An Open Letter to America: We Need To Do Better

11 days ago

I am officially afraid for our countrys future.

December 7th, on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, an event that drove America into one of our most fear-driven and shameful moments in history( speaking, of course, of the Japanese internment camp) Donald Trump went on record saying that he wanted to ban all Muslims from entering our country. He announced this to the cheers of his supporters. The mere fact that anyone even felt compelled to cheer at all solidifies what many of us have grimly suspected for months- we, as a collective society, have not learned from our past mistakes.

Since the two attacks on Paris, it seems like the world by way of the Internet has exploded into two camps: those who refuse to let fear dominate compassion and those who have disintegrated into a pile of detest, driven by fear.

Countless think-pieces have been written about the shameful fear-driven rhetoric that continues to predominate so many of the political dialogues. Weve compared the Syrian refugee crisis to the Jewish refugees of the 1940 s. Weve compared Islamophobia to our embarrassing post-Pearl Harbor reactions. Some of us who are teachers expend months on World War 2 and The Holocaust with our students, and we try to convey that the reason why we learn about such dark days is so we can improve, as humans, in the future.

But we are not improving.

And its not just these reactions that induces us feel like our country is divided into right and wrong, good and bad. Its the efforts to defund Schemed Parenthood, to strip women of basic healthcare rights. Its the ongoing male-centric discussion about womens bodies, as though they have any f* cking say what happens to our bodies. Its the lack of action against our countrys painfully obvious firearm problem, the fact that day after day, we are offering thoughts and prayers. Believes and prayers, thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers. When do people stop and say-

Our witty and sarcastic 140 -character tweets are not enough anymore. Our French flag profile images are not enough anymore. Our thoughts and prayers were not sufficient to anymore.

And I think we needed this most recent Trump soundbite to get to this phase. We need to see how far our country has gone down this rabbit pit of fear-washed hate.

Weve needed to get angry. Im glad that were angry. But the next question is- where do we go next?

We are at this phase, this dreadful phase where one of the political frontrunners beliefs can easily be compared to Nazi ideology. But we cannot waste time by asking ourselves how we got here. We cannot be foolish.

We know how we got here. We got here by laughing at Trump, by tuning in to the GOP debates and playing drinking games instead of impression concerned. We got here by passing off his xenophobia as foolish ignorance, making funny gifs, rolling our eyes, filling our voices with snark. We dedicated the media their ratings, encouraging them to cover Trumps campaign more than anyone else, letting Trump to continue to have the magnitude of airtime that hes been able to have. We are as much to blame for his success as his supporters. By our own blunders, weve given power to this bigot, this racist( and as Arianna Huffington said, we are calling him that now- because thats what he is .)

We all made these mistakes together- so, its time to own them, and then its time to act.

There are enough of us out there- enough of us who care, who feel compassion towards others less fortunate, enough of us who want our country to simply do better than we did decades ago.

But we need to do more than only write and tweet and speak. We need to band together, to get involved in this election, to fight for the candidates who will not hurt our country any further. Now, more than ever, it is time to get involved. We cannot sit back and rest on our opinions any longer.

If we dont take action- if we dont do- well be in the history books one day, on the wrong side, yet again.

Or maybe we wont be. Maybe there wont be any more history books.

We are no longer fighting for the present, but for the future.

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20 Delicious Copycat Recipes From Your Favorite Restaurants

25 days ago

I can’t be the only one who feels like this is what happens to my money whenever I go out to eat.

Restaurant food is great and all, but because money’s the worst, I think we can all agree that treating ourselves sometimes feels like a trick. With full bellies and empty wallets, we waddle back to our cars and wonder why nothing gold can stay.

The fact that these expenditures leave countless calories and mystery ingredients in their wake only adds insult to injury. Thanks to clever YouTube chefs, however, we can now enjoy our favorite treats at home without breaking the bank. Follow the links in each heading for more details!

1. Avoid all the nasty stuff by making a Filet-O-Fish sandwich at home.

2. If you love Panera’s broccoli and cheddar soup (which, I mean, you do), here’s the recipe!

3. For those of you with a sense of humor and a serious craving for a homemade Taco Bell Quesalupa, check this out.

4. Caramel Frappuccino, anyone? Coming right up!

5. Everyone loves KFC’s fried chicken. Anyone who says they don’t is a liar. Make your own with a little help from a cool Australian guy!

6. Cozy Cones? Check. Waffles with Nutella? Check. Here are a few Disney World and Disneyland food favorites!

7. If you think I’m not going to try this homemade Crunchwrap Supreme recipe, you’re out of your mind.

8. This Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana recipe looks like a winner. Buon appetito!

9. Enjoy a Chick-fil-A sandwich at home without a side of hateful political nonsense.

10. Go to a Disney-inspired food paradise with some DIY Dole Whip.

11. Wendy’s chili is cool and all, but why not make an entire vat of it at home for yourself? Be great, friends.

12. Whip up some sliceable happiness by recreating this Cheesecake Factory classic!

13. This saint of a woman will teach you how to make Red Lobster’s famous Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

14. Who says you can only destroy your health at White Castle? Make their sliders at home.

15. Live your best life and make your own Krispy Kreme donuts for a fraction of the cost.

16. Check out this recipe for McDonald’s fries. Bonus: They’re made by the cutest woman on the planet.

17. IKEA might not be considered a restaurant, but you know their Swedish meatballs are where it’s at. Go nuts and make 35,000 of them in your own kitchen.

18. If you love Shamrock Shakes, then this is the recipe for you. If you don’t, we probably can’t be friends.

19. I want to find the person who came up with Cracker Barrel’s famous Hashbrown Casserole and kiss them on the face. Until then, this recipe will do.

20. Do yourself a favor and bring a few more Cheesecake Factory avocado egg rolls into your life.

I don’t know if you knew this, but if you try any of these recipes at home, it’s illegal not to send me the fruits of your labor. I don’t make the rules.

Which ones will you try? As for me, I’m off to live my truth and make some Crunchwrap Supremes for lunch. Happy cooking!

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21 Dogs Who Have Absolutely No Idea How To…Well, Dog

2 months ago

Some pups are practically professionals at fetching, playing tug-of-war, cuddling, and just all-around being good dogs. Then there are those…special pooches who just missed the memo — or, perhaps the whole intro course on how to act according to the dog rule book.

That doesn’t mean we love them any less — in fact, we might just love them more for their quirky ways!

1. Take this guy who has zero clue how to drink water.

2. This genius who can’t decide if he wants on or off the couch.

3. This little guy tried to fetch…a little too hard.

4. This pup has the whole fetch thing down, but the execution is all wrong.

5. Then there’s this dog who doesn’t care about your stupid Frisbee.

6. This pup who thinks playtime involves rocking horses.

7. This dog is too far gone.

8. This dog totally forgot about his species’ love for tennis balls.

9. And this dog just doesn’t understand that stairs aren’t for sleeping on.

10. At least he’s not like this one who just doesn’t do stairs, period.

11. What about this dog who doesn’t understand couches? Not. One. Bit.

12. Or this dog who is betraying his entire species.

13. And this one forgot that cats and dogs just don’t get along.

14. Then there’s this pup who forgot how to be a lap dog.

15. Or this little guy who doesn’t know how to enjoy a car ride.

16. This one forgot that heads go out the window…not through the headrest.

17. This dog who can’t dog door.

18. And this pooch completely forgot that belly rubs are best enjoyed lying down.

19. Then there’s this pup who defies all conventions by never wanting to go for a walk.

20. This one got outside but forgot how to walk.

21. This pup has no clue that he’s supposed to hate baths.

Maybe all these dogs were just assembled wrong? That might explain a thing or two…

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What’s Inside This Truck Addresses A Problem We Hardly Ever Think About

2 months, 11 days ago

When we think of homelessness, our minds often go straight to issues of hunger.

And that makes sense, since basic sustenance is a massive problem for people in dire straits. What we don’t often consider, however, is how cyclical the issue is and how difficult it is for people to get out from under its thumb.

Think about how hard it is to land job interviews from a place of relative privilege. Think about how finding employment feels impossible even as you apply for postures from the comfort of your own home with the promise of a warm shower every morning and with a freshly pressed suit or pencil skirt at the ready. When passersby watch homeless person on the street, many heartlessly shout, “Get a chore! ” But how can you get a job without access to basic necessities?

That’s a question one organization is answering in its own way.

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FOCUS North America introduces Shower to the People, which operates out of a redesigned truck that is helping those experiencing homelessness regain their dignity and restore their faith.

The St. Louis-based group has one mission: “Shower to the People seeks to restore dignity, foster hope, and empower upward mobility to our friends and neighbours living on the streets of our beloved city.”

“Society tells us that the poor are in some way lesser to us, ” a representative writes on the organization’s website.

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“Even in the midst of charitable intents, this corrosive stance tells us to feel sorry for those who have less and can rob us of our empathy, replacing it with pity.”

But by working to help homeless people in their community feel dignified, these volunteers leave pity in the dust and instead take a proactive approach.

To learn more about Shower to the People, assure this out.

But to get a real sense of how this service makes people feel, you need to hear it from them.

For more details, be sure to visit Shower to the People on their website and on Facebook!

To donate or volunteer, assure this out.

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5 Things I Learned About My Body After 5 Weeks Of Sobriety

2 months, 16 days ago

What is it about alcohol that builds it so appealing?

Excessive drinking has a funny style of numbing unwanted emotions, masking your mile-long to-do list and at times, causing us to live in a blissfully unaware state of mind.

There arrives a day in every social butterfly’s life when the loud music, platform heels and winged eyeliner literally are beginning to suck the life out of her.

The mornings after are becoming physically painful, and it’s get harder to escape the fact your body is genuinely starting to dislike you.

In an attempt to mend my aching body, I got Jillian Michaels-aggressive by cutting out grains, sugar and basically everything in the American diet( except alcohol) this past summer.

I ensure little changes in my body, but not the dramatic kind I was expecting.

I supposed I would sweat and hemorrhage health and wellness because I feed my vegetables and worked out daily.

However, Blue moon might as well have been its own food group.

While on my mission to obtain the perfect six-pack, I was willing to take drastic measures, meaning I eventually decided to altogether cut alcohol out of my diet for five weeks.

At first, everyone around me assumed that because I stopped consuming alcohol, I plainly had a drinking problem and was on the road to get my sh* t together.

Wrong.

I’m still currently a hot mess, but after five weeks of sobriety, I now consider myself a healthier, well-rounded, hot mess.

Society doesn’t hesitate to discuss the dramatic social changes you experience when you decide to stop ingesting alcohol, but what about the drastic physical changes you go through when you give up Sunday mimosas at brunch?

Here are five things I learned about my body during five weeks of sobriety 😛 TAGEND

1. Sleep is a beautiful aspect of life.

My new well-rested lifestyle puts me in bed and asleep by around 11 pm on a late night.

The vast majority of the public( my college campus) acted as if I was missing out on a huge chunk of life, due to my now non-existent nightlife.

In reality, when I stopped drinking, I truly started living.

I began replacing late nights I could not even seem to remember with days full of fun activities I would’ve normally slept through.

On a beauty sleep related note, the containers under my eyes began to disappear, and I actually woke up on Monday mornings ready to tackle the week with freshly brushed hair.( This was a big accomplishment .)

I know the people in my early morning classes appreciated the serious stance adjustment and lack of hoarsenessthat reflected the six hours of sleep I get over the weekend.


2. I like my calories f* cking dense.

Without changing anything else in my lifestyle except for my drinking habits, I began to lose weight in the areas I desired most.

My waist began to get smaller, and my ass started to get tighter, all while I continued on my normal 16 -year-old boy type of dietary lifestyle.

Dreamy.

Empty calories are for people with bad karma, and I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.


3. No more sick days.

Alcohol drastically weakens your immune system, making it so much harder for you body to fight off that obnoxious sinus infection your fellow schoolmate ever so kindly brought to class with him or her.

I am usually prone to sickness this time of year, and even with a house fill of sick roommates, I somehow remained healthy.

God bless thy healthy liver.


4. Moving my body became so much more enjoyable.

Working out has always remained a staple throughout my life, but it becameso much less of a burden when I stopped drinking.

I was able to actually work out first thing in the morning without feeling the need to roll over in my grave.

I became one of those people who needs to move her bodyfirst thing in the morning and genuinely enjoys it.

Who even am I anymore?


5. There are many physical gains.

Above all, I was finally able to really watch the physical gains I was constructing in the gym.

My metabolism started to even out, and my body became a fat-burning, muscle-building machine.

Taking out the late nights full of junk food, alcohol and lack of sleep allowed me to really push my body to its full potential.

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Woman Serenades An Elephant To Sleep With A Sweet Lullaby

2 months, 19 days ago

If you think lullabies are only effective for getting little ones to drift off to dreamland, believe again! Turns out they run wonders on gentle giants, too.

In this heartwarming video, Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand, embracings and sings to an elephant that has taken a specific penchant to her. Though Faa Mai is massive compared to the petite female, she loves nothing more than nap hour snuggles and the soothing voice of Lek. It’s a bond so magical you have to see it to believe it.

The peaceful look on that gentle elephant’s face might just be the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. Every elephant deserve to be just as happy and loved.

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Watching This Dog’s Patience While A Lizard Crawls On His Face Is Hilarious

2 months, 25 days ago

Adorable seven-year-old bulldog Yun Ja has inspired me to be a calmer, more patient person.

How did a silly bulldog attain me want to change my styles? Well, it’s pretty simple, you consider. When a green lizard hopped onto the short pup’s back unexpectedly, he didn’t freak out, running around trying to buck the reptile off his back( like many of us likely would have ).

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No, instead, he sat there patiently waiting for the little guy to hop off and get on his merry route.

He does try to lick him off, but even those gestures are adorably gentle.

This is basically what I would have done had this happened to me.

So yeah, let’s all only learnt to be a bit more chill, channeling Yun Ja.

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24 People Who Genuinely, Really Don’t Know How To Park Their Vehicles

3 months, 22 days ago

Let’s face it — we’ve all executed bad parking tasks at one point or another.

I admit that I’ve parked a little over the line sometimes, but there’s a big difference between a slight misalignment and blatant idiocy. For instance, I’ve had my driveway completely blocked by someone who decided that observing a place anywhere else on my street was just route too much to handle.

These 24 people are just as inconsiderate, because when it came to leaving their vehicles in the appropriate spots, they wholly failed.

1. “Close enough.”

2. It’s pretty safe to say that this person just stopped caring.

3. “This looks like a good spot.”

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Here’s What You Require To Know About Running Out When You Have PCOS

4 months, 8 days ago

Polycystic ovarian syndrome( PCOS) is a health problem that affects one in 10 females during their childbearing years. It’s typically caused by an imbalance of hormones and can lead to issues like ovarian cysts, weight gain, irregular or absent periods, acne, excessive hair growth, and in some cases, infertility. Hormonal therapy, such as family planning, is often recommended to treat the condition, but some evidence indicates other lifestyle factors — including a proper diet, stress reduction, and even working out with PCOS — can make a world of difference in easing the symptoms.

And easing the symptoms is all we can really do when it comes to treating the diagnosis, as the exact cause of PCOS is still unknown, and there is currently no remedy for it. But an early diagnosis and a proactive posture toward building these lifestyle changes early on can reduce the risk of developing more serious, long-term health complications, such as heart disease or form 2 diabetes.

One of the best tools for managing PCOS is exert, but it seems that many of the available online sources don’t precisely dedicate women with the condition a guide on to exert. Too many of these resources focus on telling women with PCOS they need to work on losing weight in order to manage their symptoms effectively. But, as two experts on the subject have told us, there’s much more to it than that.

Elite Daily spoke with Alisa Vitti, a functional nutrition and hormone expert and best-selling author of the book, who has some advice on how to find healthier ways to balance fitness and a PCOS diagnosis.


Vitti encourages women to remember that working out , not harder, is essential when it comes to this hormonal condition.

She tells Elite Daily,

Keep in mind that with PCOS, you have some degree of inflammation, micronutrient depletion, adrenal overload, and blood sugar sensitivity synergistically slowing down your metabolism.

If you are getting a cycle, then the first half of the month, do 30 minutes of cardio maximum, and the second half of the month, keep it to short[ with] seven- to 20 -minute high-intensity interval training sessions.

If you haven’t gotten a cycle in months, then stick to 30 minutes of walk-to and seven-minute tabata educate to rev up your metabolism without exacerbating the underlying causes of your PCOS.

Vitti also says the MyFLO app can help you sync your workouts to your cycle and understand what foods to eat to get your hormones on track.

Certified health and wellness coach Nicole Granato wholeheartedly agrees with Vitti on the “less is more” mentality when it comes to exercising with PCOS. Granato was diagnosed with PCOS at a young age, but when her doctor recommended the traditional hormonal therapy to treat her symptoms, she decided to opt for a more holistic approach instead.


Granato claims she “reversed” her diagnosis( and was actually “undiagnosed”) through wholesome nutrition and gentle exercise.

Granato says it’s all about less, rather than less motion, when it comes to exercising with a PCOS diagnosis. She explains to Elite Daily,

I believe in doing more nourishing exerts that are gentler around the reproductive area.

It’s important not to stress or overwork your body when you have PCOS, which is why I recommend exercisings like pilates, walking, low-impact operate, and yoga.

The inspiring health and wellness coach says these workouts promote healthy circulation and nourish the reproductive system. She recommends maintaining these workouts to about an hour a day, and furthermore, Granato explains, a proper sum of restful sleep can really help in relieving stress and achieving a happy hormonal balance.

She adds,

If we train our bodies to balance themselves naturally, then we have control as women. It’s about healing ourselves , not’ treating’ an issue.

The[ birth control] pill merely devotes us more issues, and we become dependent on it. When you decide you want a family, it will only be harder to find that nourishing balance.

Granato says her personal favorite healing exercise is walking, an underrated kind of motion that, in her eyes, simply doesn’t get the credit it deserves. She also enjoys pilates, which she believes offers a great mixture of gentle motion and strengthening workout that’s perfect for women with PCOS because it helps build muscle in a slow, yet sustainable way.

So, whether it be a light jog or a restorative yoga class, when you have PCOS, it’s important to detect stress-free different forms of movement that your body loves, and that you’ll actually look forward to doing every day.

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When A Tough Doberman Assures A Little Plaything, She Has A Reaction That’ll Have You LOLing

4 months, 30 days ago

Tessa the doberman has a hard task. As one of the most fearsome guard dog breeds in the world, she has to look tough all the time. Otherwise, the other puppies will patently make fun of her. That’s why something tells us she wouldn’t be too happy to have this video of her floating around the Internet.

When she was still a puppy, she was confronted by the tiniest and apparently most terrifying toy in the world. Instead of calmly approaching it, and being the tough puppy she wants you to think she is, her reaction was far more priceless…

Poor Tessa, your owners have the perfect blackmail video now. But don’t worry, we’re sure you can get back at them by holding a pair of their favorite shoes captive!

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