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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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April 25, 2006



I really find that fact about Paris Hilton ( and the rest of the celebrities) disturbing. There's something wrong in this world if we pay people like them more than what they deserve.
Amusing? Yes but I feel gutted!


It is so Hollywood. I can't understand that some celebrity still goes under the knife and announce them to the world when they are already looking perfectly beautiful? Is because they have money or just fooked up? ;)

It makes me wonder what kind of food the Marcoses were eating during their time? And how many diamonds were there in Imelda's National dressed?

Jack Yan

I like your analogy, Gigi. But there will always be more suckers than smart people, unfortunately. It’s why education is the only way out, so people can see through the emptiness of those who are famous for no reason at all. (Thanks to K for putting his comment at coComment, where I found your blog.)


Jack, Gigi shares music with me. I like her tastes with R&B and stuff, I was inspired with her collections of songs listed in the sidebar.

And I admire her writing, as well.


Hi Duke - I'm trying to remember the name of a famous actress whose policy is never to accept freebies from designers, etc. -- she says that nothing is really ever free. I have an idea what she means -- yet I would love to get one of my paws on those fab gift bags!!!

Hello K - You and I are on constant mindmeld when it comes to music, it's positively eerie!!! And I've found a few new favorites because of you, too. :)

Hi Jack - Thanks for stopping by! And I completely agree with you regarding the importance -- the urgency -- of educating every single person. It's not just so citizens have a chance to survive and achieve their potential, but as we've seen, a country's place in the world depends upon it.


Sure, it's absurd for regular folks like us. Apparently, the appearances are worth it to these businesses as, I assume, the foot traffic and the publicity made up for whatever astronomical fees these dancing monkeys' command nowadays.

But $2.3M for the Spears-Federline is just crazy. Really, who wants to see that anyway?

Jack Yan

Thank you for responding, K and Gigi. John, those excessive amounts are sometimes helpful to the businesses: you are very correct. However, on many occasions they are to satiate the egos of bosses who thinks that by having a celebrity endorsement, it raises themselves to celebrity status—which is often questionable! (Indeed, those who know celebrities never name-drop them.)


Hi Gigi! So true!!!... Honestly, I don't want to give a rat's a** about celebrity fame, but when it comes to electing people to run the bloody country and voters choose that person in tv with a ditzy, colgate white smile... then that pisses me off. Heehee.

Have a good weekend anyways. Ta!


hi Gigi!

I wish there were more like her.Will try to reseach who the actress is. She's a one in a million- or billions! :D


Hi John - I'm even more amazed people actually will pay attention to Federline sing (or rap, or whatever the heck he does)! And here I was thinking that dancing was what he did best. :)

Hello Jack - It's funny how the term "celebrity" can be so relative. A friend of mine once had a used-to-be-famous singer (no names, but she sang a little ditty called "Luka" once upon a time :) ) perform at a store event. He said she demanded a limo, etc etc and I don't think his company gave in to everything she (or, rather, her mgr) had asked for. All he kept thinking, he said, was: "She's asking for all of this and all she sang was Luka???"

Although I must admit it WAS a very pretty song. :)

Hi Jovs - Oh yeah, I feel the same way. I guess if politicians can sing and dance (OK, and act -- although the acting is actually in the form of pretending), then singers and dancers and actors can govern, too right? The term "govern" of course is a debatable one as well. :)

Hello Duke - Grrr, I can't believe this tidbit escaped me. All I can remember at this point is that she IS a highly respected actress. It will come to me!!!

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    I don't have to understand Korean to love this song, although I think it's about a person who was in a rocky relationship that ended but still feels deeply for her former lover and is feeling lonely tonight. "You're like a little star that's far away from me and keeps disappearing." I suppose the title -- Pluto used to be known as the ninth planet from the sun but now isn't even considered one -- might provide a bit more context to the song's meaning. Spotify


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