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Warning: This Post Contains Potenially Politically Incorrect Ethncity Discussion. (Oh My!)

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A peculiar quirk Americans have: watch-dogging political politeness. Total hypocrisy. I say Americans, as in U.S. inhabitants, because coming from a small, redneck town in Canada, I haven’t had the same experience around this topic. Here’s the polite repertoire of how I’ve heard ethnicity addressed where I’m from: white, black, Asian, East Indian, First Nations, European, Mexican and Newfie! (Newfoundlander! Our Easternmost Canadian province. For non-maple leaf readers.) Here are the actual, more common and still considered apropos terms used: White (though usually there’s no reason to utter the phrase ‘white,’ because it’s assumed, unless otherwise indicated—I live in a less diverse community ethnicity-wise); Black (we consider African-Americans¹ black dudes/dudettes from the U.S. even though Canada is technically part of...

How Veganism and Leafy Greens Messed With My Tresses ~ (ej article).

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Alright, I'll admit the title might be slightly misleading, but only by a hair's width, and in fact it's actually sort of true for those of us with hypothyroidism. Here's the Cliff Notes on the compilation of causes that lead to my follicular failure and limp, wimpy locks... 1. I had a stressful job for twenty years (I sold real estate, but substitute whatever it is in your life that gives you constant anxiety; work, finances, relationships, health, CNN, etc. You get the picture). Chronic stress causes the body to produce a steady stream of adrenaline which is awesome possum when you need to jump out of the way of a runaway skateboarder or stealthy Prius, but...

The Five Agreements ~ Don Miguel Ruiz (A Recap)

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Do these things and never feel bad again…Simple, if not always easy steps to inner peace. After the last few days of perception mismatches that lead to misunderstandings and hurt feelings, I remembered the invaluable lessons from the books of Don Miguel Ruiz. Hope these will help anyone struggling with love, life and relationships! Be impeccable with your word. Being honest with ourselves and others frees us to be real. Speak with integrity; don’t gossip or speak ill of others. Take responsibility—don’t blame. Being real feels good. Our reality is not going to match others’ realities because we all have our own movies going on in our heads. Perceptions vary because we’ve all lived a different life and processed...

30 Days to Wonder Woman - As in: Get Your Capes On, Ladies!

A 30 Day Dump the DUDe Cleanse - How To Reclaim Your Super Power Prowess After HeartbreakI'm no shrink, but I have been through enough relationships to know when it's time to take a break from break-ups. Whether we're the one who got ditched or the one doing the dumping, breaking up is Heart to Do, as in here's a list of suggestions to get your heart's spirit back up where it belongs, in no particular order... Get lost! If you aren't in a position to take a trip to Machu Picchu and do a lengthy hike to the top of a world famous archaeological site, take a road trip the the next town over and do some 'I'm a...

A Letter to My Dad... I Forgive You; I Apologize to You; I Thank You

Hi Dad, or should I call you Henry? It’s been so long I’m not sure how to address you anymore. I was looking at old photos the other day and thought of you. I wonder if you’ll get this, if any of it will register. Will it find you, wherever you are? I wanted to let you know that I forgive you. In fact, I forgave you a long time ago. I don’t know why I waited so long to tell you. Maybe I thought that somehow through the cosmos you’d simply know. Please read the full article here on elephantjournal! :) ...

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