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I owe you this!

I owe you this!

“What Parents Need to Know About 4/20 4/20 Day — the celebration of marijuana that occurs every year on April 20 — gets more popular every year. And while you probably haven’t heard too much about it, your kids likely have. That’s because 4/20 awareness spreads mostly on the sites and apps that attract tweens and teens, such as Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, and other social media. Even mainstream companies including Wingstop, Lyft, Ben & Jerry’s, Denny’s and Burger King use the day to promote their brands not on TV or Facebook (where parents are), but on platforms with a younger following. If you’re looking for evidence of the virality of 4/20 Day,…
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Choose an attitude that moves you forward.

Choose an attitude that moves you forward.

“The Greek philosopher Epictetus said it perfectly more than 2,000 years ago: “People are disturbed, not by things (that happen to them), but by the principles and opinions which they form concerning (those) things.  When we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles and opinions.” In other words, a peaceful and mentally strong person is not someone who’s always in a good situation, but rather someone who always has a good attitude in every situation. Regardless of what you’re going through, it’s about choosing:  Will…
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Choose yourself today.

Choose yourself today.

It is what it is.  Accept it, learn from it, and grow from it. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done; what truly matters is what you do from here. And what you need to remember right now is that you can’t heal yourself in the same exact environment where you got sick.  You need to surround yourself with situations and people that push you to heal and grow.  Less drama, less mess. Because the truth is, you won’t always be a priority to others—or to the world’s agenda at large—and that’s why you need to be a priority to yourself.  Learn…
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Warning: “Don’t Touch the Blossoms!”

Warning: "Don't Touch the Blossoms!"

“The effort to bring cherry blossom trees to Washington, D.C., preceded the official planting by several decades. In 1885, Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore returned from her first trip to Japan and approached the U.S. Army Superintendent of the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds with the idea of planting cherry trees along the reclaimed waterfront of the Potomac River. Scidmore, who would go on to become the first female board member of the National Geographic Society, was rebuffed, though she would continue proposing the idea to every Superintendent for the next 24 years. Several cherry trees were brought to the region by individuals in this period, including one that was the location of a…
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It’s Women’s History Month: Meet Henrietta Lacks

It's Women's History Month: Meet Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks was born in 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia. On January 29, 1951, Lacks went to Johns Hopkins Hospital to diagnose abnormal pain and bleeding in her abdomen. Physician Howard Jones quickly diagnosed her with cervical cancer. During her subsequent radiation treatments, doctors removed two cervical samples from Lacks without her knowledge. She died at Johns Hopkins on October 4, 1951, at the age of 31. HeLa Cells The cells from Lacks’s tumor made their way to the laboratory of researcher Dr. George Otto Gey. Gey noticed an unusual quality in the cells. Unlike most cells, which survived only a few days,…
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It’s Women’s History Month: Celebrate “Hidden Figure” and human computer, Katherine Johnson

It's Women's History Month: Celebrate "Hidden Figure" and human computer, Katherine Johnson

“Over a decade before Neil Armstrong made “one small step for man,” Katherine Johnson was making giant leaps for all women. Despite the fact that Johnson was the “human computer” behind the calculations that were critical to launching the first American in space, sending the first American man to orbit the Earth, and landing the first human on the moon, her place in history remained largely unrecognized—until now. In 1953 she began working at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)’s West Area Computing unit, a group of African American women who manually performed complex mathematical calculations for the program’s engineers. The women, known…
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It’s Women’s History Month: She could accept the injustice, or she could rewrite the law

It's Women's History Month: She could accept the injustice, or she could rewrite the law

“Every six months, the routine was the same for 21-year-old Harvard student Amanda Nguyen. She would walk through the doors of her local rape crisis center in Massachusetts and plead to administrators: Do not destroy my rape kit. With the massive backlog of rape kits in the U.S., it was nearly impossible in some states to ensure that a kit was tested, let alone even track down its location. New York City alone reportedly has an estimated 17,000 untested rape kits. Under Massachusetts law, Nguyen had to locate her own rape kit and file an extension to preserve the evidence in…
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It’s Women’s History Month: Celebrate Mary Herrera, an Iraq Shero.

It's Women's History Month: Celebrate Mary Herrera, an Iraq Shero.

“Mary Jessie Herrera is from Somerton, a little town near Yuma, Arizona, not far from the Mexican border. A fourth-generation American, Mary always wanted to go into the military. Mary became a sergeant in the Military Police. She looks as if she weighs maybe 100 pounds dripping wet but does not see herself as petite. “I think of myself as a big person,” she said. “I never thought of myself as a female or Hispanic in the military; I was a soldier, period. I carried my own weight. There was nothing girly about me in the military. I don’t like labels.…
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The Origins Of Women’s History Month

The Origins Of Women's History Month

Women’s History Month in the United States grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history, and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa. Did you know? To coincide with Women’s History Month 2011, the White House issued a 50-year progress report on the status of women in the United States. It found that younger women are now more likely than their male counterparts to hold a college…
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Black History Month 2019 theme: Black Migrations … But is reverse migration reshaping US cities?

Black History Month 2019 theme: Black Migrations … But is reverse migration reshaping US cities?

“Alden Loury remembers when buying his home felt like achieving the American dream. A black journalist from Chicago, Loury, and his wife were able to purchase a home for $165,000 in 2005 in Auburn Gresham, a predominantly black neighborhood on the city’s south side, where he grew up. “I felt great,” he told Curbed. “I was back in my neighborhood. I knew the streets and the places I went to as a kid were still here.” For Loury, who grew up in public housing as well as an apartment in a three-flat, buying a bungalow in his old neighborhood was…
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