It’s All About the Accessories for the World’s Most Fashionable Dolls, 1959-1972

It’s All About the Accessories for the World’s Most Fashionable Dolls, 1959-1972


When todays Barbie doll(R) collector puts together an outfit for the worlds most fashionable doll, they soon find out that the bulk of the value lies in the shoes, hats, gloves, jewelry, and other important accessories. This reference guide is decked out with more than 1,700 images of accessories for Barbie, Skipper(R), Francie(R), Ken(R), and other fashionable dolls that were available from 1959 to 1972. Complete with values and a cross-referenced description of the outfits each accessory came with, this identification guide is an authority for collectors and a fun addition to any fashionistas library.

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The Garmin Vívomove Isn’t a Smartwatch. It’s a Smarter Watch

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What It’s Like to Be Black in China

Being black in China is not easy, but it’s not as bad as many would have you think, according to our two guests this week who are both black immigrants currently living in Beijing. Sure, people stare a lot and there are often some inappropriate questions about hair and skin color, but more often than not says Black Lives in China creator Nicole Bonnah, those awkward questions come from a good place — curiosity.

Nicole, originally from the United Kingdom, is a Beijing-based journalist who is embarking on an ambitious documentary film project about daily life for black immigrants living across China. One of the people Nicole interviewed for the film was Tiffany Johnson, an African-American educator also based in Beijing.

Tiffany, like Nicole, said China’s largely homogeneous culture and inexperience in dealing with diversity does lead to some awkward encounters, but she adds that it would be incorrect to label this “racism.” Compared to the United States, where race is a filter for almost everything in society, the Chinese are largely ignorant about issues of race. So when Chinese people say things that would otherwise be off-limits in Africa or the West, Tiffany and Nicole argue that because the intent isn’t the same as it would be if those same words were said in New York, London or Johannesburg, the impact is also different.

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Erebos: It’s a Game, It Watches You

Erebos: It’s a Game, It Watches You


Rights sold in 25 countries Translated into 23 languages Over 120,000 copies sold in Germany Winner of the highly prestigious Children’s Literature Prize (Jugendliteraturpreis) in 2011 An intelligent computer game with a disturbing agenda.” When 16-year-old Nick gets a package, he wonders if it will explain the behavior of his classmates, who have been secretive lately. The package contains the mysterious computer game Erebos. Players must obey strict rules: always play alone, never talk about the game, and never tell anyone your nickname. Curious, Nick joins the game and quickly becomes addicted. But Erebos knows a lot about the players and begins to manipulate their lives. When it sends Nick on a deadly assignment, he refuses and is banished from the game. Now unable to play, Nick turns to a friend for help in finding out who controls the game. The two set off on a dangerous mission in which the border between reality and the virtual world begins to blur. This utterly convincing and suspenseful thriller originated in Germany where it has become a runaway bestseller. “International praise for” Erebos: Like the game in the story, this book pulls the reader under its spell and doesn’t let go until the puzzle is solved. – “Buchkultur ” This year’s summer thriller – “Die Zeit ” This captivating book for young people about the danger of virtual worlds is impossible to put down. – “Brigitte Magazine ” A masterful, riveting thriller. – “Neue Zurcher Zeitung ” A super-suspenseful book full of insight about the fascination that computer games hold. – “Literature. de ” An unbelievably good book. – “Freizeitmagazin Weinheimer Nachrichten ” Plunges the reader into a fantasy world in the same way that Nick is drawn into his game. – “Eselsohr ” This thriller is a tour de force. – Kriminforum. de

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Coachella’s Man Braids, Face Decals and Dip-Dyed Hair: It’s Time For an Emergency Obsessed or Hot Mess

Coachella’s first weekend has come and gone — so as we look forward to weekend two, we’re left pondering the unexpected style moments that unfolded before our eyes: Kylie Jenner’s rainbow hair, a close-up video of her sister Kendall’s pierced nipple, and of course, Taylor Swift’s shocking platinum blonde shag. But between those big hair moments, there were a variety of other celebrity beauty looks require your vote.

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Bold hair color changes are expected during Coachella — but even though we’re used to Katy Perry surprising us with new hues, we weren’t quite ready for her bubblegum pink double topknots that stood out against her black hair, not to mention Bella Thorne‘s messy magenta braids, which seemed be to be harboring every black hair tie that we’ve lost this year.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Share the Same NSFW Graffiti-Covered – And It’s Causing Controversy

It’s no secret that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West love a twinning couple moment. After all, nothing says “bae belongs to me” quite like swaddling yourself in a beloved piece of clothing stolen out of your S.O.’s wardrobe. And that’s precisely what Mrs. West did yesterday, arriving at LAX in a pair of Yeezy PVC booties and her husband’s controversial, graffiti-scrawled jean jacket.

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Kim’s airport look was pure 90s rock and ‘roll glam, pairing her husband’s jacket with a black choker, button-up tank, ripped skinny jeans, a Birkin, and of course the aforementioned Yeezy boots the rapper had custom-made for his betrothed. While the reality star looked effortless making her way out of town, especially considering her standard latex attire, the borrowed jacket in question is currently at the center of a bit of artistic controversy.

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As it turns out, West’s beat-up, scribbled on denim isn’t the product of a late night punk music-fueled DIY session, but rather the work of Australian designer Pauly Bonomelli who has created a number of custom one-off pieces for Kanye, as well as A$ AP Rocky, featuring his signature heavily collaged, graffiti-inspired style.

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This particular piece is an homage to a real jacket worn by a homeless punk teenager named Tweeky Dave who was immortalized in the photography of Jim Goldberg and featured prominently in his 1995 book, Raised by Wolves. (Are you starting to see why this particular monograph may have caught Kanye’s eye?) The rapper’s jacket isn’t an exact replica, but it does pull a number of lines of text straight from Goldberg’s images of the drug-addled teen, and according to i-D the photographer is not happy about it.

Goldberg, who still owns Dave’s original design, told the magazine, “For the jacket to become sold as fashion — it really put me over the edge. The spirit and intention of Kanye could be right, but the manner in which he is presenting it is wrong. All meaning has been lost. [He’s] forgetting history — not acknowledging where that design came from is wrong.”

Kanye has yet to make an official statement regarding the piece of denim or his artistic appropriation, however, it’s kind of an amazing testament to the fashion influence of Ye that when he wears a jacket emblazoned with “Nazi tweeks rule” and “F— Off and Die” no one even bats an eye.

What do you think of Kim and Kanye’s jean jacket? Would you wear it?

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This informative title offers basic facts about calves. Beautiful full-page photos and easy-to-read sentences will engage young readers. Help early learners gain reading practice and develop and reinforce language and reading skills with this fun series. Did You Know facts and a comprehensive Calf Quiz are included. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Sandcastle is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean” Music Video Is Here and It’s So Good

There was a lot of buzz surrounding Justin Bieber's performance of "What Do You Mean?" at the MTV Video Music Awards (mostly because some, uh, tears were shed…), but that's not all: The singer also…


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Taylor Swift Sings ‘Smelly Cat’ With Lisa Kudrow And It’s Glorious

Taylor Swift has brought some unexpected guests on stage during the course of her “1989” tour, but bringing former “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow up to sing “Smelly Cat,” well, that’s just genius.

For her fifth show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Swift and Kudrow sang a simple, but beloved song of a smelly cat, and it was glorious:

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For her final LA show, Swift didn’t skimp on the special guests. In addition to Kudrow, the pop star also brought out her BFF Selena Gomez to sing “Good For You,” and Justin Timberlake to sing “Mirrors.”


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24 Hours — It’s Not As Long As You Think

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A few times a year, something magical happens in my world. I find myself in possession of something akin to the Holy Grail — 24 hours without any plans. When I realize that one of these days is on the horizon, it captures my full attention, and I go to extreme lengths to protect it. And then I start to fantasize about all of the wonderful things I’m going to do with this precious, empty day. The adventures I’m going to have, the radical self-care I’m going to partake in, the trombone practice, the photography expedition, and as sad as it is, I’ve even fantasized about using some of these days to finally catch up on work. My expectations start to soar, and more often than not I find myself starting to stress about how I’m going to fit it all in.

I’ve been doing a lot of mindfulness work lately, in particular trying to play the role of “curious observer” to my thoughts and behaviors. It was through this curious observation that I came to a shocking realization this week.

Things take time.

Quite a lot of time, actually. And no matter how much we try to multitask (which is not only counterproductive but may even be damaging to our brains), or use the latest “productivity hack” to expand it, time isn’t going to change to meet the demands of our busy schedule.

It’s no secret that those demands have grown, seemingly exponentially, during our lifetimes. While a lot of progress has been made on the convenience and efficiency fronts, the expectations about what we do with all that saved time have escalated out of control. Some of those expectations we place on each other (we’ve all got our “thing”, and we all want our friends and family to come watch/play/do it with us), but most of them come from within. We expect from ourselves nothing less than the perfect body, perfect relationship, perfect career, perfect home… and the list goes on. But guess what?

Mastery takes time.

10,000 hours of deliberate practice to be exact, according to Malcolm Gladwell in the bestselling book Outliers. And even that won’t get you there if you’re not starting with some key talent or genetic qualities. But let’s consider that for a moment — 10,000 hours. If you were to spend two hours per day of deliberate practice on just one of those things (which is pretty ambitious for most of us), every single day, it would take about 13 years and 8 months to achieve mastery (which is as close to perfection as any of us can hope for).

Knowing this rule of thumb arms us with information to help reshape the expectations we place on ourselves. Namely:

  1. Pick a thing to be the thing you’re really, really good at. Maybe two. But no more than that, because if you do, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
  2. For those one or two things, calculate where you’re at on your journey to mastery using the 10,000 hour rule, and reset your expectations for achieving mastery based on the amount of time you are willing to commit in the future.
  3. For all of the other things you used to aspire to perfection in, create a new expectation that is more realistic based on the amount of time you are willing to commit to it.
  4. Next time you notice yourself stressing about being too busy, look at your schedule objectively and be honest with yourself about where you’re placing expectations on yourself that you could ease up on. If you think everything is being imposed on you by others, think again. We often tell ourselves this to avoid taking responsibility for our own experience.

Incidentally, today was one of those days for me — magically uncluttered by commitments. What did I do? A yoga class, a hike with my dog followed by giving her a bath, some laundry, took a nap, ate delicious, simple, healthy food, and wrote this post. Maybe half of what I had wanted to do. But I’ve been reminding myself all day that time is what it is, and I did the things that were most important to me first. It’s not easy, but I’m starting to accept that time is a more powerful force than I will ever be, and I can spend my life fighting it or get more realistic and work with it.

How would you describe your relationship with time? And how could you improve it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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A Simple Way To Know When It’s OK To Ask A Woman If She’s Pregnant

Mom Carrie Saum was fed up with people assuming her “squishy” belly was a “baby bump,” so she made a helpful video and flowchart to let people know when it’s OK to ask a woman if she’s pregnant.

According to Saum, there are only two scenarios when it’s appropriate: If she tells you she’s pregnant and you respond, “Really? What? You’re pregnant?” or if you’re in the room where she is giving birth and see the baby crowning or witness the C-section taking place.

“The bottom line here is that women’s bodies are not your business,” the mom explains, adding, “If a woman wants you to know, she’ll tell you.” 

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4 Things to Remember When You Want to Get Married, But It’s Not Happening

Back when I was in my early to mid-20s I was worried and concerned about getting married, but every attempt to create a stable, loving and committed relationship turned into an utter failure.

Based on what I’ve learned, here are four things to remember when you want to get married, but it’s not happening:

#1 — You gotta focus on making yourself happy.

Be your own best friend. Learn how to love your life whether there is a guy in your life or not. The more joyful and loving that you are when alone with yourself, the better because others are going to recognize that energy that you are putting out.

And trust me — being joyful, happy, and loving is a lot more attractive then being depressed, self-conscious, and anxious. Just imagine what it’d be like going on a date with someone who is really depressed, self conscious and anxious. Would you want to go out with them again? Enough said.

#2 — Know that you deserve and are capable of having a loving relationship.

We can be happy and joyful in our lives and with ourselves all we want, but if we don’t think that we deserve and are capable of having a loving and joyful relationship that can turn into a successful marriage then it’s not going to happen. We have to really truly know and believe that we are worthy.

Doing this doesn’t have to be super complicated. It can happen at any given moment that you choose to fully admit to yourself and the universe what it is that you truly desire and you choose to fully know you are worthy. And, as a result, the universe can respond very quickly.

I know this very well from experience. A few years ago I was traveling in Japan after spending several months suffering with the aftermath from a breakup. I was working on being happy by myself but nothing new came along because I didn’t really believe I was ready for a new relationship. I deeply believed that I’d screw any new relationship up. I didn’t trust myself.

While walking around the Golden Pavillion (Kinkai-ju) in Kyoto I saw a section where you could buy candles for various different things and light them for a prayer. These were all in English so I felt inclined to light one. At first I rationalized and started telling myself to do one for world peace, but my eyes kept going back to one that was for finding love.

In that moment, finally admitted to myself and the universe my true desire and I knew that I deserved it. I lit the candle and left — forgetting about it.

Later that day, upon trying to get to the airport, a storm came through that caused me to miss my flight. I ended up meeting a man in this this stressful situation who helped me with language translations. This man I ended up having a stable relationship with for about a year.

Which leads me to my next point…

#3 — Always be open to possibilities.

When we have this very specific picture of what it is that we want then we are not going to be open for all of the creative possibilities. We may overlook or not even allow ourselves to see what is right in front of us.

It’s okay to have some standards of what you want: Like someone who is honest, loyal, caring, and so on. But if we’re going so far as to being very particular about how someone looks, their job, or where they grew up then we may be blocking ourselves from being with who we are truly mean to be with.

Also, I think it’s very important to remember that when I say “be open to possibilities” it’s not about letting go of the desire completely. It’s not about shifting your thoughts in a way to be forcing yourself to be thinking, “I don’t want to get married” because that doesn’t leave you open to the potential of marriage ever. It’s like going up to the universe and saying “I’m closing up shop” and the universe is thinking, “But, wait, I had all these customers lined up for you. What gives?”

The key is to learn how to get into a neutral space of “I am happy and love my life no matter what happens”. It’s about letting go of any concern or worry about the outcome and being open for all creative possibilities. That creates the foundation for a real change (or miracle) to occur, internally and, ultimately, externally.

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Click to Tweet: When we let go of concerns about the outcome, we open ourselves to receive all the creative possibilities. via @jenilyn8705

#4 — Have faith.

Trust that what is going to happen will happen. Not all of us are meant to get married or have children by a certain age. It’s also true that not all of us are meant to only be married once. Things happen — it’s just the way life works out sometimes.

So trust and have faith that what comes to you is what is in your highest good. You have you own individual lessons to learn in this life that is totally unique to you. Nobody else shares those same specific lessons that you need to learn with you. So trust, have faith, and follow the flow of your own intuition and inner guidance.

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Let’s do #1: What can you start doing today to help yourself love your life more? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Jennifer is a self and relationship coach and the founder of JenniferTwardowski.com. Her mission is to help women create loving relationships with both others and themselves. Click here for her Free Self and Relationship Healing Meditation and weekly blog updates. To learn about how you can work with her, click here.

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It’s A ‘One Tree Hill’ Reunion!

No drama here! The “One Tree Hill” cast had a reunion Saturday night and — obviously — took some great pics to prove it. After all, they must know we need something to fill the void left by the show that practically ran our lives from 2003 to 2012.

Sophia Bush, who played Brooke Davis on the teen drama, shared a group photo on Instagram that included her former castmates Bethany Joy Lenz, Daphne Zuniga, Antwon Tanner and Paul Johansson.

Bush also shared a silly picture with her former co-star Bethany Joy Lenz, who played Haley on “One Tree Hill.” Ladies, we’re right there with you: 

so. many. FEELINGS #BigGirlsDontCry #YesTheyDo #Reunited #AndItFeelsSoGood #SoGoodWeSobbed #AllThe Feels

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UGH, miss you guys. 

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John Oliver Says It’s Time To End Discrimination Against Gays

John Oliver says it’s time for the federal government to finish the job when it comes to gay rights

Speaking on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday, Oliver pointed out that while gay couples now have the right to get married, they don’t have many other rights in much of the nation.

In some cases, they have no rights at all. 

Now Oliver is calling on the feds to extend basic civil rights protections to the gay community. 

“States have a checkered history when it comes to civil rights,” Oliver said. “Just look at Arkansas right now. Not only do they not have any anti-discrimination ordinances, earlier this year they actually passed an anti-anti-discrimination ordinance that prevents any city or county from extending civil rights protections to gay people.”

As Oliver pointed out, that’s the opposite of progress.

“It would be like if Apple suddenly introduced the iPhone 7 and it was a flip phone,” he said. “That’s still not as dumb as the Apple Watch… but it’s dumb.” 

Check it out in the clip above.  

 

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John Oliver Says It’s Time To End Discrimination Against Gays

John Oliver says it’s time for the federal government to finish the job when it comes to gay rights

Speaking on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday, Oliver pointed out that while gay couples now have the right to get married, they don’t have many other rights in much of the nation.

In some cases, they have no rights at all. 

Now Oliver is calling on the feds to extend basic civil rights protections to the gay community. 

“States have a checkered history when it comes to civil rights,” Oliver said. “Just look at Arkansas right now. Not only do they not have any anti-discrimination ordinances, earlier this year they actually passed an anti-anti-discrimination ordinance that prevents any city or county from extending civil rights protections to gay people.”

As Oliver pointed out, that’s the opposite of progress.

“It would be like if Apple suddenly introduced the iPhone 7 and it was a flip phone,” he said. “That’s still not as dumb as the Apple Watch… but it’s dumb.” 

Check it out in the clip above.  

 

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John Oliver Says It’s Time To End Discrimination Against Gays

John Oliver says it’s time for the federal government to finish the job when it comes to gay rights

Speaking on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday, Oliver pointed out that while gay couples now have the right to get married, they don’t have many other rights in much of the nation.

In some cases, they have no rights at all. 

Now Oliver is calling on the feds to extend basic civil rights protections to the gay community. 

“States have a checkered history when it comes to civil rights,” Oliver said. “Just look at Arkansas right now. Not only do they not have any anti-discrimination ordinances, earlier this year they actually passed an anti-anti-discrimination ordinance that prevents any city or county from extending civil rights protections to gay people.”

As Oliver pointed out, that’s the opposite of progress.

“It would be like if Apple suddenly introduced the iPhone 7 and it was a flip phone,” he said. “That’s still not as dumb as the Apple Watch… but it’s dumb.” 

Check it out in the clip above.  

 

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Harry Styles Falls Again Because It’s The Story Of His Life

Reuniting his butt with the floor once again, Harry Styles took another tumble at a concert in Toronto on Thursday.

It’s just the latest chapter in Style’s epic battle against gravity, which seems to have been going on for a while now:

Recently, during a time we assume he wasn’t falling to the seat of his pants, Styles and One Direction released the video for their new single. It’s called “Drag Me Down.”

Yeah, “Drag Me Down.” Has there ever been a more appropriate song title in the history of music?

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Doubt it.

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It’s Time to Start Shopping Fall 2015’s Best Ankle Boots

If you’re on the hunt for perfect fall ankle boots, your search officially stops here. The Chelsea boot, with its walkable heel and thick elastic panels, is a favorite pick for autumn, but also the perfect transitional item between seasons (and it might just become the most comfortable shoe in your closet). Snap up your ideal pair before certain sizes start becoming impossible to find, and begin them wearing immediately.

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The Shocking Truth About Tinder; It’s More Than Just a Hook-Up App!

Have you heard the news? Tinder is causing a ‘Dating Apocalypse.’ That’s right, this simple dating app is causing changes in human mating and dating behavior, the likes of which we’ve never seen before… that is, if you agree with the September Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales, “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse.” Not convinced? Browse over to the R.I. Health Department and read their conclusion that Tinder is one cause of the nation-wide rise in STDs. That’s one powerful app, right? Could it be true? Has Tinder forever changed the way people date?

What is Tinder and Why has it become the Focus of Debate?

Tinder is a free, location-based mobile dating app that simplifies the process most dating websites require. You simply download the app to your smart phone, link to your Facebook account, choose up to six photos of yourself, and write a brief bio. That’s it!

Then the game begins. The app shows you photos of singles based on your preferences. You swipe left if you don’t like them and swipe right if you do. If someone you like also swiped right on your photo, the app immediately informs you, “It’s a Match!” and urges you to begin chatting. Beware: Tinder is addictive. But, is it just a hook-up app for the ‘hit-it-and-quit-it’ culture, or is it something more?

The Appeal

If you’ve familiar with online dating, you may wonder what the appeal is, and how you can find someone worth your time given what little information the app gives and requires. But that’s what makes Tinder great. The app is simple, easy on the eye and feels like a game. The objective? To find matches and start conversations. And when you are matched, starting conversations is easier. After all, you know your match is also interested.

Tinder is more efficient because it doesn’t require answering a long series of questions to find the best matches for you. It’s a matter of choosing whether to swipe left or right. Sounds too simple, right? Well, not exactly. The decision-making process involved in using Tinder is both rational and emotional. You’ll rationalize your swiping decision based on age, distance and a short bio (if included). But let’s be honest, it’s all about the photos. Swiping left or right depends on how attractive you find a candidate, and that’s pure emotion.

Tinder Is Only for Hook-Ups.

If you believe the hype and speak to the wrong people, you’ll be convinced that Tinder is just another hook up app. But, dismissing this app would be a mistake, and I can give you 50 million reasons in 196 countries worldwide to convince you. Yes, Tinder is popular and widespread.

Over the past few months, I’ve used Tinder Plus (premium subscription / worldwide) to “informally research” Tinder users (women and men) across a wide age-range (25-50) all over the world. And No, I did not create fake profiles.

What I found? Almost 60 percent of all women who wrote a narrative in their profile included a reference to NOT wanting a hook-up. Here are examples copied from Tinder profiles in the United States:

Not looking for a hook-up, but thanks for the thought . . . Makes me feel all warm ‘n fuzzy, LOL.

NOT HERE FOR A HOOK-UP. KEEP YOUR STDs TO YOURSELF!

Looking 4 a match, not a F*** B****!

Hook-ups, please swipe left. XOXO

So, people are aware of Tinder’s “hook-up” reputation, yet they are still willing to try the application hoping to connect with someone who is also looking for a serious relationship. Are these women hiding their true intentions about hooking-up? I think not.

Can Tinder Lead to a Long-Term Relationship?

There’s plenty of discussion about the “seriousness” of mobile dating apps. In fact, many find them superficial because of how simple they are. Perhaps this adds to the app’s allure and charm. Whatever the case, Tinder is popular and has brought online dating to the masses. People who have considered online dating desperate find it much easier to download the simple app, link to Facebook and swipe away.

Indeed, there are plenty of twenty-somethings who are on Tinder for a quick hook-up. And, if you use it, you’ll probably find a match who swiped right to convince you to hook up with them. But you’ll find just as many interesting, attractive and successful people who are only interested in a committed relationship.

Afraid of matching and chatting with a married person? Yes, unfortunately it happens on Tinder! Oh, but wait, it also happens in bars, restaurants, at speed dating events, and through matchmaking services. It happens in life!

Does Tinder make hooking-up and casual sex easier? Yes, if you’re looking for it. But it makes finding meaningful relationships easier as well. What happens after you’re matched, depends on you and your partner. Trust your instincts and make sure your partner is on the same page. If someone makes you uncomfortable, un-match them, report the issue and move on.

Today’s technology, connectivity and innovative applications make connecting with and meeting new friends easy. But at the end of the day, you’re still the one who decides who you find attractive and with whom you want to spend your time. Tinder is just a tool — a portal to connect and introduce you to others. But it’s the biggest and baddest on the playground. And if you’re in the game, don’t you want to play with the best? Tinder is simple, quick, fun and free — and everyone seems to be doing it. If you’re single and looking, keep an open mind and check it out. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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Hey, Nightlife. It’s Not You. It’s Me.

Dear long nights and irrationally expensive tabs,

“If you love somebody, let them go.”

It’s not you, it’s me. I love my couch too much. I love the way my Blu-ray sparkles in the living room light. I love how I have my very own food court just feet away. Is it heaven? No, it’s my house. So, I guess yes. Yes it is.

I apologize if this has caught you off guard, if this appears to be a shock, I know we have had a solid relationship over the years – that one time after prom, those moments in college, the times when I’ve attempted to be social as an adult. Really, you’ve been great. More than great, in fact. You’ve taught me how to stay calm in tense situations. You’ve taught me how to conquer uncomfortable situations. You’ve taught me how to deal with inconsiderate houseguests. You’ve taught me that it is possible to spend that much money on Taco Bell. But I feel as if we’re growing apart, I feel as if you’re not invested in our relationship – that you’re not meeting me half way.

I don’t want to make this a big deal…On a scale of sleeping through an alarm to the possibility of Donald Trump being president, it’s probably a ‘the waiter got my order wrong at a restaurant’ type of thing. I just feel like honesty is the best way to go. So, here it is.

My issue starts even before “going out.” Pregaming is stressful (but necessary). I have to make a playlist? Then get judged on every song? No thanks. Oh, you’re bringing a +1? This isn’t an effing wedding. I don’t want to meet any new people.

Fast forward…looks like the pregame is over, please leave everything for me to clean up in the morning, I love that and it gives my life meaning! Now go have fun while I stay and lock up. And there’s more. Then the night actually begins. OK not so fast – one of your friends has to stay back with your other friend who is crying for some stupid reason.

Continuing on.

I’m sick of the long lines. I mean, what the f*ck? I don’t want to feel like I’m at Disney World every time I want to buy a drink. Also, what’s up with making me run into people from my past who I clearly don’t want to see? It’s like A Christmas Carol but with my exes. I HATE that. I mean, I reallllyy hate that.

And the small talk? God-awful. How can I concentrate on singing along to Ed Sheeran when I have to pretend like I care about what others are saying?

What twisted soul came up with the idea of a bar anyways? “Do you like strangers? Do you like standing awkwardly close to those strangers? And also paying money for things? And spending half the night deciding how to split the cab fare? Great! You’re going to love it here.”

That’s why I found a new, cool, progressive bar. It’s called my house. Everything is free, you are encouraged to wear sweatpants, only people I like are allowed in, there are unlimited movies, there’s a dog somewhere, you won’t lose your wallet every. frickin. night, and there are (literally) tubs of ice cream. Did I mention there is a cute dog that runs around? Oh, and beds are within walking distance, so you can get your steps in. Did I just change the party scene forever? You’re welcome.

What I’m trying to say is that there’s still hope for us, but if you want to make this work I’m going to need to see some effort. The least you could do is play some good music, not that top 40 B.S. Regardless of what happens we should totally stay friends, though. Ya know?

With sincerity (and in sweatpants),
Someone who is over “it”

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It’s Never Love at First Draft

Why would anyone want to read the original manuscript of a young writer who subsequently wrote a world-renowned classic, except to trace the development of that writer? Why, upon reading it, would anyone ascribe meaning to that manuscript so as to diminish, question or require a re-thinking of the writer’s fabulously successful published work? That first manuscript served as a waystation on a young writer’s journey to produce her novel, nothing else. It merits no consideration in and of itself.

Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman was not given an offer for publication back when it was first submitted to its publisher nearly 50 years ago, for a simple, perfect, reason: It was not good enough. This status quo endured for another simple reason: Harper Lee did not want it published, and her circle of intimates honored her preferences. Most likely, she did not view it as worthy of publication. After all, it was simply a draft and Lee was a champion of great writing.

I can only see one reason why Lee’s Go Set A Watchman found its way to publication in 2015: The self-interest of Lee’s publisher, HarperCollins trumped the author’s own long-standing and well-known preference. It’s hard to believe Ms. Lee cares about money after all these years, although not at all hard to believe that, with the passing of her older sister less than a year ago, who also served her advocate and legal protector, Lee was bullied into agreeing to publication.

It’s easy to imagine why Tay Hohoff, Ms. Lee’s original editor at J.B. Lippincott, worked closely with the then-budding writer to develop the rough manuscript she submitted into a different story. Simply, Ms. Hohoff didn’t believe the original story was worthy of publication, but she believed in the writer’s promise. Ms. Lee had work to do. A lot. The original manuscript may have shared the same locale and some main characters as the published novel, but that’s it. Kudos to the writer, and likely the editor as well, for reshaping instead of abandoning those ingredients and combining them into a masterpiece.

Having recently completed the years-long process of writing a recently published book, I can easily imagine how Harper Lee’s experience as a new writer could have mirrored mine in some way. (Not for a moment would I delude myself by thinking my book’s future will mirror To Kill A Mockingbird.)

I don’t know how many short essays I wrote in the run-up to starting my memoir, some about topics that ended up in the book, many that didn’t. When I finally started writing the memoir itself, I spent a year stringing together sentences and paragraphs before I realized I didn’t know where the story was heading. I couldn’t move it forward. Everywhere I looked, it seemed the action doubled back on itself into a cycle of sameness. I needed help.

Luckily, I found some, in the shape of a writing coach/editor who knew her stuff. A writer so green I needed a formal introduction to phrases like “story arc” (when I first heard the phrase, I thought of rainbow colored paragraphs), I discovered much of the work with my editor, Kelley Eskridge, involved not just writing on my own, but researching ideas and backstory, sketching out possible themes and metaphors, talking, thinking, musing, debating, and yes, even some negotiating.

I’d written one hundred plus pages, tens of thousands of words, and after reading all that, Kelley didn’t know what my story was about. As it turned out, I didn’t either. Was it about rowing? My dysfunctional family? My relationship with my mother?

I probably tossed out more words during my writing process than made it into my memoir. I’m not the only writer for whom that may be true. Much of writing, it turns out, is rewriting.

Go Set A Watchman should not be viewed as another Harper Lee novel, nor even as a precursor to To Kill A Mockingbird. It represented a transitory stage of Lee’s thinking, certainly a stage that she devoted countless hours to constructing, but it was an unfinished product. It was neither well-written nor a gripping story. (I personally found myself bored and unable to connect to any of the characters). It was a draft that held a kernel of a great idea, that an experienced editor saw and helped a novice writer develop to the point of excellence. Maybe the experience killed off Lee’s interest in writing further; maybe the experience satisfied her to the point that she didn’t want to attempt another round; maybe her unpredictably wild success sent her scurrying into lifelong seclusion. We will never really know.

Here’s what we do know: To Kill A Mockingbird is an amazing novel. No matter what Go Set A Watchman says or doesn’t say, no matter how the characters who appear in both stories are presented or misrepresented, the real novel is the one that was originally published, not the one that was originally submitted. What emerged from that early draft, an accumulation of discussion, debate, deep thought, and who knows how many crumpled pages, crossed out words and sentences, deleted paragraphs, rewritten sections, was a masterpiece. That’s what we’ve been reading for nearly fifty years, and that’s all that deserves to be remembered, not the mercenary act of a self-interested publishing house that took advantage of an aging, vulnerable writer.

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It’s Happened: Kanye West Styled Kim Kardashian for a Sexy Photo Shoot

Even if we all think (know?) that Kanye West is responsible for Kim Kardashian’s style behind the scenes, we’re now getting a legit look at what happens when he takes on the role of stylist in a professional capacity. For a special booklet from System Magazine, shot by esteemed fashion photographer Juergen Teller, West acts as stylist, putting his wife in a skin-color bustier and leotard, plus black thigh-highs.


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With no specifics on how many pages the special edition has, it’s not clear whether we can expect multiple Kim-for-Kanye ensembles or if it’s just this one sultry look. The combo we have seen certainly shares a lot of similarities with the athletic, body-con looks West did for his Adidas collection. It would certainly make sense for Kardashian to model them first (that is, if she hasn’t already…).


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Puppy Meets Air Conditioning, And It’s Love At First Bite

Who can resist something cold and refreshing in the heat?

Not this puppy. Watch it react to the brisk blast blowing as it’s introduced to air conditioning.

We have a feeling this young pooch and A/C are gonna be good pals in the next few months.

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The SCOTUS Decision That’s Really Good For Mental Health (Hint: It’s Not Obamacare)

The Supreme Court of the United States made a historic ruling on same-sex marriage on Friday, voting 5 to 4 in favor of legalizing all unions. Not only does this allow everyone to marry the person they love, regardless of sexual orientation, but it’s also a step forward for mental health in a community that’s often stigmatized.

The SCOTUS decision is a leap in the right direction — especially when it comes to boosting the mental health of LGBT individuals.

According to the American Psychological Association, marriage boosts psychosocial and mental health due to the moral, social and even economic support extended to married couples in our society — and denial of those rights may impose certain risks when it comes to well-being. A 2012 University of California, Los Angeles study found that psychological distress is lower among gay, lesbian and bisexual couples who are allowed to be legally married, compared with those in unions that are not legally recognized.

In other words, science suggests that letting people marry who they want boosts mental and maybe even physical health.

The UCLA study isn’t the only evidence that champions legalized same-sex marriage for this reason. Around 2004, when state bans on same-sex marriage started to peak, the National Institutes of Mental Health conducted a survey that examined respondents’ mental health. Results showed gay, lesbian or bisexual individuals who lived in states where their unions were banned experienced a notable increase in psychiatric disorders, NPR reported, including mood disorders and alcohol-use disorder.

Additionally, when same-sex marriage laws passed in Massachusetts in 2003, research found that gay men experienced fewer stress-related disorders and lower health care use, suggesting a potential link between the two events.

Social exclusion may also take a toll on mental health, studies show, something the LGBT community has been all too familiar with when it comes to marriage. “It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion on the ruling. “Their hope is to not be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions.”

Fundamentally, love of all kinds contributes to several health perks, including a healthier heart, better mood and even improved longevity. While love doesn’t require marriage, a celebration of love can be viewed as a celebration of this kind of health. Ruling in favor of same-sex marriage also rules in favor of a happy, healthy mind by creating a more inclusive community free from isolation — and that’s something we can all support.

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Dog Is Terrible At Howling And It’s Hilarious

“He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out.”

We’re pretty sure Eminem wasn’t thinking about puppies when he wrote “Lose Yourself,” yet that line perfectly sums up the struggle of this dog, who is having one howl of a hard time making himself heard.

It isn’t for lack of effort. But try as he might, this canine’s howl sounds downright duck-like.

Don’t worry, dog. One day it’ll all click and you’ll sound just like the sirens you hold so dear.

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Amber Heard on What It’s Like to Be Married to Johnny Depp

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Power’s Lela Loren on What It’s Like to Play the Other Woman

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Taylor Swift Nails the Perfect Summer Date-Night Outfit (Bonus: It’s Affordable!)

While exhibits A, B, and C support our theory that Taylor Swift’s new relationship with Calvin Harris has propelled her into edgier fashion territory (like, the kind that involves buying clothes at sex shops), the leggy songstress always keeps us on our sartorial toes. On Tuesday night, she stepped out in an old-school Taylor matched set on a date with the DJ on Tuesday in New York City and it’s pretty much everything we’re looking for in a summer date-night outfit.

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Taylor traded her recent all-black, rocker-chic looks for a flirty crop top and fluted miniskirt (which hello, retails for $ 120!) from Aqua. She finished the look off with a blush toned Prada satchel and beige suede platform sandals.

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The One Thing You Should Do More of Before It’s Too Late

Just hug.

My Grandma died one year ago today. I don’t believe anyone really truly dies, because I believe we are a spirit encapsulated in a physical body. And because of that, I don’t get sad thinking that I can’t talk to my grandma any more. I am not sad because I think she’s gone forever. I know she is here in some way. But what DOES make me sad is that I can’t hug her anymore.

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We are physical beings. We have the extraordinary ability to feel things, to touch things, to embrace, to see, to hear, to explore, to imagine, and to love. Our bodies and our senses are the tools that allow us to connect with the people and environments around us.

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My dreams of my grandma have always been just of hugging her. Not much else happens. I just find myself laying in bed forcing myself to stay asleep so that the hug will last longer. I just want to lie next to her in her hospice bed without saying anything. I just want to BE there. I wish all of our hugs were longer. I wish I was more present during them. I wish they weren’t quick hellos and good byes. I wish I cuddled next to her on the couch more often.

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Aren’t those the best moments? When you’re able to just BE with someone you love? Your mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, best friend, or significant other? Don’t you just love those moments where not much is happening, and not much is being said? It’s like this little glimpse of time where time doesn’t actually seem to exist.

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Happiness doesn’t occur sometime in the future or the past. It doesn’t occur in a memory. It occurs in those little instances where we get to truly feel alive and connected. And it usually includes another human being who we love deeply.

I don’t think of myself as someone who regrets very much in life. To me, everything is a learning experience. But I think this might be the one regret that I do have. However, I know that the best thing that I can do now, is hug more, for longer, and with more people.

So hug more. I’m going to tell my family and my sisters that we need to do it more, and you should too. Don’t wait. Hug randomly and when they least expect it. Hug for longer periods of time. Squeeze harder and hold on. Make it weird. Secretly they like it. I promise.

I bet conflicts will naturally dissipate, tension will subside, and relationships will get better. And with something so so simple.

Hug like you mean it, and like you know that the day will come when you can’t hug them anymore.

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What to Wear to Work When It’s REALLY Hot Out

Looking for a polished office look fit for the summer heat? Enter the sleeveless blazer. Much like a traditional suit jacket, it will add the extra office-appropriate detail that your summer dress or trousers beg for, with minimal bulk.

Take a cue from some chic ladies and scroll down to find the three ways we’re wearing our sleeveless blazers to the office this summer.

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With a Printed Dress
While printed dresses are tricky to style for the workplace, a sleeveless blazer does just the trick. Belted, buttoned, or loosely hanging open, the indoor outerwear covers just enough of the print to subdue while exposing just enough of your fun, summery vibe.

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Consider it the new pantsuit. Mix colors, textures, or shop a set; the fact remains that a sleeveless blazer and pants is a great way to rock the borrowed-from-the-boys vibe and retain your feminine flair at the same time.

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Ah, the shirtdress. The world’s answer to pretty much everything. A crisp white style on its own may seem a bit too plain for the office, but simply slip into a sleeveless vest and you immediately look as if you’ve pulled out the big guns. Chic as it may be, no one has to know it was the simplest outfit fix out there!

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8 Steps to Truly Love Yourself — and Why It’s the Most Selfless Thing You Can Do

There seems to be a very beautiful trend taking shape that I am completely devoted to: It is starting to be popular to “be loving.” Over the last few years, health, spiritual practices and taking care of mother earth are starting to be considered a hip thing — rather than a strange “hippie” thing. I am delighted by how this is reflected in the overall consciousness of our planet: We are starting to truly care about ourselves. When I started studying yoga about ten years ago the concept of ahimsa — non-harming — was still rather unknown in mainstream society. Meditation, yoga, vegetarianism, conscious consumerism, recycling, all those trends have really only been taking root in the last few years. Of course there are issues, and they need to be addressed. But what matters is the shift that we see happening on a global scale.

What does this tell us about the individuals who make up our societies? It simply means we are starting to genuinely love ourselves more. I know we still have some work to do, but we are on the way. And as on every path, the important thing is: Keep going! Keep loving yourself! Keep pampering yourself and noticing! Keep noticing what is happening around you and how our society and the way we treat our earth is changing. Why? Because taking care of yourself, loving yourself, living your purpose will lift the entire planet.

1. Serve the world by living your purpose

What is your soul’s deepest desire? What is your biggest dream for your own life? Chances are that it’s not a 9-5 desk job. However, when first pondering this question, your dreams might seem selfish. Start by seeking out those people who celebrate you being big. In most modern societies, this isn’t a common behavior (at least not yet) and you’ll need a bit of creativity to make it work and yes, there will be a few lonely moments. But the feeling of your soul smiling is priceless. And once you experienced this feeling, it is hard to ever go back.

Consider this powerful quote by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

2. Empower people by being confident

It ties in with the above point. It’s easier to reduce yourself to a being worthy of compassion. People will feel your misery and will try to help you. But on the contrary, how inspiring is it to be around somebody who is genuinely confident? It really makes you feel that you can do it too, right?

3. Stop the gossip. Stop the complaints.

Complaining is a negative energy that locks us into a certain way of thinking. When we look for the negative in others we zoom in on exactly that — the negative surrounding us. Once we shift our radar towards what inspires us in others we are instead looking for connection, growth, love, joy — short, uplifting energies. And those are exactly the qualities we will then be able to nurture in our own lives. It takes time and practice to achieve this shift. The road might be bumpy and you might have to redirect some conversations when you first start practicing. But it will get easier and easier, until it turns from a practice into your second nature!

4. Balance of gentleness and firmness

I struggled with anorexia in my teenage years. All through my 20s I learned to nurture my body, and myself, slowly learning to be gentle with myself. My studies of self-development, yoga and Vedanta gave me an increased feeling of being complete in myself. Yet, there was still that nagging negative voice that would keep coming up, a voice that felt so much more powerful than my other, gentle voice. It was only when my best friend and coach Kat Dawes from Nowism recommended to try out a fierce voice whenever I judged myself that I achieved the crucial shift. This practice really helped me to eliminate that last bit I just didn’t quite seem to get rid of. Now when my inner voice criticizes myself I know how to be fierce and redirect my thoughts with firmness.

The best thing you can do for yourself is finding that balance for yourself: Find out when you need to give yourself a kick, but also when you need to give yourself a big hug and a bubble bath.

5. Keep promises made to yourself

When you make a promise to yourself KEEP IT! Honor your own word to yourself, whether that is to take a break, go on a holiday, go to a yoga class, eat more healthily, or go to bed early. Imagine what your friend would say if you’d let her down as many times as you let down yourself. To make things easier, find yourself an “accountability buddy.” Tell each other the things you have planned to nurture yourself — and check in with each other once a week to see how you are doing.

6. Nourish and celebrate yourself

Having been completely absorbed in the yogic world for years, I noticed a tendency to discard materialism as something entirely negative. However, I acknowledged to myself how much I love being a girl sometimes, including all those little pretty things such as make-up, clothes and spa treatments. But instead of drawing negative energy out of this “attachment,” I achieved a huge internal shift: I started treating those things as a personal act of celebrating my femininity, as an act of gratitude for having been given a healthy body. It’s a ceremony to give thanks for the blessings in my life and for having received this life force, a force that needs to be nurtured. You need to be grateful for receiving it and honor it by living your highest purpose.
Therefore, allow yourself to nourish yourself — no matter if that means going to the gym, getting a pedicure or buying new shoes — do it with a huge smile on your face.

Living in Bali has been a huge inspiration for me in that regard — the women in Bali dress up in the most beautiful ways for their ceremonies to go to the temples or to give daily offerings. And then they change into leggings and flip-flops to go to work. It is such a sweet symbol of dressing up – for the divine, not to impress others. I went through an interesting process of reconciling my identity of being a designer with the role of a business woman. I had to truly embrace the fact that my designs are an expression of the divine energy inside me and that sharing this energy with the world is my gift to uplift others. We need to embrace the fact that we are material bodies living in a material world. Make your life a celebration of the wonderful world around you, every moment, every day!

7. Have integrity with the people who surround you

One of my favorite books is The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. The first agreement is, “Be impeccable with your word.” There is such depth in this agreement. If we make a promise to ourselves to always be true to ourselves we start having quality control in the most genuine way. We speak with love. There are certain attitudes and behaviors we don’t accept. And by doing so, we actually serve humanity. There are so many people out there — it is totally fine to not open up to all of them. But we can find ways to be respectful and friendly in all situations.
However, if somebody weighs you down by their continuous negativity it’s fine to set boundaries. It is just as much of an inspiration to watch somebody who has healthy boundaries, as it is to watch somebody to be all-embracing love. Trust your intuition. Trust your gut.

8. Step by step towards your soul’s alignment — don’t ever think you have more time

Do it now! Take a little step at a time — but don’t put it off. Take baby steps in the right direction, even if it’s just a little today, and a little tomorrow. Honored to be walking right there with you!

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It’s Not Just Nail Salons. Hairstylists Face Serious Health Problems, Too

The health and safety of nail salon workers made headlines earlier this month after The New York Times published a series on unsafe and unfair work conditions. It turns out that manicurists aren’t alone: Hairstylists can also relate to some of the struggles reported on by the Times as they are often forced to work long hours in hazardous conditions and for unfair wages.

Alexandra Scranton, director of science and research at Women’s Voices for the Earth, joined HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd on Thursday to discuss the high price of fabulous hair. After taking a deep dive into medical reports, Scranton discovered that “up to 60-70 percent of salon workers reported dermatitis on their hands and respiratory conditions like asthma and decrease in lung function,” mostly due to chemical overexposure.

Hairstylist Cassi Hurd revealed that she recently burned her hand twice in the same spot while working, and she also experiences “coughing attacks” as a result of mixing hair colors or bleach.

The health risks are especially appalling among African-American hairdressers, since many treatments include working with harsh chemicals. Teni Adewumi, an environmental justice research coordinator for Black Women for Wellness, joined the conversation to disclose findings from an upcoming report that show cases of stylists suffering from uterine fibroids, miscarriages, and even ergonomic problems.

Things get really hairy when you factor in how these issues may potentially affect the health of consumers. Hopefully, dialogues such as these, along with proper training, state legislation and regulation within the beauty industry will change things for the better.

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Research Confirms That Humble Bragging Doesn’t Work, It’s Just Really Annoying

Before you share the news about your recent job promotion on Facebook, consider this: Researchers have found that a little humble-bragging can backfire. In other words, your false modesty is pretty transparent, and people detest you for it.

The difference between a humble brag and a traditional brag is the way in which a person presents her accomplishment. Two tweets for clarity:

Humble brag:

Standard brag:

The humble brag attempts to obscure the fact that Ms. Swift has a custom designer dress for a big celebrity event by sharing a “relatable” detail about her unruly cat. The standard brag states, outright, an accomplishment.

The study, which comes from researchers at City University London, Carnegie Mellon University and Bocconi University and was published in Psychological Science, reveals that humble-braggers misread the affects of their self-promotion: They overestimate positive responses and emotions and underestimate negatives ones.

“Most people probably realize that they experience emotions other than pure joy when they are on the receiving end of someone else’s self-promotion. Yet, when we engage in self-promotion ourselves, we tend to overestimate others’ positive reactions and underestimate their negative ones,” says Irene Scopelliti, the study’s lead and a lecturer in marketing at City University London. She says the impact of self-promotion may be exacerbated by social media, where there’s a greater distance between the news-sharer and the recipient.

Self-promoters’ objection may be to make a good impression, but this often backfires. Researchers performed two different experiments to gauge the boaster’s misperception when it came to how his or her message was received. In the first, Scopelliti told The Huffington Post, half of the participants were asked to describe a case in which they had bragged to someone else. They were then told to describe the emotions they felt and the emotions the thought the recipient felt. The other participants were told to describe an instance where someone had bragged to them, how they felt and how they believed the braggart felt. “We coded the emotions indicated and observed that the braggers thought their recipients experienced far more positive emotions, and far less negative emotions, than recipients did,” Scopelliti said.

The second study asked participants to, again, describe a situation where they bragged to someone else or someone else bragged about them. The same results occurred: self-promoters miscalculated the extent to which recipients were happy for them and proud of them, and underestimated the extent to which recipients were annoyed by them. “We attribute this miscalibration to a phenomenon called the ‘empathy gap’: both parties, self-promoters and recipients, have trouble imagining how they would feel if they roles were reversed,” Scopelliti said.

A third, separate experiment was to test emotions connected to online bragging. The researchers gauged reactions to online profiles, some of which were much more self-promotional than others. Their findings revealed that those on the receiving end of a show-off sentence or Facebook status perceive excessive self-promoters as unlikable and as braggarts. Despite the profile creator’s thinking, self-promoting details did not impress readers — their intentions actually backfired. Their self-promotion decreased readers positive perceptions of the person who they were reading about.

“These results are particularly important in the Internet age, when opportunities for self-promotion have proliferated via social networking,” Scopelliti said. “The emotional miscalibration that we observe may indeed be exacerbated by the additional distance between people sharing information and their recipients, which can both reduce the empathy of the self-promoter and decrease the sharing of pleasure by the recipient.”

A team of Harvard researchers recently release a separate paper that underscored the same findings about humble bragging. The researchers ran five different experiments with 302 participants, having them rate the likability and attractiveness of a humble bragger. They found that those who humble bragged were perceived as more irritating and less likable than complainers and traditional braggarts.

At the conclusion of their paper, the researchers print a word of advice for anyone looking to share an achievement: “Faced with the choice to (honestly) brag or (deceptively) humblebrag, would-be self-promoters should choose the former –- and at least reap the rewards of seeming sincere,” they write.

Think before you #humblebrag.

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This Music Festival Knows It Can’t Stop People From Doing Drugs, So It’s Trying To Keep Them Safe Instead

The upcoming Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival, which starts Thursday in Bradley, California, is a drug-free event. But rather than pretend this label and any effort to enforce it will create a drug-repellant force field around the festival, organizers say they’re preparing for the inevitable: They know some drugs will find their way through security and into people’s bodies, so they’re offering a host of resources to help minimize the potential negative effects on users.

As part of this effort, Lightning in a Bottle and its coordinators at the Do Lab are partnering with two groups, DanceSafe — a health organization that focuses on harm reduction and education at music festivals and nightlife venues — and the Zendo Project — a program sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies that offers help to anyone going through a difficult experience while on psychedelic drugs.

Part of DanceSafe’s operation involves providing a judgment-free space to proactively address drug dangers before they emerge. The group believes educating people about potential problem signs associated with recreational drug use — often simple things like heat stroke, dehydration and even hyponatremia, a life-threatening condition brought on by drinking too much water — will help users seek treatment earlier rather than later. DanceSafe also offers condoms, earplugs, free water and an open line of communication to anyone who wants to talk about how they can make sure their good time doesn’t become a bad time.

Meanwhile, the Zendo Project offers what Stefanie Jones, nightlife community engagement manager for Drug Policy Alliance, a progressive nonprofit that advocates for drug policy reform, referred to as “mental health services” for people on psychedelic drugs. Anyone who may find themselves confused, upset, uncomfortable or in need of help anywhere else along their psychedelic trip can turn to one of the project’s trained therapists.

DanceSafe has also made a name for itself by offering on-site drug checking, which tells users which substances they actually have and how to use them responsibly. Jones told The Huffington Post that these services will not be available at Lightning in a Bottle due to concerns that organizers could be prosecuted under a federal law that prohibits the “maintaining of a drug-involved premise.”

Music festivals have attracted scrutiny in recent years following a spate of drug overdoses and drug-related deaths. With the growth of cheaper and ever-changing synthetic substances, the music festival drug market — where baggies of different colored powders and pills are often passed between strangers in porta-potties — is only getting harder and more risky to navigate.

Last year, a documentary filmmaker followed a group that offered drug testing services at popular festivals and found that 100 percent of the people who came to them thinking they had MDMA, also called “molly” or “ecstasy,” actually had bath salts, a term that has come to refer to any of a number of popular synthetic drugs. They also found examples of drugs being cut with powerful or dangerous adulterants that would almost certainly change a user’s predicted experience.

While these trends are frightening, they don’t mean fewer people are experimenting with drugs at festivals. This has led to some differing opinions on how to approach the problem.

In New York, the popular electronic music festival Electric Zoo rebooted in 2014, a year after two drug-related deaths made national headlines and forced the event to shut down a day early. Hoping to avoid another death or PR disaster, organizers opted for an enforcement-first approach. Here’s how Billboard described the scene:

In an effort to prevent against casualties, the festival has overcorrected and made widely known its use of high-tech cameras, drug-sniffing dogs and ramped-up security. The substance checkpoints are more thorough, requiring attendees to remove shoes, and cops — both in uniform and undercover — seemed to almost outnumber the fans.

Festival-goers were also required to watch an anti-drug PSA before attending, and organizers dispatched a group of medical students called “Zookeepers” to help with any emerging issues.

In past years, Lightning in a Bottle has also been targeted by intense drug enforcement activity. In 2013, when the event was held in Temecula, California, undercover officers arrested 58 people for drug-related offenses. Many of the suspects claimed they were coerced into selling drugs and accused officers of calling them “hippies” and “brain-dead retards.”

Organizers at Lightning in a Bottle have limited control over how law enforcement chooses to get involved with their event, but they are being more vocal than in years past about their harm-reduction policies.

While DanceSafe has been present at Lightning in a Bottle since 2013 and the Zendo Project joined last year, the festival is making a greater effort this time around to let attendees know that these services are available. They’ve built a “harm reduction” section into the festival’s official code of conduct and, according to DPA, will link to the page in a newsletter they send to attendees. The Zendo Project has also scheduled a basic training on Friday to tell attendees about its services.

After the festival ends, organizers will coordinate with Mutual Aid Response Services, a risk management consulting company, to evaluate the effectiveness of the services and the efforts to promote them, and to determine ways to better integrate these approaches into future events.

Harm reduction is one of many issues being championed by Lightning in a Bottle, which, according to its website, include encouraging people to think hard about whether they should wear a Native American headdress to the festival. To anyone coming from Coachella, the answer is no.

Jones said Lightning in a Bottle is one of the first festivals to get on board with DPA’s push to encourage groups to take more pragmatic approaches to drug use. A guide released by the group lays out the essential considerations and strategies for anyone planning a large-scale event.

And while Jones admitted there is still work to do to break the stigma surrounding drug use — including allowing for on-site drug checking so people can make sure they’re not about to eat rat poison — she praised Lightning in a Bottle for taking such an open and comprehensive stance to harm reduction.

“What they’re doing is a heroic,” Jones said. “They’re making every effort in a tough environment to keep their attendees safe.”

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L.A. Reid Says It’s Not ‘Realistic’ For Mariah Carey To Make Another Number One Hit

Mariah Carey has a new compilation of her number one hits entitled, “#1 to Infinity.” Sound familiar? Yes, it’s her third. On Monday, the songstress gave fans a sneak peek of the music video for the album’s lead single, “Infinity.”

Although the single failed to crack Billboard’s Top 10 charts — it debuted at 82 earlier this month— Carey’s longtime label boss, L.A. Reid, says it’s not “realistic” to expect the Grammy Award-winning songstress to regain her previous chart-topping success in today’s music climate.

“Mariah Carey made her first hit record in 1991. To even be on the radio at this point in her career is a huge accomplishment, because radio doesn’t cater to veteran artists or legends,” he said.

But he didn’t stop there. In a new interview with Billboard, Reid explained why he feels veteran artists such as Carey, Bruce Springsteen and Prince have difficulty earning radio airplay.

“Radio caters to in-the-moment stars… Nobody that put out records 25 years ago is going to have a No. 1. Not Paul, Stevie, Bruce, Mick or Keith. Not Prince, not anyone. So if she can get on the radio, we’ve done damn good. Would we like to have a No. 1? F– yeah, I’m greedy. But it’s not realistic.”

Reid’s revealed his solution for veteran artists to the mag. “I like concept records, I like the idea of thematic, storytelling records. I love duets and the Great American Songbook. I think a great vocalist should un-cage themselves and think about things like that sometimes,” he stated.

“I mean, Frank Sinatra did it. It’s fun to sing songs you love. And let’s not forget that one of Mariah’s biggest hits, ‘I’ll Be There,’ was a cover. There are many things that Mariah can still do.”

Read more of L.A. Reid’s Billboard interview here.

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It’s OK To Be Fat. Go Ahead. You’re Allowed.

I know the fat shamers on the anti-fat Reddit threads and the “concern trolls” all over the world will disagree heartily, but I am allowed to take up as much space as I want to take up. And, you know what else? I do not OWE IT TO ANYONE to be fat and healthy, either.

Contrary to popular opinion, I can be fat and healthy if I want to be. I can also be fat and unhealthy. Fat people have existed as long as humans have existed, so get used to us. We’re not going to go and hide just because a bunch of people who have a lot of time to waste on a computer are creating hate sights dedicated to making fun of our fat body. I’ve been fat for over 30 years. My fat skin is extra thick and used to your vile and mean comments. They roll right off my back. (And right over my fat ass, too.) And, the mean threads that are started by the fat haters actually fuel my fire and serve as a reminder as to how much there is still to do in the Body Acceptance movement.

To me, it’s plain and simple: You get to exist any way you want to exist. As Pink so eloquently put it recently when being attacked about her body: “I’m not worried about me. And I’m not worried about you, either. I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off.”

Pink is saying what a lot of us “fatties” in the Body Acceptance movement repeat over and over. “My body, my business. Your body, your business.” I have had my run-ins with people (total strangers) trying to police my body and the customers of my lingerie boutique. I even was on CNN talking about the right to be fat and wear lingerie. My boutique and I got embroiled in a fierce media debate about whether or not my plus size lingerie boutique glorifies obesity.

I think it’s happiness that really infuriates and confuses some fat haters. People are often baffled when they see happy fat people. And when you add in the idea that we are not addicted to dieting or working out or obsessed with the notion that we should become some thin version of ourselves, well, that really throws the shamers and haters for a loop. I literally had to defend, on national TV, our right to exist as fat women who want to wear sexy and very revealing lingerie. All bodies are good bodies. All bodies deserve to be celebrated. No one body is better than another body.

So, yes, you can EXIST and take up more space than your neighbor. You do not have to quality that existence with a “but, I am fat and healthy.” You don’t have to justify anything to anyone about your body and what it looks like on the outside or the inside. The people who want to police your body are just sad, unhappy people with way too much time on their hands. They have nothing better to do. Me, on the other hand, I have shit to do. And, the first item on my TO-DO list is to help fat, thick, curvy women to find some sexy lingerie and help them celebrate their fat, luscious bodies.

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It’s Grandma’s First Time In Hawaii And She’s Not Impressed

Hula, getting lei’d, a nice sunset, perhaps some tropical cocktails … sounds like a good time, right?

Not according to this grandma.

Redditor ratedhero recently posted a picture of his grandmother during her first trip to Hawaii and, by the looks of it, she was seriously unimpressed.

According to ratedhero, they were at a hotel luau on the island of Maui when he took the photo below.

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The photo, uploaded earlier this week, quickly found its way to the top of reddit. Curious redditors asked if grandma had even a little bit of fun.

That’s questionable,” redditor lindsie128, who claims to be the original poster’s sister, replied, including another photo.

“Later in the trip we drove to an amazing spot with a waterfall. The waterfall was down a short, fairly level path in the jungle. My dad asked, ‘Don’t you want to walk down and see it up close?’ She and my aunt said ‘No, we can see it fine from the car.'”

Here’s grandma and auntie watching the awe-inspiring beauty of a Hawaiian waterfall from the comfort of a rental sedan.

Of course, the internet does what it does best and made a meme of it.

Watch out, Grumpy Cat. Maybe Unimpressed Grandma will get her own movie, too.

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George Clooney on Amal’s Style: “It’s Eccentric, a Fun Sense of Fashion”

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It’s official: George Clooney is just as besotted with wife Amal’s style as the rest of us, calling it “amazing” in a recent interview. “Since the day I met her, she’s always had this insanely…it’s eccentric, but it’s fun, [her] sense of fashion,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “She was teaching at Columbia, and she’s still like, ‘I want to wear that dress.’ It’s crazy. It has been sort of fascinating to watch, because she has such great taste.”

Of the traditional robes Amal wears to court, George has mixed feelings. “I’m always very proud of her when I see her speaking with her robe on. It’s very impressive,” he said. “It’s a nice-looking robe, [but] they could spice it up a little bit.” In the interview, Clooney goes on to share some of the many reasons he fell in love with the human-rights lawyer. “She’s an amazing human being,” he told ET‘s Nancy O’Dell. “And she’s caring. And she also happens to be one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. And she’s got a great sense of humor. There’s a number of reasons why.”

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Kids Have Their Moms Take Lie Detector Tests, And Honest To God It’s Hilarious

In this Mother’s Day video from Distractify, children hook up their moms to a lie detector and ask the most uncomfortable questions.

First and foremost, the kids want to know about the drugs … and the sex.

Answer truthfully, Mom, or I swear we’ll turn this car right around.

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Someone Built His Rabbit An Iron Throne Made Of Carrots, And It’s Glorious

Will Wallace the Mad King be a fair and just ruler? Or will he hop jarringly from one decree to the other? How will he ensure hay quotas are met?

These are the questions Wallace the rabbit’s owner should have asked before handing over the keys to the seven kingdoms.

Alas, the mad king now sits atop the Iron Carrot Throne, holding tight to power. We think “Game of Thrones” author George RR Martin would be proud.

King Geoffrey is dead.

All hail Wallace the Mad King!

A note for the new king, who should keep an eye on his waistline: per the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, carrots are high in sugar and should only be fed to rabbits in small amounts as an occasional treat.

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Seriously Lonely Guy Snapchats His Heartbreak And It’s Hilarious

However single or distraught you are over your last split, take heart: you aren’t as lonely or heartbroken as this guy.

“My buddy Billy has been Snapchatting me these all day,” Imgur user musicmax33 said of the screen caps below.

A request for comment to see if Billy has cheered up since his Snapchat spree was not returned at the time of publication. We’re pullin’ for you, bro.

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It’s Happened—There’s an Official “Fifty Shades of Grey” Lingerie Line

It was only a matter of time, right? Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James worked with UK lingerie brand Bluebella to create sexy pieces inspired by the pages. “This is what I always imagined while I was writing,” she told the brand. “I’m so excited that everything I described in the books have come to life.”

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Lingerie inspired by such a sex-heavy book could have gone either way, honestly, and I’m thrilled to report that the pieces are steamy, duh, but also look like they’d be soft to wear and not painfully restrictive. American ladies can’t shop it sadly—the line’s only available in the U.K.—but you can browse it all here.

Like how it looks? Are you going to watch the movie when it comes out?

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Why It’s Time To Pull The Plug On The Worst Awards Show In Hollywood

The Golden Raspberry Awards, now approaching their 35th year of doling out dubious honors to Hollywood’s worst, just leaked their shortlist on the Internet in anticipation of next week’s list of nominees. At a glance, it’s traditional Razzie fare. They’ve identified an actress over 40—Cameron Diaz—to kick while she’s already on her way out the door of an industry that already doesn’t have a place for aging women. They’ve opted not to target the genuinely worst movies of the year, but rather the ones most likely to draw the most Internet attention to their increasingly bitter roast of the entertainment industry. The awards continue to be surrounded by a crass and juvenile air, but what can you expect from a production named after flatulence?
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The Awkward Wedding Gift Dilemma It’s Best To Disregard

The rules of wedding etiquette are constantly changing, making it difficult for modern brides, grooms and guests to find up-to-date and correct information. That’s why we launched #MannersMondays, a series in which we ask our followers on Twitter and Facebook to submit their most burning etiquette-related questions. Then, with the help of our team of etiquette experts, we get you the right answers to your biggest Big Day dilemmas. Check out this week’s question below!

“A check someone gave us as a wedding gift bounced — what’s the proper etiquette here?” – pumper911 via Reddit

Anna Post — great-great-granddaughter of etiquette guru Emily Post and author of Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette — is here to help us answer this week’s question. Find out what she had to say below:

It’s not often I hear a new wedding question, but this is one. Wait to hear from the person who wrote the check. They will know that it bounced. Their bank will return the check to them or otherwise notify them of the insufficient funds, so it’s not as though there is any chance they will think you simply never cashed it. Once alerted, they will most likely be in touch to apologize and possibly offer to send a new check. Don’t mention any inconvenience it caused or ask what happened; simply follow their lead. If they don’t get in touch — perhaps because of embarrassment — don’t pursue it. This was a gift, not a matter for accounts payable. Write a note thanking them for attending the wedding, and perhaps “for thinking of us,” and then let it go.

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What It’s Like To Marry An Atheist When You Believe In God

By Cecily Kellogg for YourTango.

When I was a kid, my mother and I joined a very large “non-denominational” Christian Church, one of the earliest versions of the Mega Churches that exist today. It was a very happy place. I was in the children’s choir, the community was lovely, and we sang from a song book with drawings of long-haired hippies.

Everything was great until politics began to creep in and the church began hosting speakers like Jerry Falwell, the ultraconservative pastor and political pundit. My liberal feminist mother couldn’t take it and we switched to a progressive Methodist church instead, a return to her childhood religious roots. While I don’t feel like I had a particularly religious upbringing, I clearly did. As an adult, I’d place my hand on the outside of the plane while boarding and pray that the “sacred blood of our Lord Jesus Christ” would protect the plane and passengers — and I believed with my whole heart that it would work (since I haven’t been involved in a plane crash, I guess it did).

Eventually, I stopped being a Christian. I flirted with Tarot Cards and Paganism. I dumped the idea of a male God and instead prayed to the pagan concept of the Goddess for years. I abandoned all thoughts of God in my twenties, until it became clear that I needed to be sober. Recovery meetings are spiritual (not religious) and at that point I settled on a God-centric but non-Christian spirituality that worked perfectly for me. Then some bad things happened in my life — infertility and third trimester pregnancy loss — and God and I broke up for a while. But in my grief I found myself drifting into another liberal Methodist Church, and I found solace there for many years.

This was a tough time for my husband. He grew up without much religious exposure, although his father was a “spiritual seeker,” dabbling in everything before returning to the Catholic Church. When we got sober, my husband tried to find a spirituality that he could accept, but today he’s quite happily a staunch agnostic or, as he calls himself, “aspiritual.” Throughout our twenty-two year relationship, he’s viewed most of my spiritual explorations kindly, supporting me as much as he could. But when I returned to my childhood church, he struggled — just like I struggled when he gave up all attempts at spirituality around the same time. But we made it work.

How do we do this? By following two key strategies:

1. His Spirituality Is None of My Business. Yes, you hear that right. My husband’s spirituality is absolutely not my concern. My job is not to convert him to a believer and his job is to leave my beliefs alone and not mock me for having them (the not mocking part is important).

2. We are both “good, giving, and game.” Yes, that term was created by Dan Savage and is meant to tackle sexual turn-ons in relationships (if your partner is into something you’re not, you should still try to be good, giving, and game even if you don’t want to do that particular act every time), but it also works well with most relationship challenges. My husband and his aspirituality cheerfully join me each Christmas Eve at a candlelight service and I drive the car when he wants to photograph freight trains. He could care less about church and I could care less about trains, but we’re partners so we indulge each other without complaint.

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Ultimately, being married to an atheist as a believer is just like being married to someone that loves football when you can’t stand the sport; you tolerate the differences because that is what couples do. It can be the hardest at Christmas, particularly since my daughter has chosen my husband’s “side” in the spirituality debate, thanks to her deeply alternative school (full of anarchist vegan atheists) even though she came to church with me extensively when she was little (we let her chose her spiritual stance without judgement; we’re THOSE parents). This causes a lot of changing channels between the two competing radio stations that play holiday music when we’re all in the car. I love the classic hymns but they’d rather hear the song from The Grinch.

After 22 years together, we know the best way to make our relationship work — whether we’re talking about religion, television shows, or even what we like to eat — is to understand that we do not have to agree. This can seem counterintuitive to the concept of mutual interests being what draws most couples together, obviously. But it is learning to love our differences that has made us stronger as a couple.

Now you’ll have to excuse me, I need to go blast the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in my office.

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It’s Still Christmas On This Week’s Cheap Celeb Finds List

The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop shopping.

In fact, many items you’ve been coveting are probably on sale now. And no one loves a good deal better than Hollywood. Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s stepped out in an adorable felt hat that is now 25 percent off, and Taylor Swift made an appearance in a Topshop winter coat for $ 110 — if that doesn’t say happy new year, we don’t know what does.

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What It’s Like To Date When You’re A Poet

I’ve been going on a number of first and second dates lately, by way of the Internet (OK Cupid, Match, Hinge, Tinder, JDate, ChirstianMingle, FarmersOnly, etc., etc.). It’s been an altogether interesting experience and has taught me a great deal about courtship in the 21st century, but nothing stands out more for me personally than the hiccupping moment of how I choose to answer the standard first-date question of, “so what do you do?”

“Well, I work as a legal assistant,” I say, “and it’s a perfectly perfunctory day job. Kind co-workers, good benefits, things of this nature. But what I really do” — and sometimes I lean in when I say this part, and take a deep inhaling breath — “is write poetry.”

Silence often ensues.

“I’m a poet,” I’ll say again, lest there exist any confusion.

I’ve come to regard this as the Unicorn Moment, and I call it that because the first few times I made the big reveal, it felt as though I had just said, “I’m a unicorn! Now come, let us ride to the magical land of pixie dust and make-believe!”

The trouble I seem to be experiencing is that, by identifying as a poet, I’m basically declaring that money and/or financial security are not my primary life pursuits. This can be a challenging conversational exchange to have on a date, depending on the goals and interests of the person sitting across from you.

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“All women are looking for a man to take care of them,” advised a male co-worker of mine during our lunch break a few months ago. This seemed to me a particularly misogynistic assessment of half the world’s population, but I let him continue. “They want someone who is going to make them feel protected, and safe, and secure.”

“And how do women feel about clouds that look like lightning bugs, or honeypots?” I replied, averting my attention away from this inane conversation and towards the cumulus-crowded sky.

We haven’t had lunch since.

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Of course I can’t fully agree with my co-worker’s assessment. But there may be some truth to his hypothesis, if only he’d have shelved the part where he puts the claim on women alone. After all, isn’t everyone looking for someone to take care of them, man and woman alike? To make them feel safe, and secure? Hell, isn’t that why idiots buy guns?!

****

Sometimes the dates work out well. Painters seem to like me, as do other women with artistic interests (actresses, choreographers, that one girl who made cat videos). I live in New York — Brooklyn, actually (sorry) — and thus, there’s no shortage of interesting, artistically-inclined women to meet, greet, and with whom to exchange pleasantries, witticisms, and possibly late-night (or early-morning) farewell subway kisses.

Sometimes, though, it’s less successful. I had a date recently ask me what my five-year-plan was, which made me feel like I was on a job interview (which, I suppose, all dating is — except instead of gunning for the corner office, you’re trying to land a spot in her bed… and/or heart).

“My five year plan?” I said. “I don’t really have one.” We walked a little further through the park, the energy between us fading to a freeze, when my eyes fell upon a nearby toad, leaping through the grass.

“My life’s like that toad,” I opined, freewheeling and spit-balling as quickly as I could. “I don’t know where it’s all going… but for now, I just want to hold it to the light, and count its many spots.”

“I don’t understand,” she said, face scrunched up, arms crossed.

“Karen,” I said, “you don’t have to understand.”

“My name’s Jennifer,” she replied, and I knew there would be no second date.

****

It would be better if I, too, didn’t care about money as a defining characteristic when it comes to the idea of success, but unfortunately that is not (yet) entirely the case. I was born and raised in the wealthy suburbs of metro Detroit, and so to pursue one’s artistic life, full-throttle, in a medium where financial gains seem an absolute impossibility can appear dubious and downright wrong. It often feels as though I am in a tiny canoe, paddling furiously against the stream of parental and community expectations. It has been many years since I left the world of manicured lawns and two-car garages, and yet those values and ideals seem to have burrowed themselves into my skin. It will, I often believe, take a lifetime to unpack myself of such suburban burdens.

“I don’t know why you’re so neurotic,” said one particular date, Bronx-born, of Dominican descent. “You have a job, it pays your bills, and then you have a passion. What’s the big problem?”

I liked that girl. We saw each other five times.

****

But of course, if I am being honest, I know that no woman (or man, or any gender variation therein) will be able to solve my own internal conundrums of what it means to be a poet against a backdrop of a culture that long ago deemed wealth and prestige as the most important factors to determining “success.”

The work is mine to do, and mine alone. It may seem obvious to you reading this, but it has taken me a few months of new dating — and 33 years of living — to finally recognize that no woman will be able to love and/or accept me unless I am willing to love and/or accept myself, and the entirety of what I am, and what I do, in the world, and for the world.

So that’s what I’m working on.

I seem to like myself best when I regularly read, write, and publish poems.

So that’s what I’m working on.

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This Is What It’s Like To Be Single During The Holidays

Being home for the holidays is generally awesome — free food, free WiFi and tons of TLC. But being back in your hometown, around your family and old friends when you’re single can present a unique set of challenges.

A new video produced by Buzzfeed illustrates how coming home for the holidays sans a significant other can be a cringe-worthy experience. Everyone means well with prying questions like, “Have you tried Tinder? JDate? Christian Mingle?” and encouraging sentiments such as “Honestly, you’re great alone,” but having your lack of relationship status be the focus of conversation can quickly become exhausting.

Parental attempts to solve the issue by setting you up with a weird family friend don’t actually help (but thanks anyway). And, PSA to every couple out there: Even if you have the best of intentions, no one ever wants to third wheel on a romantic holiday evening for two. Ever.

Sometimes you just have to sit back, relax and realize you don’t have to answer to anyone because guess what? Being single is totally awesome.

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Remember Your Favorite Fleece From College? Designers Say It’s Time to Bring It Back

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In his fall show, Altuzarra sent models down the runway in evening dresses and skirts styled with what we can most accurately describe as Patagonia-style fleeces. Though the styling was epically amazing, it may have fallen a little short of practical for most of us. That being said, it did nothing to stop us from swooning over each and every piece.

Altuzarra reminded us of the Patagonias of our past that we didn’t even realize we had forgotten about. So, in lieu of a black-tie event fit for the likes of his satin gowns, the winter season is the perfect time to appreciate a great fleece. Cozier than anything you will ever own, your fleece can be rocked everywhere from the ski slopes to the city streets. This winter, I definitely pulled a few of my old fleeces out of storage and—confession time—I even bought an awesome pullover from Crewcuts (seriously, shop some of the larger sizes in the boys’ department and you’ll be surprised what you can find!).

Now, some of you may have already tossed the fleeces of your past, and others are not overly enthusiastic to shell out designer prices for your fleece of choice. For both those reasons and more, we have rounded up 20 of the best fleeces of the season. Grab one before the holidays and cozy up at home with your family and friends!

How do you stay warm through the winter? Do you love the retro fleece trend as much as we do?





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Guy Pearce Has A Music Video And It’s Very Bizarre

You’ve seen Guy Pearce lose his memory, perform in drag and even portray Andy Warhol, but nothing compares to his new music video. The Australian actor recently released a music video, and it’s one of the most delightfully bizarre things we’ve ever seen. Pearce’s video for the song “Fly All the Way,” off his debut album “Broken Bones,” features the actor in a variety of absurd infomercials. In one, he has his own meat brand; in another, he’s a workout instructor who grows breasts. Yup, super weird. But the song itself is actually really catchy.

Pearce has apparently been writing music since his 1985 TV series “Neighbors,” which gave way to pop stars Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Craig McLachlan, but never had the courage to release it. In an interview, Pearce said that he didn’t feel comfortable sharing his music since any mention of it would prompt journalists to “roll their eyes.” Before he recently sang live on Australia’s Radio National, Pearce said, “I didn’t have the confidence to come forward with the music I was making.”

Finally, though, the actor has embraced his music career, and apparently his goofy side as well.

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It’s Been Handled: We Played Office Dress-Up in The Limited x Scandal Collection

Like you, the Glamour team watches Scandal and rehashes while grabbing coffee in the office (Nikki’s also a pretty prolific real-time tweeter should you need to discuss in the heat of the moment). It’s been so fun seeing Olivia Pope wear actual pieces from The Limited‘s collection with the show that I asked whether we could get some of the items into the office for us to play around with and, you know, maybe pretend we were having our own super-serious gladiator moments.

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Nikki got to wear this amazing black and white trench, totally spotted on Olivia in one of her power-striding moments. “The minute I saw it I fell in love,” she said. “It’s a fun new take on the traditional trench coat, and I’d ideally wear it with a chunky knit sweater, gray jeans, and black pumps.” She took it off long enough for a few of us to also try it on and we were collectively impressed by how well-made it felt and flattering it was on everyone. It’s sadly sold out online, but was so fab it’s worth a trip to your local brick and mortar to see if they’ve still got any in stock.

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Julie and I both squealed when we pulled this plaid poncho out of the bag. Olivia Pope aside, she’d been searching for the silhouette and I was happy she got to try it out with this one. If you think figuring out what to wear it with would be tricky, don’t: Julie came to work in a sweater dress and leggings, not expecting to top it with a cape, and it worked beautifully. You can shop it here.

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“I felt so professional and take-charge in this blazer, and I loved how versatile it was,” Anna told me. “You could wear it open or zipped up, but either way, I say pair with black pants and you’re ready to get things ‘handled.” It was one of the first pieces from the collaboration I remember Kerry Washington actually wearing and it definitely gave Anna the same sort of instant boss-lady polish (a good reason to keep it on the back of your chair in case you’re called to an impromptu meeting). Like the trench, it’s sold-out online but worth seeing if you can locate locally.
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I loved this graphic black and white top on Olivia/Kerry and was excited for Lindsey to try it on. We played around with how to style it and what felt right to her. On the show, it was worn closed like a blouse, but Lindsey decided she actually liked it open as a little jacket. Either way: cute (and available).

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I was all about this off-the-shoulder sweater since it’s a major trend I’m loving in real life and captures the sexy-but-cozy style that’s perfect for a winter date night (or curling up on the couch alone with a long-stemmed glass of red, per Miss Pope). The top was long enough that our photographer actually asked me if it was a dress and that coverage means it could work with leggings. To dress it up for the office, I skipped jeans and paired with leather leggings.

Have you seen any of the collaboration pieces in person? If you haven’t, you seriously should stop by the next time you’re in the mall.





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Paradise Cay It’s Your Boat Too

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Paradise Cay It’s Your Boat Too . Commander Suzanne Giesemann draws on her twenty years in the Navy as a commanding officer and leadership instructor to write this empowering guide for women boaters. Power or sail, if you re just going along for the ride, you are limiting your enjoyment on the water.
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RHOBH Star Lisa Vanderpump Reveals Her Guilty Pleasures (It’s Not What You’d Expect!)

This season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has had its ups and downs so far, but one thing that has remained constant? The unbearable cuteness of Lisa Vanderpump's beloved dog, Giggy. She counts Giggy…




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It’s official: Celtics ship Rondo to Mavericks

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, the teams announced Thursday night.
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‘Baby, It’s Consent Inside’ Is The Remix This Holiday Classic Needed

If you’ve ever thought the male singer in “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” spends way too much time trying to talk his lady friend into staying, you’re not alone.

A new version of the holiday classic from video blogger Dara Laine shows how short the song would be if the guy listened to his companion the first time she told him she needed to leave.

“I really can’t stay –“
“That’s totally fine. I’ll call you again.”

Perfection. Watch the full video above.

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It’s Cold Outside! 8 Dinner-and-Movie Date Ideas Worth Staying Home For

You’re tired, it’s freezing, and you made a New Year’s resolution to save money. But that doesn’t mean you and your guy can’t have a lovely date night in. We’ll help you plan the perfect dinner-and-a-movie date right inside your own home. Here are eight date-friendly movies–whether you’re in the mood for laughs, romance, or a little action–and the ideal meal to pair with each one. You might never leave home on a Saturday night again (well, at least until spring).




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For What It’s Worth

For What It’s Worth


Businesses these days talk a lot about figuring out what the customer wants. Well, here’s your first lesson: the customer doesn’t know what he wants. This book is going to show you how to convince him he wants the thing you’re selling. Les Gold has been in business since age twelve, when he started selling used golf clubs from his dad’s basement. Now he owns Detroit’s biggest pawnshop, American Jewelry and Loan, and is the star of the hit reality TV show Hardcore Pawn. As a third-generation pawnbroker, Gold grew up in the business, dealing with customers who could be unruly and violent as often as they were friendly. He became good at selling just about anything and at buying items for what they were worth. Although he started at his family’s small pawnshop, he has now expanded into a fifty-thousand-square-foot former bowling alley, making a thousand deals a day. On any given day, he could be taking a vintage car in to pawn or chasing down a thief who’s just stolen a gold chain from the store. No business school in the world can teach you as much about buying, selling, negotiating, managing employees, dealing with customers, advertising, tracking trends, and predicting the economy’s ups and downs. In this entertaining, honest book, Gold takes you inside some of his weirdest, wackiest deals and steals. From the monkey his dad once took in to pawn to the deal Gold made for a stripper pole, he has no boundaries for what he considers to be part of his business – and neither should you. You will learn: How to tell an emotional story when you’re selling – and take emotion out of the transaction when you’re buying Why judging your customers before you know them can kill a potential deal How to deal with risk, both mental and physical How to communicate with employees (even if they’re your own kids) Why investing in relationships with your community is time well spent Why your business.

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Stage Door: The River, It’s Only A Play

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Hugh Jackman is a big Broadway draw. Even though his current drama The River at Circle in the Square drowns in insignificance. Ticket prices exceed the most expensive musical; it’s a lot to pay to watch Wolverine gut a fish, though no one can dispute the man does it with finesse.

Despite the considerable talents of the song-and-dance performer, what you get is 85 minutes of a rambling, nonlinear story of a fisherman (an understated Jackman) who brings various girlfriends (Cush Jumbo and Laura Donnelly) to his rustic cabin. The women, like his dialogue, are interchangeable. There, he feigns romance — or does he? — while waxing poetic about fly-fishing.

There’s no hint of menace, though the various women suggest the hunky fisherman regularly casts his reel — but can’t haul in an emotional commitment. He’s got a trick to catching fish; and he uses similar wiles to lure lovers.

Given his celebrity status, Jackman can choose from any number of scripts to showcase his considerable range. The mystery is why he tapped this one. Jez Butterworth brought his convoluted, over-the-top rant Jerusalem to Broadway a few years ago. The River, his latest UK import, is less energetic, but equally confusing and unsatisfying.

At one point, Jackman likens the sensation of catching sea trout to “a million sunsets rolled into a ball and shot straight into your veins.” If only The River had that much splash.

Happily, It’s Only A Play does. It is an acerbic love letter to the theater — and no one can outdo Terrence McNally when it comes to delicious digs. In a snappy comedy now at the Gerald Schoenfeld, he sends up Broadway producers, directors and actors, zinging their narcissism and self-obsession with targeted glee.

McNally has updated his 1986 comedy — savaging everything from celebrity-larded shows — “theater is the new Statue of Liberty for movie actors” — to Matilda to New York Times reviews. The vicissitudes of the theater and its habitués are rendered with a series of sassy one-liners, delivered at super-sonic speed. Nothing escapes McNally’s wrath.

The play opens in the elegant Upper East Side bedroom of a silly blonde producer (Megan Mullally) awaiting reviews of her first production, The Golden Egg. Nathan Lane plays a TV actor who turned down the lead; he secretly hopes his playwright/friend’s (Matthew Broderick) work is a flop. A pitch-perfect Stockard Channing is Virginia Noyes, a one-time star hoping Egg secures her much-needed comeback. She drips with venom, sashaying across the set with righteous indignation. Like the irrepressible Lane, she is one of the show’s high points.

Throw in Rupert Grint, of Harry Potter fame, making a solid Broadway debut as a kleptomaniac wunderkind director, F. Murray Abraham as a vitriolic critic and a wonderful Micah Stock as the naive coat-check boy, and It’s Only A Play promises a hugely entertaining romp.

The only crack in this Egg is Broderick, whose monotone whines are grating. Whatever the line, it’s rendered in a wimpy, nasal drone.

Fortunately, the terrifically funny cast, led by the always-cheeky Lane and tightly directed by Jack O’Brien, more than compensates. For anyone who loves theater and all its crazy trappings, this Play is for you.

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Undefeated Heavyweight Boxer Deontay Wilder Fights A Fan (But It’s Not What You Think)

Heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder posted a challenge on his recently-launched official Facebook fan page last month. “Get my Facebook page up to 5,000 likes,” he said, “and I’ll post a video of me fighting one of my fans.”

It was an intriguing promise, and within weeks, Wilder’s goal was reached.

On Thursday, Wilder made good on his vow, posting a video on his YouTube page. It was certainly a fight against a fan, but it was perhaps not quite the fan that most had expected.

As is clear in the video, the poor fan didn’t stand a chance against Wilder; but in a fight against a 32-0 professional heavyweight boxer, who has won all 32 bouts via knockout, who really does?

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The Wgn; A Handbook of Newspaper Administration–Editorial Advertising, Production, Circulation–Minutely Depicting, in Word and Picture, “How It’s Done” by the World’s Greatest Newspaper

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Used – This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 Excerpt: …many women’s clubs are followed by a special Club Editor. Sports are handled by a highly specialized department affiliated with Local. It comprises seven or eight men, each of whom is expert in one or more branches of sport–football, golf, pugilism, etc. Three men follow baseball al

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SonReal And What It’s Like Being A White Rapper In A Post-Macklemore Hip-Hop Scene

It isn’t very often that weird humor and hip-hop mix. The Beasties Boys and The Fat Boys were two of the first to embrace comedy hip-hop in the 1980s, a conceit that was picked up by Eminem in the ’90s, and current acts like Childish Gambino, Macklemore, Odd Future and Lil Dicky within the last decade.

But one of the most recent artists to throw his silly hat into the ring is Canada’s SonReal. Releasing his “Everywhere We Go” music video just over a year ago, the Juno-nominated rapper seems to pay homage to the uncomfortable awkwardness and absurd nerdy stylings of “Napoleon Dynamite.” Accumulating nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube — “One million views in Canada is more like 100 million in the States” — comedy feels like a natural fit for SonReal. But with mixtapes hailing back to 2006, this goofy tone is actually a first.

“I think we created a whole new side to my personality with that video,” SonReal told The Huffington Post. “A lot of people didn’t even really think I was funny before that. A lot of my stuff was a little more serious, maybe some people would categorize it as emo.”

The video for “Believe,” off his most recent free album, “One Long Day,” was purposefully released after “Everywhere We Go” to remind both new and old fans of his more serious side. (SonReal was aware that an art piece wouldn’t go viral.) While the majority of the album floats in this space of self-examination and outreach, SonReal’s latest video for his new track, “Preach,” brings on another wacky, stoic production, shot in 57 different locations throughout the United States.

Born as Aaron Hoffman and raised in Vernon, British Columbia, a small town with a population of 60,000, SonReal grew up expecting to follow in the footsteps of the town’s working populace.

“A lot of the people where I’m from go up north and work on rigs,” he said. “It’s these small town dreams, which is to have a family and try to be rich. That’s what successful is there. There are no rappers around my way, so I really had to break the mold. When I first started, people around me didn’t take me seriously — and so they shouldn’t have, I was horrible at it. But it was definitely harder for me, I think, than somebody growing up in a big city because there was no one within 500 miles of me that had done what I was trying to do.”

Introduced to hip-hop through skateboarding, he fell in love with albums like Nas’ “Illmatic,” Method Man’s “Judgement Day” and Mobb Deep’s “The Infamous.” On his first mixtape, “Trapped In The Streets,” SonReal emulated these artists, rapping about selling drugs and killing people. While he understands he was just trying to find his place in hip-hop, SonReal is thankful that little beyond the music was documented. “I’m so happy I didn’t have a YouTube account at the time because I would have so many videos that are so bad,” he said.

“It takes time to find out what you want to say and who you want to be,” SonReal continued. “At the end of the day is just comes back to ‘do you.’ I have always said I want to be around for a long time, so we’ve taken our time with things and made sure they’re perfect. One thing about me is that I’ve never been really amazing right off the jump. I’m not someone who just comes out with a smash album right at the start. I’m consistently working to get better at my music. ‘One Long Day’ is my best work today, but my new stuff is already turning out to be way more energetic. I’m excited about it.”

As SonReal continues to rise — and headlines his first tours throughout the United States — the comparisons to Macklemore feel unfortunately inevitable. In addition to both men being white rappers, they share a goofy-sincere sensibility. But for those willing to really listen, SonReal’s work exudes its own unique talent. In fact, it’s what many of his fans know already: SonReal has his own flow, his own style, his own message. And he’s pretty damn good at it.

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It’s Hammy Time For Chris Rock In The First ‘Top Five’ Trailer

Chris Rock’s “Top Five” has already been compared to “Annie Hall,” so no pressure. The forthcoming comedy, which Paramount picked up after it premiered to strong praise during the Toronto International Film Festival, focuses on Andre Allen (Rock), a popular comedian who hopes to win respect from audiences with a new drama following his starring role in the lucrative “Hammy the Bear” trilogy. (The garbage pail of lowest-common-denominator Hollywood bunk is about a police bear; his catchphrase: “It’s Hammy time.”)

“I don’t feel like doing funny movies anymore. I don’t feel funny,” Rock as Allen says in the first “Top Five” trailer. The irony there is that “Top Five,” which Rock also wrote and directed, is super funny. It’s also smart, timely and stuffed to the gills with stars: Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, J.B. Smoove, Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Cedric the Entertainer, Leslie Jones and Tracy Morgan, among others. Jay Z and Kanye West are co-producers. “Top Five” is out in limited release on Dec. 5 before a nationwide bow on Dec. 12.


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It’s Pink Martini and Balanchine for Oregon Ballet Theatre at 25

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Ballet to the People meant to show up at Oregon Ballet Theatre in Portland on Saturday in time to gatecrash company class. But on the way to the studio she succumbed to the siren song of Mother Foucault’s Bookshop. With its vintage office furniture and massive, mismatched, hardwood bookshelves, old and new literary fiction and hardcore philosophy books tantalizingly strewn about, it has the air of a shop that’s been around a lot longer than its three-and-a-half years. Mother Foucault’s is presided over by a young Lord Byron, whose name upon inquiry turned out to be Craig Florence – which struck Ballet to the People as aptly romantic for a bookseller (“Yes, I know, women have wanted to marry me just for my name… and I’ve already been married twice.”) Florence once worked at Shakespeare and Company on Paris’ Left Bank and eschews frivolities like computers and credit card machines.

Ballet to the People tore herself away and, clutching two volumes of poetry (by Slovenian Tone Škrjanec and Portlandian Douglas Spangle), dashed across the street just in time for révérence.

OBT is in the throes of rehearsal for a 25th anniversary program that honors its 20th century past, and also looks ahead to its future as a cultural beacon in a city that boxes way above its weight class in the arts.

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The legendary Bart Cook was on hand Saturday to whip Agon into shape – that 1957 masterpiece that, after Apollo and The Four Temperaments, cemented the classic Balanchine style: cerebral, steely, stripped down. Conspicuous for those extraordinary extensions with splayed hips, off-balance transitions and turns executed at whiplash speed, often on top of a bent knee – in bold defiance of classical “rules.” And yet classical form pops up everywhere in Agon, particularly in the carriage of the arms, in the crisp and dazzling arabesques piquées, in the courtly manners and the bows that cap each brief episode.

A ballet tailormade for what post-Beat poet Spangle called “white concrete days,” its première caused a sensation, not least because of Balanchine’s decision to cast a black man and a white woman, Arthur Mitchell and Diana Adams, in the central pas de deux, at a particularly explosive time in the civil rights era. (Some maintain that this was a purely aesthetic decision, with Balanchine seeking to highlight the visual skin color contrast, as he also did by costuming the dancers in simple black and white practice clothes.)

OBT last performed this ballet in 1999, but today a new generation of dancers makes it their own. It requires great discipline and clean execution, without sacrificing individual expressiveness and exuberance. Cook exhorted the dancers to get deeper into the collapsed positions, to drape the torsos more fully over bent legs, and to “have fun” in the more playful, jazz-inflected moments. He murmured “beautiful” as Martina Chavez maneuvered into a deep arabesque penchée on pointe while Brian Simcoe threw himself to the ground on his back, continuing to support her with one hand. There were thrills aplenty, as when Jordan Kindell and Adam Hartley tossed Candace Bouchard high into the air. But perhaps the greatest pleasure came from watching the ensemble chew up space in low explosive jumps that often twist and change direction unexpectedly in the air – especially the cadre of men (Hartley, Kindell, Simcoe, and Chauncey Parsons) who open and close the ballet, enigmatically, with their backs to the audience – and watching their fierce intelligence at work as they unraveled the complex Stravinsky score, one that tends to tie you up in knots if you attempt to count it.

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Apart from the stunning, elegant Chavez, doe-eyed Eva Burton was a revelation in rehearsal – flipping between stark hyperextensions and softly regal classical positions with astonishing ease – as was Candace Bouchard, who pairs the serenity of a Botticelli with the athleticism of a modern American Olympian.

“Love x 3” rounds off the retrospective: a series of pas de deux excerpted from three works with strikingly different pedigrees and temperaments. With deconstructed denim coattails billowing, daredevils Xuan Cheng and Michael Linsmeier romp through Trey McIntyre’s Robust American Love, set to “He Doesn’t Know Why” by Seattle indie band Fleet Foxes (“See your rugged hands and a silver knife/ Twenty dollars in your hand makes you hold so tight.”)

Chauncey Parsons is consumed by the fiery Alison Roper in Christopher Stowell’s Carmen. (Roper, who officially retired from the stage last season, returns for this program.) Parsons portrays Carmen’s jailer, Don José, but even after he binds her wrists, she taunts him and seduces him into freeing her. Hints of flamenco flavor their foreplay, Roper’s pointes and heels stabbing the floor.

Ansa Deguchi is a reckless young teenager in James Canfield’s Romeo and Juliet, trying to prevent the sensitive Brian Simcoe from leaving her bedroom at the crack of dawn. The petite Deguchi radiates clean lines, and communicates with her beautiful arches and delicately expressive fingers and hands. When Simcoe finally tears himself away, her face crumples in childlike anguish.

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Portland’s inimitable Pink Martini, with the silky-voiced China Forbes, is to provide live accompaniment to Never Stop Falling (In Love), a world première by Nicolo Fonte. The party atmosphere in the rehearsal studio kicked into high gear when Pink Martini’s irrepressible Thomas Lauderdale, dapper in grey suit and bow tie, bounded in and settled in behind the piano. The company is not simply dancing to previously released arrangements of Pink Martini hits; Fonte and Lauderdale have shaped some old and some unreleased songs into a purpose-built score.

“These new arrangements feel good,” Lauderdale acknowledged, “They’re a little slower than when we originally recorded them – they BREATHE.”

Never Stop Falling is a big ensemble number, full of luxurious, slinky, flirty movement. Among the many beguiling moments are sequences in which the women sink to the ground, sometimes out of a spin, and the men appear out of nowhere to catch them before they hit the ground.

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Punctuating the swooning, sassy Pink Martini sound is Lauderdale’s wistful interpretation of a Chopin Berceuse, to which Fonte has limned a heart-stopping pas de deux for the Parsons brothers, Chauncey and Colby. (Of the Chopin, Lauderdale noted ruefully, “I just came from a piano lesson, and my piano teacher busted my ass!”)

The work brings out individual dancer personalities: the fearless Xuan Cheng, sultry Martina Chavez, and coltish Sarah Griffin. And among the men, the romantic Jordin Kindell, the haunting Chauncey Parsons, and the noble, mysterious Brett Bauer.

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Early rehearsals of Never Stop Falling took place in front of appreciative crowds at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, where the company camped out for four days in August in its annual summer ritual, christened “OBT Exposed,” that typically draws about 10,000 visitors.

Will Fonte’s new work – onstage, with costumes by Portland designer and Project Runway winner Michelle Lesniak – prove the perfect spectacle to usher in another quarter century of superlative dancing and imaginative programming?

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Catch Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 25th anniversary program with Pink Martini from October 11-18 at Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St, Portland. On the way, stop in at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop at 523 SE Morrison St.

Photos by Blaine Truitt Covert:

1. Candace Bouchard in rehearsal for George Balanchine’s Agon
2. Chauncey Parsons in rehearsal for George Balanchine’s Agon
3. Bart Cook, répétiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, rehearsing Eva Burton and Sarah Griffin in George Balanchine’s Agon
4. Ansa Deguchi and Brian Simcoe in rehearsal for the Bedroom Pas de Deux from James Canfield’s Romeo & Juliet
5. Sarah Griffin and Martina Chavez rehearsing Nicolo Fonte’s world premiere with Pink Martini, Never Stop Falling (In Love) at OBT Exposed in Pioneer Courthouse Square in August.
6. Martina Chavez and Brett Bauer rehearsing Nicolo Fonte’s world premiere with Pink Martini, Never Stop Falling (In Love) at OBT Exposed in Pioneer Courthouse Square in August.
7. Eva Burton and Colby Parsons rehearsing Nicolo Fonte’s world premiere with Pink Martini, Never Stop Falling (In Love) at OBT Exposed in Pioneer Courthouse Square in August.
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Elderly Man Gets Down To ‘La Bamba,’ Shows Everyone How It’s Done

This gentleman has some serious moves.

And he shows that anyone — at any age — can get down to a feel-good beat, dancing to a street performer’s rendition of “La Bamba” at the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney, Australia.

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You’re Invited To This Gay Couple’s Countryside Wedding — And It’s Beautiful

Get the tissues ready!

In this adorable video documenting the wedding of gay couple Matthew and Tom, the viewer is transported to the idyllic countryside along with the couple’s family and friends.

It’s always nice to be reminded that despite all of the conflict in the world, two loving queer individuals can now wed one another in more states than ever before.

Congrats, guys!

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It’s Time to Get Schooled – Six Little McGhees – OWN

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Mia and Ro explore preschool options for the six little McGhees, including trying their hand at homeschooling. At the office, things get heated when Mia and Ro argue in front of the staff.

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Saved By The Bell’s ‘Mr. Belding’ Weighs In On Dustin Diamond Movie: ‘Clearly It’s About The Money’

As Mr. Belding on “Saved By The Bell,” Dennis Haskins portrayed a venerable, well-loved principal in a diverse California high school. Since the show ended, one of his former on-screen students hasn’t made the best decisions.

Dustin Diamond, who played affable nerd Screech, has appeared on reality shows like Celebrity Fit Club, Celebrity Boxing and Big Brother. He also published a book, “Behind The Bell,” which supposedly told stories of his life while filming the show. The book has made him no friends with his former cast members; Mark-Paul Gosselaar ripped Diamond on HuffPost Live back in August for the “negative” tome.

Haskins stopped by HuffPost Live on Friday to chat about his memories of the show, and to dispel recent internet rumors of his death. Haskins told host Marc Lamont Hill that he talked to Diamond on Thursday, and that Diamond is in a “much better place now” despite his earlier missteps.

“I literally talked to Dustin yesterday,” Haskins said. “I haven’t talked to him in several years but he reached out to me. He made some choices to do some things that he’s dealing with the results of his choices. You got to remember Dustin was 12 and everybody else was 15 and 16. That’s not a natural fit… But I never was aware that it was a huge deal… Dustin thinks different. He acts different. He is different.”

Diamond’s book, published in 2009, was recently made into a Lifetime movie. In a 2013 interview with OWN, Diamond tried to distance himself from both the book and film, blaming his ghostwriter for misconstruing the story. Haskins believes that Diamond simply did these things to stay financially afloat.

“Clearly, it’s about money. The movie made some money, I guess. A lot of people still love Saved By The Bell,” Haskins said. “That’s the message that I get… It’s hard to say, Marc, you want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but how many times do you do that?”

Watch the rest of the clip above, and catch Haskins’ full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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It’s Full Steam Ahead This Season on Six Little McGhees – Oprah Winfrey Network

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As the kids get bigger, the McGhee house starts to feel smaller! This season, the McGhees go house-hunting for a place with enough space for their six little toddlers to grow up happy in, but will they manage to find the home of their dreams?

Find out if Mia and Ro find the extra space they need on all-new episodes of Six Little McGhees, premiering on Saturday, September 6 at 10/9c.

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This Is What It’s Really Like To Be Married

Agreeing to spend the rest of your life with someone is a big decision, to say the least.

So many questions emerge when contemplating marriage: Is it worth it? What will our relationship look like in 20 years? Will our sex life die a horrible death?

Thankfully, a Reddit thread emerged Sunday asking users what it’s really like to be married, and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. Here’s what they had to say:

1. Coming home is the best part of your day.
“You know on bad days all you want to do is come home, put on comfy clothes, order take out, maybe drink a few beers and watch TV with your cell phone shut off? Well, if you’re lucky, you have someone at home to enjoy that experience with you. Instead of them annoying you, you are glad you can be that comfortable with someone. It’s nice.”

2. Someone always has your back.
“Everyone’s marriage is unique, but we derive a lot of our relationship’s meaning from shared experiences. We love each other more because of what we have been through together, and what we are going to go through together in our future. There may be days that we don’t like each other, but when the chips are down we both always have someone who loves us and has our back.”

3. A (hopefully) thriving sex life.
“You always have someone to play games with, you don’t have to do all the cooking and chores by yourself, and lots of sex. It’s pretty great. :)”

4. Two people are better than one at facing life’s challenges.
“My wife is my best friend. It isn’t all sunshine and lollipops, it requires effort from both people. To me, the benefits of facing life with someone that you are compatible with makes it all worth while.”

5. You can be yourself without fear of judgement.
“With the right partner, it’s incredible. I love knowing that when I come home from work, my husband will be there to greet me with a smile and a hug (and maybe a snack). I can be myself around him and he never judges me.”

6. It’s like having your own personal superhero.
“Being married means I know someone always has my back. And I always have hers. Sometimes it feels like us against the world– but no matter what happens, it’s us against the world.”

7. Easy access to your BFF.
“It’s great! It’s like living with a best friend.”

8. You never have to put on a show.
“I married my wife because I feel like I am by myself when I am with her. What I mean is that I feel no need to be on. I don’t need to entertain or be funny or be sociable or any of the hundreds of exhausting things you have to be to function in society.”

9. The good outweighs the bad.
It’s having a partner in crime. If I want to do my own thing I can while he does his. It’s sharing, its work and it can be incredibly hard not to murder the other some days. But it’s wonderful. It’s completely worth every single argument and annoyance.”

10. Someone in the world loves you for exactly who you are.
“She loves me even though I’m not the best person – I love her because she is the best person.”

11. The rewards are endless.
“Best decision I ever made. As others have said, it’s frustrating and a lot of work at times but if you marry the right person it will be well worth the sacrifice. And the rewards will grow exponentially. The longer my wife and I are married, the better it is to married.”

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It’s Your Choice: The Antidote For Being Too Busy

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You run into someone you haven’t seen for a while and ask them how they’re doing and they say, “I am so busy.” Or maybe someone asks you about how things are going and your knee-jerk response is to reply, “I’m really busy,” maybe even with a bit of pride at how busy you are.

We are living in a very fast-paced world and I think we’re all feeling the pressure. I was recently in a café and heard a woman who was preoccupied on her phone tell her young daughter, “Mommy’s busy right now. Hold on.” Seriously, everything is moving so quickly that something’s gotta give.

Luckily, I’ve got an antidote for all that busy-ness and I’m going to share it with you in today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV. Join me for the video below:

 

 

To watch this week’s episode, go here.

OK, let’s recap. Here are three steps you can take right now to tame that busy schedule of yours:

  1. Recognize that you always have a choice about what fills your time. For example, you can choose to let an email wait in your inbox instead of responding right away or you can choose to unplug from social media and texting for a set period of time so you can be more present with those you love. YOU have control over your own schedule.
  2. Drop the busy badge of honor. Stop engaging with all your busy friends in the one-up contest of who stayed up working the latest or whose schedule is the most jam-packed. Remember, no one ever really wins in a “who’s busiest” contest.
  3. Resist the temptation to judge other peoples’ schedules or how busy you perceive them to be. Just focus on sweeping your own side of the street. We all choose how we spend our time, and what’s busy for some might not seem all that busy to you. (See #2; it’s not a contest!)

My actionable for you this week is to shift your perspective when it comes to being busy. If you’re feeling too busy, remind yourself that you have a choice and have the power to make a change. If someone sets you off and makes you want to bust out your busy badge of honor, don’t engage in a busy battle that you know won’t serve you.

The next time someone asks how you’re doing, my hope is that you’ll be able to smile and tell them how much you’re really enjoying having some free time on your hands. It’s a beautiful thing!

Please leave a comment below if this resonates with you; I’d love to hear what steps you’re taking to be a little less busy in your own life.
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Cat Thinks It’s A Baby, Drinks From A Bottle (VIDEO)

Some cats drink from a bowl or sauce. Not this little kitty. When it’s feeding time, this feline wants extra special treatment.

Watch:

The clip was posted to Facebook by Funny Videos with little explanation. But does this really need one?

Enjoy.
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The Only Time It’s Acceptable To Sleep With Someone Other Than Your Spouse

For married folks, getting cozy between the sheets with anyone other than your husband or wife is, by and large, frowned upon by society.

But there is one very furry and adorable exception to the rule…

We’d be super jealous if these adulterers weren’t so doggone cute.

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You Can Now Use Emojis To Search On Yelp, And It’s Not As Pointless As It Sounds

For the hungry and the lazy, hunting down the perfect slice of pizza just got better, thanks to the ingenious merging of Yelp and emojis.

Yelp released a new feature on its mobile app in late March, in which people can search using emoji if they’re feeling too sluggish to type out actual words. Yes, where you used to have to tap out “ice cream,” “doughnuts” and “pizza,” the simple selection of , and will now suffice.

But with 845 emojis to choose from on a standard iPhone keyboard (and with some having meanings as indecipherable as this little lady’s: ), you might wonder how reliable this service can be.

As it turns out, a lot of the emoji actually translate quite well. The pizza emoji, for example, proves practical when searching New York City’s Greenwich Village.

pizza emoji

Ramen’s easy to find, too.

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Locating nail parlors, banks, hair salons and postal offices is also a piece of cake (cake, no doubt, can be found too) with the applicable emoji.

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Of course, Yelp does have some limitations when it comes to the more elusive emojis. But the app manages to be clever and creative with these puzzling emoticons.

If a New Yorker enters an obscure spiral emoji () into the search bar, he or she will be directed to Coney Island’s Cyclone coaster, as well as a wine bar?

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Broke your favorite light fixture from your trip abroad in Asia? That lantern emoji won’t help you find a new one, but it will direct you to restaurants with “lantern” in the name.

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And that previously mentioned, indecipherable lady? She’ll take you to a wedding planner, a bunch of men’s clothing stores and the Gap. Interpret that how you will.

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Needless to say, there are hours begging to be wasted on Yelp .
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Lindsay Lohan’s Life Coach Quits: “Sometimes It’s Better to Leave Before It Gets Ugly” – OWN

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Since Lindsay left rehab, renowned celebrity health and wellness coach A.J. Johnson has been working with her to help establish a healthy lifestyle. After confronting Lindsay on her sobriety, Lindsay suddenly refuses to see A.J. “I can’t help someone when they are not open to receiving,” A.J. says, and decides it’s time for her to leave. Later, Lindsay becomes emotional as she reveals why she shut A.J. out.

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Noah: It’s a Miracle!

It could have been a disaster. An implausible story from a book of often improbable events written by desert-dwellers 2,000 years ago. A man lives to be 950 years old. He has children when he is 500 and builds an ark to survive a worldwide flood which wipes out the rest of life on earth.

Making a plausible, entertaining movie about the Biblical story of Noah seems a challenge beyond even Hollywood’s estimable skills. Does one hue to the original screen play, the Bible, and risk it being laughable. Or does one reconstruct a more updated allegory? Would its earnest retelling bring a deluge of ridicule or would it lose its resonance with modernization? Most importantly for Hollywood, would people come to watch? Clearly there was Noah accounting for taste.

The product itself was watertight. Darren Aronofsky directs the dark tale with skill and depth, if not always restraint. Despite the protestations of Bible thumpers, the film is painfully loyal to its Biblical roots. Jerry Johnson, President of the National Religious Broadcasters, lambasts the movie for “the insertion of an extremist environmental agenda” and Brian Godawa, a “commentator” on Christian issues, attacked the film as “environmental paganism” made by a self-proclaimed atheist (Daily Telegraph, Entertainment Section, 3/25/2014).

But the atheist Aronofsky, his crew and cast have put together a compelling work which raises not just environmental but moral and religious issues. The film is also a very entertaining disaster epic. Aronofsky’s pacing carries one deftly and earnestly through the centuries of Noah, building excruciating dramatic tensions, especially for a story whose ending is well-known.

The cast is nothing less than masterful. Russell Crowe, as Noah, is tortured by the moral demise of mankind and crushed by the weight of his god-given doomsday charge. His family has suffered at the hands of descendants of Cain, barely surviving the ravaged landscape and constant murderous forays of Cain’s minions. Noah knows there is no reason to question the word of his God. His every experience reinforces his old world view. So according to command, he sets about saving the innocents, the animals, but executing the extinction of mankind.

Though the part hardly tests his range, Crowe is convincingly troubled, plumbing depths and possibly resurrecting his career. Hopefully, we won’t have to see him again in works such as The Man with the Iron Fists or struggling to sing his way through Les Miserables.

As always, Aronofsky gets stellar performances from his entire talented cast. Jenniffer Connelly is an able Noah-foil — backing, testing and challenging her almighty-possessed husband. Anthony Hopkins contrasts as a sometimes lighthearted Methusaleh. Emma Watson, thankfully emerges later in the film to give it additional emotional resonance. And Ray Winstone extends his familiar criminal repertoire to Biblical proportions as the flood worthy Tubal-cain.

Tirelessly, though frequently, the entire cast sets in front of us the central theme — the need to start over and create a better world because of human failures. The exploitation of resources, natural and human, then as now, have put the species and future of the globe in severe and ultimate jeopardy. Climate change references are unavoidable. Human will, choice and mercy confront us for two taut hours as the harsh Old Testament versus more forgiving New Testament sensibilities struggle over the soul and future of our planet.

Noah is quite a good movie, the themes of which are still and again in front of us. It has aged well!
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Couple Of 72 Years Proves It’s Never Too Late To Have The Wedding Of Your Dreams

By Kristen Klein for Bridal Guide

When Mira and Bob Graves tied the knot back in 1942, they did what many young couples of their generation did — they had a quick, no-frills ceremony before Bob was shipped off to war. They’d only been dating for a few months, but they decided to elope right after witnessing their friends exchange vows in Reno.

Seventy-two years later, the happy couple lives at Antioch’s Quail Lodge Retirement Home, where they were named king and queen of the home’s Valentine’s Day celebration. The only problem: When asked to provide a picture of their wedding, they couldn’t — because none were ever taken.

Though the couple has never regretted their low-key wedding ceremony, they jumped at the chance for a wedding do-over when the home’s director, Jennifer Noble, made the suggestion. Noble sprang into action, working with the local community to secure a gown, tux, cake, flowers, music and, most importantly, a photographer.

Watch the sweet video above.


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Holy $%!& It’s Friday!!! Here’s How You Can Make It A Good One.

Did this week just drag? Or maybe it zipped right by. We know, right?

Whatever your relationship with space and time, most of us are lucky enough to have another couple awesome days of work-free respite ahead. And that makes us want to…

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Or something. Because Friday! Here’s some stuff to help you start the weekend off right.

Drink like a famous person: Ernest Hemingway

The Green Isaac’s Special was one of his favs, apparently. You can whip up one of these at home by shaking two ounces of London dry gin with four ounces of coconut water, the juice of one lime, three dashes of Angostura bitters and some ice. Or, if you’re out at a less-sophisticated establishment, Hemingway also loved whiskey sodas.

Drink like a college student: “Text or Shot”

Everyone puts their phones in a pile. First player draws one at random and composes any message they want to anyone in the list of contacts. The owner of that phone then has to either send the text, or take a shot. Remember when drinking games involved cards? What a time to be alive. (Shoutout to Reddit user spaceonfire for this one.)

Pickup line: “Do you like this shirt?”

“It’s made of boyfriend material.” Don’t expect it to work. Alternatively, you can go up to someone and say, “Hi, I’m [your name]. How’s your night going?” If neither of these work, execute this dance move.

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Something to think about: This Colorado teacher is giving her kidney to a student.

High school gym teacher Jen Sculley plans to donate her left kidney to a teenage student suffering from kidney disease. When she heard about the student’s plight and found out she was a match, Sculley said the decision was easy. Have you done something nice this week? There’s still time!

Sobering fact: Years of heavy drinking have a less negative effect on women, compared to men.

Researchers analyzing data from one of the largest studies on the long-term effects of alcohol found that two shots’ worth of alcohol consumed by a man every day for ten years is linked to significant cognitive decline. Not a shocker. But women consuming a corresponding amount of alcohol per day — they drank less due to female metabolism rates — were not as affected. It’s not clear why, but researchers suggested it could be due to estrogen.

Random piece of knowledge: A group of cats is called a “clowder.”

A male cat is a “tom” and a female is a “molly.” Cats also can’t taste sweets because they’re all essentially blood-thirsty killers.

Cheers! Have a great weekend!

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Hilarious Couple Shows Us It’s TOO Easy To Cut Your Wedding Guest List

Trying to narrow down your wedding guest list may seem like an impossible task at first. Consider all of the family, friends, family friends, neighbors, co-workers and ex-lovers who saw your engagement news on Facebook and are eagerly awaiting the invitation.

In a video posted to the Upright Citizens Brigade YouTube channel on Tuesday, comedians (and real-life couple) Laura Grey and Jordan Klepper discover that slashing the guest list isn’t quite as difficult as they thought.

Grounds for elimination include bra size (if bigger than bride’s), weird bangs, lack of black friends and a preference for the American version of “The Office.”

If you get cut, it’s nothing personal. Well, actually, maybe it is.

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Sometimes It’s The Hair And Makeup That Make The Golden Globes Worth Watching

Red carpet beauty can be pretty predictable. Leading ladies have been sporting retro waves, smokey eyes and red lips since the 1940s. However, the refreshingly modern hair and makeup from the 2013 Golden Globes are a sign of changing times. (Jessica Alba’s tangerine lipstick was daring.)

As our excitement mounts for the 71st Annual Golden Globes Awards this Sunday, we’ve put together a photo retrospective of the 55 most unforgettable Golden Globes hair and makeup looks over the years. Because let’s face it, this is what makes watching the awards show worth it. Here’s to more envelope-pushing beauty!

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A KID’S GUIDE TO FLYFISHING: IT’S MORE THAN CATCHING FISH

A KID’S GUIDE TO FLYFISHING: IT’S MORE THAN CATCHING FISH


A KID’S GUIDE TO FLYFISHING: IT’S MORE THAN CATCHING FISHTyfer BefusJOHNSON BOOKS, August 2006Softcover ISBN: 1-55566-394-X This is the book I wish I had access to when I was trying to teach my kid how to fish! This is a book that teaches a kid how to flyfish – written by a kid! Eight-year yold Tyler tells about fish, where fish live, what fish eat, equipment, & fly casting. Filled with Tyler’s drawings & color photos. Tyler believes there are not enough young kids that flyfish & he wants to change that. Foreword by Jack Dennis. Color photos; 7×9 inches, 128 pages.
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It’s Good to Know a Miracle: Dani’s Story: One Family’s Struggle with Leukemia

It’s Good to Know a Miracle: Dani’s Story: One Family’s Struggle with Leukemia


In this inspirational and informative book, Dani’s parents, Jay and Sue Shotel, vividly convey the strength and courage their daughter displayed in her battle with AML, as they tell the story of the events that led to her recovery. Along the way they provide a wealth of information about leukemia, and tell engrossing stories about their family’s journey to an unknown place, the roles each family member played to support Dani in her fight for life, the value of love and friendship, the anguish in the quest for answers, the power of positive thinking, the vital decisions a family must make as they proceed through the medical maze, and about the young German citizen, Tom–who donated the marrow that saved Dani’s life and then flew in to Washington, D.C., to attend Dani and Scott’s wedding in 2005! The vivid details in It’s Good to Know a Miracle: Dani’s Story, are made possible because Sue Shotel insisted that the family keep a log of everything that occurred during the period from September 11, 2002, until Dani’s release from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and return to Washington, D.C. in May of 2003. In telling their story, the authors hope that the level of detail provided in this book will assist families who face similar circumstances in dealing with the known, the unknown, and the decisions that need to be made along the way. Reviews: “One of 10 Health Books in 2008 ‘You’ll Actually Want to Read’”—Laura Landro, Wall Street Journal “This is a book that will touch your heart as well as take you on a grueling journey with a happy ending.”—Anne Stinson, Book Critic, Easton Star Democrat Endorsements: “This is an amazing story of a woman who stayed strong in the struggle to fight (and WIN!) for her life. Her dedication, passion and insights in coping with the emotional and physical pain during her journey no doubt played major roles in her ability to ‘beat leukemia’. She is an inspiring figure and gives hope to all of us who ultimately will experience a life’s grea

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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Episode 4 Recap: It’s War

Note: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “American Horror Story: Coven,” Episode 4, titled “Fearful Pranks Ensue.”

It’s pretty much an all-out war in New Orleans. At the very least there’s a big one brewing, and this week’s episode pits multiple warring factions against each other: Fiona vs. Delia, Fiona vs. The Council, Fiona vs. Marie (OK, so it’s mostly everyone against Fiona), and the voodoo witches vs. the Robichaux witches. Also the battle between the “living” and the dead — but we’ll see more of that next week.

To start things off in the ugliest possible manner, we flash back to New Orleans in 1961, where a young black boy is lynched and hanged by a bunch of white men. Marie is understandably pissed, especially after the boy’s mother expresses her optimism for the future of racial integration. So it’s time for snakes, blood and raising the dead, at which Marie is obviously very skilled. Did she just drink an urn of flaming blood? Yes, she did, and corpses tear out of their graves and attack the lynchers, ripping their limbs off and disemboweling them. Welcome to Episode 4 of “American Horror Story: Coven”!

After the flashback, we return right where we left off at Robichaux Academy, with Spalding unceremoniously rolling up the deceased Madison in the sitting room rug. It’s priceless to see her sparkly high heels sticking out at the end, like some filling in a ridiculous corpse fajita. Fiona alleviates any possible guilt or remorse (which she probably didn’t have much of) by saying that Madison would have made a terrible Supreme anyway — and then proceeds to find Queenie almost dead in Delia’s greenhouse. Never a dull night for the Supreme!

She shuttles Queenie up to a bedroom and literally breathes the life back into her. LaLaurie is grateful to Queenie for saving her from the Minotaur, and is absolutely beside herself, not knowing how to be kind to this black girl who she was calling “slave” in Episode 3. Power shifts are the best, especially when we know how vitriolic Queenie can be. Fiona has to wake Delia up and let her know about everything. I mean, honestly Delia, how did you sleep through someone getting killed on the floor below you, as well as a Minotaur attack? Fiona isn’t far off when she says Delia is a useless headmistress; Fiona is usually drunk and traipsing around town, yet she has a better handle on things at the Academy — and has a solid lock on revenge when she sends the Minotaur’s severed head (still blinking) to Marie.

This, of course, does not go over well, and despite attempts by a fellow salon worker to get Marie to let it go, Angela Bassett‘s flared nostrils tell us exactly what she’s going to do: gather up all those snakes and blood again, cuz it’s time for another corpse raisin’! Things are also going from bad to worse back at the Academy, where The Council on Witchcraft has come a-calling. I was overcome with joy seeing Frances Conroy’s Myrtle Snow sashay into the house, with that outfit. (There’s nary an actress I enjoy more, and she is all aces here.) At her side are two fellow Council members, Quentin (Leslie Jordan), who specializes in sarcastic, witty rejoinders, and Cecily (Robin Bartlett), who appears to be the keeper of minutes. They conduct a series of interrogations of the Robichaux inhabitants, who basically perform as we expect them to: Delia spills every single bean (sigh), Zoe puts us to sleep with her testimony, Nan is straight-forward and inadvertently hilarious, and Queenie tosses it all out there, calling the missing Madison a stone-cold bitch.

Before Fiona takes the stand, we’re treated to a delicious 1971 flashback, right after Annaleigh’s death. It introduces us to the young, jealous Myrtle, who is willing to do anything to take down Fiona. As a “guardian of veracity in the vernacular,” Myrtle is a defender of the truth. In the end, her scheming to trap Fiona ends up trapping her; on the stand, between cigarette drags, Fiona denies all wrong-doing, and sasses the Council. In the flashback, we learn how Spalding really lost his tongue (he cut it off to protect Fiona). Is it just me or was that actually really touching? OK, it was gross and extreme, but romantic in “AHS” terms. Young Fiona’s look of shock when he does it shows that she’s no monster, and there’s at least a semblance of caring on her part. So when Spalding’s questioned by Myrtle, he ends up implicating her instead of Fiona. So great — and when Myrtle yells, “This will not stand!” I smiled, mainly because it’s been so damn long since I’ve seen a Frances Conroy freak-out.

Other than the main plot, we’re treated to two totally superfluous sideplots — one of which is Delia’s cheating husband, Hank, who we see is clearly unbalanced. His rough sex and weird sidelong glances tell us something is definitely wrong here. And when he breaks out a silenced pistol (which indicates he planned to kill his mistress all along) and shoots her in the head, I threw my hands up in the air. No clue what’s happening there, and more importantly, why should any of us care? Secondly, we revisit FrankenKyle, who’s slamming his head against the bathtub repeatedly. Sure, Zoe, go make him some tuna salad. That’ll make him feel better. When she returns to the bathroom, he’s gone, off into the night on Halloween. At least he’ll fit right in. I guess it’s wishful thinking that this is the last we’ll see of FrankenKyle.

Thank goodness the final two scenes are both creepy and titillating, as LaLaurie’s three zombie daughters show up at the door with a league of other zombies waiting on the front lawn. How is Fiona going to stop this insanity? (She’s out drinking with Delia playing “Three Questions,” and Delia is blinded by something in the washroom. Maybe this will finally bring out Delia’s powers.)

I’ll leave you for this week with a nod to (easily) the creepiest scene of the episode, which was Spalding having tea parties in a room filled with scary dolls. When he takes out that lace gown and brings it over to the chair and we see Madison’s dead body holding a teacup, several thoughts rushed through my mind: Oh no, is this a necrophilia thing? Does he just play dress-up with her? Is he dressed like a baby? What. Is. Happening. I refuse to believe that Spalding is that sick — for now — and just hope that his unrequited love for Fiona is what’s causing him to do it.

It’s war now, “AHS” fans. Let’s see how this thing pans out.

Witch, Please: (every week I’m going to award the witchiest witch of them all) Damn right a voodoo priestess counts as a witch, and Marie Laveau takes the crown this week. She spends most of her screen time writhing with snakes, blood and fire, so no one can really compare. Plus, raising the dead multiple times is a pretty amazing feat.

Other Random Thoughts:

  • Interesting that Madison wasn’t the next Supreme (heart murmur!). Who is it, then? Nan? Zoe? Delia? So many interesting possibilities.
  • We now know two of the Seven Wonders: transmutation and pyrokinesis. Once we figure out all seven, we should be able to figure out who the next Supreme is.
  • Loved the “hot guy” neighbor showing up with baked goods for Nan. All together now: awwwwwww!
  • Myrtle’s red leather gloves. Could any of you avoid staring at them?
  • Angela Bassett rocked multiple hairstyles tonight. From the braids to the afro, this woman is capable of any ‘do.
  • Spalding’s fingernails nearly made me puke. The poor guy needs a major overhaul … though the creepy doll scenes helped me understand why no one screws with him. He also cut off his own tongue, so yeah.

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