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5 Alter Egos That Only Come Out When I Listen To Country Music

Reasons To Love Country
7 reasons to love country music (or at least give it a chance). Read More »
Country Music Lessons
Ten lessons Winona has learned from country music. Read More »
Country Star Stalking
Nashville Country Star Sightings
Read about Winona's desperate quest to see a country star! Read More »

My favorite thing about country music is the focus on storytelling. Country songs are full of vivid characters and tales of heartbreak and hi-jinks. I think this is why, sometimes when I’m listening to country, I start feeling like a different character myself. The funny thing is, it’s not necessarily the character featured in the song I’m listening to, it’s a character within myself that can only be awakened by a certain combination of lyrics and banjo chords. For example, the other day when my boyfriend Nick got home from work, I said hi and then immediately began railing against “big city fat cats” who don’t understand the values of the REAL America. Nick shook his head and said, “You’ve been listening to ‘Flyover States’ again, haven’t you?” Oops. Guilty. Here is a rundown of my five main country music alter egos and the songs that trigger them… Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Now I See You Author Nicole Kear On Going Blind In Her 20s

nicole kear now i see you

Buying your first piece of IKEA furniture. Backpacking around Europe. One-night stands. Splurging on dinner Friday night and spending the rest of the week eating ramen. These are just a few of the things most of us expect of our 20s.

Something that isn’t on anyone’s list? Slowing going blind from a degenerative eye disease.

It wasn’t on Nicole Kear’s list, either. And the Yale and Columbia graduate intended to live her life like it wasn’t. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, fell in love, got married and even attended clown school. Yet through it all, Kear knew a degenerative eye disease she had been diagnosed with at 19 was slowing taking her vision away. She was told she had one good decade before she would be entirely blind. Her family and husband  knew about the disease (retinitis pigmentosa), but Kear was embarrassed and hardly told any friends — she had lots of excuses for why her eye makeup looked messy or she wouldn’t drive at night. However, Kear and her husband settled into new parenthood, and she had to come to terms with the realities of her disabilities, including learning how to walk with a cane.

I read Nicole Kear’s funny, fascinating memoir Now I See You in almost one sitting and came away from it thinking, I could be friends with this person. She’s smart, spunky, and makes it easy to put yourself in her (unfortunately, no longer high-heeled) shoes. I gave her a call at home in Brooklyn to chat about blindness, how she managed to write a book with three young kids, and giving strangers the benefit of the doubt.

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Watch This Wasted Luke Bryan Fan Lose A Wrestling Match … Against Himself

Drunk Luke Bryan Fan
This is a TKO if I've ever seen one.

So, Luke Bryan had a concert in Pittsburgh this past week, and the pre-show tailgate party got a little out of hand. And by “a little out of hand” I mean everyone got craaaaazy wasted, a ton of fights broke out, and the entire area was left so trashed it looked like an F-5 tornado blew through a landfill. The one upside to all this country-fueled insanity? A video of one of those super drunk fans getting into a knock down, drag out fight with the ground. Someone had the brilliant idea to add a WWE voiceover to the footage, and the result is painfully perfect. [The Daily Dot]

The Daily Squee: Boston Terrier Puppy Tries Peanut Butter For The First Time!

Bosco And Riley Love Peanut Butter

What is it about Boston terriers that makes them so damn cute? Bosco the puppy would be fun to hang out with even if he wasn’t having his very first taste of peanut butter alongside his dog buddy Riley. But his utter and complete glee makes him that much more adorable. I get it, Bosco — nothing’s yummier than peanut butter. [Jezebel]

5 Cheap Summer Activities For Broke People

Summer Body Image
How summer clothes bring up my insecurities. Read More »
5 Cheap Summer Activities For Broke People

I worked in retail for most of my adult life, and now I write for a living, so to alleviate what can be total, absolute boredom in the summer, I’ve had to come up with ways to have adventures and keep my brain stimulated without spending much money.  Of course, you can always go to the beach, but the last time I did that I got sun poisoning, so I like to have alternatives.

I know a lot of people who are taking up new sports ($), going to street festivals ($$) or music festivals ($$$), and traveling ($$$$).  Meanwhile, I’ve learned to make the best of my community and my shallow pockets thusly: Keep reading »

Meryl Streep To Play Jackie O’s Love Rival Maria Callas In HBO Film

"The Giver" Trailer
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Watch Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift in "The Giver." Read More »
Shun, Shag Or Marry?
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep plays the game on "Watch What Happens Live." Read More »
Disney Mad At Meryl
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Disney family mad at Meryl Streep for pointing out Walt was a bigot. Read More »
Sex With Jack
The Thought Of Jack Nicholson And Meryl Streep Having Wild Sex Is Making My Brain Bleed
Dirt on Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep's on-set hookup. Read More »
  • Meryl Streep will play opera singer Maria Callas, who was dumped by Aristotle Onassis for Jackie Kennedy, in an HBO film version of the play “Master Class.” [Page Six]
  • Katy Perry and longtime friend/karaoke partner Robert Pattinson were spotted kissing at a party. [RadarOnline]
  • You know you want to hear about Leonardo DiCaprio’s “sex yacht.” [WWTDD]
  • The U.S. Patent Office has cancelled six federal trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins football team because it is “disparaging to Native Americans.” [Think Progress] Keep reading »
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