Amy Chua’s new The Triple Package seems to build upon the same “Chinese are superior” motto as Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother -- but it's actually more inflammatory and much less compelling than her last book.
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are almost here, and it is time to celebrate this world-wide event and learn at the same time. Having a party, no matter how big or small, can be really fun for the entire family. Using food, drink, decorations, and your own games can teach the entire family about the Olympics, sporting events, geography, and world cultures. Let's get started!...more
The season finale for The Biggest Loser prompted strong viewer reaction to Rachel Frederickson who won $250,000 by losing 58.62 percent of her 260 pound starting weight. That's a record weight loss in the show's 15 seasons, and at-home viewers assessed it to be too much to be healthy.
Immediately, my Twitter stream was on fire with comments of concern for Rachel. Was she healthy? Why did she look SO THIN? Was she sick? Did the process of being on the show somehow trigger an eating disorder? What did she do to herself??...more
My family and I are all abuzz about the Olympics this week! The kids are most pleased that they will be allowed to watch more television than usual, and we grownups are looking forward to watching athletes at the top of their game represent their countries with pride. There is a part of us that hopes to witness a significant amount of protest, as well. I came to my decision to watch the games after a lot of thought.
The recent announcement that Ashley Wagner was named to the U.S. figure skating team was big news. But outside the rink, the controversy over the choice of Wagner over fellow skater Mirai Nagasu barely caused a ripple. This was nothing like the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan figure skating scandal 20 years ago -- a scandal that ESPN named as one of its most memorable sports moments of the 20th century....more
It's hard to even remember the best brand moments of the Super Bowl this year, even immediately after the game. With most of the best spots already having been released, leaked or "leaked," entertaining surprises were at a minimum. Add to that brands trying way too hard to stand out on social media while the game itself floundered, and you have one fairly tedious Brand Bowl with very few watercooler moments.
This is how bad it was: One of the trending spots of the evening went to the Church of Scientology for a commercial that only played in the New York region.
I'm tremendously sad to hear that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died today at age 46, of what the New York Times called "an apparent drug overdose." I have for so long admired his ability to capture a tortured soul -- to make me empathize with even the very creepiest people -- that I think the best tribute is to let his work speak for itself. Read on for my favorites of his roles (in no particular order). ...more
When news came to light today that GoldieBlox had won a competition to air a commercial during the Super Bowl, the BlogHer editorial team was not surprised. After all, we've had our eye on GoldieBlox for a while -- from its mission to teach girls science to some controversy when its video went viral.
Just when you thought this year's most adorable Super Bowl ad couldn't get any more adorable, it turns out there is more. The Budweiser Puppy campaign has released a follow-up video introducing the @BudweiserPuppy Twitter account.
I'm sure this means we should all get ready for a super social Super Bowl. It certainly means that days before the game, all other commercials are at a major disadvantage in the "adorable race," because Budweiser Puppy already has a lock on win, place and show with these three layers.