Those of us over a size 8 already have to take crap from the TV, modeling, and White House industries. Now Microsoft wants us to take crap from our underwear, too? I have a better idea. How about use the money for a gym membership instead of a bra that nags us like a disapproving relative?
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela. He set an amazing example for the world. When he got out of prison and rose to power as the first black president of South Africa, he made peace with those who oppressed him and included them in his government, giving the nation a chance to move forward rather than stay embroiled in racial hatreds. “We are striving to proceed in a manner and towards a result, which will ensure that all our people, both black and white, will emerge as victors.” I’m hoping American leaders will some day set aside their own urges to gain political benefit from perpetuating racial division and follow his example of human unity. Rather than sharing an obituary today, I would share the highlights and sayings of a man worth listening to. Nelson Mandela Dies: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know, and Nelson Mandela’s Most Inspiring Quotes
Another good soul was lost to us this week. Action actor Paul Walker, best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious movies, is also remembered for his generous spirit. When he was in a Santa Barbara jewelry store, he struck up a conversation with a soldier who had already done one tour in Iraq and was about to leave for another. The soldier was in the jewelry store that day to find a ring for his fiancé, and he couldn’t afford the set that caught his lady’s eye. So Paul Walker called over the manager and discreetly asked that the $10k rings be put on his tab–anonymously. That was over ten years ago. With his death, the story has come out, and now the couple knows who gave them their wedding gift. What a guy! R.I.P. Paul Walker. Paul Walker’s Ring Purchase “Speaks volumes of his character,” Couple Says
Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order
Via my college friend, Laurielyn Fields, 10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know about Working Out. I’d like my son to know these things, as well.
Outstanding article by Hannah Bird. You are Not a Princess
Via Bestselling Author Angela Ackerman, Self-Publishing Debate: A Social Scientist Separates Fact from Fiction.
Authors Create Produce, Readers Consume Product–Those in between Must Provide Long-Term Value. Thoughtful observations from NYT Bestseller Bob Mayer.
Via dancer friend Christine Moore, Stunning Portraits of the World’s Remotest Tribes before They Pass Away.
The Siren of Tirena. Florence tells us about the islands of Croatia as a tourist destination. You, too, can rent out a lighthouse. How cool is that?
Yoko Ono Fashion for Men 1969-2012 via Jay Donovan. Brace yourselves.
Holiday Television Specials from TV Maven Tiffany A. White. Nothing beats Linus, his blanket and that perfect little tree.
Who better than Grumpy Cat to give you a holiday smile?
A Wassail recipe and a beautiful rendition of the Wassailing Song. Liquid Libations to Kick Off Winter Celebrations from Kitt Crescendo.
Susie Lindau gives us some hysterical and practical Time-Saving Tips for the Holidays.
Books for the Holidays
CHRISTMAS HEROES is a collection of romantic thrillers from USA Today Bestsellers Vicki Hinze, Kathy Carmichael, Peggy Webb, Regan Black, and Rita Herron. Boxed Set for Kindle available today for only $.99.
For those of you always on the lookout for a cutting edge media experience, check out this Enhanced Book for iPad by Ellie Ann — SLICE OF LIFE. An adventurous tale of a young woman with a mother that would make Grendel’s mother look like a house pet.
And of course, some shameless self-promotion of my own highly acclaimed dystopian thriller, FIRELANDS. To quote NYT Bestseller James Rollins, ““Piper Bayard’s FIRELANDS is a harrowing and cautionary tale of a world in strife, of men and women struggling to survive amidst the fiery apocalyptic ruins of modern society. Thrilling, moving, and ultimately hopeful, here is a novel to be savored long after you turn the last page.”
Yet another friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer last week. In her honor, I want to share this very fun, very practical, very attractive video. This one’s for you, Janna. Many prayers.
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All the best to all of you for attaining moderate habits without the benefit of Microsoft.