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Prioritizing these three things will improve your life and maybe even save it

Source: Washington Post, by Colby Itkowitz

Face-to-face social interaction leads to a longer life

Smoking, drinking, exercise and even heart problems are not predictors of a person’s longevity — a person’s close relationships and social integration were. That’s what psychologist Susan Pinker has discovered in researching the impact that our human connections have on all aspects of our well-being, including our physical health. Those with intimacy in their lives, those with support systems and frequent face-to-face interactions were not only physically and emotionally healthier, but they also lived longer.

It’s why women, who tend to prioritize spending time with their friends more than men,  live an average of six years longer, Pinker said. And it’s not enough to text or email. The actual health benefits of socializing are only achieved through in-person contact, she said.

Knowing when to turn off your smartphone enriches your life

Adam Alter has studied the impact all that screen time is having on our lives. People who spend time on social networks, dating apps and even online news sites reported being less happy. But the technology has taken away what Alter calls our “stopping cues.” Most things we do for pleasure, like reading a book or watching a movie, have an end. But scrolling on the phone is endless and we don’t know when to break away.

Chasing meaning, not happiness, is what really matters

The quest for happiness doesn’t make us happy. In fact, Emily Esfahani Smith realized, constantly evaluating our own happiness is actually contributing to feelings of hopelessness and depression. Happiness is a fickle emotion, fleeting, based on a moment or an experience. What’s really making us feel sad is not a lack of happiness, it’s lack of meaning, she said.

Read it at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/04/28/prioritizing-these-three-things-will-improve-your-life-and-maybe-even-save-it/?utm_term=.a89504134a30&wpisrc=nl_most-draw14&wpmm=1

Trump's first 100 days: Here's how they compare with Obama's, Bush's, and Clinton's

"Single page, bullet points."

Yes, this is a record!

Notice where it is when Democrats come into office? Thank you, Republicans.

He certainly spends a lot of time "working"!


Number Of Democrats Running For Congress Surges As The Resistance Builds An Army To Stop Trump

Source: PoliticusUSA, by Jason Easley

The number of Democrats who are running for Congress in 2018 has jumped 58% over 2014, as The Resistance is more than marches and Internet protests. It is a mobilization of candidates to stop Trump.

Vice News reported, “Already 408 Democrats have thrown their hats into the ring, a 58 percent increase over the 259 who had declared by this point in the run-up to the 2014 midterms. And several hundred more candidates are likely to join races across the country as the Democratic Party and multiple outside progressive groups recruit their own candidates. This tsunami of Democratic challengers will likely make it more difficult for President Donald Trump to pass his legislative agenda as members of Congress — Republicans and Democrats alike — will be wary of casting votes that provide ammo to progressive Democratic challengers.”


People have responded to the crisis of Trump’s election by stepping up to do something about the direction that Republicans want to take the country in. The Resistance isn’t just an Internet meme, a march, or a slogan. It is people all across this country taking the government back from the billionaires and special interests. It’s a wave of candidates who are saying no to more tax cuts for the wealthy, the gutting of social programs that benefit the needy, and less health care for all.

The Resistance is a real movement, and waves of Democratic candidates are mobilizing to win House elections and shut down the Trump agenda.

Read it at: http://www.politicususa.com/2017/04/29/number-democrats-running-congress-surges-resistance-builds-army-stop-trump.html

Souvenirs now on sale in Alabama's Bigfoot Capital, including Yeti sticks

Source: al.com, by Kelly Kazek

Visitors to Evergreen, recently proclaimed the Bigfoot Capital of Alabama, can now purchase souvenir T-shirts and caps with the slogan.

The items are on sale at the CVS on Front Street. Stephanie Cunha, a spokeswoman from CVS' corporate office, said the company often offers "a select assortment of localized merchandise highlighting notable milestones or landmarks."

The City Council made the proclamation in February after numerous reports of Bigfoot sightings in the area. Click here to read the proclamation.

Councilman Luther Upton and 'Yeti Stick' - "I've never seen God either and I believe in him."

People have also called to report sightings of pukwudgies, a legendary gnome-like creature that's about 2- or 3-feet tall. According to the reports, they were seen on the banks of the Sepulga River.

"We've got some weird stuff going on," he said.

More at: http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2017/04/souvenirs_now_on_sale_in_alaba.html#incart_river_home

'March for Science' in your neck of the woods.

Events across the country are starting soon.

Here is 'The Resistance Calendar' link if you want to participate today - and in the future. Search for your state or any other keyword and see what's going on.


Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow asks Alabama House to condemn Rebekah Mason

Sure, he's a Democrat...it's complicated in the South.

A special counsel's investigation into impeachment articles against the governor determined that Bentley used law enforcement to try to hide from the public evidence of an affair with Mason.

Morrow held a news conference on the House floor this afternoon about a resolution he plans to introduce Thursday.

In the eight-page resolution, Morrow says "Governor Bentley has reaped the consequences of his actions; however, the protagonist of Governor Bentley's demise, Rebekah Mason, has emerged virtually unscathed and without punishment for her selfish, manipulative" actions.

Jezebel! Harlot! Temptress! Don't we have some of these laying around?


UBI - "Free money for everyone." Isn't this what we REALLY want?

NYT's Live Election Results: Georgia's Sixth Congressional District

Democrats hope Jon Ossoff will win them the House seat vacated by Tom Price, the new health and human services secretary. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote, the top two will advance to a June 20 runoff.


Goodbye, 'Girls' *SPOILERS, OF COURSE*

HBO’s ‘Girls’ goes out as the one thing it always wanted to be: A good TV show

Source: WaPo, by Hank Stuever

On their last, long publicity lap, the cast and producers of HBO’s “Girls,” which airs its final episode Sunday night after six seasons, stuck to a clear and unified message about the show: These were fictional characters, never meant to be likable — and, anyhow, likability is an old and often sexist construct applied to female characters, an unfair burden in today’s TV, which thrives on telling stories about difficult and morally shifty protagonists.

So if there were things you didn’t like about Hannah Horvath (played by the show’s creator, Lena Dunham), Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams), Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet) or Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke), then that was the intent all along. They were never meant to speak for all millennials, or even most millennials who happen to live in New York. They weren’t supposed to represent a new feminism (or the old one). They weren’t role models. To talk about “Girls” from start to finish was to enter an odd conversation about what the characters aren’t and what the show isn’t. Many viewers made peace with “Girls” by receiving it as a guide for how not to live, rather than how to live.

But for those still watching, the show has reached a sustainable tone as a work of entertainment and topical comment. It took the entire six seasons, but “Girls” is going out as the one thing it only ever wanted to be: a good TV show.


What we’re seeing, at last, is that everyone gets to the shores of adulthood on their own schedule, in their own way, but parts of us remain forever vulnerable and unprepared for life. As seen last week in the series’ penultimate episode, Hannah is leaving the city to teach writing at a college upstate and raise her child as a single mom. Knowing everything we know about her (including her initial fast flameout in academia at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop), there are all sorts of reasons to imagine that it won’t work out. The remarkable achievement of “Girls” is that we can now worry about Hannah rather than judge her.

Read it all at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/hbos-girls-goes-out-as-the-one-thing-it-always-wanted-to-be-a-good-tv-show/2017/04/13/bf1bda9a-1fc0-11e7-a0a7-8b2a45e3dc84_story.html?utm_term=.e48ae8718057

Another 'jewel in the crown' for HBO - these four girls (and a couple guys) will be forever etched in our memories!

From "20 Jokes Every Grammar Nerd Will Appreciate"


"Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “To.” “To who?” “Actually, it’s to whom.”

When I was a kid, my teacher looked my way and said, “Name two pronouns.” I said, “Who, me?”

I before e ... except when you run a feisty heist on a weird beige foreign neighbor.

Q: What should you say to comfort a grammar nazi? A: “There, their, they’re.”

"Write a wise saying and your name will live forever." — Anonymous
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