For some, Valentine’s Day means they might be lonely. I’ve been there, and I know many who are there now. That loneliness can distort your perspective in a way that trumps common sense. This leads people to make badly considered decisions that only worsen their
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Not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day? Not to worry, chain restaurants are offering a variety of Valentine’s Day specials perfect for just about any relationship status. Check out each scenario below to find the experience that’s right for you.[Also see: The 10 Most Annoying Restaurant Trends]
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Scenario 1: Single, broke and despondent
Celebrate at: Hooters
Nothing soothes a damaged soul like boneless wings, cheap beer and cheery scantily-clad waitresses. Grab a friend and enjoy 20 boneless wings for 2 for only $9.99.
Added bonus: You can get drunk on their $5 margaritas and bad-mouth your exes.
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Scenario 1: Single, broke and despondent
Celebrate at: Hooters
Nothing soothes a damaged soul like boneless wings, cheap beer and cheery scantily-clad
This month, your heart is supposed to be throbbing with love — the romantic kind, full of chocolate and flowers. But mine is aching. Because I know that Valentine’s Day ushers in a crushingly difficult time for the women who produce, pick, and package those flowers. It’s hard to see our bursting expressions of love breaking the backs of women who are overworked, undervalued, and grossly
Regardless of the weather prognostications of groundhogs, spring is around the corner — and with it, spring break. Woo-hoo!
Although spring break standbys — Cancun, Jamaica, Havasu, Las Vegas and Florida — certainly have their appeal, savvy travelers looking for an experience (and a deal or two) should look east to Europe.
Granted, you won’t get a tan while rambling on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, and you may need to trade in that Natty Light can for a stein of Paulaner in Berlin, but exploring Europe in spring instead of summer means smaller crowds and cheaper flights
– Andrew Young is based in New York City and is Travelzoo’s U.S. Website Editor. Travelzoo has 250 deal experts from around the world who rigorously research, evaluate and test thousands of deals to find those with true value.
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Guinness straight from the
During the recent storms I was able to enjoy one of my favorite activities: lying in bed late at night, all cozy and warm, and listening to the sound of heavy rain in the darkness. To me that is one of the simple pleasures in life; something that always warms my heart and makes me feel good.
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, why not pause for a moment to think of those films whose approach to romance never fails to please. Recently nominated for 10 Academy Awards, The Artist is giving audiences an old-fashioned taste of old-fashioned romance.
Whenever I have a chance to revisit Lerner & Loewe’s 1958 movie musical, Gigi, I never fail to be swept away by its many charms.
For many people, Rob Reiner’s 1987 delight, The Princess Bride, is a reliable tonic to chase away the blues.
Why? Because the bottom line is summed up so well in a famous song crafted by Rodgers & Hart during the Great Depression. In the following clip from 1932′s Love Me Tonight, Maurice Chevalier and Jeannette MacDonald sing “Isn’t It Romantic?”
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Films in the romantic comedy genre vary from beautifully told stories (Sleepless in Seattle, Shakespeare in Love, Moonstruck, Notting Hill, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Four Weddings and a Funeral) to more mundane efforts that succeed at the box office but are quickly forgotten (Leap Year, The Proposal, Shallow Hal, Music and
As stores stock their shelves with boxes of chocolates, stuffed animals, and balloons, it’s hard to find something outside the figurative heart-shaped box to get our loved ones in the Valentine’s Day spirit. With so many restaurants serving the same prix fixe menus at outrageous prices, wouldn’t it be more fun and adventurous to celebrate the holiday by cooking together at home? (Photo Credit: AndersSchnnemann)
Slideshow: Little-Known Aphrodisiacs to Get You In the Mood
On Valentine’s Day, a few of the known aphrodisiac foods come to mind — oysters, chocolate, and strawberries. These seductive foods provide the body with lots of energy and nutrients needed for a “good time.” But if chocolate-covered strawberries and oysters seem clich, what’s a lusting couple to do? To spruce up the evening, try serving some of the lesser-known aphrodisiacs to get you both in the mood. Popular foods like avocados and ginger can also light that spark and easily enhance a dinner for two.
Margot Greenwald, The Daily Meal
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Once prescribed by ancient Arabic doctors for their reported powers, pine nuts are high in zinc, a mineral known to enhance male
I would like to start a conversation around the following question:
Because our political process and the government it delivers are owned and dominated by the wealthy and the biggest corporations, there is a gap, a disconnect — of identification, of engagement, of influence, and of trust — between the people and politics and between the people and government.
In this election year, how can the Occupy/99% movement best occupy that gap?
The answer to that question is important for the Occupy/99% movement, the electoral process, and ultimately for the country.
I invite your comments. Join the conversation…
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Recent events in the Middle East and North Africa demonstrate the tragic impact of the unregulated arms trade and the urgent need for a strong Arms Trade Treaty, according to a coalition of non-governmental organizations ahead of crucial talks in New York this week.
The group says that a global deal on arms trade would prevent irresponsible arms transfers that cost so many innocent lives and fuel internal conflicts such as in Syria.
Diplomats are meeting in New York this week for a final round of preparatory talks on the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which will be finally negotiated in July. There is currently no global regulation on the conventional arms trade, making it too easy for arms to end up in the hands of human rights abusers.
“Sadly, there are too many imploding countries right now that point to the need for a strong Arms Trade Treaty. It is also deplorable that Russia argues it is responsible to continue sending weapons to a regime that is bombarding its citizens,” said Jeff Abramson, Coordinator of the Control Arms
How did I decide to re-create synagogues across Europe that were lost during the Third Reich and WWII?
About five years ago, my art licensing agent asked if I could create a Jewish calendar — one using the standard western calendar with illustrations of Jewish holidays, rituals and symbols. It was a dream assignment for me. I have a collection of childhood memories that I channeled into this work and I made the paintings as vibrant, happy and untrammeled as my thoughts. I digitally photograph and save all my artwork so it can be printed on almost any
It’s that time of year, when roses quadruples in price, when husbands forget and when hotels start hyping their “romance” packages, which generally translate into a jacked up room rate and a bottle of champagne or box of chocolates. If you’re looking for something a bit more special this year, here are a few more elaborate indulgences.
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V-Day afternoon delight may mean your time is limited, but your surroundings need not be. Luxury hotels are exploring a new trend: renting their rooms for a few hours. A new site, dayuse-hotels.com, promises 30-70% off regular rates at properties as illustrious as the Hotel Plaza Athne in Paris, a designer boutique hotel near the Champs
I’ve been covering the TSA for more than a decade, and as you can imagine, I’ve seen the agency do some strange things. I wrote about a few recent incidents last week.
But that’s nothing compared with the behavior of the TSA protesters.
Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes the only way to stand up to outrageous behavior that violates your constitutional rights is to be outrageous. And truth be told, I agree with these protesters more often than
“Well, Nikki, we’re still here.”
Those were the words Whitney Houston said to me as we stood backstage at The X Factor in London, where she was set to make another promotional performance on her “comeback” tour.
I looked at her. “Honey,” I said, “we’re in the permanent collection.” The collection in question belongs to Clive Davis, who was also with us that day. Clive, my friend of 40 years, is the musical genius who discovered everyone from Janis Joplin to Jennifer Hudson — to Whitney Houston.
Clive inspires his artists and friends to excellence, and accepts nothing less from
Anyone in politics will tell you that timing is everything, and the current media frenzy surrounding insurance coverage for birth control demonstrates that point. The highly polarized debate has given rise to allegations of governmental interference and a purported “war” on religious freedom. But much of the over-heated rhetoric is due to the increasingly polarized state of our nation. Moreover, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation if the Congress had managed to place the power to choose insurance in the hands of the individual.
For reasons that date back to wage controls imposed during World War II, the vast majority of Americans purchase healthcare coverage through their employers, instead of directly from insurance
Gospel music is the most American of American music and the veritable soundtrack of black America. Born in the trauma of the 1930s, nurtured in the dramatic shifts of the 1940s and 50s, validated during the uncertainties of the 1960s and 70s, and complicated amid the technological advances of the 1980s and 90s, it has wonderfully articulated the hopes, fears, struggles, and joys of generations of blacks. As the root of R&B, Soul, and Rock, it is perhaps the most influential American musical genre, having launched the careers of countless singers past and present. Gospel music is the most authentically black cultural expression and the most glorious music on earth with a sound and a feeling all its own.
Coming up with a list of the best gospel songs is a near impossible task, so this list of 10 represent the most significant in terms of music and lyrical quality, originality, innovation, and most important, how they conform to the classic understanding of gospel music, which is “good news.” They not only have the gospel sound, but also the “spirit” of gospel!
TAKE MY HAND, PRECIOUS LORD (1932): Written by former bluesman, Thomas
Voil, c’est fait : l’accord qui devrait permettre la Grce d’viter (selon la majorit des analystes et des dirigeants europens) le dfaut de paiement en mars prochain est entrin, non sans une soire d’meutes d’une population meurtrie et abandonne son sort. Le plan exig par l’Union et par le F.M.I. a donc obtenu l’accord unanime du Gouvernement grec qui persvrera ainsi dans la destruction de son conomie sous le poids de l’austrit qui lui est dicte.
Toujours est-il que l’arrangement consenti ce pays constitue un prcdent que d’autres nations fragilises – aprs la Grce – n’hsiteront pas faire valoir. En effet et en dpit des affirmations selon lesquelles les conditions octroyes la Grce seraient une “exception”, il va de soi que leur conjoncture conomique dsastreuse ponctue de croissance inexistante et d’un chmage deux chiffres amneront tout naturellement le Portugal, l’Espagne ou l’Italie exiger l’obtention de conditions
Surrounded by the energetic swirl of cards, boxes of chocolates and co-workers making romantic dinner plans during the month of February, any divorced woman — no matter how self-confident — could easily fall into a vat of misery, feeling like a leper of love, living on an island of one.
Rather than locking yourself away on Valentine’s Day in your bathrobe and a series of bad chick flicks, or worse, putting on your game face and pretending like you are totally “fine,” empower yourself to use this February 14th as a time to infuse more love into your life. All women, no matter how beautiful, successful or confident need, want and deserve love in their lives… and there is no rule that says love can only come from a husband or a lover! In fact, with some planning and new perspectives, you’ll find that all the love you could want is only a heartbeat away.
The month of February is often associated with romance and valentines, but ironically, it is also the most active month for divorce. Perhaps this is because seeing other couples express their Valentines’ affection serves as a wake up call that our hearts are no longer in it.
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Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 12 of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” entitled “Skin Deep.”
We’ve just passed the halfway mark of “Once Upon a Time’s” first season, so it’s fitting that this week’s Rumplestiltskin-centric installment brought a couple of major revelations to light, setting up some intriguing possibilities for the episodes to come. We’ve long suspected that both Mr. Gold and Regina know more about the curse than they’ve been letting on, but it was nice to see both characters reference it overtly at last — especially since the show has occasionally fallen into the trap of foreshadowing things through enigmatic and portentous conversations that tend to frustrate an audience if they occur too often.
Though we’re still not certain how Rumple lost his son, we now know that he suffered another great loss thanks, in part, to
Every New Year, most of us think conceptually about “bringing in the new and getting rid of the old,” but when it comes to items that we use everyday, we often forget. Sometime forgetting results in the item not working as well as when it was new, but other times it can lead to an unhealthy situation (think breeding ground for bacteria). Part of the problem is simply not knowing how often to replace certain items or how often to clean them. The other part of the problem is giving yourself permission to get rid of the item
The case of Reggie Clemons represents everything that is wrong with the death penalty and the U.S. criminal justice system.
His case reminds us of Troy Davis, a black man who was executed by the state of Georgia in September, despite strong evidence of innocence, no physical evidence, another suspect and unreliable witnesses, not to mention worldwide protests.
In 1993, Clemons was sentenced to death in St. Louis, Missouri as an accomplice to the 1991 murder of Julie and Robin Kerry — two white women who plunged to their deaths off the Chain of Rocks Bridge into the Mississippi
By Mark Green
Based on recent news — church-contraception, Komen, gay marriage, Santorum surge — James (Matalin) Carville’s aphorism seems to have been altered to “it’s the culture war, stupid.” Mary and Arianna clash over the faith-health controversy but then find consensus on Komen-Planned Parenthood and Karl Rove’s kvetching over Clint Eastwood’s Chrysler ad.
*On Church-Contraceptives and Komen. Mary is disbelieving that anyone could regard this as a civil rights or health care issue, arguing that a) it’s only about an overreaching federal government ignoring a 2000 year doctrine that’s “the heart of my Church” and b) an employee doesn’t have to work for a catholic charity. The show Host wonders if it’s then ok for the Denny’s food franchise to charge black customers more since they could eat elsewhere?
Arianna comments that a) a manager’s religion shouldn’t control the provision of contraceptive services to a hospital receiving public dollars and b) “my Catholic women friends who use me for confession say they’re breaking this directive again and
Last week, the New York City hotel workers union announced a stunning 7-year contract with the Big Apple’s hotel industry providing for wage increases averaging 27 percent. The contract is due to be ratified by the membership Monday. The City’s hotel trades council, whose master contract covers nearly every large hotel in Manhattan, already has the industry’s best wages and health benefits. Room-attendants earn over $50,000 a year, and their earnings will go to
My friend Rev. Jesse Jackson sent me this note after the death of Whitney Houston:
Rev. Jesse Jackson was on his way to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey where Houston grew up singing in their church choir as did her mother, Cissy Houston, also a Grammy-winning singer. He went to pray and worship with Pastor Joe
Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad is powerful, moving and inspirational. It’s also dead wrong.
“Halftime in America” isn’t selling us cars so much as it’s selling us the playbook of the Greatest Generation. A playbook of hard work and