan.
Looking for a great film to watch this weekend? Check out The Imposter, a documentary that is as gripping as any murder mystery. So many twists and turns. Amazing editing, storytelling and cinematography. It’s on Netflix Streaming.
I’m never going to get married (at least not to a guy), so I want to take this Valentine’s Day to pay tribute to a selection (not all) of my wonderful male friends (Gosh, until I made this list, I hadn’t realized how many there were). In alphabetical order:
Alec: my work buddy from my last job, who is kind, super-smart, very funny. I don’t get to see him much these days, but he’s still my bud.
Brian: my smart, talented friend who lives kinda far away but who I manage to see about once a year, give or take.
Chris: my work buddy from my current job, who left to pursue his PhD. He is cool, smart, and a super-talented poet and writer.
Chuck: a new-ish friend who is warm, kind, smart, talented, and down to earth.
Dan: my cousin. We practically grew up together. I’ve always liked him a lot and admired him.
David: college buddy of many years who is one of the best friends you could ask for. Loving and devoted.
David: a cool guy who is kind and generous. I’m getting to know him via his relationship with one of my sisters.
Hiroshi: a true mensch who cares about women and works on their behalf. Caring, generous, kind. I bet he’s a great dad to his daughter.
Michael: my local-history bud. I enjoy him very much. Interesting, smart, full of energy.
Moss: my buddy from college. I have always been very fond of Moss, who has lived far away for many years, but we reconnected recently and he’s the wonderful, energetic, warm, mega-interesting guy I remember.
Pradeep: the husband of my former violin teacher, a fun, smart guy who I can really talk to, but who lives on the West Coast.
Pratt: a warm, smart man who is full of life, generous with his time and ideas.
Rob: my great friend of so many years. A mensch, a brilliant writer, and a sweet guy.
Ron: My college buddy who helped me get my first real job in journalism. He’s a great, warm, hard-working, talented friend.
Ted: a sweet, gentle man. One of the best.
All that is left on the shelves of some grocery stores in Atlanta is “corn and asparagus,” reports CNN. Why corn and asparagus?
There’s no end to the things in the world that are being altered dramatically due to climate change.
Did you know that hibernating bears, according to the Boston Globe, are now not sleeping through the winter? Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials are warning the public to beware of bears due to the fickle winter weather, which has exposed bear dens, prompting the bears to awaken from hibernation routines.
Mitt is a documentary that went behind the scenes on Romney’s presidential run. It’s really well made but it’s sad to see this smart, beautiful family who’ve drunk the Kool-aid.
Near the end of the film Romney talks about his fears for the country, lamenting how Obama wants to tax the rich and provide services to the rest, and how this will be our downfall. He actually says this with a straight face. The system has been rigged by wealthy businessmen just like Romney to get them out of paying their share of taxes. These guys like to talk about how working people just take and take from government programs. Romney and his ilk are the epitome of money grubbing.
You’ve probably heard by now that California is facing a statewide water shortage. Should you care, even if you don’t live in California? Damn right, you should care. The state produces 94 percent of the broccoli grown in the US, 95 percent of celery, 90 percent of leaf lettuce, 83 percent of Romaine lettuce, 83 percent of fresh spinach, a third of the tomatoes consumed in the U.S, and on and on and on. Food and water are becoming scarce all over the country. Be prepared.