“Sisters are doin’ it for themselves” – Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin
1. Big Fish, Relentless pursuit. Diana Nyad tries for the fourth time to swim the 100 miles from Cuba to Florida in shark infested water. She was stung by jelly fish 4 times Saturday on her face which caused her to then do the backstroke for the following 7 hours. She’s also had to fight strong winds and storms which momentarily blew her off course. Nyad who turns 63 on Wednesday is trying to become the first person in history to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. If all goes as planned, she is to arrive on the coast of Florida Tuesday. May the force be with you.
2. Little Fish, Big Record. Annaleise Carr’s may be taking a lesson or two from Diana Nyad. Carr became the youngest person to ever swim across Lake Ontario last night August 19, 2012 at 9pm local time. It took Carr 27 hours to complete the 32.3 miles from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto, which she had trained for 1 year. Car raised $30,000 to benefit Camp Trillium Rainbow Lake in Waterford, a local camp for kids with cancer. The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre offers and promotes recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. The Trillium Centre provides an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping children and their families in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life. Now I really feel lazy.
3. History Made. Augusta National Golf Club, one of the most exclusive clubs in the world and the host of the Masters, has accepted two women membership, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and South Carolina financier Darla Moore. Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne announced, “These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership. It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their Green Jackets when the Club opens this fall.” (AP) According to Martha Burk, Former Chair of the National Council of women’s Organization says it’s a tiny step toward equality, and she includes that Augusta National also needs to take steps including men of color, “Yes it is a win,” she says. “Every brick you put in a wall, building a wall to equality helps.” Baby steps.
4. Victory is Sweet. Four time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova has launched a candy company called Sugarpova, which appears to be some kind of gummy candy that looks very delicious, if you can see past the glam shots to the actual product you can check them out at www.sugarpova.com. Perhaps you just want to see the glam shots at that’s ok too. Let us know if you’ve tried them.
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