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Tom Brady Freaking Out About a Bear Is the Funniest Thing You’ll See Today

It wasn’t a Chicago Bear, but Tom Brady was still pretty excited to see a big fuzzy dude over the Fourth of July.

In a video posted to his Instagram story and shared by Huffington Post, the 40-year-old football star had an extra-close encounter with a brown bear while hanging in Montana.

“There’s a BEAR,” he whispers enthusiastically before panning over to the animal, before bringing the camera back to himself for another little freak out — which we don’t blame him for.

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The New England Patriots quarterback is seemingly out west with his parents, celebrating his mom Galynn’s 74th birthday on July 4th amid her cancer battle.


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Timbaland Reveals He Nearly Overdosed On Painkillers: ‘Through That Whole Thing I Saw Life’

Timbaland is opening up about a scary addiction he says almost took his life.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the producer revealed that he “was on drugs” until three years ago.

“I was on OxyContin,” said the 45-year-old.

Timbaland said that he first began taking pain medication in his 30s after dealing with nerve issues from a years-earlier gunshot wound. He eventually began to abuse the drug, falling into what Rolling Stone called a “cycle of depression and addiction” as his career struggled and his marriage ended.

“Music is a gift and curse,” said Timbaland. “Once you’re not popping, it plays with your mind. The pills helped block out the noise — I’d just sleep all day. I remember JAY-Z told me one time, ‘Don’t do no more interviews’ — because I was saying crazy s—.”

Things got so bad, his girlfriend Michelle told the outlet, she wouldn’t sleep for fear he’d stop breathing in the night. Her nightmare came true three years ago, Timbaland said, when he suffered what he thinks was a near-fatal overdose while he was asleep.

“All I can tell you is that there was a light,” the rapper said. “I woke up trying to catch my breath, like I was underwater. But through that whole thing I saw life — I saw where I would be if I don’t change, and where I could be if I did.”

He said he weaned himself off the pills, and eventually stopped taking them completely, which lead to withdrawal. “But I thought about Michael Jackson,” he said. “I didn’t want to be old and taking these pills.”

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Though Timbaland said he still sometimes smokes marijuana and drinks alcohol, he’s overall healthier and has dropped 40 pounds.

The star also wants to get a message out to young artists in the hip-hop community, who may suffer depression and turn to medication.

“These kids come from a place where they don’t have money, don’t have a real home,” said Timbaland. “It affects them, and you hear it in the music.”


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Chrissy Teigen Just Said The Most Relatable Thing About Anxiety

We can always count on Chrissy Teigen to keep it real on most topics ― and anxiety is no exception.

The star recently opened up to Marie Claire, where she candidly discussed being diagnosed with anxiety disorder ― a mental health condition that affects 18 percent of American adults. Teigen explained how the condition often makes her feel unsteady and worried.

Every step I take feels a little shaky,” she said. “It’s such a weird feeling that you wouldn’t know unless you have really bad anxiety … You feel like everyone is looking at you.”

Teigen also discussed living with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Luna in April 2016. She said that she treats the mood disorders with medication.

And while she still has her bad days, she told Marie Claire that she doesn’t want PPD to hold her back if she plans on expanding her family with husband John Legend.

“I loved being pregnant,” Teigen said. “Maybe I should be scared [of having PPD again], but I don’t know. It couldn’t be any worse than it was, could it?”

An estimated one in seven mothers will experience PPD after delivering a baby. The condition has debilitating symptoms, like severe sadness, anxiety and detachment, and can affect both new mothers and those who have had multiple children.

Teigen told Refinery29 earlier this year that she experienced PPD for about four months before she was able to get better.

“Just know that there’s a light on the other side. When I was in the midst of everything, I could never imagine myself on the other side of it,” she said. “Now, I’m able to … shake my head at how dark and crazy of a period it was.”

Despite the fact that mental illness is a topic that’s been discussed more publicly, there’s still a stigma attached to the conditions. People who suffer from them are often told “it’s all in your head” or to just “get over it” as if it weren’t a very real medical issue.

But experts say celebrity accounts like Teigen’s help to erase some of those misconceptions. And that awareness could make a huge difference in someone’s life: Research shows that stigma often prevents people from seeking treatment for mental health issues.

Thumbs up to Chrissy for contributing to that positive change.

Check out the rest of her interview in the July issue of Marie Claire.

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Mark Zuckerberg: The most important thing I built at Harvard

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The Most Comforting Thing to Eat Right Now: Caribbean Stews

When summer beckons yet a chill still lingers, Caribbean stews hit the spot. Recipes for Haitian légumes, St. Lucian pepper pot and Jamaican-style brown stew oxtails deliver both the warmth and the bright flavors of the islands.
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Alexis Arquette’s Sister Patricia Celebrates the Transgender Pioneer’s Legacy 6 Months After Death: ‘I Wouldn’t Change a Thing’

Alexis Arquette was undoubtedly one of the first transgender activists in Hollywood.

Coming from a family of actors, Alexis was accepted when she came out. Her sister Patricia was concerned about the impact her sister’s revelation would have on her career — though Alexis was not. 

“Alexis was really also very powerful, and strong, and really brave, very brave,” Patricia told PEOPLE while at the Let’s Toast the Extraordinary Achievements of Alexis Arquette pre-GLAAD Media Awards dinner sponsored by Ketel One in Hollywood.

“We had a long conversation when Alexis told me that she was transgender, and I said, ‘Okay. So what do you do about Hollywood? How will you get work? People are not progressive in Hollywood and it could really negatively impact your career. Are you thinking everything through?’ ” the Academy Award Winner recalled.

Patricia affirms that despite the obvious risks, Alexis was confident in her decision to come out in Hollywood.

“Alexis was very brave to make that decision,” her sister continued. “She really wanted to help progress the world and move the world forward.”

Alexis died last September at age 47, but childhood memories of Alexis are still vivid for Patricia.

“Alexis and David both had these beds that sort of look like space pods. They were like these tubes that you could get in,” the 48-year-old recalled. “My mom was making Alexis’ bed and realized that a big chunk of the mattress was missing out of the corner. She said, ‘Alexis what happened to your mattress?’ Alexis said, ‘I need the foam to make a puppet.’ So she pulled out this puppet with this little sparkly dress on it and my mom said, ‘Oh, my god, it’s gorgeous. My kids are so creative.’ “

Patricia was joined at the event by brothers David and Richmond along with her boyfriend Eric White. Not only were they there to remember their sister, but also to honor the many lives that she touched.

“We’ve gotten so many letters. I’ve had letters from people all over the world who said their first experience of a trans person was with Alexis,” Patricia shared in awe of her late sister.  “Watching Alexis in Last Exit to Brooklyn — which was Alexis’ first movie — she played a trans person in the 1950s which was considered really a crossdresser at that time. That’s what people called trans people then.”

Patricia also noted ,”Alexis was incredibly creative our whole lives. I grew up with Alexis putting on makeup, trying on high heels …. Alexis was my best friend when we grew up, so I wouldn’t change one thing about Alexis.”


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Keira Knightley Once Told Love Actually Director Her Next Movie Was ‘Some Pirate Thing — Probably a Disaster’

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has raked in billions of box-office booty, but according to her Love Actually director, Keira Knightley wasn’t always sold on the idea.

In an op-ed posted to Radio Times, Richard Curtis, the romantic comedy’s writer-director, reflected on where his stars were in their careers when the film debuted in 2003. “When we shot the film, I remember Keira Knightley saying that her next project was ‘some pirate thing — probably a disaster,’ ” he revealed.

Of course, that project turned out to be the wildly popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that made her an international superstar. And Knightley wasn’t the only Love Actually alum to score a role in the blockbuster. As Curtis pointed out, “Bill Nighy was also later a be-tentacled Davy Jones” in 2006’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

The writer-director also mentioned that Andrew Lincoln, who famously professed his love to Knightley with cue cards in Love Actually, “had never come across, let alone killed, the Walking Dead.” And Chiwetel Ejiofor, who went on to earn an Oscar nomination for 12 Years a Slave in 2014 “hadn’t been a slave for five minutes, let alone 12 years,” wrote Curtis.

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The trip down memory lane comes in the wake of Friday’s U.K. debut of a short follow-up to Love Actually, which promises to catch up with its main characters over a decade later. The reunion features most of the original cast, and was created to benefit Red Nose Day, a popular U.K. children’s charity.

“I know the film is very much not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve been surprised ever since it came out, and so grateful, that some people are really fond of it,” Curtis wrote. “So I hope that a lot of you will turn on to BBC1 on Red Nose Day to see the mini-sequel and maybe find it in your hearts to give a bit of cash to save and change a lot of lives, at home and abroad. What a strange and delightful outcome that would be for our little, old, slightly chaotic ‘All I Want for Christmas’ Christmas film.”


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Amanda Seyfried And Thomas Sadoski Did The Whole Secret Eloping Thing

Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski secretly eloped this weekend and if our fifth sense is correct, there’s a 30 percent chance they’re already married. Ugh, sorry “Mean Girls” fans, you’ll forgive us one day. 

The couple, who are expecting their first child together, married in a private ceremony on March 12, after less than a year of dating. And by private we mean they ran off together and didn’t invite anybody to the wedding. 

The “Newsroom” actor made the surprise announcement on Thursday night during a visit to “The Late Late Show with James Corden” ― if you’re gonna do it, do it big ― when the host caught a glance of his wedding ring. 

“We eloped,” Sadoski announced. “We just took off into the country with an officiant and just the two of us, and we did our thing … We had a great day. It was perfect.”

According to Sadoski, the two took Seyfried’s beloved Australian Shepherd, Finn, along for the ride and wrote their own vows, describing the intimate ceremony as “beautiful.”  

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Seyfried and Sadoski first met while working together on an off-Broadway production of “The Way We Get By” in 2015. However, they didn’t start dating until early 2016, as the actress had recently split from her ex-boyfriend of two years, Justin Long. Seyfried and Sadoski later reunited during filming of “The Last Word,” which hit theaters this month.

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Hair Freezing Contest Is Hottest Thing In The Yukon Right Now

Things are pretty chill in Whitehorse, Yukon, in February, where the average temperature rarely exceeds 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

But things can still get heated, thanks to a chilling hair-freezing competition.

The Takhini Hot Pools, which has held the very cool contest every February since 2011, invites hot spring visitors to submit their best frozen hair photos in hopes of winning a first prize of $ 700 in cold hard cash.

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The Hot Pools have offered some tips on how to get that freshly frozen look. 

First, hair freezing is best when done in temperatures -20 Fahrenheit or colder. Any warmer and your hair may take too long to freeze.

Wet your head in the hot springs. Then allow the cold air to freeze your hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes.

People with very long hair should lay it down on the sides of the pool so it freezes in single, long strands.

Keep your ears warm by dipping them into the hot springs, but make sure not to get your hair wet ― that defeats the hair freezing.

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When the hair begins to freeze, mold it into the shape you want.

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The Hot Pools will announce the official winner in March.

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The One Thing You’ve Probably Never Noticed About Prince William

Though you’ve probably seen a million pictures of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, you might’ve missed one important thing missing from the future king of England’s left hand: his wedding ring.  

While Kate wears a gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring with a Welsh gold wedding band, Prince William doesn’t wear one. As pointed out by Business Insider, the Prince didn’t receive one during his 2011 wedding to the Duchess, according to the royal wedding’s official program. 

His aversion to rings was attributed to personal preference, but it’s actually quite common for the British upper class to skip the relatively new custom.

“It is not unusual at all for men from the upper sets in Britain to shun wearing a wedding band,” etiquette expert William Hanson told Harper’s Bazaar. “This is not because of any intentions that they may wish to play away from home once married, but because it was traditionally not the done thing for gentlemen to wear jewellery. Years ago, this even included watches, but even hardened snobs have relaxed on that front.” 

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There’s No Such Thing As ‘Traditionally American’ Music

When asked this week by CNN’s Erin Burnett whether Kanye West would be performing at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremony on Friday, Tom Barrack, the chairman of the presidential inauguration committee, at first offered up a response that seemed suitable enough. 

“We haven’t asked him,” Barrack said. “He’s been great. He considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue.”

Barrack could have stopped there and moved on easily enough. But he didn’t. Instead, Barrack tacked on one more reason that West, who met with the president-elect as recently as December, had not been invited to perform.

“It’s going to be typically and traditionally American,” he said. 

The remark has since provoked swift anger online, as many people interpreted Barrack’s use of the phrase “typically and traditionally American” as little more than racially coded language meant to imply “white,” first and foremost. West, in the way Barrack speaks of him, is not just a representative of hip-hop, but a representation of something standing in opposition to a more homogenous version of America that so many white Americans want to believe existed, but never really did. 

Whatever you think of West and his music, it should not distract you from the fact that the criticism of Barrack is not only correct, but necessary. By making the remarks on CNN, the chairman of Donald Trump’s inauguration committee perpetuated a fundamental misinterpretation of the history of American music.

Simply put, “traditionally American” music doesn’t exist. And for Barrack to imply that such a thing can only be defined by white artists is for him to continue on with one of America’s actual traditions: whitewashing the contributions of African-Americans and other cultures out of American history. 

Whenever the U.S. has come close to a “traditionally American” music, it has almost always come from black America. The banjo, so closely associated with bluegrass, has its origins in West Africa. “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag,” two of America’s most defining tunes, were created by Scott Joplin, a black man. 

Blues, rock and roll, soul and hip-hop all have their roots in black culture, not to mention gospel and R&B. Jazz, that beautifully chaotic and winding musical form, referred to by some as  America’s classical music,” is certainly not what Barrack was thinking of when he referred to “traditionally American” music. For if there has been an American musical tradition, it has been white performers popularizing and profiting from black music, from jazz to Motown, as black musicians turn and create a truly sound different once more. 

In the early 20th century, black contributions to folk music were minimized by white historians to more closely align the sound with the rural white man. Today, in the 21st century, black Americans are struggling to have their contributions to country music ― a genre often seen as just as white as folk ― recognized in much the same way.

Even some of America’s earliest popular songs weren’t American at all. “Barbara Allen,” sung during Colonial times, actually originated in England, as did the tune of the “Star Spangled Banner.” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” one of the most American-seeming songs of all time, was originally sung by the British soldiers before the Revolutionary War as a way to mock the simple-looking Americans. 

In truth, perhaps the only traditionally white American sound was so explicitly racist that few would dare associate with it today. At minstrel shows in the 19th century, Northern white people dressed up in blackface and sang songs like “Zip Coon” and “Oh Susanna” while mocking black people and black music their characters were based on. The music became popular — so much so that in a sick turn, black Americans felt compelled to eventually impersonate white Americans’ humiliating impersonations of them for a chance at success in the entertainment industry. 

The history of music in America is much like the history of America itself. It is shameful, chaotic, messy and confusing. And somehow, simultaneously, it is rich, creative, energetic and intertwined, too. It is a pot of culture, constantly melting together to create something thats fights against tradition, and, from time to time, creates something new.

But make no mistake: There is no such thing as traditional American music. And to believe there ever has been is to misinterpret what it is that makes America great. 

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Now is the Time: Do the Next, Right Thing

We will make only one choice.

Throughout our lives, we do only one thing. Again and again, moment by moment, year after year. It is how we live our days, how we shape our lives.

Our choice is this: What is the next, right thing for us to do? Where, in this moment, will we place our time, our care, our attention? Do we remain as we are, do we move? do we speak or keep silent, attend to this person, or that task, or turn away, in this direction, or that?

Each new moment demands a fresh choice.

after every decision, there is yet another to be made. And another. Ours are not so often obviously dramatic choices. We are rarely called upon to know the time to change careers, the day to get married, the hour to leave the city of our birth. Most choices are small, quiet, intimate things that flow from us as a breath, as water exhaled from a mountain spring. Endless, simple, one by one thimbles of water tumble into the next, creating the smallest trickles playing this way and that. Still. Over time, with neither map nor plan – through surprising twists, curving around unforeseen obstacles-mere droplets of water will always invariably find their way down, down, through the valley, completing their pilgrimage at last to become one, an ancient and familiar melting, into the sea, from which it came.

At every point of resistance, any threat of change, our tiny stream makes a choice: To go right or left? Over or around? Or it may just stop, right where it is. Without moving, our stream becomes a shallow pool, creates a slowly growing fullness, waiting. Waiting for that singularly perfect moment when the only possible next thing is to spill itself out and over, stumbling and rushing everywhere along its way.

The stream knows nothing of what lies ahead. It is not conscious of planning for any possible future. It is simply following the path of least resistance, motivated by gravity. Still, how does the water “decide” to go right, or left, when approaching a boulder, a fallen tree? And yet, a choice is made. Inch by inch, the water does the next, right thing, perhaps encountering tiny rivulets or flowing creeks along the way. By the end of the journey, if we look back, we witness the gradual, evolving birth of what we now realize has, drop by drop, choice by choice, become a stream.

A stream is little more than an ongoing fidelity, a consecrated relationship. A never-ending conversation between water, gravity, earth, overcoming obstacles, in a relationship born over time, which gives birth to this astonishing miracle we then call, “stream.” This ancient, elemental rhythm between water and earth creates all the streams that saturate all the seas that cover all the world.

So it is with our lives. The only choice we ever make is one called out from us by a similarly vital inner gravity, an invisible thread that carries our life forward, until our life – this one wild and precious life, meets the world. In all its wonder and promise, in all its ferocity and confusion. Just as it is.

So. We must prepare. We will make choices. If fortune smiles upon us we will make good, honorable, strong choices. But every decision we make, no matter how small, shapes the ground of our being. Each choice helps form the foundation upon which we stand, and live, and act.

This is our field of battle: Here, who we are meets what is in the world. This essential, heroic relationship, this intimate communion between the quiet wisdom of our hearts, and the ways the world emerges, moment by moment, right before our eyes becomes our most reliable tool, our most potent weapon, our true north, a lifelong practice of deep and holy listening for that very next, right thing we will – make no mistake – absolutely, and sooner than we imagine, be required to choose.

Our lives hang in the balance. Surely, goodness and mercy will follow us all.

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You Should Never Wear Thumb Rings. It’s A Juju Thing.

In his book “Mystic’s Musings“, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has warned women to never wear any metal rings on their thumbs as it “will lead to attracting occult forms”.

Sadhguru, a name which means uneducated guru, is an Enlightened Yogi, Mystic, Humanitarian, New York Times Bestselling Author, and more than likely a genius.

So as much as I am a long term fan of fashion guru and thumb ring advocate, Rachel Zoe, (I love receiving her quarterly Box of Style and fashion advice via The Zoe Report) I am going to have to draw the line here.

Rachel is even quoted as saying “why are you asking me if I’ve read a book“. I’ve read the book, Rachel, it’s now up to you to stop just accessorising with gay abandon and enlighten your fashion followers!

Sadhguru and Rachel Zoe both share an affinity for snake jewelry. Spiritual seekers and Isha meditators can buy copper snake rings from Isha Shoppe USA to be worn only on the ring finger. Rachel Zoe has always adorned snake jewelry and encourages followers to stack, mix metals and wear snake rings on their thumbs on her website. Let’s see if she is boho enough to swap her over the top 6 carat bezel cut diamond wedding ring for a hand crafted consecrated copper snake ring which can be purchased for only US$ 8. That would be bananas.

Are 7 Of My Favourite Celebrities Accidentally Attracting Bad Juju?

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What’s The Best Thing The Duchess Of Cambridge Wore This Year?

The Duchess of Cambridge had quite a year. She worked to end stigma surrounding mental illness, showed off her photography chops, hiked a huge mountain in Bhutan without a visible trace of sweat, hung out with the Obamas, guest edited The Huffington Post, wore tiaras, shopped at a thrift store, took a selfie with Serena Williams… the list goes on. 

As usual, the former Kate Middleton did it all with the utmost style and poise. We should know, as we’ve spent many an hour this year tracking her every move

It’s difficult to choose a favorite between the many dresses she wore (and re-wore) in 2016, so we’ve laid out our top 11 for you to choose from. We’re partial to the white Self Portrait gown, but that’s likely because we now know Kate has at least one item in her closet that none other than Paris Hilton has in hers. 

Take a look and pick your favorite below. 

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About This Book He Was The Only Thing Keeping Her Alive! ©2015 by Raymond Cook is a 286 page (Slight Erotic Content) story about Seth and Susan Anderson, a couple who lived in San Antonio, Texas in 1899 after joining a wagon train in Independence, Illinois. The couple ran one of the towns many cafés serving food to town folks and ranch hands. But their marriage was doomed from the start. Seth liked his whiskey and the card tables in the many saloons in San Antonio. But it wasn’t an argument over a card game that caused Seth’s death. Not only did he like to get drunk and gamble away the couple’s savings but he also liked women. When a gal who worked at a bakery confessed to her husband her infidelity, it didn’t take the angry husband long to find Seth. After a few short curses and threats Seth lay dead on the saloon floor. With her husband now dead, Susan struggled for the next three years to keep her small café running, working long hours before heading back to a small one room shack the couple called home behind the cafe. When a letter arrives for Seth, Susan found the letter in her mailbox. She discovers she’s now the sole heiress to ½ ownership of The Danbury Gold Mine, worth millions in Billings, Montana, left to her by her husband’s distant uncle, who she and her husband had barely knew. But in order to claim her inheritance, Susan must travel from San Antonio, Texas to Montana within one year. The problem is, her uncle’s partner, Spencer Danbury will claim ownership of the entire gold mine if she fails to collect her inheritance within the deadline. Spencer will do everything he can to stop her from reaching Billing’s alive. A gunfighter saves Susan’s life and she hires him to get her safely to Billings and they fall in love.

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This Thing In You

will not take no for an answer.

This that somehow
shines strong
beneath the heavy hard hurry
of your conveniently
noisy life. This shapeless

something that shows up
everywhere –
even when you forget
to notice.

It does not
understand safe
or sensible, will not let you
get away with half
hearted, lifeless
lies.

It’s that wordless
something
that does not know how
to be quiet. It will continue knocking
until you throw open
the door. Until you become –

Ablaze. Awake. Madly in love.

The dazzling artist
of your own
wild life.

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Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Finally Explain That Obama Sex Thing

God bless Andy Cohen for finally getting John Legend and Chrissy Teigen to explain the connection between Obama and their sex life. 

Last year, the two were walking a red carpet and asked by Extra about the “most public place” they’ve ever done it. Never one to hold back, Teigen simply replied, “Probably the Obama thing” before laughing and leaving a shocked and speechless Legend by himself. 

When the couple stopped by “Watch What Happens Live” on Wednesday, Cohen asked them to describe that “Obama thing.” 

“It wasn’t at the White House, to be clear,” Legend said. “It was at a campaign event that we happened to be at.” 

Legend and Teigen revealed that the encounter took place in a bathroom, though they couldn’t agree if it was a public or private.  

When the Bravo host tried to compliment the couple on their amazing sex life ― especially after being together for nearly a decade ― Legend and Teigen chimed with a hilariously self-deprecating response.  

“This was 2008, by the way ― let’s not get 10 years of credit,” the singer said to laughs, while Chrissy added, “This was a long time ago.”

Watch them dish about their recent hookups (cough, Fred Segal, cough) in the clip above. 

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Aziz Ansari Just Said The Sweetest Thing About His Parents

Aziz Ansari’s real parents, Shoukath and Fatima, are in Master of None, his new Netflix comedy show. Actually some might say they are stealing the show, in a good way, of course! Yesterday, Aziz, 32, took to Facebook with this sweet post about his dad. Can we have an “awwww,” please?

 

 

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Go ahead, parents, send this one to your kids!

 

Check out Aziz Ansari on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon talking about Master of None.

 

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The One Thing Bill Maher Loves About Donald Trump

On “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday night, Maher led a panel discussion about the Republican presidential candidates’ greatest weaknesses, inspired by the question that opened the GOP debate Wednesday. 

While Maher has expressed clearly negative feelings about Trump in the past, he did reveal one thing he appreciates about the candidate.

“Trump [was] the only guy who was honest,” Maher said to his panelists. “He said, ‘I don’t forgive.’ I love Trump for that. He’s like, I don’t forgive. You fuck with me, I’m Vito Corleone, I will follow you back to Italy. I will find you in your old age and I will stick a knife in your stomach.'”

Back in September, Maher called out Trump’s ignorant comments about undocumented workers by channeling him in a segment jokingly telling Americans to rally against Australians “taking” our jobs. 

“Australia is not sending us its best people,” he said. “They’re bringing drugs — yes, enough for everybody, but still — they’re rapists — OK, not rapists, but they do a lot of fucking — and I assume some are good people.”

Sigh. It’s not too surprising that Maher had trouble finding something about Trump to like.

 

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The Touching Thing This 5-Year-Old Did After Losing Her Dad To Cancer

A Wisconsin preschooler celebrated her fifth birthday with a special tribute to her father, who died of cancer. 

Olesia Clark was 2 years old when her dad Kyle passed away in December 2012 after a 17-month battle with brain cancer, her mom Elizabeth told The Huffington Post. 

“Olesia and Kyle were very close,” Clark said. “They spent a lot of time hanging out, going for long walks and reading books. He even took her to the gym with him where he worked part-time where she would sit behind the desk with him to greet clients.”

Around the time school ended last year, Olesia asked her mom if she could cut her hair and give it to kids who have cancer. When Clark asked her daughter why she wanted to do that, “she said that a friend from her class had done it and that she thought it was a really good thing to do,” the mom said. 

As Olesia and her mom were starting to plan her fifth birthday party, they decided that would be the perfect time to make the hair donation. On July 18, Clark’s stylist friend Tracie came to their house, and cut off 12 inches of Olesia’s hair to donate to Wigs for Kids.

Though the little girl “seemed a little nervous,” her mom said Olesia’s face “lit up” in excitement when Tracie handed her the freshly cut ponytail.  ”It was a really hot and humid day so when her new cut and style was complete, she kept running her fingers through it telling me that it felt ‘so cool.'” Clark said.

Olesia then celebrated her fifth birthday with friends and family, but instead of opening traditional birthday gifts she asked guests to make donations to the Aurora Health Care Foundation to support neuro-oncology research at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. 

The donations in lieu of presents idea was a suggestion from Olesia’s mom. “I asked her, ‘Would you like to ask for birthday gifts for your birthday like you do every year or since you are going to be donating your hair, would you also like to ask your friends to make donations to help people like your daddy instead of bringing gifts?'” Clark told HuffPost. “Without hesitation, her response was, ‘I want to help people like my daddy!'”

Clark said Olesia still cherishes her memories of her father. “The thing that she remembers most about him is how much fun they used to have together,” the mom said. “He was a really funny guy and she remembers that he was really funny and made her smile a lot, even when he was in the hospital.”

The mom also believes Olesia’s selflessness is making her dad very proud. “He was always proud of her, from the time she took her first breath until the time he took his last. There is not a doubt in my mind that he’s up there in Heaven, smiling down on her with pride at this very moment,” she said.

Clark hopes her family’s story will raise awareness and inspire people to donate to brain cancer research. She also hopes Olesia can inspire other people who have lost loved ones to cancer to get their children involved in the cause. 

“Olesia went through a lot when her dad died and still struggles with the aftermath of losing a parent. Making the decisions to cut her hair and then to collect donations instead of birthday presents gave her a new sense of healing from her experiences,” the mom said. “It opened up an opportunity for her to talk about her dad and help others in the process. And she didn’t miss the presents at all — in fact, she still looks for donation notifications in the mail every day in hopes that more people are giving.”

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ICYMI: Denim Yoga Pants Are Totally a Thing

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The athleisure trend just got way more real. We’re talking yoga jeans real. Allow us to explain:

Uniqlo now offers “denim yoga pants” for $ 40 that are billed as super-stretchy. And while the majority of standard skinny jeans offer a lot of give-and-take, it appears that this pair is more resilient than your average stovepipes, with a fabric breakdown showing the yoga style contains more polyester and nylon than standard jeans (the yoga style clocks in at around 66 percet cotton, versus 92 percent for the regular guys).

A writer at The Guardian test-drove a pair and concluded that while the pants felt tight around the knee during certain poses, the amount of time they saved pre- and post-workout might counterbalance any pinch (she wore them straight into her lunchtime yoga class and said they’re “jeanlike enough to pass on the street”). The hybrid is no surprise—millennials have ensured that athleisure isn’t going anywhere, and fitness brands are starting to develop pieces that are more real-world-friendly, with new fabrications that look chic in and out of the gym.

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Uniqlo’s denim yoga pants, $ 40, uniqlo.com

So, the million-dollar question: Did Uniqlo really intend for shoppers to be rocking the skinnies in Downward Dog? The brand told Glamour that the name is a playful nod to the pants’ stretch, as well as the recovery that keeps the knees from stretching out and becoming baggy. And while there was no Vinyasa as part of the research and development, a design team member did happily wear the pants to play soccer.

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10 Reasons Why Having Your Campaign Poster Photo-Shopped Is A Good Thing

It’s election time in Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada has a new look for their campaign posters. They’ve been getting a lot of attention, particularly this modification of the candidate for Quebec’s LaSalle-Émard-Verdun riding’s poster, David Lametti.

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Yup, that’s the Klingon leader Gowron, the son of M’Rel and the leader of the Klingon Empire. Quite the comparison!

Lametti’s been having fun with the attention this has been getting (the man who first created the poster even has a twitter handle: @liberalgowron), and so I thought I’d ask him, in the vein of David Letterman, to give us his Top 10 Reasons Why Having Your Campaign Poster Photo-Shopped is a Good thing. Here are his answers:

10. The photo-shopped posters create dialogue. People are talking about our posters, and the Liberals invite debate, discussion and dialogue.

9. People are more creative with our posters than with the other parties. Our posters are not bland, they stand out. With that we get people who will either love them or hate them, and people are at least being creative and interactive with the liberal posters, instead of just ignoring them like the NDP or Conservative ones.

8. The humour decreases the intensity of the poster. Some people have commented that the posters look too intense. I don’t agree with that, but having some fun with them certainly balances that out.

7. Having more and better hair than I’ve had before.

6. Free publicity. Thanks @liberalgowron

5. It shows that the Liberal team has a sense of humour. We take this in stride and laugh about it.

4. Ups Canada’s potential for a strategic alliance with the Romulans.

3. My former students would say I’m a tough marker but at least I’m not a Klingon.

2. Comic con’s been calling.

1. I’d still vote for a Klingon over Prime Minister Harper.

Maybe he’ll live long and prosper.

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Used – Essentially it’s just a little collection of microchips in a plastic case, but in a few short years the iPod has become the quintessential accessory for music fans everywhere. It’s the defining symbol of the role advancing technologies play in every aspect of our lives. In “The Perfect Thing”, Steven Levy traces the roots of the download phenomenon with Napster and MP3.com, the seismic shockwaves sent through the music industry around the globe by the burgeoning popularity of internet fil

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Terrified of Your Necklaces? Jewelry Phobia Is a Real Thing

Loud statement jewelry isn’t everyone’s thing, but an actual fear of necklaces, earrings, and the like? C’mon man—you’ve got to be kidding, right? Turns out the struggle is real, with a small group of people experiencing a true phobia known as kosmemophobia.

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The most noticeable victim is NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr., who talked to ESPN about the issue while discussing his recent engagement.

“Jewelry grosses me out; it just freaks me out. I don’t really like being around it,” he explained. “Everyone thought I was making it up as some excuse not to get married, [but] it just kind of grosses me out, always has. It’s one of those things. Some people it’s snakes or spiders or whatever, but for me it’s jewelry.”

Crazy, right? He said he told his now-fiancee that she could wear her wedding ring every day once they got married but that fans will notice she doesn’t wear much jewelry otherwise (as “a favor” to him).


The condition isn’t very widespread—there’s not a lot of official scientific work published on it, but there is a Facebook page for fellow phobes. The page has collected a little over 200 likes, and a perusal of comments shows people from all over expressing gratitude at having found others like them. Last month, a commenter named Tammy wrote “I have always had this phobia and only just recently looked it up and found out that I am not the only one!” (the moderator responded to say that most other group members also had similar experiences, of feeling alone and getting tired of being on the receiving end of confusion or skepticism).

A thoughtful LiveJournal entry from someone who experiences jewelry-fear explains that certain pieces rank differently in the scale of repulsion (for the writer, earrings are a “minor annoyance” and necklaces are the worst).

I can’t stand to look at you, much less touch you, and I will be uncomfortable being anywhere near you. I will avoid you, even in dialogue, until you go away. Even feeling your breath would likely urge me to go wash my face. Roughly half the time I visit a bathroom, which would be frequently enough without this, is for the purpose to simply wash myself, and that is often due to a kosmemophobic reaction.

If you’re getting shades of OCD, it could be because some think the two are linked. A post on some of the world’s most famous people with OCD included Nikola Tesla, the inventor who inspired the naming of Elon Musk’s car company. Tesla was said to have a fear of round objects, particularly women’s jewelry, and avoided shaking hands upon introductions. Interesting, huh?

Another rare phobia? An intense fear of cheese.

Now get to know Iris Apfel, a woman certainly does not have a fear of jewelry:



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The Bridal Shower: How (On Earth) Is THIS Still A Thing?

Ever since I started watching comedian John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” on HBO, I’ve been yearning to write this piece. I know it’s another, “WTF? If you write that, you will probably lose a few friends” kind of piece (see 17 Things Not To Say To A Friend With Breast Cancer) but I’m taking the plunge anyway. It’s got to be the cancer. I think it’s making me bold.

John Oliver does a great segment called, How Is THIS Still A Thing? If you’ve never watched Mr. Oliver, you may want to check it out — perhaps start with this one about the Commonwealth Games. From the moment I started laughing hysterically over this three-minute video: Daylight Saving Time: How is This Still A Thing? I was hooked.

Immediately, I started thinking of my own “How Is This Still A Thing?” scenarios. The bridal shower was the first thing that came to mind. I took notes. I started writing. I asked around. I found that no one — young, old or in between, really liked attending a bridal shower, but I was still too much of a wus to write the piece. My friend’s daughter was engaged. Might there be a bridal shower in my future? Might I be giving the bridal shower?

But now my friend’s daughter’s is on her honeymoon, there was (gratefully) no bridal shower, and I am safe (I think) to tell it as I see it.

If you are like me, you’ve probably been invited to a wedding (or eight) this summer, right?

You are, of course, appropriately thrilled for the couple. Weddings are awesome, so you had no problem reserving, say, your last three-day weekend of the summer — to travel to Detroit for the festivities. You “happily” also spent last weekend (the really beautiful one) traveling to the engagement party in Nowheresville, Illinois.

So when the evite comes from Aunt Rose, even though no travel is required, if you are like me (hopefully you are nicer), maybe this is the first thing that runs through your mind:

“Really, what the F$ $ k could they possibly want with me now?”

And then you realize that, of course … they want you to attend the bridal shower!

And maybe you think, “Really? Is there yet another gift giving opportunity that requires my butt to be somewhere other than a beach chair on a beautiful Sunday afternoon?”

So what’s the deal with the bridal shower?

According to Miss Abigail, the custom goes back a long way — it grew out of dowry practice. Legend has it that in the early 1800s, a beautiful Dutch girl gave her heart to a very poor, but very good-hearted, village miller.

Everyone in the town loved and was happy for the couple … everyone except for the girl’s very mean father, who insisted that the girl not marry the miller, but instead marry a very rich, fat, old, ugly guy. If she married for true love, her father threatened, she would lose her dowry.

So the people from the village each thought of a gift they could contribute to the couple to make up a dowry, so she could marry for love. They “showered” her with gifts, giving her a finer dowry than her father ever could! True love prevailed, and the bridal “shower” tradition was born.

Happy story right?

But none of this makes sense any more. Today, bridal showers are totally superfluous and “mostly joyless” (a recent description from my good friend who attended one the other day) events. It’s not about the love — it’s just about getting more “stuff.” It’s passé, defunct, it’s totally lame.

None of the brides I know have dowries. They have jobs. Many of them damn good ones. They can afford lots of stuff on their own, and most receive a slew of lovely things as engagement and wedding gifts. Do they really need more?

Other than the mother of the bride, and perhaps the bride herself (after all, it is her turn — she had to suffer through her friends’ showers) no one really wants to be there. Because why would anyone want to be inside from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on a beautiful Saturday in May watching a fully grown adult open gifts?

All of the brides I know have been living on their own for years — with their partners, or with girlfriends, or on their own. They have matching wine glasses, nicer underwear, and a better Nespresso machine than I do.

So Really, how is this still a thing?

How many occasions do we need to talk, eat, drink and gather together to honor the bride? The wedding, the engagement party, and for the young ones — the bachelorette party … isn’t that enough of a commitment of both time and money?

Does anyone really want to play a “get to know you game?”

Does any adult really want to sit around and watch another adult awkwardly open gifts?

“OMG a Scan Pan? How did you know?”

“Um … because you registered for it?” When did this not become the tackiest thing ever?

Is there such a thing as an “awesome” bridal shower? I don’t think there is enough alcohol in the world…

So, Mr. Oliver, please — take this on. Because, really, Bridal showers? How is THIS still a thing?

P.S. I probably don’t have to worry about getting invited to many bridal showers in the future, but if by chance the invitation was in the mail when this post was published (I am so screwed) … I was JK about all this. I’d love to attend. Where did you say the bride registered?

 

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Yes, ‘Love Weight’ Is A Real Thing

If you find yourself gaining weight once you’re in a relationship, you’re not alone. A recent study that compared the body mass indexes of singles to spouses found that, on average, coupled people had higher BMIs than people who were single.

Scientists from across Europe analyzed data from over 10,000 people in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain and the U.K. They found that while the average single man had a BMI of 25.7, the average married man had a BMI of 26.3. The average single lady had a BMI of 25.1, while the average married woman had a BMI of 25.6.

For reference, a BMI of 25 or higher is considered overweight; a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

The study doesn’t explain why there are weight differences between married and single people, but lead author Jutta Matta of the University of Basel said that her findings did support what scientists called the “Marriage Market Hypothesis.” That is, once you’ve found a mate and are “off the market,” there’s less incentive for you to invest in your looks by keeping your weight down. For instance, said Matta, in countries with high divorce rates, married people have lower BMIs than married people in countries with a low divorce rate. Perhaps this is because those who live in a high-divorce culture understand that there’s a higher chance they’ll return to the “marriage market.”

Counterintuitively, marrieds reported buying more organic and fair trade food, as well as more local and unprocessed food, compared to singles. That means they were probably eating healthier meals or at least eating more consciously than singles, but the better diet didn’t translate into healthier weight, on average.

Part of it may have to do with the fact that husbands reported doing less exercise than single men, Matta said. It could also be because marrieds, on average, said that they paid less attention to the amount of fat in their food as well as their own body weights.

Previous research, most notably a smaller 2013 study, found that the happier a couple was, the more weight spouses gained in the first years of their marriage.

A few extra pounds doesn’t mean there’s anything unhealthy about marriage. Quite the opposite, in fact: a large body of evidence supports the conclusion that marriage is linked to many health benefits (which makes the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on gay marriage all the more exciting). Happily married people are more likely to live longer, have overall better health, have stronger bones and are less likely to have heart attacks.

Matta advises couples who struggle with their weight to take advantage of the fact that they have someone with whom they can share resources and goals. In most instances, married couples have more resources than single people, which they can use toward a shared goal of healthier habits, she concluded.

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White Girl Tries To Sell Drugs To Cops, Proves White Privilege Is A Thing

What does a white girl gotta do to get arrested around here??

Comedian Jessie Kahnweiler wanted to know if she would get preferential treatment from the police simply for being a white woman. The results are hilarious — and frightening.

Kahnweiler pretty brilliantly shows how a funny, bubbly white girl can get away with a lot more things around police than, say, a black or hispanic person might be able to.

In one particularly crazy moment, Kahnweiler tries to sell two officers her leftover depression medication. They tell her she’d be committing a crime, and then let her go on her merry way when she apologizes and claims ignorance. So if you commit a crime, just say sorry and feign ignorance? Cool, got it.

That’s the lesson here, non-white people. When police stop you for doing nothing at all, just apologize for being a law-abiding citizen.

SO SIMPLE!

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Looking for ‘The Real Thing’? Find Someone Comfortable

Ask him for a date, or let him pursue you? Respond to the text immediately, or let her wait? Tell him you love him, or stay mum until he says it first?

The early days of a relationship are thrilling, but also stressful. That heavenly new-love high can feel pretty precarious, as if one false move could unravel the whole thing.

So, you plot and plan and strategize — discussing every move with a panel of your 12 closest friends. In some ways, that’s part of the fun, but a new book by Washington Post reporter Ellen McCarthy says it’s probably a waste of time.

McCarthy was the Post’s wedding reporter for four years — a gig she landed on the very day she and a former boyfriend broke up. McCarthy thought that covering weddings while heartbroken would be torture, but she discovered that it actually inspired her.

“All of these people — young, rich, poor, plain, beautiful, sophisticated, and simple — they’d all found someone. I was reminded again and again that love happens every day, in all kind of ways, to all kinds of people,” she writes in her terrific new book, The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter’s Notebook.

By investigating real relationships rather than the ones in rom-coms or dating guides, she discovered that a lot of conventional wisdom about romance didn’t jibe with her fieldwork.

For example, we all love a good origin story, those tales of lovers whom fate brought together through snowstorms or missed trains. But McCarthy says that people who meet in less goosebump-inspiring ways, like online dating, are just as likely to have high-quality relationships.

“All of the couples who got together with a little help from technology feel the same sense of fate as couples who met while serving in the Peace Corps mission or while sharing a wall as next-door neighbors,” writes McCarthy, who estimates that 35 to 40 percent of the couples who apply to be featured in her column met online.

McCarthy also discovered that the happiest relationships didn’t require obedience to antiquated dating maxims:

One of the things I’ve heard over and over again from couples describing what was different when they met ‘the One’ was that for the first time, they didn’t feel like they were in the middle of a romantic chess match. There was no guessing whether or not the other person was interested. They didn’t worry about ‘the rules’ on how long to wait before calling or setting up the next date. The whole thing felt relaxed and transparent, not fraught with the typical ‘Does he or she like me?’ anxiety.

In fact, McCarthy often stumped college classes when she asked them to guess the most common word she heard when couples described their relationships. It wasn’t “love,” “laughter” or “chemistry” — it was “comfortable,” a word 70 to 80 percent of her couples used.

The students thought this sounded like a drag, but I think it’s great news. “Comfortable” doesn’t mean you aren’t also counting down the seconds until you can see your beloved again. It just means that when you find the right fit, you probably won’t have to stress about the precise wording of your latest text — or spend much time decoding his or hers. If he says he’s going to be late because he got stuck in a meeting at work, that means he’s going to be late because he got stuck in a meeting at work.

In other words, winning someone’s heart doesn’t require employing a lot of complicated schemes. You’re more likely to find lifelong love by listening to your instincts and sticking with what works. That might be bad news for those who earn their living peddling strategies and tricks, but it’s great news for everyone else.

Sara Eckel is the author of It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single. You can get a free bonus chapter of her book at saraeckel.com. You can also find her onTwitter and Facebook.

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First Nighter: Emily Schwend’s ‘The Other Thing,’ Melissa Ross’ ‘Nice Girl’ on Nice Women or Otherwise

Sometimes at the theater, the women wrest it from the men — not quite that often, but sometimes. This is one of those weeks. I’m talking about The Other Thing, written by Emily Schwend and directed by Lucie Tiberghien, at Second Stage’s McGinn/Cazale Theatre Uptown, and Nice Girl, written by Melissa Ross and directed by Mimi O’Donnell, at Labyrinth’s current Bank Street Theatre home. It’s a rare combination of women helming works by women, but it’s just happened.

The Other Thing has another rare attribute in that it’s a ghost story for the stage. Or is it? Kim (Samantha Soule) is interviewing Carl (John Doman) on a subject about which she’s become obsessed: ghost-hunting. She listens to him describe his adventures for some time, also encountering his son Brady (James Kautz). She’s benignly taking notes and recording right up until something unexpected and intensely theatrical occurs that puts a jarring end to the first act.

At that point Kim — it could be Samantha Soule as herself — enters from the side, waving hello to someone or someones in the audience and says she’s going to tell a genuine ghost story. She starts talking about a little girl who unfortunately is witness to her mother’s murder. What she has to say begins to sound as if it might be connected to the first-act development.

When she’s completed the story, the next act begins with Kim in her bedroom where estranged boyfriend, Thomas (Bhavesh Patel), turns up to affect a reconciliation. (He still had keys.) Although Kim eventually acquiesces, she seems to be taken over by some unexplained force for a brief time. Then and suddenly, something like the incident that ended the first act takes place.

That’s when what has slowly been suggested about Kim — her own experiences with ghosts and how they’ve affected her — speeds up. As young Brady arrives to challenge Kim’s account of her visit to his dad and its abrupt conclusion, playwright Schwend reveals her preoccupation with ghosts more clearly. The hints — okay, they’re stronger than hints — are that the bodies piling up have more to do with Kim than she owns.

Ultimately, Schwend does let on what’s happening. Indeed, before she finishes her ghost story, she may have over-explained herself. What she has to confide about Kim and the relationship to her deceased(?) mother may be more than a savvy audience needs to learn, since they’ve already correctly figured it out.

What Schwend wants to establish about ghost proliferation — that more often than not their apparent appearance can be traced to emotional conflicts — is persuasive, and she has fun presenting her case on Kris Stone’s adaptable set. With the cast doing their utmost, under Tiberghien’s guidance to raise the play’s scare barometer, she keeps the play’s engine purring.

At the same time, and underlying her storyline, is the suggestion that unresolvable animosity between the sexes is rampant. As audience members exit the theater, they may be wondering whether that eternal man-woman anger isn’t something the playwright is working out for herself or on behalf of women friends. Whether or not, Schwend has conjured a rootin’-tootin’ escapade.

There’s no doubting that Ross’s Nice Girl has the appropriate title. Josephine (Diane Davis) is definitely a nice girl — not that she can always resist the temptation to swap sarcasms with habitually disapproving mother Francine (Kathryn Kates) in the modest David Meyer-designed home they share.

Josephine is getting closer to 40 than she’d like without being married, while feigning-illness Francine is wavering, at best, on the prospect of Josephine’s tying the knot with an eligible man. That man — former classmate, Donny (Nick Cordero) — turns up not too long after Josephine has run into him at his butcher shop and later that night encounters him again at a local nightclub where office pal, the fast-moving co-worker Sherry (Liv Rooth), has dragged her.

Apparently no longer married to his high school sweetheart, Donny turns out to be as nice a guy as Josephine is a nice girl — although there is a complication involving Sherry. As Josephine and Donny renew their friendship, they begin to show signs of having a future together, not that Francine doesn’t lodge objections and not that those objections don’t carry more weight with Josephine, despite the breakthroughs she and Donny make with each other. The respective honesty about their own failings is one of the strongest of dramatist Ross’s attractions.

Ross is writing about people who live their lives in quiet desperation around the kitchen table, on the front-porch swing, at their workaday jobs and during their unrewarding pastimes. She does a commendable job of capturing the plights of people who don’t expect happiness but are willing to settle for the best they think they can get. In this, she not only includes Josephine and Francine but Donny and Sherry as well. Making her melancholy point(s), she’s aided by her cast and director O’Donnell, who couldn’t be more sympathetic to the potentially deleterious effects of niceness.

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Breast-Milk Facials Are Now a Thing

Human breast milk from a stranger, on your face? Sounds gross. Or at the very least, gimmicky.

But hey, we reasoned: We’re progressive. Plus, the number one tip for clearing up baby acne is to dab on a little “liquid gold,” as new mothers call it.

At Mud Facial Bar, we ordered the “Breathe” facial ($ 40) with a breast-milk add-on ($ 10) and lay back in the aesthetician’s chair with an open mind.

Here’s what happened next.

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

Just hug.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rocketing Skyward: Navigating This Thing Called ‘Life’

I’m not sure how you all are feeling, but just gotta say the last few weeks have brought some seriously interesting times. I’m not one to follow astrology, but according to those that do, May 4 and the Scorpio moon has basically brought down the house (or houses as they say). I looked up at the moon that night and it was absolutely stunning — sultry burnt orange-yellow perfection! And the Giants won with Bumgarner at the helm — what more could you want? The Warriors? Ah, yes, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

At that point, astrology follower or not, it was clear something beyond normal comprehension was about to occur. For me, that became fact and a quick step down memory lane — did I ask for that? Mmm, perhaps but definitely didn’t see it coming, if you know what I mean. Sunday apparently brought a new moon in Taurus — my particular sign, and I suppose not being a genius in this area, what I’d call movement similar to a heat sinking missile, or 20 as the case was.

The fact is that things in life do happen in a sequence we strive to understand. We can do so under the auspices of religion, astrology, spirituality and even the absence of anything — although I do not recommend that particular path. For some of us, the last two weeks have brought a reckoning with the past, present and future in a way we’d prefer not to address in such rapid-fire succession. For me personally, I’ve pleaded for time, for space, for air. We cannot be asked to decide proper course when the world reigns down on us in this kind of fashion. To settle, to sit, to find calm in a storm is hard. It can even feel life threatening — the air goes out of the room. I wrote recently that one of the hardest things to do in life is to wait, to be patient, and to sit in absolute faith that forces bigger than us know better and will help to place puzzle pieces we cannot position ourselves. That is the definition of courage.

I was shot out of the barrel a brazenly determined athlete, and this approach to life meant pushing beyond measure, never letting up. I am essentially Tom Cruise (in girl’s clothing) in Top Gun. Sitting and waiting for anything in life seems horridly wrong, just until the point life serves up a challenge I seemingly can’t handle. As you well know, catastrophic events are intentioned for us to learn, and to grow. Nearly losing my life in January was one of many particular challenges life served up to grow, to become better than I otherwise was, and for a particular purpose. Learning not to abandon oneself or one’s wing men (or women) in life is a darn hard lesson to learn — especially for self-sacrificing, selfless ones despite what it seems on the surface — it is a matter of pride. For someone like me to sit and wait and rely on something I cannot comprehend seems unfathomable, but is precisely what was and is required. I’d prefer to shove pieces into place. Do you know this feeling? Somehow, quite certain that you do — control freaks most of us are.

The reality is life is a dance of effort balanced with patience and trust. When I nearly lost my life, I promised myself I’d strive for simple balance. I recently took up surfing in extremely cold waters just to give myself a reality check in this department. Go the distance with yourself and grow in ways you don’t think are possible. If patience is your problem, like me, challenge yourself to find and trust it. If you can’t get up and go, then you know what you must do — just do it. Come on, we’re all in on this thing called life, and in viewing our strengths and weaknesses with blatant honesty we’ll grow and be the ones we were asked to be. Show up and do what you must.

In closing, an in summation for the last two weeks and forevermore,

Mr. McCartney said it best (I edited for a few key phrases):

With a little luck, we can help it out. We can make this whole damn thing work out. With a little love, we can lay it down. There is no end to what we can do together. There can be no misunderstanding. There is no end to what we can do together. There is no end. The willow turns his back on inclement weather. We can do it, just me and you. With a little push, we could set it off. We can send it rocketing skywards. With a little love, we could shake it up. Don’t you feel the comet exploding? With a little luck, a little luck, a little luck.

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

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

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

1. Serve the world by living your purpose

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

Consider this powerful quote by Marianne Williamson:

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

2. Empower people by being confident

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

3. Stop the gossip. Stop the complaints.

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

4. Balance of gentleness and firmness

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

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

5. Keep promises made to yourself

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

6. Nourish and celebrate yourself

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

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

7. Have integrity with the people who surround you

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

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

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

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11 One-Liners That Accurately Sum Up The Whole Marriage Thing

Marriage means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Still, there are certain day-to-day similarities that couples can generally relate to.

We recently turned to Twitter to find some of the most hilariously accurate things said about marriage. The response was so great that we decided to do another roundup with witty commentary from our readers. See how they summed up marriage below:

1. “Marriage is basically like having a grown child who you’re constantly having to find things for — shoes, wallet, keys, contacts.”Ciara Hill

2. “Marriage is being pretty damn sure you could identify your husband in a pitch black room by his farts alone.” Laura Looch

3. “Marriage is when you eat food and ask, ‘Do you want some?’ but you’re hoping they’ll say no.” Gary Casper Muirhead

4.“Marriage is kissing your kid goodnight before your spouse and racing downstairs to get to the remote first.”Melissa Waldron

5. “Marriage is seeing who can pretend to be asleep longest when a kid or pet wants something.”Christine Wiedeman Summers

6. “Marriage is basically trying to remember when the other gets a haircut so you don’t forget to tell them it looks nice, even if it looks the same.” Paige Smith Radley

7. “Marriage is listening to your spouse tell the same joke to different people and trying to act amused every time.”Kathleen Snow

8. “Marriage is staying up late by yourself binge-watching Netflix while they snore loudly in the other room.”Mary Kathryn Elizabeth Drain

9. “Marriage is a partnership — she finds the bugs and I have to kill them.” Scott King

10. “Marriage is being able to say ‘go get your own ice cream’ and not really feeling bad about not sharing.” Whitney Van Zyl

11. “Marriage is basically stating very quickly all the things that you want or need done before the other person sits or lies down.” Jessica Kazakos

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The Brighter Side of a Darker Thing

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The Brighter Side of a Darker Thing is a testimony of one woman’s journey of healing from sexual abuse. Kathy Leigh Berkowitz takes a final step toward her healing in the public telling of her life and her recovery from her past, ending with a bold resolve to continue sharing her story, in hopes that others likewise may find healing. Fallout from abuse often leaves behind broken pieces of a shattered self-esteem and many questions about “the why.” The author explores her own feelings and shares her innermost thoughts, while encouraging the reader with Scriptures to allow the Holy Spirit to do His perfect work, the strengthening of the inner soul. Kathy Leigh also faced numerous other challenges, including the death of her baby sister, her mother’s mental illness, her father’s post-traumatic stress disorder, time spent in a Texas orphanage, poverty, and suicidal thoughts. The Brighter Side of a Darker Thing includes triumphant moments, her awards for various high school beauty pageants, the births of her four children, and the eventual path that led her to a full-time career in journalism. The Brighter Side of a Darker Thing is proof that a person’s past doesn’t define who they are, and that no matter the pain, there is hope and healing in Jesus. It is the author’s belief that healing from sexual abuse is a lifelong journey, but along the way, there will be much cause to celebrate, especially when one walks through the portal of forgiveness.

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One Thing You Can Do to Know Yourself Better

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The rain was coming down hard on the skylight in my living room just before 6 a.m. I breathed in the smell of my coffee before the first sip. I sat my mug down near the lamp on my favorite, mirrored, dragonfly table and picked up my notebook. I glanced down at my reflection and noticed how gravity tugged at my face. It made me think of other things that have been pulling at me lately. I wrote them down one by one — my gratitude and grudges and plans and petitions. I asked for grace, for guidance, for patience, for perspective.

In that moment, I realized how my journal has become an altar over the years, the place I lay my life before God. Coming to this altar each morning is the one thing I’ve done consistently for as long as I can remember.

I didn’t start out calling it anything specific or doing it with the intention of spiritual growth. Really, I just started writing things down because it helped me feel slightly sane. I could move the crowded and sometimes cruel dialogue out of my inner landscape into the physical world, where the words could run free (and hopefully away from me). Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.

But what did work, is that the page itself never turned my words away — no matter if they were pitiful or brave, dark or light, caddy or compassionate, fearful or funny. The page would always take whatever I brought. And if I stayed on the page long enough, it would tell me wonderful secrets about myself. It would offer new perspectives, solutions, comfort, and even humor, as my hand moved across the lines.

For decades, I have decluttered my mind and my life in this way. Through it, I’ve learned that divine guidance flows steadily when we consistently show up to receive it.

People often ask me how I ended up doing what I do- following my dreams and pursuing my purpose. It did not happen with one big bang like some might suppose. But through a small, consistent practice, I got to know myself.

If you want one actionable step you can take without a lot of fuss, make a daily date with yourself and get quiet. There are no specific rules for this date except that you show up. This is not a call for “quiet-time” or “journaling.” Sure, you can write things down like I do — but you don’t have to; you can just breathe.

The point is to hold the space.

Breathe in deeply and breathe out the junk that’s trashing your inner landscape, because that is priceless real estate.

Breathe in purity; breathe out pollution. Breathe in patience; breathe out busyness. Breathe in peace; breathe out each problem. Breathe in courage; breathe out fear. Breathe in forgiveness; breathe out grudges. Breathe in trust; breathe out your need to be in control. Breathe in clarity; breathe out confusion. Breathe in love for yourself; breathe out condemnation. Breathe in compassion for others; breathe out judgment. Breathe in what you need, breathe out what you don’t.

Kept daily, this date with yourself will become your altar. It is in this place of quiet communion that will you learn to listen, to yourself and to Divine guidance. It is from this place your authentic heart will rise up and make itself known. As you begin to breathe and listen, you will find peace and strength and clarity for your life.

Don’t label it. Don’t table it. Just make the date.

Because this one little habit, done diligently, will set you on the road to follow your dreams and pursue your purpose.

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Charlize Theron: ‘Girls Need To Know That Being A Feminist Is A Good Thing’

Every time Charlize Theron opens her mouth we fall in love with her more and more.

In a recent interview for ELLE UK’s June 2015 issue, the Oscar-winning actress discussed her experiences with the wage gap in Hollywood and how she refuses to be objectified by filmmakers.

She stressed that women need to stand up for themselves when it comes to being paid fairly — starting with simply asking to be. “I have to give them credit because once I asked, they said yes. They did not fight it,” she said. “And maybe that’s the message: That we just need to put our foot down.”

She went on to define feminism and explain why it’s so integral to achieving pay equality. “This is a good time for us to bring this to a place of fairness, and girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing,” Theron said. “It doesn’t mean that you hate men. It means equal rights. If you’re doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way.”

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Theron has repeatedly stood up against the wage gap. After the massive Sony Pictures hack that revealed many actresses were paid much less than their male co-stars in recent films, Theron used the leaked information to ensure pay equality with her male co-star in her film “The Huntsman.”

“When I thought about the temperature out there — with finding out what Jennifer and Amy were being paid on a set with guy actors who are their counterparts… They’re just as good as any of the guys on there. Yeah, that p*ssed me off!” Theron told ELLE.

The 39-year-old actress also discussed what it’s like being objectified as a woman in Hollywood. “Someone thought it was a good idea to market almost the entire movie on me; objectifying me a little bit,” she said. “I got a lot of attention from it, but the problem was that, afterwards, it was like, ‘We want you to do that again. Can you just do that?’ And so I didn’t work for almost two years.”

You do you, Charlize.

Head over to ELLE UK to read more from Theron.

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Dakota Johnson and Melanie Griffith’s “Oh, Mom” 50 Shades Moment Was the Best Thing That Happened at the Oscars

I think all of us, including Sean Penn and his sourpuss, are in agreement that the Oscars was a mixed bag (click here to see Anna separate the good from the meh). The red carpet,…




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These 3D Printed ‘Face Vases’ Are A Real Thing You Can Own

There is something very SNL sketch-worthy about the “Fahz,” a customized vase imprinted with the faces of those you love.

Maybe it’s the pleasantly dorky Kickstarter video associated with it, in which a couple in matching glasses and black tops make sure to pronounce “fahz” simultaneously (they’re adorable). Maybe it’s the name “Fahz” itself, which sounds vaguely dirty but is actually quite clever. It’s about time someone made light fun of how silly it sounds when a person says “vahs” when they mean “vayse.” Flat A’s are American as apple (ayple?) pie.

And so, we support everything to do with this project. It’s camp yet futuristic (3D printer is needed, therefore Kickstarter!), cheesy yet weird, and best of all, in the service of getting you to put flowers inside the outlines of your kids’ fahzes. You obviously need to do that.

Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, we thought we’d just gently float this across the internet. Behold (in the video above), the only piece of customizable art you’ll ever need.
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Queen Letizia’s Latest Outfit Will Convince You That Matchy-Matchy Is a Glorious Thing

There’s a joke around the office that I’m the unofficial royal style commentator, and it’s a tease I’m totally OK with—I could talk about this stuff all day. Queen Letizia is the latest to give us a beyond-beautiful fashion moment, going completely monochrome for the Epiphany Day Military Parade in Madrid.

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Typically, I’m not a fan of matching too much and support things like bright accessories adding the punch of a new color (we saw a perfect example this morning). Leave it to a queen to remind me just how stunning single-color devotion can be, especially since it takes a lot of effort to find shades that so perfectly match. Her suede heels and clutch are both the exact same shade as the sleek, belted evening gown, and the effect is simply too pretty to handle.

I’m also beginning to wonder if the one-color look is becoming an officially regal thing: Princess Charlene just did it too!

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Wizard Cat: Humans Are The Absolute Worst Thing, Ever

If looks could kill, everyone on Earth would be dead right now.

And yet, like some kind of lethally engaging entertainment, we just… can’t… seem… to stop… hitting… refresh.

This cat might actually have some wizard powers. It wouldn’t be the first time cats put a spell on a human.

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A College Education Might Be The Thing Standing Between You And Marriage

Blame the drop in marriage rates on declining American values, and you may be ignoring what often provides the push for couples to walk down the aisle: education.

That’s what Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins sociologist, argues in his new book Labor’s Love Lost. Cherlin told The Huffington Post that the move away from marriage has to do with the fact that those without a four-year college education face fewer job options and less financial stability, which causes them to delay marriage or eschew it altogether. A disregard of morals isn’t the culprit here.

And it’s not a subconscious choice: 34 percent of young adults cited financial security as the reason they weren’t currently married, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll.

Young adults with only a high school diploma aren’t earning as much as their parents and grandparents.

Between 1979 and 2007, young male high school graduates saw their real earnings fall by about 30 percent. Unlike their mid-century predecessors, men in this moderately educated group can’t expect to be as financially stable as their parents or grandparents, so they end up putting off marriage or avoiding it completely.

In 2013, marriage rates hit an unprecedented low, bottoming out at 50.3 percent. Compare that to 1950, when 82 percent of non-widowed women between the ages of 18 and 64 were married, and it’s hard to ignore the shift.

Cherlin ties this change to the “slow-motion collapse” of what we used to call the “working class” or “blue collar” family. Forty or 50 years ago, these families took on mid-level jobs that didn’t require higher schooling, so men were able to make enough to support a wife and kids. Many of those jobs have been lost with modern technology. (It’s worth noting that mid-century women weren’t given opportunities to be household breadwinners and often relied on husbands for economic stability.)

Without financial security, couples are taking increasingly complex relationship paths in lieu of marriage.

Nowadays, young men and women without college degrees are facing dimmer job prospects than ever, so they’re avoiding marriage. Without a stable income, it’s not advantageous for either partner — man or woman — to enter into a seemingly permanent union.

“More and more of the moderately educated young adults, those without college degrees, are having kids in living-together relationships, often ending those relationships after a couple of years, starting another one, perhaps having a kid in another relationship and building unstable, complex families,” he said.

Of course, this marriage gap wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t shift our norms since mid-century America. It’s now more acceptable and common for couples to cohabit and have children before marriage. But the big difference between college grads and those without a degree is that cohabiting college grads tend to be more economically stable and make it to the altar before they have children, while the less educated are having children before marriage and then breaking up.

Closing the marriage gap may involve putting more folks without college degrees on the path to stable, mid-level jobs.

It’s this “interaction effect between a changing economy and changing attitudes,” as Cherlin put it, that he argues has led to the marriage gap.

The remedies? Cherlin said that more education is needed — not in the form of four-year college degrees, but vocational education at community colleges that can put young adults on the path to entering the few mid-level jobs that are left. He also said that labor market interventions, like strengthening unions and increasing the minimum wage, might bring the moderately-educated closer to their college graduate counterparts when it comes to marriage.

“As far as I can tell, a college degree is really the closest thing we have to a class boundary in the US,” Cherlin said. “Certainly in terms of family life.”

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The One Thing in a Mediterranean Meal That Needs a Makeover | #OWNSHOW | Oprah Winfrey Network

No diet is completely free of sugar, but one comes close. LeeAnn Weintraub, author of “The Everything Glycemic Index Cookbook”, shares the one sugar laden food to avoid if you’re eating Mediterranean.

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Sting Sings Cellphone Ringtones For Jimmy Fallon And Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic

He’s sending out an SMS. Sting visited “The Tonight Show” on Thursday to talk about his Broadway play, “The Last Ship,” and Jimmy Fallon got him to turn old cellphone ringtones into “Stingtones” because puns totally rule.

After the singer put his spin on the classic tones, he even recorded a voicemail message on a random audience member’s phone in the style of “Message in a Bottle.”

Is this even real life?

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Original airdate: November 2, 1989

Raven-Symoné didn’t seem nervous when she bounded onstage for her Oprah Show appearance in 1989. The 3-year-old had been recently cast in The Cosby Show as Olivia Kendall and was there to promote the show alongside her co-stars Bill Cosby and Keshia Knight Pulliam. When Oprah started asking questions, however, the pint-size actress clammed up.

“Did you know Mr. Cosby before you got this job?” Oprah asked.

“Yes,” Raven said.

“Did you watch the show?”

“Yes.”

“And did you see [Keshia’s character] Rudy on the show a lot?”

“Yes.”

Bill Cosby cut in. “Wait, wait one second. You’ve got to say more than ‘yes.’ So, just go ahead and loosen up. And just…do you know what I’m saying?”

Letting loose with his trademark laugh, the comedy legend said to Oprah, “It’s funny to see this because she’s tightened up. And she doesn’t tighten up around us. It must be you.”

Later in the interview, the child star had no trouble coming up with an answer when Oprah asked her for the best part of working on The Cosby Show.

“The best part is…” she said, trailing off as she thought about it. Then she delivered her answer with a smile: “Bill Cosby.”

Watch the video above to see Raven’s adorable interview for yourself.

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How Stress Can Be a Very Good Thing

Feeling stress in your everyday life? Join the crowd. There’s no doubt that we face an enormous number of stresses in day-to-day living, whether it be at work, in the home, or anywhere in between. In fact, a recent poll showed that more than one in every four Americans, almost 60 million people, said they experienced a great deal of stress in the previous month alone.

The funny thing, though, is as much as we may believe that the stresses we face are more numerous or severe than in generations past, people have been living extremely stressful lives for thousands of years. Think the hunter-gatherers didn’t feel the stress of chasing down wild beasts for survival? That our counterparts from a century ago, struggling through economic depression, didn’t consider theirs to be the “Age of Anxiety”?

What you might find suprising is that contrary to popular belief, some stress can actually be a good thing.

What Is Stress, and How Can It Help Us?

Stress, when harnessed properly, can have numerous benefits for the body and mind. But in order to use stress to our advantage, it’s important first to understand what exactly causes it and, if everyone tells us to avoid it, how it can actually help us.

When we feel stress, our body is sending us a signal about how the pressures we experience affect us physically and mentally. Much like a caveman running from a wooly mammoth, stress triggers a “fight or flight” response that turns on parts of our nervous system and causes us to make certain hormones. You know the feeling — heart racing, palms sweaty, eyes wide open, heightened awareness. Ever been in a dangerous situation and all of a sudden felt like you could lift a car or outrun a chasing dog? It’s actually your body and mind responding to stress: In the end, we get a turbo boost of speed, strength, and senses that can be an incredible advantage in our everyday lives.

In fact, there actually are a few ways that stress, in moderation, can help us on an everyday basis.

1. Stress Can Sharpen Your Memory
Did you ever notice that sometimes when you are stressed, your memory seems to improve? Remember that big test you aced where the answers seemed to come out of nowhere? That’s one way your brain responds to stress, and it’s because of stress hormones that increase your alertness when it’s most needed. Occasional stress can help keep you focused and improve your recall, which can be a plus when cramming for that test or preparing for an important presentation at work. But just as with anything else, only so much stress can actually help. Too much of it over an extended period of time can make your mind foggy and give you trouble recalling even the most basic of things. Ever wonder how 9-1-1 developed for an emergency? Partly because under severe stress, research showed people could only remember three numbers. Just watch contestants on a game quiz show — they’re not acting when they seem to get a simple answer wrong — too much stress stops their brain from recalling some facts.

2. Stress Can Help Boost Your Immune System
You need a healthy immune system to help fight off infections and disease, and believe it or not, the right kind of stress can actually help your body’s defenses against illness. When you get sick, stress causes you to make hormones that battle threats to your health. And this kind of stress is particularly effective when at the early stages of an illness, when your body needs help the most. Now, it is true your immune system can only handle so much stress: If it lasts too long, these hormones can overwhelm your body and actually decrease your immunity. But that initial burst of stress is an asset when your immune system when you’re the most vulnerable: Right when your body faces a threat.

3. Stress Can Help You Get a Leg Up at Work
I know — you’re thinking, “work is what causes my stress!” Well, successful employees turn stress into positive energy and motivation rather than letting it consume them. Ever notice that you get the least amount done on days where you have the fewest deadlines? Too little stress at the workplace can lead to complacency and affect how much you actually get done. When you take risks and choose to attack hurdles at work, it helps your mental toughness and self-confidence. And these are qualities that can increase your marketability and promotion opportunities. Manage the stress and you will get an advantage over colleagues who let stress overwhelm them.

4. Stress Can Make Your Life More Interesting
To this point, we’ve described stress a survival tool, but what about the stress we feel when we actually choose to take on a challenge? Think about some stressful situations that we consciously put ourselves in to make life more interesting and enjoyable. Challenges like asking someone out on a first date, facing and conquering a known fear, interacting with people you’ve never met, even learning something completely new. These may not immediately come to mind when you think of stressors — and maybe that’s because of the positive outcomes that come from them — but they’re the types that can help you achieve fulfillment, health, and happiness.

Recognize Your Stressors and Use Them to Your Advantage

Although stress can be a true positive, don’t forget that too much of anything is rarely a good thing. It’s true that small bursts — occasional episodes for short periods of time — can provide great benefits, but it’s never a good idea to expose yourself to long-term stress, which is a setup for emotional and physical illness. Instead, recognize the stressors in your life, whether self-chosen or from outside sources, and use the energy that your body produces to your advantage.

So while we may not be the first generation to have faced this amount of stress, we may be the first with the knowledge to turn what has always been considered a negative into a true positive.

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I’m the Scariest Thing in the Castle

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A little vampire bat takes stock of all the creepies in the castle and decides he’s scarier than “all” of them But the creepies? They’re not convinced. When they play a trick to prove their point, the oh-so-boastful bat’s response is as unexpected as it is exuberant. It turns out the creepies may have created a monster- an absolutely adorable one. Award winner Kevin Sherry delivers a toddler-friendly, not-so-scary Halloween read-aloud with simple text, bold and delightful art, and a lovable little bat with an uncrushable spirit.

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Celebrities Who Swear By Yoga Can Teach Us A Thing Or Two About Balance

Yoga does as much good for the soul as it does to your body, with its innumerable benefits. Even celebrities are in on the healthy fad, taking classes, sharing photogenic poses on social media and inspiring us all to breathe. Take a look at the wide variety of Hollywood stars who swear by the practice:


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One Thing of Beauty

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A story of nineteen year old Eliza Meyers, her husband, Jacob, and their two young children migrating to an Iowa farm in 1858. Her dreams are shattered when their baby daughter dies of measles. Jacob is stricken with the disease leaving him physically and mentally disabled. Arriving at the farm Jacob has homesteaded they find two unsavory characters have wintered in their home. Jacob’s friend, John Chardeau, a frightening and dangerous man, chases them away. City bred, Eliza must summon the knowledge learned when Jacob spent long evenings explaining his modern farming methods to her. She fights nature’s wrath that damages her crops making her question her ability to complete her task. Her attraction to Chardeau, the gossip among the town’s women and a confrontation with an intruder further complicates her life. Jacob’s health deteriorates. His death leaves Eliza alone with their son, Jamie, until a blizzard throws Eliza and a seriously wounded Chardeau together for the rest of the winter. By spring she realizes she is in love with him and accepts his marriage proposal. At 23 Jamie inherits the wanderlust that plagued his father. Chardeau has been killed in the Civil War. Despite being left alone Eliza sends Jamie on his way. He settles in northern Iowa, falling in love with his employer’s daughter. His marriage is short lived when his wife dies giving birth to their daughter. Jamie raises Kathleen while working on his father-in-law’s farm. When she is thirteen, Jamie is killed by one of the farm’s prize horses. When her aging grandparents cannot care for Kathleen, Eliza welcomes her granddaughter into her home. Eliza no longer looks for the ‘One Thing of Beauty’ that gave her hope andcourage through troubled times. She has found it in her memories and Erica.

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Miserable Men Shopping Might Be The Saddest Thing On Instagram

It’s no secret that many men hate shopping. But if you had any doubt, just swing by your closest mall and take a look: Dozens of men, as far as the eye can see, slumped on couches and benches, surrounded by shopping bags, just… waiting. Looking miserable.

Misery finds company on Instagram with the account miserable_men. Photo after photo of anguished, abandoned dudes out shopping, from the grandpa falling asleep in the mall to the dad waiting outside in the heat with the stroller, will probably make you chuckle a little… and perhaps inspire some sympathy.

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Baby Otters Jumping And Cheering Is The Happiest Thing You’ll See Today (VIDEO)

Baby otters always put a smile on our faces, but the jumping cuties in this video from the Chester Zoo in England are almost too much to handle.

A gif of the clip, originally posted to YouTube in 2008, surfaced on Reddit today, but it’s missing one very important thing: the adorable sound of their tiny cheers.

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One Thing at a Time

2013-10-29-focus_cat.jpgAll of us have had the experience of doing too many things at once. Of driving while listening to the radio, eating a burrito and talking to a friend all at once. While it’s amazing that human beings can juggle so many things at once — a testament to our versatility — it’s also a fantastic way to end up with salsa in your lap, or even to get into an accident. (Check out Werner Herzog’s heart-rending documentary, From One Second to the Next, about the perils of driving while texting.)

Other situations may not be quite as dangerous, but still there are drawbacks to splitting your attention. Imagine college students say, trying to win at a video game; drink alcohol; listen to music; talk to several friends; eat a pizza; and flirt with potential sex partners at the same time. While that can be fun, they will probably fail or do poorly at most of them. Simultaneously doing a good job at so many activities is hard. And the old adage that anything worth doing is worth doing well, is still as true as it ever was.

The antidote to doing too many things at once is, of course, to only do one thing at a time. That’s the most basic definition of concentration: doing one thing at a time.

Doing one thing at a time is probably the most basic habit of concentration, and one of the most powerful. It is the easiest thing you can do to create a massive increase in your ability to focus.

The term for working with split attention is multitasking. Multitasking enjoys a great reputation currently, but he fact is that we are never actually multitasking. Instead the brain switches between each task quickly, and does each activity in succession. The trouble is that each task switch actually has a cost overhead. It’s not easy for your brain to switch tasks. It takes time and invokes a second level of executive functioning, meaning that you have to use a lot of resources to switch tasks. This task-switching overhead can actually become quite a drain on your overall effectiveness. You’ll do each thing much worse than if you had done it on its own. And the task-switching overhead multiplies exponentially with the number of things being juggled.

That means when you reduce the number of things you are mentally juggling, the cognitive cost is vastly reduced. Just changing from three objects to two objects frees up a tremendous amount of overhead. The best, however, is to reduce the number of things you are doing or thinking about to one at a time. This lowers the juggling overhead to zero, and allows you to focus 100 percent of your brain on a topic.

Develop a habit of doing one thing at a time.
Living in a world of distractions is nothing more than a habit we have gotten used to. The answer is to begin making a new habit of doing just one thing at a time. Every time you catch yourself doing too many things at once, come back to just the essential thing that matters. Practice this all day long, whether working or playing. Gently remind yourself, “One thing at a time.”

Success depends on having good self discipline and good boundaries with other people. If someone interrupts you, or engages you while you are busy, stop and let them know that you’ll get back with them later. Or if it can’t wait, completely stop what you are doing, engage with the person, and then once everything is handled come back to what you were doing previously.

Usually the hardest person to maintain such firm boundaries with is yourself. Our habits of distraction have developed over an entire lifetime. We crave a superfluidity of stimulation in the environment, almost like an addiction. There is an almost physical urge to turn on the television, or to check the smartphone.

You can quickly determine how strong this need for distraction is by experimenting with doing just one thing at a time. Shut everything off and do something simple with no distractions. The first thing that happens, often, is that mind begins to complain “This is boring. There’s something on TV. Why can’t I just play some music? What’s wrong with eating while studying?” And so on. You might experience anything from mild discomfort to an almost irresistible compulsion to bring back the distractions.

That’s okay. That’s the starting place. Just have compassion for yourself, and attempt to enforce some discipline about doing one thing at a time while trying to concentrate. Concentrating without distractions will eventually reveal itself to be incredibly pleasant. Unlike getting tangled up in a spaghetti of distractions, it can leave you feeling energized and refreshed. Strong, stable focus can really increase your feelings of satisfaction and sense of richness in whatever you are doing. You can even enter flow — a very calm, focused state that is so pleasurable it’s worth doing for its own sake, regardless of the activity. It’s not that difficult. All it takes is a little practice.

So try doing one thing at a time. And read the rest of the “Concentration Series” to learn more about how to increase your powers of attention.

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Steve Wilkos Talks Jerry Springer And The Craziest Thing That Ever Happened (VIDEO)

Any Jerry Springer viewer knows how crazy the talk show can get, but Steve Wilkos’ story may take the cake.

While on HuffPost Live this week, the TV host opened up about a rather inappropriate moment on the notoriously dramatic talk show.

“Two guys were fighting, ripping their shirts off,” he explained. “This one guy gets his shirt taken off and he has a perfect formed female breast … and it’s gorgeous.”

The best part? He said he was born that way. Lady Gaga would be proud!

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