Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's New Project (and 4 Other Things Gayle King Loves)
Who wouldn't want to wake up to the voice of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson? And now you can—with the Rock Clock, an app he developed to motivate people every morning. You start by entering a personal goal, setting a completion date, and picking an alarm (like Dwayne strumming his guitar and singing, "Get your candy-ass out of bed"). Bonus: He sends personal videos to encourage you to the finish line. Anything for a piece of the Rock!
Food for Thought
I was not expecting much from Buddy's Pizza because it didn't look like the Sicilian style I'm used to: gooey with cheese and drenched in tomato sauce. But one bite changed everything! Let's just take a moment to celebrate the crust—thick, crispy and crunchy. And the cheese? Deliciously tucked underneath the sauce. The Detroit staple has been around for 70 years, and you can bet that next time I visit the Motor City, Buddy's will be my first stop. (BuddysPizza.com for locations)
It's Show Time, Folks!
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The banjo on Broadway? I was reluctant. However, as soon as I heard Bright Star's opening number, "If You Knew My Story," I was ready to buy the cast album. The bluegrass musical from Edie Brickell and Steve Martin centers around Alice, a magazine editor who discovers a powerful secret that takes her on a journey. The show is so good, once isn't enough—I'll be back.
Words of Wisdom
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"The biggest lesson I have learned through my life I learned through my family. It's really quite simple: Have the courage to believe in yourself and you'll be amazed what can happen." —Joy Mangano
Joy Mangano (of Miracle Mop fame) spoke these words at a luncheon where she was being honored. I scribbled them down because so many people doubt their capability. Joy is the perfect example of someone who worked through the doubts and achieved success. She believed in her mop. My wish for everyone? Find your mop.
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All I knew about McDonald's history was that Ray Kroc was the brains behind the company—which apparently is only kind of true. The Founder (out August 5) shows us how the iconic fast food place was actually started by two brothers who met Ray (played effortlessly by Michael Keaton) while he was a milkshake machine salesman. To expand nationally, Kroc then found legal (but cringeworthy) ways to freeze them out. A fascinating film. And yes, you'll be ordering a burger the second you leave the theater.
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