Naughty or nice?
By now we've all heard enough from Richard Sherman -- from his childish, knee-jerk post-playoff rant against the 49ers' Michael Crabtree to his kinder, gentler mea culpa on CNN. And thanks for the latter may go in part to Nancy Raciti of Mountain View. Raciti, host of a blog called Intentional Act of Kindness, mailed the outspoken Seahawks' cornerback a T-shirt with a small red heart on the front next to the sentiment "Encourage Kindness."
"My guess is that lots of people have said things they regret but not on national television," Raciti told me. "He's been getting so much grief, I thought he could use a bit of kindness."
Of course, there's no guarantee Sherman received the shirt. We can only hope it wasn't intercepted.
If you're not inclined to be charitable to Sherman, there are alternatives. There's Berkeley's Habitot Children's Museum, which is trying to raise $7,500 by Jan. 31 to fund birthday parties for homeless kids. (As of last week, they made it to $6,000.)
The campaign is being run through the museum's At Home at Habitot program, which offers family visits to the museum for a fun, safe and nurturing place to play. Museum officials note birthdays are often sad reminders of how tough life can be without a permanent place to live. So the b-day-specific events will involve a day for each child to play with the museum's exhibits, work on arts and crafts and, of course, cake. Get more info at www.habitot.org. And to donate to the campaign, go to http://bit.ly/1j9vJre.
Chew on this
When your children's baby teeth fall out, don't just put them under their pillows for that cheapskate Tooth Fairy. Turn them into jewelry instead! That's right. Forget bronzed baby shoes or an infant's handprint preserved in clay. According to BabyCenter.com, the latest way to cherish precious memories of your kid's fleeting childhood is to make necklaces and bracelets out of his or her tiny choppers.
Charming in a voodoo/witch doctor sort of way, no?
Quite a few crafters on online marketplace Etsy make such adorable adornments, either putting hooks on the actual teeth, embedding them on rings in clusters of gems or making silver or gold casts from molds of the original mandibular centrals or maxillary molars.
Or you can make a mouthful of memories yourself, using step-by-step directions on eHow to preserve a tooth in a tiny bottle for a pendant or a charm, slightly reminiscent of when Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton were going around with endearing vials of each other's blood around their necks.
One Etsy vendor, Jackie Kaufman of the Rock My World shop, was recently commissioned by HBO's "Girls" to make tooth necklaces for the show. Last week on "Good Morning America," she admitted her tooth jewelry's not for everyone.
"I think you have to hold a special place in your heart for the teeth, and not everyone will feel this way," Kaufman said. "You are either repulsed by it or love it."
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