There’s a tendency in our culture to mythologize artists who succumb to addictions or depression. Whitney Houston is probably the easiest to evoke as it pertains to superstar female vocalists who were overwhelmed by their demons; a list that also includes names like Judy Garland and Amy Winehouse. And there are several examples of celebrity kids who grew up to become dysfunctional people because of the spotlight their family name placed them under. Natalie Cole had to navigate both. But she didn’t become totally submerged in the darkness; she fought back and ultimately won. In addition to her musical accomplishments, she was an established author and earned a degree in child psychology. She made one hell of a life for herself and never felt shame or sorrow for her sometimes-harrowing journey. … [Read more...] about Goodbye To Natalie Cole: Soul Diva, Fighter, Queen
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“The clerks at Macy’s are all talking about it, the people at the front desk at the hotels, the wait staff, the bartenders, the bellhops,” he said. “They are all bemoaning the fact that they don’t have any place to sneak drinks between shifts.” … [Read more...] about Union Square hofbrau Lefty O’Doul’s to close in landlord dispute
The Big Three in the House Democratic Caucus — Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPessimism grows as hopes fade for coronavirus deal Trump acknowledged downplaying COVID-19 threat, says Woodward book The Hill's Campaign Report: Woodward's bombshells l Biden clobbers Trump in fundraising l Democrats swamp the airwaves MORE (Calif.), Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections Google, Apple, eBay to meet virtually with lawmakers for tech group's annual fly-in This week: Lawmakers return with coronavirus talks stalemated, funding deadline looming MORE (Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) — are expected to cruise to reelection in the caucus, keeping the top leadership team intact for another two years. … [Read more...] about Races heat up for House leadership posts
Certain traumas can take us from feeling that we are part of the human community to a place of profound isolation, where our trust in the goodness of others is deeply damaged. As Colbert relayed, "These days, I can't tell friend from foe. The kindest people feel sorry for me, the fearful ones are cruel and the indifferent ones have forgotten about me. But I'm still me and I'm still here, and I'm not OK." … [Read more...] about 9/11 and Covid-19: 2 mass trauma events with different recovery challenges
Some hopeful signs have emerged, including that Amtrak considers Front Range rail a federal priority for as much as $2 billion in a surface-transportation bill that has passed the U.S. House but faces a more skeptical Senate. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, has voiced support for including money in a new coronavirus stimulus bill, but that has stalled. … [Read more...] about Colorado is making progress on a Front Range railway. Here’s what it will take to make it happen.