May 24, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - He was just a kid from the neighborhood who never had much. Mature for his age, the eldest of 11 children, Marcos Arenas always knew his blue-collar father was just scraping by. So the iPad was precious, a gift for his 15th birthday and the Christmas before that and all the other birthdays when he never got anything. For the natural athlete who sang in the school choir and wanted to be a Marine and maybe a pro boxer, it was the first really nice thing he ever owned. His father bought it at a pawn shop.
May 21, 2013 |
I was in Detroit preparing to give a speech last week when the news came across my Twitter feed: "Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine donate $70 million to USC to create new degree. " As one of the first university presidents from the hip-hop generation, I had to stop and read the story immediately. The two music moguls and co-founders of Beats Electronics - recognizing that they needed a new type of creative talent for their growing music technology business - are funding a four-year program that blends liberal arts, graphic and product design, business and technology.
May 20, 2013 |
Skylar Diggins got a new car as a gift after graduating from Notre Dame this weekend. Big deal, you say? Probably lots of recent college grads got the same thing? True, but she got a Mercedes. Well, maybe some kids with rich parents had one of those bestowed upon them as well. But did any of those other kids get their sweet ride from hip-hop superstar Jay-Z? Didn't think so. Diggins, the former standout guard for the Fighting Irish, signed with Jay-Z's new sports representation agency, Roc Nation, after being drafted third overall by the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA draft.
May 20, 2013 |
Robert Griffin III and his fiance are just like many other soon-to-be-married couples in that they registered online for their wedding gifts. Unlike those other couples, however, this one just happens to have the superstar quarterback of the Washington Redskins as the groom. Some of his crafty fans discovered the registry of Griffin and Rebecca Liddicoat on the Bed, Bath & Beyond website and decided to send some pre-wedding gifts -- lots and lots of them. Check out the photo RG3 posted on whosay of himself in front of a big ol' pile of boxes from BB&B.
May 16, 2013 |
We got another dog right away. That wasn't the plan. But back in March, less than two weeks after Rex died and when I still had faint bruises from digging my fingers into my forehead amid uncontrollable sobs, I signed us up to "foster" a Saint Bernard mix that had been rescued from a crack den. It was a classic rebound move, but the unbearable silence of the dogless house was too much to take. You don't realize how much a dog's presence defines the contours of your home until, in its absence, the walls seem to relocate themselves.
May 12, 2013 |
The first time my mother made leg of lamb, she never connected the two events. The second time, she thought it was a coincidence. The third time, she knew it was a curse. Every time she prepared leg of lamb, my father was laid off a few days later. The first time it was for a few weeks; the second time for a few months; the third time for more than a year. My father had a union job at a film-processing lab, and layoffs - and eventual rehirings - were common during the 1960s. He was laid off a few more times, but never after eating leg of lamb.