She's creating the kind of easy and easy to love hits that get stuck in your head and literally never leave. She is making the music that even those who outsell her ten to one should be making, if they were smart.
Parenting is complicated; we all know how painful and difficult it can be at times. We all measure ourselves by comparing our situation with what others are doing -- we might tell ourselves, "I'm choosing this job, so it's OK, I am a good mom."
In a creative mashup of two of America's most racially-charged cases, Law & Order: SVU's "American Tragedy" had Paula Deen shooting Trayvon Martin, and getting away with it despite some deep-fried epithets.
Detective Deval Bullock, who had been on duty since 4:00 a.m. and hadn't slept in 17 hours, fired a bullet that pierced Sal's heart. Unfortunately Sal's very last words were directed to the guy he thought was his friend: "Dude, what are you doing?"
"What are they shooting?" I ask, breathing hard. "Law and Order," she replies. She's not happy to see me, and who can blame her? My t-shirt is ragged, I haven't yet shaved and I probably haven't brushed my teeth, either.