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  • Reality Show Brings Children into the Mix

    "Bachelor" is setting poor standards for single parents

    -Jennifer Lubell,

    I think we all can agree that The Bachelor is a very silly show.

    The premise is demeaning enough: Take 25 otherwise beautiful and successful women, and reduce them to a bunch of catty, sniveling wrecks as they compete for the attention of one guy. Since its debut in 2002, the show's producer, ABC, has found numerous ways to humiliate these needy Stepford Wife hopefuls.

    It's especially cringe-inducing when a bachelorette is wined and dined on a romantic one-on-one date, only to find out that after several hours of sheer bliss, the Bachelor is denying her a rose, and she's packing her bags to go home.

    I wondered if ABC could stoop any lower this season, and low and behold they have, by bringing young children into the mix.

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  • Want To Meet a Sexy Guy? Try a Tri!

    Triathlons: The best place to meet sexy, fit men

    -Carrie Seim,

    When you're searching for a man with a gold medal body, mind and spirit - look no further than the starting line of a triathlon. These running/swimming/biking fools are literally a triple threat. Oh yeah, and they're pretty easy on the eyes.

    They've got the mental discipline to push themselves to the limit and resist the urge to lie on the couch watching Gossip Girl all weekend. (Not that anyone I know does that.) They've got the spirit of true athletes. And they've got bodies that shouldn't be legal.

    Arizonan Kristina Baxter has been a triathlete for the past five years and can vouch for the appeal of her fellow competitors. She assures me, "Triathletes are beautiful looking people and have an air of confidence about them from being able to accomplish something that not that many people can do. Which makes them very attractive."

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  • Beating Your Beauty Blues

    3 secrets that make makeup work

    -Lois Joy Johnson,

    Women and their makeup hit a relationship rut at least once a year, and usually it's right about now
    . It sneaks up gradually, but one day you wake up, gaze into your 7X magnifying mirror and know it's just not working. Hauling yourself off to Sephora for a brand-new batch of color cosmetics seems like the perfect Band-Aid at first, and as a knee-jerk reaction, it is. But since we're smack in the midst of red carpet season, I'm guessing your expectations are too high.

    If you compare yourself with celebrities (especially the ones you resemble most), don't forget that photos and TV screens lie. The fabulous faces you're looking at in magazine editorials and ads have had the advantage of a top makeup artist, amazing lighting and a generous boost from a clever retoucher in post-production.

    Let's not forget that fast fixes of Botox, Restylane and lipo topped the 2009 to-do list for high-profile

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  • God of Our Weary Years

    Betty Exclusive: The President of Bennett College for Women shares her joy in the day

    -Dr. Julianne Malveaux,

    A black man could not be served lunch in Washington 60 years ago, Barack Obama said.
    Today, his son is President. Controlled, concerned, celebratory and cerebral, the 44th President of the United States honored our history and girded up for our future, promising international cooperation in visual metaphor, "we will reach out our hand if you unclench your fist." Wow!

    This inauguration day has been an amazing day for me; I rose thinking that I might just have a front row seat - a seat in front of my television. Why? It is cold. I'm battling laryngitis. I got in at 2 in the morning, banging between blocked streets and tour busses, the 15 minute ride from the District line turning into a nearly 2 hour sojourn. After a few hours sleep, the folk in my house were saying we had to leave if we wanted to get good seats. Front row in front of the

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  • Bartering Your Body for Inauguration Tickets?

    Craigslist casual encounters has some stimulating offers

    -Carrie Seim ,

    Do you have a dream of going to the inaugural events in Washington? No tickets or place to rest your weary head? Don't give up the audacity of hope! In this great nation, anything is possible. As long as you're down with some close encounters of the casual kind.

    The D.C. Craigslist "casual encounters" postings are abuzz this week with generous offers of tickets and hotel rooms for the rock-bottom price of your personal dignity.

    Gawker has gathered the best of the worst of these patriotic posts, making it easy to hustle your way into history.

    There's the friendly middle-aged man in Pentagon City offering his home to a couple - as long as they're willing to enjoy an erotic massage in front of his fireplace. He helpfully notes that while he's bi-sexual, "that does not mean anything has to happen. But it doesn't mean that it can't." And since you'd never want to buy a

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  • MLK, Barack Obama, and My Children

    Dreams really do come true

    -Jennifer Trannon,

    My husband looked at my three children, searching for the words to explain to them what the election of Barack Obama meant to him. Raw emotion was on his face and in his voice when he spoke to them.

    My children are very familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King. We've watched his speeches, and we make him a birthday cake every January. Just six days before the election, we had the amazing opportunity to have lunch with Dr. King's son, and my 11-year-old was able to shake his hand and ask him, "What is your dream?" So when my husband led the conversation with "When Dr. King delivered the 'I have a dream' speech," my children knew exactly what he was talking about.

    "When Dr. King said 'I have a dream that one day ... children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,"' he paused here, and looked into their faces. He was looking at the faces of three Black

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  • Celebrate Good Times!

    The stars are out for the Inauguration

    -Jill Jordan,

    We know the Obamas are getting top billing at the Inauguration festivities, but there will be plenty of extra star power on hand.

    Sunday, the big, FREE (keyword FREE) concert will be held at the National Mall, featuring a group of headliners from Beyonce to Garth Brooks to Stevie Wonder. Also on hand: Bruce Springsteen, U2, Usher, John Mellencamp, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Josh Groban, John Legend and James Taylor. Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III and Queen Latifah will read. Obama will stop by and HBO will broadcast. If I lived in D.C., this is so where I'd be.

    To read more celebrity Inauguration plans, click here.

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  • "I Saw The Plane Crash!"

    From my window, I watched a miracle

    -The Betty Editors,

    We are all awed by the story of a plane crash with a happy ending. What was it like to watch it happen? Beth Schoenfeldt of gives Betty an eyewitness account:

    I live on 66th and Riverside Blvd in Manhattan and was working from home and on the phone. I looked up and saw a plane flying really low over the river. It was a fairly large plane. I immediately flashed back to 9/11 and knew something was wrong. It was either an attack on the city or it was crashing. I ran and got my husband, who also works from home and we watched it land in the water. It actually looked like a very smooth landing, like a sea plane.

    It was surreal because it was so quiet. It seemed as if nobody but us noticed. At the same time we knew lots of other people must have seen it happen. We were relieved to see a door pop open and then see people walking out on the wing of the plane. Instantly, ferry

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  • Teach Your Kids About Martin

    Ways the whole family can observe Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday

    -Myrna Blyth and Chriss Winston,

    Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday will be observed next Monday. There are lots of ways you and your kids could make this holiday as special as it should be. Each year this holiday is observed on the third Monday in January around the time of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, which is January 15. After King's death in 1968, a bill was introduced in Congress to make King's birthday a national holiday. An important supporter of the holiday was musician Stevie Wonder who released a single called "Happy Birthday" to popularize the idea. Six million signatures were collected on a petition asking Congress to pass the bill, which was the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history. In 1983, President Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor the great civil rights leader who changed America.


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  • 25 Things You Might Not Know About Michelle Obama

    The Brady Bunch, Barack's nose and her Easy Bake Oven

    -Elizabeth Lightfoot, author of Michelle Obama: First Lady of Hope / The Lyons Press, $14.95 / ,

    She was born January 17, 1964, meaning she will turn 45 three days before she becomes the First Lady of the United States.

    2. Her father worked the swing shift in the boiler room at Chicago's water purification plant; her mother was a stay-at-home mom until her two children were grown.

    3. Within the family, her nickname is "Miche" (pronounced "Meesh").

    4. Her husband calls her "My Rock".

    5. She grew up with her older brother, Craig, and parents in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment; she and Craig shared the living room, which had been separated by dividers.

    To read more things you might not know about Michelle Obama, click here.

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