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The Daily Dish – Monday, April 12

Prince Harry is in England for Prince Philip‘s funeral, but he’s without his wife.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying that Meghan Markle remained in California because she’s “been advised by her physician not to travel.” Meghan is in the final few months of her pregnancy after suffering a miscarriage last year.
Philip’s funeral will take place Saturday at Windsor Castle outside London. (People)

Nick Cannon is expecting another set of twins.
Nick and Mariah Carey famously had Moroccan and Monroe in April 2011. Now he and DJ Abby De La Rosa are expecting twins. She says, “I know the Lord has destined me and prepared me for the gift of not one but two little angels… I pray that God gives you both the strength to walk brave and boldly in your individual truth just like your Daddy.
Nick is going to have some pretty hefty diaper bills. His ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell gave birth to their daughter Powerful Queen Cannon this past December. (People)

Some people in the Dominican Republic aren’t too happy to have Vin Diesel as a neighbor.
They accuse Vin’s security detail of being overly aggressive. One fed-up neighbor wrote him a letter that reads, “For a few weeks I have personally witnessed and heard from fellow homeowners the unprecedented and abusive display of your security people around our homes and beach. Interrogating us, blocking our street with five or six SUVs. Stopping residents while walking when you ride your bicycle.”
But a source close to Vin says he’s been vacationing there for 20 years and gotten along with everyone. The source says he even handed out Easter baskets to people in the area, and that the only reason for the heavy security during the bike-riding incident was that his whole family was there. (TMZ)

The makers of the “Magic Mike” film franchise are launching a new reality dance show on HBO Max that will turn men who have “lost their magic” into strippers. The series is being produced by “Magic Mike” film star Channing Tatum and will feature 10 men who compete for the title of “Real Magic Mike.” Casting is currently underway and they hope to premiere later this year.

The Coast Social Network with the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance – Monday, April 12

Jessica and Brandon from the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance, along with Julie from JLN Studio, visit the Coast Social Network to talk about the return of ‘Marketing Mondays!’ You can get more details on these great programs at the Facebook Page for the Women’s Business Center, or at cornerstonewbc.com.
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, April 12

Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. According to a survey in honor of the holiday, 87% of Americans say they like grilled cheese. The top five cheeses we want in our sandwiches are:  Cheddar . . . American . . . Swiss . . . provolone . . . and pepper jack. And finally, grilled cheeses are our SECOND favorite melted cheese food.  Pizza came in first . . . grilled cheese and mac and cheese tied for second . . . and cheeseburgers came in fourth.  That’s some incredibly stiff competition.

Did you let yourself go during the pandemic? A new survey found that 46% said they were definitely not the best version of themselves over the last year. Of those, 60% said they gained weight, 53% said they ate unhealthy foods, 49% said they drank too much, 49% said they lost touch with family and friends, 46% said they stopped wearing makeup or shaving, 43% said they stopped grooming themselves on a daily basis, and 38% started smoking again.
Maybe that’s why the same survey found that 68% said they plan to improve themselves (both mentally and physically) when the pandemic finally ends.

Do you and your partner sleep in separate beds? YouGov poll found that while 66% said sleeping in the same bed with their significant other was the ideal situation, 7% said that if it didn’t affect their relationship, they would rather sleep in their own bed in the same room, while 9% said their ideal sleeping situation would be sleeping in their own bed in a separate room. Women were more likely than men to say they wanted to sleep in their own beds, but this may be why: a previous YouGov poll found that 56% of women said they did not get enough sleep at night compared to 48% of men.

Do you sit down and eat dinner at night as a family? Do you do it without phones? A new study out of Spain has found that sitting around the dinner table without phones could prevent childhood obesity. Why? Conversation and slower eating help you realize when you’re full. Basically, eating in front of a screen leads to mindless eating and over-eating.

Music News – Monday, April 12

We’re finally getting the inside story behind Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction.”
The stylist who put together the outfits for Miss Jackson and Justin Timberlake is telling all as he prepares to put out a new book full of show biz stories. Scot Lukas said that JT “insisted on doing something bigger than their performance. He wanted a reveal.”
He says the original plan was for Jackson to rock a pearl G-string which would be exposed after Timberlake stepped on her dress. Lukas says of the famous moment seen around the world, “I wouldn’t call it a wardrobe ‘malfunction’ in a million years. It was the most functioning wardrobe in history. As a stylist, it did what it was intended to do.”
He also revealed that there is apparently no bad blood between the two performers over what happened. He told Page Six, “Janet has already forgiven Justin in private. They made their peace a long time ago.”

Black Eyed Peas found Will.I.Am is doing more than making music – he’s making smart masks. The rapper teamed up with Honeywell and a Hollywood design studio to create high-tech face masks that have built-in, noise-cancelling headphones, HEPA filters, a charging port, and L-E-D lights. The futuristic face masks come in two color combos and are now selling for $299 dollars.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, April 9

Carl Wallace owns Diablo’s Southwest Grill in Augusta, Georgia — and recently had to deal with a burglary. Video of the thief carrying something out of the restaurant was captured on a security camera.
Carl posted the video on Facebook. But instead of asking people to track down the burglar in order to punish him, Carl did something very unexpected. He invited the guy to apply for a job.
On Facebook, Carl wrote, “To the would-be robber who is clearly struggling with life decisions or having money issues … please swing by for a job application,” going so far as to share his personal phone number for the man to get in touch with him. “No police. No questions. Let’s sit down and talk about how we could help you and fix the road you’re on.”
Many people applauded Carl for his compassion.
Carl responded by downplaying the decision, explaining, “I can’t fix the world, I can’t save the world, but I can make a difference in one person’s life.” (WIFR-TV)

The Daily Dish – Friday, April 9

Almost half of Americans want to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run for president.
According to a new poll, 46 percent of respondents would be okay with the star campaigning for the White House, while fewer people want to see Matthew McConaughey run for Texas governor, about 41 percent.
Twenty-nine percent said they want to see both stars run for office, while 17 percent said they’d like to see only the Rock in the White House and 12 percent supported McConaughey for governor of Texas.
The online survey by Piplsay was conducted earlier this month and got responses from 30,138 people aged 18 and older.

Jeopardy! has announced the dates for the next round of guest hosts.
Since the death of Alex Trebek, the game show has been using various fill-ins.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will replace quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and host from April 19th to the 30th. 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker follows from May 3rd to the 14th. And Call Me Kat star Mayim Bialik guest-hosts May 31st to June 11th.
Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will also guest host, but their dates haven’t been announced.
Reading Rainbow and Star Trek star LeVar Burton is pushing to join the lineup. Earlier this week, he tweeted a petition calling for him to get the job.

Police in Southern California have been getting well acquainted with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
According to The Telegraph, cops have been called to their Montecito estate nine times in nine months. That’s how long they’ve lived in the home, which they bought last July.
The calls ranged from phone requests, alarm activations and property crimes. For instance on Christmas Eve, police were called after a man allegedly trespassed on the property.
During their sit-down with Oprah, Harry and Meghan talked about their security concerns and Markle revealed that she had pleaded with the royal family not to take away their personal protection.
Their protection was withdrawn after they stepped down from their royal duties last year.

Furry Friends Friday with Lucky from Paws of Hope – April 9

Lucky is the biggest snuggler ever and is always happiest when snuggled up with his favorite person! He gets cold easily, so he loves to burrow under blankets. Lucky is a three to four year old Hound mix and only weighs about 30 pounds. Lucky had a tough life prior to coming to Paws of Hope. He may have been bullied and picked on by the fur kids in his previous home. Because of this, he does resource guarding of his toys and food. We are working on this and making progress a little at a time. We recommend no small children in the home due to his resource guarding. Lucky is currently living with six other dogs and is doing quite well. He isn’t a big fan of aggressive players who get in his face, though. We are unsure of how he is with small kids and cats. Lucky is neutered, heartworm negative, and current on vaccinations. Please contact Paws of Hope at 269-340-0272 or  information@pawsofhope.org to learn more about our special guy, Lucky.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, April 9

TODAY IS:
  • Unicorn Day
  • Name Yourself Day

I feel like we all already know this, but a new study found and proved that music is addictive. According to researchers at McGill University in Montreal, music makes us feel good because it triggers the reward center of our brains. Because of that, researchers say music can be as addictive as fast food, money, and alcohol.

Pot is popular … A new Economist/YouGov poll found that 61% of American adults believe marijuana should be legalized nationwide. Despite more and more states legalizing the use of recreational and/or medical marijuana, including here in the state of Michigan, pot is still criminalized on the federal level.

Can you guess the number one thing most people dislike about themselves? A YouGov personality survey found that the overwhelming majority of people share this insecurity about themselves: their weight. 51% said their weight was the number one thing they disliked about themselves. Far behind in second, according to respondents, was the way their sometimes treat their family (14%), followed by the way they sometimes treat their partner (13%). 11% said the way they make a first impression was the thing they disliked most about themselves, followed by the way they dress (10%). (Best Life)

Sora News says a group of high school students from Japan recently built a perfect replica of the DeLorean time machine from the “Back to the Future” movies. They created the car from scratch using sheets of steel and aluminum. The project originally began in 2016 and was passed on to future students to complete. More than 500 students worked on the DeLorean by the time it was finished.
The principal of the school later received permission from Universal Pictures to display the car as a monument in front of the school. The DeLorean lights up, rotates, and plays music from the “Back to the Future” trilogy every three hours.

Music News – Friday, April 9

A previously unreleased PRINCE album is coming out on July 30th.  It’s called “Welcome 2 America”, and it was recorded in 2010.
According to a press release, it documents Prince’s, quote, “concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice.”
In the title track, Prince rants about golden parachutes, social media, reality-TV celebrity culture, and corporate monopolies.

Britney Spears got her COVID vaccine. In a cute video on Instagram, she and boyfriend Sam Asghari talk about the shot. This comes after she posted a video dancing to Aerosmith with a caption saying she was, quote, “embarrassed” about the ‘Framing Britney Spears’ documentary. Her fans are convinced she didn’t write it. The FreeBritney movement is still in full swing.

Jon Bon Jovi tells USA Today that he doesn’t mind getting old. “Let me tell you, I’ve earned this gray hair. I’ve been through enough hurting and healing to be here. Professionally, I’ve survived trends that have come and gone, and I’m still around. I wear each of these gray hairs as a badge of honor.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 8

In Springdale, Arkansas, a charity group called Samaritan’s Feet gave away more than 700 pairs of shoes to students at 18 elementary schools in the area.
Samaritan’s Feet worked with the schools to sign up the kids — and then planned the event at a local furniture store.
The hundreds of families that showed up received free shoes and socks — as well as a note of encouragement and a “hope tote,” which included a toiletry items as well as facemasks.
Organizers said they wanted to serve the kids and help them feel loved. They also hope the event inspires others to help because now, more than ever, it’s an important time to be taking care of your community. (KHBS-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 8

Khloé Kardashian stripped naked for an “unretouched and unfiltered” mirror selfie. She posted the video to Instagram to prove a point — “My body, my image.”
Wednesday night’s post was in direct response to an “unauthorized” photo of Khloé leaked to social media. The picture showed Khloé in a cheetah print bikini by the pool. The New York Post reported that family members made mostly successful attempts to delete the photo from Instagram.
Khloé wrote on Wednesday, (quote) “I present myself to the world the way I want to be seen, I will continue to do unapologetically. My body, my image. How I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice.”
She also detailed the “unbearable scrutiny” and body-shaming she’s endured through the years. She’s heard it all: “Khloé is the fat sister.” “Khloé is the ugly sister.” “Her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different.” “The only way she could have lost that weight must have been from surgery.” (People)

The British royal family drama just got a little more dramatic — after Prince William bashed his brother Harry for his recent round of press interviews.
A source close to the brothers tells Us Weekly, “The conversation Harry and William had after the big interview didn’t end well. William feels that Harry has gotten too big for his boots since moving to California — that success and Hollywood have gone to his head. He’s already accused [Harry] of putting fame over family after the big interview.”
The snitch says the brothers haven’t seen each other in the flesh for well over a year.

Animal expert Jack Hanna, a staple of TV talk shows for decades, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his family announced on Wednesday.
Jack’s daughters KathaleenSuzanne and Julie issued a statement saying the 74-year-old is “no longer able to participate in the public life as he used to.” Hanna officially resigned his post as director emeritus of Ohio’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in December after 42 years on the job.
In their statement, the Hannas say, “While his health has deteriorated quickly, we can assure you that his great sense of humor continues to shine through. And, yes, he still wears his khakis at home.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, April 8

TODAY IS: National All Is Ours Day: It’s a day to stop and appreciate all you have.

Do you feel closer to your co-workers, even if you’ve been working remotely? A new survey found that 53% of workers say they have grown closer to their colleagues during the pandemic – even though they are all working at home. And 43% said it’s been easier to connect with their colleagues on a personal level than it was when they were in the office together. This has everything to do with people getting a glimpse into their co-workers’ lives during video calls – meeting spouses, kids, and pets and getting to see their real lives.

Do you have a leftover problem? A new survey found that 61% of respondents said they always put their leftovers in the fridge – but never get around to eating them. 66% said even when they’re just cooking for themselves, they end up making enough food to feed a family.

What is the very best surprise you can get in life? How about the worst? Here’s a hint: They both have to do with money. A new survey found that 49% of those polled said randomly finding money (on the street, in a pocket, in a drawer, etc.) was the very best surprise they could get. The worst? Getting an unexpected bill.
Here are the Best Surprises:
  1. Randomly finding money — 49%
  2. Surprise parties — 48%
  3. Getting a tax return — 46%
  4. Surprise visitors like family or friends — 37%
  5. Engagements — 35%
  6. Pregnancies — 33%
  7. A new puppy/pet — 30%
  8. A snow day — 28%
  9. Canceled plans — 20%
  10. A deadline pushed back  — 13%
Here are the Worst Surprises:
  1. Getting a bill that’s higher than you thought it would be — 57%
  2. Having to OWE money after you do your taxes — 46%
  3. Late fee on a credit card — 37%
  4. Child breaks something — 31%
  5. Pet has an accident in the house — 31%
  6. Unexpected visitors (i.e., the in-laws) — 29%
  7. Canceled plans — 27%
  8. Going on a date with someone and they don’t match their profile photo — 20%
  9. Last-minute video meeting — 20%

Music News – Thursday, April 8

Taylor Swift just brought some new life to a blast from the past — by recruiting pal Jack Antonoff to help rework “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” the latest teaser from Fearless (Taylor’s Version).
The song was recorded during the 2008 sessions for Fearless, but never released. It’s one of Tay’s trademark breakup songs, with lines like “Hello, Mr. perfectly fine/ How’s your heart after breaking mine?/ Mr. always at the right place at the right time/ Baby. Hello/ Mr. casually cruel/ Mr. everything revolves around you.”
She hinted on social media that the song was autobiographical, saying, “Me in 2020: Life is chill, writing songs based in fiction to avoid drama, feeling pretty grown up. My 2008 music from the vault, in a goblin voice: REELEEEEEEEASE MR. PERFECTLY FIIIIIIIIINE.”
That’s a not-so-subtle signal that the song might be about Joe Jonas, who dumped Taylor shortly before she recorded Fearless.

Elton John tells Distractify.com that he knew his husband, David, was the one for him. “I was attracted to David immediately. He had a real job, his own apartment, a car. He was independent. I didn’t need to take care of him. I thought, ‘God, this is new territory for me — someone wants to be with me just because he likes me.’ I knew he was the one because he is not afraid of me. He always tells me exactly what he thinks.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, April 7

81-year-old Linda Summers of Dallas, Texas, was in need of some cheering up, so she looked out the window of her apartment building and saw a woman walking a little dog. She then had the urge to run out of her apartment and pet that dog.
She ended up not giving in to that urge — but later decided to put a message up on a neighborhood social media app in hopes of discovering who that woman was so she could ask for a quick visit.
People in her community responded to that message in a big way.
One after another, Linda’s neighbors stepped up and offered to bring their dogs over for a visit. It was overwhelming to the point that Linda couldn’t even keep up with all the offers for visits.
Before long, Linda received more than 300 responses.
Instead of being sad — as she was before — the parade of neighbors and dogs caused Linda to tear up … in a good way.
As she explained, “All these nice people being so sweet to me. It makes me tear up. They just melt my heart.” (WFAA-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, April 7

Jennifer Lopez‘s romance with Alex Rodriguez has barely cooled off, but she may soon be heating things up with ex-beau Ben Affleck.
Ben recently had plenty of nice things to say about J-Lo in a story for In Style magazine, and a member of her inner circle says that’s no surprise. The insider tells OK! magazine they’ve “been talking in private a lot over the past few months, and now the world knows just how close the two of them are again. When things started to get bad with Alex, Jen turned to Ben for advice.”
But does that necessarily mean they’re going to hook up? The source tells OK! “She is the rebound girl when it comes to love. After she broke up with Ben, Jen went running back to the arms of Marc Anthony. If she breaks up with Alex, it makes sense she will go running back to Ben.”

Is the world ready for another reality star in political office? Caitlyn Jenner thinks so.
According to Axios, the Olympic gold medalist-turned-Keeping Up With the Kardashians fixture is pondering a run for governor of California. Caitlyn is reportedly working with a powerful Republican strategist to put together a run for the Cali state house if Gavin Newsom is recalled.

The on-air squabble between Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood continues even though one of them left The Talk with a $10 million golden parachute.
Over the weekend on her podcast, Sheryl said she had not spoken with Sharon since their CBS show went on hiatus. She claimed that Sharon never apologized.
Sharon replied with receipts. She has screenshots of four, apologetic text messages to Sheryl over a span of eight days. All of them went unanswered. Sharon told the Daily Mail, (quote) “I not only sent these messages to Sheryl, but I apologized to her in person in her dressing room.”
Addressing Sheryl directly, Sharon rhetorically asked, (quote) “Why are you trying to destroy my reputation?” (Daily Mail)

More details have emerged behind the withdrawal of Regé-Jean [pr: ray-GAY szhon] Page from Bridgerton.
He initially agreed to a one-year deal for the Netflix series. Once Rege-Jean became a breakout star in the first season, producers needed The Duke of Hastings for the second season.
Regé-Jean turned down their offer of $50,000 per episode. The script called for The Duke to appear in just three episodes. He saw no need to return after “sticking the landing” in the first season.
Bridgerton is based on the book series by author Julia Quinn. Each book focused on one sibling of the Bridgerton family. Season one of the Netflix series started with Daphne, who (spoiler alert) married The Duke and had a baby. This coming season will be about her oldest brother, Anthony. (The Hollywood Reporter)

The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, April 7

Lisa Cripps-Downey from Berrien Community Foundation joins Zack, along with Dick Bartz from the Berrien Springs community, to discuss the “Give Where You Live” fund in the Berrien Springs community, and how you can start your own endowment fund with the BCF focused on an area of interest or location. Details at berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, April 7

TODAY IS:
  • National Girl, Me Too, Day … A day to recognize the shared experiences, strength, and support between women.
  • National Beer Day: A good day for a cold one.
  • National Walking Day: A good day to take a hike.
  • National No Housework Day: A good day to leave the laundry and go for a walk instead.

What’s the best part of your day? If you said eating, you’re in good company. A new survey found that 68% of respondents said that with the stress of work and life in general these days, that sitting down to eat is the best part of the day. What meals do people look forward to the most? Pizza (51%), burgers (38%), and pasta (38%). And it seems that cheat days have become cheat weekends – with people especially splurging on weekends. (SWNS)

Scientists think they’ve figured out why redheads have a higher tolerance for pain…and it has something to why they’re so vulnerable to sunburns. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found the cells that determine hair and skin color (melanocytes) also change how we process pain. A cell mutation that makes redheads ‘red’ and causes them to sunburn quickly also boosts their threshold for pain.

Speaking of eating … our dogs got bigger in quarantine too. A new UK study found that the average dog has put on a whopping 7 pounds since the beginning of the pandemic. Seems dogs have been getting more treats with their owners home during the day. And apparently guys are more generous with the treats. Pets with male owners gained an average of nine pounds each over the year, compared to six pounds for pups with female owners. (Metro)

Has coronavirus caused a ketchup shortage? Don’t start hoarding ketchup from the store just yet. It seems the shortage is in ketchup packets – Heinz in particular — due to so many people hitting up fast food restaurants and ordering takeout and delivery during the pandemic. Heinz told USA Today that it’s working to increase production to solve the problem.

Music News – Wednesday, April 7

Shawn Mendes has teamed up with Flow Water for a new series of “Wonder Grants” — cash stipends to teenagers working towards positive change in the world.
Shawn tweeted that this round of grants is focused on helping young people who are working as “sustainability activists” that aim to improve clean water access and conservation efforts.
The campaign launched at the beginning of April to coincide with Earth Month and also stars Halle BerryTaboo of The Black Eyed Peas  and NBA star Russell Westbrook.

Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that he hasn’t completely ruled out making another album. “I’m never going to say never. I may come up with an idea that could become a song. I may write a movie soundtrack. I may write a symphony. I don’t know. Anything’s possible.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, April 6

Three rescue dogs from Texas — a dad and his two pup sons — all got back together in New York City … by total random chance.
The dogs, Murray, his dad Marvin and his brother Leo lived together in Texas before being adopted by different people in New York City.
Marvin was out for a walk when he stopped to check out another dog — which turned out to be Leo. The owners of the dogs were surprised that the encounter was so friendly. After the strangers asked each other a few quick questions, they realized that both Marvin and Leo were from Texas. And, from the looks of things, they were related. Sure enough, it was father and son, together in the big city.
Things got even more bizarre when it was discovered that a friend of Leo’s owner had adopted the other brother — Marvin.
Phone numbers were exchanged and the owners were able to get all three dogs together for a very unlikely family reunion. (New York Post)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, April 6

Harvey Weinstein‘s lawyers have filed to appeal his rape conviction.
On Monday, his lawyers filed documents to overturn the conviction. According to CNBC, “They argue that Weinstein was denied his right to be tried by an impartial jury, and was denied his right to a fair trial because jurors were allowed to hear claims of serious sexual misconduct by him that were not the subject of the specific charges he faces, and that defense experts were improperly barred from testifying on the subject of memory of sexual events.”
And, the lawyers said, Weinstein received “a sentence that was harsh and excessive.”
Weinstein was convicted in February 2020 and is serving a 23-year prison sentence in the case.

Khloé Kardashian is on a mission to delete a private, unedited photo of herself from the internet.
According to Page Six, “The image shows the reality star’s face and body, as she appears in a bikini by a pool, without the heavy editing and airbrushing that are mainstays of photos Kardashian normally puts on Instagram.”
The pic started making the rounds around the internet, but many people were reportedly forced to take the down “under legal threats from the Kardashian camp.”
In a statement, Tracy Romulus, chief marketing officer for KKW Brands, said, “The color edited photo was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant.”
Another source tells Page Six us that the photo was “taken mid-conversation over the weekend and features some edits.” But the edits were not at the regular Kardashian level for campaigns for her clothing label, Good American.

And, Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers tells The Pat McAfee Show that he is interested in taking over as the full-time host of ”Jeopardy.’‘ “I would love to be the host of Jeopardy! There was conversation – there might have been some people who wanted me to shave to the skin. I don’t do that a whole lot, [but] if that was a prereq to get the full-time gig, no problem at all.”

The Coast Social Network with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber – Tuesday, April 6

Sarah with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber joins Zack to discuss some of the great upcoming ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings of new and expanded businesses in the area. The Chamber is here to support businesses & organizations for success and growth. Reach them anytime at smrchamber.com!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, April 6

TODAY IS:
  • World Table Tennis Day
  • National Caramel Popcorn Day
  • New Beer’s Eve: The sale of beer officially became legal again on April 7, 1933 – after Prohibition ended. The night before, when many people began lining up outside some breweries, has been known ever since as New Beer’s Eve.

Get ready for a hot summer … According to The Weather Channel, we’re in for a scorching summer throughout the country —  particularly in the western and central states. “A hotter than average June through August is expected from the West Coast to the Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes,” The Weather Channel revealed. “The northern and central Rockies into the northern and central Plains have the best chance for a hot summer.” (Travel & Leisure)

We’re hula hooping … Thanks to TikTok, the latest adult craze for both exercise — and out of sheer boredom — is hula hooping. There are even weighted versions of the toys that connect to apps for charting exercise and overall improvement. (Wall Street Journal)

Do you have any idea how many recurring subscriptions you have — or how much money you spend on them? If you don’t, you’re not alone. 78% of respondents in a recent survey by Chase say they have at least one recurring payment to a subscription service like Netflix or BarkBox, and 58% of those say they’ve forgotten about at least one of those subscriptions. 55% admit they don’t even know how much money they’re being charged monthly for these accounts. But it seems that a lot of people just don’t want to deal with the hassle of figuring out what recurring payments they have or trying to cancel them. (SWNS)

It might be time to stop obsessively sanitizing everything.  As we’ve learned more about Covid, we’ve found that the chances of getting it from a surface are WAY lower than we originally thought.
The CDC says the chances of catching Covid from a surface are less than one in 10,000.  And one chemist in Colorado says, quote, “If we took half the effort that’s being given to disinfection and put it on ventilation, that will be huge.”

Music News – Tuesday, April 6

Taylor Swift invited Keith Urban to join her on a couple of songs on her Fearless: Taylor’s Version album.
She writes on Instagram, “I’m really honored that @keithurban is a part of this project, duetting on ‘That’s When’ and singing harmonies on ‘We Were Happy.'”
Taylor was Keith’s opener when her original Fearless album came out.
Maren Morris also takes part in the album. She sings on “You All Over Me (From the Vault).”

The Easter Bunny brought Shawn Mendes a really big surprise on Sunday — the Mercedes SUV that was stolen from his home last month.
Okay, according to TMZ, the car was actually delivered by cops, who found it parked on a residential street in Beverly Hills. Much to the surprise of the officers, the vehicle was in perfect shape, not stripped or wrecked like most vehicles swiped under similar circumstances.
No arrests have been made, but the investigation is still open.

Katy Perry gave American Idol viewers a hair-raising look at maternal life on Sunday night — revealing that she stopped shaving her legs after giving birth to daughter Daisy Dove.
After contestant Cassandra Coleman performed her version of the Sigma song “Find Me,” Katy raved, “As a new mother I don’t have very much time, so I’ve quit shaving my legs. But when you sang, the hair on my legs grew an inch and a half. Full-body chills! It was amazing.”
In case anyone was doubting her words, Katy then pushed back her chair to put her legs up and show off that carefully cultivated stubble.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, April 5

Rita Krenz is a flight paramedic. She responds to emergencies and transports patients between hospitals by flying a helicopter.
When Rita realized how many people were dealing with debt because of medical situations, she decided to do something about it — and started raising money for a charity to help out.
The charity she chose — RIP Medical Debt — collects donations, and then distributes the money to those who are having a tough time paying their bills.
So far, Rita has raised $18,000 that has helped forgive the debt of more than 900 people.
Once RIP Medical Debt pays off a bill, it sends patients a yellow letter telling them things are resolved. This was important for Rita as it makes things personal. She explains that she can “picture a person going to the mailbox and getting that letter” — which motivates her to continue helping out as much as possible. (The Daily Universe)

The Daily Dish – Monday, April 5

David Schwimmer tells the BBC that the cast of ”Friends” may get back into character during their HBO Max reunion show. ”I’m going to LA to shoot the Friends Reunion. I will get to see everyone for the first time in years. Nothing is scripted and we are not in character. We are all ourselves, although there is one section of it that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something. I should have genned up on old episodes, but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to catch up on the 236 shows. I guess I need to watch a lot over the next five days!”

Lori Loughlin‘s husband Mossimo Giannuli was granted an early release from his prison sentence for helping the couple’s daughters cheat their way into college.
The 57-year-old, who was incarcerated in November for his part in the infamous bribery scandal, was transferred to a “residential facility” where he will reside until his actual release on April 17th.
Loughlin served two months behind bars before being released in December. (New York Post)

The Globe claims Ellen DeGeneres is allegedly fighting to save her career and marriage. A source tells the magazine, “Ellen’s been hit by a double whammy and her nerves are frayed. Her ratings are tanking, and her marriage is coming apart at the seams. Her strategy is to let the storm die down and then pull in some huge guest stars to win back her audience and reestablish herself as top-dog on the talk show circuit. Ellen is in a really bad place over Portia’s health crisis. Ellen realizes more than ever how much she desperately loves Portia, but she also knows it’ll be a lot of work to get the relationship back on track.”

Alfonso Ribeiro tells Hollywoodlife.com that he has no plans to make a cameo in the new Fresh Prince of Bel-Air series. “Not from me, no. It’s not a reboot. It’s a reimagining. It’s a completely different show with, with none of us really involved in it.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, April 5

TODAY IS:
  • Gold Star Spouses Day: This day honors the surviving spouses of military service members killed in the line of duty.
  • Go for Broke Day: A day to get out of your comfort zone and go for that thing you’ve been wanting to do, see, or achieve.
  • National Read a Roadmap Day
  • National Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • National Caramel Day

Will this be the summer of shopping? The president of Rakuten believes that after a year at home, people will be ready for some “revenge shopping” when the pandemic ends. “The advent of revenge shopping will resemble what we saw during the Roaring Twenties — a surging economy that will drive people to shop for more of the finer things that many felt they were deprived of due to the pandemic,” said Kristen Gall. “This last year also acted like a giant savings account for many people, which means they now actually have the means to treat themselves.” (Pure Wow)

Atkins? South Beach? Keto? These low-carb diets are all really popular. Have you tried any of them? Did you hate them? A survey by Health Digest asked respondents about the diets they tried, hated, and quit. Three of the most tried and most hated diets were all low-carb. But one was more hated than others. We’re looking at you, keto. 21% of those surveyed said they tried – and hated – the keto diet. The Atkins Diet was hated by over 16% of respondents, and 11% had no love for the South Beach diet after giving it a try.

Apparently, there are records for everything … including how long it takes to drink a Capri Sun juice pouch. Yep, there’s a Guinness world record for it – set during COVID-19 lockdowns by English college student Declan Evans. Evans has the record at 16.65 seconds, which includes the time it takes to get the attached straw out of the plastic before the drink is consumed. (Food & Wine)