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5 Mental Health Lessons We Can Learn from Celebrities

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

My family is currently going through a health crisis, and in light of that I’ve decided to place Celebrity Psychings on hiatus.

Combining the two topics–celebrities and mental health–isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so it’s always been my goal to do so in the most respectful and educational way possible.

I can’t guarantee either of those while my attention now is primarily focused on my family.

Kim and Kanye: Have We Set a Standard for Double Standards?

Friday, October 25th, 2013

When is it acceptable for a woman to behave toward a man in such a way that is unacceptable for a man to behave toward her?

Is it ever?

I read a piece of of an interview Kim Kardashian gave London’s Sunday Times Style supplement the other day during which new mom Kardashian talks about her weight loss and post-baby fashion choices.

Overall, yawn, right? We’ve heard enough about Kardashian’s closet for a lifetime.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Impresses ‘Dracula’ Coworkers

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Seems like things are looking up for Jonathan Rhys Meyers!

Thanks to Netflix, The Tudors isn’t exactly long gone; however, the 36-year-old Meyers is filling another swoon-worth role as Alexander Grayson, the lead in NBC’s new fall drama, Dracula.

Aside from Albert Nobbs (written by and starring Glenn Close), we haven’t seen much of Meyers, who’s reportedly struggled with substance abuse and alcohol addiction and entered rehab on several occasions.

Starting October 25, though, we’ll see him every Friday night!

(Unless you’re in the UK, in which case you have to wait until Halloween–which, let’s face it, is way cooler.)

7 Celebrity Quotes On Getting Older, Wiser, and Better

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Image: Bill Ebbesen | CC

Image: Bill Ebbesen | CC

It’s World Mental Health Day 2013, and this year’s theme is “Mental Health and Older Adults.”

Because our celebrity quotes posts are always popular, I thought I’d give the readers what they want!

Only, this time focus specifically on older celebrities* who have a lot of wisdom to share when it comes to getting older, wiser–and better!

Sinead to Miley: “Don’t Allow Yourself to Be Prostituted”

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Sinead O’Connor has penned an open letter to Miley Cyrus, stating she’s “extremely concerned” for the “Wrecking Ball” singer and reminding her that the music industry doesn’t “doesn’t give a s–t” about her.

The entertainment industry exploded when the 20-year-old former Hannah Montana star sang and “danced” along side Robin Thicke during his summer hit, “Blurred Lines” at the 2013 MTV VMAs.

Though, it’s pretty safe to say there were no “blurred lines” where viewers’ opinions were concerned: you either loved it or haaaaaaaated it.

Dave Matthews and Grover Learn to Express Their Feelings

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Dave Matthews of Dave Matthews Band and Grover of Sesame Street learn to express their feelings through song.

Using Personal Experiences in Creativity: When Does It Cross the Line?

Monday, September 16th, 2013


I’ve been thinking about how our personal lives play a role in our creative processes lately, and how open we should be about those roles.

Part of it’s kind of a no-brainer, I know. I mean, as a writer, I don’t think there’s one thing I’ve written that didn’t have at least a hint of personal experience and emotion in it — even the folder of documents I jokingly call a work-in-process novel.

But, what about the other part? The part about how open we should be about it?

Especially if it’s blatantly about someone else?

Wentworth Miller: “The First Time I Tried to Kill Myself I Was 15″

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Today (September 10, 2013), the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is sponsoring World Suicide Prevention Day.

The USC School of Social Work is sponsoring a Suicide Awareness Blog Carnival to commemorate this day of suicide awareness.

I’ve written past suicide-related posts about celebrities as well as suicide warning signs and suicide prevention and awareness, but today I’d like to shine a light on one of the most recent actors to come out about suicide (pun intended).

Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan Airs Tonight

Sunday, August 18th, 2013


Just a quick heads up, sweet readers:

Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan airs tonight, and if you’re wondering what the 60-minute sit-down’s going to be like, here are just a few of the questions we see Oprah ask Lindsay in the preview:

  • “Are you an addict?
  • “Do you think you are addicted to chaos?”
  • “When you get the first DUI, is that a wake-up call?”
  • “What does it feel like to be both an adjective and a verb for ‘child star gone wrong’?”
  • “What do you know about yourself now that you wish you’d known six rehabs ago?”
  • “What’s going to be different this time?”

Clearly, Oprah’s not pussyfooting around. Unfortunately, we don’t get any sneak-peek answers from Lindsay.

(Sort of unrelated note: I always thought the point of Oprah’s Next Chapter was to interview folks about their next chapter; however, tells me the idea for the show came after Oprah “moved into the next chapter.” So…okay.)

Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST. Check OWN and your local network listings for details.

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Clean Up All the $&*!: Lessons From Jennifer Aniston

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Jennifer Aniston Feb 2012

Want some good life advice from Jennifer Aniston?

It’s simple: Clean up all the s**t.

During an interview for September’s issue of Glamour, Aniston shares the advice she’d give herself in her thirties, if given the chance — and the now 44-year-old actress ain’t holdin’ back.

Getting in therapy, learning to choose happiness, getting rid of all the “noise” — it’s all there.

Thirties. Go to therapy. Clean up all of the s–t. Clean up all of the toxins and the noise. Understand who you are. Educate yourself on the self. You can undo a lot of things. If you’re not happy, you can become happy. Happiness is a choice. That’s the thing I really feel. Like with friends who refuse to get happy, who refuse to rise above the discomfort of where they’re at.

As a 31-year-old woman, I strongly relate to this advice. Some people might think a person’s twenties would be a good time to learn these lessons, but really, in our twenties, I feel like we’re still sort of kicking and scratching around, trying to find ourselves or at least get some idea of who we want to be — then, in our thirties, we start working on becoming that person.

Jennifer Aniston: “I Think a Good Relationship Is About Collaboration”

Along the way, though, we’re exposed to a lot of crap. Our twenties is a time to try new things, learn new things, loathe new things. Make awesome choices, make not-so-awesome choices, and, eventually, learn from it all.

Jennifer Aniston On Bikinis, Relationships, & Living Life

Don’t get me wrong: I understand some people get married and start families in their twenties. I’m not discounting those folks, at all. I have friends my age who are married with two or three children. I have single-parent friends.

We all walk different paths; that doesn’t mean we don’t all go through the first several years after high school and college learning about life and what we want from it.

Glamour‘s September issue hit stands August 6. Want …


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