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A new underwear you don’t have to wash for weeks. Kelly Clarkson’s heartfelt plea instead of a moment of silence, asking for a moment of action. And a heartbreaking story about the children of opioid addicts

There have obviously been a lot of changes in how I see things in the world since I started making new humans four years ago.

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But one of them is that when I hear or see a story like this, my heart breaks even more than usual. Because no kid should ever, ever, EVER have to go through what the families in Utah interviewed by “60 Minutes” had to go through.

Two weeks ago the venerable news program aired this story  about an area of the opioid epidemic in America you don’t often hear about: What happens to the children of addicts when their parents can no longer care for them. In millions of cases, the grandparents have to step in, after their children have been neglected and abused for far too long.

There’s an organization in Utah that’s helping grandparents and kids deal with the ravages of their relative’s drug addiction, and that’s a good thing. But the stories these children tell Bill Whitaker… man. I was crying walking up 1st Avenue here in New York listening to them. Just awful, awful things.

But these grandparents stepping in and being there for the kids made my heart swell. Finally, these kids having regular food and a place to sleep (the anecdote about why one child slept on the stairs when her mom was around just broke me) has made all the difference.

“She’s had to sacrifice almost everything,” one child said of their grandmothers. “She had to change the whole way that she lived because our mom decided to do drugs.”

Watch the story. And then hug your kids or whoever’s near you.

**All right, and now for something on a much much lighter note.

Ever fret that you’re having to wash your underwear too often? Ever wish that you could just wear the same pair day after day?

Well, me either. But apparently the makers of Silver Tech underwear wanted that kind of undergarment frequency.

Organic Basics, a Danish company, has designed underwear that you can wear for up to a week without changing it.

How? Glad you asked! Take it away, Business Insider magazine!

”Our business is sustainable fashion. The traditional way of buying, wearing, washing and throwing away overpriced underwear is terrible waste of resources. And it is extremely harmful to the environment,” says 27-year-old Mads Fibiger, CEO and co-founder of Organic Basics.

Washing and drying account for two thirds of the total impact on the environment, and that is why Organic Basics got started on their underwear. The special ingredient is silver. This particular metal is antimicrobial which is why NASA uses silver to purify water for astronauts.

The underwear comes with a silver formula coating that kills 99.9% of all bacteria and odor in the garment, according to Organic Basics.

”It works. You can wear our underwear much longer before washing. You save time and money while we reduce the waste of water and energy,” Mads Fibiger explains.

So there you go, folks. Keep your underwear on all week, and save the environment while you’re at it.

And if you think I can write a story about wearing underwear and the controversy it can cause and NOT link to this clip from one of my all-time favorite movies, well, you don’t know me well enough yet. Why don’t they make Sunday, dammit?

**And finally today, Kelly Clarkson gave a short, beautiful speech at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, about the horror of the school shooting in her home state of Texas last week.

I applaud her sentiments, I applaud her bravery in speaking out, and I too am very sick of moments of silence.

I thought this was beautifully done.

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Thoughts from a typically wacky Grammy Awards. The 1st-grader who gave the whole school the day off. And I hit a new running milestone that gets me excited

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The music, the clothes, and the incredible amount of sparkle: The Grammy always have it all.
As I’ve said many times, I know very little about current music, but I enjoy the Grammys because there’s always a few groups that I like, plus the costumes and behavior are always entertaining.
Here are some thoughts from a typically weird night at the Grammys:

— Thought Taylor Swift’s opening was a nice tribute to “Alice in Wonderland” (that’s what it was, right?) but she was still singing that awful song that I’ll now have stuck in my head for three days. And speaking of She Who Cannot Keep Boyfriends, why did CBS feel the need to show us a second of her dancing in the aisles to every single other performance?
— I love Adele’s music but her awards show speeches are even better. She just comes out, says a few things, and walks off. And she’s almost always funny.
— Outright robbery that Mumford & Sons lost to The Black Keys in Best Rock Performance. But the Mumford boys did get Album of the Year, which is highly deserved. So it all evened out.
— However, my fiance has declared that The Black Keys are “the coolest white boys in rock.” Or at least, “since Dave Grohl,” she added.

— Lena Dunham is dating a guy from Fun. Was this known by everyone else but me?
— Love that Sting came on and played with Bruno Mars. I want to be Sting for just one day. He’s just the coolest. Or maybe Prince is the coolest, I can never tell.

— Kelly Clarkson, we know you love everyone. But do you need to say hello to every single person in the audience before coming on stage to get your award?

 Oh, how I enjoyed all of the “Finally, someone has beaten Chris Brown” jokes on Twitter. What a scumbag.

— Finally, nice to see LL Cool J with a sweet tribute at the beginning of the show, to the power of dreams, and at the end with his Beastie Boys tribute. Who ever thought LL would one day be, like, an elder statesman of rap?

**Who says 6-year-olds don’t have any power in this world? For one day, Blake Harper was awfully powerful.
And popular.

At the Mater Dei School in Bethesda, Md., the principal offered to make a deal with his students on the Friday before the Super Bowl: If any one of three students can make a shot from a certain spot on the basketball court, everyone would get the Monday after the Super Bowl off.
After two older kids missed 3-pointers, young Blake Harper stepped up to the free throw line. If he made it, delirium and a three-day weekend. If he missed, well, everyone had to get up Monday morning.
Check out how Blake did. I love it.

**Finally, I have written periodically here about my (possibly-crazy) quest to run a half-marathon, probably next fall.
Slowly but surely, I’m making progress. I’m now running about five miles per day, three days a week, and this weekend I hit a new milestone: I did my first under-10 minute mile on the treadmill at they gym.
Considering when I started running/training about five months ago I was running 15-minute miles (which I believe was basically fast-walking, I was so slow), I was excited.
Now that I’m under 10 minutes, I want to start running longer distances, 6, 7, 8 miles per outing. But for today, I just want to savor that “9:50” time that showed on the treadmill for the last few minutes.
Long way to go, but I’m getting there.