Daily Archive: July 13, 2012


‘Redefining Diva’

Is it so horrible to know what you want? You don’t think so. That’s why you’re decisive, you state your needs clearly and firmly, and you expect people to act accordingly. What’s wrong with that? Nothing. You’re not nasty or horrible, so why would they call you a diva?



Are you a VICTIM or a VOLUNTEER?

I sat in on a talk show discussing money, credit management, predatory lending and shady car deals with ridiculously high interest rates. As I listened to the way the questions were composed and the answers by the other participating guest, it became clear to me that my perspective was a wee bit different from the norm. I’m one of those people who believe in taking responsibility for my actions.


Back at top, Serena wins 5th Wimbledon

by Howard FendrichAP Tennis Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP)—For Serena Williams, the low point came in early 2011, when she spent hours laying around her home, overwhelmed by a depressing series of health scares that sent her to the hospital repeatedly and kept her away from tennis for 10 months. ALL THE WAY BACK—Serena Williams of the United States celebrates with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland to win the women’s final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, July 7. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)



:10 Neal…Neal…Hey Bill Neal! What Man!! You’re wanted on the phone. Can’t talk now I am busy, tell’ um I’ll call’ um back later. Naw man you better get this now it sounds real important. Look man I don’t care who it is, I am busy. Ok. but he says his name is Judge… Judge who? Wait hold on… says he’s Judge Dwayne Woodruff, used to play for the Steelers!!! Oops, my bad…hello Your Honor, Bill Neal at your service. Oh that, well what I meant was Serena could stand to drop a few lb’s that’s all. Yeah, I know she’s won Wimbledon “5 Times” and Doubles “5 Times” too but don’t you think she would be even greater if she was a little smaller? Ok, ok, ok, tell your wife Joy and all her friends at the Salon I take it back. Oh, and for “Sweetie” and Marsha, Carla, Bev, Kathy, Janet, Karen and the other “99” people that called to give me “What for” I am sorry I said it. And I take it back…(but at least let me ask just one question. Has anybody seen Serena Williams and LeBron James in the same place at the same time ???—I’m just saying!) BILL NEAL


At last, Pirates eyeing special season

by Paul NewberryAP National Writer With apologies to Bryce Harper and the first-place Washington Nationals—not to mention the individual brilliance of everyone from Josh Hamilton to Matt Cain—the Pittsburgh Pirates are the best story in baseball over the first half of the season. Yes, the Pirates. ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE—James McDonald delivers during the first inning of game against the San Francisco Giants in Pittsburgh, July 7. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Wine & Cheese Soiree benefits YMCA

There is nothing like receiving an invite to a beautiful home high atop Mt. Washington, one of the beautiful homes that you have driven by and always dreamed of going in. On June 8, the Third Annual Wine & Cheese Soiree benefiting the Centre Avenue & Thelma Lovette YMCA’s Annual Building Bridges Campaign was held. On a beautiful Friday evening guests found their way to the multi-tiered home of Anna Singer and Don Kortlandt. Guests were invited to visit each floor and soak in the fabulous views. Each year the Dozens enjoyed the cuisine of the Wooden Nickel and indulged in raffles for superb gift baskets. YMCA BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF—Shannel Givner, Shannon Faulhaber, Kimberly Wood, Tom Burley, Leon Haley, Aaron Gibson, Ann Haley, Brenda Tate and Tamiko Stanley (Photos by Debbie Norrell)



Taxing situation

Why don’t celebrities pay their taxes? I, too, would like to keep all of my money, but I know that the IRS would not be happy and I soon would incur the wrath of the taxman. The latest celeb not to pay up on time is Lauryn Hill. Girl, is you crazy? You can’t earn money and not give your portion to Uncle Sam. The eight-time Grammy Award winner and South Orange, N.J., resident was charged last week with willfully failing to file income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.