My grandma Ida turns 96 years old today. She is the most amazing woman. Grandma worked at JC Penny for 51 years. She still lives alone at home but my mom helps her out with being able to go and do things like play cards, visit her friends, go to church, get her hair done, go grocery shopping, and more.
She has been through a lot of heart break in her life. She lost an infant son to sickness, her husband died in a tragic accident on the same day that she gave birth to my mother (on September 1, 1946), and she lost her granddaughter Kathy and daughter Sharon, both to cancer. So much pain and heartbreak for one person to bear. But she is strong, stubborn, determined, and she is the most caring woman I will ever have the pleasure of knowing. She loves animals, especially dogs. Grandma Ida also has quite the sense of humor. She is one of a kind and I'm lucky enough to call her my grandma!
Here is the phone call from this morning when Ballzer and I called her. Good stuff.
HOT MESS: More information is slowly coming out about Bachelor in Paradise's latest scandal. Warner Brothers shut down production to launch an internal investigation into "allegations of misconduct" on the Mexico set. We now know those allegations are whether or not contestant Corinne Olympios was able to give consent for a sexual encounter with contestant DeMario Jackson due to her intoxication level. The contestants have been sent home during the investigation until further notice.
HELPING HAND: Jamie Foxx says that Ed Sheeran slept on his couch for six weeks before he made it big. So did Nick Cannon and many others who were on their way to stardom.
MIND BLOWN: In Katy Perry's recent live stream video, she told James Corden that her song, ''The One That Got Away'' is about Josh Groban. They're good friends.
FASHION: The Chainsmokers have signed a deal to endorse Tommy Hilfiger.
TELL ALL: If Kris Jenner and the Kardashians thought the worst that Caitlyn could throw at them was in the past, they better think again. Caitlyn is working to option her book into a movie project.
RIP: The original Batman has died. 88 year old Adam West, star of the popular 1960s "Batman" TV show, died Friday night after "a short but brave battle with leukemia," his family said in a statement.
(LIGHTSABER SOUNDS) Luke Skywalker's original lightsaber is being auctioned off at the end of June. It's expected to sell for $250,000.
OH BOY: Filming on the new season of Bachelor in Paradise has been halted because of allegations of misconduct. Warner Brothers released a statement saying; “We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”
SCARY: Jennifer Lawrence's private plane had to make an emergency landing on Saturday after one of its engines failed at 31,000 feet. The jet landed safely in Buffalo, New York. Everyone is safe.
FAKER: Taylor Swift thinks Katy Perry is trying to reignite their feud in order to sell her new CD. Denis Leary Tweeted: “Easiest way to solve the Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry beef? Make them both listen to an @ArethaFranklin song and realize: holy sh*t, we suck.”
WEEK OF JUNE 12, 2017
Clara will be a Freshman in the 2017-18 school year at Bangor High School. She was named Female Athlete of the Year for the Middle School Track Team. Clara also plays Volleyball and Basketball, and will be filling her summer with
2 basketball leagues and a volleyball league. Clara is also a 4.0 Student, and is involved with many other groups and organizations.
MRS. RIHANNA: Rihanna has a foundation that helps schools and students around the world. She recently traveled to a school in Malawi earlier this year to learn about their educational struggles and she taught a math class.
WOW: 230 Flint, Michigan high school graduates received the shock of their lives on Tuesday during their graduation ceremony when over the sound system they heard a special recorded message from Eminem congratulating them on their achievements. Eminem also supplied a set of Beats by Dre headphones to every graduating student in the auditorium. Last August, he also reached out through his Marshall Mathers Foundation to help bring school supplies to the community’s children.
SAD PANDA: Tiger Woods received the lowest ranking of his career yesterday. He is now ranked 899th in the world.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Hank Williams Jr. says Florida Georgia Line and pop star Jason DeRulo will record the new Monday Night Football theme with him.
SO SAD: Sadly, Ryan Lochte admitted recently that he contemplated suicide after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He said there were nights where he laid in bed and thought it would be ok if he didn't wake up the next morning. With the support of his family, and the positive news of his girlfriend expecting their child; Ryan has turned his life around.
OH BOY: ABC has announced the cast for season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise. Corinne Olympios and recently booted Bachelorette contestant Demario Jackson will be among those trying to find love on the island.
AWESOME: Ariana Grande got a bumblebee tattoo following the One Love Manchester concert. The bee is the city's unofficial symbol for sense of community. The bee is also featured in the city's coat of arms.
FANCY: Amal Clooney gave birth to twins yesterday in a $10,900 birthing suite. She had round-the-clock care and some of the best doctors in London. Alex and Ella are healthy and George is absolutely blown away by the twins!
THEORY: US Weekly claims Aaron Rodgers is still not talking to his family even though he and Olivia Munn are no longer dating. So, there goes that theory. Either way...get over it Aaron, and win us a Super Bowl!!
OUCH: Race car driver Jimmie Johnson underwent surgery yesterday to have some skin cancer removed. He Tweeted: ''Wear sunblock kids. I've spent the morning on a table having Basal Cell Carcinoma cut out of my shoulder.''
WHY? Tom Cruise says he is developing a TV series based on ''Interview with the Vampire''
SCANDAL: Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a new HBO movie about the Penn State sexual abuse scandal.
TRIBUTE: Producers of the Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live are working on a Prince musical called Purple Rain. The show will debut in the UK.
BELIEBER: Justin Bieber spent Monday morning skating with the Manchester Storm hockey team. Justin played in a scrimmage and donated his hockey stick to be auctioned off at a Storm charity game. All proceeds will go to bombing victims and their families. He shoots! He scores!
LOLZ: Pink's daughter is embarrassed by her. Pink Instagrammed: ''Headed to my kids kindergarten class to bring rice crispy treats for her sixth birthday. It's weird that she's embarrassed by me. Not like I wear a lot of bizarre colorful fun make up or anything like I'm pretending to be a popstar. Kids these days.'' #momproblems
AWESOME: Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert raised over $12 million dollars yesterday.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Katie Holmes has enrolled in Harvard's Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program.
THAT'S WHAT I LIKE: Bruno Mars will perform at the 2017 BET Awards on June 25th in Los Angeles.
COUPLE ALERT: Taylor Swift and her new man, British actorJoe Alwyn were photographed sipping coffee and chatting on a balcony this weekend in Nashville.
STRAIGHT UP: Paula Abdul says if American Idol approaches her for the reboot, she doesn't want to judge but if they want her help with mentoring the kids, she's all about it!
REBOOT: MTV is rebooting Cribs. The show previously aired for 13 seasons. The reboot will target millennials on Snapchat.
WEEK OF JUNE 5, 2017
Kayla is a Junior, and 1st baseman on the Cochrane-Fountain City High School softball team. They won the Dairyland Conference and Regional Championships, and finished runner-up at Sectionals. She had a .478 batting average, leading the team in RBIs and hits. Kayla has also been starting setter for the C-FC Volleyball Team for the past three years. The team has won 9 consecutive Dairyland Conference titles. For her efforts, she was named 1st team All Conference for both sports this year. Kayla is also a member of the National Honor Society, maintains a 4.0 GPA, and is an officer in her school’s FFA Chapter. This school year she created and directed a backpack meal program for her school district, which provides weekend meals for families in need. She also volunteers for the Winona Area Humane Society.
YOU'RE FIRED: CNN fired Kathy Griffin as host of their New Year's Eve show because of the disturbing image she posted of Donald Trump. She has also lost some sponsorship deals.
GENEROUS: The Weeknd Donated $100,000 to a health Center in Uganda
OH SNAP: Justin Bieber posed in a Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup jersey yesterday before Pens fans reacted negatively with the following online postings. ''10 seconds ago, I was thinking about how great it'd be for them to win the cup. Now I want the franchise disbanded. This is awful.''
YES! Ed Sheeran will appear on Carpool Karaoke with James Corden next week.
GO GIRL: Kirsten Dunst says, “I'm at a stage in my life where I'm like, I've been working since I was 3. It's time to have babies and chill.”
DUH: Brad Pitt plans to remove all of his Angelina Jolie-related tattoos. He’s ready for a fresh start and wants that reflected on his skin. It’s going to take at least a year to get rid of them, and they’ll leave scars. He did know they were permenant when he got them, right?