April
22

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Stop the presses! A weight-loss guru not interested in getting pregnant? No way! I’m totally being sarcastic by the way. Biggest Looser trainer Jillian Michaels set off a media storm when her interview with Women’s Health hit the stands.

The 36-year old trainer stated that “I can’t handle doing that to my body.” Of course, in this society that somehow morphed into I Won’t Ruin My Body with Pregnancy. But that’s a whole other story, and I just don’t want to open that can of worms. So what makes this Jillian Michaels article such a big deal or the supposed implication that pregnancy will mess up your body, so just don’t do it. Um… that’s not what she said at all, and even if she did, why would anyone come to that conclusion?

According to one health expert “She is teaching people about body image and self-esteem. Women who have children all the time and get right back in shape particularly if they exercise,” Dr. Leslie Seppinni, a Los Angeles-based Family Therapist & Clinical Psychologist. “If this is how she truly feels, she should seek counsel before coaching others on issues of body image.”

According to Jillian Michaels, her decision against bearing children also has to do with “emotional issues and physical limitations that have resulted in that conclusion, some I have discussed publicly and some I haven’t.”

Makes sense to me. I mean, her body is her bread and butter. If she loses one pack from that six or her arms get a little flabby, she will no longer be a weight-loss guru. That means, no more Biggest Loser, no more best selling self-help books, no talk show to rival Martha Stewart or Oprah in 2011. Besides it’s not as if she’s throwing the idea of child rearing off table. She does want to adopt.

My question is what gives us the right to judge her decision to NOT get pregnant? If she has these issues, I for one applaud the maturity and thoughtfulness behind her decision. Good for you Jillian Michaels! And good luck!

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January
15

Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief.The Caribbean nation of Haiti was hit by its strongest earthquake in 200 years, causing what is being described as “a catastrophe of major proportions”. The support and action coming from all around the world has filled me with awe and inspired my friends and I to take action.

For monetary donations: Wyclef’s foundation: text “YELE” to 501501 ($5) and for Red Cross text “HAITI” to 90999 ($10).

For those who cannot give monetarily, please take the time to donate your time, gently used clothing, non-perishable food, water, medical supplies etc. Every little bit helps.

South Florida:

  • BankUnited is collecting baby food in cans, bottled water and powdered milk at all of its branches.
  • MedExpress Urgent Care is accepting donations of medical supplies at its centers in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coral Springs, Palm Beach Gardens, and Royal Palm Beach. Items include unopened band aids, antibiotic ointment, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve and other pain relievers, including those in children’s dosages.
  • Martino Tire locations throughout South Florida is accepting relief supplies and donations for Haiti. To make a donation please contact service sales manager, Charlie Rodriguez at 305-790-8303, or email him at crodriguez@martinotire.com

Broward County:

  • Three South Florida Foot Solutions stores, on behalf of Soles4Souls, are collecting gently used shoes for earthquake victims. Soles4Souls is an international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in desperate need. The store locations are: 2135 University Drive, Coral Springs; 8225 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation; and 3789 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach.
  • Food for the Poor, a Coconut Creek-based ministry that serves the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America, is collecting donations at foodforthepoor.org. The organization also is collecting canned meat and fish; water; and condensed, evaporated and powdered milk at its warehouse, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek.
  • The Broward County Medical Association needs checks, medical supplies, food and water. Donations may be made in person at the association foundation, 5101 NW 21st Ave., Suite 440, Fort Lauderdale, or by calling 954-714-9772.
  • Sunrise Fire-Rescue is accepting donations of blankets, clothing and nonperishable food at Fire Station 39 at the Village Civic Center, 6800 Sunset Strip. Relief supplies will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The city will not accept checks or cash.
  • Miramar is collecting nonperishable food, water and medical supplies, including flashlights and batteries to aid the victims. Collection hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., beginning Saturday through Monday. Donation locations are: Fire Rescue Station 19, 6700 Miramar Parkway; Fire Rescue Station 70, 9001 Miramar Parkway; Miramar Police Department, 3064 N. Commerce Parkway; Fire Rescue Station 84, 14801 SW 27th Street; Fire Rescue Station 100, 2800, SW 184th Ave.
  • City of Hallandale Beach
    The City of Hallandale Beach along with Hallandale Magnet High School will be collecting canned goods, dry milk and clothing for the people of Haiti. Drop off at any of the three Fire Stations or at Hallandale High School, 720 NW 9th Ave.
  • Panthers Haiti Aid The Florida Panthers will be collecting money, clothing and non-perishable goods before and during their next home games, Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise. The game begins at 7:00 p.m.

Dade County:

  • Spanish Broadcasting System’s four Miami radio stations and its Mega TV Channel 22 are launching a 12-hour fundraising and donation drive on Friday to assist victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday. SBS will
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December
3

Tiger Woods Accident, courtesy of TMZ
Okay… I REALLY tried not to write about this, but this Tiger Woods car accident thing has quickly become a juicy Tiger Woods scandal. And well… I just had to write about it LOL.

Tiger Woods car accident triggers media storm

So here is how it started. On November 27 at about 2:30 am, neighbors in the upscale neighborhood of Isleworth community in Windermere, Florida awoke to the site of an unconscious Tiger Woods in the drivers side of his 2009 Escalade…snoring. A frantic Elin Nordegren Woods (his wife) begged them for help as both Woods’ mother and mother-in-law came out of his home to see what was going on. First thing out of the ordinary… a golf cart was beside his car with 2 golf clubs in it (Elin had driven the cart). Even stranger, Woods damaged the car on the right side, but the windshield was not even cracked; yet there were paint marks and damage on the left side of the front end and a big hole in the the driver’s side back-seat window. Woods also had a cut lip and facial lacerations that were NOT consistent with the accident. Not to mention that Elin changed her story about the accident twice and Woods decided he just wasn’t going to speak to the police.

The couple’s bizarre reaction to the incident fueled rumors all over the internet and in the media. Before you could blink, buzz of a Tiger Woods affair and marriage drama was spreading like wild fire.
Tiger Woods and Wife Elin Woods

Tiger Woods personal life put on blast

Rachel Uchitel, Jaimee Grubbs and Kalika Moquin are names that are now infamous, but up until last week we had never heard of these chicks (yeah I said it – chicks). First up Rachel, who was featured in the National Enquirer alleging that Woods was seeing the New York club hostess. Uchitel denied all of this, but curiously enough, hires feminist attorney Gloria Allred to represent her. She then scheduled a press conference for today and just as suddenly canceled it. Gee that’s not suspicious at all.

Then there’s wannabe reality star Jaime Grubbs. Best known for her stint in the VH1 reality show Tool Academy. She came out of nowhere with an exclusive in US Weekly claiming that she had been having an affair with Tiger Woods for the past 2 1/2 years. They would meet at a hotel room once a month and well…get it on. Better yet, she has proof! Apparently Woods called her and left a voice mail a few days before the accident and begged her to take her name off her voice mail because Elin was going through his phone and would be calling her. Right after this lovely bombshell, guess who comes out with a confession/apology on his website? Tiger Woods. And I quote…

Tiger Woods Affair, alleged mistresses from left to right Rachel Uchitel, Jaimee Grubbs and Kalika Moquin“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.”

Wow… He never actually admits to an affair or affairs, but “transgressions” – really? Last but not least, Kalika Moquin the 27-year-old Las Vegas club promoter is the latest mistress in the Tiger Woods scandal. When approached she said, “It’s not appropriate for me to comment one way or the other. At this time, I’m just choosing to focus on my job.” Uh you know what is appropriate?  If you are innocent, you can say that you aren’t Tiger Woods’ mistress. Hmmm maybe I’m just being TOO logical.

Seriously I never knew Tiger had it in him. 3 girls + his wife. That is insane. On top of that your wife is a hottie. Some guys are just never satisfied :/ . Bottom line, WE ARE NOT married to Tiger Woods, so who he sleeps with is none of our business. And what he’s doing has nothing to do with his actual career which is golf… remember?


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December
2

Meredith Baxter announces she is a lesbian
Famed actress Meredith Baxter went on morning television to reveal the big secret that she is a lesbian. And not just any kind of lesbian, one that found out “later-in-life”. Best known for playing hippie mom Elyse Keaton on the 1980s sitcom “Family Ties,” Meredith Baxter announced that she’s a lesbian and has been keeping her sexual preference a secret for 7 years.

“I guess I wanted to… say that I’m a lesbian,” Meredith revealed on the Today Show morning program. “It was a later-in-life recognition of that fact.”

Yep, Meredith Baxter is Gay….

Meredith, 62, has been living life as a lesbian for 7 years and revealed to Matt Lauer that she has been involved in a relationship for 4 years with contractor Nancy Locke. This was not her first same-sex relationship, it was only after becoming involved with another woman that Meredith realized why her 3 marriages to men didn’t last.

Kelli McGillis announces that she is a lesbianThat’s right, Meredith Baxter has been married 3 times and has 5 kids… You may remember earlier this year when “Top Gun” 1980′s movie star, Kelli McGillis confirmed that she is a lesbian. And after being married twice and having 2 children, stated that she was “done with the man thing”.

Late-In-Life Lesbian Movement?

Meredith Baxter and Kelli McGillis are the recognizable faces to this phenomenon of women who discover later in age that they are in face attracted to the opposite sex. Crazy isn’t it? Or is it? Look at Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes of Sex and the City fame). She was in a serious relationship for 15 years and had 2 children with a man, when she stunned fans and hooked up with Christine Marinoni, an education activist. They are now engaged to be married.

Cynthia Nixon lesbianI for one, am a little saddened by the whole thing. I mean what is it like to deny what you are for most of your life and finally be true to yourself  after all this time? I’ve always been a firm believer in the “life is short” mantra. Be who you are, and damn the “haters”. But I guess for the older women like Meredith Baxter, Kelli McGillis and Cynthia Nixon, it was a different time. Society was not as accepting as they are today (not that we’re all that accepting in comparison to other countries). I wish Meredith Baxter all the best and I hope this announcement was not only freeing for her, but went a long way in encouraging others to be true to themselves. :)


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