With 49 states buried in snow and most schools in the northeastern U.S. looking at anywhere from 7-10 snow days to make up, our country is ready for a warm up of national proportions. Throw on your heat lamps, put on a bathing suit under that fleece, and cuddle up to these 18 (the number of chai or “life”) warm images of sun, beach and desert (sweet, hot desert) from Israel.
Kiev in in flames and Caracas is rioting.
Here are some pictures from protests happening around the world via Instagram.
Change is in the air.
From the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, via Instagram this morning:
The New York Times: Shirley Temple Black, Screen Darling, Dies at 85
Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85.
Her publicist, Cheryl Kagan, confirmed her death.
Mrs. Black returned to the spotlight in the 1960s in the surprising new role of diplomat, but in the popular imagination she would always be America’s darling of the Depression years, when in 23 motion pictures her sparkling personality and sunny optimism lifted spirits and made her famous. From 1935 to 1939 she was the most popular movie star in America, with Clark Gable a distant second. She received more mail than Greta Garbo and was photographed more often than President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
At the Guardian: Shirley Temple Black obituary
After bringing up her three children, she returned to the public eye in politics as Shirley Temple Black. A close friend of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan (with whom she co-starred in That Hagen Girl, 1947), she became active in the Republican party in California, where, in 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for the US House of Representatives, voicing her support for the Vietnam war. She became US ambassador to Ghana (1974-76) and White House chief of protocol (1976-77), during Gerald Ford‘s presidency; foreign affairs officer with the state department under Reagan; and ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1989-92) under George HW Bush.
From PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle, with Barry Rubin in mind still:
Or, strictly, in Erie. This is from the back yard. Not that much really, just about 6 inches, but it was wet and stuck to the trees real prettily, I think.
From PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle, a red haze in the sky briefly this morning before the sun rose:
Compared to how it looks normally, 15 minutes later:
Are you familiar with “Christmas in July?” Well, how about some “summer in January?” For those of you who see mounds of snow outside, I promise that summer will be back soon (only a few more months!). In the meantime, here is a picture-perfect dose of beachy warmth to keep you motivated.