Waves Not Plastic Gets Involved in Projects All Over The World

Our mission at Waves Not Plastic is to bring awareness to plastic pollution through passion!  This organization has been established for ocean enthusiasts like you to make a difference in communities around the world.  We strive to clean up our oceans and change the tide on how our world refuses, reuses, reduces, and recycles.  Make the pledge and refuse single-use plastic. Do what you love, take care of the environment and make a difference!

 

Morocco, Africa

The brand educates local ocean enthusiasts. Morocco possess an amazing population of second generation surfers. Their warm and welcoming personalities combined with their love for the ocean and surfing, provide access to a valuable resource and partnership.

They also inspire traveling surfers. International travelers love to visit the beautiful country of Morocco. Comfortable weather, perfect surf, and the amazing hospitality shared by the locals draws thousands of surfers every year. Countless days are spent surfing world class waves while an unsightly amount of plastic washes upon the shores. Why not return the stoke from perfect waves and help our oceans?  After surfing all morning, spend that next hour after lunch waiting for the tide to change and pitch in.

They are also involved in global beach cleanups. A primary objective of WavesNotPlastic.org is to organize and manage beach cleanups in impacted areas.  With the support and assistance of Moroccan Surf Adventures we have applied resources in Morocco, Africa, to create community involvement and assist in cleaning our shorelines.

The locals are also educated on the use of single use plastics and these countries are provided water purification systems. Traveling to a far off destination and unsure about the drinking water? Single use water bottles suck and really stack up. Even if the surf is small you can still find ways to play in the water. Waves Not Plastic .org in action!  Two separate purification systems showcased in the video to the right, both no larger then a reusable canteen – both carry on approved.  No chemicals needed! Making a difference at camp with Moroccan Surf Adventures.

 

Nicaragua, Central America

As an organization, our primary goal is to educate and encourage individuals to get involved and make a difference.  The first thing that I noticed in Nicaragua was a young generation of surfers with a passion for the ocean.

 A unique correlation was that the livelihood of their families depended on the ocean environment.  From fisherman to small business owners, the success of their careers was directly affected by the health of the ocean.

However, I also noticed a major problem.  These same individuals who love spending time surfing in the ocean were not doing a good job of taking care of this precious resource.  Garbage was thrown into creeks that directly feed into the ocean.  Waste was discarded on beaches and left for the tide to wash it out to sea.

 These bad habits were not acted upon out of a dislike for the ocean, they were due to a lack of education and understanding on the harmful effects of pollution and plastic in the natural environment.

 Similar to our work in Northern Africa, an education platform was developed and shared with these local ocean enthusiasts.  The solution: find a common platform that inspires these individuals to make a difference.  The answer was simple.  SURFING!

Youth surf camps and competitions – 

Learning can be fun, and what better way to teach surfers than to go surfing?  Our education and outreach program picked up speed in Nicaragua by hosting a beach cleanup and surf contest for the local kids.  Waves Not Plastic produced a Surf Contest at Remanso beach that kicked off with both locals and traveling surfers participating in a beach cleanup.  The event was a success and the message was clear, “Do what you love and give back along the way.”

The kids hit the beach to clean things up and then hit the water to showcase the incredible talent of Nicaraguan surfers.  Everyone left the beach that day with something special, including first place finisher Diego and his new surfboard, compliments of Used Surfboards Hawaii.

“I will never forget this special experience and the stoke that these young kids shared for the ocean.  While surfing a few days later with some of the kids that participated in the event, a young surfer paddled up to me, pulled a piece of plastic out of his pocket that he had collected from the water and handed it to me with a huge smile on his face. ”  – Jeff Lenore

Founder / CEO, Waves Not Plastic .org

California, North America

 

California is our home.  It’s where we grew up surfing.  Fortunately, California possesses an incredible wealth of environmental organizations that are currently operating in the Golden State.  One of our favorite projects at Waves Not Plastic is to assist these organizations in protecting and healing ocean environments.

 Our platform in California consists of developing an education and outreach program.  With the assistance of our friends we have teamed up with some outstanding organizations to make a difference in our communities.

Our mission is to bring awareness to plastic pollution through passion!  Fortunately we have a few friends who don’t mind getting stoked. The team at Waves Not Plastic joined our friends at San Francisco Surfrider and some incredible local organizations to produce a beach cleanup focused around a  fun event.

Join Waves Not Plastic as we support the California Coastal Commission in celebrating  California Coastal Day.  We will be hitting the beach to produce a fun-filled afternoon focused around another great beach cleanup.  Bring your friends as we enjoy surfing, yoga, and a day of fun on the beach.

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Fergie is apparently ‘very involved’ in planning Princess Eugenie’s wedding

Every girl needs her mother.

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There’s another royal wedding in the works this year and if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s nuptials are anything to go by, it’s going to be a big deal. Princess Eugenie and her husband-to-be Jack Brooksbank will certainly have their work cut out for them planning the whole thing, but it turns out that Eugenie’s mother Sarah Ferguson (a.k.a. Fergie) has been lending a helping hand.

A palace source told PEOPLE, ‘Fergie is very involved.’

However, that’s not to say that Eugenie and Jack have been shirking their planning duties as they’ve reportedly been quite hands-on in the process.

The source continued, ‘It is very much Princess Eugenie and Jack’s day, and they are leading the planning.’

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The ceremony, which will be taking place later this October 12, will be held in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle – the same place Prince Harry’s was held earlier this May. As with her cousin’s big do, Eugenie and Jack will follow the ceremony with a carriage ride through Windsor to greet the public before returning to the castle.

Although Meghan Markle now officially goes by her title the Duchess of Sussex, Jack vetoed the idea of a title and has chosen instead to keep things simple and stick to Mr. Brooksbank. Had he taken up the mantle, he would have been an Earl. While Eugenie currently goes by HRH Princess Eugenie of York, apparently she will be changing her title to HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank to reflect her husband’s decision.

If you couldn’t make it out to Windsor earlier this year for Meg and Harry’s wedding, there’s still a chance you could join Eugenie’s festivities by applying for a public ballot online. The royal personally invited the public on her Instagram account, where she wrote, ‘Jack and I are excited to be able to invite people to watch our wedding inside the Precinct of Windsor Castle.’

Apparently, 1,200 guests chosen at random will be allowed into the castle’s grounds to watch the arrival of the family and a live broadcast, as well as have a front row seat to the couple’s eventual carriage departure.

(And yes, we’ve already signed up.)

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The ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 finale almost involved ‘ISIS werewolves’

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TV scripts often go through many drastic changes as they evolve in a writers room. 

But there’s something uniquely hilarious about watching this happen to Rick and Morty, as co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland deliberate — with all the seriousness and anxiety in the world — over how best to use the “ISIS werewolves.”

What the fuck are ISIS werewolves, you ask? We don’t know and never will, because the concept didn’t make it into the final form of ‘The Rickchurian Mortydate.’ 

But boy, that phrase really gets the imagination going.

The recently released Adult Swim video shows a rare, candid glimpse at just how much hard work goes into crafting a show like Rick and Morty. Comedy is serious business. And the early plot to the Season 3 finale titled sounds almost unrecognizable. You can also see use of Harmon’s famed Story Embryo format, which applies the “hero’s journey” act structure to TV writing. Read more…

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Abby Lee Miller Involved with Possible 8th Season of Dance Moms amid Cancer Battle

Abby Lee Miller is not letting her cancer diagnosis get in the way of returning to Dance Moms.

While determinations on an eighth season has yet to be made, production is casting and Miller is involved in the process, a rep for Lifetime confirms to PEOPLE.

In March 2017, the dance instructor announced her resignation from the show in an Instagram post, accusing officials behind the series of treating her “like dirt” after she wrapped filming for season 7B.

“I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS,” Miller wrote. “FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES AND COSTUMING – TO NO AVAIL!”

“I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people’s children successful!” she continued. “I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED – DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT!”

In April, one day after undergoing emergency surgery for what was initially thought to be a spinal infection, the 51-year-old — newly released from prison — was preliminarily diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system.

“It was not an infection, it was a type of a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – it’s a type of a cancer,” said Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital who has been treating the star.

“We’re getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery. Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor – it just depends the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation,” Dr. Melamed said at the time.

“If we didn’t do something, she was going to die,” Dr. Melamed previously told PEOPLE. “Her blood pressure was bottoming out. She was not doing well.”

Before her diagnosis, Miller had been living in a halfway house since serving her 366-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud at the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California, which she entered in July.

Dancing with the Stars alum Cheryl Burke took over as coach for Dance Moms season 7.


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Parents Are Getting More Involved in Youth Sports in the Wake of U.S. Sexual Abuse Scandals

(SEATTLE) — With Olympic prodigies having just dazzled audiences worldwide, parents in the U.S. are reconciling the thrill of the gold with their fears from recent sexual abuse scandals in elite youth sports.

Shannon Stabbert said her 6-year-old daughter wants to be a gymnast, but the Seattle mother has decided to put her in a martial-arts program instead.

“I have no doubt she will be quite amazing at gymnastics,” Stabbert said. “I just don’t feel like it’s a mentally, physically, emotionally healthy sport for girls.”

High-profile cases of sexual abuse and other predatory behavior in gymnastics, swimming and other sports have jolted many parents who believe athletics can be an important part of their child’s development. Some now feel compelled to be more cautious in monitoring their child’s contact with coaches and other adults.

Experts say the spotty rules and certifications for coaches and glorification of sports culture can make children who feel pressure to achieve even more vulnerable. No longer a casual pastime, sports teams can leave kids as young as 5 in the care of undertrained, undersupervised coaches.

Emmett Gill, a professor at the University of Texas and expert on the personal development of student-athletes, said success often means children leave their communities to compete, which can leave them at more risk.

“It’s clear that the coach’s responsibility, and their permanent goal, is to win, and that can sacrifice protecting vulnerable children,” Gill said. “We really have forgotten about that good, old neighborhood team. Now youth sports is a bunch of strangers on teams with the best athletes, with the purpose of winning.”

One national organization trying to prevent abuse of young athletes is the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a Denver-based nonprofit that formed last year.

It launched following the initial allegations of sexual abuse against Larry Nassar, the disgraced sports doctor for USA Gymnastics who will spend his life in prison after admitting he molested some of the nation’s top gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment.

The U.S. Olympic Committee developed SafeSport, but it’s now an independent organization that works with law enforcement to investigate abuse allegations for the 49 Olympic and Paralympic sports.

In addition to offering an online link for anonymous abuse reports, SafeSport also provides educational and training material for youth leagues nationwide. The goal is to prevent abuse altogether.

“We have got to get upstream and do more to educate athletes, to educate parents, to educate coaches and to educate sport administrators,” SafeSport CEO Shellie Pfohl said. “I want every parent to know what questions they should be asking when they sign their child up.”

Since its inception, SafeSport has received 470 reports of either emotional or physical abuse, including 165 reports this year and 222 active investigations overall. In some cases, the organization didn’t have jurisdiction over a youth league to investigate an allegation.

Youth leagues outside Olympic and Paralympic sports don’t have a national organization to investigate reports of physical abuse, harassment, hazing and other issues. Many of those leagues have spent years trying to mute overreaching parents through codes of conduct but now have to walk the line between input and child safety.

“There’s a balance between appropriate parental involvement and engagement, meaning are there overzealous parents who may upset the team dynamic or be inappropriate in terms of their treatment of the coach or athletes, and balancing that with parental due diligence,” Pfohl said. “We want parents to be empowered to not only ask these questions but to hold people accountable.”

Gill, the expert on student-athlete development, urges all sports programs to create safety guidelines that clearly indicate the protocol for adults who suspect abuse. Though teachers and doctors must report it, coaches and volunteers do not.

“If we’re really about youth development and character development, this is going to be in front — and the most important part — of our bylaws,” Gill said.

Even the regulators are not immune. The chief safety officer of USA Swimming, Susan Woessner, announced last week that she was resigning after revealing she had kissed a coach accused of sexual abuse and later assisted in the governing body’s investigation of him.

Sean Hutchinson is under criminal investigation after Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors said he abused her as a minor. Woessner said she wasn’t in a relationship with Hutchinson.

USA Swimming also issued a letter to parents saying it had failed members and its system was “not flawless” and vowing to “ensure that there is never a lapse of a support system again.”

For many parents, they say they will look to set more boundaries and ask more questions.

“Sometimes you kind of wonder: Am I missing something as parent? Am I not looking? Am I not asking the right questions? Am I trusting too much?” said Lara Mae Chollette, a Seattle mother of three.

Chollette, who works in human resources, said she’s also wondered lately whether parents should stay for lengthy practices. If someone else is watching her kids, she finds out the ages of the other siblings who may come along. Her husband also has made a rule against taking responsibility for another child for overnight trips.

As a coach herself of youth soccer and basketball, Chollette said she knows the schedules, other parents and how people come and go from the sports facilities, which is helpful.

“It’s truly a commitment for us,” Chollette said of attending every practice, game and trip. “We see it as an educational element for our kids. There are things in sports that a teacher can’t teach. There are things in sports that life can’t teach.”

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Oh No Ma’am: Teen Suffering a Medical Condition Gets Her Wig Snatched Off at School, Family Plans to Prosecute Students Involved [Video]

16-year-old Lauren ‘Lulu’ Williams has turned her humiliation into triumph after classmates at Franklin High School in Tennessee filmed themselves ripping off her wig for a $ 5 bet.

Lauren suffers from psoriasis — a condition that causes severe scalp dryness and hair breakage and loss. She turned to wearing wigs to mask the condition.

The wig was glued and pinned to Lauren’s scalp. As the bully snatched it off, she was left with chunks of her hair missing. The torment didn’t stop there. Another student followed her into the bathroom with a camera as she tried to hide.

“She followed me in there, was laughing, videotaping me over the stall,” Lauren said.

Sadly, the incident was then shared on Snapchat with the caption ‘weave snatching’.

After regaining her composure, Lauren decided to shave her head completely in an effort to stand up against bullying and not thet them win.

“My hair was one of my biggest insecurities so I felt like he had taken my power and I wanted it back,” explained Lauren.  “When I walk around with a bald head he’ll know that he didn’t do anything but give me more power to speak out to other people.”

Her mother took to social to express her outrage and concern.

“Yesterday I received a call from my youngest daughter screaming and crying on the phone, for me to come and get her from school. 

Apparently, some boys had taken a $ 5 BET about pulling her wig off in front of everyone. Lulu has a scalp condition that causes severe dryness and hair breakage and loss, and had been so ashamed of her appearance that she had taken to wearing wigs in an effort to still feel beautiful. We all know how easy it is to feel insecure at age 16.

These kids not only tore her wig off in the middle of school, but video taped it. They followed her to the bathroom as she screamed and cried and proceeded to tape her OVER the stall as she cried and begged for her wig.

Later I had to take her to the hospital for abrasions and whiplash.

Lulu later decided to shave her hair off and not let these bullies win. She was not wanting to feel controlled by her hair any longer, and take back her control. I am only posting this with her permission but yesterday our entire family was angered and in tears about the way she was treated.

The teen suicide rate has now DOUBLED and bullying has played a HUGE Role.

If you have a teen in this situation, continue to uplift them and let them know that they are strong and beautiful and can own thier insecurities and take control rather than being controlled.

I admire the strength and beauty of my little Lulu and know that she will inspire many others even through this difficult time in her life.
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Please share Lulu’s story if you have or know a teen who needs to know they are beautiful no matter what! Let’s empower other young girls to reclaim Thier Power!

Bullies will not win in 2018.”

Officials with Williamson County Schools released the following statement regarding the incident.

The Franklin High administration and the School Resource Officer immediately began investigating an incident when it was reported to them Friday afternoon. This type of behavior can never be tolerated at school. In addition to school discipline, WCS prosecutes delinquent behavior to the fullest extent of the law.

The Williams plan to prosecute the students involved to the fullest extent of the law. Check out Lauren’s mother’s post below.

Yesterday I received a call from my youngest daughter screaming and crying on the phone, for me to come and get her from school. Apparently, some boys had taken a $ 5 BET about pulling her wig off in front of everyone. Lulu has a scalp condition that causes severe dryness and hair breakage and loss, and had been so ashamed of her appearance that she had taken to wearing wigs in an effort to still feel beautiful. We all know how easy it is to feel insecure at age 16. These kids not only tore her wig off in the middle of school, but video taped it. They followed her to the bathroom as she screamed and cried and proceeded to tape her OVER the stall as she cried and begged for her wig. Later I had to take her to the hospital for abrasions and whiplash. Lulu later decided to shave her hair off and not let these bullies win. She was not wanting to feel controlled by her hair any longer, and take back her control. I am only posting this with her permission but yesterday our entire family was angered and in tears about the way she was treated. The teen suicide rate has now DOUBLED and bullying has played a HUGE Role. If you have a teen in this situation, continue to uplift them and let them know that they are strong and beautiful and can own thier insecurities and take control rather than being controlled. I admire the strength and beauty of my little Lulu and know that she will inspire many others even through this difficult time in her life. #SayNoToShaming2018 Please share if you have a teen who needs to know they are beautiful no matter what! Bullies will not win in 2018

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Say What Now? Woman Pushing a Child in a Stroller Gets Involved in a Florida Mall Brawl [Video]

Oh Florida….

A brawl broke out at a Florida mall on Sunday involving men, women — and a child in a stroller.

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In a Facebook video that has since been taken down, a group of shoppers was shown kicking and punching one another outside a JCPenney store at the Edison Mall in Fort Myers. At one point in the clip, a woman pushing a stroller with a child in it, kicks another woman in the head who is lying on the ground. The Fort Myers Police Department told NBC 2 News that officers received a call about a disturbance of the peace at the mall at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. When police arrived, the fight had already broken up, but they were called back to the mall two hours later when injuries from the brawl were reported.

No arrests have been made just yet, but police are investigating the incident.

Watch the video below.

 

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Pastor Otis Moss III Shares 3 Ways to Get Involved in the Green Revolution

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Chicago’s South Side gets more media coverage for its gun violence than for its gardens, but Trinity United Church of Christ is telling a different story. Trinity, a massive 8,500 member, five-generation, predominantly African-American church led by a visionary pastor, has joined the green church revolution in the heart of the South Side.

Their witness is a timely one. As the perils of climate change come to an ever-more furious boil, how the church responds is as much a matter of leadership as it is morality. Leadership, because it takes a mammoth effort to mobilize such a large community toward anything, and morality because the stakes are dangerously high.

Enter Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, the pastor of Trinity. Rev. Moss has helped lead the rising tide of Black churches speaking out for the environment. Under Moss’ leadership, Trinity has planted the George Washington Carver community vegetable garden (which teaches young people about gardening and science), started a Black farmer’s market in a food desert, swapped out toxic cleaning chemicals for non-toxic ones, and mobilized millions of dollars to build a green roof (a roof covered in vegetation that absorbs rainfall and regulates temperature and accommodates solar power).

Our planet is groaning for prophetic churches that can live resurrection truth in the midst of a warming climate. It’s why I was particularly eager to speak to Rev. Moss. Most of us may not be part of a church with thousands of people, but we do live on the same planet, and so we must all act.

I hoped to find out how we might be a part of this moral call to lift up our communities with an environmental response. Here are three key insights that came from my conversation with Pastor Moss to get the rest of us started:

Start with understanding your own experience.

Embedded in each person’s story are all of the elements needed to develop a care for the earth. It’s just a matter, as Jesus said, to have the “eyes to see.” Spend time outside? Care about health? Want global stability (or security) and peace? Want to fight racism? Eat food? All of these can be trail markers to discover a care for the earth, even if the term “environmentalist” is too loaded.

For Moss, his family’s experience in the rural South made the cause personal.

“The kernel for all of this [greening the church] really came from my childhood and witnessing my parents speak about their experience of the South, growing up, witnessing my mother and father being very conscious about food and food justice,” he said. “Then I went to Morehouse College, and I was part of a community of men and women who were very concerned about these issues.”

This concern wasn’t just for distant polar bears; this was for his community, for his family (indeed, Moss’ wife is a food justice advocate and has played a tremendous role in this effort), and for the future of Trinity. He leads not from the “concept” of good environmental ideas; rather, these efforts are a matter of personal identity and fundamental values.

Expect push back.

Moss stepped into a long lineage of beloved leadership at Trinity, and he pushed for greening the church while he was (relative to Trinity’s 56-year history) the new kid on the block. Launching this initiative was not easy.

“I received very typical church push back. I was the new pastor with the new idea, so people said, ‘We don’t know you, therefore if you make a suggestion we push back.’”

The first step was making sure that everyone was talking about the same thing. “Environmentalist,” “green,” and “sustainability” all are loaded words, and they resonated differently with Trinity’s elder members in particular.

“When I made the announcement to renovate Trinity’s roof to be a green roof, I went to the barber to hear what people were saying, because barbers hear a lot from the community,” Moss said. “He told me that one of the older members said, ‘That new young pastor wants to put green on top of the church!’”

To clarify vocabulary, Moss created small groups—especially with the seniors. Once he could sit down with ten people at a time to share the vision, the community came alive. Suddenly, elders were telling stories of their mother’s herbal remedy, or grandparents growing organic food on the land before “organic” was even a concept. The seniors—some of whom were previously opponents of the project—became evangelists for a green church.

From there, it was a matter of bringing in as many trusted voices to speak to as many groups of people that were in the church: inviting a local actress to speak to the youth; bringing in a medical professional to convince the congregation. Moss is a prolific preacher, but he counteracted resistance to this project not by speaking more, but by listening and bringing in a chorus of voices to do the “preaching” for him.

Talk about Jesus and be the church. 

While plenty of secular non-profits plant gardens and green roofs, the church uniquely offers to the healing of the planet a narrative (and power) of the Gospel and the tenacity of Gospel-people.

“The church has a unique location of being a village,” said Moss. “I know of no other institution that has the ability to bless a baby, care for an elder, fund a scholarship for a teenager, work with a couple on the verge of divorce, organize a neighborhood after a shooting, visit people in jail, advocate against mass incarceration, have a farmers market, employ people who come out of prison, and help people understand how all of that is related to what [theologian Paul] Tillich calls ’the ultimate concern,’ the love of Christ.”

Grounded in the liberating love of Jesus, the church can move powerfully into environmental spaces offering a completely unique witness.

Each of our communities faces an overburdened Creation. We have a difficult road ahead. Despite all of this weight, Moss’ last words of advice ring true for anyone getting desiring to defend God’s Creation: “I would suggest that whatever you start, do it with a deep sense of prayer and with laughter.”

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Tyler Sit is pastor of New City Church, a community based in South Minneapolis that focuses on environmental justice. Both Moss and Sit are Fellows at the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE).

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The mom uniform you’ll wear on repeat — yes, leggings are involved

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I’m going to end one of the most polarizing battles of the past few years.

Breast vs. bottle. Co-sleeping vs. crib sleeping. Pshaw. Whatever. Listen up.

Leggings are too pants. They are. And they’re marvelous.

They are, in fact, the perfect pants for new moms…okay, any moms. We need to be comfortable. We need to be able to move. We need to be able to scoop up running toddlers and shush gassy babies and run a potty-training kid to the toilet in our outstretched arms. Sometimes, we also need to climb up inside the McDonald’s play structure tube to rescue a preschooler who’s decided he’s not coming out until tomorrow.

So we need clothes that move with us. We need clothes that aren’t too precious in case the potty-training kid doesn’t make it in time. Some of us need them to be nursing-friendly, and some of us need them to not squish our battered lady bits or hit us right in the c-section scar while we’re still recovering.

I’ve got your outfit for all of that. It works well for postpartum mamas but looks pulled together enough that you can wear it even when your kids are older.

Here it is:

Your New Favorite Mom Uniform:

Let’s break this down a little.

1.) Leggings with Flair

Leggings look more pulled together and more…interesting…when they have texture, or cutouts, or something a little unexpected. I have a pair of moto leggings similar to these, and a pair of these cutout leggings from Amazon ($ 20! Score!) and I really like both of them.

2.) A Basic T-Shirt

I like mine a little baggier, to hide the mom pooch a bit…these J Crew tees are great, and are on sale right now.


3.) A Drapey Cardi

I’m obsessed with these kimono-style cardigans. They’re cheap so I can buy several to rotate. They cover all the things I like to have covered (namely, my rear). The drapey-ness and long lines are flattering. Yes.

These are two of my faves:

also from Amazon, because I have Prime and I’m a mom and I try not to do things like drag my kids to the store if I can help it. Both cardis are thin, T-shirt-like material. I’ve washed them several times and they’ve held up so far, but they’re not going to be superior quality. They’re shirts for these young kid days when my clothes are going to get spit up and blood and even grosser things on them. Some items are worth splurging on…I’d say everyday outfits, at this point in my life, are not.

4.) A Funky Sneaker or Boot

Fun sneakers in bright colors in the summer, boots (with no heel, because I’d break an ankle) in the winter. Boot socks would be cute, too.

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None Of The Six Officers Involved In Death Of Freddie Gray Will Face Federal Charges

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The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that none of the six officers involved in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray will face federal charges. The cops faced state charges by Maryland prosecutors for their role in the death of the 25-year-old Baltimore man.

Gray was handcuffed and shackled by cops who placed Gray in a police transport wagon on April 12, 2015. Video of Gray’s arrest showed him screaming in pain as he was being dragged to the van.

According to the family’s lawyer William Murphy, he sustained grave neck injuries, a severed spine and entered a comatose state as a result of improper treatment from police while in their custody. Gray was hospitalized for a week after his arrest before he passed away from the spinal injury on April 20. The death sparked weeks of protests in Baltimore.

Three of the officers who went to trial were acquitted before Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the remaining cases. The DOJ apprised Murphy on Tuesday of their decision not to file federal charges.

 

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If The Comey Memos Involved Other Pop Culture Villains

The Comey hearing took our world by storm on Thursday, wherein the Senate Intelligence Committee further examined the details of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos regarding his encounters with President Trump.

We wondered what those memos would look like in the fictional worlds of pop culture, written about some of our very favorite villains.

Darth Vader Memo

“My Lord Vader asked me to dinner in his private chambers earlier that day. My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. Lord Vader was known throughout the galaxy for telling people he was their father.”

 

Voldemort Memo

“During the dinner, He Who Must Not Be Named returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied that his Death Eaters had used unforgivable curses on Cedric Diggory or Neville Longbottom’s parents. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen. He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it and then asked his snake Nagini to think about it.

“As was my practice for conversations with He Who Must Not Be Named, I wrote a detailed memo about the dinner immediately afterward and shared it with the senior leadership team in the Order of the Phoenix.”

 

Jigsaw Memo

“Jigsaw signaled the end of the briefing by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to me alone. I stayed in my chair.

“When the door by the grandfather clock closed, and we were alone, Jigsaw began by saying, ‘The grandfather clock in this room contains former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn. In 10 minutes, a naked and unconscious Mike Flynn will be released from the grandfather clock. Compromising photos of the two of you will be taken and circulated to the press, unless you can first escape from this room. The only exit is through those glass windows, which are covered in a thin gel. Your clothing is covered in a second substance, which will ignite if mixed with the gel on the windows. You must take off all your clothing and crash through the window naked onto the White House lawn, or take photos with a naked, unconscious Mike Flynn.’

“Jigsaw went to the door and before exiting, said, ‘The grandfather clock is ticking, James. Make your choice.’”

 

Emperor Palpatine Memo

“The Emperor asked his guards to ‘leave us,’ which they did promptly. He then made a long series of comments about the problem with leaks of classified information about his Death Stars — a concern I shared and still share. After he had spoken for a few minutes about stolen data tapes, Reince Priebus appeared via the HoloNet communication system and I could see a group of people waiting behind him. The Emperor waved at him, saying he would be done shortly. The hologram disappeared.

“He then said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Vader go. He’s not a good guy. There is no good left in him, I assure you. I hope you can let this go.’”

 

Sauron Memo

“On the morning of April 11, Sauron called me and asked what I had done about his request that I ‘get out’ that he is not personally under attack. He replied that ‘the halflings’ were getting in the way of his ability to do his job. He said that perhaps he would have his people reach out to Saruman or the steward of Gondor. I said that was the way his request should be handled. I said the Witch-king of Angmar should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel. He said he would do that and added, ‘Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that ring, you know.’ I did not reply or ask him what he meant by ‘that ring.’ I said only that the way to handle it was to have the Nazgûl call the Acting Deputy Attorney General. He said that was what he would do and the call ended.”

 

Hannibal Lecter Memo

“Dr. Lecter and I had dinner on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. He had called me at lunchtime that day and invited me to dinner that night, saying he was going to serve my whole family, but decided he would have just me this time, making a lip-smacking sound. But adding that he would have my whole family ‘soon enough,’ at which point he chuckled. I assumed there would be others. It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of a plexiglass room. Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve us very rare meats, fava beans and a nice chianti.”

 

Mr. Burns Memo

“On the morning of March 30, Mr. Burns called me at the FBI. ‘Ahoy-hoy,’ he said, and then described ‘the cloud’ that had formed around his nuclear power plant. He asked what we could do to get the pesky EPA off his back without having to release the hounds, which he assured me he was very much in favor of doing. 

“He finished by stressing ‘the cloud’ was interfering with his ability to take over Springfield and that he hoped I could find a way to get out that he wasn’t as evil as everyone made him sound. I told him I would see what we could do, and that it might be helpful if he didn’t laughed manically at the poor or disabled. He then pressed a button at his desk which opened a trapdoor in the floor, which I fell though.” 

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12 Father’s Day Cakes That’ll Make His Day (Beer And Bacon Are Involved)

Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate everything your dad loves, and what better way to do that than with a cake? Whether your dad loves to play golf, work in the garden or just throw back a few cold ones, we’ve got a delicious collection of cakes that’ll make dad feel appreciated. So take these projects as inspiration and make a custom cake of your own.

Oh, and yeah … there’s bacon involved.

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