Save a Life: Get Hands On and Learn Hands-Only CPR

No one likes feeling helpless, unable to assist in a time of crisis. Realistically, we can’t save everyone but, armed with simple knowledge, we can save a life.  Yes, “we” — meaning you and me. According to the American Heart Association, every day 800 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest. In other words, their hearts … More Save a Life: Get Hands On and Learn Hands-Only CPR

Moving and Grooving the Pounds Away: Tara Guiliano of Oxygen’s ‘Dance Your Ass Off’

Okay, when I heard the title of the new Oxygen reality show, Dance Your Ass Off (Mondays, 10 p.m. Easter/Pacific) hosted by Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur,  I thought to myself, “What?” Then, when I read the premise of the show: severely overweight contestants dance away the pounds with a professional partner in a … More Moving and Grooving the Pounds Away: Tara Guiliano of Oxygen’s ‘Dance Your Ass Off’

A Friday Diversion: Sanjay Gupta, Paul Krugman and Universal Health Care

The recent mini-uproar about President-Elect Obama Surgeon General nominee Dr. Sanjay Gupta had me digging in the crates for a post that I had written for Blogcritics just over a year ago.  I don’t get the reason for the opposition to the possible appointment.   Is it because he’s handsome, young and telegenic?  Is it because … More A Friday Diversion: Sanjay Gupta, Paul Krugman and Universal Health Care

A Woman Wins ‘The Biggest Loser’ Grand Prize for a Second Year

Girl power rules on the season finale of the weight loss competition show, The Biggest Loser: Families, with, for the second season in row, a woman, this time, Michelle Aguilar of Dallas, winning the grand prize of $250,000. Michelle, who began the competition with her mother Rene from whom she was estranged for over five … More A Woman Wins ‘The Biggest Loser’ Grand Prize for a Second Year

Style Network’s ‘Ruby’: Big Girl with a Big Heart Seeks Big Weight Loss

My mother’s name is Ruby but I didn’t let this fact deter me from watching Style Network’s Ruby (Sundays  8 p.m. Eastern) about morbidly obese Savannah resident Ruby Gettinger for whom weight loss is a matter of life or death. I know, you are having a “seen that already” grossed out feeling as you think … More Style Network’s ‘Ruby’: Big Girl with a Big Heart Seeks Big Weight Loss

Bravo’s “Work Out” Returns: Jackie’s Back and She’s as Messy as Ever

Reality television’s favorite lipstick lesbian, fitness trainer and gym owner, returned this week starring in the third season of the Bravo series, “Work Out” (Tuesdays 10 p.m. EST). Yes, Jackie Warner’s back.  Some of her trainers are not.  She disposed of one love and found another.  And with her personal life in full throttle, she … More Bravo’s “Work Out” Returns: Jackie’s Back and She’s as Messy as Ever

“Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”: Reality TV that Keeps It Real

You know I love my reality television. Nothing soothes my soul more than a good hour of junk food for the brain where I sit, in a near stupor, smiling rather insipidly at the screen. To me, good reality television is thoroughly entertaining and not-too-over the top (No “Flavor of Love” or its bastard offspring … More “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”: Reality TV that Keeps It Real