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Marjorie Moon’s date had warned her he was “big into food.” So when Paul Guadalupe Gonzales ordered a second round of lobster tails during their dinner at an upscale steakhouse in Glendale, California, she wasn’t too alarmed.

“I thought for a little guy, man, you sure do eat a lot,” Moon recalled of the May 2016 date.

Sure, there were a couple of minor red flags. He’d laid it on a bit thick during their meal at Lawry’s The Prime Rib, repeatedly gushing about her good looks and even telling their waitress what a lucky guy he was.

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Rubens museum steers visitors away from nudes, in jab at Facebook censorship

Visitors to a Belgian art gallery were stunned when security guards ordered them away from nude paintings by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, in what turned out to be a stunt to protest at Facebook blocking the pictures on the grounds of decency.


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Stephen Colbert isn’t letting Donald Trump’s defense of his comments about Russia stand.

On Tuesday’s episode of the Late Show, Colbert dug into the president’s clarification of his position after recent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki — when Trump declined to criticize Russian meddling reported by the U.S. intelligence community.

“It is starting to dawn on some people, Trump may be a bad president,” Colbert joked before beginning to unpack the situation. After analyzing clips of Trump discussing his statements, Colbert zeroed in on his most critical “clarification:” that the president actually meant to say “wouldn’t” instead of “would” regarding Russia’s potential U.S. election hacking in 2016.

“Yes, the sentence should have been that,” Colbert riffed. “It was not that. But then again, who among us hasn’t said the exact opposite of what he just said in front of cameras on multiple occasions. I’m sorry, let me clarify. That sentence should be, who among us has not not done that? If you can just add a new word in, what’s next?” Colbert continued, considering previous examples of statements Trump has made that raised eyebrows: “After Charlottesville, I meant to say, there’s ‘bad’ people on both sides? And on that bus, I meant to say ‘respect’ her by the ‘pussy?;”

Ultimately, Colbert agreed that Trump’s statement was, at the very least, confusing. “It’s a double negative,” he continued, “like Donald and Trump.”


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Hot on the heels of #disrupting the grocery world by purchasing Whole Foods, Amazon is dipping its toes into the US healthcare market with a billion-dollar acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack. The deal is set to close in the second half of this year, and according to some experts, Amazon-backed changes could come to the online pharmacy literally overnight.

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Scandinavian top blogger Helena-Reet: Vanity gives money for the clever and tooks it away from the vain

OHMYGOSSIP – NordenBladet & OHMYGOSSIP-sites developer Helena-Reet Ennet is the blogger who is weekly in Finnish and Swedish news, who has more social media followers than no other girl or company in Scandinavia and who “tells the ugly truth” directly to your face. Metropoli.net talked with her about vanity.

– Vanity blinds people! People want to be “VIP” and “ESPECIAL”, but the truth is that VIP and special are only those who control their own lives. The old school well known “Snob-effect”* is the key how people get rich. It is not a secret, that if you want to make money – “approve a fool” and “pressure their vanity”! Sounds very cruel, but this is how it works. Vanity is the main thing which gives money for the clever and takes it away from the vain and foolish. And this works, always and in all life situations. Trust me!

– Don’t let others think/decide what is cool, original or nice. Make your own decisions! Yeah, I have said it thousand times, but I’ll tell it again. You do not need to waste a single penny to designer clothes/bags/widgets, especially for those you actually do not like but your “cool rich” friend has. Start decide yourself what is cool. If you truly think you like it, buy it, but if your idol has it and you do not like it, leave it.

– Just an example… you have a fat ass (like I do), believe me, it does not matter if you wear Armani, YSL, Gucci jeans or no-name trousers… your butt looks the same – fat – the “names” do not make your ass look better! Better try to find trousers what fit you well, no matter what their price/name is. Choose what is good for you and what you like! Show some personality!

– Imagine that there are things and no prices — what would you choose then? What would you choose if you do not know anything about the brands and names? It is difficult, I know.  People are very much affected what VIP’s or very rich think and wear –  that is “used to be” generally cool. Make your own decisions! Use your own head, otherwise you are a cheap and easy channel for business-branches, who uses you. I promise you, once you’ll find this confidence in you, your life is a thousand times more happy and successful!

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*In microeconomics, the snob effect is a phenomenon referring to the situation where the demand for a certain good by individuals of a higher income level is inversely related to the demand for the good by individuals of a lower income level. The “snob effect” contrasts most other microeconomic models, in that the demand curve can have a positive slope, rather than the typical negatively sloped demand curve of normal goods.

This situation is derived by the desire to own unusual, expensive or unique goods. These goods usually have a high economic value, but low practical value. The less of an item available, the higher its snob value. Examples of such items with general snob value are rare works of art, designer clothing, and sports cars.

In all these cases, one can debate whether they meet the snob value criterion, which in itself may vary from person to person. A person may reasonably claim to purchase a designer garment because of a certain threading technique, longevity, and fabric. While this is true in some cases, the desired effect can often be achieved by purchasing a less-expensive version from a reputable brand. Often these high-end items end up as closeout items in discount stores or online retailers where they may be offered at deep discounts from original price, bringing into question the true value of the product. Ultimately, wealthy consumers can be lured by superficial factors such as rarity, celebrity representation and brand prestige.

Collectors within a specific field can suffer from snob effect, searching for the rarest and often most expensive collectibles. Such examples are classic automobiles, stamps and coins.

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Aja Gabel’s The Ensemble paints a melodic portrait of an artistic life, and it will absolutely blow you away

Aja Gabel’s The Ensemble paints a melodic portrait of an artistic life, and it will absolutely blow you away


Aja Gabel’s <em>The Ensemble</em> paints a melodic portrait of an artistic life, and it will absolutely blow you away

I don’t give many 5-star ratings on Goodreads. To be 5-star-worthy, a book has to really knock the wind out of me, burrow deep into my heart, and tell a story unlike anything I’ve ever read, all at once. Reader, I gave Aja Gabel’s The Ensemble five stars. I would give it six if I could.

The moment you lay eyes on The Ensemble, you know you’ve stumbled upon a special book. And once you crack the spine and start reading, you realize its insides match its gorgeous outside. Aja Gabel tells a lyrical story of partnership that spans over a decade. The Ensemble follows the four members of the Van Ness String Quartet from the time they’re students in conservatory until they’re adults playing chamber music professionally. At times, they’re hardly friends; during others, they’re closer than family. But they’re quartet mates always. Through success, failure, love, loss, cross-country moves, injury, marriage, divorce, children, new beginnings, and life in general, they choose the group every time.

I haven’t cared about a book or about characters this much in a while, and I can’t recommend The Ensemble enough. HelloGiggles readers are loving it too — in fact, you chose it as our HG Book Club pick for June. (Follow @hellogiggles on Instagram for weekly discussion questions and share a picture of where you’re reading with #HGBookClub!)

I spoke with Aja Gabel about The Ensemble, writing a novel that dares to tell the story of an entire life, and the unique bonds that connect members of the music community.

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HelloGiggles: It’s clear that your understanding of and love for music runs deep. Can you tell me a little bit about your background with it?

Aja Gabel: I played violin when I was five, and then I switched to the cello when I was 10. I studied and played the cello until I was 30. So I stopped pretty recently, about when I was writing this book. I studied very intensely and I competed. Then, there came a time when I had to choose if I was going to go to college or conservatory, and it became clear that I loved the music slightly more than I was good at it; choosing a life of conservatory and that path would have been really painful and difficult I think. So I went to regular college and I continued to play and study, and mostly played chamber music.

HG: What inspired you to make music such a big part of The Ensemble?

AG: The reason I wanted to write about a string quartet is because that’s how I grew up making friendships and making connections and bonds — through music. Everybody I was with when I was younger were musicians. Even though I went to regular high school, I still only had music friends, because that’s what I did. I think there’s something really special about learning to be close to someone while you’re playing with them. I think that it’s a very unusual way to get close to someone, but it reveals a lot about how we make connections. That they’re often non-verbal; that they have to do with some implicit understanding about each other or what we’re making or doing here that isn’t often expressed directly in words; that there’s a physical closeness you have with some people that isn’t romantic. I thought it illuminated a lot of that, but in this sideways way.

HG: A word I see used to describe The Ensemble a lot is “lyrical,” and it’s absolutely spot-on. The writing is so melodic and impresses upon the reader just how big a part of the characters’ lives music is. It really informs the writing and not the other way around.

AG: It’s nice to hear you say that it was lyrical and it be a compliment. For a lot of MFA programs and in workshops, “lyrical” can be a kind of dirty word, like the music of the language is standing in for some kind of substance. But I’ve always been drawn to that, because the music of the language is what I respond to first when I read something. It’s really nice to hear people recognize that and understand that it reflects something about what this story is about.

I think that comes from having studied it for decades. When you research something, you have to digest it and internalize it and then forget it in order to write creatively about it. With music, because I had studied it for so long, it was inside me in this way that I didn’t feel like I had to add it in later.

HG: Your four main characters, Jana, Brit, Henry, and Daniel, are such dimensional, complicated people. How did they come to you? Did you know their full arcs when you started writing, or did they reveal themselves in time?

AG: They definitely revealed themselves over time. I think that I had ideas of who they would be, and then they completely flipped the script on me at various moments. That sounds cheesy to say, but it’s really true. When you start writing somebody, certain things feel false or certain things feel really authentic. It has little to do with what you’re creating and more to do with who these people are that you made. The way I started writing them was to focus on certain archetypical qualities.

For example, the first violinist, Jana, is very bossy and headstrong and ambitious. That kind of thing informed how I made her character. So then I thought, What if that bossiness and ambition left her sort of cold and empty at the end of the day? What if she also needed other people to succeed? She wants to succeed so badly, but her success depends on other people, and she doesn’t really like other people; she can’t connect to them very well. So that gave me immediate conflict and problems to work with.

I tried to do that with every character. The second violinist, Brit, is very passive. But she’s also very romantic. She wants very much to have a voice, but doesn’t quite know how to make decisions and have agency in her life. I definitely started with archetypical type information, but at the end of the day, these people are humans and I wanted this novel to be character-driven, so I had to look at what tragedies and desire make up their character.

HG: Without giving anything away, the ending was very satisfying, especially because it wasn’t necessarily perfect for anybody.

AG: The novels that I love tell the story of an entire life. Whether or not it’s from birth to death, the novels that I love have breath to them. I wanted to write something that felt like it contained gestures of an entire lived life. And that isn’t neat and tidy; it’s often very messy. But the satisfaction comes from having lived and recognized, so that’s what I wanted to create without writing an 800-page novel. [laughs] To try to show that depth and complexity across a long time.

HG: So many stories have a clear defining moment where everything changed. Do you think the quartet had one big moment or was it different for each of them?

AG: I think for me, because the novel is in four sections and each sections revolves around a concert that they have to give, I think that those are all the moments for me. Those are structural moments they can move toward. I was trying not to write a novel when I wrote this; I was trying to write little short stories, because the idea of a novel was a little bit terrifying. I arranged it so that it could be around these concerts. For me, that’s what gives it the sense of a whole life — there isn’t really one moment that we change forever. It’s a bunch of different moments and it’s different seasons of our lives. That’s what I hope is reflected here.

HG: It is! You reveal what we need to know, but you don’t force it. We figure it out as we read.

AG: I didn’t want to write that. I don’t think anyone wants to read that stuff either. I didn’t want to get a character from A to B; I just wanted to have them at B and then be able to tell you whatever you needed to know. That’s a scary thing for a writer to do, but it turns out that readers don’t want to read the middle stuff anyway. They don’t really care.

HG: Each section of the book opens by listing the songs the quartet will play at an upcoming concert. How did you choose the music for each stage of their journey?

AG: I tried to be very purposeful with those pieces. In the beginning, they play the Dvořák “American,” which is a piece that both students and professionals play. They’re trying to make the leap from student to professional at that point. And they play it again at the end, and they’re fully professional. I tried to choose pieces that would illuminate an emotional moment for these characters, because I was writing about the concerts. When there’s a bunch of strife, they play Shostakovich. No one’s better at strife than Shostakovich. That was very purposeful. That said, these are all pieces that I love very much as well, and know; I have played almost all of them. I would watch YouTube videos sort of obsessively of string quartets playing them so I could see how they move. [laughs]

HG: Do you think the members of the quartet all want the same version of what they’re working toward?

AG: I think they all have different reasons for doing what they do. Some of them want a family, some of them want money, some of them want fame, some of them don’t have any other choice. Those conflicting motivations are true to what we all do, sitting in a room working on anything together, whether that’s at a workplace or in a theater. We’re all bringing different motivations to this. But I think that makes what is created more special, because what you’re creating with those four people is something that doesn’t exist in the room otherwise. Having those different motivations and different desires at the center of it is integral to creating an interesting piece. The agreement happens in the music, but the desires are incredibly personal.

Aja Gabel’s The Ensemble is available wherever books are sold. Pick up a copy and read along with the #HGBookClub in June.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump’s disappearing act is over.

The first lady showed herself in public Wednesday for the first time in nearly a month, seated alongside her husband, President Donald Trump, for a briefing on the federal government’s preparedness for the hurricane season that began June 1.

The routine meeting at Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters took on outsized significance after the White House revealed that Mrs. Trump would accompany her husband. Prior to Wednesday, she had not been seen off the White House grounds since May 10.

The first sighting of the first lady came as she and the president strolled down the walkway from the Oval Office and climbed into “the Beast,” his idling limousine. She was wearing a belted trench coat and her customary high heels.

Minutes later, Mrs. Trump took her seat alongside the president at one end of a long conference table as the FEMA briefing began, appearing to be her usual self.

“She’s doing great. She went through a little rough patch, but she’s doing great,” Trump said at the top of the meeting, surrounded by his Cabinet as several governors and other officials participated by video conference. “And we’re very proud of her. She’s done a fantastic job as first lady.”

He added: “The people love you. The people of our country love you. So, thank you honey.”

The first lady smiled and nodded as her husband and others spoke during the portion of the briefing that was open to journalists. She and the president later spent a few minutes greeting FEMA employees. Mrs. Trump stepped with ease, smiled and was heard telling one worker “thank you very much.”

It was her first appearance away from the White House since she and the president traveled to Joint Base Andrews to welcome home three Americans who had been released from detention in North Korea.

Several days later, the first lady underwent a procedure to treat a kidney condition. She spent five days in the hospital before returning to the White House on May 19 to continue her recuperation. She held private meetings with her staff and worked on projects, though she skipped a few public events where her participation seemed likely, including a Medal of Honor presentation and a sports “field day” for professional athletes and kids on the South Lawn.

But speculation mounted as week after week passed without a public appearance, spawning wild theories about where she might be and what might have happened to her.

The first lady addressed the issue on Twitter last week, saying: “I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I’m doing. Rest assured, I’m here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!”

Her husband was less charitable Wednesday.

“The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania,” he wrote on Twitter. “During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. (and me) for N.Y. or Virginia, to abuse. All Fake, she is doing really well!”

Trump also paired the text of the tweets with video of himself and the first lady on his Facebook page.

Fox News Channel, Trump’s favorite cable network, aired a segment this week in which the hosts of one of its shows criticized news reports about the first lady. Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump’s top advisers, echoed the criticism.

“I think it’s a shame that most of the coverage of the first lady in the last several weeks has been about conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact,” Conway told reporters at a breakfast meeting.

Earlier this week, the first lady participated in a White House event for military families. Journalists were not granted access out of respect for the families, meaning Mrs. Trump was seen only by those who attended.

But video posted on Twitter showed the first lady strolling into the East Room accompanied by the president. She later tweeted event photos that showed her sitting next to the president.

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Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman contributed to this report.

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Getting outside with my kids — hiking, biking, cooling off at the lake, is my favorite thing. All the noisy chaos that happens in the house seems not quite as loud when we’re all outside. Also, no one is messing with my stuff.

But I dread putting sunscreen on them. I have to confess, I get a little relieved when we go swimming at an indoor pool because I don’t have to mess with it. A few BabyCenter bloggers were talking about sunscreen application woes when one said her fantasy would be a sunscreen mist in the doorway that her daughter passed through every morning. Like a carwash but with sunscreen. This is a genius idea and I will pay her a thousand dollars if she makes me one.

In the meantime, we make due. My husband swears by the spray-on stuff, which does work. I just worry about hitting every single spot, and spray sunscreen seems to only last for one afternoon with our group of six. Not exactly the best bang for my buck.

My method for years involved trapping squirmy toddlers between my knees and holding them firmly in place while I squirt sunscreen into one hand and slap it on every exposed area I possibly can. Usually someone got it in their eyes and cried (which is good, actually, because it flushes out all the sunscreen I just accidentally got in there).

Then several years ago, manufacturers started making sunscreen sticks, which saved my life, and perhaps my kids’ eyesight. I love those things. Here are a few more suggestions to make applying sunscreen to kids a little more pleasant.

How to apply sunscreen to squirming children

1.) Put them in charge…sort of. Kids always do better when they have some control. Give them the sunscreen stick and let them “color” their faces. Let them apply their own lotion to their arms and legs. Keep an eye on them and make sure you get any spots they missed, but let them be the ones to start everything off.

2.) Use different applicators. This is a brilliant idea from EWG — they suggest giving kids make-up sponges or brushes to apply their sunscreen. All four of my kids loved playing with my make-up so I think this would be a huge hit.

3.) Bribe them. I know, everyone has very strong opinions on whether to bribe kids…but if promising ice cream afterward, or extra screen time at home can get them to sunscreen up and help prevent skin cancer? It might be worth a try. You can also let kids play on their iPad or tablet while you’re applying sunscreen to keep them occupied.

4.) Make it a house rule. No one at our house gets out of the car to go on an adventure without sunscreen. I suppose this is the opposite of bribing — punishing kids by making them stay at the car until everyone’s properly protected. But we started out doing this when the kids were babies, and we still abide by it, so it doesn’t occur to anyone to object (for this to work, you’d better be putting your sunscreen on, too!).

5.) Use other sun protection clothing. We started using swim shirts a few summers ago, so we now have less area to apply sunscreen. Also, we use SPF-protective hats, so if the kids or I do miss a spot, hopefully they’re still covered.

I hope that even though my kids wiggle and act like they’re being tortured by this tiny bit of lotion, I’m not only protecting them but I’m also teaching them healthy habits that they’ll continue for the rest of their lives.

For a list of good sunscreens for kids, I really like the suggestions on EWG as well. They’ve got everything categorized to help you pick the best one for your family.

And for more BabyCenter summer safety tips, be sure to check out this post. Happy adventuring!

Do you have any tips for getting sunscreen on kids?

Images by Laura Falin and iStock. 

For more kids’ activities and easy recipes, you can find Laura at Peace but not Quiet, and on Facebook and Pinterest.

This post was originally published in June, 2017.

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Bystander Saves the Day After Tripping Armed Man Who Was Running Away from the Police

Thanks to a helpful bystander, police in Ohio were able to apprehend an armed man who was trying to run away from them, authorities say.

On Thursday, exactly one month after the incident occurred near a library in Columbus, Ohio, on April 3, the Columbus Division of Police released footage that showed a man, whom they identified as “Bill,” bravely sticking out his leg to trip the armed suspect.

In the video, Bill described the moments that led up to his decision to step in, saying, “I saw you guys were chasing him and I could see that he was holding something in his waistband while he was running from you guys, but he had a good lead on your closest officer. So I got in his way to slow him down so you guys could get him.”

Alongside the video, the Columbus Division of Police added that “Bill,” who uses a cane, had been visiting the West Columbus Library “with his granddaughter” at the time of the incident.

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Describing what happened next, police wrote that “Bill stuck out a back leg to trip the suspect who was running from police.”

“That move likely saved the 18-year-old suspect’s life,” they continued. “Police recovered a Glock 9 MM pistol with a high capacity extended clip containing 29 rounds. The suspect, with a lengthy criminal record, went back to jail. No one was injured.”

The video did not address what had led to the police chase and what the 18-year-old suspect had been arrested for, although in an interview with Inside Edition, police named the suspect as Shawn Briggs. The Columbus Division of Police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

“I just felt as a citizen of this town I had a responsibility to act, to help,” the helpful bystander said in the video after being thanked by an officer. “I think people are supposed to help.”

Commenting on the footage, one officer in the video said, “You can tell he’s timing it out perfectly. He made the decision early and it’s great watching that footage.”


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When people decide to go on vacation and they search for the accommodation of their choice, the one that will suit their needs best, there are usually all kinds of factor people take into consideration. It could be the location of the property, the star ratings, the room amenities, the type of food that is served or just how good of reviews the hotel has received. We could easily say that location and service are generally the top reasons why someone, traveling alone or not, would choose a place to spend their next vacation for.

Just like there are all kinds of reasons for going on a trip, there are also some very interesting and eye-opening reasons for why one hotel or B&B would be better than the other. In fact, some people base their decision on where to stay on the most unexpected reasons, for example, how at home the property will make them feel. Now, it sounds almost like an oxymoron, why would anyone want to travel anywhere just so they could feel like they never left home at the end of the day? Well, we guess there are people that like the idea of feeling like they never really left. We believe it’s more than that and that what makes a hotel be considered one that has that cozy vibe has to do with how friendly the service is, how comfortable the hotel’s amenities are and all those little things that make one feel as relaxed and as comfy as possible. Here are five hotels that will give you that homey feeling and that take the meaning of hospitality to a whole new level:

Atemporal-Hotelito – Lima, Peru

This renovated 1940’s mansion in the hip district of Lima, Peru, offers the guests a personalized lodging experience in the most convenient and flexible way. This completely private property is unique in the sense that it allows exclusive entry for the guests. The rooms and the entire decor is conceived as the home of the worldly photographer who is barely at home while he travels the world. The overall vibes are relaxed and informal and once people enter this townhouse like hotel, they can’t help but feel right at a home, a luxurious home. The eclectic design has the perfect modern touches. That is one place any tourist would like to come back to after a whole day of exploring the city.

The PIG at Combe – Devon, England

The PIG at Combe in Southwest England in the county named Devon has the perfect homely charm. This grand country estate might be secluded but is very easily accessible. Everything about this place screams comfort. Even the rooms are named in a way that will make you feel as cozy as possible. You have the Snug rooms, the Comfy rooms and the Comfy Luxe room if you’re feeling like you need a little pampering. If you are visiting in the summer there will be plenty of local festivals to check out.

Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa – Laguna Beach, CA

The minute you enter this castle-like beachfront property, you can’t help but feel the freedom in air. This historical building dates all the way back to the beginning of the 30th century and was designed by one of the first local Californian architects. This sea-side gem is 23 rooms that are designed by Moroccan influences and eclectic furnishings for a warm and atmosphere. Located in the heart of the vibrant Laguna Beach, this property is your absolute perfect oceanfront getaway.

28 Kothi – Jaipur, India

Surrounded by lush gardens, this boutique and intimate guest-house located in the heart of Jaipur will offer an exclusive homely feeling away from the city bustle. There are only five bedrooms designed in a mix of modern and local roots. Some of the amenities include a library, a yoga studio and an-all vegetarian menu. Dazzling minimalism is here.

Killiehuntly Farmhouse & Cottage – Scotland

If you are lucky enough to visit the Killiehuntly Farmhouse any time soon, you will be pleasantly surprised to find traditional design mixed with Scandinavian touches, or like the owners like to call it – Scandi-Scot. The fact that there are only four rooms in this estate and one cottage, provides the ultimate private and luxurious experience away from everything noisy. This place is perfect for those seeking for nature, solitude, design, serenity and comfort all under the same roof.

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So mom guilt never goes away, huh?

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Maggie Downs

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I thought it would be long gone by now, kind of like my belly bands and maternity jeans. I thought I’d have wriggled free and moved on. It would be just another memory of the early days, like pump parts and nursing pads.

But mom guilt is still very much with me.

It emerged again this morning as a friend and I discussed preschools. As we chatted, the questions looped through my head like an endless chyron.

Was I wrong to pull my son from his previous school? The place we’re at now is more convenient for me, but is it the best place for him? He gets less time outside now but more time with me, so is that a decent tradeoff? Where would he thrive more? What if he hates it? What if he hates me for putting him here?

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I don’t know what I’m supposed to do to shake the mom guilt.

I’ve let go of so many of the other issues that plagued me when my son was a baby. I successfully emerged on the other side from postpartum depression. I researched all the things — ALL the things, from nursing, co-sleeping, and sleep training to every type of parenting style — and I tried my best to make the best decisions for my family. And I feel like I finally found my groove as a mama.

So I thought when a certain number of milestones were achieved, the mom guilt would simply dissolve. POOF! Gone forever.

I imagined that after some time had passed, after I relaxed into my role as a parent, after I successfully made some decisions and watched my son thrive, there’d be no place for mom guilt to hide. I expected that the weight would leave my shoulders and that I would stride into every decision with confidence and have no regrets. But still the mom guilt lurks.

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It slinks under every decision I make. When I have a dinner out with friends. When I work overtime. When I opt to hug out a tantrum with my son rather than do a time out. I know I’m not in a position to provide my son with everything, but I try to make up for it with love.

And what if that’s not enough? I second-guess myself. I feel bad, even though I’m not sure that following an alternative path would have made me feel any better.

What I’m learning is that mom guilt is a companion that will follow me all the way through motherhood, like a shadow. There are moments of the day when it will be more prominent, as well as times when it will seemingly disappear. I guess I just have to make friends with it — or at the very least, get used to it.

How do you ease your mom guilt?

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Getting away from it all – 3 of the remotest places on earth

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Life is hectic. Sometimes you just want to get away from it all. From the traffic, from the noise, cell phones, email and social media. Maybe you want to walk out into the middle of the woods and be alone? But there are always other people! Maybe you want to just travel to another country? But it’s exactly the same thing there too but in a different language.

If you truly want to get away from it all, to completely disconnect and cut yourself off from all the hustle bustle and noise, you’re going to have to get somewhere far, far away. It won’t be easy, but it is definitely possible to do. Here are three of those places where you can just go and get away from it all.

Point Nemo

Do you love the ocean? Do you want to be on a ship by yourself with a close to 0 percent chance that you will be bothered by a passing ship or any human presence at all? Then Point Nemo is the place for you.

Point Nemo is the point in the southern Pacific ocean which is the farthest away from land in any direction. Named after the Latin word “no one,” the closest island is more than 1,600 miles away.

Just be warned that if you are indeed planning to go spend some time there on your ship, you will need to bring provisions. Due to the fact that the area is so remote (there isn’t anything underwater either!), the area is basically a dead zone without many fish inhabiting the area.

Additionally, whenever a space agency is finished with a satellite and wants to crash it into the earth, they usually crash it into Point Nemo to make sure that it won’t hit anyone. So if you do decide to go there, make sure no space junk is coming for your boat.

Tristan da Cunha

So maybe you want to be in a place with a little bit of land and not be threatened by getting hit by space debris. However, you still want to be completely disconnected, yet the idea of being around a few people doesn’t seem all that bad – so long as there is absolutely no traffic.

Maybe the island of Tristan da Cunha is the place for you! This British colony is the remotest island in the world, being 1,200 miles away from the nearest island and 1,500 miles away from the nearest continent! Tristan da Cunha only has about 290 people living on the island, and the only way to reach the island is from South Africa on either a polar exploring ship or one of two fishing boats. The trip takes about 6 days, and boats only stop on the island about 6-7 times a year.

But never fear! You will truly be alone as there is no cell phone coverage on the island, and the only place to get online is at one internet cafe. Even then, the internet is only fast enough to send emails.

Svalbard

So maybe you want to get away from it all, but you still want to have some way of getting out and going back home. Maybe you also want to be able to call your family to tell them that you are ok. But you still want that feeling of remoteness. Where should you go?

Maybe you can try Svalbard – a group of islands way north of Norway? There are only 2,500 people on the islands, a couple of roads, an airport, and a good amount of ports. It’s easy to just go up into the mountains and see literally no one, but still be able to come back a short while later for some R&R back in civilization.

Maybe you can memorize where the giant seed vault is on the islands. The seed vault holds thousands of seeds for just in case the world takes a turn for the worst and humanity needs to start over from scratch.

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Becky Vieira

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If my son doesn’t poop he can’t sleep. And if he doesn’t seep our entire house is thrown into disarray. I hate chaos, so we generally end up waiting for him.

To poop, that is. We wait for him to poop — if that wasn’t clear.

It’s not that he has to poop that’s a problem. It’s when. Twice a day, right before he naps and goes to bed. And if we don’t wait for the poop before we put him down, he won’t sleep.

He will talk, fuss, even scream. Essentially he’ll do anything except sleep. As soon as we take him from his crib he finds a quiet corner and does his business. We learned this the hard way, after many missed naps. And a few nights when we had to perform the entire nighttime routine twice.

Finally we came to accept that we need to wait out the “event.” As soon as it happens we can usher him in for his nap or to bed. It makes sense. No one can relax, or sleep, when they are on the precipice of bathroom visit. Or in their diapers, as is his case.

Toddler boy sits with mom before he goes to sleep

So we sit. And time passes. Until he finally he stops what he’s doing. Stands perfectly still as his tiny faces turns a dark shade of pink. And I can finally relax, because I know what’s next. He poops. Next, he can can sleep. And I can finally stop waiting.

It’s bizarre. Funny. And now just an unspoken part of our daily routine that I don’t think much about anymore. He has lunch or dinner. Plays a bit while we wait. He goes to the bathroom. Then we can begin our sleep routine.

Though it does feel like he’s holding us hostage at times. I’ll never get back the hours I’ve lost waiting for my son to poop.

I’ll admit it, there are plenty of days when I count down the minutes until he goes to sleep. Teething, tantrums or just exhaustion can make for a rough day. As the clock ticks closer to nap or bedtime I start to feel as rush of energy because I know I’m about to get a break.

It’s usually followed by a twinge of sadness, knowing I’ll miss my son during the time he’s asleep. Topped off by a rush of guilt over the fact that I was looking forward to it. All of this quickly become a moot point as it’s no longer about when he’ll sleep. It’s about when he’ll poop.

The two are inexplicably linked.

Toddler boy sits and plays with toys

In the 18 months since his birth my son has stolen many things. He stole my heart — it’s cliche, but true. A lot of my sleep. And many, many hours have been stolen as I wait for him to finish a meal, (attempt to) put his shoes on, or walk down the street and stop to look at every line in the sidewalk.

He’s also stolen plenty of time spent waiting for that aforementioned diaper incident.

I’ve come to accept it. He’s on a regimented bathroom schedule. The kid is regular, what can I say. People spend years trying to reach this type of bowel movement nirvana that he’s achieved at only 18 months-old.

After all, he’s just a toddler. Barely beyond the baby stage. It’s his world, we just live in it.

At least while we wait for him to poop.

For more mom moments, follow me on Instagram at Witty Otter.

Does your child have anything they must do before they can sleep? And do they poop at a sat time each day?

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Paddy McGuinness’s wife Christine is all smiles as she jets away for her 30th birthday

PADDY McGuinness’ wife Christine looked flawless as she flashed her abs as she prepared to fly off to celebrate her 30th birthday.

She was full of smiles on the way to the airport as the couple move on from the Nicole Appleton drama of recent weeks.

Christine McGuinness looked so happy to celebrate her birthday
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She wore a black cropped hooded sweater and matching jogging bottoms for the outing, flashing her toned tummy as she pulled her suitcase along.

Christine looked happy and relaxed, just weeks after reconciling with Paddy, 44, following his cosy night out in London with All Saints singer Nicole, 43.

The outing comes after The Sun on Sunday exclusively revealed how Christine could lift the lid on the drama during an appearance on Loose Women.

And as well as her upcoming stint on The Real Housewives Of Cheshire, Christine’s TV career could be given a boost with a permanent role on the ITV panel show if she impresses.

Christine showed off her incredible figure on the way to the airport
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Her long blonde hair was styled perfectly straight for her birthday trip
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The mother looked determined to have a good time away
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Christine and husband Paddy are moving on from the drama surrounding his cosy night out with Nicole Appleton
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We revealed how ITV chiefs are considering the model-turned-reality TV star as a regular panellist.

And a TV source said: “Bosses are really excited to see how Christine comes across on Loose Women and are already discussing a more permanent role for her.

“They believe her no-nonsense Northern charm is exactly what the show needs.

“Loose Women is always looking to add to its panellists and Christine couldn’t be hotter property right now.”


Last month, The Sun exclusively revealed how Christine would be joining ITVBe reality show, The Real Housewives of Cheshire.

The model’s decision to let cameras into her home comes after she was devastated by snaps of her husband with his arm around Nicole in London’s Soho.

A TV insider said: “Christine has been given the chance to be in the spotlight.

Christine has joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Cheshire, but Paddy will not feature on the programme
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“She has been through a tough since feeling betrayed by Paddy and is looking forward to having a new focus.

“It’s not great news for Paddy who’s already seen enough of his private life scrutinised.

“She’s already filmed some scenes.”

It has since been revealed the Take Me Out host will not appear in the show alongside his wife.


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Power of Walking Away: Tamron Hall Talks Life after ‘Today’

When Tamron Hall walked away from the Today show early last year, fans were shocked, appalled, and disappointed that the first black woman to hold an anchor seat on the show would be leaving. There were reports that she was blindsided by news that her 9 a.m. slot would be given to Fox’s Megyn Kelly, and NABJ got involved, citing the decision as a measure of “whitewashing” NBC News’s offerings. (Forbes even reported that Kelly would get close to a whopping to $ 20 million—a heftier salary than Hall’s, whose earnings disqualified her from the magazine’s 2016 list of highest-paid show hosts.)

Her social media posts thereafter reflected her journey into me-time: vacations, charity, and red-carpet sightings. But what about her passion and career? What about the newly landed Weinstein Television deal for a new talk show? How would she surpass the win of landing one of the most-coveted seats on TV?

Yesterday, the award-winning journalist made a stop in Norfolk, Virginia, at Old Dominion University and talked about just that, setting the record straight. “I knew I had worked hard. I would do the Today show for three hours, 45 minutes in between, go to MSNBC, and every weekend I’d tape Deadline Crime,” Hall said. “I don’t begrudge anyone for taking a job offered to them. That’s not my journey. For me, [it’s] a universal feeling: We all want to feel appreciated—at work, in our lives, in relationships—and so that’s just what I felt. I didn’t have a chip on my shoulder. There were reports that I abruptly left, and that’s a lie.”

The award-winning journalist, who hosted MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall, and Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, also spoke candidly about her journey in choosing her next best boss move, revving up her advocacy for domestic violence victims, and how being “unapologetically black” is non-negotiable:

On rebounding after the Harvey Weinstein scandal and deciding her next career steps:
[The offer for a new TV talk show] came last summer, and at the time, I’d never met Harvey Weinstein. Of course, I knew who he was…and he came to me and my team with a great idea—something that was already in the works…. People have asked me why don’t you [think] about it? I say, “Listen, I think good common sense leads the day.” My record standing for women speaks for itself. … In reality, the Harvey Weinstein situation, thankfully, did not have an impact on my ability to return to TV and I’m very grateful for that.

I’ve been offered a lot of jobs that I don’t want and that I can turn down because when I come back I really want y’all to be proud of me. I want you to be proud of what I do next, so I’m trying to thoughtfully make that transition to where I feel I need to be.

On what keeps her passion strong in domestic violence awareness and victim advocacy:
Ten to 11 years ago, I was invited to MC an event because the original person who was supposed to MC canceled. The organization was called Day One, and they teach domestic violence awareness in public schools in New York. … One young lady after the next started telling their story about being a domestic violence survivor… I’m standing there hearing all these stories knowing that my sister was murdered. … Finally, I just blurted it out, when I got up to the podium, I said, ‘My sister was murdered.’ I knew that there were signs of domestic violence in the home. I lived in Chicago, [and it was] specifically this moment [that] I knew: I heard a commotion in my house. I ran downstairs and my sister and a significant other was there. She had a huge knot on her head, the table had been knocked over—it was just a horrible scene. I said, “What’s going on here!” And he said, “Oh she fell over the table.” I knew that was a lie. I grabbed her, and I got a broom and started to threaten him, like, Get out of my house. … I went upstairs and nursed my sister, put her to bed… I woke up the next morning and he was back in my house, in bed with my sister. I kicked them both out.

For me, it was a very selfish thing. I alienated my sister. We reconciled… we just pretended it never happened. … I’ve met a lot of families who experienced that same thing where you just say, “We’re just going to pretend it didn’t happen. It’ll get better. And it won’t happen again.” Well, it did. And it cost us her. … It is why I’ve dedicated my life to sharing that very painful story as much as I can, because if I can find the courage to share it, then maybe someone else can be helped from it.

On handling naysayers and being fearless:
I try never to get into Twitter fights—-I just don’t have the temperament for them… but I said the other day in an interview that I am unapologetically black. I’m not anti-anyone but I am certainly proud of the Southern black people who raised me. So on Twitter… this white male writer…someone I don’t know… says ‘Oh why’d you have to say that?’ … I said to him on Twitter, “First of all, why did that bother you?”

It should never bother someone that you are unapologetically who you are. I am unapologetically Texan, Southern, a black woman—I come from my culture, but I am inclusive.

When I look back on my life at 48, and the thing I’m trying my best to hold on to—not my youth…it’s that I was fearlessness. I think we all go through that where we take on more responsibilities—life, the savings account—we lose some of that fearlessness that allows you to take those leaps of faith. My spirituality means the world to me, but God is not going to help me unless I help myself. Having that fearless energy going in and shaking hands, meeting people and asking for the job. When you don’t get it, ask again, and again because no is nothing. No is a yes waiting.

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My 5-year-old wants to give away her little sister

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My 5-year-old has started asking me if we can give her sister to another family. I’m sure this is in the range of normal behavior…right? I remember thinking my life would be better without my little sister in it, too. A couple of years ago she was asking me if she could move to another family.

She’s seen her best friend’s family morph over the years with adoptions, fostering, and welcoming “bonus” children, so her concept of family is pretty fluid. I like that. But our family isn’t that fluid and her littler sister is here to stay.

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I get it. Right now Vivi sees Evie as competition for my time. And she’s not wrong. If the little ones aren’t napping their needs make themselves known, sometimes at full throttle. And Vivi’s chorus of “look at me,” “look at what I made,” or “look at what I can do” gets drowned out.

I feel so torn. Spending time with my cool little kid is fun for me too. I want to invest in the special relationship I have with Vivianne, but get frustrated when she doesn’t acknowledge the time I do give to her. She’s only 5, I get that, but a little validation for the efforts I’m making would help me feel like my energy isn’t going into this vast empty space of want and need.

Some days aren’t so frustrating. Some days we can get away or both babies stay napping and we can sneak in a kitchen picnic like the one Vivi prepared the other day. She set out the cups, I poured the apple juice and she got out frozen Go-gurt, bananas, and apples to eat.

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Last week she got off the bus in tears and immediately complained that her ear was hurting. She’d been in pain since lunchtime, but was afraid to go to the nurse. I called her doctors office and snagged the last appointment of the day and was advised to give her some ibuprofen for the pain.

She snuggled into me while we waited for the pain medication to work. As we snuggled, Evie woke up, hair asunder, and joined us on the recliner. Then Annie let out a mighty cry and everyone was shuffled as I went to pick her up.

The babysitter came and I took Vivi to her appointment. The clinic wasn’t far from her dad’s work and he came and joined us. The doctor spoke to Vivi about her ear and her cough. She said, “My cough sounds like a car not starting.” I looked at Tré, amazed at her metaphor.

She kept saying funny things like that. I wondered if I was missing these parts of her personality at home because I was so busy with the babies. At home she’s one voice straining against the others. Here, I was bearing witness to this clever, smart little human alone, really focusing on what she was saying. It was amazing! And no, I’m not just biased because I’m her mom. I swear.

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Slipping in a 20-minute picnic is sometimes all the time I have to give. Some day she’ll be older and be the one not having time for me. I want to to stop what I’m doing when I can to give her all the attention I can. Like shutting off the TV when a conversation is taking place; I want her to know that our relationship is important.

As a family of five we will probably always worry about having enough time for each other. But someday the shoe will be on the other foot. I hope she remembers this when it’s her turn to stop what she’s doing and have a kitchen picnic with her children.

How do you fill up your older kids love tank?

Photos by Kelly & Tré Wilbanks

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So Sad: Don Lemon’s Sister Passes Away in an Accidental Drowning

CNN news anchor Don Lemon is mourning the loss of his older sister who passed away on Wednesday.

She was 58.

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“Thanks everyone for your words of sympathy. Please keep my family in your prayers,” the CNN host tweeted on Thursday. “Leisa was my oldest sister & partner in crime growing up. Always had my back. #RIPbigSis.”

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, L’Tanya “Leisa” Lemon Grimes drowned after falling into a neighborhood pond while fishing in Livingston Parish, La. Her death appeared to be accidental.

Lemon, who according to social media is currently in New Orleans, will not host “CNN Tonight” on Thursday.

RIP L’Tanya.

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When you take away your kids’ electronics, good things happen

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Lindsay Weiss

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Electronics like TV, Xbox, iPads, and computers are a privilege in our house and get “removed as an option” when certain responsibilities and behavior standards aren’t met. I don’t know why I started with that phrasing but I’ve always liked it better than just “taken away.” I think I like the kids to see electronics as just one option in a whole array of ways to spend their time. When electronics are removed, they see it in context with their other options.

Anyhoo, however you phrase it — I love taking electronics away. Seriously. I get excited to do it because I know I’m about to witness a time period where one (or all) of my kiddos have to get creative. They’ll generally whine for a day about how BORED they are, but then they’ll stumble upon an old game, a stack of Nerf guns, or the closet full of coloring books, drawing pads, and shiny new pencils.

Here’s one thing that happened when I took them away last week:

(Note: I just noticed they were using an iPod for the music. Oh well…)

Now, you may wonder why I don’t just take electronics away permanently if I love what’s happening without them. Two reasons:

1) I like some of the things they do on their electronics. They make really cool videos, produce “shows” and make “movies.” I also think they’re entitled to choose a few of their leisure activities, which includes YouTube Kids and playing Roblox. We have time limit software on all our devices so it’s all in moderation.

2) Electronic privileges are an ace in the hole when it comes to disciplinary tactics. When I take them away it’s usually for two weeks, so anytime I mention it the kids’ typically redirect their behavior immediately.

I know lots of parents hesitate to take away electronics because it almost feels like a punishment to us. The complaining…the whining…it can be exhausting. But if you flip your perspective (and buy a pair of noise-canceling headphones for the first day), you might get a little excited at the possibilities your kids can stumble upon.

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Erica Garner, activist and daughter of Eric Garner, has passed away. She was the mother of two and only 27 years old.

The New York Daily News reported she suffered an asthma attack on December 23, which caused a heart attack. Erica did not know she had heart issues until her last pregnancy in August, “after that pregnancy, Erica suffered a first cardiac arrest a few months ago, her mother said. The pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which doctors discovered was enlarged — a condition Erica had not been aware of.” Sadly, Erica never fully recovered and passed away this morning. Her family confirmed the news on Twitter:

Erica Garner was the daughter of Eric Garner, who was killed on July 17, 2014, when an NYPD officer restrained him with an illegal chokehold. The killing was caught on camera with Garner repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.” The officer was never indicted.

Erica was an activist for social justice. She even campaigned for Senator Bernie Sanders‘ run for president and blasted the Clinton campaign when leaked emails revealed her father’s death was being considered as a talking point. Here is one of Erica’s most famous tweets:

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Update: Erica Garner was pronounced dead on Saturday. Her official Twitter account, which is being updated by a former worker of Garner’s, confirmed reports the activist passed away.

The worker is ensuring the 27-year-old’s commitment to the Black community is honored even in her death by prioritizing Black journalists.

On Thursday, doctors at Woodhull hospital advised the family her family to say goodbye to the young activist. The New York Daily News reports after suffering a heart attack on Saturday, she’s been declared brain dead with no chance of recovery.

Original story: The 27-year-old daughter of the late Eric Garner suffered a heart attack Saturday. CNN reports Erica Garner, who became a prominent activist following the 2014 choking death of her father by police in Staten Island, remains in critical condition.

The mother of two was in a medically induced coma after an asthma episode caused the heart attack. She was placed on life support at Brooklyn’s Woodhull hospital, according to a Twitter account that has been posting updates on her condition. Her father also suffered from asthma. His unwarranted death further propelled the Black Lives Matter movement, and his dying words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry to end police brutality.

Garner’s mother, Esaw-Snipes Garner, told the New York Daily News that although her daughter remains in critical condition, the family is optimistic.

“She’s still with us,” she told the publication. “She’s fighting.”

Her mother also said Saturday’s crisis wasn’t the first time Garner experienced heart problems. She suffered an attack after the birth of her second child in August, which is when doctors discovered she had an enlarged heart.

Garner’s Twitter account, which is being updated by one of her workers, according to the page, says she was supposed to come out of the coma Tuesday morning but the update has yet to be verified.

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The scientific community has yet to reach a consensus on the severity of exposure to radio frequency energy emitted from cell phones, but a new set of guidelines from the California Department of Public Health suggests that high use could impact human health. If you use your cell phone constantly, you should decrease your exposure.

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SSDs are all the rage these days thanks to their extremely fast speeds, smaller sizes, and lower potential for physical failure. They’re great, but there’s one area where they serious lag behind their older physical disk brethren: storage capacity. Western Digital, which has continued to push disk-based drive technology forward even in the face of stiff competition from SSDs, has developed something that could keep the “old” standard in the lead for a long, long time, and it’s all about microwaves.

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A Young Mom Falls 100 Feet to Her Death: Was It an Accident — or Did Her Boyfriend Get Away with Murder?

When Rhonda Casto set out on March 16, 2009, for a hike with her boyfriend, her family had no idea the day would transform into a nightmare — one that ended with Casto’s lifeless body at the bottom of a steep ravine.

The plan was for Casto, a 23-year-old aspiring model, to walk the popular Eagle Creek Trail along Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge accompanied by her boyfriend, Steve Nichols.

Casto handed their 9-month-old, Ava, to her mother that morning and she and Nichols headed off.

“She was so happy,” Nichols tells PEOPLE. “It was a nice day starting out.”

By nightfall, Casto was dead.

Though Nichols says he doesn’t remember much about what happened, he does recall Casto running along the narrow trail with a towel over her shoulders, like “Superwoman,” and he says he witnessed her fall. He tried to help her, he says — sliding down the ravine and trying to swim across a freezing creek to get to her.

However, by the time he reached her body, he says, he collapsed on top of her from exhaustion and hypothermia.

“I fell asleep on her chest and I don’t know how long I was asleep for, but I woke up and I realized I was shaking uncontrollably because I was so cold,” he says. “I had hypothermia. I made my way back to the car and called 911.”

Nichols says he believes prescription drugs played a part in Casto’s death, which he called an accident, and he claims he later discovered she was using marijuana and also taking medication to lose weight and for depression.

But Casto’s mother, Julia Simmons, doesn’t buy Nichols’ story and believes her daughter would never put herself at risk.

“She would never skip down a trail that narrow,” she says. “She had a baby at home that needed her.”

Within days of Casto’s death, investigators, too, began to question Nichols’ account of her fatal fall.

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In February 2015, nearly six years later, Nichols was arrested and charged with killing Casto — accused of pushing her off a 100-foot cliff so he could collect a $ 1-million life insurance policy.

Authorities also pointed to an alleged inappropriate relationship with Casto’s underage sister and a previous incident where Nichols was accused of attempting to push his then-wife off a balcony in China in 2003. Nichols has denied all of these claims.

And then in May, in a move that angered Casto’s family, prosecutors dropped the murder charge against Nichols. In return, he pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and coercion.

The case, already years in the making at the time of Nichols’ arrest in 2015, had encountered multiple legal obstacles as his prosecution proceeded.

According to his plea, Nichols received three years’ of probation, with credit for 19 months of jail time.

“It is like a slap in the face for me and a slap on the hand for him,” Simmons says. (The Hood River County, Oregon, District Attorney’s Office, which brought the charges against Nichols, declined to comment.)

Casto’s family says they aren’t sure her death was accidental, as Nichols has maintained. Her friends described her relationship with Nichols as volatile, and her mother says she was considering ending things with him before she died.

‘The Relationship Wasn’t a Good One’

Casto was a 20-year-old Texas transplant when, in 2005, she met Nichols through her mother, who was renting a room in his three-bedroom condo.

Nichols, then a 30-year-old day trader in Portland, Oregon, soon began tutoring Casto, who was taking college courses, and their relationship escalated.

“She told me he spoiled her,” says Casto’s friend Jen Sconce. “Money-wise he treated her like a princess.”

But, Sconce says, the relationship was “tumultuous.”

“I think she knew the relationship wasn’t a good one,” Sconce says.

In the months before Casto’s death, Simmons — who pleaded guilty in July to embezzling Social Security survivor benefits intended for her granddaughter — says she was thinking of leaving Nichols.

“She would complain how he treated her and how they weren’t getting along,” Simmons says. “She was going to move out, but she was trying to get up the courage to do it. She was worried about not having enough money to support Ava.”

Nichols denies he was having any relationship problems with Casto. “We hardly ever fought,” he says. “I am not a fighter. I don’t really get angry.”

In November 2014, Nichols, who was teaching in China and living with Ava, was charged with Casto’s murder by secret indictment. He was arrested in February 2015 at the San Francisco International Airport, when he returned to the country.

However, in February of this year, the prosecution’s case against Nichols suffered a major setback.

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled a three-hour police interview with him after his arrest was inadmissible. Adding to the prosecution’s problems was the fact that the former lead detective, who had retired in 2012, destroyed evidence on his computer, including crime scene and autopsy photos and trail-head fee envelopes from potential witnesses.

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For his part, Nichols, now 42, continues to say he had nothing to do with Casto’s death.

He says she was high on drugs and slipped off the edge of the cliff: “When we started hiking up the trail, I knew something was wrong with her.”

For Simmons, the years since Casto’s death have been difficult — and moving on has been even harder. She says she has leaned on her faith that one day she will be reunited with her daughter, who she says is watching over her and Ava.

“She is in a good place and not hurting or unhappy,” Simmons says of Casto. “I want to one day see her again. I look forward to that day.”


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Colin Kaepernick has remained a news fixture for well over a year now and was even brought up during a riveting panel at Black Enterprise’s inaugural Black Men XCEL Summit.

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The panel, “Black Men in Sports: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality,” featured iconic figures in the sports industry including ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith and retired NBA player Rod Strickland. The panel moderator was Keith Clinkscales, founder and CEO of The Shadow League.

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“Because it is ignorant. Because outside of money, the No. 1 instrument of change in our nation is the power to vote. And if you don’t exercise it, you’ve disrespected yourself, you’ve disrespected our ancestors, and you’ve disrespected our history and I have no respect for you.”

Kaepernick became a center news item again just this week after the arrest of Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett. Bennett shared on social media that he was roughed up and thrown to the ground by Las Vegas police officers after an incident in a casino and was also threatened with a gun.

Bennett has shown solidarity with Kaepernick in his protest against police brutality and racism. In June, Bennett spoke out about Kaepernick remaining undrafted by any NFL team.

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Legendary Comedian and Activist Dick Gregory Has Passed Away

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Gregory, who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84.

Gregory’s son, Christian, told The Associated Press his father died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection.

Gregory was one of the first black comedians to find mainstream success with white audiences in the early 1960s. He rose from an impoverished childhood in St. Louis to become a celebrated satirist who deftly commented upon racial divisions at the dawn of the civil rights movement.

He also ran for president in 1968 as the Peace and Freedom party candidate.

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Nothing could have prepared my son Jamie for the family he was born into. Loud and social, we love getting together to eat, hang out, and laugh. There were a few times when my baby was teeny tiny when the noise would bother him, but now he’s used to it. He moves his head from side to side, gazing at whoever’s talking, and kicking his little feet when the conversation gets especially good. He fits right in!

We spend a lot of time at my in-laws’ house where most of the social gatherings are held. We’re over there just about every Sunday after church, and several times during the week, especially in the summer. Although my son enjoys the festivities, there are times that I have to pull him away to tend to his needs. Sometimes I have to change his diaper. Other times he needs to be nursed. Every once in awhile, he’ll start wailing like a banshee, and I know that he’s overstimulated and needs some rest.

Because this house is like our home away from home, it’s easier for us to keep a small stash of things there that our baby might need. I like not having to drag things from our place to theirs every time we come over. It also makes pop-up visits easier. My super-smart husband put together a home-away-from-home bag stuffed with diapers, clothes, and everything else Jamie might need while visiting with his grandparents. According to my husband’s list, that includes:

∙ A washcloth
∙ Baby wash
∙ Lotion
∙ Hand sanitizer
∙ Two blankets
∙ Two pair of socks
∙ A thermometer
∙ Medicine in case the baby gets sick
∙ A pair of fuzzy pajamas
∙ Five outfits

I can admit that when he first put the bag together before the baby was born, I thought he was overdoing it. Why do we need to keep five changes of clothes handy? It seemed excessive. But then Jamie had a couple of blowouts back-to-back and I had to tell my husband that he was right. He was also right about the stack of diapers he packed, and not one, but two, pacifiers. I hate it when that happens!

The bag stays tucked away in a guest room until we need it, and then we can pull out what we need when we’re there. We recently added a Fisher-Price Stow ‘n Go Bassinet to our stash. During those moments when Jamie needs some downtime, or when the party is going a little long, the bassinet is exactly what we need.

I go into an empty room, nurse Jamie, and place him in the bassinet. Setting it up is as easy as popping the four legs on, and once we’re done, we can fold it up and put it in the carrier bag that it comes in. Even if he doesn’t go to sleep, our baby likes to lay in the Stow ‘n Go because he can still see what’s going on through the mesh on the sides.

Even though Jamie might not have been prepared to join our loud family, we were certainly prepared for him! It didn’t take much to add this little bundle to our parties, and make him feel comfortable and like home wherever he is.

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Quick Tips to Plan Your Own “Girls Trip” Away From the Office

Girl getaways have always been popular, but don’t be surprised if you become inspired to plan your own trip, especially after the release of the movie Girls Trip. Entrepreneurs, and everyone else, sometimes need to get away and chill out with friends.

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A lot can go right in a girl getaway, but a lot can go wrong, too. Here are five tips for planning your own “girls trip” without a hitch.

Choose Your Destination Wisely

 

You could go on an exotic vacation to somewhere luxurious with the girls, or you could simply go around the way to New Orleans as in the movie Girls Trip. Keep in mind, if you stay closer to home, you can save money or bow out and head home if you end up feeling miserable on the trip.

 

Choose Your Travel Companions Carefully

 

If you don’t want a chaotic mess of “plus ones” whom you didn’t invite on your trip, select only your good girlfriends for your getaway. Don’t allow your core group of friends to invite other people. Make it clear that extra guests, children, and significant others are absolutely not invited, because this trip is just for a special group of sister-friends. Oh, and it’s a good idea to invite girls who get along with each other.

 

The Money Situation

 

It’s best that you take care of the money situation upfront:

Are you treating your girls to the trip?

Should everyone pitch in to pay for her accommodations, food, etc..?

All-inclusive resorts offer one of the easiest ways to travel without always having to go into your pocketbook for this or that. Just make sure that everyone knows how much she should pay.

Be Creative With Ideas

 

Discuss excursion ideas with your girls. Plan to go on a yacht ride. Go wine tasting, shopping, to the beach, to a popular bar. Go the club or visit a castle (the ladies on Basketball Wives LA toured the Pena National Palace in Portugal).

And just because it’s a girl’s trip doesn’t mean everyone is together all of the time. Don’t forget to give everyone their space. Encourage participation, but if someone isn’t willing to participate in an activity or two, allow her to choose an alternative activity. One important rule for a happy girl’s trip: Everyone is not going to agree on everything.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hoda Kotb Feels ‘Guilty’ About Enjoying the Sleep She Gets When Away from Daughter Haley Joy

Hoda Kotb is missing her 3-month-old daughter Haley Joy while she’s on the road — but admits there are some perks.

The Today host spent time in Nashville, Tennessee, this week for 2017 CMT Music Awards, taking her away from the baby girl she welcomed through adoption in February.

“We went away for one night when we were in Bermuda for a shoot there, so this is my second time away,” Kotb, 52, told E! News. “It is a little weird I have to say.”

Her cohost Kathie Lee Gifford was quick to remind her of the plus side: “But you do get a good night’s sleep!”

“You finally sleep, and it’s weird,” Kotb agreed. “I feel a little guilty saying that.”

“She is working on fumes and doing such an awesome job,” Gifford said. “I’m really proud of you, Hoda Woman — Hoda Mama now!”

While announcing the performance of the year category, Kotb raised a glass of red wine and said, “Here’s to my baby.”

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Kotb recently celebrated her four-year anniversary with her boyfriend Joel Schiffman, marking the occasion with a sweet photo of the two cuddling their daughter at the beach.

“Joel and I celebrated four years,” Hoda explained. “Life flies by. It’s so funny because you spend so much of your life wondering, ‘When is it going to happen?’ If ever. Sometimes in my life, I thought it was already happening — like the most that could ever happen was happening. I was happy and grateful, and then this happened.”

“It just reminded me that work is work, and life is life,” she added.

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Kotb moved in with financier Schiffman last fall — at which point she broached the idea of adopting together.

“I was afraid to even say it out loud, because then it felt so real,” Kotb told PEOPLE in March shortly after revealing her exciting adoption news.

“I said, “Think about it for a day or a week or whatever,’ ” she explained. “And he said, ‘I don’t need a day. Let’s get this journey going.’ At that point I blubbered like a baby. It was like the dam burst.”

Kotb worked with a licensed New York adoption agency and to simplify the process, she left Schiffman’s name off — though she insists “Haley will call him Dad.” Within a matter of months, she finalized the adoption of baby Haley, who was born on Valentine’s Day.


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Clerks Actress Lisa Spoonauer Passes Away At Age 44

Lisa Spoonauer, known for playing Caitlin Bree in Kevin Smith’s cult classic Clerks, has died at the age of 44.

She died at home in New Jersey on Saturday, according to her obituary. Born and raised in the state, Spoonauer appeared in just two films: 1994’s Clerks and 1997’s Bartender. She was briefly married to her Clerks costar Jeff Anderson from 1998-1999, and later went on to become a restaurant manager and event planner.

Spoonauer is survived by her husband, Tom Caron; her daughter, Mia Spoonauer; her stepson, Tyler Caron; her mother, Dolores Spoonauer; her twin brothers, Michael and Mark Spoonauer and their families; and her grandfather, Frank Figurelli, according to the website.

Her Clerks costar and onscreen love interest, Brian O’Halloran, was the first cast member to confirm the news on Facebook. He did not elaborate on the cause of death. “I’m truly gutted by this news,” O’Halloran, who played Dante Hicks in the film, wrote on Tuesday. “My deepest condolences and prayers to her husband Tom and his family.”

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He added, “She always had a wicked sense of humor and smile. I was blessed to have been part of an incredible life changing adventure with her. To this day it is a part of my life. Not a day goes by that she was mentioned or remembered in some fashion. She will live on in my heart and in the hearts of millions. Always in my heart. Rest in Peace Lisa.”

Clerks writer and director Smith posted his condolences to Instagram shortly afterwards. “Devastated to report that #LisaSpoonauer, who played Caitlin in #clerks, has passed away,” he wrote.

He went on to describe the process of casting Spoonauer in the dark, verbose comedy about suburban slackers, saying that when open auditions failed to produce a strong candidate, he dropped by an acting class at Brookdale Community College, where he saw her perform for the first time. “Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room,” he explained. “She didn’t sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was inventing her conversation in the moment, like people do in real life.”

Smith approached Spoonauer in the parking lot after class and offered her the script. She said she’d take a look, but wouldn’t do any adult films. “She called me a few days later and said ‘Well it’s not porn, but everybody talks like it is. It’s funny. I’ll do it,’ ” Smith remembered.

“A complete stranger at first, Lisa quickly became one of the most important people I’d ever meet when she joined Brian, #JeffAnderson, Marilyn, @jaymewes, @samosier, @davidkleinasc and me as one of the chief architects of my first film,” he added.

“As strong an actress as she was,” he continued, “Lisa was an even more excellent mother to her daughter Mia. Whenever we’d Facebook later in life, she’d gush about her baby girl proudly. My heart goes out to Tom, Mia and Lisa’s family. Thank you for dreaming my dream with me. You changed my life, Lisa.”

Other cast members have since taken to social media to express their condolences, including Marilyn Ghigliotti, who played Veronica in Clerks. “Words can not even begin to express how heartbroken I am to hear thatLisa Spoonauer passed away on Saturday,” she wrote. “My sincerest and deepest condolences to her husband Tom, her dearest daughter Mia and the rest of the family.”

Clerks actor Scott Schiaffo also posted, “I was fortunate that Lisa had become an incredibly sweet and endeared Facebook friend these last few years. Always very upbeat, complimentary and so down to earth. She was an awesome mom and an amazing spirit throughout her battle.”


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Wash Away All Your Sin By Watching Day-Old Goats Learn How To Jump

Sunflower Farm Creamery in Maine has churned out something even sweeter than its homemade caramel.

The dairy has released baaa-rilliant video featuring 1-day-old goats in sweaters learning how to jump because sometimes the world is good, OK?

According to Sunflower Farm’s YouTube page, about 20 goats are expected to give birth this spring, and the first arrivals, who are featured in the video, came on April 9. The proud mother’s name is Rhubarb and her kids’ names are Gershwin, Butterscotch, Marigold and Bruno. And if that isn’t cute enough, the babies were dressed in sweaters because the Maine weather was a tad too chilly for their new, fragile little bodies.

While many dairy farms kill animals that don’t serve an economic purpose for the operation ― like males or goats that are no longer producing milk ― Sunflower Farm boasts about being a “no cull” operation that allows all its animals to live out there days in peace.

In addition to treating their “little goats like queens,” the farm also produces feta and chevre, and starting June 1 it will offer yoga on the premises as well. 

We kid you not.

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Emilia Clarke’s New Hair May Be For A Secret Not So Far, Far Away

Mother of Dragons! Khaleesi, aka Emilia Clarke, has a bangin’ new look, and it has us questioning everything. 

Here’s what Clarke used to look like: 

And here’s Khaleesi now:

Clarke must own some dragons because that new ‘do is fire.

The actress showed off her dramatic new bangs and bob at a pre-BAFTA party over the weekend …

And she showed the look off again on Instagram:

People are already speculating about what Sophie Turner’s BAFTA bruises mean for her “Game of Thrones” character, so does Clarke’s new look hint at the future of her character, Dany?

Probably not. First off, Clarke wears a wig on the show, and she’s already wrapped filming for Season 7 anyway. She celebrated the event by lip-syncing to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” … as Mothers of Dragons are known to do.

The ‘do may mean something about her “Star Wars” role, however.

As Allure points out, the hairstyle could have something to do with the actress’ role in the upcoming Han Solo movie. The movie just started production, conveniently around the same time Clarke wrapped “Game of Thrones,” so it’s totally possible.

The “Star Wars” movie, which focuses on a young Han Solo, is set for release in 2018.

Of course, Clarke could just be trying out a new hairdo. Khaleesi does what she likes.

Either way, her hair is so hot it’d make a dragon wanna retire, man.

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Following Donald Trump’s stunning victory as President of the United States, most of the planets in our solar system have decided to call it quits and move away from Earth. “I’m not exactly sure how we will break our orbit, but we will find a way–I repeat, we will find a way,” said XenianX-Five, speaking in an emergency session of the High Exalted Tribunal of Venus. “Earth has been a nice neighbor and all, but to quote one of its more prominent citizens: good night, and good luck.”

Only Pluto remains undecided about remaining where it is, although the dwarf planet is, admittedly, still in the throes of a hangover from yesterday’s events. “Yeah, like, we started watching CNN on the Time-Warner–whoops, I mean, the Spectrum–galactic carrier wave and once Trump got Florida, we got hammered,” says Pluto. “But, you know, maybe it won’t be so bad. I mean, Bryan Cranston, Amy Schumer, and Jon Stewart will be coming here any day, so that’s pretty cool, right?”

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