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Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Tuesday, December 8

In Corrales, New Mexico, Chad Akenhead and his family are selling Christmas trees with the idea of helping both their customers and small businesses in the area.
Chad and his family set aside more than 40 trees to sell, asking people to pay what they can for the trees.
And then, all that money will be donated to small businesses in the area.
The promise from the Akenhead family is real. The trees are available for whatever families can afford to pay, even if it’s nothing.
Their efforts have already raised more than $1,000 for businesses in need.
Chad explained that “money is cool,” but during these crazy times, nothing beats making people happy.
See more on this story from KRQE-TV

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, December 8

The KardashianJenner family’s famous Christmas Eve party has been canceled.
Khloé Kardashian writes, “The Covid cases are getting out of control in CA. So we decided that we’re not doing a Christmas Eve party this year. It’s the first time we will not be having a Christmas Eve party since 1978 I believe.”
The reality star added that they plan to put “health and safety first,” and that “taking this pandemic seriously is a must.”

Brookline, Massachusetts police recently arrested a man for breaking into Tom Brady’s Brookline mansion. The home is currently for sale. No word on if the man took anything. TMZ says the suspect, Zannini Cineus, was previously arrested for stealing a Tom Brady jersey from the New England Patriots Hall of Fame exhibit. Officers found Zannini laying on a couch in Tom’s home.

Carole Baskin tells The Observer newspaper that she was shocked after watching ”Tiger King” because she has never spoken to Joe Exotic. “At the end of it. I just sat there with my [current] husband, looking at each other, like: ‘What was that?’ Such a missed opportunity. Because there was so much they could have shown people about the egregious abuse that these animals suffer. Instead, they just glamorized this yahoo in Oklahoma, and tried to create a feud. I’ve never even spoken to Joe Exotic. I’ve seen him in person I think four times. It was like watching a dumpster fire, you just couldn’t turn away from it. It was just mesmerizing that there could be this many crazy people doing so many wretched things to animals.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, December 8

Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day
National Brownie Day

What songs are a must on your workout playlist? According to a survey commissioned by Rock My Run, 65% of respondents said they had “no motivation” to exercise without their workout music. And when it came to top music genres for workout playlists, there were no clear favorites — with most people saying they mixed it up with a little bit of everything. But some songs seem to be a staple on everyone’s workout playlists. Rock My Run has named the 50 Best Workout Songs of All Time. The winning song at the top of the list? “We Will Rock You/We are the Champions” from Queen.

From labor to lawyer … The Chicago woman who made headlines in October when she went into labor during the bar exam, gave birth, and then finished the test, is more than just a new mom. She’s also a new lawyer — because she found out last week that she passed the bar. To refresh your memory … Brianna Hill was supposed to take the exam in July, three months before her due date, but when the pandemic pushed it off to October, she knew it might conflict with her delivery — and she was right. Her water broke during the first part of the two-day exam. She gave birth later that day and then finished the test the next day in the hospital. Congrats, Brianna! (WMAQ-TV)

Forget gingerbread houses, charcuterie houses are all the rage this year. Yep, instead of gingerbread, icing, candy canes and gumdrops, these savory houses are made of cold cuts, cheese, crackers, nuts and veggies. (Shape)

Music News – Tuesday, December 8

Gwen Stefani is the kind of star who needs no introduction, but she’s offering one anyway — on the comeback single, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself.”
Gwen debuted the bouncy tune last night on The Voice, and she tells fans to expect a bit of a throwback. She says, “The idea was to write a song that had a bit of a nostalgic feeling to it, so I think musically it reminds you of back in the day, going back to where I started musically which was with ska and reggae. I’m still the same me but here’s something a little bit new in case you feel like hearing a little bit more of me.” You can find it on YouTube…it definitely sounds like a No Doubt track!

Cyndi Lauper‘s taking her annual Home for the Holidays benefit show virtual this year — and she’s making it bigger than ever.
Taylor Swift, Cher, Dolly Parton, Billie Eilish, Boy George and Adam Lambert are among the dozens of artists who’ve signed on to perform or speak at the 10th incarnation of the event. The show premieres Friday on TikTok and will stream again on Lauper’s YouTube channel and Facebook page on December 13th. Cyndi will pop on to chat with fans during all the streams.
Proceeds from Home for the Holidays will go to True Colors United, which Cyndi co-founded 12 years ago to prevent and end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello are looking to spread some warmth for the holidays, so they cuddled up by an open fire… To record their lovey-dovey version of “The Christmas Song.”
Camila introduced the duet on Instagram, writing, “This holiday season, it is more important than ever to spread love and kindness to everyone! Shawn and I wanted to send all our love to you amazing humans so we put together something special for you.”
“The Christmas Song” is featured on the holiday deluxe edition of Shawn’s new Wonder album. The feel-good song will also do good for others. Camila says that proceeds from sales will go to Feeding America — and she and Shawn will match that with a $100,000 donation of their own.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Monday, December 7

Thomas Panek is blind — but that didn’t stop him from running a 5K loop in Central Park in New York City, without the help of a human partner or guide dog.
Amazingly, Thomas just used the Guideline app from Google. The app gave him instructions that he was able to hear in his headphones — that allowed him to safely put one foot in front of the other.
Thomas believes “humans are born to run,” and has dedicated his life to helping others get out there, regardless of any challenges they face.
Running a long distance without any assistance was a huge victory for Thomas, who appreciates the feeling of freedom and independence, every step of the way.
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The Daily Dish – Monday, December 7

David L. Lander, who played Squiggy on Laverne & Shirley, has died at 73.
The actor passed away Friday evening from complications related to multiple sclerosis at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
He went public with his diagnosis in 1999, and later worked closely with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Director Kevin Smith tweeted, “This funny man made my childhood happier with his work on Laverne & Shirley and his guest appearance on The Simpsons as himself still makes me laugh today.”
Lander’s other credits include A League of Their OwnWho Framed Roger Rabbit, Used Cars and Scary Movie.

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas have taken their relationship to the next level.
The couple are shacking up in Ben’s Los Angeles home. A friend of Affleck also says “their relationship continues to be strong.”
Ana sold her place in Venice, California before making the big move.
The two have been romantically linked since early this year after they met shooting the thriller Deep Water.

The Sun says Tom Cruise wants to film some upcoming scenes for Mission Impossible 7 and 8 in space. A source tells the newspaper, “Tom is well known for doing his own stunts and the Mission films have had some of the ­biggest and most elaborate movie moments ever shot. But he’s keen to push things further than anybody has ever done before — and, obviously, the big unknown is can you actually film in space. He’s pretty certain he can make something work and has spoken to Nasa about it, too.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, December 7

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: It’s the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

How do you string the lights on your Christmas tree? According to multiple TikTok videos, the easiest and best way to put the lights on your tree is to string them vertically instead of going round and round like usual. Apparently, it not only looks just as good, but it’s easier, will take you less time, and you’ll need fewer lights. (House Beautiful)

Not the same ol’ resolutions … New Year’s Resolutions are going to be a whole lot different this year. Seems the last year has had an effect on people’s priorities. A new survey found that the typical resolutions – losing weight, exercising more – are being replaced by things like learning new life skills, having new experiences and saving money.

What do you do to calm down after an argument with your significant other? A 48-year-old man in Italy decided he needed to go for a walk … for 280 miles. The man was walking for more than a week when police finally found him. According to reports, he was “a little tired” but otherwise fine. But that long walk came with a price … he was fined almost $500 for breaking Italy’s coronavirus curfew, which requires people to be off the streets from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. (Insider)

Yahoo News says Eva Welch, of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, has created a Totally 80’s Christmas tree. It’s decorated with Cabbage Patch dolls, Yoda, Gizmo, the green slime ghost from Ghostbusters, 80’s video games, New Kids on the Block dolls, 80’s candy, 80’s toys, a View-Master, Teen Beat magazines and a Punky Brewster doll.
Eva says, “It is about going back to simpler times. It made me feel good in a time that is not so good.”

Music News – Monday, December 7

Lewis Capaldi has been named Songwriter of the Year by Variety, and he’s proud of the honor — but says the overall darkness of 2020 helped make him the man of the hour.
Lewis says “It’s genuinely overwhelming, especially this year, to know that through all this [crap] that has been happening, people are listening to my music. Whether or not they wanted to — maybe someone was listening on the radio and they went, ‘This [stuff] is terrible, turn that off. I’ve soundtracked the worst year of many people’s lives. That’s quite a feeling!”
So how does he write downer songs like “Someone You Loved”? He jokes, “What I do to get, as you say, in that zone, is: Immediately before a song, I will go to the bathroom, look into the mirror and I‘ll pick my nose hairs out or pluck my ear hairs out, while also just filling my own head with little things like, ‘Oh, you’ve got that weird tooth thing that Tom Cruise also has, where your teeth don’t line up. You’ve got one of those tuck-in chins that is not desirable at all.”

Life & Style Weekly Magazine says Gwen Stefani has been busy planning her wedding to Blake Shelton. A source tells the magazine, “The first will be small with family at the house in Oklahoma. That’s when they’ll officially exchange vows. Gwen would love to have a Christmas wedding with the family there. When the pandemic is over, the big ceremony and party will take place. They’re hoping it’ll be next year at their new Encino home because it’s easily accessible for their celebrity friends and the perfect setting. Blake’s written a love song about Gwen, too, which he’ll sing live.”

Furry Friends Friday with CiCi & Hops from Berrien Co Animal Control – December 4

This week we are bringing you not one, but TWO cute bun buns! Meet CiCi and Hops. Both young adult rabbits (6-8 months old).  Hops is an all black sleek New Zealand mix and CiCi is the Jersey Wooly mix.  Both bunnies are as sweet as can be and love to socialize!  Hops and CiCi are quite attached to each other, always eating at the same time, drinking at the same time, and even grooming each other!  Both girls can be adopted for only $20 with two carry home boxes!  Please contact Berrien County Animal Control at 269-927-5648 for more information about our adorable duo, CiCi and Hops.... [Read Full Story]

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, December 4

6-year-old Chip Matthews of Opelika, Alabama, loves to get the mail for his family — and this is something his mail carrier Tawanna Purter has noticed over the past few months.
Tawanna also noticed that Chip’s house was decorated with birthday balloons.
So when Chip showed up to collect the mail — along with all the birthday gifts that had been sent to him — Tawanna wanted to make things extra special for him.
She was able to hand him the packages, along with some cash from her own pocket.
Chip was ecstatic about the extra-special and unexpected gift — and showed his appreciation of Tawanna by meeting up with her again and giving her a thank you card.
Chip is putting the money toward a Spider-Man action figure he’s saving up for. But, more importantly, he’s creating fun memories with a kind woman that will last long after things go back to normal.

The Daily Dish – Friday, December 4

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special is now streaming on Apple-plus. Invited guests for a sing-a-long on her original Christmas song “Oh Santa!” are Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.
Magical Christmas Special guest stars include Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Snoop Dogg, ballerina Misty Copeland, Mixed-ish star Mykal-Michelle Harris and Mariah’s 9-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. (Billboard)
And, soon you can hear Mariah share inside secrets about her holiday special when she appears on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Their annual holiday episode features Mariah for the hour.
Live with Kelly and Ryan @ Home for the Holidays airs on Tuesday, December 22nd. (Walt Disney TV)

Good news if you have a subscription to HBO Max. All of Warner Bros.’ 2021 movies are heading to the streaming service next year on the same day they hit theaters.
Earlier, Warner Bros. made the same announcement for Wonder Woman 1984. Now The Matrix 4, the Dune remake and The Suicide Squad sequel, among others, will follow suit.
The movies will be released in 2021 on HBO Max for 31 days. After that, they’ll only play in theaters, until they return to home rental platforms video.

Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert developed an “irritating medical condition.” It’s called benign positional vertigo.
Abrupt movement of his head can cause intense dizziness. Typically, benign positional vertigo lasts several weeks to months. Colbert confessed, “It’s almost entertaining, until I forget. I go to stand up, and then I just fall down.” (Vanity Fair)
Benign positional vertigo is commonly caused by blows to the head or damage to the inner ear, which controls balance. A childhood tumor forced doctors to remove Colbert’s eardrum. (People)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, December 4

National Cookie Day: A good day to make some Christmas cookies.

Since we’re talking about sweets… We’ve all been indulging in our fair share of comfort foods and sweets since March, and according to Häagen-Daz’s Flavor of 2020 report, our favorite ice cream flavor of the year has been … vanilla. Coffee came in a close second with strawberry rounding out third place. (Fox News)

How many people are you buying gifts for this year? A new survey by Omaha Steaks found that the average American will spend about $323 on holiday gifts this year — for six different people. Millennials plan to spend the most on gifts this year – with an average budget of $331 — about $12 more than Boomers and Gen Xers. According to the survey, Gen Z will spend the least – about $220. Gen Zers will also exchange gifts with only about four people.
Here are the Top 10 gifts people will buy this year, according to the survey:
  1. Gift card — 51%
  2. Clothing — 43%
  3. Fashion Accessories — 36%
  4. Household Items — 35%
  5. Food/drink — 25%
  6. Smartphone accessories — 25%
  7. Computer accessories — 25%
  8. Books — 23%
  9. Other — 18%
  10. Exercise Equipment — 16% (SWNS)

And then there are the gifts no one wants … A new survey by Vistaprint revealed the five most-hated Christmas gifts to receive, based on the items people say they are most-likely to re-gift.
They are …
  1. Picture frames
  2. Body care products
  3. Scented candles
  4. Beauty gift sets
  5. Box of chocolates

Music News – Friday, December 4

Justin Bieber Zoomed into a Florida hospital on Wednesday to help Ryan Seacrest open the latest outpost of his charitable Seacrest Studios.
The new studio, located in Orlando’s Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, will offer hospitalized children a chance to host radio and TV shows, watch live musical performances, play games and interview celebrity guests. Over the years, Seacrest Studios have been visited by stars like Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and Usher.

Britney Spears celebrated her birthday yesterday by offering fans a couple of gifts — a classic album reissue with two rare tracks, one of which is now out as a single.
The revamped version of Glory is due just before Christmas, but we’re getting a taste of what’s to come right now, with “Swimming in the Stars.” That track is streaming, but is also available as a limited-edition single, exclusively at Urban Outfitters.

Billboard magazine just gave its annual Women in Music Icon Award to Jennifer Lopez — and though she’s honored, she says that success hasn’t changed her.
J-Lo tells Billboard, “I will always be Jenny from the Block. I’m the people’s icon. I’m the person that you look at and say, “I can do that because she did it. I am the person that people relate to, the person who’s down to earth, who’s loving and cries and is caring and tough — all the things you would expect this little Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx to be.”
And as for being elevated to Icon status? “I think of an icon as somebody who defines a moment or an era. Someone like Barbra Streisand — a singer, actor, producer and a director who wound up defining movies in a different way, because her beauty wasn’t typical. When I started working in my early 20s, it was size zero  models on the cover of magazines. Tall, blonde, white, sometimes Black. But never Latina. I didn’t shy away from being from the Bronx, I didn’t shy away from my humble beginnings. I embraced all of it to be who I was and offer something really different.”

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Thursday, December 3

In Madison, Alabama, a World War II veteran named Major Wooten was released from the hospital after beating the coronavirus — just in time to celebrate his 104th birthday.
Major served in the U.S. Army for several years overseas, and then went on to build railroads and work on rail cars in Paris in the 1940s.
This year, he found himself in the hospital because of the virus, but he battled back in a big way.
On Tuesday he was released, with a parade of nurses, doctors, friends and family cheering him on and singing “Happy Birthday” to him — because his birthday was the very next day.
Family members said they were thankful to have him home, both for his birthday and for the Christmas season ahead.

The Daily Dish – Thursday, December 3

People magazine has named George Clooney, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Selena Gomez and Regina King as their “2020 People of the Year.”  Clooney is being honored for his advocacy work while Fauci is being honored for his work on the coronavirus. Gomez is being honored her mental health initiatives while King has helped marginalized communities

A judge granted movie director Steven Spielberg a restraining order against a stalker.
Spielberg said he’s been taunted by Sarah Char for several months. She’s sent harassing messages and even threatened violence. She told Spielberg, “If I have to personally MURDER people for stealing my IPs‚ I WILL. Get me?”
Meanwhile, Los Angeles law enforcement warned Spielberg that Sarah Char recently tried to purchase a gun. She must now stay at least 100 yards away from Spielberg and his family members. (TMZ)

Jessica Simpson has a best-selling audiobook, but it wasn’t without difficulty.
In an Instagram post about the success of her memoir Open Book, Jessica revealed she has dyslexia, a learning disorder that makes it hard to read.
She says the first time she read aloud “without hesitation” was during the taping of the audiobook, which was just named one of the best audiobooks of 2020 by Apple Books.

US Weekly Magazine claims Blake Shelton has allegedly built a chapel for Gwen Stefani on the grounds of his Oklahoma estate. A source tells the magazine,  “He did it himself with help. They are going to get married in the chapel, most likely early next year.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, December 3

Make a Gift Day: It’s a day to celebrate gifts that are made with your hands … and your heart.
National Roof Over Your Head Day: It’s a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head.

Hydrate yourself to happiness … A new survey found that drinking water may be the key to happiness. The survey revealed that 41% of people who drank six or more glasses of water a day said that they were “very happy.” Only 12% of people who drank less than a glass a day said the same. Also, 40% of people who drank six or more glasses of water a day described themselves as optimists. Just 10% of those who drank less than a glass of water a day said they were optimists. (SWNS)

You won’t be able to bring your emotional support pig, possum or peacock  on the plane anymore. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation ruled that only dogs can be service animals – at least when it comes to flying. You can still bring your support animal with you – but they’ll have to travel in the cargo hold. (CBS)

One of the best things about 2020 was how many dogs were adopted from shelters. And 2020 certainly inspired some of the names for these pups. According to’s 100 Most Popular Male and Female Dog Names of 2020, the names Covi/Covie, Rona, and Corona were all trending this year. But they weren’t among the most popular male and female dog names.
Here are the Top 10 Male and Female Dog Names for 2020:
  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Lucy
  4. Daisy
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Molly
  8. Bailey
  9. Stella
  10. Maggie
  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Cooper
  4. Buddy
  5. Milo
  6. Bear
  7. Rocky
  8. Duke
  9. Tucker
  10. Jack

Music News – Thursday, December 3

Lady Gaga has a sweet deal for fans — and even some haters. She’s introducing her own Oreo cookie!
The cookie makers will roll out a special treat inspired by the Mother Monster’s Chromatica, made with pink-hued Golden Oreos with green-colored creme and three Gaga-inspired cookie designs on the outside, including a beautiful heart embossment.
They’ll initially hit stores in January, in special six-cookie packs, and will be available nationwide a couple of months later. Gaga and Oreos are also teaming up on an initiative to spread some love. Starting December 15 through April 30th, they are encouraging fans to send uplifting “OREOgrams” to people they love. You can create your own message, which will be instantly transformed into a song, or choose from a message recorded by Lady Gaga. Go directly to and get singing!

Not to be outdone, this Friday, on National Cookie Day, Mariah Carey will launch her personal brand of cookies with a Christmas theme.
There are three holiday flavors — White Chocolate Cranberry, Pumpkin and Gingerbread cookies. There’s also Mimi’s Mix Box, which is a variety of her favorite homemade flavors.
Restaurateur Robert Earl partnered with Mariah’s Cookies. He said, (quote) “Mariah is synonymous with the holidays. I can think of no better way to celebrate with friends and family than with a box of Mariah’s Cookies.”
Mariah’s Cookies will be available by delivery only in 30 markets. Ordering is possible through most apps, including Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates. (Los Angeles Magazine)

Taylor Swift just offered up the first taste of her newly recorded old material — by letting use the revamped “Love Story” in a comical new commercial.
Tay spilled the details, saying that she just couldn’t say no to pal Ryan Reynolds, who stars in the ad. It shows a devil-like character on a date. The demonic figure looks lovingly at his date, posed in front of a dumpster fire, and says, “I just don’t want this year to end.”
Taylor says the track isn’t completely finished, but promises she’s “working hard to get the music to you soon.”

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, December 2

Last month, when an employee at a restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey, tested positive for coronavirus, it looked like things would have to be shut down. But that’s when a business owner in the neighborhood stepped up and kept things running.
It was especially bad timing for the restaurant — called Wurstbar — because the weather was nice and there was a chance to serve a lot of customers outdoors over the unseasonably warm weekend.
But, to be safe, owner Aaron Khan closed the restaurant and sent all the employees home.
Andre Fersa — who owns and operates a barbershop down the block — heard the bad news and wanted to help. He stepped up, and along with some help from his friend, Joe Mercurio, the two men kept the restaurant running for the weekend. They tended bar, served giant Bavarian pretzels (since the other menu items weren’t available with staff gone) and managed to serve about 80 customers.
Aaron was thankful that Andre came to his rescue, and is now looking for ways to help other business owners who are dealing with challenges these days.

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, December 2

Bill Cosby‘s lawyers were in a Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court yesterday asking the judge to throw out the 83-year-old’s sex assault conviction.
Lawyers for Cosby, who is more than two years into his prison sentence for drugging and molesting a woman, believe there was certain evidence and testimony in the 2018 trial that the judge should not have allowed, including testimony from five other accusers. Arguments in court are streaming live on YouTube. (KYW-TV)

Kelly Clarkson won custody of her kids in a court battle with estranged husband Brandon Blackstock, but that’s not stopping him from asking for a huge monthly check.
Brandon, who’s agreed to have River Rose and Remington live with Kelly in Los Angeles, wants $436,000 per month in spousal and child support. A source close to Clarkson tells People magazine that Brandon “has been equally unreasonable in his requests for child and spousal support, as well as attorney fees. Kelly’s offered to pay for all the kids’ expenses, but Brandon seems to think he is entitled to and needs $301,000 in spousal support and $135,000 in child support per month.”
For those keeping score at home, Brandon’s dad, who’s Kelly’s former manager, is also suing her and asking for $1.4 million in unpaid fees.

Juno star Ellen Page has just come out as transgender, changing his name to Elliot.
He posted a lengthy statement on social media Tuesday, saying, “I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self… I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile… To all the trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you, and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”
Elliot currently stars in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, December 2

National Mutt Day: A day to celebrate those lovable mixed breed dogs.

Still eating Thanksgiving leftovers? It’s probably time to stop. It’s been 6 days since Thanksgiving, and if you still have leftovers in the fridge, you should probably throw them out. And if you’re still eating them, you better have some Pepto Bismol standing by. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends discarding uneaten leftovers three or four days after they’re cooked, which means that you needed to finish it all by Monday — or at least tossed it in the freezer. And the USDA says leftovers can safely remain in the freezer for up to six months, although the quality of the food may suffer.

Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, and Starbucks celebrated the day by announcing it would be giving all front-line responders free coffee for the month of December as a thank you for all they have done to keep us safe during the pandemic. According to the company, all front-line responders — including doctors and nurses, public health workers, pharmacists, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, dentists and dental hygienists, mental health workers, hospital staff (including janitors and security), and active-duty military — will get a free tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) throughout the month. (Food & Wine)

No surprise – people are sick and tired of bad news. In fact, a new survey has found that 75% of respondents said the constant stream of bad news has taken a toll on their mental health. And it seems the way we are coping with it is by replacing all the negative with something positive. 70% of those surveyed said they have made a point of doing something positive every day to lift their spirits from all the negativity. And what’s really interesting is that for most people surveyed, their daily “positivity” goal was to make someone else smile. 34% said making someone laugh was something they strived to do every day.

The Sun says Upside Down Christmas trees have once again become a hot holiday seller. The trees are mounted to the ceiling with a hook. Pop star Ariana Grande and other celebs love the trees. They can be purchased online for as little as $25.

Music News – Wednesday, December 2

Lady Gaga is revving up to raise cash for her Born This Way Foundation — by raffling off a high-end sports car that was used in the video for one of her newest pop songs, “911.”
The 2020 Lamborghini, which is valued at $208,000, was shown in a dream sequence meant to mimic Gaga’s own experiences with anti-psychotic medications. The auction description calls it “a piece of pop culture perfection…not to mention a pretty powerful ride,”
Little Monsters and auto fiends can submit one entry for free on Omaze through December 17th. If you want to boost your chances, it’ll cost you: Multiple entries are available for donations ranging from 100 for $10 to 2000 for $100.

Mariah Carey may be the Queen of Christmas now, but things were a whole lot different when she was a little girl.
Mimi tells Elle magazine that she always loved the holiday, but it never quite turned out the way she wanted. She says, “It’s just that longing that I had as a child, that I always wanted things to be perfect for the holidays … And they never were. It was always somebody ruining the moment, always these dysfunctional family members who came around and foiled everything… After I kind of emerged from my first relationship-slash-marriage, I created the Christmases that I wanted to have.”
You can see exactly how she wanted to spend the holidays when Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special hits Apple TV+ on Friday.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Tuesday, December 1

In Italy, police officers transported a donated kidney 300 miles in two hours — driving a  Lamborghini sports car.
The officers drove a Lamborghini Huracan from the city of Padua to Gemelli University Hospital in Rome, averaging 145 miles per hour.
Their expert driving paid off. The kidney arrived in plenty of time for a successful transplant.
Normally, the trip would have taken at least five hours. But, luckily, the police have a few Lamborghinis in the garage for situations just like these — and some of them even have a refrigerated trunk for transporting organs or other temperature-sensitive medical supplies.

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, December 1

In a matter of three months, skateboarder Nathan Apodaca has gone from living in an RV to paying cash for a five-bedroom house in Idaho Falls.
Nathan’s social media handle is DoggFace. He became an overnight sensation on TikTok for skateboarding, sipping on Ocean Spray and chilling to Fleetwood Mac‘s ’70s hit “Dreams.”
That fame translated to endorsement deals and corporate gifts like a truck to replace his long-board. DoggFace spent the money on engagement ring for his longtime girlfriend. He also paid $320,000 in cash on their first home. (People)

Melissa Gilbert, best known as the star of Little House on the Prairie, is recovering from major spinal surgery, as she revealed on Instagram on Thanksgiving Day.
Gilbert shared some operating room footage along with her health update, in which she said, “Nothing too gross or gory here but I wanted to share with all of you. Especially if anyone out there is dealing with spine issues. On this Thanksgiving Day, though I am isolated from all of my loved ones, I am so filled with gratitude. Be well and safe everyone. I send you all oceans of love.”
The 56-year-old has had a series of spine issues dating back to when she broke her back in 2001. She also suffered whiplash from a fall she suffered while competing on Dancing With the Stars, and a few months later the balcony of a house she was renting collapsed on her head.

Kelly Clarkson has been granted her holiday wish — “primary custody” of her two children with estranged husband Brandon Blackstock.
People magazine reports that a Los Angeles County judge ruled in Kelly’s favor, settling one part of the couple’s increasingly bitter divorce. The court decision says that joint custody of River Rose and Remington was ruled out because “the level of conflict between the parents has increased. The parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them.”
Blackstock, who plans to live in Montana, will be allowed visitation at Kelly’s L.A. residence. The judge also divvied up holiday time between the two parents.