Celebrities Who Have Lost Children

As I read the headlines about Mike Tyson’s daughter, Exodus, dying after being strangled by the cord on a treadmill, it made me realize that celebrities don’t always have the charmed lives we believe they do. Many have suffered what many consider the worst thing that can happen – the loss of a child. One of the most recent celebrity child tragedy was that of John and Kelly Travolta’s son Jett, who died of a seizure in January 2009, but there have been plenty more. Some were results of accidents, some of overdoses, and some of diseases, but all were … Continue reading

Celebrities Branching Out

There is something about Valerie Bertinelli that I find very appealing. As a kid I watched her on “One Day at a Time” and later happily read about her wedding to rock legend Eddie Van Halen. During her time in Hollywood Bertinelli has put together quite a resume: actress, rock-star wife, mother – and most recently, author. The 47-year-old is following in the footsteps of fellow actress Kirstie Alley by joining Jenny Craig and writing about her battle with weight. Bertinelli’s memoir is called “Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time.” The book will be … Continue reading

Pop Culture Round Up – January 31, 2011

We have almost made it through the first month of the year and so how much has happened. Charlie Sheen is in rehab, but David Arquette just came out, of rehab that is. And Lindsay Lohan – where is she? As it stands right now, Lindsay is both out of rehab and jail for right now. However, she has another court hearing on February 25th, so anything can happen. But, you may be glad to know that TMZ is reporting that Lindsay is glad Charlie has gone to rehab because she is worried about him. Worried about him? Wow, what … Continue reading

Insurance Can Be Very Strange

Insurance is usually a very serious topic. We seek out insurance as a means to protect our loved ones, ours selves, and our property. Thinking about insurance means considering worst case scenarios. We buy life insurance to help our families financially cope if we become deceased. Car insurance makes one think about the potential of having a horrible traffic accident. Health insurance is doubly scary: we worry about becoming seriously ill, and we worry about how to pay for medical bills our insurance company refuses to. It isn’t very often that insurance makes us laugh. Sometimes, you hear about strange … Continue reading

Tiger Woods Steps Out of the Spotlight While Garth Brooks Steps Back In

With his personal life in turmoil, Tiger Woods has announced he plans to take an “indefinite break” from golf. Tiger has been mostly silent since his early morning car crash, but finally admitted to infidelity in a statement on his web site. He said, in part “I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children.” At first, Tiger, who refused to speak with the police about the wreck, only admitted to vague “transgressions.” But, as more and more alleged mistresses came forth to the … Continue reading

Naming Your Baby: Is Popularity a Bad Thing?

Did you know Jacob has been the number one boy’s name in the US since 1999? Ironically this is one of the names my husband and I have chosen as a possibility if we have another boy. Now I’m not so sure. Considering how popular the name is, he may have a hard time in school when the teachers do roll call. Emily was the number one girls name every year from 1996 to 2007. Guess which girls name ranked number one from 1909 to 1946? The answer is at the end of this blog. On the other end of … Continue reading

Celebs Donate to End Malaria

April 24th was World Malaria Day. Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, kills approximately one million people each year. While the disease is not a problem anymore in many areas of the world, other areas are still very vulnerable to this disease. Most of the cases (9 out of 10) occur in Africa, with 90 percent of the population being at risk. Most of those that die from malaria in Africa are children and women. Malaria can be controlled with quick and effective treatment for patients as well as the use of insecticide and mosquito nets. World Malaria Day was created in … Continue reading

Tiger Woods Has a Son and Salma Hayek Breastfeeds a Stranger’s Baby

The Woods name will live on! Golf phenom Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, welcomed a son earlier this week. Charlie Axel Woods was born on Sunday, according to Woods’ website, and mother and baby are reportedly doing “great.” The 33-year-old pro athlete, who lost his own father to cancer in 2006, celebrated the birth of his first son with close family members and friends, including his 20-month-old daughter Sam Alexis. Woods also announced that he plans to share photos of his new son on his website in the near future. SALMA HAYEK BREASTFEEDS A STRANGER’S BABY Forget about … Continue reading

Can Dramatic Weight Loss Be Maintained?

I’ve seen countless talk shows and TV commercials showing various different celebrity-types who have lost twenty, thirty, fifty pounds . . . and just months later, seen their pictures in the tabloids, having put the weight back on. This phenomenon holds true for us regular folk, too—it’s just that more attention is paid to celebrities who “fail” at their diets because they’ve got the eyes of the paparazzi on them. For those who have lost a hundred pounds or more, the tendency is the same—they lose the weight and then for some reason, put the weight back on. Why is … Continue reading

Ryan and Redmond O’Neal Arrested on Suspected Drug Charges

Not long ago, I blogged about the recent drug related arrest of actress Mackenzie Phillips. Like Robert Downey, Jr., she was raised in what I consider to be an abusive household where drugs were frequently used by at least one of their parents. You probably know that Mackenzie and Robert have had lifelong struggles with drug addiction (although I am glad to report that Robert has been clean for several years). I know some will say that the addiction is biological, but I think environment has a lot to do with it as well. That being said let me move … Continue reading