If you're thinking about adopting a dog from a shelter, these photos should seal the deal. The Bark Post shared these heartwarming photos of dogs from the Chicago Animal Shelter being taken on their "Freedom Ride" -- the ride from the shelter to the pups' forever home with their new owner. We don't know exactly what these animals are thinking, but their smiles say it all.Read More »from The Face of Pure Joy: Check Out These Shelter Dogs’ Freedom Rides to Their New Homes
- Ellen's Good News | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 2:42 PM EST
- it's time to examine the life and predictions of one of the greatest prophets, Nostradamus.
In light of Nostradamus' birthday on December 14, it's time to examine the life and predictions of one of the greatest prophets of all time. Meet Nostradamus, the famed French seer -- and did you know Michel de Nostredame was a Master Astrologer, too?!
We should also point out that Nostradamus was a Sagittarius, born December 14, 1503 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. There's some speculation that he may have been born another day between December 14 to 20, but whatever his actual birth date he's clearly full of spirited Archer energy.
Sagittarians are known for an open-minded approach to life. They are natural philosophers, always eager for new adventures and higher learning, which is evidenced by Nostradamus' accomplished and varied life as a serious scholar, author, healer and psychic of choice to the European nobility of his time.
Nostradamus also embodied the optimistic and enterprising side of Sagittarius by taking his medicalknowledge into the sickly streets to helpRead More »from Decoding the Astrology of Nostradamus
- Vanity Fair | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 12:44 PM ESTKatey Rich
Kate Winslet at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.The Golden Globes are famously the fun, wild cousin to the Oscars, the awards show where the stars get to drink and nobody seems to take it too hard if they don't win. And true to reputation, the Hollywood Foreign Press generally make their nominations a good time too, throwing in curveballs both thrilling (John Cameron Mitchell for Hedwig and the Angry Inch? Great!) and terrifying (they loved The Tourist enough to nominate it three times?). This morning was no exception-though awards season favorites like 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle were well-represented, there were enough "Wait, what?" moments to liven up our mornings. Here were the biggest ones, for better and for worse.
Oprah wuz robbed! Our own Mike Hogan has already discussed this in detail but it's worth repeating: The Hollywood Foreign Press is a group that loves handing awards to stars. Oprah is a gigantic star, in a role that's gotten her lots of attention elsewhere. How'd she miss the cut here inRead More »from The 7 Biggest Surprises of the Golden Globe Nominations
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Author Blog Posts – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 9:01 AM ESTSoft Paws protectors are a creative alternative to declawing.
Twenty-two million cats in the U.S. are declawed. Cat owners have this done to prevent scratching and furniture damage, sometimes at their vet's suggestion, not knowing how truly painful and crippling the procedure really is. Veterinarian Jennifer Conrad, who specializes in exotic animals and big cats in particular, has made it her mission to spread the word about this inhumane surgery via the nonprofit she established, The Paw Project, and the movie she made of the same name. In a conversation with MNN, she explains how it all started.
"I had 40 or more big cats as patients who were suffering from being declawed," Conrad begins. "Some of these majestic animals were really quite crippled. I thought that I had to do something to help them walk again. I investigated possible methods to help repair the damage declawing does to paws, and came up with a new surgery with the guidance of a veterinary surgeon named Kirk Wendelburg. The first surgeries I paid for. When word got out thatRead More »from Meet Mrs. Claws: How One Woman's Quest to Save Cats Became a Must-see Movie
- "I know you don't have countless hours to make dinner -- I don't either! When I'm short on time but still have to feed my family, I turn on my broiler and let my oven do the rest of the work! Today I'm making a simple broiled salmon with sliced oranges, fennel, and olives all on one sheet pan. This stunning meal comes together in just 20 minutes, which will give you plenty of time to get out of the kitchen and back to your busy life. Enjoy!"
-Everyday Food's Sarah Carey
Salmon with Fennel, Bell Pepper, and Olives
1 navel orange
1 large bulb fennel, cored and thinly sliced, 1/4 cup fronds reserved
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 skinless salmon fillets (4 to 6 ounces each)
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup pitted black olives, quartered
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1. Heat broiler, with rack 8 inches from heat. Grate 1 tablespoon orange zest,
- How-to article about Survive and thrive office party from our new author, Simone.
Holiday office parties can be dangerous territory in terms of personal embarrassment. A few cocktails lower our usual restraints, and suddenly we're telling off-color jokes to the boss or flirting heavily with that cutie from accounting. Hopefully you're lucky enough to work for a company you love and with people you adore, but if you're worried you can follow these tips to jump any hurdles your sign might face.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You're a go-getter, quick to accomplish things and say exactly what you think. Number one rule at the office party: Don't engage in heated debates, especially with people you dislike. Even an innocent question like "Who's hotter, Ashlee or Jessica?" might spiral out of control after a few glasses of wine. And dress up a little -- looking like you came straight from the gym won't score any points.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You're not a show-off, but you do have an affinity for nice things. And you like to spread the wealth around byRead More »from Avoid These Office Holiday Party Blunders!
- Cozy up with a warm drink based on your sign this winter season.
Cuddling up to a hot winter drink on a cold winter night makes you feel good. And when you feel good, you make others feel good, too! So forget the same ol' same ol' boring drink, and banish the winter doldrums with these hot drinks and cool cocktails for every horoscope sign (while drinking responsibly, of course).
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Ask the bartender what's new and you'll be sure to give it a go. Male or female, Aries tends to like manly drinks like Jack Daniels and Coke or scotch on the rocks, which are fine alone or warmed up into a classic Hot Toddy when combined with hot water and honey.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Just a beer, please! Good European beer marketed in America, like Beck's or Heineken, will satisfy your taste buds - even on cold winter nights. For more refined Taurean moods, indulge in sweet, cozy drinks with a touch of decadent dairy, like a Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
The social talk is as importantRead More »from Warm Your Soul with Hot Winter Cocktails
Goats have evolved to be able to thrive in frigid temperatures and dangerous environments - and yet we're still shocked (and relieved) to see this herd survive a terrifying avalanche in the French Alps.
A team of skiers captured this video of goats running for their lives as snow tumbled down the mountain. The herd breaks in two, and miraculously, both groups escape the snowslide by the skin of their teeth. Whew!
We're happy to see the goats make it out alive, but even more pleased to hear the concerned skiers' investment in the animals' lives, and celebration when they knew they survived.
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- Ellen's Good News | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 2:54 PM EST
Drake's new recording studio won't be built at a plush Hollywood locale, but on the premises of a struggling Philadelphia high school, where he aims to drive students toward a better future.
After watching Diane Sawyer's report for "Nightline" about Strawberry Mansion High, considered one of the most dangerous schools in the country, the 27-year-old Grammy winner felt compelled to do something to help. Something unforgettable.
"I caught this piece that Diane did, and I was like by the end of it, I was so heavily affected that at the end I started questioning, like, major aspects of my life. It just really changed a lot about me," the rapper told ABC News.
Strawberry Mansion High School is situated in one of the worst parts of Philly. According to the report, the neighborhood has the highest number of murders, rapes and assaults in the city, and 40 percent of residents live in poverty. Ninety-six percent of students at Strawberry Mansion High are impoverished. Some areRead More »from Struggling Philly High School Will Never Be the Same After Drake’s Big Contribution
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