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Princess Diana’s Friend Shares Rare Photo of the Royal Mid-Laugh on 21st Anniversary of Her Death

Princess Diana‘s legacy is often overshadowed by her untimely death — but her friends are remembering the happy times.

On Friday — which marks the 21st anniversary of the Paris car crash that took the lives of Diana, her romantic companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul — Rosa Monckton shared a touching tribute to her friend on Twitter. In the joyous photo, the royal looks relaxed and comfortable in a baggy sweatshirt, laughing with her eyes squeezed shut.

“Diana as I remember her,” Monckton captioned the rare image. “Not enough is written about her sense of fun and zest for life. Friend and wonderful godmother to Domenica. RIP.”

Monckton was a close friend and confidante to the late Princess of Wales — who was the godmother to Monckton’s daughter, Domenica. When Domenica was was born with Down syndrome in 1995, Diana provided the ultimate support.

“She said, ‘You just have to believe in her,’ ” the British jewelry executive, who met Diana through a mutual friend, told PEOPLE in 2016. “She said, ‘Believe in her, love her and I’ll be there every step of the way.’ She already had that vision of what Domenica could become, which I simply couldn’t see.”

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The princess “was a huge encouragement,” after Domenica’s birth, explained Monckton. “She came with me to appointments. She was very much by my side.”

Domenica, who is now 23, became the inspiration behind Team Domenica, a charity set up by her mother to help young adults with learning disabilities gain experience to break into the workplace.

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Elizabeth Emanuel, who designed Diana’s wedding dress and remained friends with her, tells PEOPLE that even after over two decades, Diana still has an impact.

“The years have gone by so quickly. It’s still very, very sad,” Emanuel said wistfully. “She is still very much in peoples’ hearts and minds really — and that’s her legacy. After years and years people still remember her so well.”

The 36-year-old princess died in the early hours of August 31, 1997, when her car, which was being chased by paparazzi, crashed into a pillar in the Alma Tunnel.

Her bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was injured in the crash but survived.

There was an outpouring of mourning around the world, with flowers and tributes filling the grounds surrounding her London home, Kensington Palace. Diana’s funeral was attended by 2,000 people and watched by two billion more at home on television.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the tragedy last year, Prince WilliamKate Middleton and Prince Harry made a poignant walk through the breathtaking all-white garden created in memory of the “People’s Princess.”

William recalled that he remembered “seeing the pigeons and squirrels,” adding, “We used to come here a lot.”

Noting that he and Harry used to feed the fish in the garden’s pond, William said, “There never used to be this many in here” — before being told some of the koi carp are so old that they are the same ones from his youth.

William, Kate and Harry also met with representatives from eight charities closest to Diana’s heart, including the English National Ballet.


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Jennifer Lawrence and director Darren Aronofsky are amicable exes.

The former couple split in the fall after over a year of dating, but they were all smiles posing together at the BAM Gala in New York City on Wednesday.

The reunion didn’t stop there: according to E! News, the 27-year-old actress introduced Aronofsky, an honoree of the night.

“I am thrilled to be here tonight to present this honor to my very good friend, Darren Aronofsky,” she said.

Lawrence wore white for the event, pairing a dress with a structured bodice that fell below her knees with a pair of strappy silver heels and clutch. She wore her blonde locks in loose waves. Meanwhile, Aronofsky kept things simple in a navy suit with a black button-up and matching tie.

Lawrence and Aronofsky made their public debut for the Venice Film Festival photocall of their film mother! The pair began dating in September 2016 shortly after the movie’s production and their relationship blossomed despite their 22-year age difference.

She first talked about their romance after a year of staying mum in an interview with Vogue. Lawrence previously shared that she was immediately drawn to the director after meeting on the set of the film.

“We had energy,” she said. “I had energy for him. I don’t know how he felt about me. I’ve been in relationships before where I am just confused. And I’m never confused with him.”

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After admitting she still loves Aronofsky in February, Lawrence explained on WTF with Marc Maron that she’s on good terms with all her former beaus.

“I’m friends with all my exes, actually,” she said. “For the most part, yeah, I have a theory: I think it’s because I’m blunt. I don’t think that you can have any sort of bad relationship with anybody if you’re just blunt.”

She continued, “Everybody always knows how you feel at all times and there’s no lying, it’s just honesty. Everybody’s a good guy to each other. All my boyfriends have been wonderful. Nick was a great boyfriend.”


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Erica Huston-Elem and Katelin Buchanan have been best friends since birth.

“Our mom’s were best friends! Her mom is my godmother … we grew up very much like family,” Huston-Elem, 34, tells PEOPLE. “We just grew up together like siblings. Our friendship has been more than a friendship, it’s a sisterhood. We’ve been there through all our life’s experiences.”

As the best friends grew older, they celebrated milestones and major life events together, like graduations and even marriage. Huston-Elem welcomed two children — now ages 7 and 4 — but for Buchanan, the road to motherhood proved to be difficult. She’s suffered several miscarriages and has gone through many unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF).

“Over a number of years, there was a lot of loss and heartache on her part. For me, as her best friend, watching her go through that and feeling completely helpless, it was a really difficult situation,” Huston-Elem tells PEOPLE.

She recalls a 2015 conversation with Buchanan: “The moment I realized I could do something more to actually help her and volunteer to carry her babys for her was something I felt very passionate about. I told her … ‘I’d be more than willing to do it for you.’”

Later, Buchanan, of California, learned from doctors that she is unable to carry a baby to term. With that, Huston-Elem jumped into action, and the best friends began preparing for the surrogacy process with Huston-Elem as Buchanan’s gestational carrier.

By 2017, Huston-Elem was carrying twin babies for her best friend.

“Katelin and I talked a million times a day . It brought us really close — even closer than we were before,” she tells PEOPLE. “We celebrated each milestone. The pregnancy was really, really joyful.”

Huston-Elem credits her support system for the smooth pregnancy, praising her employer, Deloitte, which allowed her 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. She says her coworkers even sent her flowers during her time in the hospital.

On March 20, Huston-Elem gave birth to Poppy and Oliver Buchanan at 35 weeks. The excited mom and her husband were in the delivery room for the birth.

“The mood in the room was so happy. When those twins came out and they got handed to Katelin and her husband, it was honestly one of the best moments of my life,” she gushes. “It was so wonderful. It was like, okay, mission accomplished!”

The babies remained in the Virginia hospital for several weeks, and Buchanan was able to take the twins to their California home earlier this month — just in time for Mother’s Day.

“All of this was so worth it to see as a mother. She has wanted this for so long and it’s so natural to her. She is so amazing with those twins and so loving and everything I always knew she would be,” Huston-Elem tells PEOPLE of Buchanan. “Seeing her happy … has just been the greatest joy of my life.”


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Update: Houston police posted a statement on Twitter saying that Courtney Roland was found in the Galleria area and “appears unharmed.” 

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A college football reporter has been reported missing after she texted her roommate that a suspicious man had been following her, according to authorities.

Courtney Roland, 29, was last seen at 4 p.m. local time on Saturday afternoon after covering a Texas A&M football camp in Houston, Texas. Later that evening, she apparently went out in her Jeep Cherokee. At 12:30 A.M. early Sunday morning, she texted a roommate saying that she had been followed by a suspicious man in a blue truck, the Houston Police Department told PEOPLE.

According to her texts, the man followed her all the way home, but allegedly drove off when she got out.

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Roland’s roommate told local outlet Click 2 Houston that she and Roland were supposed to meet up on Sunday, but that she never heard from Roland again.

Police found Roland’s Jeep late Sunday. Her phone, purse, iPad, computer and credit cards were also found.

Roland’s mother told Click 2 Houston that she received a text from Roland’s phone saying, “Hello the owner of this phone Courtney. I am buying an iPad.”

Houston Police confirmed to PEOPLE that they are continuing to investigate the case, and will release more information as it emerges.

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Roland was last seen wearing an orange Remington hat and a camouflage fleece sweater. She drives a 2015 white Jeep Cherokee with the license plate number HZC7778.

Anyone with information on Roland’s whereabouts is urged to call Houston Police Department’s Missing Persons hotline at 832-394-1840.


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Mom of Teen Missing at Sea with Friend in 2015 Showed ‘Egregious Lapse of Judgment’ After Disappearance, Report Concludes

Investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say the mother of one of two teen boys who disappeared during a fishing trip nearly two years ago showed an “egregious lapse of judgement and failure to exercise due care.”

In a newly released report obtained by PEOPLE, the FDLE says the actions – or lack thereof – of Carlson “Carly” Black, mother of 14-year-old Austin Stephanos, “had the effect of culminating in the disappearance of both boys who are now believed to have perished.”

Austin and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, vanished into the waters off South Florida’s Jupiter Inlet on July 24, 2015.

Investigators found probable cause that Black violated Florida State Statute 827.03, which governs abuse, aggravated abuse and neglect of a child. Top factors include evidence that Black allowed her son and Perry to travel offshore in Austin’s “minimally equipped” 19-foot 1978 SeaCraft knowing that the boat lacked basic safety devices. The report says Black also knew Perry’s parents forbade him to go offshore without an adult, waited more than two hours to notify Cohen’s parents that the boys were missing, and failed to notify emergency or law enforcement agencies.

The last known communication from either of the boys occurred at 11:24 on the morning of their disappearance, when Austin texted Black and his father, Blu Stephanos, Black’s ex-husband.

“What’s up? I am checking in. I’m just out here fishing,” the text read.

Records show Black testified that around 2:00, she had become aware of a “quick summer storm that rolled in fast … and was fierce.” Realizing that Austin hadn’t checked in again, she began calling and texting her son, as well as Diane Stephanos, Black’s ex-mother-in-law and Austin’s grandmother, whose home the boys visited to pick up tackle and supplies earlier that morning. However, records show that it wasn’t until 3:05 p.m. that she notified her ex-husband that she’d been unable to reach Austin.

“Call me buddy,” Blu texted to Austin after hearing from Black. Then again a few minutes later: “Hey buddy, got me and your mom really worried about you. Please call immediately or text back.”

With no response, Blu Stephanos set out on his own boat to search for the boys himself. It wasn’t until 4:12 p.m. that Black called Perry’s mother, Pamela Cohen, to let her know that the boys were missing. It was Pamela’s husband and Perry’s de facto stepfather, Nick Korniloff, who immediately called 911.

Black’s call to Pamela came “over two hours after they knew or should have known that the boys were in imminent danger,” investigators wrote, adding that it was Kornilloff’s call that prompted the massive, multi-agency search and rescue operation that made headlines worldwide.

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When reached by PEOPLE Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloff declined to comment yet, saying only that they needed time to process the latest news. The Stephanos and Black families did not respond to calls seeking comment.

However, in an interview with investigators, Korniloff “emphatically reiterated his sincere belief that critical hours were lost due to the unexplainable delay in initiating an aggressive, coordinated and effective search and rescue operation soon after the storm,” the report reads. “He is convinced that this fact critically altered the possibilities of rescuing the boys while the opportunity still existed.”

Investigators write that the boat, “while by all accounts fundamentally sound, was not equipped with any electronic or communications equipment, such as VHF radio, GPS or EPIRB, which would have made a successful rescue infinitely more probable.”

The report pointedly adds that Black and her husband, Bubba Black, own and manage Jupiter’s Grand Slam Sport Fishing Supply, which means they likely had full knowledge of and access to marine safety and communications equipment. Plus, family members knew that the boys had narrowly avoided being caught in a storm while fishing on the same boat the previous day.

Still, FDLE officials say Black does not yet face criminal charges. Assistant State Attorney Greg Kridos concluded that, despite strong indication of poor judgment, investigators found insufficient proof to satisfy statutory language and applicable case law relating to Florida’s child neglect statute. Specifically, he says that boating on the open seas is not an “inherently dangerous activity,” which prosecutors consider a critical component in levying criminal charges of child neglect.

As it stands now, investigators have requested that the case be officially closed. However, should state officials choose to continue the case, investigators say Florida’s State Climatologist David Zierden is prepared to produce a comprehensive report detailing potentially contributing factors of the storm, and that subject matter experts with the U.S. Coast Guard or St. Petersburg’s Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team could provide expert testimony as to the effect that a delayed overdue vessel report could have on the statistical probability of a search and rescue operation.

“This would be of probative value if the State intends to prove that Ms. Black’s hours-long delay in reporting the boys’ disappearance to Perry Cohen’s parents and her failure to report the overdue vessel to the authorities in a timely manner may have diminished the likelihood of the boys being rescued safely,” the report reads.

Former State Representative Irving Slosberg, who requested the investigation, tells PEOPLE that he agrees with the FDLE’s decision to withhold charges. Now retired, he says he’ll ask his daughter, State Representative Emily Slosberg, to consider drafting legislation to improve investigation of missing-at-sea cases.

“I’m going to recommend key legislation mandating that the FDLE, rather than the FWC, investigate all cases of children missing at sea,” he says, noting that the agency has far greater resources for adequately addressing such cases.

Austin and Perry remain listed in the National Database for Missing and Exploited Children and investigators say they’ll continue to investigate any new leads.

Meanwhile, both families operate foundations that carry their sons’ names and focus on water safety education and legislation. The Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory, an outdoor classroom concept, is planned for Jupiter Community High School, where Perry would have graduated in 2019.


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Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted at a benefit for Haiti Takes Root — a 10-year long initiative dedicated to the reforestation and development of Haiti — alongside Sean Penn, who co-hosted the event at Sotheby’s New York on Friday.

Penn, 56, is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of J/P Haitian Relief Organization, the non-profit that put on the event, as well as ambassador-at-large for Haiti. The Revenant star has turned up to support Penn’s efforts for Haiti before, and he attended Penn’s Haiti Rising Gala in January, one day before the Golden Globes, which also brought out Diane Kruger and Nick Jonas.

In other activist efforts, DiCaprio, 42, met with indigenous leaders and was spotted participating in the Climate March last weekend in Washington D.C.

In a CNN video, DiCaprio stayed discreet in a cap and sunglasses, but his messaging was loud and clear: “Climate Change Is Real,” he wrote on a small sign in red and green.

The actor had joined participants who were objecting President Trump‘s rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, among other things, according to the Associated Press. Organizers estimate 300 other protest marches will gathered thousands of people across the country last Saturday.

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Ryan Reynolds’ Friend Tried To Sell Photos Of Baby James, And It Was Crushing

Ryan Reynolds experienced a betrayal of a particularly hurtful kind after the birth of his daughter, James. 

“A guy that I’d known for my whole life, one of my closest friends growing up, he had been shopping pictures of my baby around,” Reynolds told GQ for the magazine’s latest issue. “I kind of got in front of it, which is good. But it was a slightly dark period. A bad couple of weeks.”

The “guy” was a close friend of Reynolds who he has known for 25 years. 

“It was like a death. It was like one of those devastating things to find out,” he said, adding that the person did it for the money and didn’t think he’d get caught. “It was, like, so kind of shocking. There isn’t really a conversation to have. It’s just, ‘Oh, well, now I’m never going to see you or talk to you again, unfortunately.’ That’s kind of how it worked out.”

Fatherhood has been a life-changer for the “Deadpool” star, who welcomed James with wife Blake Lively last December. 

“I’ve learned that an inordinate amount of clichés are completely true,” he added. “Like, there is this kid here that I would walk through fire for. Or, maybe not fire. Like, a very hot pavement, I’d walk through. A shag rug.”

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This Remarkably Cool Bride Helped A Friend Propose At Her Own Wedding

There aren’t many brides out there who would genuinely be okay with a guest popping the question at her wedding. But bride Chelsea Pulse is one of those rare souls.

Not only was she supportive of her friend Brett Davidson proposing to her cousin Megan Creal at the reception, it was actually her idea in the first place. This is how it went down: At the April 2015 nuptials in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Chelsea pretended like she was going to toss the bouquet. At the last minute, she handed it off to Megan instead and prompted her to turn around, where Brett was waiting.

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“When we told [Brett and Megan] the date we had set for the wedding, they mentioned that it was the same day as their anniversary,” Chelsea told The Huffington Post. “I couldn’t resist having something special for them on our day. After a couple months of pondering, the idea came to me that he should propose at our wedding! I messaged him about it and he, of course, did not want to steal our thunder. But my husband and I both assured him that would not be the case and that we would be honored to have him do it on our day.”

Wedding videographer Gold Hairpin Films captured the sweet moment and uploaded it to Vimeo earlier this month.

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“She was completely speechless!” Chelsea told HuffPost of Megan’s reaction. “She had no idea and was noticeably confused as Brett dropped to one knee. It really caught her off-guard and her reaction was priceless.”

The bride also said that she didn’t realize how unusual it was for her to be on-board with a mid-wedding proposal until the video started going viral.

“That was a complete afterthought to us,” she said. “Not one ounce of us wanted to hold back from allowing this occasion to happen!”

Watch the sweet moment unfold in the video above.

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3 Reasons Why Cucumber Is Your Skin’s New Best Friend

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Cucumber has a way of making the simplest things better, like a cold glass of water or a sushi roll. But did you know that this produce section staple can also dramatically transform your skin’s health and appearance?

According to dermatologist and psychiatrist Amy Wechsler, cucumber has skincare benefits including vitamin C and caffeic acid, which both fight to reduce inflamed or irritated skin, and hydration thanks to its high water content. The peel itself contains silica, which firms up sagging skin. Wechsler believes even people with the most sensitive skin types can use cucumber to their advantage.

Below are three ways the dermatologist recommends remedying your skin with cucumbers.

1. Calm puffy eyes. For an instant fix, place cool cucumber slices over your eye socket. They will act like little ice packs to relieve puffy lids. “Cucumbers contain flavonoids and antioxidants that decrease swelling, redness and irritation,” said Wechsler. “They also provide a cooling effect that helps shrink dilated blood vessels, therefore reducing the appearance of puffy eyes.”

2. Treat sunburn and irritated skin. The effects of too much sun can get real painful, especially on the butterfly region of the face (forehead, nose, cheeks and chin). Cucumbers are loaded with lots of nutrients like water, potassium, sulfate and vitamins A and C that soothe skin conditions like sunburns, according to Wechsler. Simply place thin slices of cucumber onto your face and lie down for at least 15 minutes. Then remove the slices and apply a light moisturizer.

3. Use as an anti-aging facial mask. Wechsler’s DIY mask calls for half a cucumber, barely puréed, and two tablespoons of plain yogurt. Whip into a thick mixture, apply to your skin and allow it to sit for 15 minutes before cleansing with warm water. “Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, two antioxidants that, when applied to skin, help fend off wrinkles, sun damage and more,” said Wechsler. “Yogurt is an exfoliating agent that works to remove dirt and dead skin cells. When combined with cucumber, which has cleansing properties, it is the perfect hydrating, soothing blend for your skin.”

How do you incorporate cucumbers into your skincare regimen? Tell us in the comments section.


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Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia (Urn Burial), and A Letter to a Friend

Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia (Urn Burial), and A Letter to a Friend


Sir Thomas Browne was a 17th century author who wrote on a wide variety of subjects including medicine, religion, science and the esoteric. He is best known for his work entitled “Religio Medici”, or “The Religion of a Doctor”, which is Browne’s own spiritual testament and an early example of a psychological self-portrait. Published in 1643, shortly after the author had qualified himself to practice medicine, “Religio Medici” became a best-seller throughout the European continent and because of its unorthodox views was admonished by the Catholic Church by being placed on the “Index Librorum Prohibitorum”, or list of prohibited books. While largely an exposition of Christian faith the work meanders into digressions upon alchemy, hermetic philosophy, astrology, and physiognomy. Also included in this edition is “Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial, or a Discourse of the Sepulchral Urns lately found in Norfolk” and “A Letter to a Friend.” The first work revolves around the discovery of a Roman urn burial in Norfolk which Browne uses to discuss ancient and current burial and funerary customs and extends to a greater inquiry of man’s struggles with mortality. The second, which as written in 1656 and published posthumously in 1690, is a medical treatise of case-histories and witty speculations upon the human condition.

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Tracy Morgan Settles With Wal-Mart Over Fatal Crash That Killed Actor’s Friend And Injured Three Others

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a New Jersey highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured.

A filing in federal court in Newark on Wednesday refers to a confidential settlement reached by the two sides.

Morgan’s lawyer hasn’t responded to a message seeking comment.

Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. calls it an “amicable settlement.” Details haven’t been disclosed.

A Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and the others back from a show in Delaware last June. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed. Morgan suffered head trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs.

Wal-Mart reached a settlement with McNair’s two children in January.

The truck driver, a man from Jonesboro, Georgia, faces several criminal charges, including death by auto, in state court. He has pleaded not guilty. He wasn’t a defendant in Morgan’s federal lawsuit.

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Jessica Chastain Had Chris Hemsworth ‘Strip’ at Her Friend’s Birthday, Is the Best Friend Ever

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12 Things That Happen When You Fall In Love With Your Best Friend

Falling in love with your best friend means you’ve pretty much hit the relationship jackpot.

An adorable BuzzFeed video posted Monday highlights all of the wonderful perks of dating your bestie — the playful teasing, the ability to turn even the most mundane tasks into something fun (impromptu NERF gun fight, anyone?) and, of course, being able to talk about anything and everything.

Watch the impossibly sweet video above.

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Thanks to David Letterman, I Have a Wife, Job and Best Friend

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Five words. Just five words: Revolutionary. Hilarious. Mischievous. Subversive. Anarchical.

At age 14, I would have had no idea what four of those words meant, but looking back, that is surely why David Letterman’s short lived 1980 morning show enthralled me. It’s why I have been watching Late Night and Late Show for what? More than 30 years.

Also, at age 14, there’s no way I could have known that the guy giving a canned ham to a monkey washing a cat would be 51 percent responsible for my happy marriage, my career in TV comedy and my cherished friends. Yes. 51 percent. Trust me. I did the math.

I became a Page (think Kenneth from “30 Rock”) at NBC in Rockefeller Center in 1989 for one reason: to get as close as I could to the epicenter of revolutionary mischievous hilarity.

  • I was mesmerized by the absurdity: tossing things off a tall building, just to see them explode.
  • I was mesmerized by the insanity: putting a camera on a monkey’s back just to see the world from a different perspective.
  • I was mesmerized by the anarchy: the total disregard for his employer, GE’s authority. The “GE Handshake” makes me laugh still today.
  • I was mesmerized by the absurd indulgence: Getting Henry Mancini to write the musical introduction to “Viewer Mail.”

As part of my Page duties, during the day, I’d give tours of empty Studio 6A where Late Night was taped. I also sat in Dave’s chair, despite being admonished by my page bosses not to. I threw pencils through the “glass” behind the desk. I sat on the desk, too. In the afternoon, I wandered the halls outside Studio 6A just to get a glimpse of Dave as he headed to and from rehearsal. At the time, he carried a football and obsessively tossed it to himself and others. On a few occasions, I even manned the Studio 6A desk — situated in the hall outside the 6A studio — and handed Dave his dressing room key. On many evenings during my 18 months as a Page at NBC, I also sat the audiences for Late Night.

Just before the show started, Dave would appear to say hello to the audience. He’d crack a few jokes and answer a question or two. Dave had one joke in particular that got a laugh every time he told it. Before someone asked a question, he’d ask “Where are you from?” And regardless of their answer, he’d say: “Oh! By the laundromat.”

Just being around was pretty damn great. But for me, the best part was watching the show. There were a few chairs and some standing room behind the last row of audience chairs. That’s where the Pages sat during the show’s taping. It’s where, by osmosis, I learned the business of revolutionary, hilarious, mischievous, subversive, anarchical comedy.

And, there were a few days when watching the show got trumped by actually being on the show. Now and again, the show would feature one of the NBC Pages in some in-studio comedy segment. And for reasons I don’t know, I got asked a few times. One time, Dave came back from commercial break and on the TV monitors in the studio, instead of Dave sitting at the desk, the channel changed to various celebrities sitting in Dave’s chair — as if someone was changing the channel. Bruce Willis, then Connie Chung, then Fred Savage, among others. Dave shouted that he knew what was wrong and asked the Page to take care of it. The camera turned to the audience and revealed a guy pointing an oversized remote control. My job was to grab the guy and roughly escort him from the studio.

In the blurry screen grab, I was “guarding” one water fountain marked “Dave.” Beside it, another fountain marked “Staff.” While Dave was sitting at the desk, Chris Elliot suddenly appeared and announced his plan to do something no one has ever done… and that it was about time someone did. Chris pushed me out of the way, and drank from the fountain marked “Dave.” When Chris’ applause died down, Dave dismissed him and demanded he take the fake fountains with him.

OK, so it seems clear how Dave influenced my career. Although I was unsuccessful getting hired on Late Night, thankfully Bill Maher was starting up Politically Incorrect, where I spent five years. Now, what about my wife and friend? Well, a few days after I started my job as a Page, another guy started, too. He and I have been fighting about the best way to lose weight three times a week for 25 years. And, about a year after I started as a Page, a pretty girl showed up to start her first day as a Page. The first time I saw her, I knew I would marry her. And I did.

So, thanks Dave for 30 years of revolutionary, hilarious, mischievous, subversive, anarchical comedy. Oh, yeah. And that other junk, too.

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6 Ways to Help a Grieving Friend

Recently a friend and colleague of mine lost her husband in a sudden, tragic accident, leaving our entire community stunned with this reminder that life is fragile and fleeting. During the days after the accident I received numerous phone calls and emails from people asking for my advice, wanting to offer their help but having no idea what to do or say.

I realized then that most of us have little experience with loss and grief until we reach our elder years, when it becomes more common to lose our friends and loved ones. So when unexpected loss does occur we feel unprepared and inadequate to be of help, even though we desperately want to do something to show how much we care.

But grief is a universal experience that we ultimately share with every other person on earth. By participating in the grief of another we break down barriers and establish connections that make our families and communities stronger. . When we grieve together we honor the precious and impermanent nature of life on this planet and find an even greater appreciation for our own existence.

Still it is difficult to face our own discomfort with death and offer support to someone who has suffered a loss if we don’t know what to do or say in that situation. Here are some suggestions for offering your help to a grieving friend:

1. Show up.

Offer your friend your presence by going to the home and making yourself available for support. This may sound obvious but many of my grieving patients have told me they were abandoned during this time of need by some of their friends who were too uncomfortable to call, come for a visit or talk to them at work.

TIP: If it feels awkward to just show up at your friend’s home when you don’t know what to say or do, bring along a small gift of food — perhaps a basket of fruit or plate of cookies. Then you have something to offer that will get you inside the door so you can assess the situation. If there are already many relatives around and your friend seems busy with everyone else who is in the room you can simply say “I just wanted to drop this off and let you know I’m thinking about you” and leave fairly quickly. But if your friend is all alone and seems relieved to see you, plan to stay for awhile because your presence may be needed.

2. Listen.

You don’t have to worry too much about what to say, because your grieving friend will primarily need you to listen. Some people who are grieving need to tell their story over and over again, while others may be unable to talk about what has happened. In either case, just sit with your friend and show that you are willing to listen.

You can say something like “I’m so sorry for your loss,” but be sensitive to the situation and pay attention to your friend’s emotions. One of my patients told me that when her mother finally died after a long difficult struggle with dementia she felt relieved and joyful that her suffering had finally ended. When friends told her how sorry they were she felt guilty and embarrassed to tell them about her real feelings.

TIP: You will usually be safe asking questions like “How are you doing?” and “Is there anything I can do to help?” But again, your willingness to listen is the most important gift you can offer.

3. Bring food.

I already mentioned bringing along a small offering of food on your first visit, but food is so important that it deserves a separate listing. People who are grieving find it nearly impossible to plan a meal, go grocery shopping or cook. Often they have little appetite so they are not motivated to seek out healthy food. But nourishment is very important during this difficult process so you can make a big difference for your friend by bringing in healthy meals that can be consumed in small quantities and stored for several days.

Dishes like casseroles and soups or stews are always appreciated and can be reheated multiple times. Also consider healthy snacks like fruit, veggie trays, trail mix, nuts, or yogurt. If there are children in the family bring along some child-friendly snacks like string cheese,

TIP: Be sure to coordinate with others who are bringing in food so that you don’t bring duplicate meals. The website www.mealtrain.com is a helpful tool for organizing food donations. And be sure to use disposable containers that can be put in the freezer and won’t need to be returned to you.

4. Volunteer your time.

Offer to help with tasks such as housecleaning, shopping, laundry, childcare, pet care, transportation or housing for visitors. Your friend may not think to ask you for help even when it is needed, so when you offer, be sure to suggest a few things you are willing to do, especially if you notice there is a need.

TIP: Coordinate multiple volunteers using the www.lotsahelpinghands.com website where you can create a calendar of tasks and everyone can sign up online.

5. Send a letter.

If you cannot be physically present to help your friend, consider sending a special handwritten letter. You might tell a story about a special memory of the deceased loved one and how that person changed your life. This will become a keepsake your friend can cherish and re-read over time.

6. Stay connected.

Remember that the full grief process can take 1 or 2 years or even more so don’t expect your friend to return to “normal.” Be mindful of holidays, special anniversaries and birthdays, which can be particularly painful for the grieving. Offer some extra TLC on those days and consider calling or sending a card or note.

TIP: Surprise your friend with a gift certificate for a restaurant, spa, salon, concert, or movie theatre that can be used as an “emergency” pick-me-up on a difficult day.

Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends and loved ones when they need you. By taking part in the grief process of others, you provide yourself with an opportunity to “practice” for your own times of grief that will surely come to you in this life. You will find it becomes easier to help others who are suffering and to tolerate your own suffering when you have formed bonds of compassion and support with those around you by offering your help.

It is a unique opportunity to open your heart and share the grief of another. You will be a better person for summoning your courage and walking into a painful situation with open arms and the question “How can I help?”

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(Dr. Karen Wyatt is a hospice and family physician and the author of the award-winning book “What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying.” She is a frequent keynote speaker and radio show guest whose profound teachings have helped many find their way through the difficult times of life. Learn more about her work at www.karenwyattmd.com.)

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Supremely Patient Dog Gets A Thorough Checkup From His Toddler Friend

Dog, the doctor will see you now.

In this adorable video, watch as a toddler gives her friend, Neckar the Bull Terrier, a thorough checkup.

The pooch proves to be one patient patient.

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The video was first uploaded to YouTube last month but has enjoyed a viral resurgence this week. The cute clip has been viewed more than 2.2 million times to date.

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What exactly is it about the hot straight guy that is so appealing? Is it because you can’t have then, even though he’s smoking hot? Is it the longing and the requited desire? Is the fact that he’s off-limits, as though he were a hunky prince and you were a pauper? In any case, throw in a hot latino straight guy and we got fireworks. Please note that this story contains explicit erotic and sexual content and is intended only for persons over the legal adult age. By downloading and opening this document, you are stating that you are of legal age to access and view this work of fiction. Mature readers only. Reader discretion is advised. This work of fiction is the product of the author’s imagination. Any similarities to real life characters, places and events are unintended and purely coincidental. Please further note that all characters depicted are of legal adult age (at least 21 or older). Excerpt: He withdrew, leaning back. “Dude, are you…are you gay?”I nodded. So the secret was out. I didn’t care that he knew. He was my good friend and it was time for people to know. I was just looking for an excuse and a way to come out to him. And take him along for the ride. His eyes were wide, his mouth hanging open. “Have you…have you ever had sex with a guy?”Yeah,” I admitted, looking directly at him. There was nothing to be ashamed of. There was nothing wrong with being gay. God made me the way I was. He also created gay sex for me to enjoy. The truth was that I had lost my anal virginity the summer before, with a hot Texan cowboy that was twice my age on his ranch in Dallas. And I loved every second of it. Still shocked, there was a hint of intrigue in his eyes. “How do you do it?”I leaned closer, close enough to smell the excitement on him. Excitement mixed with his unique manly musk. He did play on the school’s football team, after all. It was a fragrance of extreme curiosity mixed with a deodorant like Old Spice. It was intoxicating to the male homosexual like me, to say t

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My Brother’s Best Friend

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Kat’s brother has been staying with her for a while after being kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Though she’s happy to have him, the arrangement is more than a little frustrating at times. Her brother is self-centered and inconsiderate, unable to even clean up his own mess. When he invites his friends over to spend the evening in her house without asking first, she is more than a little irritated. It fades slightly when he reveals that, Jason, his best friend, will be joining them. Kat had been secretly in love with Jason while growing up, and the thought of seeing him again after so many years awakens some long forgotten desires. Her brother exits to go fetch snacks at the store, leaving Kat with the house to herself for a while. Enjoying the peace and quiet, she dozes off, only to be woken by a knocking on the door. She knows it has to be Jason, but her nervousness about seeing him again after such a long time prevents her from rushing to the door. When she pulls it open, she finds herself staring at one of the sexiest, handsome men she has ever seen. The sexual attraction is instant, and she has to actively force herself not to reach out and touch him. Still waiting for her brother to show back up, Kat and Jason catch up on all of the things they have missed over the years, and enjoy a few cold beers. A phone call from her brother lets them know that they can stop waiting. He isn’t coming back that evening. Desperate to keep Jason in her house, she offers to play some video games with him, and he eagerly accepts…but with a condition. He wants them to play in a truth or dare fashion. The winner of each round gets to dare the other to do something crazy. Intrigued, Kat accepts. The game starts innocently enough with him forcing her to admit she’s attracted to him, but it doesn’t stay innocent for long. When he dares her to kiss him, things get heated very fast, and Kat finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of pleasure and desire. His sensual whispers a

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‘OITNB’ Set To The ‘Golden Girls’ Theme Thanks Refreshingly Diverse Prisoners For Being A Friend

Here is the “Orange Is The New Black” / “Golden Girls” mashup that the Internet has been subconsciously waiting for since July of 2013. Whether the Regina Spektor intro is kind of catchy or painfully terrible and too long is up for debate, but either way this is better. Thank you for being a friend, refreshingly diverse cast of female prisoners!

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The Policeman Is Your Friend and Other Lies

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This is a discontinued title offered at a discounted price. Buy now while supplies last. No returns. The sneering cops on the beat, the robotic federal agents, the condescending judges who dole out years of jail time for petty offenses, the narrow-minded teachers who do their best to snuff out creativity and resourcefulness – these are the liars and deceivers of American society who have fastened themselves to our necks like obscene vampires in search of an ongoing supply of free sustenance. They deserve to be exposed, ridiculed, and replaced – and Ned Beaumont has begun this process in this thought-provoking former Loompanics book.
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5 Things You Should Never Say To A Newly Engaged Friend

By Kelly Mallory for KnowMore.tv’s GalTime

Whether you’re single, dating, or married, when your friend shares the news about her engagement, it should be a reason to celebrate, not criticize.

Despite the excitement for your newly-engaged friend, sometimes things might slip out of your mouth that may come from a place of jealousy that you wish you could take back. To help you avoid any awkward and potentially hurtful conversations with your friend, we talked to etiquette expert Lizzie Post, co-author of Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette 6th edition, about the top five things you should never say.

1. “That isn’t the ring you wanted!”

Many women have a “dream” engagement ring, which usually details a certain shape, size and cut. If her S.O. picked out the ring, he must have put time and thought into the ring, along with a hefty paycheck.

“It might not be what she was expecting or what you talked about, but it’s still a sentimental and special piece of jewelry, so you need to be respectful of that,” Post says. Now’s the time to focus on the fact that she got engaged, not the fact that the ring isn’t what she told you she wanted.”

2. “He should have said/done [blank] when he proposed.”

A proposal memory will stay with someone for a lifetime, and it can never be repeated. “Clearly your friend is happy about it, so it’s inappropriate to judge or criticize an experience that’s one of the most important ones in her life,” Post explains.

Instead of correcting the way her S.O. proposed, or what he said during the “Will you marry me?” speech, it’s important to see the inherent romantic quality in the proposal and engagement. Holding expectations for proposals and engagements hurts both your friend and the excitement of the engagement.

3. “It’s about time!”

The issue with this phrase is insinuating that your friend is late to the party. “It’s making her feel like she should have done it a long time ago and it’s not special because they’ve been together for so long,” Post explains. Each relationship follows its own timeline, and unless your engaged friend asks for your opinion, you shouldn’t comment on the stage of the relationship.

The same etiquette holds true even if your friend gets engaged after a month of knowing her partner. While it may seem somewhat rash, an engagement isn’t the right time to criticize the development of a relationship.

4. “I’m so single.”

It can be difficult to have your friend’s relationship grow while you’re still without a boyfriend. But a friend’s engagement doesn’t call for a pity party.

“It’s not about you right now,” Post says emphatically. “It can be about you later.” Don’t say something like, ‘I totally thought I would get engaged first; I’m so happy for you, but sad for me.’” Your friend who’s donning the new bling deserves the spotlight instead of shifting the focus to you. Save the single rant for your other single friends.

5. “Are you sure you want to do this?”

Saying “yes” to a S.O.’s proposal is an important life decision that already requires a lot of discernment. Placing doubt in your friend’s mind by saying things like ,“Are you sure about this?” or “You sure you don’t want to reconsider?” disregards her opinion.

“Now is not the time to be questioning your friend’s motives or decisions,” Post says. “If you’re truly confused or concerned about the engagement, you can talk about it at a different time, but tread carefully.” Being a friend includes trusting your friend’s judgment and accepting her decision.

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The Moment I Knew I Had To Break Up With My Best Friend

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

The author of the page-turning You Should Have Known explains how she knew when her toughest relationship had ended& — and why.

I can barely remember what the argument was about, but I do remember the tiny, irrelevant details: midmorning sun on the extremely white pavement, the smell of some very sweet flower I couldn’t quite identify, someone’s cat watching from a window across the street and the steep decline of the street Molly and I were standing on, which was heading downhill fast, like—not to put too fine a point on it—our friendship. A friendship that had lasted nearly 30 years, but had only moments left to run.

Okay, okay, I do remember what we were arguing about, but now, eight years later, the specifics are so laughably stupid that revealing them makes us both sound like ridiculous children fighting over a bit of colored plastic at the nursery school. The argument was about driving, which I was afraid to do in San Francisco, where Molly lived and where I was visiting. We were fighting about the fact that I had not rented a car at the airport like a normal person, and now Molly would have to drive me somewhere we both wanted to go (which was not the problem), but then she would also have to take me somewhere only I needed to go, and where she did not wish to go (which was very much the problem). On and on it went, only it wasn’t actually an argument, I realized, because I wasn’t saying anything. I was standing still and listening as she harangued and criticized, as I had stood still and listened so many times before.

The pavement. The flower. The watching cat. The steep decline of that San Francisco street.

At some point, I must have realized that I was crying, but that wasn’t the strangest thing. We’d argued so many times over the course of our difficult friendship, and probably I’d cried before, or stalked away feeling sullen and resentful, or rushed to call another friend and complain about how critical and punishing Molly was. There had been so many times, after some cutting remark, that we had temporarily stopped speaking—just long enough for me to remember how much I loved her, and how much she loved me and that she did not intend the things she sometimes said to be unkind. A few weeks or a month or two would pass, and then Molly would be on the phone, letting me know that she was heading to the East Coast, or I would call her to tell her about some great thing I had found at the flea market, and we would proceed.

Then I realized that I was crying because I had figured out that Molly and I were never going to speak to each other again; this time, when she called or emailed me after a month, or six months or a year, I was not going to pick up the phone or email her back. Right now, right here on the street, I was giving up. Finally.

***

We had started our friendship during the first freshman week of college, both of us newly arrived in our so-called adult lives. Molly was beautiful and smart and wildly talented as an artist. I thought she was a superwoman, and she must have felt something similar about me because, for my birthday that year, she drew a cartoon of me amid all of my perceived accomplishments at college: a pen! an oar! a stack of books! It was a glowing, idealized version of me, and I loved it. It also led to our first major fight.

I had loaned her some money. Some time later, and short of money, myself, I asked for it back. Perhaps, she suggested, while furiously writing me a check, she ought to deduct the cost of art supplies for my birthday gift. We didn’t speak for the next three years.

Then we tried again, reuniting, with relief, after graduation, as if college—not the intersection of our personalities—had been to blame. I had gone abroad to study, returning with the man I would marry. She was living in New York, working in advertising, but not on the creative side where she belonged; instead, her smarts and
competence began to take her deeper and deeper into a marketing career she could never make peace with, let alone love. She met a co-worker and moved west with him. In 1987, she was a bridesmaid in my wedding. The following year, I was matron of honor in hers.

So far so good, right? Two women who loved and admired each other, who wanted happiness and success for each other, who were living on opposite sides of the country with their new husbands—mine liked her, hers liked me—but were closely in touch, nonetheless. I must have left something out, right?

I have left a few things out.

For example, the anxiety she had struggled with since childhood. The intense self-focus that arose from that anxiety. The constant negativity and criticism. Sometimes, she showed such cruelty in the way she spoke about other people (a mutual acquaintance, a stranger on the street, a celebrity, or me) that I thought she could not possibly realize what she was saying. “Oh I can’t believe you have that bag.That is just disgusting,” she announced once, at a dinner party. She meant the 30-year-old Hermès Kelly handbag I had just bought on eBay, after having pined for one for more than a year. There was a moment of stunned silence in the room. I sat very still, as always, embarrassed (for her? for myself?) and trying to move past the comment. She loved me, I knew that. But her habit of wounding me so casually—what did it mean?

Still, no cutting remark directed at another person came close to the criticism she leveled at herself. Molly could take no pleasure in her accomplishments, her beauty, her strong marriage. There were many times I would hang up the phone in despair over her crushing unhappiness. I couldn’t fix it and she didn’t want it to be fixed, so we were both frozen in place.

***

Why did it take so long? I wonder now. Was it because she had been my “best friend” for so long, because we had so much history, we had been “through so much” together? Maybe I knew how important our long friendship was to her, and worried that withdrawing from it would give her new ammunition with which to beat up on herself. Maybe I was just pathetic and weak, and took it for years because I couldn’t stick up for myself. Maybe all of this was true.

I’m a novelist by trade, but every one of us conjures a story for the people in our lives: his terrible childhood, her inability to trust, this child’s yearning for stability. My narrative for Molly was that she was so encased in her own suffering that she truly did not experience her anger and need for control as real…but eventually a great and happy day would come when she would accept that she was all of the things I plainly saw—stunning and smart and talented and deserving of love—and how much happier and more at ease in her own life she would be then! I believed that for years. I persuaded myself of that for years.

Until, that day in San Francisco, when I found that I no longer had it in me to keep this fiction alive. I suppose these epiphanies happen all the time, to people everywhere. One moment, you’re listening to the same internal justifications you’ve listened to countless times before; the next moment, you have passed through some unseen membrane, and from the other side you can suddenly hear yourself think—with crystal clarity: Oh, I understand. I’m done.

For months afterward, I talked about Molly incessantly, compulsively, with people who had known us both and with people who’d never met her. Did I do the right thing? I asked everyone. What should I have done? I wish I’d known, while it was actually happening on that San Francisco sidewalk, that I’d be okay, that I’d slowly move forward in my life
with other friends, some of whom had never met or even heard of Molly. That I’d celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary without her, and she—I suppose—would do the same without me. That a few months later, I’d be able to see the entire arc of our friendship, from its beginnings through its trials to its conclusion, and with that perspective would come a return of the vast affection I had always felt for her.

Even now, I truly and sincerely want her to be successful, fulfilled and surrounded by people who love her as much as I loved her, but who are also better equipped to tolerate what I had not been able to tolerate. Sometimes, old friends and family members ask me if I miss Molly, and the answer is yes, I miss her very much. But I don’t miss the friendship. I don’t miss the friendship at all.

Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of You Should Have Known, The White Rose and A Jury of Her Peers.

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