September 18, 2014

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In Which I Spill My Secret History With Rivergate Mall

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Tenx9 Nashville‘s next night of true personal stories is September 22. Our theme is “Nashville.” We are looking for 9 true stories of our city. What have you experienced in Music City USA, Davidson County TN that you want to share with us? What strange stories of Nashville will you tell to a room full of strangers?

If you have a story you want to tell, write us here or at tenx9nashville@gmail.com or tweet to us @tenx9nashville and request a spot.

And be sure to check out our tips at tenx9nashville.com/tips/.

Tenx9 will always be free, so come along and listen, or come along and share. Tis a glorious community of humans. And you are welcome.

Tenx9 Nashville is a Belfast-originated monthly community storytelling night where 9 people have up to ten minutes each to tell a real story from their lives.”

I’ll be sharing a story about the many wonderful memories I have of Rivergate Mall. It was so very difficult to choose which thing to tell about Nashville. I started a story about all the fantastic music I’ve seen here…all my favorite venues, but they only give me ten minutes. Come on down and join us. You won’t regret it and you will be back.

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September 17, 2014

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Tweet of the Day: Hump Day Ha ha’s

Twitter is almost always good for a laugh, but these next few tweets have really broken through the noise…enjoy!

 

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September 17, 2014

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Bob Clark – “Jimmyitis”

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

So fantastic and inspiring.

Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:

Here is a great story from Bob Clark. He shared this at August’s Tenx9 “I Was Never the Same Again.”

 

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On September 10, 2007, a Chicago court extended my emergency guardianship powers over my eighteen year old, autistic nephew, Jimmy, allowing me to take him home to Tennessee. We drove from the courthouse straight to his residential treatment facility, packed up, and headed back to Nashville.

I had plenty of time to think on the road. I knew my life would be very different. Forever. To put it mildly, I’m not the best fit for de facto parent of an autistic person. For one, I rarely put things mildly. I was barely patient enough for my high school honors and AP physics students. But I also knew I had to try. After a hectic day in court and packing, I was too tired to make it all the…

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September 17, 2014

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Your celebrity-like employees: Gauging happiness and anger before they quit

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

Knowing what is making your employees irritated and what makes them gleeful is good for business. Please learn it.

Originally posted on psychologistmimi:

Your celebrity-like employees: Gauging happiness and anger before they quit

As a manager you have to be attuned to the emotional ups and downs of staff. At least the good managers are. Recently, I noted to another manager colleague that I believed certain people were unhappy and would quit. That manager as not quite on the same page as I was and was actually surprised when two months later a slew of resignations occurred.   It was one of those non-rare moments where I got to say “yup, I told you so.”   To me it had been fairly obvious.   The signs were all there but some individuals like to walk around with blinders on. Even more so, they like to walk around with self-enhancing mirrors that overlay the blinders.

  1. The David Caruso employee.   Remember when David Caruso was on NYPD Blue and he was awesome in it and brought…

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September 17, 2014

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This Post is Not Safe for Work.

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

Enjoyed this so very much.

Originally posted on I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog:

When I first received the email, it almost felt like a badge of honor. I run a website popular enough to attract a marketing firm? Who wanted to pay me to advertise on my personal blog? Boom. Awesome. Until I realized what the hell it meant.

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Took me a second to track that “Adult products” TurboTax or multivitamins. “Adult products”….  like, sex toys. Oh! Ohh.

I said no. Politely. Thanks, but no thanks.

Not, mind you, from any moral high ground. It was more about — well,  for starters, I have my own arrangement with WordPress which gives me a cut of the advertisement that it automatically places on here, and cuts me a portion of the revenue, and I didn’t want to violate those terms of agreement. (You guys know those videos on the bottom aren’t things  I’m posting, right?) For another thing — I’m pretty sure my dad…

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September 5, 2014

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Watch “Three Minute Philosophy – John Locke” on YouTube

Three Minute Philosophy – John Locke:

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September 4, 2014

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Why Giving Jes “The Militant” Baker $2 Is So Worth Your Time

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

I love this so hard.

Originally posted on amanda trusty says:

If you are reading this right now, you are probably aware of my stance on body love, on emotional eating awareness, on stripping away negative labels – you know, all the THINGS.

And if you know how strongly I feel about these things, I want you to take that strength and multiply it by 5,000.

If you enter that all into the calculator, it’s going to end up equaling “The Militant Baker“.

Jes Baker, blogger, body love advocate, hilarious human being, beautiful woman, and powerful speaker, has been taking time out of her 40 hour work week for the past umpteen years writing letters to Abercrombie’s CEO Mike Jeffries, photographing stunning women of (literally) every shape and size, and also organizing the world’s first body love conference featuring fellow advocates Sonya Renee Taylor, Jade Beall (yes, the photographer, like yes, HER), Louise Green, and more.

And…

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September 4, 2014

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Music and Books: An Interview with Lightning 100’s Wells Adams

Originally posted on musing:
(pictured here: music books on the store piano) It hit me as I was driving down Hillsboro Pike the other day, listening to WRLT Lightning 100 on the radio, when a song from Will Hoge‘s Blackbird on a Lonely Wire album came on. It was a music-and-lyrics-lover’s song from about a decade ago. Not…

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September 4, 2014

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“I’m Not a Feminist, But . . .”: Marxist and Socialist Feminism

Originally posted on The Bookshelf of Emily J.:
We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves from the feminist movement. I can’t possibly explain or guess them all. But I…

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September 4, 2014

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Nude Selfies, Rape Nail Polish, and the Dumb Idea That Women Don’t Deserve Fun

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Originally posted on Flavorwire:
Don’t want people to post your nude selfies on the Internet? Then don’t take ‘em, ladies! For once, that isn’t the prevailing response to the revealing celebrity photos circulating on the Internet, but it’s still one that’s well represented this week, from your irritating acquaintance on Twitter to the Times‘ irritating…

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September 4, 2014

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Watch “Baby Elephant Plays Hula Hoop With A Ribbon.” on YouTube

Baby Elephant Plays Hula Hoop With A Ribbon

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August 26, 2014

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Michael McRay – I Was Never the Same Again

Originally posted on Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling:
Here is Michael McRay’s story from Tenx9’s August theme “I Was Never the Same Again.” He tells of standing with his father in a place of death and hearing one sentence that changed his life. ?

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August 26, 2014

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Making Your Own Ice Bucket Challenge and a Tweet to Put It In Perspective

I know there are haters. And sure, one can always find ways to criticize the ALS ice bucket challenge. But, what you cannot do is deny it. Having raised north of 50 million, I’m sure that the various organizations helping ALS research and sufferers are just fine being the target of some criticism. One article […]

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August 25, 2014

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The Creed of the Anti-Materialist

Originally posted on bargainpirate:
Having grownup both poor and Christian, (of the “give what you have to the poor or at least more poor than you” variety) materialism never appealed to me. My mother used to joke that we loved the designer “Clear-ance” (*said in faux French accent). This never really bothered me, as none…

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August 25, 2014

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Finding My So-Called Queer Identity in My So-Called Life

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Originally posted on TIME:
When I was 8, my favorite thing to do after school would be to visit the set of My So-Called Life. My mom, who created the show, had to be there all the time, so I’d visit her on days when a babysitter could drive me or when my dad was…

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August 23, 2014

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Exterminate Your Doctor Who Stress

Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
Doctor Who returns in a few hours. If you’re feeling over excited, feel free to relax with our Dalek Relaxation Tape. Our recap will be up tomorrow.

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August 23, 2014

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Henry Rollins Show His Ass, Gets Told, Owns It

Originally posted on Whatever:
So, in the wake of Robin Williams’ suicide, Henry Rollins wrote a piece in LA Weekly called “Fuck Suicide,” in which he basically engages in a bit of “tough love” victim-blaming. This caused the world to drop on Henry Rollins’ head (here’s a fairly representative sample). Henry Rollins, to his credit, has offered up…

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August 23, 2014

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A Story About Not Taking Your Beef Out On Others

Originally posted on The Dish:
by Chas Danner Adam Wade is one of the best storytellers on the planet, as well as the winner of eighteen Moth Story Slams, including this one:

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August 18, 2014

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The storm

Originally posted on Betty Generic:
From out of the storm The angry clouds stir Vents release Explode I watch the thunder And wonder What will be torn away? What will be the same? Twisting rotting limbs in the road Empty buildings boarded up for the storm Ripped open Left behind to be studied by anthropologist…

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August 18, 2014

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Crochet Your Own Baby Groot

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Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
As I said in NBR’s review, if you see one movie this summer featuring a dancing stick in a pot, make it Guardians of the Galaxy. Now that Dancing Stick in a Pot can be yours. ? Crafter TwinkieChan has created the perfect Baby Groot for your holiday gift…

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August 18, 2014

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Ferguson

Originally posted on My Ready Room:
John Oliver’s take on the events in Ferguson: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUdHIatS36A[/embed] Welcome to “post-racial” America.

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August 14, 2014

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Here’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Incredible Definition of Feminism

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Originally posted on TIME:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks this whole trend of celebrities shunning the “feminism” label is bizarre. As the Sin City: A Dame To Kill For actor clarified to The Daily Beast, he considers himself a feminist. And he gave an in-depth definition of what he believes feminism is. See below: I read that…

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August 13, 2014

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Can Social Media Ease the Shame of Being a Domestic Violence Victim?

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Originally posted on TIME:
Warning: This article contains graphic images and descriptions of violence. Las Vegas police are searching for mixed martial arts fighter Jon Koppenhaver, a.k.a. War Machine, after he was accused of brutally beating his ex-girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack, on Sunday night, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Mack posted a statement and…

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August 13, 2014

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Why It’s Okay To Mourn Robin Williams

Originally posted on amanda trusty says:
I know, that in this day and age, guilt takes over when we let the Kardashians take over our Sunday afternoon instead of spending time donating to breast cancer research or volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. I know that scrolling Perez Hilton instead of reading about Gaza is enough…

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August 8, 2014

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Watch Electro-Pop Singer Kiesza Perform an Acoustic Cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”

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Originally posted on TIME:
If you don’t know Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza by name, you still may know her crazy-infectious single “Hideaway.” But during a recent appearance on NME Basement Sessions, the singer proved that she’s good for more than just dancing her way through the streets of Brooklyn wearing suspenders. (For the record: she’s great…

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August 7, 2014

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Tweet(s) of the Day: Inviting You To Giggle on a Thursday #WeAllNeedFreedom

These children are so creative. That’s a future revolutionary right there. #WeAllNeedFreedom is my new favorite thing.  Grounded my 7yo for the day for pouring lotion all over the floor and the wall. She is apparently unhappy about this. pic.twitter.com/ufR3kh7dTG — Erika Nicole Kendall (@bgg2wl) August 7, 2014 The aforementioned wanted poster: pic.twitter.com/3MZGXMIitG — Erika […]

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August 5, 2014

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Tweet(s) of the Day: the #WarOnWhites Edition – Laugh or Cry, the Idiots Care Not

Often, the genius of Twitter is that it can take something odious, aka the hashtag: War on Whites and invert, subvert and divert it in hilarious ways. Here are some good examples: First they came for the white people, and I did not speak out, for no one is coming for the white people, you […]

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August 5, 2014

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Wendell Berry: Poet and Prophet and One of My Heroes

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. Berry when I was in college. I think it was 1990 and the club I started, Students For Social and Environmental Action (imagine that) co-sponsored the event if I recall. He is a longtime hero of mine. Enjoy.

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August 5, 2014

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Tweet(s) of the Day: The Big Demographics Catch-Up

Attention GOP: You cannot win elections this way. You cannot govern this way. And it certainly is no way to make friends. MT @ThePlumLineGS: GOP makeover watch: Poll: GOP seen favorably by 29% Latinos; 25% nonwhites; 33% women; 31% young: http://t.co/iqqreqkFv2 — Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) August 5, 2014 Gender, sexuality, and race all trend in […]

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August 5, 2014

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Give These Gargoyles Thought Bubbles. NOW. #thriftstoreweirdness

Originally posted on bargainpirate:
Kristen Chapman Gibbons:What do you think? I think they are feeling resigned about war in the Middle East. Originally posted on bargainpirate: View original

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August 3, 2014

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Seven Reasons to Go to the Drive-In

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve teamed up with Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School to preach the gospel of the drive-in theater. It’s a social media campaign designed to educate folks about the drive-in. You can find more about it on Twitter via #driveinsummer. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some articles singing the praises of the format.  Drive-in week continues. Today,…

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August 3, 2014

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Watch Stephen Colbert Give Great Life Advice to Young Girls

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Originally posted on TIME:
Like Rookie magazine itself, Stephen Colbert’s contribution to the site’s Ask a Grown Man series is aimed at teenage girls, but it has value for just about everybody. Here, the future Late Show host gives advice about how to tell if somebody likes you, deciphering mixed signals, educating people who make…

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August 3, 2014

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What Do The “Spiritual But Not Religious” Really Believe?

Originally posted on The Dish:
In her new book, Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious, Linda A. Mercadante attempts to find out. Kristin Aune runs down the essentials of “SBNRs”: [Mercadante] explores their thoughts on transcendence, human nature, community and afterlife and finds that they don’t believe in an…

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August 3, 2014

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BECAUSE WE STILL LEAVE THE LIGHT ON

Originally posted on Refractory Ramblings from the Darkside:
“Leave The Light On” I seen myself with a dirty face, I cut my luck with a dirty ace I leave the light on, I leave that light on I went from zero to minus ten I drank your wine then I stole your man I leave…

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July 30, 2014

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Butch And Proud

Originally posted on The Dish:
Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart explains why she identifies as a “butch lesbian”: In part, it’s because the language of gender identity has always been a bit bewildering to me—I’ve felt hungry, happy, gassy, and anxious, but never male or female. Even so, it has been tempting to interpret my experience in ways that…

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July 28, 2014

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Wonder Woman’s New Costume

Originally posted on Anibundel: Pop Culturess:
Have you seen the new Wonder Woman costume? Forget Superman and his “S” that stands for peace, or his cape that Edna would turn her nose up at. Forget Batfleck and his cat ears. Wonder Woman is where it’s at. Now I’m not going to disagree that the breast-plate…

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July 28, 2014

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How Social Media Makes Us Feel Less Alone and Other Fascinating News on the Web

Originally posted on TIME:
1. Just Look at Yourself Work, email, social media, a never-ending to-do list, too many commitments, too much on the schedule — you’re crazy busy. But are you this busy because it’s just the nature of life in our increasingly digital, device-driven society? Or is it — as a series of…

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July 22, 2014

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Burlesque Off Broadway: A Trip to My Kind of Circus

Last night at Anthem, Burlesque Off Broadway put on a helluva show. From the description of their event:  Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls (18 and older please) step right up and be SHOCKED and AMAZED by wonders your eyes won’t believe, mystified by the beauty that you will behold, amused and enchanted by acts […]

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July 19, 2014

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Thriftstore Junkies Unite! Send me your pre – loved, your bizarre and your repurposed…

Originally posted on bargainpirate:
Admission: I am a junkie for thrifting. I prefer thriftstores,? but am no stranger to yard, garage & estate sales. Starting next week…I’ll be posting finds & discoveries from myself and an as – yet – to – be – determined army of shoppers & friends. Typically, I am a clothes…

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June 24, 2014

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The Nashville Creative Group – B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Brush)!

Rumor on the street is that Nashville is full of country artists. Well, like most rumors, that’s partially true…but only partially. Nashville is actually chock full of all sorts of artists. From indie rock bands to pet portrait painters, printmakers, photographers, taxidermists and culinary artists, there’s so much art in Nashville it’s rare to meet […]

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September 21, 2014

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Why Black Women Struggle More With Domestic Violence

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Originally posted on TIME:
Domestic and intimate partner violence (DV/IPV) is a “family secret” in our Black communities. While I’m not suggesting that all Black people think and function in similar enough ways that we could all be labeled simply as one “community,” I do know we have pervasive problems that require nuanced discourse —…

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September 21, 2014

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Here’s What a 100-Year-Old Sex Therapist Thinks is Wrong With Sex Today

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Originally posted on TIME:
She was born before the invention of the stop sign, but sex therapist Shirley Zussman has some thoughts on ‘hooking up.’ “I don’t think it’s as frantic as casual sex was in the sixties,” she says, noting that modern ‘hooking up’ isn’t as exciting without the context of a sexual revolution.…

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September 19, 2014

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The Gift of Petty Grievances

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Originally posted on Knight Stivender's life in full:
Thursday night I was the second to last parent to pick up my daughter from the middle school football game because I went first to the wrong school and sat there in the crowded parking lot while I talked to her on her friend’s cellphone, wondering…

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September 18, 2014

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Jack White blasts Foo Fighters and Rolling Stone Magazine in “Kanye West-esque rant”

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Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
Photo by David James Swanson Jack White played a show at Fenway Park’s Bleacher Theater in Boston on Wednesday night. The real headline, however, was what the Third Man rocker said in between performances. As Pitchfork points out, White took swipes at Foo Fighters and Rolling Stone magazine during what he himself quipped…

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