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February 2012 (120 posts)
Seriously playful: Amazing photographs of dogs playing underwater.
This Valentine's Day dessert is adorable, easy-to-make, and full of doughnutty deliciousness.
How to use your profile picture to your best advantage. (Hint: no more smartphone-in-the-mirror pics!)
Everyone's favorite flavor meets shakes, soda, cologne, and so much more. Yes, it's bacon.
The Life-Lifter: In her quest to have a baby, this would-be-expecting mother gets two—from unexpected sources.
I came across this sweet story after talking to a single friend who was lamenting how hard it was to find a good man. Maybe she's silly to be looking for love in predictable places like bars and online dating services. Maybe the key is not to be looking for love at all. Aspiring opera singer Sonya Baker certainly wasn't looking for anything but the way in to Manhattan when she met the love of her life.
According to this New York Post story, Baker was frequently making the drive into New York City for singing auditions when she "noticed a friendly toll collector at Exit 19 in Kingston with striking hazel eyes who was 'desperately cute.'" The tollbooth operator noticed her, too, and for several months they shared instants of friendly small talk. Read the whole article for the heart-melting story of how they managed to see each other more often, and the evolution of their flirtation into a full-scale romance. And know that now they are married, and living what sounds to be a bucolic existence in Kentucky. As Baker told the Post, “It shows you that as long as you are open, you can find people in all sorts of places."
Now if that doesn't warm your heart, I don't know what will.
The Typo of Love
Why Finding Mr. Right Is So Rough
Every Monday, we'll be letting you know about new releases the editors at O and Oprah.com couldn't stop reading. This week, we're fascinated by the year-long marital experiment described in:
No Cheating, No Dying: I Had A Good Marriage. Then I Tried to Make It Better
By Elizabeth Weil
Maybe you've looked at the couple next door and thought, "Wow, those people seem to have such a great, loving marriage. Does that mean they never fight? Or does it mean that they fight all the time, horribly, in secret?" Maybe you've looked at your own relationship and thought, "Gee. I"m happy, but I'm not over-the-moon. Does that mean I have a good marriage or a good marriage that's about to crumble if I don't pay attention?"
The underlying idea is: How do you know when a relationship is as solid as it can be, not just as solid as you have time or the emotional stamina for? Writer Elizabeth Weil addresses this head on, creating her own social experiment by shepherding herself and her husband to psychotherapists, sex therapists, and marriage counselors in order to unearth the dicier, undiscussed subjects in their seemingly contented life. The engaging story that results is about two people who love and respect each other, but who have a lot differences when it comes to religion (she's Jewish, he's Christian), dependence, friends outside the marriage, and some past events that haven't been fully dealt with. At times, the reader may long for more detailed revelations (for example: about Weil's teenage battle with anorexia and her relationship with her mother, which are mentioned but only in passing). At other times, however, such as while discussing an emotionally wrenching pregnancy that ended up in termination, Weil and her husband have you spellbound—and desperate for them to work things through. Although dealing with heavy subject matter, Weil has a voice that charms, full of wit, intelligence and compassion—qualities that no doubt come to great assistance in marriage as well as writing a thought-provoking book.
Books to get you through hard times
One wonderful quirky novel...about divorce?
We like that it gives butter-lovers a bit of a break (it's not my willpower--it's my genes!) without suggesting that they completely throw in the towel on diets and healthy eating.
Every Monday, we're rounding up the things, small and big, that make us stop and think. Today, we're inspired by... "Once you put it out there, you can’t take it back, so think carefully before you use the Internet to broadcast your thoughts and feelings."
-Tommy Jordan, the dad who shot his teenage daughter's laptop in a video that immediately went viral.
America's Money Class with Suze Orman is wrapping up tonight, February 13, at 9/8c. That means it's almost time for Suze's final exam, which will take place tomorrow, February 14, starting at noon ET. Oh, and Suze's final exam is your shot at winning $50,000 (or $5,000 if you're one of the five runners up). How, you ask? If you score 80% or higher on the test, you can be in the running to win the money. Here's how to take the exam:
1) You can't take the test unless you're a member of Oprah.com. So, when you're done reading this post, head on over to the upper righthand corner of this page and click "join now."
2) When the test goes up online at noon tomorrow, you can take it at any time in the following 24 hours. Once you begin the test, you will have 15 minutes to complete it, and you won't be able to stop the timer, so make sure you won't be interrupted.
3) The test will contain 12 multiple choice questions and one 50-word essay question. If you get an 80% or higher on the test, you'll be under consideration for the big reward!
4) After the submission period ends, judges will review the essays of all the qualified applicants and pick the winner.
Sounds pretty straightforward, right? But the competition is likely to be fierce, so start studying now by heading to Oprah.com/moneyclass, where you can review all the topics covered and catch up on anything you might have missed.
And, just in case any of this seems mystifying, check out these handy videos Suze made to explain the exam. She even gives away one of the answers in the last video. What a nice teacher!
For complete contest rules, click here.
Hooray for Friday! Time to write in our gratitude journal. These are a few things that made us smile this week:
Maps to 6 beloved places that never existed
The soundtrack of your life, now actually a soundtrack.
The generous way one new father is celebrating his child's birth. via Newser
The social initiative that's healthy for you and gives back, too.
One of the most stunning wonders of the world, now anywhere in the world.
As Carr describes his revelatory dinner party, "No one tweeted, no one texted, everyone talked. I’ve noticed more and more that when I go to gatherings, people are walking around in their own customized world defined by what is on their smartphone, not by who is sitting next to them at dinner. The serendipity of the offline world has been increasingly replaced by the nice, orderly online world where people only follow whom they want to and opt in to conversations that seem interesting."
We're busy, and as adults with spouses, partners, coworkers, and children to deal with, many of us forget to make time for our good, old-fashioned friendships. And yet we've read again and again that maintaining friendships are good for us in numerable ways. They may even help us live longer. Plus, Carr's is one of the most pleasant calls to action I've ever read: we should all remember to make time for our friends. Not FaceTime, but IRL time. Sharing nutrition, and the kind of rambling stories that don't make for good tweets. Breaking bread. Actual, real, delicious, beautiful (and here's a challenge: don't take an Instagram of it) bread.
How social media can sustain relationships.
Making time for friends keeps you young.