A Sharper Image

The Ravens headed out of town yesterday on their way to New Orleans for the Super Bowl.

And thousands of Baltimore fans gathered, cheering and holding up  cell phones to click pics of their fave players. The Ravens held their own cell phones up high to capture images of the adoring crowd.

Mutual love and respect exemplified by the Cell Phone Salute.

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Age 40, the new 14: Anorexia Comes of Age

Last fall I noticed a lot of post-35 women around me were getting skinnier and skinnier. Running marathons or 13.1 races. Sticking to raw food regimens. Obsessing over new fad diets.

And in the celeb world, just glance at images of the fragile Demi Moore, et al. Seems to be something going on . . .

Indeed there is: a wave of eating disorder cases in women, and some men, in their 30s, 40s and 50s.

You can read my story  “A Disorder Comes of Age” in the current issue of Style magazine.

Studies Show Guns Do Kill People

Check out The Johns Hopkins University Gun Policy Summit set for this upcoming Monday, Jan. 14. and Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hopefully, there will be lots of ideas on how to stem gun violence in our country and world. Here’s to keeping the momentum going . . .

http://www.jhu.edu/gunpolicysummit

“The Johns Hopkins University is convening more than 20 global experts on gun policy and violence on January 14 and 15, 2013 . . .

Guns kill more than 31,000 people each year in the U.S. 1, which has a homicide rate seven times the average of other high-income countries 2. To address this urgent public health problem, the experts will analyze the latest research and present clear, comprehensive recommendations for gun policies that will reduce gun violence, will have broad public support and will not violate constitutional rights.”

Gun Culture

We’ve tried to watch some movies lately to get our mind off things, a sort of wacky array of films and cartoons both old and more recent: A Christmas Story (the Ralphie version), Felix the Cat  (the 20s silent film version), Raiders of the Lost Ark, Men in Black, Santa Claus is Coming Town, Home Alone, and Popeye the Sailor Man . . .

Seems no matter the era or genre there was one common element:
Guns. Guns. Guns.

Ralphie risked putting his eye out with a bb gun, after all, and actually slept with his hard-won Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

An alarming image I just never noticed before.

And I found out, via a new filter, how prevalent our gun culture really is.