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Music News – Thursday, May 13

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has announced that Tina Turner, Jay-Z, Carole King, the Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s and Todd Rundgren are among its 20-21 inductees. Artists become eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after they release their first record. The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, October 30. It’ll air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max.

Katy Perry is among four acts to confirm a Las Vegas residency. The newest casino on the strip, Resorts World, opens next month and christens its 5000-seat venue in the fall.
Among her eight nights performing in Vegas, Katy will ring in the New Year 2022. After “Waking Up In Vegas,” she will do it all again on New Year’s Day.
Another American Idol judge, Luke Bryan, will play at Resorts World. As will Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood. Céline Dion returns for a third residency in Vegas. She debuts the Resorts World theater this November. Her first night will be a COVID-19 relief benefit.
Tickets go on sale for all dates starting May 24th, which is one day after the American Idol grand finale. (Billboard)

Miley Cyrus marked a wistful Throwback Tuesday with a post looking back at the fourth anniversary of her hit “Malibu”– and some of her life changes since.
She tweeted out a short video of her isolated vocals from the song with a short message reading “Today is the 4 year anniversary of ‘Malibu.’ A song about a place and person that at the time I loved very much” — a reference to her then-husband Liam Hemsworth.
Miley lost Liam in a divorce, and lost her home in Malibu to the wildfires that ravaged the area in 2018.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, May 12

When Luna Glass of Staunton, Virginia, learned that her little sister’s teacher was battling breast cancer, she wanted to do something to help.
The timing was perfect as Luna had long hair, which meant she had something to give.
Luna — who’s in 7th grade and had only once before gotten her hair trimmed — took the plunge and got a big-time haircut.
Amazingly, the hair stylists were able to cut off over 24 inches of Luna’s hair and set it aside for a special wig, created for the teacher.
Luna admits the haircut was a big change, but one she was glad to make. She hopes her donation helps make things easier for the teacher — and also hopes it inspires others to lend a helping hand in any way they can. (WHSV-TV)

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, May 12

The votes have been counted and the following have been elected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
Performer Category – honoring bands and solo artists who, in their careers, have created music whose originality, impact and influence has changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll:
  • Jay-Z
  • Carole King
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Tina Turner
  • Foo Fighters — Dave GrohlTaylor HawkinsRami JaffeeNate MendelChris Shiflett and Pat Smear
  • The Go-Go’s — Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin
Musical Excellence Award — given to artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music:
  • LL Cool J
  • Billy Preston
  • Randy Rhoads
Early Influence Award — given to a performing artist or group whose music and performance style have directly influenced and helped inspire and evolve rock ‘n’ roll and music that has impacted youth culture:
  • Gil Scott Heron
  • Charley Patton
  • Kraftwerk — Karl BartosWolfgang FlürRalf Hütter and Florian Schneider
Ahmet Ertegun Award – given to non performing industry professionals who, through their dedicated belief and support of artists and their music have had a major influence on the creative development and growth of rock ‘n’ roll and music that has impacted youth culture:
  • Clarence Avant — music executive, entrepreneur and film producer who also goes by the name of “The Black Godfather”
To be eligible, artists are required to have released their first record 25 years prior to induction.
Ballots were sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, including current living Inductees, historians and members of the music industry.
Three out of the Top 5 on the Fans’ Ballot are being Inducted — Tina Turner, who won the Fan Vote,  The Go-Go’s and Foo Fighters. The Top 5 as selected by the public comprised a Fans Ballot that was tallied along with the other voting body ballots.

Tickets are already on sale for three of Broadway’ biggest shows.
Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked will reopen in September, after being closed for more than a year.
Some of the stars appeared on Good Morning America Monday to promote the reopening. Krystal Joy Brown, who plays Alexander Hamilton’s wife, said, “Once we’re back, we’ll be better than ever. And New York City can revive as well.”
Broadway reopens on September 14th.

The Coast Social Network with Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, May 12

Today, Lisa from Berrien Community Foundation joins us to talk about For Good grants from BCF. She is joined by Laura Jolly from The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, who talks about the use of their For Good grant to establish an outdoor performance space. Get details on For Good grants from BCF at berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, May 12

TODAY IS:
  • National Limerick Day: A good day to write a limerick.
  • National Odometer Day: How many miles have you put on your car in the last year?

It’s National Nurses Week and the Crocs footwear brand is honoring these hardworking heroes by offering 10,000 pairs of shoes to healthcare workers each day until Friday (until supplies run out). Medical professionals should log on daily at 12 p.m. ET on Crocs website to claim a pair. (Insider)

Sure, guard dogs are cool, but now they’re going to have to share top billing with guard cats. An animal group in Chicago has recruited a thousand feral cats to help protect the Windy City against a growing rodent invasion. The feisty felines are part of the Tree House Humane Society’s Cats at Work program, which takes strays, spays or neuters them, and then releases them to do their stuff. Just in time, too. Chicago was recently named “America’s rattiest city” by Orkin pest control. (WGN)

Italians are pizza purists, so I’m not sure how this will go, but apparently there’s a new vending machine in Rome that promises to fully cook a made-to-order pizza in just three minutes. The Mr. Go machine makes four different kinds of pizza — margherita, four cheese, spicy pizza alla diavola, and a pancetta pizza. The machine made its first pie on April 6th and has sold about 900 since. (Food & Wine)

Do you have a bucket list for this summer? Seems lots of people do. 66% of people in a new survey by Outdoorsy said they had made a summer bucket list, and 60% said they want to try something new during their vacation this summer – like waterskiing, wakeboarding, and skydiving. 62% said they want to spend their summer vacation surrounded by nature.
Here are the Top 10 Activities on People’s Summer Bucket List:
  1. Camping — 47%
  2. Waterskiing — 44%
  3. Wakeboarding — 43%
  4. Surfing — 41%
  5. Hiking — 41%
  6. Skydiving — 36%
  7. Fishing — 35%
  8. Mountain climbing — 34%
  9. Sunbathing — 31%
  10. Going to a national park/monument — 30%

Music News – Wednesday, May 12

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will reveal its Class of 2021 Wednesday at 8:05 a.m. ET.
Sixteen acts were nominated, and, on average, five to seven are inducted.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
Here are this year’s nominees and how they fared in the online Fan Vote, which received a total of 4,860,391 votes:
  1. Tina Turner – 590,936
  2. Fela Kuti – 555,705
  3. The Go-Go’s – 433,072
  4. Iron Maiden – 414,419
  5. Foo Fighters – 392,406
  6. Carole King – 386,697
  7. Todd Rundgren – 291,717
  8. Devo – 272,765
  9. Dionne Warwick – 250,500
  10. Chaka Khan – 234,600
  11. Kate Bush – 224,731
  12. Rage Against the Machine – 224,478
  13. New York Dolls – 174,228
  14. Mary J. Blige – 155,581
  15. LL Cool J – 140,728
  16. JAY-Z  – 117,828
The Fan Vote comprises a fans’ ballot that is tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2021 inductees.
Three of this year’s nominees are already enshrined in the Hall:
  • Carole King – inducted in 1990 along with her ex-husband Gerry Goffin in the non-performer category for songwriting. This is her second nomination as a performer.
  • Tina Turner – inducted in 1991 as a member of Ike & Tina Turner. This is her second nomination as a solo artist.
  • Foo Fighters founder, singer and guitarist Dave Grohl – inducted in 2014 as a member of Nirvana. This was the Foos’ first nomination.
The 2021 induction ceremony will be held on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Tuesday, May 11

Rob Gronkowski of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game of football. While he spent last year in Tampa Bay — and won a Super Bowl — he hasn’t forgotten the city of Boston, where he played many seasons with the New England Patriots and had great success.
Last week, Rob — whose nickname is “Gronk” — showed up in Boston with a check for $1.2 million and delivered that check to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker … so that the Charlesbank Playground would be renovated.
Governor Baker called Gronk “a big man with a big heart.”
And thanks to Gronk’s generosity, thousands of children will continue to enjoy the playground and appreciate the special connection this “big man” has with the community. (CBS Sports)

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, May 11

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck look very much back together as the two reportedly spent a week together in Montana.
A source tells People magazine, “[Jennifer] spent several days with Ben out of town. They have a strong connection. It’s all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy.”
The two stars were seen in a car together near a resort in Big Sky, where Ben has a home. They were later spotted arriving back in L.A. on Saturday on a private jet.
This comes a few weeks after the two were seen hanging at her L.A. home.
Ben and Jen were engaged in 2002 but split in early 2004.
A source recently told People magazine, “They have a lot of love for each other. They have always admired each other.”

Everyone was surprised by Jennifer Lopez‘s reunion with Ben Affleck, but no one was as surprised as Alex Rodriguez.
The baseball legend was engaged to the singer up until a month ago, and a source tells E! News, “A-Rod is shocked that J.Lo has moved on. He truly thought they would be able to make it work and reconnect. He has been reaching out to J.Lo trying to meet with her and she has been very short with him.”
J. Lo and Ben pretty much confirmed their rekindled romance by taking a weeklong vacation in Montana. “They were alone,” an insider said. “Just the two of them.”
According to the source, Alex is “saddened” about his ex’s reunion with the Oscar-winner and has even reached out to her to let her know “he’s upset.”
The insider added, “She’s not interested in rekindling anything with A-Rod and is done.”

NBC won’t air the 2022 Golden Globes because of a lack of diversity within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
In a statement, the network said, “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
The move comes the same day Tom Cruise returned his Golden Globes in protest. He reportedly packed up his trophies for Born on the Fourth of July (best actor, drama), Jerry Maguire (best actor, comedy or musical) and Magnolia (best supporting actor) and sent them to the offices of the HFPA.
The HFPA has come under fire for not having any Black members. Though the organization insists it’s planning to make changes, including admitting 20 new members with a focus on Black recruitment, stars like Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson have called on Hollywood to “step back” from HFPA and the Globes.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, May 11

TODAY IS:
  • Twilight Zone Day
It’s also National Eat What You Want Day.  So I guess that means some people haven’t treated every day since March last year as an unofficial eat whatever you want day?
A new survey found the top foods we’d eat every single day if, you know, we didn’t have to worry about all the consequences of eating them.  Check ’em out . . .
1.  Pizza.
2.  Pasta.
3.  Burgers.
4.  Ice cream.
5.  Tacos or burritos.
6.  Chocolate.
7.  Fries.
8.  Donuts.
9.  Cake.
10.  Chips.

If you’ve ever wished you could applaud a tweet with more than just a “like,” you’re in luck … You can now send some cash to the person who wrote it. Twitter is introducing a “tip jar” that will allow users to put their money where their “likes” are by transferring cold hard cash via PayPal, Venmo or CashApp. Don’t get your hopes up about cashing in, though – right now, the tip jar is only available to so-called blue-check verified accounts, including athletes, entertainers and journalists. (BBC)

Many of us have been living in loose clothing over the last year, but it seems as things are slowly getting back to normal, sales of Spanks and other shapewear are booming. “Normal life is slowly returning and as people venture out into the world, they are looking for a little hug,” Sara Blakely, founder and chief executive of Spanx, told The Washington Post. (Best Life)

study from Germany found that older adults who say they “feel younger” than their actual age are actually younger, health-wise – both mentally and physically – than adults who say they “feel old.” Adults who felt more youthful were mentally stronger, had less inflammation, were hospitalized less, and lived longer than adults who felt like their actual age (or older).

Music News – Tuesday, May 11

Adele has lost her father, from whom she’d been estranged for years.
The British tabloid The Sun has reported that Mark Evans died today at age 57. He had been suffering from cancer.
Evans, who admittedly had major problems with alcoholism, left Adele’s mother when she was three and went back to his native Wales. Their relationship never recovered from it.
Evans had reportedly made a number of attempts to patch things up since Adele’s career took off, but things seem to get worse after he did interviews claiming that they’d gotten together for a drink, and later that they’d patched up what he called their “misunderstanding.” Adele had seemed less hostile towards him earlier in career, but at the Grammys in 2017 she spoke of loving her manager like he was her dad and added, “I don’t love my dad, that’s the thing. That doesn’t mean a lot. I love you like I would love my dad.”

Kelly Clarkson may not have Steven Tyler‘s moves down pat, but she captured his spirit in her latest Kelly-Oke outing — a cover of Aerosmith‘s “Dude (Looks Like a Lady”).
This isn’t Kel’s first Aerosmith rodeo. She’s previously performed renditions of “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, “Dream On” and “Cryin’.” You can catch the videos on the Kelly Clarkson Show’s YouTube channel.

The folks behind the annual AP tests just checked millions of high school students on their knowledge of Taylor Swift — and it had nothing to do with her music.
Tay actually made it into this year’s U.S. Government exam in an essay question that addressed her getting involved in races in her native Tennessee, then in the 2020 presidential election. TMZ says the question had something to do with analyzing how voter registration laws affect civic participation.
The College Board didn’t release the text of the question, but someone was able to take a snapshot of it and tweeted it out.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Monday, May 10

Earlier this year in Toledo, Ohio, Jimmy Preston was driving along during a snowstorm and passed John Brandeberry walking along the road, heading in to work.
Jimmy stopped and gave John a ride to his job at a grocery store.
During that ride, Jimmy learned that John didn’t have a car or a driver’s license.
So, Jimmy did something about it. He worked with a local charity group to help John take driving lessons and pass the test to get his license. Jimmy took things even one step further setting up a GoFundMe campaign to hook John up with a car.
It all worked out perfectly.
Between the money raised with the GoFundMe campaign and a donation from a local car dealer, John got a beautiful 2013 Toyota Rav4, along with six months of car insurance. The Rav4 even has a bike rack and a new bike, so John can get around anywhere and everywhere he wants to go. (The Toledo Blade)

The Daily Dish – Monday, May 10

Jennifer Lopez isn’t the only ex on Ben Affleck‘s mind. On Sunday, he posted a Mother’s Day tribute to his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.
He wrote, “So happy to share these kids with you. Luckiest parents in the world. Thanks for all the good you do. Happy Mother’s Day. Love, their Dad.”
Ben, who also shared photos of Jen with their three children, added, “I’m very grateful and respectful of her. Our marriage didn’t work, and that’s difficult. Both of us really believe that it’s important for kids to see their parents respect one another and get along, whether they’re together or not.”
The actor said that “it’s important for my kids to know that I respect and care about Jen and she treats me the same way.”
Ben and Jen were married from 2005 to 2018.

Actress and video vixen Tawny Kitaen died at her Newport Beach, California home Friday morning at the age of 59. A cause of death was not immediately revealed.
With roles in the 1984 Tom Hanks movie Bachelor Party, as well a 1991 episode of Seinfeld, she is best remembered for her seductive moves in and on the hood of a Jaguar in Whitesnake‘s video for 1987’s “Here I Go Again.”
She was marred to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991.
Tawny also had an affair with O.J. Simpson during his marriage to Nicole Brown Smith.
Tawney was married to former Major League pitcher Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002. They split following Finley filing an assault charge against her.
Since then she’s had run-ins with the law for drug possession and driving under the influence.
She leaves behind two daughters from her marriage to Finley.

They used to be one of Hollywood’s most successful screen teams, but it seems Seth Rogen and James Franco won’t be appearing in a movie together any time soon.
Seth has finally broken his silence on his buddy’s alleged sexually inappropriate behavior. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Seth said, “What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that.”
Will he ever work with Franco again? Rogen said, “I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now.”
Still, Seth wouldn’t say that his friendship with James is over. “I don’t know if I can define that right now during this interview. I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic.”
The actors have co-starred in such movies as Pineapple ExpressThis Is the End, The Interview and The Disaster Artist.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, May 10

TODAY IS:
  • Golf Day
  • Clean Up Your Room Day

How much money do you think you spend on your pet? New research found that the average pet owner spends about $111 a month on their furry friend – that adds up to $13, 320 over 10 years.

Speaking of pets … A couple started a food truck … for dogs. Woofbowl, which operates in New York and New Jersey, sells burgers, fries, chicken nuggets, tacos, ice cream doughnuts, and nonalcoholic “beer” served in little red cups – just for dogs. (Insider)

Asleep on the job … An online mattress and bedding company is looking for someone to get paid for sleeping on the job. EachNight.com says it is researching the “pros and cons of napping” and they’re looking for “nap reviewers” to take daily naps for 30 days and then document how they feel. The job pays $1,500. Applications are being accepted until May 31st.

Did you know your taste buds can change to match your partner’s preferences? Yep, a study found that the longer you’re with someone, your taste in foods can change to match theirs.

Now that almost 60% of adults in this country have gotten the Covid vaccine, is it cool to outright ask people if they’ve been vaccinated? According to a new survey, 24% of people say it’s RUDE to ask a friend whether or not they’ve gotten the vaccine.  68% say it’s not rude, and the rest aren’t sure. And this feels like kind of a surprise:  The younger you are, the more likely you are to say it’s rude to ask.

Music News – Monday, May 10

Get out the Kleenex, because Pink is in full-on ballad mode for her new single, the title track and theme song to her upcoming documentary All I Know So Far.
She dropped the single and the video — which borrows a vibe from The Princess Bride — on Friday morning. In the song, Pink advises the listener to stay strong, no matter what. She sings, “You throw your head back, and you spit in the wind/ Let the walls crack, ’cause it lets the light in/ Let ’em drag you through hell/ They can’t tell you to change who you are/ That’s all I know so far.”
The Michael Gracey-directed flick Pink: All I Know So Far hits Amazon Prime Video on May 21st.

Kelly Clarkson‘s long real estate nightmare is finally over — since she’s unloaded her Hendersonville, Tennessee mansion after four years of trying.
She and her then-husband Brandon Blackstock bought the four-acre spread back in 2012 for just over $2.8 million and put a load of work into it, even though they split their time between the Volunteer State and Southern California. They put the estate on the market back in 2017 at an asking price of $8.75 million, but didn’t find any takers. Kel cut the price several times after splitting from Blackstock, and ended up taking just $6.9 million.
Kel’s still got one more pad on the market — a mansion in Encino, California that’s up for grabs at $9 million. (Haute Residence)

Fan voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame closed late Saturday night, and the results are in. It’s no shock that TINA TURNER tops the list with over 585,000 votes.  FELA KUTITHE GO-GO’SIRON MAIDEN, and FOO FIGHTERS join Tina in the Top 5. The fan ballot is tallied alongside others to select the 2021 Inductees. The 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony returns to Cleveland on October 30th and will be produced again by HBO and played at a later date.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Friday, May 7

Jared and Lindsey Brooks own a towing company in Lawrence County, Arkansas. Because of this business, cars come into their lives — and out of their lives — more often than the rest of us.
They have done their best to pay it forward with these vehicles by donating some of them each year to high schoolers in need.
For example, at the end of April, they found two students who were having trouble getting back and forth to work, and who were also recognized by school officials as being hard working and honest.
So, Jared and Lindsey hooked the two students up with reliable vehicles.
The vehicles are a big part of the students’ plans to go to college. And as for Jared and Lindsey, it’s not just about giving away cars. It’s also about family legacy. The couple are acting on advice that has been passed down from generation to generation, suggesting, “Don’t forget where you come from and don’t forget who put you there.” (KAIT-TV)

The Daily Dish – Friday, May 7

Ellen DeGeneres is living with another woman — Courteney Cox. But it’s not what you think.
On Thursday’s episode of Ellen, the comedian revealed she’s been staying at the Friends star’s home because she recently sold her Beverly Hills home.
“I’m not having marital troubles,” Ellen said about her wife Portia de Rossi. “I’m not living with Courteney Cox because I’m kicked out of my house.”
Courteney does have some issues with her new roommate. The actress said she sent her assistant over to make sure everything was okay at the house. “And all of the sudden it was like, ‘Wait a minute. Ellen’s toothbrush is on my side!’ I had her open the drawer and I was like, ‘Well, where’s my makeup?’ So essentially you’re a terrible roommate. You took over my side and your side.”
Ellen replied, “That was Portia who took over your side. I only have one side. She happened to be there one night.”

Four tigers were seized Thursday at Jeff Lowe‘s Tiger King Park in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
The Tiger King star, who was business partners with Joe Exotic, who owns the property, tells TMZ that federal authorities “executed a search and seizure warrant Thursday morning…and began taking animals away, which he believes is a violation of his constitutional rights.”
Jeff, who took over the zoo from Joe Exotic, claimed the feds refused to tell him why they seized the animals, but according to the warrant they’re taking animals protected by the Endangered Species Act.
There are no criminal charges to speak of yet and no arrests have been made. We’re told the feds were there to gather the big cats for “evidence.”
Netflix is planning to release Season Two of a Tiger King documentary series later this year. It’s not clear if the story revolves around Jeff Lowe.

Matthew Perry is the latest star to be outed as a user of the celebrity dating app Raya.
Kate Haralson recently posted a TikTok video of a private FaceTime call with the Friends star to expose how older men in Hollywood are “taking advantage” of younger women on dating apps.
Kate, who was 19 at the time, tells Page Six, “A lot of people were saying I’m a bully and mean for posting this, and it made me feel kind of bad, but at the same time, I feel like a lot of guys in Hollywood are talking to all these young girls and it’s something that I think a lot of people should be aware of.”
Kate says she “never even really watched Friends,” but agreed to talk with the actor because she thought it “would be funny.”
Perry allegedly suggested they play “20 Questions” to get to know each other better. Kate says none of the questions were sexual, but she did feel uncomfortable at times.
Kate, who’s now 20 and an L.A.-based personal assistant, claimed the Odd Couple star asked her at one point, “Am I as old as your dad?” She admitted that he was only about a year older than her father, which she claimed Matthew “laughed off.”
Haralson said she was “inspired” by the TikTok video another user posted of Ben Affleck after matching with him on Raya.
But Kate says she decided to remove her video because she “did feel a little bit bad,” adding that Perry really was a “nice guy.”

Furry Friends Friday with Mickey & Mouse from Cass County Animal Control – May 7

Meet Mickey and Mouse! These two beloved brothers are looking for their new forever home, either together or apart. Being 8 months old and primarily kept indoors, these boys can be a little timid at first as they are still learning about the world. Once comfortable Mickey and Mouse will show their opposite personalities. Mickey is more of an adventurous, social butterfly.  Mouse is more reserved and laid back . They have not yet been around children, and have not yet been around dogs. The adoption fee for each cat is $55 for a Cass County resident and $60 for an out of county resident.  Please contact Cass County Animal Control at 269-445-3701 to learn more about Mickey and Mouse.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, May 7

TODAY IS:
  • No Pants Day
  • Cosmopolitan Day: This day celebrates that classic cocktail of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice — served in a Martini glass. Cheers!
  • Sunday is Mother’s Day

Still don’t know what to get mom this year? Here’s an easy one – that she’ll definitely appreciate … check something off her to-do list. Let mom take a nap … or get a pedicure … or whatever she wants to do, while you take care of that errand or chore for her. (Washington Post)

And, while you’re picking up a card, gift, and flowers for Mother’s Day, you may want to take a moment to reach out to those who may be struggling on this holiday. Whether it’s a single dad who plays the role of both parents, someone whose mother has passed away, or a hopeful mom-to-be who has experienced miscarriage or infertility, there is a sentiment for that. The Skimm has found several greeting cards that offer either heartfelt or tongue-in-cheek messages. Included among them are cards that remind the receiver that they aren’t alone, that wish a Happy Mother’s Day to Dad, and for your thicker-skinned friend, a card that apologizes for their uterus being a jerk.

How Often Are You Showering These Days? COVID changed a lot of things – including how often we shower, apparently. Before the pandemic, Robin Harper, who works at a preschool on Martha’s Vineyard, showered every day. But when coronavirus kept her inside and away from others, she started showering once a week. And even though she is back at work, she is not back to her regular showering schedule. “Don’t get me wrong,” Robin said. “I like showers. But it’s one thing off my plate. I’m a mom. I work full-time, and it’s one less thing I have to do.”
She is not alone. Heather Whaley, a writer in Redding, Connecticut, told the New York Times that she started showering less when she went into lockdown. “Do I need to? Do I want to?” she said. “The act of taking a shower became less a matter of function and more of a matter of doing something for myself that I enjoyed.”

According to a new study out of Germany, being touched by a humanoid robot makes people happier. Researchers found that touching is so important and powerful that people aren’t terribly picky about who’s doing the touching. Stress, depression and anxiety can be reduced with simple physical interactions with machines. And, looking forward, there might be a way to create robots that fulfill the roles of therapists, personal trainers, and even life coaches. (AZORobotics)

Music News – Friday, May 7

Movie star dreams for Camila Cabello just hit a hurdle. Her big-screen debut in the modern re-telling of Cinderella has been scrubbed. It won’t have a nationwide theatrical release in July.
Rumors swirled that Cinderella needed to land at a streaming platform due to lackluster performances. We still have not seen a trailer for Cinderella, which is rarely a positive sign. The celebrity blog Crazy Days and Night reported in January, (quote) “The producers hope it won’t have a full box office release because it will be a huge flop.”
Sony negotiated with Amazon Prime for streaming rights. Cinderella will debut soon at Amazon.
Due to suppressed box office returns, Sony has sent several movies to streaming platforms. The list includes Kristen Stewart in the holiday romantic comedy Happiest Season, HBO Max bought Seth Rogen’s An American Pickle and Kevin Hart’s drama for Sony,  Fatherhood, will stream at Netflix in June. (Deadline)

Coldplay made sure Thursday’s premiere of their new single “Higher Power” was out of this world.
For the very first listen the band linked up on an extraterrestrial video chat with French European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently on board the International Space Station. They played him a specially-recorded performance of the song featuring dancing alien holograms.
The song’s premiere followed a conversation that covered similarities between life on tour and life on the ISS, the fragility of planet earth and whether Pesquet has spotted any aliens. You can find both their conversation and the performance video on YouTube.

Prince’s estate has teamed up with cosmetics company Urban Decay to create a makeup line inspired by the late superstar. It’ll be called ‘Live Loud In Color.’ The limited-edition collection will include makeup in black and gold and, of course, purple. Urban Decay designed the line in close collaboration with people in Prince’s artistic camp. It’ll be available on May 27th.

The Happy Headline of the Day – Thursday, May 6

Robin Mach of Pacific, Missouri, has been an early childhood special education teacher for more than 20 years. That means, she has touched the lives of hundreds — if not thousands — of children during her career.
But, the biggest impact she’s ever had on a student might have happened last month, when she donated a kidney to five-year-old Kayleigh Kulage.
For most of her life, Kayleigh has had to deal with 11 hours of dialysis treatment each night.
Finally, last October, Kayleigh became eligible for a kidney transplant. And — wouldn’t you know it — her teacher Robin was a perfect match.
Doctors performed the surgeries and they were successful. Both Robin and Kayleigh are recovering nicely.
More importantly, though, Kayleigh is feeling better with her new kidney, just as the doctors had predicted. And because Kayleigh doesn’t need to sit through those long sessions of dialysis anymore, the family is planning their first vacation, hopefully to the beach. (WZVN-TV)

The Daily Dish – Thursday, May 6

New details reveal that Bill and Melinda Gates negotiated their divorce for months. They planned to announce in March, but the pair still squabbled over details.
Melinda hoped to be unreachable at the time of the March announcement. She rented a private island for $132,000 per night. The entire family would escape the media crush on Calivigny Island in Grenada.
However, Bill Gates was not invited to Caribbean island. The family blames Bill for the divorce. According to TMZ, “There’s a considerable amount of acrimony associated with the split and virtually everyone in the family took Melinda’s side.”
Melinda Gates traveled in March to Calivigny without Bill. Then , this week, on the day she filed for divorce, he transferred $1.8 billion (with a B) worth of stock to her.

Josh Duggar had more than 200 images of child pornography, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
In a court hearing Wednesday in the 19 Kids and Counting star’s child pornography case, an agent said some of the children involved were as young as 5.
Josh appeared over Zoom for the hearing.
Federal authorities said his friends and family told law enforcement that Josh was addicted to porn.
The former reality star was arrested on child pornography charges last month. He’s pled not guilty.
The judge ruled that Josh will be released from jail on Thursday to “close friends” of the Duggar family. According to People magazine, he’ll be confined to their home and monitored with GPS tracking.
The judge said she “cannot in good conscience” release Josh to his pregnant wife Anna and their six children.

Broadway shows will return on September 14th.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the Great White Way will reopen at 100 percent capacity. Tickets go on sale beginning today.
No word on which shows will reopen in September.
However, the timeline, according to Playbill, still depends on the state government’s final approval of each theatre operator’s health and safety protocols.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, May 6

TODAY IS:
  • National Nurses Day: A day to honor these hardworking heroes …
  • National Beverage Day: A good day to kick back with your favorite beverage. Maybe buy a nurse a drink?

Couples have definitely spent a lot more time together in the last year – and it seems the majority really liked it. In fact, a recent survey found that 68% said they have “adored” spending more time with their partner over the last year. Even more interesting — 24% said they are worried about getting separation anxiety from their partner when things get back to normal. And it seems that spending all that time together has strengthened relationships – with 60% of couples saying it has confirmed that they are perfect for each other.
Here are some of the things couples really enjoyed getting to do together over the last year:
  1. Going on walks – 46%
  2. Talking – 40%
  3. Eating lunch together – 37%
  4. Streaming shows – 37%
  5. Gardening – 32%
  6. Being able to help each other – 30%
  7. Sleeping in – 24%
  8. Waking up together every morning – 24%
  9. Doing DIY projects — 23%
  10. Sharing problems – 23%

A new survey found that we think really highly of ourselves. 46% of respondents said they are the best person they know. Men were more likely to think highly of themselves than women (86% vs. 67%).

If you’ve wanted to celebrate getting your COVID vaccine jab by going out for a celebratory drink, go ahead – it’s actually good for you. A survey published in the New York Times says that moderate drinking post-jab isn’t likely to hurt. In fact, some studies have even found that over the longer term, small or moderate amounts of alcohol might actually benefit the immune system by reducing inflammation.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released data that showed, of course, that there were big drops in cosmetic procedures in 2020 due to COVID. Their findings found that despite the drop, procedures like Botox and fillers remained popular. But this is surprising … Seems the biggest increase in cosmetic surgery in the last year was for butt implants. Apparently working from home and spending so much time sitting left people with the dreaded “pancake butt” and wanting a little lift in their behinds. (Bloomberg)

Music News – Thursday, May 6

Pink went public with her COVID diagnosis more than a year ago, but she’s just now revealing how sick she really was — sick enough that she wrote out her will.
The singer tells the British arm of IHeartRadio that she and son Remington were badly hit, while hubby Carey Hart and daughter Willow got off easy. She says, “This is going to sound crazy, but we had COVID last year, very early in March, and it was really, really bad and I rewrote my will. You know, at the point where I thought it was over for us, I called my best friend and I said, ‘I just need you to tell Willow how much I loved her.'”
She came out of the battle with one major concern, adding, “What am I teaching them? And are they going to make it in this world, this crazy world that we live in now? And what do I need to tell them if this is the last time I ever get to tell them anything?”

Sorry, #FreeBritney crowd, she doesn’t want to be totally free — she just wants to ditch her dad.
According to TMZBritney Spears will not ask a California judge to remove her from her conservatorship when she finally gets to speak in court, but she will ask to have papa Jamie Spears removed from the picture. A source tells the site, “She has 99 percent of the freedom she’d have if she weren’t in a conservatorship, and the only thing she’s prevented from doing are crazy things, like buying three cars at a time, [which] she tried to do back in the day.”
The insider went on to say that Brit realizes she was out of control, and still needs some guidance in her day-to-day life.

John Mayer recently wrote a song for a fan to apologize for his behavior from an incident that happened 16 years ago.  A guy named Brian Burns had tweeted a photo of his mom from 2005 being turned away from a photo op with John by his manager.
John saw the tweet and felt bad about it, so he went on TikTok to do a special birthday song and apologize for the snub.
Brian responded with his mom’s voicemail reaction. She says John’s gesture, quote, “Just made my year . . . I am walking on air.”

The Happy Headline of the Day – Wednesday, May 5

Back in 2018, when he was only four years old, Nathan Herber of Rochester, Minnesota, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Since then, he’s been dealing with the disease — along with coronavirus, like the rest of us.
His brave battle ended with a victory. After spending months in the hospital, Nathan knocked out the cancer — and was able to finally get back to school.
A couple weeks ago, more than 300 of his fellow students lined up in the school parking lot to surprise Nathan and wave “hello” on his last day of treatment.
Nathan was happy to be done with the hospital — and was especially happy to see his friends again, and for things to be “normal again.” (WABC-TV)