Saturday Morning Open Thread

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The Expecting Words blog had a guest column by a 42-year-old mother on the perks of being an “older mom.”

I MUST take issue with David Brooks’s latest column in the New York Times that Sandra Bullock’s Oscar win is somehow at odds with a happy marriage. In the “Sandra Bullock Trade,” he argued — without data, even though he said there is data — that a happy marriage is more important than a successful career. I was left wondering are there no Oscar winners, in which their spouses aren’t asses? Is it not possible to have both a happy marriage and a career you find satisfying? This is, yet, another short-sighted column by David Brooks. /RANT

We have a jam-packed weekend. Today Eli and I will go to a Cinderella puppet show while Markos and Ari go to a science-making birthday party. Tomorrow, Ari and I are hosting our first ever Easter egg hunt. We plan to boil some eggs and decorate them, then I will hide them throughout our house and backyard. (Ari wants to participate in the hunt.) This week I have been drawing up clues and bought enough prizes to go around. We’ll see how it goes. Stay tuned for pics!

What are you up to this weekend? Happy Easter!


Wednesday Morning Open Thread

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Wal-Mart has issued a recall of 4 million Durabrand DVD players, according to Salon Wires. The devices heat up and have caused fires and property damage.

Also from Salon Wires: The Academy Awards have expanded the number of best picture nominees from 5 to 10. Also, unlike previous years, it will have the judges rank their favorite best pictures from one to 10. What do you think of the changes, MotherTalkers?

In Texas, it is now illegal for teenagers under the age of 18 to use a wireless device while driving — even a hands-free setup, according to the Austin Statesman.

The Associated Press ran an article on 10 things you should know about swine flu. Also in the Associated Press: President Obama’s Administration plans to speak to Cuban officials about restoring direct mail service between the two countries. Americans have not been able to send packages — only letters — to Cuba since 1963.

Here is an interesting twist to the healthcare reform debate: American retirees are relocating to Mexico for affordable healthcare, according to USA Today.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Friday Open Thread

What’s up?

Please continue to keep MotherTalker Janet, aka “Janetle,” in your thoughts and prayers and even drop her a line at her blog Mukilteo Musings. She has been in ICU for internal bleeding. Her body has taken quite a beating with chemo, surgeries and medications. But she continues fighting the good fight in high spirits.

Newsweek gets a thumbs down from me for placing Salma Hayek in the “mildly tacky” section of its “Dignity Index.” Hayek’s crime? She breastfed a hungry African baby–on camera, gasp!–during a relief tour. The magazine deemed it “weird.” I wonder if Newsweek’s writer reacts the same way when he — sure sounds like a dude — sees Hayek’s breasts on the big screen. My guess is probably not.

If I were a resident in any of these states, I would be pissed: According to the Associated Press, GOP governors in South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana are considering not accepting money from Obama’s stimulus package so they do not burnish their conservative credentials. I am sure their constituents love hearing this especially since they are paying for the stimulus package.

Since we talked a lot about bilingualism this week, here is an interesting AP story on the languages that are now extinct, in danger of becoming extinct and one that was discovered in 2000 by a journalist on the Peruvian and Ecuadorian border. Fascinating.

The Internet is abuzz with Oscar news. For example, what happens if now-deceased actor Heath Ledger wins the best supporting actor statuette for his role in “The Dark Knight?” According to the Associated Press, the statue will go to his 3-year-old daughter Matilda Rose when she turns 18.

Don’t forget to check out our open thread on Oscar night, which is this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET or 5 p.m. PT on ABC. Have a good weekend all!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Shut Up and Act!

OK, I’m a firm believer in free speech and everything. But if you’re an actor, known for your emotional availability rather than your intellectual prowess, maybe you should stick to acting and leave the political aggrandizing to the talking heads on CNN or The Fox News Channel.

Apparently, French actress Marion Cotillard, who won a best actress Oscar for her role of Edith Piaf in the film “La Vie En Rose,” is a little leery of our version of 911. She thinks we’re making the whole thing up, along with that whole “walking on the moon” story. The radiant luminary, set to costar with Johnny Depp in the upcoming blockbuster “Public Enemies,” insists that we torched those towers ourselves in order to rid NY of the technologically outdated Twin Skyscrapers that would have cost more to update than rebuild altogether.

Ms. Cotillard’s camp insisted that her comments were taken out of context. Oh, yeah. I guess she was talking about those other Twin Towers that got rammed by commercial airliners and fell to earth in a fiery blaze.