THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
My daughter was married earlier this year. I just found out she never sent a thank you note to anyone who bought her a gift. I am so embarrassed about this. I offered to help her when she got home from her honeymoon, but she said she didn't need help. Now, here we are six months later and she never sent out anything! Is it too late now? I told her we should do this together over the weekend. She seems to not want my help, but she is not doing this on her own.
What do I do?
Signed – Mom of the procrastinating bride
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A group of Harvard researchers say that asking someone “How are you” is a terrible way to make small talk. Why? The person asking doesn’t really want to know, and the person responding doesn’t tell the truth. They say this is a lost opportunity and a meaningless exchange with zero connection. According to them, the key to making the most out of small talk is to simply ask the other person follow-up questions. The researchers analyzed more than 300 online conversations and found that those who were asked more meaningful follow-up questions (questions other than “how are you?” or “what do you do?”, etc.), found the other person much more likable. They concluded: “When people are instructed to ask more questions, they are perceived as higher in responsiveness, an interpersonal construct that captures listening, understanding, validation and care.” Alternatives include asking a question about the surroundings, or sharing some recent news or experiences.
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Elizabeth’s former private chef claims that she has eaten the same
sandwich (more or less) every day since she was 5. Darren McGrady,
who cooked for Liz for 15 years, spoke in a YouTube video about
afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace, specifically during palace garden
parties. In the clip, he explains that he would prepare a “selection
of different sandwiches” and there’s one filling in particular
that’s an absolute staple. Quote: “The Queen was served jam
pennies in the nursery as a little girl, she’s had them for
afternoon tea ever since. Simple – just bread and jam with a little
butter, usually strawberry jam.” Other sandwich fillings favored by
HRH include cucumber with a minty cream cheese, and tomato and
cheese. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/3rnhsx56
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Gwyneth Paltrow will guest-star on “Shark Tank” as a guest shark. The Goop founder/CEO and Oscar-winning actress will plunge into the competitive entrepreneurship show alongside Doordash CEO and co-founder Tony Xu when Season 14 begins airing Friday, Sept. 23. The pair of Paltrow and Xu will accompany long-standing Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary in various episodes.
Jennifer Lopez liked marrying Ben Affleck so much, she did it twice. She looked stunning as she walked the aisle in a white couture Ralph Lauren gown on Satuday. Affleck donned a white tuxedo suit and formal black pants. Ben and Jen staged a lavish ceremony at Affleck’s Georgia home for extended friends and family one month after their low-key Las Vegas wedding. Guests included his long-time pal Matt Damon, director Kevin Smith, and actor Jason Mewes and their wives, but Ben’s brother Casey was notably absent due to “parental obligations.” A source reported that guests wore white to match the floral arrangements and exotic decor. For extra drama, the bride sported a whopping 20-foot veil, which all 5 of their children helped carry on a walkway leading into the “plantation-style” house following the ceremony, which ended with a kiss.
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Some “local delicacies” to sample next time you’re in these countries…
⇒ Jellied eels: A fav street food in London. Eel is boiled, then gelatin is added to the water, and after hardening, it is served with meat pies, potatoes and beer.
⇒ Duck feet: In China, the webbed duck feet are braised, and eaten as a snack with soy sauce.
⇒ Helmet: You can get this from street vendors in the Philippines. What is it? Barbecued chicken heads.
⇒ Fried pig blood: Common in rural Hungary, it is made by collecting slaughtered pig’s blood, and frying it with scrambled eggs.
⇒ Surströmming: In Sweden, this dish is made by soaking Baltic herring in a brine solution, then packing it in a wooden barrel and leaving it in the sun for 24 hours to induce fermentation. Next, it is placed in a cool room for several months. Then it is canned, where it continues to ferment. The smell is compared to extremely rotten fish, or horribly rotten eggs…or to garbage that’s been left out in the sun. And just imagine how it tastes!
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A study found that orcas can learn to speak dolphin.
Whale sharks have teeth on their eyeballs.
It sounds odd, but most people have an above-average number of arms.
Your brain uses only about one-tenth of a calorie per minute.
Mushroom clouds can be created by any huge explosion.
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Question: 14% of us have done THIS embarrassing thing while exercising. What is it?
Answer: Falling off the treadmill!
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Police believe they’ve determined who…or what…it was that called 911 from a zoo last Saturday night. The San Luis Obispo County California Sheriff’s Office says it was a little Capuchin monkey. The call disconnected and dispatchers tried to call and text back but there was no response, so police were sent to investigate. The address turned out to be the “Zoo to You,” but no one there admitted making the call. Police finally deduced that a Capuchin monkey named Route had apparently picked up the zoo’s cellphone, which was in a golf cart, and dialed the emergency number.
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Timeless advice from famous people…
☞ “Make the right decision when no one is looking. Especially when no one is looking” – Oprah Winfrey.
☞ “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” – Bruce Lee
☞ “Pray for rain all you like, but dig a well while you do it” – Stephen King
☞ “The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.” – Warren Buffett
☞ “It’s better to feel good than to look good.” – Tom Hanks
☞ “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
gotta lose ‘em some of the time. When you do, lose ‘em right.”
– baseball manager Casey Stengel
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Researchers in Switzerland say they’ve developed a carbon neutral aviation fuel. The futuristic fuel uses water, carbon dioxide and sunlight to power jet engines. The Swiss scientists are the first to produce the fuel in a power generator rather than a lab. The amount of synthetic jet fuel it emits when it combusts in a plane’s engine equals the amount consumed during its production in a solar plant, thus making it carbon neutral. Airplanes are responsible for around 5% of global emissions and their engines run on kerosene or jet fuel, derived from crude oil. This new solar-made kerosene is fully compatible with the existing way fuel is stored, distributed, and used in a plane’s engine.