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Blog Appreciation Week, Day 5: Forcing Myself Happy

Ok, I’m not totally in love with the title of the blog I am featuring today, Forcing Myself Happy,but I definitely dig its purpose: to be intentional every day about actively doing something in the name of happiness, and enriching your quality of life. It is her 6 month journey of doing this and seeing what results in terms of her own happiness. I just started checking in on this one recently, so am curious to see how it goes.

Her blog is sometimes like mine, in that it shares cool stuff that other people have done more than something original by the author. The author serves as the eye, not as the artist. Below is a video that was featured on her blog, but that wasn’t created by her. It’s super cute and positive, and I’m glad she brought it to my attention, and that I can bring it to yours. But if you want to check out more of her original thoughts and experiences, click here to go to Forcing Myself Happy.

Source: Forcing Myself Happy


Blog Appreciation Week, Day 3: Becoming Madame

One of the first WordPress blogs I started following is Becoming Madame. I love the motivation behind it: it is written by a lady from North America who went to France for a short stay but met her husband and now lives there. Her blog is her own story of a Westerner discovering France, including its landmarks, foods, and cultural lessons, that aren’t frou-frou but are totally relatable to any of us with any interest in what it would be like to up and move to a foreign place with a foreign culture. I posted a delicious French recipe of hers to my blog before that got a lot of hits, and if you click on the pic below it will take you to a recent entry of hers about French portion size and how we can learn to enjoy food more by considering eating like the French. Her entries aren’t all about food, those were just 2 that caught my hungry eye :).

photo source: via Becoming Madame

A 9/11 Remembrance

Alysia Basmajian, age 23 at the time she was killed in the terrorist attacks. Clicking on this picture will take you to a brief profile on Alysia.

I know the images of the Twin Towers being struck, burning, and falling in New York on September 11th, 2001 will always be burned into my memory. I was, like most Americans, someone who did not personally know anyone who died in these terrorist attacks but who felt the blow nevertheless in my understanding that it was my values and lifestyle that were being attacked, too. Yet, specific people were also taken from us that day. Terrorists who wanted to send a large-scale message did so by taking individual innocent lives.

In the following days, I volunteered at a hotline my college set up to try to account for our alumni who lived in NYC and DC. I talked to families who were distraught, not having heard from their loved ones, and to alumni who feared the worst for their college friends. Alysia Basmajian was a recent graduate of my college whose life was lost in those attacks, and whose story, as it came out, captured my attention and pulled at my heart. I didn’t know Alysia, but I felt true sadness as I learned about this vibrant young woman lost to the world, to her new husband, and to her baby daughter. In the years that have passed, even though I never knew her, I have never forgotten her. Today this post is offered in remembrance of Alysia, all the other individuals who lost their lives to terrorism on that date, all whose lives were forever changed by those losses, and all the heroic rescue workers who were helping at Ground Zero. What was meant to terrorize Americans took a great deal from us, but also made our patriotism burn in our hearts.

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Today I Learned: Mia Farrow and Woody Allen’s Son is an Interesting Genius

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inherited more of his mother’s looks, his father’s genius

This is Ronan Farrow. I was reading his scathing Father’s Day tweet on dlisted and discovered that he graduated college at 15, went on to attend Yale Law School that same year, was a Rhodes Scholar, and is currently, at 24, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State and Director of the State Department’s Global Youth Issues office. He is also a humanitarian and journalist. Dude, you’re making the rest of us look bad :P.

Source: wikipedia via dlisted

Photo source: wikipedia

Fruit and Cheese is Not Just for Appetizers and Salads!

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oui oui, nomnomnom

Saw this delicious looking recipe on another wordpress site I check out de temps en temp, Becoming Madame. Haven’t tried the recipe yet myself, but intend to sometime! LMK if you make it 🙂

Source: Becoming Madame

Photo source: via Becoming Madame

Well I Certainly Did Not Know That!

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Mona, Roger Sterling’s ex-wife is John Slattery’s wife in real life. Before Slattery, Talia Balsam was married to none other than GEORGE CLOONEY from 1989 to 1993.


Also, Dumbledore’s son is one of the actors on the show. Can you guess who? You can always count on Buzzfeed for interesting nuggets of pop culture. Click here or the pic for 24 other things you didn’t know about Mad Men.

Source for article, pic and caption: Buzzfeed

Oh 90s, You Brought Us So Many Gifts

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click the pic for more odd couplings!

Glenn Close and Woody Harrelson were together??! I definitely forgot some of these celebrities dated in the 90s. Which couple do you most wish had made it work?

Source and Photo Source: Buzzfeed

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