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Kennedy Center Honors: Carol Channing petition is on its way!


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Hello, Carol!

To the delight of her many fans, a petition supporting performing legend Carol Channing for a Kennedy Center Honor is being hand delivered to the honors committee this week.

The petition was started by Richard Skipper, an entertainer, celebrity blogger and MAC award winner, asking the honors committee to recognize Ms. Channing for her lifetime of work and accomplishment and contributions to the performing arts. Read more…

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The reason for that sneezin’


Minx checks out a tree to make sure it has a sufficient number of allergens to bring into the house.

Minx checks out a tree to make sure it has a sufficient number of allergens to bring into the house.

I thought allergy season was supposed to be in the spring. It’s July, so why am I still sneezing?

My allergies aren’t horrible, but I find myself getting watery eyes and a runny nose, and I know it’s not a cold. So I figure it has to be allergies.

As luck would have it I was working on a story and happened to be speaking to a doctor who specializes in allergies. I decided to solicit some free medical advice. Admit it, you would too. Read more…

Recipe Reveal: Ice Cream Cake


Raspberry Sorbet and Vanilla Ice Cream Cake

Raspberry Sorbet and Vanilla Ice Cream Cake

As the song from Kiss Me, Kate goes, “It’s too darn hot!” We’re in the midst of a heat wave, so I’m not cooking these days. No oven, no stove, nada.

When Fourth of July rolled around it didn’t take me long to figure out what dessert I was going to make for a family cookout — Ice Cream Cake.

Fast, easy, and COLD. Read more…

Best free thing in NYC: Walking the Brooklyn Bridge


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There’s nothing like a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. Just don’t take up any offers to buy it.

I may have a fear of driving across the Brooklyn Bridge, but when it comes to walking across it, count me in. It’s fun, good exercise, offers great views, and for this cheap Yankee, most importantly, it’s FREE.

In fact, walking the Brooklyn Bridge and riding the Staten Island Ferry are the best free attractions in the Big Apple. When I was a New York Destination Expert on TripAdvisor.com, they were the two sightseeing things I recommended most to visitors. (Skip the tour bus and spend your money on Broadway tickets and great food.) Read more…

Carol Channing petition is now headed to Kennedy Center


CarolDollyThank you! A petition on change.org that I’ve been talking about for the past week has now received more than a thousand signatures so it will be forwarded to the Kennedy Center for consideration.

The petition supports Carol Channing for a Kennedy Center honor for her lifetime achievement in the performing arts. Carol has been entertaining audiences since the 1940s. Her most iconic roles were Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! She also created a foundation with her husband Harry supporting arts education programs in public schools. Read more…

Best Fourth: July 4, 1976


July 4, 1976, Elton John at Schaefer Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts. —Joe Sia photo

July 4, 1976, Elton John performs at Schaefer Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts. —Joe Sia photo

July 4, 1976. It was our nation’s Bicentennial celebration. The Spirit of ’76. I will never forget where I was, who I was with, or what I did. It was the best Fourth of July ever.

On that day, along with 60,000 other fans, I got to see Elton John perform in concert at Schaefer Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

The concert was as historical as the date.

At 17, I had been an Elton John fan my whole teen life. I’d seen him in concert twice before, in 1972 at the Boston Music Hall and in 1974 at the Boston Garden. I had founded an Elton John Fan Club called SNAFF (Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting), and  designed a T-shirt with Elton’s birth name Reggie Dwight emblazoned on the front. Read more…

One more push for Carol Channing


The one and only Carol Channing.

The one and only Carol Channing.

We’re so close. A petition on change.org supporting Carol Channing for a Kennedy Center honor needs only 66 more signatures as of the time of this post to reach 1,000.  When it gets 1,000 signatures it will be sent to the Kennedy Center. Won’t you please help and sign the petition today?

I am a fervent supporter of Carol Channing receiving this honor which celebrates lifetime achievements in the performing arts.

Many young people have no idea who Carol Channing is (she is 92 after all), but when I was young she was a huge influence on me. I would listen to her records, yes records, not CDs, and pretend I was her in Hello, Dolly! Read more…

Recipe Reveal: Red Velvet Cupcakes


Red Velvet Cupcake with traditional Ermine Icing.

Red Velvet Cupcake with traditional Ermine Icing. —Patricia Gay photo

At our newspaper office we celebrate birthdays in a low key way. Someone will circulate a humorous card, and someone else will either bake a cake or a pie or buy an ice cream cake or cookies. Nothing fancy, just enough to let the Birthday Guy or Gal know we think they’re special.

I’ve seriously cut back on sugar, so my co-workers surprised me with a lovely fresh fruit platter. Perfect.

For my editor’s birthday, I was in a baking mood and decided to make Red Velvet Cupcakes. Chosen for no particular reason, just for the fun factor. Read more…

The most dangerous cities in America


Lighthouse Park in New Haven offers beautiful views of Long Island Sound. Unfortunately, the city struggles with a high crime rate. —City of New Haven photo

Lighthouse Park in New Haven offers beautiful views of Long Island Sound. Unfortunately, the city struggles with a high crime rate. —City of New Haven photo

On a list of the top ten most dangerous cities in America one might expect to find well-known places like New York City or Los Angeles. But neither of them made the list.

Instead, two cities in Michigan were ranked the most dangerous in the country according to information compiled by 24/7 Wall St.com from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. Read more…

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