In the 2002 movie "The Rookie," Dennis Quaid plays a talented pitcher who never made it past the minor leagues because of a shoulder injury. But he promises the high-school baseball team he coaches that he'll try out to be a pitcher again if they win their district playoffs, which they do. One night, driving past a roadside digital speedometer, ...Read more
In 2008, on the way to the Pro-Am at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Classic in Orlando, Florida, golfer John Daly was informed by the news media that he'd been fired by his swing coach, Butch Harmon. Rough news. But he always liked the pro-am round with local business folks, and he was set for a 9:47 tee time. Upon signing in, he found that the ...Read more
In 1847 a British father-son team made the first commercially produced chocolate bar from cocoa powder paste and sugar. Two decades later in Switzerland, Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate. Now, 151 years later, the confection is being consumed for its health benefits.
This has happened in part because there's some science supporting the ...Read more
In "The Bucket List" Carter (Morgan Freeman) and Edward (Jack Nicholson) are two unlikely friends who circle the globe hoping to check off their undone wishes before succumbing to the cancer that soon may be the end of them both. That idea -- making sure you get to do often-quirky adventures before you die -- fascinates folks. One survey found ...Read more
"The Book of Broken Hearts," "The Queen of Broken Hearts," even "Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend" ... the list of novels devoted to figuring out how girls and women can repair broken hearts is centuries-long. But for women in the U.S. who have survived breast cancer (the American Cancer Society estimates that 90 percent of breast ...Read more
When Miguel Indurain won the Tour de France five times from 1991 to 1995, he may not have had fatherhood on his mind (getting over those Pyrenees was challenge enough). But his two sons, Miguel and Jon, born shortly after his last victory, seem to validate a new study debunking the often-reported damage that cycling can do to a man's ...Read more
In a popular 2017 "SNL" skit, Ryan Gosling plays a weirdly troubled man. "I thought it was behind me, but the dreams came back," he narrates. "I was up all night. I can't eat. I can't sleep ... I forgot about it for years, but then I remembered that 'Avatar,' the giant international blockbuster, used the Papyrus font as its logo. [The graphic ...Read more
In the 2013 movie "About Time," 21-year-old Tim Lake decides to use newly discovered powers to travel back in time and win over the girl of his dreams. His success emboldens him to "fix" more past events, threatening the future. As with most time-travel tales, the lesson is, "You don't get a do-over."
Well, nothing could be further from the ...Read more
Paths of FearMrs. Connie Kerbs
Fear is a basic emotion everyone knows sometime. Through a wide variety of narratives, from the anecdotal to the extreme, this hearty collection offers a deeper understanding of this universal experience. Like the series it is a part of, this book is a thought-provoking...
There's a soccer training camp called De Toekomst (The Future) where kids as young as 7 from around The Netherlands are brought, having been spotted as potential professionals. Now, Ajax, the Dutch soccer club that runs the camp, is "flying in their world-famous youth coaches, directly from their famed Academy in Amsterdam," to start training ...Read more
The comedian Andy Kaufman used to lip-sync part of the 1950s "Mighty Mouse" cartoon theme song: "Here I come to save the day!" Well, another Mighty Mouse -- several, actually -- recently made their debut in a study published in the journal Nature, titled "Nicotinamide Riboside Preserves Cardiac Function in a Mouse Model of Dilated Cardiomyopathy...Read more
When British actress Emily Blunt hits the big screen as Mary Poppins in the December release "Mary Poppins Returns," few will guess that she stuttered as a child. She told an interviewer in 2008: "I was a smart kid, and had a lot to say, but I just couldn't say it ... I never thought I'd be able to sit and talk to someone like I'm talking to you...Read more
On a "Seinfeld" episode, Jerry has given Kramer his spare keys, but keeps finding Kramer in his apartment at inopportune times. Finally, Jerry brings a date home, only to see Kramer and his girlfriend emerging from his bedroom. "All right, that's it. Hand 'em over," says Jerry. Finally, Kramer agrees to, but threatens, "You're going to regret ...Read more
Between 1984 and 2010 there were four movies titled "Green"! They ranged in subject matter from a bad LSD trip and living rural (1984), to making money running a marijuana business (2010). All are rated one star.
Somehow they missed the news that the real power of green is to fuel your brain. A new study in Neurology of 960 older folks -- ...Read more
Breastfeeding moms have been harassed for feeding an infant in museums, on planes or trains and in shops and restaurants. One was even arrested last year for breastfeeding in a secluded section of a Walmart in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Such disapproval of public breastfeeding makes is easy to understand why so few women continue exclusively ...Read more
In one "Saturday Night Live" skit, Kristin Wiig plays a woman in a Chantix commercial. As in any real drug commercial, the narrator comes on listing possible side effects: "If you notice ... a powerful, overwhelming desire to kill the person you love most, call your doctor right away." And, "If you notice symptoms such as rashes, fever, droopy ...Read more
In the 1964 movie "Mary Poppins," one of the first things nanny Poppins does when she arrives at the Banks' house is unpack. To the shock of her new charges, Jane and Michael, she pulls massive items out of her carpetbag: a hat stand, a large mirror, a tall houseplant and finally a standing lamp.
Not so far-fetched! We've noticed you (gals and ...Read more
In the final episode of season two of "The Sopranos," Tony finds a "wire" at Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero's house (which means that Big Pussy has been talking to the Feds). Tony, Paulie and Silvio take him for a ride in Tony's new boat, and Big Pussy ends up, you guessed it, sleepin' with the fishes.
Sleepin' because of the fishes is what'...Read more
On a 1996 episode of "Roseanne," David finds Jackie on the computer: "I've been playing around with it a little...," she said.
"Jackie, aren't those the same clothes you had on yesterday?"
"I don't know, maybe ... what's your point?" she responds.
"Oh my God, you haven't left this thing," David exclaims. "You're addicted to the internet!"
The Beatles' "Birthday" song acknowledges the joy you often feel when it's time to celebrate your arrival into this world. And it should be joyous! After all, being a human being bestows you with remarkable abilities to think, create and do wonderful things. But to maximize your journey through your birthdays requires energy -- and we're talking...Read more
When redheaded Scott Thompson, aka Carrot Top, told his friends he wanted to get into the comedy business, they laughed at him. He thought that was a really good sign! Now, after major success for a couple of decades, he says that when he gets older and turns gray, he'll change his name to Cotton Top.
He never thought of dying his hair green, ...Read more