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When all is said and done, it turns out groomsmen shell out more on wedding duties than bridesmaids — at least according to a survey of 1,005 people by finance and banking website GOBankingRates

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Bridesmaids are more likely to go over budget; 32 percent of bridesmaids said the total amount they spent was more than they budgeted or expected to pay, while only 28 percent of groomsmen said the same.

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For all the times Kendall Jenner steps out in something affordable, there are dozens of times when she wears $ 2,550 T-shirts. Whether or not she paid for these things (and we have a feeling she did not), the fact that $ 995 sweatpants exist is a bit of a mystery to us. 

We know that the reality star has made a very successful career for herself as a model, but it still pains us when we see her in a garment that cost more than our rent. We officially give up — we can’t keep up with the Kardashians. 

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For all the times Kendall Jenner steps out in something affordable, there are dozens of times when she wears $ 2,550 T-shirts. Whether or not she paid for these things (and we have a feeling she did not), the fact that $ 995 sweatpants exist is a bit of a mystery to us. 

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Art Therapy Is More Than Just Making Nice Pictures

Anyone who has ever put pen to paper, crayon to coloring book, or hand to wet clay knows the healing powers embedded in such creative endeavors. More than just a pastime, art can be an escape, a stimulus, a war cry or a tranquil reprieve.

Art therapy, defined as “a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication,” revolves around this principal of art’s immense power. Open to children and adults of any background and experience, the still-evolving field explores modes of expression, understanding and healing that occur when paint touches canvas. While too many schools today run under the assumption that art is extraneous, a diversion from traditional academic subjects, art therapists know better. They know that art has the potential to change lives, and, even to save them.

Tally Tripp is the art therapy clinic director of George Washington University, specializing in individuals who have experienced trauma. Entering the field in its nascent phase, in the 1970s, Tripp was elemental in shaping the field as we know it today. 

Continuing The Huffington Post’s coverage of the often misunderstood field that is art therapy, and the pioneers who continue to sculpt it, we reached out to Tripp to discuss the details of her career’s past and present.  

How did you become interested in art therapy? How did you learn about the field? 

When I first learned about art therapy it was definitely a field in its infancy. Personally, I have always loved art making and combined that with an interest in working with people. In high school I spent summers in New York working for the Children’s Aid Society with disadvantaged children in a camp program. It was there, as a counselor in the arts and crafts program, I came across one of the original art therapy journals: the Bulletin of Art Therapy (edited by Elinor Ulman and produced between 1961-1970).

For many years, that journal was the only art therapy publication available. At the same time, in 1971, Elinor Ulman and her colleague, psychologist Bernard Levy started an art therapy program at the George Washington University. Pretty quickly my goal became to study art therapy in the master’s program at GW, which I did between 1978 and 1981. Now, full circle, I am a full time professor in the art therapy program at GW and the director of the GW Art Therapy Clinic.

How did art therapy look when you first immersed yourself in it? 

In the late 1970s, art therapy was still an emerging profession. It was definitely an exciting time for the field as we students were taught by some of the early pioneers: Elinor Ulman, Edith Kramer and Hanna Kwiatkowska — innovative thinkers developing clinical approaches that were based largely on intuition coupled with psychoanalytic thinking that was popular at the time. Also in those days there were few texts or research studies on art therapy to guide us, so we learned primarily by our experiences and our clinical work. As art therapy was a relatively unknown profession, we all put time and effort into spreading the word and educating others about its value.

The field is more established now, and more often than not, people have heard of art therapy and have some understanding of how it works. Art therapists now have licenses in some states as well as levels of professional credentialing and board certification. Beyond that, we have a lot of art therapy literature at our fingertips including research studies supporting the efficacy of art therapy and describing how it is utilized across many settings and populations. Art therapists can now be found in various settings — from medical and psychiatric hospitals, to schools, geriatric facilities, community and studio settings, and in private practice.

What are your areas of interest in the field? 

I have maintained a private practice in art therapy for over 30 years. My specialization is working with individuals who have experienced trauma. I find these clients are excellent candidates for art therapy precisely because the art can provide a means for expressing the inexpressible feelings that are often shut down or pushed away from consciousness in response to traumatic events. It has been exciting in the last 25 years to see that neuroscience research has validated the kind of work we do. Through brain imagery, we now know that the cognitive and executive functioning of the brain is for the most part “off line” when people are recalling their traumas, rendering them essentially “speechless.” This helps explain why traditional verbal therapy is often not enough when working with trauma, and why art (imagery) and other experiential therapies are so effective.

I reached out to you in part because of Suicide Awareness Month. In your private practice do you work with many patients grappling with suicidal thoughts? What are some of the methods you practice in such circumstances? 

Any therapist in private practice will have to deal with patients who are struggling with suicidal thoughts from time to time. Negative beliefs and hopelessness can render the individual helpless to combat the urge for self-harm. To work with suicidal thoughts, a clinician must first assess how developed the plan is, and, if the patient is truly in imminent danger of self-harm, hospitalization may be required. But hospitalization has its limits and is only one step.

Beyond the immediate safety needs, I work on resourcing my patients to help them develop other coping strategies so that they can better manage their feelings and find alternate responses. Some interventions might include creating a safety plan with a hierarchy of actions to take, or to come up with a list of resources that can be quickly accessed when the suicidal impulse arises, or helping with a variety of cognitive and behavioral restructuring techniques, or perhaps increasing the frequency of therapy sessions, etc. Sometimes I will recommend a soothing art activity for “homework” such as working in an art coloring book or journal, that can assist with a person feeling grounded and safe. Art can soothe anxiety and help with re-focusing attention to something more positive and less destructive than a suicidal plan.

Are most of the patients you encounter already involved in art? Are they ever skeptical?  

It is true that most people think of going to an art therapist because they enjoy making art and are already involved in it somehow. But that is not the only kind of person who will benefit from art therapy.

For example, one man I worked with was also being seen in marriage therapy and was referred to me because it was determined that he needed to access more emotional depth. This man had no apparent interest in art, but agreed to see me as an experiment because art therapy had been recommended. I invited him to work on a picture of simply lines and shapes and just “see what happens.” His first picture, a simple downward sloping line was created in a matter of seconds. But when we held the “picture” up and explored it from a distance, he became struck by the downward motion and then exclaimed: “This is exactly what I have been trying to describe. It looks like my mother’s lap. Empty. She was never able to really hold me!” The image and description of not being held as a child became a fundamental theme in our work together. And within a few months, this patient enrolled in a painting class and began a new appreciation for art.

Can you explain what you hope to achieve with a suicidal patient through art therapy? What changes are you looking to make?

Often the artwork will convey a suicidal feeling of hopelessness or despair long before words are consciously available. The image can provide a means for discussing feelings that are either unclear or difficult to verbalize. Art works tend to be self-referential so we work actively with the images and themes that are produced.

For example, an image of a desolate landscape might signal an empty feeling and suicidal state in the artist. While I do not interpret the image, the patient and I will work together to explore the metaphor and any personal meaning or feelings that are attached. Because the picture is something we can look at together, it gives both artist and therapist an opportunity to “do” something with it. Art therapy can empower the individual to find a solution or create a “preferable ending” in the art. It is interesting to note that creating artwork that challenges the initial feelings of hopelessness will actually affect the neural firing in the brain. The more practice a person has exploring “preferable endings” for example, the more this will result in the brain finding alternatives to self-destructive behavior. So making art can be a good practice for seeking solutions and reducing negative thoughts.

Is there a certain type of patient you think is more suited to art therapy as opposed to other therapy methods? 

Anyone who is willing to explore feelings through the process of making art can benefit from art therapy. Some people will naturally be drawn to this kind of therapy — children in particular where their natural language is through art and play.

Adolescents are also good candidates for art therapy because they may be resistant to traditional talk therapies and usually will enjoy working with art materials. I work with adults, however, and maintain that they are still children inside, as it is often an adult embodying that child state coming in to my office. The art helps bypass the defense and intellectualization inherent in verbal language. When a new (adult) patient is referred to me, I often start by asking, “Why do you think art therapy will help?” Right there, I am getting an alliance with the patient by suggesting that I believe that the experiential and creative nature of making art, in the company of an attuned art therapist, will make a difference.

What makes art therapy so powerful?

Art therapy is more than just making nice pictures. In fact, art therapy is more often a process of making ugly or messy pictures that depict a feeling state, not a final product that is all neat and tied together. Art therapy is about that creative process where the client, in the company of an art therapist, is working and re working problems via a range of fluid and variable art materials.

In private practice, I find the spontaneously created art pieces are the most meaningful and often help a person find resolution for specific traumatic experiences. The benefit occurs when the art made facilitates a sense of mastery over the problem. For example, a patient who has experienced years of abuse or neglect in childhood may be able to finally express feelings that had been avoided or pushed out of conscious awareness because they were overwhelming at the time. The images often speak more loudly than words. With the encouragement of the art therapist, difficult feelings can be expressed through making art.

The process varies widely so there is no one way to describe what happens in a session. When a person first faces a blank piece of paper, there might be some resistance or hesitancy to explore feelings so the resultant images may appear tight and controlled as in a line drawing or pencil sketch. But after some trust is established in the therapeutic relationship, the art process can move towards more expressive activity, which would suggest the patient is accessing stronger emotion. Often the patient will begin experimenting with more evocative materials at that point, for example using paint or clay to express feelings like anger, shame or fear. The art therapist is knowledgeable about psychological problems and the use of various art media; the process is flexible and individually focused to support the patient to find materials and techniques that connect with the issues at hand. And as a patient becomes more open to the process and discovers more creative resources within, the art product will also change. In art therapy, there is always that creative edge that keeps the process dynamic and contributes to the process of healing.

 

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

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There’s part of shopping that’s all about necessity—we all need household basics and food to eat after all. How much time do you think you spend browsing and buying? And, perhaps more interestingly, how much time do you think you spend on it compared to time you do other things? Like, hang with your ladies for a glass of wine and a spot of gossip?

Statistic Brain Research Institute has just broken down the average day in an effort to understand what takes up the majority of our time. Not surprisingly, sleep and work claim the biggest amount of hours (for the ladies, we’re averaging 8.76 hours of sleep and 6.66 of work per day; men work a little more and sleep a little less).

The number we didn’t see coming? Women shop more than socialize, logging 1.3 hours a day versus .73 hours of hang-time (even when you add in time spent on the phone or emailing, it’s still less). It seems a little surprising, but here’s the million-dollar question: what about when you’re shopping with a friend? Does that count as socializing?



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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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With price tags in the 5-digit range, couture collections are prohibitively expensive for most of us. But now, Saint Laurent is taking the already exclusive category to the next level.

Today, the French fashion house announced plans to bring back couture with “Yves Saint Laurent” Couture ivory silk label under the tutelage of designer Hedi Slimane. The house’s last couture show was in 2002 and designed by the late Yves Saint Laurent, who died in 2008.

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An ad for “Yves Saint Laurent” Couture photographed by Hedi Slimane.

“Hedi Slimane decides these orders case by case. Unlike a couture collection, this is an even more exclusive definition,” Bellettini, told The New York Times. She also said that the collection will be available to actresses to be worn for red carpet events, such as the Oscars or the Cannes Film Festival.

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Dakota Johnson wearing a Saint Laurent ready-to-wear gown at the Oscars this year.

We’ll keep you posted on the entire collection as it launches but, until then, we’re throwing it back to 2002—to Yves Saint Laurent’s very last couture collection, which is absolutely breathtaking.

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12 Pieces Of Advice For Artists More Practical Than ‘Follow Your Heart’

 ”Follow your heart.” “Trust your gut.” “Find your voice.” “Stay true to your vision.”

It’s not that there isn’t merit to these oft-touted nuggets of wisdom for aspiring artists, it’s just that, sometimes, following your heart won’t help you pay rent on time. 

If you’re looking for the kind of advice that, while it may not look as great on an inspirational postcard, will help you actually sustain yourself as a working artist, we highly suggest Alix Sloan‘s Launching Your Art Career: A Practical Guide for Artists.

Sloan, a curator and consultant, enlists the help of 40 artists and dealers to compile a bullshit-free guide to making art, making connections, making sales and making money. We’ve compiled some of our favorite parts below, to give you a taste. 

Behold, 12 pieces of actually practical advice for a struggling, emerging or really any sort of artist.

1. Take the job. “Don’t be one of those cliché art school kids who considers himself above the idea of art as commodity. Take the commercial work. Take the design work. Do the band’s poster for $ 20 and a six-pack. Do whatever it takes to be able to call yourself a working artist. It’s a noble title, regardless of the particulars.” Noah Antieau, art dealer

2. Make nice! “Your best connections are your peers. Stay in contact with them. Be curious. Visit other artist’s studios and add like-minded people to your mailing list.” -Cara Enteles, artist

3. Do you. “Aim to have people recognize your work in a crowded room … to know immediately that it’s undeniably yours.” -Lori Field, artist 

 4. Get some perspective. “Gaining perspective by observing your practice amongst a field of others, and the culture and time in which it is done, is a career goal that follows a wide arc … It is not the sole responsibility of your art dealer, for example, to place your work in cultural context, nor should you allow this without your input.” -Martin Kruck, artist 

5. It’s just another job. “When I’m talking with younger artists I stress that making, exhibiting and selling art in a commercial gallery is just like any other job one hopes to be successful at. It means working hard, honoring deadlines and trusting your co-workers to do their jobs well too.” -William Baczek, art dealer

6. Don’t go crazy with the zeros. “Don’t raise your prices too fast because once they are up, you should not lower them.” -Jayme McLellan, art dealer 

7. More, more, more! “Feed your output with as much input (books, lectures, films, leisure, rest) as you can handle, and in some cases, more than you can manage.” -Didier William, artist 

8. Keep your friends close and your inspiration closer. “Now there are endless images at your fingertips, but you need to find the ones that awaken your creativity and keep them near to you. Sometimes it can be something blurry and vague … I have this one little scrap of paper with a very low-res image of a kitten’s face on it, and something about it makes me come back to it again and again, trying to capture something elusive about it. When you find an image like that, hold onto it like it was gold.” -Marion Peck, artist 

9. Get that domain name stat. “You don’t need business cards. You do need a website.” -Zach Feuer, art dealer

10. Don’t get comfortable. “You may have to work at a real job while you are making this happen. DO NOT get a creative job. Get a job you won’t get comfortable in. Save all your creative juices for your own art practice!” -Martha Rich, artist  

11. Embrace the tribe. “It’s good to remember (not when you are making new work as it might be better to forget) that there are armies of manically mono-focused people (I almost said monsters) out there who want something close to what you want. They are your tribe, not your enemy.” -David Humphrey, artist 

12. Go outside. “Stay deeply connected to what’s going on in your own art world. Under no circumstances isolate yourself in the studio with a solitary practice, thinking you’re some kind of lone wolf or Van Gogh.” -Mark Wolfe, art dealer

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11 Animals At Weddings Who Are Better Dressed Than Guests

By Rachel Torgerson for TheKnot.com

Sorry, but we just can’t resist rounding up our favorite pictures of animals attending weddings. We get new ones every day, and they’re just way too cute not to share. Whether it’s Burrito the donkey who loves cheesing for the camera at Arizona weddings, Spicy the pup who walked with a human ring bearer down the ceremony aisle, or Rosie the bunny who wished she could rock her wedding floral collar every day, animals who attend weddings in people clothes are probably one of the cutest things out there.

So here are the 12 best-dressed animals from our real weddings gallery, in no particular order.

1. This pooch who stole the show in his on-trend mint bow tie:

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Such a well-behaved ring bearer, and dressed so stylishly!

2. This proper dachshund, who thought a longer neck tie was the right choice:

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This little weiner dog is so puffed up with pride to see his parents on their wedding day!​

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3. This maltese pup, who may have put the first two to shame with his glitzy look:

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Katie and Erik dressed him in a pinstriped tuxedo and shimmery gold bowtie at their glam, New Jersey wedding.

4. This schnauzer flower girl, who may not have loved dressing up, but still looked fabulous:

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​This schnauzer pup was dressed to the nines in her sparkly, black ball gown.

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5. This bunny in a flower collar, because animal posts don’t always have to be all about dogs:

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The florist at this South Carolina wedding even made a special pet floral collar for Rosie the bunny with bright pink, orange and purple roses.

6. These puppies, who couldn’t wait to give their dad a kiss once they got to the end of the aisle:

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​Jennifer and Jeremy’s rescue dogs Kote and Otis were also given a special part in the ceremony. “Everyone knows how much we love our rescue dogs, they are like our children,” says Jennifer. The dogs were walked down the aisle so each could be kissed by Jeremy. “It was a sweet moment that we will always cherish,” says Jennifer.

7. This dog, who walked in tandem with a human ring bearer — hard to tell who is cuter here!

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The ring bearer and Ashley and Gabby’s dog Spicy walked down the aisle together at the couple’s New Jersey ceremony.

8. These corgis, who also walked in tandem:

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​Lauren and Marc’s three dogs were part of the ceremony, walking down the aisle together and of course posing for photos with the bride and groom.

9. This fluffy big dog, who felt like the whole tux would have “over-done” it, so he went for a bib

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This big guy made sure to make an even bigger impression at the Rochester, Michigan, nuptials of his parents in a printed tuxedo bib.

10. This huge St. Bernard, who may have taken this groomsmen for a run:

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Carly and Patrick’s dog, Keidis (named after the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Patrick’s favorite band), wore a custom tuxedo that the couple ordered on Etsy. Then, he tugged one of the groomsmen down the aisle.

11. This little guy, who thought a shiny suit would make him stand out in a crowd:

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This yorkie stayed chic in his satin suit at a Miami, Florida, wedding.

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How Living Apart Has Made My Spouse And Me Closer Than Ever

Nearly five miles into a Smoky Mountain hike, with family vacation nearing a close, we discussed the next time we would see each other. As we did, a rain-fed stream cascaded beneath the short, wooden footbridge on which we paused to admire butterflies swirling, dancing and darting in a half-dozen hues.

One year after my wife moved 800 miles east for a great opportunity with her long-time employer, we planned our next moments together. The butterflies’ delightful interaction drew some of our attention amidst the majestic mountain terrain and our discussion. Still, even with this distraction, we maintained focus on what really matters.

“I think we’ve spent more real time together in the past year than we had in many years,” Cathy proffered as we walked and planned. “Before, there was always tomorrow.”

During 27 years of marriage, we had long passed the point of taking each other for granted. It didn’t help that we worked opposite schedules for so many years — becoming almost alternating parents. Her nights and weekends in retail often came during the limited hours I wasn’t working or traveling for work. In the unusual hours when we were both together and electronically disconnected from any real or perceived work crisis, we focused on quality time with our children rather than with each other.

In the past year, we’ve made a conscious effort to change that focus. Every three to four weeks, we find somewhere to enjoy time together. Even when those gatherings include our adult children or others, we focus on each other in a way we seem to have missed for many years.

A hand to hold is more important when you know it won’t be there tomorrow. A hug is easier to treasure when the next one is three weeks away.

Looking back, it’s easy to see we didn’t put enough effort into our relationship. It’s also easy to find excuses. Workaholic behavior. Exhaustion from my untreated sleep apnea. Disagreements allowed to remain in roiling boil rather than confronted and settled directly. Treating compromise as lose-lose rather than win-win.

Those excuses don’t matter now.

Time matters. Connection matters. Love matters.

During our first year of living apart, we’ve managed to strengthen our marriage; an outcome I wasn’t sure would happen when the year started. Increased flexibility and adaptability aided our strengthening.

A year ago, I would have laughed if you had predicted my wife would join me on a strenuous five-mile mountain hike, but she did just that in the Smokies. She would have also bet that at least one piece of the Ikea furniture I voluntarily spent three days assembling for her New York apartment would have collapsed by now. I’m no longer annoyed at losing time to her passion for judging figure skating, in part because she only does it on weekends I’m not around. She’s no longer annoyed to come home after a long day at work to find the house in greater disorder than when she left. When she comes home from work, her apartment is exactly as she left it.

It doesn’t mean it’s always easy to be apart. When three weeks stretches into four or more, I sometimes struggle to remain upbeat. On these occasions, I remind myself that at least some studies show “absence makes the heart grow fonder” to be more than a platitude. As our next time together approaches, marking one year apart, I can feel the validity in that phrase.

Butterflies kick in — swirling, dancing and darting in the range of hues I felt when we first met. One year apart but, perhaps, closer than ever.

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This Photo Of Taylor Swift And Emma Watson Is More Magical Than Hogwarts

Baby, now we got Mudblood.

Muggle-born witch Hermione Granger, aka actress Emma Watson, and “Bad Blood” singer Taylor Swift met up for a photo Saturday at the singer’s London show. The snap reportedly happened backstage and was shared by singer Lauren Aquilina, who also appeared in the photo along with Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss and Echosmith singer Sydney Sierota:

“Harry Potter” actor Tom Felton previously told The Huffington Post that Swift would probably be sorted in Gryffindor, which might explain how Watson and the singer became buds. (They obviously bonded while studying for exams in the common room.)

But Swift also brought Hunt, Kloss, Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Serena Williams on stage with her during the show, which is so magical that it can only mean one thing:

Taylor Swift isn’t building a “squad”; she’s making Dumbledore’s Army.

Way to go, Taylor. Dumbledore will never be gone! Not as long as those who remain are loyal to him!


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Id Rather Be Covered In Sweat At The Gym Than Covered In Clothes On The Beach – Medium

Id Rather Be Covered In Sweat At The Gym Than Covered In Clothes On The Beach – Medium


If youre into fitness and exercise then youll love this design that says Id Rather Be Covered In Sweat At The Gym Than Covered In Clothes On The Beach. Youll inspire those around you next time you work out at the gym.

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Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows Development with More Than 140 Free and Open Source Tools

Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows Development with More Than 140 Free and Open Source Tools


Software developers need to work harder and harder to bring value to their development process in order to build high quality applications and remain competitive. Developers can accomplish this by improving their productivity, quickly solving problems, and writing better code. A wealth of open source and free software tools are available for developers who want to improve the way they create, build, deploy, and use software. Tools, components, and frameworks exist to help developers at every point in the development process. Windows Developer Power Tools offers an encyclopedic guide to more than 170 of these free tools to help developers build top-notch Windows software from desktop applications to web services. To help you choose the right tools for solving both common and uncommon problems you face each day, this book follows a unique task-oriented organization, laying out topics in the same order that you and your team are likely to encounter them as you work on a project. Each tool entry features a solid introduction — a mini user’s guide — so you can get up to speed quickly and understand how to best use the tool in your environment. Inside, you’ll find: A guide to more than 170 tools covering 24 unique aspects of Windows and .NET software development, with many descriptions contributed by the tools’ authors Descriptions of freely available ASP.NET and Windows Forms controls, object relational mapping systems, testing frameworks, and build and continuous integration tools Articles on tools to help developers troubleshoot misbehaving applications Guides for utilities to boost productivity in the development environment as well as speeding up tasks in Windows itself "Quickpick" lists at the start of each chapter to help you find and choose the right tool for your task "At a Glance" and "In a Nutshell" summaries to help readers more quickly narrow their options References to an online book site to keep you up-to-date with new releases and features Forewords by Mike Gunderloy (Larkware) and Scott Hanselman (http: //www.hanselman.com/tools), operators of the two most popular tools sites for Microsoft developers. Also, plenty of links in each article point you to additional detail online if you wish to delve more deeply into features and functionality. This one-stop resource covers a wide range of open source and freeware tools to help you answer questions around planning, developing, testing, and rolling out great software. Best of all, they’re free.
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More Models Than a Catwalk: Victoria’s Secret’s Arlenis Sosa Is Married—and All of Her Model Friends Came to the Party

If there was a noticeable lack of leggy models in your neck of the woods over the weekend, it’s because they were all in the Dominican Republic to watch Victoria’s Secret’s Arlenis Sosa swap vows…




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Only 25 percent of men and 33 percent of women at a healthy weight, researchers say
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More Than Words: Acts of Kindness

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Harlequin More Than Words: Acts of Kindness Three bestselling authors Three real-life heroines Every day, women in your community are working to make the world a better place. You may not know their names, but you’ve probably got something in common with these real-life heroines: compassion for those who need a helping hand, and the desire to make a difference. Each year, the Harlequin More Than Words award is given to three women who strive to change people’s lives for the better. Inspired by their accomplishments, three bestselling authors have written stories to honor these real-life heroines. Brenda Jackson explores the importance of family in Whispers of the Heart, the story of a father’s struggle to recognize and manage his daughter’s health challenges. Stephanie Bond’s It’s Not About the Dress tells the tale of a wedding dress gone missing, in which the perfect gown turns out to be the perfect gift for a bride in need. Maureen Child reminds us of the happiness and purpose that even a youngster can find by putting her best foot forward in The Princess Shoes. Harlequin More Than Words: Acts of Kindness

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There Are More Than 100 New Brands at Forever 21: Are You Missing Out?

Get ready to shop Forever 21 in a whole new way. You may know about the retail empire’s in-house lines—like separates-driven Love 21 and plus size-friendly Forever 21+—but did you know that the store also sells other non-Forever 21 brands exclusively on its website? Check out what we found in Forever 21’s Branded Shop.

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Blessed Are the Meek Open-Knit Midi Dress, $ 180, forever21.com

According to a brand spokesperson, the Forever 21 shop-in-shop experience launched in November 2014 (quietly, we might add) with approximately 20 non-Forever 21 labels. To date, there are currently more than 100—and more to follow. They range from more well-known names such as Dolce Vita, Ban.do, and Happy Socks, to up-and-coming brands like Amber Sceats, Rise of Dawn, and Clashist.

While Forever 21 isn’t the first brand to make retail partnerships work—J.Crew’s In Good Company collective started back in 2007 and Target launched a limited partnership with brands called The Shops at Target in 2012—it is interesting to see the company diversify its offerings past what we’ve known for almost 20 years.

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The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson is Back on the Red Carpet—and She Looks Better Than Ever

Gillian Anderson—the woman perhaps best-known to American audiences as Dana Scully on The X-Files—has been spending a lot of time winning on the red carpet lately.

For most of us here on this side of the pond, Anderson’s name more or less faded from pop consciousness when the paranormal series ended in 2002—but the actress has recently returned to our screens in Hannibal and her acclaimed BBC show The Fall. (If you’ve heard of the latter, it’s likely because of her hunky costar: Christian Grey himself, Jamie Dornan.)

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Just in case you don’t recognize Anderson from her X-Files days, don’t worry, it’s not just you. As Dana Scully, she had reddish hair, wore boxy suits, and was overall pretty ’90s-ized. Over the past decade, she’s been nominated for BAFTA and Olivier awards, hosted Masterpiece Theatre, and morphed into a 21st century swan—like when she turned up in a sharply tailored, deep navy dress at a New York screening in 2014.

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Other recent slam-dunk looks? Anderson’s Nicholas Oakwell gown at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards last fall:

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And this vintage Balmain couture at the BAFTAs last year:

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Before the BAFTAs, Anderson attended a celebratory dinner in a black dress with a striking plunge neckline. The dramatic look was perfect for showing off a matched set of emeralds.

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Are you a Gillian Anderson fan? Which of her recent looks is your favorite?

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‘Grace and Frankie’ Highlights More Than Jane Fonda’s Ageless Beauty

Jane Fonda is known for her serious roles and personal activism, and now, at 77, the timeless actress is jumping back into comedy, too. In fact, she’s funnier (and more strikingly beautiful, often outshining stunners like Angelina Jolie) than ever in her buzzed-about new Netflix TV series, “Grace and Frankie.” Co-starring Lily Tomlin, 75, the duo plays two rival wives whose husbands fall in love with each other and leave them, forcing the frenemies to commiserate and navigate their new life as roommates and senior singles.

The series premiered in May to rave reviews and has already been renewed for a second season. In a recent interview, Fonda says she suggests binge-watching the show, as all the episodes premiered at once to a mere total of six and a half hours.

Fonda is so dazzling in the role, as is Tomlin, that I’m grouping them with more of my fabulous leading lady favorites dominating television right now, including Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and Julianna Margulies.

It’s no secret that these strong, seasoned female leads are making major Hollywood waves right now, and “Grace and Frankie” could pave the way for more thoughtful, well-written comedies and dramas for the 50+ set. (I already miss “Hot in Cleveland” and its fearless firehouse Betty White!) After all, there is plenty of relatable material to pick from: late-in-life divorce, an economy that’s too tough for retirement and even gender identity questions now in the news thanks to Caitlyn Jenner.

As if “Grace and Frankie” isn’t bringing to light enough real-life issues in its plot lines, the show’s production made even more headlines regarding another issue: the gender wage gap. It’s been reported that these two sparkling leads are getting paid the same as Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, who are only supporting cast. Fans are rabidly petitioning online for Netflix to pony up, even as Fonda and Tomlin are claiming their salary joke was taken out of context.

The timing couldn’t be better. Just as we are entering the chaos of the first female running for President, it’s comforting knowing that networks and shows like this keep pushing accomplished older women to the forefront of our culture. Netflix has my vote — and Hillary might, too.

For more stories you like, visit NowItCounts.com, the new destination for Americans 50+ covering financial, health, beauty, style, travel, news, entertainment and sports.

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Eating Out en Francais: More Than 2,000 Food and Wine Terms in English and French Plus Mini-phrasebook and Guide to Wine Regions

Eating Out en Francais: More Than 2,000 Food and Wine Terms in English and French Plus Mini-phrasebook and Guide to Wine Regions


New – This volume includes a full French-English and English-French dictionary covering ingredients, dishes and methods of cooking, so you can decode a menu, order a special dish or ask about a particular ingredient. Also featured are a guide to French wine regions, a glossary of classic French sauces and a mini phrasebook to help you book, order and enjoy your meal. ‘This book is a two-way dictionary serving up tips on how to speak gourmet while travelling Perfect for Francophile foodies

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Cyberbullying Less Stressful Than In-Person Bullying, Study Claims

Face-to-face aggression coupled with online harassment seems most distressing to kids
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These Dancers Aren’t Even Teenagers Yet, But They’re Still More Talented Than You

Eleven-year-old dance phenom Taylor Hatala is back for yet another bout of epic choreography, this time with 12-year-old Kyndall Harris. The girls appear together in an incredible video set to Chicago rapper E-Train’s “Wreck The Discotech” for dance entertainment network DanceOn.

Hatala is beloved across the Internet for her stunning performances of “Anaconda,” “All About that Bass” and “IDFWU.”

Harris has released quite a few videos herself, including an incredible routine to Janet Jackson’s “Feedback.”

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Zeiglographia. Or, A New Art Of Short-writing Never Before Published More Easie, Exact, Short, And Speedie Than Any Heretofore. In

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Selena Gomez Is More Than Her Size — And So Am I

I had a chance to talk to Selena Gomez. I got to take a few photos with her. I got to hug her, dance a little with her, and tell her what an inspiration she is. I got to tell her that I thought she was wonderful. I got to tell her EXACTLY what I thought of her — and nowhere was the thought that Selena Gomez is fat.

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Yeah, I know, right? I actually took a once in a lifetime moment and started dancing with her while we were both grooving out to Jennifer Hudson at We Day Illinois. Then I screwed up my courage and asked her PLEASE for a pic.

Selena introduced me at WeDay when I performed with Colbie Calliat and Babyface as part of a HUGE celebration of young people who are doing their part to change the world. Selena was a co-host and I was hoping all day to meet her. When the moment came, I took it. She was so gracious and kind and honestly, I would have loved to just go sit down and chat with her.

When I saw this screen grab of an Instagram exchange I was FLOORED. WHAT??

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Honestly. What the hell is this? THIS is why young women (and men!) have body images issues. This is why people think that no matter what they do, they can’t win. Being judged solely on a your physical appearance sucks. I know. The most common thing I used to hear about me was that I was fat. (Well, actually, I HAVE fat, but that’s a whole other story). The size of my body was what people judged me on. They didn’t see all the other things I’m about. Now, people are beginning to see me, the REAL ME — the person inside who is dedicated to helping others #BeBrave and stop bullying. I’m all about teaching others to #BeMoreThanABystander and stand up for the bullied. I’m a fantastic singer and songwriter who hopes to share my music with the world someday. I am so totally more than a size on a pair of jeans, or what some people decided was acceptable as beautiful.

For what it’s worth, Selena is flat-out gorgeous, incredibly talented and NOT FAT. More importantly, she LIKES herself and her body. That, my friends, is TRUE beauty. At one We Day, Selena had THIS to say about bullying:

“I know what it’s like to be judged and to be put down. I know what it’s like to have other people form opinions about you without even knowing you, trying to dim your light. I know what you guys go through because I go through it every single day. But I don’t let it get to me. You are not defined by an Instagram photo, by a Like, by a comment. That does not define you.”

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I decided what I think is beautiful. And I think both myself AND Selena Gomez are beautiful. I love Selena and you know what? After hating myself for years, I love me, too. We’re both strong women who have decided to love ourselves for who we are, and not let others petty opinions rule us, anymore.

Originally posted on my blog: Losergurl.com . Follow me on Twitter @Loser_gurls and Instagram @allydelmonte.

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The long-sleeve white Tom Ford gown, complete with thigh-high slit and huge keyhole cutout merged uber-sexy and sophisticated styles.

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Perfection takes time, but desire waits for no man. Or woman…Pecan Creek, Book 1With more than one skeleton rattling in her closet, Sugar Cassevechia hopes “The Most Honest Town in Texas” will be the perfect place to start an online business. As soon as her mother remembers the family recipe that’ll get hotterthanhellnuts.com off the ground. In the meantime, no way is Sugar letting their new landlord get away with renting them a run-down house that’s decorated like a rich widow’s orgasm. Even if he’s the biggest hunk of hot she’s ever laid eyes on. Jake Bentley would love to do nothing but sit back and be amused as the Cassevechia women unwittingly stir up trouble in his uptight town. But something about them thaws out his frozen rescue complex. Especially Sugar’s long, chestnut hair and sassy mouth. Right about the time Sugar figures one steamy night in Jake’s bed won’t hurt, another skeleton joins the party in the form of a dead body in the “Belle Watling” room. And Sugar must decide if her family’s reputation-and her own heart-are safe with Jake. Warning: No sex in this book. Nope. None. Nada. Honest. Now, if you believe that, the author has an iceberg in Texas to sell you. Better hurry before there’s none left to cool the fevered dreams generated by this book.

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The art of the selfie is under attack. From the Met Gala to the Cannes Film Festival to Coachella, high-profile events have recently instituted measures meant to limit or altogether delete the taking of selfies. But you can’t tell that to multimedia artist, Rafia Santana, with the debut of her SELFiE exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA).

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RAFiA SANTANA, PAiNT ME PUKiNG (2014)

“Anybody who thinks selfies are only vain wants to reduce the importance of a human being. I am not sure where the judgment comes from,” she said. “We should all be reflective of ourselves whether we are in a good place or bad place. Selfies help to bring us out of a bad place to uplift ourselves and connect with others.”

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RAFiA SANTANA, PAiNT ME (2014)

Resembling something out of an Afrofuturistic dreamscape, Santana’s work integrates digitally manipulated images with soundscapes that advance the selfie from candid shots to visual statements. Her process usually begins with a photograph of herself that is combined with other photos taken on her mobile device. The image is then enhanced via a tablet where she uses her hands to digitally paint and complete the work. Thematically the 25-year-old artist focuses on issues related to her self-identity as a young black woman dealing with daily reminders of race and gender challenges.

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RAFiA SANTANA, RAFiA (Above), 2014

“As a small short black woman I have had to always affirm my existence and place. In academic and male dominated spaces I have to push myself twice as far to get recognized for the things that I do well,” she said. “So these images are indicative of me standing my ground on this planet and showing how important I feel I am, as we should all feel we are. In the media we only see black people as coons and thugs. We don’t get to tell our own story as human beings that have good and bad. Being a kid growing up on the internet I realized that a good selfie image of yourself can make others see you in a better light. So it’s important to show ourselves in positive imagery.”

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RAFiA SANTANA, See Through (2015)

The public art exhibition, curated by Stephanie George, is on view until September 27.

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Better Than Home: Chats with Beth Hart, The Stone Foxes and Sugar Ray Norcia, Plus Buffalo Rodeo, Dida and Elaine Romanelli Exclusives

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A Conversation with Beth Hart
 
Mike Ragogna: Beth, your new album is titled Better Than Home. So what’s better than home?
 
Beth Hart: “Better Than Home,” the song, is about getting out of your hiding place and having the courage to live as loud as possible. It is about feeling the life that has been given and has been waiting for you all along.
 
MR: “Might As Well Smile” makes a very good point about trying to stay optimistic through personal challenges, headlines and hypocrisy.  To me, those are some excellent, tight lyrics. So how did you come up with this one?  
 
BH: I was going through depression and struggling with powerful cravings to drink. I got so fed up with it that I decided to write something positive to help me realize that all I really have to do is fake it till I make it. I realized that I needed to smile anyway, and find all the wonder in life that’s certainly worth some gratitude. And it really worked. I started to come up out of it. I really love that song.
 
MR: What are a couple more of your favorite songs on the album and what are the stories behind their creations?
 
BH: “St. Teresa” is one of my favorites. It reminds me of the importance of grace. One of the many wonderful things she said was that the definition of having grace was to give love and help someone that you think does not deserve it. This, to me, is unconditional love–going beyond our judgment and cherishing anyway. The song was inspired by the film Dead Man Walking. It’s so brilliant. It carries such weight.

I also love “As Long As I Have a Song.” It’s my first time opening up about my absolute love for writing. I talk about how when writer’s block happens it’s not just frustrating, it’s terrifying to think that maybe the thing that helps me to heal and pray has possibly been taking away. This song reminds me to always, always, always value the gift of writing and to be so thankful for it.
 
MR: What was the recording process this time around and which lucky musical pals came to the party?
 
BH: We recorded in New York City, then mixed in Los Angeles. Ed Cherney mixed, Rob Mathes and Micheal Stevens produced, piano was Rob Mathes and myself, guitars were Rob and Larry Campbell, bass was Zev Katz, and drums were Charlie Drayton. We spent seven days in the studio and it was real cool. I was surrounded by great people…and how can ya not love New York?
 
MR: Speaking of pals, you recently did a project with Joe Bonamassa who adores you in my interviews with him. But the adoration doesn’t stop there. What’s going on with all this Beth Hart luv?
 
BH: Well, I hope he loves me because I love and adore all the musicians in his camp and the producer, Kevin Shirley. We’ve made two records now and a live DVD together…but it’s not that kind of love. I have a husband who’s the sexiest man that’s ever lived!! And I adore my Scotty more than anything and anyone, forever!!!
 
MR: Nice. How would you define your music these days?
 
BH: I call it Americana–rock, blues, soul, story teller, gospel, and sometimes a sprinkle of jazz–all the stuff Americans invented. The best.
 
MR: I’ve interviewed you like thirty times now, if by thirty, I mean twice. We’ve basically talk about your latest project, which, of course, we’re doing again here. But let me ask you about your roots this time. Which artists were you listening to growing up and what songs really got to you?
 
BH: I listened to a ton of different genres. From classical–Beethoven, to jazz–Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Anita O’Day, to reggae–Steele Pulse, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, to soul–Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, James Brown,  Etta James, to blues–Howlin Wolff, Big Joe Turner, Robert Johnson, etc), to hard rock–Led Zeppelin, ACDC, Rush, Black Sabbath, Sound Garden, Alice In Chains, Tool, Les Claypool in Primus, to punk–Ramones, Black Flag Pattie Smith, to story tellers–Carol King, James Taylor, Ricky Lee Jones, Eagles, Tom Waits, etc.–and this long ass list could go on and on and f**kin’ on!

You know, sometimes the songs that really affected me were not from the artist catalogue of their music, like the song “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen. I never got into any of his other music, but that song to this day is in my top three lyrical masterpieces of all time. It so beautifully describes longing. It’s clever, but never reaching. It’s full of promise, but never a bullshit fairy tale. It’s the shit that writers should study on how to craft a great lyric. Also, The Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is perfect and so f**king true, but never preachy. There is a humility to knowing. I love it. The song “Summertime” is, to me, a musical feat. Just the music alone does it for me–soaring melodies, both gentle and powerful, like classical music, then a total blues style lyric over it. So fantastic. And last but not least, “Strange Fruit” by the great Billie Holiday and Nina Simone–genius!. This song musically is so gorgeous and DARK DARK DARK, which is so totally appropriate for the darkest of lyrics covering, in such a poetic way, the true depths of slavery, cruelty, and depravity. It’s brave, it’s honest, and it will never let us forget. It’s art.  
 
MR: What are the stories behind the transitions from music fan to performing musician to recording artist?
 
BH: The transition from fan, to performer, to recording artist for me was like learning how to dive…and each board got higher and higher. I wanted so much to do it, but I was afraid I’d be hurt. Now I’m used to being hurt and I know it is part of it, and that’s okay, because it also brings such love and joy. It’s totally worth it every time.
 
MR: What advice do you have for new artists?
 
BH: The best advice I can give is to do it because you have to, and try to never rate yourself or your work based on others’ reactions. This is very important. It’s a gift to enjoy, not to get more and more. If more comes than that’s awesome, but if more never comes don’t ever let that determine your worth. Have faith in everything and everyone, including yourself.
 
MR: Though there seems to be a healthier environment these days with new or emerging artists taking control of their own careers as opposed for depending on major labels to propel them. Yet it’s virtually impossible to have a huge career without those labels’ support and coordination and contacts. If you were starting now, how would Beth Hart approach getting her music discovered? 
 
BH: Oh I have no idea. I suppose I’d do what I did before, and that’s write and perform anywhere and everywhere constantly.
 
MR: How have your creativity and career evolved within a turbulent music scene’s sea changes?
 
BH: I honestly don’t focus on that, that’s what I have a manager and a label for. I have enough to jumble with taking care of myself and being creative. I also believe that God has me right where I’m supposed to be, always.
 
MR: So what surprises do you have waiting for the Beth Hart fans and newcomers?
 
BH: No surprises. I have a humble outfit, but we still give as much love and energy we possibly can each night. We play songs from all the records, so I always hope to make the audience feel very happy that they came.
 
MR: At this moment, are you where you want to be in your life?
 
BH: I really am enjoying and feeling so so grateful each day lately. This is a calm and peaceful time.

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BUFFALO RODEO’S “BLUE SKY” EXCLUSIVE

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According to Buffalo Rodeo’s Zach Preston…

“Blue Sky” is the first single off Buffalo Rodeo’s upcoming EP, 123 Water, out March 6th. The band recorded this EP in a warehouse-turned-recording studio space in Horse Cave, KY, where we ostracized ourselves in a small town in the middle-of-nowhere. From those warehouse sessions came the songs that make up 123 Water. “Blue Sky” for me is a song about personal and spiritual realizations that I’ve observed growing up in a conservative religious household. Many times it felt like too much emphasis was put on what happens after I die, when most of us aren’t in control or completely aware of what’s happening in reality. It’s ultimately about living for what’s in front of you, until you can grasp the rest. Personally I think the rest is important just not as worthwhile as simple ethical lessons of respect, decency, or appreciation for what we already have.

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A Conversation with The Stone Foxes’ Spence Koehler & Shannon Koehler

Mike Ragogna: Spence, looks like you’ve got some “Locomotion” behind your Foxes First Fridays. See the lame thing I did there?

Spence Koehler: Ha! I’ll take it! It’s definitely been a fun new way of rolling out new songs, giving fans something fresh to look forward to at the beginning of each month. We’re happy to see that they’re into it too.

Shannon Koehler: More dad jokes please!

MR: [laughs] So this upcoming album, with one song being released a week over the course of a year when it will finally be released, will not only be a full album but somewhat of a travelog, also containing pictures, live recordings and more. How did the idea come about to approach your new album this way?

Shannon: It started a year and a half ago when we decided to add three old friends to the team, Brian “The Buffalo,” and Vince “Trish” Dewald, and Ben “Wang” Andrews. All three are multi-instrumentalist wizards, and as they joined one by one over that time, we jumped into the studio between tours to slowly develop our new sound. We play a live show that feels like we’re a high octane GT 500 engine, but we wanted to get that feel to translate to tape. We took the straight up rock n roll that all six of us love to play, and went through phases of punk, country, folk, and pop sounds. This collection is the documentation of that process. It’s nothing like the old school albums we’ve done before. With one song about heart problems and surgeries shortly followed by another about gentrification in SF, the songs all feel so different, but they come from the heart of the same rock ‘n’ roll band.

Spence: Plus, the way most people digest new music is shifting. We wanted to give everyone a fresh track each month that they could listen to for free. This method gave us an opportunity to feature each song for an entire month, which is rarely the case on a traditional record. For those who enjoy taking the time to listen to a record from front to back we are also going to release a full physical album, press vinyl etc. That release will include some studio B sides, live video from The Chapel residency we did in Nov. 2014, and photos of life in the studio and on
the road.

MR: How has your audience reacted to this approach so far? Were you ever
afraid it might demand more of their patience than they’re willing to give for such an ambitious approach?

Spence: At the merch table after shows people keep asking us about the new
tracks and when the next one is coming out, they seem to be digging it as much as we are. When we were brainstorming about how to release the songs, we discovered that we all love it when we find out that there’s a brand new EP or single up for download on “So and So’s” site. You don’t have to wait for a full album to drop later down the road, you can go listen to some of it right now.

Shannon: Our fans and friends have stuck by us through thick and thin, from our first show at a cafe/laundromat to headlining The Fillmore. We weren’t afraid to give our fans something new, in fact, we wanted to to give them the music for free as a thank you. We can’t do it without them, and we know that.   

MR: How many of the Twelve Spells have been completed?

Shannon: We’re actually in our friends studio, The Complex in downtown SF,
doing overdubs on the last tracks right now!  You know it’s going well when going to the studio feels like going to camp.  It feels like summer camp right now.  

Spence: Yeah, we have all the main tracking done, but the big final task is mixing the songs together as a group. We recorded with some well known dudes with impressive resumes and big time artist credits, but this time around we wanted to get back to the basics and do it ourselves. So far it’s felt really natural and great.

MR: Is there any older material or songs written over a year ago making it into this batch?

Spence: There are some old riffs I had saved away that we used, probably some old lyrics that Shannon found on a notepad under his couch among the cookie crumbs and dust bunnies.

Shannon: They weren’t under my couch, jerk face! Some of the songs are a year old, some of them were written two weeks ago about things that are in our newspapers. A lot of our lyrics come from our passion for social justice issues, and there’s always something worth standing up for and singing about.

MR: What do you think of the blues-rock scene these days?

Spence: For a while, it seemed like Jack White and The Black Keys ruled the world, everything they put out was monstrous and awesome, but I feel like that bubble has burst and bands like Alabama Shakes and Tame Impala are putting out the most honest forward thinking blues these days.

Shannon: Everybody is so damn good…our Bay Area brothers Strange Vine and Two Gallants, and even bigger boys that we look up to like My Morning Jacket and Wilco… We could go on forever, but we’re lucky to live in a time when there are so many great bands taking rock n’ roll and doing it their own way.   

MR: What’s been the biggest surprise about making music together over these last few years? The biggest evolution for the band or music?

Shannon: Honestly, we’re surprised to be talking to someone like you!  We never thought we were gonna get farther than that cafe/laundromat. Playing festivals like Outside Lands, starring in music videos, flying to other countries…it’s all gravy.

Spence: The band has evolved several times since the start. Adding Elliott on
keys was a big sonic change to the beef of our sound. Two–and sometimes three–guitars gives Ben and I the flexibility to back up and weave in and out of each other. The addition of Vince, our second lead singer and songwriter, has expanded our vocal range and lyrical depth. Probably the most visible change has been adding Brian as a second drummer, letting him focus on his beats and allowing Shannon to sing and play harmonica from the front of the stage with a full tilt band behind him.

MR: Has this First Friday program been working better than you planned or is it still a work in progress?

Spence: It’s definitely been working well, though one big unexpected challenge has been coming up with the artwork for not one, but twelve covers. We’re collaborating with our friend and fellow SF artist Giuliana Pinto, who has been doing incredible paint on cardboard backdrops and costume design for our covers. Each song is given a representative character and she takes it from there. We’re all taking our turn donning whatever crazy outfits she’s devised for the cover shoots. I let her dress me up in shimmering glitter, makeup and hairspray to pose as Ocean Man for the cover of “Like it ain’t Nothin.” Giuliana herself wore tights and a red cape in the BART station for the cover of “Cold Like a Killer.” All of them are shot in and around different parts of SF because this place is a big part of our inspiration.

Shannon: And as we said before, not all of the songs are completely done…yipes! So we’ve been in my room with a kick-ass mic and towels draped all over my walls singing, disturbing my neighbors, then running in to mix, sending it out to be mastered, all to get it back in time for the first Friday.

MR: Who do you listen to casually, like what bands or solo acts?

Spence: I’m on a country kick right now–Buck Owens, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ryan Adams. Bakersfield-style stuff.

Shannon: I’ve been digging a lot of Nick Cave, he’s got a song about how Miley Cyrus was the best girl he ever had. If I wrote that, I’d get kicked out of my band! Outside of that, I can never get enough of The Band, and if I need to get pumped up lately I turn Jay Z’s “Threats” waaaay up!

MR: How do you see your recordings and music growing over the next year? How will that effect musical output and touring schedule?

Shannon: We’re really gonna put our heads together when the spells are finished, but we’ve been loving the darker places the music and lyrics have gone. We like the hard hits, with Ennio Morricone licks, just a pinch of hip-hop when needed, and lyrics that talk about what’s happening right now. A lot of people sing about girls, and we do it here and there too, but Vince and I are passionate about peace and social justice issues that our generation can’t ignore.  We feel that rock ‘n’ roll has the power to move mountains, and we’re gonna keep playing till we move one.

Spence: We’ve had our days in most studios and home-recording environments and I think we’ve finally found a comfortable spot right in between at the Complex SF. It’s not a slick LA studio and it’s also not our musty used-mattress-lined garage. It’s kind of a glorified garage though, a Wayne’s World-style garage with some quality gear and a chill dude who knows how to run it. It’s important to have a good set of mics and preamps to get solid tones. We track most instruments live, all together in the same room, with a bit of bleed. If someone flubs a note, but the rest of the take is right on, we keep it. Then we dub vocals either at
home or at the studio. We try to get too bogged down in the process and let the tracks speak for themselves.

MR: What advice do you have for new or emerging artists?

Spence: Write more songs than you’re actually putting on your record, then choose the best. Our first two records were cut the moment we had enough material to fill an LP and I’m sure we could have done better if we were not so antsy to just get another record out. It’s nice to have options to choose from when you’re putting together an album.

Shannon: Play lots of shows. Play lots of shows. Eat some ice cream… And then play more shows.

MR: What advice would you have given to The Stone Foxes when they started out?

Spence: Play like it’s the last show you’ll ever play. We once drove all the way to Phoenix, Arizona, to play for a huge room full of empty chairs. But we played in to ourselves nonetheless and made it a hell of a good time for us and the few people who were there putting on the show. Two years later, the same promoter asked us to open for The Black Keys.

Shannon: There was a meeting after another bad show in Southern California
where our managers sat us down the next morning and told us we could never play that sh**ty again. I wish I could have told ourselves that two years earlier. Oh, and I would have also told myself, get a better van, you idiot.

MR: [laughs] What does the immediate future look like?

Shannon: We’re about to book it down to the desert and play a mess of shows
including the the VIVA Phoenix fest and a bunch of SXSW showcases. We have eight shows in four days in Austin, so we’re getting in shape so we can keep it high voltage! We also are continuing to collect healthy non-perishable foods at each show and take them to shelters and food banks as part of our Goodnight Moon Project. Donate food to those in need and we’ll give you a 7″ record, easy as pie. See what it’s all about at http://www.goodnightmoonproject.org.
 
Spence: This Friday, we’re releasing “I Want To Be You” in our next installment of #FoxesFirstFriday. Check it out!

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DIDA’S “APOLOGY” EXCLUSIVE

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According to Dida…

“‘Apology’ is the first release from my upcoming album Modern Love Songs. The core of the album is the idea that the same human feelings that have always existed, like songs of love and introspection are explored through a contemporary, personal perspective. On a musical and artistic level, I draw heavily from the great American songbook, and am constantly inspired by its great interpreters. In a way the direction of this album is a continuation of themes I find in those classic sources.

The song was written by my main collaborator, Tal Ronen. On the surface, it describes an experience familiar to New Yorkers, that of having caught a mouse. However, as the song progresses the separation between human and animal, captive and free, living and dying, begin to blur. Working with these ideas in mind, Iyar Dyoman directed this video. It features my parents, Peli and Dahlia Pelled.”

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A Conversation with Sugar Ray Norcia

Mike Ragogna: Sugar Ray, your new album is titled Living Tear To Tear. Why all these tears?

Sugar Ray Norcia: Well, I don’t think of it as sad! Just listen to the band cruising along taking you for a joyful ride. The lyrics on a lot of the songs deal with common human emotions some, of course, about troubles, troubles in a relationship or trouble with something or another but the music behind it is very uplifting and therapeutic to me.

MR: Do you have some idea of what your projects will be about as you begin the creative phase or do the songs tell you what it is as you dig into the writing and recording?

SRN: I don’t begin with a preconceived idea for a project other then to keep in mind what it is that we as a band do best and that is to play our own unadulterated, unbasterdized version of urban,electric blues.I also keep in mind the incredible talent of the players around me as I write material. “Monster” Mike Welch on guitar is just that…a monster. His style is electrifying,inventive,subtle and passionate. These are the things that make a dynamic performer. Anthony Geraci is on piano and sometimes Hammond organ. It’s a pure delight to hear the keyboards being played with such intensity and sensitivity while keeping it all in the right style that compliments our material. I’m not just saying….I know! Then there is Mudcat Ward on upright and electric bass and Neil Gouvin on drums. Man they are a dream team of a rhythm section…the bands nucleus. Playing with them is like being driven in a Lincoln Town Car or Cadillac. Mudcats smooth, steady bass lines complimented with Gouvins world famous shuffle on his coveted, vintage Slingerland “Radio King” drum kit is the s**t! Man, I have to stop and go get a beer and a harmonica. I make my own damn self-inspired!

MR: [laughs] How does it feel to have a 35th anniversary with the band?

SRN: It feels great! I think it would be fair to say that not too many bands have been together for 35 years. Mike Welch on guitar is the newest member of the band. He’s been with us for about 15 years. The rest of us have played together for 35, yes that’s right, 35 years, more or less. I figure that’s a total of about 155 years of experience!

MR: From your perspective, what happened on Living Tear To Tear that never happened before on previous recordings?

SRN: Oh I don’t know. To me everytime we step foot into the recording studio something special happens. We are there to play our best but it’s like a frozen moment in time. If we were to record the same song once a day for any number of days, each take would be a little different from the last. It depends on how you are feeling in the moment.It depends on how relaxed or tense you may be or how many drinks you may have had or what’s going on in your private life or what the mix sounds like in your headphones.All sorts of variables ultimately contribute to the final product. We usually cut a song once, one take with almost no overdubs.

MR: Were there any surprising moments on the album? Any songs that gave you a tough time? Any that ended up becoming favorites?

SRN: None of the songs gave us a tough time. If you don’t know your craft after all these years then something aint right with you! One of my favorite songs ended up being the slow blues I wrote called “Misery.” It comes from somewhere other that just your normal three chord blues progression. It comes from deep within your heart and soul. It’s hard to describe in words. We were all in another place…almost spiritual I would say. We were just lazily floating through blues heaven making chord changes in unusual places, riffing off each others creative ideas, all unrehearsed and free. Thats a great thing to happen.

MR: What do you think of the blues these days? Does it still have the chops to get out there every night and do it again?

SRN: Like anything else, the blues evolves in all it’s different forms and off-shoots.I myself am not a big fan of rock inspired blues or blues that’s over the top. There’s nothing wrong with that approach but like to keep it true to the 1950s style of amplified blues. I like old stuff….old cars, old amps, old radios, old wine, old stuff. Maybe that’s why my friends have been calling me “The Old Man” since I was about 20!

MR: You as the artist, what do you feel are the best things that you contribute to the blues?

SRN: I think it’s really what I just said. My band and I are keepers of the flame when it comes to preserving the integrity of authentic sounding urban blues. I think given the complexity and craziness of the world around us today that it is refreshing for a lot of blues fans on this planet to hear as they say…the real deal. Our most recent album Living Tear to Tear was honored with seven Blues Music Award nominations this year including Band of the Year and Album of the Year. For myself alone I have thirteen Blues Music Award nominations for the Bluetones last three CD’s and last year I won two Blues Music Awards for my contribution on an album called Remembering Little Walter which also received a Grammy nomination. That makes me a three-time Grammy nominated blues performer. Not too shabby for a 61-year-old Italian American from Stonington, Connecticut. You know what the great Muddy Waters once told me? He said, “Sugar Ray, you Italians got soul!”

MR: Sweet. Do you think the blues will last forever?

SRN: What’s that saying? The blues will never die. It’s true! As long as we live in this sin sick world, the blues will be around. Since the beginning of time man has had some degree of the blues. It’s just a fact of life man, a fact of life.

MR: Sugar Ray, what advice do you have for new or emerging artists?

SRN: I would have to say…be yourself. You’ve probably heard that before but man it’s so right.When you get to a place as a young or older artist where you can incorporate all of the musical stylings that you appreciate and form them like from a ball of clay into something that is uniquely your own then you really got something. Be yourself….nobody else is!

MR: There’s no way you’re ever going to retire, is there.

SRN: Well, no. An artist doesn’t really ever retire. One may say that he or she is retiring but it really aint so.You know I had an uncle who played real great jazz guitar for all his life and one day when he was around 60 years old or so he just three up his hands and said, “That’s it, I quit!” I was devastated. I urged him to go out and play but he just refused. He said “no damn it, I’m done.” No one could figure out how or why he just stopped cold until we all realized that he had developed a bad case of dementia and that was the reason he threw in the towel .So, as long as I have my health I’m in the game.

MR: Even though you perform and record the blues, are you happy?

SRN: Listen to track # 3 on our CD “Living From Tear to Tear.” It’s called “Things Could Be Worse.” My Dad always told me, “Son, at times, you may think you have it bad but look around you…things could be worse.”

I’ve been married to the same great woman for forty years…I’m happy.
I have a wonderful family…I’m happy.
I live in a beautiful house in the country on twelve acres…Im happy.
I have chickens, a cat and a great dog…I’m happy.
I write, sing and play the blues with one of the best blues bands on the planet…I’m happy!

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ELAINE ROMANELLI’S “25” EXCLUSIVE

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According to Elaine Romanelli…

“The song ’25’ is for everyone reaching a birthday and wondering what is ahead — and also for everyone looking back and laughing at the twists and turns. Most of all, it’s a celebration of feeling joyful, of living fully and loving your friends, right now, no matter your age.”


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Impersonating Celebrity Faces Is What This Woman Does Better Than Everyone

Hey, some people are great at painting or playing an instrument, others can make their face look like any celebrity.

Like this young woman, for example. Imgur user CellCow has become very good at recreating pictures of celebrities making funny faces. Like, scary good.

Here are just a few of the best. Even if they’re not exactly accurate, they’re still pretty funny. Check out the rest of CowCell’s albums at her Imgur page.

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Beyoncé

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Women, Sport, And Society In Modern China: Holding Up More Than Half The Sky

Women, Sport, And Society In Modern China: Holding Up More Than Half The Sky


Women hold up half the sky and Women can do what men can do are not just popular slogans peddled by Chairman Mao, but recent actualities of China''s elite sport. In every Olympics since 1988 women have increased their representation over men. Their extraordinary performances have thrust Chinese women into the global limelight and sparked considerable interest, not to mention controversy, with accusations of drug violations, and yet there remains a paucity of analytical literature on Chinese elite women''s sport not only in China but throughout the world.Drawing on Chinese sources hitherto unavailable in the West, official documents and interviews with top athletes, Dong Jinxia explores the rise of the Chinese super-sportswomen and their relationship with politics, culture and society before and during the Cultural Revolution and through China''s transition to a market economy. This readable work will appeal to students of sports studies, journalists and general readers fascinated by the rise of the Chinese women super-athletes.
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The Loft Is So Much Better Than You Think It Is Going to Be

The Loft is a surprisingly entertaining film that keeps the audience in the dark as to its villain(s) until the very end. The fact the ending is logical and difficult to anticipate makes this movie an above average feature. There is also some solid acting from a cast not particularly known for the type of roles they are inhabiting.

The premise of the film is that five friends partner up to buy a loft where they can have complete privacy. Vincent (Karl Urban) is the man with the plan but his buddies Luke (Wentworth Miller), Marty (Eric Stonestreet) and Philip (Matthias Schoenaerts) eagerly commit to their share of payment and accept their keys. All of the men are married but this does not seem to be a problem except for Chris (James Marsden) who intends to be faithful to his wife (Rhona Mitra). His fidelity lasts until he meets Anne (Rachel Taylor) and falls completely in lust.

Now all five men are using the lift for their various trysts. Everything is going smoothly until one morning they discover a body in the bed. Since there is no sign of a break in and the alarm code has been entered they become suspicious of each other. Still all claim complete innocence, but in this film no one is who or what they claim to be.

Both Urban and Marsden have more screen time than the others so they could be considered the leads. However in this movie the supporting players get to have the meatier scenes. Stonestreet who is best known for his current role on Modern Family as Cameron, is a complete surprise here as the drunken, woman chasing Marty. Equally good is Miller, who once starred in the Fox series Prison Break. Here he is an intellectual and also a shy man.

The movie operates with a present day story interspersed with numerous flashbacks. In many movies this has proven to be an annoying way of telling a story and I generally prefer a linear approach. In this film, however, the back and forth storytelling works. Each flashback provides another peeling back of a layer of deception. There is one “aha” moment after another.

In The Loft movie the women are not the prominent players but Isabel Lucas and Taylor, who play Sarah and Anne, manage to make their presence known. Both are beautiful women and that adds to the validity of their roles.

The movie is rated R for violence, profanity and nudity.

The Loft arrived with little advance fanfare so it might not even be on your entertainment radar. If you like movies that keep you in the dark until the reveal then this is a movie you want to see. Believe me, it is so much better than you think it is going to be ,

I scored The Loft a high up 7 out of 10.
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See the Music Video That Might Be Even Racier Than 50 Shades

I knew The 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack was going to be good (based on early examples from Beyonce and Ellie Goulding). I thought it would (most likely) be even better than the movie itself….




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Proof That Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Style Is Better Than Ever At 54

Happy birthday, Julia Louis-Dreyfus! The actress turns 54 today and she’s hot as ever. Our favorite comedienne is enjoying the success of her new hit TV show, “Veep,” and has been going through a style renaissance in recent years. No longer is she the messy-haired Elaine (who we laughed with and loved) from “Seinfeld” — now she’s got a sleek ‘do, killer red-carpet looks and loads of self-confidence to boot. We were blown away earlier this week when she showcased her figure in a curve-hugging white Grecian-style dress on the Golden Globes’ red carpet with sultry smokey-eyes.

We can’t help but notice she’s looking hotter than ever in her 50s — and we have plenty of reason to believe she’s discovered the fountain of youth. Late last year JLD instagrammed a throwback photo from the ’70s and we were shocked at how little she’s aged. Literally. And now this video from People Magazine just confirmed our suspicions.

Check out the video above to see JLD’s changing style and ageless look throughout the years.
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13 Reasons Wine is Better Than a Significant Other

1. Wine will watch whatever you want to watch on TV without complaining. Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Voice, The Mindy Project, Homeland, a Lifetime movie, OITNB… Wine doesn’t care. It will watch anything.

2. You can bring wine anywhere and it will never have a problem fitting in. No need to babysit wine in a corner all night because wine doesn’t know anyone at the party. Wine knows everyone at the party. And even if wine didn’t know everyone at the party, wine would be totally social because no one has a problem talking when wine is involved.

3. Wine is never “too tired” or “too drunk.” Wine is always up for a good time when you are, and it’s always down to chill on the couch doing nothing when you are. It will do whatever you do and it will never complain. Talk about THE BEST RELATIONSHIP EVER.

4. Wine tastes good. And you never get sick of it. Ever.

5. Wine has no problem opening up to you. It always opens right up, no nagging necessary.

6. Wine never makes you choose between it and your friends. Wine does what you want to do all the time, and if you don’t want wine to tag along, wine will do it’s own thing sans complaining. You can do you all the time, no choices necessary. Not to mention, your friends don’t care when you bring wine along anyway…

7. Wine gets you drunk with no ulterior motives. It ain’t trying to get in your pants. It’s just trying to hang.

8. Wine never asks you what’s for dinner. Wine is what’s for dinner, actually.

9. Wine will never judge you. Literally, it will never judge. It’s seen you cry listening to a One Direction song and it still comes back for more. No one knows why. It just happens. I’m not complaining.

10. Wine can make you smile without even trying. Try having a glass of wine without blushing… Just try.

11. Wine always knows what you want. And what you want is wine. Wine is what you want. What relationship could be better?

12. Everyone loves wine. You don’t have to worry about your friends or your family or your co-workers disliking wine because everyone loves wine. Maybe wine isn’t their type (perhaps they prefer beer or a vodka soda), but no one hates wine. You’ve scored someone (or something) that everyone loves. You go girl.

13. Wine is always there for you. When the going gets tough… there’s always wine. Rough day at the office? Wine. Bad fight with a friend? Wine. Maxed out your credit card? Wine. Ex got married? Wine. Wine will be there for you in ways that no man ever could be. Seriously, girl. You’re not going to do any better than wine…

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Lakers’ Scott: NCAA more physical than NBA

Lakers coach Byron Scott, after expressing befuddlement at a flagrant foul called on one of his players in a win Sunday over the Indiana Pacers, said college basketball is more aggressive and “much more physical” than the NBA.
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Same-Sex Couples Are Less Likely To Divorce Than Heterosexual Couples, New Study Shows

This post originally appeared on Bustle.

By Pamela J. Stubbart

Opponents of gay marriage, this one is for you. New evidence from the Williams Institute suggests that same-sex couples are less likely to divorce than heterosexual couples, so anyone who has ever argued that gay couples are “ruining” the sanctity of marriage, well, it looks like you’re totally and completely wrong. Oops.

According to data gathered and analyzed by the Williams Institute (a research group focused on “sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy” at UCLA), within the first four years or so that same-sex marriage has been legal in New Hampshire and Vermont, just 1.1 percent of same-sex marriages have ended in divorce. If you include the data from six more states regarding same-sex civil unions and registered domestic partnerships, the same-sex dissolution rate per year ticks up to about 1.6 percent of all legally-recognized partnerships. Both of these same-sex splits per year rates are lower than the 2 percent of heterosexual marriages which dissolve per year in the United States.

As the Williams Institute also points out, the number of same-sex couples choosing to get married following the Supreme Court’s 2013 Windsor decision is rising quickly — even in states where same-sex marriage was already legal. This suggests that as public opinion of same-sex marriage continues to improve, more and more couples will be drawn into the institution (even those couples who were previously unsure about marriage), though these couples may or may not be more likely to divorce in the long-run, so continued analysis is required.

Unfortunately, persisting inequality in marriage laws also makes it more difficult for same-sex couples to separate: as a same-sex spouse, you can’t get a divorce in your home state unless that state recognizes your marriage in the first place, which could partially account for why divorce rates are so low.

But as long as we’re talking about positive news, here’s some more food for thought: according to another recent study published by the University of Melbourne earlier this summer, children of same-sex parents may fare better than those of similar heterosexual couples too. So advocates of “traditional” marriages and families, take that.

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If You Love ‘Serial,’ You Probably Have More In Common With Weegee Than You Think

On October 3, 2014, “This American Life” producer Sarah Koenig began telling a very specific story. She introduced public radio listeners to a man named Adnan Syed, who may or may not have been wrongly convicted of killing his former girlfriend, an 18-year-old Baltimore resident named Hae Min Lee, back in 1999.

The rest is… Well, you know the rest by now.

Koenig set her sights on unraveling Syed’s guilty verdict, a decision that — today, at least — seems laced with doubt. What began as a small weekly investigation of this strange case, quickly evolved into a show with a five-million-person audience. “Serial” has since spawned countless Reddit subgroups, a new genre of podcasts about podcasts and a nearly nation-wide obsession with a crime committed 15 years ago.

As we wait for the conclusion of Koenig’s investigation, it’s impossible not to think about America’s current fascination with crime. As well as its past. We were reminded of an early 20th century icon, enraptured by the crisis and conflict of New York City’s crime scenes. Arthur Fellig, or Weegee as he’s pseudonymously known, was one of the most famous street photographers of the 1900s, who captured decades of violence with his stunning, monochromatic eye. He was obsessed with crime years and years before Koenig. And, probably, years and years before you.

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Polish-born American photographer Arthur Fellig (1899 – 1969) with his Speed Graphic camera. He was known by the police as ‘Weegee’ for his ouija-like prescience of crime scenes and disasters. In fact he kept a radio in his car tuned to the police frequency, and was often able to reach the scene before the police themselves. (Photo by Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images)

Felig was born in Austria in 1899, emigrating to the United States in 1910. In his early career, he spent time as an assistant to a commercial photographer and a dark-room technician, but it wasn’t until 1935 that he threw himself into freelance photography. He chose to work at night, racing to the scenes of crimes to snap the first photographs of murders, collisions and thefts for newspapers across New York City. He earned his nickname that way — appropriated from Ouiji — because he was nearly always the first photographer on site. He seemed to have an eerie ability to arrive before even the police. He was, in his own words, “spellbound by the mystery of murder.”

Working with his signature Speed Graphic camera, his images were seedy, but captivating. One aspect of his work that set him apart was that he caught glimpses of the officers digesting evidence and the onlookers attempting to peek through barricades, all the while standing before corpses and crashes. The expressions of these people were not necessarily sensational in their own right, but the landscapes functioned as behind-the-scenes footage. All of a sudden, the viewer was privy to a police investigation, fixated not only on the tragic, almost ungraspable elements of a crime scene, but the very human qualities too. What is the police chief thinking? What is that eye witness feeling? Even in black-and-white, it was easy to insert ourselves into his photography. We became a part of the drama.

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A dead man is lying on the street, as uniformed police officers, holding night sticks, and a man holding a hat stand above the dead body, New York, December 1941. (Photo by Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images)

And isn’t that, after all, what makes Koenig’s “Serial” so alluring? Hasn’t she, in the process of telling Syed’s story, transformed millions of radio fans into self-possessed detectives? We believe, in some small way, the answers that could help put this very real, and very devastating saga to rest are within our reach. Koenig might not provide it for us, but perhaps we’ll stumble upon the clues ourselves.

“For all of the work [Koenig’s] done over the past year, each installment gets us no closer to a definitive truth, at least thus far,” Stephanie Merry wrote in The Washington Post Blog. “That helps to explain the fanaticism.”

“I feel like the story we are telling is partly what happened here, what can we find out, and part of that question is my reporting,” Koenig herself explained to Vulture. “I’m in this story now, for better or for worse, as a character.” And so too, it seems, are the listeners.

Later in life Weegee went on to cover the celebrity world, an ominous transition from one form of sensation to another. (Especially given the fact that “Serial” fans are not shy about their desire for a “Hollywood” ending.) He also produced a beautiful collection of abstract imagery, from nudes to kaleidoscopic figures. But his early career, and his dark body of work, is often what we can’t help but remember. See a selection of that work below.


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‘Frozen’ Has Made More Money This Year Than All But 4 Movies

As noted via a press release from Walt Disney Studios, “Frozen” has earned $ 733 million of its $ 1.27 billion lifetime gross during this calendar year. That means the animated blockbuster, which was released on Nov. 27, 2013, has made more money in 2014 around the world than all but four movies:

1. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” ($ 1.087 billion)

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2. “Guardians of the Galaxy” ($ 770.1 million)

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3. “Maleficent” ($ 757.7 million)

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4. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” ($ 746 million)

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Counting “Frozen,” three of the five biggest 2014 films have been released by Disney. Without “Frozen” included, Disney still holds that title: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ranks fifth on the list of 2014 releases with $ 714.1 million in ticket sales. Overall, Disney has surpassed $ 4 billion in total worldwide box office receipts for the second year in a row, the only two times that number has been reached in the studio’s history.

All box office figures via Box Office Mojo
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Jason Momoa’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Audition Tape Is Better Than You’d Imagine

Khal Drogo is no doubt a beast of a man, so it would only make sense that Jason Momoa’s “Game of Thrones” audition tape would take that to the max.

In the audition tape, which was originally uploaded to YouTube in 2012, but has since gained more traction, the actor doesn’t brood or speak Drogo’s native tongue, Dothraki. Instead, Momoa breaks out into a Haka, or an ancestral war cry or dance of the Māori people of New Zealand that was typically performed before battle. The dance is incredibly intense and a bit terrifying — this guy would definitely give you a golden crown if you messed with him.

Back in August when Momoa stopped by AOL, the actor said he was originally given a Drogo scene to read for his audition that consisted of the character menacingly saying “no” over and over (not very exciting). After a suggestion from an actor friend, Momoa decided to try out the Haka for this audition. The aggressive dance, which Momoa described as “not a scene you do before a love scene,” impressed D. B. Weiss and David Benioff so much that they had him come back and perform it for a second time, which is what the above video shows.

Momoa is such a pro at the Haka (he even did it on a beach in 2013) that we wonder if he’ll incorporate it into his Aquaman.

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Thinner Than Thou

Thinner Than Thou


TV says it. Magazines say it. American society commands it. You must be thin. You must be young. Fad diets. Fat-purging pills. Fitness clubs. Liposuction. Breast implants. Steroids.In the tomorrow of Thinner Than Thou, the cult of the body has become the one true religion. The Dedicated Sisters are a religious order sworn to help anorexic, bulimic, and morbidly obese youth. Throughout the land, houses of worship have been replaced by the health clubs of the Crossed Triceps. And through hypnotically powerful evangelical infomercials, the Reverend Earl preaches the heaven of the Afterfat, where you will look like a Greek god and eat anything you want. Just sign over your life savings and come to Sylphania, the most luxurious weight-loss spa in the world, where the Reverend himself will personally supervise your attainment of physical perfection.But the glory of youth and thinness that America worships conceals a hidden world where teens train for the competitive eating circuit, where fat porn and obese strippers feed people’s dark desires, and where an underground railroad of rebellious religions remember when people worshipped God instead of the Afterfat.As Annie, an anorexic, and her friend Kelly, who is so massive she can barely walk, find out, the tender promises of the Dedicated Sisters are fulfilled by forced feedings and enforced starvation in hidden prisons. As middle-aged Jeremy discovers, Sylphania is a concentration camp where failure to lose weight and tone up leads to brutal punishment. The Rev. Earl’s public sympathy for the overweight conceals a private contempt . . . and, beneath that, a terrible longing known only to a select few. The inevitable decay of old age is the only thing keeping mankind from reaching perfection. Luckily, Reverend Earl has a plan that will take care of that . . . .At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

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The Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Running, Cycling & Fitness Training: Step by Step Instructions, Training Plans, Nutritional Information and Expert Advice, All Shown in More Than 1,350 Fantastic Photographs and Illustrations

The Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Running, Cycling & Fitness Training: Step by Step Instructions, Training Plans, Nutritional Information and Expert Advice, All Shown in More Than 1,350 Fantastic Photographs and Illustrations


Used – This is the ultimate practical reference for running, cycling and fitness training, covering everything from basic skills, essential clothing and equipment to training schedules, nutrition plans and international events. Step-by-step instructions and over 1,350 specially commissioned photographs and illustrations show how to train in each discipline safely efficiently and for optimum results. It explains how to get involved in races and competitions; how to prepare beforehand, what to do

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Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows development with more than 170 free and open source tools

Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows development with more than 170 free and open source tools


Software developers need to work harder and harder to bring value to their development process in order to build high quality applications and remain competitive. Developers can accomplish this by improving their productivity, quickly solving problems, and writing better code.A wealth of open source and free software tools are available for developers who want to improve the way they create, build, deploy, and use software. Tools, components, and frameworks exist to help developers at every point in the development process.Windows Developer Power Toolsoffers an encyclopedic guide to more than 170 of these free tools to help developers build top-notch Windows software from desktop applications to web services.To help you choose the right tools for solving both common and uncommon problems you face each day, this book follows a unique task-oriented organization, laying out topics in the same order that you and your team are likely to encounter them as you work on a project. Each tool entry features a solid introduction — a mini user''s guide — so you can get up to speed quickly and understand how to best use the tool in your environment. Inside, you''ll find:A guide to more than 170 tools covering 24 unique aspects of Windows and .NET software development, with many descriptions contributed by the tools'' authorsDescriptions of freely available ASP.NET and Windows Forms controls, object relational mapping systems, testing frameworks, and build and continuous integration toolsArticles on tools to help developers troubleshoot misbehaving applicationsGuides for utilities to boost productivity in the development environment as well as speeding up tasks in Windows itselfQuick pick lists at the start of each chapter to help you find and choose the right tool for your taskAt a Glance and In a Nutshell summaries to help readers more quickly narrow their optionsReferences to an online book site to keep you up-to-date with new releases and featuresForewords by Mike Gunderloy (Larkware) and Scott Hanselman (http://www.hanselman.com/tools), operators of the two most popular tools sites for Microsoft developers.Also, plenty of links in each article point you to additional detail online if you wish to delve more deeply into features and functionality. This one-stop resource covers a wide range of open source and freeware tools to help you answer questions around planning, developing, testing, and rolling out great software. Best of all, they''re free.
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Preemies May Have Stronger Immune Systems Than Suspected

Study finds infant’s cells can mount inflammatory response to bacteria
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Public Art: More Than a Background for Selfies

During the busy summer travel months, your Facebook feeds and shared slideshows are likely filled with photos of friends on vacation. Odds are those photos included public art: faces reflected in Chicago’s “Cloud Gate” (affectionately known as “The Bean”) by Anish Kapoor, beautiful nighttime shots of a Leo Villareal’s “Bay Lights” on the illuminated San Francisco Bay Bridge, or silly poses with Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” by Arturo Di Modica. We often photograph these pieces because they help us remember a space, because they make that trip unique and because we are moved, inspired or maybe even upset by their presence. Art plays an important part in our tourism experiences and public art especially helps us interact and converse with places throughout the world.

The term “public art” may conjure images of bronze statues of soldiers or busts of presidents. I still stop and learn from these works. But today, public art takes on a wide range of forms, sizes as well as scales and can be temporary or permanent. Public art includes murals, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural work, community art, digital new media and even performances as well as festivals. Nationally popular pieces include Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005,” 7,503 panels of saffron-colored fabric that hung in New York’s Central Park in February 2005; the 2-acre swirling park “Connections” in Philadelphia; more than 150 painted murals showing the history and heritage of Joliet, Il. and pulsing LED portraits installed in Boston and its Harbor Islands.

Public art is more than just an attractive decoration — it is a conversation with the public, revealing a place’s or a people’s history, values and stories. The work serves as a way for communities to announce themselves as a unique place. Think of the Eiffel Tower or St. Louis Arch. Public art can serve as a tool for governments to dialogue and partner with citizens, showcasing creative uses of space and the spirit of communities. To preserve this conversation, 27 states and at least 300 municipalities annually allocate a percentage of all capital and building costs to acquire and maintain public art.

Additionally, public art is a substantial tourism boon. “The Gates” were estimated to have an economic benefit for New York City of $ 254 million, attracting over 4 million visitors to Central Park during what is usually its slowest tourism month. “The Bay Lights” installation is estimated to have a $ 97 million impact on the Oakland Bay area’s local economy through 2015. The dollars come in through tourism and job creation, as workers are hired for design, fabrication, engineering, lighting, insurance, security and installation.

As you plan future travel, you can select a destination specifically to see public art (such as Tampa, with its 560 public art installations), make it a point to find public art wherever you travel (like the exhibits of art + technology at San Jose Airport), or even find art in your own hometown. Several public art programs run smartphone apps or online digital maps and databases of their collections. Many collections can be searched by city and state on the websites Public Art Archive and CultureNow. Additionally, Public Art Network Year in Review annually recognizes the country’s most outstanding and compelling public art projects — you can search the database of recent honorees and see photographs of most of the artwork.

As the conversation about public art moves beyond classic statues to ever-changing digital creations, as murals morph from patriotic symbols to powerful found art, we have to ask ourselves: what is the public art of the future? What conversations do we want to have with our cities, our government, our tourists and one another in the next century? The pieces we leave behind will tell our stories of today. The pieces we fund, install and create will tell our stories in the future. That’s the power of public art.
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Kutiman’s Incredible YouTube Musician Mashup Is Better Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Israeli mashup master and music producer Kutiman is back with an incredible new video entitled “GIVE IT UP.”

Kutiman, whose real name is Ophir Kutiel, has layered and edited together several YouTube video recordings from different amateur musicians to create an entirely new song that’s both groovy and awe-inspiring. The mashup takes parts of a 6-year-old girl’s improvised piano piece in the key of G minor, combines them with another woman’s stunning, silky vocals, and mixes in trombone, saxophone, drums, bass, violin, synth, cello, bassoon and guitar.

The result is a perfect blend of jazz, soul, classical, rock and jam band.

“GIVE IT UP” is a tease for Kutiman’s upcoming album “Thru-You Too,” out on Oct. 1. The album follows up on his highly acclaimed 2009 project Thru-You, a similar collage of sonic odds and ends that Time magazine included in its list of the year’s 50 best inventions.

To see more of Kutiman’s mashups, check out his YouTube page and watch “GIVE IT UP” above.

You won’t be disappointed.
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These Portraits Of Moroccan Hipsters Are More Nuanced Than They Look

The New York Times sees shades of Matisse and Koons. ArtNet is convinced he’s the next David LaChapelle. But Hassan Hajjaj, the Moroccan stylist and photographer, started out simply wanting to capture the essence of his home country in ways his buddies back in London would appreciate.

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The 53-year-old multidisciplinary artist was born in Morocco and moved to London in his teens, at the height of the punk craze. For the last 15 years, he’s joined the two cultures, splitting his time between Marrakech and London as he turns out densely textured portrait photography that plays well in the West but requires North African artistry to even exist at all.

His subjects are his current friends, who pose and dress in ways that translate into arresting hybrid art. A recent series, Kesh Angels, depicts a cross-section of this crowd — mostly women — in traditional clothes printed in global symbols of capitalism. Here a Louis Vuitton print, there a Nike swoosh. Many are henna tattoo artists who embody nuance in their daily life, zipping to jobs on a scooter, head scarves in place. Likewise, Hajjaj’s first solo show in America — My Rock Stars: Volume 2 — presented his male friends in the overblown poses of a Western icon, the rock star.

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Hajjaj designs the entirety of his shows, down to the clothes for the shoot and gallery seating. He hires local tailors and artisans to manufacture the work, which is often a neat fusion of two ideas, such as a Western suit pieced out of regional textiles. Hajjaj may be the name in the gallery notes, but these men and women are collaborators, switching from what Hajjaj once called an “automatic,” “factory” process — a souk tailor might typically produce nothing but pinstriped suits for businessmen throughout his career — to atelier-esque customization.

Frames are another chance to cross breed. The repetitive quality of Moroccan mosaic is echoed in inset rows of products printed with Arabic script. The tactile patterns, sometimes made of Coke or Fanta cans, are easy to overlook at first glance, but their purpose is multidimensional. They reinforce not only the theme of global commerce, but a thoroughly Moroccan habit: to recycle items out of necessity.

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Among New Smokers, Teen Boys More Likely to Quit Than Girls: Study

Being scared by cigarette warnings, playing team sports also increased chances of kicking the habit
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Young Adults Think E-Cigs Safer Than Tobacco Ones

Survey finds young parents and non-smokers among users
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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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The Right Weigh: Six Steps to Permanent Weight Loss Used By More Than 100,000 People

The Right Weigh: Six Steps to Permanent Weight Loss Used By More Than 100,000 People


'' The Right Weigh'' is a unique 35-day, five-step approach to weight control that combines both a practical and a spiritual approach. Rena Greenberg addresses the importance of making changes in your diet and activity level – and makes it easy for you to do so – but she emphasizes what most diet books overlook: '' how to do the inner work necessary to change the very way you think about food.''

Using self-hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming, and a technique called Remembrance, this program shows you how to get past the obstacles that have held you back from losing weight and keeping it off. You''ll find yourself naturally craving healthier foods, and being indifferent to or even repulsed by unhealthy, fattening, or high-sugar foods without the need to draw upon willpower to change the way you eat.

''The Right Weigh'' teaches you how to change your perceptions of your self and the foods you''re eating by tapping in to the vast Source of power within, and reconnecting to your infinite spiritual nature. In this way, the wisest part of yourself guides you to make excellent choices to improve the quality of your life and live healthfully at the mind, body, heart, and spirit levels.
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H&M Debuts First Wedding Dress And It Costs Less Than $100

Here comes the bride, all dressed in H&M.

And it’s happening sooner than you think. The mass retailer will be selling its first wedding gown for just $ 99 (did you hear that, bargain shoppers?!) both in stores and online later this month, according to a rep for the brand.

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This will be the first H&M wedding dress sold in a regular collection, although a wedding gown did appear in the Viktor & Rolf one-time collection back in 2006.

The gown was inspired by old Hollywood glamour but has a modern twist, a rep for H&M said. Tell us what you think about the affordable dress in the comments.

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Alzheimer’s May Kill Far More Americans Than Thought

Researchers report that the toll from the incurable brain disease exceeds death certificate statistics
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Cellphones Better Than Sex, Most Americans Say

What’s more important than sex?

Turns out a whole bunch of things, according to an online poll conducted by Harris Interactive.

On a list of 10 things people can’t live without, sex came in near the bottom – behind food, cars, Internet access, cellphones and computers and just ahead of navigation systems, social networks and tablets.

Check out the numbers in this infographic from Statista:

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On the other hand, some people refuse to choose one or the other. Multitasking is taking off in the bedroom, with one recent survey showing that 20 percent of young adults check their smartphones during sex. And over in the U.K., 62 percent of women and 48 percent of men admit to checking their phones while doing the deed.

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Bathroom Clutter is More Than Just Messy—It’s Bad for Your Skin! Here’s What to Toss

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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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Mountain Biking Moab Pocket Guide, 3rd: More Than 40 of the Area’s Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides

Mountain Biking Moab Pocket Guide, 3rd: More Than 40 of the Area’s Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides


The”Mountain Biking Moab Pocket Guide “gives fat-tire enthusiasts the skinny on where to ride in this southwestern Mecca for mountain biking. The best rides around Moab, in Canyonlands and Arches national parks, high in the La Sals, and along the Colorado River are all covered in this handy pocket-size guidebook. Detailed ride descriptions make it easy to find the trailheads and follow the routes, with easy-to-read maps and ratings for physical and technical difficulty. This guide will help mountain bikers choose a ride that’s appropriate for their fitness and skill level and is an indispensable companion for all their fat-tire fun.

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Men’s Health Ultimate Dumbbell Guide: More Than 21,000 Moves Designed to Build Muscle, Increase Strength, and Burn Fat

Men’s Health Ultimate Dumbbell Guide: More Than 21,000 Moves Designed to Build Muscle, Increase Strength, and Burn Fat


The easiest, most inexpensive way to build muscle strength, size, and power turns out to be the best, with this supremely effective guide from the world’s largest men’s magazine Workout fads and fitness equipment come and go, but as trainers and bodybuilders know: nothing tops a simple set of dumbbells for convenience, reliability, and versatility when you are trying to build muscles and get in shape. In this book, Myatt Murphy, a fitness expert and longtime contributor to Men’s Health, shows readers how to use dumbbells to develop just about every part of their bodies. For anyone who believes that dumbbells can be used only for arms and shoulders, Myatt Murphy proves them wrong. Featuring 200 photographs, Men’s Health Ultimate Dumbbell Exercises demonstrates how to perform a total body workout and get maximum results. There are exercises here–lunges, squats, dead lifts, curls, shrugs, kickbacks, presses, and more–that develop abs, arms, chest, legs, and shoulders, along with innovative new ways to get the most of this versatile piece of strength-training equipment. With instructions for creating literally thousands of dumbbell exercises for the novice to advanced lifter, Men’s Health Ultimate Dumbbell Exercises will be an indispensable addition to any home gym.

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