Si vous possédez une liseuse, un jardin et une bibliothèque…

Grand branle-bas de combat markedingue dernièrement avec un groupe de joyeux lurons des Bibliothèques de Montréal pour revamper nos sacs biblio-promo. J’aimais bien l’un des sacs précédents des BPQ qui campait les bibliothèques comme «responsables et engagés».

Le but de notre remue-méninges : l’inscription sur le sac d’une citation qui traduirait bien la mission des Bibliothèques de Montréal. Le visuel tout en bulles suivra… pour aller plus loin …

Point de départ, des citations d’écrivains glanées ici et là :

Si vous possédez une bibliothèque et un jardin, vous avez tout ce qu’il vous faut. – Cicéron

Celui qui lit possède des ailes qui lui permettent de s’enfuir dans des pays merveilleux. – Michel Tournier

Le temps de lire, comme le temps d’aimer, dilatent le temps de vivre. - Daniel Pennac

Choisir des livres est aussi important que de choisir ses amis. – Avebury

Quand je pense à tous les livres qu’il me reste à lire, j’ai la certitude d’être encore heureux. – Jules Renard

Le paradis, à n’en pas douter, n’est qu’une immense bibliothèque. – Gaston Bachelard

Un livre est une fenêtre par laquelle on s’évade. – Julien Green

Une bibliothèque, c’est un des plus beaux paysages du monde. – Jacques Sternberg

Un bon livre est un jardin que l’on transporte avec soi. – Proverbe arabe

Les souvenirs d’un homme constituent sa propre bibliothèque. – Aldous Huxley

Les bibliothèques devraient être ouvertes à tous sauf aux censeurs. – Anonyme

Un vieillard qui meurt, c’est comme une bibliothèque qui brûle. – Proverbe africain

Une bibliothèque, c’est le carrefour de tous les rêves de l’humanité. - Julien Green

Nul lieu n’offre de la vanité des espérances humaines une preuve plus frappante qu’une bibliothèque publique. – Samuel Johnson

Une bibliothèque est une chambre d’amis. – Tahar Ben Jelloun

Contempler sa bibliothèque, c’est rêver qu’on ne saurait mourir avant d’avoir lu tous les livres qui la remplissent. – Jacques Attali

Il faudrait pouvoir voyager avec sa bibliothèque, comme un escargot avec sa coquille – Jean Chalon

Quelle joie de pouvoir transporter sa bibliothèque avec soi – Ivan Filion et Mélina Morin

Ci-dessous, ma modeste contribution dans une vaine et délirante tentative d’épuisement d’un lieu à haute saveur symbolique. J’ajoute un court commentaire entre parenthèses à la fin de chacun des énoncés :

Des bibliothèques partout, tout le temps, avec soi (ubiquitaire et intemporelle (24 sur 24))

Des bibliothèques partout, tout le temps, en-soi (philosophique)

Une bibliothèque toujours-déjà-là (heideggerien)

Des bibliothèques partout, tout le temps, pour soi et entre nous (réseaux sociaux)

Ma bibliothèque dans tous ses états (énergiques, anarchistes)

Bibliothèque : rencontre d’un troisième type dans un troisième lieu (séductrice et tendance)

La bibliothèque de tous les excès : dans mon sac (jouisseur)

La bibliothèque de tous les accès : dans mon sac (démocratique)

La bibliothèque de tous les excès et de tous les accès : dans mon sac (œcuménique)

Ma bibliothèque : l’affaire est dans le sac (calembourineux)

Une bibliothèque c’est comme une chambre en ville (pour taquiner un peu Tahar Ben Jelloun – je n’ai pas dit que le sac était un baise-en-ville)

Les bibliothèques devraient être ouvertes à tous, même aux censeurs (pour prendre le contre-pied de la citation de l’anonyme ci-dessus)

Ma bibliothèque, mes souvenirs et une foule de récits à venir (nostalgico-futurologiste)

Les murs de la bibliothèque, ma captivité heureuse (un récidiviste)

Les murs de la bibliothèque partout, ma captivité heureuse (orwellien)

Une bibliothèque, ici (minimaliste)

Une bibliothèque ici ‘dans (vernaculaire)

Une bibliothèque sens dessus dessous (ménage du printemps)

Contempler sa bibliothèque, la belle affaire, mais il faut la tenir dans son sac, dans sa liseuse! (anti-Attali)

Ma bibliothèque, lumineuse comme un 22 mars rue Sherbrooke vers 14 heures (contre la hausse) ;-)

Si vous possédez une liseuse, un jardin et une bibliothèque, voici mon numéro : @514-@248-@3401 (petites annonces Kijiji à la Cicéron)

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His faith and the ethnic community he belongs to did not help him either to win sympathy in the wider society or even from his own government. To be a Muslim these days is double jeopardy. It is a crime itself in the public arena where you are convicted beyond reasonable doubt and you are guilty until proven otherwise. If the exact scenario surrounding this young man was applicable to another child who belonged to a different culture, the perception might have been quite different. If he for instance was the son of the Prime Minister or the cousin of the Governor General, we would have witnessed a different movie altogether. The same people who are advocating for closing the doors on him would have changed the tone altogether. They would have protested day and night to make sure justice is served. They would have portrayed him as a young child who deserves sympathy from everyone. A child is a child, they would have argued. These people who are upset to see the government’s move to bring him back to Canada should learn to accept the reality of our system. The system should be applied the same to everyone whether the person in question is someone we like or not. If they still find it difficult to accept the reality of having the government fulfilling its obligation towards one of its citizens, then they can try to get help from therapists to overcome the difficulty they are going through. They can train their minds into believing that the young man is not Omar Khadr. He is rather Joseph Smith and is their relative who is caught in difficulty abroad. Once they train their minds to have a different perception of him, their psychological trauma will settle down. They will be able to reconcile the difficulty they are having and they will treat him like everyone else. What this young man has gone through leads me to question whether I am still considered a real Canadian. If I, or someone like myself, go through an ordeal overseas, would I be looked at differently by my fellow Canadians and treated like someone who doesn’t really belong here? Learning from the Omar Khadr saga, I am fearful and uneasy. In spite of been granted citizenship, I feel that I am somehow judged as someone else — perhaps a second class citizen. The only reason why this young man got the treatment he got from the government and also the general public is due to being different. In spite of his citizenship and being born here did not help him get a fair share of the system. I wish we wouldn’t lie to each other anymore. We should not keep each other in the dark. We should develop a more transparent system to reflect the reality of who we are and where we stand when it comes to our sense of belonging. Perhaps there should be first class, second class and even third class Canadian citizenship. At least we would know who we really are and each person would know what to expect. 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While we sing the slogans of equality, such words did not show any significant meaning towards this man who deserved fairness irrespective of who he is or the faith he belongs to.The estranged father of singing superstar Adele has begged forgiveness from his pregnant daughter.Adele recently announced she and charity…For many of us, the British Chancellor’s annual budget announcement is a familiar ritual. We watch out for the extra couple of pence on a pint of beer or a glass of wine. We wince at the inevitable hike at the petrol pumps and wait hopefully for a few pounds back in tax credit or personal allowance. But the UK budget doesn’t just matter to 60 million Brits. Admittedly, not many of the world’s poorest people will be gathered around the television watching George Osborne at the despatch box on Wednesday – but for some of them, his words are a matter of life and death. ONE decided to get to the bottom of the figures and find out just how important they are.Our report, , reveals, for the first time, the true impact of UK aid around the world. This new audit of British aid spending plans shows that UK aid will put 15.9 million children in school, protect 5.8 million mothers during childbirth, provide safe drinking water to 17 million people and help over 9 million people overcome malnutrition in the next four years. But all this will only be achieved if the Chancellor confirms in this week’s budget that the UK government will reach its target of investing 0.7% of national income in international aid next year. This new research makes it clear: now would be the worst possible time for Britain to walk away from its promise to the world’s poorest. Not just because lives and futures depend on it, but also because in tough times, smart aid is not just good for the poorest countries. It’s good for Britain too. Aid helps countries grow, and as they grow they become potential markets and trading partners for UK plc. This isn’t about creating a never ending cycle of aid. demonstrates how UK aid will help bring forward the day when aid is no longer needed. In the next four years UK aid will help 77.6 million people access formal financial services, such as bank accounts or credit – the basics needed to start a business. And it will help create employment opportunities for 19.3 million people by investing in infrastructure, supporting entrepreneurs, developing markets to sell goods, encouraging trade and investment, and increasing agricultural productivity. 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Nobody claims aid is perfect, but British aid is good and getting better.Each of these statistics on their own is remarkable but together they add up to one of the wisest and most far-sighted investments our government can make. No one wants aid to continue forever but if done properly this is an investment that will save and transform lives, boost economic prospects and help to bring forward the day when extreme poverty – and aid itself – is a thing of the past. Follow Adrian Lovett on Twitter:I’m exhausted from Wal-Mart’s 50th birthday bash held in Fayetteville, Arkansas last Friday for shareholders like me. described it as an « upbeat event, » but aside from the Nashville/Hollywood glitz on the stage — the event was more of a corporate mea culpa. I didn’t even go — but I’m exhausted from reading the reports about how Wal-Mart has found a new determination to « act the right way, » to quote Sam Walton’s son, Chairman of the Board, Robson Walton. In light of the Mexi-gate bribery scandal, it’s reassuring to know that after half a century, Wal-Mart has discovered « there is no grey area between right and wrong, » according to CEO Mike Duke. «  »It’s either the right thing to do or we shouldn’t do it. »For community activists like me, it wasn’t Justin Timberlake or Celine Dion who livened up the Wal-Mart party. Instead, it was Wal-Mart’s slow-growth pattern from its financial statements that heartened us. Say what you will about Wal-Mart’s stock peformance — the good news is that Wal-Mart is building far fewer superstores than in the past. And what they are building is getting smaller. Twenty years ago, Wal-Mart was adding a new store every 2.3 days. The company added 158 stores in 1993. From 1992 to 1995, Wal-Mart boosted its U.S. store count by an average of 127 stores per year. But since 2009, the retailer has increased domestic stores by an average of 70 stores per year, a 45% slow-down in growth. In 2011 the rose by only 49 units, and in 2012 by only 64 stores. This translates into fewer stores to fight, fewer neighborhoods on the defensive, and fewer headlines about Wal-Mart confrontations. It also means Wal-Mart Realty has had a chance to focus on filling the « dead stores » the company has accumulated during its major growth years. In 2005, I reported on that Wal-Mart was carrying 356 dead stores, with nearly 27 million square feet of empty space on the market. Today, has 143 buildings either for sale or lease. More than 60% of these buildings are larger than 100,000 square feet, so it takes a lot of real estate agents to fill up buildings that large. Typical of what happens to these cast-off buildings is that they sit idle for several years, and then some less productive resuse is made of them. For example, there is a store for lease in that was 115,348 square feet when Wal-Mart abandoned it. Today a church is leasing 27,843 square feet, and the other 87,508 square feet are empty. In , Wal-Mart shut down its discount store, and is building a supersize me directly across the road. Their 120,000 square foot discount store sits empty on 15 acres of land, waiting for someone to lay out $4.65 million to buy it. On the same day that the Walton family was parading across the stage in Bud Walton Arena, the company they grew unspeakably rich from was quietly settling a federal religious discrimination against it by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The suit charged that Wal-Mart had threatened to fire a Morman employee who refused to work on the Sabbath—a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As part of its settlement, Wal-Mart agreed to pay $70,000 and train its HR people on how to accommodate the religious practices of its workers. So perhaps Rob Walton was on the level when he « Acting with integrity is not negotiable. You have my word. We will act the right way. »I wonder if the company will translate that into Spanish?Finally, as I read the long list of celebrities who performed on stage, I kept wondering how many Wal-Mart workers in the audience could have been decently paid from the retainers charged by Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Justin Timberlake, and Celine Dion. Wal-Mart continues to exploit its workers, and instead of doing the right thing, the company spends its money to buy workers an afternoon with Justin Timberlake in grass hula skirt. Al Norman is the founder of . His book was released this month. It’s embarrassing to admit, as a 42 year old man, that I have enjoyed watching idol with my wife for 3 or 4 years now…if Urban and Minaj (makes me shutter to even type those two names) become judges, I will be forced to stop watching altogether. While Keith is a nice enough guy, he is part of the ONLY musical genre I just simply can’t find a singe ounce of respect for…Pop Country. There isn’t a musical genre that is more product over art than that. Plus, it seeks to reinforce over-romatic, low info conservative « gut feel » ideolgies. I just saw Rascal Flats on TV, getting a new promo car getting built by West Coast Customs…they wanted a Red Camaro for their song « Red Camaro »…they couldn’t even identify the Camaro as a Camaro on the guy’s lot…lots of inner experience going into those lyrics…And Minaj? She must be one of the most corporate-produced market research bots of all time.LOS ANGELES — Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Mary J. Blige are among the heady names being tossed around as potential judges for « American Idol » after Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez skipped out on next season.Star power, after all, is what judges add to TV talent shows that otherwise feature unknowns whose performances can range from surprisingly good to stunningly awful.But Fox’s « American Idol, » trying to right itself after shedding viewers in its 11th season, may also need to play a numbers game – as in the age of the judges brought in to revitalize a show whose audience is getting smaller and older, neither a plus for advertisers. »They need judges who will resonate with young people, » said media analyst Brad Adgate.Carey, Dion and Blige, undeniably winning stars, all are in their early 40s.The median age for the « American Idol » audience rose above 50 last season, the first time ever, and Adgate suggests it take a page from « The X Factor » playbook, as devised by its creator and producer, Simon Cowell. »Cowell beat them to the punch » by hiring Britney Spears and Demi Lovato after « X Factor, » the Fox version of Cowell’s British hit, stumbled in its debut last season. Spears, 30, and Lovato, 19, replaced Paula Abdul, 50, and Nicole Scherzinger, 34.(Worth noting: The male judges, Cowell, 52, and producer Antonio « L.A. » Reid, 56, are staying put for season two.)Lopez announced her departure on Friday, a day after Tyler (an unlikely senior statesman at 64) said he was leaving « American Idol » to concentrate on his role as Aerosmith’s frontman. Both appeared for two seasons. »I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I’ve put kind of on hold because I love `Idol’ so much, » the 42-year-old actress-singer-dancer told « Idol » host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show.Fox may be scouting for an entirely new panel, with some reports suggesting that original « Idol » judge Randy Jackson, 56, could shift to another role while Carey, whom he manages, becomes a judge. Jackson’s and Carey’s publicists did not respond to requests for comment.The makeover comes at a critical time. In May, « American Idol » posted its lowest-rated finale ever after a season that marked its poorest showing yet among young adult viewers age 18 to 49. A pattern of overall declining viewership continued for the show, which fell from the No. 1 spot for the first time since the 2005-06 season, placing second to NBC’s « Sunday Night Football. »"Idol » needs to stem its audience losses and level out, Adgate said, which would be enough to keep it a Top 10 program and a « force to be reckoned with. »Among the younger possibilities who might help, 19-year-old Miley Cyrus fits the Lovato mold. Speculation also has focused on former « Idol » winner Carrie Underwood, 29, and finalists Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert, both 30.Lambert addressed the possibility this week in an interview in London, where he appeared in concert with Queen. »Well, nothing’s been confirmed yet. If I were to be asked, I’d love the job. I think that would be great. That’s `if,’ because nothing’s been asked yet, » he said, adding that he’d enjoy being a panelist who could « help other artists reach their dreams. »Nigel Lythgoe, an « Idol » executive producer who recently joked about hiring Jerry Lewis and Charlie Sheen as judges, was circumspect about Lambert. »The minute `American Idol’ is discussed and judges are discussed there’s gonna be a lot of names flying around, and this is an interesting one, » he said. « I happen to like Adam Lambert a great deal but I’m not sure where this has come from probably from Adam Lambert’s fan club. We’ll wait and see. »Youth isn’t all, of course. Other factors at play involve the fan base that judges bring or develop, their skill on live TV and their chemistry with fellow panelists.Casting a talent show judge, while less daunting than making a Supreme Court pick, can be tricky. The right person has enough celebrity cachet and success to be desirable, but not so much to be unattainable. It’s unlikely that Rihanna, at least for now, sees a judgeship as a career ambition.Predicting who will flourish in a reality TV setting is another hurdle. Who would have guessed, for instance, that the hard-living Tyler would display such impish charm?Conversely, popular daytime host Ellen DeGeneres was a short-lived « Idol » judge, appearing ill-at-ease and timid in her contestant critiques. Songwriter Kara DioGuardi had serious music credentials but wasn’t ready for prime-time.Whether panelists will mesh, or for how long, also is hard to predict. The love-hate banter between Cowell and Abdul delighted viewers on « Idol » but had worn thin when they reunited on « X Factor. » On NBC’s « The Voice, » country star Blake Shelton and rocker Adam Levine have proved a fun and feisty duo. »Idol » producers have so far been circumspect while fans toss around names like Carey, Dion and Blige. While millions of dollars are at stake for networks, celebrities weighing a career move to « Idol » know a hefty paycheck may be just the start of their windfall.When Lopez signed a reported $12 million, two-year deal with « Idol, » she hadn’t triggered real excitement in the record world for years and her box-office value had taken a hit with flops including « The Back-Up Plan. »But on « Idol, » the glamorous, warmly appealing Lopez restored her popularity and converted it into new opportunities, including a TV show about global Latin talent. Tyler’s image adjustment did the same for him. »Who would have thought Tyler would be doing Burger King commercials and Lopez would be hosting `Saturday Night Live?’ » analyst Adgate said. « They got back into the mindset of pop culture followers. »___Associated Press Writer Alicia Rancilio in New York contributed to this report.___Related on HuffPost:It’s been quite a week in «  » news, and a few other big changes may be headed to the Fox singing competition show. , Mariah Carey is in talks to join the judges panel, while Randy Jackson may be stepping down. « They are in serious talks with Mariah and it’s very close to being a done deal, » a source told Us. « And they will move Randy into a more mentoring role. »On Thursday,“After some long … hard … thoughts … I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit, » the Aerosmith singer said in a statement. « I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back — but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band. ». « I’ve enjoyed it so much, but I am thinking it’s maybe time for me to go and do other things I really love to do like films … and performing, » Lopez said on « Today. » « I know everybody wants that definite ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and … all I can let you in on is my own thought process with it, because that’s where I truly am. » Do you think Mariah Carey would make a good « American Idol » judge? 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Bicester Village – EnglandFoxTown Outlets, Mendrisio – SwitzerlandGotemba Premium Outlets – JapanJeremy’s – San FranciscoJoyce Outlet – Hong KongLa Vallee Village – FranceThe Mall Outlet – ItalyThe « Space » Prada Outlet – ItalyYeoju Premium Outlet – KoreaWoodbury Commons – New YorkAmy Chan is the Director of Marketing for , the world’s largest luxury hotel reviewer. To read more of her articles, visit Follow Amy Chan on Twitter:Two years ago, Amy Voelker was enjoying a getaway with her extended family at a rental house in Redington Beach, Florida — and a second meeting with her four-month-old grandson. « I had only seen the baby once, » Voelker said, « and was looking forward to spending more time with him — with everyone, all together. » The party included her husband of 20 years, Elroy « Roy » McConnell II; their son Kelly, 19, and his girlfriend; Amy’s stepsons, Roy III, 28, and Nathan, 24, and their wives; Nate’s two-year-old; and Roy III’s new baby. Photos of the weekend capture a happy afternoon on the beach, the younger men in swim trunks playing football on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. And then the nightmare began. Voelker’s husband and three sons had gone to see a late-night movie while the women watched a DVD and went to bed. At around 4 a.m., one of Voelker’s daughters-in-law awoke to discover the men hadn’t returned. Over the next two-and-a-half hours, the frantic women called the men’s cell phones, the police, hospital emergency rooms, anything they could think of. They found an online news report about a bad accident but couldn’t determine the make of the cars involved from the photo.Voelker was on the phone for the fourth time with local police when the officer on the line asked her to open the front door for the victim support team, which confirmed the worst: All four men were dead, killed by a drunk driver who ran a red light and crashed into their Ford Fusion. »We knew it; we just knew it, » Voelker said.What followed was a blur. Charges were filed against the 20-year-old driver of the other car. Those days in court were among the hardest, Voelker said. She and her husband’s former wife — the biological mother of the two older boys — sat shoulder-to-shoulder, supporting one another. The driver eventually changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to 44 years in jail. The ensuing days ran together, the only common thread her constant grief, said Voelker. It was hard to get out of bed some days, and at times even the love and support she was getting felt overwhelming. Voelker said her church family and her employer — the University of Central Florida — were « just terrific, » understanding both her need to take time off and to get back into the groove of normalcy. On some days she would go to work, but just not be able to get through the day. One daughter-in-law and her youngest son’s girlfriend stayed around for a month or so. The three women « medicated with food, » Voelker said, and eventually joined Weight Watchers together.Voelker knew that exercise helps heal both body and mind — her husband had participated in races and triathlons, and was a regular gym rat. In fact, he had persuaded her to join him there in the months before he died, and she began getting into shape. But after the accident, she couldn’t bring herself to go back. « It was just too hard, » she said.Then one day, Voelker was mindlessly thumbing through the AARP magazine — she had just turned 50 and received her first issue — when she noticed an ad for a « Take Charge of Your Future » contest the organization was running. It seemed to « speak » to her, she said, and on something of a lark, she penned a 300-word essay and sent it in. The prize: a personal trainer to help her meet her fitness and life goals. Voelker won. « I never won anything, » she said, and her shock was enough of a jolt to motivate her. She decided to begin training for the Roy McConnell Mango Sprint Triathlon — a race that was renamed for her husband, who had completed it several times. In her contest entry, Voelker wrote that she not only wanted a fitness makeover, she wanted to use that newfound fitness to pursue her goal of helping others understand the consequences of drunk driving. She joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and expects to do more public appearances once she is in better physical shape. With just six weeks of training under her belt, Voelker said she already feeling stronger, lost some weight and feels better emotionally.Through exercise and training and the support of friends and family, Voelker has found a new vision of herself, she said. « I’m able to look forward. » As for the man responsible for killing her family, she feels it’s important for her to forgive him. »I’m not 100 percent there yet, but I know it’s important for me to forgive him, » she said. « If I didn’t, I would be allowing someone to have control over me. »Photo: WireImageSee more looks from the show below and see more New York Fashion Week coverage here. var src_url= »http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=577&width=548&height=398&colorPallet=%239FC5E8&companionPos=bottom&hasCompanion=true&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&videoControlDisplayColor=%23006699&autoStart=false&playList=517158630&aol_level=Living:StyleList… »Shooting babies isn’t all sh*ts and giggles… It’s mostly sh*t. All over the floor. »Much like how we discovered that Lisa Frank was actually , a new comedy sketch from shows us that the world’s most famous baby photographer actually f#@&ing hates babies.Sure, Anne Geddes used to be a famous fashion photographer in the 80s, but that was before she found the perfect subject, one that’s always under 90 lbs and never has a cocaine problem. Spending time with these drooling, crying half-people was her only choice.Plus, if it weren’t for photographing babies in cabbage, old boots or garbage cans, she would have never became best friends with Celine Dion. Sacrifices, people. Sacrifices.Also on HuffPost:She has his name tattooed in a heart on her right arm but Antonio Banderas’s wife, Melanie Griffith, may want to consider getting it removed after hearing the latest rumors.The couple has been together for 15 years, but after at a Cancun nightclub on top of several other incidents, the Spanish hunk has struggled to woo his wife back, reports RadarOnline.While Banderas partied in Cancun, his wife was at home in LA caring for their daughter, Stella, .As photos of Banderas and the unknown woman began to spread, Melanie’s initial response to the alleged infidelity, , was a quote posted online: « BoyfriEND, girlfriEND, friEND, everything has an end, except for family. »It seems she began considering an « end » to Banderas last week when photographers discovered her out on the town — without her wedding ring. « Melanie’s a mess. Not only is she in jeopardy of losing the love of her life, but her career is in the toilet while Antonio’s star is continuing to rise, » . « I think Melanie’s self esteem hit an all time low and she believed Antonio was torturing her. For years, it’s as if she’s been consumed with jealousy over his flirting and outspoken love for beautiful women. »Banderas has been attempting to quell the rumors and is « desperately trying to win Melanie’s trust back, » . He’s also been quick to point out the wedding ring is still on his finger.While all the drama shakes out, Melanie has headed to the family house in Aspen. “The last thing Banderas wants is a nasty high-profile divorce,” . “Despite their problems he still loves her and will do anything to keep her from leaving him.”Indeed, the Hollywood jet-setters have endured many prior strains to their relationship, most notably . During that time, Banderas said of their relationship, « We love each other, and above all we love our family. We’ve figured out how to get past obstacles … and if you get past those, you only get stronger. »Banderas and Griffith recently made our list of « Odd Celebrity Couples. » See the whole list below: and are joining forces.No, it’s not a masterplan to destroy hipster minds everywhere. Rather, the pair will be part of a good cause — a benefit concert to support the family of Denis Blanchette, a lighting technician who was at a victory party earlier this month when the separatist Parti Québécois won the .Blanchette was shot when Richard Henry Bain opened fire during Quebec’s premier-designate Pauline Marois’ speech. Bain has been charged with murder.Where the artists come in is the Denis Blanchette Benefit Concert, being held October 1 at Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec. The funds raised will go towards providing for Blanchette’s young daughter as well as co-worker Dave Courage, who was also shot, but survived.Arcade Fire and Celine Dion have already committed to performing, but a number of other high profile Quebec musicians are also playing as well, including Patrick Watson, Coeur De Pirate, Ian Kelly and Vincent Vallières. Organizers are also suggesting there may be other surprise guests.Tickets will go for between $80 and $175 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.The Three Weissmanns of Westportby Cathleen ShineFarrar Straus and Giroux 292 pp $25.00NormanceBy Louis-Ferdinand Célinetranslation and introductionby Marlon JonesDalkey Archives371 pp $14.95 Bagatelles pour un massacreBy Louis-Ferdinand CélineParis: Denoël 379 pp 1938There are days, Helen Mirren’s lady detective efforts notwithstanding, that we seem stuck in a self perpetuating gender warp; the gents, still influenced by Humphrey Bogart and « The Big Sleep » go through one door, while Mma Ramotswe (played by Jill Scott) and her hilarious detective agency in Botswana, another. My question for Cathleen Schine’s marvelous The Three Weissmanns of Westport is – does the publicity for it, insisting on its « homage to Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility  » create unnecessary static ? Is there too much signaling of ‘chick lit?’ Of Channel 13′s Jane reruns? (I will get to Céline further along.) I bring this up because potential readers may be inadvertently robbed of the amazing originality of Schine’s current novel, and its homage to the new rather than the old. Yes, of course, the inimitable Jane is inimitable, and many male novelists, including Harold Brodkey have drawn inspiration from her, but novels should give us new news of the external and internal world. Has the author put us on to a fresh foot path? I remember as a student coming home from Paris, bringing with me a Dyna Panhard, a tiny sea blue French car, buying a copy of Catcher in the Rye, and sitting in my parked Dyna (in the 1950s Madison Avenue was relatively empty) – I’ve often written about that day – and not getting out of the car until I’d finished Catcher. The literary skies suddenly opened up. I didn’t need to be burdened with Simone de Beauvoir’s chic smarts, war novels, southern eccentrics, Faulkner’s Temple Drake, Tolstoy’s Anna dead beneath the Russian railroad tracks, Blanche DuBois or even Mary McCarthy. Salinger gave my generation a permission to write about our lives, our very ordinary adolescent times. He gave us our voice, our right to be serious in our own postwar, perhaps over-privileged, tones. The Three Weissmanns of Westport has gotten superlative reviews. Still a contemporary artist wouldn’t want his/her work too tightly nailed to say, Matisse or Picasso, and this over insistence on Jane ignores the book’s originality. Schine has a wide range — her New York Times’ book review last year of Alexsandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project is a complex account of the way Eastern Europe is now. And her Westport isn’t the place of 20 years ago, and certainly not the Westport with memories of F.Scott Fitzgerald and theatre folk, nor the arty crowd, nor the later advertising bunch, and it certainly isn’t the anti-Semitic Connecticut of Gentleman’s Agreement. Her Westport has become a provincial town, prosperous and dreary, somewhat like Emma Bovary’s Tostes, near Rouen. Betty Weissmann, in her mid ’70s, isn’t dreaming of lovers: her romantic « love » is Manhattan from where she has been temporarily banished. She and her two grown daughters, Miranda and Annie, have joined economic forces in order to combat her husband’s divorce lawyers, who are attempting to filch the family assets, namely her beloved Central Park West apartment. The Holocaust is a distant drum beat, it might as well be taps played in the last century, its only relevance is that rich Uncle Lou spreads his generosity to all the inhabitants of the novel – Jews and Christians alike – as a result of having been welcomed into America as a child escaping the Holocaust. Lou provides the three women with his beachfront extra cottage, so that they have the means to wait out the divorce lawyers.Betty wanders disconsolate through Westport: « There was nothing to do, no one to do it with, and she wouldn’t drive at night, so on top of everything else there was no way to get there. She daydreamed about the buses in New York with their interesting bits of poetry or quotes from George Eliot, their ads for Con Ed or the Bronx Zoo. How civilized and communal New York seemed from the vantage point of this lonely land of cars and crows and Lanes and Drives and Crescents….’Very cosmopolitan little town,’ Betty had answered her friend in her most chipper voice. But Westport struck her as neither cosmopolitan nor little. In fact, it did not even strike her as a town. It was large and spread out and bustling and provincial. » Its geographic advantage has disintegrated into its nearness to COSTCO gallon vodka bargains; even its weather seems a bleak knockoff of Manhattan skies.Jews and WASPS co-mingle, references to Hanukkah and Christmas have become mere after thoughts. In fact, the only WASP to make an issue -or celebration – of his WASP heritage turns out to be a phony: a third rate actor from the West Coast into movieland pretend who has invented his WASP background. Miranda falls in love with Leanne, a Westport doctor into good works in Africa – again, their lesbian marriage causes no melodrama. Betty, still dreaming of her return to her great Central Park West apartment with its grand faux fireplace, barely takes note of this change of mores. Alas, her legal win has a wistful tragic note. She dies of a staph infection before she can repossess her home, but, due to her foresight, the inheritance will pass on to her daughters. In her astonishing novel, Schine grounds her witty dialogue and sharp new way of seeing the familiar with bursts of authentic feeling between the unmoored mother and her protective daughters. Meanwhile, in a totally different take on the effect of influences, Wyatt Mason’s much needed reappraisal in The New York Review of Books of Louis-Ferdinand Destouches (Céline), on the occasion of Dalkey Archives’ publication of Normance is excellent. He correctly points to a lack of balance and a lack of knowledge of the author’s total works (the murderously anti-Semitic Bagatelle pour un massacre still is banned in France) in the admiration of his American writer fans. Voyage au bout de la nuit with its furious, hot, first person voice had particular appeal to the Beats, who saw in Céline’s anti-bourgeois stance one of their own, but we shouldn’t ignore that Céline’s true buddies, the Nazis, were also anti-bourgeois democracies. Mason quotes from the English translation of Philip Roth’s remarks (Roth is also a fan) on Céline originally published in 1984 in La Quinzaine Littéraire: « To tell you the truth, in France, my Proust is Céline! There’s a very great writer. Even if his anti-Semitism made him an abject, intolerable person. To read him, I have to suspend my Jewish conscience, but I do it, because anti-Semitism isn’t at the heart of his books, even Castle to Castle. Céline is a great liberator. I feel called by his voice. » Well, « liberator » – though we know Roth means to admire Céline’s voice, is hardly le mot juste for a writer who called for the death of all Jews. And what does Roth think Castle to Castle is about, if not Céline’s successful attempt to escape from a French trial for his war crimes? Can we so neatly chop into separate compartments voice, morality, stylish style, and intent? This sort of muffled debate – a debate that never seems to quite see the light of day — was further mangled by John Updike, who imagined Céline as being mainly a « sweet country doctor. » In my 1991 interview (reprinted after his death in The Daily Beast), Updike said: « I think what I was trying to say [in one of his essays] is that there aren’t any anti-Semitic portraits in Céline as deadly as Bloch in Proust. I may be wrong. But Céline’s views didn’t seem to carry over into his art. He didn’t bother to give us caricatures of Jewish people. » Really? Proust, in his insistence on the fluid nature of his characters, was one of the first novelists to liberate Jews from fictional stereotypes, while Céline turned them into dangerous anti-Semitic caricatures. In a letter to his mother, Proust describes the anti-Semitic ravings of a friend’s father, besotted by the anti-Semitic radical right rag Libre Parole, later so useful to the Nazis, whom in La Recherche he transforms into Baron de Charlus’s ravings against Bloch. In a letter to Violet Schiff (usually ignored is that many of Proust’s most profound friendships were with people who were Jewish or part Jewish) he points out that Swann who starts out effete, in another volume becomes okay: « He becomes a Dreyfusard. » While granting Céline’s talent, particularly in Journey to the End of the Night, isn’t his American fan club a bit too nonchalant? Or, one wonders – might it be that Proust, the chronicler of the Dreyfus Affair, simply accomplished too much for Roth and Updike? Or were they simply playing Peck’s bad boy? Saul Bellow had no use for Céline, and managed a hot, intime voice quite on his own. Now, about Norman Mailer. Both his biographer Michael Lennon and I feel that the back jacket of Frédéric Vitoux’s biography Céline needs a tad correcting. George Steiner claims that (among others) Norman Mailer’s novels would never have been written without Céline’s precedent. In my interviews with Norman I never heard him mention Céline, and Céline was certainly not on his mind when I first met him in Paris. According to Lennon, Mailer told him that the French writers in order of importance to him were: « Stendahl, Proust, Malraux, then Flaubert, Zola, Gide, Huysmans, Baudelaire’s journals, Sartre, Simenon, and Jean Malaquais – the largest single influence on my intellectual life. » Lennon says he never heard Mailer mention Céline, and he believes that Céline’s works were not in Mailer’s extensive library. So why are American writers so casually inclined to give Céline, including his ideas and actions, a pass? I think it is hard for us to grasp (we see World War II in terms of military battles) that words — the Nazi propaganda machine – were a potent instrument of war. We cannot imagine a society in which every bit of media, and every publishing house, is controlled and manipulated by the enemy. French writer collaborationists helped destabilize the French government in advance of the « phony war », thus facilitating the German control of the French government and population, and the sending of Jews to the death camps. Céline, who called for all Jews to be killed and the French and British governments destroyed, went on an « intellectual » junket to Germany, and, more significantly, was on Dannecker’s and Ambassador Otto Abetz’s list of candidates to head the Vichy established « central Jewish office », which put in motion the final solution. Dannecker, a chief architect of the final solution, committed suicide in 1945. Abetz, whom Céline, along with Petain and Laval, joined in Sigmaringen Castle in their attempted flight from France (Céline’s flight is the subject of Castle to Castle), was convicted by the French of war crimes and the deportation and murder of Jews. A long way off from the experiences of the Beat Generation, Philip Roth and John Updike.The past few days have proven debilitating for disco fans, as two of the genre’s biggest legends have lost their respective battles with cancer. Donna Summer , and Bee Gee . The Bee Gees were one of disco’s greatest groups, changing pop music forever with hits like « Stayin’ Alive » while also releasing deeply emotive tracks like « To Love Somebody » and « How Deep Is Your Love. » Of Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb, the brothers who formed the band, only Barry remains alive. Here at HuffPost Entertainment, we’ve collected a number of their songs for your enjoyment in the gallery below. Give the songs a listen and share your memories of the iconic band in the comments below. For more on Gibb’s passing, .Also on HuffPost:Here in Quebec, we have an original approach to youth crime that works. In 2010, the severity of youth crime in Quebec was the lowest in Canada, proof that we are not « soft » on crime but rather that we are smart and « tough » on its root causes. But now the Harper government wants to ignore the evidence and change that approach.The fall 2011 men’s shows have just finished in Milan. The fashion road show is moving to Paris next where Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Dior Homme show their collections. But while there have been exciting trends to come out of the Milan shows (such as the snappy colors at Jil Sander and the 70s tailoring at Prada) and more to come surely from the City of Lights, I still feel that men are sometimes left out of the fashion game.I say this because I really want to wear something from Phoebe Philo. But sadly, the designer of Celine who changed the way women dressed in a single season does not make men’s clothes. True, there are menswear designers who create clean minimalist clothes like Raf Simons, Simon Spurr and Italo Zucchelli at Calvin Klein, but fashion is all about the Philo mania right now and I would like to join in on the craze as do the many guys who have snapped up the Celine totes just so they can say that they own a piece of the designer’s genius. The very stylish Ines de la Fressange has been quoted saying that « it’s better to spend your money on Celine than on Botox. » I would like to be able to say something to that effect too.I think that some of Philo’s designs for Celine will translate well to menswear like the color blocked leather t-shirts and the sleeveless coats with no lapels. I personally would wear the white trousers with green and blue stripes on the sides from her spring collection if she cut them for men. If she does create menswear, I can see her filling the void left by Helmut Lang. Modern urban warriors in very streamlined clothing. I doubt she will cross over though. But a man who loves fashion can dream.I’d also like to see Tory Burch create a men’s line. No, I am not looking to wear tunics or her famous Reva ballerinas. I’d like to see how she’ll apply her love for vibrant colors and patterns to men’s clothes. I like to think that Tory Burch Man — should there ever be one — will be filled with luxe boho pieces inspired by J.P. Getty and Paul Bowles. Robes in paisley prints, shorts with geometric patterns, shirts in degrade colors and maybe an embroidered trouser or two for glamorous Moroccan themed parties. I can also see her making a trench coat in crushed linen with a wild exuberant lining. And think about the accessories — an orange canvas beach tote perhaps or Kelly green moccasins or braided leather bracelets or Panama hats in shades inspired by a gelato stand. Oh, St. Barth’s here I come.If Victoria Beckham extended herself to men’s fashion what would her clothes be like? Would she pilfer from her husband’s Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani filled closet or would she surprised us in much the same way she baffled her naysayers when she launched her eponymous collection? That a former Spice Girls with an affinity to gold lame and chain mail can produce such strong, sophisticated and polished women’s wear is nothing short of amazing. Her men’s collection I imagine would have architectural blazers that are nipped in at the waist by unexpected darts, sharp and skinny trousers paired with draped multi-layered belted cardigans and tuxedos in rich jewel tone colors.And while on the topic of women’s wear designers doing men’s clothes, it would be great if Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler and Thakoon lent their creative vision to men’s fashion as well. Their contemporaries Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and Richard Chai are already doing it. Men’s fashion would be a lot more fun if they were in the mix. Follow Blue Carreon on Twitter: is officially the hardest working comedienne in the business. Her weekly primetime Bravo talk show, « Kathy, » has been renewed for a second season. This comes just a week after she picked up another Emmy nomination (she has two wins for «  ») for her stand-up special «  » — her third nomination in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special category — and the same day her new one-hour comedy special, « Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class, » premieres (Thurs., July 26, 10 p.m. ET). »I’m coming back in January! The Bravo folks have been really great about letting me figure out what the hell the show is, » Griffin said when we reached out to congratulate her. « We started with 12 episodes, and it’s my favorite job I’ve ever had. I’m having the time of my life. I love it … As far as I know, we’re going to stay on Thursdays at 10, and I’ve been told we’re going to start the first week in January. »“Bravo’s relationship with Kathy Griffin has outlasted Katie and Tom’s, Ashton and Demi’s, and while we won’t be couch jumping, we continue to be in awe of her quick wit, rude humor and spot-on analysis of pop culture and celebrity happenings,” Frances Berwick, President of Bravo Media, said in a statement.As for her schedule until January, Griffin is still touring regularly, and she’s got a packed schedule of comedy specials for her home network. « I would like to ask you overtly to make the point that no comedian has ever done four specials in one year, much less a female comedian. We are still fighting the good fight of females in comedy, and I am not gonna have it from these gals that are saying that sexism in comedy doesn’t still exist because it does, » Griffin said. « So I was like, ‘Fine. I won’t do one special a year. I won’t do two. I will be doing four in one year. Chris Rock was like, ‘You’re doing a special a year for four years?’ And I said, ‘No, no, no — I’m doing four in one year.’ Then Jon Stewart was like, ‘Why do you wanna do a special a year?’ And I was like, ‘No … I’m doing four.’ Watch a sneak peek of « Seaman 1st Class » here, then keep reading for more on finally allowing celebrity guests on « Kathy, » wanting guests to sit on her face and getting into Tumblr with her pal Cher.The first season of « Kathy » had several « did that just happen? » moments, but I’m entertained any time you whore your assistant Tiffany out to random firemen … There are so many moments that stick out from the first few episodes, but people are fascinated by Tiffany. They fell in love with her on « The D-List » and now she’s lost all this weight. I get all these tweets about her — she’s our Carrie Bradshaw. She represents that single girl in the city, and I love that she totally wears clothing from the Kardashian Kollection at Sears. She is now juggling some bitches — I think she was texting with one of the firemen, then that didn’t work out, so she was texting with the guy she met on our fake dating game, and they really went out on a date, and tomorrow night she’s having girls night at something called Tequila Tuesdays. She’s living the dream. I love it. You know, when , you were pretty adamant about not having celebrity guests, but that quickly changed. Is there a certain kind of celebrity you want to have on now?I kept saying, « No celebrities, no celebrities — or, if they come, they have to come to play and they have to know what they’re getting into. » It’s not going to be a typical talk show, and it certainly hasn’t been, if you saw the Jane Fonda episode. It certainly wasn’t Jane promoting « The Newsroom » and talking about her latest book. What’s great is that every single celebrity came to me, including Jane. Jane said, « I heard you have a show, and I’d love to come on. » We were emailing back and forth, and you’d think I was trying to talk her out of it because I was like, « I don’t think you know how loose this show is — it’s a very loosey-goosey, kind of a European-style show, where all three people are on the couch at once, and you can’t just promote stuff. » She’s like, « I won’t promote anything. Sounds great. » And then, of course, when she came on, clearly she had never seen the show, but she was great. She just immediately took to my mother, which I knew she would, and wanted to get my mom’s anti-aging secrets. Little does she know it’s wine and cheese from a bottle. But that show is one I’m so proud of — that’s really what I hoped would happen, with civilians or celebrities, that kind of conversation. Lisa Ling was so perfect because she’s so smart, and she’s able to make fun of herself. And that’s what I loved about Anderson Cooper. It all started with Chelsea Handler — Whitney Cummings said, « Oh Kathy’s going to do a show! » and Chelsea said, « I want to come on. » And I said, « Oh no, no, no … people have to really let it rip, and I just don’t trust celebrities. » She said, « Do you have a first guest? » And I said, « Yeah, it’s my dog walker and a couple of friends. » And she was like, « You’re insane. » Having her and Whitney on with my dog walker was really perfect. He’s a very real person, and he is someone that I classify as my favorite guest, just unintentionally funny. I’m still going to continue to mix it up with whatever celebrities come to me, come to play and kind of know what they’re getting into. Well you have all these famous friends who want to support you … Yesterday, Cher called me and she was on speaker and Ryan the dog walker came to pick up the dogs, and he’s like, « Oh my god — Cher can yell at me anytime. » And I said, « Well, who knows, Ryan? It could be in your future. »I love your life.It’s crazy! It’s just taken years of brow-beating Hollywood down until they finally realized it was a joke. I went to see the Celine Dion show a few weeks ago in Vegas, and I’ve met her a few times, but I don’t know her well, and I certainly don’t know her to be somebody who’s necessarily thrilled with the way I’ve portrayed her in my act. But then I get a call from her assistant, and she wants to see me afterward and hang out, and I’m like, « Really? » And she was lovely, and we took a couple funny pictures. She gave me the highest compliment — she said [in her Celine Dion accent], « And remember: Keep me in your act. I want to still feel like I am hot! » It’s really been fun. Celebrities are finally getting, after all these years, that it’s a joke. I’m having less celebrity rage. Fewer celebrities leave the room when I enter — though there’s still a few. And now they come on the show to have fun. I’m going to f— with them, but I’m not in the business of ruining careers. I’m going to make a joke at your expense, and I’m certainly going to make 10 more at my expense, but nobody’s going to leave in tears. Ironically, Anderson was on my show a week before he came out. And yet, I certainly in a million years wasn’t going to out him for ratings. Never! But you probably had a moment of like, « Couldn’t you have just done it a week earlier maybe? I didn’t want to do it, but couldn’t you have done it on my show? »[Laughs.] Well, I think when he was saying things like, « Bitch, what are you doing? » And, « Girl, it’s not gonna happen » … that’s the kind of conversation that I live for on the « Kathy » show. I guess if I want to refer to the couch as « my face » and ask the guests to « sit on my face, » that may not work with Anderson, but I think it would be unique to have a talk show where I can invite guests to sit on my face. But you know what? I don’t win every battle with Bravo. That may not be my new logo … I may not be able to convince Bravo to go from « Watch What Happens » to « Sit On My Face. »You do always pick great names. I loved « Tired Hooker, » so congrats on the Emmy nomination.I was very, very excited that « Tired Hooker » got nominated. I truly wasn’t counting on it; it was a genuine surprise. Once again, I’m out to crush the Kennedy Center Honors because they win that category every single year. But I’m just happy to, once again, give the Academy a title that they should at least consider would be funny to hear: « And the Emmy goes to ‘Tired Hooker.’ » America just wants to hear it! Even if it’s a mistake or there’s a tie, or oh my gosh I made a mistake — I just want somebody who has been in a lot of episodes of « Law & Order » or someone from « The Newsroom » to have to stand there and say, « And the Emmy goes to ‘Tired Hooker.’ » I have dreams. And this new special has « Seaman » in the title. It does, though it’s spelled in the nautical fashion. Once again, Bravo didn’t want to name it that, but I was doing it in Long Beach … and I wasn’t on the Queen Mary, but there were plenty of queens onstage and in the audience, and I stood in front of a gigantic poster of the Queen Mary. [Laughs.] So I thought « Seaman: 1st Class » was completely appropriate.Who are your biggest targets in this one?The Baptist church, I have a new and improved prison fan letter and I talk about Grammys — there’s a lot of backstage dirt from the Grammys. And there’s a new and updated Cher story. Everybody loves Cher. I did a Tumblr with her, and you should check it out because it just went live: . The gays are abuzz with excitement because I went to Cher’s last week and I made her do my make-up and then we did an impromptu iPhone photoshoot. They’re not exactly the level of photography status that she’s used to … but it’s a lot of glitter. »Seaman: 1st Class » premieres Thurs., July 26, 10 p.m. ET; « Kathy » returns to Bravo Thursday nights in January.Tell us: Are you excited for more Kathy and more « Kathy » on TV?Also on HuffPost:TORONTO – Only a small percentage of Canadian women appear to opt for breast reconstruction following mastectomy, despite the safety of the procedure and its positive effects on a patient’s self-esteem, researchers say.In a review article in this week’s Canadian Medical Association Journal, Toronto researchers say there is a dearth of data on how many women in the country are currently having reconstructive surgery after mastectomy for breast cancer.But rates in Canada have been historically low, said principal author Dr. Toni Zhong, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital.An Ontario study in 1994-95 found a breast reconstruction rate of 7.7 per cent, while a 1991 analysis for Nova Scotia showed 3.8 per cent of women in that province had the procedure.In contrast, rates were higher in Australia (almost 10 per cent in 1982), Denmark (14 per cent, 1999) and England (16.5 per cent, 2006). In the United States, breast reconstruction rates rose from as low as 3.4 per cent in 1985 to a high of 42 per cent in 1997 at specialized cancer centres.Use of immediate reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy has also increased in the U.S., in part due to a recommendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons in 2001 to incorporate the practice in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer. »All I can say from this review is that this isn’t a topic that has been visited, » said Zhong. « At least in Ontario, this topic hasn’t been visited since the mid-1990s. »National statistics on breast reconstruction aren’t kept, but Zhong and her colleagues are now trying to gather that information province by province. »A lot of us have a hunch that maybe Canada is lagging behind what … (other) high-income countries are doing. But we don’t know. »Research has shown that breast reconstruction performed at the same time as mastectomy for women with early-stage cancer is a « completely safe practice to do from a cancer perspective and it’s actually a good thing to do for patients because they get benefit from it, » she said.Zhong said women tell her that having a breast surgically restored enhances their feeling of being whole and feminine. »And I think when you look down and you don’t have the mastectomy scar and instead you have a fairly normal-looking breast mound, it’s less of a reminder that you went through this cancer treatment. »It’s a sense that you’ve put this battle behind you. »At cancer centres like Princess Margaret Hospital, Zhong said there is a concerted effort to identify mastectomy patients who are good candidates for immediate breast reconstruction and offer them the surgery. »But that’s on an institution basis and we want to see that this uptake is going to be uniform across the country, whether you live in Nova Scotia or Saskatchewan or Ontario, whether you live in a rural place versus an urban place, that shouldn’t matter, » she said.Zhong said there is a misconception that for older women, it’s not safe to do breast restoration. But she said that’s not true. »It has to do with their physiological age or how healthy they are. One really healthy, fit 60-year-old is not the same as a 40-year-old who’s diabetic, a smoker, obese. So there are other factors that play into this and make someone a good candidate or not a good candidate. »Factors that would preclude immediate reconstruction include whether a women will need followup radiation and the stage of cancer at diagnosis. If called for, radiation should be started within three months of mastectomy, but that critical treatment could be delayed if reconstruction healing isn’t complete.And for women with later-stage breast cancer prescribed radiation and chemotherapy — because of concerns about recurrence — reconstruction will usually be postponed for at least two years, she said.Zhong said once researchers have a better sense of current breast reconstruction rates across the country, the next step would be for medical experts to develop national guidelines outlining which patients are good candidates for the surgery and would benefit most. »Once we decide that, then all women, whether you live in Thunder Bay or live in downtown Toronto should know about these guidelines. And I think that’s the best way to make this uniform across the board. »WATCH: TORONTO — Women who lose a breast to cancer report improvements in their state of mind and well-being three weeks after breast reconstruction surgery, a new survey indicates.However, 20 per cent of the women experienced minor or major complications related to the reconstruction surgery, and many of the women were grappling with significant deterioration in the strength of their abdomen — the donor site for tissue to reconstruct the breast.But study co-author Dr. Toni Zhong said that even when complications, lack of strength at the donor site, scarring and time off work were factored in, the positives outweighed the negatives. »The overwhelming answer was these patients did not regret it and were highly satisfied, » said Zhong of the University Health Network Breast Restoration Program at the University of Toronto.The women were questioned three weeks after their surgery, when they were still recovering and probably still in pain, and again three months after the surgery. »As early as three weeks, these patients were reporting really quite significant improvement in all sorts of quality-of-life issues, like psychosocial well-being, sexual well-being, body image and things like that, » said Zhong.She and her colleagues collaborated on the research with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.The study is published Monday in the early online edition of Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society.The 51 women who were surveyed didn’t have implants, but rather surgeries utilizing tissue from the abdomen: free muscle-sparing transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous (TRAM) flap reconstruction or a deep inferior epigastric artery (DIEP) flap reconstruction.Zhong said muscle-sparing surgery was first described in the literature about a decade ago, and has become more popular in the last five years.She said only four surgeons in Toronto, and a total of about 10 plastic surgeons in Canada, do these breast reconstructions which require specialized fellowship training, equipment and nursing staff, and competence using a microscope during surgery to hook up blood vessels.Many of the complications reported in the study were minor, Zhong said, such as a stitch coming through the skin or scabbing that required dressing changes.Major complications were defined as having to return to the operating room for unexpected reasons, and this was the case for about 10 per cent of the patients surveyed, she said. Eventually these patients healed fine too. »Despite having even a major complication, though, these patients reported that they felt overall the reconstruction achieved the purpose that they wanted, » she said.Zhong was surprised by the findings on abdominal outcomes, as patients are normally counselled that the donor site should be back to normal at eight weeks.Complaints about abdominal weakness could include difficulty lifting groceries, for example, or getting out of bed — instead of just sitting up, the woman might have to roll onto her side first. »Maybe there are things we can do before surgery to optimize these patients’ conditions. For example, maybe it’s a good idea for us to have a devoted physiotherapist who can focus on doing abdominal strength training before surgery, » she said.The research will help doctors counsel patients about the pros and cons of surgery so they know what to expect, she indicated.Dr. Melinda Musgrave, a plastic surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital who was not involved in the research, said the study looks at what she calls the « Cadillac of breast reconstruction » that uses abdominal tissue and tries to save muscle. »She’s shown a pretty consistent outcome, that patients in the long run are pretty happy about reconstructive surgery, and that as early as three weeks afte

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