opinion Steve Leder Opinion contributors Published 6:00 AM EDT Jun 16, 2019 My mom tried her best to say it casually, but it was still such a painful sentence: “Steven honey, now that dad is in the nursing home and the town house is sold, before I give everything away you should go downstairs in the basement and take whatever you want.” My dad was not a materialistic guy. He worried about money his entire life — to the point that even after he made it in business, he still reused his dental floss — after all, why throw away a perfectly good piece? And don’t get me started on the used tea bags wrapped in paper napkins he pulled out of his shirt pocket while asking the waitress for “just a little hot water.” So what was left in the basement from a guy who wanted nothing? There was his tackle box, still filled with the lures, the sinkers, and leaders, the hooks and bobbers from when I was a little boy and he rowed the … [Read more...] about Missing dad and his tools on Father’s Day in 2019
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Marc Daalder for The Spinoff Marc Daalder goes inside Wellycon, New Zealand’s largest board game convention to find out why the genre is having a renaissance. Snakes and Ladders sucks. At least, that’s according to BoardGameGeek.com, the near-definitive database for a hobby that has exploded in popularity in recent years. On BGG, as it’s known – or, affectionately/cringingly, “The Geek” – Snakes and Ladders ranks 17,181st among games with enough ratings to place. Board games find adult market in New Zealand Too much sport for kids as bad as too little - ACC The only game worse? The solved puzzle of Tic-Tac-Toe. That might be a lot to process if you’re someone who hasn’t thought about board games since you played Monopoly as a kid. First off, who would have thought there are 17,000 games in the world? In actual fact, there are more than 100,000 games, with thousands more being released each year. We’re in what game … [Read more...] about Inside Wellycon, New Zealand’s largest board game convention
DESPERATELY trying to make it as a musician, Lizzo was broke, homeless and sleeping in a car. But the sassy US singer, songwriter and rapper refused to give up on her dream. Now worth an estimated £2.3million, the 31-year-old is taking the charts by storm and is being hailed the next Beyonce. Not that she would never call herself that — she is the first Lizzo. Her catchy hit Juice has become a self-love anthem and latest album Cuz I Love You reached No1 on the iTunes chart — ahead of Beyonce’s Homecoming live album. Body confident Lizzo has also posed for Playboy — only the second plus-size model to do so — proudly displaying her curves in sexy lingerie, fishnets and diamonds. As she prepares for a series of UK dates this summer, her success must feel all the sweeter in light of the hardships she endured achieving it. Speaking about the two years she spent homeless in her twenties, Lizzo says: “It sucked. It was very lonely. It was very hard, … [Read more...] about How Lizzo went from homeless to role-model millionaire rapper
Produced by Christopher Gidez On Aug. 28, 2017, police in upstate Corning, New York, were called to the home of Michele Neurauter. Police found the 46-year-old mother of three hanging from a rope -- an apparent suicide. But Police Chief Jeff Spaulding had doubts, calling a rope mark found on Michele's chin "unsettling." Michele's mother Jeanne Laundy thought she was murdered, and pointed fingers at Neurauter's ex-husband, even though he was more than 2,500 miles away on a job interview in California when Michele was found dead. "I'm thinking it's more than likely Lloyd killed her," Jeanne Laundy told "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty. Lloyd Neurauter was Michele's ex-husband. For five years, the couple had been embroiled in bitter custody battles. Michele accused Lloyd of turning their daughters against her. On the day police found Michele, the couple's 19-year-old middle daughter, Karrie, at college in Rochester, told investigators that over the weekend, her father helped her … [Read more...] about “I had to choose”: Did a father brainwash his daughter to help kill her mother?
A MOTHER-of-four has shared an inspirational photo showing the behind-the-scenes of her life raising multiple children in the hope of bringing the 'realness' of parenting back to social media. The candid snap shows the mum cooking dinner, breastfeeding her baby son and helping with homework, all while keeping another two children occupied by playing games on the kitchen floor. Sharing the photo to her Facebook page and blog Mixed Mom Brown Babies, Jazmyne Futrell, 31, from California, USA, wanted to show the struggles she faces looking after four children. She wrote: "Friends with no kids: 'You go to bed at 9pm? I can't fall asleep before 11pm. Mom friends: You go to bed at 9pm? I can't seem to stay up past 8:30! "With four kids I'm way too exhausted to even think about having a life after dark and way too busy to go to bed at a decent hour." Posing as part of her usual evening routine, Jazmyne cooks chicken noodle soup for dinner while breastfeeding her seven-month-old son Koehn in … [Read more...] about Exhausted mum-of-four shares candid snap of her breastfeeding, cooking AND helping with homework as she hits out at ‘low’ expectation on dads