This week from the blogosphere: a look at the new “Twinkie diet,” some sobering numbers about the pay gap and Social Security, a blogger’s stardust memories, and a glowing review from Broadway & Me of a perhaps-unlikely Hollywood-to-stage story.

  • We first heard about the failure of the Senate to tackle the Paycheck Fairness Act from Liz O’Donnell’s Hello Ladies, which followed up soon after with some solid facts in So the Wage Gap Continues. Noting that over a lifetime, that gap costs college-educated women $1.2 million, and $2 million for a professional school graduate, O’Donnell says that to take “the economic security – of women – and their families and turn it into a partisan issue” is “shameful…absolutely shameful.”
  • At her popular The Blog That Ate Manhattan, Dr. Margaret Polaneczky comments on reports of an apparently successful diet focusing mostly on Hostess Twinkies. “As a lifelong dieter forever looking for the ultimate weight loss tool, a new diet is always appealing [and] I can see distinct advantages in a weight loss program that includes previously forbidden foods and which is successful, at least in the short term,” she generously concedes–then rolls out more reasonable guidelines for long-term health.
  • Our Diane Vacca isn’t the only one concerned about recent proposals by some budget hawks to raise the age at which we can collect Social Security. In part of As Time Goes By’s Gray Matters series, Saul Friedman looks at some of the raw data. “The higher the retirement age, the shorter the lives of retirees. That, of course, is one way of saving money,” Friedman notes acidly. “Widows and widowers don’t cost taxpayers and Social Security as much as a retiree who lives a full life and draws a full benefit.”
  • Wise Web Woman, inspired by a column about early, fruitless romances of Princess Margaret, takes a moment to remember and describe some long-past stories of her own.”These long lost loves never grow old or bald or have prostate problems or bad breath,” she notes. Ah, romance.
  • It’s early in the holiday season, but Jan at Broadway & Me was still charmed by the new Broadway version of “Elf.” Her review includes an elegant summation of why:  “David Rockwell’s sets intentionally echo Christmas pop-up books, Gregg Barnes’ costumes are seasonably jolly and the music by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, the duo behind the stage version of The Wedding Singer, is so Christmasy that people in the audience started to sing along as though they already knew the songs. ” If you’re intrigued by Jan’s full review and the clip below, you might want to consider a holiday ticket splurge.
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