Monthly Archives: February, 2014

Book Review: Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters’

Cover of "Fragments: Poems, Initimate Notes, Letters," by Marilyn Monroe, edited by Stanley Buchtal and Bernard Comment. (Image: brainpickings.org)

Cover of “Fragments: Poems, Initimate Notes, Letters,” by Marilyn Monroe, edited by Stanley Buchtal and Bernard Comment. (Image: brainpickings.org)

 

 

 

 

 

Occasional book reviews will be posted here. The book may not be new, but nevertheless, profound.

After five decades, Marilyn Monroe remains an enigma. The public identifies with Marilyn and continually seeks insight into her psyche, as her life depicted the highs and lows of the human condition, with all its potential and promise.

In 2010, her personal writings were edited by Stanley Buchtal and Bernard Comment, then published from high-quality scanned notes, poems, journal entries and letters, along with photographs . . .

Read here about Marilyn Monroe’s “Fragments.”

How to help a child who has Asperger’s syndrome

Asperger's Syndrome ribbon, a symbol of the disorder which is similar to the autism ribbon. (Image: Chesapeake Bay Academy blog)

Asperger’s Syndrome ribbon, a symbol of the disorder which is similar to the autism ribbon. (Image: Chesapeake Bay Academy blog)

 

 

Author’s note: This is the fourth installment in an occasional series of reports meant to separate Asperger’s syndrome myths from facts and assist those who love and care for AS-affected individuals.

Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is a neurodevelopmental, autism spectrum disorder that affects certain areas of the brain, mainly the parts that regulate speech and communication. Although the fifth edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5) no longer classifies AS as distinct from other autism spectrum disorders, clinicians continue referring to children with symptoms like the ones described here as having AS, and the term AS is used throughout this report . . .

Click here for suggestions on how to help a child who has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Survival 101: What the poor can teach the former middle class

Baked beans, a cheap, and to some, a tasty food. (Image: BBC Food Blog)

Baked beans, a cheap, and to some, a tasty food. (Image: BBC Food Blog)

 

 

 

People who have always had don’t know how to survive, and this is not only true of the rich but also the so-called middle class.

When the middle class suddenly found itself broke, many didn’t know what to do and began attacking the poor. Their anger would be better directed into finding ways to survive until they genuinely thrive and become “middle class” once again . . .

Click here to read how the poor can teach the former middle class.

Paula Deen compares herself to ‘that black football player’ who came out of the closet

Paula Deen compared herself to Michael Sam, a black football player who recently disclosed he is gay. (Image: BusinessInsider)

Paula Deen compared herself to Michael Sam, a black football player who recently disclosed he is gay. (Image: BusinessInsider)

Paula Deen, the celebrity chef whose career unraveled last year after the revelation that she used the N-word in the distant, or perhaps not so distant past, is back in the news.

She recently told People magazine she feels as if “embattled” or “disgraced” will always follow her name.

“It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” she said in reference to Michael Sam, an NFL prospect and former University of Missouri player. “He (Sam) said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player'” . . .

Read about Paula Deen’s solidarity with a black, gay football player.

Attorney General Eric Holder hospitalized briefly, then discharged

Attorney General Eric Holder was briefly hospitalized, then discharged after experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Attorney General Eric Holder was briefly hospitalized, then discharged after experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

 

 

 

 

Attorney General Eric Holder is resting at home after a brief hospitalization Thursday.

Holder, 63, became lightheaded and short of breath during a meeting, and FBI detail called 911.

He experienced similar symptoms several years ago, but a Justice Department spokesman said the illness was then mild and did not require medical attention . . .

Click here to read about Attorney General Eric Holder’s brief illness.

Former US Congressman Mel Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe

Former US Congressman Mel Reynolds was arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offense. (Photo credit: The Herald)

Former US Congressman Mel Reynolds was arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offense. (Photo credit: The Herald)

 

 

 

 

 

Former US Congressman Mel Reynolds was arrested in Zimbabwe at the Bronte Garden Hotel in the capital city of Harare on suspicion of possession of pornographic videos and pictures, and an alleged immigration offense. In Zimbabwe, possession of pornography is illegal . . .

Click here to read about the arrest of former US Congressman Mel Reynolds in Zimbabwe.

 

No justice for Jordan Davis: Michael Dunn not convicted of murder

 Michael Dunn convicted on three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a firearm into a vehicle of black teenagers. He was convicted of everything but killing 17-year-old unarmed Jordan Davis. (Image: Newsforjax.com)

Michael Dunn convicted on three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a firearm into a vehicle of black teenagers. He was convicted of everything but killing 17-year-old unarmed Jordan Davis. (Image: Newsforjax.com)

 

 

 

The verdict is in for Michael Dunn. He has not been convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of Jordan Davis, 17, an unarmed black teenager, for playing what Dunn described as “thug music” loudly. He was found guilty on four other charges, three for attempted second-degree murder and one for firing 10 shots at a sports utility vehicle with four teens inside, three bullets fatally wounding Jordan . . .

Click here to read about the Michael Dunn verdict in the Florida “loud music” shooting case.

Dylan Farrow rejects Woody Allen’s truth allegations

Woody Allen writes scathing letter attacking ex-partner and claims he is telling the truth about alleged child-sex abuse of adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. (Image: Creative Commons/Colin Swan)

Woody Allen writes scathing letter attacking ex-partner and claims he is telling the truth about alleged child-sex abuse of adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. (Image: Creative Commons/Colin Swan)

 

 

 

Woody Allen’s op-ed in The New York Times that states he did not molest adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has been well publicized. In the same piece, he attacks ex-partner Mia Farrow. According to Allen, after 20 years Mia maintains the vengeful lie that Allen sexually abused Dylan because Mia Farrow was scorned by Allen having an affair with and Mia’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn whom he later married. Per Allen, Mia is the muse behind Dylan’s recent open letter which re-states claims of abuse. But Dylan has again rejected Allen’s “I did not molest Dylan” truth allegations . . .

Read here about Dylan Farrow’s rejection of Woody Allen’s child-sex abuse denials.

Russell Brand says ‘stupid drug laws’ caused Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-winning actor, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose, in his New York apartment. (Image: Creative Commons/Georges Biard)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-winning actor, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose, in his New York apartment. (Image: Creative Commons/Georges Biard)

 

 

 

Russell Brand, comedian, actor and recovering drug addict, stated that actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death was preventable and the result of “stupid drug laws.”

Seymour, 46, an Oscar-winning actor, recently was found alone and dead in his New York apartment bathroom, surrounded by packets of heroin with a needle in his arm. He had struggled with addiction for many years, entered rehab, and again, rode the white horse, which is the suspected cause of his tragic, untimely death . . .

Read here about Russell Brand’s passionate plea for drug law reform in light of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death.

Loyola University students simulate poverty at health sciences workshop

Loyola Univeristy Chicago students, staff and faculty participate in poverty simulation workshop in Maywood, Ill., Feb. 6. (Image: Courtesy of Norda Dudley)

Loyola Univeristy Chicago students, staff and faculty participate in poverty simulation workshop in Maywood, Ill., Feb. 6. (Image: Courtesy of Norda Dudley)

 

 

 

 

Loyola University Chicago health sciences students, faculty and staff participated in a poverty simulation workshop Thursday at St. Eulalia Church, in Maywood, Ill. Activities included standing in an unemployment line, role-playing as poor patients and serving an inexpensive healthy lunch . . .

Click to read about the Loyola University student “poverty simulation.”