Hot in the Press Kettle April 2011

Royal Watch

It’s hot on the radar screen. Every day there’s an update. Kate has resorted to smoking again  something her husband to be hates – who likes to kiss a stinky mouth that tastes like an ashtray? I think Kate should definitely kick that habit and set a good example for the young people in her domain. Kate has definitely won the hearts of the English tribe and I wish her well on this journey.

Idoling

The American Idol show has seen its day and I think it does not grab the imagination as before.  While the talents are great people are not tuning in or voting enough. It’s for a new gig.  Pia one of the strongest singers was voted out early in the game. Some alternative press has dubbed the show racist and sexist.  I think that is a bit of a stretch anyway.  I don’t find it to be so and hate it when people are quick to use these negative cards injudiciously.  The show is less interesting and the novelty has worn off except for those who are trying to get their big break – good for them and am happy for them but for the ordinary jane and joe – the juice has watered down.

http://www.alternet.org/story/150551/is_american_idol_having_its_most_racist%2C_sexist_season_yet?akid=6821.268520.9dlxWO&rd=1&t=3

The President’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng has written a book  – Ladder to the Moon

Maya

This is big in the news. I hate it when people talk about the President’s half sister.  What’s half about that. The woman is his sister – they came out of the same womb. You can be sure about your mother not about who’s your father.  I think it’s an insult to be referred to as half. It’s the President’s baby sister who is the closest thing to him outside of his nuclear family.

Ladder to the Moon

Ms. Soetoro-Ng said she had long wanted to write a children’s book. She uses writing, she said, as a way to “untie some basic knots in my own thinking” — a task that felt more urgent after her daughter Suhaila was born in 2004. Becoming a parent, she said, forced her to confront the “intense grief” that came with knowing her mother and her daughter would never meet.

She fixes that in “Ladder to the Moon,” a whimsical tale in which Suhaila travels to the moon to be scooped up in the arms of her wise “Grandma Annie,” who teaches her about suffering in the world. Its title comes from a Georgia O’Keeffe painting of the same name; when Ms. Soetoro-Ng was 9, she said, her mother gave her a postcard of the work.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/books/maya-soetoro-ng-is-the-latest-obama-family-author.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha28

Caught in the Act

Is this really stealing or just a case where someone’s so in love with a pen that they decided to put it away for future use. It’s hard to imagine that a president would steal a pen but it’s funny.  There’s something sneaky about the manner in which he slid the pen under the table and hands emerged empty

http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/77653,people,news,czech-president-vaclav-klaus-steals-pen-from-under-chilean-presidents-nose-video

Dead Bachelor 

The body of a contestant on­ the Bachelorette 2009 reality TV show was found along a scenic Southern California highway two days after his family lost contact with him when his cellphone died, a family spokeswoman said Thursday.

Julien Hug’s body was found Wednesday, said Audrey Doherty, a family publicist. Authorities wouldn’t say whether they suspect foul play.

Hug had been on his way to help manage his family’s newest restaurant, Augusta Modern, in Palm Desertwhen his cellphone died, Doherty said. No one had heard from him since.

 

Catherine Zeta Jones Mental Illness

It’s great to see celebrities coming out and talking about mental illness. Hopefully  they will raise awareness about mental illness and treat it like any other kind of illness rather than stigmatize people who are mentally ill.

“After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II disorder,” Zeta-Jones’ rep says in a statement to Lifeline Live.

Mike and Catherine

 

According to WebMD.com:

Bipolar II disorder is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time. However, in bipolar II disorder, the “up” moods never reach full-on mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania. …

Most people with bipolar II disorder also suffer from episodes of depression. This is where the term “manic depression” comes from. In between episodes of hypomania and depression, many people with bipolar II disorder live normal lives.

Demi Lovato is also  candid about her nervous breakdown and an advocate for teens who are feeling the pressure to be perfect.

 Demi Lovato, contributing editor of Seventeen Magazine is  also more candid about her personal struggles with the pressure to be perfect.

“I basically had a nervous breakdown,” says Demi, who wants to let teens know they aren’t alone in facing pressure. “I was really bad off. My parents and my manager pulled me aside and said, ‘You need to get some help.’ It was an intervention. I wanted freedom from the inner demons. I wanted to start my life over.”

First lady hugs Jessica Simpson

 

First Lady of America, Michelle Obama, hugged Jessica Simpson, singer who lent her talent at the Colorado Rockies vs. New York Mets game at Coors Field to pay tribute to the men and women who serve this country. Mrs. O. and Jill Biden organized the event, which featured special activities for military family members

JLO Voted the world’s most beautiful woman

Not bad for a woman of 41 years old. Congratulations

NY Mourns the senseless death of children

What happened to Lashandra who took her life and the lives of her children? What went wrong?

“She was a very good mom … She always was with her kids.”

Armstrong seemed stressed when she picked up the children Tuesday at the Young and Unique Christian Development Child Care, said Shaniesha Strange, supervisor in the infant room.

“It just seemed like she was having a bad day,” Strange said. “I could see that something was kind of bothering her, but she didn’t talk about it. She wasn’t one to talk about her business. The only thing she’d say was that she was so alone. She’s a single parent; she takes great care of her kids, goes to school and works. She really needed a helping hand.

Research shows that 200 women a year kill their own children in the USA.  That’s a lot of women and a hell of a lot of children dying

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-04-13-mom-drowns-children-ny_N.htm?csp=34news

Maple Syrup

From the tree to your table

http://www.slideshare.net/Cascard/maple-syrup-festival-sugarbush-mapletree-sweetsyrup

Pyramid Rocks – check this

http://www.slideshare.net/Cascard/maiko-rocks-pyramids

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