News & Trends: 2/25/15


By Susan Berman Hammer

It’s Time to Retire Five Myths about Grandparents!

Okay, let’s face it! No matter which generation you belong to -- 70+, Boomers, Generation X, Millennials or younger -- you probably believe at least one myth about today’s grandparents. A recent MetLife study debunks five of these myths:

  1. Grandparents are old. Some are, but most aren’t. More than half of all American grandparents are younger than 65 and 80% are younger than 75.
  2. Grandchildren are young. Some are, but many aren’t.More than 75% of 30-year-olds in the U.S. still have a living grandparent and more than 20% of 40-year-olds still do.
  3. Grandparents play smaller roles in children’s lives. Wrong again! The U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than 10 million children, including 25% of all those under five and 14% of kids ages five to 14, are looked after by a grandparent at least once per week.
  4. Grandparents depend on their adult children for financial support. No! The MetLife study reports that nearly two-thirds of American grandparents are helping to support their grandchildren financially and 43% upped their support during the Great Recession.
  5. Fewer and fewer children grow up with a grandparent in their home or nearby. Wrong again!After declining sharply during the post-war years, the percentage of American children with a grandparent in their home or nearby began rising again in the late 20th century.

We hope you’ll tell us about the grandparents in your family. Just enter your comments in the comments section below. Honey Good and her team would love to hear from you!

It’s a Wrap for Oscars 2015


Well sadly, it’s a wrap for Oscars 2015 … and now it’s time for Honey Good to announce the winners in our very own Honey Good Oscars 2015 ContestDrum roll, please.… The winners in the Honey Good Oscars 2015 Contest are: Jimmy O, Trish Mistric and Lauren Furmanek. Each of you will receive an email message advising you about how to claim your prize. Stay tuned!

And just in case you’d like to take one last peek at this year’s most stunning Oscars gowns and Red Carpet news, check out this slide show of the top 58 Red Carpet looks .

Many On-Screen Couples Actually Despised Each Other

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HG-Ethel & Fred-I love lucy

Most of us recall Fred and Ethel Mertz, played by William Frawley and Vivian Vance, in the hit comedy, I Love Lucy. The two actors regularly tossed sarcastic one-liners at each other, but little did we know that those zingers spilled into their off-screen relationship as well. According to many observers, their 22-year age difference was at the heart of their rift. The tension between them was probably what made their on-screen relationship so believable and funny, and helped the show become a smashing success.

 After the show ended, Frawley commented: "She's one of the finest gals to come out of Kansas, but I often wish she'd go back there. I don't know where she is now and she doesn't know where I am, and that's exactly the way I like it."

Other on-screen relationships that surprisingly soured because the on-screen couples actually despised each other:

  • Pierce Brosnan and Teri Hatcher -- Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze -- Dirty Dancing
  • Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe -- The Prince And The Showgirl and
  • Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren -- A Countess From Hong Kong.

As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the above! Just enter your comments in the section below!