(Matt Rourke/AP Photo) When it comes to retirement, there’s one question that is sure to get a lot of people to save: Could you survive if you only received Social Security? But the fact is millions live off their monthly Social Security benefit check. How do they do it? Barbara Woodruff, 65, of St. Louis told Grandparents.com how she manages. Here check: $633 a month. This is much less than the national average. As of June, the average Social Security benefit was $1,254.78 a month. Woodruff is collecting less than many folks because health problems reduced her working years, she told Grandparents.com’s Daisy Chan. As Chan points out, Social Security benefits are based on your earnings during your working years. Part of the reason Woodruff can survive on just Social Security is that she gets subsidized housing. She pays $189 for a one-bedroom apartment. She also receives $33 a month in food stamps. Read more about how Woodruff gets by. Woodruff has a lot of company in trying to survive on Social Security. As Rebecca Lake reported for Investopedia.com, 21 percent of married couples and 43 percent of single seniors count on Social Security for 90 percent or more of their income. “Social Security isn’t a substitute for building a solid retirement base, and if you’ve still got time before you retire, consider looking for ways to shore up your savings,” Lake wrote. “Start by chipping in as much as you reasonably can to your employer’s retirement plan, especially if…... [read more]
We've all brought home a nice, soft, fresh loaf of bread only to discover — d'ough! — that it's a little past its sell-by date. But guess what? Turns out your loaves are trying to tell you something ... and the message is in the twist ties. Yep! The colorful twist ties that keep our bread fresh and protected from store to sandwich actually have a hidden secret. As it turns out, each color means the bread was baked on a particular day of the week: View post on imgur.com And you are correct: It does skip Wednesday and Sunday, in order to give bakers two days off each week. This is not entirely new: The information has been circulating on the internet for years, but a recent post from Tasting Table has made it go viral again. And bear in mind that not all bread companies adhere to this rule; some use bread tags that are all one color regardless of date of baking. If that happens, though, you're not toast — just remember that the date on the tag is the sell-by date, not the date it was actually baked. Getty Images There's a twist in this tale! So what does this mean for you, the savvy sandwich shopper? Basically, buy the bread that was baked the day before you're in the store. So if you're going to the grocery on Friday, get the red twist tag, for example. Think you'll have a hard time remembering? The colors…... [read more]
It was the night Must-See TV became Can't-Watch TV. The nation's worst-ever blackout, which inconvenienced millions in New York City, Cleveland, Detroit and other Northeast cities last week, wiped out three nights' worth of prime-time ratings, including powerhouse Thursday. True, in the overall scheme of things, being denied access to a CSI repeat isn't as significant as, say, getting trapped in a stalled subway car, but in TV Land, it's a fairly big to-do. No word on how much the blackout cost the networks--a CBS spokesman, for one, said the Eyeball doesn't divulge that info. But the rep added that the outage, in the era of 9/11 and the Iraq war, was "not near the top of the list" in terms of impacting the schedule. At Nielsen Media Research, however, a spokeswoman said, as far as that ratings-tracking company was concerned, the blackout was unprecedented. The power-grid failure, affecting eight states and parts of Canada, unplugged about 15 percent of the TV nation last Thursday, the first night of the blackout. In some areas, Friday and Saturday were a wash too. In past blackouts, such as the New York City's 1977 blown circuit, Nielsen families kept track of their viewing habits with paper-and-pen diaries--no juice required. These days, Nielsen gathers its data through electronic devices called people meters. Last week, when the lights went out, and the food started to rot in the fridge, the people meters went out, too. Eventually, backup batteries failed and records were lost. Accordingly, Nielsen…... [read more]
Gwyneth Paltrow and Ryan Murphy really are that close. So close that the American Horror Story creator revealed at Variety's Power of Women luncheon today that Paltrow is his son Ford's godmother. While presenting Paltrow with a Lifetime Impact Award for her work with L.A. Kitchen, Murphy said that when Ford was born he sat down and made a list of qualities he'd like his godmother to have. "I wanted her to be kind and compassionate, spiritual, funny, basically a balm to sooth in this dark and cynical world," he said before cracking, "It was also important to me that my child's godmother have a best actress Oscar." Murphy continued, "So I called my good friend Gwyneth Paltrow and I asked her if she would have us and she said yes and I consider my family to be blessed as a result." PHOTOS: Check out Gwyneth and all her famous friends Murphy and his husband David Miller welcomed Ford via a surrogate a year ago. Their first son Logan Phineas was born on Christmas Eve 2012 (also via a surrogate) five months after they married during a wedding ceremony in Provincetown, MA. Paltrow won an Emmy for her work on Murphy's Glee. She's also now dating his producing partner and Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk, who sat between Paltrow and Murphy at the Variety event. "Gwyneth is a lot of things. She's a great actress who starred in such classics as Shakespeare in Love and The Talented…... [read more]
Gwyneth Paltrow Claims She Was Unaware Goop's Divorce Blog Post Would Be Titled "Conscious Uncoupling"
Gwyneth Paltrow popularized the idea of "conscious uncoupling" when she announced her plans to divorce Chris Martin after 10 years of marriage in March 2014. Today, however, she denies responsibility for taking it mainstream. "When I announced that I was separating on the website, [Goop editorial director Elise Loehnen] titled the piece 'Conscious Uncoupling,' and I had no idea," Paltrow, 42, tells Fast Company's September issue. However, the Oscar winner and devoted mother of two didn't distance herself from the phrase. In fact, she shared an article that detailed Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami's philosophy on Goop. Some people laughed at the notion of "conscious uncoupling," Paltrow concedes, and that made things a little bit uncomfortable for Goop's staff. "When something like that happens, I think everybody is like, 'Oh, s--t,'" Paltrow says in the issue. "I just tell them that I think we are creating interesting discussions." When Paltrow appeared on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show earlier this year, she continued to champion the breakup philosophy. "It's a noble idea," the Mortedecai star said, "and it's a great thing to try to do for your kids." "We actually have a really strong friendship and we laugh and have fun," she said, "and we're lucky in that our parenting styles and philosophies overlap a lot." "It's working," she added, "but it is kind of a goofy term." NEWS: Gwyneth Paltrow is still "very, very close" to Chris Martin Paltrow readily acknowledges that the very idea of "conscious…... [read more]
Harvey Weinstein Will Not Be Charged in Alleged Model-Groping Incident After ''Thorough Investigation''
JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images Harvey Weinstein is in the clear. The production mogul will not face any criminal charges after a 22-year-old model accused him of groping her last month at New York City's Tribeca Film Center, where the Weinstein Company co-founder keeps an office. "This case was taken seriously from the outset, with a thorough investigation conducted by our Sex Crimes Unit," Manhattan District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Joan Vollero tells E! News in a statement. "After analysing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported." PHOTOS: Stars who haven't won an Oscar yet Weinstein was questioned by police about the allegations over the weekend of March 28. He was never arrested or otherwise detained. At the time, his rep said in a statement that they were "cooperating fully with authorities" and were confident that the producer of Shakespeare in Love and Gangs of New York would be "fully vindicated." Weinstein, 63, is once-divorced and has been married to his second wife, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman, since 2007. PHOTOS: Do you think these Best Picture Oscar winners were overrated?... [read more]
Harvey Weinstein Questioned by Police After 22-Year-Old Woman Files Sex-Abuse Complaint; He Responds
JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images UPDATE: "We are cooperating fully with the authorities, and are confident that we will be fully vindicated. We will have no further comment," Harvey Weinstein's spokesperson, Ken Sunshine, told E! News in a statement Tuesday. __________________________________________________________________ Only time will tell what sort of production this turns into. New York police confirm that mega-producer Harvey Weinstein was questioned over the weekend after a 22-year-old woman accused him of groping her Friday at the Tribeca Film Center and filed a sex-abuse complaint. An investigation is underway, per the NYPD. No charges have been filed at this time and neither the movie mogul nor The Weinstein Company has commented on the matter. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has also declined comment. The accusations were first reported by the New York Daily News. PHOTOS: May-December Hollywood couples Meanwhile, law enforcement sources say that the woman alleges that Weinstein grabbed her thigh and chest and asked, apparently in reference to her breasts, if they were real.[/caption] Weinstein, 63, has been married to Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman for seven years and they have two children together. The producer of Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, Project Runway and more also has three children with ex-wife Eve Chilton Weinstein. A source told the NY Daily News that the alleged incident occurred in Weinstein's office at the Tribeca Film Center, where she went "at his request to talk business." The former Miramax mogul, who co-founded The Weinstein Co. with brother Bob Weinstein in 2005, was expected…... [read more]
Disney, Star Wars and Superhero Characters Get Renaissance Portraits: See Catwoman, Batman, Joker and More!
Ever wonder what your favorite superheroes, villains, Disney maidens andStar Wars characters would have looked like 500 to 600 years ago? (You know, if they were real.) Spoiler alert: Serious. They look serious. And spectacular. French photographer Sacha Goldbergerhas transformed the look of several beloved characters in portraits showing them wearing Renaissance-era attire, complete with plenty of elaborate neck ruffs (which inspired the Elizabethan collar for pets), not to mention cleavage-baring corset dresses for some of the ladies. "What if Superman was born in the 16th century?" he asks. "And what if the Hulk was a Duke? How might [15th century Northern Renaissance artist]Jan van Eyck have portrayed Snow White?" "As science fiction meets history of art, time meets an inexhaustible desire for mythology which is within each of us," he adds. Catwoman, as a modern, proper, Renaissance-era lady, of course does not get to wear her skintight cat suit. She does, however, still sport her mask and Goldberger also gave her pet cat a costume, complete with an era-appropriate cone of shame. PHOTOS: An artist reimagined Disney princesses with different races and the results will blow your mind Goldberger uses an image resembling the lateHeath Ledger's character The Joker from The Dark Knight, which earned the actor a posthumous Oscar, in his portrait of the iconic villain. In the photo, the character is seen lounging in a chair, no doubt plotting his next master plan to create chaos and destroy "the Batman, " while wearing an outfit straight out…... [read more]
Gwyneth Paltrow is in on the joke, and guess what? Homegirl can totally laugh at herself! The 41-year-old goop goddess poked fun at her (completely unwarranted) snobby reputation on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "It's nice to be recognized for your work with an Oscar, but I don't let it define me," said the actress, who won the Best in Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award in 1996 for her Shakespeare in Love performance. "[But] when I'm home with my kids," she deadpanned, "I'm still just Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow." PHOTOS: Gwyneth Paltrow's best quotes! HA. Gwynnie wasn't the only star to make light of her work, though. June Squibb, whose Nebraska performance earned her a Best Supporting Actress nod this year, joked, "When I heard about my Oscar nomination, I started thinking about what I was going to wear, and I decided that I want a real slutty dress." Hey, why not? There's also a very good chance that Ellen will be joking about her own image when she hosts the 2014 Oscars on Sunday. She should definitely bring her dancing talents to primetime, and from the looks of her Paul Feig-directed Academy Awards' trailer, she will be doing just that! And she's ready! "I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time," Ellen, who hosted the show in 2007, said in a statement. "You know what they say—the third time's the charm." PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 notable nominees... [read more]
Steve Granitz/John Shearer/Jason Merritt/Getty Images Do you feel that in the air? That's our palpable excitement over the 2014 Oscars! The Academy Awards are mere days away, and we're practically giddy at the thought of taking in all the red carpet style. So, we've decided to talk a walk down fashion memory lane and peruse some of the looks from past years. From Cate Blanchett to Kate Winslet—and everyone in between—we're reminiscing over these actresses' looks through the years. Not until you see the dresses side by side do you really realize how much celebrity style has evolved. PHOTOS: 2014 Oscar gown predictions We've got some of the most memorable Oscar looks, like Gwyneth Paltrow's pale pink Ralph Lauren ball gown that she wore in 1999 when she won Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love. Or Halle Berry's daring sheer Elie Saab gown she wore to the 2002 Academy Awards when she won Best Actress for Monster's Ball. Some of these looks are decades old, and we still can't forget them. So take a look at these stars and their evolving Oscar style and decide for yourself: which look was their best? PHOTOS: See celebs & their Oscar gowns through the years... [read more]
Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” may have been published 32 years ago, but the stars of a new and highly disturbing TV adaptation emphasized how the novel’s terrifying message has never been more relevant than it is today. At a time when women’s reproductive freedom is being threatened and the religious right is gaining more and more political power, the bleak world of Hulu’s series registers as not all that far-removed from ours. Featuring an impressively strong cast led by Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), it posits a society that has been environmentally devastated and now is governed by a brutally strict theocracy — one that strips women of economic and personal power and forces the fertile ones into subservient roles as breeders. “It’s prescient today,” actor Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”) told TV critics at a press session. “There’s not a level playing ground amongst the sexes for women still,” he said. “There are huge issues. So it’s prescient, and I think and I hope it doesn’t remain prescient in many ways. I hope we move on. I hope this becomes a thing of the past.” Fiennes, who plays one of the powerful men in the tale, said he was particularly stricken by the environmental parallels. “The state of our planet, toxicity, population,” he said. “Ecology and the world is what was startling to me. That’s at the forefront of my mind and a lot of our minds today, the impact we are having.” The first three episodes of “The…more detail