On this week’s ‘Not My Job’ segment of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, the guest is Martinus Evans, who was told by his doctor in 2012 to “lose weight or die,” and he’s since run eight marathons and founded the “Slow AF Run Club.” (For those without your decoder ring, “AF” stands for a phrase that rhymes with “As Luck.”) He’s since lost around 80 pounds and weighs in at about 300 pounds. As you might imagine, his conversation with host Peter Sagal is open, interesting, inspiring and very entertaining, often very funny.
This is the full Wait, Wait… broadcast, but you can jump directly to the “Not My Job” segment, it starts around the 18:40 mark.
If you didn't see Last Week Tonight with John Oliver last night, the Main Story was on abortion rights across the country. And it was excellent. Detailed, pointed and it allowed for them to be scathingly funny throughout.
As readers of these pages know by now, I go out of my way to praise the fine line of homecare products from Sensitive Home, invented by my friend Dr. Gregory van Buskirk, better known as Dr. Buzz.
Well, today it's not just me praising them. That's because for the third time in their third year of existence, Sensitive Home has been named a Safer Choice Partner of the Year by the EPA! Only 30 companies were so-named, including Apple and Seventh Generation.
In fact, Sensitive Home was listed *above* the far-better known (so far...) Seventh Generation. Oh sure, some might say that that's because the list is alphabetical. But I say the list being alphabetical was kismet and God's way of bringing proper attention to what's right.
He's ba-ack! After over five months off the air, due to the Writers Guild strike, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver returned to HBO. The Main Story was about Prison Health Care, which I've embedded below, but though it was a good report (not one of their best, but good), what I wish is that instead they had made available the first segment, which I know they never do. But it was a 10-15 look back at some of the major stories they weren't able to cover during the past 5+ months. It was often extremely funny -- most especially their scathing treatment of Lauren Boebert (R-CO) getting kicked out of the musical Beetlejuice. But a lot more topics, as well. Including a wonderful segment on the Writers Guild Strike, while noting that the AMTPT studios could have settled this with those terms five months ago, rather than put many tens of thousands of people throughout all manner of jobs at risk or out of work.
Still, this report is, as I said, good. And ultimately, it's great to have the show back.
We take a point of personal privilege today, and in doing so also take a blessed, momentary respite from the woes that is Trump.
I’m mentioned in the past my cousin Diana Leviton Gondek, who’s a very talented artist back in Chicago. (Actually, she’s a very talented artist wherever she is…) I’ve noted her getting a commission from the City of Chicago to make several large, wonderful horse sculptures to honor fallen Chicago police officers that were placed around the city, including the lobby outside the mayor’s office, when Rahm Emanuel was His Honor.
She also was commissioned to design the 50th anniversary poster for the Special Olympics (which I never knew until then began in Chicago). And just received a grant from the State of Illinois.
I bring up these few items of many to make clear it’s not just my bias saying what a very talented artist she is. But rather my honesty…
Diana is now involved with a project on behalf of epilepsy, the Hidden Truths Project, which is dedicated to engaging and empowering those with epilepsy through the arts. (Founded in 2012, they've raised over $500,000 for epilepsy research. You can read more about the organization here.) And on behalf of that, she was interviewed by the local CBS television station that did a piece on the exhibit.
You’ll see her with a painting she had in the show – her new style is one I particularly like. And happily, she sold it, and proceeds will go to the charity. You can see more of her work here.
And so, using Squatter's Rights on my own website, here's the two-minute video.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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