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Furry Friends Friday with Dude from Animal Aid – Friday, September 25

Dude is a male five year old Pit Bull Terrier. This big handsome lug was found as a stray and never claimed. Dude loves people and gives slobbery kisses! He’s okay with other dogs as long as they don’t challenge him. Dude likes treats, enjoys car rides, and walks well on-leash. He doesn’t like closed doors, and always tries to open them! Dude is attending obedience training at Mutterly Love and has learned basic commands, plus he is house-trained. We have begun working through the process of having Dude’s veterinary care updated. Please contact Becky with Animal Aid at 269-926-4279 to learn more about Dude.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, September 25

TODAY IS:
National Lobster Day
National Cooking Day
National Comic Book Day
National One Hit Wonder Day

According to WalletHub’s latest ranking of the Happiest States in America – which measured a bunch of factors in categories like “emotional and physical well-being,” “work environment,” and “community and environment” – Hawaii is the happiest state in the country, which is probably no surprise. West Virginia was ranked the least happy state. Michigan didn’t make either list of the happiest or least happy states, in case you were wondering.

This is interesting … Researchers in the U.S. and Denmark have found that fans of horror flicks, alien invasion movies and post-apocalyptic movies are coping better with the pandemic and experience less anxiety regarding COVID-19. (Study Finds)

Have you tried a weighted blanket? If you have a hard time sleeping, it might be worth a try. Researchers in Sweden found that weighted blankets not only led to better sleep for study participants, but they also had more energy during the day and had reduced levels of depression and stress. Researchers think the reason weighted blankets are so effective is because the pressure acts almost like a massage on your muscles and joints. (Best Life)

We’re heading into another weekend of NFL football and if you’ve ever wondered about the amount of money teams will lose because fans aren’t in the stands, just listen to this. For example, the Dallas Cowboys will lose $621 million in revenue this year, the New England Patriots will lose $315 million and the New York Giants will lose $262 million. For sure. Nobody’s crying in their beer for billionaire owners. But, you can almost surely bet that beer and hot dog prices will go up AGAIN when fans return to the stands in the future…

Have you been making the best of the pandemic at your workplace? Do things seem a bit slow, perhaps even more comfortable? If so, it might not compare to this: Three employees with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority have been suspended without pay after officials discovered a secret, underground storage room in Grand Central Terminal that they had turned into their own man cave.
The MTA Inspector General says officials weren’t even aware there was a small room under Track 114 and were shocked to find their cozy little nook which included a fridge, a futon, exercise equipment, a microwave, and a flat-screen TV. The workers have been suspended pending further disciplinary actions. (WNBC-TV)

Music News – Thursday, September 25

The Mariah Carey autobiography will be this fall’s must-read book.
The Meaning of Mariah Carey arrives next week and includes several stories you have never heard before. For example, Mariah writes how she came this-close to being sex trafficked at age 12 by her sister.
During a conversation with Oprah Winfrey, she expressed shock at the sister’s cruelty. Oprah read aloud the passage from Mariah’s memoirs. (quote) “When I was 12 years old, my sister drugged me with Valium, offered me a pinky nail full of cocaine, inflicted me with third degree burns and tried to sell me out to a pimp.” (Entertainment Tonight)
Mariah said she felt like an outsider from her own family. She hardly knows her siblings. She speculated that her sister “had already been damaged” by the time she was born. In fact, last month, Allison Carey accused their mother of enabling “strangers to abuse [Allison] when she was just 10 and made her watch [children being compromised] and sacrifices during satanic rituals.” (New York Post)
Mariah became an international superstar despite the childhood trauma. Her sister turned tricks to pay for a drug addiction even after she became infected with HIV.

NBC says Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich have ended their engagement after only two months. The two began dating earlier this year.

The Daily Dish – Thursday, September 24

Another holiday tradition bites the dust. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop will go virtual this year.
Organizers say it will be a “virtually enhanced celebration,” but added that there would be a few small, scaled-back live events.
Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, says, “One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st. But this year there will be significantly new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings to complement whatever limited live entertainment or experiences — still in development — will take place in Times Square.”
CBS News says that “barricades will be set up around Times Square to keep people out, like every other New Year’s Eve, but they won’t be letting anyone in.”
Even the dropping of confetti might get nixed.

The cast of the hit 90s movie Father of the Bride will reunite for a “very special event” to benefit World Central Kitchen on Friday. Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short will come together at 6 p.m. EST on Netflix’s YouTube and Facebook pages. (NY Post)

Gossip Ireland says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ready for a second child. A source tells the website,  “Now that they’re comfortable in their new home and everything else in their lives is locked in and going well, Meghan’s told Harry it’s baby time. She’s ready to be a mom again and can’t wait to start the process! Meghan loves being a mom, and seeing how happy and complete Harry is with Archie by his side is richly rewarding for her. Meghan’s confident a second child will be perfectly manageable on a practical level and will bring them even more love and joy. She and Harry are both really excited for the next phase of their family journey.”

The National Enquirer claims Ellen DeGeneres is allegedly declaring war on Hollywood because very few celebrities backed her when she was accused of having a toxic work environment. A source tells the magazine, ”DeGeneres is warning her famous friends to defend her or be prepared for the consequences. She was all alone because nobody wants to be associated with Ellen’s freefalling reputation right now. She won’t be afraid to uncover rocks to reveal the darkest and most embarrassing secrets. DeGeneres will make them pay for their silence.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, September 24

TODAY IS:
National Punctuation Day: A good day to mind your periods, commas, question marks, semi-colons and more.
Remember Me Thursday: It’s a day to remember all the pets left in shelters that are waiting to be adopted.
Innergize Day: A day to take some time for yourself to relax, re-energize and focus on what makes you feel good.

Be honest … Are you addicted to online shopping, especially Amazon shopping? You’re not alone. A new survey found that 25% of respondents admitted that they are seriously addicted to online shopping. 82% of those surveyed said they like shopping online, because it’s easier to find what they want. And 53% said they get excited when their package arrives. In fact, the online shoppers surveyed said they look forward to their purchases arriving more than they do to their workday ending or video chatting with family and friends. And – no surprise — COVID has increased our online shopping habits. 52% said they’ve had more home deliveries in 2020 than in previous years. (SWNS)

Speaking of online shopping … Seems a lot of us have already started Christmas shopping. Why? We’re bored. A survey found that 50% of Americans have already started online shopping for the holidays, because they’re bored at home. 15% of those surveyed said they actually started their holiday shopping … in August. And no surprise – experts predict 48% of holiday shopping will be done online this year. (SWNS)

CBS says this year’s Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop is going to be virtual because of the coronavirus. New York City plans to limit the number of people allowed in Times Square due to the virus and social distancing concerns

It appears that being financially well-off isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. A new study has found that having lots of money has some downsides – particularly loneliness and lack of real relationships. Researchers at the University of Buffalo and Harvard Business School say the stress of being successful and constantly striving for more can actually cut you off from the world. It’s not that making money is bad – but when someone ties their self-worth to their financial success, and puts that above all else, they can become isolated.
“Feeling that pressure to achieve financial goals means we’re putting ourselves to work at the cost of spending time with loved ones, and it’s that lack of time spent with people close to us that’s associated with feeling lonely and disconnected,” adds Deborah Ward from the University of Buffalo.

WGN says Johnson & Johnson began testing a new coronavirus vaccine yesterday. Over 60,000 people have agreed to get a single dose shot to see if the vaccine works. But, CDC Director Robert Redfield tells Yahoo News that America may not be completely vaccinated until July. “I think that’s going to take us April, May, June, you know, possibly July, to get the entire American public completely vaccinated”

Music News – Thursday, September 24

Halsey, Selena Gomez and Megan Thee Stallion are among the most important people in the music biz, and now Time magazine says they rank with the most important people in the world — period.
The ladies have all been named to Time‘s “100 Most Influential People” list, alongside folks like Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Anthony Fauci, Megan even gets the spotlight on one of a half-dozen different covers that appear on different versions of the mag.
Actress America Ferrera writes about Selena, saying she “courageously uses her global platform in service of her full identity” and ” rejects the notion that she belong in any one lane as an artist, activist or citizen of the world.”

Recent Kelly Clarkson interviews make it sound like she’s feeling bad about her divorce from hubby Brandon Blackstock, but her latest Kelly-Oke cover shows another side. Kel took to the mic to tear through a sizzling version of Lizzo‘s smash hit “Good as Hell,” which proves you can’t keep a good woman down.

Ed Sheeran turned the negative of Britain’s coronavirus lockdown into a positive for his pocketbook — by snapping up loads of properties on the cheap.
According to the Sun, the financially savvy star, who already owned dozens of homes and apartments around the U.K., shelled out about six million dollars to add several new places to his portfolio. As always, Ed paid cash for his purchases, so he won’t have any mortgage payments hanging over his head.
Public records show that Ed, who bought up several homes near his rural British estate, now owns more than 30 rental properties in London Alone. The total value? Nearly 100 million bucks.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, September 23

A golden retriever named Enzo Viola with an unusual “black splotch” of fur on his face is helping kids around the world embrace their birthmarks.
Three-year-old Enzo has nearly 200,000 followers on Instagram who follow his every move.
And Enzo’s family — the Castro family in Texas — have noticed that many of his fans are kids with birthmarks themselves. They see how beautiful and loved Enzo is, and get a little boost of confidence.
The Castros never imagined his Instagram following would grow so big, but they’re thrilled that Enzo is making so many people happy and touching kids in such a special way.

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, September 23

Ellen Degeneres‘s long-awaited apology fell flat with some of her staffers.
On Monday the comedian returned to her talk show and finally addressed the allegations of a toxic workplace behind the scenes. But current and former employees are criticizing the apology, claiming her monologue poked fun at their suffering.
Ellen opened by asking, “How was everybody’s summer? Good, yeah? Mine was great. Super terrific. Let me give you some advice out there if anybody’s thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the ‘be kind’ lady. Don’t do it.”
One former employee tells Buzzfeed, “Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her.”
Another former staffer says, “When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?'”
An ex-employee says, “When you’re talking about people who have accused her leadership of… sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue.”
A current staff member claims that her apology was simply “tactical.” “She’s sharing it now because it’s for premiere week and it’s to get viewers back, and that just feels the opposite of what this message is about.”

Tom Cruise will be launched into space in October 2021.
The actor has just been given a launch date to blast off to the  International Space Station, where he’ll film a movie.
Tom and director Doug Liman will ride on a SpaceX Crew Dragon rocket and capsule to the space station next year to make an action-adventure flick. TMZ says the film, which will become the first shot in outer space, is not a Mission Impossible flick.

Carole Baskin is being sued by the family of her missing husband for defamation.
In court documents obtained by TMZDon Lewis‘s daughters claim Carole was “complicit with jokes about Don’s death on Dancing With the Stars, when judges brought up TikTok videos inspired by her storyline in Tiger King.”
A song parody set to Megan Thee Stallion‘s “Savage” includes the lyrics “Carole Baskin killed her husband, whacked him. Can’t convince me that it didn’t happen. Fed him to tigers, they snackin’.”
In the filing, Don’s former assistant says Carole should have spoken out against the jokes and that she should have put her foot down when a Dancing With the Stars judge said she “didn’t quite kill the paso double, it was kind of sedated.”
Don’s family also accuses Carole of going along with the joke in an interview with Good Morning America when she promised to “really kill it next week.”
Don went missing in 1997 and many believe Carole had something to do with it.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, September 23

National Dogs in Politics Day: A day to celebrate all the First Dogs that have lived at the White House.

How many times a day do you worry about your health? How often do you google your “symptoms”? A new survey has found that the average American has had 560 moments of worry about their health since the start of COVID-19. And two-thirds of those surveyed said that their immune health is a constant source of worry. 30% said they didn’t even know what the immune system did before coronavirus. Since the pandemic started, 80% of respondents said they are re-thinking their health priorities and 85% want to make their healthy lifestyle changes permanent. (SWNS)

Proof positive that social media challenges for the perfect photo or video are going too far, A woman in England fell out the passenger side window, onto a busy highway – while filming a Snapchat video. Police said it was “only by luck she wasn’t seriously injured or killed.” (Insider)

Researchers at Oxford University have concluded that people who live near a bar or pub are happier than those who don’t. They found that people who had a pub on their street that they frequented had a larger circle of friends and therefore a better social life. They also found that these people are less likely to get fall-down drunk … probably because it’s easier to fall down if you have a longer distance to walk instead of just down the street. (BroBible)

Yesterday, pre-orders for the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S were offered by retailers and thousands of gamers got online — and got in line — to get one of the new systems when they become available this November. Not surprisingly, there were reports of sites crashing and people struggling to add the product to their online shopping cart. By the end of the day, the pre-orders were pretty much sold out.

Dr. Bill Lumsden works for a whisky distillery called Glenmorangie. Dr. Bill, whose official title is Director of Whisky Creation, developed a Scotch whisky that can be paired with cake. A Tale of Cake is a smooth, honeyed whisky, with hints of white chocolate and fruit flavors — and will be available in the United States starting October 1st. (Food & Wine)

Music News – Wednesday, September 23

Harry Styles‘s now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… Well at least his over-the-top fashion is.
He isn’t an official inductee, but the Cleveland museum has picked up one of his over-the-top suits for display. The Rock Hall nabbed the Gucci suit that Harry wore when inducting his pal Stevie Nicks last year. The outfit’s on display in the museum’s “Right Here, Right Now” exhibit, which occupies a prime spot on the main floor.

Rapper Post Malone‘s music was absolutely everywhere this past year, which explains him getting the most nominations at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.
He snagged 16 nods in all, edging out competition like Lil’ Nas X, the creator of the viral hit “Old Town Road”, who notched 13, as well as Billie Eilish, who collected 12. They will go head-to-head in most of the biggest categories, including Top Artist, Top 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist and Top Streaming Songs Artist.
Kelly Clarkson will host the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, which NBC will broadcast live from Los Angeles on October 14th.

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, September 22

Ellen DeGeneres returned to her talk show Monday and finally addressed the controversy surrounding her.
The comedian started things by saying, “If you’re watching because you love me, thank you. If you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome.”
She added, “How was everybody’s summer, good? Mine was great. Super terrific.”
In recent months, Ellen has been inundated with allegations, from creating a toxic workplace to being mean to guests. The star, who fired three executives from her show, said, “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say that I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realize with that power comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”
She insisted that after apologizing and speaking to staff “we have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”
Ellen also said she’s really the person that people see on TV, but she’s “also a lot of other things,” noting that she gets sad, mad, frustrated, anxious and impatient. “I’m working on all of that,” she said. “I am a work in progress.”
People magazine reports that her wife, Portia de Rossi, was backstage to support her and that the crew applauded Ellen when she walked off the set after taping.

Sharon Osbourne is in quarantine after one of her granddaughters came down with COVID-19. While remotely co-hosting Monday’s episode of The Talk, she explained that she was meant to be in the studio but couldn’t after Minnie OsbourneJack‘s two-year-old daughter, caught the virus. Sharon added that she doesn’t “have it. Her daddy doesn’t have it. Her mommy doesn’t have it. Her sisters don’t. She caught it from somebody that works for my son. And it just goes to show you…that children can get COVID.” (Blabbermouth)

Jackie Stallone, the mother of Sylvester Stallone, has died at 98.
TMZ says she passed away recently but the “exact circumstances surrounding her death are still unclear.”
Jackie, who was also the mother of singer Frank Stallone, was an astrologer, dancer and women’s wrestling promoter. She helped launch the original GLOW wrestling league in the ’80s. In the ’90s, she made many TV appearances as an astrologer and even had her own psychic hotline.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, September 22

TODAY IS:
  • The first day of fall
  • Ice Cream Cone Day
  • World Rhino Day
  • Elephant Appreciation Day
  • Dear Diary Day

The holidays are coming … And in case you want to look like you did difficult yard work permanently, Gucci is selling grass stained jeans … for $770. You can also get some overalls that look you rolled around in the dirt … for $1,400. (In the Know)

Who are these people? If you had to choose between your dog and your phone, you wouldn’t have to even think, you’d choose your dog. Right? Right?! Well, maybe not. According to a survey from SimpleTexting, 40% of participants said they would choose to be separated from their dog for a month instead of having to give up their phone for a month. Even scarier, 44% of people surveyed said they would give up seeing their significant other for a month if it meant keeping their phone with them at all times. (People)

New research has found that there’s a link between eating too much at dinner and taking in more calories during the day and having a poorer diet overall. Seems it’s best to eat your bigger meals earlier in the day, and keep it light for dinner. (EurekAlert)

The world of the Jetsons may be here before we know it. Future Car says General Motors is exploring the possibility of manufacturing flying cars for an aerial taxi program. Hyundai and Uber are already working on a similar program. General Motors would most likely use a vertical takeoff and landing system with electric motors instead of jet engines. Taxis would only be able to fly short routes

Maybe it’s time to take your work outside … A new survey has found that office workers are more productive and in a better mood after spending time outdoors. Productivity improved by 45% after workers spent just a half-hour outside, and 63% said they felt better after spending time in fresh air. And this is interesting … 57% of managers surveyed said they thought their employees were more productive working from home. Because of that, 50% say they’re focusing on flexible schedules and encouraging staff to spend more time outside. (SWNS)

Music News – Tuesday, September 22

Gwen Stefani tells NBC that she has learned how to bake during the pandemic. “It’s been pretty magical for Blake and I and the kids because we don’t ever have that much solid time together. We did do a lot of fun stuff. We did a lot of cooking. I learned how to make sourdough bread like everybody else. It took me like a month to get my starter right. We did so much stuff. We built a garden, we planed zinnias. We planted thousands of zinnia flowers. It was just like a lot of stuff you kind of dream about doing but you never have time to do.”

Harry Styles tells Rolling Stone magazine that One Direction played a wedding on the cheap when they were still teenagers. “One hundred sixty quid, between all four of us! Forty quid each. We said we’d do it, and then we found out it was the weekend coming up, and we hadn’t done anything for it. So we asked the bride what kind of stuff she wanted, and she said she didn’t mind, but she wanted some Bob Marley songs. Literally in three days, not even three, probably two days, we learned like 25 songs. We might have known like three of them before. I was 16, maybe 15, singing these Bob Marley songs. There was a girl a couple of years below us, and it was her mom. She said she wanted us to play.”

The Daily Dish – Monday, September 21

Schitt’s Creek swept the comedy category and Succession was named best drama at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards — which was dominated by the coronavirus.
Most acceptance speeches came via satellite and awards were handed out by people in hazmat suits. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event live from an empty Staples Center in Los Angeles. “Why are we having an awards show in the middle of a pandemic?” he asked the cardboard cutout audience. “What the hell am I doing here? This is the year they decide to have a host?”
According to reports, producers had sent more than 130 cameras to nominees in 10 countries.
It was a historic night, besides the virtual show, with several notable records set. Schitt’s Creek became the first series to win every major comedy award — including acting wins for Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Annie MurphyWatchmen’s win in the limited series category  was the first time a comic-book adaptation walked away with a top prize. Zendaya was the youngest-ever winner for lead drama actress at age 24. Regina King’s win for lead actress in a limited series or movie was her fourth career Emmy and tied her with Alfre Woodard for most acting Emmys won by a Black performer.
Nine out of the 18 acting awards went to Black actors on Sunday night.
Tyler Perry received the Governors Award, which was presented to him by Oprah Winfrey and Chris Rock.

Eddie Murphy has delayed his highly anticipated return to standup.
The comedian, who won his first Emmy for hosting SNL last year, doesn’t think it’s a time for funny business. During the virtual backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys, Eddie said, “These are really serious times, no times for joking. I don’t know right now if there should be any comedic commentary. We’re still right in the middle of everything.”
He thinks we’ll “need comedic commentary and some laughs” in a “year or so.”
Eddie insists that “as soon as it’s clear to go back out there, that was the plan, that is the plan.”
The star hasn’t done a major standup tour in more than 30 years

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, September 21

TODAY IS: World Gratitude Day

The Sunday Blues are more like the Sunday Stress … A new survey found that people start to feel anxiety about the upcoming workweek at 3:58 p.m. on Sundays. 88% of respondents said they regularly feel anxiety on Sunday about what Monday morning will bring. The survey also revealed that a whole lot of us are working on the weekends – with the average worker doing about three hours of unpaid work on Saturdays and Sundays. 45% said they were looking at emails, 38% said they were going over presentations, and 31% said they made business calls over the weekend. And the survey found that people think about work and their jobs about six times a weekend.

Are you happier around your friends than your family? Don’t be embarrassed to admit it … because you are definitely not alone. A new study from Southern Methodist University found that people are happier when they’re with their friends than with their spouse or kids. In fact, the research found that people reported the lowest levels of happiness when they were with a significant other. Ouch. But there’s a pretty good reason for this: The study found that when people are with friends, it typically involves fun, social events. The time spent with family tends to involve less fun activities – like doing chores. So basically, it’s not so much who you are with – but what you’re doing.
The lesson in all of this – according to SMU psychology professor Nathan Hudson, is to make an effort to do fun things with family – not just with friends. “It’s important to create opportunities for positive experiences with romantic partners and children – and to really mentally savor those positive times. In contrast, family relationships that involve nothing but chores, housework, and childcare likely won’t predict a lot of happiness.”

IIamas May Hold Key To Beating Coronavirus: Raw Story says Stockholm, Sweden scientists are developing a coronavirus vaccine using llamas and alpacas. Dr. Gerald McInearney tells the website, “Camels, and alpacas and llamas and other animals from that family have special, small single-chain antibodies. Tiny antibodies they’ve proved can block Covid-19. We are very excited that we have something that’s very functional.”

Music News – Monday, September 21

Billie Eilish is calling out people of her age for partying during pandemic.
In a now-deleted Instagram story — where she used a filter to distort her face — she said, “Funny how I haven’t hugged my best friends in six months and y’all are out here partying.” She then switched off the filter and in a deadpan and sarcastic tone of voice said, “Funny.”

Harry Styles could be in line for an arresting new role — as a gay cop who has to hide his sexuality from his colleagues back in the 1950s.
According to Deadline, Harry is the top choice to play the lead in My Policeman, an Amazon adaptation of a popular British novel by Bethan Roberts. The story, which is told in flashbacks, is about a cop who falls in love with another man, but is forced to repress that and marry a woman — since homosexuality was actually a felony in Great Britain back then. The book is largely set in the ’90s, when Harry’s character and his wife become caretakers for that now-disabled first love.
Styles is already confirmed for a major role in the thriller Don’t Worry Darling.

Furry Friends Friday with Shelly – Friday, September 18

Shelly is a beautiful four-year-old girl.  She is ready for adoption and excited to meet YOU! Shelley loves all people and will greet you with lots and lots of kisses. She is super smart and can do some fun tricks! Shelley is an energetic girl who loves her stuffed toys, playing fetch, and tug-of-war!  If you’re interested in this sweet girl, please fill out an adoption application at www.al-van.org/adopt. Once reviewed, we will contact you about setting up a meet and greet.  Could she be your new loyal companion? Shelley’s smile will melt your heart!... [Read Full Story]