Happy New Year! The blogosphere celebrated with news about Anjelica Huston’s new ‘Glee’-type TV show, an interview with a giant of midwifery, and some thoughts funny and serious on New Years’ resolutions.

  •  “You Say You Want A Resolution,” Dominique Browning sings at Slow Love Life (to the tune of the Beatles), as she reflects  at the Asian Art Museum about the plans we make or don’t at this time of year. “How many of us have beliefs that are so core to our lives that we would live with them chiseled in stone, in perpetuity, for all to see? ” she asks, while looking at some dazzling funeral monuments in gold. “Here’s my question to all of you: What saying would you chisel into the very stones of your palace? (And yes, no matter their size, our homes are our palaces.) I have trouble enough thinking what I would put on my tombstone, much less the walls of my home….” Click over to see those monuments, and for more of Browning’s smart poetic musings.
  • Our Roz Warren adds that what we often really want is to make resolutions for other people. At the Humor Times, her Resolutions for You in 2012 include “Oprah: Either marry Stedman in 2012 or cut him loose” and to “Children who have grown up and are no longer living at home: Phone your mom. Tell her you love her. Even if you don’t.” The rest are equally on target. And funny.
  • This week’s Feministing Five interviews Ina May Gaskin, author of Birth Matters  and often hailed as the founder of modern, medically safe midwifery. Among the wide-ranging questions posed by Feministing’s Anna is “Who is your favorite fictional heroine, and who are your heroines in real life?” Gaskin answers that “Katarina Schrader was a Dutch 17th-century midwife who attended more than 3,000 births before C-sections were done and had a lower maternal death rate than the U.S. did in 1936. This is amazing. There’s a complication and it’s pretty prevalent in the U.S. because it’s related to how high the C-section rate is.” Click over for explanation, and more about Gaskin, who recently received the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for her work.
  • January also brings a set of brand-new TV shows, and even those of us who watch less are noticing some familiar names, such as Ashley Judd as  a CIA agent searching for her lost son in ABC’s new crime drama Missing. But we’re expecting even more from something we first heard about from Anjelica Huston in October: NBC’s Smash, an onstage-musical show featuring Huston and Debra Messing. New York ran a full-length feature on the show, asking wistfully: “Can Broadway Save NBC?”  Sarah Hughes, at the Guardian UK’s TV blog, is especially jazzed.”So, it’s A Chorus Line crossed with Glee? Not really. Instead, this enjoyable drama, produced by Steven Spielberg and featuring a script from Pulitzer Prize winner Theresa Rebeck and a book by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), should attract fans of grown-up entertainment and Broadway babies alike.”  If they can pull this off, we bet Jane Lynch will be jealous.

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