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celebrating differences

(Cartoon courtesy of Woman’s World.)

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money and marriage

It was reported that Michael Jordan and his new bride signed a prenup. (pic: bet.com)

The rich are different from you and me.

Couldn’t help thinking of this quote when I read about Michael Jordan’s prenuptial agreement with his new bride, model Yvette Prieto.

It was reported that should the couple end up divorcing, she will receive $1 million for every year that they stay married. And if the marriage lasts for 10 years, she will receive $5 million per year in the event of a divorce.

It was also said that the prenup will protect Jordan’s huge fortune.

I guess $1 million is small change to Jordan, in comparison to his total wealth.

Well, what about us regular womenfolk? What do we get, after a year, or several years of marriage. Let me count the ways.

The first year of marriage, he tells you on Valentine’s Day: “This is your day. You don’t have to cook” So we eat out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As the years go by, the Valentine dining out treats dwindle to two, then one. In some years, the treat metamorphoses into one of those standard heart-shaped box of candies.

The first year, he is all attentive to your words. As the years go by, a husband seems to lose the ability to hear the questions that you ask. Often,you have to repeat two, or even three times, before you get an answer or some kind of response.

Unlike Yvette Prieto, for regular womenfolk, you bank account may or may not grow during marriage.

But, then again, some things do grow in the relationship/bonding account: things like a shared history, and someone who knows your idiosyncrasies, and more importantly, someone who tolerates them.

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birds of a feather

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mind escape

juiceHaving your own home is great most of the times.

But there are times when challenges crop up. Like when you’re dealing with property tax bills, and a clogged kitchen sink at the same time.

I tried all kinds of do-it-yourself remedies – bleach, liquid drain cleaner – but they didn’t work. I had stalled calling the plumber, whose fee can almost rival that of a lawyer.

So, in the midst of all this, I kept dreaming about Hawaii. Scenes of lush, verdant greenery….clear, delicate breeze flashed in my sleep.

I looked up dream interpretation dictionaries to see what this dream mean. They all say the same thing: dreams of Hawaii are symbolic of relaxation and leisure, and that the person is attempting to escape from her daily stresses.

Sounded logical, but honestly, I was disappointed with this interpretation. I had been thinking, or anticipating, that there might be a deeper meaning to this dream.

Anyway, a trip to Hawaii seemed unlikely at this juncture. I did the next best thing: attempted to recreate a feel of the restful place of my dreams. Poured fresh pineapple juice in the most resort-looking glassware that I have, put my feet up in the backyard, and tried to let my imagination do the rest.

A short escape. Before I go back to bailing out water from the sink.

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Michelle Obama jokes

The First Lady joked about the Obamas’ life as a young couple. (Pic: grio.com/Getty Images)

marco rubio jokes

Senator Marco Rubio displayed effective self-effacing humor. (pic: Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Humor is not only a necessary component of life, but is also an important tool in communications.

Humor used in public speaking can help one create a bond with the audience, put people at ease, and can even make the audience like you.

I once attended a talk given by a humor expert from Australia, and I learned a lot from the event. He outlined the worst and the best types of humor.

The worst type of humor, and which should be avoided, is the kind where you laugh at someone, or is mean-spirited.

The best kind of humor is one where you gently laugh at yourself, or one where you make people laugh with you. I think one of the best examples of the former was displayed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio at the Republican National Convention. He said: “Not so long ago I was just a deep underdog candidate. The only people who thought I could win all live in my house. Four of them were under the age of 10.”

Another good example was in Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention: “And believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage. We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.”

There were mixed opinions whether Clint Eastwood’s performance of talking to an empty chair, pretending that it was Obama, and portraying the President as a profanity-speaking, angry man was humorous or disrespectful to the President.

 What I found funny was the behind-the-scene miscommunication/assumption about the chair. It was reported that the Republican Convention organizers had no idea why Eastwood wanted the chair. Cbsnews.com reports: ”The furniture was a last-minute backstage request. According to a Romney campaign official, “he just asked a prop person to bring a chair out and the prop person thought he would just sit in it”.”

 As it turned out, the 82-year-old Eastwood did not need the chair as support, but instead turned it into a bizarre performance that took much of the spotlight away from Mitt Romney’s speech.

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good for you chocolates

I never thought that I would actually reach out for dark chocolate.

Sometimes, self-deception can be good for you. I mean, for small things. Like food that is supposed to be good for us.

We’ve all been encouraged to eat healthy. And something that is good for us is antioxidant, a substance or nutrient that can protect body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation. Besides fruit and vegetables, experts say that dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants.

It used to be that dark chocolate comes mainly in bars, with a taste that’s not really inspiring. But in the recent years, our favorite chocolates are also available in dark chocolate version. And they taste pretty good, too.

So now, when I reach out for that bar of Reese’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, or a box of Dark Chocolate Raisinets, I tell myself that I’m doing something good for my health.

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crystal ball

animal humor

(Cartoon courtesy of Woman's World)

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