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On Speaking with an Accent

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Robert Judson in Exeter, New Hampshire, writes:

You wrote about how children develop accents. (July 12, 2015) I’m a physician, and I once saw a highly unusual patient in my office at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She was quite intelligent, personable, and spoke excellent English with a French accent. In the course of our conversation, I asked where she grew up. She said, “South Carolina.” So I asked where she acquired her French accent, and she replied that she didn’t know she had one, adding, “I’m totally deaf.” This woman was the best lip reader I have ever met. It turns out that she had spent the previous five years in Morocco and also spoke French. This intrigued me, so I tested her. If she could see me, she could understand what I was saying, even when I made no sound, moving only my lips. And she was completely unaware of her French accent.

Marilyn responds:

What an utterly amazing story. I very much admire her ability to cope with the hearing world.

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Nexus4 – August 4

23 hours 47 min ago

Nexus4 #90
To solve online, click the link below the puzzle.

How to play
The next Nexus4 will be posted 8/6

Solve online (thanks to J. Eric Ivancich)

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Numbrix 9 – August 4

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Celebrities Share Memorable Live TV Moments at the ‘Best of Enemies’ Premiere

Mon, 8/3/2015 12:40 PM

In 1968, television network ABC was dead last in the ratings. So for the Democratic and Republican national conventions held in August, ABC hired political polar opposites conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal to provide commentary and debate each other. The network hoped this “Unconventional Convention Coverage” would lift them from third place.

During live and unscripted broadcasts the fierce rivals faced off with plenty of mud slinging, barb trading and explosive insult sharing. ABC’s ratings catapulted. The sparing between these two intellectual behemoths also made for great drama.

In the new Magnolia Pictures documentary Best of Enemies, filmmakers Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville offer insight, back story and riveting rare footage of Vidal and Buckley. “Here are two incredibly articulate witty people on national TV arguing over the soul of the nation. The stakes were huge,” explains Neville, who actually worked for Vidal as a fact checker. “It’s theater, but it’s also opera. I want somebody to adapt the documentary to an opera.”

The duo’s drama was partly due to the fact that the debates were live and unscripted. “The great thing about Vidal and Buckley is that they weren’t speaking talking points,” says Gordon. “They were original thoughts. It was unplanned.”

At the film’s New York premiere last week, I asked a few of the celebrity guests to share a live TV moment that made an impression on them. Click to the gallery to read what they said. Go to the end to see a trailer from the film.

Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville (Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix )

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The Daily Cute: Swing Into August

Mon, 8/3/2015 12:32 PM

Yes, it’s a new month and, therefore, a new opportunity to feature animals on swings. Launch the gallery to see all the fun.

Click here to see “Goodbye, July!” and check back every weekday for a new Daily Cute!

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Happy Birthday, President Obama! 16 of His Funniest Quotes

Mon, 8/3/2015 12:08 PM

On August 4 U.S. President Barack Obama turns 54. Over the years we’ve seen Obama’s more humorous side especially at the White House Correspondents’ dinners. The guy can deliver a joke. To honor his birthday here are some of his funniest quotes over the years.

“All this change hasn’t been easy. Change never is. So I’ve cut the tension by bringing a new friend to the White House. He’s warm, he’s cuddly, loyal, enthusiastic. You just have to keep him on a tight leash. Every once in a while he goes charging off in the wrong direction and gets himself into trouble. But enough about Joe Biden.” — 2009 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“Recently, [Romney’s] campaign criticized me for slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon. In fact, I understand Governor Romney was so incensed he asked his staff if he could get some equal time on ‘The Merv Griffin Show.'” — 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“Six years into my presidency some people still say I’m arrogant, aloof, condescending. Some people are so dumb.”  — 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“Despite many obstacles, much has changed during my time in office. Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later, she won’t stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena.” — 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“Rick Santorum announced that he would not attend the same-sex wedding of a friend or loved one, to which gays and lesbians across the country responded, that’s not going to be a problem. Don’t sweat that one.” — 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“I want to especially thank all the members who took a break from their exhausting schedule of not passing any laws to be here tonight.” —  2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“Dick Cheney was supposed to be here, but he is very busy working on his memoirs, tentatively titled, ‘How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People.’” — 2009 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“Now I even let down my key core constituency: movie stars. Just the other day, Matt Damon — I love Matt Damon, love the guy — Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well Matt, I just saw the ‘Adjustment Bureau’ so right back at you buddy.” — 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“Dick Cheney says I’m the worst president of his lifetime. Which is interesting, because I think Dick Cheney is the worst president of my lifetime. What a coincidence.” — 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“Mitt Romney — he and I actually have a lot in common. We both think of our wives as our better halves, and polls show, to an alarmingly insulting extent, the American people agree. We also both have degrees from Harvard; I have one, he has two. What a snob.” — 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“The Jonas Brothers are here. They’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don’t get any ideas. I have two words for you — predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I’m joking.” — 2010 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“Anyway, it’s great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent Hilton ballroom — or what Mitt Romney would call a little fixer-upper.” — 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“Our chaperone for the evening is Jimmy Kimmel who is perfect for the job since most of tonight’s audience is in his key demographic — people who fall asleep during Nightline.” — 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it’s possible that I’m a little too awesome.” —2008 Al Smith Dinner

“The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is known as the prom of Washington D.C. — a term coined by political reporters who clearly never had the chance to go to an actual prom.” — 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“What a week. As some of you heard, the state of Hawaii released my official long-form birth certificate. Hopefully, this puts all doubts to rest. But just in case they’re any lingering questions, tonight I’m prepared to go a step further. Tonight, for the first time, I am releasing my official birth video.” — 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Watch President Obama’s appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifanakis below.

 

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Jon Stewart: 6 Reasons We’ll Miss Comedy Central’s Best

Mon, 8/3/2015 11:56 AM

Jon Stewart ends his reign as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on August 6 after a 16-year run. When he took over hosting duties from Craig Kilborn, the show was more of a news-magazine, with features and puff pieces.

Under Stewart’s direction, the show started to be driven more by current events, but continued with its lighter fare as well.

After the events of September 11, 2001, The Daily Show, along with most other shows, stayed off the air (or ran reruns). When the show returned a couple of weeks later, Stewart opened the show with no music and presented a very emotional return to the airwaves.

It was then, following Stewart’s return, that The Daily Show became much more news-oriented and topical.

The new format was a great fit for Stewart and his team, which quickly became known as “The Best (bleeping) News Team Ever.” They took on politics, religion, and other news organizations. They pointed out hypocrisy, exposed journalistic mistakes, and rooted out unfairness – all while still having fun. Election seasons became fodder for them, too. Their “Indecision [fill in the year]” coverage became must-see programming.

The New York Times called Stewart “the modern-day equivalent of Edward R. Murrow,” and the UK’s national newspaper The Independent called him the United States’ “satirist-in-chief.”

Viewers of the show were also witness to the beginnings of many great careers: Steve Carell, Jason Jones, Aasiv Mandvi, Samantha Bee, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Stephen Colbert, and many, many more.

The Daily Show has won and/or been nominated for many awards over the years, including Emmys, Grammys, and Peabodys, as well as many journalism and news awards. Not bad for a “fake” news show with “fake” journalists!

Jon, thank you for everything.  You will definitely be missed.

New host, South African comedian Trevor Noah, is scheduled to take over on September 28, 2015.

Click “Next” below to see the clips. 

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16 Great Songs To Help You Get Through Mondays

Mon, 8/3/2015 10:00 AM

It happens at the end of every weekend. You’re enjoying the last few moments of relaxation and fun the weekend provides, when that dreaded realization dawns on you: Tomorrow is Monday, and soon you will have to drag yourself back to work.

Mondays can be pretty tough, but there’s no need to despair. Here’s a few songs designed to make your first day back to the salt mines a lot more tolerable, and maybe even a little more fun. Spotify users can link to the playlist here.

Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon

Uptown Funk! – Bruno Mars

Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammer

You Know You Like It – DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge

This first group of songs will put you in high spirits while you slog your way through that mountain of paperwork – Just don’t let the boss catch you dancing at your desk.

 

Feel It All Around – Washed Out

Summer Breeze – Seals and Crofts

Waves – Mr Probz (Robin Schulz Remix)

O-o-h Child – Five Stairsteps

When Monday morning stresses get to be a bit too much, this segment of the playlist is designed to help you mellow out. Just close your eyes, imagine yourself in the oasis of your choosing, and remember that it will all be over soon.

Backstabbers – The O’Jays

Bad Blood – Taylor Swift

The Payback – James Brown

Elastic Heart – Sia

We all have people at the job who annoy or frustrate us throughout the day. Play these selections when your office’s resident headache comes around to bug you, whether by stealing your thunder, your joy, or your stapler.

Eye of The Tiger – Survivor

Fight Song – Rachel Platten

Another One Bites The Dust – Queen

Chariots Of Fire – Vangelis

Now, you’ve spent half the day dancing and daydreaming, but that mountain of paperwork isn’t quite as small as you’d like it to be. This next group of songs will help give you the motivation you need to finish the day feeling strong and productive.

Congratulations, you’ve made it through another Monday! Now head home, relax, and try to forget that you have to do it all again tomorrow.

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Celebrity Faves: Trisha Yearwood Shares Her Favorite Stuff

Mon, 8/3/2015 10:00 AM

You’re always watching commercials and seeing celebrities talk about how they love a particular brand of orange juice or TOTALLY use that down-market at-home hair dye, but you never know what they actually use. Does Kyra Sedgwick really love Tropicana? Does Tina Fey actually use Garnier hair dye? With Celebrity Faves, we’ll find out the products our favorite celebrities can’t live without, and then tell you where you can buy them for yourself. You’re welcome.  

Trisha Yearwood is a Grammy award-winning country music phenom. She broke into the business in the early 90’s and has been topping the charts consistently for nearly 30 years, selling over 15 million albums worldwide. In recent years, Yearwood has embraced her culinary side, turning her passion for food and entertaining into a Food Network series, Trisha’s Southern Cooking, a line of cookbooks (her most recent one, Trisha’s Table, debuted on The New York Times Bestsellers List), and even a line of cookware, Trisha’s Precious Metals. She lives in Nashville with her husband—another country music legend—Garth Brooks.

Check out some of her favorite products: 

1. Illume Candles ($14): “I love these candles because all the scents are subtle, even Gardenia, which is my favorite. I give them as gifts because they come in beautiful containers. They also offer a soy version, which I love.”

2. Georgia Bulldogs Tervis Travel Cup ($19): “I have a variety of these tumblers—they keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold—but my favorite one is a travel mug that fits perfectly into my cup holder in my car. My nephew Kyle gave it to me for my birthday last year. I can take my coffee to go, in a cool Georgia Bulldog cup!”

3. Nike Free FlyKnits ($140): “These shoes are my go-to’s for everything from hiking to Zumba to just heading out to the grocery store. They’re versatile, go with everything, lightweight, and cute. What more could you want?”

4.  KitchenAid Food Chopper ($40): “I love this mini food processor for quick chop and puree jobs in the kitchen. It works like a charm and is perfect for everything from chopping nuts to pureeing cooked carrots for my carrot cake. It’s an appliance I love to give as a housewarming gift.”

5. Cast Iron Skillet ($33):  “I know it may sound crazy that this is one of my favorite things, but it’s such a staple in my kitchen. I cook so many things in my skillet from breakfast (sausage, eggs, bacon) to desserts (pan cookies and pies). One of my favorite desserts to make in a cast iron skillet is called Skillet Apple Pie. I like to gift this pie in a new cast iron skillet and give it as a gift along with the recipe. When you’re done eating the pie, you have a beautiful new skillet, and the recipe so you can make it again!”

Amanda Waas is the creator of You’re Welcome, a gift guide site for all of life’s awkward occasions. Her writing has appeared in Every Day With Rachael Ray, Glamour, Made Man, AOL’s Shelterpop and DIY Life, and various others. Follow her on TwitterPinterest, and Facebook and sign up for her succinct, not-annoying weekly e-newsletter for gift suggestions sent right to your inbox.

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Sweet Swaps: America’s Favorite Drinks Get Lightened Up

Mon, 8/3/2015 6:29 AM

Sipping a sugary drink when you need a jolt of energy is tempting and delicious. But the sweetest ingredient can often have sour consequences. The American Heart Association suggests limiting your daily intake of added sugars to 150 calories for men and 100 calories for women, which equals about 9 teaspoons and 6 teaspoons, respectively. However, one 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola contains 39 grams of sugar, or 9 ⅓ teaspoons, exceeding both gender’s recommended daily consumption.

MyFitnessPal, a health app used by more than 65 million people worldwide, shares easy ways to take nine popular sugary drinks to perfectly trim treats so you don’t have to forgo your afternoon pick-me-up.

According to the infographic, “sugary drinks are the No. 1 contributor to added sugar in the average American diet.” Take a look at the app’s Better Beverage Challenge, encouraging participants to take part in a 30-day pledge to “sip smarter” by substituting sugar-laden drinks with healthier, tasty alternatives.

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Fanning Yourself: Yes or No?

Mon, 8/3/2015 5:00 AM

Liz Rubin in Annapolis, Maryland, writes:

I’m writing about the woman fanning herself at a stadium. Her husband said she was making herself hotter, not cooler (July 5, 2015) Assuming she uses her hand-held fan in a normal manner, it would take less energy than simply clapping for good plays. Based upon Mr. Thinks-He-Knows-It-All’s logic, his wife should also refrain from consuming food or beverages at the game on a hot day, as the action of repeatedly raising her hand to her mouth would take as much physical energy as gently rocking her wrist back and forth with her fan.

Marilyn responds:

I wonder if the husband ever stands up and cheers. If so, his wife may want to try telling him to sit down and shut up so he doesn’t make himself hotter. (But yes, this may have the opposite effect!)

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Jadium – August 3

Mon, 8/3/2015 12:00 AM

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Vanessa Williams Encourages Phone Etiquette, Bans Phones at Dinner Table

Mon, 7/27/2015 12:32 PM

Vanessa Williams is a successful singer, actress, author, mom, a New Yorker and most recently, a newlywed. (She married Jim Skrip, 52, on July 4). She’s also a longtime spokesperson for Dress for Success, the nonprofit organization established in 1997 to help underprivileged women by providing them with professional clothing for interviews and new jobs.

Earlier this year, Dress for Success partnered with TracFone for their new Success is Calling Program, where women are offered training for phone interviews and, when they complete the programs they are given smartphones and pre-paid cell service.

Why the partnership?

It’s simple. These days, if you’re looking for a job, it’s important to have a phone where an employer can reach you. It’s also crucial to know how to present yourself over the phone.

Parade recently spoke to Vanessa Williams about Success is Calling, phone etiquette and why no one in her house brings a phone to the dinner table.

Parade: What is the Success is Calling program?

Vanessa Williams: It’s a new partnership with Dress for Success that helps women learn how to do phone interviews more effectively. Not only does Dress for Success provide clothing and handbags so women can make an impression, but now this program teaches them interview skills so they can do well over the phone. After they complete the program, they get a chance to have a free smartphone or Tracfone for a year with free service.

Parade: What are some of the most important things to remember when preparing for a job interview or even just conversation over the phone?

VW: Self-esteem is a gigantic part of it. You should be unique, you should be confident and that’s how people remember who you are. You have to be willing to share who you are and your story.

I was lucky. I had all this growing up. Both my parents were educators, so interviews and college applications and shaking hands and looking people in the eye and feeling confident and knowing what you can bring to any project or audition—I’ve known about these things my entire life. Some women haven’t had that opportunity to perform in front of a potential employer.

Parade: The training and practice can make all the difference.

VW: Exactly.

Parade: Is there a big difference between a phone and in-person interview?

VW: Yes. There again, first impressions are a big deal, not only when it’s face-to-face, but on the phone as well. It’s tone, it’s strength, it’s projecting, being articulate, not saying a lot of “ums,” “you know,” “sure,” and “I guess.” It’s also important to be unique.

Parade: Are there women of all ages in the Success is Calling program?

VW: Yes.

Parade: So many younger people are used to texting and not talking on the phone. A lot of people these days also text when they shouldn’t – like at the dinner table. Do you allow that at your house?

VW: There’s no phones at the table for sure. And what about handwriting? Kids are on their keyboards so much, between their smartphones and laptops, no one writes anything anymore. It’s atrocious. I write in script and my daughter is like, ‘I don’t know what this is. I can’t read it.’ Luckily, growing up, we had to learn script. It’s a good thing to read actual books as opposed to just reading text.

 

Phone Manners Matter:

When looking for a job, remember, a phone can be one of your most important tools. Here are several hot phone tips:

First impression is key: 88 percent of HR managers and working professionals say that a first impression on a phone interview is a key indicator of whether or not a candidate is right for the job.

Candidates must be accessible: 86 percent of HR managers and working professionals say that if they cannot reach a candidate within a day or two, they will move on to other candidates.

Phone impression is just as important as resume: 95 percent of HR managers rely on phone interviews to gauge candidate qualifications and aptitude beyond their resume.

(Compiled from a survey of Human Resources managers and working professionals conducted by TracFone).

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The Daily Cute: Your Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Mon, 7/27/2015 12:15 PM

Mondays require that little extra boost to launch you into the week. With the help of some caffeine and a generous dollop of cute, this gallery will get you where you need to go.

Click here to see “The Friday Thirteen” and check back every weekday for a new Daily Cute!

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Dana Point: A Beachy Southern California Enclave

Mon, 7/27/2015 12:01 PM

Surfin’ Safari” and “Surfing USA” are great Beach Boys tunes. But what else do those iconic surfing songs have in common?

They both mention Doheny State Beach.

“Surfin’ USA”
And down Doheny Way…
Everybody’s gone surfin’
Surfin’ U.S.A.

“Surfin’ Safari”
…They’re kickin’ out in Doheny too
I tell you surfing’s mighty wild
It’s getting bigger every day

Talk about surf culture. Doheny State Beach is tucked into a unique city in Orange County called Dana Point which feels more like a beachy enclave with few chain stores, a local vibe and sky high bluffs. “It’s a classic Southern California beach town that is still under the radar in many ways,” observes Greg Mortimer of Canons, a longtime Dana Point local favorite restaurant.

The famous surfing hotspot is also known as California’s first state beach. In 1931, oil magnate Edward Doheny donated acres of oceanfront to the state. And for several decades the locale has been a mecca of Southern California surf. Before much development in Orange County, Dana Point stayed mostly untouched. That left many of the surf breaks open for great uninterrupted surfing. The surf culture thrived. “Before the Dana Point harbor was built, the surf break (or massive wave) known as “Killer Dana”, was one of California’s largest,” explains Matt McNally of Resorts of Dana Point. “Those waves rivaled Mavericks. They were huge.” In fact, when filmmaker Bruce Brown was working on his famous surf documentary The Endless Summer, he lived in Dana Point.

When the Dana Point Harbor was built the Killer Dana wave was displaced. But Doheny State Beach remains one of the best long boarding breaks in California. “The ride is really long and when the swell hits, it’s an incredible wave — very easy and approachable,” says McNally. “You could be a novice surfer, amateur or professional and still have a good time on that wave.”

In addition to the waves, Dana Point has loads to offer. Here are some don’t miss things to do.

Head to VIVO. The rooftop outdoor restaurant and patio lounge at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach is great for admiring the Pacific Ocean sunset. Do like the locals and head to VIVO during Happy Hour on Friday. The all-suite hotel just underwent a complete renovation and all rooms were updated. The hotel is also ideal because it sits right across Pacific Coast Highway from the Doheny State Beach Campground and beach.

 VIVO At Night ( VIVO At Night)
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Go whale and dolphin watching. Because of its proximity to the harbor, multiple species of large mammals abound. Southern California has some of the largest dolphin populations in the world. A few mega-pods are 5,000 strong. “You can get from any one of the resorts onto a boat and into the ocean within about 10 minutes,” says McNally. “Once you’re on a boat and minutes outside the harbor, you’ll start seeing wildlife.”

There’s whale watching and then there’s Dana Point whale watching. Nine months out of the year, the gray whale migration moves up and down the coast. The blue whales come for four months. The fin whales are seen year-round. Then there are minke whales, orcas, humpbacks and the rare pilot whales. And even sperm whales have been spotted. This past November, multitudes popped up in a pod just off Dana Point coast.

Join Captain Dave on one of his dolphin or whale watching safaris. One of his unique vessels, the Manute’a, contains a bulletproof glass hull under the surface of the water. With their underwater viewing pods, you’ll feel like you’re swimming eye-to-eye with blue whale or dolphins pods. Or try Dana Wharf Whale Watching. Operating since 1971, Dana Point Whale Watching was the first whale watching company in Orange County. Passengers have been known to spot humpback whales breaching, a rare sight in California.

Check out the collection of rotating artwork on display throughout The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. For example, Clark Little’s dramatic limited edition “Waves” images can be found all around the property. Raya, the ocean-view restaurant from acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval is a splurge meal and well worth it. The Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine is prepared with local produce, sustainable seafood and organic meat. Don’t miss the pan seared sea scallops. For a drop dead gorgeous panoramic view of the Pacific, a nice glass of bubbly and small bites like smoked swordfish tacos, head to 180BLŨ. Perched 150-feet above Salt Creek Beach, the horizon seems to go on for days.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel )

 

The Ocean Institute is considered the backbone of the harbor and offers children and their families hands-on learning about oceanography, maritime history and the marine ecosystem. Pet little bat rays, drive an ROV underwater camera or practice pirating on an American Revolution tall ship replica. The Ocean Institute keeps two tall ships: The Pilgrim, a full-sized replica of the brig made famous by Richard Henry Dana, who wrote Two Years Before the Mast. And the Spirit of Dana Point, a replica of the privateer employed during the American Revolution in the 1770s, is available for public and private sails.

Paddle Boarding in Dana Point Paddle Boarding in Dana Point

Cannons restaurant, a local favorite and the first free-standing restaurant in Dana Point, is located on the cliffs overlooking Dana Point Marina and harbor. The spectacular views from the 12-foot-tall windows are as sumptuous as the food. All their seafood is fresh, never frozen. The seafood skewers loaded with shrimp, swordfish, scallops, mahi mahi and salmon drizzled with lemon beurre blanc is a favorite. So are the sizzling mushrooms sautéed with herbs and garlic bread.

The View from Cannons The View from Cannons

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, is set atop Laguna Cliffs, which offers views of Capistrano Bay that extend to San Diego nearly 60 miles. With Dana Point Harbor to the north and Doheny State Beach to the south, the restaurant Vue is ideal for capturing a bird’s eye view of Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific. Try the Untraditional Club with turkey, bacon, swiss, tomato, daikon sprouts black pepper mayonnaise and sweet potato fries. Take a dip in one of the two outdoor heated pools. Kids love the Splash Zone which sprays water from all angles.

Laguna Cliffs Marriott  Resort & Spa Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

Head to the links at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Monarch Beach Golf Links at the resort is one of two golf courses in Orange County that offer oceanfront golf. Set against the Pacific backdrop, the 6,600-yard course was made for golfers of all skill levels.

For more information visit www.mydanapoint.com.

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Exclusive! Never-Before-Seen Marilyn Monroe Photos

Mon, 7/27/2015 10:59 AM

I must admit I’m more a fan of Audrey Hepburn than Marilyn Monroe, but I was a little more than intrigued to learn the history of her iconic “red velvet” photographs that adorned the “Golden Dreams” calendars in the 50’s.

Back in 1949, an out-of-work (she had just been released from Columbia Pictures) and broke Monroe agreed to pose nude for photographer Tom Kelley on Monroe’s stipulation that Kelley’s wife be present at the shoot. She was paid a mere $50.

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A few years later, the John Baumgarth Company, a Chicago-based printing company, acquired some of Kelley’s photos of Monroe to use in what would later become the iconic “Golden Dreams” calendar, just as Monroe’s fame was beginning to rise.

At the time, movie studios didn’t know how to deal with the scandal. At first, they wanted to categorically deny it was Monroe, but the actress convinced the studio heads that the truth was the best course of action. Monroe gave an exclusive interview to UPI where she explained she only posed nude because she needed the money to pay the rent. The story went global. Luckily, the public empathized with Monroe and her difficulties as a struggling actress, and their forgiveness was swift. Her plight actually made her even more famous.

One of the shots from the photo shoot found its way onto the desk of publisher Hugh Hefner, who chose Monroe’s photo to be featured on the inaugural issue of Playboy magazine. In its first printing, Playboy sold over 50,000 copies of Monroe’s issue, allowing Hefner to continue production of the popular magazine and helped make him the publishing mogul he is today.

Thought to have been lost forever, the original color separations of these photos actually remained a part of Baumgarth’s massive print archives until the company’s assets were acquired by the Renaissance Publishing Company. They were only recently discovered in 2009 when Renaissance went bankrupt and sold off its holdings. The color separations used to produce the large-format calendars are the only known surviving examples and will be on view in five cities across the U.S. this summer: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, and New York.

The exhibits are hosted by Limited Runs and its partner in this series, the Messenger Art Collection. The first leg of the tour will begin in Los Angeles starting Friday, July 29th. For more details, including exhibit dates and locations, please visit limitedruns.com.

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Kate Middleton Makes First Post-Baby Official Engagement!

Mon, 7/27/2015 10:30 AM

It’s so nice to see the Duchess of Cambridge back in action after giving birth to Princess Charlotte in May! Kate Middleton undertook her first post-baby official engagement on July 26, when she and Prince William attended the first round of the America’s Cup World Series at Portsmouth.

The duke and duchess wore matching team shirts to support the British sailing team. In case there was any chance of mistaken identity, the backs of Kate and William’s navy fleeces were emblazoned with their titles, ‘The Duchess of Cambridge’ and ‘The Duke of Cambridge’ respectively.

The parents were also presented with personalized team shirts for their children, Charlotte and Prince George, by the British team. Other gifts for the kids included toy replicas of two Royal Navy aircraft carriers. “We look forward to testing them in the bath,” said William.

Although several races had to be called off due to bad weather, Kate and William still got a tour of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters, at which the 2-year-old son of head coach Rob Wilson introduced himself to the duchess with the words, “Hello princess, my name is Freddie Wilson.”

He told Kate that he was 3 years old, but was reminded by his mother that he is only 2. Kate replied, “George says that. He thinks that he’s older.”

In fact George’s second birthday was just last week, which the royals celebrated by releasing a previously unseen photograph of George and William laughing in the gardens of Sandringham House.

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6 Summer Car Care Tips in the Extreme Heat

Mon, 7/27/2015 10:26 AM

The Northeast finally got out of its recent heat wave, and it couldn’t have come soon enough for this car owner. It was so exhausting to get into my car each day and have it feel like an oven. Because of the heat, I had to stop taking my pets on errands with me (no field trips to PetSmart with my dogs Sadie and Oscar until it cooled off). And the heat did a real number on my car, too.

Whether or not it’s true that extreme weather can cause windows to shatter, the truth is it happened to my 2005 Ford Freestyle a few days ago. I came home to find the back windshield shattered. I live on a quiet street with nary any traffic so my only explanation is the heat.

I also noticed that my tires have been feeling funky. And well there is some truth to that, too. According to some news reports, extreme heat can affect the pressure in car tires, making them more susceptible to blow outs. In fact, AAA sees a spike in summer roadside assistance requests—not just for flat tires but also batteries that don’t work and engines that are giving drivers trouble.

So before you hit the road this summer, make sure you consider these six summer car care tips.

1. Keep Tires Inflated
Now that you know that hot weather can affect your tire pressure, what can you do about it? Ensure that tires are properly inflated. According to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, tires should be inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations printed on the vehicle door placard or in the owner’s manual, not the number on the tire. Goodyear says that nearly seven in 10 of us are driving around on underinflated tires.

2. Check Tire Tread
Tires with good treads help with safe driving. Try this coin test to see if your tires need replacing or not. Take a penny and insert it upside down along your treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, those treads are dead and you need new tires.

3. Top Off Fluids
Make sure that your fluids under the hood are all at optimal levels. Also, if you have a big road trip scheduled, you may want to get an oil change before you leave. According to Jiffy Lube, motor oil does more than just lubricate moving parts. It cools areas of the engine and provides protection over a wide temperature range. If you’ve got older motor oil, it may not do its job as well as it could.

4. Read Up on Recalls
We just received a letter from Honda, letting us know that our 2003 Honda Accord is a part of the airbag recall that’s been in the news lately. Turns out the driver’s side and passenger side airbags need to be replaced. Other drivers may not be aware that they have a recalled vehicle and that it still needs to be repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN Lookup Tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a safety recall. This tool covers recalls within the last 15 years.

5. Replace Wiper Blades
When was the last time you put new wiper blades on your car? If it’s longer than six months, you need new ones. After six months blades stop working well and could affect your visibility while driving in the rain.

6. Plan for an Emergency
No one ever plans to get stuck on the side of the road, but emergencies do happen. Autotrader suggests keeping an emergency kit in your car, not only for summer road trips but also throughout the year. What should go in that kit? Jumper cables, a flashlight, paper towels, roadside flares, a first-aid kit, bottled water, car charger for cell phone, and even snacks like granola bars, among other necessities you think you might need if you got stranded.

Finally, if you won’t have the time to address all of these summer car care fixes before you head out on your trip, you may want to consider renting a car. One summer, when we had two cars limping past the 100,000-mile mark, we rented a car for our summer road trip to Vermont. We figured this would give us peace of mind while driving and, to be honest, the rate wasn’t that expensive. Hertz says that renting a car might actually save you money. More than 80 percent of Hertz’s fleet receives over 28 highway miles per gallon. So unless the cars in your driveway have that impressive MPG or better, renting might be the smart, frugal option.

Thinking of buying a new car all together? Here’s why August may be the best month of the year to do just that.

 

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