Monthly Archives: July 2012

Turtle Greek Island BBQ 2012

[[posterous-content:pid___0]][[posterous-content:pid___1]]The 8th annual fundraiser hosted at Camp by our North Los Angeles County Regional Board. This event begins at 5pm and promises to be a night full of excitement and adventure — join us for tours of camp, a VIP wine tasting room, dinner, live entertainment, dancing, silent and live auctions, a raffle, incredible prizes, and all-around Greek Island fun! Marva Greenleaf share’s behind the scenes of the fund raiser at the Painted Turtle.

Turtle Greek Island BBQ Jim Ledford with Marva Greenleaf



Turtle Greek Island BBQ With Josh Mann and Drew Mercy

Turtle Greek Island BBQ With Chris Spicher

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Michelle Jenneke Dancing Sexy as Hell at Junior World Championships in Barcelona 2012

Michelle Jenneke’s Mom Responds to Daughter’s Sexy Dance by Saying Michelle has Done Better…

 Hurdler Michelle Jenneke’s sexy pre-race dance routine has impressed millions of sports fans around the world, but Michelle’s mother just doesn’t see what’s so impressive about her daughter’s moves. In fact, she seems to believe that Michelle can do better than the hip-shaking and bouncing around that made her an Internet sensation. According to Truth Dive, Michelle’s mother Nicky bragged about her daughter’s moves by saying, “She’s been doing this the last three years. She doesn’t get nerves before a race, she just gets very excited. Even before she raced Sally Pearson (at last year’s Australian championships, where she finished third), she did this full 360-degree spin.” You can bet guys will start searching YouTube high and low for that video since that move would involve Michelle showing off her backside, too. But Michelle Jenneke isn’t just a pretty face—she’s reportedly been studying mechatronic engineering at Sydney University, presumably in hopes of finding a way to create dancing Michellebots for all of her fans. Hopefully Michelle’s mother hasn’t read many of the YouTube comments about her daughter or heard that has made an offer for her to pose nude. And sorry, guys, there’s no update on this indecent proposal or any word on if Michelle’s mom is a MILF. But those who can’t get enough of Michelle can check out a different video of her moves below. It’s from last year’s Australian Athletics Championships at Olympic Park, Melbourne, and features Michelle doing her signature hip shake along with a lot of bouncing and a quick running-in-place move. Unfortunately her pre-race dance was no match for impressive Olympic competitor Sally Pearson. Michelle starts moving around the 1:24 mark.


Smells like nostalgia: Why do scents bring back memories?

The smell of chlorine wafts through the air. Suddenly, you recall childhood summers spent in a swimming pool. Or maybe it’s a whiff of apple pie, or the scent of the same perfume your mom used to wear. Our noses have a way of sniffing out nostalgia.

“I stepped into an elevator and a bunch of people piled in behind me. I was behind a woman with her back to me, her hair was in my nose, and I could smell the perfume, Shalimar, and I hadn’t smelled it in [years]. It seemed like I was transported back to high school,” says Howard Eichenbaum, director of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neurobiology at Boston University.

While all the senses are connected with memories, smell in particular sparks a flurry of emotional memories. Why?   

After a smell enters the nose, it travels through the cranial nerve through the olfactory bulb, which helps the brain process smells. The olfactory bulb is part of the limbic system, the emotional center of the brain. As a member of the limbic system, the olfactory bulb can easily access the amygdala, which plays a role in emotional memories (it’s also where the “fight or flight” reflex comes from).   

“Olfactory has a strong input into the amygdala, which process emotions. The kind of memories that it evokes are good and they are more powerful,” explains Eichenbaum.

This close relationship between the olfactory and the amygdala is one of the reason odors cause a spark of nostalgia. 

“We don’t use emotional memory that much,” says Dr. Ron DeVere, director of the Taste and Smell Disorders Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center, in Austin, Texas, and member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). He adds that when people consciously attempt to remember something they focus on the details, not feelings.

“You have an odor, you may not identify the odor, but you are associating that with some memories. The first time you smelled apple pie you may have been at your grandmother’s house,” DeVere says. 

Also at play is a relationship between the olfactory system and the hippocampus, which is critical to developing memories. Even though the olfactory system interacts with the emotion and memory centers in the brain, it does not connect with more developed regions.

“Smells do bring back memories,” says Dr. Ken Heilman, James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor Neurology and Health Psychology at the University of Florida and a member of AAN. “Smell goes into the emotional parts of the brain and the memory parts, whereas words go into thinking parts of the brain.”

This could explain why memories sparked by smell feel nostalgic and emotional, rather than concrete and detailed. Also, Eichenbaum notes that primates evolved to rely mostly on vision, not smell, so these memories are less reliable. (If you were a rat in his lab, your smell memories would be more detailed).

“When you smell things you remember your emotions … it’s very, very true,” says Heilman. 


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Fleetwood Mac to Reunite in 2013

July 12, 2012 9:40 AM ET

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Stevie Nicks attends the 43rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala in New York.
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Fleetwood Mac is planning to reunite next year, Stevie Nicks said during an appearance on CBS This Morning yesterday.

“It’s the plan,” Nicks said. “Because that’s what we do. I do my thing, and Lindsey [Buckingham’s] out doing his thing.”

Back in 2011, in a chat with Rolling Stone, guitarist Buckingham said the band was looking to reunite in 2012 for a tour and possibly an album, though he added, “Nothing is on the books right now. With Fleetwood Mac, there’s a lot of landmines out there politically and it’s hard to get everybody on the same page at the same time – but I think this might be one of those years where everyone will want to do the same thing.”

Politics and whatnot aside, when asked on This Morning if everyone was on board, Nicks replied with a hearty, “Oh, yeah.” The group’s last trek together was their “Unleashed” tour back in 2009.

In the interview, Nicks also spoke about the recent suicide of former Fletwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch.

“I couldn’t even imagine that anything could be so bad as to cause that,” said Nicks. “And I just feel very, very bad that somebody could’ve been that miserable to do something that crazy. So I can’t even tell you what in the world would have pushed him to do something that crazy.”

Nicks is currently on tour, playing a few solo dates before starting her “Heart & Soul” tour with Rod Stewart.

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Premiere: Green Day’s ‘Power-Pop’ New Single, ‘Oh Love’

JULY 16, 2012 8:55 AM

Green Day have always been an extremely ambitious band, but this fall they’re taking it to the next level by releasing three consecutive studio albums: ¡Uno!¡Dos! and ¡Tres! The first disc drops on September 25th, the second on November 13th and the third on January 15th. Here is the exclusive premiere of “Oh Love,” the lead single from ¡Uno! (The lyric video works even better if you happen to have 3D glasses handy.)

Each of the three albums has a totally different vibe. “The first one is power pop,” says Billie Joe Armstrong. “The second is more garage-y, Nuggets-type rock. And the third is supposed to be epic. With the first album you’re getting in the mood to party. On the second one, you’re at the party. And the third album you’re cleaning up the mess.” 

The discs are produced by Rob Cavallo, who co-produced the band’s 1994 breakthrough disc, Dookie. “We wanted to get back to the simplicity of Dookie,” he says. “We also wanted to go pre-Dookie, back to our love of Fifties and Sixties music, close-to-the-bone rock & roll. You don’t hear a gazillion parts. The majority of this is drums, bass, two guitars and vocals.”

Bassist Mike Dirnt says the group wanted to move away from the weighty, politically charged content of their previous two albums, 2004’s American Idiot and 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown. “We were just thinking about making a killer power-pop record – dirtier, back to basics,” he says. “We tapped into our version ofExile on Main Street.”


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Turtle Greek Island BBQ – Saturday, July 28th

Turtle Greek Island BBQ – Saturday, July 28th

Come on out for the 8th annual fundraiser hosted at Camp by our North Los Angeles County Regional Board. This event begins at 5pm and promises to be a night full of excitement and adventure — join us for tours of camp, a VIP wine tasting room, dinner, live entertainment, dancing, silent and live auctions, a raffle, incredible prizes, and all-around Greek Island fun!

To purchase General Admission and Sponsorship tickets online by credit card, click here.

For more information about sponsorship levels and to pay by check, click here.

Questions? Contact Ann Kelly at or 1-866-451-5367 x107.