Jury finds ‘psychic’ Rose Marks guilty on all 14 fraud – Rose Marks was found guilty of 14 counts of fraud having accumulated over $25 million from clients. Most of the money was from author Jude Deveraux who’d had a 20 year friendship with Ms. Marks and had given over $20 million to her.
Deveraux, who sought Marks’ help to deal with an abusive husband and the death of an 8-year-old son in a 2005 ATV accident, expressed no such ambivalence. “It was never a friendship,” she said. “There’s no sadness. None.” Unlike other victims, she said she doesn’t care if she gets back any of the money she lost. www.palmbeachpost.com
Grace: Minnesotans cancel Rainbow Rowell’s book visit after parents’ complaints – Minneapolis is described as one of the most literary cities in the country having due to its many bookstores, newspaper circulations, and library resources. Two librarians had invited Rainbow Rowell to come and speak but canceled after some irate parents read Rainbow Rowell’s book “Eleanor & Park” which is about a high school girl bulled at school and sexually abused at home. Apparently the graphic nature and the use of profanity was so offputting to these parents that they demanded the invitation be retracted and it was.
I guess these parents have never, ever sat with their teen kids. Just watch a group of them play x-box. You think Call of Duty has no curse words? No violence? No inappropriate content for teenagers? GAG ME. Jayne reviewed it here. Ironic that it is banned book week. Omaha.com
The withdrawal method makes a comeback – People don’t use condoms. Actually, from the article it seems that women would be perfectly happy using condoms but that the men push for its non use. And the withdrawal method is being employed increasingly because condoms imply lack of trust and because they don’t feel good and for so many other reasons. And the withdrawal method, while it doesn’t protect against STIs, only has an 18% fail rate.
Responding to the study, New York Magazine journalist Ann Friedman dubbed it “the Pullout Generation,” citing twenty- and thirty-something inner-urbanites who “bought organic kale and all-natural cleaning products, and so can’t quite get down with taking synthetic hormones every day.” Jezebel wondered if it might be a reflection of what writer Tracy Moore termed “pregnancy ambivalence” – that is to say, that perhaps couples using the “pull out” method weren’t so opposed to the idea of getting pregnant after all. They just weren’t ready to start actively “trying” for a baby. Daily Life
It makes perfect sense for me to close the news with this youtube video.
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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