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Newsflash. Work is terrible. It’s something that we all have to do, but no one particularly wants to do it. It’s a cruel trick in which you have to go to a place and do things that you would never normally do, for a nominal amount of money that is usually too little, and for a select few, just right. Sometimes, you win the life lottery and the thing that you do for 40 hours a week in a nondescript office building somewhere in the city you live in is not a soul-crushing exercise in managing disappointments. Sometimes, you’re lucky enough to really, truly, love what you do. If you are one of these people, I’m very happy for you. Please close this tab and go to that special members-only club that exists for people who have found true career satisfaction. Let me know what it’s like in there. Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend! Keep reading »
Kickass girl-empowering toy company GoldieBlox has released a new ad, and this one features Metric’s “Help I’m Alive” while brilliantly mimicking Apple’s famous “1984″ ad. The ad’s goal is to shatter the myth perpetuated by dolls that little girls’ worth rests on their looks. To combat it, the company created an action figure for girls. Here’s hoping it sells out this holiday season! [HuffPost]
Doris Baker, a 97-year-old Virginia Beach woman, spent decades teaching the children of US Special Forces soldiers at their base in Bad Toelz, Germany after World War II. On Wednesday, she became an honorary Green Beret for her hard work, which is a title only 10 people hold. A ceremony with full military honors was held for her at the retirement community in which she now lives. Baker signed up to teach abroad when she discovered that the Michigan school where she’d been working paid women less than men. The school in Germany, which served the 10th Special Forces group, was extremely close to one of the largest SS training camps. In addition to teaching, she became a major emotional resource to her students and their families when the soldiers were away. Even the high-ranking leaders on the base referred to Baker as an officer in charge, and dozens of Green Berets who lived on the base during Baker’s tenure affirmed their support for her nomination to receive the honor. Over the years, she rose to become the principal of the school on the base. If her storied teaching career wasn’t amazing enough, she’s also an accomplished photographer whose images of the Cold War have been applauded and exhibited. She also published a book called “The Originals,” the only book about Green Berets written by a woman. Basically, we should all want to be her when we grow up. Congratulations, Doris! [UPI, WTVR] [Image via WTVR]