When I have a few odds and ends, loose ends which need to stop unraveling, I usually
post a “this and that” summary. It is a little like when you go to a garage sale, flea
market or thrift store, some history and strange things may show up.
First of all, this is more of a serious subject. When I wrote my slightly negative review
of the movie, “August: Osage County,” you may remember that I said the movie had
one ‘saving grace?’ It was in the calm, interesting Native American housekeeper.
Little did I know that she would turn up missing just a week after my article was
posted. Her real name is “Misty Upham,” and she has been missing a week. There
have been people ‘close to her,’ mentioning that she has had some financial trouble,
along with being depressed. Her father filed a “Missing Persons” report on October
Here is a brief biography of Missy Upham. She was born July 6, 1982. My daughter
was born in 1980 and son in 1981, which makes my heart stop, worrying about this
young woman. She could be a classmate or friend of theirs. . . Missy walked out of an
apartment in Auburn, Washington more than a week ago. She was born in Kalispell,
Montana and went to school in Auburn. This is located about 20 miles south of Seattle,
WA. Her biggest acting award was for a movie called, “Frozen River,” where she won an
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Actor. She made a series of Native
American television movies, “Skinwalkers,” “Dreamkeeper,” and “Edge of America.” She
played a recurring role in the t.v. series about polygamy called, “Big Love.” She had a role
in “Django Unchained.”
I certainly hope nothing happens to her. I know this is rather unusual but I plan on
keeping Misty Upham in my prayers…
Note: Family and friends are convinced her death was not due to depression. They
believe Misty’s views on Native Americans, may have caused her to get in ‘trouble’
and get murdered. They don’t believe she would commit suicide. I am sad that this
happened to someone who had talent, intelligence and died too young. So sorry
to have to add this, too. (Friday October 17,.)
In the Summer of 1986, a man from Tuxedo Park, New York traveled to England.
He had been invited to visit the Palace to dine with the Prince of Wales . This man
was named, James Brown Potter. (I wonder if he was related to Beatrix Potter?)
Anyway, he moved in some fancy, ‘high society’ circles, where he was used to
wearing what they casually called, “an evening suit.”
When he went to an English tailor, J. B. Potter was impressed so much with the
design of a shorter black jacket, on display. The jacket had a refined look and he
felt distinguished while wearing it to dinner with the Prince of Wales. The satin
lapels were what set it apart from other suits. Later, the added satin, grosgrain
stripe along the matching black pants and a cummerbund were part of the final,
complete “Tuxedo,” otherwise known as a “Tux.”
This was found in the Tuxedo Park ‘archives’ of the local community news.
When J.B. Potter came back to America, he had a New York tailor create this suit,
which he labeled, a “Tuxedo.” In the Fall of 1986, at the Autumn Ball held in New
York City, a man named Griswold Lorillard, wore the American design of the
styled suit jacket. This is where many people noticed and commented about
his “Tuxedo” jacket.
And here, I had imagined someone had visited Antarctica, viewed penguins and
got the idea from their dapper appearance!
In an AARP article that comes out in a newsletter, filling in ‘gaps’ of information
during the off months that “AARP Magazine” is not published I found several
famous people who have been diagnosed with Diabetes (Type 2). I feel this is
an ongoing concern for my good friend, Pat, along with other friends. I think
knowing how others handle their disease can be helpful and encouraging. When
anyone doesn’t feel ‘alone,’ it is good to spread this around. My youngest girl,
who deals with ongoing arthritis, started out at age 12, which helps her to feel
better when she reads about others and their techniques in coping with this
physically debilitating disease. So, in this vein, hope you may find this helpful
to know of some famous people over 5o coping with Diabetes, type 2.
Since 1995, Larry King was diagnosed. He eats many small meals, includes
30 minutes of daily exercise and is careful monitoring his foods.
Patti LaBelle has written three books about Type 2 Diabetes, including some
delicious recipes and light-hearted suggestions. Can you believe her exercise
includes walking her 20 dogs? This would take ME all day, taking only 2 at
Tom Hanks was diagnosed in 2013 with diabetes and works out, eating healthy
foods. His wife, Rita Wilson, likes to go out on walks with him. Did you know
they met on the movie set of “Volunteers?” It is a funny movie and I had to get
it out from the library to remember this one!
Sherri Shepherd, dropped 40 pounds when she decided to handle her diabetes
starting with a serious weight loss. She has written a humorous book about her
challenges and includes recipes for this particular diet of low carbs and no white
processed foods and sugar.
Billie Jean King, tennis professional, has been an active spokesperson for Diabetes
and supports fund-raising by appearances on television and in person. She is given
credit for raising public awareness on the subject.
Paula Deen admitted that she was diabetic, after she had many books published
having desserts and mashed potatoes included. She has made significant efforts
speaking and addressing the foods she used to support. Paula has also changed
her famous fat, sugar and butter-laden recipes making them more healthy. She
went through a big controversy over this unfortunate situation and another
situation which does not pertain to diabetes. She admits to still struggling with
what she calls, “stress eating.”
Ben Vereen, the dancer/actor, has been dealing with his diabetes since 2007.
He believes there are “opportunities for a better life.” His positive attitude,
along with continuing exercise, diet and awareness in his regimen have helped
Last night I watched a fantastic episode of “Madam Secretary” and I wish to
recommend it again. I had included it on the (at the time, Upcoming Fall
Television shows) new shows to watch. Then, I had recently commented on
someone’s blog that I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped. It turns out this
man made an effort to convince me, through comparing it to the excellent writing,
cast and ensemble, “West Wing,” television series. I decided to give it a second
chance, which involved a Chinese young woman seeking asylum in America. It
was a really fascinating plot, it kept me wondering what the Secretary of State
would do. Whether she would agree to having her stay or send her back. I won’t
ruin this plot for you, since it was a good and satisfying ending, the way it played
out. There was a diplomacy issue, a treaty to sign, involved also. Well acted by
many of the famous people in this cast. I especially like the marital dynamics
between the leading role of Secretary of State played by Tea Leoni and her nice
husband, played by Tim Daly, as supportive, sympathetic and understanding.
If you remember “Frasier,” you may also know and recognize Bebe Neuwirth,
starred, off and on, as Frasier’s ex-wife. She came across as a ‘mean’ or ‘witchy’
woman in one of the scenes on Sunday’s current show she is part of, but you find
out more about her reasons for being this way. I like when a show takes the time
to include character development.
I am still watching, “Forever,” and “Scorpion.” I am giving up on the quirky plot
lines of “The Red Band Society.” My regular television shows seemed to have
very exciting Season Premiere episodes, catching my interest and keeping me
a faithful viewer.
What’s new in your area of the world? Anything bothering you or causing you
If you have a new show you would like to recommend, please let us know. We
still have time to catch up on t.v. shows, by watching on the channels’ websites.