Lindsay Lohan, whose life and career seemed in freefall for the past couple of years, said on TV this morning she got her wake-up call and has a new outlook on life.
In an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show this morning she said she wants to focus on herself and on work:
Life seems to be on the upswing for Lohan — her role as Elizabeth Taylor, “SNL,” getting the all clear from the judicial system — and undoubtedly many do wish her well. But as Lauer mentioned, many will also expect that Lindsay 2.0 can’t possibly last. “How do you feel when you know there are doubters out there like that?” he asked.
“If I harped on that and only focused on the negative and the people that doubted me, then I might be right back where they think I’ll be,” she said. “But that’s not what I want for me…. I don’t want to go back to that place. I want to move forward with my life…. I want to keep growing and I want to keep growing in the right ways.”
She also said in the interview that her community service in the Los Angeles County Morgue was humbling:
“The two women that I work with there have been so wonderful to me. I’ve learned so much from them…. It’s been a learning experience. I’m grateful that I’ve learned from it. It’s helped me.”
Dallas fashionista Lauren Scruggs, who is recovering from severe injuries after walking into an airplane propeller last December, was seen outside a gym in her hometown with her new prosthetic eye visible for the first time last week, msnbc.com reports:
Scruggs has returned to blogging on LoLo, her online fashion magazine, and earlier this month tweeted pictures of herself wearing sunglasses, joined by friends and family at a Colorado ski-jumping competition.
The day after Lauren was seen outside the gym, her grateful mother Cheryl took to the family’s blog at CaringBridge.org to write about her daughter’s healing.
“Physically, she’s getting stronger!” Cheryl Scruggs wrote on Friday. “She received a remarkable neurological report last week! We are all working hard through the grief and the ups and downs of something so painful and horrific.”
Next, Lauren will be fitted with a prosthetic arm. “We have had some big time belly laughs,” noted her mother, adding that there are time when Lauren is “just plain angry and frustrated.”
Scruggs lost her left eye and left hand in the accident Dec. 3 after a plane trip to view Christmas lights over McKinney.
A YouTube video titled “Dana Point Dolphin Stampede,” showing perhaps 2,000 common dolphins in a frenetic charge alongside a Southern California whale-watching boat, made the rounds last week and is stirring emotions ranging from awe to dismay as it gets passed around on the Internet, GrindTV.com is reporting:
“I want to know why the boat didn’t stop instead of plowing through those dolphins? I wonder how many of them got hit,” reads a comment beneath a video report on the Weather Channel website.
A Discovery News report stated: “Contrary to the idea that the dolphins are having a grand ol’ time, it’s more likely that the noise, vibration and water turbulence caused by the boat may have frightened the dolphins, which all reacted at once. As one YouTube commenter asks: ‘Do you really have to drive your boat through the middle of them?’ “
We, frankly, don’t know what we’re looking at in that video. But we’ve seen a few seemingly playful dolphins ride alongside the ferries Galveston, and assumed they were having a good time:
Here are some porpoises riding alongside a boat in Puget Sound near Seattle:
Those dolphins in the California video seem to be in a frenzy, maybe because of the sheer number of them. But we wonder why they don’t just duck under the water and swim away? Couldn’t they outswim this meandering boat? Any dolphin behaviorists out there who can explain?
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Davy Jones, the lead singer of the 1960s group The Monkees, died of a massive heart attack Wednesday in Florida, his spokeswoman said. He was 66.
His publicist, Helen Kensick, confirmed that he died in Indiantown, where he lived.
Jones rose to fame in 1965 when he joined The Monkees, a British popular rock group formed for the U.S. television show of the same name. Jones sang lead vocals on songs like “I Wanna Be Free” and “Daydream Believer.”
Jones was born Dec. 30, 1945, in Manchester, England. His long hair and British accent helped Jones achieve heartthrob status in the United States.
According to The Monkees website, Monkees.com, he left the band in late 1970. In the summer of 1971, he recorded a solo hit “Rainy Jane” and made a series of appearances on American variety and television shows, including “Love, American Style” and “The Brady Bunch.”
Jones played himself in a widely popular Brady Bunch episode, which aired in late 1971. In the episode, Marcia Brady, president of her school’s Davy Jones fan club, promised she could get him to sing at a school dance.
By the mid-1980s, Jones teamed up with former Monkee Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and promoter David Fishof for a reunion tour. Their popularity prompted MTV to re-air The Monkees series, introducing the group to a new audience.
In 1987, Jones, Tork and Micky Dolenz recorded a new album, “Pool It.” Two years later, the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the late 1990s, the group filmed a special called “Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees.”
He is survived by his wife, Jessica, and two daughters.
All the lovely people. Where do they all come from?
So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don’t know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about. I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don’t exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity.
That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane.
David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us.
I am in a state of shock; Davy and I grew up together and shared in the unique success of what became The Monkees phenomena. The time we worked together and had together is something I’ll never forget. He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart. The memories have and will last a lifetime. My condolences go out to his family.
In the March issue of Playboy, Hugh Hefner asks his subscribers to imagine a Playboy Club in space, as private enterprise is blasting off more and more into space ventures, Time magazine reports:
But what would a Playboy Club in outer space look like? According to LiveScience, Playboy has teamed up with artist Thomas Tenery, Virgin Galactic and several scientists to paint a picture for the March issue of Playboy. Straight out of science fiction, Playboy’s ultimate dream would include a zero-gravity, trampoline-lined dance club, fine dining, bungee jumping, space “farms” for food, and a casino with “human roulette.”
“The Playboy Club in space will be on a station in orbit, like a cruise ship,” Playboy writers A.J. Baime and Jason Harper describe. “Orbiting Earth is one idea, but it could also travel around other celestial bodies.”
A zero-gravity dance club, a casino featuring “human roulette” and a restaurant for fine dining are just some of the amenities envisioned by artist Thomas Tenery and released by Playboy Tuesday (Feb. 22). The magazine worked with several futurists and scientists, including Virgin Galactic head designer Adam Wells, to illustrate the potential space Playboy Club.
A horse in Geelong, Australia, has survived with minor injuries after getting stuck in quicksand-like mud, the Telegraph is reporting:
The horse’s owner Nicole Graham remained by 18-year-old Astro’s side, holding its head above the mud as rescuers arrived at the scene.
In an interview with local media on Tuesday Graham said she knew she needed to stay with her horse.
“As we sank deeper and deeper into the mud and time went on I was really starting to get scared. I knew if I stayed with him he wouldn’t panic either and him not panicking meant that we would both get out OK,” she said.