Thursday, July 07, 2005

What We Need to Know Today

It was announced that Oprah Winfrey has been given the National civil rights Museum's highest honor, the National Freedom Award. The ceremony will take place in November.

If you haven't discovered Jennifer Weiner's books yet, get a paperback copy of her first book, Good In Bed and you will fall in love. Her characters are real, funny and not stick thin. Her second book In Her Shoes was bought by Hollywood even before it was published. The film stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine. It opens in October. Her third book Little Earthquakes is just out in paperback and her 4th book comes out in September. Not bad for a girl who got 24 rejection letters before being published. Jennifer Weiner rules!


Two months ago, 11 year old Little Leaguer, Katie Brownell was the first girl to pitch a perfect game in baseball. (Girls have been allowed to play in Little League since 1974) She struck out all the batters she faced in a six inning game- that's 18 strikeouts. This week, she donated her uniform shirt, glove and ball to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Coopertown, NY. YOU GO GIRL.

On the another note the International Olympic Committee voted to cut baseball and softball from the 2012 games- huh?

These teenage girl golfers freak me out a little. They are way too serious and focused. But, they're good. Michelle Wie, the 15 year old phenom, is on track to become the first woman to make a PGA Tour cut since Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1945.

Abby Wambach is leading the US Women's National team since the departure of Mia Hamm. She will try to keep the US undefeated in Sunday's game against Ukraine (6:30pm EST; ESPN2) Abby Wambach

I wish that I could recommend any of the movies opening this weekend but they all look dreadful. The films that I have enjoyed this summer are:

Mad Hot Ballroom
- a documentary following the ballroom dance competition that is held in New York City schools. Two big thumbs up. Mad Hot Ballroom

Saving Face- directed by Alice Wu- tells the story of a Chinese mother and daughter and how family can let you down at the same time as building you up. Saving Face

Heights- I can never get enough of Glenn Close on screen. In Heights, the film by Chris Terrio she plays the wildly successful actress Diana Lee (she wears a dark straight wig) in a film that covers 24 hours in the lives of several New Yorkers.

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