Lunch Bunch – Read These 6 Feel-Good Tales to Start Your Week

What to Watch

“Diana, Our Mother” is on HBO tonight at 10pm.   WaPo says it is a “brisk and polite review of Diana’s life”.  Ok, so this is not going to be salacious. But this will be the first time we really get to see Harry and William talking about their mother’s death.  I’m all for a little tenderness if Harry and William are the ones doling it out.  At one point,  Harry remembers his mother saying, “You can be as naughty as you want — just don’t get caught.” Great advice for us all.

What to Read

Reader’s Digest has a series in their July/August 2017 issue called “Home of the Brave”.  It’s ten tales of everyday courage from the Moth and Reader’s Digest.  If you’re looking for some feel-good tales, you’ve found them.  My favs are below:

Leaving Home – A little girl decides to teach her mother a lesson by running away.  She packs a suitcase full of books and heads to grandma’s house.

Saying Goodbye – A boy and his grandmother, Ruthy.

Trusting a Stranger – A woman’s husband tells her he’s leaving her for his graduate student.  Gives her a vacuum cleaner to soften the blow.  Don’t worry, she’s doing just fine today. In 2016, she was awarded the National Medal of Science by the president for her seminal work on the BRCA1 gene.

Bald Terror  – The kindness of strangers reminds me that we really are all in this together.

Disarming a Mugger – A woman learns the difference between Newark and New York the really hard way.

Feeding the Bullies – A smart mom shuts down some bullies with hummus.

What to Do

Philly Mag’s Best of Philly 2017 issue recommends a workout from Solidcore.  They have locations in Rittenhouse, Washington Square and Bryn Mawr.  Looks intense… a little bit like SLT in New York.  I’ll have to give it a test run.

Source: Solidcore


The website equivalent of a dumpster fire, Breitbart, incorrectly went after Jake Tapper’s Philly roots. (

Zero dollar days – I think I’m going to give this a try.

The International Space Station is now on Google Street View. (Google Maps)

I may be a weirdo, but I’ve always thought Colbert was classically handsome.  Well, in some truly excellent investigative journalism, Buzz Feed has uncovered the truth.  Check him out in his younger years. (BuzzFeed)

Madonna wrote some shitty letters about Sharon Stone when she was younger that were recently published.  Sharon Stone’s response is great. (ETOnline)

Madonna’s trash talking: “It’s so unequivically [sic] frustrating to read that Whitney Houston has the music career I wish I had and Sharon Stone has the film career I’ll never have,” she confessed at the time. “Not because I want to be these women because I’d rather die, but they’re so horribly mediocre, and they’re always being held up as paragons of virtue and some sort of measuring stick to humiliate me.”

Why the eff is Selena Gomez so popular on Instagram? (Manrepeller)


“The trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer, it’s that there is no answer, it’s that there are so many answers.”  Ruth Benedit


Lunch Bunch is a series where I compile interesting things I’m reading about pop culture, particularly tidbits related to Philly. This is posted around lunch time when you need some fun stuff to read while you eat hunched over your computer.

The term Lunch Bunch originated from my pre-K class at Tarleton Day School where the big kids (those of us who didn’t shit our pants anymore) were allowed to stay for lunch and converse with each other about pressing daily topics. (what farm do we think the guinea pig went to?) So let’s all get together, not shit our pants and read some interesting stuff.



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Elizabeth View All →

Pop culture enthusiast. Lover of all things Philly. Amateur Chef. Planner of fun date nights.

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