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The Daily Dish – Monday, December 21

Miley Cyrus has plans for New Year’s Eve. She’ll perform on ABC’s annual celebration Dick Clark‘s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2021.
Ryan tweeted an announcement on Sunday, (quote) “Ready for @MileyCyrus to put the rock in #RockinEve! 11 more days….”
Jennifer Lopez headlines the event from New York City’s Times Square. Cyndi Lauper will duet with Billy Porter from the Kinky Boots songbook. Ciara hosts the celebrations in Los Angeles, where Miley might be on New Year’s Eve. (Billboard)

Mossimo Giannulli has been placed in solitary confinement, but the fashion mogul didn’t do anything wrong.
A source tells People magazine that Lori Loughlin‘s husband has been put in “COVID-19-related protective custody as he continues to serve his five-month prison sentence for his involvement in the high-profile college admissions scandal.”
On Friday, his son Gianni revealed that his father “has been locked in solitary confinement for one full month” and has been “only let out every 3 days for a few moments to shower.”
Mossimo was booked into Lompoc federal prison, which reported hundreds of COVID-19 cases in the summer, on November 19th.

George Clooney finds it physically painful to watch ‘Batman And Robin’. The New York Post quotes him as saying, “The truth of the matter is, I was bad in it. Akiva Goldsman wrote the screenplay, and it’s a terrible screenplay, he’ll tell you. I’m terrible in it, I’ll tell you. Joel Schumacher, who just passed away, directed it, and he’d say, ‘Yeah, it didn’t work.’ We all whiffed on that one”. People magazine, citing ‘The Howard Stern Show’, claims George Clooney told Ben Affleck not to play ‘Batman’. George says, “Ben called me up and said he’d been offered ‘Batman’ and asked if he should take it. I told him no to go near the role. Ben didn’t listen to me, and he ended up doing a great job and I was wrong. But hey, I can only impart my wisdom from my experience and I just said, ‘Don’t have nipples on the suit.’ “

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, December 21

Humbug Day: Today is a day to release the stress of the season – by embracing your inner Scrooge.
Winter Solstice: It’s the shortest day of the year and officially the first day of winter.

Were you on the naughty or nice list this year? Seems most Americans think they belong on the nice list. A YouGov poll revealed that 75% of people surveyed said they are definitely on Santa’s nice list for 2020. Of course, that was self-identified, so we’ll really see how things go this Friday morning…

Are you a terrible gift giver? Two in five people surveyed admitted that they are terrible gift givers. 60% said they always struggle to find the perfect gift and 51% wait until the last minute to do their Christmas shopping. OK, bad gift givers, your gifts aren’t THIS bad … are they? According to the survey, here are some of the worst last-minute gifts people have purchased:
  • A jar of peanuts
  • An oven mitt
  • Windshield wipers
  • A bottle of shampoo
  • A Chia pet
  • Mouthwash
  • Toilet paper
  • Multivitamins
  • Plastic silverware

How often do you start sentences with “When this is all over …”? A new survey found that 40% of adults said they start at least one sentence every week with those words. 13% of those polled said they say the phrase every day. (SWNS)

And… How often do you tell yourself this is the day, week, or month that you are going to start eating healthy? A new survey found that the average person promises themselves four times a month they are going to start eating healthy … but they never do. So why do people never follow through with their diet plans? 37% of respondents said they quit a diet because they hated cutting out foods they love. 35% said the diet they tried was too restrictive for them to stick with. 69% of those surveyed said not seeing results soon enough made them quit. And 73% admitted that giving in to junk food cravings derailed their dieting attempts.

Music News – Monday, December 21

Ariana Grande is engaged. This time around, the guy is Los Angeles real estate agent Dalton Gomez. The couple started dating in January then quarantined together.
An insider told People magazine (quote) “They couldn’t be happier, they’re just so excited. This is a happy time for them, both sets of parents are thrilled.”
Ari and Dalton announced the engagement Sunday morning on Instagram. She flashed her huge diamond ring with the caption (quote) “Forever n then some.”
Her manager, Scooter Braun, commented (quote) “Congrats to these two amazing souls. Ari we love you and could not be happier for you. Dalton you are a lucky man.” (People)

Days after blasting Shia LaBeouf for “tricking” her into sleeping with him even though he was involved with someone else, Sia has gotten revenge — by firing him from her new movie.
Sia tells Australia’s Studio 10 that she booted him from Music because of the incident, replacing him with Kate Hudson. She says, “I asked for a meeting with her, and she said she was born to do it. She could sing, she could dance, she could do it all.”
Accusations against Shia started piling up after his ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs accused him of “relentless abuse” including sexual assault.

Sir Paul McCartney revealed that Taylor Swift shifted the Evermore album release date — twice — so not to conflict with his, McCartney III.
The pair connected for the Rolling Stone cover photoshoot. Each shared what projects were on the horizon. Taylor privately told McCartney about her secret album. Out of professional respect, she did not want to overshadow his latest release.
Paul recalled an email exchange with Taylor during an interview with Howard Stern. (quote) “She said, ‘I found out you were going to put yours out on December 10th. So I moved Evermore to the 18th.’ Then she found out we were coming on the 18th and moved hers back to the 10th. People do keep out of each other’s way. It’s a nice thing to do.” (NME)

Furry Friends Friday from the Mason Jar Cafe with Artemis from Cass Co Animal Control – December 18

It’s Furry Friends Friday from The Mason Jar Cafe!
Meet Artemis! If you’re searching for a companion to keep you warm during the winter months, then Artemis may be the cat for you! Artemis was brought in as a stray, so unfortunately we do not know much about his past. Artemis is an adult unaltered male with a sweet demeanor. He enjoys daily scratches and lying around in his comfy bed. Please contact Cass County Animal Control/Shelter at 269-446-3701 for more our very handsome fellow, Artemis.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Friday, December 18

A Secret Santa is surprising essential workers across the country with Christmas cash.
This Secret Santa — of course — wishes to remain anonymous. It is known by those who help him with his mission that he’s a businessman.
In years past, he personally handed out hundreds of $100 bills to random strangers.
But this year he had a different idea — to mail packages to carefully selected essential workers across the nation.
For example, Kimberly Davis, who cleans rooms at a hospital in Houston, Texas, received $1,000 cash.
So did Ashton Dooley, a sanitation worker from Sarasota, Florida, and Elgin Thrower, a security guard from Kansas City.
In the coming weeks, this Secret Santa has promised to give away $100,000 — all to total strangers.
The man says he’s just trying to give away kindness, with no expectation in return. And along the way, he’s changing the lives of those who are receiving his special gifts in the mail.

The Daily Dish – Friday, December 18

Tom Cruise has had enough on the Mission: Impossible set. He’s shutting down production early.
A source on the movie set revealed, (quote) “Tom decided he’s ready for a break. They will wind up filming for 2020 on Friday. Then Cruise flies to Miami over the weekend on his private jet to spend Christmas with his son, Connor.”
This was an abrupt change in the schedule after tensions flared this week on the movie set. Cruise had back-to-back days with outbursts. At least five crew members abruptly quit rather than work under abusive conditions.
Cruise decided in his role as producer to give the cast and crew an early Christmas break. The hope is that everybody returns in a better mood. (The Sun, UK)

Ellen DeGeneres is recovering from COVID with severe back pain. Meanwhile, one of her previous guests chose to quarantine far away from his pregnant wife and their three-year-old toddler.
Leslie Odom Jr. appeared on The Ellen Show just one day before she tested positive. He’s not taking any chances in spreading the infection to his family.
Odom Jr. won a Tony Award for playing Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical Hamilton. This winter, he stars in the movie One Night in Miami. On Friday, Odom will tell The Today Show in a pre-taped interview, (quote) “The virus can affect pregnant ladies differently. We’re doing our best. I got my mask in the house — double-masking in the house.”
Odom could be free for Christmas, if he remains virus-free, after a 10-day quarantine. He taped with Ellen on December 9th. (E! News)

OK! magazine says a romance may be brewing between former SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston. A source tells the magazine,  “Jennifer always says Jason makes her laugh the way no else can. Oh, Jason would love to ask her out. But so many folks in their inner circle think they’re perfect for each other, and they’ve already done kissing scenes to know the lay of the land.” Jason recently separated his engagement from actress Olivia Wilde. The two have starred in several movies together in the past 10 years, including their roles in Mother’s Day, and We’re the Millers.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Friday, December 18

Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day
Here are just some of the ways you can greet people today …
  • “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
  • “I am a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!”
  • “I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite.”
  • “You did it! Congratulations! World’s best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It’s great to be here.”
  • “You stink! You smell like beef and cheese. You don’t smell like Santa.
  • “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”
  • “You sit on a throne of lies.”

You really do need to wake up and smell the coffee … As we all know by now, one of the symptoms of COVID-19 is losing your sense of taste and smell. Well, now experts are suggesting you do a little “self test” in the morning – by seeing if you can smell the coffee. According to James Schwob, a professor of developmental, molecular, and chemical biology at Tufts University School of Medicine, “One of the things that can be done pretty easily, pretty objectively by someone at home would be to take some ground coffee and see how far away you can hold it and still smell it.” (Delish)

For those of you looking to get quick and easy access to a COVID vaccine, The Chicago Tribune says Walgreens and CVS believe covid-19 vaccines will be available at their stores beginning this Spring. The shots will be available by appointment only.

Well, here’s one bright spot in what has been an awful year … Seems Americans exercised a lot more in 2020. According to research by fitness tracking app Strava, there were big increases in running and cycling as well as walking, hiking, yoga, weightlifting, and water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. According to the company, 2 million new users joined the free app every month this year, and more than 1 million joined Strava’s monthly 5K challenge in May – that’s the most ever for a single challenge on the app.
And women were the driving force for the uptick in exercise. According to app data, between April and September, women between the ages of 18-29 had a 45% increase in the median number of activities uploaded to the tracker compared to a 27% increase by men in the same age group. Women were also cycling more, with a 72% increase in bike rides logged compared to 2019. (ESPN)

And, in the strangest headline I’ve read today, The NY Daily News says Pepsi is launching a new chocolate soft drink called Cocoa Cola. The company released a statement saying, “There is nothing more classic than hot cocoa on a winter day, but this year has been anything but typical. So why not bring together the delicious taste of a Pepsi with the delicious, wintry taste of chocolate and marshmallow and bring some unexpected joy to our fans this season? We are confident we nailed Pepsi ‘Cocoa’ Cola and can’t wait to get this in the hands of cola fans this winter.”

Music News – Friday, December 18

It took a Herculean effort on Blake Shelton’s part to propose to Gwen Stefani. She confessed to dragging her feet without realizing what he had planned.
Gwen nearly canceled her trip to Blake’s farm. She told Kelly Clarkson, (quote) “I was trying to get out of going to Oklahoma because it was getting too complicated with COVID and the family.”
Even on the day of proposal, coordinating schedules became difficult. Blake barely pulled it off. He asked Gwen to help with starting a fire. He told her to grab matches from the cupboard. On the shelf was her engagement ring inside the box. (Billboard)

Mariah Carey’s 1994 holiday anthem is back at the top of the hot 100 chart. This comes almost a year to the day after it reached number one for the very first time. Mariah is thanking fans for the 812-million streams this season. In a tweet, she says she doesn’t want a lot for Christmas, just “a bit more joy and holiday spirit for all, especially this year.”

“Star Wars” actress Naomi Ackie will play the iconic Whitney Houston in the upcoming biopic, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” But don’t expect her to sing. They’ll be using Houston’s original tracks in the movie. Co-producer and Whtiney’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston, tells “Entertainment Tonight” there is going to be a new album with the movie. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” comes out Thanksgiving 2022.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Thursday, December 17

For the second year in a row in Salt Lake City, a special event at a local park is helping those in need get warm clothing.
The event — called Scarves in the Park — involves donated scarves, hats and mittens being tied to a fence with an invitation for anyone to take anything they need — no questions asked.
Each clothing item also includes a special tag with an uplifting message.
So far this year, the group organizers have collected more than 2,000 items — and hope to collect even more.
The event brings together many people in the community and — more importantly — impacts the lives of each and every person who visits the park.

The Daily Dish – Thursday, December 17

One day after Tom Cruise exploded in a temper tantrum, five crew members walked off the movie set.
Rather than take abuse from Cruise, they took an early Christmas break. In Tom’s immortal words, they’re “freakin’ gone.”
A source on the set said tensions had been running high. Then Cruise erupted with anger under the stress of trying to finish Mission: Impossible 7 under strict regulations established by the British government. And, more importantly, before Christmas Eve.
The insider claimed, “Since Tom’s outburst became public, there has been more anger. He’s upset others aren’t taking it as seriously as him.” (The Sun, UK)
Three months ago, Cruise reportedly chartered a docked ship so that the movie crew could isolate in relative comfort.
The Lizzie McGuire revival is dead at Disney Plus. Star Hilary Duff broke the news on Instagram on Wednesday, saying, “I know the efforts and conversations have been everywhere trying to make a reboot work but, sadly & despite everyone’s best efforts, it isn’t going to happen. I want any reboot of Lizzie to be honest and authentic to who Lizzie would be today. It’s what the character deserves.”(Variety)

In more reboot news,  NBC is developing a sequel series to Night Court, according to Variety. Original series star John Larroquette will return as Dan Fielding, while Big Bang Theory star Melissa Rauch will executive-produce. The sitcom will follow “unapologetic optimist judge Abby Stone, daughter of the original series character Harry Stone.”
Meanwhile, Seth MacFarlane is producing a reboot of Revenge of the NerdsKeith and Kenny Lucas, the identical twin brothers best known for co-starring in 22 Jump Street, are set to write and star.
According to Variety, the movie won’t be a remake. “Instead, the contemporary reimagining will pontificate about today’s nerd culture and what even constitutes a geek in the 21st century.”

Christopher Walken is a bit behind the times. The 77-year-old says he’s never owned a cellphone or a computer.
Appearing virtually on The Late Show, Walken said he doesn’t do many video chats because he avoids technology. He explained, “Yeah, somebody had to come and set this up because I don’t have a cell phone or a computer.”
Stephen Colbert asked if he was “morally, philosophically or emotionally opposed” to such things. But Walken said, “No, no I just got to it too late. I think I‘m right at a certain age where it just passed me by. I never got involved in it because it would be strange to have any 10-year-old be much better at it than I am.”
What if Walken needs to make a call? “People are nice about letting me borrow things,” he says.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Thursday, December 17

National Maple Syrup Day
National Re-gifting Day

Did you pick up a bad habit (or four) since the pandemic started? You are not alone. In fact, a new survey found that 53% of the adults polled said they’ve been drinking more alcohol than usual since coronavirus started. Nearly 50% of adults working from home said they have secretly clocked off the job early to have a drink. And 45% of respondents admitted they’d had a drink during working hours. It’s no surprise, then, that 60% of respondents said they were making a resolution to drink less in the new year.
Drinking isn’t the only bad habit people have picked up during the pandemic. 40% said they’ve been snacking more throughout the day, 33% said they weren’t eating as many fruits and vegetables as they should, 32% said they were eating more junk food, 32% said they were consuming too much caffeine, 25% said they weren’t exercising, 23% admitted they stayed in pajamas all day, and 11% of those working from home said they had overslept on a workday. (SWNS)

OK, be honest. Are you secretly kinda happy you don’t have to host a holiday party this year? It’s OK. Lots of people feel the same way you do. A survey by Velveeta found that while 56% of respondents said they are disappointed that they’ll miss out on holiday parties this year because of COVID, 70% confessed that they are secretly happy they don’t have to host a holiday party this year. (SWNS)

Here’s a good reason to get your kid involved in sports … A new study out of Norway found that kids who play sports have a lower risk of depression. “Being active, getting sweaty, and roughhousing offer more than just physical health benefits. They also protect against depression,” study author, Dr. Tonje Zahl said.

And, some of us look forward to Christmas Dinners quite a bit each year, but one woman looks forward to them so much, she has them every day! A woman from Bristol, England has eaten a Christmas dinner every day for the past 20 years. Jane Wintringham has eaten 7,300 Christmas dinners over the course of her life.
“A roast is my favorite meal – it’s a classic British dish. I think it’s a balanced meal – you’ve got meat, carbohydrates and vegetables – plus, I’m cooking everything myself fresh, so I know exactly what’s going into my food. I don’t eat takeaways or anything like that, which I think are far more unhealthy. I’m a size 10, and have been for all my adult life, so I’ve not put on any weight through eating so many Christmas dinners.’’

Music News – Thursday, December 17

Could Adele launch her new album at the Grammy Awards on January 31st?
That’s the rumor from Hits Daily Double, which also says that the show’s new booker, Ben Winston, has already secured Taylor SwiftHarry Styles and Dua Lipa for show. And Winston has “made nice with Beyonce” to get her on board after hubby Jay-Z got shut out with his eight nominations back in 2018.
Winston already has a track record reeling in big stars — he was the first booker for James Corden‘s Carpool Karaoke.

Gwen Stefani is finally giving details on Blake Shelton’s proposal. She tells ‘Entertainment Tonight’ he popped the question next to the fireplace at their Oklahoma Ranch.  Blake Shelton revealed he was carrying around the ring for a week before he gave it to her. The two got engaged in October. They say they want to wait till after the pandemic to get hitched.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Wednesday, December 16

Over 1,000 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, took part in the second annual All-American Presents from Paratroopers toy drive (aka A2P2) — which resulted in thousands of toys being donated to local children in need.
The event involved the paratroopers jumping out of helicopters and a cargo plane into drop zones — led by a jumpmaster from the country of Chile.
The soldiers who jumped were awarded Chilean wings — and all the toys were delivered to different organizations throughout the state of North Carolina. “It’s great to get your foreign [wings] and all, but [A2P2] has a bigger purpose: giving back to the community and being able to bring the unit together … and that’s what brings us all joy,” said Army 1st Lt. Blake Wilson.

The Daily Dish – Wednesday, December 16

Jennifer Lopez will headline Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2021 on ABC.
Ryan’s co-host will be, for the second straight year, Lucy Hale.
Joining J-Lo on stage in New York City’s Times Square will be performances by Billy PorterCyndi Lauper and country singer Jimmie Allen.
In Los Angeles, Ciara will introduce performers, who often pre-record their act. ABC promised to release details of more performances from different locations very soon. (Just Jared)

Tom Cruise let the expletives fly after two crew members were found breaking COVID-19 protocols during filming of Mission: Impossible 7.
The Sun published an audio recording from the set. In the three-minute clip, Tom shouted, “If I see you do it again, you’re [bleeping] gone. And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it.”
According to sources, the outburst happened because Tom saw two crew members not adhering to proper social distancing on the set.
Tom also argued that the entire film industry hinges on them following the protocols. The star said, “We are creating thousands of jobs, you [bleeps]. That’s it. No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their [expletive] homes because our industry is shut down.”
Mission: Impossible 7 is set to open on November 19th, 2021.

Lily James and Sebastian Stan will play Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in a new limited series for Hulu.
While their infamous sex tape will play a major part in the show, according to Deadline, the story will also chronicle their “relationship going back to their whirlwind romance that started with them marrying after only knowing each other for 96 hours in 1995.”
Seth Rogen will play the man who stole the tape, which was at the center of a huge legal dispute.
The Baywatch star and Mötley Crüe drummer are not involved in the production, which has the working title Pam & Tommy.

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Wednesday, December 16

Chocolate Covered Anything Day: ‘Tis the season, after all …

Maybe it’s time to revisit that high school biology class … or at least a game of Operation. According to a new survey, 73% of people said they don’t know what most of their organs do or where they’re located. How bad is it? Only 38% of survey respondents were able to accurately describe what their colon does.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way … A 28-year-old man in Scotland broke lockdown rules by buying a jet ski and riding it for almost 25 miles to go see his girlfriend in the Isle of Man. The guy, Dale McLaughlan, had never even ridden a jet ski before. According to the BBC, it took him four hours to get to the island, where he had to walk another 15 miles to get to his girlfriend’s house. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a break for creativity … or perseverance. He was arrested, charged with illegally entering the island, and put in jail for four weeks. (Insider)

Thinking of ditching meat in 2021? This may be some motivation … A study by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine found that a low-fat, plant-based diet can boost fat burning and weight loss, as well as lower the risk of diabetes.

Speaking of plant-based … You may want to add some beans to your diet in the new year. Seems the people in the world who live the longest and are the healthiest all have one thing in common: They eat beans every day. According to Dan Buettner, longevity researcher and author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, “Beans reign supreme in Blue Zones and are the cornerstone of every longevity diet in the world: black beans in Nicoya; lentils, garbanzo, and white beans in the Mediterranean; and soybeans in Okinawa.” He says people in these Blue Zones, who live to more than 100, eat at least four times as many beans as Americans do. They also eat mostly plants, lots of olive oil, not much meat or fish, and very little sugar. (Eat This, Not That)

Music News – Wednesday, December 16

Shawn Mendes is not gay. Camila Cabello is truly his girlfriend.
That’s one message that Shawn Mendes tried to send while chatting with Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast.
Shawn admitted that he’s been mistaken for gay since middle school. He called it frustrating. (quote) “It’s such a tricky thing. You want to say, ‘I’m not gay but it’d be fine if I was gay — but also there’s nothing wrong with being gay but I’m not.’”
Shawn exhibits a strong feminine side because he grew up surrounded by women. (quote) “I didn’t grow up wrestling. I grew up getting my hair braided on New Year’s Eve.”
During their one-hour conversation, Shawn said he’s been focused on his mental health. He’s gotten into meditation. And when that doesn’t work, he reaches for a joint. (People)

We all know the kind of tunes that end up on those sappy “wedding song” playlists, but what about the sounds of the bachelor and bachelorette parties?
Spotify has just dropped its 2020 list of songs that folks play during their bachelorette party, including hits like:
  • “Wannabe” – Spice Girls
  • “Jumpin’, Jumpin”– Destiny’s Child
  • “Truth Hurts”– Lizzo
  • “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
  • “Crazy in Love (feat. Jay Z)” – BeyoncéJay-Z
  • “Run the World (Girls)” – Beyoncé
  • “Any Man of Mine” – Shania Twain

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Tuesday, December 15

In Raeford, North Carolina, a 91-year-old Korean War veteran — who wishes to remain anonymous — made a big impact on his community by donating hundreds of meals to families in need.
The man entered his local Food Lion grocery store and headed straight to the customer service counter, where he wrote a $1,500 check for the store’s “Holidays Without Hunger” program. He also wrote a $500 check for 100 pre-packaged meal boxes, which are also part of the program. These boxes contain food for a family of four and are donated to local food banks.
Store manager Charles Campbell said it was the largest single donation by an individual in the program’s 17-year history.
The man behind the donation said he didn’t want any publicity, explaining that he “plain and simple didn’t want people to be hungry.”

The Daily Dish – Tuesday, December 15

Forbes magazine ranked the highest-paid celebrities for the year. Kylie Jenner made the most with $590 million based on the sale of majority stake in her cosmetics company. The 23-year-old also happens to be the youngest and the only woman in the top 10.
Kylie’s bother-in-law, Kanye West, ranked second with earnings of $170 million in 2020, due to his partnership with Adidas. (E! News)
Five athletes are ranked among the Top 10: Tennis champion Roger Federer, soccer studs Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and NBA All-star LeBron James.

Sharon Osbourne revealed on social media Monday that she’s tested positive for the coronavirus. The Talk host said she’s self-isolating away from husband Ozzy Osbourne, and that she was hospitalized for a time. (Deadline)

Pippa Middleton is pregnant with her second child, according to Page Six. The younger sister of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, already has a 2-year-old son named Arthur with husband James Matthews. A source says, “Pippa and James are thrilled, it’s fantastic news amid a difficult year. The entire family is delighted.”

The NY Post says George Clooney’s admission that he cuts his hair with a Flowbee has resulted in Flowbee’s selling out. The newspaper quotes Clooney as saying, “I should have gotten stock in that company before I told that story. I really screwed up on that one. So now I know: Next time I endorse something, I’m going to own some stock before I do.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Tuesday, December 15

Bill of Rights Day: This day recognizes the significance of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
National Cupcake Day: A good day for a cupcake.

With fewer people eating in restaurants and a decrease in tourism because of coronavirus, beef producers and suppliers in Japan have a surplus of prime meat. So, they are given the surplus to schools. That means grade school students are getting Kobe beef in their school lunches. Yes, the same Kobe (or wagyu) beef that sells for up to $200 a pound. (Food & Wine)

How do you feel about giving donations in a person’s name as a holiday gift? According to a recent YouGov poll, a majority of respondents thought it was a good idea. 58% said if someone gave them the gift of a donation made in their name, they would consider it a good gift. The survey also found that women (62%) were more likely to say a donation in their name was a good gift compared to men (54% ). And older Americans (55 and older) were more likely to appreciate a donation made in their name than younger Americans (18 to 24) – 63% vs. 49%.

Should parents be responsible when kids make unauthorized online purchases? Connecticut mom Jessica Johnson is stuck with a $16,000 bill after her 6-year-old son, George, went on an online gaming shopping spree, making a bunch of in-app purchases while playing Sonic Forces on her iPad. What started as a few micro purchases at $1.99 graduated to $99 purchases and more that Jessica initially thought were fraudulent. Instead of reporting the charges to her credit card company, Jessica went directly to her bank. But once they found the culprit, the 60-day grace period to contest charges had passed — leaving her without recourse from Apple or PayPal. Seems Jessica didn’t know she had to initiate special settings on the game to prevent this from happening – and reportedly Apple had no sympathy.
“My son didn’t understand that the money was real. How could he?” she said. “He’s playing a cartoon game in a world that he knows is not real. Why would the money be real to him? That would require a big cognitive leap.” Jessica, a real estate broker who works on commission, is now struggling to pay off the debt.

Let Santa drive your sleigh … Waze is letting Santa Claus give you directions through the month of December. From now until December 31st, St. Nick can make sure your sleigh gets over the river and through the woods to its destination. To get Santa as your navigator just hit the search icon and select “Drive with Santa,” then turn on any (or all) of the three features you want. (Mashable)

Music News – Tuesday, December 15

Who runs the world? According to Forbes magazine, Rihanna, Beyonce and Taylor Swift sure have a hand in it.
Those ladies all made the business magazine’s list of the World’s Most Powerful Women, mingling with heads of state, business leaders and media titans. Rihanna ranks highest among the singing icons, landing at number-69, mostly for her charitable efforts and the success of Fenty. Beyonce ranked 72nd on the list, and Taylor, who’s been busier than anyone else during lockdown, nestled at number-82
The mag’s editors chose German chancellor Angela Merkel as the single most powerful woman in the world.

Blake Shelton tells Rolling Stone Magazine about how Adam Levine used to drive him crazy on ‘The Voice’. “Adam is a 14-year-old boy trapped in a 30-whatever-he-is body. And that includes his attention span. When he got on something, you need to take a Tylenol and get ready, because that’s what you’re gonna hear about for the next month.”

TMZ says Pepa, from Salt N Pepa, is suing Dr. David Sayah for negligence. She says he pressured her into multiple butt surgeries. Dr. David is accused of botching the surgeries with poorly made implants. Apparently, Pepa’s behind hardened and knotted up causing her to look way worse than her natural form.

Happy Headline from United Federal Credit Union – Monday, December 14

Police officers in Carrollton, Texas, were dealing with a routine call, when they were able to really impact the life of a man in need.
Somebody had called about a homeless man and his broken down wheelchair.
The guy was stranded. So, one of the officers stepped up and purchased a new wheelchair for the man from a local pharmacy.
A body camera recorded the whole scene.
The homeless man asked, “How much do I owe you?”
The officer responded, “Nothing. This is for you.”
“Oh, man. This is amazing,” the homeless man said. “It’s wonderful.”

The Daily Dish – Monday, December 14

Pop singer FKA Twigs isn’t the only woman who has a beef with Shia LaBeouf. Fellow pop singer and songwriter Sia has accused the actor of tricking her into an illicit relationship.
In a tweet, the 44-year-old singer says, “I too have been hurt emotionally by Shia, a pathological liar, who conned me into an adulterous relationship claiming to be single. I believe he’s very sick and have compassion for him AND his victims. Just know, if you love yourself – stay safe, stay away.”
In a follow-up tweet, she writes, “Also I love you ⁦@FKAtwigs This is very courageous and I’m very proud of you.”
On Friday, Twigs filed a lawsuit against Shia accusing him of physically, mentally and emotionally abusing her during their relationship in 2018.
Sia didn’t give any details on her relationship with Shia, but he did appear in her 2015 music video for  “Elastic Heart.” At the time, he was dating Mia Goth.

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are trying to have a baby. A source told Entertainment Tonight (quote) “They always wanted kids. They’ve been talking about having children in their near future.”
They’re camped in London while she films a movie. Like most of us this year, their Christmas plans are rather “simple.”
Priyanka and Nick recently celebrated their second anniversary. She’s turning 39 years old in 2021. And without the possibility of Nick touring next year, so it seems to be a convenient time to start a family.
Priyanka has said that she wants “as many babies as God would give us.” (Entertainment Tonight)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West “very much live separate lives,” a source tells People magazine.
The couple had a rocky year as the rapper ran for president. The insider says, “Kim has work and projects that are important to her, and Kanye has his. Their lives don’t overlap much.”
But the couple doesn’t plan to divorce. The source says that “Kim seems happy” and is “very focused on work and causes,” namely prison reform.
Though their relationship seemed on the brink of disaster after Kanye took up residence in Wyoming, the two reconnected in August. Just a few weeks ago Kim wished her hubby a “happy 10 year anniversary.”

Coffee Talk from Honor Credit Union – Monday, December 14

National Roasted Chestnuts Day: A good day to roast some chestnuts on an open fire …

Cheers to this … A new study from Iowa State has revealed that regularly eating cheese and drinking wine – particularly red wine – may help reduce cognitive decline as you age – and may help to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Have you been walking through the grocery store or pharmacy looking for cleaning products and noticed the short supply on the shelves seems to be a continuing problem? ABC says Clorox disinfecting wipes are going to continue to be in short supply until mid 2021 because of the coronavirus. Clorox is shipping 1.5 million packages of wipes on a daily basis and they appear to be going quickly the moment they hit shelves everywhere.

One bright spot to the pandemic? People are reaching out to loved ones – even ones they haven’t talked to in a long time. A new survey found that 50% of respondents said they have reached out to a family member or friend they’ve previously lost touch with. Seems that this holiday season there is a stronger desire to put away past differences and reconnect. The survey also found that coronavirus has changed the way people think about the holidays – with 76% saying that this year they just want to be with loved ones and enjoy good food. And 63% said they are looking forward to the holidays more than ever so they can spend time with the ones they love – even if that means spending time together virtually. (SWNS)

CBS says a Secret Santa has been mailing thousands of dollars to essential workers in the U.S.. A nurse in Houston, a sanitation worker from Sarasota, Florida, a server from Pittsburgh and a security guard from Kansas City all received $1,000 in the mail. The Secret Santa plans to send $100,000 to more essential workers before Christmas.
The Santa, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells CBS, “You know kindness, when freely given, with no expectation in return – is, in fact, unconditional love. And that’s really what we’re giving them.”

Music News – Monday, December 14

Taylor Swift is full of surprises, but an elopement is not one of them.
Fans have been speculating that the white dress she wears in the video for her new single “Willow” is a hint that she and Joe Alwyn have gotten married. But TMZ reports that it’s not the case — it’s just a gown.
“Willow” is on Tay’s new surprise album, Evermore.

Britney Spears isn’t done with the surprises.
Her new deluxe reissue of her 2016 album Glory features a previously unreleased track with Backstreet Boys. “Matches” is a vintage Britney dance track, and you can listen to it now on YouTube.

Blake Shelton tells NBC that he wants Maroon 5 frontman and fellow judge from The Voice, Adam Levine, to perform at his and Gwen Stefani’s wedding.  “I’ve been doing this a long time now and I’ve got a lot of favors out there; he may not like it but Adam Levine’s going to have to get the band together and come and play our wedding. I’ve already seen a music video where they crash people’s weddings and he owes me a lot for just putting up with him over the years.”