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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, April 26

TODAY IS:
  • Pretzel Day
  • Get Organized Day

What’s your biggest worry on a first date? According to a new survey, people are most concerned about awkward conversations. 39% said that was their biggest worry on a first date – more than lack of chemistry (25%) and rejection (15%). (Health Digest)

Got old socks you don’t wear anymore? Don’t throw them away. Apparently while 80% of people donate their old clothes, 91% simply throw away their socks. Well, Colorado-based company Smartwool wants your old socks to turn into dog beds. You can drop off your unwanted socks in collection bins at select retailers in 42 different states till May 2nd. You can also mail your socks directly to Smartwool, but you’ll need to order something and then they’ll send you a bag to mail them in. (Martha Stewart).

Is looking in the mirror your friend or your foe? While some people enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror, we would wager that the majority don’t. If you’re one of those that don’t, maybe you should start. According to a new study from Japan, seeing your face in the mirror or even in a selfie, triggers feelings of pleasure in your brain.

Has COVID made you crowd averse? Seems one of the effects of the pandemic is that people can’t deal with crowds anymore. A new survey found that more than 65% of respondents said because of the pandemic they can no longer stand being around crowds of people and will do everything to avoid crowded spaces and standing in line, especially at the airport.

Speaking of post-COVID stress … While we’re all anxious for the pandemic to be over, lots of people are also dealing with the anxiety of getting back to real life. There’s even a name for it – “re-entry anxiety.” Whether it’s stressing about going back to an office instead of working from the comfort of your home, or having to commute again, or just having to deal with attending social events and gatherings again, “re-entry” anxiety is very real. (Self)

Music News – Monday, April 26

Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari attended a wedding on Saturday. Not their own, though.
Sam played the role of Best Man in the ceremony. Britney was his plus-one at the reception. They posted pre-wedding photos. Britney wore a vibrant blue mini-dress. Sam had a black tux.
Video from the reception showed the bride and groom on the dance floor with Sam and Britney, who chose not to twirl. He wrote on Instagram with a reference to their vaccination status, (quote) “Thanks to science, we get to dance again.” (E! News)

Nick Carter offered a second update on the health of his newborn baby on Thursday night, saying the child is “not out of the woods yet.”
Lauren Kitt Carter gave birth to the couple’s third child earlier this week, and Nick shared the happy news alongside word that there were “minor complications.” In a second update, the Backstreet Boy tweeted “So everything is looking better but we’re not out of the woods yet. We have to stay in the hospital one more night. Daddy and Mommy are watching baby like a Hawk. Thank you again for all your love and support. We see you,” followed by a prayer emoji.
The couple hasn’t revealed the baby’s name or gender as of yet.

Bryan Adams tells SongwriterUniverse.com that he has some advice for artists that are just starting out in the business. “Don’t sign anything over to any dodgy managers or production companies, because unless they manage the Rolling Stones you’ll get ripped off for sure. If they are good people, they won’t ask for your publishing. That’s actually a great judge of if they are creeps or not. Remember the most important thing about any song deals: they need you a lot more than you need them.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, April 23

In Johannesburg, South Africa, a black Labrador named Jessie heroically rescued his friend — a Pomeranian named Chucky — from drowning in the family pool.
Security cameras were rolling and captured footage of Chucky slipping and falling in the in-ground pool. Chucky was in big trouble because there was no way for him to pull himself out of the water.
He was able to keep his head above water while Jessie looked for ways to rescue him. The video shows that Jessie wasn’t too thrilled about being close to the water herself.
But, she kept trying and trying until she was able to reach down and pull Chucky up from the pool with her teeth.
The owners, who were not home at the time, were confused why Jessie and Chucky were wet. And when they looked at the security video, it all made sense and they were relieved that Jessie was able to step up and make the rescue.
The owners also admitted it was a lesson learned, and now plan to cover the pool to make sure such a mishap doesn’t happen again. (Borneo Bulletin)

The Daily Dish – Friday, April 23

The 93rd Academy Awards airs Sunday on ABC. Nomadland is expected to continue its award season winning streak and take the top prize.
Presenters include Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Renée Zellweger.
It’s the most diverse group of nominees ever. Nine of the 20 acting nominees are people of color.
With so few films actually hit theaters this year, eligibility was expanded to streaming-TV films, and Netflix is expected to be the leading studio with six wins.

New Idea magazine claims Jennifer Lopez is allegedly ready to date now that she has broken up with Alex Rodriguez. The magazine claims she is possibly interested in dating Brad Pitt. A source tells New Idea that Channing Tatum is interested in dating Jennifer. ”Tatum was pitching a new dance project to star in alongside J.Lo so he could get closer to her. They’ve crossed paths on the red carpet back when she was single and always flirted like crazy.”

The National Enquirer claims the cast of ”Friends” is allegedly worried about how their HBO Max reunion special will be received. A source tells the magazine, “There’s some serious anxiety, especially knowing they’ll be judged on their looks. Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and definitely Matthew Perry have struggled with the aging process and they’re camera shy these days for that reason. They’re worried about the format being totally unscripted because most of them have no experience in that.”

Furry Friends Friday with Gregory from Berrien County Animal Control – April 23

Are you an active family looking for an energetic family member? A dog that would love to join you for hikes, long walks on the beach, or even a good hearty swim at the lake? Well this is the wrong dog for you! Gregory is a chonky older doggo, ready for a solid nap in a sunny spot. Gregory surely will join you for a car ride.. to McDonalds for a burger (or six)! Yes, we know Gregory needs to lose some weight, but that’s a conversation for later. Greg is 105 pounds of lazy dude-ster. Do you have kids? Good. Have other dogs? Great. Have a comfy bed and willingness to share a plate of nachos? Even better. Call the shelter at (269) 927-5648 to adopt our stout guy, Gregory.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, April 23

TODAY IS:
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day: Sprinkle your texts with some thous, haths, and arts to confuse everyone.
  • Picnic Day: A good day to eat outside (again).
  • Take a Chance Day: A day to break out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Life is slowly starting to get back to normal … but people still want to keep working from home. A brand-new survey has found that attitudes about remote work haven’t changed – even after more and more people are getting vaccinated. 65% of those surveyed said they wanted to keep working from home, even after COVID ends. 11% said they want a flexible arrangement with some days working remotely and some days at the office. Only 2% said they were looking forward to going back into an office full-time.
Why do people want to keep working from home? 49% said they still had fears about COVID-19, 46% worry that they will lose their flexibility, and 43% think it will negatively affect their work-life balance.
Another big reason people want to keep working from home is that it is saving them money. 38% say working from home is saving them more than $5,000 a year and 20% said they are saving as much as $10,000 a year. The savings are coming from things like not eating out, not buying as much gas, and not needing dry cleaning.

You’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s when people get depressed in the winter months due to lack of sunshine. Some people who suffer from SAD even get special lights to simulate sunlight. Well, it turns out there is such a thing as reverse SAD. It’s when people get the blues because of all the sunlight. Apparently about 10% of those affected by SAD experience it during the summer months. (Health Digest)

How seriously do Italians take their gelato? This gives you an idea … Some legislators in Italy want to make it illegal to sell bad gelato. Yep, they want to fine cream makers who add air to gelato to make it a fluffier texture, or who use artificial flavors or ingredients. Gelato makers would only be allowed to use “milk and its derivatives,” eggs, and fresh fruit – or face fines of up to $12,000. (Food & Wine)

Music News – Friday, April 23

The Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter sent out a mixed-message tweet on Thursday morning, revealing that his wife Lauren Kitt Carter had given birth to a baby — with “some complications.”
Carter didn’t share the child’s name or gender, but said, “As a parent knows all too very well, sometimes things don’t turn out the way you plan it. We have been experiencing some minor complications but things are looking a little better after the first night.
Lauren has suffered a number of miscarriages over the years, which complicated matters. The couple’s family already includes five-year-old son Odin Reign and one-year-old daughter Saorise  Reign.

Now that the shock of the Framing Britney Spears documentary has died down, the BBC has jumped in the ring to stir things up with a second film about the troubled singer’s life.
The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship promises to explore “both sides of the issue” through interviews with people who worked with Brit, folks in her Louisiana hometown, leaders of the #FreeBritney movement and, of course, Perez Hilton.
The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship will air on BBC iPlayer on May 1st, and on BBC Two on May 5th. (Metro)

Singer Vanessa Carlton has a new documentary out called ‘A Story of A Thousand Miles.’ It’s about her 2001 hit and how she actually hated it. WHAT?! She tells us she cringed every time she had to perform it. She was just 17-year-old when she wrote the three-time GRAMMY nominated song. She doesn’t name the star who inspired it in the Vice documentary streaming now on YouTube. But people speculate it’s either about Wes Bentley or Jessica Chastain.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, April 22

Mark Leistico of Grand Junction, Colorado, has a 14-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son who participate in local theater projects.
But instead of just showing up to practices and helping out with the productions to support his kids, Mark ran an ultra-marathon to raise money for the theater.
Mark admits that he was thinking about running the 100-mile race for fun, but then saw it as a chance to combine his passion for running with his kids’ passion for theater.
Calling his effort “Theater Dad on the Run,” Mark set a goal of raising $4000. He ended up crushing that goal — and raising a staggering $24,000.
And, all he had to do to raise that money was run 100 miles in just over 33 hours … all without sleeping. (KKCO-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, April 22

How I Met Your Mother sequel series called How I Met Your Father has been ordered at Hulu. According to VarietyHilary Duff will star as Sophie who tells “her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.”

The fans have been heard and LeVar Burton will guest-host Jeopardy!
After a social media campaign to get the Reading Rainbow and Star Trek star on the game show, producers have announced that he’ll be part of the final group of guest hosts.
Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards said, “Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host. Our passionate fans are telling us what they like, and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes. We look forward to sharing the rest of the season with our viewers.”
A Change.org petition demanding Burton permanently replace Alex Trebek has gotten 246,000 signatures.
George StephanopoulosRobin Roberts and Joe Buck were also among those named as the final guest hosts.

Glamour magazine says Jennifer Lopez dumped Alex Rodriguez because she was miserable. A source tells the magazine,  “She has been pretty miserable. And didn’t think it was in her best interests to stay with Alex. There are are too many issues that are unresolved. They both liked spending more time together as a family, but it was difficult to keep that special spark when they saw each other every day. Whether or not he has cheated doesn’t matter. She won’t tolerate the fear of it in the air between them.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, April 22

TODAY IS:
  • Earth Day
  • Jelly Bean Day

Seems real estate envy is powerful … A new survey found that 50% of respondents would rather browse the Zillow real estate website than have sex. (Best Life)
Some more findings from the survey:
  • 53% said they looked up the value of their boss’ home on Zillow.
  • 55% said they spent between 1-4 hours a day on Zillow.
  • 56% said they’ve canceled plans with friends to spend time on the site.
  • 58% said they missed an important deadline because of time spent on Zillow.
  • 63% said they’ve used Zillow to look up the value of their friends’ homes.
  • 64% said they’ve contacted a real estate agent about a house they couldn’t afford.

Speaking of sex … Here’s a good reason to make good sleep a priority … A new study found that good sleep leads to a better sex life for women. Poor sleep, on the other hand, is linked to a worse sex life.

Have you ever broken up … with your best friend? It may be hard to imagine life without your BFF, but if the relationship is more stressful than supportive and fun – it may be time to cut ties. Therapist Shani Tran says these are some of the reasons to re-examine your relationship with your BFF:
  • They’re always putting you down.
  • You’re affected by their drama/problems.
  • They don’t show any interest in you or what you’re going through but expect you to be interested in them.
  • They are competitive with you/jealous of you and not supportive of your dreams.
  • You’re making all the effort to keep in contact.
  • They make you feel nervous whenever you’re around them/on the phone with them/Facetiming with them (Pop Sugar)

Ready to get away this summer? new survey finds half of us will take at least one vacation between June and September. For those going, more than 40 percent say they will drop over a thousand bucks to make it happen. Nearly half say they’re planning a road trip.

Music News – Thursday, April 22

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine tells Vanity Fair magazine that he has no plans to retire from performing. “It just was something I loved so much that I wanted to do. I’d been thinking about that since I was 12, and that passion hasn’t gone anywhere.”

Bruno Mars tells The San Diego Union Tribune newspaper that he would love to talk with the late Bob Marley. “I’d like to talk to Bob Marley. Bob is one of the greatest songwriters ever. I don’t know if people understand how powerful his songs are and the simplicity and genius behind them. I feel, as a songwriter, it’s one of the hardest things to do — to sit down and say how you feel. He really did that on all his songs and it was just so genuine, and I want to know how he did it.”

“Johnny Cash Day” is about to be a legit memorial day in Arkansas. The state’s House of Representatives voted 92-0 to send the measure to the governor. “Johnny Cash Day” will be observed annually on February 26th. The Man in Black was born in Kingsland, Arkansas in 1932.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, April 21

Each year, the students at Littlefield High School in Texas raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And this year, they were going to donate the money to a student at the school.
But instead of choosing to take a trip for himself, this student — who wishes to remain anonymous — chose to pay the “wish” forward and donate it to the hospital to brighten the days of other teenagers.
Because of the generosity of this student, a $9,000 check was presented to the Covenant Health Foundation — which will purchase crafts and special food to make things a bit easier for teens who are hospitalized.
Kathryn Pylant, a hospital official who has worked with the student, said that the donation is incredible, but not unexpected, because he’s “very selfless, and he always thinks of others” — which is exactly what he did here by passing up the chance to go to Disneyland. (KCBD-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, April 21

WandaVision leads the nominees for the MTV Movie & TV Awards with five noms.
In the TV categories, Emily in Paris and The Boys follow with four nods apiece, and Bridgerton and The Mandalorian have three each.
In the film categories, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was tops with three nominations, followed by Judas and the Black Messiah with two.
Chadwick Boseman received a posthumous nomination for best performance in a movie for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
The MTV Movie & TV Awards will air live May 16th from the Palladium in Los Angeles.

Zac Efron is single again.
The star has split from his Australian girlfriend Vanessa Valladares after 10 months of dating, according to The Daily Telegraph.
This comes just weeks before he’s set to begin filming the movie Firestarter in Canada. A source had told the Daily Mail last month that Zac planned to take Vanessa.
Zac reportedly met the aspiring model in June while she was working as a waitress at the Byron Bay General Store in New South Wales. According to reports, she quit her job to spend more time with Zac while he worked on the movie Gold and the Netflix documentary series Down to Earth With Zac Efron.

The Globe claims Aaron Rodgers is in the running to replace Alex Trebek as the permanent host of ”Jeopardy.” A source tells the magazine, “Behind the scenes, Aaron says to pretty much anybody who will listen that he really wants the permanent job, When it comes to having a famous name, and one associated with sportsmanship, Aaron has the edge and his team is campaigning hard to get the job on a permanent basis!”
The Wrap says the ratings for Aaron Rodgers’ time on ”Jeopardy” were huge. They improved 14% from Dr.Oz’s final week. Rodgers equaled Katie Couric’s ratings of 5.6 million viewers. Over 6 million watched Ken Jennings guest host. Anderson Cooper from CNN and 60 Minutes began his guest host stint this week for the next two weeks.

Music News – Wednesday, April 21

Prince died five years ago today, on April 21st, 2016.
Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7th, 1958 to a musical family — his father was a pianist and songwriter and his mother was a jazz singer.
His first pop breakthrough came in with his 1979 self-titled album, which included the Top 15 hit “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” He broke through in 1982 with the release of the double album 1999, which included the hit title track, “Little Red Corvette” and “Delirious.” While making that album he finally came upon a name for his backing band, The Revolution, which accompanied him on his greatest commercial success.
The loosely autobiographical film Purple Rain saw Prince play a character called “The Kid” struggling in the Minneapolis club scene. The film was a surprise hit, while its soundtrack album became one of the biggest albums of the ’80s. It spent 24 weeks at number-one and spun off the number-one hits “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”
The early 1990s saw Prince battle with his label, Warner Brothers. He went so far to change his name to a symbol and had people call him The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
In 2000 he reclaimed the Prince name and started touring again. He released a series of albums that saw him back in the Top 10. He continued to tour up until his death, notably playing the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2007.
His Paisley Park compound in Minnesota is open to the public today for remembrances, though reservations are required.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, April 20

Christy Lucas spent 17 years as an educator in Hanover, Pennsylvania — and felt called to leave her career to start a charity to serve veterans full-time.
Christy saw that some veterans in her community were struggling, which didn’t sit well with her, considering these brave people had served our country.
So, she launched a charity called Roots for Boots.
Among other activities, Roots for Boots organizes a monthly food drive. In the beginning, it served eight veterans in need. But since then, it has grown to serve nearly 90 veterans, with the help of dozens of volunteers.
Christy calls Roots for Boots “more than just a food bank,” pointing out that it “restores hope.”
Veterans appreciate the effort not just because the food, but also because it connects the community of veterans in a positive way, making sure nobody feels forgotten. (CBS News)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, April 20

Dwayne Johnson‘s Aquaman-obsessed daughter, Tiana Gia, got a suprise from the superhero himself on her third birthday.
The Rock called in a favor from his pal Jason Momoa, who sent the birthday girl a personalized video. Johnson filmed the little girl’s “priceless” reaction to the birthday message and posted it to Instagram.
In the clip, Momoa said, “I’m sorry I couldn’t be there but I love you and tell your papa that I love him too. I’ll see you soon, happy 3rd birthday. Bye Jazzy, bye Tia, love you.”
After hearing the message, Tiana jumped with joy.
In the post, Johnson wrote, “I had to make the call…it’s what daddy’s do. I can’t thank my brother @prideofgypsies enough for making this adoring 3yr old’s birthday the best EVER. Her reaction is priceless and what it’s all about.”
Earlier in the day, Johnson had showed Tiana’s love for Aquaman in several videos.

The Daily Mail says Russell Crowe wants to lose a large amount of weight before marrying his 30-year-old girlfriend Brittany Theriot. A source tells various publications, ”Russell’s doing everything he can to knock off the pounds. He wants to walk down the aisle looking his best. Everyone’s buzzing that he’s already bought a massive solitaire ring for her and they’re expecting an engagement announcement any day now. He’s finally healed his wounds after splitting with Danielle, and is ready to take that big step again”.

Life & Style Weekly Magazine claims Alex Rodriguez is allegedly warning Ben Affleck not to pursue Jennifer Lopez. A source tells the magazine  “Ben had to know that if he gushed about Jen in the article, it would get under Alex’s skin — and it did. A-Rod isn’t taking it lightly. Rodriguez is determined not to give Jen any reason to think about running back to Ben.”

TV Insider says Tom Bergeron may be returning as the host of ”Dancing With the Stars”. He posted a video from ”The Godfather Part 3” along with the caption: “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in. Stay tuned…”

The Coast Social Network with The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber – Tuesday, April 20

Sarah with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber joins Zack to talk about more great businesses and organizations holding ribbon-cuttings in the area, and how you can feature your own business or organization if you are growing/expanding or opening. Visit smrchamber.com for more!... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, April 20

TODAY IS:
  • Lookalike Day
  • 4/20, the so-called Stoner’s Holiday. According to a new survey, 25% of Americans now consume cannabis — or have tried some form of it in the last year. This number is up a staggering 56% since 2018. The survey also found that 44% of American cannabis consumers believe April 20 should be recognized as a national holiday. (Forbes)

TikTok users aren’t shy about touting their favorite products – and Amazon has taken notice. To make shopping for these products easier, they’ve actually created a virtual storefront called, Internet Famous where you can shop all these products in one place. (Glamour)

The Daily Star says men are buying muscular bodysuits so they can look ripped and buff without going to the gym. The suits are made from silicone. People can buy a full torso, an upper body or a lower body suit. They cost $270. The suits make it appear as though men have a six pack of abs, and are made to fit under clothing easily.

With allergy season now here, more of us are coughing, sneezing and having asthma attacks. Question is, could a bad thunderstorm bring on asthma for thousands? Researchers call it “thunderstorm asthma and say it’s rare but does happen. Scientists looked at one particular storm five years ago in Melbourne, Australia. When the thunder came it didn’t bring much rain, but did drop a wave of humidity during the height of hay fever season. Hospitals saw a nearly 700-percent increase in patients with respiratory problems. Doctors and pharmacies were also inundated with calls. Asthma symptoms contributed to at least 10 people dying.

Music News – Tuesday, April 20

Ace Showbiz says the members of ABBA are working hard to develop their likenesses for their hologram tour. Bjorn Ulvaeus says, ”The band members were photographed from all possible angles and made to grimace in front of cameras. They painted dots on our faces, they measured our heads. We are really good friends and we see each other quite often. Being together in the studio again, it was so familiar. It all came rushing back in seconds. We had fun. You have to have fun.”

Elton John tells NPR.org that he became a musician simply because he loves music. “Well, you know, a lot of rock musicians go into rock music to pull girls. That was never my motive. I just wanted to play music. I was so obsessed with music, nothing entered my head apart from that.”

LUKE BRYAN told People that COVID-19 didn’t knock him down as hard as it could have, but he’s feeling very “blessed” to be on the other side.  He said he “didn’t have a long set of symptoms” but there were a tough couple of days.
Luckily, his wife was there to help.  Quote, “There were times when Caroline was nursing me back, so I was certainly amazed to move through that.”
In a different interview he opened up about his self-quarantine.  Quote, “I put myself in a part of the house and stayed away from my boys.  I didn’t want them to miss school so [one of the hardest things was] not being able to hug my kids.”
Missing the family is one thing, but NOT being on TV, that was a living hell.
Quote, “It was really, really tough not being [at ‘American Idol’].  That was the toughest part of quarantine.  It was really tough for me to have to miss out, but I was honored and amazed that Paula [Abdul] stepped in for me.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, April 19

From 1982 to 1996, Jessie Hamilton worked as a chef at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house at Louisiana State University. During that time, she didn’t just feed up to 100 young men, five days a week. She also would listen to the fraternity brothers and help them work through their problems.
Well, those men didn’t forget about Jessie and the impact she had on their lives. They pitched in and paid off her mortgage.
On the day of her 74th birthday, friends and family — along with some of the fraternity brothers — gathered to surprise her at her home. They presented her with a $45,000 check to pay off the mortgage and another check for almost $7000 for herself.
The fraternity brother who led the campaign, Andrew Fusaiotti, explained that she was “truly like a mother” to the guys.
Jessie agreed, saying, “They were my kids. They still are.”
And all these years later, the men she took care of were able to step up and take care of her. (Patriot-News)

The Daily Dish – Monday, April 19

Sharon Osbourne did her first interview since leaving The Talk last month.
She left over an on-air disagreement with co-host Sheryl Underwood after Sharon defended her friend, British journalist Piers Morgan, over his criticism of Meghan Markle following her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Friday on HBO’s Real Time With Bill MaherSharon said, “It’s not fair, because it isn’t about being a racist. It’s about maybe not knowing what is correct and woke for your language that day, because it changes from day to day…
“I’ve been called so many things in my life, I am so used to being called names, but a racist is one I will not take.”
Sharon, who was reportedly given a $10 million payout, added, “I’m going to be just fine. I’m fine. I’m a fighter. I’m fine.”
But she did question Prince Harry‘s own feelings about race and privilege. “You know when they say with white privilege? Right there with Harry. He’s the poster boy. He sits there and says daddy cut him off so he’s not on the wages anymore and he was boo-hooing about it. You can’t feel empathy for that because you are healthy, bright educated young man. You can go do whatever you want to do. Your life is your own.”

Mossimo Giannulli is a free man.
The fashion designer, who was convicted for his role in the college admissions scandal, has completed his five-month sentence. Mossimo was released from a federal prison in California earlier this month and was able to complete the remainder of his sentence at home.
Mossimo’s wife Lori Loughlin served two months in prison before being released in December.
The couple pleaded guilty in May to paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though they never participated in the sport.

Matthew McConaughey has a real shot at becoming the next governor of Texas.
In a new poll by The Dallas Morning News and The University of Texas Tyler, 45% of the registered voters surveyed said they’d vote for the actor.
Meanwhile, only 33% said they’d support incumbent Governor Greg Abbott.
McConaughey recently said he’d consider running for the office, and added that “it would be up to the people” on whether he did or not.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, April 19

TODAY IS:
National Garlic Day

Have you tried popcorn salad? It’s been around for a while apparently, but it’s been trending on Twitter lately. It’s basically white cheddar popcorn mixed with carrots, celery, snap peas and a sauce made of mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, shallots and Dijon mustard. Something to bring to the next BBQ? (In the Know)

How about some peanut butter with your lipstick? The Reese’s candy brand has teamed up with HipDot to create a limited edition line of makeup. The collection, on sale now, includes eye shadow palettes in ‘milk chocolate’ and ‘white chocolate,’ two lip balms, and two makeup brushes. Reese’s is the latest food brand to jump into the beauty space, following recent announcements by Chipotle and Peeps.

Get your vacuums ready to roll because household chores can be good for you! new Canadian study found that older adults who spent more time on chores like dusting, cleaning, and gardening, have bigger brains – and bigger brains can help prevent dementia. The scientists suggest that the low-risk physical activity of chores can help boost brain volume, which is a strong predictor of cognitive health.

This is really cool — literally … Scientists at Purdue University have created the whitest paint in the world, and they think it could eliminate the need for air conditioning! The paint is so white that it reflects more than 98% of sunlight that hits it, which means it also reflects heat. Scientists say painting the roof of apartment buildings or the roof of a house could eliminate the need for running the AC all day. On top of that, they think painting a rocky surface of the earth where no one lives could help prevent global warming. They think the paint will be available to buy in about two years. (Newser)