Mar 7

Five Packing Tips from Members of the Military




Someone talked to members of the military, and asked them for their best tips when it comes to packing a bag.  They travel with a ton of gear.  So they’ve pretty much got it down to a science.  Here are their top five tips . . .


1.  Pull together all the stuff you want to bring, and THEN start packing.  Create a staging area on the floor, or on your bed.  That way you can see what you’re bringing . . . figure out if it’ll all fit . . . and pack more strategically.



2.  Pack in reverse order.  Meaning the stuff you’ll need right away should go on top, and the stuff you won’t need should go on the bottom.  It makes things easier if you’re planning to live out of your suitcase for a few days.



3.  Don’t just fold stuff, roll it.  You save a lot of space that way, so you can pack more.  If it’s something bulky like a coat, you also might want to tie it up with string.



4.  Think about weight distribution.  Meaning where does the heavy stuff go, and where does the light stuff go.  If your bag is top heavy while you’re dragging it behind you, it’s more likely to fall over.



5.  Don’t travel with a half-full suitcase.  Especially if there’s anything breakable in there, because your stuff can shift around.  When in doubt, pack more socks.  They’ll fit anywhere, and having a few more pairs of socks is never a bad thing.




Mar 6

Eight Slang Words Teenagers Use



USA Today” posted a list of dumb slang words teenagers use, and what they mean.  You probably know a few of them.  Like, “throwing shade” is when you insult someone or make fun of them.  But here are eight you might not know . . .



1.  “Lit.”  It doesn’t mean you’re drunk or wasted anymore.  It means something’s cool.  Like, “That party was lit.”



2.  “Turnt.”  It can mean two things.  You’re either really hyped about something, or you’re ON something.  Sometimes it’s used like a synonym for “effed up.”



3.  “Clap back.”  It’s when you respond with a clever comeback.  Like, “He kept teasing me, but he wasn’t expecting me to clap back.”



4.  “Thirsty.”  It means you’re desperate, especially when it comes to dating.



5.  “Fire.”  Kids use it as an adjective now.  It basically means something’s hot.  Like, “That new song is straight fire.”



6.  “Woke.”  It’s like the opposite of being ignorant.  If you’re “woke,” it means you’re smart and pay attention.



7.  The letter “V.”  It’s short for “very.”  Like instead of saying your friend is “very good” at something, you just say, “She’s V good.”



8.  “Sus.”  It’s short for suspicious or suspect.  Like, “I’m not surprised he lied to you.  I told you he was sus.”



(USA Today)

Mar 3

Five Ways to Have a Better Work-Life Balance



If you’ve been feeling a little burned out at work lately, here are five things you can do to improve your work-life balance (so you don’t end up like this guy).



1.  Disconnect your work emails from your phone.  Chances are, you don’t NEED to respond to every email as soon as it comes in.  And if something is really important, they can call you.



2.  Stay out of office gossip.  Even just LISTENING to gossip from coworkers can make your mood more negative. And when you spend time around that negativity in the office, you become associated with it even if you aren’t actually DOING the gossiping.



3.  Ask for help when you need it.  That could mean from your coworkers, your supervisor, or even a therapist outside of work.  It doesn’t make you weak to admit you need a little support now and then.



4.  Ask for clarification of expectations.  It’s easy to feel stressed out and guilty when you don’t think you’re ever doing enough at work.  So ASK for clearer boundaries about exactly what’s expected of you . . . it’ll help you feel calmer AND  make the times you go “above and beyond” more apparent.



5.  Join a group fitness class.  Doing a kickboxing or yoga class after work gives you an outlet to burn off steam.  And with a group class, you’re likely to build camaraderie and make new friends.




Mar 1

The Best State to Live in Is Massachusetts, The Worst Is Louisiana




“U.S. News & World Report” looked at 68 different stats to figure out the best and worst states to live in.  They factored in everything from jobs and infrastructure, to crime and education.  And the best state is . . . Massachusetts.

They say it has the best education system . . . the second-best healthcare system . . . and the fifth-best economy.  Here are the top ten states overall . . .


1.  Massachusetts.


2.  New Hampshire.


3.  Minnesota.


4.  North Dakota.


5.  Washington.


6.  Iowa.


7.  Utah.


8.  Maryland.


9.  Colorado.


10.  Vermont.  Louisiana ranked last, just behind Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and New Mexico.




Feb 28

On This Day In Black History: February 28

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1943;  Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in starring roles.


1942;  Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit.


1708;  Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island (N.Y.). Seven whites killed. Two Black male slaves and an Indian slave were hanged, and a Black woman was burned alive.


1984;  Musician and entertainer Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards. His album, “Thriller”, broke all sales records to-date, and remains one of the top-grossing albums of all time.

1932;  Richard Spikes invented/patented automatic gear shift.
1990;  Philip Emeagwali awarded the Gordon Bell Prize (computing’s Nobel Prize) for solving one of the twenty most difficult problems in the computing field.





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Feb 27

On This Day In Black History: February 27

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1988;  Figure skater Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games.


1964;  Anna Julia Cooper, champion for the rights of black women, dies at the age of 105.


1883;  Walter B. Purvis patented hand stamp.


1942;  Journalist Charlayne Hunter was born this day in Due West, South Carolina.


1872;  Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School. She is the first African American lawyer in the U.S.






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Feb 23

On This Day In Black History: February 23

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1869;  Louisiana governor signed public accommodations law.


1995;  Bass Singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was 53.


1868;  On this day Dr.William Edward Burghardt DuBois, educator and civil rights advocate, is born in Great Barrington, Mass.


1979;  Frank E. Peterson Jr. named the first Black general in the Marine Corps.


1925;  Louis Stokes, former mayor of Detroit, Michigan, and member of the US House of Representatives, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Stokes was the first African American elected to the House from Ohio.






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Feb 21

On This Day In Black History: February 21

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1936;   On this day Barbara Jordan, who will be the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives, is born


1917;  Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917–82) Jazz musician; born in Rocky Mount, N.C. He was raised in New York


1965;  Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally of his organization. Three Blacks were later convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment.


1895;  North Carolina Legislature, dominated by Black Republicans and white Populists, adjourned for the day to mark the death of Frederick Douglass.


1987;  African Americans in Tampa, Florida rebelled after an African American man was killed by a white police officer while in custody.








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Feb 17

On This Day In Black History: February 17

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1918;  Birthday of Rep. Charles A. Hayes, D-Illinois, who was born in Cairo, Illinois. In 1989, Hayes was re-elected to a fourth term in the House of Representatives. He was first elected Sept. 12, 1983.


1967;  Ronald De Voe, Singer of Bell Biv DeVoe Born Boston, MA, February 17, 1967.


1997;  Virginia House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state song, “Carry me back to old virginia” , a tune which glorifies slavery.


1891;  A. C. Richardson, a black inventor, invented the churn, patent #466,470


1936;  James Nathaniel Brown, 63, Pro Football Hall of Fame Fullback, Born February 17, 1936 in St. Simons Island, GA






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Feb 16

On This Day In Black History: February 16

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1970;  Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.


1923;  On this day Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues,” which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.


1857;  Frederick Douglass elected President of Freedman Bank and Trust.


1951;  New York City Council passed bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments.







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