I Surrender to Halloween

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Snoopy’s Halloween run is coming to an end.

This is Julie and I think Halloween should be a child-centered, family-friendly event, filled with happy costumes and mildly-spooky decorations devoid of  grotesque and/or adult-themed images. I don’t like scary clowns, macabre scenes, or haunted houses. I told my position to my hairdresser, Cam, and he said, ” Well, I guess you’re just not into Halloween”.

For years on Satellite Sisters, I complained about the adultification of Halloween.  I warned that it was wrong for adults to takeover a children’s holiday. I called for adults to focus on the grownup holidays like New Year’s Eve and leave Halloween as a night of fun for kids.  I opposed adults in costumes unless accompanied by a child, costumes in the workplace and sexy adult costumes.  I sensed that there would be unintended negative consequences of co-opting a children’s holiday. I ranted and nobody listened.

My hairdresser said it all. I realize now that Halloween has passed me by. I surrender. Halloween is all grown up and it is never going back to the holiday of my childhood.  No amount of complaining on my part is going to bring back Snoopy.   People want parties, parades, and pumpkin kegs.  They want less candy for kids and more cocktails. I don’t agree with the new Halloween but I accept that I cannot change it.  I plan to just stop complaining.  I know now that nobody listening because they’re too busy shopping for a Sexy Darth Vader costume.  I plan to suffer silently… so just go ahead and have yourselves a very, happy Halloween.

By | October 29th, 2016|

Meet our #MiracleKid Cooper

Satellite Sisters is partnering with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals throughout this month to raise funds to support #MiracleKids like Cooper who are treated at the 170 CMNH Hospitals around the US and Canada. Thanks for putting your money where the miracles are. www.cmnh.co/sisters

Satellite Sisters is partnering with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout this month to raise funds to support #MiracleKids like Cooper who are treated at the 170 CMNH Hospitals around the US and Canada. Thanks for putting your money where the miracles are. Donate at www.cmnh.co/sisters

On this week’s Satellite Sisters podcast, we launched our new fundraising partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and told you a little about our first #MiracleKid, Cooper.

Cooper is being treated at Gillette Children’s in Minnesota for dystonia, a progressive condition that causes uncontrollable, twisting and repetitive movements.

Meet Cooper.  He's a Champion Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.  To us, he's a #MiracleKid.

Meet Cooper. He’s a Champion Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To us, he’s a #MiracleKid.

With the help of donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Cooper underwent a Deep Brain Stimulaton procedure.  Gillette Children’s is one of the few hospitals in the US who can perform this.

During DBS, Cooper’s surgeon implanted a medical device—called a neurostimulator—under the surface of his chest. In addition, a soft, flexible wire—called a lead—was implanted in his brain.

The neurostimulator helps regulate Cooper’s movements by sending electrical signals through the lead to certain areas of the brain. The device sends stimulation 24 hours a day, every day.

Right after his DBS, Cooper’s mother Denine could see improvement.

“We could see the results immediately,” says Denine. “His arms and hands were better. He was able to adjust his belt and shoes better.”

Today, Denine is grateful to have, as she calls them, normal parent worries. “I used to worry about whether he’d be able to walk,” she says. “Now I worry about how he’s going to fit in on the soccer team. And it’s nice. It’s nice to have normal worries.”

To support the work of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we ask you to go www.cmnh.co/sisters and make a donation. While you are there, we’d also like you to post a message of support. Do you know a kid or family who has been helped by CMNH? Tell us their story so we can share them on future episodes of Satellite Sisters.

Put your money where the miracles are. www.cmnh.co/sisters.

You’re the best!

Listen to Tuesday’s complete episode here.

 

By | October 5th, 2016|

Happy Birthday, Kyle Chandler. Lab Rats test Mac + Cheese.

Happy Birthday, Kyle Chandler. You'll always be Coach to us. #FNL

Happy Birthday, Kyle Chandler. We watch anything you are in but you’ll always be Coach to us. #FNL

On today’s show, Lian celebrates Kyle Chandler’s birthday and Sheila asks for Customer Service advice.  Plus the Lab Rats test macaroni and cheese, Julie joins us with a sticky situation of the week and Sheila is on the Cozy Coach. Phew. This is a New To You show from Sept. 22, 2008.

Sheila has a customer service issue with her HP Ink Cartridges.  Why do they run out so fast?  She turns to Lian first.  She calls Lian “the Executive Producer of her life”.  Lian suggests she call the experts so Sheila tries gets on the line with HP.  Not surprisingly, this does not go well.

Lian has insights into math from this story in the New York Times entitled Gut Instinct’s Surprising Role In Math. This results in to Pop Quiz for the sisters.  This does not go well either.

Come on, does this dog look threatening to you??Julie's dog Zorro just loves fluffy little dogs, which has led her to our Sticky Situation of the Week.

Come on, does this dog look threatening to you??Julie’s dog Zorro just loves fluffy little dogs, which has led her to our Sticky Situation of the Week.

New Satellite Sisters Sticky Situations: Julie’s challenge is dog-related. Her Zorro was not well-behaved at a dog park.  Julie sees it as Zorro “playing with the Pomeranian” but apparently the pomeranian and her owner did not feel the same.  What do Lian and Lian suggest? Another Sticky Situation regarding hugging and hand washing in the workplace prompts Sheila to explain her approach to Germ Attacks. Namaste.

And Sheila’s back with Cozy Couch. Woman’s World has a story on what to do if your hormones are broken.  Hmmmm.  Plus Tips To Clip:  Happiness Boosters! Smart News Uses for Tater Tots and Cotton Balls!

By | September 25th, 2016|

Lian needs to know: Does anyone wear bathrobes any more?

On today’s Satellite Sisters podcast, Lian asks:  “Doesn’t anyone wear bathrobes anymore?” It’s all part of getting her son off to college. Liz and Julie help her tackle this plus Gretchen Carlson’s settlement with Fox News, Real Simple’s fall fashion trends and being stalked by a handbag.

#staynoisy, Gretchen Carlson. Thanks for speaking up for yourself and the rest of us. Special award also for best use of an iPhone.

#staynoisy, Gretchen Carlson. Thanks for speaking up for yourself and the rest of us. Special award also for best use of an iPhone.

Two awards for Gretchen Carlson on her $20 million settlement from Fox News.  Gretchen, you are our #staynoisy sister of the week.  Also, Best Use of An I-Phone for secretly taping the illegal and vile things Roger Ailes said to you.

How Not To Get A Meeting With the President of the United States:  Speaking of vile things, Julie has a review of the vile things so-called diplomats have said to each other lately. President Duterte of Philippines, welcome to the list.

Philae Lander, We Hardly Knew Ye:  Well, the finally found a photo of where that Philae lander ended up on the comment.  In a dark ditch after bouncing twice.  It makes us 🙁

Lian finally made it to see John Williams conduct the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl. Lightsabers for all!

Lian finally made it to see John Williams conduct Star Wars with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl. Lightsabers for all!

Speaking of space, get out your lightsabers! Lian saw John Williams conduct the score from Stars Wars with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend. Loved it.

Next up for Lian Dolan this month is a college drop-off for her freshman son.  The shopping starts now. There’s the bathrobe debate happening, among other things. On the Satellite Sisters Facebook Group, listener Kathleen posted asking for advice for her son starting his senior year in high school.  Lian recommends the parenting website Grown and Flown and thanks all the members of the Satellite Sisterhood who posted their own suggestions.

Julie recommends Maria Shriver’s website for some empty nest insights as well as thoughts on Mother Theresa and unconditional love from the book A Gift of Love by Tony Cointreau.

From the Wall Street Journal, Liz brings us a sad story of older women getting exploited by scammers in online dating services.  Victims lost more than $120 million to “romance scams” in the first six months of 2016. What?  As if online dating wasn’t bad enough.

Lian Dolan buys Steve Madden bag after being stalked by it online

Lian was looking for this Steve Madden bag after seeing it in a magazine and then she realized it was stalking her online. We are still not sure what we think about the internet reading our minds this way, but thanks Zappos for satisfying Lian’s fall fashion needs.

Media Round-Up:  Julie saw “The Light between Two Oceans” which she describes as a slow satisfying cinematic sobfest. Lian recommends Delia Ephron’s book Siracusa and Mike Virbiglia’s movie Don’t Think Twice. She cannot, however, get on board with the much beloved Gilmore Girls.  We guess she’s just too late to that party.

Lian makes a shopping breakthrough.  She was stalked by a Steve Madden bag online and managed to actually buy it here! She’s also got the scoop on fall fashion trends from Real Simple Magazine, most of which the Satellite Sisters will not be wearing.

By | September 6th, 2016|

Sheila on the Cozy Couch: Breathe, Reach, Snack.

Sheila in on the Cozy Couch this week sharing some of her favorite articles for Woman's World.  What could be better than gastric bypass?  Sheila says Eat This and Feel Happy!

Sheila in on the Cozy Couch this week sharing some of her favorite articles for Woman’s World. What could be better than gastric bypass? Sheila says Eat This and Feel Happy!

On today’s Satellite Sisters, Lian, Sheila, Monica and Julie get together for an end of summer recap, including details on Sheila’s Summer of Love. This is a New To You show from September 10, 2008.  Sheila tells us about her date with Brad Garrett (see audition tape here) and her story at The Moth.  Plus, this episode ends with a very special Cozy Couch.  Sheila has a story from Woman’s World called Eat This + Feel Happy.  Plus Smart New Ways To Use Baby Oil! Can’t beat that, can you?

In between, Monica has a awesome Believe It Or Not game for the sisters, Lian is happy Beverly Hills 90210 is back plus has a news story from GMA about  Munchausen-At-Work Syndrome. She suggests that you just imagine Steve Carrell in The Office to get the picture. Julie also has a point of view on something called The Amethyst Initiative, a move by college presidents to lower the drinking age on campus.

For the complete Satellite Sisters audio archive, go to http://satellitesisters.com/listen-to-the-shows.  Also subscribe to Satellite Sisters at iTunes or Stitcher and leave us a review when you can. Thanks, sisters!

By | September 4th, 2016|

Emmy Voting, Patty Hearst and Hammocking

 

On today’s Satellite Sisters, Liz and Julie tackle Emmy voting, Patty Hearst and hammocking.

But first we start with the sad news about Gene Wilder.  Here’s the announcement his family sent out that explains why he did not tell the world he had Alzheimers and here’s where you can watch James Corden’s lovely story about meeting Wilder backstage on Broadway.

The equally sad news, but in a different way, about Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner. Huma, your Satellite Sisters are rooting for you.

Remember Tanya? aka Patty Hearst?? Julie has a big book pick on today's podcast - Jeffrey Toobin's fascinating new book American Heiress, everything you never knew about the famous kidnapping case.

Remember Tanya, formerly known as Patty Hearst?? Julie has a big book pick on today’s podcast – Jeffrey Toobin’s fascinating new book American Heiress is  everything you never knew about the famous kidnapping case.

Emmy voting!  Liz is an Emmy voter and discovered a whole new category of content this year as she was completing her voting.  Have you checked out the overlooked Emmy category of Outstanding Short Form Variety Series? Liz recommends you check out: Epic Rap Battles of History on YouTubeGay of Thrones from FunnyorDie.com, Honest Trailers on YouTube, Making A Scene with James franco from AOL and Park Bench with Steve Buscemi on AOL.

Julie’s Picks and Pans:  Julie recommends one movie Hell or High Water and one book American Heiress.  Having seen the trailer, she’s not so keen on that new Meryl Streep movie. We love you, Meryl, but we are not going to see Florence Foster Jenkins. Sorry, sister.

Are you in on the ham hammocking trend yet? Yes, it looks simple until Liz gets into the actual details. A sign that Liz has too much time on her hands? Maaayyy-be.

Are you in on the hammocking trend yet? Yes, it looks simple until Liz gets into the actual details. A sign that Liz has too much time on her hands? Maaayyy-be.

Liz brings us a trend: Hammocking.  It’s all the rage.  Want to know how to sleep in a tree?  Liz explains how.

And of course we end with dogs.  What are they thinking?  And why can’t they just tell us?  Here’s the latest science on dogs.

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By | August 30th, 2016|