Posing For Playboy At 40 Is Empowering?

Cindy Margolis, actress, former Price is Right model, national spokeswoman for Resolve: The National Infertility Association, and winner of the first Celebrity Cooking Showdown, has agreed to pose for Playboy.

According to the Associated Press:

“The mother of three told The Associated Press that she finally agreed to pose for the magazine when they called on her 40th birthday….

After turning down offers to pose for the magazine in the past, Margolis said she accepted this time because she felt posing nude at the age of 40 is empowering.

‘In the past it would have been for gratuitous reasons,’ she said.”

Right. Now it’s not gratuitous. Because she’ s 40. And that makes it empowering. Would have been gratuitous at 35 or 37 or 39. But not now, not at 40. Hmm.


Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men Debuted 35 Years Ago

Are you looking for books to read to your pre-schooler? Ones that will make your child — and you —  feel happy and silly and giggly all at the same time? Then consider the entire series of 40 Mr Men and 30 Little Misses created by Roger Hargreaves.

BBC News reports that Hargreaves created the first Mr Men, Mr Tickle, thirty-five years ago. Looking at the exhibition recently opened at the Animation Art Gallery in London, it’s no surprise that Hargreaves is apparently the third best-selling children’s author of all time.

Here is the link to more pictures of the Misters and Misses, and here is the link to the official Mr Men site.

My all-time favorite? Mr Bump.


What’s Next … Chicken Soup for the Blogger’s Soul?

  • I received this e-mail from Amazon.com the other day:

Dear Amazon.com Customer,

As someone who has purchased books by Mark Victor Hansen, you might like to know that Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Asthma (Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living) will be released in paperback soon. You can pre-order your copy by following the link below.

Is it just me, or don’t we have enough Chicken Soup for the Soul books already? Amazon.com lists 513, and I personally own a few of them (they did wonders when I had a long recovery a few years back).

So don’t get me wrong. This series is successful precisely because it tugs at the heartstrings. Kind of like a Hallmark card on steroids.

Maybe I should applaud Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. At a time when personalization and “all about me” don’t show any sign of abating, they keep cranking out book after book… and people keep buying them:

There are books for different ethnicities, different ages (Kids Soul, Preteen Soul I & II, Teenage Soul I-IV, Grandparent’s Soul and more, ), professions (Dental Soul) and interests (Traveler’s Soul, Golfer’s Soul). The list goes on. Pretty soon we’ll all have our own Chicken Soup book.

(If you’re feeling particularly cranky, you may want to buy Chicken Poop for the Soul: Stories to Harden the Heart and Dampen the Spirit, a parody by David Fisher.)

But what I’m really holding out for is Chicken Soup for the Blogger’s Soul. I’ll even help put it together.