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Music News – Monday, November 2

The annual Jingle Ball holiday concerts won’t be dashing through the snow from city to city this year — but it’ll still bring the stars out to shine.
Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, and Shawn Mendes are among the artists who’ll take part in this year’s edition of the holiday spectacular. The show will feature from-home performances by those stars, as well as looks inside their personal holiday traditions.
The event will go out on the CW network app on December 10th, and will air on the CW television network on December 14th. In addition, The CW will televise a one-hour Jingle Ball Greatest Moments special, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the event, on December 3rd.

Sam Smith tells NME magazine that their favorite place to be is on stage. Sam says, “I’m insecure. I think I’m an attention-seeker – obviously, because if you wanna stand on stage and sing in front of that many people, there’s something missing. Like a hole inside. When I’m onstage, I feel fulfilled. I feel really content. And when I’m offstage, something leaves and I don’t know what it is. The saddest moments in my life are when I walk offstage after a show.” Sam has been busy lately, premiering a new album and performing on various late night shows and virtual platforms.

The Daily Dish – Friday, October 30

An ABC executive admitted that they cast the wrong Bachelorette. Rather than Clare Crawley quitting after finding the love of her life, the producers shoved her out because she became boring.
Clare Crawley will be replaced by Tayshia Adams in next week’s episode, which is pre-empted by the election. It airs on Thursday, November 5th.
Last Tuesday’s episode featured a group date where Clare refused to hand out a rose. That was the aha moment for producers that Clare needed to be replaced. Rob Mills said on the Nick Viall Files podcast, (quote) “When she didn’t give out that rose and she just gave it to herself, that was really when we started making the call to replace her.”
Tayshia Adams answered the production team’s emergency call and quietly began to quarantine before Clare was forced to leave The Bachelorette. (New York Post)

Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live funnyman Colin Jost tied the knot this weekend in Upstate New York — and that’s no joke.
The two started dating in 2017 after they met during her hosting stint on an episode of SNL. They wed at an intimate ceremony near Scarlett’s home in Palisades, New York, attended only by family members and close friends — all of whom abided by strict COVID protocols.
The couple made the announcement through the Instagram account of Meals on Wheels America and urged fans to donate to the organization as a way of wishing them well.

Netflix and Chill just got a little more expensive. Netflix raised their monthly subscription fees.
The new price goes into effect immediately for new subscribers. Current Netflix members will be alerted in November about the fee increase. The premium plan jumped to $18 per month and the standard plan to $14.
Since the pandemic, 26 million joined Netflix, but they reported fewer new subscribers than anticipated this summer. That could have prompted the streaming company to raise fees. Yet, when they increased fees last year, the saw a spike in cancellations. (Variety)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, October 30

  • National Frankenstein Friday
  • National Candy Corn Day
Saturday Is Halloween.

Halloween costumes for pets are on the rise this year … and there’s a good reason why. Because people can’t celebrate the holiday the way they want to or are used to, they are dressing up their furry friends to bring some happiness to an otherwise stressful time. According to the National Retail Federation, sales of pet costumes are not only up this year, but many stores can’t keep dog and cat costumes on the shelves. A spokesperson for the National Retail Federation explained, “People can’t celebrate in person in the ways that they used to, so you’re seeing people try to … have a little joy and share a little joy, in a time when people are dealing with a lot of uncertainty.” (Business Insider)

This brings a whole new meaning to crawling across the finish line … 28-year-old Devon Lévesque of New Jersey will be taking on the New York City marathon this weekend in a very unusual way. He’ll be doing the whole 26.2 miles of the marathon on all fours. Yep, he’ll be bear-crawling the entire length. Devon is starting today and will end his marathon on Saturday. He’s doing it to honor his late father, who committed suicide when Devon was just 16. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through in my entire life,” he told People. “It was hard to watch because he was a happy-go-lucky person. I haven’t been able to cope with it until about 12 months ago and that is what is driving me to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention.”
Devon hopes to raise $200,000 for FitOps, a foundation that helps veterans use their fitness and leadership skills to become personal trainers. “100 percent of the funds raised will go towards the FitOps Foundation,” he says. “They’re dedicated to supporting and empowering veterans for re-acclimation [and] to raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.”  You can watch Devon’s efforts on his Instagram page.

Newser says Netflix has raised its prices. Their standard plan is going up by a dollar to $14 a month while their Premium plan is going up by two dollars to $18 per month. The new rates took effect yesterday while we were all probably busy bingwatching Stranger Things.

Music News – Friday, October 30

According to new court documents, the way to Britney Spears‘ wallet is through her stomach — since she spends 500 bucks a day on a personal chef.
The Blast reports that Brit’s dad, Jamie, presented details of her spending at a recent court hearing, showing the size of that meal ticket, which amounts to more than $100,000 per year. And, just like everything else, the fees are “considerably higher during the holiday season.”
At the same time, in those documents, it also shows that he’s paid $27,000 per month to serve as Britney’s conservator.

Lewis Capaldi has notched number-one hits in multiple countries, but he’s proven he’s really made it — he’s now a Funko Pop doll.
The Scottish star will probably be pleased with the way he’s depicted, decked out in black jeans, sneakers, green coat and sunglasses. He’s holding a rose in one hand while extending the other pleadingly, which fits his lovelorn image perfectly.
The mini-Capaldi is available for pre-order and will ship around January 8th.

Jake Gyllenhaal could be waking this morning to itchy ears.
Taylor Swift is once again talking about their brief romance from a decade ago. Then in 2012, she released the Red album. Taylor told Rolling Stone magazine (quote) “This was an album that I wrote specifically about pure, absolute, to the core, heartbreak.”
Taylor taped an interview with the magazine for its 500 Greatest Albums special. The magazine called Red the best of Taylor’s albums. It’s #99 on the Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums.
Red features three songs that are clearly about Jake Gyllenhaal. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “State of Grace” and fan favorite “All Too Well.” (Daily Mail)

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Thursday, October 29

Earlier this year, wildfires raged in Northern California, and affected nine-year-old Reese Osterberg in a big way. Her family lost their home in fire — and Reese lost her precious baseball card collection. She had collected 100 cards over the past three years.
When members of the fire department heard Reese’s story, they started spreading the word and asking for donations to replace her lost cards.
That’s when Kevin Ashford of San Jose, California, stepped up and offered to donate his baseball card collection to her.
Kevin didn’t just have a few cards in his garage. Instead, he had a massive collection of 25,000 cards that he’s been putting together since the late 1990s.
While the cards are definitely worth a lot of money, Kevin thought they would be worth far more to him if they would make the day of this little girl.
Explaining his decision, Kevin said he “would give anything to see the smile on her face when she receives them.”
See more on this story from KFSN-TV

The Daily Dish – Thursday, October 29

As soon as Big Brother named its All-Stars winner, CBS announced the reality series will return for season 23.
A CBS executive said Wednesday, (quote) “It feels fitting for this unprecedented season to conclude with an announcement of the show’s return next summer.”
Longtime host Julie Chen Moonves has the gig for another year. She renewed her contract that expired at the end of this All-Stars season. The two-hour live finale featured a showdown between Cody, Enzo and Nicole. (Deadline)

Kim Kardashian got caught photoshopping Khloé Kardashian in a sisterhood picture.
On Wednesday, Kim posted more photos from her lavish 40th birthday bash on a private island. She reportedly spent $1 million to fly 40 friends on a 777 jet and lodge them in luxury suites.
One picture in particular caught the attention of those who edit photos often enough to notice. The three oldest sisters link arms as they pose in string bikinis. However, upon close inspection, Kim’s lower right arm is missing.
It appears to be a classic case of photoshop fail. (New York Post)

Brad Pitt is single. He and German model Nicole Poturalski split after their brief fling.
She pulled the plug. Nicole is married. They consider it open marriage. The 27-year-old took a “hall pass” with Pitt for several weekends in the South of France. Then returned to her husband.
One of his buddies said, (quote) “It was never all that serious as it was cracked up to be.” (Entertainment Tonight) But it was one hell of a hall pass for her!

Lori Loughlin will spend Thanksgiving in prison.
The disgraced Full House actress was sentenced to two months for her role in the Varsity Blues college admission scandal. She confessed to faking applications for her two daughters. The judge ordered Lori to start her sentence no later than November 19th. That’s within the next three weeks.
The court requires more than just prison time for Lori Loughlin. There’s a $150,000 fine to pay plus 150 hours of community service when released sometime in January. (People)
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Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, October 29

  • International Internet Day: Otherwise known as Thursday.
  • National Cat Day: A good day to adopt a kitty.
  • National Oatmeal Day: I like mine with blueberries.
  • National Hermit Day: For those that like being alone.
  • World Stroke Day: Do you know the signs? Here’s how to spot a stroke FAST: Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, and Time to call 911.

Do you argue with your partner over where to eat or what to order? survey by Panera Bread revealed that the average couple argues 156 times a year over where to order dinner from and gets in a fight three times a week over where to eat. It takes the average couple 17 minutes to finally make a decision about where to get dinner and what to order while 16% will take 30 minutes or more to decide. And the arguing doesn’t stop when the decision is made … 32% end up fighting about who’s going to be the one to pick up the food.

How are you dealing with election stress? A new Harris poll found that 65% of respondents are stressed over the upcoming election, with 48% saying that are more stressed about this election than those in the past. And how are they coping with the stress? 46% of those surveyed say they’ll be eating junk food – pizza in particular – as results come in. Others say they will be drinking to get them through election night. 26% say they’ll be drinking beer, 23% will be drinking wine, 15% will be hitting the hard stuff, and 13% say they will be reaching for “cannabis products.” (NY Post)

Can’t say this is surprising … A new survey by streaming service Tubi found that a third of respondents had already watched at least one holiday movie this year. Some began watching as early as August and September. And with all the stress and uncertainty right now, it’s easy to understand why: 72% of those surveyed said watching holiday movies brings them comfort. 64% said they are looking forward to the holidays more than ever this year. (SWNS)

Music News – Thursday, October 29

Chances are, Ed Sheeran‘s voice will be the first one a newborn baby in Britain will hear after emerging from the womb.
According to a new survey by retailer Kiddies Kingdom, Ed’s “Thinking Out Loud” is the most-streamed song for women in the midst of childbirth. He tops a mostly sweet list that also includes Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me,” Adele‘s “Hello” and Hozier‘s “Take Me to Church”. (Heart)

Shawn Mendes was a guest on The Tonight Show Tuesday night and performed as medley of the songs “Intro” and “Wonder” from his upcoming album, Wonder. He also talked about what it was like to quarantine with Camila Cabello and offered a look into his new Netflix documentary, In Wonder. You can see those clips on the YouTube Channel for the Tonight Show.

Selena Gomez tells the Voting Power Hour that she recently voted for the first time. “Honestly, I’m not ashamed to say this. But… I’m kind of… This was my first time. I’m going to say that, because I’ve never felt — and this is so true, and I’m now admitting it to people — like my vote counts. Every vote counts. Some people get in their head, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well what does it matter?’”

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, October 28

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are engaged! Finally! Gwen made the post Instagram official on Tuesday.
Blake also posted the sweet picture on his page, writing, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!”

Jon Stewart is returning to TV – Apple TV-plus to be precise.
He signed a multi-year contract for a current events series. Jon Stewart will focus on a single subject for one hour. Topics will relate to current affairs in the United States.
For 16 years, Stewart hosted The Daily Show, which was the breeding ground for political comics Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Samantha Bee. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Ellen DeGeneres did something different for Tuesday’s taping of her daytime talk show: She allowed humans into her studio.
Ten days ago, Los Angeles relaxed COVID restrictions for TV productions. For the first time, audience members are permitted, but they must wear masks and sit six feet apart. Ellen made 40 seats available for in-studio fans. They’ll be visible during Wednesday’s program along with her virtual audience.
Ellen’s Halloween episode on Friday will also have an in-studio audience dressed in costumes. Looking ahead, Ellen hopes Los Angeles maintains COVID policies so she may invite fans to 12 Days of Giveaways tapings. (Variety)

The Aretha Franklin bio-pic’s premiere has been pushed back to August 2021.
Respect, with Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, was scheduled to reach theaters January 15th — to coincide with the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. But with many multiplexes limited to 50 percent capacity or less, and others closed, MGM chose instead to wait out the pandemic.
Along with honoring the artist who blazed trails, broke barriers and was the first woman ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Respect is a star turn for Hudson, who won an Oscar for Dreamgirls and was personally selected for the role by Aretha Franklin. (Variety)

Coast Social Network with the Berrien Community Foundation – Wednesday, October 28

Zack speaks with Lisa Cripps-Downey from the Berrien Community Foundation about the Golden Acorn Excellence Awards, which are annual awards that BCF does to recognize an organization for their work and individuals for their heart of volunteerism each year. The agency gets a $4,000 grant and the individual can direct $1,000 to the nonprofit of their choice.... [Read Full Story]

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, October 28

  • National Chocolate Day: Good thing you’ve probably got a lot of it around the house right now.
  • National First Responders Day: A good day to say thanks to the people who dedicate their lives to saving lives.
  • National Make a Difference Day: A good day to do something nice for someone.

Kids begging for a puppy is nothing new. In fact, according to research, starting at around age 6, the average kid will beg their parents for a dog about 11 times a month – or about 1,600 times before they turn 18. Be prepared, parents: the begging gets even more intense around the holidays. 62% of kids who’ve asked their parents for a dog get even more persistent during the holiday season, asking seven more times per month. And this year, that persistence may pay off. One-third of parents surveyed said they are planning to get their child a puppy this holiday season. (SWNS)

Speaking of pets … Seems people are going to the polls … with their pets in mind. A new survey by Banfield Pet Hospital found that 65% of pet owners said they take their pet into consideration when voting on different issues – like climate change. And when it comes to election night, 53% of the pet owners polled said they’d rather spend the night with their furry friend than with their roommate or significant other. But pets could be the thing that brings a politically divided nation together. 64% of pet owners said they’d be more inclined to engage with someone with different political views if they knew that person had a pet. (People)

Here’s more proof that hard seltzer isn’t just for summer anymore … Bud Light just announced an Ugly Sweater 12-pack of their Hard Seltzers, featuring three new holiday flavors: Gingersnap, Peppermint Pattie, and Apple Crisp. They’ll be available starting November 2nd. (Thrillist)

A new survey by DoorDash reveals that 84% of parents steal Halloween candy from their kids. The most stolen candy by parents … Snickers bar (26%) followed by Twix (16%) and M&M’s (15%).

Music News – Wednesday, October 28

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are engaged! Finally! Gwen made the post Instagram official Tuesday.
Blake also posted the sweet picture on his page, writing, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!”

Ed Sheeran just topped Heat magazine’s annual list of Britain’s richest under-30 celebrities — for the final time.
Ed, who’s 29, will age out of the top spot next year, but he’ll be going out with a fortune of $275 million, a lot of which is tied up in his huge real estate portfolio. Harry Styles is worth just shy of $100 million, and took over second place from Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who hit the big three-oh himself this past year.
Harry’s former One Direction bandmates all made showings on the list as well. Niall Horan checked in at number-four, Louis Tomlinson in sixth, Liam Payne in seventh and new dad Zayn Malik in ninth.

Sam Smith plans to atone for a long-ago crime on Friday — by returning a coffee mug their mom swiped from the famed Abbey Road studios when Sam was a teenager.
Sam posted a photo of the mug online, then told the story of the heist on Australian talk show The Project. They initially claimed to be the mastermind, then said, “I will be honest, I didn’t take it, my mum took it. Seriously, my mum put it in the handbag. I didn’t have a handbag. It was a mug, an Abbey Road mug, Abbey Road is such a sanctuary of music… [I] wanted a piece of that sanctuary at home.”
Sam will have the chance to return the booty when they play a one-off show at Abbey Road on Friday to celebrate the release of their new album Love Goes.

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, October 27

Viewers of The Wendy Williams Show last Friday were concerned for the host’s health. Wendy acted erratic during a Hot Topics segment. Her words were disjointed, sometimes not finishing sentences and mispronouncing names.
Backstage there were whispers about Wendy’s sobriety. Nearly two years ago, she entered a rehab around the time of her divorce. Yet a former employee said most of Wendy’s staff is afraid to confront her. (quote) “This is going to play out bad.”
On Monday, Wendy Williams addressed the rumors about her health. She said, (quote) “I try to do the best that I can for you. I appreciate you watching, but even after all of these years, it’s still work. I guess every day is not perfect, but I’m not a perfectionist. I’m not perfect.”
If another taping goes badly like Friday, producers reportedly have evergreen repeat episodes to air in its place. (E! News)

Dwayne Johnson does not quit in the gym. Even when he’s bloodied himself.
On Monday, The Rock shared at Instagram how he busted open an eyebrow. Blood dripped down his face, then he wiped it away and stuck his finger in his mouth. (quote) “I can confirm my blood tastes like [my tequila brand] Teremana, calluses and BlaMoan [black and Samoan] hot sauce.”
Johnson blamed the accident on throwing around a 50-pound chain until muscle failure. He joked, (quote) “Sometimes you get lumped up and need stitches. Taste your own blood, keep working out and stitch up later — rules of the house.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

This most unusual season of The Bachelorette has a new twist: Clare Crawley now hints that producers forced her out.
Up until now, the story has been that Clare quit because she and Dale Moss immediately fell in love and wanted to get married. She refused to continue the charade of fake dates with the other men.
Then over the weekend, Clare sprinkled a bread crumb trail of “likes” at Twitter. Each of the posts defended Clare and blamed producers for her exit. There’s even a theory that they invited the replacement BacheloretteTayshia Adams, to quarantine several days before ousting Clare. She wouldn’t have chosen to depart “considering how bad she wanted to be a Bachelorette.”
More details will be revealed Tuesday night when The Bachelorette airs on ABC. (Entertainment Tonight)

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, October 27

  • Navy Day: It’s a day to salute all the men and women who have served, both past and present, in the United States Navy.
  • National Black Cat Day: It’s NOT a day to be superstitious, but, instead, to celebrate these beautiful felines.
  • National American Beer Day: A good day to drink an American beer.

What are the most attractive qualities a person can have? A global study of 14,000 people in 45 countries found that the three most attractive qualities a person can have are: Kindness, intelligence and good health. (Best Life)

Do you miss the office? A new survey found that two-thirds of respondents miss going into the office. And what do they miss most about it? Being face to face with co-workers, office gossip, their desks, and going to lunch. According to the survey, these are the Top 10 Things Workers Miss About Their Workplace:
  1. Being face to face with people
  2. The office banter
  3. Simply asking someone a question out loud rather than messaging
  4. Working in a team
  5. Their office desk
  6. Hearing office gossip
  7. Their office chair
  8. Catching up about people’s weekends
  9. The printer
  10. Lunch breaks with colleagues (SWNS)

Think you’ve seen every pumpkin-flavored product? Think again. Apparently, there is such a thing as pumpkin pie-flavored milk. Yep, a dairy brand called Rutter’s makes a limited-edition pumpkin-pie flavored milk. (Delish)

A new study by Sorbonne University in Paris reveals that drinking Diet Coke could be just as bad as drinking fat. Artificially sweetened drinks and sugary beverages increase the risk of heart disease by 20%. Researchers spent a decade studying the effects of the drinks on the human body.
Lead researcher Eloi Chazelas tells the Daily Mail newspaper, ”Higher intakes of sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages were associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, suggesting that artificial sweeteners might not be a healthy substitute for sugary drinks.”

Music News – Tuesday, October 27

This year’s American Music Awards nominees were announced yesterday.
Artist of the Year nominees include The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Taylor Swift, among others.
The American Music Awards will air on ABC on November 22nd.

Harry Styles must be pretty sure that he’ll be playing arenas again soon –because he’s just bought part of a big one in Manchester, England.
Harry, who grew up in the north of England, is a major investor in Co-Op Live, which would be the country’s largest indoor venue if the 2023 opening goes as planned. It’s also being designed as the most environmentally sustainable arena in Europe. The folks behind the project say Styles “will be actively involved in the development of the project, with a particular focus on fans, unique premium and hospitality areas, and artist spaces.”
Greater Manchester is currently under the highest COVID-19 alert levels in the country, meaning public gatherings of all kinds are strictly prohibited. (Variety)

Britney Spears‘ efforts to free herself from her dad’s conservatorship just got a boost from a longtime employee — who compares her situation to that of the women in the horror story A Handmaid’s Tale.
Brit’s makeup artist, known only as Maxi, told the Calababes podcast, “We’re talking about some Handmaid’s Tale-type things to keep her from having a baby. I can’t detail it and I’m not gonna specifically say, but I will say for sure, she would’ve had a baby by now. She would’ve probably been married to [boyfriend] Sam [Asghari] by now. She would have groups of friends around her.”
In the most recent round of court dates, lawyers compared Brit to “a coma patient.”

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Monday, October 26

In Mason City, Iowa, a hero police dog named Kilo was able to locate a two-year-old boy who had wandered away from home.
It seems the toddler went for a walk with the family dog — without telling his family.
The family called the Mason City Police Department for help, and K9 Kilo and Officer Duane Kemna started to track the scent. It all worked out.
Kilo was able to track the missing child along a creek to a neighbor’s property, where he was found sitting with the family dog by his side. He had removed his wet socks, shoes and coat.
The boy was safely returned home — thanks to the skills of K9 Kilo.

The Daily Dish – Monday, October 26

Arnold Schwarzenegger had a third operation to correct a heart defect. Cleveland Clinic surgeons replaced his aortic valve.
The 73-year-old actor Instagrammed a hospital photo with the message, (quote) “I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues. Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team!”
Two years ago, Arnold underwent emergency surgery to replace another heart valve that helps blood flow to the lungs. His first heart surgery dates back to 1997. Doctors replaced Arnold’s aortic valve, which was replaced again over the weekend. (E! News)

Felicity Huffman is a totally free woman.
According to her legal team, she’s completed all aspects of her sentence in that college-admissions scam. She’s finished with supervised release, and has long since done her 250 hours of community service. She served her two weeks in prison months ago.
Felicity pleaded guilty last year to paying someone $15,000 to take her daughter Sophia‘s PSAT to boost her chances of getting into a good school. (TMZ)

Variety magazine says MGM has explored the possibility of selling the new James Bond movie, “No Time To Die”, to a streaming service for $600 million. The film has already lost between $30 million and $50 million due to the pandemic. Apple TV and Netflix are the two most likely streaming services to buy the film

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, October 26

National Pumpkin Day: A good day to carve a pumpkin.

Halloween is this weekend, but that hasn’t stopped the Hallmark Channel. Hallmark’s Christmas movies started over the weekend, and you may have noticed a familiar voice. Gwen Stefani’s “Here This Christmas” will serve as the theme for the channel’s Countdown to Christmas. It’s one of five new songs on Gwen’s re-issued deluxe edition of her You Make It Feel Like Christmas album. (People)

Seems coronavirus has made many people in relationships much closer. A survey by online jeweler Angara.com found that 32% of women said that the pandemic made them realize that their current partner was “the one.” And 46% of those surveyed said that one month of living with their partner during quarantine felt like being in a relationship for a year – which may be why people are seeing their current partner as “the one.” (SWNS)

It looks like working from home is going to be the way of the future … and in order to make a separation between “the office” and home, people are building tiny backyard offices. Basically, they are she-sheds – for work. And a number of companies have popped up that will build these office sheds for you. One such company is Illinois based INshed. The company started making tiny offices in June and expects to fill 20 orders this month. The offices cost between $10,000 and $15,000, depending on customization. (Insider)

We live in a texting world, but according to researchers, if you really want to connect with a person, you should pick up the phone. Seems like a no-brainer, but a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that calling someone created stronger social bonds than communicating through texting or email. (Best Life)

Yahoo News says too much Halloween candy can have a toxic effect on your brain. Renowned psychotherapist and brain health expert Dr. Teralyn Sell tells Yahoo, “In adults or in children, extensive use of sugar can precipitate mental health problems, Adults might be anxious, fatigued, and irritable while children might be hyperactive, lack focus and concentration, and have a tantrum. Make sure your kids eat higher protein snacks before and after candy, This will help stabilize blood sugar and help to avoid mood issues. In general, avoid using sugar as a reward mechanism. And to prevent the Halloween haul from affecting your sleep cycle, avoid snacking on candy before bed. Instead, opt for a small protein snack.”

Music News – Monday, October 26

Adele wasn’t expected to sing during her first time hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. The show had R-and-B artist H.E.R. (pr: Her) as musical guest, but you figured they might work a vocal in somewhere — and they did.
Despite explaining at the top of her opening monologue that she wouldn’t be singing because her new album’s not finished and she was too scared to both host and sing, Adele did what amounted to a hits medley during a sketch that had her playing herself as a contestant on The Bachelor. With interruptions in between, she sang snippets of  “Someone Like You,”  “When We Were Young,” “Hello” and “Rolling in the Deep,” before finishing with a longer excerpt from “Someone Like You.”

The way to Lewis Capaldi’s heart is through his stomach — as he proved by taking part in a quirky experiment that tried to match up singles through their favorite foods.
The trial was set up after a recent survey of British singles showed that one in four said they’d only get serious about someone who liked the same grub they do. In the test, Lewis tasted three dishes created by mystery gals and struggled to make his decision, but landed on a plate of chicken nachos made by a woman named Megan.
Capaldi was asked if the experience would end up on his upcoming album, and he seemed to like the idea. He says, “Yes. I’ve always wanted to do culinary-themed music, and I’ve always said there is a market for it. ‘Megan’s Nachos’ coming 2021.” (Edinburgh News)

Ed Sheeran fanatics will have a chance to buy his actual “Lego House,” among other relics, at a charity auction his parents are staging in his hometown.
Most of the items up for bids were part of the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition, which rolled out at a nearby museum last year. The goodies include handwritten lyrics to “Perfect,” a ticket to Ed’s first ever gig in Framlingham and, yes, the Lego set he played with as a child.
Proceeds from the auction which ends November 8th, will go towards supporting young people in Ed’s home county of Suffolk, including renovation of a playground in Ipswich. (BBC)

Furry Friends Friday with Sterling at Berrien County Animal Control – October 23

Berrien County Animal Control’s featured pet is Sterling: A very adorable Cattle Dog-Hound mix.  Sterling likes hikes, walks and runs. Lots of energy… Wild Child is his nickname!  Sterling’s personality is as strong as his desire for a forever home. Adopt him and say goodbye to boredom. After a day of fun, Sterling is ready for a doggy nap!  Good with dogs, kids; house trained, neutered and microchipped!  Please contact Berrien County Animal Control at 269-927-5648 for more information about our very adorable Sterling.... [Read Full Story]

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, October 23

14-year-old Anika Chebrolu of Frisco, Texas, was named the winner of the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a competition for middle school scientists.
She started her project two years ago, researching the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. And then, the coronavirus hit and Anika shifted her focus to the modern pandemic we’re facing.
Anika worked with a database of almost 698 million molecules and made a powerful discovery that could actually lead to a potential cure.
She was thrilled to win the $25,000 grand prize, but is also proud to be an example to other kids, showing them that they can accomplish anything they want.