The Great War (BLW Contributor)

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If you look around yourself, or perhaps merely within, you may observe a staggering amount of procrastination. Gigantic amounts of time spent on activities that are utterly unproductive; loitering around on social media being the biggest of them.

A psychologist named Abraham Maslow designed a hierarchy of needs which claimed the greatest need of humans to be that of self actualization. Yet that striving towards unveiling your best self is seldom reflected in contemporary reality.

I have always housed a craving for understanding, and this phenomenon of inactivity piqued my interest sufficiently enough for me to ponder over it. And I found that our old buddy, Apple Guy Newton, had provided an insight into this little situation that I wished to comprehend.

“An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force.”

And thus I understood the war which waged within. (amazing alliteration surprises spectators)

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Summer Purslane & Asparagus Quiche

La Cuisine d'Eli

This might just be the creamiest, tastiest quiche I’ve ever made or eaten. More about that soon, but first a little ramble about plants.

For my  birthday, last month, Pim gave me a whole family of succulents, in different colours, shapes and sizes. Having plants around purportedly makes people happier, healthier and less stressed. I haven’t taken the time to monitor my blood pressure or cholesterol levels before and after getting them, so I can’t officially confirm any physical health claims, but I definitely do feel a little jolt of happiness every time I glance over at my window sill. I sometimes dream of having a slightly bigger apartment, which I could then fill entirely with plants. Would that make me a crazy plant lady? Considering I have named all my current plants, it probably would. At the same time, I also dream of having several cats, so it could…

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Resting Bitch Face Isn’t a Disease

Straight From Helle

rbfYou know how sometimes you can be out in public and some nice stranger points out to you that you may have something wrong with you? Maybe they think you should get that funky looking mole checked out because it looks like skin cancer. Or maybe your Adam’s apple is bulging a bit too much and they’re worried you might have thyroid cancer. Well, recently I’ve had more than a few people suggest that I may have a concerning physical condition that troubles them so much so that they feel the need to inform me.

No one actually said, hey I think you have this condition. But I can tell they are certain I do, because I encounter an inordinate number of people who, on a daily basis, request that I smile for them. Yes folks, it seems I have come down with a nasty case of the terrible affliction…

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How to Lose Friends and Criticize Movies: A Wonder Woman Review

I Want To Watch Movies, But For Free

This is going to be a spoileriffic review.  Consider yourself warned.

I am not sure how to write this review. I’ll confess that right off the bat. I saw this movie last night, and I cannot understand the amount if love that it is getting. It is not a great movie. It is a movie that was mostly in focus and was a step in the right direction toward a great female superhero movie, but if this is the best we are gonna get, I will be deeply disappointed.

The difference between important and good

Lets establish something here. This movie is important. It is the first major superhero movie starring a female protagonist of the modern superhero era, and was also directed by a female director. I hope that it is a first step toward more female voices being considered for director spots on these kinds of movies. I…

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‘The Leftovers’ Is The Best Show On Television

Lewis Insights

Tonight HBO’s series, The Leftovers, will air its series finale.

HBO is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to storytelling, action, and fearlessness. If you’re an actor and get cast in an HBO series, job security is unlikely but stardom is inevitable. The Leftovers is no exception and is currently the best show on television.

The series, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, is a master class in storytelling and mystery. For any answer audiences member receive, 10 more questions surface, and new complexities emerge. The show has gained popularity throughout its three seasons but hasn’t been able to reach the level of fans that Game of Thrones or Veep has found. Which is a shame. The Leftovers is a brilliant show that allows the audience to think and be challenged.

The show begins with a mystery, a mystery that is never answered (and is unlikely to…

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Cruelty free. Vegan Care. Not tested on animals. Are you as confused as I am?

Wonders in Wellness

I try my best to make the right choices for my family and the environment, but sometimes the choices are endless and it is easy to get lost in the labels and how marketers define their products.

Is a cruelty free product the same as a vegan product? Is a product that is not tested on animals the same as cruelty free? Are we taking into consideration the individual ingredients or the product as a whole? It can get even get more complicated if we consider the skincare industry…

Clarity is essential….here is what I discovered.

Vegan and Cruelty Free?


A vegan product is a product without the addition of ANY animal by products, a cruelty free product is one whose ingredients were never tested on animals….they can be both, or one and the other.


No-Animal-Testing-862x669 Cruelty free does not mean vegan . As a matter of fact, there are quite…

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Not Climate Agreement, But Climate Revolt (The Paris Accords)

GODS & RADICALS

“The withdrawal by the United States, the nation with the second highest carbon output in the world (behind China, whose per-capita emissions are less than half those of the US), seems deeply catastrophic.

It is catastrophic, yes. But not for the reasons we might think.”

Environmental and political analysis, from Rhyd Wildermuth

“Philosophers of freedom were mainly, and understandably, concerned with how humans would escape the injustice, oppression, inequality, or even uniformity foisted on them by other humans or human-made systems. Geological time and the chronology of human histories remained unrelated. This distance between the two calendars, as we have seen, is what climate scientists now claim has collapsed….

The mansion of modern freedoms stands on an ever-expanding base of fossil-fuel use.”

Dipesh Chakrabarty, The Climate of History


The world awoke to the news on Thursday that President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the…

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Mexican Inspired Shakshuka

Kelly Jones | Philadelphia Sports Nutrition

Happy National Egg Day! Long gone are should be the days of egg whites and fear for the yolk, and now lies the celebration of this nutrient powerhouse! Eggs are actually trending this year and Americans are celebrating not only their nutrient power but also their versatility.

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