Category Archives: What’s Up

This Four-Year-Old Boy Is The Seventh Child To ‘Overdose’ In This Wisconsin County

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Tyranne Beckless

*By now we are so used to hearing about adults overdosing on Oxycontin or heroin. But I don’t think I will ever be able to wrap my brain around this happening to a child. Yet is has, and apparently seven times…

…to a child under the age of five. WTF?

According to Inside Edition 4-year old Tyranne Beckless was found unresponsive in his Milwaukee home last Saturday; and although two people, the kid’s parents, have yet to be identified, they have been arrested but not charged with anything. Continue reading

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

Ah…The Kindness of Strangers! Just Look At What This Patron Did for Deaf Waitress

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*Waitress Kerie Marie Carlson probably thought it was just going to be another day as she led this customer to his table. But she was in for quite a surprise.

As they walked to the table, the man being led realized Carlson was having trouble hearing him. When this was brought to the waitresses attention, she explained that one of her hearing aids was broken.

Sounds like the kind stranger, who wishes to remain anonymous, didn’t skip a beat before demanding that Carlson take the $500 in his hand to get her hearing aide repaired; even though she had attempted to decline.

I’m not even sure if he had sat down yet! 

“I cried for a minute in his arms!” the overwhelmed waitress told ABC News.  Continue reading

How A 45-Minute Visit With Michael Jackson Led To Years Of Nightmares

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*This might be the absolute saddest ‘True Story’ you’ve ever read about Michael Jackson. A friend sent it to me and after reading it, I tracked down the author to ask if we could reprint it. His name is David Munk, and he graciously allowed us to publish his story. Get your coffee, tea or juice and snuggle up. It’s a long and fascinating read.

Here it is in its entirety.

In the years since Michael Jackson’s tragic death, passion for all things related to the brilliant, troubled superstar has only increased.  From the profound—his peerless musical legacy, to the perverse—endless speculation about his nose and myriad of other personal eccentricities, it seems that no subject is beyond the interest of his ever-growing fan-base.  In the early-2000s while running the music publishing company for songwriter/socialite Denise Rich, I had an unexpected and unforgettable opportunity to spend 45 minutes in private audience with the “King of Pop”  Though the circumstances were mysterious and the take-away confusing, it was certainly unforgettable.  Here is my completely true, first-hand account of how I came to have a private audience with Michael Jackson, one of the greatest recording artists of all-time.  I have written the entire story from notes that I wrote shortly after our visit; nothing is exaggerated.

The intercom buzzed.  It was Denise…obviously.  “Oh, oh, is this David?  It’s Denise,” she said, always emphasizing the second syllable of her name in that breathy, singsong, little-girl voice, as if I might not be able to identify my boss, with or without the caller I.D. that said “bedroom.”  Denise’s voice was a curious instrument that sounded like a B’nai Brith Marilyn Monroe and frequently made me feel like she’d stepped out of a photo session with Bert Stern just to tell me a secret.  “Hi, Denise, yes it’s me,” said I, with an insincere air of surprise, in what had come to be our version of Rhoda’s daily routine with Carlton the doorman.  “Oh…okay,” she’d say, trail off for a moment, and then return, breaking into a nervous but warm laugh, which seemed to celebrate the simple act of having clearly established our identities and proximity to each other within the spralling 5th Avenue triplex aerie she called “home” and I called “office.”  Denise’s happy laugh was always a sign we were moving in the right direction, like the chortle of a baby that had only just discovered its toes.

This same bit of business played itself out every time we spoke—which is to say incessantly—but for Denise Rich, songwriter/socialite (that was the order she liked me to use), each time she spoke to me on the intercom was like our first hello.  “Listen…what I wanted to say was…okay…be ready to leave…in about a half an hour..be ready, okay?”  The word “distractible” did not begin to measure Denise’s level of conversational disengagement. “Sure,” I said.  “Where are we going?”  “I’ll explain on the way…I’ll come down…I’ll see you soon…Okay…Buh, bye!”  Click. Continue reading

Last Day to Register For ‘Free Solo Show Workshops’ Compliment of LA Women’s Theatre Festival

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Juliette Jeffers is the star in her self-penned solo play, ‘Judgment Day’

 *The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival presents BRAVA! “A Day of Theatre” on Sunday, April 23, 2017. The day offers free solo performance workshops and takes place at Kings Road Park, 1000 N Kings Rd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

LAWTF marks 24 years of producing well over 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe. Continue reading

‘Time to Live Tweet This Bitch!’…Melania Trump Nudges Husband to Acknowledge National Anthem (Watch)

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*Awkward much? …And just in time for Easter folks! The leader of the free world actually had to be REMINDED to place his hand over his heart in honor of the national anthem.

In the words of ‘Empire’s’ Cookie Lyons, “It’s time to live tweet this bitch!’

Since your president has such a love-interest in social media, here ya go!

What an embarrassment.

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‘Fast Fashion’ Might Be Getting a New Life Through Upcycling Efforts

shirtsApproximately 95% of Americans wear t-shirts, and consumers don’t think much of buying a t-shirt for $5. But when that shirt only lasts four months and ends up in a garbage bin, the environment suffers. Now, a former journalist and dentist has launched a campaign to promote more sustainable fashion through a practice called upcycling.

Christina Dean may have seemed like an unlikely figure to head a sustainable fashion movement, but her Hong Kong-based company, NGO Redress, has taken off. In addition to inspiring people around the globe, Dean’s company is competing for the EcoChic Design Award. This competition is a sustainable fashion design challenge open to designers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

This year, the first-place winner will have the opportunity to meet the BYT team in Hong-Kong come September. Michelle Bang, the company’s CEO, will also be there. Bang’s own company rose from the success of Redress as a for-profit expansion of the original business.

The company’s first collection will focus on upcycling fabric scraps from luxury brands like Hugo Boss and Stella McCarthy. The goal behind this project is to help people realize that fashionable, professional attire can be created with these fabrics at an affordable price point for the average consumer.

“We want existing businesses to sit up and watch what we’re doing to make a positive impact, and to hopefully follow suit,” Bang said in an interview with Billionaire.

And the fashion industry isn’t the only sphere where upcycling work is being done. Scientists are also developing upcycling methods to help reduce fabric waste around the world.

“We want to not only recycle garments, but we want to really produce the best possible textiles so that recycled fibers are even better than native fibers,” said Herbert Sixta, Ph.D., who heads the biorefineries research group at Aalto University.

The issue that Sixta and his team ran into was that while ionic liquids can dissolve cellulose in fabrics, the resulting material couldn’t be used to create new textiles. That is, until they discovered another ionic liquid — 1,5-diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-ene acetate — that dissolved cellulose from wood pulp. Unlike previous experiments, the process created a material that could be effectively spun into stronger fibers.

Now, the researchers are working on a way to commercialize their process and create the product on a larger scale. In addition to Dean, Bang, and their respective teams, upcycling clothing is much more real than previously thought.