All posts by MPC

Freelance Writer / Editor, based in Sacramento CA.

Six Reasons To Spend More Time Naked…As If I Needed Six

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*The Huffington Post recently ran a story outlining the six reasons to spend more time naked.  “No matter your age, marital status, or gender,” they wrote, “it’s still a good idea to spend more time naked.”

Amen to that, I said, and plowed into that article.

However, although they wrote that gender wasn’t an issue, it became clear really quickly that the article was very heavily focused on women, and I felt very strongly that we can’t leave the guys out of this!  So, in the spirit of community service, I’ll give you their reasons for being naked more, and give you the male “take” — or at least the straight / bi male take — on each reason. Continue reading

Domestic Abuse Survivor Marries First Responder Who Saved Her Life

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*I grew up in a family that was scarred by domestic abuse, so this story hit home.  It also literally renewed my spirit and faith.  Read it, and you’ll feel it, too.

Melisa Dohme was stabbed 32 times in the face, neck, and arms by her ex-boyfriend back in 2012.  When emergency worker Cameron Hill came to her aid, she was so covered in blood that he couldn’t discern her facial features or the color of her hair.

Hill jumped into action, carrying her from an ambulance to a helicopter for the first of a series of life-saving surgeries and procedures.  She survived, and ultimately made a full recovery.

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Hill reconnected with Dohme 10 months later at a luncheon in her honor.

“I didn’t even want to open my heart up to anything,” Dohme said. “I was afraid, but then I met Cameron.”

The connection was mutual, and after four years of dating, the couple got married a few weeks ago.  Continue reading

Deborah Cox Stars in ‘The Bodyguard’ at Hollywood Pantages, and Has New Album to Boot!

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Deborah Cox in The Bodyguard

*After having been compared vocally to the film’s original star for her entire professional career, R & B star and Broadway legend Deborah Cox has decided to take the comparison head-on.

She has been touring the country — and earning rave reviews — in the lead role in The Bodyguard musical, which was first introduced to audiences via film in 1991.

Cox has also just released I Will Always Love You, an exceptionally well-sung collection of  covers including anthems, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and “The Greatest Love Of All.”

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Fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Cox has done the legend justice, and in a couple of cases, her versions actually improve upon the originals.   Continue reading

Soldier Who Lost Both Arms and Legs Expecting Second Child. Think About It…

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The Mills Family

*I thought about this one, prayed over it, scratched my head, prayed over it again, then decided to give it to you straight and let YOU decide.

Travis Mills, a soldier who lost both arms and legs in an explosion in Afghanistan is expecting his second child with his wife, Kelsey.

The retired staff sergeant made the announcement last week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.   

After recovering from his injuries, Sgt Mills started a foundation to help wounded veterans, The Travis Mills Foundation.

Those are all of the relevant details of this wonderful story.  Congratulations to the Mills family!

Now, let’s get to the “WTF!??” I alluded to earlier. Continue reading

On One Side Of Trump’s Proposed Wall: Tequila Rain

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*We all know that April showers bring May flowers…but I wonder what type of blooms would pop up next month if the heavens showered tequila down instead of good ol’ H2O?

Well, The Weather Girls be damned: it’s raining tequila! And I’m here for it.

Mexico’s tourist board is displaying the new tequila rain-making contraption at an art gallery in Berlin, in a bid to attract German visitors. As it turns out the Germans love their tequila almost as much as Americans do, and more than our brothers and sisters in Spain, France, Japan or the UK. Continue reading

LED Lights Installed In Pavement At Crosswalk To Guide People Glued To Their Phones

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*Have you ever caught yourself glued to your smartphone while you’re walking down the street, or into a store?

One of my kids recently told me that I need to learn how to walk and text at the same time.  “You’d get more done,” she advised.

I passed on the lesson, but later learned that pedestrian injuries and deaths are up in recent years, and some have attributed that rise to the increased use of smartphones. Continue reading

New Beauty and the Beast Flips the Script on Gender, Race Roles

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*The new live action Beauty and the Beast succeeds on almost every level, and actually surpasses the original in a couple of key aspects.

I know.  I was shocked, too!  

I had trouble believing that Hermione from the Harry Potter franchise would be believable as one of Disney’s most engaging princesses, but within minutes, Emma Watson made me a believer. I should have known she’d be able to handle the CGI-intensive role, as she spent over a decade perfecting her gaze into a green screen in eight Harry Potter smashes.

Watson finds her vocal footing quickly and by the time she scales that clover-lined hillside singing “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere,” she gives Julie Andrews a run for her money. I fell in love with Watson’s Belle at the exact moment that the Beast did, as will every other father of a daughter. I won’t give the moment away, but have some Kleenex ready. And Watson absolutely nails that critical scene at the end that precedes Belle’s “happily ever after.”

Watson and director Bill Condon conjure up a new image in this Beauty that’s been ignored or missed by other critics. When Belle rides up on her white horse to save the day, as she does two or three times during the film, the image effortlessly reverses over a century of Hollywood’s almost exclusive positioning of men in that critical “hero” role. It’s an image that I won’t soon forget — nor will any girl who sees this film. Belle beat Hollywood’s Wonder Woman to the punch in the hero department by a month or two. Continue reading

Mother and Daughter Killed In Separate, Unrelated Car Accidents 30 Minutes Apart

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Julia Yates Patterson and her daughter, 8 year old “Libby”

*Sometimes, I wonder why things happen when they do, and in the way that they do. I like to believe that all things happen for a reason, but with this one, I sometimes just don’t know. Perhaps this young girl just couldn’t go on without her mom.

A 39 year old mother and her 8 year old daughter died in separate car accidents just seven miles apart, and within minutes of each other.

Julie Yates Paterson was killed in a head-on collision in a small Alabama town, near the family’s home. About a half-hour later, her daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Paterson, was crossing a road when she was hit and killed by a car. Continue reading