Wedding Dress Made Of Silk From Parachute That Saved WWII Pilot’s Life On Display At Cradle Of Aviation Museum

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 75-year-old wedding gown is now part of the Cradle Of Aviation Museum’s collection on Long Island. But, what’s so special about it?

As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Thursday, silk from the dress once saved a man’s life and now helps tell the story of a generation.

Most wedding dresses tell a love story. This one has a history lesson woven into its silk threads.

The gown was worn by Kate and Mike Braet’s mother in 1945. It’s made out of the World War II parachute that saved their father’s life.

“Something that was meant to save somebody from a crashing plane, then became the parachute that carried them throughout their marriage,” Kate Braet said.

The siblings’ father, George, was a young army pilot who flew in dangerous missions to defeat Hitler in Europe.

His plane took on enemy fire, but flying metal lodged into his folding parachute.

“My father came home with this parachute filled with holes,” Kate said. “If the parachute were not there, it would have killed him.”

Their father’s future bride, Evelyn, grateful her beloved George survived, started a labor of love.

Silk was in short supply during wartime.

“My mother got the idea to have that parachute transformed into this beautiful gown,” said Mike Braet.

Evelyn toiled to gently remove Army/Navy lettering, then masterfully salvaged the tattered pieced.

Although it is yellowed with time, the dress is worthy of a museum.


It was donated to the Cradle of Aviation Museum to teach visitors about the bravery, sacrifice and ingenuity of the Greatest Generation.

“It’s just one story of millions, I’m sure, of what people went through during the war… and how difficult it was,” said Mike. “My parents are now going to live forever.”

“The museum is not just a collection of hardware and nuts and bolts. We try to tell interesting stories about people… who flew in the airplanes,” said curator Joshua Stoff.

Parachutes were harnessed to pilots’ backs and used as seat cushions during WWII.

This one became the foundation for more than 60 years of marriage.

“The story goes beyond us, because it’s a story of love. It’s a story of bravery. It’s a story of hope. It’s a story of future,” said Kate.

The museum will put the dress on display periodically to protect the silk from falling apart due to light exposure.

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Model inspired by search for extra-terrestrial life calculates risk of COVID-19 transmission

Model inspired by search for extra-terrestrial life calculates risk of COVID-19 transmission
Credit: Marissa Lanterman / Johns Hopkins University

What are the chances of finding advanced civilizations beyond Earth? In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake developed a mathematical formula to estimate the probability of finding intelligent aliens in the Milky Way. His simple equation, consisting of only seven variables, stimulated new discussion about an otherwise puzzling phenomenon. Decades later, his famous formula continues to influence the search for extra-terrestrial life in the universe.

Inspired by the Drake equation, fluid mechanics experts from the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering have developed a formula to answer the question of the moment: What determines someone’s chances of catching COVID-19?

In a paper published in the Physics of Fluids, the researchers present a mathematical model to estimate the risk of airborne transmission of COVID-19. Insights from this new model could help assess how well preventative efforts, like mask-wearing and social distancing, are protecting us in different transmission scenarios.

“There’s still much confusion about the transmission pathways of COVID-19. This is partly because there is no common ‘language’ that makes it easy to understand the risk factors involved,” says Rajat Mittal, co-author of the paper and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. “What really needs to happen for one to get infected? If we can visualize this process more clearly and in a quantitative manner, we can make better decisions about which activities to resume and which to avoid.”

What’s becoming clear is that COVID-19 is most commonly spread from person to person through the air, via small respiratory droplets generated by coughing, sneezing, talking, or breathing, according to a commentary published by 239 scientists in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

But the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 depends heavily on the circumstances, Mittal says. The team’s model considers 10 transmission variables, including the breathing rates of the infected and non-infected persons, the number of virus-carrying droplets expelled, the surrounding environment, and the exposure time. Multiplied together, these variables yield a calculation of the possibility that an individual will be infected with COVID-19.

The proposed formula is called the Contagion Airborne Transmission inequality, or CAT inequality for short.

Model inspired by search for extra-terrestrial life calculates risk of COVID-19 transmission
Credit: Marissa Lanterman / Johns Hopkins University

“The CAT inequality is particularly useful because it translates the complex fluid dynamical transport process into a string of simple terms that is easy to understand,” says Charles Meneveau, a professor in Mechanical Engineering and co-author of the study. “As we’ve seen, communicating science clearly is of paramount importance in public health and environmental crises like the one we are facing now.”

Depending on the scenario, the risk prediction from the CAT inequality can vary greatly. Take the gym, for example. We’ve all heard that exercising indoors at a gym can increase your chances of getting COVID-19, but how risky is it really?

“Imagine two people on treadmills at the gym; both are breathing harder than normal. The infected person is expelling more droplets, and the non-infected person is inhaling more droplets. In that confined space, the risk of

Watch: ‘All My Life’: Couple accelerate wedding due to cancer in new trailer

Oct. 19 (UPI) — Harry Shum Jr. and Jessica Rothe want to move up their wedding following a cancer diagnosis in the new trailer for upcoming film All My Life, which is based on a true story.

Shum stars as Solomon Chau, with Rothe as his fiancee Jennifer Carter, in the clip released on Monday.

Solomon is diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, putting the couple’s planned summer wedding in jeopardy. The pair’s family and friends launch an online fundraiser to help make the wedding happen in two weeks.

The fundraiser leads to an outpouring of support from people around the world.

Marc Meyers is directing, based off a script by Todd Rosenberg. Kyle Allen, Chrissie Fit, Jay Pharoah, Marielle Scott and Keala Settle also star.

All My Life will be released into theaters on Dec. 4.

“Everyone who had the privilege to witness Sol during his darkest hours will remember him as the one in the room with the biggest smile; the one who wanted to make sure that everyone around him was okay; and the one who took the challenges that life had given him and found a way to make the most of it. He will always be someone who gave the world his all, and in his time of need, the world gave it right back. It is an honor to be sharing our story with the world through this film,” the real Carter said about All My Life in a statement.

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Jewelry Designer Annoushka Will Capture Your Life Story In Seven Charms

Designers across the globe are offering a charming alternative to more formal fine jewelry. Although staples such as variety of diamond studs and solitaire pendants will always be classics, charms representing symbolic or sentimental motifs, talisman of luck love or protection or miniature jewels with spiritual significance have, over the past five years, have hit a responsive chord with women who want to reflect their individuality and create their own narratives told through their jewelry. The designers who have thought out of the box to create unique takes on charms are those worth watching especially now when have turned inward to find strength, resilience and some joy in life that has changed drastically.

Enter Annoushka Ducas who has been designing charms for approximately 30 years and is celebrating her company’s 10th anniversary. To commemorate the event, she has created what she calls an “18K gold biography” entitled “My Life In Seven Charms,” which is completely bespoke and based on each client’s deeply personal, memorable and emotional times as well as hobbies, superstitions and beliefs that tell the story of their lives in tiny treasures. 

Annoushka has been obsessed with miniature objects for as long as she can remember. As a young girl her mother, who traveled throughout the world would bring Annoushka back a charm from each place she visited. This fueled her love of these small works of art which she then turned into a thriving business with her husband John Ayton when they launched Links of London (which revolved around charms) in 1990. After 16 years sold the company to Folli Follie in 2006. When Annoushka launched her own collection, she knew it would be based around pieces that were connected to significant memories and moments in a woman’s life. Her charms, whether romantic or whimsical are three-dimensional and feature intricately detailed moving parts.

Why seven? It’s a lucky number and also what Annoushka considers to be the perfect amount of charms for a bracelet, although she says they can be worn on a necklace as well.

Annoushka works one on one with each client, talking to them about different aspects that represent their lives and then begins to work on each charm and customizes them into jewels akin to three-dimensional wearable chapters that tell each client’s unique story. “I am fascinated by this part of the process when I can learn about the personal, romantic, quirky and humorous aspects of my client’s lives.” This process fuels her imagination and culminates in captivating, imaginative charms. The process takes three to six months and the seven charm bracelets start at £35,000. Each bracelet is replete with a scrapbook of photos and memories that provided inspiration for each of the charms.

Annoushka launched the collection with a bracelet she created for

Dave Ramsey: The love of your life can’t manage money. Should you call off the wedding?

Editor’s note: Money expert Dave Ramsey is CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven best-selling books, including “The Total Money Makeover.” His radio show “The Dave Ramsey Show” is heard by more than 16 million listeners each week on 600 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Each week he answers a question about personal finance in his “Dave Says” column. 

Dear Dave,

My boyfriend lives in a different state, and I’m planning to move there when we get married.


I know I love him, but sometimes he is not what I consider to be responsible with money.

There have been times in the past when he has taken out small loans or paid bills late in order to buy something he wanted.


How can I talk to him about this?


Dear Heather,

If it were me, I think I’d make sure things move a little more slowly in the relationship until he gets his spending under control.

Sometimes when things like this happen it’s just a situation where a person needs to learn the benefits of budgeting and handling money in a mature, responsible way.


You can’t do something if you haven’t been taught how to do it, and hopefully, this is the case with your boyfriend.

You mentioned marriage, so that tells me you’re both taking this relationship seriously—that you’re in the process of making sure you want to spend the rest of your lives with each other.

Bring it up gently, and tell him why you’re concerned. Share your hopes and dreams for the future with him.


You might even offer to help him make out a monthly budget. That way, once he understands the process and value of spending money on paper before the month begins, it will be easier for him to stick to it.

Good luck, Heather!


Dave Ramsey is a seven-time #1 national best-selling author, personal finance expert, and host of The Dave Ramsey Show, heard by more than 16 million listeners each week. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Today Show, Fox News, CNN, Fox Business, and many more. Since 1992, Dave has helped people regain control of their money, build wealth and enhance their lives. He also serves as CEO for Ramsey Solutions.


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Ask Amy: Advice for the Real World

Dear Amy: About eight years ago, I gave my 4-year-old godson a train set for Christmas. He enjoyed it and we played with it together for several years. He eventually outgrew it.

Now, he is 12. He recently discovered the train set in the closet. He wanted to sell it to get money to buy some AirPods, which cost about what he could get for the train set. So, with his parents’ help, he put it online, sold it, and got the AirPods.

I think this is great! I believe that once you give a gift, it is theirs to do with as they please, and it does not bother me.

The problem is, my wife of four years does not agree. She thinks it was extremely rude of my godson and his parents to sell a personal gift that I got him for Christmas without at least consulting me about it.

I told my wife that even though it might have been nice for them to tell me that they were going to do this, I honestly do not care.

I am worried that my wife is going to say something about this to my godson’s parents (she has indicated that she will).

We socialize with them often (they are one of very few in our pandemic circle). I don’t want her to create hard feelings.

Not only that, if it does come to that, should I side with my friends because I agree with them, causing my wife to be mad at me, or side with my wife, even though I disagree, just to make a more harmonious home?

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Fashion photographer Richard Avedon’s life was far from glamorous

It was easy to envy — even hate — Richard Avedon.

The legendary photographer, who died in 2004, traveled around the world shooting the most fabulous fashions, the most magnificent models, the most scintillating stars. He hobnobbed with Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Hutton. His artistic peers — shutterbugs like Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander — as well as critics scoffed or seethed at his lavishness, his four-story townhouse, fancy museum shows and commercial ad work. It didn’t help that he could be self-aggrandizing, with his expensive, overstuffed coffee table books and blown-up, larger-than-life prints.

Model Dovima poses in front of “Dovima with Elephants” — one of Avedon’s most famous fashion photos.
Model Dovima poses in front of “Dovima with Elephants” — one of Avedon’s most famous fashion photos.Brownie Harris/Corbis via Getty Images

Yet, underneath all that glitter and gloss, Avedon’s personal life was much messier, and more human.

“He suffered,” said Philip Gefter, who has written the new biography of Avedon, “What Becomes a Legend Most” (HarperCollins).

According to Gefter’s book, Avedon was constantly struggling. He agonized over his Jewishness, the collapse of his two marriages and his confused sexuality, including a young romance with a cousin.

“He spent his adult lifetime in therapy and psychoanalysis — not for no reason,” Gefter told The Post. “Growing up, he endured the prejudice of anti-Semitism. He endured a kind of homophobia; even though he had homosexual feelings, they were unwanted.” Plus, many of the women around him — his aunt, his sister, his second wife, Evelyn, and his dear friend, fellow photographer Diane Arbus, all suffered from some kind of mental illness.

“One of his qualities was that he was able to not only endure [all] that but prevail in terms of living a very constructive life anyway,” said Gefter. That quality also allowed him to create psychologically astute, clear-eyed and radical portraits of nearly every type of person in America in the second half of the 20th century, not just celebs but war mongers, civil rights leaders, ranchers and beekeepers.

“I felt like Avedon didn’t get his due in his lifetime. He was often dismissed as a fashion photographer, and then as a celebrity photographer, and I have always thought that he was more consequential than that,” Gefter said. “And I wanted to make that case.”

Richard Avedon was born in 1923 in Manhattan, the oldest of two children. His father, Jacob (Jack) Israel Avedon, was an immigrant from present-day Belarus who ran a successful dress shop. His mother, Anna, was a free spirit from a wealthy family who encouraged Dick’s love of the arts.

Richard Avedon posing with a portrait of his father in his NYC studio.
Richard Avedon posing with a portrait of his father in his NYC studio.Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

Yet Avedon’s childhood was hardly idyllic. Jack lost his business in the Great Depression, and was unduly harsh on young Dick (as everyone would call Avedon), who was sensitive and, alarmingly to Jack, uninterested in sports. Dick’s beloved younger sister, the beautiful, enigmatic, strangely silent Louise, was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teen. Dick was bullied as a kid for being a “sissy,”

Helping The Everyday Woman Discover Her Personal Style, Live Her Best Life, And Unlock Her Inner Empress

New York, NY / ACCESSWIRE / October 16, 2020 / Fashion has always been a core component of Keiana Armani’s life.

From a young age, she could be found glued to the television whenever a runway program was airing. Drawn to luxury pieces and timeless vintage classics, Keiana quickly developed a keen eye for style. As a child, her love for fashion provided inspiration and entertainment. As an adult, that same passion would prove to be her salvation. The product of a teen mother, Keiana’s upbringing was not without difficulty, raised by her mother and her grandparents, Keiana learned early on that she would need to work hard if she wanted to succeed. At age 15, she got her first job working at Burger King after school. Although the position was neither especially challenging nor lucrative, it taught her a few important lessons, including time-management and the value of hard work. Over the next few years, Keiana continued to work hard, attended college, and began a career working in the behavioral health field. Unfortunately, this position left her drained and uninspired. Battling weight gain and severe depression, Keiana knew she had to make a change if she wanted to provide a better life for herself and her young son. After reading a co-worker’s discarded copy of “Your Best Life Now” by Joel Osteen, Keiana found the motivation to make a radical life change. She began working out regularly and prioritizing her health once more.

Even in her darkest moments, her passion for fashion had never diminished. Armed with renewed confidence, Keiana decided to pursue fashion and within a few months launched her lifestyle and online fashion publication, Indigo Blue Style, and booked a bus ticket to New York Fashion Week. She showed up at the event lacking passes to any of the shows but equipped with determination and curiosity. She blogged her way through the entire week, attended multiple shows, and returned home inspired, with a vision for her own online fashion publication and the impact she could have on other women.

Over the next few years, Keiana dedicated herself to building her brand into the empire it is today. The blog features fashion, wellness, and lifestyle tips for the everyday woman to live her very best life. A student at heart, Keiana has spent hours studying “The Greats” of fashion and design. While many other fashion bloggers simply focus on current trends, Keiana delves into fashion throughout history, researches the trends from each decade, and constantly discovers new vintage gems. This element of her brand sets her apart from the rest and lends a unique flair to each shoot she styles and every look she offers her audience as she time travels through fashion.

While Keiana has been fortunate enough to work with multiple high profile brands and style dozens of editorial shoots, she continuously comes back to her true passion: empowering women.

“As women, we can do anything we put our minds to,” says Keiana. “I love working

Supermodel Mia Kang reveals how Muay Thai saved her life

Weak with hunger and weighing just 98 pounds, frail model Mia Kang collapsed into the arms of a stranger after a pervert followed her through the streets of Milan.

The creep, who had been pleasuring himself during the pursuit, backed off when the good Samaritan yelled at him in Italian. But the 2006 incident left Kang a wreck.

“I just wanted to go home, lock the door, get in bed and stay there,” recalls the 5-foot-9 Sports Illustrated beauty in her memoir “Knockout” (Abrams Books, out Oct. 20).

Fourteen years later, if the same thing happened, the sex pest might well be sipping his food through a straw. A much healthier Kang is a force to be reckoned with now that she combines modeling with professional Thai fighting.

“I wouldn’t advise charging at a man who is trying to come after you, but I would be far more confrontational,” the 31-year-old told The Post. “I don’t take s–t and I am not intimidated.

“I walk around with a confidence that makes me feel like a different person.”

Mia Kang's book
Mia Kang’s bookCourtesy

In fact, recovering anorexic Kang credits Muay Thai with saving her life.

“Without it, I think I would have spiraled further down into my eating disorders and depression,” said the Hong Kong-born Manhattan resident, who was bullied for being overweight as a child. “It opened a door for me and threw me a lifeline.”

Kang discovered the sport in 2016 — the same year she won the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search contest — at a time when she was starving herself to fit into size 2 clothes for high-profile fashion clients.

A succession of liquid-only diets plus the misuse of laxatives, diuretics and cigarettes took a toll on her mind and body. In her book, she admits to “suicidal thoughts,” wondering whether killing herself was the only escape from the “vicious cycle” of restricting and bingeing.

Thankfully, a 10-day vacation in Thailand altered Kang’s trajectory. She was intrigued after watching a group of Muay Thai fighters in action. She tried it for herself, leading her to stay on Koh Samui for six months working out at a no-frills gym on the island.

“How you look when you are training is the last thing on anybody’s mind,” said Kang, who was desperate for a break from her appearance-led industry. “It’s all about skill and knowledge. You check your ego at the door.”

Another bonus: She found it impossible to find the strength to fight without changing her destructive eating habits. Her weight stabilized after she ate “balanced meals” that were “in accordance to the physical activity I was doing every day.” As a result, she grew into a more sustainable size 4 to 6.

Mia Kang training in Thailand
Mia Kang training in ThailandCourtesy of Mia Kang

Explaining the lure of fighting, Kang added: “When I’m modeling, I feel like I am treated so preciously and delicately. People say: ‘Just sit in the chair and nobody touch her.’ With martial arts, it’s the

Enduring Life Under Occupation To Provide Cancer Prevention For Marginalized Palestinian Women

Imagine a four-hour daily commute to work. Imagine that the bus you take stops at multiple points–all passengers forced out, lined up by the roadside, questioned, padded down, bags and possessions searched, ID cards and work permits checked before allowed back on the bus which is thoroughly searched inside, out and under.

This is what the 28-year-old Palestinian breast cancer screening specialist, Elham Edaes faces daily because she is committed to providing cancer prevention screening to poverty-stricken, marginalized Palestinian women living in remote villages lacking access to water, electricity, healthcare clinics, and basic human rights.

Edaes and her husband, Amer El Fararjah (who has a law degree) are graduates of Jerusalem’s Al-Quds University–the world’s only university by a separation wall. The couple has come to terms with Amer’s travel restrictions since he served an eight-year prison term for anti-occupation activities following the death of his brother. They live in Bethlehem’s Area A with their five-year-old son Majd–six miles south of the Old City of Jerusalem within the West Bank.

Since 2015, Edaes has worked at Jerusalem’s Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) mobile mammography clinic. A program of Lutheran World Federated Department for World Service, in partnership with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), AVH opened in 1948 after the Arab-Israeli war to care for Palestinian refugees.

Since 2009, the hospital’s free mobile mammography clinic has brought cancer-screening, curative services to Palestine’s rural villages, refugee camps and underserved areas. Since last year nearly 2,800 Palestinian women were screened and over 8,600 trained to perform breast self-exams. Edaes, initially barred from entering Israeli territories, has a special “despite the ban” permit from her hospital to continue providing critical healthcare services.

Palestinian Women’s Right To Healthcare

“It’s the basic human and healthcare right of every Palestinian woman to have access to healthcare and life-saving tests and preventions. By raising awareness and providing preventive resources, we can reduce rising breast cancer rates among the Palestinian women,” Edaes explains the impetus for the mobile clinic was countless Palestinian women from remote villages checking into the hospital with stage three and four breast cancers. Breast cancer remains as the highest cause of cancer deaths among Palestinian women.

Less than 20 hospitals and a handful of mammography centers serve the five-million Palestinian population in the West Bank. There are over 56,000 Covid-19 cases in the occupied Palestinian Territories confirmed by WHO. Edaes doesn’t want the pandemic to sidetrack critical healthcare issues and considers the mobile clinic a lifeline for the marginalized Palestinian population whose low education and high poverty levels are compounded with a lack of access to