J. K. Rowling Confirms One of the Most Lighthearted Harry Potter Theories Once and for All

J.K. Rowling has finally confirmed a Harry Potter theory that many fans have long suspected was true.

The wizarding world author took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to speculation that she had Viktor Krum pronounce Hermione wrong in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in order to stealthily teach readers the correct way to say her name.

“Theory: included that passage on how to pronounce Hermione’s name in Goblet of Fire just to school all of us who were saying HER-MY-OWN like Viktor Krum,” wrote Twitter user Atulaa.

Here’s the original quote:

Hermione was now teaching Krum to say her name properly; he kept calling her ‘Hermy-own.’
‘Her – my – oh – nee,’ she said, slowly and clearly.
‘Herm – own – ninny.’
‘Close enough,’ she said, catching Harry’s eye and grinning.

“Theory correct,” Rowling tweeted back after a day of suspense, settling the matter for her 14 million followers once and for all.


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Rihanna Reportedly ‘Sad’ Over Ex Chris Brown’s Custody Drama – She Once Wanted To Be His Baby Mama

Rihanna is definitely over Chris Brown romantically, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t care about him. That being said, a new report by HollywoodLife says the singer is sad over her ex’s current custody battle with Nia Guzman.

His baby mama wants Chris to triple the child support he currently pays their 4-year-old daughter Royalty.

One insider tells the outlet that this whole mess has gotten Rihanna remembering how ‘back when she and Chris were still together they used to talk about how many kids they’d have and how cute they’d be. There was a time where Rihanna was certain without a doubt that Chris would be the father of her children.’

As a result, allegedly, ‘It was a bit heart-breaking for her when she found out about Chris having a baby girl with someone else. She always thought if she and Chris had a baby together it’d be adorable and incredibly talented.’

Either way, the source tells HollywoodLife that regardless of what happened between them, she wishes Chris all the best and right now, his life is not the easiest and stress-free.

They went on to claim that ‘As much as she knows that was not meant to be there is still a part of her that wishes they could’ve had their happy ending and their perfect family.’

‘Hearing about Chris dealing with custody issues makes her a little sad, it’s hard not to imagine what it could’ve been like if they had had a little girl together. It isn’t something she dwells on, but the feelings are there so hearing about what is going on with Chris and Royalty triggers her.’

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Children take longer to learn two languages at once compared to just one — don’t fret

Bilingual children from immigrant families are not two monolinguals in one. They develop each language at a slower pace because their learning is spread across two languages. A researcher shows strong evidence that the rate of language growth is influenced by the quantity of language input. She challenges the belief, held in and out of scientific circles that children are linguistic sponges who quickly absorb the language or languages they hear and become proficient speakers of both languages.
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For once, a hot new Android phone isn’t just copying the iPhone X

Huawei Mate 20 Release Date

When the Pixel 3 launches in October, we’ll add Google to the growing list of Android device makers who copied Apple’s iPhone X design this year.

But the Pixel 3 isn’t the only hot new Android device supposed to launch this year, as we’ve got two more incoming flagships this year. They’re both from China — that’s the OnePlus 6T and the Mate 20 — but only one of them will offer specs that are unlike any other 2018 Android flagships.

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Donald Trump Once Considered Pitting Black Against White On ‘The Apprentice’

Donald Trump’s questionable history with racism just added another chapter. After denying having used the N-word on The Apprentice, an old Howard Stern interview features Trump talking about pitting black contestants against white contestants on the show. How has Trump responded to his past racist comments?

Trump has denied ever using the N-word on The Apprentice. The White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, says that she is not positive that there is not a tape of Trump saying the word. Such a tape has not surfaced, but Trump’s interview with Stern certainly didn’t help the situation.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Trump discussed the racially charged idea during an interview with Stern in 2005. Trump told the radio host that somebody on The Apprentice thought it would be interesting to see nine black people compete with nine whites on the show. Trump was all for the idea because he thought he would handle it without being racially insensitive.

“And it would be nine blacks against nine white, all highly educated, very smart, strong, beautiful people, right?” Trump told Stern.

Stern’s co-host, Robin Quivers, quickly pointed out that Trump would probably “have a riot” if he went through with the idea. In response, Trump told her that it would be a ratings magnet and probably make The Apprentice the most viewed show on TV. Trump and Stern then talked about the skin tone of the people that would make up both sides of the competition.

Trump has not responded to the reports surrounding his interview with Stern. He did tweet about the N-word rumors and assured everyone that a tape of him saying the racial slur does not exist. Rumors of Trump saying the N-word gained ground after the release of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s new book, Unhinged.

In the memoir, Newman discussed her time working as a staffer for Trump and revealed that he used the N-word on multiple occasions. Newman never heard Trump say it, but several sources confirmed to her that he did.

In light of the reports, actor and comedian Tom Arnold has officially gone on the hunt for the missing tapes. Arnold has been an acquaintance with Donald Trump for the past 30 years and filmed his journey to find the controversial recording, called The Hunt for the Trump Tapes With Tom Arnold. Arnold is confident that the tape exists, though nobody has released anything to confirm.

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Tiger Woods, fist pumping once again, places second at PGA Championship for best major finish since 2009

The fist pump for the birdie at the 18th was demonstrative, but didn’t have the same ferocity as the celebration a decade ago at Torrey Pines.

The result was not a major triumph, but a significant step in an extraordinary comeback.

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First Look at Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’; Here’s Everything We Know

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Once upon a summer: celebrities’ most memorable holidays

Cerys Matthews slept in a Hebridean phonebox and Michael Rosen in a communist’s cupboard. Musicians, authors, TV presenters and comedians tell of their life-changing trips

Last year, rock band Thunder invited me and my wife, Lil, on a two-week charity motorcycle ride. They’ve done this for the past six years: it is open to anyone – you just have to cover your costs and guarantee to raise £1,000 for Childline Rocks. There were about 40 of us – on bikes provided by Harley Davidson. There were people from all walks of life: some retired, two ex-SAS members, a young couple (she was pregnant), and an Irish orthopaedic surgeon who kept getting lost.

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We Were Lawyers Once

Brigitte, Jan and I started as summer associates on the same day. We met over a group orientation lecture at nine and by noon were having an exclusive tell-all lunch. We went to different law schools, but were about the same amount pretty. We hoped to have successful summers, return after our third year of law school and make partner in seven years. We had high expectations, despite the low odds.

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Brigitte was French. She had silky black hair cut in sharp ledges. She had a lean body, a decisive manner and a plush accent. She wore stylish dresses and pointy shoes. She had cat-eye glasses she didn’t need and a pocket pup she never saw. To relax, she sprinted on treadmills and skimmed gossip magazines. She went to Columbia Law School and was married to a nice banker from a rural family in Kentucky.

But Brigitte didn’t like Kentucky, and she didn’t like rural. Within a few weeks, she told us she didn’t like her husband, either.

Jan and I were single, and we didn’t like being single. Jan grew up in hallowed circles which bored her. She had a socialite mother and a reclusive father; she wintered in New York City and summered in Maine. She disappointed her mother because she didn’t care about parties, and she disappointed her father because she didn’t make valedictorian. She devoured her first book in kindergarten and her first kiss in college.

I was a farm girl from the Midwest who was allergic to animals. I came to New York City to till a more fertile soil. I browsed the dictionary for fun and found going to bars hard. I had five brothers and craved a sister. I had a subscription to the New Yorker by middle school and wrote bad poetry about the bad boys I worshipped from afar in high school. I was good at close textual analysis but found summarizing cases hard. I was adept at painstakingly looking for clues. I favored navy and voted Democrat—but occasionally Republican—and my name is Margaret, but people called me Meg.

We learned the ways of the firm quickly. We billed our hours. We billed our dinners. We billed our rides home in dark cars along the dark river, glittering with bright lights. We were type A to a tee. We worked in a tall building with a marble lobby. Our conference room walls held sepia photographs of costumed conquerors: a helmeted Ghenkis Khan, a curly-headed Alexander the Great, a one-handed Napoleon.

We let our other lives dwindle away. We lived only for ourselves, our firm and our clients. We knew our clients by number, each by each. We lost ourselves in our work. We delighted in losing ourselves, for in that, we sometimes imagined we found ourselves.

We watched lawyers flirt with other lawyers, date other lawyers, marry other lawyers and have affairs with other lawyers. We heard lawyers say bad things about other lawyers. We bragged about which partners worked us the hardest. We bragged about which partners were called off of yachts in order to return to work alongside us. Vacations were expendable. We believed we weren’t.

This was in 1989, after the first wave of feminists had paved the way. We felt our way was clear: We knew that making partner was part luck; we had to peer into the crystal ball of business and predict which practice areas would be harried in the future. We were banking on a frenzy of work so ferocious and fierce that it could include us.

Brigitte figured out the finances first. Our firm had a strict hierarchy—the partners were paid in lock step, so first-year partners made two million dollars, second-year partners made two million and change, and so on. First-year associates could boss secretaries and paralegals and no one else; second-year associates could boss first year associates plus secretaries and paralegals. Paralegals could boss new paralegals. Secretaries could leave at five.

Our offices had windows that looked out at other windows. The partners had more of these windows. The most senior partners had corners of windows. We had doors that led to halls. We had doors that we could close but that everyone left open.

Jan, like all skinny women, fixated on our cafeteria. It served food from around the world on our fortieth floor. I, like all tired women, focused on places to sleep: The firm had built cubbies for napping, like in Japanese train stations, but no one was caught dead in those cubbies.

We arrived late. We left late. We were on time to meetings. We watched suns set, moons rise, stars fall. Out of the ashes of other companies, our bank account balances rose. We had lovely friends whom we rarely saw. We made plans we always cancelled. We stopped making plans.

We could see the trajectory of our lives, how we would rise in the ranks because we had what it took. Actually, we weren’t sure we had what it took. The thing was, we loved the work. We complained. We grumbled. We gnashed our teeth. But deep down, we loved opening boxes. We loved sorting files. We loved solving other people’s problems. Sometimes, we imagined that we could apply the same rigorous logic to our own problems. Better yet, when fully immersed in the problems of others, we imagined we had no problems. Tethered to our clients, we floated free.

We envied and scorned the paralegals. We handed them the boring work that we didn’t want. They stamped papers and kept lists, but they had deep friendships born of shallow occupations. They had a camaraderie we envied. Theirs was a one-year job, two years at most—then they would be released to travel wherever they pleased. Some of them went to law school; many of them did not. They had been cured of the legal bug by being given the most boring work. They had no idea how exciting the difficult work was. We shielded them from the excitement.

Our job was more like swimming down an ever-narrowing channel, where we watched other people gasp and head for the shore along the way. Only a few of us would be hardy enough to handle the work, the stress, the late hours, the early mornings, the lack of outside friendships and inner love, the excesses, the deprivations and the expectations—our own expectations most of all.

Some lawyers told war stories about how they had been summer associates in the lean years. They’d been channeled into departments instead of sampling them all like ice cream. They were told to curb their interests for the sake of the firm’s interests. They were to tighten their belts and fix their eyes on the shiniest prizes. They worked inside and didn’t go out.

We had the good fortune to be summer associates during a fat year. We had a happiness committee whose sole job was to lure us with merriment. The happiness committee bought us box seats at the Met and the Open. It organized jubilant dinners at upmarket restaurants where we ate cured fluke and skewered shrimp.

The committee hosted cocktail parties at partners’ gracious Upper East Side apartments. We reached these dwellings by giving our names to doormen who wore uniforms that struck us as vaguely military. We swilled our drinks and milled about, chatting casually as if we had grown up in formal homes with Stark carpets and opulent fabrics.

Even Jan, whose home sported five Stark carpets, seemed caught up in our whispered admiration. Brigitte turned the bone china upside down to check its provenance.

We heard loudly the silent message: if we worked hard enough we, too, could make partner, buy these apartments and eat in these restaurants. It was a package deal.

We were entranced and ironic. We mocked and yearned. Afterwards, when we returned to our walk-up apartments, we saw that our windows needed treatments. Blinds no longer satisfied us. Our eyes were opened.

We knew everything there was to know about our partners. We knew their middle names. We knew their children’s middle names. We knew where they bought their first Porsches and their second homes.

Sometimes, we were left open mouthed about the expansiveness of other lawyer’s brains. We could tell within minutes which of us would make partners in seven years, in a bright line. We repeated stories about our partners’ quirks. We hoped that one day people would tell such tales about us, but we doubted it—for to become partner, we had to suppress our louder laughs and our most peculiar peccadillos. Once we made partner, we knew we could let rip. But we worried that if we suppressed something too long, we’d never get it back.

We remembered with misgiving the stories in our biology textbooks about the kittens whose eyes were sewn shut at birth by curious heartless scientists. After six weeks, when the kittens’ eyes were finally released from their stitches, they were blind. They had lost their chance to learn to see, poor kittens.

Here are some of our partner stories.

Jeremy Gilmartin was said to have taught himself to read upside down so that he could spy on the notes of the opposition. We wondered how hard it could be to read upside down. We tried it and failed.

James Peapoint took to rollerblading down the firm’s long halls. James was good at law but not so good at rollerblading. We flattened ourselves against the walls when we caught sight of him, his dark suit jacket flapping and his elbows jabbing at the air. The secretaries laughed politely into their headsets when he creaked by.

Freddy Smith the Fourth gave all the firm speeches. Freddy Smith the Fourth was first rate funny. He gave off the cuff sounding talks which he practiced for hours. Those of us who worked for Freddy Smith the Fourth loved him. He got leaping-out-of-his-shiny-shoes excited if someone else did a good job. He had enough confidence to go around. He praised us for excellent work. It made us do our best. We loved him. We praised him back. Praise and love was in the air for any of us lucky enough to work for Freddy Smith the Fourth. He napped in his office every afternoon. His secretary warded off visitors. She loved him, too, in that platonic way Freddy inspired so generously. Freddy had a good wife whom he loved. We loved him most of all for loving his wife despite the feminine bright-eyed adulation. It gave us hope.

Freddy Smith the Fourth always settled his cases. He told us there was too much risk in litigation, because he couldn’t control the outcome. Sometimes Freddy Smith the Fourth said racist things under the guise of telling us what his grandmother used to say. Sometimes he said sexist things under the guise of telling us what his grandfather used to say. We shifted in our shallow seats. But Freddy was a senior partner and smart and his clients loved him, too. We wondered which of these qualities protected him most.

Whenever he had a speech to make, he would skip his afternoon nap. We heard him practicing his jokes aloud behind closed doors. We heard his pregnant pauses. We heard his calls and his responses. We learned more from minutes spent listening in at Freddy Smith the Fourth’s closed door than from hours opening gilded cumbersome volumes in the law library. Even the smartest funniest lawyers had to practice and pretend they didn’t. We learned that being the best wasn’t natural.

A partner named Jack Tripper married first a fellow partner, then an associate, then a paralegal, and finally his secretary. We saw the trajectory of the Tripper’s choices, how he climbed his way down the firm’s ladder. A partner named Jerry Jones dated first a paralegal, then a partner, then an associate. Unlike the Tripper, we who were expert pattern detectors could see no pattern to Jerry’s dating choices. Jerry seemed blind to hierarchy or decorum and had eyes only for beauty. Jerry was good at making women fall in love with him. He told every woman he dated that he wanted to marry them. It was his signature sexy move.

One evening, under the glaring lights of a cheerful conference room get together, Jerry moved close to Jan. Brigitte and I backed off, while Jerry told Jan that his wife had never understood him. Then he offered to lend Jan novels. A week later, Jan told us, breathless and blushing, that she was in love with Jerry. Brigitte and I said we knew. We didn’t tell her that everyone knew. Jan told us that two days after sleeping with her, Jerry told Jan that he wanted to marry her. But Jan didn’t know yet that Jerry hadn’t finished finishing his first marriage. He was only separated from his first wife. By the end of June, he let this choice morsel drop. By July, Jan discovered—and not from Jerry—that his current wife was actually his second wife.

Jan was mad at Jerry.; she didn’t understand how you could forget a marriage. Jerry didn’t like to date women who were mad at him, not when there were so many other beautiful smart women in the firm for Jerry to date, so by August, Jerry dumped Jan and started dating an associate.

In September, Brigitte, Jan and I hugged each other good-bye and returned to our separate law schools. But Jan wasn’t over Jerry. Every morning, she got out of bed and attended class in the humidity of Virginia, gripping her slick notebooks. By noon, she broke down and called Jerry, clutching the pay phone. Jerry spoke to Jan in a low seductive voice. Overcome by how male and sexy Jerry was, and how much more grizzled he was than any of the male law students, Jan had to take a depression nap after speaking to him. She missed constitutional law lectures for an entire month because of these naps. But Jan got an A+ in constitutional law. Now, years later, Jan has forgotten what it felt like to be in love with Jerry, but she still remembers that A+. She wonders what it says that she got the best grade in the class she taught herself.

After graduating, Jan, Brigitte and I returned to the firm. Jan now avoided Jerry. He had a way of looking at her like he still wanted to date her. It unsettled her. It tricked her into thinking Jerry pined after her. But Jerry had forgotten her. He just wanted her to think well of him. He liked everyone to think well of him. Jan complained to Brigitte and I about Jerry, and we agreed. We always agreed.

A female partner took us on as mentor. She coddled us and fed us lavender tea and purple-prosed slogans. Her name was Esmerelda White, but her nickname was Tappy because of her legendary speed at the keyboard. Tappy told us to resist the urge to tend to relationships at the firm. She told us the men wouldn’t respect us if we let them funnel us into administrative work. She said that the men respected only legal work. She said that if we wanted to make partner we had to bring in business. She said we had to make money. We had to work harder than the men. And we had to dress like ladies.

Together, trying to see Tappy past the stacks of documents on her desk, we laughed at those aging feminists, the ones who had so courageously carved the way for us. Those women had worn man suits and tied floppy bows around their necks. They’d tried to win in a man’s world by out-manning the men. We were determined to outman men by being women. We wore dresses and heels and pearls and, sometimes, pant suits. We walked to work in our sneakers and kept two pairs of dress shoes in our desk drawers—one navy, one black. Those shoes went with everything.

The junior male lawyers had their own outfit battles to wage. They biked to work in clip-on shoes and Spandex shorts. They kept dress shoes in their backpacks and suit jackets and ties behind their office doors. They changed when they arrived, but the sweat remained. We could smell it, but we never mentioned it. We never mentioned anything. It was a white shoe firm. A shoe polisher made the rounds once a week and bent over the lawyers while they worked. It was efficient. The lawyers tipped him well.

We kept toothbrushes and toothpaste and hairbrushes in our desk drawers. We groomed at work. We found our groove at work. We were often unhappy unless we were at work. We were often unhappy when we were at work. We were also happy at work. We had a love hate relationship with work. We loved the work. We hated that we loved the work. We told other people not to become lawyers. But we weren’t credible. We could have left law at any time but didn’t. We were like high school kids who said we didn’t study and pulled all-nighters.

We made a lot of puns. We had punny brains. We saw the potential in words. We could always hear what would happen if we twisted just one letter. Puns were revered by us, even as we mocked them. We couldn’t help ourselves. It was how we were wired.

We who were litigators wove plausible narratives to explain our clients’ more dubious decisions. Sometimes our clients turned blind eyes to the traders who made the most money. The bosses forgot to ask questions about how their junior traders managed to make exponentially more money than anyone else. The bosses ignored the security systems we had put in place for them. It wasn’t normal to make that much money. Those junior traders were cheaters. This was their downfall and our making.

One day, Brigitte let slip that Jerry had lent her a novel. Jan stopped wanting to have lunch with Brigitte. I had to see each of them alone. Jan wanted to talk about how nice Brigitte’s almost-ex was. Brigitte wanted to talk about anything but her almost-ex. I didn’t want to talk to either of them. We were tired of work and of each other.

The relationship became public. Brigitte finished divorcing her nice husband and married wicked Jerry. Brigitte and Jerry moved into a nice big apartment where Jerry’s nice six children came for nice short visits. Jerry said he didn’t want any more children. Brigitte said she didn’t want any, either. She ran faster on treadmills and her clothes became looser.

One day, one of the female partners, Magda, had a nervous breakdown. She was carted out of her home under cover of night. By daylight everyone knew. We knew because we were connected like an organism. A breakdown in one part of our firm meant a breakdown in all of us. We felt her cry as if it were our own.

Within a week, Magda recovered. She returned to her office and her workload. But we could see new twitches in the corners of her mouth. She couldn’t seem to control these twitches. Watching her, we felt our own mouths burn. Some of us, chastened by Magda’s breakdown, took meds and breaks. We made time to visit counselors, who told us that we needed to play more. So we stopped seeing counselors and worked more. We sensed we needed to spend time with people we didn’t have to pay to listen to us. Instead, we spent time with people who paid us to talk.

A few years after marrying Jerry, Brigitte made partner. Jan left the firm and became in-house counsel at a big bank. She married and divorced and moved house and forgot her first husband. She finally understood how you could forgot a marriage. She understood how it was better not to remember.

I stayed on but was passed over for partner. That’s what we called it. Being passed over. It meant I had been left behind. Instead of making me partner, they made me a senior associate. That’s the name for lawyers who were not good enough. Senior associates had two choices. We could leave or we could stay. I stayed.

I married a well-read accountant I met in a rare book store. We had three boisterous children whom we raised in a placid Fifth Avenue apartment. I ran in Central Park in the dark and squeezed an entire week of life into my weekends. I loved my husband. I loved my children. I loved my job. I hated that I wasn’t partner. It hung over me like a shroud. But I only hated it on the days when I thought about it. When I chose to count my blessings and do the work, I felt blessed. I had a choice. I could choose to be happy or to be sad. Every day, this choice confronted me.

Brigitte had a choice, too. She could turn a blind eye to the way Jerry’s eyes lingered over the long legs of the younger lawyers, or she could leave Jerry. But Brigitte thought she had a third choice: She thought she could get angry at Jerry; she thought she could yell. Jan could have told her that this was a bad choice, but Jan had left the state. Last we heard, Jan was living in a yurt in Wyoming with a park ranger. The more Brigitte berated Jerry, the more Jerry started hanging around a paralegal named Bambi.

I decided Bambi was too young to know Jerry’s history. I was wrong. Bambi knew because everyone knew. Bambi was one of us. But Bambi had something Brigitte didn’t have. Bambi didn’t care two hoots about Jerry. Instead, Bambi had an affair with Jerry but flirted with the male paralegals.

They were very cute, those male paralegals. They rolled up their shirtsleeves and loosened their ties. They carried litigation boxes for Bambi as easily as if they were filled with air instead of legal problems. Jerry grew his hair longer and dyed it blonder. He ate chemicals that made his diminishing hairline move backward, lower over his forehead like a time lapse camera. He switched brands of sports car and bought an Aston Martin. He eschewed his fitted Paul Stewart suits in favor of shapeless shiny Armani ones. He joined a gym and pursued the burn and the build and the playground experience.

We could have told Jerry that he was going to lose his battle with the paralegals. They were always younger than Jerry, every single year. And Bambi had no intention of marrying Jerry. Bambi was too smart to trust a man who’d an affair with her. She had a logical brain.

I was floored by Bambi. She felt like a new breed of woman. She was a fierce, independent woman, free of need, free of love, free of hurt. It hurt me to know there were women like Bambi in our firm. I thought that being hurt by the male lawyers was necessary. Bambi implied that there were choices we hadn’t known about.

One day, Jack the Tripper summoned me and some of the junior associates into his office. He’d lost a case we’d worked on together. “I’m going to call the client and tell them I lost,” he said. “You need to learn how to handle failure.” He called the client on speaker and we listened silently. The Tripper did a good job. The client accepted his loss. The Tripper rose in our estimation.

Brigitte stayed on as partner in our firm even though Jerry, from whom she was now separated, was still dating Bambi. Brigitte watched Jerry hang out with the female paralegals, leaning on their cubicle desks, and her heart grew hard. She decided Jerry was pathetic. It was either that or stay in so much pain that she couldn’t work. For Jerry was smart, sexy, funny and cute and couldn’t help his need for approval. Deep down, Brigitte knew that she suffered from the same need for approval. But Brigitte’s misfortune was that she wanted approval from Jerry, and Jerry kept shifting his targets.

One day, the Tripper called me on his office to staff me on a new case. “I need a warm body,” he said. The Tripper looked at me expectantly from across his leathered partner desk. A smile twitched in the corners of his four-times-married mouth.

My smile froze. I could tell that the Tripper had practiced this line. The Tripper knew that I’d get the joke, even though the Tripper knew that he would never be as funny as Freddy Smith the Fourth. It was an inside joke, after all. We were all warm bodies. We went where the need was greatest. We were interchangeable.

I told myself to be a professional. I had to sit down but was already sitting. I took notes and documents. I returned to my desk. But instead of putting together a team, I put on my coat. From the elevator, I called my husband. He told me to calm down and not take it personally. I called Brigitte. She told me that the Tripper only said out loud what everyone thought. I called Jan, but she was unreachable.

I was hurt. I was hurt by my husband and the Tripper, but most of all by Brigitte and Jan. Because always sympathizing, always being reachable, anywhere, anytime, was our mantra.

In midtown, commuters walked uptown with their gazes fixed down. They bumped into me and didn’t slow. I headed to the park in my heels. I’d already run this morning in my sneakers, and I was tired and it wasn’t even ten. Halfway across Fifth Avenue, I decided to leave the firm. It wasn’t because I’d missed my middle child’s school play. It wasn’t because I’d missed my youngest child’s first steps and words. It wasn’t because I’d missed my eldest daughter’s first period. It wasn’t because I missed my husband. I missed all of this, all of them, so much, and I asked myself again if this was why. It wasn’t. It was because the Tripper had spoken from his heart and broken mine.

In the park, I lay down in the grass and looked up at the sky and spoke firming slogans to myself. I wouldn’t quit. I’d return to work. I’d be fine. I wouldn’t feel cold about the Tripper’s request for a warm body. I’d be a nameless cog in the firm’s well-oiled wheel. I got to my feet and trudged along slanting sidewalks. I followed a pigeon. It was a drab grey thing with an iridescent purple sheen. Its head bob-bobbed into the empty space in front of it as it walked. It looked silly, as if it were pecking for food in the air. It couldn’t help seeking with every step something it would never find. It was the fault of its architecture, the way it was made, to peck at nothing like that, over and over, forever and ever, Amen.

I worked on the Tripper’s case. I lasted a little longer. And then I didn’t. Brigitte stopped watching Jerry and became in-house counsel at a bank. I served on boards and did planks. Jan left the ranger, set out her own shingle in Jackson Hole and built her own business.

Now, years later, from the quiet of my apartment, hearing construction noises in the street below, I remember that I loved them all. I loved Brigitte, Jan, Jerry, the Tripper, Freddy Smith the Fourth, Tappy, Bambi—well, not really Bambi—the male paralegals, Jeremy Gilmartin, Magda Fernandez, James Peapoint, the scent of cardboard, the quiet eager tapping of keyboards and the way my heels sank into the carpets unless I walked on my toes. I remember countless cups of bad coffee and my shifting secret crushes and the calm logical discussions of our clients’ irrational choices. I remember each night seeking the warmth of my husband’s soul-cycled body, listening to my children’s heedless high-pitched giggles and being excited that the next morning I would get to dress up as if I, too, were going to a party where I belonged.

Caroline Coleman is the author of LOVING SOREN. She has an English degree from Princeton and a fiction MFA from Brooklyn College: www.carolinecoleman.com

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Author Kelly Oxford, Who Started #NotOkay, Claims Her Ex-Husband Once Threw a Phone at Her Head

Kelly Oxford is opening up about the possible reason she and ex-husband divorced.

The New York Times bestselling author, 41, claimed her ex-husband James Oxford was allegedly abusive in a series of Instagram Story photos on Monday.

The mother of three divorced from James in 2016 after 17 years of marriage. That same year, Oxford started the #notokay hashtag on Twitter after a 2005 video conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush emerged in which the now-president how he liked to grab women by their genitals.

Women shared their stories of sexual abuse and sexual harassment on Twitter with #notokay. Now, Oxford is now explaining her own #notokay moment, beginning with what ended her marriage with a simple caption explaining that she was writing alone.

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“Some days I just put on a ton of makeup and write alone all day,” she wrote. She continued, writing, “I’ve been threatened and scared to write about the marriage I was in, but I’m over it.”

“Abuse is hard to talk about. Especially when you’re the only one who sees it. It feels like a ghost,” Oxford explained.

“Don’t marry someone who throws a phone at your head, I did and I became a terrible person,” she continued, before adding, “I’M BETTER NOW.”

James Oxford did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The two married in 2007 and share three children together.

The screenwriter of Sausage Party has been open about being divorced and raising three children as a single parent.

In March, Oxford shared a selfie of herself on vacation while delving into her struggle with her ex-husband not being there.

“Oh hey, it’s me again. This is my first vacation with the kids and no dad and there have been waves of total depression and waves of total gratitude,” she wrote in the caption.

“Right now, I’m feeling shitty; I’m sharing because I know a lot of you are single parents and get it and don’t want to feel alone either,” Oxford continued.

“Anyhow, I just woke up, came to the beach and had a coffee alone (alone, not so shockingly, is hard after having a partner for 17 years) and wanted a cigarette, after nearly 4 months of quitting, but didn’t smoke,” she added.


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LONDON (Reuters) – Frida Kahlo’s eyebrow pencil, lipstick, clothes and prosthetic leg are among the Mexican artist’s personal belongings going on show in London, the first time her possessions will be on display outside her home country.


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‘I wouldn’t want to mess up my face’

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Bella Hadid has been facing plastic surgery accusations ever since her successful modelling career took off.

Rumoured to have undergone a nose correction and lip augmentation, the 21-year-old model has spoken about her flawless appearance on multiple occasions, never openly confirming or denying getting work done.

However, in a recent interview with InStyle, the American model took the moment to shut down the plastic surgery rumours once and for all.

‘People think I got all this surgery or did this or that. And you know what? We can do a scan of my face, darling. I’m scared of putting fillers into my lips. I wouldn’t want to mess up my face.’

Hadid, who isn’t afraid of flaunting her looks with her 18 million Instagram followers, continued to reveal that she wasn’t always happy with her body.

‘People think I’m very confident, but I really had to learn how to be,’ she explained, confessing that she used to dislike her “big hips” and “weird face”.

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This isn’t the first time Bella Hadid talked about the difficulty of dealing with body confidence in the public eye. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Arabia last year, the model revealed that people will judge her every decision.

‘You’re going to get scrutinised for anything that you do. If you’re skinny and have a sick body and you don’t have a butt, people are going to say, “Why do you have no butt?” And then you go and get a fake butt and they get mad at you because you have a fake butt. And then you don’t have boobs, and it’s just a whole circulating circle.’

Well. That’s cleared that up.

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Back Once Again: the Art Yard Sale at Brighton Fringe Festival

From street artists to selling art on the streets of Brighton, close out your Festival experience at this year’s Art Yard Sale.

The Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe Festival 2018 may have only just started, but if we know anything about these two annual arts events – which are among the biggest in the UK – it’s this: they fly by. You barely get your hands on the programmes and circle the things you want to see, before the tickets for all the art, comedy, theatre and family events have flown out the doors of the ticket office… and taken both of the May Bank Holidays and David Shrigley (this year’s main Festival guest director) with them.

So, with that in mind, consider this your five-minute (or three-week) warning:
The annual Art Yard Sale is back on 3 June, and we’re planning to close the 2018 Brighton Fringe Festival on a high.

If you’ve never been to the Art Yard Sale before, this is what you have been missing… The opportunity to buy contemporary art, direct from the artists who create it, all in a fun, family-friendly environment in Brighton’s North Laine. Yes, you get to meet the likes of Bonnie and Clyde, Dan Hillier, Eelus and a whole host of other artrepublic favourites, have a chat with them and buy their work. And better still, all of the artists who participate are sharing (and selling) artworks and prints that have either been created specifically for the Art Yard Sale event, or are being sold at a one-off reduced price that you won’t find anywhere else.

The unique art event was started in 2015 after we at artrepublic, the main visual art sponsor of Brighton Fringe Festival for many years, decided it was about time we ran our own event.  ‘We wanted a way to get involved in the energy of the Festival season ourselves,’ says Lindsay Alkin, the event’s founder. ‘The result is the Art Yard Sale, which fits perfectly with the local, hands-on, creative ethos of the Fringe.’

The line-up of artists changes each year, so you won’t get the same experience twice, but there is never a shortage of creatives from the artrepublic family who want to get involved. 

For us, it’s all about embracing the festival spirit and sharing new things.

‘We aim to bring you a really broad selection of art – from street art to illustration to sculpture – so people can discover new artists and types of work that they may not have thought about before,’ says Lindsay. ‘It sounds really cheesy, but it’s genuinely amazing to see all these people coming to the Art Yard Sale and leaving with a big smile on their faces because of art. That’s what it should do.’

This year’s lineup is yet to be finalised, so keep an eye on our upcoming blogs, the Art Yard Sale website and the artrepublic social media channels – over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing updates about this year’s event.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel on your own? Whether you have tried it in the past or not, there are many advantages to solitude, especially when taking a trip, even if you think you are one of those who simply can’t breath when other people are not around them. It’s definitely not for everyone, and we understand why it would seem scary, especially when you are a female traveling alone, but if you have the time and the courage, you should certainly give it a try.

With summer just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time start nurturing that wanderlust of yours by showing you why traveling solo can be the most amazing adventure of your life. It’s time to pack your bags, grab a book or two and hit that road to freedom, just you and yourself.

Freedom

When traveling alone, you have the freedom to choose when and where you want to go certain places, your mind is basically clear of all those outside noises. Freedom is a big part of what turns a trip to an awesome one, because it allows you to let go of your daily routine life and just live it like you never would back home. Your thoughts and mind will flow more freely and will get a real break, the break that you deserve.

Spontaneity

You’ll have a better chance at ‘living in the moment’ and be spontaneous because you won’t have to take anyone else into consideration. In fact, you can even take it a step further, and decide not to connect with the outside world for a few hours a day, for instance. That way you could reflect on everything you have going on in the purest way possible. Live in the moment and experience those places like you want to.

Growth

Traveling alone, whether you realize it now or not, will really push yourself to grow as a person. You’ll encounter the most uncomfortable situations, and you’ll have no one but yourself to count on. And you know what, sometimes we know best, we just have society in the way that makes us doubt our actions sometimes. Step outside of your comfort zone and be inspired by everything around you. Basically, get comfy with the thought of being uncomfortable, you will do yourself a big favor.

Time

As mentioned before, freedom is priceless when traveling. Sure, going on a trip with a bunch of friends, whether it’s a festival, a camping trip or a city tour, can be fun. However, you usually live off someone else’s schedule and synchronizing your plans and expectations can be a hard task. Well guess what? When you travel alone, you’re on your own time zone. You can wake up for coffee whenever you want, take a nap at any time of the day and decide if you want to rush things or take your time.

Home

Every good trip also comes to an end eventually. You pretty much pack all your belongings and unpack your memories when you return home. When you travel with another person (family, partner, roomie or your BFF) you go back home with those shared memories and all you can do is reminisce together. When you travel solo, you get to tell your story in your own imaginative way. In addition, after spending so much time alone, you will probably miss the closes people to you more than you think, which is always a good thing in any kind of a relationship. You will come home more complete and understanding of them, and of yourself.

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Chrissy Teigen Was Once ‘Embarrassed’ By Her Ethnic Culture

Chrissy Teigen has a best-selling cookbook, an Instagram brimming with chicken-wing belfies and topless salad-making, and a palette that ranges from cake-batter popcorn to tongue-singeing hot pot. But growing up, she was a surprisingly picky eater.

Raised by a Thai mom and a Norwegian-American dad, Teigen leaned more toward her dad’s tastes, eating mainly potatoes and meat and wincing when her mom would cook Thai cuisine. “My dad is a big white guy. We ate very meat and potatoes, cabbage and meat,” Teigen tells StyleCaster at the launch of Pampers Pure, for which she is a creative consultant. “Whenever my mom cooked, she hid it because I would make fun of the smell.”

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Though Teigen eventually grew to love Thai cuisine, she recalls feeling embarrassed to invite friends over and serve them food that might be foreign to them when she was younger. “I remember being really embarrassed by it when I was young and had friends over,” Teigen says. “It was weird to pull shrimp heads off and discard the body and eat the head. There were moments when as a kid you cringe.”

Teigen credits that complex about her culture to ignorance and a desire to fit in, things she’s since overcome. Now, as a mom to 2-year-old daughter, Luna, and a not-yet-born baby boy, Teigen is aware of the importance of racial representation and diversity, especially for children. This is why instead of “blonde Barbies,” Teigen gives Luna brown-skinned dolls—which they’ve named Coco Babies—who look like Luna. She also puts on children’s TV and movies that feature racially diverse characters whom Luna can see herself in.

“Having something that represents them or looks a little like them, it changes everything,” Teigen says. “I never thought that way before. I always thought, ‘Why can’t she just play with a regular blonde Barbie?’ There is something to be said about having something that has your skin color, your hair color, your eye color, your eye shape.”

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However, Teigen acknowledges that there are things Luna may face that are out of her control. Having grown up multiracial and not knowing where exactly she fit in, Teigen worries that Luna—whose father and Teigen’s husband, John Legend, is African-American—might face a similar complex. Though, with world’s fast-changing racial landscape, she hopes that things will be different for her kids as they grow up.

“I remember feeling confused when I grew up, filling out the forms on those standardized tests. I was like, ‘Am I Pacific Islander? What am I? I don’t even know!” Teigen says. “And then there was ‘Other.’ But I always said ‘Asian’ for some wild reason, even though it’s a perfect 50/50. Still, I remember the biggest question growing up was, ‘What are you? What are you? What are you?’ And you’re like, ‘Oh my God.’ I worry sometimes that Luna is going to be so much in the middle that she’s not going to know, but I think by the time she grows up, it’s such a melting pot, this whole world now.”

Though Teigen is multiracial, she now identifies strongest with her Thai side (“maybe because my mom is the stronger personality,” she says), which is why she feels an obligation to represent Asian-Americans in the media. So far, she’s done it by popularizing lesser-known Thai recipes, such as her pork-stuffed cucumber soup, in her cookbook, Cravings.

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Still, Teigen isn’t happy with the current representation of Asian-Americans in Hollywood. She recalls a recent conversation with Legend about #OscarsSoWhite and how she fought Legend’s claim that the Academy was steadily improving by referencing the lack of Asian-Americans in awards and movies.

 “I hope I can do more. So many movies come out where they’re putting people who have no Asian background at all in roles, and it’s frustrating because you know that there is so much talent out there. I think it’s really important to feature Asian-Americans. We’re so underrepresented in every single aspect of the entertainment industry, and I think our turn will come, and it’s going to be fantastic.”

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Kaiser Permanente Once Again Earns ‘Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’ Designation

For the ninth consecutive year, 38 of Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals have been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization.

The designation, reported in the 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index, demonstrates Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, has again earned a perfect score on the annual survey encouraging equal care for LGBTQ Americans.

“This honor reflects our ongoing, unwavering commitment to LGBTQ patient-centered care and continuous efforts toward equitable health outcomes for our LGBTQ members, patients and families,” said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president and chief Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity officer for Kaiser Permanente.

“High-quality, compassionate and equitable care is the cornerstone of Permanente Medicine,” said Michael Kanter, MD, chief quality officer for The Permanente Federation, which represents Kaiser Permanente’s more than 22,000 physicians. “This recognition reflects our care teams’ dedication to meeting the complex health needs of the LGBTQ community and the welcoming environment we provide for our members and employees.”

In its 11th year, the Healthcare Equality Index is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates health care facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. The HEI 2018 evaluates more than 1,600 health care facilities nationwide.

Kaiser Permanente has participated in the HEI since 2008 and has consistently moved up in its rankings, achieving a perfect score in 2010 and each year since. For the past decade, Kaiser Permanente has also received a top score on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index for its commitment to creating internal policies that foster diversity and inclusion, and providing training and benefits that create a fair and equitable workplace.

For more information about the 2018 Healthcare Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit hrc.org/hei.

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It’s Star Wars season but that doesn’t mean The Last Jedi is the only thing we care about right now. Last week, the FCC repealed the Obama-era net neutrality rules, “freeing” the internet in a move opposed by most internet users, regardless of their political affiliations.

Mark Hamill took to Twitter to criticize FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s misleading net neutrality video, only to find himself in a Twitter battle against Ted Cruz. You can easily guess who won, but it doesn’t make it any less fun to relive.

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Pink Says Christina Aguilera Once Swung on Her in a Club: ‘I’m Used to Taking My Altercations Physical’ [Video]

Pink stopped by ‘Watch What Happens Live’ and opened up about her former feud with Christina Aguilera.

The ladies have since made-up, but Pink says that back in the day things nearly got physical between them.

“We were super young and super new at the whole thing. I think I’m an alpha and she’s an alpha. And I’m used to taking my altercations physical and she’s used to having them verbal. We’re just very different,” said Pink. “Women have to learn how to support each other. It’s not taught to us on the playground.”

Andy then pressed Pink to find out if things ever DID get physical, and she revealed they almost came to blows once.

“Actually, she swung on me in a club, which was hilarious. I was like, ‘What’s happening right now. What’s happening?’”

Thankfully, they can laugh about it now.

“We’re fine. Look, she’s so talented and deep down, I’ve had bad days too, she’s a really sweet person. We made up on The Voice. I mean, it was funny, I laughed. We made up on The Voice. I hadn’t seen her in years and years and years and we became moms. We grew up and we hugged it out. It’s that simple and I feel so good about that. And also, we did a song together,” she added.

That last tidbit Pink may have accidentally let slip. A caller asked Pink if she’d ever collaborate with Christina and she played coy.

“We may or may not have already collaborated. So, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that, but I just did.”

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‘Once Upon a Time’ Should Have Ended With Season 6

The popular ABC show that puts a twist on the fairytales we know and love finished with its 6th season in May. When the show started, the unique concept of seeing our favorite fairytale creatures being brought into the real world kept audiences intrigued. But sadly, over time, the show has lost its way and left fans disappointed.

Whether it’s the sudden disappearance and reappearance of characters or the boring flashbacks, Once Upon a Time isn’t the great show it once was. Here’s why Once Upon a Time should’ve ended at season 6.

Overused Storylines



Whether it’s the flashbacks or the current predicament our heroes are in, the show’s writers are reusing storylines over and over again. And now, viewers are bored. You can only swipe the memory of the main heroes so many times.

In its heyday, Once Upon a Time was a show that explored story arcs and a unique kind of magic to keep you coming back every week to find out what happens next. By reusing stories they’ve done before, the show has lost the uniqueness and magic it once had.

Bland Heroes and Bland Villains to Match


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‘Once Upon a Time’ made Captain Hook seriously swoon-worthy

Another one of the things Once had going for it was the heroes and the villains. The show started off with Snow White and Prince Charming versus The Evil Queen. Then they threw Rumplestiltskin and Cinderella into the mix. The show has brought to life all of your favorite characters that you’ve known from childhood in ways you would have never ever dreamed. They made Peter Pan a villain, and Captain Hook swoon-worthy and eventually brought him over to the good side.

Now, six seasons later, Once Upon a Time has run out of new characters to add. This became apparent in season 4 when they introduced Elsa and Anna from Frozen. Since then, they’ve introduced Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Cruella De Vil, UrsulaJasmine, and Aladdin. These new characters haven’t become fan favorites, either because of how they were played or they just haven’t had enough screen time. On top of that, the heroes have lost their cleverness and the villains have just become boring to watch and average.

Useless Flashbacks



One thing I used to love about Once Upon a Time was the flashbacks. These flashbacks would focus on one character and tell their story when they lived in the Enchanted Forest. Now that the show is re-using characters like Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, and Prince Charming, we’ve already seen their flashback backstory. There’s nothing new that the writers could possibly add to their already existing storyline that would make sense and bring something new to the. Thus, the flashbacks have become unnecessary.

Inconsistency



As far as inconsistent TV shows go, Once Upon a Time takes the cake. Characters go missing and then reappear – sometimes an entire season later – with stupid excuses. In one episode, it might seem like the villain has some brilliant plan but then they just end up kidnapping somebody and the heroes save the day. This happens over and over again.

Not only that, but the writers seem to have no idea what they want to do with some of these characters. The once strong, important characters fall to the background and stand around like dolls. They’ll only come to the forefront when the villains use them as toys.

Once Upon a Time used to be one of the best shows on TV. Unfortunately, with lackluster writing, overused plotlines, and bland characters, what was once a unique and captivating must-see show is now something that should just end.

For some reason, the show returns to ABC for season 7 on October 6. With few of the original cast returning and talks of the new season rebooting old characters, it seems unlikely this will get the show’s magic back.

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Pine sang, “I’m not that Chris / I look just like him, but I’m not that Chris / Not Pratt or Hemsworth / I’m a different guy / Not Evans either / I’m my own cool vibe.” (Nope, he’s not Ryan Reynolds, either.) 

Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon made cameos in the bit to keep the joke going before Pine finally belted out, “I’mmmmmmm Chris Pine!” 

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