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Astronaut Chris Hadfield on 13 Moments That Changed His Life

Astronaut Chris Hadfield reflects on 13 important moments from his life and career, from learning to fly to being blinded temporarily in space to recording his famous cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”
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Our Options Have Changed – Julia Kent & Elisa Reed

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Our Options Have Changed

Julia Kent & Elisa Reed

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: October 5, 2016

Publisher: Prosaic Press, Inc.

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Having it all is a fantasy, right? Chloe Browne knows all about fantasy. Fantasy is her job. And she’s very, very good at what she does. As director of design for the O Spa chain, a sophisticated women’s club that is trending its way into being the Next Big Thing, Chloe’s ready to take on the world. One baby at a time. Her home study’s done, and she’s about to adopt, a thirty-something single mother by choice. Who needs to put her life on hold for the right guy when the right baby is waiting for her? Besides, talk about fantasy. The right guy? Pfft. Right . And then in walks Nick Grafton, with those commanding sapphire eyes and wavy blonde hair and a sophisticated mouth that only smiles for her. He’s perfect. But the last thing Nick wants is to start fresh with a new baby as his college-age kids fly the coop. A single father for more than fifteen years after his wife walked out on her family, Nick finally tastes freedom. But he likes the taste of Chloe more. * * * Our Options Have Changed is a full-length standalone contemporary romance, the first in the On Hold series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent and journalist-turned-fiction-writer Elisa Reed. It is a loose spinoff from Julia Kent’s Shopping for a Billionaire series, with cameo appearances from favorite characters. Praise for the On Hold series: "Heartwarming and intensely emotional, Our Options Have Changed is witty, sexy and hilarious with a heroine you admire and a hero you can't help falling in love with." –  Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author "Reading a Julia Kent book is like taking a vacation with your best friends. They'll make you laugh, tug on your heartstrings, and leave you wanting more." –  New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster "Kent and Reed create rom com magic in this friends to lovers romance. Laughter, tears, and all the swoons." –  USA Today Best Selling author Daisy Prescott "Witty, sexy, funny and delightfully delicious–love it from beginning to end."–  USA Today bestselling author T Gephart "An utterly charming celebration of the messiness of love, life, and motherhood… every woman deserves a Nick." –  Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author Reader and Blogger reviews: "Move over Sophie Kinsella and make way for Julia Kent.  I haven't laughed so much  since the Shopaholic series." –   Reader review "Shannon reminds me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum character…" –  Reader review "Another best seller by the  Queen of romantic comedy ." –  Reader review "Kent  took this fun, sexy tale and gave it a depth  that made it so darn easy to read." –  Glass Paper Ink Bookblog " Nothing has made me laugh out loud this much  since I read Bridget Jones' Diary many, many years ago." –  Reader review "This book is a MUST READ and I can't WAIT for the next one!!!" –  Reader review "…Julia Kent has once again  brought the laugh until you cry scenes , but has added a new aspect to her writing…" –  Avid Reader Book Reviews "The characters in this book are  absolutely magnetic  and you can't help but be drawn into their lives." –  Reader review " This book is  bursting at the seams with all the fun and witty banter !" –  Eargasms Audiobook Reviews Biographies: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three children in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down. She loves to hear from her readers by email at jkentauthor@gmail.com, on Twitter @jkentauthor, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jkentauthor . Visit her at http://jkentauthor.com Elisa Reed is a journalist-turned-fiction-writer whose snappy, irreverent prose combines with an irrepressible zest for the simpler, and often intimate, pleasures of life to produce fun(ny) contemporary romance with a focus on second chances. New England born and bred, Elisa Reed now lives, writes, and plays in New Orleans and along the sugar sands of the Gulf Coast. You can find her on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/elisareedauthor

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How Slack Changed the Culture at WIRED | The Future Of Work | WIRED Brand Lab

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Apollo 8 Crew & Chris Hadfield on the Photo that Changed the World

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Hailey Baldwin Has Officially Changed Her Name To Mrs. Bieber

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LeBron-KD rivalry still one-sided, but the sides have changed

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Shailene Woodley Reveals She Almost Quit Acting – Until ‘Big Little Lies’ Changed Her Mind

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Travis Scott’s a Changed Man Thanks to Baby Stormi’s Arrival

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Technology & Romance – How the Internet Has Changed Our Dating Habits

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Coachella Not Changed by CA Marijuana Law, Still No Smoking Policy

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How President Trump Changed Your Imagination

Do you remember when candidate Trump told us (in effect) that he would be the first non-politician to win the presidency? It seemed impossible to even imagine such a thing. Then he did the impossible.

Do you remember when it was common wisdom that if the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel it would be a huge problem? President Trump did it anyway. So far, it looks like a minor problem at most.

Do you remember when experts said President Trump shouldn’t mess with the Iran nuclear deal because it could cause a huge problem for the United States and its allies? He did it anyway, and it is likely a supporting variable for the Iranian protestors who don’t like how their government is creating problems that don’t need to be problems.

Do you remember when experts said China will never help squeeze the economy of North Korea because China fears a refugee crisis? President Trump encouraged China to squeeze anyway. Then he helpfully provided satellite photos of tankers cheating on the high seas. After South Korea grabbed and held a second cheating tanker, the economics of smuggling oil have turned negative, or will soon. And North Korea is sounding — at least to my ears — more flexible than ever.

That branch is stronger than you imagined.

Do you remember when it was common wisdom that we couldn’t put enough pressure on Pakistan to make them stop harboring terrorists because Pakistan is also an ally in many ways? President Trump just cut off their funding and put them on notice.

Do you remember when experts said withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord would be a catastrophe? President Trump did it anyway because he didn’t like the deal. I’ve seen no indication that exiting the deal made the climate worse. Here I’m only talking about the quality of the Accord and what little impact it would have had in the best case scenario.

The big wildcard in our many “impossibles” has to do with the tax bill and the deficit. Experts say it is impossible to get enough growth from the tax bill to pay for the deficit. But the experts are blind to the persuasion of it all. If President Trump persuades the economy higher, let’s say to 5-6% GDP, there’s a good chance he will accomplish the impossible once again and pay for those tax cuts. The tax cuts alone won’t get us to that GDP, but as part of a larger package of persuasion-by-optimism, it is strong sauce.

The meta-impact of President Trump routinely doing the “impossible” is that it changes how all of us view our world. If Trump can keep doing the impossible, time and time again, why can’t we?

Sometimes things are literally impossible. But much of the time we are only limited by our imaginations. Many of us simply couldn’t imagine that a number of the things President Trump has done would work out well. These were not simple surprises; these were failures of our imagination.

In 2015 I told you that candidate Trump would change far more than politics. I said he would change how we understand reality itself. And one of those biggest changes is in the scope of our imaginations. One year ago it was hard for me to imagine Saudi Arabia taking a sudden turn toward modernization. One year ago it was hard for me to imagine an uprising in Iran that could reshape its destiny. I assume it was hard for the Iranian public to imagine it as well. But they sure are imagining it now.

President Trump isn’t the only variable in the world. But he does create a pattern in our minds of making the impossible seem achievable. Don’t underestimate the impact that pattern has on the imaginations of everyone watching.

And don’t be surprised if 2018 is the year when people all over the world shed their mental prisons and take on the “impossibles” in ways we have never seen. Thanks to President Trump, people everywhere are beginning to recognize the difference between real impossibilities and simple failures of imagination.

Welcome to The Golden Age. It starts now.


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Timbaland Describes Near Fatal Overdose That Changed His Life

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How the Spice Girls’ lives have changed since their heyday

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MoMA decked out with fashion that changed the world

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Paul McCartney Met John Lennon on This Day 60 Years Ago: Friends Recount the Ordinary Meeting Which Changed History

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Kendrick Lamar Tells Fans How Fame Changed People During 6-Minute Speech [VIDEO]

If these walls could talk, they would say Kendrick Lamar is the sh*t and he’s putting it down for the purest form of Hip-Hop music.

During his latest pit stop in New York City for the Kunta’s Groove Sessions Tour, K. Dot decided to take a break from his virtuoso style of emceeing and give fans the skinny how

“Within six months of good kid, m.A.A.d city dropping, the life of what I knew or knew what I was or think I knew, that shit changed within six months,” the Grammy Award-winning rap star told the packed house of Webster Hall. “And you’re going through the vultures of the world telling you you’re great and you’re trying to make yourself believe that, but it’s hard because you’re institutionalized from where you come from.”

Released in October of 2012, Kendrick’s studio debut album went on to become a certified classic and the entry point he needed to be mentioned amongst music’s elite. His follow-up To Pimp a Butterfly has been subjected to extreme critiques on both sides of the spectrum, but the conversation has managed to keep the album alive when traditional means of promotion have since faded.

“I think this sh*t could live forever,” he continued. “I’m looking at y’alls faces. I got some of the most loyal, dedicated fans in the world and New York is one of them. Don’t mind me I could talk all day. To Pimp A Butterfly. God allowed this motherf*cking album to soar all the way to the top, with no motherf*cking commercial success. God allowed this to be top-tier without a radio single and sh*t.”

“I got some of the most loyal, dedicated fans in the world,” K. Dot said, thanking the audience for their support.

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s impromptu outro in the video above and flip through the gallery below to see the highlights of the show taken by YouTube user Jermaine Maxwell.

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I Changed a Lot (Deluxe Version) – DJ Khaled

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I Changed a Lot (Deluxe Version)

DJ Khaled

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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Expected Release Date: October 23, 2015

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I Changed a Lot – DJ Khaled

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This Pharmaceutical Czar Promised To Lower The Price Of A Lifesaving AIDS Drug — But Nothing’s Changed

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I Was Divorced By 30 And It Totally Changed My View On Marriage

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When I was younger, I always pictured that I would get married, have a nice house, raise a few kids and retire with some money in the bank. I vowed that if I did get married I would never let it end in divorce. I assumed that I would marry someone who would always reciprocate my love and together we would take on the world, trusting that neither of us would ever dare hurt the other. I saw marriage as a magical venue full of hope and growing, a partnership intertwining friendship and intimacy. I believed that marriage truly would bind two souls together and hold them tight through even the wildest storms.

And now, after battling the storm and finding out that some bindings just don’t hold as tight, I find myself drenched in conflicting emotion and drowning in contradictions. A part of my naïve heart wants to keep believing in the dreams of marriage I had before, but the divorced part of my mind insists on cynicism. It’s a battle I struggle with often and I try to be an optimist and see marriage in the positive light I used to but sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to me like it once did.

My views on marriage have changed drastically in the past year, not specifically on the institution itself, as I still see the value that many religions place upon it as well as the non-religious benefits of sharing such a deep union with another person. I still respect marriage and the people close to me who choose to take that path. Never would I tell someone that marriage is not the right choice, because as previously mentioned, my heart still remains hopelessly in love with love.

But it has a different meaning now. It no longer means ’til death do us part. Marriage no longer feels like it could be forever and in turn, feels cursory. The wedding, the ring, the vows, the spectacle — I did it, I believed in it, and it let me down so I have begun to place my hope in strong relationships instead of the idea of marriage itself. The wedding industry plays tricks on people’s minds and makes us believe we need to get married to secure our relationship. We need a white dress and a diamond to add significance to what should already be a strong union. Yes, I did the big hurrah and it was an amazing day, but would I do it again? Most likely not.

Because what getting divorced at such a young age has taught me is that the relationship you have with someone matters more than the actual wedding and the marriage that follows. My views have shifted from needing a marriage to fulfill the life I pictured in my younger years to knowing that a piece of paper and an exchange of vows doesn’t change much of anything. You still wake up the next day and everything feels the same.

I try to view my change of heart in a positive light and consider it a lesson learned. My belief in marriage and my views on such a union have definitely been tainted and as much as I say I would never get married again, I know that I can’t predict the future. I know that if love happened for me once more, I would consider marriage but in a completely different light than the first time around.

The thing I want most if I do end up married again is a solid foundation. A relationship that can weather any storm, whether there’s a formal wedding involved, a simple ceremony at city hall, or maybe no legal binding at all. My views on marriage have shifted from superficial to entirely sensible. I believe that people can technically be married even though there are no documents to prove it. I believe that serious relationships that are strong and cohesive are just as meaningful as those that include marriage. I believe that people need to stop putting so much emphasis on buying or receiving a ring and instead put that energy into bettering themselves and their partnership. At the end of the day, I respect every single couple’s choice of how they want to solidify their partnership but I encourage everyone to include love, trust, and respect in their union no matter what path they choose.

I’ll continue on my own path, edging the line of hopefulness and cynicism, knowing one thing for sure: My divorce changed me in a way I could have never predicted and in a way I know some can’t understand. But realizing that my beliefs are able to shift and adjust as I continue to grow proves that I am maturing; and, in reality, that is what I really hoped for when I was younger.

If you divorced in your 20s and learned a lot about love, life and yourself in the process, we’d love to hear your story for our series, Divorced By 30. Send us a 500-800-word essay or an idea for a blog post to divorcedby30@huffingtonpost.com

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Changed Bill Maher’s Mind About Water On Mars

Bill Maher was not into the big Mars news when it came out. Then Neil deGrasse Tyson came along.

On Friday’s “Real Time,” Maher explained deGrasse Tyson actually convinced him that the discovery of water on Mars was extremely important. 

“I’m admitting, you know, I changed my mind,” Maher said before deGrasse Tyson went into his “spiel” about how many important discoveries like atoms and electricity were also written off at first and how life on Earth could’ve possibly been “seeded” from Mars. 

More importantly, the scientist also says there is ice at the poles of Mars, prompting Maher to ask the most vital question, “So they might have room service?”

“Possibly,” deGrasse Tyson laughed.

“Real Time with Bill Maher” airs Friday at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.

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How “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” Album Changed My Life

The Miseducation of Lauryn HillIt’s hard to believe that Lauryn Hill’s groundbreaking, hip hop-soul album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was released 17 years ago! Ms. Hill turned 40 today – happy birthday genius! I write this, reflecting on her musical offering “The Miseducation” which cemented her as one of hip hop and soul music’s most prolific artists. She became a leader in the music industry as a woman who took the helm of her career and created a masterpiece – her way! This essay pays tribute to Ms. Hill and how her award-winning album, changed my life.

“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album was released in August of 1998. I had turned 23 in early August of 1998. I was in the midst of a deep depression and it seemed nothing could bring me out of it. The previous years had been a whirlwind: I graduated from college, I moved back to St. Louis and got a job. I entered a graduate degree program, had a relationship, took yoga, tai chi and African dance class each week and still managed to spend time with my family. I had so much on my plate, I barely left any quiet time for myself and I never took a “break” as some young people do right before or immediately after college. I was burning myself out already. I previously had my own apartment, but had now chose to move back in with my mother to save money. I had also just ended my relationship and was in quite a funk about it. My daily schedule consisted of going to work, attending graduate classes at night and then coming home to hibernate. I still did yoga, went for bike rides and walked in the parks for exercise, but I did it alone. I had become joyless. I no longer wanted anyone else’s company because I didn’t feel like talking about what happened with my relationship or any other changes going on in my life. My mother tried to cheer me up, but I generally kept to myself. Her hugs and periodic talks with me, gave me some comfort but I was still in a dark place. I didn’t want to be in St. Louis anymore. I felt like there wasn’t a soul in my hometown who I could relate to or connect with. Many of my close friends were back East, where I attended college in the DMV area. It was at this time, in 1998, that I felt I was the sister from another planet. All I cared about was saving money, keeping my strict vegan diet, praying and getting to where I needed to be. But I didn’t really know where I needed to be and I was frustrated.

I watched the Oprah Show when I could in the afternoons, trying to glean pearls of wisdom and inspiration from Oprah and her guests to make myself feel better. I started taking a B-stress complex vitamin and it helped my depression lift. I began to read books by Deepak Chopra and Louise Hay which helped me create affirmations and use aromatherapy oils to help me sleep at night. I started painting and making my own stationary. I started making collages that I later realized were vision boards – using words and images of where I wanted my life to be. I was trying to pull myself out of the depression, but it was tough. I felt like a failure because I had to give up my apartment and move back home. I also felt like a failure because a relationship with someone I cared about had ended. For the first time in my young life, I had hit a sort of rock bottom where I questioned, “Who am I?” and “Why am I so unhappy?”

I was in graduate school and planning to transfer to a University out of state, I just didn’t know where yet. Constantly going in circles about whether I would leave St. Louis and what my next move might be, I was plagued by constant worry. My mother came to me with an idea after seeing me mope around the house for far too long. I was low on money so I couldn’t buy any new music for myself, something that I really loved and my mother knew it. One evening, she said “Let’s get out of the house.” We drove to a local record store to browse. She told me, “Look around and pick out any CD you want – my treat.” I was very excited to say the least. I was a big fan of The Fugees when they first came out and I had seen them in concert. Lauryn’s voice was so powerful as a female emcee. The fact that she was an artist from New Jersey, who held her own with male hip hop artists, much like Queen Latifah or MC Lyte, really impressed me. Her solo CD had just come out and I immediately chose it out of a stack of CDs while my mother and I browsed.

That night I went home, I put Lauryn’s CD on repeat. I remember hearing on radio when Lauryn became pregnant. It was such a shock to some media, DJs and fans who assumed Lauryn was a “good girl” who would never get pregnant out of wedlock. People were so judgmental about Lauryn’s personal life and it was ridiculous – forgetting that she was human. And this is what was revealed to me while listening to “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Lauryn was human, a young woman who had experienced life’s ups and downs despite her beauty, intelligence, fame and talent. If Lauryn could come through some dark days in her young life, why couldn’t I?

I had been writing poetry for a few years, but I rarely shared it with anyone. When I started listening to Hill’s solo album, her words, the music and the spirit behind the album gave me the energy to write more. Lauryn sang and rapped about women’s self-esteem, self-worth, being heartbroken, the love of her life – her son, the community and finding her true self. I could relate to all of this times 10! I may not have had a child, but I understood heartbreak, desiring to know your purpose and holding on to your self- esteem and self-value as a woman, at all costs. I put Lauryn Hill’s album on repeat while studying, writing and even while sleeping. Her words of love, empowerment, advice to women “don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem,” and tales of healing from heartbreak soothed me. I was inspired that Lauryn took the helm of her career by creating this album, and that it seemed her best work was indeed created after her own experiences of personal turmoil and pain. I realized that this is something I needed to do: take control of my life, stop wallowing in my pain, become the woman I had been envisioning and embrace the artist’s path so I could share my creativity with the world. My mother and I heard that members of The Last Poets were going to be in town at a venue so we went to see them. I later found out that the venue was run by Dahveed Nelson, a legendary poet and founding member of The Last Poets. I read my poetry at this venue in St. Louis and it was an amazing experience.

Listening to Lauryn’s album, watching her throughout the year grace magazine covers and receive awards for her album, gave me the courage to pursue an artist’s life. Within a month of listening to Hill’s album, I decided to move back to the East Coast where I was born. It took me nine months to save money and plan, but with my mind made up, I drove out to the East Coast from St. Louis and I didn’t look back. I moved to my birthplace of Brooklyn and became a member of the writing and performance arts community in New York City. I began to submit my poetry to magazines and journals, and read my poetry at various venues. When I looked at Lauryn Hill, a talented, beautiful woman who had scars from relationships and the pressures of the societal expectations of women, I saw myself and the trials I had overcome. Through Lauryn, I learned that “good girls” make mistakes too, and that no genuine artist creates without first experiencing some level of pain. I was able to take my pain and transform it into art as a part of my life purpose, something that I still do. Thank you Lauryn Hill for reminding us all that you are “only human” and that our humanity and purpose is what connects us all.

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In towns large and small all across our country, there are parents that RaiseAChild.US considers to be true heros. Such is the case with Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand of Mobile, Alabama, who together fought an intense nine-year battle to improve the landscape for all families in their state. In this Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family™ series installment, contributing writer Beth Hallstrom shares their riveting story of courage and justice.

Imagine sitting at your critically ill son’s bedside with your wife, watching the life ebb from the infant’s tiny body. Your baby is losing weight and desperately needs a feeding tube to sustain him until he receives an open-heart surgery, his only hope for survival, that is still two weeks away.

Your wife, upset and emotional, is unable to learn how to insert the tube. She is bullied by nurses and becomes hysterical so you step in and volunteer to take her place. But, because you are also a woman and living in a state with arcane marriage and adoption laws, you are denied. You are told, “You are not his mother.”  

Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand of Mobile, Alabama, didn’t have to imagine this nightmare, because they had to live it. First they were stunned, then they were furious. And then they waged war against those arcane laws and changed history when they won.

Cari and Kim’s story began like countless other couples’. Natives of small towns in East Texas, they met in college, fell in love and decided to make a life together. A visit to Mobile enamored them with the Azalea City. They moved there in 2000, bought a home and began planning their family. 

Kim chose to be the birth mother with the help of a donor and loved being pregnant, Cari recalled. “I always wanted to be a mother, but I never saw myself pregnant. It worked out perfectly for both of us,” she said.

In December 2005, their son, Khaya, was born and doctors soon discovered a large hole in his heart. The defect was repairable through open-heart surgery, but not until the baby was three months old. 

According to Cari, “When Khaya was two months old, he quit gaining weight. He was hospitalized and the doctors told us his heart was working so hard it was like he was on a treadmill all the time. He was just not receiving enough calories. They told us Kim had to stop breastfeeding and we had to put him on a high calorie formula but he continued to lose weight. The feeding tube was our only choice.”

Before Khaya could come home from the hospital, his mothers — or, from the nursing staff’s viewpoint, his mother — needed to learn to insert, remove and clean the feeding tube.

“Kim was so upset and became even more emotional when they tried to force her to do it. I asked them to teach me instead and there was dead silence in the room. One of the nurses put her hands on her hips and asked me, ‘Are you the legal parent? Do you have legal documentation?’ When I told them no, they told me they couldn’t teach me because I was not his mother. That’s when I started to burn,” Cari said.

Fortunately, Khaya’s cardiologist was making rounds and she demanded to know what was happening around Khaya’s hospital crib. Appalled, she cleared the room, began to cry and proceeded to teach Cari about the feeding tube. 

“She was a godsend,” Cari said.

Cari recalled that it was at that moment that she realized she had no legal standing in Khaya’s or Kim’s lives. Despite the years together, the house and the family, the dog and the cat, she was nothing in the relationship.

“I’m sure straight people aren’t asked for paperwork by hospital staff. No one is asked to produce a marriage license or adoption decree; they take it on faith that the person is the spouse or the parent. “

“It really opened my eyes as to how important that paperwork is and, the next week, we visited our lawyer to begin the process of me adopting Khaya. We figured it would be uncomplicated, an open and shut case. Boy, were we wrong!” Cari said.

The first denial of Cari’s adoption petition was in 2006. Two more followed as Cari and Kim’s legal odyssey took them from Probate Court in Mobile County to a 2014 federal lawsuit seeking to end Alabama’s ban on same sex marriage. The couple’s case also sought to require the state to recognize marriages performed elsewhere, including their own, which was held in California in 2008.

“The only way I could adopt was to make the state marriage law unconstitutional. We felt we had a pretty narrow and easily decided case in federal court because it was not right for me to be unable to adopt my own son,” Cari explained.

While numerous people — gay, straight, singles and couples — cheered Cari and Kim on, they oddly received little support from the LGBT legal community.

“We were told not to push the issue because it might set back the effort to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Meanwhile, our son is growing up and I’m not legally his parent. It hit me that somebody has to do something,” Cari said.

Victory finally arrived in January when a federal judge struck down Alabama’s law but was quickly put on hold when elected officials dragged their feet, waiting to see how the Supreme Court would rule on same-sex marriage. 

“The Probate Court judge, Judge Don Davis, refused to rule on our latest adoption petition until the Supreme Court ruled, even after we won the federal suit that said the law can no longer be used against us. So, in March, we filed suit against Judge Davis. He eventually recused himself and assigned the case to another judge. He never looked us in the eye and made comments that made us feel uncomfortable,” Cari noted. 

After the Supreme Court ruled in June that marriage equality was the law of the land, Cari and Kim’s marriage was recognized. On Friday, July 24, the family stood before Visiting Judge James Reid from adjacent Baldwin County as Cari officially became Khaya’s legal parent.

“It was amazing. It was very surreal when Judge Reid said it was in the best interest of the child to have two legal parents. I broke down and got so emotional. His words confirmed what we’ve known all along: that I’ve been Khaya’s parent his whole life. It was great to be in front of a judge who looked as us like he looks at everyone else,” Cari said.

While the family has been in the spotlight for nine years, Cari said she and Kim shielded Khaya from much of the publicity and attention but, after the adoption hearing, he gave his first media interview.

“He thinks it’s all pretty cool,” Cari said. “It’s been no big deal to him because the case has literally been going on his whole life, but I think Friday opened his eyes to what it all means and how many people’s lives will change because of him.”

Next for the family is expansion through adopting one or two more children. Cari said they have begun to investigate adoption agencies and are eager to give Khaya siblings.

“There were tons of times we thought maybe it just wasn’t meant to be but then someone would come up to us and tell us to keep going for it, so we did. This is America and we shouldn’t have to fight for equal rights,” Cari said.

“It’s amazing that our son made history. Our case helped thousands and thousands of families across our state. It restored our pride in Alabama. We love to hear Khaya talking to his friends when he tells them, ‘We helped change the world.’ He is so proud. And so are we.”

RaiseAChild.US is the nationwide leader in the recruitment and support of LGBT and all prospective parents interested in building families through fostering and adoption to meet the needs of the 400,000 children in the foster care system. RaiseAChild.US recruits, educates, and nurtures supportive relationships equally with all prospective foster and adoptive parents while partnering with agencies to improve the process of advancing foster children to safe, loving and permanent homes. For information about how you can become a foster or adoptive parent, please visit www.RaiseAChild.US.

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How Dressing Better Changed My Life

It’s funny how we can get stuck seeing ourselves a certain way.

Until recently, I’d feel bemused whenever someone complimented my clothes. I’d smile, thinking, Oh, if only they knew …

Sure, I might appear to be a grown woman, but inside of me lives a shy girl with outfits chosen in homage to Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lest you think I exaggerate, I include photographic evidence.

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As you’d expect, I got teased about my clothes a lot when I was younger. I hardly ever felt like I was wearing the right thing, or that I was cool.

By contrast, my husband Jonathan remembers having this epiphany in middle school: “Wait a minute … I am the cool people!” I wish I could have gone through life with this same assurance, but the realization came easier for him. After all, he never wore a sunbonnet to school.

Since then, I’ve moved past that shy-girl identity. But in times of stress or uncertainty, I slip into old patterns.

It’s a vicious cycle: when I feel vulnerable, I shy away from dressing well. But then I feel even more insecure. And I look down at my scuffed, cracking boots and wonder why I have trouble giving myself permission to buy and wear nice things.

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A few months back, my friend Brooke texted that she was cleaning out her closet. She was tossing an old, stretched-out white tee and feeling liberated. I was wearing an old, stretched-out white tee and feeling frumpy.

This did not seem coincidental. I felt a nudge in my spirit, a loving shove that said, Let the old things go, sweetie.

So I asked Brooke about her de-cluttering process (based on Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”), and I considered the idea. But I had all kinds of resistance.

I am frugal; I like to save, not spend. As a writer, it’s easy for me to tune out real-world details like what I’m wearing. Sure, those falling-apart yoga pants were pretty bad, but did it matter? Since I’m self-employed, the only people I see every day are the ones at our local library.

But then even the library betrayed my desire to avoid change. As I was browsing, I picked up a book called Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life by George Brescia. This passage struck a nerve:

“What in your belief system allows you to operate without [these] basic wardrobe necessities? … We tend to bind up our identities in our clothes, so … we think of it as some kind of insurmountable emotional problem or an innate character flaw — ‘I’m just not a person who has ever dressed well …’ Would you ever say that about your kitchen? ‘I’m just not a person who can keep a cutting board … ‘ See how absurd that sounds?”

I did see. For my whole adult life, I’d felt bad about not dressing better. But I’d also refused to give up ratty clothes or buy nice ones. I’d pushed myself to obey contradictory internal commands: dress well, but don’t throw things away or spend money.

Finally, I broke free of the double bind. I cleaned out my closet and made a list of the basics I lacked. I kept clothes that made me feel joyful and confident; I tossed or donated items that made me feel like a beggar in a Dickens novel.

There were a surprising number of unlovely freebies: the stained running shirt, the zebra-striped shorts. Every time I wore them, I had to tune out the inner voice that said, Ugh, I don’t like this.

There was sadness in letting some things go, but there was also a tremendous rush of energy. Facing up to the truth about my clothes made me feel great, whereas staying in denial depleted me.

That’s the thing about decluttering: it’s a tactile truth-telling exercise. For me, cleaning a closet is not about being wasteful or becoming a fashion plate. Instead, it’s about practicing self-honesty.

When I get real about which clothes look good, I tap into that honesty in other areas. It’s transitive. Admitting that a shirt’s life is over empowers me to see what else in my life is over, too.

This is a game-changer for those of us who spend our days wrapped up in stories of what was or what might have been.

And paradoxically, wearing clothes that fit and look good frees me to focus on other people. When I go running in athletic clothes that aren’t rags, I am more likely to be friendly. Ever since I made the resolution to dress better, I’ve felt the weight of self-consciousness lifting.

With that in mind, my current task is to acquire carefully-selected new items. Unsurprisingly, I feel guilty about this, because part of me still believes that it’s “selfish” to purchase clothes.

Spending is hard for me in general, but certain purchases are more stressful than others. I buy books and notebooks with relative ease, because I’m comfortable thinking of myself as a writer, a “brain.”

It’s harder to buy nice clothes, because I struggle with my status as an embodied human. When I do manage to buy leather boots, it’s a victory. It’s me honoring my body, and the real life I’ve been given.

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When I chose to care for my body by dressing better, that decision rippled outward. When I tossed my shabby clothes, I discovered a decreased tolerance for shabby behavior. I stopped making excuses and started making changes.

Simply getting rid of the duds in my closet has made a huge difference. I do laundry more often, but it’s worth it. And when I wear the nicer clothes I already have, something shifts. I begin to value myself.

That’s why I don’t mind telling people about my resolution to “dress better.” I don’t mind if they laugh, because I’m laughing too.

It’s funny to look at the old limits I put on myself, to see how flimsy they turned out to be.

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This piece first appeared on A Wish Come Clear, a blog devoted to helping you choose love, lose fear, and find home. Visit and receive free copies of Caroline’s three digital books, all designed to bring you back to what matters most.

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Something good is happening lately — I feel fitter, happier, and in control. My clothes seem to fit better than they used to and I’m more energized and confident. No, it’s not the latest fad diet. I haven’t changed a thing about my workout routine. Here’s the thing: I no longer own a full-length mirror.

Mirrors weren’t always a problem for me. When I was young, I hardly gave my reflection a second thought. I was a skinny kid — the little girl with a voracious appetite and endless energy. As a teen, I could eat what I pleased: A cheesy Buffalo chicken calzone, big helpings of my mom’s unbeatable spaghetti, sandwiches piled high with cold cuts. Even with college nights of heavy drinking and the late-night eats that went with them, I only gained a few auxiliary pounds. In fact, I loved food so much that I made it my job after graduation when I became an assistant editor at a national food publication in New York City.

New York. A job. I was an adult. And, just like that, my pizza party was over.

I started gaining weight — fast. Pants ripped unceremoniously. Sweaters grew tight in the shoulders. Cellulite showed up in places I never knew it could (Arms? REALLY?!). My identity as the skinny girl who could hold her own at 25-cent wings night, was shaken. My metabolism had come to a screeching halt; for the first time, I felt the need to watch what I ate. But, the “eat what I want, when I want it” mentality was nearly indelible after a lifetime of being able to do exactly that.

I knew I’d gained weight, but I didn’t want to let it change my life. I conducted business as usual: Dinner or drinks with friends five nights a week (with guilt-erasing healthy lunches, and a workout here and there). But the one thing that ate me alive was seeing my new body in my full-length mirror.

I’d always been an indecisive dresser, but now it was out of control. Mornings began with me ripping through my drawers and closet for multiple outfit changes and painstaking tweaks. If a pair of jeans made my legs look too thick or a shirt didn’t fall perfectly, I’d nix them — even if, to everyone else, I looked great. The dressing panic became a habit; I was consistently running late for work, missing big chunks of movies, and — in one extreme circumstance — losing a reservation at a restaurant because I spent so long deliberating over a dress.

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This Moment of Gratitude Changed My Life

I sit, legs crossed, in a Kundalini yoga class. A dear friend recently started teaching this type of spiritual yoga, and I am there to support her. As the class begins, I try to ignore the discomfort in my solar plexus. It is a knot of fear right in the center of my gut.

The knot moved in at the end of my decade-long marriage. For good reason: I had a four-year-old, a two year-old and a one-year-old. I felt paralyzed in all areas of my life and was terrified to say the least. On this particular night, I am dreading a phone called that is scheduled for after the class with my (newly) ex-husband. This is a conversation I don’t want to have, am scared to have, and would rather never have. In fact, I don’t think I can have it. I was silenced so many times before. Just the thought of making this call makes me feel scared and hopeless. I’ve become accustomed to these feelings as well as the knot in my stomach.

The class begins with breath work. Breathe in one nostril, out the other, for three minutes. As I begin breathing, I decide to go beyond just being there for my friend. I make a choice to try my best to be present for the class, not to worry about the phone call, and to commit to this practice for 90 minutes.

Kundalini yoga, which emphasizes the connection between body, mind and spirit, includes a kriya in each class. A kriya is a set of exercises designed to yield a particular effect. I like to call it a prescription. Tonight’s kriya, the teacher announces, will be for releasing fear. The universe knows exactly what I need? The teacher knows exactly what I need? I smile and revisit the choice I made during the breath work: to commit myself to this time and this lesson. As the class progresses, I sink deeper and deeper into my decision. I meet up with a lightness that I had not encountered in a long time. My soul calls out: Yes! Yes! You’ve found it. We are home. I believe then that I have discovered something special and sacred. I feel connected, connected to Source and my Highest Self.

Before this class, I stood exposed, lost and at a crossroads. I could either choose one path that consisted of lots of shame, guilt, fear, alcohol abuse, binge eating, weak boundaries, negative relationships. You know the story. Or, I could choose a different one. I just wasn’t clear what this “different” path looked like, or how to walk it. While I was still standing there, debating with myself, the “different” path chose me. This is the path that includes a commitment to Kundalini yoga.

After class, I drive to a greenway nearby and find a bench. I take a few deep breaths, then call my ex. Our conversation isn’t necessarily any different than it has been in the past. And yet, everything seems different. I am grounded, calm, empowered, non-reactive. I am able to separate my “stuff” from his. This is new. This is HUGE!

When our conversation ends, I hang up and cry. I cry tears of deep, deep gratitude. I feel my solar plexus unwind, and for the first time in years, I feel safe, empowered, supported, hopeful and free from being manipulated. This moment changes my life. I know I am on the right path. Something clicks. I now have tools to deal with anything and everything that comes my way. This is the power and the strength of Kundalini yoga.

Since that night, I have continued to build my relationship with Kundalini yoga. It is now my constant friend. It disconnects me from fear and ego; it connects me with my Self. It has been described as weird, different, “out there.” So be it. That’s partly what drew me to it. For me, Kundalini yoga is uplifting, a natural high, elevating, and oh-so life-changing. During the first class, I was introduced to an ancient set of tools, tools that continue to help me change my life. I am grateful that the breathing, poses, meditations and mantra remind me over and over that God consciousness is what I am already, it is not something I am seeking. This technology gives me personal meaning. Even better, it is durable, reliable and always there.

Kundalini yoga reminds me that I have choices. Its teachings provide with me limitless tools to help me make good choices — the kind of choices that ground me firmly to Mother Earth and connect me to the Infinite. What could a single mother of three possibly be more grateful for?

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So help us God, Kanye West has changed the title of his upcoming album.

The rapper took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the new name of his follow-up to 2013’s “Yeezus.” The previously titled “So Help Me God” has now been renamed “SWISH.”

But don’t get too comfortable with the new name. The Time 100 cover star said in a second tweet that the name may change again.


But wait, doesn’t “SWISH” sound familiar? Why, yes, yes it does.

West initially tweeted the word (multiple times) along with NSFW nude photos of wife Kim Kardashian to celebrate her 30 million Twitter followers, as well as the Season 10 premiere of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

West previously revealed the initial title “So Help Me God” in March when he tweeted it with what could be the album’s cover art.

Is swish the new fetch? And is West finally going to make swish happen?

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So help us God, Kanye West has changed the title of his upcoming album.

The rapper took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the new name of his follow-up to 2013’s “Yeezus.” The previously titled “So Help Me God” has now been renamed “SWISH.”

But don’t get too comfortable with the new name. The Time 100 cover star said in a second tweet that the name may change again.


But wait, doesn’t “SWISH” sound familiar? Why, yes, yes it does.

West initially tweeted the word (multiple times) along with NSFW nude photos of wife Kim Kardashian to celebrate her 30 million Twitter followers, as well as the Season 10 premiere of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

West previously revealed the initial title “So Help Me God” in March when he tweeted it with what could be the album’s cover art.

Is swish the new fetch? And is West finally going to make swish happen?

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Diogo Morgado: Playing Jesus changed my life

Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado is known for playing Jesus in the epic History Channel mini-series “The Bible,” and he’s now taking on a darker role in the “The Messengers.”? Morgado says playing Jesus was a life-changing experience, especially impacting how he feels as a father to his son Santiago.




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Johnny Manziel — Rehab Was Great … I’m a Changed Man

Johnny Manziel says he learned a “tremendous” amount about himself during his stint in rehab — and says he’s ready to prove he’s a changed man.  The Cleveland Browns QB just issued a statement … in which he apologizes for letting down the Browns…

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In Hollywood, picking the right movies and making the right deals could be the difference between a career that flourishes and one that crashes and burns. Early in her career, Mo’Nique learned this lesson when she visited Martin Lawrence—who turns 50 this week—in his shockingly lavish trailer.

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High Heels For Men Show Just How Much Gender Expression Has Changed

“Never before have a few inches mattered so much.” The tagline for an upcoming exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto says everything about guys in heels.

Today, of course, high-heeled shoes are synonymous with femininity. Men who want to add a bit of height have to do so with inserts on the DL, and any non-cowboys wandering around with heels visibly higher than normal might get a few judgy looks. But for about 130 years in the 17th and 18th centuries, Western men wore heeled shoes as an expression of power.

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Italian, Ferradini, 1972-1975. Worn by Elton John. Celebrities strutted on stage in outrageous outfits and high glittering heels such as this pair, but more conservative men also paired higher heeled shoes with their suits.

It makes sense if you consider the value placed on height. Tall people, particularly men, are associated with confidence and prestige — we actually tend to pay them higher salaries. So one of the questions Elizabeth Semmelhack, curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, poses through the exhibit is not why men wore heels at one point, but why they ever stopped.

“We’re so nervous about the idea of men in heels today,” Semmelhack told The Huffington Post. “Hopefully, what this exhibition will do is highlight for people that what’s really curious about the history of men in heels is our current attitude towards it.”

Semmelhack theorizes that heeled shoes were borrowed from Asia, where they were used for horseback riding, in the early 1600s. Persia had been gaining political influence around that time, and exoticism in dress was a symbol of high status. It wasn’t long before women began wearing heels, too. Semmelhack explained it was (somewhat unsurprisingly) trendy for women to borrow from mens’ closets in the 1600s, and there they found high-heeled shoes. Never before in the history of mankind did everyone’s butts look so fantastic.

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Persian, 17th century.

The heels themselves became gendered, with slender heels for women and blocky ones for men. Then around the middle of the 18th century, men started to abandon them. But there have been exceptions. John Lennon wore boots with heels, followed by plenty of glam rockers. “Elevator shoes” (with height-boosting insoles) provided a discreet option. And somehow the cowboy boot — which is definitely a high heeled shoe for guys — has stuck around as a symbol of rugged masculinity. As we reconsider notions of gender and its role in society, the heel is a prime example of how arbitrary definitions of gender can be.

Feel free to imagine Ron Swanson in any of the shoes below. If you find yourself in Toronto, the exhibition, titled “Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels,” runs from May 8, 2015, until May 2016.

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English, c. 1690-1710. This sturdy boot from the turn of the 18th century features a high stacked leather heel.

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English, c. 1690-1715. This pair of men’s mules features high flared heels in keeping with turn of the 18th century fashion. The red leather covering the high heels was meant to bring attention to them and also a conveyed a sense of continental sophistication as red heels were famously worn in the court of French King XIV.

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American, Justin Boots, 20th century. The packer boot, like the more iconic pull-on cowboy boot, originated on the frontier and was worn for horseback riding. Evolving from 19th century lace-up boots, packers allowed wearers to customize the fit of the boot. The addition of the low-slung heel enabled the boot to stay stable in the stirrup.

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American, Tony Lama, late 20th century. The cowboy emerged in the West after the Civil War pushing cattle to railheads in the 1860s to 1880s.

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Canadian, designed and made by Master John, 1973. The Toronto shoemaker Master John made these men’s platform boots complete with a five and a half inch high heels, appliquéd stars and veritable landscape in leather.

All photos by Ron Wood / Bata Shoe Museum.

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Have You Ever Changed Your Mind? – By Diana Wales

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Foreward by Scott Adams

You probably know that people have been sending me topic suggestions for Dilbert for years. But you don’t know that one person has been my most prolific source: Diana Wales, my guest blogger for today. 

Generating a novel topic idea for Dilbert is not easy. To put things in perspective, if a hundred readers send me one suggestion each, I might find a use for 5% of them. Diana’s hit rate per email was closer to 80%. That’s insane.

So I asked if she was interested in coming out of the shadow of anonymity and trying her hand at a blog post. Does her x-factor in idea-picking translate to prose? Can engineers write? Let’s find out.

By the way, her username on my old blog was Dilgal. I’ll let her decide after she sees your comments if she wants to reveal her new username on this site.

Epiphanies – Diana Wales

Humans are stubborn creatures. For most people, once they pick a side, their decision making is over – forever.  Any evidence that might indicate that maybe there is a better option is ignored or derided, unless they perceive obvious and significant personal benefits for making a change. And even then they might hold fast. I used to live in Chicago, and I knew some Cubs fans that were more likely to change their gender than their allegiance to the Cubbies, despite a century of disappointment.

But once in a great while, we’re confronted with something that makes us change our perspective on even our most cherished beliefs. Sometimes it’s something subtle, like a person against medical marijuana use until they see granny’s chronic arthritis pain relieved when she blissfully scarfs down brownies. And sometimes it’s traumatic, like a dog owner that believes their dog’s breed is unjustly maligned, right up until it eats their face off.

For me, my religious beliefs changed when it occurred to me that the choice of one’s religion is almost entirely determined by what you were exposed to by your parents and community growing up. People very rarely thoroughly research multiple religions before choosing one, so it’s basically up to the luck of your birth. And if there’s one “right” religion and the others are wrong, then that implies that God sends billions of babies’ souls to be born into families and communities that will doom them. And for that to be true, it seemed to me that God would have to be a dick.

So today I still believe in God, I just think he values how we treat each other over how we pray, dress, wear our hair, or if we love bacon on our burgers. Of course I could be wrong, in which case I’ll have a lot of company in hell.
Scott regularly tosses out thought experiments to get people to look at things from another perspective. Has he ever changed your mind on anything?  Or have you had some other epiphany that caused you to change your stance on a fundamental choice, like your political affiliations, religion, right to bear arms, or choice of smart phone, and if so, what was it? What does it take to change a mind?

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Read today’s Top Tech for one of the most brilliant apps ever, that helps the blind see. (This blew me away with its simplicity.)

And at Berkeley Start-up Review, see a start-up trying to be Uber for delivering food. I’ll use the service as soon as it reaches my area.

And Vivian Giang explores what comes first: passion or money.

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Mase — Y’Know Ain’t Nothing Changed … But My Nails

Mase might not be the same old pimp, but he still needs pimp-styled pampering — the rapper did a father-son outing to a nail salon.  Mani-pedi sources tell us Mase and his kid (not pictured) hit up “Lovely Nails” Thursday night in Newport…

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Wired 25: 25 Rappers Who Actually Changed The Game [Photos]

For the second day in a row, the great debate on whether Iggy Azalea’s short but visible career should be considered for game changer status. The Australia rapper took exception to Twitter reactions sparked by us after she bigged up her cultural impact in a recent GQ interview.

Barring a few obvious selections (Eminem, any extension of the Wu-Tang Clan), here are 25 rappers who actually changed the game, whether it be from raw skill, business savvy or a bit of both.

We never dissed Iggy but she does have a little ways to go before her legacy can be used as trump card. That’s in any circumstance. Peace to Lizzuendo for the inspiration. Follow us on Twitter and all forms social media as well. We are here for you.


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Lisa Rinna — Her Face, Her Body, Her Closet … They Haven’t Changed in 10 Years!

Lisa Rinna abides by the motto, “If ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” — because she attended two parties … 10 years apart … in the exact same dress!!!  Care to venture a guess which photo was taken over the weekend and which was taken in 2005?

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The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever (Unabridged) – Alan Sepinwall

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60th Anniversary of ‘American Bandstand’: How One Philly-based TV Show Changed Pop Music Forever

On Oct. 7, 1952, a little TV show called “Bandstand” premiered on Philadelphia’s WFIL-TV Channel 6. Sixty years later, the show eventually known as “American Bandstand” is still remembered as one of the greatest pioneering forces in pop music history. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Philly-rooted show, here’s a look back at some of the most memorable “American Bandstand” highlights. 1952: “Bandstand,” a new dance music show, is hosted by local DJ Bob Horn and is shot live from Studio B at 46th and Market in Philadelphia.
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Jenny Mollen: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Changed My Sex Life

When sex got stale for actress/author Jenny Mollen and her hubs, Jason Biggs, she turned to the Grey side — only to discover that not everyone has the, er, balls to play Christian and Ana.

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The Eye Brightening Trick That Changed This Mom's Life Forever

For the month of May, HuffPost Style is turning the camera’s focus on fabulous moms and moms-to-be in our Beauty Street Style series. Beauty maven and mom, Laura Kenney, is sharing some solid advice with our readers.

If your mental picture of a mother is a run-down woman, then it’s time that you clear your head. Sure, moms often work until they’re exhausted to make sure that their loved ones are well taken care of. But, they’re also in the know on how to look fabulous on very little sleep.

While most mothers rely solely on concealers to mask tired-looking eyes, YouBeauty Editor in Chief and Co-Founder Laura Kenney has another secret: eyelash extensions.

“I get very natural-looking ones from EyeLure in SoHo once a month and they’ve changed my life,” she told HuffPost. “They instantly open up and frame my eyes (the darker lashes help the whites of my eyes look whiter), and I don’t wear mascara anymore, which keeps my eyes looking awake all day because I no longer have black flakes and smudges under my eyes!”

Laura added, “All I need is a dab of RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer on my lids, which leaves a beautiful, glistening wet look, and hello, eight hours of sleep (when I’ve really had only four). And I go during lunch, so it doesn’t cut into my family time.”

See, it is possible to take care of yourself and still rock as a mom!

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