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Friday, January 30, 2009

Oprah's Seal Of Approval

Whenever Oprah comes across something that works for her, she doesn't keep it a secret. Viewers have come to respect her, so when Oprah found relief for her menopausal symptoms from bioidentical hormones, she did not one, but three shows dedicated to finding relief through "natural" hormones derived from plant extracts. Of course, most women know that the queen of bioidentical hormones is Suzanne Somers. No one could have stifled her, including the many physicians who warn women of the dangers of these unregulated hormones. However, for once Suzanne's diligence has paid off. Doctors eventually began listening to women and the use of bioidentical hormones have become more mainstream. The only problem is that Suzanne comes across as a bit of a kook with the over fifty vitamins and supplements she takes daily, including three different kinds of hormones. She claims that she has no intention of fading into old age, but comes off like she is clinging to youth with her fingernails. The fact is that women should have honest communication with their physicians about relieving menopausal symptoms. If any kind of hormone treatment is warranted, it should be the least amount for the shortest period of time. Anything other than that has not been documented to prolong life and there is no indication that it is safe to use indefinitely.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bye Bye Rosie

Rosie O'Donnell's blog, became a source of communication for her fans after she left her original talk show a few years back. She had a weird style of writing as each of her posts was more like a bad haiku poetry than anything else, much of which didn't make a whole lot of sense. Frankly, with so many blogs to read, who wants to work that hard trying to figure out what she was actually trying to say. To her credit, she did raise money and awareness for her worthy causes through her blog and her fans could see cool videos and photos of her family. Apparently, Rosie has tired of blogging and pulled her blog unexpectedly leaving her fans wondering what happened. What happened was, according to Rosie, she got tired of things being taken out of context and turning into a sound bite. That may be more her own doing than anyone else's, but you can bet that if the blog is gone, something else is coming down the pike from Rosie.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Historic And Hopeful

No matter where you live or your political affiliation, there's no way you could not have been touched by the historic events that took place today as Barack Obama was sworn in as or 44th President of the United States of America. Never has this generation been exposed to such depths of an ailing economy, but so elated at the hope that this administration brings. However, no one human being can do it alone. The success of the next four years lies within all of us.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Miracle On The Hudson

This world seems like a bad place to live sometimes. We have to deal with terrorism, war, a failing economy due to the greed and ignorance of some people and just a derth of civil human beings. Just when things couldn't get any worse a miracle occurs. This miracle came in the form of a plane that landed in the Hudson River this week. It hadn't meant to be so, but fate had other ideas. Thanks to the skill and calm demeanor of one Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger, that plane almost gracefully came down just over the George Washington Bridge. Each and every passenger and flight staff were quickly evacuated, but not until Captain Sulley made sure that no one was left on that sinking plane. Ferry boats, both large and small came within minutes to scoop passengers off of the plane's wing and those who escaped into rafts. Nary a soul was lost or even badly hurt that day which only goes to prove that miracles do happen and that this world really isn't such a bad place to live afterall.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Attention Whore

Even though the election has been over for quite some time now and all respective parties have moved on, apparently, Sarah Palin can't and the only thing that has been moving in the last two months is her mouth. She has lashed out at everyone from the people who handled the McCain campaign and, most recently, to us bloggers. In fact, she calls bloggers nothing but a bunch of bored, pathetic anononymous folks (I'm paraphrasing of course) who have nothing better to do with their lives but bash poor Sarah. Frankly, I think Sarah does a good job keeping herself in the news and not in a good way. If she is thinking that this is a good way to maintain her profile, making way for the 2012 election, then she is poorly advised. Besides, doesn't she already have a day job? Sarah, build a bridge and get over it already!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Less Is More

There is an old saying that less is more. Nothing applies more to plastic surgery. A little is okay, but too much can be horrific. Actress, Lisa Rinna, has admitted that she has gone too far with her face. She had injections into her cheeks with Juvaderm. The injections left her with swollen cheeks that almost appeared potmarked. She was horrified when she saw photos of herself and vowed she would never do that again. Unbelievably, Lisa was driven to such extremes by her own insecurities of growing older. Too many celebrities fall into the same trap. We all know who they are, but they do nothing to advance the idea of growing old gracefully. Lisa says she will not pursue such injections in the future, but she also says she will not give up Botox (which may be what gives her lips such a full appearance). She is refreshing to a point, but more refreshing would be to embrace this stage of life instead of trying to recapture the youth she has outgrown.

Thursday, January 08, 2009


It is not news that Patrick Swayze is fighting an uphill battle against pancreatic cancer. Miraculously, has has made it through the first year of this fight, still standing and ready to debut in his new USA network show entitled "Beast" where he plays a hard-core detective with a dark past. By his side is his beautiful wife and soulmate, Lisa, who he met when she was only sixteen. They have been together for thirty-three years and recently renewed their marriage vows for close friends and family. Forget Brad and Angelina;this is the couple to look to for true and unconditional love. Here's hoping that Patrick will stick around a bit longer for his lovely wife and his adoring fans.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Tragic Beginning To The New Year

I've already heard of three children dying this past week, one of which is the 16 year old son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Unfortunately, celebrities are always scrutinized for how they live their private lives. Perhaps that is why John and Kelly protected their son Jett as much as possible, knowing full well that they might be judged for how they were raising him. It was long suspected that Jett had autism, among other things, but his parents never addressed the issue perhaps feeling that this was a private matter. It is sad that now that they are in mourning over the loss of their only son, that people want to lay blame or judge them. There is no greater loss than the loss of a child. I wish for them the privacy they are entitled to in this very difficult time.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

You Gotta Have Friends

The Boot recently caught up with Reba McIntyre to ask her several questions about her career, her life and her marriage. Reba is probably one of the most down to earth stars, as are many country artists and she was very frank during her interview. She says she is hopeful that she will have another television show in the future, but that the television industry has changed a lot since her last hit show "Reba". She also just changed record labels and recently recorded a duet with Barry Manilow for his 80s tribute CD on "Islands in the Stream", which will be released as a single this month. She attributes respect, above all else, as the success factor in her marriage and is gearing up for her youngest son, Shelby, to head off to college this fall. So what does Reba want to work on personally? She enjoys archiving photos that fans send her, but most of all, she wants to work on having more friends in the future and you can never have too many of those.

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