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- March 15 is only ominous to ancient astrologers and Julius Caesar
Are you ready for a fun Astrology history lesson on this Ides of March?
Here we go: Sometime in early March of 44 B.C., an ancient Roman astrologer named Spurinna predicted the death of Julius Caesar. She told him to "Beware the Ides of March" and that he would be in great danger on this day -- March 15, as "ides" is derived from the Latin meaning "to divide" and falls exactly mid-month.
As the ancient Greek story by Plutarch goes, Caesar ignored Spurinna's advice because a friend convinced him the astrologer's warnings were superstitious foolishness. He even ran into Spurrina on the way to the Theatre of Pompey on March 15 and told her (sarcastically, no doubt) "The Ideas of March are come." She replied, "Yes, they are come, but they are not past."
Shortly afterward, Caesar was stabbed to death in the Theatre of Pompey by the Liberatores of the Roman Senate and elite. (Most historyRead More »from Should You Beware the Ides of March? No!
So many choicesA while back a man told me he loved me. I was a bit surprised because it is usually me who gets so caught up. I whispered softly, "Do you really?" My heart heaving huge thuds, hoping against hope that it was not an accidental slip of the tongue. "Because I love you too."
He stopped in that moment and seemed confused, "I mean I think I do. To be perfectly honest it might just be in this moment."
Ahhh. There it is. That double edged sword that stabs so deeply and hurts from both sides of it. It is not that his loving in the moment is not good enough or is not real but I want to know what happens in the other moments. I questioned myself "in this moment". How can I judge the way someone else loves? Who am I to do this?
I realized that I can only control my own reaction and I can only accept what I can live with. Being loved in a moment, a single moment, a few moments here and there when things are wonderful-is not what I can live with. I want to still be the one who is lovedRead More »from Deciding to Decide
My husband Jason and I recently passed the half-year mark and we came full circle by celebrating at the same restaurant where we had our rehearsal dinner. While digging into a plate of crab cakes and The Perfect Storm cocktails, we reminisced about all of the milestones we've had since saying "I do." The ink is barely dry on our marriage certificate and we still have a lifetime of memories to make.
However, even in this short amount of time, it's incredible to witness how much our lives have changed. Here's what we've learned so far - newlyweds, what other lessons would you add to my list? Everyone's experience is different!The author and her husband on their wedding day.
1. Discuss expectations for being an awesome spouse.Read More »from 6 Things I Learned in 6 Months of Marriage
During our first week back to the real world, I silently wondered what Jason expected from me now that I was his wife rather than his fiancée. Despite nine happy years of dating under our belt, a small and irrational part of me worried that I'd fail to balance everything: household chores, my
by Casey Lewis
Courtesy of YouTube
Most 24-year-old girls' to-do lists contain things like "do laundry" and "call grandma" and "watch Awkward's new season four trailer." Taylor Swift is not most 24-year-olds.
Unlike you, her to-do list is full of tasks like "sell 1.2 million albums in the first week" and "have sold-out arena tour," and also unlike you, it's all checked off. (Could Taylor be one of those girls who makes to-do lists full of things she's already finished just so she can cross 'em off? Possibly!)
In the recently-shorned singer's new for-your-consideration video filmed for the Academy of Country Music Awards, we get to see Taylor's sense of humor and also, yes, her to-do list in all their glory.
We also learn that being in the middle of something "pretty pressing" for Taylor includes things like: Giving herself a blue manicure, giving her beloved catRead More »from This is What Happens when You Call Taylor Swift and She's Busy Doing Important Things (Hint: It's Awesome)
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By Vetstreet Staff
There's no shortage of creativity here at Global Pet Expo 2014, where we're seeing all the newest pet products that will soon hit pet store shelves near you. Check out our favorite finds.
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- Book coversReading tends to be one of those leisurely activities that we wish we had more time for. Not only do we enjoy the escape factor of delving into a dense novel, but we also appreciate that it's a practice that keeps us--and our vocabularies--on our toes.
Problem is, when we finally settle in at night after we've cleaned up after dinner, put the kids to bed and spent some quality time with our spouse, we are so zonked that picking up a big book is the last thing on our spent minds. When insomnia strikes, we're more apt to turn on the tube rather than turn to a book.
If you love to read but can't remember the name of the last book you finished, you can get back in the saddle by turning to short stories that are equally as satisfying (if not more!) than a full-length work. Did you know that a lot of your favorite novelists probably started out writing collections of stories? Some, like Alice Munro and Lorrie Moore, excel at the short story.
Drop the guilt, pick up a book and makeRead More »from The Best Short Stories for Those of Us Without a Ton of Time
- Because sometimes falling on your face actually results in this little thing we like to call personal growth
By Casey Gueren, Women's Health
Being perfect is seriously overrated. Without a few awkward mishaps and total fails, you'd be missing out on some valuable learning experiences. So we asked six experts to tell us what mistakes every woman is bound to make at least once--and why that's actually kind of a good thing.
Loaning Someone Money
Hey, you wanted to help, and you totally thought she would pay you back. But once you make this financial faux pas, you'll realize the weight of it and also learn how to say no in the future, says money expert Liz Weston, author of The 10 Commandments of Money. Find out another money mistake you're probably making.
Hitting 'Reply All'Read More »from 13 Mistakes All Women Make at Least Once (and Why That's a Good Thing)
Just thinking about it is enough to invoke a panic attack, right? Not only does it teach you to double check everything (especially at
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Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
Jessica Simpson is saying "arrivederci" to a wedding in Italy. Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson have decided to relocate their wedding from the island of Capri to Los Angeles for a more low-key celebration closer to home according to Us Weekly.
The couple of nearly four years, who have been engaged since November 2010, "decided to keep it simple," reports a source. Another insider reveals that the parents of Ace, 8 months, and Maxwell, 22 months, thought it was "too much" to ask guests to fly to out to the initial Italian wedding location.
Rumors of destination nuptials started swirling back in October when Simpson and Johnson jetted off to the picture-perfect island to location scout. Apparently, they wanted to tie the knot there for a super-romantic reason: It's where they fell in love during their first trip together in 2010.Read More »from Destination Wedding No More! Where is Jessica Simpson Getting Married Now?
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