Ask Amy: My husband told me to ‘get over it,’ so here’s my plan

DEAR AMY: I have been married for 33 years. I love my husband, but I have totally enabled him — to the point where I am now feeling abused. For instance, this morning, he was in a minor car accident. Through my business relationships, I have an excellent contact in the repair business, and so I kindly took his car in, gave him mine to use in the interim and picked up the rental. I asked him to drive the rental so I could have my car back, and he refused. I told him I felt used. He basically said I should get over it. Because of my family background… Read More

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Carolyn Hax: Do I owe this bride a better gift?

DEAR CAROLYN: What are your thoughts on wedding gifts when not invited to the wedding? A family member had a destination wedding six months ago. We were told they weren’t having any guests but later learned several couple-friends of theirs accompanied them. They spent nearly eight months doing extensive renovations to their new home, and then sent out invitations to a cookout to come see their new digs. When we arrived, this “cookout” was fully catered, had valet parking attendants and had over a hundred guests. There was a gift table — not everyone brought gifts — but I would say there were 25 or so on the table. I… Read More

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Escaping Office Ennui Through Painful Exercise

Most office workers sit for 10 hours a day, but if they sign up for the Tough Mudder, a military-style obstacle course, they’ll certainly be on their feet—running through live electrical wires. They’ll also be on their hands, swinging from treacherous-looking monkey bars, and on their stomachs, crawling through the mud. And yet, millions of people have paid about $100 each for the privilege. Rebecca Scott, a lecturer at Cardiff Business School in Wales, sought to explore this paradox when she was working on her PhD dissertation. Initially focused on the psychology of hedonism and pleasure, she was interviewing competitive offshore yacht racers in Sydney, Australia, when one day a… Read More

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Does Being Vegan Make a Person Less Aggressive?

Right now if you take the bus down 16th Street in northwest Washington, D.C., you’ll pass a banner that might not make sense at first, or after that. It shows North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un riding a missile. It says, “Don’t go ballistic. Go vegan.” The blue banner hangs outside the office of the animal-rights-advocacy organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, which also issued a letter this week to none other than U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to use veganism as a strategy toward world peace. The letter began mundanely enough, thanking Tillerson “for calling on North Korea to abandon its nuclear… Read More

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Chuck Berry and Drake: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Chuck Berry Was the Sound of 20th Century America Stephen Thomas Erlewine | Pitchfork “Chuck will be a coda to a career that’s already legend, but it may also confirm a simple truth about Chuck Berry’s art: He didn’t change his music but he did adapt with the times. He wound up documenting his era and, in turn, created the idealized version of 20th century America, from coast to shining coast. He captured all the gilded glory of the terrain, the inventions, and the people while also hinting at the darkness that lies within these borders.” Dave Chappelle’s Intimate New Netflix Specials Are Brilliant Justin Tinsley | The Undefeated “Race… Read More

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Amanda Seyfried Gives Birth to First Child!

Forget that nude photo scandal for Amanda Seyfried. The actress now has a very good reason to never have a worry in the world ever again. To some extent, at least. Because she just gave birth to her first child! Seyfriend and Thomas Sadoski welcomed a baby girl into the world this week, according to a rep for the 31-year old star. This exciting news comes just several days after the couple got married in a quiet ceremony. Sadoski announced the marriage during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden when he took the host aback by referring to Seyfriend as his “wife.” He explained on air… Read More

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When the Cliffhanger Takes Its Sweet Time

“Somebody’s Dead.” That’s the title of the first episode of Big Little Lies, the limited series, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, currently running on Sunday evenings on HBO. The title, for a show that is exceptionally subtle—especially in its depiction of the dramas and mundanities that shape its central women’s lives—is exceptionally unsubtle. But it’s also appropriate: Somebody, on this show, is dead. Somebody has been, indeed, murrrrrrdered. And we won’t find out who—and whodunnit—until, it seems, the very last episode of the series’s seven-episode run. Related Story From Dallas to Spoiler Alerts, the Rise and Fall of the Cliffhanger Big Little Lies isn’t alone in posing… Read More

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The Walking Dead Alum Steven Yeun and Wife Joana Pak Share First Photo of Newborn Son

Steven Yeun and wife Joana Pak are giving fans a look at their newborn son. Pak shared a black and white portrait of the couple’s napping one-week-old child on Instagram Friday along with the simple caption of a peace sign emoji. Yeun, 33, and Pak welcomed their first child together on March 17, according to E! News. Pak, a photographer, posted a bathroom selfie of her bump on Feb. 4. In January, she told followers she was “nesting” when choosing between samples of blue and pink fabric — leaving many to wonder whether she was preparing to reveal her baby-to-be’s sex. In December, Yeun married his love of seven years… Read More

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Friends Remember Utah Man Killed in London Attack: ‘He Had Such an Uplifting Way About Him’

Friends of Kurt Cochran, the Utah man who was killed in this week’s London terrorist attack, are sharing their dearest memories of him. Kurt — who was in London with his wife Melissa to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary — is being described by friends as a wonderful person who ran a recording studio in the couple’s basement called Onion Street, according to Fox 13 Now. “He made me feel beautiful in all the kindest ways,” Kristen Morris, a musician, said of Kurt. “He made me feel like everything I wrote, all my songs, it’s like he got them.” Kurt was the first person she ever recorded her music with,… Read More

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Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski Welcome First Child — a Girl!

Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski are parents! A rep for the actress confirms to PEOPLE that the couple welcomed their first child, a girl. The announcement of the birth of their daughter comes a week after Sadoski revealed that he and Seyfried wed during a secret ceremony. PEOPLE confirmed the couple’s engagement last September. Seyfried, 31, was pictured wearing a silver band on her left ring finger while out and about with her beloved dog Finn in New York City. “I’ve never been excited by anything more in my life — and ready,” she recently told Vogue Australia about becoming a mother. The new parents first met while working together… Read More

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