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Pope Francis on Monday allowed all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a power previously reserved for bishops or special confessors. Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving church a characteristic of his papacy, made the announcement in a document known as an “apostolic letter” after Sunday’s close of the Catholic Church’s “Holy Year of Mercy”.

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Anything Is Possible

16Nov

If there’s anything that Donald Trump has taught us, it’s that anything is possible in America. Any crazy-ass thing, no matter how insane, no matter how fucked up, is possible.

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Are routines useful? How can I establish good ones, if so?

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Can’t Just Sleep Off The Election

15Nov

I’m standing on Pennsylvania Avenue watching Donald Trump’s Inauguration Parade. As he waves to the crowd, I try to shout, but my voice is drowned out by the screaming masses around me. I struggle to speak, but things start spinning and then I’m falling.

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Daina Trout Daina Trout is the CEO of Health-Ade Kombucha , which she co-founded in 2012 alongside her husband, Justin Trout, and best friend, Vanessa Dew. Daina received her BS from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Nutrition and Public Health from Tufts University, where she honed in on her philosophy that health has everything to do with one’s happiness, not just the science.

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Our Big Fat Queer Wedding

14Nov

I fell in love with a woman, named Dawn, who values diversity as much as I do… I had to marry her. So what a better way to celebrate our union than to have a Big Fat Queer Wedding! When we talked about a theme, there was only one logical answer for both of us, Let Your Freak Flag Fly! We wanted to celebrate in the way we live our life.

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I did not expect Donald Trump to be elected president and, like most people, I was surprised when he won. On January 20th he becomes our head of government and head of state; the president is both prime minister and king.

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Lessons Learned At The Esalen Benefit Weekend

14Nov

For those of you who do not already know, the Esalen Institute is home to a truly unique, magical, loving, authentic community of highly intelligent, well-educated and talented thought-leaders committed to positive global transformation. I was extremely honored to be invited to teach alongside some of my favorite teachers such as Sally Kempton , Terry Hunt, Chip Conley and so many others, but when they told me that Reverend Michael Beckwith would also be there I have to admit that I was intimidated

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Sorry, Orson. This time we’re invading Mars, not the other way around.

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As a single woman dating over 50, what are your thoughts about deal breakers in the men you want to meet? Just to be clear on what a deal breaker actually is…. They are qualities a man has that you CAN’T TOLERATE in your life or they are qualities a man MUST HAVE in order to date you, such as the same religion or culture.

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Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji – Stands Up For Them) In what seemed like a virtual nightmare a misogynist bigot was elected as the President of the United States. Of course he is called the “President-Elect” until he is sworn in, but the ceremony itself is just a formality

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The Abrahamic Moment: A Call for Ir-Responsibility. Let us recall Abraham.

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5 Incredible Baseball Stadiums Across America

12Nov

Now that the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series and broken then century long curse, the highlight of Wrigley Field has us thinking about the other great stadiums throughout America. The use of stadiums dates back to ancient times, back when the reigning entertainment of the day for a mass audience usually involved some permutation of “sprint really fast while a lion chases you then try and kill your opponent with a rock.” Thankfully, apart from maybe anytime a terrible entertainer performs, things have matured considerably at the hundreds of events that take place at scads of stadiums throughout the U.S. Baseball and the occasional major concert are the primary serving inside the hallowed ground of U.S

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I suspect you’ve heard the definition of chutzpah – the child who kills his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. Saturday, November 12th, a New York Times editorial bemoaned the steady decline in school funding across America. Politicians and voters often say they want better schools, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to pay for them.

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Christian ‘Elect’ Elect Trump !

12Nov

Independent Voter: ‘Jesus plainly predicted that the Christian elect were susceptible to deception (Matthew 24:24) and Jesus was never more right in any of his predictions.’ Trump Christian Voter: ‘Oh, really?

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Election Reflections, The Day After

12Nov

You may not be a therapist, but I bet you had the same experience I did the day after the election: everyone, at home, in my lobby, in the street, in the cafe, on my way to work, and of course, in my office, needed to talk.

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TRIBE X – Ep.60

11Nov

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Jesus Is King And I’m So Scared

09Nov

God, there is no where for me to go. I feel powerless, weak, invisible. I believe I only matter to You

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The Nature Of Growth

09Nov

When a tree grows, its branches extend and widen, the tree becomes taller and its trunk thicker. When our children grow they become taller and stronger. When a river grows its boundaries swell.

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“By 2050, around 50 percent of all chemicals produced will be biobased.” –Dr. Wim Soetaert Biodegradable biobased products made without fossil-fuel feedstocks are showcased at the Biobased Europe Pilot Plant in Ghent, Belgium. The products include a laundry liquid and a hand soap made by Ecover, shower gels by Nivea and Sanex, a skin oil by Kneipp, and a window de-icer by Forever, as well as samples of the plant’s biodiesel and bioethanol

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Stronger Together Song Was a Must HEAR IT NOW

08Nov

It was an impossible task. Get together the million selling lead singer of Snap! Thea Austin, who is often out touring singing one of her 20 #1 singles including “Rhythm Is A Dancer;” Morgan Mallory, in demand live artist, new album “Manifesto” out and now the former Voice contestant is a vocal teacher; Daniel Charleston, in demand in Southern California for his chorus performances and as a featured artist in Pacific Opera Project; and me, the big gay entertainer and talk show host with a dream to sing about being better.

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While this train wreck of a national election comes to its long awaited conclusion, I keep thinking about how the world is changing and how little this election reflects the reality of the world around us. Technology has changed our economy, communication systems, society, and lifestyles, a set of facts unobserved by our national politics.

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After we turn 50, we all start to worry about cardiovascular disease and what to do about it. We might also fret about dementia and whether we will get Alzheimer’s — and arthritis is an ailment we prefer to do without. The inability to sleep, loss of energy, fatigue, anxiety, and depression might rear their ugly heads as well.

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Don’t do this… A big obstacle to finding love after 50 happens when you’re NOT putting yourself in places where you can be seen and found by available men on a DAILY BASIS! Men can’t find you when you’re hiding every night at home. I know it feels great after a long day at work to snuggle up with a good book, your fave TV show or your cat or dog for some unconditional loving

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If you don’t plan to vote because you think your vote doesn’t count please consider this: The world needs you to be their proxy. Polls show that most of the world passionately hopes that Hillary Clinton becomes president. Non-Americans can’t vote for her, but you can, on their behalf

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There is no skill more vital to an entrepreneur than effective networking.

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“Moonlight” is a film as luminous as its title, a story in three chapters about the son of a crack addict, growing up in Florida, bullied and neglected. We see him as a child, befriended by a kind-hearted drug dealer, as a teenager, abused by classmates and having his first sexual encounter with another boy

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Cauliflower is all the rage these days. Not only is it versatile, it’s a delicious and nutritious substitute for rice, potatoes — and even steak! From Cauliflower Fried “Rice” to Curried Cauliflower & Apple Soup, here are five fabulous recipes you need to try. 1

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Down Ballot Races Worth Fighting For

05Nov

Electing the country’s first female president is going to be a ground breaking accomplishment. What it will mean for us here in America, and to people around the world, to see a woman serving as Commander-in-Chief will be powerful. Electing Hillary will change the way women are viewed as leaders and pave the way for other women to serve in elected office

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Being your own boss can be great, you set your own hours, location, there’s no ceiling on how much money you can make, but there’s a dark side of being your own boss that’s often overlooked, which most entrepreneurs are simply not prepared for. This is likely a big factor in why 90% of startups fail within the first year. With great freedom, comes no freedom whatsoever.

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Whoever wins the US presidential election will have to govern for the whole of the country. Carlos Barria/Reuters Pascal Molenberghs , Monash University People around the world are stunned at the rise of Donald Trump – from complete outsider to Republican nominee for the US presidential election, in what might yet turn out to be a close race to the White House. At the start of campaigning for nomination, almost nobody gave Trump a chance

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Losing Perspective Amidst the Spin

05Nov

FBI Director James Comey’s brief letter to eight Congressional committee chairpersons updating them that that the FBI would investigate further emails from Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton found on the computer of her aide’s husband, Anthony Weiner, has shifted the Presidential polls. FBI director James Comey feared “being misunderstood,” but surely he knew that Mr. Trump and partisan media would swing into full conspiracy theory combat.

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Making Art In The Internet Age (4)

04Nov

Works in the exhibition #INSTALARITY by Alonsa Guevara, Marc Trujillo, and Justin Tecson.

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‘Green News Report’ – November 1, 2016

04Nov

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It’s the behemoth media platform that has a hand in a large proportion of US TV ad spending.

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ThirdLove Heidi Zak is the co-founder of ThirdLove , an innovative bra and underwear brand that believes fit should come first. In addition to offering signature half-cup sizes to provide a more precise fit, ThirdLove has developed a patented mobile sizing app that empowers a woman to measure herself from home. Founded in 2013 and based in San Francisco, the company has raised over $13M from investors including NEA and Andreessen Horowitz

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Image: University of British Columbia Walking and cycling are good exercise, but in urban settings, increasing your breathing rate can mean inhaling more polluted air. In a new study , Alex Bigazzi of the University of British Columbia has pinpointed optimal walking and cycling speeds to minimize exposure to air pollutants

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Fifty-One Presidential Elections on Tuesday

03Nov

The United States electoral system is complex and sometimes hard to phantom. Under the United States Constitution, there will be fifty-one separate elections for President in each of the fifty states plus Washington DC on Tuesday, not one

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If anyone knows healthy food has a reputation for being bland, it’s Amanda DeJesus. After having a heart transplant at age 15, she had to radically change the way she ate to stave off heart disease

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Depression as a Starting Point for Change

01Nov

It takes guts to admit to yourself that things aren’t going really well.

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Share A Laugh With Your Kids

31Oct

There’s so much stress and pressure on parents and kids today, we forget our sense of humor. We need to have fun time with our kids so they become resilient, enjoyable, and find time with us as pleasant, loving people who are great to spend time with.

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Human skin is constantly assaulted by the external environment, protecting us from air, Ultraviolet radiation (UVR), environmental pollutants, and other mechanical and chemical insults, all of which have been piled into the coined term ” exposome ,” to describe the entirety of exposures to which an individual is subjected. The skin’s ability to protect us can be easily impaired by numerous factors such as psychological stress, alcohol and illicit drug intake, and poor nutrition, all of which further allow external factors to do harm by creating free radicals such as reactive oxygen species (ROS)

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Moving on from Africa, the blog series on sunsets goes sweeping off to the far north and far south, once again focussing not only on the sun’s technicolour splashdown but also on the all-pervading gilding rays of its descent. Greenland Kangerlussuaq Ilulissat Norway Svalbard, Spitsbergen – Longyearbyen Canada Nunavut, Qikiqtarjuaq Labrador, Happy Valley Yukon River near Whitehorse Alaska Off Icy Strait Sailing from Homer Aleutian Islands, Sandy Point Antarctica Antarctic peninsula Upcoming blog next Sunday: Southern European sunsets ______________ By the same author: Bussing The Amazon: On The Road With The Accidental Journalist, available with free excerpts on Kindle and in print version on Amazon . Swimming With Fidel: The Toils Of An Accidental Journalist , available on Kindle, with free excerpts here , and in print version on Amazon in the U.S here .

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Congress should end the Platonic Guardian-like Federal Reserve, an independent executive agency governed by a seven-member Board of Governors appointed by the President to serve 14-year terms.

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Donald Trump: Faded Diva or Aging Lothario?

29Oct

For the past eighteen months, political pundits have been struggling to get a fix on the personality of Donald Trump, without much success. Their problem is that they live in the world of politics, where power and influence are the ultimate commodity.

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There Go The Neighbor-hoods!

29Oct

This is a scary Halloween story from long ago involving a bunch of kids known as.. ..the Little Neckers. Right about now a chill will be running down your spine if you’re gray at the temples and you grew up where I did on the edge of Queens, in a sweet neighborhood called Douglaston

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Jocelyn Greenky  is the hilarious, smart, cool big sister you probably wish you had at work to turn to for honest advice on how to navigate those endlessly confusing office politics. She learned herself by working at big companies like Hachette Filipacchi and Wenner Media, where she held top leadership titles such as corporate editorial director. Jocelyn also co-wrote  The Big Sister’s Guide to the World of Work: The Inside Rules Every Working Girl Should Know  after word spread of her rule-skirting career wisdom through the corporate grape vine

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A Brief History Of The Taco

28Oct

Even baby boomers have a difficult time remembering when tacos–like pizza–weren’t a ubiquitous part of the culinary landscape.

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Unsportsmanlike Trophies

28Oct

Hunting big game for trophies with a high-powered rifle is an execution, not a sport. If the target of such a hunt is an animal whose population is stressed, as the most prized specimens usually are, the lack of ethics is compounded.

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As a rabbi and political columnist, I find that every election demands close reflection, introspection, and action. The answer, this year, is clear

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By Hal Bundrick, CFP Mortgage rates are near all-time lows, and it might be hard to imagine them going even lower.

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The Election and The Market

26Oct

As the election draws near, many people are wondering about the impact on their investment portfolios. It’s been a crazy season, but to answer that question, let’s make one large assumption: The American democracy will survive the season, and the American economy will continue to grow and provide jobs in the future.

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People think telephone surveillance is a new thing but then, they’re not old enough to have grown up with a party line.

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Aisle View: Life Harvest

25Oct

Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons, two of New York’s prime non-profits with well-earned reputations for quality plus numerous award-winners between them, both have intimate houses upstairs with small-for-off-Broadway capacities (under 130 seats). The Claire Tow (LCT3) and Peter Jay Sharp (PH) Theaters are often used for adventurous-but-chancy fare, with successful productions subsequently transferred to the mainstage or simply skipping to Broadway. Since both organizations have chosen to open their newest offerings tonight, we have no option but to place them in the very same review.

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Assessing Doesn’t Mean Testing

24Oct

The U.S. Department of Education, Congress, the last two Presidents, and textbook and test publishing companies are in love with high-stakes multiple-choice standardized tests

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From Russia (To Paris) With Love!

22Oct

For several decades split between the Hermitage and the Pushkin museums in Russia, the incredible Shchukin collection is arriving in the French capital. Considered one of the world’s finest collections of modern art, it will go on view outside of Russia for the first time in nearly 100 years at the Fondation Louis Vuitton art center in Paris

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These 2 Rednecks Hate Trump

22Oct

Jackie and Dunlap of Red State Update http://youtube.com/travisandjonathan sure do hate Trump. Here, look

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The story depicts a young Wallisian man trying to make it in the world of rugby in France. 3 B Productions Niko Besnier , University of Amsterdam French filmmaker Sacha Wolff’s first feature film, Mercenaire (released in English as Mercenary ), tells the story of a young Pacific Islander, Soane Tokelau, trying to make it in professional rugby.

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For decades, efforts to satisfy customers have been built around demographics – capitalizing on race, ethnicity, gender, income, and other attributes.

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In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Robert Scheer speaks with David Dayen, author of the book Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud . Dayen and Scheer discuss the federal government’s failure to respond to millions of people who suffered from the mortgage fallout from the 2008 bank crisis

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Pop quiz: What does the term “automated love hotel” conjure in your imagination? a) A place to have sex with robots b) A hotel that eliminates the “check-in/check-out of shame” by automating the “front desk” c) A place where two complete strangers can meet and fall in love automatically d) All of the above, maybe If you were in Japan, you would know the answer, instinctively

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Without taking her eye off the ball, Hillary Clinton (D-NY) should immediately start campaigning against gridlock. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should nationalize the race for Congress on this issue. Same for Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

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William Shakespeare once wrote “if music be the food of love, play on.” Few contemporary songwriters have generated such a feast of delicacies as Carol Bayer Sager. She has whipped up unrequited love songs, sweeping ballads and generational anthems into a culinary cultural smorgasbord

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Halloween has always been my daughter’s favorite holiday. But this year the only costume she wants–the one she is begging and pleading for–is a She Devil. It has a short short skirt, red fishnet stockings and knee high boots

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To federal officials, it’s a way to provide greater transparency and efficiency in the way the United States tries to prevent infectious diseases from spreading. To the folks at one nonprofit health organization, it’s a “power grab” by the federal government that could eventually prohibit people who aren’t vaccinated from getting on airplanes, trains, or ships

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The Emperor’s New Syria Policy

13Oct

It was an “emperor’s new clothes” moment. You know the story: “scoundrels” show up at court, pretending to be tailors. They promise to make an elegant robe that will be invisible to those unfit for their positions.

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YouTube Star Anna Akana Stands Up to Bullying

13Oct

“I would get on the bus thinking, maybe he’ll stop today,” Jessica explains, holding back tears as she speaks.  Her words haunt me. Jessica, along with 3.2 million other kids in the United States are bullied every year.

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Post Electoral PTSD

13Oct

Who will fill the gap when there is no more Donald Trump to kick around (remember Nixon’s famous Checkers speech). Voters are likely to feel a mixture of postpartum depression and PTSD when there are no more revelations about taxes or groping and that goes for Hillary Clinton too

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Our robot overlords are coming, but will they be a boon for our economy, or herald its destruction?

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Donald Trump: The American-Made Fraud

10Oct

On Sept. 2, a tarp covering part of the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh caught fire during repair work.

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When the Pearl Theater Co. deciders chose to revive Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People in David Harrower’s 2013 version–retitled Public Enemy –they couldn’t have known how inflammatory the current presidential campaign would become

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Dissolving Borders

09Oct

We live in a paradoxical world where borders are fluid – with money, people and ideas traveling from country to country.

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My Messy House is Getting to Me

09Oct

The amount of anger I feel when I wake up to a messy house is unreasonable. I’m not in any physical pain, yet within minutes my insides are scorching. My soul is on fire; the rage radiates directly from my heart – I swear I feel it – and extends like an asterisk to the tips of my fingers and my toes

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Written with A. Crosser I was talking with my good friend Sheryl Sleeva last week and discussing that there will be a day in the not so distant future where your refrigerator will re-order food for you automatically. Out of Honest Tea and So Delicious dairy free ice cream?

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Today, schools, parents and kids in numerous countries around the world are celebrating World Teachers Day. The celebration marks the day fifty years ago when, at a special conference in Paris convened by two United Nations agencies, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), delegates from 75 countries adopted an international standard on a profession facing many challenges. The ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers (1966) sets out the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and calls for adequate training, salaries and support

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Secrets in Plain View: Obamacare Is Working

04Oct

Most people would consider it pretty bad luck if they had three inches of rain dumped on their city in a 24-hour period.

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If most deaths are like losing a page or a chapter, Oscar Brand’s death Friday was like losing a book. The phrase “living encyclopedia” gets tossed around a little too loosely, but when it came to folk music in the broadest, richest, most satisfying scope, there’s no other way to describe Oscar Brand.

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7 Steps to Planning a Staycation

03Oct

More than half of American workers left unused vacation days in 2015, and you know why you should cash in on your PTO days . You have hard earned Paid Time Off (PTO) days piling up at work, you’re feeling burnt out, and you deserve a break… so take the stress out of planning a vacation and schedule your staycation today! Staycations are wonderful because you don’t have to plan them far in advance, worry about getting a good hotel deal or booking a flight that fits in your price range

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Photographer: Barbara Nitke I believe it’s safe to say that all married women have fantasized, at least once, about having sex with another partner during their healthy, happy, and loving marriage. Her fantasy may be a secret affair with a celebrity, someone at the office, or perhaps just a sexy and willing figment of her imagination. Most women never act on these (normal, healthy) impulses, but some couples do — in a totally consensual way

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