Gucci Teases Shanghai Exhibit With Four Murals

ART ON THE WALLS: Gucci on Thursday unveiled murals in Milan, New York, London and Hong Kong. The art walls celebrate the upcoming exhibition supported by Gucci called “The Artist Is Present.” Running Oct. 11 to Dec. 16 at Shanghai’s Yuz Museum, the show was curated by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.
The murals re-create the poster of the exhibition, which features an original artwork dating back to 2010 for Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist Is Present” solo show at MoMA in New York. Replicating images of the media campaign for Abramovic’s show resonates with the themes of the exhibition in Shanghai, which explores the art of copying and cultural appropriation.
The murals in New York’s SoHo district, Milan’s Corso Garibaldi, Hong Kong’s D’Anguilar Street and a stone’s throw from London’s Brick Lane will be flanked by an additional art wall in Shanghai’s Jingan district to be unveiled in the coming weeks to promote the opening of the exhibition in the Chinese city.
Although Abramovic is not involved in the project, the artist’s work has provided Cattelan with a source of inspiration. “Copying is like a blasphemy: It could seem not respectful toward God, but at the same time is the significant recognition of its

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After four years, Nicki Minaj is back with a banging new album…

After four years, Nicki Minaj is back with a banging new album and a lot to say—about finding herself again and reckoning with her past, trap taking over the rap game, and—yes—talking to the judge on behalf of Meek Mill. Click for the full July 2018 cover story, with photos shot by the legendary Karl Lagerfeld,  himself.

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Each member of the Fantastic Four has more comic book…

Each member of the Fantastic Four has more comic book appearances than Doctor Strange. Learn about more fantastic firsts on Marvel.com: http://bit.ly/2vv9idV

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‘Queen Sugar’ Renewed for Season Four By OWN, Anthony Sparks to Take Over As Showrunner

Queen Sugar’s season 3 finale has yet to air, but OWN has already ordered a fourth season of Ava DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed drama.

Writer & co-executive producer Anthony Sparks will take over from Kat Candler next season as the new showrunner/executive producer.

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“Under Ava’s creative vision and leadership, Queen Sugar continues to earn a well-deserved reputation for depicting nuanced characters, rich storylines and establishing an inclusive team that inspires and ignites much needed conversations about our society today,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “We are very proud of this show, the incredible cast, producers and crew, and can’t wait for more of the Bordelon family in season four.”

Queen Sugar will air an extended 90-minute Season 3 finale Wednesday, August 22 at 10 PM. In that finale, Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) receives some unexpected news, the fate of the correctional facility is revealed, and Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) makes a proposal on behalf of the farmers. Plus, Violet (Tina Lifford) and Hollywood (Omar J. Dorsey) celebrate their love. The series also stars Nicholas Ashe, Dondré T. Whitfield, Bianca Lawson and Henry G. Sanders. Timon Kyle Durrett guest stars.

Based on the book by Natalie Baszile, Queen Sugarwas named Television Show of the Year from both American Black Film Festival (ABFF Honors) and African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) for the second consecutive year and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Drama Series. Chronicling the lives and loves of the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana, the series premiered its third season May 29 delivering over two million viewers and on average ranks #1 in its time period across all cable in the network’s key women 25-54 demo in L+3. It is also Wednesday night’s #1 original series across all of broadcast and cable for African-American women and total viewers and remains one of the most talked-about shows on social media.

Following a creative initiative established at the series’ outset, DuVernay assembled an all-female directing team that will continue in the new season.

Sparks has been a writer on Queen Sugar from the series inception. His other television writing credits include Undercovers, Lincoln Heights, The District and The Blacklist. His work has earned him nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and he has received two writing awards from the Norman Lear Center.  Previously, Sparks was a cast member of Broadway hit Stomp. He holds three degrees from USC (BFA, MA, and Ph.D.), where he studied Theatre, Film, Anthropology, and American History. While at USC he received the Jack Nicholson Award and the Anna Bing Arnold Doctoral Fellowship. One of his plays, Ghetto Punch, has been performed at several venues across the country.

Queen Sugar season three is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Candler, who also showruns, and Paul Garnes, executive produce.

Congrats to the cast and crew!

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Tainted McDonald’s salads sicken people in another four states

People in at least another four states have been sickened by tainted McDonald’s salads, USA Today reported.
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Four buildings? Fifteen doors? One sad can of shaving cream?…

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Four Physicians Added to Kaiser Permanente Team on Oahu

HONOLULU —  Four doctors have joined Kaiser Permanente on Oahu. They add to Kaiser Permanente’s award-winning staff of more than 600 health care providers in Hawaii’s largest medical practice, the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, which serves more than 255,000 members in Hawaii.

Eric Putz, MD

Eric Putz, MD

Eric Putz, MD, is a cardiologist at Moanalua Medical Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Washington, and his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He served his residency at Stanford University School of Medicine, and completed fellowships in cardiology at both Stanford and the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in electrophysiology.

 

Anny Ching, MD

Anny Ching, MD

Anny Ching, MD, joins the family medicine department at Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Office. She earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan and served as chief resident in the Long Beach Family Medicine Residency Program in Long Beach, California. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, she served as a primary care physician at MemorialCare Medical Group in Long Beach. Dr. Ching is board certified in family medicine.

Wei-Li Hsu, DO

Wei-Li Hsu, DO

Wei-Li Hsu, DO, practices psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health Services – Ala Moana. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York and completed his psychiatry residency training at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. He also completed a psychoanalytic fellowship program at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East in Needham, Massachusetts. Dr. Hsu comes to Kaiser Permanente Hawaii from Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, where he served as clinic chief. He is board certified in psychiatry.

Kim-Lien Nguyen, OD

Kim-Lien Nguyen, OD

Kim-Lien Nguyen, OD, joins the optometry department at Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Office. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Nguyen practiced primary eye care at a number of organizations including Vision Insight Optometry in Milpitas, California and most recently at Hawaii Vision Associates in Pearl City, Hawaii.


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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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Four ways to narrow the ‘soft skills’ gap in the US: Opinion

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Our nation is facing a seismic shift in its workforce due to an aging population, automation, and a problematic soft skills gap. While the issue of soft skills – customer service, teamwork and responsibility – may not seem like a pressing problem to some, the importance of a skilled workforce cannot be underestimated. Skills have implications far beyond a single person, industry or community – they impact national economic growth and the future of our society.

Did you know the difference between career success and career stagnation can come down to just a few job skills? In fact, research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center have all concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft and people skills and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and…
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Four Disadvantages Causing the Racial Wealth Gap

It’s been over 150 years since slavery was abolished and we are still battling disparities in wealth that continue to impact communities of color.

Why are African Americans still at the bottom of the wealth scale? What needs to happen to change the narrative in communities that suffer from limited access to resources? How can we pool together to create more opportunities for the next generation?

If you really want to understand the origins of the wealth gap and transform the state of black America, start looking at these four disadvantages that have prevented the growth of many communities.

Four Disadvantages Causing the Racial Wealth Gap

Information Deficit

Many of the financial literacy messages that have been promoted in the African American communities are outdated and irrelevant to the wealth building process.

According to findings from Prudential’s 2015-16 “The African American Research Experience” study, most African Africans are comfortable with financial topics focused on managing household expenses and budgets, managing money, managing debt, and life protection. However, less than a third of African Americans are confident when it comes to investing and planning for wealth transfer.

While African Americans are trying to learn ancient money techniques that may not have ever been taught to them by past generations, other racial groups have access to new information that allows them to take advantage of more wealth-building opportunities as they arise.

Negative Net Worth

The 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances report shows that blacks have the lowest net worth of any racial group, sitting at the bottom of the wealth scale with a median of $ 17.6K and mean of $ 138.2 compared to a median of $ 171K and mean of $ 933.7 accumulated by whites.

One reason for the tumultuous net worth figures is education debt. While many reports applaud black women on becoming the most educated group of individuals in the United States, the desire for more degrees have caused student loan debt numbers to skyrocket. Education loan debt is the largest source of non-mortgage debt owned by families in the 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances, and African Americans have outshined all others with $ 31K in debt.

Unfortunately, many African Americans have no idea that they are swimming in negative net worth numbers because many are blinded by their high levels of income. Contrary to popular belief, high income does not equate to high net worth. If the value of your liabilities (what you owe) exceed your assets (what you own), you have a negative net worth.

Occupational Segregation

African Americans don’t typically go where the money grows due to lack of representation, structural discrimination, and limited access. An analysis performed by the Associated Press has found that “black workers are chronically underrepresented compared with whites in high salary jobs in technology, business, life sciences, and architecture and engineering, among other areas.” Silicon Valley tech companies are known to be comprised of mostly white and Asian men, making it difficult for people of color to walk through the doors and gain access to a competitive salary due to implicit bias.

Not only are black workers underrepresented in the most lucrative career fields, they are also overrepresented in low-paying industries and receive the lowest paying positions within those industries. This results in an economic disparity that perpetuates a cycle of living paycheck to paycheck instead of saving and investing. According to “The Retail Race Divide” report, black workers account for 11% of the retail labor force, representing the second largest source of employment for African Americans.

How do we prepare future generations for higher-paying career opportunities? Organizations like Management Leadership for Tomorrow are raising the bar through their career and MBA prep programs.

Misallocation of Funds

According to African Americans: Demographic and Consumer Spending Trends, 10th Edition, black buying power climbed to $ 1.2 trillion in 2016. That number is expected to hit $ 1.5 trillion by 2021, accounting for more than the market capitalization of one of the most profitable Fortune 500 companies to ever exist: Apple.

If the African American population has a buying power that exceeds that of many reputable companies in the world, why isn’t our affluence on the wealth scale moving up? It’s because our money is not allocated in ways that will build wealth. The funds are not going to strengthen and rebuild African American communities; they are going toward the well-being and sustainability of other communities (e.g., Asians profit from the conglomerate of beauty supply stores in African American communities). That’s why African Americans have become the target population for various research studies and marketing campaigns aimed at acquiring more of the black dollar.

In order to build wealth, the African American spending power has to be transformed into investment power. Wherever the black dollar goes, money flows. Our money has to be reallocated to providing capital, creating institutions, and buying black to support our growth.

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A major fire that ravaged the historic Glasgow School of Art building has spread to neighboring properties and led to several evacuations.
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Paula Price Will Become Macy’s New CFO After Four Years At Harvard

Paula Price will be joining Macy’s Inc. as its chief financial officer and will join the company’s Corporate Strategy Group.

Price’s 30-year career includes senior-level finance, general management, and strategy roles based in New York, London, and Chicago in retail (grocery and pharmacy), financial services, and consumer packaged goods industries. Her appointment to Macy’s, however, was based on her extended experience in the retail and consumer-facing business. She will succeed 21-year veteran Karen Hoguet, who plans to retire at the end of the year. She will be responsible for all of Macy’s finance, accounting, investor relations, and internal audit function, spending her time between New York and the company’s headquarters in Cincinnati.

Currently, Price is a full-time senior lecturer in the accounting and management unit at Harvard Business School, a role she has held since 2014. Prior to her current role in academia, she was senior vice president, controller, and chief accounting officer for CVS Caremark Corp. and was a key player in the $ 26 billion CVS Caremark merger deal. Previously, she worked in the financial services industry at JPMorgan Chase and Prudential Insurance Co. of America; and in the consumer packaged goods industry at Diageo and Kraft Foods. She began her career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen & Co.

Price currently sits on the corporate boards of Accenture Plc, Dollar General Corp., and Western Digital Corp. She is also a board director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and Beaver Country Day School. She is the Audit Committee Chair of Accenture, the Audit Chair of Western Digital Corp., and the Chair of the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. She was a board director of Charming Shoppes Inc. from March 2011 until it was sold, and a board trustee of Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Price earned her M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from University of Chicago Booth School and her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from DePaul University. She is also a certified public accountant. She is a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of International Women’s Forum, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and National Association of Corporate Directors.

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Tips from a family of four who quit their jobs to travel the world full-time

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Family time is precious and can lead to plenty of new and exciting memories. These parents took their young family one step further. Prepare for the birth of the @bucketlistfamily! After packing their bags to head on the adventure of a lifetime, parents Jessica and Garett have plenty of tips on how they have made their traveling lives work by creating an online persona for themselves.

Stand out from the crowd

In a world of 7.4 billion people, it can be hard to stand out. However, these parents admit it is vital to find your selling point. Whether it is taking unique photos such as picturesque underwater shots, or traveling to a certain number of countries in a set time; to reach fame you need a selling point that will always keep people coming back for more. For this pair, it is their family life and adventures they share with their three children!

Using your skills

Jessica and Garett admit they have always had a love of journal keeping. So when it came time to decide on their online pages, they opted for a way they could capture all their precious memories forever while also pursuing careers. What skills do you possess? It could be blog writing, photography, or vlogs of your travels. It’s time to put those talents to good use and turn them into a real money maker.

Be yourself

After all, it will be much easier to keep up your online antics if you are just being you. These parents admit that in their vlogs they talk as if they are telling the stories to their friends and family back home. Your followers will love the honesty, and fall in love with your content thanks to its individuality. If you try and act as though you’re someone you’re not, you could find yourself losing out on potential business and upset your fans.

All about meaning

One of the most important parts of creating online pages is to create something that is meaningful to your family, according to Jessica and Garett. The parents admit they use Instagram as a way to hold onto the memories of the family adventures so will only post photos that capture their time together. If you aren’t in love with your content, then it may come across in your posts.

Reach out to the fans

The fans are the ones that will make your lives possible! Without a following, it may be hard to live a life on the road as traveling extraordinaires. Jessica and Garett state that it’s better to build up a relationship with a small following than it is to have thousands of fans that never interact with your content. This could be asking questions in your posts, setting up polls, or creating competitions. Whatever it is you choose to do, don’t forget about the people that make your lifestyle possible.

Find the brands

You may be surprised at how many brands are willing to team up with people that are building themselves on social media. If you know you want to work with a particular company, then look at the other content they are putting out there. Could you recreate it with your own unique spin? Brands may not start sponsoring you straight away, and you may just receive some free content in return for some promotions on your page. However, as your fan base continues to grow, the paychecks may just soon start rolling in.

It may sound daunting, but the @bucketlistfamily have shown the world how you can raise a young family while still getting to take in all the sights the world has to offer. Just imagine raising your family in a new country every month. Could you soon be booking your plane tickets to join them on this incredible adventure?

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A1 to reunite with all four members for first time in nearly 15 years

OHMYGOSSIP — A1 will reunite with all four members for the first time in nearly 15 years.
The 90s pop group are set to tour as a four piece of Paul Marazzi, Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read and Ben Adams to mark their 20th anniversary.
Announcing the news on Twitter, they shared: “WE’RE SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE 1ST OF OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION DATES – STARTING WITH SINGAPORE..MORE TO FOLLOW. #a1Reunion (sic)”
Whilst Ben, Mark and Christian added in a short statement: “We’re unbelievably excited that Paul will be joining us again to bring the original line up of a1 back together for the very first time in nearly 15 years.”
The band – famous for their hits ‘Like A Rose’, ‘Take On Me’ and ‘Same Old Brand New You’ – started out as a four piece but in 2002, Paul decided to leave the band, citing “personal reasons”.
Mode Entertainment wrote on their page: “Formed in 1998, this year marks the 20th Anniversary of a1! With a long string hits such as “Like A Rose”, “Take On Me”, “Same Old Brand New You” (and many more!), popular boyband a1 is back to charm their Singapore fans on 20 October 2018 (Saturday), 8PM at MES Theatre with an extraordinary Reunion Tour concert that will include well-missed former member Paul Marazzi! This marks the only time the Original Line Up is appearing together since 2002. Expect lots of hits, laughter and tears at this Once In A Lifetime Reunion Concert! Don’t miss it for the world! #a1Reunion (sic)”
Further dates are expected to be announced in due course.

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Mark Rothko’s famous Four Seasons tale retold on stage

Win a night in London, with tickets to see RED in the West End

Mark Rothko is known as one of the greatest abstract expressionists of his generation (although, we should probably say that he personally refused to be associated with any particular art movement or style). His paintings have an incredible depth, and create the feeling that however long and hard you look at them, there is something buried within these artworks that you can’t quite reach. So you sit, and look a little longer.

If you’ve ever sat in the Rothko room at the Tate Modern, surrounded by some of the artist’s vast canvases, you might recognise this sensation that he was pushing us towards with his abstract blocks, created with numerous thin coats of cleverly applied colour – it’s about finding clarity, understanding and experiencing something that is physically bigger than ourselves.

For a man who had been brought up in the orthodox Jewish community in Russia, but who had given up religious practice after the death of his father, painting was a sort of act of worship.

The takeaway from this gallery-based experience? Clearly, Mark Rothko was a complex man.

In the 1950s, as he began to experience significant success on the New York art scene, Rothko was approached by the Four Seasons to complete a commission for their restaurant. Now known as the Seagram murals, the 40 completed paintings in dark red and brown were, at the time, the largest commission in the history of modern art. However, Rothko’s decision to accept the commission was strange – especially as he told a journalist in confidence that his hope was to create ‘something that will ruin the appetite of every son-of-a-bitch who ever eats in that room…’

Drama, obviously followed. Some of the paintings in question are now located in that room we were discussing at London’s Tate Modern rather than in New York, which tells you something. The events that ensued became notorious and, as a story, became a prime topic for a stage play. And then an actual play: John Logan’s RED.

As it returns to London’s West End, for the first time since its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009, we (the long-time Rothko fans at artrepublic) have two tickets to give away to you, our art lovers.

RED has been described by the New York Times as being a play ‘with such fierce conviction that it never lets you look away.’ The plot follows Rothko’s experience when, having just received the largest commission in the history of modern art, he finds himself consumed by warring desires for integrity and success.

Having headed up the original London cast, award-winning stage and screen actor Alfred Molina (Raiders of the Lost Ark; Chocolat; Frida; Spiderman 2) reprises his role as Rothko, while breakthrough British actor Alfred Enoch (How to Get Away with Murder; Harry Potter) takes the part of Rothko’s fictional young assistant, Ken, who provokes him to make an agonising discovery about the price of fame.

With this cast, and six Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction to its name, Red is certainly not a story to be missed.

If you’d like to win a pair of tickets to the press night of RED in London’s West End, with a pre-theatre dinner and an overnight stay at One Aldwych, a 5 star central London Hotel, as well as a £100 artrepublic gift voucher, Enter our competition here. Plus 5 runners up will each win a pairs of tickets to see the play. T’s and C’s apply.

Red will run at Wyndham’s Theatre form 4th May to 28th July 2018.

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Credit is nothing to play with. It can work in your favor or completely work against you. Black Enterprise caught up with founder Christia’n Annice of eMillions+, a credit repair agency, who gave us four tips on how to increase your credit score.

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1. Pay your bills on time.

Delinquent payments and collections can have a major negative impact on a credit score. According to FICO data, a 30-day delinquency could cause as much as a 90- to 110-point drop on a FICO Score of 780 for a consumer who has never missed a payment on any credit account.

In comparison, as stated on Equifax, a consumer with a 680 FICO Score and two late payments (a 90-day delinquency on a credit card account from two years ago and a 30-day delinquency on an auto loan from a year ago) would experience a 60- to 80-point drop after being hit with another 30-day delinquency.

2. Keep balances low on credit cards and other “revolving credit.”

When your balance is low so is your utilization percentage which is extremely important to your score. To boost your score, pay down a credit card with a high balance relative to its credit limit. Also, try and increase your credit limits. You can do this by calling credit card companies to negotiate.

3. Apply for and open new credit accounts only as needed.

Applying for new credit accounts for about 10% of your FICO score, so the impact is relatively small but still important to consider.

Open new accounts is a different scenario. If you only have had credit for a short time, don’t open a lot of new accounts too rapidly. As stated on MyFico, new accounts will lower your average account age, which will have a larger effect on your FICO® Scores if you don’t have a lot of other credit information.

4. Pay off debt rather than moving it around.

It is extremely important to pay off your debt. A lot of people use moving it to different cards as a strategy but, the only sure fire way to make sure that it is affecting your score in a positive way is to pay it off.

For more information on getting your credit in shape, click here.

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T.J. Ford was college basketball’s top player in 2003. He led Texas to its first Final Four appearance since 1947. Ford was a top 10 NBA Draft pick in 2003, along with superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony. Multiple back injuries forced him to retire in 2012. Now he’s back in Houston teaching life skills to young basketball players.

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski’s Next Movie: ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Fantastic Four’ Fantasy

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's Next Movie: 'Mary Poppins Returns,' 'Fantastic Four' Fantasy

This past weekend, A Quiet Place scored a much bigger total at the box office than expected. Even better than that, though, it reinforced the range of Emily Blunt and also set things up nicely for the next phase of John Krasinski's career as a director and actor.

The film's writers already have sequel ideas, though it's not at all certain that Blunt and/or Krasinski will return. Even if they are not involved in a sequel, their futures certainly look bright.

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A memorial service was held Saturday in honor of the Iowa family of four who died after inhaling toxic fumes in a Mexican condominium they were renting in March.
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Wes Anderson’s four most fashionable characters and how to channel their vibe

Don’t @ us, we had to cut the list down okay

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The blunt bob. The side clip. The kohl eyes. Everything about Margot was iconic.

Story time: I once bumped into a tall man dressed in a brown corduroy suit with shoulder-length hair. As we crossed paths in Soho, we stared at each other (me in confusion, him with a weirded out expression) and his assistant grinned at me as he rushed past. A few moments later, I realised the dapper gentleman was in fact The Grand Budapest Hotel’s director Wes Anderson and his stylish films suddenly made so much sense.

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to watch one of his movies or are an avid follower of the Accidentally Wes Anderson Instagram, there’s no denying that his characters are a cut ahead of the fashion pack. To celebrate the release of his newest title The Isle of Dogs, here’s a roundup of the best Wes Anderson style moments from The Royal Tenenbaums to Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Moonrise Kingdom: Suzy

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This Very Troubled Child from Moonrise Kingdom may have stolen a boy scout’s heart with her tough demeanour, but it was her sense of style that won us over. Despite channeling all the angst of an emo teenager, her fashion choices were sweet and chic (which should probably be a tagline for every Wes Anderson movie ever). Even though the film came out in 2012, she sports all of our favourite spring 2018 trends with her pink gingham dress, pastel caped coat, beret and massive basket bag.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox: Mr. Fox

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He may be a fox, but this mischievous thief gives the most fashionable humans a good run for their money. Stop me if this sounds familiar, he runs around town in a double breasted brown corduroy suit…yeah, apparently the costume designer based Mr Fox’s iconic look off Wes Anderson’s own wardrobe.

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From his yellow and burgundy pinstriped pyjama set to a slick tie in shades of brown, he’s a character that oozes all the charm of his voice actor George Clooney. (Side note: what amazing casting.)

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The Royal Tenenbaums: Margot Tenenbaum

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Margot Tenenbaum is hands down the most elegant of Wes Anderson’s leading women, as well as one of the auteur’s most enigmatic. She’s even a popular Halloween costume, inspiring the likes of Michelle Williams to dress up as her. Margot’s massive blond fur steals the show in every scene she’s in and she styles it in the quirkiest of ways, whether she’s sporting a powder blue rugby tee or channelling the underwear as outerwear trend with a taupe slip.

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The fact that she can rock a bright red barrette without looking like a twelve year old is also an impossible feat, but somehow Gwyneth Paltrow manages it.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: M. Gustave

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Ralph Fiennes’ eccentric hotel concierge M. Gustave cut a dashing figure as he trotted around the halls of the Grand Budapest Hotel, decked out in his sharp bowtie and snazzy suit. Given that ultraviolet has been hailed Pantone’s colour of the year, he and his lobby boy sidekick Zero are bang on the money with their deep purple suits.

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The scarlet piping and gold embellishments on his blazer make a world of difference, balanced by his muted grey trousers (topped off with a very on trend side stripe). Tailoring’s the name of the game here though and it’s worth taking a leaf out of M. Gustave’s book, as a bold blazer always makes an impression.

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We could go on and on, but half the fun is watching Wes’ archive of films and rediscovering the characters all over again. On that note: his new flick The Isle of Dogs is out on March 30th though there probably won’t be as many fashionable looks in that one – it’s about talking dogs.

 

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Loyola-Chicago Has the Most Dedicated March Madness Fans of the Final Four Teams

March Madness is (sadly) coming to a close, with the Final Four games of 2018 scheduled for this Saturday, March 31. Loyola-Chicago, an 11 seed, and the University of Michigan, a three seed, will face off in a Cinderella match-up for the ages. The double one-seed battle between the University of Kansas and Villanova is perhaps less surprising. The winners of each of those games will appear in the final championship game on Monday, Apr. 2.

Thanks to the surprise factor of Loyola-Chicago, along with the team’s lovable 98-year-old chaplain Sister Jean, the school’s fans have come out in droves to show their support during March Madness. Loyola-Chicago fans make up 9% of ticket sales for the March Madness semi-finals, according to ticket agent StubHub.

San Antonio will also be full of Michigan fans, who represent 5% of championship game attendees this year, according to StubHub. Overall, 41% of those buying tickets are from the host state Texas.

While Loyola-Chicago fans have shown their support in person, Kansas fans are taking over Facebook and Instagram. They lead the other March Madness teams in terms of engagement on the platforms, according to social media analytics firm Sharablee. Loyola-Chicago fans are, however, proudly representing on Twitter.

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StubHub says that March Madness fans can pick up tickets for Final Four for less than in years past, with $ 175 seats available in the upper baseline, and $ 464 on average. The championship game is currently $ 102 for seats in the upper baseline area, and $ 325 on average (though expect these to go significantly up once the final matchup is decided.)

Satuday’s games start at 6:09 p.m. Eastern with the Loyola-Chicago and Michigan match up. You can catch that one on TBS. Kansas and Villanova tip off at 8:49 p.m. Eastern on TBS as well.

 

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Don’t be surprised Loyola-Chicago is in the Final Four … the Ramblers aren’t

This wasn’t magic. Though the team has Sister Jean at its side, this wasn’t the work of a higher power. Loyola-Chicago proved it’s good. How good? It hammered Kansas State. No, really, how good? The 11th-seeded Ramblers are going to the Final Four.
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Four Ways to Find $1,000 in Your Budget This Month

If you are looking for ways to find more money, you may be closer to $ 1,000 than you think! Here are a few ways to find extra cash in your budget this month!

Get a handle on your dining-out budget

To find more money now, you simply have to start with a budget! One great way to get started is with Mint.com.  This is a great app because it allows you to track expenses. According to the Bureau of Labor, individuals spend about $ 3,008 per year on dining out. That is $ 250 per month. Many more people spend even more than this!

If you are looking to find money in your budget for dining out, here is what to do. Determine the amount your budget would allow. Next, whether you eat out or buy groceries, combine this total and commit to sticking to this amount. Find places near your job and on your usual path where you are able to stop if needed that are both affordable and offer healthy options. This way, you have a plan when it’s time to eat.

Audit your budget expenses

Next, audit your expenses. Write out each expense you are required to pay. Then audit each one. Make a commitment to reduce or eliminate a few. Take time to cut unnecessary expenses. More importantly, contact service providers to determine whether amounts can be reduced. Think about it. If you spend $ 200 per month on cable but you’re saving $ 0 per month, you have to make a change! Remember, no one deserves your money more than you do.

Review your insurance policies

Do your homework! Contact your insurance agent and determine ways to save money this week on your insurance premiums. Eliminate duplicate coverages. For instance, you may be paying for roadside assistance coverage but your cell phone provider may offer a free service with your cell phone plan. Shop around for lower premiums but be careful to not eliminate what you need. Speak with an agent and discuss what options you may have. Don’t forget to ask about discounts.

Make adjustments to your withholdings

Are you overpaying in taxes? Don’t allow Uncle Sam to use your money throughout the year interest-free! If you are getting a refund at tax time, chances are you are withholding too much! Essentially you should break even at tax time. Consider checking the IRS withholding calculator (which will be available at the end of the month) to determine how much money to withhold regarding your personal tax situation. This too can help you save more money now.

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“Human Ken Doll” Rodrigo Alves Says He Has Had Four Ribs Removed

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Top CEOs take four days to earn a Bangladesh worker’s life pay

DAVOS, Switzerland — A CEO from one of the world’s top five global fashion brands has to work for just four days to earn what a garment worker in Bangladesh will earn in an entire lifetime, campaigning group Oxfam International said Monday. In the run-up to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort…
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Four Weeks’ Worth of Work Outfit Ideas!

work outfit ideasWouldn’t it be great if you had several weeks’ worth of work outfit ideas — and if the ideas mostly used things you already have in your closet — and maybe even pushed you out of your comfort zone a few times? I’ve wanted to create something like this for YEARS, truly, but between all the other regular content the work outfit challenge just hasn’t happened. Last summer and fall I really committed to finalizing it, and I’m thrilled to say that it’s DONE and you can now subscribe here! I’m proud of the end result — I think these work outfit ideas reflect a smart, sophisticated way of dressing that can be dressed up or down for various offices, and my hope is that as you go through the challenge you’ll stretch yourself a bit and hopefully find some new ideas.  Every outfit idea in the challenge is appropriate for work, and 90% of them can be done using stuff you very likely already have in your closet. Because the ideas are more of “building blocks,” if you find a few of them that your really like you can turn the blocks into a work uniform. Because many of the building blocks ideas have examples of different bloggers from around the web wearing the outfits, you may even find a few new workwear personal style bloggers or Instagrammers to follow!

What It Is:

Four weeks worth of outfit ideas, with five days’ worth of outfit ideas emailed to you every Sunday for four weeks. (We were going to do it as a daily email, but after reader feedback we decided to do a week’s worth at a time!)

Who Gets the Work Outfit Ideas:

The work outfit ideas are free for anyone who subscribes to the Corporette email newsletter using THIS LINK. (You should get a confirmation email pretty soon after signing up — please check your spam filter if you don’t see it!)

When the Work Outfit Challenge Starts:

It starts the first Sunday after you sign up for the email!

Questions for this thread for you guys — what are YOUR favorite work outfit ideas, ladies? What outfits (or building blocks of outfits, such as black top + black pants + colorful/print jacket or cardigan) do you wear again and again to work? Have you (or anyone else you know) adopted a uniform or other concentrated way of dressing that has worked well for work?

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Four Ways to Benefit from the Federal Reserve’s Interest Rate Boost

Interest rates across the country are moving higher once again. The Federal Reserve on Dec. 13 boosted the federal funds rate to a range of 1.25% to 1.5%, marking the third increase for the benchmark rate this year. The action will mean higher rates on everything from consumer loans to credit cards to some mortgages.

The Fed cited job gains, declining unemployment, more household spending and larger investments by businesses in recent quarters among reasons for the hike. The nation’s central bank anticipates increasing rates three more times in  2018 and twice in 2019.

Of course, higher borrowing costs is not popular. But extraordinarily, here are some ways individuals and entrepreneurs might benefit from the Fed rate hikes:

Potentially more loans for small businesses

Interest rates that banks charge small businesses for loans will move higher. That gives banks greater motivation to lend money, potentially increasing the number of loans they make to small businesses.

Greater returns for savers

A Fed rate hike often translates into higher rates on a certificate of deposit and other savings accounts. Individuals perhaps can now hunt for higher-yielding savings accounts even though the gains might be small. Yet, any increase on low-yielding interest accounts for savers is a plus.

More interest income for seniors

Senior citizens who put money into CDs and savings accounts can reap more income from a boost in interest rates. The modest gain can provide older Americans more income for retirement savings and give them more income to live on, experts say.

Prompt homebuyers to get off the fence sooner

The Federal Reserve’s plan to keep boosting rates will eventually mean higher rates on some home mortgages. That expectation can compel buyers to buy homes sooner rather than potentially face paying higher mortgage rates later. Also, getting a mortgage pre-approved now also might get them the home they want and make an offer quicker than buyers who don’t act as fast.

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Four more women accuse Mark Halperin of harassment, bringing total to at least a dozen

Two days after CNN first reported that five women said “Game Change” co-author and journalist Mark Halperin sexually harassed or assaulted them during his time at ABC News, the number of accusers has grown to at least a dozen women, including four who are now sharing their accounts for the first time. Another woman, who shared her account in CNN’s initial article on the condition her name not be published, is now speaking out on the record.
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This comic strip nailed exactly what it’s like to be a freelance creative in just four panels

This comic strip nailed exactly what it’s like to be a freelance creative in just four panels


This comic strip nailed exactly what it’s like to be a freelance creative in just four panels

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a freelancer and working for yourself, one comic strip nailed exactly what it’s like to be a freelance creative. Long-story short? It’s not as easy as you may think. Being a freelancer requires serious self-discipline, self-motivation, and balancing several responsibilities at once — to name just a few requirements. And then it comes with plenty of awkward complications. Like figuring out how to file your taxes.

Plus, there’s the whole getting-paid-thing, which is a whole other issue — how much money to charge, how quickly your client(s) will pay you, etc. And, let’s say you’re a writer or artist — some places may want you to work for free. Yup, FREE. Think about other jobs, an architect for instance. Can you imagine a client asking them to work for free? Here, design this building for us, but we can’t pay you… Luckily, one comic artist knows our pain.

This comic strip nails those freelance creative annoyances on the head.

As funny as this comic is, anyone who’s an artist or writer can likely relate — and the fact that a newspaper had printed it is ironic since some print and online publications ~don’t~ pay and ~do~ believe exposure is payment enough.

Want to know more? The artist is Rick Detorie.

You can find his work online and on Amazon. We’re grateful that @XenoStateOfMind, the Twitter user who shared the strip, went out of their way to give the artist credit. They also explained why they shared it online — and it wasn’t for personal exposure.

Hear, hear! And the Twitterverse found it just as relatable.

It’s not easy to hack the freelance life. But seeing comics like this from other creatives who get it makes it a little bit easier. When you find an artist or writer you love, support their work. We know we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Rick Detorie in the future.



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The Four ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Begun Production At Last

The Four 'Avatar' Sequels Have Begun Production At Last

James Cameron has been promising Avatar sequels since the first movie broke box office records, received rave reviews (84% on Roten Tomatoes) and earned accolades galore back in 2009. Eight years and many release date shifts later, the visionary writer/director has finally begun filming not just one but four follow-up features, all being shot in succession. The quartet of presumably cutting-edge 3D movies kicked off production in a Manhattan Beach studio yesterday, according to…

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Over a thousand home seekers chase just four apartments in new residential project in Hong Kong

The odds were stacked against them, at more than 300 to 1. But in a property market as hot as Hong Kong's that wasn't enough to stop some 1,300 home seekers queuing for a chance to get their hands on just four flats in Parc City, Tsuen Wan.
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The Four Seasons resort other Four Seasons are jealous of

Purchased by billionaire Michael Dell in 2006, the Four Seasons Hualalai is one of the top-ranked resorts on the Big Island of Hawaii. The 50th state is a year-round destination — and Zika-free! — but it’s even more attractive as the mainland’s weather starts to turn. Why Celebs including Hilary Duff, Megan Fox, Beyoncé and…
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‘The Defenders’ Preview: Best and Worst of the First Four Episodes

The Defenders launches on Netflix next Friday (August 18) but FANDOM has already been granted a sneak peak at the first four episodes of the show.

For those not in the know, The Defenders is basically a small-screen Avengers, featuring Marvel characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist teaming up for the first time.

We’ll keep this SPOILER-FREE, so we’ll avoid mention of the villain’s plot and the threat that unites the awesome foursome. So the following is a brief overview of the first half of this historic collaboration – the best and worst of The Defenders thus far.

The Best of The Defenders

Jessica Jones Jokes



It’s all a bit serious in the show’s early scenes. Daredevil and Iron Fist are both in a bad place, the pair struggling to deal with the grim fallout from their most recent adventures. And there are bad things happening in Hell’s Kitchen, the details of which we won’t go into here. But Jessica Jones is on-hand to brighten things up with a witty one-liner or a sly put-down.

Jones is absolutely hilarious in the first few episodes, deeply suspicious of her new superhero status early in proceedings, then taking every chance to undercut her fellow Defenders when they finally meet. She mocks Danny Rand’s brief bouts of optimism and Luke Cage’s super-strength, while Jones continually busts Matt Murdock’s balls, at one point threatening to punch him so hard that he’ll see.

Krysten Ritter delivers her lines with deadpan cynicism, and it’s clear that as the stakes are raised and their situation becomes ever-more dire, Jones will ensure The Defenders don’t take themselves too seriously.

Stick Returns


Scott Glenn as Stick. Badass.

Stick played the role of mentor, trainer, and all-around badass in Daredevil, and in the first Defenders trailer, he narrates proceedings, putting each of the superheroes in their place via voiceover, and calling the mysterious threat that unites them the ‘War for New York.’

But what of his actual involvement in the series? Well, we aren’t about to describe his introduction, as it’s a doozy. What we will say is that Stick – as played by the inimitable Scott Glenn – is on scene-stealing form. The character is more badass than ever, delivering the best moment in two of the four episodes that we’ve seen. And doing something that really has to be seen to be believed. So we’re hoping there’s a lot more Stick as the story progresses.

Corridor Action



Amazing corridor action sequences have become the Marvel-Netflix trademark. Daredevil started the tradition, and every show since has had a go, sometimes tweaking the setting to a stairwell or passageway, but always limiting the carnage to an enclosed space so audiences get a good look at the brilliantly choreographed close-quarters combat.

The Defenders is no different, our four heroes first teaming-up in a well-lit office corridor. The trailers already feature the best bits of this brawl, but what it doesn’t show is the top-notch banter between the quartet throughout. Nor how awesome it is to see Luke Cage and Danny Rand working together for the first time. Could a Power Man and Iron Fist show be just around the corner?

The Worst of the Defenders

Poor Pacing



The Defenders starts slow. Really slow. While it’s initially exciting seeing the gang back onscreen, Episode 1 quickly loses focus. Sure the characters are doing things, but in isolation, and it’s all stuff we don’t care about yet. Indeed the writers are so busy trying to maneuver the characters into position that they don’t really give them anything interesting to say or do. It’s like watching a really boring game of superhero chess.

Something big happens at the end of Episode 1 however, meaning Episode 2 is all about the fallout from that incident. But again it’s pretty dull, with each character dealing with it alone, and the narrative jumping from story-to-story when you really just want it to settle into some kind of rhythm. That doesn’t happen until Episode 3, which is a long time to wait for The Defenders to start defending.

Too Much Exposition

There’s a lot of plot going on in the early episodes. And it’s pretty much all told via dialogue rather than imagery. So we have characters talking about where they’ve been. What they are going through. And what they plan to do. Matt, Jessica, Luke, and Danny discuss their origins and powers to get newcomers up-to-speed. But that’s pretty boring for those of us who have been watching from the start.

As for the villains, Alexandra has to establish herself and her reasons for wanting to do terrible things in New York. But her plan is somewhat convoluted, with lots of moving parts, and seems to require explanation every five minutes. And while she’s played by the amazing Sigourney Weaver, at this point she seems a lot less interesting than previous villains Kingpin and Kilgrave.

So thus far we’ve got an action show that’s filled with people talking. Which at times makes for a frustrating viewing experience.

Iron Fist


Iron Fist. Still annoying.

Remember how annoying Danny Rand was in his standalone show? Well if anything, he’s even worse in these first four episodes. He shows up in the very first scene, searching for members of The Hand in Cambodia. And is annoying. Then he travels back to New York, and is equally annoying.

We get it – Rand is young, petulant and immature – a man-child searching for his place in the world. But he’s also whiny, argumentative, and incredibly hard to like. That might be down to the writing, Finn Jones’ performance, or a combination of the two. Whatever the case, Iron Fist is the worst element of The Defenders, so fingers crossed he ups his game in the final four episodes.

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‘Avatar’ Villain Stephen Lang Returning for All Four Sequels, Says James Cameron

'Avatar' Villain Stephen Lang Returning for All Four Sequels, Says James Cameron

James Cameron's Avatar was greatly enlivened by the presence of Stephen Lang (above). Millions of people saw the sci-fi adventure during its theatrical release and/or later on home video, but if you need a reminder, Lang portrayed Colonel Miles Quaritch, the leader of the military force on the planet Pandora.

Initially, Colonel Quaritch appears to be tough but fair. Eventually, though, he becomes quite a villainous character, never hesitating to kill anyone he views as a threat to his…

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Work With a Difficult Boss? Use These Four Key Strategies to Grow and Succeed

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Having a difficult boss can make you ask yourself questions like: “Why is my hard work not good enough?”; “I’ve done so much, how can I finally get that promotion?”; or “I did exactly what my boss said and I still don’t understand how it’s not up to par.”

Difficult bosses shouldn’t bring you down. See the situation as an opportunity to try different strategies to handle your boss’s challenging personality yet still achieve your own goals.

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Think like Your Boss

 

Take a minute to stop and think about his or her motivations, concerns, priorities, etc. Your job is to make their lives easier, so think hard about what they might like to see from you and how you can show them you’re doing quality work.

For example, make a list of items you think they might appreciate seeing on your next report. Give information your boss can share with their managers to make him or her look good. Give them project updates on a weekly basis instead of waiting for them to ask you. Showing such drive gives you higher chances of praise, appreciation, and even promotions.

Get Ahead of the Game

 

At this point in your career, you already know how to do your job and what your manager expects. You likely have the capability of anticipating the different types of tasks, questions, and objections your boss may surprise you with. Practicing this strategy will make you look polished and prepared, not to mention responsible for working so methodically.

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Learn from Mentors and Co-Workers

 

Hearing what your boss is like with other people may help you get a better idea on how to work with him or her. Listening to other people’s advice and perspectives will help you understand what to do and what not to do when working with your boss. It’s essential to learn how he or she prefers to communicate (phone, email, in-person, etc.), what they like or don’t like to hear, and so on. This can help you learn from other people’s mistakes and understand how you can win your boss’s trust.

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Speak Up

 

If you’ve tried everything and still feel puzzled about how to give your boss what he or she is looking for, voice your thoughts and concerns with them privately. Start by setting up a meeting with your boss and prepare a list of questions ahead of time. By scheduling a meeting, you show that you’re respecting their time and giving them a chance to discuss things that may help make both of your lives easier. Questions you can bring to this meeting may include:

  • What are you expecting to see in these types of projects?
  • What can I do to give you exactly what you’re looking for?
  • How do you measure success?
  • What keeps you up at night and what can I do to make your life easier?

The key is to be polite and show that you care. Your boss has a heart and hopefully they will be grateful to you for coming to them with these questions. This strategy can make you stand out from the crowd and show your boss your incredible determination to succeed.

Using these strategies may make a world of difference for you. By doing some deep thinking, planning, and communicating, you’ll feel a lot smarter and better prepared on how to work with your boss. If after applying these tips you still feel stuck and no progress has been made, consider getting help or advice from HR. The goal is to do everything in your power to get a better handle of your boss’s difficult personality. Try not to lose focus and do your best to prove yourself in this job and all other jobs moving forward.

Career – Black Enterprise

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Four Ways to Build a Stronger, More Secure Financial Future

When it comes to making ends meet or enjoying good fortune, many Americans are struggling today, according to a new study from Lincoln Financial Group.

The Radnor, Pennsylvania-based financial services company just released its 2017 Financial Focus: Goals and Reflections of Today’s Consumer study.

 

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The analysis examines short- and long-term financial goals for Americans, strategies that can help them reach those targets, and forces hindering them from increasing wealth.

 

Heavy Debt Load Big Burden for Many Folks Trying to Make It

 

A momentous 24% of people—nearly 1 out of 4 Americans—report they are “barely getting by” or worse financially. A high level of debt is the driving factor hurting this group, with 42% saying debt is a major problem. And when thinking about their financial futures, 45% of these individuals are scared most by not being able to pay off debt. This compares to only 16% of the individuals who say they are “comfortable” or “well off” financially.

Simultaneously, the study offered some upbeat trends. Forty-eight percent with financial goals say they will be in a much better place financially in the next four years, versus a measly 12% of those with no goals. Those who make New Year’s resolutions also tend to see positive progress: a robust 72% of those who made resolutions this year report that they are progressing with those resolutions, which often include meeting their financial goals.

 

Most Satisfied Individuals Take Specific Actions to Build Finances

 

All told, the study findings show that people who apply specific actions to their finances for future growth are the most likely to feel financially confident and secure.

For instance, 52% of those making resolutions have a retirement plan, 45% own life insurance, and 44% have at least one investment account. And when money is scarce, 31% of these goal-setters recently passed up vacations. But this group doesn’t sacrifice their savings—nearly 60% reported they in fact have never sacrificed savings.

The study was based on an online survey of 2,500 adults 18 years of age or older in the United States. It includes responses from 331 African Americans.

“Those who are progressing toward their goals and resolutions are first and foremost working to ensure they have a solid foundation to build upon,” Dick Mucci, president of Group Benefits at Lincoln Financial, stated in a press release.

“Putting some extra money toward debt, savings, and insurance coverage certainly pays off in the long run—and those who have financial goals understand this,” he said.

 

Mixed Emotions Surface on Retirement and Providing for Families

 

Additionally, the study showed that many people feel both excitement and fear when it comes to saving for retirement and providing for their families.

Some 46% of Americans report they are excited about having enough money for retirement, but 35% are intimidated by saving for it. This number is highest for Gen X, where 47% say they fear saving for retirement. When it comes to providing for their families, 41% are eager about it. But the fear factor comes into play for 27% of the general population when it comes to that situation, with the number rising at 38% for young millennials. Unforeseen health or accident expenses are frightful for 42% of Americans.

“The things that excite and scare us in regards to money are the same for a reason—they impact one another and are critically connected,” said Mucci. “Without the right protections in place, an accident or illness can derail retirement savings. But if you focus on the outcomes you want and ensure you take the steps to get there, you’ll wind up in a good place.

An employer-sponsored retirement plan is a great way to build savings, and insurance coverages offered through the workplace can help protect against the financial challenges that could come with an unexpected injury or illness.”

People with financial goals are four times more likely than those with no goals to feel they will be in a much better place financially in the next four years.

The Four Tips to Intensify Your Financial Future

 

Take advantage of workplace benefits.

For instance, disability insurance protects your paycheck if you are unable to work due to an injury or illness. Accident insurance helps pay expenses not covered by medical insurance. Critical illness insurance provides funds to cover daily expenses while you recover from an illness.

Don’t sacrifice savings. 

Focus on paying debt, but leave some room to save for the future. Perhaps start with an employer retirement plan to benefit from the employer match.

Start an emergency fund.

It could help you pay for unexpected expenses and using a credit card to cover sudden calamities. Examine taking a second job  or doing a yard sale, both ways to make extra cash to help pay debts faster.

Open a savings account at a different bank or credit union, making it tougher to tap into your nest egg.

 

 

 

Money – Black Enterprise

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Four Proven Ways Entrepreneurs Can Achieve a Healthy Work-Life Balance

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In today’s society, it seems many entrepreneurs feel it has become tougher to balance their work-life—but why? It could be many things, pressure to complete projects and meet deadlines can have you pulling all-nighters in front of your computer or perhaps taking out your phone while you have dinner with family. In the past, if someone wanted to get work done on the weekends or work late, they would either have to stay in the office until they got their tasks done, or drag themselves into the office on the weekend.

With the endless amounts of technology that you gorge yourself in, it seems impossible to escape from work and focus on your well-being. Fortunately, I am here to save you from the endless amounts of emails and pdf documents that your smartphone is berating you with even as you read this.

Creating a healthy work-life balance can take time, but it’s worthwhile knowing you can reserve time just for work and time to enjoy being alone and with friends and family.

 

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1. Put Down the Phone

 

You heard me, put down the phone and step away! By having your smartphone on all the time, you aren’t giving yourself the necessary time to turn “off.” The endless notifications you look at during the day only increases your stress levels. According to The Telegraph, the Future Work Centre reported that constant access to email is associated with higher levels of stress. There comes a point in the day where you need to step away from the constant notifications your phone is sounding off and focus on things that matter most to you—whether it’s your dog, recreational activities, a television show, or your family, you need time to de-stress from work and focus on something that brings you joy.

Start today by following the rule of “no phones at the dinner table” and enjoy some precious time with your loved ones.

 


 

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2. Exercise and Meditate

 

Whether it’s running out in the open, playing a game of basketball, or doing yoga, find an activity to burn off some steam. Work can be a very stressful environment, so it’s important for you to find time to implement exercise into your day. According to the American Psychological Association and the Stress in America survey report, 37% of adults report exercising less than once a week or not at all. Furthermore, only 17% of adult’s report exercising daily. Many people associate their lack of exercise due to the levels of stress they face, yet 43% of adults who exercise to manage stress levels say they have skipped exercising in the past month due to stress levels. With that being said, 53% of adults say they feel better about themselves after they exercise.

Yoga, for example, is a great way to keep your stress levels down. It gives a place to relieve yourself of the work environment and lets you have an hour to yourself to think, de-stress, and rejuvenate. You’ll notice quickly how scheduling one hour of exercise every day will bring a tremendous change to your mind and body, thus making you a more mindful business owner.

 


 

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3. Don’t Shut Yourself In

 

Do you often find yourself coming up with excuses to stay in when you’re stressed, rather than go out and socialize? Although it’s important to have down time and create time for yourself, it isn’t healthy to be alone and locked inside your home or apartment every night. Make time throughout the week to go out and experience something fun—whether it’s a concert, a movie or just going out to dinner. Your business is like a child and it’s understandable that you want to take care of it and be available as often as possible, but it’s not a living, breathing being, you can (and should) walk away at the end of the work day and go out and enjoy yourself or spend time with people you love.

 


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4. Don’t Burn Yourself Out

 

This is way easier said than done, right? Although a strong work ethic is important, you need to keep realistic expectations for yourself so you don’t burn out and fizzle. You want your work to showcase your abilities, so if you take on too much work at once the quality of your work might decrease. Another important aspect of not burning yourself out is to not working extremely late into the night. It’s OK if you have one or two late nights a month, because life is full of unexpected events, but it’s important not to constantly play catch-up with your work. While in the office, it’s imperative you stay focused and on task so you don’t constantly have to bring work home. By staying on task, you can keep your work life at work and your personal life separate.

 

At the end of the day, the work and personal life should never constantly intermix. At times, it will be necessary to make sacrifices for work, but it’s extremely important for your health to maintain a healthy work-life balance. These four tips will help you start your path to a more balanced life, but don’t be afraid to branch out and try other techniques that will make you happier and less stressed. Every entrepreneur is different in their own way, that’s why you should start by identifying what’s bogging you down and create a game plan to correct it so that you can enjoy life a little more.

 

 

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Four Young Pennsylvania Men Missing Since Last Week; Authorities Suspect Foul Play

Pennsylvania authorities are searching for four young men who went missing in the past week.

Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, vanished last Wednesday. Two days later, Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, and Dean Finocchiaro, 18, all vanished.

In a press conference on Monday afternoon, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub was asked if he believed foul play was involved. “I sure believe there is,” he replied, adding that authorities are treating the case “as a criminal investigation at this time.”

At least five municipal police departments, the Bucks County Sheriff, Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI are involved in searching multiple locations for any trace of the men. “It’s all hands on deck,” Weintraub told reporters. “The investigation is very serious and very sensitive.”

Investigators are focused on a large farm near where the men were last seen. They have taken the farm owner’s 20-year-old son into custody on an unrelated firearms charge. He is being questioned by police.

Meanwhile, cops are trying to determine how the men knew each other.  Sturgis and Meo are longtime friends who work in construction for Sturgis’ father. Finocchiaro is a mutual friend of theirs. It’s unclear whether Patrick knows any or all of the men.

Police have brought in heavy equipment to search the 68-acre farm, including a backhoe. Weintraub says that the search could go on for days. “It’s like finding needles in a haystack,” he said at the news conference. “We’re not exactly sure what we’re going to find there.”

While police continue their search, the men’s families are praying for their safety — and are trying to keep a positive attitude. “At this point, as the hours pass, it seems more and more grim,” Sturgis’ father, Mark Potash, told Philly.com. “It is very difficult. I really don’t know how I’m going to make it through the rest of the day. I’m going minute by minute right now.”

Anyone with information about the men’s whereabouts is asked to call the investigation’s tip line at (215) 297-8201.


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Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

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American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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Parents Who Drive You Crazy: Four Steps for Handling Emotionally Immature Parents

Do you ever feel like the mature one in your relationship with your parents? If so, you are like countless others who are hurt and frustrated by their emotionally immature parents. It is difficult to deal with parents who have not developed enough empathy to care sufficiently about the feelings of others. These immature parents focus on their own interests to the point where they make their children feel inadequate, unseen, and chronically guilty.

While the emotionally immature parent may act like a normal adult in the outside world, their self-involved and controlling behavior comes out full force at home. They ignore their children’s emotional needs because they are focused on their own consuming desires for attention and control. As a result, their children end up feeling insignificant and emotionally alone.

Like small children, emotionally immature parents are fixated on their immediate demands. They expect others to anticipate their needs first. They undermine their children’s confidence and self-esteem by acting like the child can never do enough to make them happy. Their children become anxiously vigilant as they try to avoid the emotional backlash that comes if they don’t guess correctly what their parent wants.

It is much more useful and accurate to think of these parents as emotionally immature rather than through the lens of a clinical diagnosis, such as narcissism. Their emotional immaturity can take different forms — not all of which are diagnosable categories — but all the types cause emotional pain and deprivation in their children. Once you get the idea that these are psychologically underdeveloped personalities, it is much easier to handle them rather than thinking about them diagnostically.

Most of us instinctively know how to handle upset toddlers, but we don’t think to apply that to our gray-haired parents. Few of us would expect a preschooler to consider our needs or react sensibly if we ask them to do something they dislike. Yet with immature parents, we expect a reasonableness and empathy they don’t possess and never will. As a result, we are repeatedly confused and shocked by their lack of cooperation or sensitivity. Why must they make everything so hard? Why can’t they think about us for a change?

Dealing with difficult parents is especially hard on the emotionally sensitive child who can’t help but notice other people’s feelings. The immaturity of the parent means that these children develop the heavy responsibility of worrying about other people’s needs. These more emotionally perceptive children often over-perform as the go-to person in the family who cares about other people’s problems.

Unfortunately, these conscientious children usually keep trying to win their parent’s approval throughout their lives, but their immature parent will neither listen nor open up emotionally. If the sensitive child tries to tell the parents how he or she feels, the parents will clam up, mock, dismiss, or turn the tables with self-pity or blame. They are terrified of sincere feelings, and simply do not deal with anything emotionally intimate.

It works better to deal with emotionally immature parents using a four-step method that I call the Maturity Awareness Approach.

1. Use Your Observer Mind
Rather than trying to engage these parents, emotional detachment is much safer. Use your thinking function rather than your emotional reactivity, and you will no longer be their emotional victim. By objectively observing their self-preoccupation and control maneuvers, you gain freedom from the need for their approval.

2. Express and Then Let Go
One of the hardest things to realize is that trying to get a satisfying response from your parent won’t work. It is far more effective to say what you need to say using clear, intimate communication, while releasing any expectation that they will change. By practicing speaking up in a calm way, you strengthen yourself whether they respond positively or not.

3. Focus on the Outcome, Not the Relationship
You can’t expect empathy or fairness from an emotionally immature parent. Instead, think about the specific outcome you want, rather than trying to improve the relationship. Remember, anything emotionally intimate scares these parents. Decide what specific outcome you are aiming for, and keep going for it. For instance, you can ask for an apology, but you can’t ask for a change of heart.

4. Manage, Don’t Engage
Manage the conversation instead of reacting to what the parent says. Make explicit goals for topic and duration, and guide things toward where you want to end up. By managing toward the outcome you want, you avoid the frustration of having all conversations hijacked by your parent’s self-preoccupations. If you let them set the pace, you will end up drained and resentful. Instead of engaging with you, these parents will dominate with their most pressing interests, their pet beef, or their unmet needs. Don’t be sidetracked by their complaining or criticisms. Your job is to move things along toward the outcome you want.

Emotionally immature parents will drive you crazy if you mistake their physical age for psychological maturity. Acknowledge that you may have surpassed them developmentally a long time ago, and their insensitivities will begin to hurt a little less. Remember, they are just too young to think of you much at all.

Lindsay C. Gibson, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in personal growth and individual psychotherapy for adults. She has taught psychology graduate students as a past Adjunct Assistant Professor for The College of William and Mary and Old Dominion University. Her newly released book is Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents, and her previous book Who You Were Meant To Be: Finding or Recovering Your Life’s Purpose was published in 2000. You can follow her blog at drlindsaygibson.com.

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Four Years Wiser, My Message for This Year’s Graduates

A little over four years ago, in one of my last articles for Holy Cross’ student newspaper, The Crusader, I offered a reflection — a “graduation message”, if you will — for my fellow Crusaders, the class of 2011.

Inspired by graduation season, I recently reread it and was reminded of how much my life has changed since then. Now four years into the “real” and working world, long gone are the “all-nighters”, the month-long vacations and the clearly defined sense of purpose that studying provides.

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What remains, however, is a lesson I had learned and shared at the near end of my college experience:

“I have come to learn and to believe that in every met expectation and unforeseen surprise, every accomplishment and failure, in every loss and gain, every victory and defeat, in every mistake and intention, and in every realized dream and unfulfilled hope, there is always a lesson — always an opportunity to learn something about yourself or about life, and always something to take away and remember for the future.

Sometimes, as I have come to learn, the lesson stares us square in the face, other times it is more obscure and requires a bit more awareness and faith. But, if anything, I have come to learn that it is always there, waiting to be discovered and acknowledged.”

I still believe this to be true. I might add, however, that it is equally important to remember that life is a continual process of growth and discovery — and that the moment we think we have “figured it all out” or learned all our lessons is typically when life will remind us, with a gentle touch or forceful push, that much remains for us to learn.

My friend and I used to joke throughout our four years at Holy Cross that “one day everything will be ok.” It became our secret six-word mantra the two of us shared, helping us to cope with the endless pressure and stress of an intense academic environment, not to mention our sometimes challenging social dilemmas.

Little did we know how mistaken we were — not in our youthful optimistic attitude, but in our naive belief that once we graduated and settled into a job, once we “made it on our own,” all would be right with the world, our fear and anxiety dissipating into eternal contentment.

In fact, it was a little over a year ago while talking on the phone that we laughed at our “six letter phrase” and agreed that while some days can feel like that “aha” moment, there will always be days that leave one feeling troubled and ill at ease.

But, it’s not that I don’t think we can ever find peace, joy or contentment. On the contrary, I think that the realization and acceptance of life as a journey — as something that we can never fully understand, master or even control — may actually be the first important step toward finding those very things.

As easy as it is for us to convince ourselves that “once I get to this point…” or “if only I could…” or “maybe if I do this…” then “everything will be ok”, it is a dangerous, crippling mentality and perpetual cycle of thought that prevents us from fully realizing that happiness is not some outside force that comes to us, but is, rather, something we must create and choose for ourselves.

Our focus, then, should not be on trying to “figure it all out.” It should be on finding ways to be more accepting of the place we are currently in — and looking for lessons that we can call upon for guidance in the future.

There are certainly days (weeks, months, maybe even years) when everything just seems right, when things have fallen into place and are running seamlessly. But, not all days are going to be like that. Nor should we expect them to. And that’s ok.

And so, four years wiser, my message to this year’s graduates is this:

You will likely face, in the coming months and years, a series of circumstances, decisions, questions and doubts that will test your confidence in yourself and those around you.

You will likely be met with challenges you may have expected, and those that you could never have anticipated – and while you will be able to successfully navigate some on your own, others will likely require the guidance and perspective of a loving parent or friend.

You will undoubtedly have moments of success and celebration, moments of failure and discouragement and maybe moments of utter despair.

You may even come to question yourself, your relationship with others and your role in the world around you.

And you will probably spend a good amount of time trying to figure out what exactly you want to do, or should do with your life.

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But, instead of looking at these as obstacles — as something you have to suffer through in order to be “ok” — relish them. Accept them. Embrace them. And…learn from them. Only then can we realize and accept that we are the arbiters of our life and our contentment, and that everything can be ok right now if we allow it to be.

As the Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke — recognized as “one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets” — so eloquently wrote:

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

Congratulations to all 2015 graduates! Live your questions.

Also check out these 5 life wisdom books for college graduates, along with 7 inspirational quotes for the 7 days of the week.

You can also read my full graduation article from May 2011 here.

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Four and a Half Things That Men Really Want

Welcome back, devoted readers. Last time I told you what women really want in their heart of hearts. This time I will tell you what men really want. For free! Isn’t the Internet wonderful? Oh, before I start, you may notice that there are way fewer things on this list than the 10-point list I wrote about what women want. Do you know why? Well, without being too un-PC, it’s because men complain less than women. There, I said it. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but the evolutionary one is this: Women need a man to stick around and be emotionally invested in them, because for nine months of gestation and many years afterwards, she is vulnerable, pregnant and likely feels awful. Then, she gives birth and has a small human who depends on her. So, women need a man to prove he loves her and keep proving it so that she feels secure enough to mate with him and thus make herself physically vulnerable, which she would only do if she knows he will be protecting her and bringing her food and stuff.

Men need women who have sex with them so they can procreate. They want the woman to be loving and kind, so she can nurture the offspring of this union into maturity. See how many fewer sentences that was than my explanation about what women need? Point made.

Since I have explained why I believe that men are less nit-picky than women in terms of what they need from relationships, let’s move on to the few things that they do care about. Let’s say #1 together, everyone….

1. Sex.

This is really important to men. I have discussed it ad nauseum, but here is the best analogy: You like your husband to come in with a smile and ask about your day. You want your husband to act nice to you in private and in public. You want your husband to contribute to the home via working for an income and performing chores and childcare. He wants sex equally as much as you want all of those things. Use your empathy here. It is not “just sex.” A man 100% considers sex as important as you consider coming home and saying hi and eating dinner with you. The way that you would feel like crap if he came in and went directly upstairs and yelled “F off!” if you said hello to him, that is how he feels when you sexually reject him. For him, sex within marriage is the most basic form of loving interaction, the baseline.

2. Appreciation.

Men will do a truly startling amount of stuff for you if they feel appreciated, or even just not unappreciated.* Here are ways to show your husband you appreciate him: (1) Say, “I appreciate that.” (2) Be physically affectionate. (3) Say, “thank you.” (4) Tell him how your life is made easier because he did XYZ.

3. Chillness.

Every time you decide not to harp on an admittedly small detail of life and build it into a Big Thing, your husband loves you 1% more. So, if you change your usual behavior, you may be at 3,400% by the end of today. Here are some examples of things your husband wants you to chill out about: what tone your child just used, what happened to the throw pillow, why do we have two opened boxes of the same kind of cereal, whether you could have saved $ 10 if you remembered the coupon, what tone the school secretary used, how many days it has been since your sister texted you, whether you can or cannot eat the yogurt on its expiration date.

4. Affection.

Yes, sex matters, but so do physical and verbal intimacy in general. Hand holding, nicknames, hair ruffling, joking comments, touching on the arm, etc. This is what generally makes people feel connected and romantically involved rather than just co-CEO’s of a company that produces small children and messes.

4 1/2. For you to be interested in what interests them.

If they are into “the game,” which from what I can tell, indicates some sort of televised sporting event, then men like when you are interested in it too. But you know what? As you can tell from how little I know about “the game” and the fact that I am still married, this one is just gravy for most guys. It’s like for you, if your husband not only planned date night, but also ordered your favorite flowers to be sitting at the restaurant when you arrived. I mean, it’s awesome, but it’s not essential. My point is, you can get pretty far just being affectionate, sexual, appreciative and relaxed without also learning about fantasy football or model airplanes or World or Warcraft or whatever. But if you are interested in what interests them, all the better.

And, that’s all! Just four, and maybe that half for extra credit. Now, some of you are saying, “My husband really appreciates my cooking, or how well I organize and run the household, or that I always buy him new underwear. What’s that stuff, wasted effort?” And here is the nauseating answer: “Yes, yes it is, if you don’t do the stuff I listed above.” All that other stuff is great, but I have never seen a guy in couples counseling who says, “She won’t have sex more than once a month, but it’s okay, because I love her pierogis.” Unless “pierogis” is a code word for “oral sex.” So, if your marriage is under stress, or your husband acts distant, try the first four things I suggested, and then throw in the fifth for good measure, and during all that time, let the housework go, order in dinner every night and don’t buy him any underwear.  If your marriage doesn’t improve, I would be shocked.

Share with your husbands, because you know you want to know what they think. And until we meet again, I remain, The Blogapist Who is Like a Magical Oracle of Truth in the Guise of a Harassed Blogging Mother of Three.

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*Note: This is because a lot of stuff just doesn’t bother many guys, and they don’t pre-plan or overthink simple things. Like, if I have to take the garbage to the curb, I’m like, “Okay, so I have to get on my shoes, and then get out the next garbage bag and, wait, is it raining out? Am I done eating for the night or will there be more garbage in the bag later? Why did I buy these odor shield bags? How much were they? Is it cold out?” Meanwhile, a guy will just take it to the curb and be back in the house watching TV before you know it. I think some things are easier the less you care about them, and men have this firmly in the bag. So, basically, household chores for women are physical plus mental effort plus anxiety, whereas for men, they may just be physical effort because they just don’t care. My point in all of this is to say, if men feel like you appreciate them, they will do a lot of crap because honestly, a great deal of it is just not that important or difficult for them, since they don’t obsess about it while they are doing it.

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Combat Four of the Most Common Fears

Having just closed the chapter on Halloween this week, this is an opportune time to find our inner courage and kick some of our fears to the curb. Fear is a completely natural and healthy emotion to have. However, it’s good to be able to reflect and distinguish between fearing things that we can manage vs. those we can’t control. It’s easy to misguide excitement, anxiety and anticipation into the scary realm of fear, but with these simple suggestions and a fresh dose of perspective hopefully you can combat these four common fears!

1.Failure

It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. — Bill Gates

We never know what the future might hold, and for many that thought can be a scary one, constantly causing us to ask ourselves if we are going in the right direction, if our paths will lead us to success or stability. Maybe we’ve been taught that failure is a result of laziness or the product of making a wrong turn. Maybe we see failure as a signifier that we aren’t good enough to succeed. But this isn’t true at all! Failure often means that we are headed in the right direction. If we don’t fail we will never see success. Think of how you learned to walk. We never say babies “fail” when they fall. We accept that falling is a part of the process and that they will ultimately stand up and try again. The same holds true for life. Failure gives us the crucial lessons we need to find in order to stand stronger and find new avenues for success.

2. Health

But the real secret to lifelong good health is actually the opposite: Let your body take care of you. — Deepak Chopra

While some of you may be thinking that it’s pretty ironic for a fitness instructor to encourage you NOT to worry about your health, let me start off by saying that health is something to tend to, support and nurture, not fear. Listening to your body is the first step to living a healthy and balanced life. Don’t let your fear of things you can’t control physically consume you. Instead, focus on what your body is telling you. Eat, engage in daily physical fitness and keep your body rested and hydrated. Your body truly is a temple, and when you treat it as such you may be able to dispel the fears you have of it failing or turning its back on you. In the unexpected nature of life we often can’t control getting sick, genetics or not feeling our best, but that doesn’t mean we should let the fear of what may come consume us. Breathe, listen to and enjoy your body!

3. Aging

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. — Betty Friedan

Aging isn’t easy, especially when we watch the people we love go through it. We fear the unknown and the uncertainty of the future. But what if we began to see the cloudiness of our futures as exciting as opposed to fear invoking? What if the future was something we refused to allow being anything but great? A little bit of faith goes a long way. If we begin to make the future seem like a grand adventure, or encourage ourselves to see it as nothing but fulfilling, it will be. Every age has it’s own energy to it; lets have fun in our 20s but enjoy the understanding and focus of our 30s and 40s. Let’s relish the expanding families we may see in our 50s and the wisdom we’ve garnered in our 60s and 70s. There is poetry to each age and each has its own voice. So let’s wipe those future fears clean and replace them with curiosity about what we will learn, master and draw peace from at every stage of our lives.

4. Risk

The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision. — Maimonides

We all take risks in life, if we don’t, we may never have the experiences that life is all about: love, relationships, new jobs, education, our own physical limits, joy, bliss and understanding. Risk, whether it is asking someone out on a date or skydiving, can fill us with those unmistakable tiny butterflies inside our stomachs. However, while those butterflies feel uncomfortable they are, in fact, innocuous. Taking risks in life, as long as they aren’t dangerous or harmful to others, can make us scared but the end result can make us better. So take a risk and feel those butterflies! They can help you do what you’ve always dreamed but never tried. By making the butterflies your supportive friends, I promise you’ll enjoy the result.

Our fears can be a powerful and valid force in understanding both the world and ourselves. By delving deeper into distinguishing what is fear and what can be re-routed into other emotions, you can begin to discover a healthier and more fearless life.
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Four Ways to Free Yourself From Your To-Do List

I’ve got a confession to make. I’m in a dysfunctional relationship with my to-do list. No longer a useful list of daily tasks or long term goals, my to-do list has taken on a life of it’s own; it now holds the power to define my mood and sense of self. I used to be in charge, but now the list owns me. It owns me like a pawn shop broker a week before payday.

Yes, yes we all know that when used correctly, a to-do list can be a super helpful way to stay organized and keep “on track.” But my to-do list is driving me Stepford wife style crazy. It has become the judge and jury of my worth and the gatekeeper to my contentment. Needless to say, it’s cramping my style.

I tend to see my to-do list as something that will help me relieve anxiety — when the to-do list gets smaller, so will my anxiety. Mistake. While it feels great to check things off the list, when there are still pending items I feel like a failure. Instead of being able to relax into bed at the end of a long day, I toss and turn anxious about all I have left to do tomorrow and feel bogged down by feelings of shame.

So let’s review: Just how well is this list working?

1) The tool that was intended to reduce my anxiety has actually increased it with the added bonus of making me feel bad about myself. 2) My relationship with the hamster wheel of getting stuff done is at some level just providing an illusion of progress through constant movement, ’cause let’s be honest, the list is never actually “done.” 3) By making myself check the box next to each “to-do” in order to obtain emotional freedom, I’ve made myself beholden to the list. Objectively speaking, I’d say my relationship with the list is about as effective as the rhythm method.

So while I don’t believe that giving up the to-do list altogether is the solution, I do believe that there are far more healthy ways to relate to it. I’ve given a lot of thought to what those might be, and I believe the following four steps will help create freedom from this dysfunctional relationship and break the illusion that the to-do list is actually a helpful tool in decreasing anxiety. I commit to changing my relationship with my list today, and I invite you to join me in that journey.

Here’s what I propose:

1) Look At The Big Picture
If you are at the end of your life thinking back at how you spent your days and what experiences added value to your short existence on this earth, what do you suspect is going to feel more important to you — spending quality time with people you care about, being fully present and enjoying the moment, or having completed everything on your list? This life is short and we’ve got to remember that. Focus on what really matters to you and let that, rather than the list, be your guide.

2) Be Realistic About Urgency
Differentiate real urgency from manufactured urgency. Some things really are time sensitive and the rest we just convince ourselves are. Many of the things we tell ourselves MUST get done today are really a matter of preference versus necessity. Here is an example, I recently just moved and I refused to do anything else (eat, sleep or be nice) until all of the boxes were unpacked and everything neatly put away. And while yes, a mess is inconvenient, it’s certainly not going to kill me to stop for dinner and finish the rest tomorrow. (If not for me, for my poor fiancé cowering in the corner with a box of cereal and a Xanax.) Paying a credit card bill by its due date = real urgency. Unpacking boxes in order to preserve sanity = manufactured urgency. In that moment I let my manufactured urgency take precedence over one of my real values — enjoying a meal with my partner. So try to differentiate between the two and then take a deep breath and let go of the non-essentials (not permanently, just for now).

3) Defuse Task Completion And Worth
Your value as a human being is not contingent on how effective you are at crossing things off your list, so stop tying the two together. Would you ever tell a friend that they are a worthless, ineffective loser because they didn’t complete the things on their to-do list? Of course not, then don’t say the same things to yourself.

4) Accept That You Sometimes Can’t Do It All
Eckhart Tolle explains, “The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment.” If the present moment includes a to-do list with uncompleted items, acceptance may be the only choice. The alternative is stress, guilt, shame, and all around feelings of crappiness. And we all know that is not helpful. Ask yourself if you are willing to accept the discomfort of not getting it all done so you can refocus your energy onto other things that are more important to you.

So next time you feel overwhelmed with your to-do list ask yourself: Am I in charge of the list or is the list in charge of me? If it feels like the list has a hold on you make a commitment to trying the strategies above (or whatever else you think might work) so that the list can resume it’s rightful place as your friend instead of your enemy.

What are your challenges with or solutions to managing your to-do list stress? Share with me on Twitter @TempestaLCSW.

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Special News Bulletin-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News