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  Trembling with caffeine jitters from the earl grey you downed this morning? Feeling a bit tense? Need a social ice-breaker? We rummaged through The Tea Book: All Things Tea to excavate what you really want (hint: the booze), so you don’t have to. Nevermind that the book is chock full of tea-infused dishes, histories of various teas, their associated properties, and guides for recreating traditional tea rituals, we found the booze, y’all. If you’re crazy for tea, you’ll love this book (however severely lacking in...
For so many of us, middle school is a vague, blurry memory of school dances and angsty slamming of doors. If you are a millennial, this was a time when Ihe internet was still a mysterious place your parents were kind of afraid of. AIM was the only form of texting that existed and MySpace ran your entire social life. All the drama happened in-person or on sneaky three-way calls. The details of your sordid social life are probably cloudy or forgotten altogether, and that...
A few months ago, I poured myself a glass of red wine, turned on Shakira, and danced around my kitchen while I made a pot of chili and ordered a wedding dress online. I was beating the system. I’d seen the wedding shows: the bridesmaids holding sparkly numbers to rate their selections, I’d seen the tulle and the lace and the tears. It was not for me. Online I’d found a wedding dress I loved, and it could just be sent to my house, no...
11-year-old Marley Dias was sick of only reading books about "white boys and dogs" in school and wanted to read about protagonists who looked like her, so she started a book drive called #1000BlackGirlBooks. Dias, who lives in New Jersey, has an impressive history of social action that includes receiving a Disney Friends for Change grant and serving food to orphans in Ghana. Dias talked to PhillyVoice, explaining how a conversation with her mom was the spark for this idea. "I told her I was sick of reading...
  “As we convene this morning, you look around the chamber, the presiding officer is female. All of our parliamentarians are female. Our floor managers are female. All of our pages are female,” remarked Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), noticing something unusual about the Capitol Tuesday morning. With Leslie Knope-level dedication to the issues, the Senate convened for a short session on Tuesday, despite campus being closed due to 29 inches of snowfall from the previous weekend. Other federal offices remained closed, and though the District government...
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